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Many Problems can Begin with Unremediated Mold Damage in Your Chicago Home

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Many Problems can Begin with Unremediated Mold Damage in Your Chicago Home Don't Ignore Mold Patches in Your Chicago Property, Call SERVPRO for Remediation.

Ignoring Mold Infestations Is Not the Solution to Remediation

Not many homeowners like to think about the problems that their largest investment might someday have to face. Mold can grow prolifically enough that it creates damage all through a home. Addressing the situation by having professional remediation performed can prevent these problematic situations.
 
Mold travels easily by air and Chicago, known for its strong gusts of wind, is the perfect location for this fungi to find its way around, eventually causing substantial mold damage in someone's beautiful home. If that someone is you, SERVPRO can help solve the problem through remediation. Having extra protection against future mold infestation is important because mold does not just stop at being a bothersome problem – this scourge can produce many other issues.
 
Damage happens to walls and ceilings because these fungi attach to surfaces, burrowing their hyphae so they can consume the nutrients present while fending off air currents that might carry them away. As for feeding and growing on these surfaces progress, the structure slowly falls apart at the molecular level. Soon, growth into the material makes the deterioration more and more pronounced. Mold growth can spread to adjacent structures, including wooden support beams, making distressed areas in a home unsafe.
 
Potted plants can be infested by mildew on the surface of their pot's soil and their leaves and stems. Mold typically consumes dead organic matter, but even though your plants may seem lush and thriving, a treasure trove of organic matter exists in a potted plant's tiny environment. Soil can hold plenty of stuff for mold to feast on, and watering only adds to the benefits mold finds in these locations.
 
As mold finds it way around your home on air currents, nothing is off-limits. Once contamination happens, growth continues until all nutrients are exhausted. Then, spores are sent off to find new environments. Sometimes, your personal belongings are contaminated and attacked. When infiltrated, many things require specialized cleaning because of the stains normal cleaning leave behind. SERVPRO can help with this at a cost that is much less than the replacement cost for such items as coats, boots, shoes, sports gear, and clothing. Books and documents that are infested with mold growth can be treated, also, saving them from ruin.
 
SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City can perform remediation in homes where structures and contents have mold damage, and then help prevent future problems by ensuring that humidity levels are kept under control. Installing a dehumidifier can prevent mold growth. Call us at (773) 337-3993 at any hour to consult with us about restoring your home or apartment to a safe and healthy condition.

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Electrical Fire Caused by Rodents in Your Chicago Home

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electrical Fire Caused by Rodents in Your Chicago Home Almost one-quarter of fires with unknown causes are thought to be due to rodent damage

Can Rodents Cause a Fire in Your Home?

Everyone knows that rodents are a nuisance inside our homes. They get into food and ruin it with their feces, scurry in walls and above our heads, and they reproduce rapidly. They do much damage to the structure of your home, pipes, insulation, and even electrical wiring, which is where the biggest problems come into play. A missed frayed wire can create an electrical fire in your home.

Almost one-quarter of fires with unknown causes are thought to be due to rodent damage. The simplest way to prevent fires and fire damage that are rodent-related in your Chicago home is to keep rodents from getting into your house in the first place. Since mice can squeeze through holes that are as small as a one-quarter inch, a wildlife exclusion team needs to be called in to make sure rodents cannot enter your home.

If you have rodents already, a professional pest team should be called right away. If they have caused an electrical fire before you realized the problem, you need the expert help of SERVPRO, a fire remediation company with the experience and training to repair your home and clean it properly after a fire.

Normally, electrical wiring is surrounded by plastic insulation since electricity is very hot when it goes through wiring. It protects objects nearby from getting overheated. When a rat or other rodent chews on the wires, however, they leave nothing but exposed hot metal. Then it is just a matter of time before the wire short circuits, causing a spark, or heats up and makes something close by ignite. Household insulation or other debris are usually stirred up by the rodents and is what sets fire, but it can also be from a wire resting on a wooden support.

Getting a hold of our technicians at SERVPRO as soon as possible after a fire is important because more damage can be done from the soot and the water from firefighting efforts. We have all the knowledge and equipment to dry your home out, repair it, and clean the soot before it starts eating away at materials in your home.

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SERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City understands the complexities of fire damage, so we work fast, but efficiently, to recover your home to its preloss condition. Call us as soon as you can at (773) 337-3993 so that we can do our job and help you regain your life on track.

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Overflowing Sink in Your Chicago Home

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Overflowing Sink in Your Chicago Home Prevent the overflowing sink from turning into a full blown mold infestation by contacting SERVPRO right away after the accident is recognized.

Be Aware that Water Damage can Grow From Small to Large to Mold in Days While You are Deciding on a Water Damage Restoration Company

A sink which overflows can create just a small amount of water damage if it is caught quickly. However, if it is unchecked for several hours, the results can be devastating. It is one of those human errors that are seemingly small, but that can lead to huge consequences. Plus, if the overflow occurs on an upper level of your residence, you can easily wind up with a total home water loss.
 
It is important that water removal is done as soon as possible to prevent further damages in your Chicago home. You need the professional help of SERVPRO, a water damage restoration company. We have the training and experience required to get your home back to its preloss condition.
 
You may have the overflow from a child playing in the bathroom, or from something foreign being placed in the sink and clogging the drain. At SERVPRO we understand the stress of such a disaster, so we are available 24/7 to help you out when you contact us.
 
Water from your sink is safe for consumption. Therefore, there are not many bacteria which can cause harm right away. The threat, however, develops if a fair amount of time passes before you have the water cleaned up. Temperature and time let bacteria and mold grow and thrive, which heightens the contamination and water damage. Our technicians check your home for hidden moisture or mold growth once we have all the standing water cleaned up, as mold can begin growing in as little as 24 to 48 hours.
 
We also communicate with your insurance company, so it is a worry that you do not have to handle on your own. Instead, you can focus on your family and their needs while we take care of getting the coverage that you deserve.
 
An overflowing sink is not something to take lightly, as it can cause lots of damage to your home, so contact us at SERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City as soon as you are aware that you have a problem. We can be reached anytime at (773) 337-3993.

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How SERVPRO Helps Property Managers Coordinate With Insurers After Fire Damage To A Chicago Apartment

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial How SERVPRO Helps Property Managers Coordinate With Insurers After Fire Damage To A Chicago Apartment The amount of cleaning necessary depends on how bad the fire was.

SERVPRO, Property Managers, and Insurers Will Work Together to Save Your Chicago Apartment

Fire breaking out in one of your properties is one of the worst nightmares for any property manager. A blaze damages your property and often leads to an expensive cleanup bill as well as the inconvenience of having it cleaned to remedy soot and flame damage.

After fire damage to your Chicago apartment building, there is a lot to consider. One of the things you need to think about is liaising with your manager and also your property firm’s insurance company.

SERVPRO are on hand to thoroughly clean your property and mitigate as much soot and fire damage as possible. We are also able to help you when it comes to getting in touch with insurers, and keeping the top managers of your property rental agency in the loop.

Our industry software is useful for generating forms and lists. We can detail both salvageable and unsalvageable items and building elements so you can give your insurance adjuster a clear picture of the state of the property after the blaze. We assist in coordinating some of the paperwork and writing up and passing along a detailed plan of action for damage mitigation.

Of course, the plan of action we draw up for you is based on our professional fire clean up and damage remediation service. SERVPRO's IICRC-certified technicians are trained in all aspects of assessment and cleaning after a fire.

Our team inspects your property to ascertain the extent of the harm caused by the flames and the resulting smoke and soot. We use the information from our assessment to devise the best plan of action for restoring your property as completely and as quickly as we can.

The amount of cleaning necessary depends on how bad the fire was. We employ a range of cleaning methods and materials to remove soot from surfaces and also use powerful UV washers for deep cleaning smaller items. Any soft furnishings that are salvageable can be cleaned using industry leading Esporta washers that push detergent deeper into the material for a better result.

SERVPRO also tackles odor removal to get your rental property smelling fresh and ready to be inhabited again. We use thermal fogging equipment to remove smoke odors effectively.

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Do not let the aftermath of a fire give you an insurance headache. Call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 today.

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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