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Water Damage Repair for Chicago Kitchens from Leaking Appliances

12/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fleet ready for action Water damage restoration is no easy task. Call the experienced team of SERVPRO for fast and immediate service for your home.

Dishwasher Leaks Require Water Damage Repair

Water disaster service callouts are common for our SERVPRO professionals. The kitchen has a convergence of plumbing and water-fed appliances, making it a place likely to experience these catastrophes our SERVPRO team can help resolve.

Is a Dishwasher Leak Likely?

Over their lifetime, appliances like dishwashers can fail or break and cause conditions that require water damage repair for Chicago homes. Kitchens can be rapidly overrun by excessive water, though massive disasters are only one of the ways that emergencies with the dishwasher might occur. Leaks around gaskets and through hose connections underneath the unit could create a slower-developing concern for your residence.

The Need for Controlled Demolition

  • Flooring – Laminate flooring and other more porous materials can be slowly damaged over time with a prolonged drip or leak. Even immediate burst pipe damage can overwhelm flooring and require stripping down to the subflooring elements.
  • Cabinets – Cabinets can be easily overcome by moisture and water damage, especially with more porous materials like laminates and fiberboard. Warped and damaged base cabinets will need to get removed. 
  • Plumbing – Fixtures within the walls or underneath the dishwasher unit might need to get assessed for replacement. When the leak originates from these points, it might be worth replacing the entire hose assemblies throughout the appliance to safeguard against repeats. 

Rebuilding the Damage

With the controlled demolition phase completed, SERVPRO professionals work to sufficiently dry the remaining exposed elements and safeguard them from mold development. Repairs follow, replacing the flooring, utilities, and wall system materials. Cabinets and countertops are the final installations, as these might be the challenging elements to match with existing units. 

The kitchen is an area that might experience water damage repairs in your home’s lifetime. When you need restoration services after these disasters, contact our trusted SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City team at (773) 337-3993.

Effects of Chicago Fire Damage on Homes and Businesses

11/9/2022 (Permalink)

employees cleaning soot damage off of a wall If you need professional assistance with fire damage, Call our SERVPRO team in Chicago; we are always available to help you!

We Overcome Several Types of Fire Damage

While we hope never to see the severity of the great fire of 1871 that spread over more than 3 miles of Chicago, destroying more than 17,000 structures, fires are still happening every day in the city. Because each disaster features several variables, the needed restoration and recovery strategies change from one building to another. Our team is equipped to help with single-family homes, high-rise apartment buildings, and massive commercial facilities. We focus on specific factors when we first arrive, including:

  • Structural integrity
  • Personal belongings
  • Safe living conditions
  • Water damage

There is an urgency to address Chicago fire damage when it occurs. The longer that mitigation and restoration take to begin, the more the structure becomes damaged by post-disaster effects like soot circulation and harsh odors. Our roster of talented and accredited professionals is ready and able to help 24/7 when fires threaten your life.

Why We Act Quickly

Mitigation is a powerful and necessary phase of fire damage recovery operations for our responding team. These actions are critical in protecting the structure from more significant harm while protecting affected personal belongings and contents. The rapid response team is trained to identify structural hazards and pressing concerns to resolve these issues so restoration does not get delayed in starting. Some focal points include:

  • Fire Debris Removal
  • Water Removal
  • Content Relocation

The Airborne Hazards After Fire Damage

A significant threat to the property after a fire is extinguished is the environment's circulating particles. Our team focuses on ways to reduce the presence of microscopic soot and make the work area safer for responding restorers and the occupants of the house. With HEPA 500 air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators, these units filter harmful particles out of the air, ultimately reaching a point where personal protective equipment is no longer required to operate in the room safely.

Removing Soot and Smoke Damage

Soil deposits must also be addressed rapidly. The longer that corrosive smoke damage residues can stay on sensitive building materials and contents, the likelier these surfaces cannot be restored. We use multiple approaches to overcome soot and smoke damage on materials, much of which depends on the affected underlying substrate, type of smoke damage, and the thickness of the residue.

  • Solvents - these chemicals are necessary when thick residues on surfaces must get dissolved to be wiped away.
  • Alkaline Detergents - we utilize certain cleaning materials to neutralize acidic properties in soot particles on surfaces. Introducing alkalinity to acidic residues can protect underlying materials while cleaning.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - in some situations, more aggressive cleaning measures are necessary. Media blasting and abrasive mechanical action can help prevent the tear-out of affected building materials.
  • Controlled Demolition - when other measures are ineffective, the final resort is to remove and discard affected materials.

Odor Neutralization After Fire Damage

One of the widespread and overwhelming byproducts of combustion is a harsh smoke odor in the building. Some of the cleaning and mitigation steps can reduce the severity of these smells, but deodorization practices are necessary to neutralize the scent completely. We use devices like ozone machines for open areas where the family is not still in the structure to fogging machines that can impact trapped malodors in porous building materials.

Chicago fire damage appears in many forms, but our experienced professionals can help. Give our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City team a call at (773) 337-3993.

Water Damage to Your Chicago Furniture Store

9/4/2022 (Permalink)

the inside of a furniture store There cannot be any delay if your furniture store is facing water damage issues. Team SERVPRO is standing by to mitigate your emergency situation.

SERVPRO's Rapid Response After an Event Can Greatly Reduce Damage

When the main inlet pipe breaks in the building housing your furniture store, the investment you have made in showroom inventory is at certain risk of severe water damage. The arrival of SERVPRO water mitigation specialists after that is your best bet, helping your and your staff sort out the mess.

Commercial water damage could be the end of your Chicago furniture business, but not if we are summoned quickly to assist. Chances are good that the store’s square footage will not incur much damage, its walls and floor typically composed of cinder block or concrete. You and we can concentrate instead on the cozy living room arrangements, dining room sets, and bedroom suites your customers enjoyed viewing and trying out. They may be sodden, but our technicians are ready to use their training and experience to clean and dry them. Using professional strength pumps and extractors, our team will remove as much water as possible from the area and the furnishings. If your showroom is carpeted, we will assess whether that floor covering can be cleaned and dried. Padding often must be replaced, but carpets can be surprisingly resilient. If area rugs were on display, we may take some of them off-site to thoroughly dry them.

SERVPRO will work closely with you and your insurance company to determine whether the furniture on exhibit in your store can or should be salvaged. Our staff has been educated in advanced upholstery drying, using air movers and dehumidifiers to complete the job. If the furniture just got “its feet wet” during the flooding, the water damage may be reversible. Standing or cascading water that soaked entire pieces will be more difficult to remove and the pieces trickier to restore. It is crucial that the restoration efforts start immediately after the water damages the times as microbial growth can begin within 48 hours. Great care must be taken not to sell items that have the potential to harbor fungi or other hazardous substances.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City is ready to assist if your furniture business suffers water damage from a plumbing fail. Consider a call to (773) 337-3993 before disaster strikes to set up an Emergency Ready Plan, but know we will be there to help ERP or not.

What to Do After Storm Flood Damage in Your Chicago Home

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Pat Z owner of SERVPRO in car Call Patricia Zubricki, SERVPRO's famed owner/operator, to rescue your flood-damaged Chicago home. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Hire SERVPRO to Handle Flood Damage in Your Chicago Home

A house's flooding can result from heavy rainfall, blizzards, snow, hurricanes, and tornadoes. The aftermath of this calamity might be extraordinary, and the resulting damage is likely to be disastrous. The National Weather Service states that the US experiences about 100,000 thunderstorms and 1,000 tornadoes yearly, causing about $40 billion in damages.

SERVPRO has the equipment and expertise required to handle the storm flood damage in your Chicago home as quickly as possible. Your safety is a priority. The steps to take following a devastating storm include:

  • Keep yourself and your family safe – Find another place to stay if necessary. 
  • Secure the area – If your home is accessible, remove valuables. Discard compromised food and medicine. Please take photos of the destruction and catalog them for your insurer. 
  • Call SERVPRO – Contacting professional restorers who perform storm damage restoration quickly is vital. We can work with you to provide dependable and fast services to begin the clean-up process. 
  • Contact your insurer – Inform your insurer about the incident to begin the claim's filing process. 

SERVPRO can assist you in repairing any items the flooding did not adversely affect. This includes dented and cracked items. We can discard severely damaged contents or porous items like mattresses and carpets because eliminating microbes from them is challenging. 

We can use centrifugal pumps to extract the floodwater from your house to prevent the damages from spreading further. Centrifugal pumps convert rotational energy from a motor to energy to move fluids. Examples include high-pressure pumps, self-priming trash pumps, and electric submersible pumps.

Our SERVPRO team can also dry your home thoroughly. We often use air movers to enhance evaporation. They introduce airflow at the surface level and replace the saturated, cool boundary layer with drier, warmer air from dehumidifiers. Air moving equipment also moves the dry dehumidified air from rooms where restorers have positioned dehumidifiers to other rooms.

Do not allow the floodwater to sit in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Marquette / West Lawn / Ford City for help at (773) 337-3993. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Levels of Fire Damage Possible in Your Chicago Home

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

burning candle, flame Call SERVPRO for a Chicago house fire cleanup. We can make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Remediates ALL Types of Damage After a Fire

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

Keep Your Chicago Commercial Site Open for Business after a Water Problem

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

red umbrella stormy weather tall buildings It takes more than a red umbrella to protect your Chicago commercial building from water damage. Just call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Helps Keep Businesses Open After Water Damage

Department stores and retail establishments throughout the surrounding area should consider developing a relationship with local restoration providers early on; this way, you have an opportunity to give the company you choose any pertinent information that helps them gain access to your building and provide the services your business needs to survive an emergency situation.

Often water damage cases in the Chicago area require access to a professional restoration company that provides 24-hour emergency services that help keep your business running and limit exposure to inventory, which helps prevent additional damages from forming and large-loss situations from occurring.

SERVPRO technicians can answer your call and begin handling your emergency immediately; the information you provide and your preparations directly impact the success of the restoration services you require.

With a water damage event occurring on your property, you only have 24 to 48 hours to get things under control before the possibility of mold contamination and additional damages to structural materials begin to develop. Hesitating can cause significant damage to stored products and capital investments.

Moisture in your walls can cause walls to warp and ceilings to sag. With enough exposure, water can do much damage. Structural degradation can mean lost revenue through closures and expensive repairs.

SERVPRO can provide you with any of the services you need to gain control of the water damage event affecting your business while protecting your investment.

SERVPRO services involve more than using water extractors to remove standing water or providing air dryers and advanced cleaning services. We can provide the difference between losing an entire store of merchandise and going out of business or re-opening within a couple of days.

Give SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City a call today to begin building a professional relationship that could make the difference between saving or closing your business. (773) 337-3993

Flood Damage Cleanup and Complete Restoration Service in Chicago

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

a living room floor covered in a puddle of water Whether the flooding is from a storm or an appliance malfunction, the result is the same. Contact team SERVPRO to assess and remediate the situation.

Hire SERVPRO in Chicago for Flood Damage and Total Restoration Assistance

For flooding in Chicago, you want mitigation from skilled technicians, but complete restoration is also essential. SERVPRO offers the total package to help whether you are working with storm damage and debris to contaminated floodwaters saturating your furnishings, carpet, and possessions. Water can rapidly damage many materials in the home, and mold can develop in as little as 48 hours. Because of this, you need a company like the SERVPRO team to bring your property to pre-flood condition. "Like it never even happened."

Water and flood damage mitigation in Chicago involves several critical steps. Our IICRC-certified SERVPRO team uses proven methods and industrial-grade equipment to get you the results you need fast.

What does flood water mitigation entail?

  • Mitigation begins with a detailed assessment of where flood water is coming in and where it has dispersed.
  • SERVPRO technicians treat the flood zone with antimicrobials and then begin water removal services with the help of pumps and extractors.
  • Drying begins with air movers and dehumidifiers to dry any materials still set. 
  • All surfaces are monitored as drying occurs, and we adjust to achieve our goals better as we move along.

What does flood water restoration entail?

  • Once mitigation wraps up, the flooded area still needs work to get back to pre-event condition.
  • All damaged areas like walls, carpeting, flooring, and other materials get assessed and repaired as needed.
  • Restoration also involves odor removal, extensive cleaning, sanitizing treatments, and finishing touches so that your interior is like before the flood.

Flooding of any kind is an emergency situation that is not good to tackle as a DIY. SERVPRO has the experience and equipment to get in quickly to get results so that your flood damage is a thing of the past. Call SERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City 24/7 at (773) 337-3993, and we will mobilize our Green Fleet as soon as possible.

Professional Basement Flood Removal in Chicago

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

the front door of a house that is flooded with water three quarters up the doorway and covering the stairs leading up to it Dealing with basement flooding can often be overwhelming. Call SERVPRO for water removal and effective remediation efforts. Our team is standing by.

Chicago flood damage can be tricky, let our team help you through all the steps.

Floods are the most common natural in the US today, and the most costly to homeowners. According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a 1,000 square foot home with three inches of floodwater in it can cost an average of $11,450 to repair. With two feet of water in the same space, the cost nearly triples to $33,700. For a 2,000 square foot home, the cost incurred by three inches of floodwater is $22,590, while two feet of water skyrockets the repair expenses to $62,880.

If your Chicago residence requires flood removal, an emergency-response SERVPRO team can come to your home within hours of your call to extract floodwaters and contaminants. The goal is to restore your home and its contents to a preloss condition while minimizing losses and replacements. Your local SERVPRO team also serves the community by cooperating with organizations like the Children's Museum of Oak Lawn, the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, and the Sertoma Centre, Inc.

What Not to Do During a Basement Flood

  • Avoid entering your basement during a flood. Floodwaters often contain sewage, pests, industrial chemicals, and bacteria that can make entering your basement unsafe.
  • Never neglect flood prevention measures. Whether you need to design an emergency evacuation plan for your family, maintain a basement sump pump, or install water sensors, these measures are essential to minimizing damage and maximizing safety. 
  • Contact your insurer immediately. Most flood policies impose time limits on claimants after a disaster occurs, so fast filing is a must.

SERVPRO's State-of-the-Art Inventory System

SERVPRO's unique electronic contents management system makes detailed notes of what was damaged, what needs repair, and what needs replacement. It also includes essential details about various belongings such as makes, models, and serial numbers. This software bolsters insurance claims by providing adjusters with extensive photo, video, and written documentation of the flood-affected contents in your home. This system can not only improve your chances of compensation, but it can also increase the amount you receive.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City offers emergency-response services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster. You can call (773) 337-3993 for cleanup 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Fire Cleanup and Odor Control In Chicago

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

the top of a house with the window on fire with fire and smoke billowing from the house Attic fire damage can quickly trickle down and make its way throughout your home. Call SERVPRO immediately after the fire fighters leave. We are here.

Fire Cleanup and Odor Control Needed in Chicago Home

A home disaster that requires fire cleanup and odor control is a prevalent scenario. As fire burns, it leaves behind soot and smoke residues. The soot particles can be smaller than the human eye can see, and as they carry scents, that is why the smell from a fire is so challenging to remove.

An attic fire in a Chicago home needed both fire cleanup and odor control. Removal of charred items assists in lowering the amount of residual scents from the fire loss. SERVPRO technicians removed the burned sheetrock and insulation and found much of the framework did not receive much in the way of the actual damage, and the techs left it in place.

Careful Cleanup of Fire Loss

As items get removed from the worksite, the techs inspect each one for restorability potential. The techs only dispose of things with the approval from the adjuster or the property owner. To assist in the expediting of insurance claims, each loss item has a detailed record created, including a photo and condition statement. This attention to detail helps SERVPRO save homeowners the cost of replacing through their cleaning methods.

Soot Equals Odors

The techs have a multi-layered approach to odor removal. The first part is cleaning the visible soot and smoke residues from surfaces. The techs test the surfaces and choose the appropriate cleaning agent to ensure the best outcome. Air scrubbers are invaluable pieces of equipment for the capture of airborne soot particles, and this also assists in lowering odors in the home.  

The final step involves equipment such as hydroxyl generators. These safe machines use UV rays to attach to and change the molecular makeup of odorous elements, rendering them inert for causing foul smells. For porous objects, thermal fogging with a heated solvent is very useful for the removal of smoke odors.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 has certified technicians available 24/7 for fire cleanup and odor. Their advanced equipment and restoration methods make the fire loss in your home, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO's Annual Convention "Brand Partnership Panel"

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

head shots of presenters for the panel "Brand Partnership Panel" presentation by SERVPRO owner/operator and VP of Operations at the annual Convention--2022.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City

The SERVPRO Industries LLC annual convention 2022 is hosted in Dallas, TX. This major event assembles more than 2000 individually owned and operated network franchises to showcase our successes and experiences in the cleanup and restoration industry.

The Brand Partnership Panel is a key element of the convention's goal of expanding the SERVPRO impression. Frank Zubricki, owner/operator, and David Mason, VP of Operations for the SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City, will present. They will share successful endeavors in expanding localized branding in three initiatives.

PGA Tour & LPGA

Insurance agents and adjusters enjoy a round of golf. We maintain close connections with local agencies both on the links and by providing non-credited franchise-offered classroom education on the practical aspects of cleanup and restoration services. Frank contends that establishing insurance-driven claims enriches the revenue stream greatly.

The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

Our sponsorship of this annual ESPN-owned college football bowl game puts our name in front of many viewers. We proudly support all First Responders who put their lives on the line every day. We often send brave individuals to the football game as a statement of our commitment to helping our communities.

The First Responders Children's Foundation

We recognize the requirement and the benefits of supporting all families of the fire, police, EMS, and other First Responders. SERVPRO franchise owners partake in many worthwhile charitable programs to help these children.

Frank and David have many years of experience operating multiple SERVPRO franchises. Growing the brand in each market with practical events and programs for local communities and national regions makes good business sense. By partnering with outside agencies, we can make our mark.