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Can Flooding in Chicago Occur 12 Months Out of the Year?

1/10/2021 (Permalink)

flooded street and homes after a winter storm Storms can occur unexpectedly and may leave a watery aftermath in your home. Contact our expert team for water removal and remediation efforts.

Regardless of the Season, SERVPRO Delivers Flood Damage Recovery to Chicago Residents with Highly Qualified Managers and Technicians and Cutting Edge Equipment

Flooding might seem like a warm-weather phenomenon, but Chicago homeowners know the misery and helplessness felt when a significant winter storm results in water-logged lower levels. Severe harm occurs throughout a home when

  • High winds and resulting utility pole, tree and limb damage, and debris batter roofs and exteriors.
  • Massive quantities of snow blanket the structure.
  • Snow and ice pile up against the foundation.
  • Ice dams form in gutters, and a melt and freeze cycle permits water intrusion.

Are Blizzards Common in the Chicago Area?

Between the thousand-mile sweep of the plains to the west of Chicago and Lake Michigan's effect, the Windy City experiences its share of heavy snow events. In addition to many moderate to light snow storms expected each year, five huge blizzards imperiled the area over the years. Runner-up blizzards include:

  • The Super Bowl Blizzard of 2015 dropped 19.3 inches of snow over three days, from January 31 through February 2, 2015. Several days of snow extraction finally opened up Chicago and surrounding areas to unimpeded travel. 
  • The Blizzard of 1979 totaled 20.3 inches from January 12 through 14, 1979. The political fallout for then-mayor Michael Bilandic, blamed for long-term post-blizzard transportation issues, resulted in his loss of the Democratic Primary to Jane Byrne. She then became Chicago's first woman mayor after victory in the general election.
  • The 2011 Groundhog Day Blizzard also tangled traffic, with 21.2 inches falling from January 31 through February 2, 2011. Dubbed "Snowpocalypse," nearly 900 cars and buses blocked Lake Shore Drive.
  • The Blizzard of 1999 spread to the East after inundating the Chicago area with 21.6 inches from January 1 through 3, 1999. Blizzard conditions moved from Illinois to Michigan, halting traffic and grounding airplanes at Chicago's O'Hare and continuing toward Detroit. Flight cancellations continued for many days, stranding hundreds of thousands of travelers.

Which Blizzard Ranks as the Worst In Chicago History?

The largest Chicago blizzard began its paralyzation of the city over fifty years ago, spanning two days, Thursday and Friday, January 26–27, 1967. The storm slammed 23 inches (58 cm) of snow over Chicago and its suburbs.  Its winds of 50 mph-plus trended to the northeast, and wind gusts constructed drifts rising as high as 15 feet. Blizzard conditions continued into the weekend following an incredibly mild Tuesday, January 24, 1967, that recorded shockingly warm temperatures of 65 degrees.

What Sets the 1967 Blizzard Apart Other Than Total Snowfall?

Because of the unseasonable weather immediately before the blizzard, Chicagoans were caught uncharacteristically unprepared for the change in weather patterns and the snow's impact. Weather forecasts read or heard on January 25 for the 26 indicated a cold front would drop temperatures and that rain or snow would fall as the cold front stalled over the Chicago area. During broadcasts on the evening of the 25th, the National Weather Service projected a mix of snow mixed and freezing rain. Overnight forecasts suggested snow accumulations up to four inches, triggering a heavy snow warning. Expected quantities were increased to 8 inches on the morning of January 26, 1967, well below eventual totals. Businesses, schools, and individuals did not modify their responses:

  • Residents were unaware of the severity of the storm and the potential accumulations.
  • Television station WMAQ-TV on January 26, 1967, reported on the evening news that the worst of the storm passed already, quite the error.
  • Students and workers were stuck in schools, offices, and other establishments.
  • Traffic stood still -- up to 50,000 cars and 1100 Chicago Transit Authority buses clogged the streets and expressways.
  • The local airports reported gusts of 48 to 53 miles per hour, resulting in huge snow drifts.
  • Complicating matters, thunderstorms, and several funnel clouds joined the blizzard.

How Were Residents of Chicago and Surrounding Towns Affected?

Snow removal began slowly. Helicopters were primary emergency vehicles, delivering medicine and food to those stranded in vehicles. Women in labor rode sleds, snow plows, or bulldozers to hospitals or delivered their babies at home. The airports opened about midnight Monday. Most schools reopened on Tuesday, the 31st, following the blizzard. Tragically, 26 died during the blizzard, including a young girl shot in the crossfire after looters confronted law enforcement. Some deaths occurred from heart attacks during snow shoveling. Exhausted residents were in for even more snow. An additional 4 inches fell on Wednesday, February 1, followed on Sunday, February 5, as another storm piled up 8.5 inches more. From January 26 through February 5, the grand total was 36.5 inches, typical for an entire Chicago winter.

Who Can Help Chicago Residents Battling Winter Storm Flooding Events?

Especially if your Chicago home suffered external damage from the weight of snow, wind, or buffeting by debris, flooding could occur on all levels of your home. Leaking in the attic from ice dams and drifting in rooms after broken windows or siding can send meltwater spilling across floors and down walls and stairs. Rapid response by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained crews is crucial to mitigate and remediate the damage melting and then flowing water does.

What Longer-Term Issues Can Occur after Massive Snowfalls?

Even if your home weathers the winter storm, Chicago residences risk flood damage when warmer temperatures return. Snowmelt makes its way through foundations, flooding basements. Storm sewers become overwhelmed in some areas of the city, forcing human waste back into homes. SERVPRO has the IICRC training and the high-efficiency equipment to contain and remove flood waters and contaminants from properties fast. We have experience dealing with water complications in all its forms -- ice, sleet, snow, liquid, and even the high humidity accompanying flooding scenarios. We assess and control for

  • Safety hazards
  • Trapped flood water
  • Long term and secondary damage to confined areas and building cavities
  • Structural integrity failure

Then we remove and dispose of the floodwaters, containing and disposing of them as required by local regulation. Cleaning and disinfecting with EPA-registered products set the stage for efficient drying with our commercial-grade air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. We promise and achieve preloss condition after flood damage, "Like it never even happened."

Count on the savvy crews and management of SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City no matter what type of precipitation takes its toll and floods your home. Call us day or night at (773) 337-3993 -- We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Can You and Your French Bulldog Team Up for Chicago Fun on a Friday Night?

1/10/2021 (Permalink)

four french bulldog puppies It will be exciting to see the community enjoying Frenchie Fridays!

No Need to Compromise -- Celebrate at a Chicago Frenchie Meet-Up and Happy Hour January 22, 2021!

Sit Local, a Dog Lounge, invites French Bulldogs and their owners to fabulous Frenchie Fridays. Humans need masks, and pups need to mind their manners during the two Happy Hours of the event. Bring your own beverages, snacks, and treats, and let your little buddies romp while you share the delights these jaunty canines bring to you and other owners.

Sit Local provides the space and appropriate supplies to clean up after any doggy doings.

  • Space limited to 10 owners at a time, Fridays only
  • Reserve for $15 on Chicago Eventbrite -- Frenchie Fridays!
  • Date And Time

Friday, January 22, 2021, and ongoing Fridays

7:30 – 9:30 PM 

  • Location

SIT Social

3920 North Ashland Avenue

Chicago, IL 60613

In search of Chicago water restoration companies for your business? SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford Cityat (773) 337-3993 offers fast and reliable help, so you and your beloved Frenchie need not miss any after-work shenanigans.

Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago—A Fire-Free Zone

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Lion house at Lincoln Park Zoo The Lion House at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. SERVPRO is not "Lion" about restoring your fire damaged property! Call Us!

So Much to Do in Chicago

Over 58 million people visit Chicago every year to see this vast metropolitan city's sites and sounds. There are museums, shopping, sports activities and many more too numerous to mention. However, the locals know about many activities that are inexpensive and can be enjoyed by the whole family. For example, visit:

  • Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Try ice skating at Maggie Daley Park
  • Admire the City of Chicago Christmas tree
  • Visit the RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) Exhibition
  • Shop along the Magnificent Mile

Zoolights at Lincoln Park:

are on display until Jan 3rd, 2021, from 4-10 every night. Admission is $5. However, there are also five free nights. This is a display the entire family will enjoy. There are loads of light displays, animal exhibits outdoors. Get your tickets early since many nights are sold out early.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City provides fire and odor removal services to Chicago residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (773) 337-3993. We are available 24/7 to help with all your fire and odor removal needs.

Visit Chicago’s Willis Tower

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Willis Tower, Chicago skyline Floodwaters do not reach to the Ledge in the Willis Tower, but SERVPRO can remove stormwater from your property--and very fast!

Check out the “Ledge,” Highest Observation Deck in Chicago

Chicago ranks 3rd in population in the United States. The population is over 2.7 million and covers 234 square miles of real estate. There are many areas to visit in Chicago. Over 58 million tourists visited in 2018.

West Lawn, Marquette Park, and Ford city are located on the southwest side of the city. There are many activities to see in Chicago. However, the Willis Tower is one of the iconic buildings that many people visit every year. Standing 110 stories high, visitors can go to the 103rd floor to the Skydeck or, as some refer to it, the Ledge. Visitors can see for more than 50 miles on a clear day.

Some quick facts about the Willis tower:

  • Construction began in 1969, with 350,000 Sears employees moving in1973
  • The Willis Tower was the tallest building until 1998
  • There are 110 floors
  • 1730 feet high, including twin antennae,
  • 1450 feet high to the 110th floor,
  • Average sway is six inches

Virtual online tours can be scheduled anytime. Teacher guides are available, along with fact sheets and quizzes for all interested parties.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City provides flood cleanup services to Chicago residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (773) 337-3993. We are available 24/7 to help with all your flood cleanup needs.

Chicago Recognized as an International Hub for Many Industries

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

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A Tourist Mecca with Over 58 Million Tourists in 2018

Chicago was incorporated in 1837. The city grew along Lake Michigan's shores and became attractive as a transportation hub between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi watershed. Chicago connected the American Midwest all the way to New Orleans via the Mississippi and the Great Lakes leading to the St Lawrence Seaway and the Atlantic Ocean.

Chicago's population is approximately 2.7 million people, while the greater metropolitan area provides a home to over 10 million people. Some fast facts about the city:

  • The Chicago Fire left 100,000 homeless and devastated several square miles in 1871
  • Chicago School of Architecture developed the steel-framed skyscraper design
  • The city is an international hub for telecommunications, technology, transportation, and finance
  • Creation of the first standardized futures contracts
  • The city is host to many Fortune 500 companies
  • Many landmarks to visit including universities, sports facilities, zoo's and cultural venues
  • Steamboats initially traveled the canal between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River in 1848
  • Al Capone initiated the St Valentines massacre in 1929
  • Today Chicago is a powerhouse of activity with many attractions and business opportunities

Marquette Park is the largest park on the southwest side of Chicago. Similarly, Ford City is the largest mall also located on the southwest side, and the area of West Lawn is one of Chicago's 77 official community areas with a diverse population.

Inexpensive Attractions in the City

There are many interesting attractions for residents and visitors in the city. We will list a few of them in this post and delve into several of the more interesting ones. Here they are:

  • Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Ice skating at Maggie Daley Park
  • See the Chicago Christmas tree
  • Visit the RBG Exhibit (Ruth Bader Ginsberg
  • Shop the Magnificent Mile and view the light festival
  • Tour a museum for free
  • Tour the 606 – the elevated trail connecting neighborhoods
  • Walk along the Chicago River Walk
  • Join a Greeter Tour of Chicag0's diverse neighborhoods

Tour the 606 Trail—very unique

Take an abandoned industrial railway train line, convert it into a 2.7-mile elevated trail system connecting parks, scenic views, an observatory, public art displays, and four of the cities hippest neighborhoods. This is the 606, which got its name from the common numbers of the west side zip codes. The communities connected by the trail are – Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, and Humbolt Park. The 606 is an ideal trail system to enjoy the day, exercise, commute from one area to another, or enjoy one of the many art displays.

There are also community events, such as bonfires, workouts, art displays, and even astronomy nights. Along the way, residents and visitors can also enjoy:

  • Exelon Observatory – enjoy sunset views as well as regular astronomy nights
  • Julia De Burgos Park – an excellent place for kids with a variety of play structures and a long sitting wall
  • Damen Arts Plaza – enjoy rotating public art exhibits
  • Park No. 567 and Walsh Park – enjoy special events and outdoor sports activities

The city supports a rich culture captured by the cities 18 museums. Whether you are interested in communications, surgery, the holocaust, science, history, art, or photography, there is something for everyone.

If you are interested in Chicago history, the Chicago History Museum is an excellent place to start. The museum was incorporated in 1857. However, the initial building was lost in the great Chicago fire of 1871. The museum occupied temporary buildings until 1896. Since 1896, the museum has grown by leaps and bounds to become a major exhibit for the cities history today. There are online exhibitions as well as onsite exhibitions for visitors to enjoy. Also, there are rotating temporary displays as well as permanent exhibits. Visitors to the museum can enjoy a varied experience each time they visit.

For example, some of the temporary exhibits currently on display include:

  • Modern by Design – Chicago Streamlines America
  • American Medina
  • Remembering Dr. King

A popular permanent exhibit takes viewers through some of the significant events in the city’s history. The Great Chicago Fire, the Worlds Columbian Exposition, Maxwell St in the 50s, construction of the Sears Tower in the 70s, significant sports victories, and view President Obama's victory speech. The film runs 27 minutes and brings to life some of these significant events in the city's life.

Abraham Lincoln considered Chicago as his second home. The exhibit, Lincoln's Chicago, depicts lithograph views of the city during the 1860s, some of his contemporaries. This exhibit is also a permanent exhibit.

There are many more activities to see and do at the museum as well as in the city. Plan your vacation or stay-vacation and visit one of these interesting and exciting venues.

Remove Water and Moisture, Get Your Business Back Online Fast

Anytime a commercial business is offline due to water in the premises, it usually means lost revenue, spoiled goods lost customers, and lost staff wages. SERVPRO understands the importance of being onsite quickly to help manage the water situation. Our motto is, "We're Faster To Any Size Disaster."

Clients can call us 24/7, seven days a week. We will mobilize our technicians and equipment to meet any size of water removal requirement. Every disaster is tailored to the needs of the client and the situation. Large water removal situations require more resources than smaller ones. SERVPRO follows a time-proven formula to ensure our customers can return their commercial business to service as quickly as possible:

  • Inspect and Assess the damage
  • Mobilize removal and water extraction resources
  • Dry and dehumidify the area to return the humidity to normal levels
  • Clean and make repairs as needed
  • Restore water damaged structure and contents as needed

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City provides water removal apt. to Chicago commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (773) 337-3993. We are available 24/7 to help with all your water removal needs.

Enjoy an Autumn Chicago Pizza Tour

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees sitting in a room. SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City looks forward to seeing our community enjoying the local events, especially when food is involved.

Chicago Locals and Tourists Alike Can Enjoy Quality Deep Dish Pizza

Chicago is renowned the world over for its delicious and unique deep-dish pizza. Chicago pizza started after Ike Sewell turned two historic mansions in the River North neighborhood into pizza parlors: Pizzeria Uno and Pizzeria Due. The Chicago-style pie was concocted at Pizzeria Uno in 1943.

So, here is relevant information about this Mud City event:

    • The tour starts at Pizzeria Uno.

    • An expert guide will happily fill you in on the history of Chicago’s pizza scene.

    • Both meat and vegetarian options are available.

    • The tour ends at Gino’s Brew Pub, another acclaimed deep-dish pizza parlor.

Tours embark on Saturdays and Sundays through December 27 and are designed for both tourists and locals. Whether you are vacationing with a significant other or bringing the kids along, this family-friendly pizza smorgasbord is sure to leave everyone smiling.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City is proud to serve the businesses contributing to local food tours and other events. Call (773) 337-3993 if your Chicago pizza parlor requires commercial mold remediation.

Learn About Wine Tasting from the Comfort of Your Chicago Home

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

A woman cooking in a kitchen with a glass. SERVPRO supports local event attendance from the safety of your Chicago home.

Zoom Events Designed to Turn Chicago Wine Aficionados into Sommeliers

Due to current safety guidelines, many local events are now held over Zoom or other video platforms. However, this means that Chicago apartment dwellers can learn new skills and enjoy new experiences while staying comfortable at home. One such event is Tasting Tuesday, a weekly virtual wine tasting event led by sommelier Tuanni Price.

These wine-related events also feature:

  • Guest sommeliers and aficionados coming together to enjoy quality wines
  • Learning to evaluate such qualities in wine as price point, typicity, and quality
  • Viewers learn about the ins and outs of deductive wine tasting
  • Streams take place at either 3:00 or 6:00 PM Pacific Time, a perfect time for Windy City residents to enjoy a hearty dinner paired with their favorite wines

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City warmly welcomes you to the vibrant Windy City. If you need fire mitigation for your Chicago apartment after a cooking mishap or electrical failure, you can get rapid-response service at (773) 337-3993.

Chicago Mitigation from Locally-Owned and Operated Teams

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

A busy city with a Chicago sign. SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City not only wants to help our Chicago community but supports our Chicago community as well.

SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Chicago Homeowners’ Flood Cleanup and Restoration Needs When They Call (773) 337-3993

More than two million residents of Chicago are subject to frequent rain and snow. The Windy City’s National Weather Service office on West University Drive in Romeoville features some of the country’s most extensive weather records. However, some of the earliest records from 1870 and 1871 were destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

One of the most notable aspects of Chi-Town is its extensive system of canals and rivers that span over 150 miles in total length. While these waterways can pose some flood risk, they also create plenty of opportunities for watery escapades, including:

  • Leisurely weekend river cruises hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation Center on the Chicago’s First Lady. Several other guided boat tour cruises are available
  • Guided kayaking tours designed with novice, intermediate, and advanced experience levels in mind. Popular vendors include Urban Kayaks and Wateriders
  • Sailboat charters operated by experienced crew members, like those at the Salty Dog Sailing Co.

The Great Chicago Flood

On April 13, 1992, Chicago was flooded by over 250 million gallons of water, which caused an estimated $2 billion in damages. Floodwaters filled up much of the underground tunnels in the city, including Kennedy Expressway and much of the Loop. The flood was speculated to have happened when construction crews accidentally perforated a fragile, derelict freight train tunnel while preparing to install new pilings for the Kinzie Street Bridge.

Full remediation took weeks, and three days had passed before commerce could resume in the area. Before repairs, the breach was a whopping 20 feet and took more than five dozen truck-fulls of stone and cement to slow the leakage. The water in the old freight tunnel system was eventually rerouted to the Chicago Deep Tunnel System. The hole that allowed floodwaters from the Chicago River to submerge the underground was ultimately fixed by a unique concrete mixture devised by Brian Rice of Material Service Corporation. This concoction was poured into the tunnel through small shafts.

In the aftermath of the flood, the city’s losses were at an estimated $3.25 billion in 2019 dollars. Subway routes and parking were either closed or changed significantly to accommodate repair efforts.

This flood event led to a U.S. Supreme Court case, Jerome B. Grubart, Inc v. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. The defendant had at first been considered liable for the flood, but it was later discovered that the city had prior knowledge of the freight tunnel leaks. The courts eventually ruled that admiralty law was applicable to the work performed in the Chicago River, a ruling in favor of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.

Factors That Add to Chicago’s Flood Risk

Chicago’s closeness to the Great Lakes and the Chicago River running through the city makes many areas of the city vulnerable to flooding. These characteristics, combined with rain and snowfall, contribute to floods that occur with relative frequency. Residents must stay wary of larger-scale natural disasters like hundred-year floods and derecho storms.

  • Water levels in the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Michigan, have seen an overall increase, particularly after a succession of wet rainy seasons since 2015
  • Changes in Lake Michigan’s water levels are becoming both more frequent and drastic. In 2013, the lake was at record low levels but spiked back up to near-1986 highs in 2020. Local climatologists have noted that the recent spate of warmer winters has contributed to unstable and unpredictable water level fluctuations
  • The Chicago River is frequently flooded by considerable rainfall. In May 2020 alone, a several-day period of rainfall culminated in almost 8 inches of precipitation. This time frame alone was considered the fourth wettest stretch of weather in the city’s 150 years of official weather records
  • According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood map, Chicago is a Zone A region. This designation indicates that the affectionately-termed Mud City is vulnerable to hundred-year floods. These significant disasters have a 1% chance of occurring each year
  • Derecho storms are meteorological phenomena that result in massive, long-lasting storms that can create damage from flash floods, high winds, and even tornadoes. In August 2020, one of these massive storm systems tore through Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska. Winds in the midwest from this storm alone peaked at 100 miles per hour and caused significant damage to infrastructure and homes

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City strives to aid Chicago residents through education and swift action. Whether you own a condo in Printer’s Row or a family home in Aurora, this locally-owned franchise provides rapid-response service from over 1,700 locations across the United States and Canada.

How Does SERVPRO Aid Chicago Residents with Flooded Homes?

Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified mitigation techs at SERVPRO receive extensive training and education in flood damage cleanup, including basement flood water removal for Chicago residences. Basement flooding is especially crucial to clean, as it can damage the foundation of your property and lead to significant repair costs without fast action.

Sanitation of structural materials is a must when cleaning flood-damaged basements. Homeowners should not perform this task themselves to avoid potential health effects posed by mold and sewage.

Unlike conventional water damage situations, sanitation occurs before drying because:

  • Without thorough cleaning, microbes and mold can spread through the air and contaminate other areas of the home when operating drying equipment
  • EPA-registered biocides are effective at both mold remediation and odor control
  • Other sanitation concerns, such as pests and chemical residues, require addressing before drying to ensure your home is safe to occupy once more

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City supports community efforts by providing such services for Chicago homeowners as basement flood water removal. Call (773) 337-3993 to jump-start the cleanup process after a disaster.

What Happens to a Property After Flooding?

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO female in green car 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?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room with furniture and items floating 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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