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All The Tools Needed to Combat Flood Damage in Your Chicago Area Home

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage All The Tools Needed to Combat Flood Damage in Your Chicago Area Home Stop Worrying About Flood Damage in Chicago, Call SERVPRO for Water Removal and Restoration

SERVPRO Provides Skilled Technicians and Equipment to Combat Storm Damaging Events

Floods can happen almost anywhere, anytime regardless of where you live. You should never make the mistake of thinking your Chicago area home is immune to flood damage. Thunderstorms, tropical storms, hurricanes, excessive rain, and snow can all cause flooding in your home. However, flooding can also occur due to dam failures, paving issues, improper drainage, and even clogged sewage. Take your pick.

Circumstances change on a minute to minute basis when dealing with this type of event which makes preparation and readiness your most beneficial tools. Flood damage in your Chicago home can take many forms including, structural instability, electrical hazards, unsanitary conditions, and health issues many of which you can avoid, given the proper tools.
 
Your home, vehicles, equipment, and personal belongings can all take severe damage from just a few inches of water. The IICRC-industry certified technicians from SERVPRO have access to all equipment, personnel, and resources necessary to help limit any losses you might experience, even in the most drastic situations. You can count on our technicians to be there 24 hours a day, every day, whenever needed.

The entire team at your local SERVPRO has experience and training in utilizing advanced water extraction units, submersible pumps, hygrometers, and moisture detectors that help make your restoration process as quick and efficient as possible. Our technicians take responsibility for providing you with the quality, efficient, and detailed services that you can count to return your home to a quality condition you and your family can enjoy, "Like it never even happened."

At SERVPRO, we want to be your answer for environmental and emergency situations that may occur on your property. We can offer everything from water extraction, professional drying, to cleaning and sanitizing treatments. Our odor removal and contents restoration help get things back to normal quickly and help you save many items you thought lost forever.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City anytime day or night for access to highly-trained professionals who care about members of their local community and enjoy providing expert restoration services to every single customer. (773) 337-3993

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Chicago's Fire Damage Restoration Team Explains Cleaning Wooden Furniture

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Chicago's Fire Damage Restoration Team Explains Cleaning Wooden Furniture When dealing with fire and smoke damage, it is best to bring in the experts to help restore your home. Contact SERVPRO right away for best results.

Team SERVPRO is Certified When It Come to Remediating Fire Damage in Homes

Nobody ever plans on it happening to them, but it is possible that a small fire starts inside your Chicago apartment building. A blaze can burn materials and items inside the home forcing them to be counted as a loss. As a fire burns, some particles do not fully combust into gas creating plumes of smoke.
 
These partially combusted particles rise with the heat before adhering to cooler surfaces. When mitigating any fire damage in Chicago removing soot left behind from the smoke is an essential step of the process. Soot residues can ruin surfaces and cause pungent aromas to fill the air.
 
Various materials react differently to soot residues that consist of multiple partially combusted particles. Some soots can get wiped off with minimal effort while other types of residues adhere well to surfaces causing removal to be difficult. Our SERVPRO technicians have a vast quantity of different chemicals and methods they can implement based on each scenario.
 
When cleaning contents inside your home, the type of surface we are cleaning dictates the method we use. When cleaning porous surfaces, wet cleaning can cause more damage, so dry sponges get used to remove the soot. Non-porous surfaces can be scrubbed with water-based detergents because the moisture does not soak into the material.
 
If hardwood furniture gets affected by soot, the type of finish it has and the extent of the damage change the item's cleanability. Many furnishings have a finish that changes its ability to resist heat, smoke and odor particles. Depending on the type of finish, the coating can either help or hinder the cleaning process. Unfinished woods are porous and can get cleaned best using dry cleaning methods.
 
The heat created by the burn can cause hardwood furniture to blister. Some types of smoke can permanently stain the wood. If the piece of furniture suffers blistering or staining, then cleaning becomes impossible and refinishing is required.
 
Certain chemicals are explicitly designed for removing soot from materials like hardwoods. For assistance with smoke problems at your residence, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 24 hours a day.
 
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The Surprise Of Mold Damage In Your Newly Obtained Chicago Residence

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Surprise Of Mold Damage In Your Newly Obtained Chicago Residence Mold eats at the substances it grows on, causing it to rapidly disintegrate at the cellular level.

Mold Damage In Your Residence

Homebuyers in Chicago can rely on various legal protections when purchasing a home, including those that require sellers divulge the existence of any problems with the property that require attention, maintenance, or repairs. These regulations do not always guarantee that the home does not have any problems. Also, when someone passes a property down to a relative, these same laws do not apply. Mold damage can also remain undetected in hidden areas inside a Chicago residence until a pre-sale inspection takes place, surprising both homeowner and buyer.

Microbial infestations can indicate other problems with the house. Water pipes that leak, or roofs that do not keep all the rain out, as well as accidental overflows from tubs and sinks, can create other types of damage. Mold eats at the substances it grows on, causing it to rapidly disintegrate at the cellular level. As it steadily moves deeper into the material, your walls, floors, and other structures, including any personal belongings, soon weaken, become filled with holes, and crumble into pieces.

Mold remediators from SERVPRO take care to only remove genuinely damaged materials and then bring in replacement items for these areas. We do not replace when we can restore through cleaning or by making minor repairs. We know you want to save money and generally, restoration or repair proves the less expensive option. SERVPRO employees earn different certificates from the IICRC, including the Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) certificate. Remediation requires skill and a thorough understanding of how this microbe interacts with its environment. Disturbing it can cause spores to disperse, requiring protective measures beforehand. Building containment areas to control the spread of spores and loose mold particles remains a crucial part of the process.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City can remediate mold damage in your newly acquired house and help you make it a home in which your family loves to live, entertain guests, and make lasting memories. We know the importance of removing destructive mold that can affect your property and cause health effects in those you love. Call SERVPRO, so we can help you in accomplishing this goal. Our local number is (773) 337-3993, and we always answer it so we can provide the best service to those in our community.

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Commercial Water Damage After Sewer Backup In Your Chicago Business

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage After Sewer Backup In Your Chicago Business As your commercial building in Chicago ages, pipes get older as well, and sewer lines can get backed up.

Commercial Water Damage After Sewer Backup

As your commercial building in Chicago ages, pipes get older as well, and sewer lines can get backed up. Plus, employees usually do not treat facilities at work with the same amount of car as they would in their own home. Even though commercial sewer lines are made to withstand more wear and tear, they can still clog and back up. You have a staff who counts on you for a safe working environment, so if a sewer line does get backed up, acting quickly is essential.

When it comes to damage to your sewer lines in your Chicago business, time is of the essence. You need commercial water removal services as soon as possible before additional damage can occur. At SERVPRO, our staff has gone through extensive training and certification to do the job for you and do it right. We are available any time, day or night, and ensure that we return your business to its usual, safe working environment.

City sewer lines have what is known as Category 3 water, which is very hazardous to anyone who comes into contact with it. It can contain microbes, bacteria, and other microorganisms that can severely damage not only the health of you, your employers and your customers, but can also damage the indoor air quality.

SERVPRO techs understand the dangers present with this kind of water damage, and we wear the correct protective gear to ensure the safety of our workers during restoration. We also have the right equipment and tools to remediate the areas affected quickly. SERVPRO understands that every minute you are closed costs you money, so we act fast to help you out.

When we arrive at your site, we evaluate the damages and then communicate the plan for cleanup with you before we begin any work. We can quickly return your building to safe conditions and let you and your employers get back to work.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City works quickly, but carefully, to take care of your sewer backup issue in your business in Ford City, Scottsdale, or Brighton Park. As soon as a problem arises, give us a call at (773) 337-3993 so we can get a team out to you right away.

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Water Damage can Happen After a Fire in Your Chicago Residence

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage can Happen After a Fire in Your Chicago Residence Our priority at SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City is to take care of your home like it is our own.

SERVPRO Offers Water & Fire Restoration Services to Chicago Homes

Both homeowners and those who rent their residence in Chicago can experience damage to their belongings. Furniture, beddings, clothing, books, and other items can become ruined, or nearly so, through no fault of your own. Repairing items, cleaning them, or performing restorative work can help restore many items, helping keep replacement costs low and manageable, while also helping to preserve unreplaceable keepsakes.

Residents in Chicago might experience water damage after a small fire. Putting any size fire out with water can lead to damaged areas of your home. Because many people feel relieved after the goes out, they forget to take care of the water, leading to problems later. SERVPRO understands that your initial efforts to save your home and its contents when the fire broke out can backfire all too easily, but we can help solve the situation.

When water stays in place, damage ends up slowly accruing. Stains, bubbled paint, loosened carpet, and padding, and many other problems can result. Even when firefighters put out a massive fire, removing the water becomes an additional responsibility of the homeowner. Renters might find themselves at the landlord's mercy regarding their belongings, but we also work with these individuals and their families. Water damage can include visible staining and microbial growth in clothing, leather goods, and footwear. Odors can also become a nuisance. Special laundering and cleaning can eliminate many of these situations and save your belongings.

Artwork and wall hangings can harbor moisture from the water you used to put out a fire between their backs and the wall, leading to mold colonies and other microbes growing wildly out of control. Bleed-through and other stains can also become unsightly and ruin your investments.

Drying out your dwelling can stop water damage and allow us the drier environment needed to begin preserving your belongings and undoing any current damage. Air movers, heaters, and desiccant machines help us reach our goals of a dry residence, and keep humidity and moisture from continuing to infiltrate your home's environment.

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SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City wants to help all of our neighbors when their homes or belongings require restorative work and services after water damage threatens your possessions. We can be reached at any hour, day or night, by calling our local service line, (773) 337-3993, any day of the year.

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Speed And Quality Of Recovery Equally Important When Fire Damages Your Chicago Home

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Speed And Quality Of Recovery Equally Important When Fire Damages Your Chicago Home Our SERVPRO team can professionally clean and restore your fire damaged home back to preloss condition.

SERVPRO Has What it Takes to Restore Your Chicago Fire Damaged Home

The harm done by a fire is not just frightening and discouraging your family while you spend days trying to devise a cleanup plan on your own. Failing to clean up the water, chemicals, smoke, soot, and other residues in your Chicago home promptly exposes the building materials and all contents to their progressive and devastating after effects. A professional fire damage restoration company provides high-quality services within the first hours.

Fire damage in your Chicago home involves much more than the charring and burning that seems the most prominent. The materials combusted by the flames create smoke, a vaporous mixture of solids, liquids, and gases. A component of smoke is soot, a dark substance that coats surfaces throughout your home. The sooty residues are corrosive, extraordinarily acidic and capable of damaging home structures and the fixtures, furnishings, and personal possessions inside.

Every moment that ticks away means the damage becomes more severe and less likely to reverse easily. Some materials warp, some yellow, some tarnish, and some etch. A fully equipped SERVPRO crew moves deliberately through a fire damaged home, cleaning and restoring areas one by one. The first priority is actually water removal and drying in most fire scenarios as water commonly extinguishes fires. Water damages a fire-ravaged home as well and creates slip and fall and other safety hazards. We are a full spectrum recovery firm, and water damage remediation is accomplished quickly.

Our trained technicians then match the proper tools, techniques, and cleaning products to the characteristics of the soot debris encountered. Soot that is light and loose vacuums and brushes away, while wetter soot sticks and needs a spray and wipe or abrasive approach. Kitchen fires feature protein and grease based smoke and soot that coats surfaces tenaciously, perhaps needing solvents and abrasive tools to loosen and remove. SERVPRO employees can also use immersion techniques, and even ultrasonic cleaning at our production facility for thick soots on blinds, light fixtures, and other intricately figured articles.

Smoky fire smells linger, and the SERVPRO team masters deodorization techniques that eliminate, not cover up odors. Removal of burned objects and a thorough cleaning are initial steps followed by sprays and advanced technologies like thermal fogging and hydroxyl generators that neutralize odor particles at the molecular level.

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SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City responds fast and scales up a crew of expert fire damage remediators to clear debris and clean surfaces and deodorize within hours to days rather than the weeks a DIY effort might require. Call (773) 337-3993 to schedule an evaluation as soon as the firefighters leave the scene.

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Commercial Water Removal Technology In Chicago Saves Proprietors Money and Downtime

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal Technology In Chicago Saves Proprietors Money and Downtime Need Water Removal from Your Chicago Area Grocery Store? Call SERVPRO 24/7

SERVPRO Offers Top-Rated Equipment Manned by Skill Technicians for Mitigating Water Damage

Many problems possibly occur when a pipe breaks inside your Chicago grocery store. Water many times damages products and building materials inside your store. If left unattended, excessive moisture sometimes causes mold growth or foul odors to exist.
 
Restoration work can inhibit business operations and causes your company a loss of revenue. SERVPRO's commercial water removal team in Chicago uses the industry's best technology to mitigate your problem with minimal strain on your business. The advanced tools and techniques we use allow us to change our operations to hinder your grocery store operations as little as possible and to salvage as much as possible of your foodstuffs.
 
The first step to any restoration project is to secure the area and make sure that the building is safe for your customers and your employees. The next step is to fix the problem from its source. For example, if the cause of the water problem is a broken pipe, then the water gets turned off, and a plumber comes in to fix the piping.
 
Then, we use specialized equipment to extract all of the water out of your store as possible. Depending on the situation, either a truck-mounted or portable extractor gets used. Truck-mounted systems usually get used when the amount of water is excessive because they have more vacuum power. To get into tight spaces or to go places without restricting foot traffic inside your store, often we use portable extractors. The size of our team depends on the volume of water.
 
SERVPRO's restoration technicians also have a choice between a few different types of extraction tools. If the amount of water is minuscule or the material is fragile, then light-weight extraction wands get used. However, if carpet inside your store gets saturated with moisture, then heavy-duty extraction tools get implemented to reduce agitation which possibly ruins the carpet. For retail shops with tile, wood, or vinyl flooring we make adjustments for the greatest expedition of water extraction.
 
After the extraction phase is complete, we attempt to dry out any remaining moisture. First, we test the building materials inside the store to see where drying is a necessity. To detect moisture within soft materials, we often use a moisture sensor. Moisture sensors have sharp probes on the bottom that we stick in carpet or upholstery and it notifies us if there is a presence of moisture.
 
To test moisture levels inside harder materials such as wood we sometimes use moisture meters. Moisture meters give us a moisture percentage of the material. We compare the numbers of an affected area to moisture levels of an area of your grocery store that did not get wet.
 
The monitoring equipment we use helps us determine when drying is needed and when it is complete. For professional help dry out your grocery store, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 24 hours a day.

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Flood Damage and Furniture Cleaning in Your Chicago Home

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage and Furniture Cleaning in Your Chicago Home There are several issues that occur when your furnishings are affected by flood damage such as swelling, cracking, staining, and rusting.

SERVPRO Acts Fast to Save Your Furnishings after Flood Damage

No matter where you live, you should not ever think that you are completely safe from flooding. Even in Chicago, heavy rains can cause area floodwaters which can enter your home and uproot your daily life. It can happen fast like in the case of flash floods or give you more warning as waters in the area slowly rise before overflowing their banks.

No matter how the floodwaters came into your home in Chicago, the flood damage left in their wake can be devastating. The longer the water sits in your home, however, the more damage is done. Knowing whom to call ahead of time in a disaster like this is essential in salvaging your home. Our staff at SERVPRO are ready to help you anytime you need us.

One thing that is likely affected in your home from the flooding is upholstered furniture. Several problems happen when water affects upholstery. Framing is made of wood and is subject to swelling and cracking. The framing joints weaken from this, plus water can cause glues to break down, creating damage to the furniture.

If the fabric is dry-clean-only, spotting from the water can occur. The whole piece of furniture may need wetting to avoid water lines. Often, dust covers on furniture also bleed when wet, and if it sags, it can stain your flooring or carpeting. Upholstered buttons have metal backs which rust and also cause staining. SERVPRO staff can follow spot removal procedures in these cases. We also keep in mind that wooden furniture legs can stain carpeting and that once dry, the stains are almost impossible to remove, so we attempt to clean the stains while it is wet.

Mold growth can also be an issue, so we use dehumidifiers and air movers to dry everything rapidly. The furniture stains are all treated first, and we also wet the whole piece if needed. Furniture is extracted with the right extractor and an upholstery tool, and zippers and buttons are dried to avoid rust. We put wax paper between the zipper and cushion to prevent the transfer of rust, and furniture pads around metal buttons. We also tent cushions and place air movers and dehumidifiers as we need to.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City carefully dries your furniture when your home in Brighton Park, Scottsdale, or Ford City floods so that everything possible is salvaged. Call us right away at (773) 337-3993 when you experience flooding so we can help you avoid additional damage.  

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Chicago's Fire Damage Specialists

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Chicago's Fire Damage Specialists Fires can happen quickly. After you and your family are safe and the fire fighters have left, contact SERVPRO for remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow FOUR Proven Steps When Removing Odors After a Fire

Whether it is big or small, a fire burning inside your Chicago condominium is never a pleasant situation. Flames and heat burn contents and building materials. Smoke possibly flows throughout the building leaving behind soot residues and foul odors.
 
After a burn, one of the last and most important steps is to remove all pungent odors that get left behind. Chicago's fire damage technicians at SERVPRO follow four steps when deodorizing a structure. First, we remove the source, then we clean, recreate and seal.
 
Deodorization after a blaze sometimes gets complicated since foul odors usually have more than one type of source. In some situations, multiple methods must be used to remove odors, but the four steps still get followed. To start with, our team always removes the source of the odor. Any debris that got severely burnt and is smelling pungent gets discarded from the area.
 
Awful smells inside a home often come from soot residues that adhere to surfaces after a fire. If smoke smells still exist after removing all burnt items, then most likely the source is the odor-causing residues sticking to surfaces in different rooms of the condo. Our restoration crews follow the smoke and make sure to clean all areas that soot is present.
 
If horrible smells still exist after cleaning, then odor particles penetrated deep into contents and building materials inside the structure. The best way to remedy this problem is to recreate the same conditions odor particles stuck to the materials by using a chemical fogger. Sometimes this step gets skipped if it is not needed.
 
In many scenarios, odors get eliminated by just removing the source and cleaning soot residues. If the first two steps do not work, fogging is the next option then the last step is to seal. Our experts often seal surfaces that get exposed to malodors. In some cases, we paint over walls or wooden studs with a specialized sealant paint.
 
After deodorization, we do a final cleaning process that sometimes involves adding pleasant odors to the area. For professional help with the restoration process, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Learn Your Mold Damage Restoration Options When In Chicago

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Learn Your Mold Damage Restoration Options When In Chicago The faster you spot mold damage in your Chicago home, the easier it is to do the remediation.

Mold Damage Restoration

Discovering mold damage on your property is always frustrating. Failure to act immediately may destroy the floors, walls and even some health effects to your family. With that in mind, it's crucial to know the signs to look out for to avoid such outcomes as a resident of Chicago.

The faster you spot mold damage in your Chicago home, the easier it is to do the remediation. But, how can you fix all that when you do not have the right tools for the work? That is why you need service providers like SERVPRO who specialize in both commercial and residential mold remediation. It is not that easy to notice mold when it is in its initial stages of growth - particularly when that is happening behind wallpapers and within the walls. Always call our team to inspect your property if you detect a strange smell.

Primarily, you should expect mildew growth after flooding or water damage. Since water flows freely and settles in different places, the resulting humid environments create favorable conditions for mildew growth. When our SERVPRO team responds to such incidents, we set up air movers and heaters to dry the area. Additionally, we can exterminate the spores by using thermal foggers which dissipate antimicrobial agents.

To control surface mold, our SERVPRO technicians use air scrubbers - especially when it is resting on hard surfaces. If we notice it has contaminated porous materials such as carpeting and fabrics, we remove them from the area. For semi-porous surfaces, we can introduce wire brushing, or sanding, or damp wiping when doing the removal. HEPA vacuuming is also an option when removing loosely attached mold.

The remediation process also involves the use of mildew retardant paints which have the capability of suppressing the unpleasant smells, leaving behind a clean and smooth area. IICRC certifies our technicians, and that means we aim for the highest standards possible.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City responds to any size of disaster to restore and clean both commercial and residential properties. Call us at (773) 337-3993 for industry proven services.

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