What Happens to a Property After Flooding?
SERVPRO's owner promises that we strive to restore your flood damaged Chicago home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."
Here is the difference between mitigation and restoration for flood recovery
When massive quantities of water enter your Chicago home, there are two primary objectives that restoration services aim to achieve. Mitigation of losses and restoration of the property. Mitigating losses means preventing further harm to the property through water exposure, absorption, trespass, and theft. Restoration is the recovery of contents and structure to return your home to its preloss condition. Flooding events can be extremely volatile and very stressful for any homeowner. SERVPRO can organize these two objectives on your behalf to ensure a smooth, transitionary experience from flood loss to preloss.
What residential floods have category three contamination?
- Raw sewage or backups from the waste-line beyond the trap that is category three regardless of appearance
- Overflow floodwaters from rising seawater, rivers, and streams which enter the property
- Contamination in water intrusion that comes from wind-driven rain, including cyclones and hurricanes
How are category three water emergencies brought under control?
An initial inspection during the flooding cleanup of your Chicago home is when a qualified technician determines the extent of water contamination. Our crew chiefs can communicate directly with you about potential hazards and avoid all contact with these potentially toxic waters. SERVPRO can often arrange, under extreme conditions, for an indoor environmental professional (IEP) to assess your home for any lasting dangers that could occur from category three contamination. Generally, water must be extracted, while many building materials or assembly must be removed and replaced with clean materials. Affected structural areas that remain can often benefit from thorough disinfection and decontamination.
What factors affect restoration or replacement?
- Material porosity which can affect how quickly absorption of contamination occurs. Once absorbed, most materials need demolition and replacement.
- Water absorption through the building assembly which is often dictated by the time of exposure to contamination
- The expense of replacing materials versus restoration possibility. Some hardwoods, metals, or plastics can recover from even category three contamination.
Category three water emergencies can pose a severe threat to your health and home. Contact SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993.
What is the Smartest Way to Remove Water from a Burst Pipe in Chicago?
Removing water from your home isn’t something you can do alone. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation and mitigation from our team.
SERVPRO Handles Water Extraction Quickly with Powerful Equipment When Called to Your Chicago Home
High-pressure water from a burst pipe spells disaster for the interior of your home. Even if you quickly shut off the water supply, there could be a lot of standing water to deal with. Chicago residents know that they can trust SERVPRO to arrive fast with the latest equipment and tools to handle water removal. Along with extraction efforts, our skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) have the expertise necessary to bring your home back to pre-accident condition, “Like it never even happened.”
How is the Water Damage Handled?
Once you call our offices for help, we send out a crew that will begin the assessment phase, followed by prompt water extraction in Chicago. Our inspection and detailed planning allow us to select all of the right tools for the job.
- SERVPRO is here seven days a week, 24 hours a day, to handle your water restoration needs. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster!
- Our team is fully IICRC-certified and able to handle water incidents and cleanup on all levels, including categories 1, 2, and 3 water events.
- The trucks in our fleet feature advanced equipment and EPA-registered products for cleaning, sanitization, and deodorization. You never have to worry about musty odors or the onset of potentially harmful mold once we are on the job.
Once our crew chief sets the plan into action, our technicians get to work on extraction with truck-mounted and submersible pumps that allow us to handle all of the standing water. For saturated carpeting, we may use rovers or light wands that will enable us to pull moisture from the carpets as well as the padding beneath. Should we see damage beyond repair, we offer replacement with controlled demolition to restore your interior to preloss condition.
SERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City is the team to call when you require fast water extraction on your property. Call us for emergency services at (773) 337-3993, and we will be there as soon as possible to get started.
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Is Ice Damming a Common Cause of Flooding in Chicago?
No matter what threats your home faces after a flood disaster, our professionals can respond quickly when you call (773) 337-3993.
Chicago homes and structures can often experience extreme temperature drops that can lead to threatening conditions like ice damming.
Many Chicago properties must prepare for structural damages and unexpected flood damages during the winter months when harsh seasonal conditions exist. Ice is often one of the most troublesome of these winter effects and can impact residences in multiple ways, including freezing and bursting exposed pipes. Much like torrential rainfall, excessive precipitation mixed with the lower temperatures can allow for conditions like ice jams as well that can back up the flow of rivers, creeks, and streams. Natural flooding can result in nearby homes and businesses when these emergencies occur.
Preventing flood damage in Chicago properties and homes can be a considerable challenge. Conditions can change quickly that allow for natural flooding to overtake neighborhoods when streams and water bodies overflow their banks. Likewise, heavy snowfall can test the limitations of aging roofs and joists, allowing for partial collapses that leave attics exposed to precipitation and flooding. Extreme temperature conditions can also lead to situations like ice dams without careful consideration of your roof's state. The presence of these dams could be highly destructive to shingle roofs.
What is Ice Damming?
Homes contend with extreme temperature drops accompanying heavy snowfall. These icy conditions can lead to a dam forming along the edges of a roof under specific circumstances, namely when warm air from the attic, accompanied by poor insulation, warms spots of the roof, and melt present snow.
How Does Water Get Into the Attic?
As the ice forms and spreads back up the roofing materials, it can force itself underneath shingles. Not only can this loosen these portions of the home's exterior, but it also provides direct water access to the underlayment and plywood backing of roof systems. When water absorbs through these materials, it can begin flowing into the basement unabated. While elements of the roof system can become quickly damaged, four main components can become impacted by intruding water:
• Underlayment Material
How Do You Know When Flooding Occurs?
Flood damage is a considerable threat when left unchecked. You might not notice these concerns immediately but can identify them by changing conditions in floors beneath your attic. Some signals of potential flooding and water damage include:
• Leak – A steady drip or damp place on ceiling material can often indicate thorough saturation that results from water penetration on the flooring above in the attic.
• Sagging Material – When materials become heavily saturated, especially porous structural elements like sheetrock, they can begin to sag.
• Staining – Gradual leaks over long periods can often appear more as staining on white ceiling materials than persistent drips.
• Visible Ice – After a heavy snowfall, you might recognize the dam of ice forming on the edges of your roof that can indicate a need for immediate actions.
What Can SERVPRO Do to Resolve the Flooding?
As a leading flood restoration company in the area, our team has multiple tools and practices to make a recovery more efficient and cost-effective. While we have several avenues to address these threats, nearly all attic flooding situations require:
• Extraction – Water removal is always one of the foundational elements of flood restoration, and in confined spaces like the attic, need special tools like high-pressure pumps and wet vacuums.
• Drying – By using positive pressure systems that can infuse roof system materials with heated, dry air, our team can promote evaporative drying within structural cavities and in the entire attic space.
• Repairs – If structural concerns exist with the roof of the house because of ice damming, elements of the roof require replacement to reduce the continued flood threats.
What Can SERVPRO Do About the Damaged Roof?
Eliminating the source of damming is one of the critical ingredients for addressing this situation. Inadequate insulation is often a primary culprit for damming developments. With roof repairs that might be necessary after these flooding situations, we can also ensure that the appropriate insulating materials get installed along with build back. In addition to sufficient insulation for your household, we must also address the dam itself on the roof's edges. While chipping away at the buildup to break it loose is partly an effective strategy to remove ice, chemical deicing and even warm water application can speed up the melting process.
When ice dams exist, there is a small window of time to stop this harmful situation before flooding results. When the attic space becomes impacted by intruding water, our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City team can help with efficient and thorough extraction and drying solutions. No matter what threats your home faces after a flood disaster, our professionals can respond quickly when you call (773) 337-3993.
How Do I Pump Water Out of Second or Third-floor Properties in Chicago?
Pumping water from the upper level of your home or apartment can be a tough task. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for remediation and mitigation services.
SERVPRO is an Expert in Providing Tailored Water Removal Services for Residents in the Chicago Area.
Can flooding occur on the upper levels of a property?
There can be many causes of having excess amounts of moisture in your Chicago home. If you live in an apartment, duplex, or tenement building, certain damages may even occur through no fault of your own. However, once large amounts of water accumulate in the property, the priority is to remove it quickly. Excess moisture can cause humidity levels to rise, microbial growth, and absorb into materials causing warping or cupping. Typically gas or electric-powered pumping equipment is only effective on standing water above two inches. But this equipment may be limited by their twenty-five-foot hoses when working with properties above ground level. SERVPRO can use portable water extractors capable of removing up to 40 gallons of moisture per tank.
What is a portable water extractor?
- A forty to a sixty-gallon water storage tank
- A vacuum element to draw water into the storage tank
- A heating element to further encourage drying times
Why are water extractors used in wet properties?
A water extractor is a vital tool for professionals dealing with water damage in your Chicago home. These equipment combine many drying techniques into one machine. Hot air-movement encourages evaporation, while negative air pressure can draw moisture directly out of a surface or material. Water extractors are up to 900 times more effective than dehumidifying a wet space. Some extractors are weighted to squeeze moisture from carpets or other soft furnishings. SERVPRO technicians can perform the lion share of extraction using this equipment capable of properties situated on the upper levels.
How is wastewater disposed of?
- Storage tanks may be emptied into an open sewer point
- Certain types of water may require disposal in a specialized waste facility
- Wastewater mains provided by the local council
Removing large amounts of moisture requires specialist equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993.
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What Extractors Work Best for Flooded Basements in Chicago?
Flooding can be a traumatic situation, so getting our SERVPRO team involved quickly can be beneficial for your property.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the flooding, there are several extractors ideal for basement flooding in your Chicago home.
Natural flooding happens frequently enough in Chicago, where our large loss recovery team, combining several sister franchises in the area, stays prepared to address these emergencies. Weather can change quickly and fiercely, from freezing conditions that can dam up rivers and streams throughout the metropolitan area to torrential rainfall that can forcefully impact your property.
Knowing the best tools and approaches for flooding in the basement of Chicago homes begins with addressing standing water and pooling. Natural flooding presents an issue with both the several inches or feet of trapped water in the lower level and the possibilities of contaminants, solids, and debris. Removing standing water and this debris requires a combination of powerful extractors, including:
• High-Pressure Pumps – If solids are not a chief concern in the flooded basement, the lift available with high-pressure pumps presents the ideal removal rate for a house's subterranean levels. These units are not as efficient when debris is present.
• Self-Priming Trash Pumps – Gas-powered submersible pumps in our inventory have a large intake hose that can move smaller debris and solids floating in the water along with the liquid. These and truck-mount pumps are often the most readily used after natural flooding situations.
• Wet Vacuums – Any submersible pump is only rated to drop water levels to two inches, meaning that cleaning tools like the wet vacuum must work to remove the rest to allow drying and cleaning to begin.
Can Certain Attachments Help Remove Surface Water?
Wet vacuums often work best with a series of attachments designed to address direct concerns with a property after flooding. From wet and damp muck left behind on the flooring to squeegee wands that remove surface water concerns on tile/concrete flooring, wet vacuum attachments can help to move the restoration process along.
Flooding can be a traumatic situation, so getting our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City team involved quickly can be beneficial for your property. Give us a call today at (773) 337-3993.
How Can Freezing Pipes Damage Your Chicago Home?
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Cold snaps and temperature drops can often have a destructive effect on the plumbing system in your home, including outside hose bibs.
With both the proximity to the Great Lakes and the persistent winds pushing through the city, Chicago has record-breaking low temperatures during the winter months. As much as many homeowners work to protect their home and its utilities through the proper insulation, this is not always sufficient. In some situations, plumbing can be exposed to the elements without you realizing, such as a mouse that might be removing insulation around the pipe for a nest it is building nearby. You cannot know about these vulnerabilities in your network of water service lines until these extreme lows exist, freezing the liquid inside.
You often cannot recognize the potential for water damage in your Chicago home before these disasters occur. The pace of water flow from these plumbing breaches is substantial, allowing hundreds of gallons of water to impact the immediate area within minutes. It is vital when these conditions exist that you can focus on relevant, helpful steps such as shutting down the water supply to your home to prevent further damages. It is vital to know where your main shutoff is before a crisis, so you waste little time in protecting the property as best as you can.
How Do Water Pipes Freeze in Chicago Homes?
While many homeowners can deduce that freezing conditions and still water in your service lines are enough to cause a problem, there is more to these disastrous events than you might realize. Aging pipes, such as lead service lines, can degrade over decades to become thinner than when installed. These more fragile materials encasing your water supply are now more susceptible to freezing conditions to impact the metal service line and the still water inside.
There are ways that you can better protect your property and its occupants from these unfortunate circumstances. Knowing what to look for when inspecting your property can help you to identify where more insulation might be necessary or where you could need new plumbing materials altogether. Preventing pipe bursting typically falls into three stages:
- Ensure pipes are appropriately insulated
- Inspect exposed plumbing for damages and wear
- Leave several faucets running a small amount of cold water in deep freeze conditions
What Extraction Strategies Can Help with Standing Water?
One of the first tasks responding SERVPRO technicians must address after a pipe bursts in the walls of your home, or your basement is removing standing water. Pooling can almost instantly become a concern when hundreds - or even thousands - of gallons of water find the floors of your home. We have multiple extraction tools that can help in these situations to eliminate surface water, so more intricate drying and water removal tactics can begin. The removal of standing water often falls to three extraction units in our inventory:
How Can Drying Be Efficient in Damaged Homes?
The removal of standing water is only part of the concern, however. While the most pressing damage can occur from pooling and water exposure to elements like the flooring and wall systems, adequate drying is also critical. Many tools must play a role in the drying and restoration of your damaged home, much of which can be within wall systems and structural cavities. Controlled demolition can often provide direct access to damp areas of the house without requiring excessive build-back and reconstruction once mitigation efforts complete. The tools most commonly used in evaporative drying of damaged Chicago homes include:
- Air Movers
- Desiccant Dehumidifiers
- Floor Drying Mats
- Positive Pressure Systems
- Portable Electric Heaters
Does SERVPRO Perform Repairs?
Instead of waiting for the available scheduling to line up with third party residential contractors, we have in-house building trade professionals that can help to provide controlled demolition solutions for damaged drywall, wood framing, and insulation. These same experts can seamlessly transition into build back, and reconstruction when mitigation completes and plumbing repairs have allowed for the re-pressurizing of the water utilities in the house.
Pipe bursts from cold snaps during the harsh winter seasons of the Windy City can be a damaging situation for your house. Our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City team is Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we are ready to mobilize quickly when water damages occur. Give our professionals a call anytime that you need us to make loss incidents "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7 at (773) 337-3993.
How Can I Restore The Sheen To My Windows After A Fire Incident in Chicago?
If you are uncertain whether your windows can regain their original sheen, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City to help clean them.
SERVPRO Handles All Types of Fire Damage Restoration in Chicago Including Restoring Windows to Their Pre-Loss State
You may feel relieved that a fire incident at your Chicago house does not shatter the windows. Later on, you may realize you still have some issues around the windows that you need to address. For instance, you have to remove ash, soot, and window haze from the glass panes and window trim.
What makes window cleaning after fires challenging?
Cleaning windows as part of fire damage restoration at your Chicago home may be challenging than the normal cleaning you do from time to time because of issues like:
• Soot having oily residues
• Vulnerability of glass to substantial agitation
• Likelihood of fire damage to frames and caulking
Using conventional cleaning methods might not clean your windows to the desired levels. It might also take longer, especially when cleaning products fail to cut away oily residues. Agitation with brushes or other cleaning materials might lead to scratches, or the vulnerable windows might crack.
How does SERVPRO resolve these challenges?
Using appropriate cleaning equipment and products is one unique way our technicians use to eliminate soling from the fire incident, “Like it never even happened.” We use specially formulated Window Green Clean Solution that helps remove stubborn soils faster. It has numerous unique characteristics that make it ideal for cleaning fire residues, including:
• An ideal pH around 10-11
• Does not contain solvents or ammonia
• Has no dyes
In addition to the chemical solutions, most window cleaning processes after fires require agitation to eliminate the soils. We use power washers to deliver a jet of water at a high pressure stripping away soils from the windowpanes and frames conveniently. Pressure washing is particularly useful when cleaning the outer sections of your home. The combined action ensures all the glass surfaces in your property are streak-free and shiny clean.
If you are uncertain whether your windows can regain their original sheen, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City to help clean them. You can reach us at (773) 337-3993.
Why Do I Need Professional Restoration After a Water Leak in My Chicago Office Space?
Don't let a water leak take over your Chicago office, let SERVPRO help you.
Water Restoration Companies Limit Secondary Damage – Call SERVPRO to Your Chicago Business for Clean Up
Even if you only notice a small leak from the plumbing in your Chicago office, you need to ensure all moisture gets removed as soon as possible. Failing to locate and dry out all moisture pockets can create hidden damage that becomes costly in a short period. SERVPRO features highly trained water restoration technicians (WRT) that quickly get to the heart of the water damage. From there, we work on drying the office and ensuring relative humidity levels get back to normal.
When you call water restoration companies in Chicago like SERVPRO, you have a broad range of services available to you. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your business will see little or no downtime. You can count on us for:
- Emergency water damage mitigation
- Content management services
- Rapid water removal
- Drying and dehumidification
- Controlled demolition and reconstruction services
Rapid, efficient mitigation is the key to avoiding costly damages and working to preserve as much of the structure of your office space as we can. Waiting too long to have a crew get started can further damage building materials and create the perfect atmosphere for mold and bacterial growth.
Why Should I Choose SERVPRO?
For commercial and residential applications, we feature a Green Fleet of vehicles loaded with the latest tools and equipment. Our staff is comprised of IICRC-certified technicians with all the industry knowledge to ensure your business is back up and running faster than any DIY methods can achieve.
When you need help from water restoration companies, you can trust that SERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City will be there in less than four hours after your initial phone call. We can be reached at (773) 337-3993 for 24/7 emergency water restoration services.
All the Water Seems to Have Drained Away -- Do I Need Water Extraction in My Chicago Home?
If you don’t act quickly, water damage in your home can escalate. Contact our experienced SERVPRO team right away.
There Is More to Water Extraction in Chicago Than Meets the Eye, and SERVPRO Has the Training and Tools to Spot the Damaging Trail Water Followed Through Your Home.
This list of events that can lead to a significant water loss is long, and the manifestations of the damage are diverse. Whether because of a plumbing leak, or appliance failure, water spreads and flows unless it is impeded or contained. It seems to disappear while instead finding cracks, crevices, building cavities, and highly permeable and absorbent structural components and contents in which to hide.
Why Is Locating Hidden Water Inside Your Home Important?
Because we use it for so many things -- drinking, washing, bathing, sprinkling, cleaning, and more --it is difficult to imagine just how destructive it is to building materials and contents in your Chicago home. Water extraction is critical when significant amounts escape from containment and threaten to damage your house or a broad range of furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions. The timeframe for removal is very short, with substantial harm to standard structural components like drywall, ceiling tiles, insulation, and flooring occurring within minutes to hours. Mold growth traceable to water damage also is a constant worry, taking hold if spores absorb moisture, including the moisture soaked into building materials or hidden spaces.
What Are the Risks of Trapped and Hidden Water in a Residence?
One of the first things the SERVPRO crew completes when we arrive to help with a water emergency is a safety assessment. Even customers who call for fire damage or mold remediation consultation find we do a water safety assessment immediately. The water incursions related to many disasters can be a major cause of exposure to risks that could result in substantial injury or even death if not identified and controlled correctly. Excess trapped water can be responsible for:
- Electric shock or electrocution -- wiring threads through the same building cavities in which the water hides
- Collapse or weakening of structures -- particularly above ceilings and between walls where unseen water collects, the weight and pressure eventually causing materials to break through or crack, crushing contents and potentially injuring anyone beneath or next to a breach
- Deterioration of previously contained hazardous materials such as asbestos heat shields, insulation, or pipe wraps, or lead-painted surfaces
- A build-up of contaminants such as infectious waste or molds if the leaked water was tainted before it percolated into subfloors or wicked into drywall
What Is the Answer to Locating and Eliminating the Trapped Water?
Among the tools in our service vehicles are moisture detectors, moisture meters, and infrared cameras. When we listen to your description of the leak or malfunction, we orient to the general water damaged space and then use the devices to plot out the dimensions of the water-damaged areas. Infrared imaging requires a trained technician’s evaluation of temperature fluctuations to show cache’s of water behind barriers. Moisture detectors use prongs or sensors to sketch the outline of absorbed fluids. Measuring the level of water absorption in various materials verifies the path of the water. It provides data for drying goal setting and implementation after we extract as much water as possible.
When Professionals Find the Water How Do They Extract It?
Research indicates that thorough water extraction is much more effective than transitioning to drying tactics alone -- 1200 times more effective. Because of the risks to structural integrity and concerns about mold, we take an active approach to removing the water and moisture once detected. Significant barriers make the extraction challenging, but our crews make good use of limited, controlled demolition to access the water and open up wet cavities for successful structural drying. Specific tactics include:
- Prying off baseboards and beadboard paneling to drill or cut holes permitting drainage of water and allow connection of hoses to enhance extraction with suction
- Drilling holes in mortar joints of cinder block, brick, or concrete construction to release water
- Punching weep holes in bulging areas of walls or ceilings to control the release of trapped water
- Sawing flood cuts in drywall between studs several inches above the water collected in wall cavities
The demo techniques used respond well to repair and rebuilding efforts. We can help arrange for that final step.
Water extraction is a core service offered by SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City, halting visible and hidden water damage while preparing surfaces and structures for restoration. Call (773) 337-3993 to schedule an assessment even if the water “disappeared” after a leak, spill, or flood.
The Blaze Started in a Second -- Who Can I Count on to Restore Fire Damage in Chicago Quickly?
“Like it never even happened.”
Rely on Your Local SERVPRO to Respond Promptly and Manage Chicago Fire Damage Fast
A moment of inattention can throw your Chicago home into chaos, fire flaring after a pot boils dry or bubbles over, or children playing with the fireplace matches set paper ablaze. Even if you bring the fire under control with an extinguisher, the effects can linger and be much harder to resolve than you ever knew possible.
How Are Fire Residues Different Than Other Dirt and Grime?
When structural components and the contents of your Chicago home suffer fire damage, restoration needs professional intervention. Because of the chemical changes occurring during combustion, burned items transform into smoke holding solid incompletely combusted particulates -- soot -- that settle, adhere, and stain surfaces throughout your home. Your HVAC system and superheated air current team up to spread the soiling far from the ignition site, so the entire house needs inspection and treatment.
What Are the Challenges to Removing Soot Residues?
SERVPRO technicians delve deep into scientific theories developed to break the bond between soot and surface during coursework at the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). On-site, they put these theories to the test. Three broad types of soot respond well to the following products and techniques:
• Loose, ashy soot (paper and wood fueled)
• Dabbing with a dry (chemical) sponge
• Foam cleaning
Thick, sticky soot (plastic, rubber, synthetic fabric fueled)
• Cleaning products matched for effectiveness through testing
• Spray and wipe
• Immersion of loose items if durable
• Addition of abrasive substances into cleaning solution
• Use of abrasive tools -- gently -- to loosen stubborn residues
Protein-based soot (food and grease fueled)
• Carefully used scraping and abrasive tools
• Immersion or ultrasonic cleaning if available
We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City, on duty to set things right after a household fire. Contact us 24/7 at (773) 337-3993.