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The Benefits Of Hiring Our Team To Restore Your Water Damaged Property In Chicago

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Benefits Of Hiring Our Team To Restore Your Water Damaged Property In Chicago Damage to your Chicago home is not always as easy to remedy as you might initially believe.

Finding The Right Professional Help For Water Damage In Your Chicago Home

Damage to your Chicago home is not always as easy to remedy as you might initially believe. As much as you want to be the type of homeowner that can handle situations as they arise, some incidents require experience and the right equipment to overcome. Water loss incidents in your home, even on a smaller scale, require immediate attention and a crew of professionals that can remove the moisture completely.

One of the things that many Chicago homeowners do not realize about water damage is how quickly it can spread throughout the affected area. Often the worst aspects of the saturation and presence of the water penetrate into materials and the contents of the area, which make them easy to miss but potentially severely hazardous as the persistent moisture continues unchecked.

Professional restoration technicians like our SERVPRO team have experienced all facets of water restoration and have the training and techniques to overcome these effects in your house. From the immediate needs for extraction and drying in obvious areas to the spread of this damage into the flooring and walls that remains out of sight, we work to offer the most comprehensive and complete service possible.

Part of the way that our team can assure our successes when it comes to water restoration work is the industry-leading equipment that we use on the job. In incidents of water damage, our moisture and leak detection equipment can help to isolate the problem areas and reduce the need for cutting out portions of drywall unnecessarily. This approach limits the tear out but also reduces the restoration time by leaving fewer points where rebuilding has to occur.

The essential thing to remember when you get posed with water damage in your home is that you're not alone in facing these effects. Our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City team of experienced professionals can respond quickly and help you to overcome the spread of the water and the damage that it has caused. Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (773) 337-3900.

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Could You be Making Mistakes When Cleaning Out Dryer Vents in Your Chicago Home

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Could You be Making Mistakes When Cleaning Out Dryer Vents in Your Chicago Home Regular vent cleaning can help to prevent mold from forming. Contact SERVPRO for remediation and some mold prevention tips.

Improper Dryer Venting can Cause Mold Damage Inside Your Chicago Home

Dryers with clogged vents can easily lead to fires in Chicago, and keeping these clean and free of lint build-up helps prevent such disasters. However, these same vents, as well as any ducts leading away from a bathroom, can cause other problems in a house's interior.

If the ducts and vents leading from your dryer to the outside of your residence contain any breaks or if gaps between any joints form, the chances of mold damage in Chicago drastically increase. Warm air saturated with moisture provides a suitable environment for mold to quickly grow when that water vapor leaks out through any broken ducts. SERVPRO technicians can remediate such developments with highly effective methods. These same techniques also help prevent the reappearance of microbial infestation.
 
Mold can grow almost anywhere, and while doing so, these microorganisms steadily consume porous materials. When you encounter staining and deterioration of the materials in your house, the presence of mold is often the cause. When gaps exist in your home's duct system, it can make it impossible to control the amount of humidity in your home. Sealing these openings off can force humidity levels to return to normal.
 
Our technicians then remove sections of materials damaged by mold infestation. We put these pieces into doubled bags to ensure nothing escapes to contaminate other areas of your home as we carry these bags out. Other areas that only harbor mold need cleaning to remove living mold. Because mold sends spores into the air whenever someone disturbs it, we make temporary enclosures around the area we need to remediate.
 
Thick plastic sheets close in the area while tubing and an air mover forcefully direct the area's contaminated air outside of your house. Negative air pressure like this is highly effective in protecting clean areas from spores and mold particles.
 
When smaller spaces contain mold infestations, we might opt to use dry ice pellets that gently scrub away mold particles while also freezing them and rendering them inert. Just like all other aspects of our work, we always clean up any debris or dust caused by this procedure.
 
After we complete remediation, we treat the area with antimicrobial sprays to help prevent problems with reinfestation. These sprays safely protect at-risk areas of your home and pose no threat to children or pets.
 
SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City covers the Mount Greenwood, Dolton, and South Holland areas. Mold damage from high humidity can concentrate in areas of your home that you rarely see, making heavy infestation possible. When you discover mold or notice musty odors indicative of mold growth, call us at (773) 337-3900 for effective remediation services.

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Get Rid of Water Damage in Your Commercial Property in Chicago

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Get Rid of Water Damage in Your Commercial Property in Chicago Whether water damage seeps in from the ceiling or the floor, contact SERVPRO right away for effective remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Follows a Proven Water Damage Remediation Process to Help Prevent Any Secondary Damages

Water damage and commercial properties can result in a loss of revenues and customers. These damages can be due to broken plumbing, flooding, leaky pipes, or other issues. When it comes to your business, it is essential to get remediation as soon as possible. If water damage is left untreated, it can lead to the growth of mold, mildew, and fungi. Your carpets and furniture can have a strange odor which can deter your clients and customers. The further you allow the problem to persist, the more costly it can be in the future. Luckily, there are steps that you can take when you notice the first hint of damage.
 
Whether it is a flood or some form of moisture, commercial water damage in Chicago can be a major headache. One of the first things that you want to do when you discover potential water damage is to verify the extent of the problem. A visual check might not be enough to establish the full scope of the issue. Water can soak into many materials without showing any visible signs of damage for an extended period. To accurately tell how far the water has spread, you would need a unique tool to measure the moisturizer in the building.
 
A moisture meter can help you measure the moisture content of the material to help you establish how much damage has spread and the severity of the moisture. Unfortunately, these type of high tech tools can be quite costly and difficult to use and interpret. This issue is why it is essential to contact a water restoration expert to help you with this mess. Experts such as SERVPRO can send a technician that can utilize advanced equipment to assist you in this battle.
 
The SERVPRO technician can use the mitigation process to get rid of water from the scene as quickly as possible. The extractor can clean your carpet and remove liquids from the floor. The air movers can enhance evaporation at the surface to reduce drying time. They can also use a thermal fogger to spread solvent-based products to neutralize odor-causing particles. Once the technician has completed their task, they can have a final walk-through with you to ensure that you are satisfied.
 
If you are in need of a reliable water restoration expert, definitely give SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City a call at (773) 337-3900, and we can promptly send over a technician to help you get through this disaster.

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Dealing With Fire Damage For Chicago Residents

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dealing With Fire Damage For Chicago Residents Most home fires are relatively small and contained quickly.

Dealing With Fire Damage

Most home fires are relatively small and contained quickly. However, in spite of a small blaze smoke can travel throughout your home causing extensive damage. When materials burn the smoke, composed mainly of carbon, can pick up toxins from that particular material and deposit them causing bad, although rarely harmful, smells to remain long after the fire has gone.

We learn about the behavior of smoke to ensure that homes dealing with the aftermath of fire damage in Chicago get the best possible service. Smoke residues from the burning of natural materials like woods or paper can usually be easily wiped away using wet cleaning methods. However, when synthetic materials burn the smoke is thicker leaving odorous deposits in places you might not see.

Smoke travels by convection, the process by which hot air rises and pushes cold air beneath it. Convection is why the predominant areas of damage in a fire are ceilings. It's also why you are taught to crawl to safety in a fire. The temperature of the fire determines how hard the smoke is pushed up against a surface and therefore how much residue it deposits onto that surface.

Since smoke always travels by convection, it makes smoke damage easy to predict. It is likely that any free upper airspace contains a thick deposit of smoke, especially in smaller cavities such as the gap between the home appliance and wall. SERVPRO technicians are trained to recognize the way smoke behaves which allows us to find smoke where you would not usually think to look.

Taking an educated approach is an essential part of what we do. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified before working on the job. It is this training that allows us to deliver an extensive assessment and comprehensive restoration service to our communities.

Within one hour of notification of loss, we can arrange for a SERVPRO technician to contact you for service. Within 4 hours we can arrive on site and begin mitigating loss. After that, we can pre-test your contents for the extent, and type of smoke damage, before embarking on a full restoration, cleaning and deodorizing of your home and contents after fire damage.

If you need a professional to help cope with the damage left behind by a fire, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City 24 hours a day on (773) 337-3900.

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Preventing Water Damage After A Broken Pipe Drenches Your Property In Chicago

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Water Damage After A Broken Pipe Drenches Your Property In Chicago Increasing the pressure can lead to broken pipes in your Chicago house, followed by water damage to the area.

Preventing Water Damage

Chicago residents barely think about the amount of pressure in their home's pipes except when it seems too low in the shower or kitchen sink. Opening up the valve might solve this problem, but at the same time, it can create a real disaster.

Increasing the pressure can lead to broken pipes in your Chicago house, followed by water damage to the area. SERVPRO can send IICRC-certified technicians to your home after such a disaster and get things dry quickly. This can keep water damage from becoming a reality for you. Water damage can affect almost anything in your house, from building materials to personal belongings.

Furniture can also become damaged as well as add to the damage sustained. SERVPRO crew members place non-staining wooden blocks under your furniture, so soaked legs do not stain carpeting. Carpeting can hold much water, so once we remove the majority of the water, we place your furniture in another area of your home so we can continue the drying process. Floating a carpet so we can force air underneath it helps dry it out more evenly. This also helps dry the floor under the carpet.

Water is a liquid, and it has no difficulty seeping into the smallest openings. Our technicians use moisture detection devices to locate this water. Because water readily evaporates into the air, we also measure its presence there. Materials quickly absorb water and then retain it easily. Our technicians use different methods to extract water wherever it occurs, and in whichever form, we find it in your home.

Our equipment ranges from extraction equipment of both liquid water and humidity in the air. Heating the interior of your home in various locations, as needed, helps make water evaporate. Once it is in the air, we can extract it with desiccant machines. Increased air currents perform a similar task of whisking water out of walls and other surfaces. Continually monitoring our progress by comparing more recent readings with our initial ones assures us of the rate your home becomes dry again.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City wants to help you prevent water damage to your residence. Contact our professional team by calling (773) 337-3900 whenever you have a disaster affecting your home. SERVPRO is always ready to respond to your emergency.

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Water Mains Can Allow for Major Flood Damages to Your Chicago Residence

8/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water Mains Can Allow for Major Flood Damages to Your Chicago Residence Water mains and other associated plumbing equipment can malfunction causing flooding in your home. Call SERPVRO right away to remediate.

Team SERVPRO is Always Ready to Help You Deal with Flooding in Your Home Regardless of the Cause

All throughout Chicago, substantial water mains weave through commercial and residential areas. These lines get tapped at every residence to provide drinking water. The size of the line itself gets determined by the draw of usage, and if the lines need to feed storage tanks and other offshoots at future junctions continually. The greater the diameter of the main line, the higher the pressure inside.

Many of the main lines still in service throughout the area are ductile iron. This type was the standard at one point for water lines, and until they see a string of problems happen over a brief period, they do not get changed over to the sturdier and more reliable PVC material that holds up better over time. The trouble with these materials is that they are essentially ticking time bombs waiting for the right circumstances to split or break apart, which can cause nearly immediate flooding damages to your Chicago home in a couple of ways.

Not all water meters contain backflow prevention devices to stop back-siphonage into your home when a water break occurs. Depending on your proximity to the break, an open service line demanding water can create a vacuum when a water break occurs, pulling the contents of the water line into a residence until they break this vacuum by shutting off their service line inside their house. Our SERVPRO professionals can quickly extract this water from the affected area, but not before damages ultimately occur.

Another way that this break could potentially flood your home is simply being downhill from the incident. Water continually flows at a high pressure from this break until valves on the main line get shut down, and by this point, you might already require flood damage restoration services from our experienced SERVPRO professionals.

There are no ways to adequately prepare for the possibility of a main water line break, but there are ways that you can help to limit the damage you might experience. One way is familiarizing yourself with the primary shutoff valve for your service line. If you have already experienced flood damages in your home, give our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City restoration specialists a call right away at (773) 337-3900.

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Faulty Electrical Wiring Can Cause A Fire In Your Chicago Salon

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Faulty Electrical Wiring Can Cause A Fire In Your Chicago Salon Having faulty electrical wiring inside of your shop can be very dangerous because it can cause fire damage.

Faulty Electrical Wiring Can Cause Fire Damage

Having faulty electrical wiring inside of your shop can be very dangerous because it can cause fire damage. Electrical blazes are some of the most sudden and unexpected fires that can happen; if you are not prepared to deal with the flames, they can do severe damage to your store. Having a fire extinguisher handy is essential, as owning one could turn a fire that has the potential to be disastrous into a much smaller problem.

Fortunately, the fire damage inside of your Chicago salon was kept to a corner of your store with the help of an extinguisher and quick reactions. However, it is vital for you to keep on top of the problem now that the blaze has been put out. In reality, the fight against fire damage has only just begun once the flames are gone. It's crucial to call for professional restoration services as quickly as possible to ensure a smooth and successful remediation.

SERVPRO makes it a priority to work as unobtrusively as possible, so we do not disturb your daily business as we work. No matter the time, our technicians can come to your salon to begin the remediation. Should an accident happen at the end of the workday, our team can work through the night.

Once we arrive at your store, we can investigate the fire damage that impacted one of your salon chairs and hundreds of dollars worth of professional products. Dip powders, acrylic, and gel products can stain your tile flooring as they burn, causing a molten mess of soot and ash. As we investigate, SERVPRO can select the best method to remedy the fire damage in your shop effectively and quickly.

Our technicians can clean up the ruined products and make a list of what you lost, making it easier for you to file a claim with your insurance company. Afterward, SERVPRO can use chemical cleaning methods to clean the soot and product remains from your tile flooring and walls. SERVPRO can clean your salon chair using a gentle and leather-safe solution in which you repetitively spray and wipe the impacted material.

For a final touch, we can use a hydroxyl generator to address the odor that fire damage leaves behind. The machine neutralizes the individual particles that cause the scent in the first place, effectively removing the odor from your salon. Before we go, SERVPRO can recommend an electrician who can investigate the wiring in your building to help prevent a future accident from occurring.

If faulty wiring causes fire damage to your property, never wait or hesitate. Phone SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City by calling (773) 337-3900. No matter the time, we are always able to help.

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Identifying Mold Growth During Mold Damage Remediation In Chicago

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Identifying Mold Growth During Mold Damage Remediation In Chicago There are over 100, 000 species of mold which exist in both the outside and indoor environments.

Identifying Mold Growth

There are over 100, 000 species of mold which exist in both the outside and indoor environments. For mold damage to occur, organic materials and moisture must be present - that is why they commonly grow on wet ceiling tiles, gypsum wallboard, carpeting, paint, wallpaper, and fabrics. Mold can also grow on dirty and moist surfaces such as ceramic tiles, fiberglass insulation, and concrete. We are going to look at some of the facts that we consider during the remediation of your Chicago property.

When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your Chicago property to perform mold damage remediation, we perform an evaluation and determine whether the site is safe to enter. We can also set up barriers using plastic sheeting to separate clean areas from the contaminated areas. To avoid the trip, fall, and slip hazard while at the site, we might provide portable lighting.

Our SERVPRO technicians are aware that mold can cause health effects and as a result observe protective measures during the remediation process. If we are working on a structure which was renovated or built before 1970, we are aware that asbestos may be present. It is usually found in floor coverings, insulation pipes, furnaces, and siding shingles. The same applies to structures which were constructed before 1978 which may be having lead-based paint. By using N-95 particulate respirators, we can avoid such forms of exposure.

To visually identify the mold, we watch out for discoloration on walls, staining, musty odor, and leathery growth on building materials. In most cases, mold grows on hidden areas, so, we check behind the insulation, wallboard, wallpaper, carpet backing, and padding. We can also use moisture meters to measure moisture levels of materials such as wallboard, brick, plaster, carpet, and concrete. It is because mold grows typically on surfaces with moisture accumulation.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City is an industry leader in mold remediation and cleanup. Call SERVPRO at (773) 337-3900 when you need professional help from our highly trained and experienced technicians.

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Chicago's Commercial Water Damage Experts Discuss Primary And Secondary Problems

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Chicago's Commercial Water Damage Experts Discuss Primary And Secondary Problems If large amounts of moisture remain present inside organic materials microbes can form into a mold.

Commercial Water Damage

If a water leak ever takes place at your Chicago company's storage warehouse, several problems can arise. Excessive moisture inside a building can cause structural components to weaken. Elevated humidity levels can make materials outside of the affected area wet. If large amounts of moisture remain present inside organic materials microbes can form into a mold.

If water gets into your storage facility, it can ruin your building materials and supplies stored inside there. Any time our SERVPRO technicians mitigate a commercial water damage incident in Chicago, we conduct our operations in ways that minimize strain on your company's daily functions. The longer moisture stays inside a structure; the worse problems can get. As soon as we get a call that there is a problem with your business we arrive promptly and begin remediation.

Any time something happens that causes water to spill into your warehouse, primary and secondary damage can result. Primary damage occurs when contents or building materials come into direct contact with water. Secondary damage takes place when materials get damaged by water vapor. As soon as an issue related to moisture comes up, our SERVPRO team begins restoring the primary damage to minimize the amount of secondary damage that occurs.

For example, the primary damage would be the carpet in your warehouse office getting wet due to a pipe break. If the office carpet got delaminated due to saturation, it would be considered a primary problem. Any hardwood floors that are present in the storage unit can swell and buckle as a result of having direct contact with water. When water gets onto metal surfaces, rusting can occur.

An example of secondary damage is if the drywall inside your warehouse gets elevated moisture content due to high relative humidity numbers. When water vapor gets into ceiling tiles, they can crumble and fall. Water vapor can also cause wallpaper to soften and fall off the walls. Mold and mildew growth can also occur as secondary damage.

In many cases, if the primary issues are treated promptly and correctly, secondary problems do not take place. As soon as an issue with water happens, extraction and rapid structural drying can reduce the chances of secondary damage developing. If you ever need help with excessive moisture in your storage warehouse, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Mold Damage Remediation Steps That Chicago Residents Should Know

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation Steps That Chicago Residents Should Know SERVPRO Setting Up a Containment Barrier During an Evergreen Mold Remediation

SERVPRO Follows Protocols and Informs Customers Concerning Mold Cleanup and Restoration

When performing mold damage remediation, the initial assessment goes typically beyond the growth that is visible on the walls or floors. Mold can grow in hidden areas, and that is where professional skills come in handy to deal with such situations. Mold spores usually grow when there is a moisture or water problem, and it is essential to identify the source of the water. The moisture source can help in locating the hidden mold in your Chicago property.
 
When our SERVPRO team arrives at your Chicago property to perform mold damage remediation, creating a remediation plan usually comes first. We do this by documenting the situation through writing, taking videos and photos. It clarifies everything about the remediation - including when the work is to start, the duration it takes, and the procedures to use. If necessary, we can advise occupants to temporarily halt their operation in the building until it is safe.
 
It is possible to contaminate clean areas by disturbing the affected areas. That is because the mold spores are very light and air can readily carry them around. Our SERVPRO technicians always ensure air is not flowing from the contaminated area to other areas. We achieve this by setting up negative air pressure at the site. We can also establish decontamination rooms where we can enter when it is necessary to decontaminate materials and equipment. Misting the contaminated regions can also help in suppressing the dust. Sealing of HVAC vents and installation of plastic sheeting to act as containment barriers is part of the effort.
 
By using a wire brush, we can scrape off surface mold and then wipe with disposable wipes. To entrap the spores, dust, and pollen, we use air scrubbers that are fitted with HEPA filters. During the cleaning process, our SERVPRO technicians remove all mold-damaged and wet porous materials and place them in plastic bags - which should be at least 6-mil thick.
 
SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City offers 24-hour emergency services to help any residential or commercial property after water, fire, mold, or storm damage event. Call us at (773) 337-3900 if you want your property to appear “Like it never even happened.”

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