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Cleaning Your Water Damaged Home After A Bathtub Overflow in Chicago

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Cleaning Your Water Damaged Home After A Bathtub Overflow in Chicago Chicago Water Damage is Mitigated with Rapid Removal by SERVPRO Technicians

Water Affects a Chicago Structure and Contents in Various Degrees

The most common claims on home insurance are related to water damage. There are several possible causes of water damage, and bathtub overflow accidents are amongst some of the most common. Several problems can come from your bathtub overflowing in your Chicago home, including the growth of bacteria, leaking ceilings under the tub, ruined flooring, wet plasterboard, and weak and unsafe subflooring.
 
It is easy to understand why quickly taking care of this type of water damage is essential. Your Chicago home can suffer from various damages, many of which can significantly affect the strength of the structure. It is precisely why SERVPRO is always standing by with professional and knowledgeable crews to help you in your time of need. Our staff has all been properly trained, and we have the right equipment needed to do the job correctly.
 
Once we have removed all the standing water from your home, we need to clean any areas which were affected. Structural items, like subfloors and walls, might need cleaning. We clean restorable materials with the right cleaning method for each type of material. We always use professional products and ensure that your home looks as good, if not better than before the water damage.
 
If the overflow leaked through the floor to another room downstairs, SERVPRO techs might need to clean things such as carpeting. Any of these areas not only get cleaned but deodorized as well. Our carpet cleaning methods can be grouped to how effective they are in different levels of soiling.
 
Any contents of your home which have been exposed to high humidity are evaluated for cleaning needs. Some wood furniture could require cleaning and polishing from the high humidity exposure. We also check any clothing, closets, or storage areas in the water damaged sections of the home for items that need cleaning and deodorizing. We check photographs and wall hangings as well, and electronics could need unique drying and cleaning services to restore them.
 
SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City does not overlook anything when restoring your home from water damage. Getting in contact with us right away at (773) 337-3900 when your home in Morgan Park, Beverly, or Hometown has experienced a water damage emergency is essential in preventing additional damages.

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Chicago Homes Are Susceptible To Attic Mold Damages

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Chicago Homes Are Susceptible To Attic Mold Damages Regularly check your attic as best as you can for the presence of mold damage.

Mold Damage In Attic

Chicago homes are known for their ability to withstand the harsh environments that come through the fall and winter every year. What you may not understand, is that a compromised roof could allow moisture to seep into the attic space from snow or ice on the shingles that have not melted away. When this new moisture is allowed to continue unchecked in your attic space, mold can find plenty of places to grow.

Since mold damage to your Chicago residence typically happens involving organic materials, you should appreciate the options available in your attic right now. Most construction uses plywood backing against the joists of your roof, and all of these components provide the right base for a mold colony to successfully feed and grow. It is a good idea to get in the habit of periodically checking up in your attic area for the presence or signs of molding, especially if you are not one to typically go into this area of your house.

While you should be able to smell the overwhelming musty scent of a thriving colony, sometimes this can be difficult to do if you have a decent ventilation system in place. Visual inspections can also be misleading at times, as newly forming colonies are not often overly noticeable to the naked eye, nor can you see the complete hyphae of the organism this way.

Our SERVPRO team of IICRC Certified technicians can provide inspections of your attic space to provide assurances that fungus is not currently present and that the conditions of your attic are not likely to create these organisms in the future. If something is found, our technicians begin their remediation work right away.

The process is all about preventing the spread of the fungus by neutralizing its spores in the air. The neutralization procedure uses a negative air chamber. Once these spores have been contained, thoroughly cleaning the area is the next step. This process changes based on the type of mold and how deeply it is rooted, but all of the colonies get removed at this time.

Regularly check your attic as best as you can for the presence of mold damage. If you smell or see anything that might indicate a fungus is present, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City anytime at (773) 337-3900.

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When A Flood Causes Damage To Your Chicago Home You Need Help From A Professional Restoration Company

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO When A Flood Causes Damage To Your Chicago Home You Need Help From A Professional Restoration Company We know that an emergency like this is stressful, so be sure to reach out to us at (773) 337-3900 as soon as you have a flooding problem.

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

Natural occurrences where ordinarily dry land is abruptly submerged in water, floods affecting your Chicago home can cause much destruction quickly. Flooding can happen in several ways because of rivers, streams, lakes or oceans overflowing, or as a result of excessive rain.

Whenever flooding occurs in your Chicago residence, there is a possibility of flood damage including extensive damage to your property and loss of personal possessions. SERVPRO is always standing by to help with our expertise and professional grade tools to get your back up and running as fast as possible. It is a simple decision as to why SERVPRO are the ones to call for help with flood damage.

Rain is the most significant contributor to most of the cases of flooding that we see. An excessive amount of rain causes water to overflow onto land. It is mainly due to high rainfall intensity over a more extended period. SERVPRO techs are prepared to help you after such a disaster with industrial pumps, fans, and dehumidifiers to dry your business out again.

The banks of streams or rivers can overflow. It can happen when these bodies of water hold more water upstream than is normal and it flows downstream to nearby low-lying areas. Because of this, sudden discharge of water occurs in the adjacent lands, which leads to flooding.

Coastal and lake flooding happens when massive storms cause the water body to surge onto the land. Overflows like this have destructive power since they can destroy structures which are not well-equipped to withstand the strength of the water like houses, bridges, and cars.

Flooding can also occur when rainfall or snowmelt runoff can’t be channeled correctly into the drainage systems, which forces the water to flow onto land. The lack of a proper drainage system or clogged drainage usually causes this kind of flooding.

With any kind of groundwater flooding, there are dangers of contaminated water which can possibly contain sewage, viruses, pathogens, bacteria, debris, or dead animals, among other things. Part of our job when cleaning your home from flooding is to disinfect the areas affected. Doing so ensures your home is not only dry again, but safe as well from any contaminants.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City works quickly and efficiently to get your home in Riverdale, Dolton, or Calumet City dry again. We know that an emergency like this is stressful, so be sure to reach out to us at (773) 337-3900 as soon as you have a flooding problem.

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Our Team At SERVPRO Can Remove Stains Left Behind By Mold In Your Chicago Home

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Team At SERVPRO Can Remove Stains Left Behind By Mold In Your Chicago Home One of the reasons for this development is that mold feeds on damp materials.

About Those Stains Left Behind By Mold Damage On The Walls Of Your Chicago Residence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Risk Of Using An Oil-Based Burner In Your Chicago Home This Winter

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Risk Of Using An Oil-Based Burner In Your Chicago Home This Winter Our SERVPRO response team is available 24/7 to help with emergencies like this to help you get back into your home quickly.

Furnace Puffbacks And Restoration In Your Chicago Home

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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Don’t Let a Burst Pipe Sink Your Chicago Residence

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Don’t Let a Burst Pipe Sink Your Chicago Residence The water from this leak is being absorbed into the cabinetry, drywall, and floorboard.

Restoring Water Damage from a Leaky Sink in Your Chicago Residence

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

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

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

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

While you might not have put much stock in the leaking faucet or pipe that persistently dripped into materials and surfaces throughout the affected area, you do know who can trust to restore the damage that this spreading water can cause. Our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City 24-hour response team can mobilize quickly to prevent continued damage to your home. Call anytime at (773) 337-3900.

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