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Why Do I Need Professional Restoration After a Water Leak in My Chicago Office Space?

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

Ceiling tiles with water leaking out of it. 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?

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

"We can help you" 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?

7/26/2020 (Permalink)

Flames erupting from window in burning home “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)
    •    Brushing
    •    Vacuuming
    •    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)
    •    Solvents
    •    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.

Do I Need Professional Help After A Bathtub Flood?

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

Overflowing bath tub An overflowing bathtub can quickly cause damage in your home. Call SERVPRO today to avoid additional water loss of your property.

DIY Projects Can Be Fun But Cleaning Up After the Bathtub Floods May Need Experts Who Can Find Hidden Water Intrusion in Your Chicago Home.

Whether your bathtub overflowed or something went wrong with the plumbing causing flooding; it’s not the time for a DIY project. Instead, call in the Chicago professionals to make sure there is no hidden damage.

Can an overflowing bathtub do that much damage?

Everything was going fine until you forgot you started running a bath, and the next thing you know, water is pouring out of the tub. There is a least an inch of water on the floor. You think – mopping up should take care of everything. But you may not be able to see the problems that can arise from the situation. Calling in water damage restoration experts in Chicago can help you avoid long term damage and costly repairs.

What Damage Should I Worry About?

Water seeps into the nooks and crannies of the room where there is flooding. You can mop up all the water you can see, but it takes special equipment, like moisture detectors, to see hidden water. If left untreated, it can cause:

  • Mold and mildew
  • Damage to subflooring
  • Ceiling and wall damage if the bathroom is on an upper level
  • Warping of wooden cupboards or fixtures in the bathroom

 Why Call a Professional?

Our technicians are certified to provide remediation and water damage restoration in a situation where you may think you have cleaned up all the water. They will use moisture detectors and sensors to search out even the smallest amounts of water. You can trust these professionals to use state-of-the-art equipment to provide restoration and leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Our Green Team is available 24/7 to provide the help you need. Don’t attempt a DIY flood cleanup that can cause you a bigger headache in the long run. Contact SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337 - 3993 for expert water damage restoration service.

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What Can Professional Restorers Do to Protect My Business After a Water Loss?

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians sitting around table during continuing education We continually train so that we can effectively remediate the water damage at your business.

Our Professionals Keep Your Chicago Shop Up and Running While Addressing Water Recovery's Pressing Needs 

Running a shop in Chicago can have its fair share of stresses and severe circumstances from one year to the next. You cannot predict or plan for emergencies like water losses that can happen suddenly and spread quickly throughout your building. It is always wise to anticipate the appropriate professionals you need to restore these losses and get you back to running at your full capacity in these circumstances. 

Many look to our SERVPRO team to help address water damage in Chicago's commercial properties, especially the small shops and boutiques that had such a personal and unique flair to our city. Because these circumstances can become devastating, it is advisable to secure professional restoration services as soon as possible. Our professionals work to live up to our motto that We're Faster To Any Size Disaster so that no customer waits longer than they should for our experienced restorative actions. This same fast reaction is vital in protecting your business and its contents/wares from irreparably becoming damaged. 

How Fast Do Professionals Arrive?  

There is no mistaking the benefit of a fast response when a professional restoration is necessary. Our technicians work to provide an unrivaled response during an emergency, so vital efforts like mitigation and emergency services can begin within your initial call hours. Several strategies are always in place to help our experience technicians mobilize once we get notified of an active water damage disaster. Some of the strategies to quickly dispatch our experienced professionals include: 

  • READY Trailers – Ready trailers are a strategy that has proven effective for the many years that we have been serving the city. Because water losses are a typical call out for our professionals, we keep production vehicles stocked with the appropriate tools and equipment necessary for drying, extraction, and other restorative actions. 
  • 24/7 Availability – Disasters do not wait for a convenient time to strike, so we remain prepared for whatever might occur. With most of our professionals accredited with water restoration certifications, we have experienced professionals who can quickly reach your shop when you need it. 
  • Trained Roster of Water Restorers – This training and education serve to provide confident and reliable responses to commercial customers.  

What Can Be Done to Prevent Closures? 

We understand that if possible, you want your Chicago business to remain open despite the water damage restoration that must occur. In some situations, this is not impossible. With the right response happening quickly, we can often establish the appropriate containment and other protocols that prevent customers from encountering restoration as that occurs and eliminates cross-contamination with other areas of your shop unaffected by the water damage. Much like emergency services that seek to reduce the severity of the loss that your shop experiences, our actions keep your business open despite its water loss. Some of these include: 

  • Containment – Containment can often Mean several different approaches, depending on the situation. In most of these situations where water loss is spreading through your building's main shop area, we can build a framework with plastic sheeting that establishes set drying zones to make restoration more efficient and prevent foot traffic through the work area. 
  • Content Management – The protection of your wares is also essential whenever our professionals first arrived at the water-damaged building. The stock in your store is your profit and investment, so content management seeks to reduce irreparable damage to these items with on-site cleaning and recovery solutions. 
  • Working with Customer – We do not know your business as you do. We often refer to the priorities you create to restore and recover your shop after a water loss period. We focus on the areas you deem to matter most to exceed your expectations with the restoration services we provide. 

How Can Water Loss Get Dried Up in Containment Zones?  

While the circumstances might change from one site to the next, drying is necessary for every water loss. Through the use of multiple tools working together, we can work to regulate the three primary elements of drying science: 

  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Airflow 

We have restoration technicians and commercial contractors that can help from content management to complete repairs and build back. Give our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City team a call anytime that you need us at (773) 337-3993.

My Ceiling In My Chicago Home Looks Water Damaged – What Do I Need To Do?

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Floor In Kitchen From Broken Dishwasher SERVPRO is committed to restoring your home to its original status.

SERVPRO Can Fix Water Damaged Ceilings in Chicago and Prevent Further Problems

Anytime you have water problems, you need immediate mitigation. Water damage to a ceiling can cause quite a few problems. We repair and restore ceilings in Chicago and leave them “Like it never even happened.”

What are the signs of a damaged ceiling?

We specialize in water removal in Chicago and can help restore your ceiling and any other damaged areas. There are specific things you can look for if you think your ceiling requires repair from water intrusion.

    •    Discoloration
    •    Condensation around ceiling lights
    •    Soft spots from wet material
    •    Drip marks near the top of walls
    •    Bubbling on the surface area
    •    Warping of tiles or surface

Ceiling Repair & Restoration

Finding the source of the water loss is key to taking care of the problem. If the source of the leak is in the home, we fix that first. If the water loss comes from a roof leak, our team can repair or tarp, minor damage. Significant roof repairs will need to be handled right away by a qualified roofer. Contact your insurance company immediately if this is the case. If light fixtures or other electrical devices were exposed to the moisture, turn off the electricity before doing anything else. Next, we move onto repairing your ceiling. This includes:

    •    Moisture testing
    •    Water removal – portable pumps are often used
    •    Drying with air movers and dehumidifiers
    •    Clean and sanitize
    •    Replacing tiles or panels as needed
    •    Repainting if needed

If you have ceiling tiles, it can be cheaper to replace the tiles rather than restore them. Removing water stains from certain types of ceiling material is not always possible.

SERVPRO is committed to restoring your home to its original status. Contact SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 for quality water removal service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Should I Prepare for Fire Damage Restoration in My Chicago Business?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

green mobile app screen SERVPROs ERP mobile app makes it easier to deal with fire and any other restoration needed to be done to your Chicago business.

SERVPRO Urges Chicago Business Owners to Partner with Us, Collaborating on an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) to Streamline Fire Restoration

It is often said that you should not borrow trouble, but as a Chicago business owner, you cannot afford to fail to get resources lined up in case a fire or other disaster occurs. Although many of the issues we see among fire scenes in commercial properties share commonalities, we know we can deliver the best results if we have in-depth knowledge of your physical layout and business operation details.

How Do I Set Up an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for Fire Restoration in My Business?

Contact SERVPRO at your earliest convenience to invite experienced project managers to learn more about your building and your business. We walk through your property, taking pictures and making notes about the basic blueprint, including the location of utility lines and shutoffs, recesses where damaging contaminated water and residues could collect after a fire in your Chicago business. We explain in detail how we would likely manage fire restoration in your space. A unique feature of our assessment is the set of recommendations we generate after the walk-through, listing adaptations, maintenance, and repairs to lessen the chance of a disaster and minimize the effects if one does occur.

How Can I Help SERVPRO Get the Information Needed to Restore My Business After a Fire?

Take the time to use the ERP mobile app to fill in details about your operations. Any data you provide makes the concise, digital document we create as a team more personalized and relevant to your circumstances. Listing the vendors and contractors who helped shape your systems and installed your equipment gives us an excellent reference during the restoration phase. Our build back services set us apart. Your full disclosure allows us to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Join forces with SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City to give yourself peace of mind with a response plan crafted together with seasoned disaster restoration professionals. Call  (773) 337-3993 to schedule an assessment with one of our ERP specialists.

How Can I Fix a Leaking Shower in Chicago?

6/7/2020 (Permalink)

plumber turning wrench to fix leak in shower Shower leaks can cause extensive damage behind walls. Make sure to call team SERVPRO to help when you suspect water damage in your bathroom.

Shower Leaks Can Lead to Water Damage Without Professional Restoration. Arrange a SERVPRO Callout Within Four Hours of Notification of Loss to Return your Home to its Original Condition.

Why do showers only leak sometimes?

Overtime fittings and attachments in your shower may have intermittent blockages. These blockages may include caulking of the valves, resulting in water dripping off the shower and running down the walls. If the tiling or shower itself is wearing away, water may get inside baseboards or through cracks in sealant. Once behind a wall, moisture can trickle down into the lower floor and appear as discoloration or cracking on the ceiling below. Intermittent leaking can still cause significant harm to your property, so it is vital to use a professional Chicago restoration company to inspect, assess, and repair the damages.

Can I claim shower leaks on my home insurance?

Insurance policies can differ from resident to resident. However, most home insurance covers the resulting damages of a shower leak but does not cover the shower or plumbing. To prevent water issues from getting out of control, you need to first fix the source of the Chicago water damage, in this case, by inspecting or retiling areas of the shower. Afterward, you may need to enlist the help of a restorer to reverse the damages that were a result of your leaking shower. SERVPRO water restoration technicians are expected at wet room restoration and have experience in drying out ceilings as well as floor cavities.

How can I dry floor cavities beneath my shower room?

Drying mats can help to draw moisture out of seemingly impermeable flooring like tiles. These mats cover a large surface area, and we place them directly onto the floor tiles. Each mat has capillaries for water to absorb into and a centrifugal engine that applies negative air pressure across the mats. While not primarily designed for removing water in Chicago, they are exceptionally effective at drawing water out of a surface where it can evaporate freely. For small quantities of moisture, drying mats are an effective, non-invasive measure that SERVPRO uses.

However, not all shower rooms are suitable for drying mats. In some cases, we may need to access the subfloor by pulling up floorboards or carpet in the adjacent hallway. While not having direct access to the damp spot can make drying a challenge, using an adapted air-mover to circulate into the cavities is most effective. The ceiling below can sometimes benefit from inner cavity heating as well, although it is likely that paintwork must be repainted using a water-resistant primer.

What materials can waterproof my shower room?

  • Tiles along with a water-resistant sealing to prevent moisture escaping through cracks
  • Greenboard drywall is water-resistant although may become damaged with large amounts of water
  • Vapor barriers can help to prevent most of the moisture from reaching green board or underfloor
  • Moisture resistant paints are useful on the underside ceiling as well as between wall and shower

Does shower leakage cause secondary issues?

Water intrusion in any amount is a bad thing. If water leaks from your shower, over time, you may notice swelling on the ceiling below. Equally, the frame keeping your floors together may become wet. It is unlikely that damp frames are at risk of collapse from water exposure alone. However, it can make the frame susceptible to dry rot or microbial growth, which, for years, can weaken the floor, produce unpleasant odors and discolor paintwork or eat away at waterproofing measures. SERVPRO technicians may probe the framework in your floors using a moisture meter to understand how much water the frame has absorbed. We may need to place dehumidifiers into the cavity to help draw out and dry the affected area.

What steps do I need to take to dry out floor cavities?

  • Gain access to the floor cavity by removing floorboards. If in a tiled room, floorboards in the adjacent hallway
  • Use a moisture meter and thermal hygrometer to assess the moisture content and the relative humidity in the affected area.
  • Fit air-moving equipment with a flex hose or duct it onto the access point to circulate warm air into the cavity.
  • Once appropriately dry, place dehumidification equipment into the cavity to remove residual moisture further.

How long does it take to restore a leaking shower?

Shower leakage usually involves smaller amounts of water than with other plumbing issues. However, these slow leaks can be more challenging to restore. Our average turnaround time is around five days using equipment that may run overnight to dry cavities effectively. During that time, SERVPRO technicians return regularly to assess the impact of the drying method and can adapt designs to suit specific needs daily.

Taking a proactive approach to slow leaks in your home can mitigate expensive damages. Contact SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 now. 

How Can I Rid My Chicago Apartment of Fire Damage?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Big fumes of smoke coming out of the second floor of a residential building Never wait if your home is fire damaged. Speak with SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City by calling (773) 337-3993.

SERVPRO of Chicago Is Here to Help Your with Your Fire Damage Restoration Needs

Fire damage could happen to your Chicago home at any time. A candle left unforgotten could turn into a blaze, or cooking could get out of hand and start a grease-fire. Fortunately, for when accidents happen, help is always close at hand.

If your Chicago home suffers fire damage, you should call for help as soon as possible. Here at SERVPRO, we prioritize getting to your house as fast as possible to provide you with efficient and professional restoration services. No matter the time of day, or the day of the week, we're open and ready to help you.

What Can SERVPRO Do About the Fire Damage?

We believe in erasing the damage inside of your home as thoroughly as possible. When it comes to fire, we can:
    •    Address smoke damage and remove malodors with advanced equipment
    •    Clean up soot-stains with home made cleaning agents
    •    Remove anything beyond remediation and demolish any damaged structures

When we leave your home, we want you to feel as if the damage never happened. Here at SERVPRO, we aim to address all aspects of fire damage, so you can live your life, “Like it never even happened.”

What Advanced Technological Devices Can SERVPRO Use For Fire Damage Restoration?

While addressing the physical signs of fire damage, our fire and smoke damage technicians can use:
    •    Hydroxyl generators
    •    Thermal foggers
    •    Sealing paints

Removing greasy soot stains can be challenging, but our technicians are very capable. We can remove stains from your home with some chemical knowledge, elbow grease, and the right cleaning agent. Furthermore, should your home need any demolition, our technicians can put you in contact with a reputable contractor for rebuilding.

Never wait if your home is fire damaged. Speak with SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City by calling (773) 337-3993. Our skilled technicians are always ready to help you.

Can I Treat Contamination and Mold After Flooding in My Chicago Home?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water and bags of sand in front of a home. SERVPRO has your home covered when it comes to storm damage.

Flood Damage Addressed by Our Professionals at SERVPRO Ensures Your Chicago Home is Fully Restored

After flood water recedes, it is reasonable to want to get back to your routine as quickly as possible. To make sure your interior is safe and that mold does not set in, calling in the help of trained water restoration technicians (WRT) is the best bet. With one phone call, we deploy a crew of our IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians to get started in as little as four hours.

What Happens When You Arrive?

We provide you with a full inspection and assessment of your flood damage in Chicago so that we can put the best plan into action. It is important to act carefully and quickly when flood water is involved as it poses a potential threat to your health as well as structural damage if it sits for too long.

Flood water is known to contain a variety of contaminated elements, including:

  •   Bio-hazards
  •   Chemicals
  •   Fecal Waste
  •   Fuel, and more

We show up on site with all of the necessary equipment to remove water from your home, including truck-mounted extraction tools that allow us to pull up water rapidly along with any debris in the water. Our team always wears the appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE), which includes foot coverings to ensure unaffected zones within your house remain protected. 

Following water removal, we then use moisture detection tools like thermal imaging cameras and moisture sensors to locate any hidden pockets where water may have migrated. Depending on the condition of your interior, we may be able to perform flood cuts to remove damaged drywall. However, carpeting saturated in contaminated flood water is almost always removed and replaced.

We know how important it is to restore your home to preloss condition, which is why it is best to call us at SERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City. You can reach us at (773) 337-3993 to deploy a team for flood damage assessment.

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