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Cleaning Smoke Residues After a Chimney Fire in Your Chicago Home

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Smoke Residues After a Chimney Fire in Your Chicago Home SERVPRO has specific cleaning methods for the different types of smoke damage found in your home.

Wet Smoke vs. Dry Smoke and Necessary Cleaning Methods

If you have a fireplace in your Chicago residence, you need to take care of your chimney on a regular basis. A build-up of creosote along the lining walls of the chimney can facilitate the beginnings of a fire in your chimney. Such a build-up is created by unburned materials in the smoke accumulating on the walls of the chimney and making a sticky substance which can catch fire quickly.

Annual inspections and cleanings are therefore a must for your chimney in your Chicago home. If you have still experienced a chimney fire and fire damage to your home, you should give our professionals at SERVPRO a call as soon as the fire is out. We can help you to clean up the mess the fire left behind, including making any necessary repairs.

Each fire progresses through steps, putting out both dry and wet smoke. Some fires make a large enough proportion of one kind of smoke to characterize the whole exposure as predominately dry or wet smoke. We use different cleaning methods to remove the different residues. Usually, wet smoke is more challenging to remove. A chimney fire can quickly spread throughout your home fast, so we could be dealing with various surfaces that have been affected.

A few factors determine whether smoke residues are dry or wet, including the rate of combustion, the kind of material that is burning, and how much oxygen is present during the fire. In many fires, the more oxygen which is available, the faster the combustion process is. Fast-burning fires with plenty of oxygen produce a dry smoke, and slow-moving fires without much oxygen make wet smoke.

More materials are restorable in conditions with dry smoke. It carries few aerosols and deposits small, dry particles. It does not stain surfaces as deeply as wet smoke, and it has a less pungent odor. SERVPRO techs use less aggressive cleaning procedures in these cases, but dry smoke usually occurs from hotter fires, which do more damage.

Our restoration efforts are more involved with wet smoke residues. Usually, they contain a high proportion of aerosols like solvents, varnishes, and other liquid components. Since the fire is moving slowly, it has its time to work its way into crevices and enclosed areas which generally would not be contaminated by a fire that is fast-burning. Hot, oily residues discolor plastic materials within minutes.

Many times, contents exposed to a smoldering fire and wet smoke cannot be restored. Even stripping and refinishing may not prove enough. Aerosols in wet smoke can soften, penetrate, and stain finished surfaces and burning plastics and rubbers making large, black particles which smudge or smear.

No matter the type of smoke or damage done by the fire, SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City does our very best to restore everything that is salvageable, and we make repairs when needed to get your home back to its original state. Just give us a call at (773) 337-3993 if you reside in the areas of Gage Park, Marquette Park, or Scottsdale and have suffered a fire.

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Reliable Flood Damage Restoration Services For Chicago Residents

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Removing Water and Drying Structures After Flooding

Although Chicago as a city has put in place several measures to curb flood damage, it is hard to know what to expect when the heavy rains come around. Being the Windy City--The Hawk, a tree in your compound can be blown away and in the process expose your property to rainstorms. If that property is your house, then flooding is more than expected.
 
Residents of Chicago have choices to make at the end of a flood damage incident. The most recommended choice is letting a service provider like SERVPRO to restore the affected property. Remember at this point we are talking about your property that is soaked with flood water and needs the right air moving equipment to enhance evaporation and quicken the drying time. Below, we highlight some of the air moving tools that our certified professionals use to restore your property.
 
Restorers use clamps that come with some air movers to hold your carpets into position so that air can be blown under them. They also have a special feature which makes it possible for the experts to attach snouts at their end. By doing that, dry air reaches the wall cavities which are normally located under the cabinets. The air forced by these devices is high velocity so that the rate of evaporation is increased.
 
SERVPRO technicians can also use ventilating or drying systems to direct air into wall cavities. The working of these systems is similar to that of air movers, and it is typical to see tiny holes drilled in the walls or beneath your cabinets to blow air into them. Larger volumes of air are also moved by the use of venting fans or axial fans.
 
When your property is dry and its moisture levels have been checked for the last time, SERVPRO experts choose the most appropriate cleaning method based on the restored material. If we are talking about a soiled carpet, then the soil level determines the cleaning process. All in all, homeowners are encouraged to seek professional restoration services as opposed to working on their own.
 
SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City is here to provide you with flood damage restoration services when you need them most. Contact us at (773) 337-3993 to learn more about your options.

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Commercial Water Damage and Your Chicago Deli

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage and Your Chicago Deli SERVPRO is trained and ready to restore your commercial space after water damage and make it "Like it never even happened."

Thorough Water Damage Cleanup to Keep Your Business Ready for Customers

Delis provide quick but nutritious food to Chicago residents and tourists alike. Providing the best requires a clean environment, while customer demand also dictates an inviting atmosphere. Fresh-looking paint, a lack of rust and corrosion on kitchen and dining fixtures, and great lighting all help deliver this to your customers. 

When a Chicago deli has commercial water damage, it can deter customers and make profits plummet drastically. Investing in the upkeep of any business should include both repairs and improvements. SERVPRO can help remove water-damaged materials so improvement projects can stay on schedule. We also provide the services needed to restore your business after damage takes place, ensuring that it once again looks “Like it never even happened,” and preserving your trademark look.

Trained, so they receive IICRC certifications, our technicians soon gain hands-on experience in every stage of restoration work. We do more than just the tear-outs and removal of materials. We also make sure that your establishment is ready to serve customers again. We know you must pass various inspections during the year and can help make sure water damage does not pose any obstacles.

Our Floor Care (Hard Surfaces) Technician (FCT) makes sure that often overlooked areas receive the care and attention they require. Different flooring throughout your deli can suffer from water damage in different ways. Carpeting can stretch and develop loose areas, while hardwood floors can warp and splinter, creating trip and fall hazards. Linoleum and tile can become loose and begin to disintegrate.

Walls and ceilings also show signs of water damage, making your deli seem dirty and unfit to serve food. New paint can sometimes sufficiently cover up slight water damage, but many times, stains bleed through soon after, wasting the new paint as well as the labor involved. When paint flakes or blisters, removing it can reveal disintegration of the walls underneath. This calls for new installation of drywall to solve the problem. Ceilings may sustain problems from tenants above your business, or directly from a leaky roof. We can discuss the best method to resolve this type of situation with the property owner, so future damage does not occur.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City is a service dedicated to helping other local businesses remain strong assets to our local economy. Whenever water damage or other problems develop at your business, call us for 24-hour services at (773) 337-3993.

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Levels of Fire Damage Possible in Your Chicago Home

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Levels of Fire Damage Possible in Your Chicago Home The ambiance provided by candles can be cut short if a fire starts in your home. Keep on top of lit candles and contact SERVPRO for fire remediation.

SERVPRO Remediates ALL Types of Damage After a Fire

Candles are lovely for ambiance, and many people use scented candles to give off a pleasant aroma. They can also come in handy during a power outage. However, you need to use candles responsibly to avoid a fire in your Chicago home. It is essential to keep the candle away from anything flammable, and not to leave it unattended at any time.
 
Sometimes, as careful as we are, candles still start home fires. Before you know it, you can be looking at severe fire damage in your Chicago home, which is when you need to call our professionals at SERVPRO for help. When the fire is out, we are the ones you can trust to clean and repair your home, so it looks as if the fire never happened.
 
Fires can result in varying ranges of damage, making each restoration project unique. With fire damage which is minor, only specific areas or rooms might be affected by smoke residues, and the smoke damage is not heavy. Our restoration services might involve dry or wet cleaning of walls, ceilings, floors, and your possessions. A few areas may need repainting, while only a few items need replacing.
 
When the fire damage is moderate, the smoke residues are as well, and more items need wet cleaning to eliminate residues. The areas that need repainting and the items that need replacing increase and floors might need refinishing. Heat damage to cabinets, drywall, and contents means more materials which need replacing. SERVPRO techs may be able to clean contents at the job site, and smoke odors are present and could need additional deodorization after cleaning.
 
When the fire has been more severe, heat and fire damage is worse at the source of the fire. Finishes and structural framing could be charred, resulting in repairs to the structure. Smoke residues are spread throughout a significant portion of your home, and odors are strong. We may need to board up your home, establishing a source of electricity and take out any smoke-filled and charred debris. Our restoration services involve extensive cleaning of your structure and likely need restorers to pack and move any salvageable contents off-site for cleaning. We also use various methods for deodorization.
 
SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City understands the various levels of fire damage that is possible, and we are prepared to handle them all. Just give us a call at (773) 337-3993 when your home in the areas of Chicago, Marquette Park, Gage Park or Brighton Park has a fire emergency.

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Curious Sights and Scenes in Chicago Flood Damage SERVPRO Has Seen

10/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Curious Sights and Scenes in Chicago Flood Damage SERVPRO Has Seen Flooding and storm damage needs professional restoration by knowledgeable technicians. Contact SERVPRO to achieve that goal and for fast response.

Dealing with the Aftermath of a Storm and Flooding in Residential Areas

While flooding represents one of the most catastrophic events that can happen to a home, it can also make for some very peculiar situations. We deal with dozens of flood damage cases in Chicago every year, and every once in a while, something crops up that truly surprises our seasoned technicians. Storm floods can bring in all sorts of items and debris from the outside, and while this makes storm flooding extremely hazardous, it also allows for a fascinating insight into what goes into the neighborhood around us. Here are some of the strangest things we have seen in flooded homes.
 
Entire Trees
 
More than once, we have seen an entire tree or bush make its way inside a client's home in Chicago thanks to flood damage. While large and well-rooted trees usually stand fast in the face of overwhelming deluges, smaller trees and large bushes can become uprooted as floodwaters inundate the soil around them. Eventually, when the flood hits a home, it may send the plant crashing through the front door, making for a messy but thankfully easy-to-fix situation.
 
Auto Parts
 
What happens when a vehicle gets picked up by floodwaters, or something gets knocked off? Tires and mirrors have to end up somewhere, and sometimes that somewhere is the interior of a home. Seeing auto parts strewn about the area can be jarring at first, but should make for a good story later on.
 
Pets and Animals
 
Some floods can pick up and carry away pets and animals in the neighborhood, only to deposit them later in another home. While this sometimes results in a tragedy and resulting biohazard, SERVPRO technicians are occasionally confronted by pets in the wreckage - pets that happen to belong to someone a block away.
 
SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City provides professional flood damage mitigation and restoration services to locals whenever disaster strikes. Call us for more information or our services at (773) 337-3993.
 
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How Water Damage from Your Leaky Windows in Chicago Affects Your Wooden Floors

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Water Damage from Your Leaky Windows in Chicago Affects Your Wooden Floors When water from a leaking window enters your home, it can damage your hardwood floors causing warping, cupping, and crowning.

Contact SERVPRO Before Water Damage Ruins Your Hardwood Flooring

There are several reasons window leaks can happen, but usually, they are from poorly installed windows or windows which have parts that are worn, causing the breakdown of sealants. If your Chicago home’s windows are leaking, you have a big problem on your hands. Window leakage is not just annoying. It can create damage to your home, including mildew and mold growth, rotting wood, and even problems with your foundation.

If you notice the windows in your home are leaking, do not ignore them. You should think about having them repaired or replaced right away, and if there is already water damage to your Chicago home, contact SERVPRO immediately to help you clean and repair the damage.

When you have wood flooring under a leaking window, our team can help you restore it. We understand how moisture affects different materials and how to dry them properly. Exposure time and permeance are the two primary variables in figuring out how much damage has been done. Permeance refers to how quickly water vapor goes through a material, while exposure time refers to how long the floor was wet. It is, therefore, necessary to contact us right away when you notice a problem to avoid additional damage.

Wood naturally contains moisture but expands when it absorbs excess moisture. Boards can warp, and expanded ones butt up against each other, causing buckling at the joints where the boards touch or where they meet the walls. The flooring needs to be replaced if proper drying and refinishing cannot get rid of the damage.

Cupping happens when the water absorbs from the sides and bottom of the wood. The edges raise up slightly. We can typically sand cupping out of the wood.

Crowning happens when the top of the wood has more moisture than the bottom and sides, which makes the wood arch, making a bowed shape in the middle. It usually happens when the bottom of the wood is over-dried. SERVPRO techs generally cannot sand out this type of problem.

If your leaking window has caused damage to your wood flooring, SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City can assess whether we can dry the wood out and fix the problem, or if the flooring must be replaced. Either way, residents in the areas of Gage Park, Ford City or Marquette Park should call us as soon as they recognize a problem at (773) 337-3993.

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Can My Wood Table Be Saved After Mold Damage in Chicago?

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can My Wood Table Be Saved After Mold Damage in Chicago? Contact SERVPRO if you see mold on your favorite wood table. We arrive quickly and will do our best to save your table from having to be replaced.

Our IICRC Certified Technicians Have Experience Dealing with Mold Infestations in Homes

Mold damage is a problem many homeowners have to face at some point. Mold can grow in any situation where there is moisture plus an organic food source. As organic food sources include natural housing materials such as insulation or drywall, it is all too easy for the fungus to set up camp in a house.
 
In the event of mold damage in your Chicago home, it is natural to be concerned about favorite pieces of furniture or belongings that you do not want to lose. We have experience in removing mold from a broad range of surfaces, which is why it is important to call us straight away. Our SERVPRO technicians assess the situation and let you know what is salvageable.
 
Wood tables can, unfortunately, become victims of mold damage. Wood soaks up water which provides moisture, so if you have suffered a leak, a flood, or simply have a damp environment in your home, fungus might grow on your favorite wood table.
 
We equip our SERVPRO technicians to tackle mold in several ways.
 
HEPA vacuuming is an effective way to remove loose spores from the surface of your table. HEPA vacuums are capable of filtering out particles as small as 0.3 microns, which makes them ideal for tackling mold.
 
Our team also scrubs away mold with stiff bristled brushes, always being careful not to cause further damage to the table.
 
Finally, we apply detergents if necessary. Products are chosen to suit your specific situation, so you can rest easy knowing you are getting the most appropriate treatment for your home.
 
Mold thrives in damp environments, which is why SERVPRO also tests the moisture levels in your home and establishes a drying goal and plan. We use thermal hygrometers and moisture meters to measure humidity levels, and a range of dehumidifiers and air movers to bring the humidity down to an acceptable level.
 
Speed is of the essence when it comes to mold remediation. SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City is waiting to offer assistance throughout Chicago, Ford City, Marquette Park, Gage Park, Brighton Park, Archer Heights, Scottsdale and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (773) 337-3993.

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Peeling Paint Often Indicates Water Damage In Chicago Dwellings

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Peeling Paint Often Indicates Water Damage In Chicago Dwellings We know that Chicago homeowners work hard in maintaining their homes, but water damage can ruin many of their efforts.

Peeling Paint Often Indicates Water Damage

A new coat of paint can make any room feel livelier and fresh again. Preparing the walls in your Chicago home before beginning is a crucial part of any painting project. Finding areas where the paint is flaking away can tell you that underlying problems are likely to exist.

We know that Chicago homeowners work hard in maintaining their homes, but water damage can ruin many of their efforts. SERVPRO's specialists are friendly professionals who understand that the state of your home is a serious concern to you. When the place you rest your head needs help, you want to make sure that it receives the best possible assistance available. This is the reason we work very hard to gain experience in all types of situations that a home might encounter. Our dedication to you is also part of why we earn our many different certificates from the IICRC.

If you find peeling or flaking paint during your preparation efforts, water damage is a possible cause. Even if no drips or stains exist, high humidity can create problems when it condenses on walls and ceilings. Absorbing into the underlying drywall or plaster can break down the seal between that material and the paint. Simply painting over the area is not able to efficiently remove the moisture and future problems become more likely to occur.

We use sensors that detect moisture in both the air and in hard, semi-porous surfaces. Once found, we eliminate that moisture using the most efficient methods. Some of the methods used require straightforward and well-known machines such as dehumidifiers, while others are combinations of heated mats that also serve as large suction cups designed for extracting moist air and send it to a tank where the water remains trapped.

However, sometimes our sensors detect ongoing situations in which water is steadily, although incredibly slowly, entering your property through cracks in basement walls or drips in your plumbing lines. We work with homeowners to eliminate these sources and then help ensure that future damage from water does not happen.

Call us, SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City, when you have concerns regarding water damage inside your home. We answer our phones 24/7, so giving us a call at (773) 337-3993 puts you in contact with our team. SERVPRO makes it “Like it never even happened.”

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After Chicago Storms, Partner With a Reputable Remediation Company

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After Chicago Storms, Partner With a Reputable Remediation Company Flooding after a big storm can be devastating to you and your family. Partner with SERVPRO for skilled remediation and restoration efforts.

SERVPRO Technicians Handle ALL Aspects of Flood Damage Remediation After a Storm

We can never really comprehend the volume of water that is shed from the structures we inhabit until storm damage opens a portion of it to the elements. This type of catastrophe must have a swift, professional response. Hiring a company like SERVPRO that specializes in flood damage and overall disaster remediation is the key to a successful outcome.
 
Here is a typical storm damage scenario: torrential rains and high winds buffet your home for hours. Nearby tree limbs fall, break windows and cause a corner of the roof to collapse. The breach allows water to rush in through your attic and to the floors below, leaving you with flood damage throughout your Chicago home. As the storm begins to weaken, you realize the safety of your family and the structure of your house require a professional response. Leaving even a portion of your home open to the elements risks more water damage, invasion by pests or unauthorized personnel.

SERVPRO can meet your immediate need to temporarily secure and protect the storm damaged structure, and prevent further damage or unauthorized entry with board-up and roof tarping services.  Then the process of mitigating and remediating the interior can begin.  Storm and flood damage abatement calls for a broad range of skills and specialized equipment possessed by this remediation industry leader.
 
Expect the SERVPRO team to take the time to create a firm plan outlining all the jobs that must be completed to prepare your home for re-construction. Standing water on every level of your home must be pumped out or extracted with powerful vacuums. The majority of the water collects in the basement or lowest level, so immediate attention focuses there, but SERVPRO's properly prepared and trained technicians examine every inch of the dwelling for flood damage.
 
Following the removal of the water, SERVPRO's certified workers take moisture measurements of structures, air, and possessions as a post-disaster baseline. Drying goals shortly emerge from their skilled computations, and the recovery spotlight now shines on achieving appropriate moisture levels to minimize permanent damage to wood, metal, and fibers, among other things. Commercial air movers and low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers are precisely placed where needed to dry out the structure, flooring, floor coverings, walls, ceilings, and belongings.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City for your flood damage needs. Hiring a competent and well-seasoned remediation team is only a call to (773) 337-3993 away.

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Dealing With Mold Damage In Your Chicago Area Home The Right Way

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Dealing With Mold Damage In Your Chicago Area Home The Right Way Our SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7/365 to answer all of your mold damage needs.

The Right Way to Deal with Mold Damage in Chicago is By Calling SERVPRO

Many people go their entire lives without experiencing mold damage in their home. They might be lucky or might experience mold without even knowing it. The signs of mold growth can be subtle, something that most might shrug-off if they do not know what to look for, or are unaware.

If you are interested in learning more about mold damage in your Chicago area home, take advice from someone who has experienced this type of event, and only read up on mold and related issues on sites provided by professionals. A lot of these general blogs that discuss mold issues may not point you in the right direction, or even give you bad advice. So, you should avoid them when possible.

When dealing with mold damage in your home, you always get the best results from a professional. Mold remediation takes far more equipment, and resources than most homeowners keep on their property. So, unless you are someone who specifically invested in industrial-grade mold remediation equipment for your home, leave the cleaning to a qualified professional, like SERVPRO.

Many homeowners attempt remediation on their own, only to find that the contamination spread further. Without the right equipment, tools, and safety lessons you can send airborne spores to any area of your home, you cannot see them, which makes it hard to prevent. SERVPRO remediation technicians use air movers and air scrubbers to catch spores, trapping them with containment sheeting, limiting exposure to other areas of your home.

What happens when you clean a moldy area with common household cleaning solutions? The mold itself simply waits for the right conditions to exist to flourish again. You might have taken care of existing growth and colonies, but the fungus remains. It takes an EPA-registered disinfectant and physically removing saturated materials to get mold growth in your home under control properly. SERVPRO provides these services and can perform any repairs necessary to get things back to normal quickly.

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Make the call to SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City to begin your mold remediation, today. Take advantage of IICRC certified professionals in your area, call now. (773) 337-3993

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