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How Our Specialized Equipment Can Help You Get Rid Of Odors After A Flood In Your Chicago Home
Even if you mask these odors with Febreeze, perfume, or cologne, it can still linger around your establishment.
Fogging Equipment Mitigates Flood Causing Odors In Chicago
Weather-related problems like heavy rain, hurricane, or anything that can cause vast amounts of water to enter your residential area can lead to severe flood damage. Since flood water contains a lot of contaminants, toxins, and micro-organisms, it can leave a nasty odor after the traumatic experience. Even if you mask these odors with Febreeze, perfume, or cologne, it can still linger around your establishment. If you don’t get rid of them, the smell can only grow stronger and stronger to the point where it can reduce the value of your real estate.
There are two main instruments that you can use to get rid of the odor from flood damage in the Chicago location. The thermal fogger and the Ultra-Low Volume Fogger (ULV) are often advance equipment that experts used to get rid of the disastrous odor. However, these tools can be very pricey and often require an experienced person to utilize it correctly and to its full potential.
The SERVPRO technicians are experts when it comes to deodorization equipment. They know how to use it effectively, and they understand the mechanism behind these tools. The ULV fogger can produce a fine mist that can penetrate areas where odor-causing residues have accumulated. The SERVPRO techs can also use the equipment to inject fungicide and disinfect into inconspicuous areas that are hard to access. The thermal fogger can release a large amount of solvent product in confined areas. They can release fog products that have small solutions that can destroy odor-causing particles. With flood remediation experts, you can rest assured that your home can be odor free after experiencing flood damage.
If you're ready to get rid of odor-causing residue from the aftermath of flood damage, then feel free to give SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City a call at (773) 337-3900, and we can promptly send our flood remediation experts to your residential establishment to get started immediately.
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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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Saving the Contents of Your Chicago Home Amid a Flood
Finding your home under a few inches or even feet of water is a reason to immediately contact SERVPRO for drying out and remediation services.
Our Certified Technicians Respond Quickly to Your Flooding Emergency
As many homeowners in the Chicago area know, the weather can be a little unpredictable. While the moniker of the Windy City has stuck around for decades, homes here have to contend with a lot more than high paced breezes. With roaring storms that can roll off of the Great Lakes and cause much damage to the area, homes often find themselves contending with natural disasters like flash floods and traditional flooding scenarios with little warning.
Knowing that your house is at the mercy of rising waters can be a little unnerving, and also leave you overwhelmed at the thought of preserving what can get saved and restoring the damage once it is said and done. Flood damages to your Chicago home often come on quickly, leaving you little time to formulate a plan. The best thing you can do is to plan on what professional restoration team can help you amid the crisis to save your home and ultimately return it to its former condition.
Our SERVPRO technicians can respond quickly to the flooding and help you to seal off the vulnerable areas and assess the damage that your home faces. Items and contents within these affected areas get removed from harm's way as part of our pack-out service. This process ensures that these items do not suffer irreparable damage being left in the damaged areas for too long.
Also, this process ensures that our SERVPRO professionals have room to work. By removing the contents of your home from these affected areas, we have the space to bring in larger pieces of equipment that can make shorter work of the damage you face. Once the restoration is complete, these items get returned to their original locations.
Flooding in your home is often a difficult thing to have to witness. Fortunately, you are never asked to deal with the damage that it causes alone.
You can rely on our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City team of experienced technicians to quickly clean up the mess and remove the water. Give us a call 24/7 at (773) 337-3900.
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Lightning Can Strike Your South Chicago City Property and Wreak Havoc—Call SERVPRO for Emergency Cleanup
SERVPRO Strikes As Fast As Lightning for South Chicago City Cleanup and Restoration
Trust SERVPRO to Secure and Cleanup Your House after a Lightning Strike
A South Chicago City family experienced a "bolt out of the blue" during a recent thunderstorm, their home suffering significant physical and fire damage in an instant. Lightning struck right through the roof, the electrical force and subsequent fire destroying both the roof and the ceiling of an interior room, exposing the attic and the living area to the elements. Within the hour Ed Kowalski, our Business Development Manager, arrived on the scene to arrange for emergency fire and storm damage recovery. The accompanying photo depicted the damaged and exposed exterior requiring securing with tarps and boards. The hanging debris and possessions within the structure need careful removal to ensure a safer working environment for our SERVPRO crew.
Storm damage this extreme in South Chicago City might be rare, but when it happens to your family's residence swift and sure action on the part of a reliable restoration company is exactly what is needed. The tasks are many -- securing the areas blasted and burned openings, assessing the extent of the fire and water damage, developing a comprehensive remediation plan, and setting the plan in motion. We wasted no time moving on this project, proving We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Our high-qualified crews use their training and experience to complete a controlled demolition of the devastated area, followed by a thorough cleanup of all related damage. The combination of the violent, almost explosive action of the lightning, fire, and firefighting efforts challenge the SERVPRO team to bring their very best to this catastrophe. We remove water and debris, dry out the affected spaces, and employ appropriate cleaning tools, products, and techniques to clear the smoke and soot residues.
We reduce the potential for secondary microbial damage through treatment with EPA registered disinfectants. Lingering odors from the fire and water damage require elimination, any residual unpleasant smells preventing homeowners from putting the shocking and destructive events behind them. SERVPRO technicians choose from an array of strategies to rid a storm-damaged home from malodors. If deep cleaning and sealing of surfaces do not eradicate the smell, we employ technological advances to deodorize. Thermal fogging or oxygenation delivered via hydroxyl generators seeks out the odor-carrying particles and alters their chemical composition on a molecular level, neutralizing the stench permanently.
Protected, clean, sanitized, and deodorized, SERVPRO leaves your storm-damaged home ready for repairs and restoration from the general contractor of your choice. Move on with your rebuild confident that all preliminary preparations are in place courtesy of our expert disaster response team.
SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City shows its commitment to our promise to make it "Like it never even happened" with every job we complete. Call us any time of the day or night at (773) 337-3900 to schedule a speedy and proficient evaluation of your emergency scenario.
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Restoring A Flood Damaged Home In Chicago Removes Microscopic Dangers
The weather around Chicago sometimes causes flood damage to local homes and businesses.
Restoring A Flood Damaged Home
Sitting next to Lake Michigan and receiving a steady and robust air current helped Chicago earn its nickname as the Windy City. This same lake also gives area residents plenty to do year-round. Making great memories by boating, fishing, and gathering together for beach picnics remains a positive part of life here for many families.
The weather around Chicago sometimes causes flood damage to local homes and businesses. While the lake can swell and rarely cause problems, smaller streams overflow much more rapidly. Flooding in a neighborhood can happen because of this, or when curbside drains become clogged, and water from rainy weather cannot drain away safely.
Technicians at SERVPRO earn certificates in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) after learning the intricacies of removing water, reducing moisture, and treating various materials correctly to achieve the desired results. Other certificates from the IICRC focus on remediation of microbial infestations and caring for damaged flooring types, furniture, and other furnishings. We offer our customers an integrated service, making it possible to quickly restore your home, so it looks "Like it never even happened" once more.
We know that after a flood, stress levels soar, and the constant reminders that things in your daily lives have changed only makes things worse. SERVPRO wants your family to feel safe again, and able to live in their own house with the belongings in place that make it 'home.' We start as quickly as possible and start with our Green Fleet's pump trucks. Our highly efficient pumps can remove thousands of gallons of water quickly.
Once the water no longer covers your floors, we can safely begin working to clear away the debris. While the flood dumped copious amounts of muck inside at one time, we work methodically, so we remove the most massive pieces of debris first, always working down to the next smaller size.
We keep air circulation a constant aspect in your home. Even though your home's air contains substantial amounts of moisture, microbes, including mold, bacteria, and viruses, stay suspended in the air. To clean the air and prevent these microorganisms from landing and causing problems for you, we use air scrubbers that filter out any particles. Because these no longer exist in the air, odor control becomes much easier to accomplish.
SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City's flood damage mitigation professionals is always ready. If the Little Calumet crests and causes flood damage to your Riverdale or Dolton home, call us at (773) 337-3900 so we can mitigate the destruction created during the event and remove the risks left behind.
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Remediating Flood Damage in Chicago Homes
SERVPRO draws out moisture under carpets and replaces carpet pads to reduce the risk of delamination.
SERVPRO Can Quickly Dry Out Your Flood Damaged Home to Prevent Further Damage
The current storm season in Chicago has hit our area with massive amounts of rainwater. Despite the millions of gallons of water that have fallen out of the sky, it is the hundreds of gallons from failed appliances and leaky pipes that cause the majority of damage to homes.
Flood damage to Chicago homes primarily affects the carpets and floors. SERVPRO technicians train to remove any standing water, draw it out of surfaces, and take quick action to prevent secondary damage.
We start with removing water. Depending on the depth, we begin with commercial grade pumps to draw out the majority of it and then switch to water extraction wands. These two devices help us to not only get the water out but to draw moisture out of carpets and floorboards carefully.
Drawing out moisture helps us lower the risk of delamination in carpets. It happens when the water softens the adhesive in the carpet which causes the layers to separate. That allows bubbles to form between the layers and carpet fibers to loosen and pull away when vacuumed. The risk of delamination is why we remove the pad from underneath every carpet. It is a source of water that soaks every inch of a carpet it touches.
Floorboards absorb standing water, and even pressure treated wood can start to twist and buckle after a single day under just an inch of it. The extraction wands allow SERVPRO restoration specialists to pull water from between the individual floorboards, reducing that risk of damage. Quickly removing the water also helps reduce the chance of mold infestation in floors and carpets. Spores cannot expand and grow without a source of moisture.
To speed along the drying process, we use air movers to force warm, dry air over and under the carpets and floors. Our specialists can adjust both the temperature and speed of the airflow to dry out both types of flooring without splintering the wood or heating carpet adhesive too quickly and forming air pockets.
If you have a leaking refrigerator, a rusted-out water heater, or a split water line leading to your clothes washer, SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City is here to help you restore your home to its original, dry condition. Call us at (773) 337-3900 today to schedule a visit.
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Preparing For Floods Can Help Minimize Flood Damage to Chicago Homes
Floods can damage your home, but our SERVPRO team can help restore it.
Prepare Your Chicago Home For Flood Disasters
The aftermath of Hurricane Irma in 2017 was a painful reminder of the fury of Mother Nature and the consequence of playing ignorant in the wake of such a disaster. Chicago, which got its fair share of the calamity, is naturally chilly and prone to torrential downpours, as you are probably aware, but the resultant water damage led to thousands of dollars of losses. Of course, you may not always be in control of such a situation, so it is important to plan ahead. This means having a flood damage restoration company at speed dial to deal with the outcome of the disaster.
At SERVPRO, we have a team of highly skilled, highly motivated flood damage restoration experts for dealing with flood disasters in Chicago. Our tools and techniques are in line with IICRC guidelines to ensure a seamless restoration process. Every action we take is designed to restore your property to pre-damage condition, “Like it never even happened.”
Controlling flood damage from natural disasters begins by understanding the risk of flooding in your area.
According to NOAA (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), the four different flood alerts are flood advisory, flood watch, flood warning, and flash flood warning. Any warning means that you should respond at once.
Flood damage can include blocked roads, power outages, polluted water, and debris. Extreme conditions may hinder SERVPRO technicians from accessing the site and initiating the water removal and cleanup process. A general rule of thumb is to always have sufficient food and water in the house to feed your family and animals for at least three days.
SERVPRO has an efficient response system for controlling flood damage. Once we arrive, our water damage restoration experts proceed to restrain any hazards in the area and then remove the excess water using truck mounted or portable extractors. During the water removal process, we apply a moisture meter to find out how far water has traveled within the walls, ceilings, floors, and carpets.
Before drying, our experts check the flooring and carpets to determine the extent of flood damage. If these have not sustained severe damage, we treat them with an appropriate deodorizer and then position air movers to dry the wet surfaces. Every job ends by cleaning all debris from the structure.
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If your home, unfortunately, sustains flood damage, you can count on SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City to restore your property. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, thanks to our strategic position that allows us to respond quickly to local emergencies. For any assistance, call us today at (773) 337-3900
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Steps to Recover From Flood Damage in Chicago
Flooding after a storm can be devastating. Contact the technicians at SERVPRO to dry your property and remediate the damage.
SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Dry Out Your Property After a Flood
Water tamed into taps and pipes is necessary for cleanliness and drinking. Water raging because of storms or infrastructure failures is one of the most destructive forces, including the effects of flood damage to Chicago homes. Professional assistance when flood waters invade your home makes a tremendous positive difference, guiding to a successful restoration.
Illinois experiences both drought and heavy rains that cause Chicago flood damage within the same season. Homeowners need to be alert to the possibility of pop-up thunderstorms that dump vast amounts of water on the parts of the state in a short period. Sections of Chicago, like any other established urban area, struggle with adequate storm sewer drainage during this type of downpour. Many residences experience a degree of basement flooding during torrential rains, and the challenges of removing the water from and drying out the underground spaces require the expert services we offer.
Do not delay a call to SERVPRO when water floods your lower levels. The faster the flood waters exit, the more likely your home’s structure and contents survive the deluge with little lasting damage. Because the water building up in your basement is probably a combination of backed up sewer flow and rainwater seeping through foundation walls, contamination is an immediate concern. Our crews receive advanced training in identifying and remediating gray and black water and ensure we extract the possibly hazardous and infectious mixture, then contain and discard it according to local codes.
Truck mounted pumps and extractors tackle the task of removing the flooding efficiently even during power outages. Our crews then carefully inspect for hidden water in cinder block foundations or behind paneling or drywall, drilling through mortar joints or removing sections of wallcoverings to release the water. SERVPRO technicians place air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers to dry the basement thoroughly, using moisture meters to set and monitor drying goals.
The contaminated water leaves lingering hazards that our team attacks through the use of proven cleaning products and antimicrobials. We arrange an evaluation of any damage done to the mechanical systems and appliances that suffered for the incursion of flood waters and recommend they be put back into use only after it is certain their operation cannot result in safety concerns.
SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City is your full-service partner when flood waters threaten your residence. Call (773) 337-3900 for a 24-hour response, with crews dispatched as soon as possible to get the restoration on track.
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Repairing And Restoring A Chicago Home From The Effects Of Flood Damage
Repairing and restoring your home from the effects of flood damage can be an expensive process.
The Effects Of Flood Damage
Storms are a common occurrence in our city. Not so common is the flooding that happens afterward, but it has been more of a problem in the last few years.
Repairing and restoring a Chicago home from the effects of flood damage can be an expensive process. SERVPRO works not just to fix your home now, but to prevent more damage in the future.
The best repair and restoration work we can do is before a flood happens. Much of the damage we find related to storm flooding comes from damaged or improperly installed drainage systems. A small gap between two gutter sections or a misdirected drain pipe can allow hundreds of gallons of water to flow down an outside wall. It can cause damage to the inside and outside of a home from the foundation to the attic.
Our technicians are trained to replace or fix most gutters, but we help you check if yours might still be under warranty before we get started. Drain pipes are easier to fix; in most cases, the pipe simply pulled away from the wall. It takes just an hour or two for us to check and either tighten or replace the restraining straps and bolts that hold the drains in place around your home. It takes another hour or two to make certain the reattached pipes drain away from your home and into the nearest storm drain.
Foundations are a source of leaks and seepage that can affect an entire home. Small leaks can put water into a basement which means not just water damage, but mold as well. To stop more flood water from coming into your home, we recommend waterproofing. To do this, our technicians dig out and expose the foundation walls. After we clean them, we apply a commercial-grade, liquid rubber sealant to all concrete and cement surfaces. This procedure stops water completely unless it rises high enough.
The weather looks good for the next few days, but the rain is coming back next week. If you prepare ahead of the next flood or may have damage left from the last storm, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900.
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Protecting Your Chicago Home from Flood Damage
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.
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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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Quality Flood Damage Assistance Available In The Chicago Area
After a flood, things may appear worse than they are, you can recover much of what you see by obtaining the services of a quality restoration company.
Flood Damage Assistance
After a flood, things may appear worse than they are, you can recover much of what you see by obtaining the services of a quality restoration company. These technicians clean, dry, and rebuild flooded homes all of the time, enabling homeowners just like you to return to their home sooner than you might think.
When dealing with flood damage in your Chicago area home, play it safe. Never enter your property to take a look around or assess the damages alone. Safety hazards are lingering in the rubble that put you and your family at severe risk, some that only a trained eye can spot quickly enough to avoid. Making it necessary for you to ask for help immediately.
Companies like SERVPRO assist homeowners with recovering from flood damage on their property while also providing recommendations to assist with limiting your losses during any future events. Using the right company can make the difference between preventing or limiting flood damage, or losing your home entirely to the next problem that occurs.
At SERVPRO you and your family come first. We want you to be safe, avoid stressful situations, and concentrate on a more important side of your restoration, your health. Flood situations take their toll on your family both physically and emotionally, once you have expressed your concerns and had your questions answered by our onsite supervisor, leave your restoration in our hands.
SERVPRO can help you floodproof your home as we perform your restoration. Our initial inspection outlines problems that exist providing you with a timeline for recovery and prevents you from being surprised by anything that might arise. We help you rescue your cherished items, restore your furniture, and protect the structural stability of your home.
Our services include the removal of any standing water, getting air moving to reduce moisture caused by condensation and humidity. We clean and disinfect everything found within the affected area, removing debris that makes its way inside. We check for broken or leaky pipes and perform any necessary repairs to help return things to normal, in the most efficient way possible.
Contact SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City for additional information or to begin your home’s restoration, today (773) 337-3900.
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Worried About Weather Patterns That Cause More Flooding In Chicago?
Contact SERVPRO if your property suffers from flood damage.
Find A Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration Company You Trust
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.
Why the Type of Water in a Flood Matters More Than the Amount
Floodwaters can devastate an area. Call SERVPRO quickly to remediate!
Clean vs. Contaminated Water after a Flood
A flooded home is always an unwelcome event, but there's more to water emergencies than most people realize. Water level isn't the only challenge and potential hazard involved, and whether the flood water is clean or contaminated plays a huge role in the cleanup process.
If you've experienced flood damage in Beverly, you may not be aware that whether items within your home can be restored heavily depends on whether the water is contaminated or not. Here are the differences between clean and contaminated flood water, and how we deal with each.
This type of flood damage comes from water that is not contaminated with any waste, hasn't been used, doesn't have organisms in it that can carry disease, and has been treated. For instance, if your water heater malfunctions and floods your basement, that water is likely to be clean as it's been sitting in an enclosed tank waiting to be used. Flood damage from burst pipes also commonly involves clean water.
Clean water poses the least risk to your family, and SERVPRO technicians will have a much better chance of saving items affected by it. Here are some of the things that we're typically able to restore in this situation:
- Carpet and carpet pads
- Books and documents
- Electronics and appliances
- Electronic media
Gray water and black water are both contaminated, and the difference between the two is that black water has solid waste and is potentially more hazardous. Gray water has been used, but it doesn't contain human or animal waste. Examples include water dumped from broken washing machines and dishwashers, and toilets that have overflowed when not in use.
Flood damage from natural disasters and storms, backed up sewage, and used toilets that have overflown are examples of black water. This is the riskiest type of water emergency to handle, which is why SERVPRO technicians take special precautions when dealing with black water.
Though area rugs, some possessions and furnishings, and appliances can often be saved when they've come into contact with contaminated water, carpet padding is thrown out for safety. Carpet can be cleaned if the flood is from gray water, but it's best for your family's health that it be thrown out if black water is involved.
The team at SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City have the tools and expertise needed to handle all types of water emergencies quickly. For a quote or to learn more about our flood damage services, call us at (773) 337-3900.
The Heavy Machinery SERVPRO Uses to Restore a Flood Damaged Property
Storm Damage in Chicago Gets Help from SERVPRO
Flood and Storm Damage Need the Expertise of a SERVPRO Storm Team
When flood damage strikes, the results can be devastating and extensive. Floods are often thorough, affecting large regions or the entirety of a home, sometimes making it temporarily unlivable. Flood debris and water are difficult to repair and clean up after, and often require heavy industrial-grade equipment. SERVPRO utilizes and keeps stock of such equipment, and when you employ our services, we bring some or all of these large, powerful pumps with us to help get your home back to the way it was before as quickly as possible.
Many downtown Chicago flood damage cases involve the use of extractors, machines which suck any remaining water out of a room and out to the building exterior. Depending on the scale and location of the room flooded, these can be either truck-mounted or portable. Note that these machines do not strictly dry out a room, they only remove large volumes of water still present in the area.
Air Movers and Dehumidifiers
The combination of these two types of machines allows for the fastest possible drying of a room and its surfaces. Air movers do exactly as the name implies, using powerful motors and fans in specific orientations so as to get the air in a room moving quickly, picking up water molecules from surfaces in the room at a rapid rate. This only solves half the problem, however, as the water is still in the room, just in the air. This is where dehumidifiers come in, and they remove the water molecules from the air by either chemical or thermodynamic means. The result is a room full of dry surfaces and dry air, where there once was flooding and invasive moisture. The humidity levels are then restored to normal levels.
Deodorization and Disinfecting Equipment
The last of our equipment will usually be deodorization equipment once antifungal and antibacterial products have been sprayed and fogged into the affected areas of the structure. Floods can leave behind extremely foul odors, as they pick up biological and chemical elements which can stain surfaces and continue to emit odors for long after the room has been dried. Fogging machines are used to saturate the air and absorb smells from the room, removing any detectable odors remaining. This rapid drying will also mitigate the growth of mold.
SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City is a locally owned and operated business which brings the heavy machinery and firepower necessary to deal with floods of all shapes and sizes in the local area. If you've suffered flood damage to your home for any reason, don't hesitate to call us at (773) 337-3900.
Preparation Is Key For Staying Safe Through a Storm
Storm Damaged Area
Storm Plans Need To Include Supplies and Reasearch As To Recovery Service Companies
Storm season is upon us and we have noticed a dramatic increase in the number of customers that contact us for immediate help to clear up storm damage in the Downtown Chicago area. Some storms are brutal and take a significant toll on the population in the area. Restoring commercial and residential properties after a dramatic storm is our business. It is something that we take great pride in because we know that it is very beneficial to the local community. The fact is that SERVPRO of Evergreen Park South Chicago City is a locally owned business and we provide 24-hour service to storm disaster victims in the community.
Preparing for Storms
We realize that storms might hit out of the blue. One minute, the sky is crystal clear, with a calm breeze. The next minute, a storm is brewing over the area. We advise our customers to start preparing for storms and storm damage long before they occur. We've all heard stories about people that are preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse or the great disaster that ends the world. However, it is more practical to prepare for a real life situation that could occur at any time. For example, thunderstorms, tornadoes, lightning strikes, hurricanes, and floods are more apt to strike a community than the disasters mentioned above.
It is important to have a plan in place for any storm. For example, plan a safe location for the family in the home or a nearby evacuation center. Put together a storm disaster kit and store it away for use during the event. It is also a good idea to have a battery-operated radio that is tuned to the local weather station for updates on the storm. Make sure that the entire family is well aware of the emergency plan to keep everyone safe. Practice the plan a few times per season to stay on the safe side.
More Storm Safety Tips
Believe it or not, the safest place to be during a storm is inside your own home. Don't rush outside, in the middle of a storm looking for safer ground. Instead, we suggest that you stay inside, listen to the weather forecast, stay away from corded telephones, avoid interacting with any type of electrical equipment in the home.
Storm Damage Downtown Chicago
SERVPRO of Evergreen Park South Chicago City is recognized for their fast response to emergency situations after storms. We serve both residential and commercial customers promptly. Our staff of highly trained technicians will work quickly and efficiently to restore your property. Contact us at (773) 337-3900 for more information today.
Be Prepared For the Coming Storms
Storms Bring Destruction, SERVPRO Cleans Up
Professional Restoration Needs To Be Part of Your Emergency Plan
Storm damage along the South Side of Chicago is unfortunate to both residential and commercial communities. Many of the tall skyscrapers are prone to the natural elements and sustain high winds. Wind, rain, and hail may produce significant damage to rooftops, windows, doors, glass, and cars. The physical consequences of storm damage are not the only type of problems that may occur. Many adults and children may be frightened by the sights and sounds of the storm, sirens, the physical destruction of property, and fears of the unknown.
Aside from the initial shock of the storm, we are positioned to respond to structural damage that may have occurred to residential homes and commercial businesses. Storms can lead to widespread power outages, downed power lines, and interruptions to mass communication. The saturated ground can make tree roots loose introducing another hazard of fallen trees. Trees can fall over into houses creating additional property damage.
It is important to recognize that storm damage can be extensive, and the clean up and recovery efforts may be widespread. Detrimental impacts may also impede the ability to go to the grocery store to obtain food and clean water. Public and private transportation may be temporarily prevented, and that may interfere with people getting back and forth to work. This creates financial burdens that people have to deal with. Fortunately, there are relief efforts in place to help offset the storm damage when it is significant to have widespread effects.
In the event of storm damage in South Side Chicago, have faith in our team of experts to help you clean up the destruction. We recognize that emergencies like this can cause emotional and disaster-related stress. Be sure to review your family emergency plan with the members of your household to be better prepared in the event of a disaster. Recognizing that disasters can occur without warning is essential to developing an appropriate plan of action. An emergency supply of food and water for 3 days is the minimum amount of resources needed to be prepared for the unexpected. A first aid kit is recommended to keep with your emergency preparedness supplies. Be prepared for down cell phone towers and the absence of modern technology.
When you need storm clean up, call our team of experts at SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City to start the process at (773) 337-3900.
Insurance for Storm Damage
Purchasing Insurance Needs to be an Educated Decision
There Are Many Things To Consider When Purchasing Insurance For Your Home
When purchasing homeowners insurance, there are many factors to consider, especially what would happen in the case that you experience storm damage. If you live in an area that is prone to severe storms, it is even more important to understand the kind of insurance policy you have, the limitations of it, what it covers and the kinds of storms for which you might not be covered.
Overview of Storm Damage Insurance
A lot of homeowners have experienced a bad hailstorm already or seen the storm damage which hail can cause to automobiles, homes, businesses and other property. When hail hits, it does the most damage to the outside of your property or home. Types of damage that are commonly caused by hail include siding damage, roof damage, window damage, shingle damage and automobile damage.
Most homeowner standard policies, known as HO-3 policies, will cover your home and its contents. Usually you are covered against theft, storm damage, some major disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and hail, plus pet damage.
Floods and earthquakes are not usually covered under a majority of stand insurance policies and need a separate policy. Home insurance policies, remember, don’t cover normal wear and tear or poor maintenance, so you should ensure that your home is properly maintained at all times.
Shopping for Homeowners Insurance
When you are in the market for a homeowner’s policy, it is a good idea to look at several different companies first. Different companies for insurance will offer a significant range of coverage levels, prices, and discounts. Don’t just shop the ones you know best, but look for the policy which works for your situation the best. If you find a policy which looks good but is offered by a company you don’t know, it is helpful to look into their background. There are three websites you can check for the financial strength of an insurance company: Fitch Ratings, Ambest and Moody’s Investor Services.
When choosing a policy, begin by researching the area you live in. you will want to have a firm knowledge of the history of storm damage in your neighborhood related to:
- Wind storms
- Natural disasters
Ensure that the insurance policy you select will cover adequately the natural disasters and storms in your area. Look out for insurance companies that are known for denying claims unfairly. Each year, the American Justice Association publishes a list of the ten worst companies. If your insurance company is found on this list and your claim for insurance has been denied, ensure you connect with a contract that is reputable, such as SERVPRO, who has the experience to be able to fight for what you deserve.
Insurance for storm damage in Southside Chicago deserves to be researched thoroughly before you decide on which insurance company to go with. If you do experience storm damage of any kind, make sure and contact our professional technicians at SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago by dialing (773) 337-3900 right away so we can assess your damages and make sure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Water Loss from Storm Damage in Chicago
Extensive Water Damage in a Living Room of a Home
Professionals Can Determine the True Extent of Damages After a Storm
A water disaster from Chicago storm damage can strike at any time. Usually these occurrences are unexpected and sudden, often the damages are quite difficult to detect, depending on the specific nature of the loss. The most frequent type of loss widely reported in the insurance industry is from water. Things such as broken pipes, sewage backup, leaks from appliances, water getting in from a roof opening and other levels of a building from heavy rain are water losses typically seen and which are covered under a majority of risk property policies. For anyone who never had prior experience in dealing with an insurance claim, the language of the policy can be quite confusing to say the least. To get fair compensation for a loss, it is a good idea to have an experienced claims advocate to advise you, since the method for adjusting these losses can be very technical and impact the way the settlement gets determined.
After you’ve experienced storm damage near Chicago, the most important thing you have to do is start the right emergency mitigation. You need to immediately get removal and dry out started. You should call our professional team at SERVPRO to help guide you through this process. How you handle a water loss in the first twenty-four hours can be critical to the outcome of your damage claim to your insurance. We have seen many times, for example, adjusters interested in saving money for the carrier having neglected removing baseboard and other kinds of finishings. Removing the baseboard stops the circulation of air throughout the wall system of a building. Wet carpeting needs to be pulled out completely or you could be harboring conditions that could lead to more damage or mold. Putting a blower in an up-lifted corner of the carpet won’t do the job right, since often the padding is soaked, too, and needs replacement.
You need to consider seriously calling us at SERVPRO. Your carriers preferred vendor isn’t always the best choice since they could be operating under cost constraints which limit their ability to do the job that is needed. Either way, it is very critical that you don’t sign any paperwork authorization forms without agreement from the insurance company or the representative adjuster to approve charges. You can have help going through this process with a public adjuster.
The next step is figuring out the extent of the damages, and this involves using moisture detectors, infrared cameras and hygrometers to find the exact location of the water. If the insurance company doesn’t follow this protocol, the outcome of your settlement will be hugely impacted and the total restoration and dry out process of the insured home could be in jeopardy. This is why you need us at SERVPRO to do this work for you. You’ll also need the right disinfectant products applied to stop any fungi, bacteria or mildew from forming and causing more damage.
That is why it is essential when you experience any storm damage in Chicago due to water damages that you call our experts at SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago at (773) 337-3900 so that we can properly assess your damages and do the cleanup and restoration that is needed.
What Does Commercial Flood Damage in Chicago Entail?
Extreme Flood Damaged Area After a Storm
Flood Damage Needs to Be Quickly Dealt With to Prevent Resulting Hazards
Commercial flood damage in Chicago can be one of the trickiest obstacles for any business to deal with. Flood damage is often thorough, impacting a wide area across a building and finding its way into dark and forgettable places. If given time, flood damage can later cause more types of damage through corrosion and mold growth, if you are not careful.
Who's at Risk?
Any building could potentially experience flooding, but locations near water or in a low-lying area are particularly vulnerable. Never assume that your building is immune to flood damage near Chicago simply because it is on high ground; internal leaks or floods could strike unexpectedly.
What Happens in Floods?
Floodwaters tend to cover all or a vast part of a building, ruining, staining, and contaminating floors and low-lying objects. The waters are often loaded with dirt, grime, and biological or chemical hazards, making cleanup a tricky and dangerous affair. Furthermore, floods often create ideal conditions for mold growth, which may cause adverse health effects.
How are Floods Cleaned Up?
First, any remaining water is pumped out with heavy extractors, sometimes truck-mounted for larger amounts of water. Then, air movers and dehumidifiers are used to dry out the area and eliminate any remaining moisture. Finally, deodorization and cleanup can begin, with all affected areas and objects scrubbed and sanitized. During this phase, mold removal and restoration processes may also take place, depending on the situation.
We are Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists
As a leader in Chicago flood damage restoration, SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City has the specialized expertise, equipment, and training to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. We offer 24/7 emergency service for Chicago, Downtown Chicago, and South Side Chicago. Call (773) 337-3900
Flood Damage In Chicago - Requires Fast, Complete Attention To Detail
Flood damage can happen at just about any time due to many factors, not the least of which are overflowing area basins and the storms that occur.
Chicago Flood Damage - Requires Fast, Complete Attention To Detail
Water damage to your home is such that, without immediate attention, soaked drywall, carpets and the possible infection of molds make your home an uncomfortable place to live very quickly. This is what makes it necessary to call for the flood damage cleanup that Chicago area homeowners appreciate.
What Is Critical To Understand About Flood Damage In Your Chicago Area Home?
Flood damage in Chicago can happen at just about any time due to many factors, not the least of which are overflowing area basins and the storms that occur all too often. The flooding can come into your home through the basement, due to faulty waterproofing and can get to work on destroying your home's foundation often before you are aware of it.
That is why it is crucial to enlist the services of a flood damage restoration company.
Getting Back To A Healthy Home
When you contact a flood damage restoration firm, they arrive to begin the process of a complete inspection while setting up large air movers. Thus begins the evacuation of the bad air that wet things throw off. The process of removing the water starts at the same time.
The removal of the water, immediately, assists in preventing as much additional damage as possible because the furniture, wallboard, and carpet become soaked even more and continue to break down as well as the molds that may be present take hold and are transported, by the water, into other areas.
This water removal process may involve submersible pumps as well as powerful commercial wet-vacs in all areas affected and on all surfaces. Nothing else can be attempted, nor should be until the water has been removed and the air is a bit sweeter. It is necessary to organize and carry out the removal of furniture and other items that must be done to accomplish the drying out of the premises.
Dehumidifiers are then placed to assist in getting all of the moisture out of your home. This moisture, if not removed, continues to help molds and mildew and their dangerous work in your home and everyone who occupies it. It continues to get into all spaces, such as the closets in which your delicate clothing are hanging. It also continues to affect the building materials in a negative way.
The Next Step In The Flood Damage Restoration Is The Cleaning
Powerful sanitizing agents are used on all surfaces that can be cleaned. This occurs after everything that can not be wiped completely has been removed. This means a complete detailed cleaning of all rooms, spaces, and areas to ensure nothing, such as mold spores, germs or other allergens remain.
Restoring Your Home After This Flood Damage Cleanup In Chicago
Restoration involves the finishing touches of repairing your carpets or doing some patch and paint work. Water can damage hardwood floors and drywall. Some of the flooring or drywall may need to be removed and replaced.
There are so many things that need to go right, and we have it down to science, so, as a family owned and operated franchise, we at SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City stand ready to help your family during this confusing time in your life. When a major flood makes your home uninhabitable, give us a call as we have the personnel, the equipment, and the experience for anything relating to this emergency. That number, at any time, is (773) 337-3900.
When A Chicago Flash Flood Is Over The Cleanup Begins
A flash flood situation is very dangerous.
When A Flash Flood Is Over The Cleanup Begins
You didn't anticipate a flash flood, but it happened. A building that held your business or the place you call home has felt the impact of flood water. How should you handle this situation? What is the next step? Questions will fill a person's mind, and their emotions will be difficult to handle. Recovering from a flash flood will not happen quickly. It will take time to return to normal.
When trying recover from Chicago storm damage, it's important to stay aware of events from the local media such as television or radio. Weather radio can also provide important information. There is always a chance of dangerous flooding even after the water levels have dropped. The news media will be able to provide information on when it will be safe to return or go outside.
If a person returns to a building and sees wires that are frayed or broken, smells burning insulation or sees sparks, the electricity needs to be turned off immediately. Avoid going into water to reach a fuse box. Ask for help from a professional electrician if this is the case. It is possible that a building's sewage or water lines have sustained damage. A licensed plumber needs to be asked for help. In some cases, people may smell propane or natural gas or hear a hissing noise. If this happens, a person should leave the area immediately and inform the fire department.
Do Not Consume The Water
When a flash flood has impacted a building or home, neither the well or tap water should be used for drinking or anything else. It is best to wait until the authorities declare the water does not contain any type of pollutants. It is best to get bottled water or water from a safe source to use until the building's or home's water is safe. Boiling water will kill most types of unsafe microorganisms. Bleach will destroy most types of bacteria. Eight drops for each gallon of water should be effective. Once the bleach is put in the water, it should not be used for at least 30 minutes.
Children And Pets
A flash flood situation is very dangerous. Children and pets need to be watched closely to keep them safe from harm.
It is important to stay away from flooded areas. Barricades should not be challenged. There could be a number of problems that are visible as well as invisible. This includes road damage, bridge damage, and a number of other problems. It's important to follow the recommendation of emergency workers. Avoid driving as much as possible and keep roads clear for emergency vehicles.
It's important for people to stay away from any moving water. It only takes half a foot of moving water to knock a person down. A few feet of moving water can sweep away most automobiles.
When going any place after a flash flood, it will require the utmost caution. Traveling should only be done with necessary. It would be best only to go when the flood water is no longer moving. If going across flooded areas, a stick should be used to determine depth and firmness before each step. Contaminated water is a danger as well as dangerous debris, unnoticed animals, weakened roads and walkways can make traveling very dangerous by both foot or car. Do not go into any building surrounded by flood water. Wait until authorities have declared it to be safe.
SERVPRO can be contacted to restore items in a building or home that have been impacted by water damage.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Once the floodwater has lowered, it is time to begin the process of cleaning and disinfecting all wet items in a home. This will protect homeowners from chemical contaminants as well as sewage and more. Wearing protective clothing such as rubber gloves and boots is essential during this process. In many cases, to eliminate the damage caused by Chicago storm damage, it may require upholstery cleaning as well as carpet cleaning, mold remediation and more.
Any food in cans or jars that came in contact with flood water need to be thrown away. It's also a good idea to get rid of any plastic utensils, bottled water, baby bottles and more that were in flood water.
After every flood, there are going to be fake contractors who will try and take advantage of the situation. This is the time to only work with reputable contractors who are professional. They will provide the best cleanup and repair service.
When a building's basement get flooded, it is best to drain it slowly. Experts recommend approximately 1/3 each day. This is a safe drainage method and will prevent structure damage. If water is removed too quickly, it could cause a structure to collapse.
Once a flash flood has happened, it's time to contact the insurance company and start the claim recovery process. Many homeowner policies do not cover Chicago flood damage. Confirm flood coverage prior to a flood.
When trying to figure out recovery steps from a flash flood, it's important to stay in touch with the local television and radio. They can provide important recovery information such as government and other organizations to contact. SERVPRO is able to restore any building or home impacted by a flash flood. Contact us immediately, and the work will begin as soon as you need.
Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources
We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud to be an active member of the Chicago community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.