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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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Ice Dams and Water Damage in Your Chicago Attic

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ice Dams and Water Damage in Your Chicago Attic Our SERVPRO team is available 24/7/365 to help you get your Chicago home back to preloss condition.

When Your Chicago Attic Has Suffered Water Damage or Ice Dams, Call SERVPRO

During Chicago winters, the temperature of your attic can reach above freezing, which melts the snow on your roof. When this melted snow runs down your roof and into the eaves which are colder, it refreezes. Over several days this cycle continues, and snowmelt that is freezing builds up and creates an ice dam. Behind this, water forms into puddles that are quite large. The pooling water can then get caught up under the covering of your roof and leak along the outer walls of your home or into your attic.

With attic leaks, you may not even realize there is an issue at first, which could make the water damage much worse by the time you notice it. Your Chicago home needs the help of water damage professionals to get it back in shape. SERVPRO is always ready to help you clean up the water mess and repair any damage that has been done.

Attics are not always easy to access, and the amount of equipment we can get into the damaged area can be limited. The drying process can be made difficult because of sheetrock, and once the sheetrock which has been damaged, structural components in the attic space are relatively easy to dry. Plus, we might have to take sheetrock out to be able to get into the attic.

Restoration of attics often involves SERVPRO staff to work with insulation. We can dry out fiberglass insulation that is wet and save it, whereas we might not be able to restore damp plaster or sheetrock under the insulation. In almost all cases where plaster or sheetrock is sagging, we have to take the insulation and put it in an undamaged area so we can get at the sheetrock that is damaged. We use giant insulation vacuums to remove insulation and maybe save it for reuse.

The removal of insulation and sheetrock demolition can make vast amounts of dust, plus high air movement can force the dust to move throughout your home. In this case, we might have to build containment to minimize cross-contamination. Air pressure which is negative might also be needed. We keep in communication with you during the whole process.

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SERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City is sure to be careful while drying and repairing your attic after water damage from an ice dam. You can trust the restoration of your home in Archer Heights, Brighton Park, or Scottsdale to us when you call us at (773) 337-3993.

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Commercial Fire Damage In Your Chicago Tourist Attraction

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage In Your Chicago Tourist Attraction Fire damage does not need to spread through an entire venue to affect operations and profits.

Commercial Fire Damage

Chicago enjoys a large number of tourists who come to see the many attractions in our Windy City. While nearly all venues now forbid smoking on the premises, this cannot guarantee that guests always adhere to such rules. With a high number of guests, the chances increase that one might decide to smoke nevertheless and then cause a fire when disposing of the 'evidence.'

Whenever a tourism-related business in Chicago suffers from commercial fire damage, the toll felt affects many guests, travel agents, and related businesses. Although someone might spot a fire and put it out quickly, the smoke damage can cause problems, also. Fire damage does not need to spread through an entire venue to affect operations and profits. This is why SERVPRO technicians restore damaged properties of any size, and with any scope of fire damage.

When we receive a call to restore a shop, hotel, restaurant, or other business after a fire created a mess, we arrive ready to get the work started. While we assess the situation thoroughly first, we know that time constraints affect the results. We want to exceed your expectations on how your business looks when we finish. Our dedication to helping our customers keeps us attentive to details and continually focused on working as a team.

Removing charred and burnt materials serves different purposes – making way for the materials installed for restorative work, removal of soot-covered surfaces that produce bad odors, and elimination of water-soaked carpeting and drywall. Also, safety risks decrease upon elimination of exposed nails, wiring, and broken glass, making the area safe for restoration work.

After the completion of restoration work, we can ensure that no foul odors arise by using the latest techniques in odor elimination. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) uses different methods, depending on the types of materials that combusted during the fire, to keep odors from bothering your patrons.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City wants our community to enjoy a continuing robust tourist trade. Helping you provide what your clientele desires helps our community immensely. For any type or size of fire damage restoration work, no matter how complex, call us at (773) 337-3993 to reach our 24-hour service.

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How is Mold Damage Remedied by Professionals in Your Chicago Home?

12/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How is Mold Damage Remedied by Professionals in Your Chicago Home? Mold sometimes hides for months before the smell creates a clear picture of what lies behind cabinets or furniture. Contact SERVPRO for remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Mold Damage and then Focus on Preventing the Mold Infestation From Recurring

Mold damage can be a nightmare for your Chicago property. If you do not act promptly and seek help, the damage can spread quickly and get out of hand. Furthermore, trying to tackle mold damage on your own is a bad idea. Mold remediation is a job for the professionals who have the necessary training and equipment to get it done.

Here at SERVPRO, we offer professional mold remediation services that can get rid of mold damage from your Chicago property in no time. Our skilled professionals are trained in eliminating mold from your property as safely and efficiently as possible. Here are some of the steps involved in remediation of mold damage. 

  • Documentation

Documentation is a significant part of mold remediation process. Once SERVPRO technicians are on the site, they generate a record including information such as the extent of damage and moisture saturation. They work closely with the Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEPs) to ensure proper documentation before and after remediation.  

  • Contain mold at its source

The next thing that the professionals do is take steps to contain the damage to the affected area. Curtains and negative air pressure machines are used to ensure that mold does not find its way to the unaffected areas. 

  • Mold removal

Once the mold is contained, the next step involves its removal. The excess mold can be removed physically, by HEPA vacuuming and damp wiping. If the mold damage is too extensive, the materials can be disposed of safely rather than trying to restore them. 

  • Correcting the moisture problem

Even the best cleanup will not be able to prevent mold from returning if the moisture problem is not solved. Mold loves moisture, and if there is excess moisture on any surface, the mold is bound to make a comeback. SERVPRO professionals use equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers to rectify the moisture problem. We also use various instruments to monitor the levels of moisture and ensure that the levels are brought back to normal.

Call SERVPRO of Marquette Park/ West Lawn/ Ford City at (773) 337-3993 today to schedule an appointment.

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SERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City Recognized with the Storm Responder Award

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City Recognized with the Storm Responder Award SERVPRO Proudly Offers Storm Responder Teams After Hurricanes and Disasters

Our Chicago SERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City Franchise Proudly Provides Emergency Support to Our Neighbors, Both Near and Far

In the wake of some of the most dangerous storms that our country has seen in quite some time, we atSERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City were tuned in to the devastation and destruction that was left behind. Since we first opened our doors to the area in 2009, we have always strived to offer the best service and treat every customer as though they were our priority: because every single one has been our priority. That culture and philosophy are what has allowed us to be voted into the top 100 franchises (out of over 1700) under the SERVPRO corporate umbrella in 5 of the last 8 years we have been in business. You have given us your trust, and our dedicated staff has shown you that it was not misplaced.

When hurricanes and damaging tropical storms decimated homes and businesses throughout the southern expanse of the United States, our entire Chicago staff knew that we had the equipment, the expertise, and the compassion to make a difference in relief efforts. We wasted little time dispatching a team to both Florida and Texas to help provide assistance wherever we could for those hit hardest by Hurricane Irma and Harvey.
 
For recognition of sending our Green Fleets down to aid those that needed us most, we received a thank you plaque from the corporate offices of SERVPRO who recognized our team as a Storm Responder. We humbly and graciously accept the accolade, though it was never about an award.

We at SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City are grateful for the opportunity to make a difference and hope that you will continue to trust us to do the same for you in the years to come.

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Restoring Water Damage To Your Chicago Apartment

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring Water Damage To Your Chicago Apartment Water damage to your Chicago apartment is very different than a typical homeowner having a substantial leak from their basement pipes.

Restoring Water Damage

Owning an apartment in Chicago comes with an added set of concerns when a disaster occurs. Even a seemingly small incident could produce significant water damage. The threat of this kind of emergency makes a property owner have to be even more diligent with preventative maintenance of appliances and plumbing to reduce the risk of something costly occurring. The trouble is, some unfortunate incidents occur with no warning and can be the fault of someone else entirely.

Water damage to your Chicago apartment is very different than a typical homeowner having a substantial leak from their basement pipes. In a building full of apartments, you have to be concerned with more than just the immediate damages to your place and couple that with concerns for the damage that spreads out to nearby apartments both to the sides and underneath yours.

With added stresses of needing to consider potential damages to your neighbors, it is imperative for you to reach out quickly to SERVPRO. Our emergency response team is equipped with the tools and skills to clean up the mess and to restore the area, provided that the damage is not beyond replacing damaged drywall.

Our SERVPRO professionals work quickly to assess the root of the problem and to prevent it from getting worse as soon as we arrive. Depending on the severity of the water in the apartment, portable pumps can be used to remove standing water. Drying the area is critical, as this prevents the spread of the damage to neighboring properties sharing common walls/floors and reduces the moisture available for mold colonies to start forming.

We work closely with your insurance company to give our assessment of the damages as well as the appropriate actions that have been taken to remedy them. This direct communication helps to streamline the process and ensure that the work is completed to restore your apartment in a very timely matter.

Owning an apartment does not mean that you have to handle water damages to your property alone. You can call us at SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City any time at (773) 337-3993.

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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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