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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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Water Removal on Hardwood Floors after a Storm in Chicago

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water Removal on Hardwood Floors after a Storm in Chicago SERVPRO Uses Drying Mats to Extract Water from Storm Damaged Hardwood Floorings

SERVPRO Has the Equipment and Training to Mitigate Water Damage and Salvage Most Floorings

Water flood from a storm can lead to colossal property destruction. Hardwood floors are especially vulnerable to water damage. When it makes its way into the building, the water can penetrate hardwood floors and cause irreversible damage.

When a storm occurs in your Chicago area, our water removal services can help deal with the situation. SERVPRO has highly trained technicians who can dry the water damaged hardwood floors quickly and efficiently.
 
Hardwoods tend to hold up better from moisture than softwoods in a water damage situation. During a storm, the combined high density of the wood and high moisture conditions causes it to retain more water. Our water removal procedure centers on preventing permanent warping, cupping, and buckling. The amount of water present and how long it has been there can influence the extent of the water damage.
 
SERVPRO technicians are IICRC-certified and can assess whether the cup and warp are severe before choosing a solution. If not, we may use sanding during the refinishing process. Before this, we have to stabilize the moisture content level to below 12 percent. It can take 1-2 months before initiating the sanding and refinishing processes, as we have to wait for the wood floors to acclimate. When done prematurely, sanding can cause your hardwood floors to cup or crown as drying progresses. One of our techniques is to place drying mats, about 10 square-feet each, and suction the water from this large surface area from between the joints, and if structured, the below sub floor and floor joists.
 
Veneer Hardwood flooring is more vulnerable to water damage caused by a storm, as it has a considerably thinner surface. The layers of these types of planks present an almost no chance of restoration. It is typically more economical to discard and start anew. The purpose of our water removal efforts is to dry the hardwood floor as much as possible. Drying prevents mold growth on the wood, which can occur when moisture levels are above 20 percent.
 
This type of water damage situation also requires minimizing relative humidity to 30-45 percent. SERVPRO technicians use air movers to achieve this purpose, which facilitates airflow above and underneath the wood floor. We may also need to increase the room temperature after the storm, which helps accelerate the evaporation process.
 
Water damage on your hardwood floor does not have to stress you out anymore. SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City is available 24/7 to offer quick water removal services to your community. Call us today at (773) 337-3993.

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

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

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

Ignoring Mold Infestations Is Not the Solution to Remediation

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

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Electrical Fire Caused by Rodents in Your Chicago Home

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

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

Can Rodents Cause a Fire in Your Home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Overflowing Sink in Your Chicago Home

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lightning Strike Causes Fire Damage

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Lightning Strike Causes Fire Damage Fire Damage Can Result from Lightning Strikes in Chicago

Cleanup is Critical After a Flaming Occurrence to Your Property


Thunder and lightning are frequent accompaniments to the torrential rains experienced lately in northern Illinois. Lightning strikes that cause residential fires are rare but serious. If it happens to you, a clear plan of action must be developed and followed immediately. After the firefighters leave your home, still standing but damaged, depend upon SERVPRO to help with both plan and implementation.
 
Being jolted out of bed by the flash and rumble of a thunderstorm is annoying, but add fire damage because the lightning ignited your Chicago home and you have a bona fide disaster on your hands. Reach out to us, and we respond with a full range of fire restoration services provided by highly-qualified technicians.
 
Lightning typically strikes the highest point on a building, making attic fires among the most common related to this cause. The energy of the lightning also damages plumbing, wiring, and electronics, conducted throughout your home via these utility lines. Even if fire department quells the flames quickly, secondary fire damage spreads throughout your home. SERVPRO has an effective strategy for every issue:
 
We assess charred framing and rafters in the attic, arranging for replacement if the damage is severe, or cleaning with proper solvents and abrasive scrubbers if minimal.


We look closely at insulation in the area of the fire. Water damage to insulation is common if used to extinguish the fire, and a decision to replace or clean, dry, and restore must be made.


We contain soot and other residue and thoroughly remove it from surfaces using dry or wet techniques depending on the porosity of the materials affected.

We inspect HVAC systems to ensure odors and debris experience limited distribution. Cleaning and sealing the interior of the venting is one technique that works.

We evaluate lingering fire-related smells and deodorize following best practices taught during the comprehensive fire restoration curriculum our employees master and review on a regular basis.
 
The energy of the lightning travels along communication, electrical, and plumbing systems inside your home, damaging them and appliances and electronics attached. Our SERVPRO project managers work with your insurance company and other contractors to get all of these essential services back up and running, “Like it never even happened.”
 
Recover from the shock of a lightning strike fire by partnering with SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City. Begin the journey back to preloss condition with a call to (773) 337-3993.
 
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Raccoons Enter Your Marquette Park Home Causing Biohazards And Other Damages

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Raccoons Enter Your Marquette Park Home Causing Biohazards And Other Damages Biohazardous Raccoon Contaminated Insulation Is Replaced by SERVPRO Techs in Your Chicago Attic

SERVPRO Can Insulate Your Home After Biohazardous Removal and Sanitation of Raccoon Waste


Let’s start by saying that not all raccoons become infectious. However, raccoons are the primary host for a roundworm infection called, Baylisascaris Procyonis, which is extremely harmful to humans. Treating your attic as a biohazard area after discovering a raccoon living in your home is the best way to avoid contamination and possible illness.
 
Raccoon problems happen in the Marquette Park area quite often, creating biohazards that require professional cleaning services and lead to additional repairs that can cause severe damage to your home if not handled promptly. Keep in mind that raccoons are wild animals that are comfortable in invading urban areas seeking shelter and food
 
Raccoon-Human encounters are very common; they are smart, curious, strong, and aggressive creatures. So, when we say that they possess the strength to rip open flashing on your roof, tear vents off of your house, or enter your home through ducting, you can understand our concerns.  
 
Pest control services respond to calls about raccoons digging holes in yards, entering gardens, rummaging through garbage cans, and even swimming in pools. Once they have successfully removed the critter from your property, SERVPRO can perform a full inspection that reveals, even more, damages that you were not aware existed.
 
SERVPRO technicians often find that raccoons access attics through missing vents, damaged roof flashing, or tear through many of these items to obtain entry. Once inside, they leave fecal matter and urine everywhere that may contain biohazards that pose severe threats to your health. If insulation becomes contaminated from biological wastes, discarding this insulation is a safe step to take. SERVPRO technicians can disinfect the affected attic crawl space and blow in new insulation that may even reduce your energy bills. Raccoons often damage electrical wiring in your attic, making contact with flammable materials and creating fire hazards. Same goes for piping insulation, raccoons rip the insulation off and use it in nesting areas, exposing your water sources, causing expansion during cold weather which can burst pipes and lead to water damage.
 
A raccoon may also get into trouble, get stuck inside of a vent, or return injured after searching for food and end up dying inside of your attic, walls, or ventilation system, creating even more biohazardous conditions. SERVPRO technicians can help eliminate these issues and more. Raising their litters in your attic means that trafficking in and out of your attic can also lead to annoying noises coming from your attic.
 
Whether you have issues with raccoons in your home or business, give SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City a call today. We can help discover issues caused by this type of intrusion and get things back to normal quickly. (773) 337-3993