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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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Chicago's Water Damage Experts

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Chicago's Water Damage Experts When the temperature drops outside sometimes water pipes inside your Chicago home freeze and break.

Water Damage Experts

When the temperature drops outside sometimes water pipes inside your Chicago home freeze and break. If a pipe breaks in your kitchen, for example, it is a possibility that water pours into your kitchen and other areas of your house. Water getting inside a structure, in many cases causes much damage.

It is possible when something goes wrong with your pipes that water damages contents and building materials. Anytime you think you may have a water damage problem it is smart to call in SERVPRO's team of water damage specialists in Chicago. Our crews are IICRC certified and experienced in mitigating water damage problems in many different scenarios.

In the case of a pipe breaking the first thing our team does is fix the source of the problem so that water stops leaking into the dwelling. Then our SERVPRO restoration crew comes in and extracts any standing water found. After standing water gets extracted, we use specialized equipment to extract water out of the carpet and hard surface flooring.

Once our team extracts as much water as they can, the drying process begins. To start our experts use their equipment to test temperature, relative humidity, and moisture content of building materials inside the room. The technicians then set up air movers and dehumidifiers to bring moisture levels down to normal.

The air and building materials within the damaged room get tested periodically throughout the drying process. If things are still wet in an area, then nothing changes until the moisture levels meet the goal. If the area where the air movers are drying is dry and other parts of the home are not, then our specialists reposition the air movers and dehumidifiers so that they are drying the wet area.

We return to your house every day and check the temperature, relative humidity and moisture content in the walls and floor. The equipment stays set up and operating inside the dwelling until moisture levels are back down to what they are under normal conditions. Once the moisture levels are in the desired range, we come in and remove all of the drying equipment and then complete a final cleaning process.

Often our crews mitigate a water damage situation without having to remove and discard any building materials. For best results when your home gets water damage, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 for help 24/7.

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Stopping and Removing Mold Damage in Chicago Homes

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Stopping and Removing Mold Damage in Chicago Homes When mold growth surfaces, it is time to give SERVPRO a call to investigate the source of the damage, remediate, and then offer preventative tips.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Come Face-to-Face with Mold Damage on a Daily Basis

Removing mold from Chicago homes is not a simple task. Identifying possible sources of moisture and other risks for mold growth is a more efficient method of keeping our neighborhoods safe regarding structural and personal health.
 
Few people associate Chicago and mold damage. We are certainly more famous for our fires when it comes to disasters. SERVPRO, however, knows that mold can be just as destructive as a fire and the costs nationwide to remove it run into millions of dollars each year. Fortunately, we also know the best way to interrupt mold growth to remediate the effects is to stop it at its source.
 
For a residence, this usually means there is a leak somewhere inside. If the problem is something minor like a loose connection, a split washer hose, or a dried-out rubber washer, we can quickly fix it. Anything larger and we recommend using a licensed plumber. Before we repair the leak, though, our technicians spray any mold we find with an anti-fungal agent. It kills exposed mold on contact and temporarily stops further growth.
 
Now, we go to work removing standing water and drying the surrounding area. There is normally a small amount of water present, but even a small puddle can provide enough moisture for thousands of spores to expand and begin growing across attics, behind walls, and under sinks and other appliances. Once we remove the water, spores react quickly and return to their inert state within a few days. At this point, we can wipe away most of the spores on surfaces like house dust off a bookcase.
 
If mold has grown into the surface, however, SERVPRO technicians can deal with that as well. Building materials are a favorite food source for mold, especially drywall. Attempting to dig out mold from drywall panels is labor-intensive and usually costs far more to the homeowner than having us remove the affected panels and replace them.
 
When mold penetrates wall framing or other support structures, we have more options. If the mold is just below the surface, technicians can sand down the surface and spray the exposed mold and wood with the anti-fungal agent again. It is very effective and a cheaper option than replacing the wood.
 
Cleaning and removing mold damage requires professional service. If you suspect mold is in your home, contact SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City. Call (773) 337-3993 today with any questions or to schedule an inspection.

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Quality Fire Damage Mitigation Services Available In Chicago

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Quality Fire Damage Mitigation Services Available In Chicago Contacting a qualified restoration company after fire damage occurs in your retail store can help even under the worst circumstances.

Fire Damage Mitigation Services

Operating a retail establishment in Chicago can be a difficult undertaking. After finding decent suppliers, you need to find the right location, promote your opening, and commence retail operations, providing an enjoyable experience that encourages customers to return on a regular basis.

Running a restoration company is quite similar. We take pride in providing the members of our local community with professional restoration services they can trust. Otherwise, they would never return to us should problems arise. With that said, contacting a qualified restoration company after fire damage occurs in your Chicago area business can help even under the worst circumstances.

SERVPRO can handle any size job, everything from small storage fires to full structure fires. We offer emergency response teams year-round, making us available whenever needed to respond to situations that threaten regular operations. We help local companies like yours recover from emergency and environmental situations as quickly and efficiently as possible.

After looking at the damage to your property for the first time, you may think most of the damage is permanent. However, that may not necessarily be true. Most of the time, smoke and soot residues often leave an undesirable appearance and odor behind. SERVPRO technicians treat each surface and material separately, often cleaning, restoring, and deodorizing a variety of assets that you thought lost forever.

Everything in your retail store can benefit from inspections performed by a fully-certified IICRC technician. SERVPRO can provide you with cleaning and restoration services using advanced equipment and resources that make getting your company back up and running, faster. We use water extractors of all shapes and sizes to remove water used to douse the flames and have an advanced drying, cleaning, and repair services available to provide you with one-stop solutions to fire damage on your property.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City has a fully-trained staff waiting to assist with your retail store’s recovery. Call us anytime for quality fire-damage restoration services you can count on, today (773) 337-3993.

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Fire Damage in Your Chicago Home from a Kerosene Heater

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Your Chicago Home from a Kerosene Heater It is important to keep heaters away from flammable objects while in use.

SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Restoration Process

Using a kerosene heater in your Chicago home in this cold weather is not uncommon. However, there are precautions you must take to prevent severe hazards like fire. Keeping the heater too close to furniture or other combustible items like draperies, knocking a lighted heater over, or lighting the fuel accidentally when filling the tank are all things to be careful of. Explosions can also occur from using the wrong kind of fuel, or by operating the heater with combustible fumes present, like in a garage or workroom.

No matter where the fire and fire damage has occurred in your Chicago home, it can create lots of damage quickly, and leave a big mess behind. SERVPRO can help you clean the fire damage, soot and smoke, and any water from the fire being extinguished. We have the tools and training necessary to do the job correctly in a timely fashion.

We arrive at your home within hours so we can begin assisting you with fire damage restoration. We do a quick damage assessment first, pretesting the areas affected and writing any needed estimates. When needed, we perform stabilization of your structure and emergency board-up.

We use methods for cleaning up soot and other residues from the fire damage which are environmentally friendly. Another essential step in our process is the removal of smoke odors, as is air purification and sanitation to make your home safe again.

Careful removal and securing of any personal possessions, household goods, and other contents is done. These items are taken to another location so we can clean and restore them while the rest of your home is taken care of. SERVPRO uses water extraction equipment which is of an industrial grade, plus air movers, dehumidifiers and other equipment to remove any water left behind as well.

Reconstruction of the affected areas is done so your home is fully restored. Then disinfectants and antimicrobials are used to prevent the growth of mildew and mold.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City is very thorough in cleaning up your home in Gage Park, Brighton Park, or Scottsdale after fire damage. You can count on us to take care of you after a fire when you contact us at (773) 337-3993.

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Chicago Kitchen Fires Do Not Have To Threaten Your Profit

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Chicago Kitchen Fires Do Not Have To Threaten Your Profit Chicago Fires In Bakeries, Shops, and Businesses Get Fast Cleanup and Restoration from SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Can "Turn-Over" Your Fire Damaged Bakery or Eatery Fast

Your Chicago bakery is a staple of the community, but even the best of bakers can make a mistake or two in the kitchen. When a small kitchen fire breaks out in your business, the fire itself might be simple to contain, but its lingering effects can make it difficult to keep customers coming in. Resolving these issues takes a lot of time when you do not actively seek out professional assistance.
 
Fire damage to your Chicago bakery can come in several different varieties. Your priority is to keep customers wanting to come into your shop and buy your goods, so understanding how professional restoration can aid in accomplishing this should help you come to this conclusion. Our experienced and courteous staff understand the value of time for your business and work quickly to ensure that our efforts mitigate your overall profit losses from the incident.
 
Since baked goods are the fare that you offer the city, you have no doubt understood that fires could produce harsh scents that overpower and nullify your enticing aroma and replace it entirely with a noxious smoke smell. Removing this lingering odor is sure to aid in reeling customers back into your establishment, and our SERVPRO technicians have state of the art equipment to do just that.
 
With the use of artificial ozone machines fitted with HEPA filters or portable dense fogging machines, our professionals can create a chemical reaction with the foul-smelling molecules that neutralize them. The result is the absence of a scent at all, which is precisely the foothold that you can utilize with your latest batch of creations.
 
Depending on the severity of the damage to your kitchen area, your cooking space might not be entirely ready for you to get back to baking. With the use of wet or dry scrubbing equipment, our SERVPRO restoration specialists can remove smoke damage from surfaces, equipment, and fabrics to ensure that your kitchen is as ready as you are to resume the work that needs to get done.
 
While fire damages might leave you in need of professional assistance, you always have SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City to help you overcome any emergency. You can reach our experienced technicians 24/7 at (773) 337-3993.

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