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You Can Save Money And Still Do Proper Restoration Of Fire Damage In Chicago

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage You Can Save Money And Still Do Proper Restoration Of Fire Damage In Chicago Even after a small fire, extensive damages might occur, requiring extra effort to restore the property back to its preloss condition.

Proper Fire Damage Restoration

Even after a small fire, extensive damages might occur, requiring extra effort to restore the property back to its preloss condition. In small Chicago fires, smoke causes most of the damage because it drifts even to areas unreached by the flames. Water and other materials used to extinguish the fire can also cause further damages especially if left to pool around. Since cost is never a priority when putting out the fire, what determines whether you make any savings is what you do after the flames die down.

When dealing with fire damage in Chicago, one way to save cost is to be thorough when doing the restoration. Combines, the damage extent, the size of the affected area and the time spent doing the restoration determine the total costs involved. If ineffective methods are used, it might lead to unsatisfactory results. Such outcomes necessitate repetition of the procedures, which inevitably drives up the costs. If you choose to work with SERVPRO, our technicians first inspect the damaged areas and choose the most effective restoration approaches.

Sometimes, the restoration methods used, end up causing more damages thus driving costs up. A good example might be using a strong cleaning solution that ruins upholstered items instead of removing stains caused by soot or other smoke residues. Chemicals used in thermal foggers to deodorize smoke odor might also cause damages to leather items. Our SERVPRO team has access to a wide variety of professional cleaning products and tools ensuring we only use the appropriate ones during the restoration of your property.

Speed is essential during restoration because other costs might pile up as you wait for your property to be fully functional again. Even a simple inconvenience like eating out because the kitchen is no longer usable can pile costs up. Also if you leave standing water in the affected area for too long, problems like mold or rotting of wood can develop. Our SERVPRO team clears debris and extracts any water from your property immediately restoration starts, saving you from unnecessary costs. We also work at sufficient speed to ensure your property is usable in good time.

To restore your property cost-effectively, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993. We are available 24/7.

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Flood Damage Restoration Options For Your Chicago Home

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration Options For Your Chicago Home Flood damage can be disastrous to your home.

Flood Damage Restoration Options

Flood damage can be disastrous to your home because it can not only destroy your property but also has several health effects due to the molds. Treating flooding in your Chicago home as an emergency is critical.

In Chicago, flood damage events occur more often, and you need certified experts to help you restore your home. One of the most critical tools that our technicians at SERVPRO use to help dry your entire house is the air movers. They need to be placed in a clockwise pattern with the inlet towards the wall and ensure the snout is touching the wall. Our technicians can easily monitor the equipment and move air movers to the left and right in a circular pattern to ensure an evenly dry structure.

In hard-to-dry areas such as the walls, ventilation is critical, and the SERVPRO team ensures that these areas are thoroughly checked and dried without any damage whatsoever. The baseboards need to be removed and vent holes drilled between each stud in the wall at the baseboard level. The process can be challenging, and inexperienced technicians can damage your wall leading to additional expenses.

The amount of time required to ensure your home is thoroughly dry depends on air movement, humidity, temperature, and amount of water to be evaporated. For successful drying, all these factors need to be controlled using different techniques and equipment, such as the dehumidifier for lowering relative humidity and truck mounts for water extraction. SERVPRO technicians have years of experience and the advantage of extensive training on how to effectively use the various equipment at their disposal. Our technicians can also create a drying goal to ensure that we get your home back to its earlier condition as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City can be able to quickly respond to your flood emergency events since we are a locally owned and operated business. We have the equipment, resources, and personnel to help you at any time. Call us at (773) 337-3993 and get quality services today.

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When a Chicago School Requires Water Removal Services

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When a Chicago School Requires Water Removal Services SERVPRO Works Hard to Keep Chicago Area Schools Open after a Water Loss

Municipal Water Losses in the Chicago Area? SERVPRO Provides Cleanup and Recovery

When you are responsible for the upkeep of any of the Chicago area schools, you have to become prepared for whatever incident could occur. While many of the situations that you face can get rectified by the custodial staff that the institution employs, it is critical to understand when a situation is out of the wheelhouse and abilities of this limited staff. Water loss incidents can cause a great deal of damage initially, not to mention, continue to cause lingering effects to the facility if they do not get correctly restored.

One of the things that you need to keep in mind when determining your need for water removal services for your Chicago school is the severity of the situation. What you might not know, is that water damage can spread far from the source of the problem and into areas that you cannot readily see. The longer it takes to address the problem, the worse it continues to become. It is why our commitment to the clients we serve is the slogan used every day that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. We partner with many regional and local municipalities to grapple with water loss to structures.

One of the things that you have to consider about the facility itself is the students and families affected by a disaster like this if the school has to get canceled for the problem to get resolved. Our efforts might limit or eliminate the amount of time that this has to happen altogether, working around students and staff to continue restoration work while educational efforts continue.

Another factor that you might want to consider is the contents of the affected rooms. With many wooden shelving units and drywall used in the construction of your school, these materials are very susceptible to oversaturation and failure. Our SERVPRO technicians have the expertise to assess the stability of these materials and determine if they can get restored or if they require replacement.

Requiring water removal services for your school is something that no superintendent wants to have to experience, but unfortunately, this is something that you should have a plan in place to handle. Our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City team of experienced technicians can respond quickly and help to limit the time that your facility has to close its doors for restoration. Give us a call anytime at (773) 337-3993.

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Remediating Flood Damage Effects in Chicago

8/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediating Flood Damage Effects in Chicago When flooding happens very quickly, have SERVPRO on speed dial to call after an event. Our fast action offers the best results.

SERVPRO Uses Effective Equipment to Dry Out Your Property After Flooding

Chicago weather is usually milder at this time of year, with rainstorms fewer each month until September. Sudden storms can still happen though, dropping massive amounts of water on area neighborhoods in just a few hours.
 
Remediating Chicago flood damage requires a combination of stopping leaks and removing water as quickly as possible. SERVPRO restoration specialists accomplish this with expert training and the latest equipment designed for removing water and drying structural and personal property.
 
When done within a day after the flood, removing standing water with pumps or extraction wands serves as most of the restoration work, eliminating long-term damage. If the flooding was severe or remained for more than a day, then the water had time to soak into the property, and removal is not enough.
 
Our teams first set up dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air and nearby property like drywall and furniture. These machines can remove over 20 gallons of water every day, which lowers the interior humidity and helps to dry items without causing additional damage. The action also serves to increase the efficiency of other devices.
 
SERVPRO technicians use air movers to force warm air across the surface of wood furniture and structural items like drywall. They can adjust the temperature and speed to decrease drying time without splitting the wood or crumbling the drywall panels. Specialists also install exhaust fans at exit points to draw the cooler, interior air outside of the home.
 
If not removed quickly enough, water can also cause odors. Technicians counteract them using solid, scent-producing pellets to cover the odor and then eliminate them using chemical sprays to eliminate them at the source.
 
Finally, SERVPRO of Marquette Park / Westlawn / Ford City has extensive experience with all major insurance companies. Our office personnel works to make filing an insurance claim as simple as possible. If you have any flooding in your home, call us today at (773) 337-3993 to help return it to its original state, while making sure your insurance covers everything allowed.

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Making The Claims Process Efficient After Fire Damages In Your Chicago Home

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Making The Claims Process Efficient After Fire Damages In Your Chicago Home Overcoming a disaster to impact your Chicago residence might feel overwhelming.

Making The Claims Process Efficient After A Fire

Overcoming a disaster to impact your Chicago residence might feel overwhelming. With widespread damages affecting multiple areas of your house, it is often challenging to know what you need or where to begin putting the pieces back together. With professional restoration services, experienced technicians can help you to assess the full scope of the damage and to lay out a plan to bring your home back to preloss conditions.

An example of an overwhelming situation in your Chicago home is combating fire damages. With so many different threats happening all at once, no homeowner gets prepared for the work that has to happen to bring their property back to the way it used to be. When our SERVPRO franchise says We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, this is precisely the kind of situation that we meant.

Once the first responders have left your home, you have to start making calls. The first of these would be to your insurance provider to let them know about the incident and start getting the ball rolling on filing a claim. Restoration work like ours is often a result of insurance claims, and our team of experienced technicians and staff work directly with the insurance provider and adjuster to expedite the claims process to get your home restored as promptly as possible.

While this insurance company is going to need some physical proof of the claim that you are filing, usually photographs, this is another situation where our SERVPRO professionals can take over. There are many threats and potential hazards in a home after a fire that our experienced professionals have the equipment to face. Our estimator can provide these required images to your insurance adjuster as part of the full inspection required in the estimation process.

As a homeowner, you want to restore the damages to your residence as promptly as possible following an instance like a fire. Unfortunately, there are often a lot of steps in between the disaster and its completed restoration. Let our professionals at SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City help you to navigate this process and work as efficiently as possible to restore your home to preloss conditions. Give us a call anytime at (773) 337-3993.

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Chicago’s Water Damage Experts Explain Rapid Structural Drying

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Chicago’s Water Damage Experts Explain Rapid Structural Drying When a water leak takes place inside your Chicago apartment, excessive moisture can negatively affect your contents and building materials.

Water Damage Experts Explain Rapid Structural Drying

When a water leak takes place inside your Chicago apartment, excessive moisture can negatively affect your contents and building materials. The longer things stay wet, the more likely they will get ruined and need to be replaced. Over time water saturates materials and causes them to lose their structural integrity and fall apart. The organic materials inside your home carry a risk of mold contamination if they stay wet for more than 48 hours.

If moisture stays inside contents and materials, the severity of the problems increase. When mitigating water damage in Chicago, our SERVPRO technicians’ primary goal is to prevent secondary issues. When water directly affects an object the problems that occur are considered primary. Secondary damage results when water vapor penetrates items and negatively affects them. Therefore, prompt mitigation can greatly reduce the amount of water vapor present in the air, reducing the chance of suffering secondary issues.

The first step to moisture removal is to vacuum up as much water as possible using specialized, industrial extraction equipment. Once the extractors get to the point where they are no longer pulling up water, the rapid drying phase begins. The goal of drying is to speed up the natural evaporation process and return moisture levels to normal as quickly as possible.

Since things in nature always seek equilibrium, we know that water from wet materials will evaporate into dry air sitting next to it. This is why we set up air movers to push air across surfaces so that the air next to wet materials stays dry allowing it to collect moisture. However, once all of the air in the room gets saturated, the moisture must be removed from the air. To lower a building’s relative humidity, we set up dehumidifiers that pull vapor out of the air and dispense it in liquid form.

To accomplish speedy drying, our SERVPRO crew uses principles of psychrometry. Psychrometry is the study of the humidity, air, and temperature, and their effect on various materials. Since air can hold more water at higher temperatures, humidity, airflow, and temperature all play major roles in determining how fast materials dry. High relative humidity numbers can slow down drying because the air must have less moisture than the affected materials for water to evaporate. Higher temperatures lower a room’s relative humidity thus speeding up drying.

Structures dry out best when they have constant airflow, high temperatures, and low relative humidity percentages. This is why we use air movers to create circulation, dehumidifiers to keep humidity low, and heaters to raise the temperature. If you need help drying out moisture before more problems arise, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 any day of the week.

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We can Remediate Mold Damage Issues in Your Chicago Home

7/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation We can Remediate Mold Damage Issues in Your Chicago Home Finding mold can lead to panic. Contact SERVPRO and let our technicians locate the cause and remediate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Has Many Techniques to Remediate Mold Damage as Well as Combat Remaining Odors 

Mold can grow in your home from various sources such as leaking pipe, a hole in the roof or from water seeping into cracks in the foundation. These types of problems may go on without homeowners taking notice for weeks or even months, which can lead to hidden moisture and mold damage. Fortunately, there are skilled professionals like us nearby that can offer you reliable services.
 
Call SERVPRO when you discover mold damage in your Chicago home right away. We offer expert remediation services. It is wise that you contact our company immediately because mold can cause health effects. Plus, mold can leave a very unpleasant smell in your home. Moreover, mold can cause rot in the affected areas of your home, which is why calling us as soon as possible can help reduce damages to your property.
 
When our skilled crew arrives at your residence, they can quickly check for mold, assess the damages and begin the remediation process. The first step to containing the issue in your home is to use plastic sheets to prevent mold spores from spreading throughout the structure home during the cleanup stage. SERVPRO techs may also block and seal vents and doorways with plastic sheeting or other materials to contain the mold.
 
After the team removes mold from the affected areas, they can use air scrubbers to clean the atmosphere and rid the structure of musty odors. This process also helps eliminate airborne mold spores while the crew is working in your home. Our technicians may also use disinfectants to clean non-porous surfaces. The crew can utilize dehumidifiers to reduce the level of moisture in the area. Also, the team may use antifungal sprays to stop the re-growth of mold.
 
When you see mold damage in your home, it is best to call us right away. Our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City techs can remediate mold damage in your home when possible. Call us at (773) 337-3993 at any time. We are available to assist you 24/7.
 
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Irrigation Systems Can Make Water Removal From Your Chicago Home Necessary

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Irrigation Systems Can Make Water Removal From Your Chicago Home Necessary Water removal can be tricky to achieve and a puzzle to connect to a source, but SERVPRO has the training and experience to restore your home.

Water Removal

Everyone is busy, and one of the tasks that can take up much time this summer in your Chicago home is watering your urban landscape. A common strategy is to have an inground-sprinkler system installed. Often on a timer, these configurations take care of your yard and gardens with little to no effort on your part. Unfortunately, sometimes the water finds its way into your basement. If so our full-service disaster restoration company can lend a hand.

Chicago summers are hot and steamy, so water removal would seem to be far down the list of crises -- certainly after AC repair. Water is a force of nature that takes every opportunity to move from wet to dry, however, and the combination of damaged or poorly set-up automatic sprinklers and improperly graded ground around your foundation can spell severe seepage or even a flood. You need out expertise with this crisis.

One morning you walk down to the basement to grab something out of the freezer for dinner and find several inches of water. No plumbing leaks, washer overflows, or broken water heater explains the moisture, but the clicking of the sprinklers outside give you the clue needed. Override the sprinkler system and invite SERVPRO to make an emergency visit.

Sprinkler systems are a set and forget proposition, so the water likely has been seeping into your cinder block foundation for some time. When SERVPRO arrives, our crew chief examines the standing water closely but also takes a special interest in the walls of your basement, seeking signs of microbial growth or deterioration due to days or even weeks of slow water incursion.

The water removal plan includes employing pumps and extractors to clear the standing water. SERVPRO crew members take baseline moisture readings and use infrared scanners to find pockets of water frequently found in the open cells of cinder block construction. If your basement is finished, we check behind wallboard and paneling and evaluate whether any carpeting can be dried in place or needs removal. Weighted and heated wands can restore and dry out the carpet in the hands of our expert technicians who go slowly and in overlapping patterns to ensure the carpet does not tear, stretch, or delaminate.

We discuss additional strategies if needed for mold remediation, but at a minimum use EPA-registered antimicrobials to sanitize after the air movers and dehumidifiers we always carry on our trucks dry out the area. SERVPRO also strongly advises you work with the company that installed your sprinkler system to troubleshoot so that the water does not intrude again. Consider regarding around your home, sloping down and away from the foundation. The sprinkling patterns, water force, and possibility of underground leaks in sprinkler supply lines must all be considered and remedied if there are problems or the water will return.

Water removal can be tricky to achieve and a puzzle to connect to a source, but the team at SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City has the training and experience to assess and recover. Call (773) 337-3993 for a fast response and the best outcome.

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Roof And Gutter Damage Can Lead To Flooding In Your Chicago Home

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Roof And Gutter Damage Can Lead To Flooding In Your Chicago Home Freezing and thawing can break shingles off, or disconnect/break gutter systems.

Roof And Gutter Damage Can Lead To Flooding

While you might be thinking of plans for the warmer weather around your Chicago home, your actual house might still be working off the harsh winter that did not seem to want to end. For areas like the roof of your house, the winter months combined with heavier snowfalls in the region can take a toll on the structural integrity of this vital part of your home's exterior defenses. Freezing and thawing can break shingles off, or disconnect/break gutter systems. Ultimately, these damages appear once you start to experience severe weather situations now in the warmer climate.

With damage to the roof or gutter system of your Chicago residence, you are opening the door for the disastrous flood damage that could result. While some thorough inspection into these elements and subsequent repairs could spare you this unfortunate circumstance, most homeowners do not actively go looking for problems in their house until they get posed with the result of one.

Fortunately, our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to your emergency and help you to ease some of the stress in the situation. With our various equipment for extraction, we can remove the water from the affected areas efficiently. Once the water has gotten pulled from the flooring and other areas, we can get to work on thoroughly drying the area.

One of the primary concerns of our SERVPRO technicians is assuring that the area gets thoroughly dry. Lingering moisture or dampness is a breeding ground for microbial and mold growth, which can be another involved restoration process in itself. Through air movers and dehumidifiers, we can remove the majority of the moisture. For dampness found in wall cavities, above ceilings or below floors, special equipment must get used to remove the moisture without compromising the strength of these materials.

As intricate and involved as flood restoration can be for a lot of homes, it is nothing that you should have to contend with on your own. You can always count on our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City restoration specialists to help you remove the water and return your house to preloss conditions. Give us a call anytime at (773) 337-3993.

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How We Clean Up Mold Damage in Your Chicago Home

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How We Clean Up Mold Damage in Your Chicago Home Finding mold in your home can be a reason to panic. Contact SERVPRO right away for efficient mold damage remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Effective Techniques When Remediating Mold on Your Property

Microbes live everywhere, including inside Chicago homes. This includes every room in your house. However, mold and mildew often stay out of sight because the lack of humidity keeps them from growing too much. Once a water source like a dripping faucet or a slow leak becomes available to them, they quickly become a problem.
 
When your Chicago dwelling has visible mold damage, you need to call an expert company like SERVPRO to help you correctly remediate the situation. We have IICRC-certified technicians who can safely perform this work. We know how to keep the rest of your home from cross-contamination. We use simple techniques like double bagging of materials to prevent spores from escaping and more complicated methods to rid your home of excess mold. Each technique helps us restore your home "Like it never even happened."
 
One of these techniques looks messy, but we, and the many hospitals who use it also, find negative pressure containment set-ups to work exceptionally well in most of the remediation jobs we perform. Hospitals use this when they must keep a patient’s room’s air from escaping into the rest of the hospital because of a highly contagious disease.
 
In negative air pressure set-ups, we pull the air into a tightly sealed area while simultaneously pushing the air out of the same area through an air filter and then out the window. We use HEPA filters that catch the spores in the area. Other tools and equipment help us clean your home after we remove moldy materials, so nothing gets left behind for you to clean up.
 
Mold damage in a home can cause health effects in occupants. We remove excess mold, so this does not happen and also stops the mold from damaging any other materials. Call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City so we can restore your home’s interior to a healthy state by removing excess microbial populations and restoring areas with mold damage. Our emergency service line number, (773) 337-3993, is always available to you and your family.

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