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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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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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