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Do Not Panic When Your Hot Water Heater Causes A Flood In Your Chicago Home Call Our Experts

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Do Not Panic When Your Hot Water Heater Causes A Flood In Your Chicago Home Call Our Experts You can depend on the experts at SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City day or night for a quick response to your water disaster.

Handling A Hot Water Heater Tank Flood In Your Chicago Home

Hot water heater tank failures are one of the top five causes of water damage inside homes. This type of situation needs the experience to clean up the mess you can see and prevent secondary damage from occurring in areas the water has spread that you cannot see.

The sizes of conventional tank-type hot water heaters in homes range from 30 gallons to 56-gallons on average. Cleaning up the water damage in your Chicago home from an interior flood needs to begin as soon as possible after the incident. Your SERVPRO technician will inspect the scope and scale of the water and devise a custom clean-up plan to get rid of the water and prevent additional damage from mold or warping wood or compromised drywall from occurring.

The first phase of the cleanup addresses any standing water. Your SERVPRO technician can choose from different methods to remove the water with powerful industrial or truck mounted pumps or wet and dry vacuums depending on the amount of water that needs to be removed. Utilizing tools such as infrared cameras, hygrometers and moisture detectors the technicians can determine the amount of moisture remaining in the home. Air movers can be deployed to dissipate the residual moisture and speed the drying time. Mildew can grow quickly in a damp environment appearing as a filmy, white coating on water-exposed wood. Your SERVPRO technician will stop the growth of this fungus and clean surfaces with anti-fungal cleaners if necessary.

Another huge concern after the water is removed, is any remaining odor. We address that on a case by case basis with the application of a HEPA air scrubber which works by removing particles in the air that cause allergens and odors. For large areas that require deodorization, we employ the use of thermal foggers which saturate foul odors and neutralize them.

The final concern after a water damage incident is mold. Making the environment inhospitable for mold growth is key. Our technicians will determine areas most prone to mold growth and ensure they are dry and treat them with antifungal cleaners if necessary. Once our team has completed their remediation, your home will be returned to its preloss condition like the hot water heater incident never happened.

You can depend on the experts at SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City day or night for a quick response to your water disaster. Resolving your problem starts with calling (773) 337-3993 for a consultation with our skilled technicians.

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Some Ways to Keep a Mold Infestation From Spreading Throughout Your Chicago Home

1/6/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Some Ways to Keep a Mold Infestation From Spreading Throughout Your Chicago Home Take note of mold when you see it in your home, so that you can better describe it when you call Team SERVPRO. Call right away for best results.

Cleaning Up Your Home's Interior with Help from Mold Removal Experts in Chicago

After the holidays, getting decorations and extra furnishings put back into storage helps get your Chicago home's environment restored to a calmer state. Moving things around can also stir up dust and reveal mold-infested areas in your attic or basement.
 
Over the winter, microbes might slow in the rate of growth and become dormant, making it an excellent time to start mold removal in Chicago. Cleaning up in these areas during periods of slowed growth can make things easier. If moisture remains a constant presence, temperature fluctuations in attics and basements only slightly slow these microbes' growth down. However, SERVPRO technicians always carry the tools and equipment needed to get mold reduced to normal levels and cleaned up.
 
While you clean your home after the last party or celebration, uncovering mold can put a stop to everything. If you find mold in any particular space, putting boxes in the area can contaminate them and their contents. SERVPRO cleans the mold from all surfaces and makes them clean again. We also clean the air by using our air scrubbers. These machines pull air through at a tremendous rate and extract all mold and spores from the air.
 
When mold grows densely in an enclosed space, our specialists often use blasting equipment to abrade mold colonies from surfaces in these areas. When we use dry ice pellets, the frozen pellets freeze the mold and spores instantly, keeping the spores from entering the air. Afterward, the dry ice evaporates and does not require any additional cleanup. Other times, we rely on soda blasting to achieve the desired results. This method does require a bit of cleanup after we finish, but the soda also kills odors while leaving a pleasant scent in the area.
 
Cleaning up party decorations often includes just pulling things down and placing them in either a box for re-use next year or disposal in a garbage bag. Finding mold and mildew means you need a partner in cleaning up your home. We at SERVPRO stand behind our methods and know we can restore your home's interior.
 
SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City can quickly get things squared away in your Brighton Park or Scottsdale home with IICRC-certified specialists in mold removal and remediation. Call our 24-hour service line at (773) 337-3993, year-round.

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Let Our Team Take Care Of Foul Odors After Your Chicago Property Experiences A Fire

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Let Our Team Take Care Of Foul Odors After Your Chicago Property Experiences A Fire Thousands of structure fires take place in Chicago every year making your clothing store at risk.

Commercial Fire Damage Experts In Chicago Describe Odor Deodorization Procedures

Thousands of structure fires take place in Chicago every year making your clothing store at risk. Even if the fire starts somewhere else in the building you are leasing, you still may need to call in a professional restoration company like SERVPRO to mitigate your commercial fire damage problems. Fires account for about ten deaths and 45 injuries each year in the United States. Over eight percent of all structure fires take place on non-residential properties. When something burns, the smoke created can travel to other parts of a large retail building and cause commercial fire damage to your place of business.

Our SERVPRO technicians know that mitigating any smoke related issues from your clothing store is essential. During most commercial fire damage projects in Chicago, we complete soot removal and deodorization processes as a part of the restoration procedures. Even smoke from another location inside your retail building can make its way into your store and cause you problems with building materials and contents. Smoke first rises with heat; then it gets attracted to cooler surfaces. Once the partially combusted particles hit cooler surfaces inside your building, they solidify in the form of soot residues and soils.

The presence of soils and residues on some surfaces can cause them to deteriorate. Soot can also permanently stain some items when cleaning becomes impossible. The presence of soot and soils created by smoke can also cause unpleasant aromas to exist.

In most cases, our SERVPRO team can eliminate most odor issues when they clean and remove soot particles from your building. However, smoke can penetrate porous materials like fabrics very deeply causing foul odors to exist well after all soot residues have been cleaned from indoor surfaces. Since your clothing store has clothes that can hold unpleasant aromas we sometimes take specialized deodorization measures.

In some situations, we use an ultra-low volume fogger which mimics the behavior of smoke and dispenses small particles of chemicals into the porous materials. In other scenarios, we use an ozone machine that releases O3 particles into the air that attach with malodor particles and neutralize them. If you ever get negatively affected by the presence of smoke, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 any day of the week.

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The Real Truth Behind Excess Moisture and Resulting Mold in Your Chicago Home

12/16/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Real Truth Behind Excess Moisture and Resulting Mold in Your Chicago Home Wherever you find mold in your home, contacting SERVPRO is the best option for effective containment and remediation services.

Swift Mold Remediation Services for Chicago Homeowners

Leaving excess moisture inside of your home can lead to further complications, such as mold damage. The piping behind your bathroom sink has been subtly leaking for a long time and that time has given the moisture plenty of room to feed mold spores. While you may not begin to see the mold colony forming for a while, one of the earlier signs that you can detect is a musty odor. If you catch a musty scent repeatedly in your small bathroom, it is enough of a suspicion to reach out for professional help.
 
When it comes to ridding your Chicago home of the mold damage inside, it is best to call for help as soon as possible. Mold is responsible for organic material breaking down and decaying. Over time, mold can have a significantly negative impact on the structure of your home.
 
When you want to hire a restoration company that offers swift 24-hour service, as well as highly-trained and friendly technicians, SERVPRO is the answer. Our technicians are IICRC-certified and use advanced trade technology made to combat the mold damages inside of your home. Our top priorities are to arrive at your home quickly and to get the job done well.
 
After a brief investigation, SERVPRO can set up plastic sheeting to block off the entrance to your bathroom, as well as any vents, to ensure that the mold spores do not spread when disturbed. Once properly quarantined, our technicians can set up air scrubbers equipped with HEPA filters, to capture mold spores in the air as we remediate the damage.
 
SERVPRO can make cuts in the wall to get to the mold damage in the structure around the piping behind the sink. If the mold has become particularly invasive to the wooden structure, we can remove it. If it hasn't, we can merely wipe away the mold and then use an antifungal agent to ensure that regrowth doesn't occur. Once we're finished, SERVPRO can put you in contact with a reputable contractor who can rebuild the section of your bathroom that we had to remove.
 
If you find mold damage in your home, never hesitate to call for help. Dial the number (773) 337-3993 to call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City. We are open 24/7 and ready to send swift service to your home so we may return it to its pre-mold state.

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Our Experts Can Handle All Levels Of Fire Damage In Your Chicago Home

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Experts Can Handle All Levels Of Fire Damage In Your Chicago Home Fire damage can be a horrendous situation.

The Various Levels Of Fire Damage In Chicago

Fire damage can be a horrendous situation. Just imagine all your belongings are gone or turned to dust. The most dangerous part about a fire is if your loved one is still in the house. However, if everyone can get out safely, then we can breathe a sigh of relief. Unfortunately, dealing with the aftermath of fire damage can be quite stressful. This problem is mainly because different levels of fire damage can change the way we repaired or manage the situation.

Fire damage in Chicago has various levels. Minor fire damage is basically a light smoke residual that flows across the room. The restoration process involved dry cleaning or wet cleaning the ceiling and floor. This level of damage does not require a lot of repair or replacement. The medium fire damage level contains a moderate smoke residual level that requires wet cleaning to remove the residual. This is where the amount of re-painting and repairing can increase. The floors might need to be refinished, and you might have to replace the cabinet or drywall. The smoke odors are noticeable so you might have to deodorize. The major fire damage level is very severe. This situation is where structural framing and finishing can require extensive repair. The smoke residuals are distributed throughout a large portion of the residential establishment. This level requires an emergency service to assist in the replacement and repair. Restoration can involve cleaning, restoring, repairing, and replacing any structure or items in the house. In this level of damage, you might need to call in the professionals.

SERVPRO technicians are expert at fire damage restoration. They can begin the mitigation process to secure the structure and to prevent further damage. This process would include boarding up openings, winterizing the plumbing system, and providing a temporary source of electricity. They can help clean any fire damage structure to remove smoke residuals. They can also provide content cleaning within the office, residential, and other building. A full reconstruction is usually required for extensive damage, and the SERVPRO technicians are experienced in all aspects of the repair and replacement from fire damage.

If you are ready to restore your residential establishment from fire damage, then give SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City a call at (773) 337-3993, and we can send our fire restoration experts to your site.

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Got Water Damage Troubles? Our Professionals Can Be Trusted To Restore Your Chicago Commercial Property!

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Got Water Damage Troubles? Our Professionals Can Be Trusted To Restore Your Chicago Commercial Property! Smart business owners in Chicago have a backup for every negative contingency.

Team Up With SERVPRO Before You Need Help With Commercial Water Cleanup In Chicago

Smart business owners in Chicago have a backup for every negative contingency. Restaurants have secondary food service suppliers. Offices use modern cloud or other digital storage to save documents. Supervisors schedule subs or temporary workers for a broad array of employee absences. CFOs set aside reserve money in case expenditures go above budget. Businesses dealing with natural and other water disasters need a safety net as well. We help you build it.

If your Chicago business faces commercial water damage, the time it takes for a professional response quickly becomes part of the equation. Minimize the inspection and planning component of water remediation by developing an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) to streamline the steps we take to assist when you need our services.

Schedule an assessment to start the ERP process at your convenience. SERVPRO sends one of our experienced team members to view your property, evaluate possible vulnerabilities and strengths should a water disaster occur, sketch a layout, and make practical suggestions intended to limit the damage to your structure and its contents. We work hard to understand your operations so that we can plan how to keep at least some of the commerce flowing even while we attend to the water damage.

You help add details to the SERVPRO inspection by using our mobile app to complete the Emergency Ready Profile. Identify critical staff whom you designate to act on your behalf if you are unavailable during the crisis. Show the locations of utility shutoffs. Provide a list of the vendors who sold and installed equipment and contractors who developed your systems. Consulting with those experts during water damage cleanup and restoration is useful and saves time and expense.

Once you and SERVPRO complete the components of the ERP, it just takes a few clicks to alert us that you need help. We then refer to a concise yet comprehensive digital plan to hit the ground running if your company has a water loss. This innovative and proactive approach to disaster planning pays off in many ways, including showing your customers you were ready for a catastrophe with a plan that limits the negative consequences they experience while we help you recover. Since 40 to 50 percent of companies that close temporarily to manage a disaster find themselves closing the doors to their enterprise permanently, being ready is essential to their longevity.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City welcomes the chance to work with your business on an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile. Call us at (773) 337-3993 to set up the initial consultation.

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When It Comes To Mold In Your Chicago Home Air Quality Is Our Main Priority

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO When It Comes To Mold In Your Chicago Home Air Quality Is Our Main Priority You should take care of microbial growth as soon as you discover it by trusting our applied microbial remediation technicians.

Air Quality Concerns From Mold In Your Chicago Home

Air quality can become a concern for your Chicago residence following disasters. From fires to floods, the quality of the breathable air throughout the environment can become compromised, requiring specialized equipment to restore. With the potential health effects associated with threats like mold growth in your home, taking care of these airborne contaminants and active mold spores should happen as quickly as possible.

The discovery of mold damage in your Chicago residence often spurs many homeowners into action to attempt to remove the problem themselves. With the inability for conventional cleaning methods to penetrate deeply enough to remove an entire mold colony successfully, homeowners scratch at the surface of the problem that exists. You need to have a team of trusted professionals with the right training and equipment to resolve the situation.

Our SERVPRO professionals undergo rigorous training to receive their initial certifications for mold remediation from the industry standard-setting IICRC. Even beyond their on-site experience and their certification for remediation work, our technicians have the opportunities to continue their training through e-learning settings and in-house seminars and coursework to improve their abilities to mitigate properties and to learn about the modern techniques to remove mold and restore the damage it causes to your property more efficiently.

The equipment that our SERVPRO franchise uses is updated and maintained regularly to continue to be the leading advanced technology capable of fast removal and restoration. When mold damage affects your property, restoring and remediating begin with the removal of moisture from the affected area to prevent the situation from persisting. Our air movers and dehumidifiers work collectively to force moisture into the air and remove it from the premises.

Mold damage can adversely affect both your property and those that live in it. You should take care of microbial growth as soon as you discover it by trusting our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City applied microbial remediation technicians to remove it and restore the damage it has caused. Give our emergency response team a call 24/7 at (773) 337-3993.

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Our Water Damage Restoration Process Will Restore Your Home In Chicago

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Water Damage Restoration Process Will Restore Your Home In Chicago Getting water off your floors and out of your carpets is a long and arduous task.

How To Carry Out Effective Water Cleanup For Chicago Homeowners

Getting water off your floors and out of your carpets is a long and arduous task. Armed with just a mop and bucket these types of the job require much spare time and more than a little effort. However, sometimes water can spread faster than you can remove it; especially if the source of water comes from a warped or split pipe. In these instances, it's always useful to have a professional service on hand.

When we refer to water cleanup in Chicago properties, we are not talking about restoration or removal of standing water. Water cleanup involves removing all traces of moisture from a specific area and then dehumidifying the affected area to guard against potential damages like mold and mildew growth.

We start by bringing in SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians to assess the scope of damage caused by water. It may be necessary to temporarily remove carpets to dry both sides and check your subfloor for saturation. When carpets are removed, we can also take the opportunity to treat them with anti-microbial chemicals to ensure a long-lasting clean.

For excess water in residential properties, we usually opt for portable extraction units. These nimble pieces of equipment allow us to dry in between floorboards and into cracks using air, vacuum power, and heating elements. Sometimes, we might place rapid air movers to evaporate moisture and dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the surrounding atmosphere.

As part of our cleanup, SERVPRO can thoroughly deodorize the area using chemical based foggers that neutralize odor particles. We can also employ moisture meters to ascertain saturation levels and ensure the affected area has a similar humidity to other areas of the home. At the end of service, we can conduct a guided tour with you to show you all aspects of work done and any areas you may need to watch.

If a spill goes beyond what you can clean up, contact SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 for expert service.

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When Faulty Plumbing Causes Water to Invade Your Chicago Office

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When Faulty Plumbing Causes Water to Invade Your Chicago Office A small crack in a pipe can leak 250 gallons per day, causing a lot of damage to your office.

Commercial Water Damage Pros In Chicago Explain How Moisture Harms Building Materials

Pipes can break and leak at both your house and your Chicago office building which can ruin both your contents and structural materials. Plumbing system failures are the most common source of commercial water damage claims. Estimates show that on average, 10,000 gallons of water per year gets wasted due to leaks inside American homes. A crack in a pipe that is only an eighth inch wide can pour 250 gallons per day into your office complex. Once moisture starts soaking into building materials, commercial water damage restoration becomes necessary.  

The sooner you call in a professional mitigation company like SERVPRO the better off you are. Our team always arrives promptly, and we immediately begin restoring the commercial water damage inside your Chicago office. We first fix the initial pipe leak so that moisture stops entering the structure. We then make sure your office is safe for your employees and ours. Next, we inspect all areas of the building and figure out which areas got damaged.  

Our SERVPRO technicians use moisture sensors and other equipment to take atmospheric readings. We determine how wet your building materials got and how far the water spread, and then we devise a plan to extract and rapidly dry out the affected areas.  

Water can be quite destructive once it starts to saturate building materials like carpet and drywall. Wet carpet can become detached from its backing forcing it to get removed. If drywall soaks up too much moisture, it must also be removed and replaced.  

Once moisture gets inside a structure, the relative humidity increases inside the dwelling. Elevated humidity levels can also cause secondary damage to regions of your office that did not get wet at first. If organic building materials stay wet for more than a few days, it creates a condition for mold develop.  

Our SERVPRO team knows that moisture-related problems can get worse if they go untreated for too long. After we set up our drying equipment on the first day, we return and test moisture levels each day and adjust the equipment as necessary. For a prompt response for all of your water-related issues, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 any time a disaster occurs.

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Signs Every Renter In Chicago Needs To Know About Mold Damage In Their Apartment

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Signs Every Renter In Chicago Needs To Know About Mold Damage In Their Apartment At SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City, we can resolve mold infestation in your apartment.

How First Time Renters Can Find Out If Their Chicago Apartment Has Mold

Mold is a fungus which decomposes dead organic matter. It spreads by releasing spores in the air, similar to a dandelion. When the spores find a suitable surface in a Chicago apartment, a mold colony can grow. Prolonged exposure to mold and the spores leads to health effects. To avoid a rental with mold damage, take a few minutes to look out for signs. Here are signs to look for as you hunt for an apartment.

Stale Odor
No one wants to imagine mold damage in Chicago is present even in a rental. Not only can it ruin the drywall but colonies can grow to cause serious health effects. As you hunt for an apartment, pay extra attention to areas with high humidity. They include crawlspaces, bathrooms and under the kitchen sink. If you detect the presence of a musty smell, it means a mold colony is growing there.

Brown Stain On Your Ceiling
If you spot brown stains on your ceiling or interior walls, the cause is a roof leak or HVAC unit. Here is how it happens. The leaking roof slowly drips water over a period of time. After the water dries, a yellow stain appears. Aging pipes can leak too. As you know, ceilings contain organic material. If other conditions favor, a colony can start to grow. If not detected, it can lead to mold damage.

Bubbled Floors Or Walls
Laminate flooring expands and contracts with moisture. This is due to the presence of moisture in the air. Under normal conditions, the level of humidity in a home is 30% or less. If higher than 60%, it means too much moisture is in the air. If measures are not taken to improve air circulation in the house, bubbling can occur on the plank’s edges. Moisture causes this as it seeps into the floor via the joints. As a new renter, learning more about the signs of mold damage can save you.

At SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City, we can resolve mold infestation in your apartment. Our process is simple – inspection, assessment, and remediation. If you have any questions pertaining to mold, call our 24/7 emergency line at (773) 337-3993.

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