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Lightning Strike Causes Fire Damage

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Lightning Strike Causes Fire Damage Fire Damage Can Result from Lightning Strikes in Chicago

Cleanup is Critical After a Flaming Occurrence to Your Property


Thunder and lightning are frequent accompaniments to the torrential rains experienced lately in northern Illinois. Lightning strikes that cause residential fires are rare but serious. If it happens to you, a clear plan of action must be developed and followed immediately. After the firefighters leave your home, still standing but damaged, depend upon SERVPRO to help with both plan and implementation.
 
Being jolted out of bed by the flash and rumble of a thunderstorm is annoying, but add fire damage because the lightning ignited your Chicago home and you have a bona fide disaster on your hands. Reach out to us, and we respond with a full range of fire restoration services provided by highly-qualified technicians.
 
Lightning typically strikes the highest point on a building, making attic fires among the most common related to this cause. The energy of the lightning also damages plumbing, wiring, and electronics, conducted throughout your home via these utility lines. Even if fire department quells the flames quickly, secondary fire damage spreads throughout your home. SERVPRO has an effective strategy for every issue:
 
We assess charred framing and rafters in the attic, arranging for replacement if the damage is severe, or cleaning with proper solvents and abrasive scrubbers if minimal.


We look closely at insulation in the area of the fire. Water damage to insulation is common if used to extinguish the fire, and a decision to replace or clean, dry, and restore must be made.


We contain soot and other residue and thoroughly remove it from surfaces using dry or wet techniques depending on the porosity of the materials affected.

We inspect HVAC systems to ensure odors and debris experience limited distribution. Cleaning and sealing the interior of the venting is one technique that works.

We evaluate lingering fire-related smells and deodorize following best practices taught during the comprehensive fire restoration curriculum our employees master and review on a regular basis.
 
The energy of the lightning travels along communication, electrical, and plumbing systems inside your home, damaging them and appliances and electronics attached. Our SERVPRO project managers work with your insurance company and other contractors to get all of these essential services back up and running, “Like it never even happened.”
 
Recover from the shock of a lightning strike fire by partnering with SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City. Begin the journey back to preloss condition with a call to (773) 337-3993.
 
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Raccoons Enter Your Marquette Park Home Causing Biohazards And Other Damages

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Raccoons Enter Your Marquette Park Home Causing Biohazards And Other Damages Biohazardous Raccoon Contaminated Insulation Is Replaced by SERVPRO Techs in Your Chicago Attic

SERVPRO Can Insulate Your Home After Biohazardous Removal and Sanitation of Raccoon Waste


Let’s start by saying that not all raccoons become infectious. However, raccoons are the primary host for a roundworm infection called, Baylisascaris Procyonis, which is extremely harmful to humans. Treating your attic as a biohazard area after discovering a raccoon living in your home is the best way to avoid contamination and possible illness.
 
Raccoon problems happen in the Marquette Park area quite often, creating biohazards that require professional cleaning services and lead to additional repairs that can cause severe damage to your home if not handled promptly. Keep in mind that raccoons are wild animals that are comfortable in invading urban areas seeking shelter and food
 
Raccoon-Human encounters are very common; they are smart, curious, strong, and aggressive creatures. So, when we say that they possess the strength to rip open flashing on your roof, tear vents off of your house, or enter your home through ducting, you can understand our concerns.  
 
Pest control services respond to calls about raccoons digging holes in yards, entering gardens, rummaging through garbage cans, and even swimming in pools. Once they have successfully removed the critter from your property, SERVPRO can perform a full inspection that reveals, even more, damages that you were not aware existed.
 
SERVPRO technicians often find that raccoons access attics through missing vents, damaged roof flashing, or tear through many of these items to obtain entry. Once inside, they leave fecal matter and urine everywhere that may contain biohazards that pose severe threats to your health. If insulation becomes contaminated from biological wastes, discarding this insulation is a safe step to take. SERVPRO technicians can disinfect the affected attic crawl space and blow in new insulation that may even reduce your energy bills. Raccoons often damage electrical wiring in your attic, making contact with flammable materials and creating fire hazards. Same goes for piping insulation, raccoons rip the insulation off and use it in nesting areas, exposing your water sources, causing expansion during cold weather which can burst pipes and lead to water damage.
 
A raccoon may also get into trouble, get stuck inside of a vent, or return injured after searching for food and end up dying inside of your attic, walls, or ventilation system, creating even more biohazardous conditions. SERVPRO technicians can help eliminate these issues and more. Raising their litters in your attic means that trafficking in and out of your attic can also lead to annoying noises coming from your attic.
 
Whether you have issues with raccoons in your home or business, give SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City a call today. We can help discover issues caused by this type of intrusion and get things back to normal quickly. (773) 337-3993

Equipment Requirements for Flood Damage in Chicago – Getting the Right Extraction Tools

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Equipment Requirements for Flood Damage in Chicago – Getting the Right Extraction Tools Flooded Decks, Floors, and Carpets in Chicago Use SERVPRO for Drying

SERVPRO's Inventory of Equipment Mitigates Storm Damage in Chicago


Residential flooding does not always result in a submerged ground floor and occupants with very wet feet. In fact, many of cases we handle don’t involve huge amounts of standing water. Either the leak or fault is not severe enough to cause intensive water intrusion. Alternatively, the laws of physics have their way, and the liquid water gets trapped in porous materials.


On the other hand, SERVPRO also has lots of experience dealing with severe cases of flood damage in Chicago. When storm waters intrude upon a structure, the cleanup is different from a ground floor pipe bursts that cover the rooms in two inches of standing water; we are here to help you eliminate it quickly. To do this, we employ a range of straightforward and sophisticated extraction tools.

Weighted Compression
These tools work by, literally, squeezing the liquid out of fabrics (usually carpets). They use heavy weights (sometimes an operator stands on top) to push water out of the underlay and into an extraction machine. One such water extractor is called a Rover.

Vacuum Sealed Water Claw
Water claws are compatible with ‘carry in,’ and truck mounted pumps, but the latter is only present on site in rare circumstances. The tool depends on the presence of water to construct a tight seal, so the SERVPRO technicians first extract as much liquid as possible from the underlay. Then, the process gets completed with a traditional carpet cleaning wand.

Traditional Carpet Wands
The more basic carpet cleaning wands are not as efficient at extracting liquid from subflooring and other types of fibrous materials. For this reason, SERVPRO only uses them in conjunction with other tools. Water mats also increase the suction surface of the carpet and are very effective in drawing moisture out from the seams of hardwood flooring. This also helps to dry out the supporting floor joists in a crawl space structure.

Hard Floor Squeegees
While tools like squeegees are quite simple, they can be an effective way to push excess water out and away from structural materials like hardwood, linoleum, and tile floors.

The Purpose of Extraction
The efficient and controlled extraction of standing water has a very positive impact on the overall drying process. It has a significant effect, for example, on the number of drying tools and the timeframes required to restore the home and contents to an optimal moisture equilibrium. Vacuum tools are the best form of standing water removal. The stronger the vacuum pressure and air flow, the more powerful the extraction equipment. For instance, truck mounted devices have a much greater vacuum pressure than the more compact, portable tools, though the latter are a staple of most residential cases of flood damage.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City has the expertise and skills you need to eliminate flood damage quickly. We serve homeowners within the Chicago area, so get in touch to find out more about our restoration services. Call us 24/7 at (773) 337-3993 today.

Why Smoke Is So Difficult To Remove In Your Chicago Property

4/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Smoke Is So Difficult To Remove In Your Chicago Property Smoke may seem like a relatively benign effect of fire damage, but in reality, it is one of the most challenging and troublesome factors.

Smoke Removal


Smoke may seem like a relatively benign effect of fire damage, but in reality, it is one of the most challenging and troublesome factors. Smoke is virtually impossible to remove with conventional means, necessitating the kind of specialty equipment carried by SERVPRO or other restoration companies. However, why is smoke so difficult to remove? Why won't a simple cleaning and air freshening job solve the problem? Here's a bit of insight into the science behind it.

Almost all cases of Chicago fire damage produce smoke, since smoke is one of fire's natural products, along with ash and certain gasses that can vary in composition depending on the nature of the fire. Smoke similarly varies in composition, being heavily affected in form and nature by what was burning, how long it burned, and what its moisture content was during the fire. Some types of smoke may be very easy to clean and require virtually no deodorization, but this is rare. More commonly, your home may encounter darker, wetter types of smoke that are much harder to remove.

These types of smoke produce enormous quantities of tiny particles that can sink into materials and embed themselves well beyond the reach of common cleaning products. Even high-powered washers and scrubbers used by SERVPRO technicians usually can't touch smoke that has seeped into a home's structure. However, our powerful deodorizing foggers accomplish the task well, saturating an area with a fog similar in composition to the targeted smoke particles. Depending on the type of smoke, particles in this fog should nullify or replace smoke throughout the area, removing any smell or sign of damage permanently.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City is a local franchise of a national company with the training and equipment to handle smoke and fire restorations of any size. Call us 24/7 at (773) 337-3993.

Water Damage to Your Chicago Furniture Store

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage to Your Chicago Furniture Store By calling SERVPRO quickly after a water damage event in your showroom, you can potentially save all of your display pieces.

SERVPRO's Rapid Response After an Event Can Greatly Reduce Damage


When the main inlet pipe breaks in the building housing your furniture store, the investment you have made in showroom inventory is at certain risk of severe water damage. The arrival of SERVPRO water mitigation specialists after that is your best bet, helping your and your staff sort out the mess.
 
Commercial water damage could be the end of your Chicago furniture business, but not if we are summoned quickly to assist. Chances are good that the store’s square footage will not incur much damage, its walls and floor typically composed of cinder block or concrete. You and we can concentrate instead on the cozy living room arrangements, dining room sets, and bedroom suites your customers enjoyed viewing and trying out. They may be sodden, but our technicians are ready to use their training and experience clean and dry them. Using professional strength pumps and extractors, our team will remove as much water as possible from the area and the furnishings. If your showroom is carpeted, we will assess whether that floor covering can be cleaned and dried. Padding often must be replaced, but carpets can be surprisingly resilient. If area rugs were on display, we may take some of them off-site to thoroughly dry them.
 
SERVPRO will work closely with you and your insurance company to determine whether the furniture on exhibit in your store can or should be salvaged. Our staff has been educated in advanced upholstery drying, using air movers and dehumidifiers to complete the job. If the furniture just got “its feet wet” during the flooding, the water damage may be reversible. Standing or cascading water that soaked entire pieces will be more difficult to remove and the pieces trickier to restore. It is crucial that the restoration efforts start immediately after the water damages the times as microbial growth can begin within 48 hours. Great care must be taken not to sell items that have the potential to harbor fungi or other hazardous substances.
 
SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City is ready to assist if your furniture business suffers water damage from a plumbing fail. Consider a call to (773) 337-3993 before disaster strikes to set up an Emergency Ready Plan, but know we will be there to help ERP or not.

Get Help With Mold Damage In Your Chicago Area Home

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation  Get Help With Mold Damage In Your Chicago Area Home Mold Patches in Your Chicago Home Get Professional Remediation from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Has the Solutions for Mold Remediation to Your Property

It is sometimes true that the right mixture of bleach, or other disinfectants, applied to small mold infected areas found in your home can inhibit mold growth and clean affected areas. However, these disinfectants have zero effectiveness against mold spores and mycotoxins that escape into the air and deposit new growth spores throughout your home.
 
Without professional remediation services, your Chicago area home is likely to become exposed to mold damage repeatedly. Applying chemical products as your sole source of mediation only leads to more exposure, often affecting larger areas than before. You can carry microscopic mold spores throughout your home without even knowing it is happening.
 
A company, like SERVPRO, with expertly trained mold remediation specialists, provides you with professionals capable of containing mold exposure in your home. We use water extractors and physical removal methods to rid your home of saturated materials and clean the affected areas before performing the repairs you need to return things to normal quickly.
 
Focusing on fast drying of your structure to limit damages and paying specific attention to the contents and personal belongings to save as much as possible from loss. SERVPRO’s IICRC certified technicians only use chemical products to help control microbes and make the job site safer for workers to perform their tasks.
 
All contaminated materials found on your property get bagged up and disposed of properly according to EPA and OSHA guidelines presented in our training. When porous materials such as sheetrock or wood become contaminated for longer periods of time, it becomes necessary to remove them and replace them with clean materials.
 
SERVPRO manages your complete remediation and restoration process. We remove all of the moisture found in your home, even moisture hidden within your walls, or in hard to reach areas like under your cabinets, or in crawl spaces. But not before we close off the entire area and use negative airflow equipment to stop contamination from reaching other clean areas of your home.
 
After we perform extraction and cleaning services, we perform any repairs necessary to get things back to normal quickly and efficiently. Our technicians treat you with respect and keep you informed throughout the entire process.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Marquette Park – West Lawn – Ford City for information about returning your home to a safe, clean, secure environment you and your family can enjoy. (773) 337-3993

Appliances in Your Chicago Home Which Can Cause Flood Damage

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Appliances in Your Chicago Home Which Can Cause Flood Damage Storm Water Backups Can Affect Heavy Appliances with Flooding in Your Chicago Home or Apartment

SERVPRO Tips to Prevent Flooding from Appliances in Your Chicago Property


Any appliance which has pipes or other fixtures which feed into a water line have the possibility to spring leaks or develop blockages that could lead to serious flooding if they are left unattended. There are five common household appliances which are potential sources of flooding. When flooding happens in your home from one of these devices, you need to have SERVPRO come to your home to repair damages, as they are an experienced and professional flood damage remediation company.

Dishwashers
Dishwashers often overflow and cause flood damage in your Chicago home because someone simply put in too much detergent, or the wrong kind, into the dispenser. In other cases, it could malfunction from a faulty float switch assembly or a clogged strainer from debris and food. If it is not one of these things, the leak could occur in the metal pipe fittings which connect the dishwasher to the water supply, or in the flexible hose which discharges used water through the drain under the sink.

Refrigerators
Refrigerators make plenty of extra moisture, and the condensation created pools on the bottom of your refrigerator's holding pan. Most of these appliances are outfitted with drain lines which siphon off the excess fluid, but they can become blocked with food or algae preventing the water from emptying correctly. Therefore, drain lines need to be cleaned regularly. Another problem is the water supply line for your ice maker becoming unattached, leaving you with a large amount of standing water in your home.

Washing Machines
The six most common areas for washing machine leaks are the hose connections, inlet connections, outer tub seal, center post gaskets, the pump and the air dome seal. Unplug your appliance and turn off the water main before you start troubleshooting these fixtures one at a time, using your owner’s manual to help you. Then get in touch with our techs at SERVPRO so we can help you clean up the water damage.

Water Heaters
Leaks here are usually because of a malfunctioning pressure relief and temperature valve, corrosion in the water tank itself, or a leaky plumbing connection. If it is the water reservoir, the whole water heater needs replacing. The key here is preventative maintenance, having the unit checked annually by a certified and licensed plumber.

Toilets
An overflowing toilet is caused from either a malfunctioning float which lets in too much water to the tank or a clogged drain. If plunging does not clear the problem, the blockage could be in the pipes outside your home, which is when you need a professional plumber.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City is adequately trained and experienced in fixing all kinds of flooding damage. If an appliance in your home causes flooding, we are the ones to reach out to at (773) 337-3993 right away.

Drying Out a Flooded Crawl Space in Your Chicago Home

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Drying Out a Flooded Crawl Space in Your Chicago Home No matter the severity of your water damage situation, our SERVPRO team will be there with a lending hand.

Drying out and Restoring a Flooded Crawl Space Is What We Do at SERVPRO


When you have water damage to your home, it can go down to your crawl space as well. A water damaged crawl space is many times difficult to access. The access door is generally a small and challenging for equipment from a remediation company such as SERVPRO to get through. Even when the door of your crawl space is big enough for equipment, the crawl space could lack enough room inside of it for a dehumidifier to stand upright under the floor system. Working could be difficult as well. Removal of insulation might be necessary, the floor could be mud or dirt, and you might need to have the foundation of the house, or the HVAC system inspected.


With all of the complications, you definitely do not want to handle cleaning up water damage in your Chicago crawl space by yourself. One thing our technicians will need to be careful of is electrical hazards being present, so we need to ensure that the electrical circuits running under the home have been deactivated. We’ll also need to check to see if the structure has been affected and could collapse. Ground setting could affect the footings and foundation walls. The water in crawl spaces is generally black or gray because of dirt flooring, so proper equipment has to be worn.


Our SERVPRO technicians will remove any standing water from the crawl space, and if a plastic vapor barrier isn’t present, pumping or extracting water could be from a muddy surface of the crawl space. We’ll find the lowest point in the area and use the right submersible pump to get a majority of the standing water out. Once most of it is removed, the next step is to figure out the best way to dry the structural components of the floor.


When our equipment won’t fit, an option we have is to use flex hose as a duct to move air from dehumidifiers to the crawl space. A piece of light gauge sheet metal can be cut to fit the dehumidifier outlet to vent dry air into areas which are small.


 


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Crawl spaces can be tricky to dry out, but the technicians at SERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City are trained to handle these situations. Therefore, don’t hesitate to contact us at (773) 337-3993 if your crawl space becomes flooded for any reason.

Understanding Mold Remediation in Chicago

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold Remediation in Chicago Chicago Mold Remediation Handled Safely by SERVPRO

In Chicago, SERVPRO Remediates the Mold Problems to Your Property


Discovering mold damage in your home is never a happy moment. Fungi which is found both indoors and outdoors, mold in your home is unsightly, smelly, and can cause dangerous health effects for you and your family. Molds grow very well in damp, warm, and humid conditions, and makes spores to spread and reproduce. Mold spores can live through environmental conditions which are harsh, like dry conditions, which do not support normal growth of mold.


Understanding the basics of mold remediation and removal is simple and essential if you are going to hire the right professional at the highest quality and best price, such as SERVPRO. Your Chicago home is a huge investment and is the haven for your family, so when you discover mold damage, you want to be wary of any companies or contractors who try to confuse you about mold remediation or removal. While you are learning the basic concepts of this process, doing the actual work in the right way can be a challenge, which is why you need to let our trained technicians at SERVPRO handle it for you.


Every homeowner who has a mold problem can understand the basics of mold remediation and removal without needing a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Biology, and Earth Sciences. If you already have found mold, you need to get it removed as soon as possible. It must be gotten rid of and done so properly, regardless of the kind of mold that it is. There are five core principles of mold remediation that our staff will follow when we come to your home including:



  • Safety – Protecting all occupants and workers.

  • Assessment – Making a preliminary evaluation, another during remediation and a final one once the mold remediation is complete

  • Contamination Control – Preventing spread of mold from contaminated areas to areas that do not have it or have less contamination and cross-contamination

  • Source Removal – Physically removing the mold at its source.

  • Moisture Removal – Eliminate the problem of moisture which caused the mold outbreak.


Once the mold is removed physically from its source, we scrub the are clean of airborne mold spores using a HEPA air scrubber and air exchange. Only HEPA filters are made to capture particles as small as mold spores.


Throughout the entire process, we explain anything to you that you do not understand, and ensure that you have no worries or concerns before we proceed with each step. We understand that you may be stressed and want to make sure that you are comfortable with what we need to do to help.


At SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City we can handle your mold problem, so you do not have to. Just contact us anytime you need at (773) 337-3993, and a technician will be out to your home soon.

A Professional Relationship That May Save Your Department Store Or Retail Establishment In Chicago

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial A Professional Relationship That May Save Your Department Store Or Retail Establishment In Chicago Damages to a Chicago Business from Water Re-Open Faster with the Help of SERVPRO

SERVPRO Helps Keep Businesses Open After Water Damage

Department stores and retail establishments throughout the surrounding area should consider developing a relationship with local restoration providers early on, this way you have an opportunity to give the company you choose any pertinent information that helps them gain access to your building and provide the services your business needs to survive an emergency situation.
 
Often enough, water damage cases in the Chicago area require access to a professional restoration company that provides 24-hour emergency services that help keep your business running, limit exposure to inventory, which helps prevent additional damages from forming and large-loss situations from occurring.
 
SERVPRO technicians have the ability to answer your call and begin handling your emergency situation immediately, the information you provide and the preparations you make directly impact the success of the restoration services you require, especially during water damage situations where time is such a major factor.
 
With a water damage event occurring on your property, you only have 24 to 48-hours to get things under control before the possibility of mold contamination and additional damages to structural materials begin to develop. Hesitating can cause severe damages to develop that have a chance of affecting the entire contents of your structure.
 
Moisture hidden in your walls can cause walls to warp and ceilings to sag. With enough exposure; water can do far more damage than simply removing a little sheetrock in a few locations around your building. It can cause warping in flooring, cracks in your foundation and a variety of significant issues that require professional attention to correct.
 
SERVPRO can provide you with any of the services you need to gain control of the water damage event affecting your business and provide you with additional services that are specifically designed to help save as much of your inventory and as many of your assets as possible.
 
SERVPRO services involve much more than using water extractors to remove standing water, or providing air dryers and advanced cleaning services. The services we provide could mean the difference between losing an entire store of merchandise and going out of business or re-opening within a couple of days putting this horrible event behind you.
 
Give SERVPRO of Marquette Park - West Lawn - Ford City a call today to begin building a professional relationship that could make the difference between saving or closing your business. (773) 337-3993