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Professional Basement Flood Removal in Chicago

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water around a back door. Our Professional team can and will help you with your Chicago flood damage.

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.

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Our Experts Use State Of The Art Equipment In Chicago After A Water Loss

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

Our green drying equipment drying the room in this home We offer water damage restoration services 24/7. We act fast to prevent further damage, and bring our expertise and experience into every situation.

Water Removal in Your Chicago Kitchen

A water spill in your kitchen not only impacts your routine, but it also can cause damage to your flooring or kitchen cabinets if you do not take the right precautions quickly and effectively to remove the water before any secondary damage occurs like soaked and destroyed drywall or dangerous mold infestations.

Water removal in your Chicago kitchen should be looked at as an investment into keeping your home in tip-top shape and mitigating additional damage. Sometimes damage occurs in areas of weakness such as cracked tile, loose floorboard, or cracks in the cupboard. This is an opportunity to fix these things as you repair the damage.

One of the critical components to take care of your home after water damage is to make sure the impacted areas are dried to preloss moisture content levels. SERVPRO restoration specialists extract any excess water and then use air moving equipment and dehumidifiers. They use air movers to enhance evaporation by directing the airflow at the surface level. This is because the air right above the wet floors is heavy and saturated with cool moisture, known as a boundary layer. The purpose of the surface level air movers is to direct the warm, dry air from the dehumidifiers over the boundary layer to dissipate the moisture and humidity.

Centrifugal air movers have an impeller, a moving component that has a shaft with blades positioned around it. These high-velocity air movers produce a higher static pressure in air volume compared to axial air movers, which blow larger volumes of air. They deliver lower amounts of pressure at a higher volume. Axial air movers use less amperage than centrifugal air movers and are a good option if there is limited electricity within the home.

Dehumidifying equipment works in conjunction with the air movers to dry impacted surfaces. Dehumidifiers take water vapor from the air. It reduces the humidity ratio in the air, allowing the rate of evaporation to increase until the home and all of the contents are dry. As it pulls moist, humid air, it circulates dry, warm air back out into the room, facilitating drying.

Contact SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 for 24/7 assistance. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

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Flooding In Your Chicago Condo

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

flood damage in home “Like it never even happened.”

Flood in a Chicago Condo Needs Expedited Restoration Services

When you live in a condo, what affects your neighbors sometimes affects you, and this includes water damage. Because the basic design of condos has them constructed on top of each other, a leak in a roof quickly becomes a ceiling issue for the neighbor below.

Storm damage peeled up a portion of a roof in a vacant condo above, and the occupied residence below caused a flood in a Chicago condo ceiling that saturated the living room and carpet.

Water Extraction Above and Below
SERVPRO techs needed access to the vacant unit above to clean up the floor and also tarp the roof until the required repairs occurred. The leak had been ongoing for a time, and the techs removed the flooring around the water loss area to open up the floor joists for drying. This action halted any further water from entering the client unit below. The techs used weighted extractor heads to push the water out of the carpet and padding. They also raised the cushions on the sofa for water extraction and drying. The cushions took on the brunt of the moisture and very little seeped into the frame.

Specialized Drying of Carpet and Furnishings
The techs set up air movers in the unit above with drying mats to force air into the opened area within the floor and dry it. The sagging ceiling below required removal. SERVPRO techs used a technique known as floating to ensure complete drying of the carpet. This tactic involves loosening one edge and forcing the warm, dry air from air movers under the carpet above the padding.

Final Restoration Services
When the condo is clean and dry, the techs give the property owner the suggested repairs that need to happen to bring the residence to a preloss condition. This overview includes the replacement of the damage to the ceiling. The techs compiled a separate report for the loss in the upstairs unit, including the repairs to the roof, ceiling, and flooring to make the restoration complete.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 understands that storm damage needs fast action and is available to local condo owners 24/7 to make the loss “Like it never even happened.”

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We Act Fast In Chicago After A Water Loss

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Our commercial air movers and dehumidifiers working to dry the sub-flooring in this home We used our commercial air movers and dehumidifiers to thoroughly dry the sub-flooring in this home. We arrived right away to prevent further damage.

Water Damage In Chicago Involves Knowing About Carpet Construction

Places all across the country including the Chicago metro often report home insurance claims due to liquid H2O infiltrating their living area. Once moisture enters the interior of your house, water damage can quickly plaque your structure. Since liquids are susceptible to gravity, once they come into your building they tend to promptly head to your floors. This means that flooring materials such as your carpeting can become victims of the plumbing failure that occurs.

Once your carpets start to soak up moisture, water damage inside your Chicago residence can quickly become a harsh reality. When your carpeting gets wet, the occurrence can become a catalyst for future problems. Most carpets get constructed with a combination of synthetic and organic fibers put together by a paper that sits underneath it. Since most carpeting is a material composed of natural substances, the backing of your flooring can become a food source for fungi. And, due to the porous properties of carpeting, when your carpet's fibers get wet, the indoor relative humidity inside your building can substantially increase.

Raised humidity levels and mold can create more work for a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Therefore, our crews use their knowledge of carpet construction to dry out and restore the building material that constantly comes into contact with you and your family's feet.

That being said, our SERVPRO technicians constantly study the various carpet construction methods so that we can determine the best ways to restore each type of flooring material. The first factor to consider when analyzing your carpet is to determine the quality of the content. The nature of the fibers and the condition of the carpeting all play a role in its restorability.

The quality of each carpet our SERVPRO crew attempts to restore plays a significant factor in whether or not the attempted restoration results can be achieved. How well the carpeting gets maintained makes a difference when trying to clean the damage flooring material. Carpets that receive regular cleaning procedures like vacuuming and spot removal can often prove to be much easier to clean and restore when water damage restoration procedures require carpet cleaning.

Having a plumbing failure that makes your floors wet can prove to be quite a headache for the average homeowner. If you ever need professional assistance after a pipe leak, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 24/7.

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Fire Cleanup and Odor Control In Chicago

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

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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.”

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Commercial Water Damage in Your Chicago Office

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Manage Commercial Water Damage in Your Chicago Office Quickly to Prevent Serious Losses

Your office is one of the first places you interact with your existing and potential clients. The way people perceive your office can influence their decision on whether to work with your company or not. An unfortunate incident like water intrusion can ruin the professional environment of your office, turning away clients in the process.

The inconvenience of commercial water damage in your Chicago office is not merely the destruction it poses to the building and its contents; it is the aftermath that demands an immediate water removal plan. People base some of their decisions on how they feel. If you make them feel confident about your services and your business premises are well maintained, your potential clients can readily build a working relationship with your company. However, if they notice haphazard attempts to fix broken pipes, disorganized or damaged equipment, and a damp, musty odor, they may perceive that you do not take pride in your office.

Water damage can bring normal office operations to a standstill. Remediating the issue is crucial so that you can continue with your daily operational duties that keep things moving forward, such as tracking orders, maintaining employee records. A water intrusion problem in your office can damage computers and networks, copiers, and faxes, among other essential equipment. If you have stored hard copies on-site, water can ruin vital records like order histories, employee information, and other documents.

If the water damage is severe, you may need to shut down the office for several days, which could affect your revenue. Your employees may also be out of work, and this can ruin their finances too. Such an incident can have a ripple effect that impacts many people. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you bring things in your office back to normal. We can remove the water and dry the affected areas within the shortest time possible.

Moisture in your office can contribute to mold development. Mold often grows in dark areas, areas with poor ventilation or behind surfaces like carpeting, subflooring, and drywall. Mold can cause health effects to the people working in the office. Our technicians can use penetrating moisture meters to test for moisture underneath wood flooring or inside walls. To check for moisture in challenging areas, we can use infrared cameras.

We can use axial air movers to increase the evaporation of moisture from affected surfaces. These air movers can move larger volumes of air and are therefore ideal for restoring commercial buildings. Our SERVPRO team can remove water vapor from the air using desiccant dehumidifiers. We offer quick and comprehensive restoration services at affordable costs.

If your office in Ford City, Marquette Park, or Gage Park has sustained water damage, SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City can clean up and restore it to its pre-incident state. Call us today at (773) 337-3993 to avoid ruining your reputation.

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Chicago Unit Suffering a Water Loss? Team SERVPRO Has the Solutions!

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

leaking pipes within an exposed ceiling showing joists Chicago Water Leaks in a Multi-Unit Building Can Always Use SERVPRO's Expertise and Experience for Mitigation

Restoring Kitchen Water Damage from a Line Rupture in Your Chicago Condo

Water supply lines feed several of the appliances and fixtures installed in your Chicago condo’s kitchen. In the city, the possibility of mice getting into structural cavities and living for short times is likelier than you might think, and materials like plastic plumbing lines can be a source of food or nesting material for a rodent. When a water line breaks or begins to leak, porous materials like cabinetry, drywall, and flooring can all begin to absorb the damage.

Breaks on supply lines still in structural cavities can have disastrous effects on your property and possibly adjoining units, making water removal for your Chicago condo an immediate need. You might not understand how involved this water damage has become without the advanced discovery tools available to our SERVPRO team. Our technicians have non-penetrating surface moisture meters, thermography, and probing detection tools to reveal both the migration of water and the concentration in specific materials.

Because many condos feature hardwood cabinets, it is often most cost-effective to attempt to restore and dry these individual components rather than remove and replace them like cheaper particleboard options. We can work to carefully reach the structural cavities beyond these cabinets with minimally invasive techniques like our positive pressure systems, which shoot dry air into the wall space to evaporate water and moisture. The materials surrounding the breach in the plumbing must get removed enough for our general contractors to access and repair.

Our technicians/contractors have decades of experience in the building trades, including a vast understanding of plumbing repairs to provide a permanent solution to the source of water damages. While our SERVPRO technicians work on drying out exposed materials and cleaning surfaces exposed to migrating water loss, our contractors can remove portions of PEX pipe and replace them with new fittings and connections.

While you might not know when a mouse might come and go from the structural cavities of your building, you can protect your condo after unexpected water losses by trusting our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City team. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and you can reach us 24/7 at (773) 337-3993.

Fire Damage Mitigation In Your Chicago Property

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home For help with any size mitigation project, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 24/7.

Fire Damage Mitigation In Chicago Often Requires The Restorer To Clean Clothing

Whenever something burns on your property in Chicago, the smoke coming from the flames can spread all throughout any structure. As the smoke works its way through your building, it can cause different types of fire damage to take place. Smoke can cause the surfaces of your building materials and contents to become soiled and coated with soot residues. Smoke can also penetrate porous materials and cause foul odors to exist.

When dealing with fire damage restoration in Chicago, our SERVPRO technicians utilize various techniques to remove unpleasant aromas and soot residues. When dealing with porous materials such as upholstered items like your furniture, we can take steps that both clean the items and remove foul odors. Smoke can also travel throughout your home and negatively affect contents like your clothing.

Our SERVPRO crew knows that when cleaning smoke-damaged clothing that there is an element of urgency involved. Many items of clothing are manufactured with synthetic fibers that can bond with smoke particles and malodor molecules. If clothing does not get cleaned quickly, then discoloration or pungent aromas can adhere to the items permanently.

Before we clean your clothes, we prioritize them in three different groups based on how often you use them. The first group we clean consists of items that you wear regularly and need immediately. Next, we put clothes in the second priority group, which is clothing that you will need at a later time. Lastly, we clean the third group of clothing that contains seasonal items.

Cleaning clothing can often require several steps and a combination of techniques. First, we remove clothes from metal coat hangers and dispose of the hangers. Smoke residues can cause the metal on the hangers to oxidize onto the clothing.

Next, we take steps to remove any loose soils on the surface of the fabric. We can accomplish this by blowing off the clothing using compressed air. The force of the air can evaporate odor molecules and blow off smoke particles.

If foul odors remain inside clothing, other deodorization steps can be taken. We can spray items with a solvent-based odor counteractant, which can counteract the malodor particles. Or, if pungent aromas still exist, we can thermal fog your clothing so that deodorants can mimic smoke and penetrate deep into the fabrics.

If you ever notice smoke-related issues inside your home after something burns, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company. For help with any size mitigation project, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at  (773) 337-3993 24/7. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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The Undeniable Truth About Water Damage Remediation Services That NO ONE is Telling You About

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

water leaking from ceiling in apartment The water intrusion may not be coming from your apartment unit but still can affect your residence.  Contact SERVPRO 24/7.

SERVPRO Handles Water Removal in Chicago Fast

Illinois homeowners are well aware of the risk that water damage can pose to their facilities, but they may be surprised to find that weather-related water damage contributes to 11% of the most costly homeowners' insurance claims filed to date. Without regular maintenance and constant vigilance, it can be easy for water damage to cause damage over days, weeks, or months that require extensive repair.

If your Chicago residence requires water removal, SERVPRO technicians are always available to address disaster and restore your home to a pre-damage condition. This IICRC-certified firm offers a bevy of advanced equipment and techniques rooted in scientific theory to address water damage while preserving homeowners' possessions and structures. 

SERVPRO's Comprehensive Training

SERVPRO prides itself on its commitment to studying the standards and practices set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Technicians and franchise owners alike must learn the ins-and-outs of what is expected of them for water and fire restoration, as well as mold remediation and cleaning upholstery and carpet. This program includes everything from various means of drying carpet to learning software that helps catalog what items have been damaged in a water-related disaster.

How SERVPRO Can Help

If water damage has affected your furniture, technicians have a variety of tools available to preserve items and restore them to a preloss condition. While restoring damaged upholstery, they may be wetted to ensure even cleaning and drying. Wax paper and furniture pads can be placed on metal items like zippers and buttons to prevent rust and corrosion.

To dry couch cushions and similar pieces of upholstery, technicians can tent them to facilitate drying on all sides with air movers and dehumidifiers. If wooden furniture frames have been affected by water damage, technicians can enlist the aid of a licensed refinishing expert with the consent of homeowners and insurance adjusters.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City can ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (773) 337-3993 for disaster cleanup from experienced professionals. 

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Commercial Water Cleanup in Chicago

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

water on floor in commercial property A thorough cleanup is necessary after water loss incidents to guarantee convenience for customers.

The Resources That Ease Commercial Water Cleanup in Chicago Motels

Water loss incidents cause various problems, including staining and soiling in different parts of property by pushing debris from one location to another, necessitating various forms of cleaning. For a multistory building such as a motel, the water is likely to filter through the walls, affecting rooms on different floors. Cleaning up after such water loss requires different resources.

Having the Right Pump
Removal of any standing water is a crucial step in the early stages of commercial water cleanup from affected Chicago properties. Water is a universal solvent, and given time, it causes wide-ranging problems, including staining materials, compromising their structural integrity, or even sparking microbial growth.  With the right pump, it is possible to complete the removal fast and efficiently. For a high rise building, our SERVPRO technicians utilize portable extractors because they add an aspect of flexibility to the removal.  We can also use truck-mounted extractors, especially when there is no power at the loss site because the engine of the production vehicle powers them.

Cleaning Tools and Materials
The spilled water is likely to soil a wide range of materials and contents. For example, carpeted areas, draperies, or beddings in a hotel can be soiled by dissolved debris or stained by dyes from saturated materials, among other issues. Our SERVPRO crews utilize a wide range of cleaning resources. The water extractors we use have additional features such as heating capability, which helps us perform cleaning processes such as hot water extraction.  We also utilize a wide range of professional cleaning agents, including EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectants and deodorizers. We usually add such products to the cleaning solution or apply them directly to subfloors, wall bottom plates, and other areas of the building.

Humidity Control Resources
Controlling humidity during the water removal and cleanup is necessary. Our SERVPRO technicians set dehumidifiers in different parts of the building immediately after arriving at the site to regulate humidity during the cleanup and other restoration steps. We also dry excess moisture from materials and regulate humidity after finishing the process.

A thorough cleanup is necessary after water loss incidents to guarantee convenience for customers. Call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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