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Chicago Stormwater Problems?? Don't Wait!! Call SERVPRO for Mitigation

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Home in Chicago? Call SERVPRO for Cleanup--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Flash Floods Bring Damage to Chicago Home

Flood damage is the most severe type of water loss a homeowner can experience. Storms with high winds are a common feature in the Windy City, and sometimes they result in water damage to residential properties. The faster mitigation begins limits the potential loss to both your home and its contents.

SERVPRO answered a call to clean up and assist with flood damage in a Chicago home. Flash floods from heavy storms in the area caused groundwater to enter a home and soaked the kitchen and living room. The homeowner used a mop and towels to remove as much water as possible and quickly realized he needed help. His insurance adjuster recommended professional mitigation for the situation to begin as fast as possible. Often SERVPRO is at the top of the preferred list of vendors for water loss restoration with many agencies.

Groundwater is sometimes referred to as "black water" and is considered a category three biohazard. This is one type of water loss event that should always have professional mitigation for both health and safety reasons. Our technicians arrived on site soon after the initial call and immediately extracted the visible water.
We scoped the affected rooms to locate every area the water may have migrated. The quick action by the homeowner stopped the absorption of water into the subfloor, but floodwater wicked into the sheetrock in the kitchen. Once exposed to water, sheetrock is not restorable, and we cut it away using a technique referred to as a "flood cut." This action allows for the removal of damaged sheetrock and lets airflow happen within the wall cavity for complete drying.

When SERVPRO technicians work on a site, along with restoring as much of the water loss contents as possible, we try to limit disruptions in the home and dry furnishings in place when possible. We removed a saturated area rug and placed the sofa and chairs up on blocks for drying as only the legs of the furnishings had been exposed to groundwater.

Our air movers blow high-velocity air that causes water vapor inside objects to rise to the surface. Once that happens, the dehumidifiers capture and port out the moisture. This method enables warm, dry air to bring down the moisture levels in the room and its contents in an expedient manner. Once confirmed dry though moisture readings, we clean and disinfect all surfaces affected by groundwater to ensure they are sanitary.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City is available at (773) 337-3900 to mitigate flood damage in your home. No matter the time of day or night or how large or small the water loss, we can be onsite within hours and make it "Like it never even happened."

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