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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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How SERVPRO Gets Started Drying Your Flood Damaged Home In Chicago

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How SERVPRO Gets Started Drying Your Flood Damaged Home In Chicago Flood damage from a storm can be a frightening experience.

Find Your Drying Goal After A Flood Damage In Chicago

Flood damage from a storm can be a frightening experience. The results can be very costly, and it is not a suitable DIY type of project to do to help you fix the situation. The most important thing is to act quickly to extract all the water out of your establishment. Even if you can get all the water out, you still have to find a strategy to dry your house, wall, carpet, and all your belongings efficiently.

The important thing is to establish a drying goal for any flood damage in the Chicago area. A drying goal is a condition that the techs want to bring out in any damaged structures. It is the level of drying that you wish to have in your environment. You want to include the moisture reading from dry and unaffected areas, percentage on wood materials, and points for non-wood structure. For example, if you do the calculations, it may look something like this: 10% moisture in the wooden floor and 12 points for drywall.

SERVPRO technicians are experts and can often use drier air to increase the rate of evaporation. Keep in mind that dry air usually equates to air with low humidity. A relative humidity that is less than 40% means that it is efficient for drying. Dry air helps absorb water from the moist area. The SERVPRO techs can use more accurate results from the specific humidity reading to add in a more accurate assessment that the humidity in the affected area is decreasing. The flood damage technicians can determine if you have reached your drying goal by using a moisture meter to document how much moisture is in a specific structure. They can also compare the readings to see if the items are drying correctly. Once the drying process is complete, the techs can give you a final walk-through to make sure that you're satisfied with the results.

If you want to reach your drying goal after flood damage, then give SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City a call at (773) 337-3993, and we can send our skilled technician to your residential area.

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How to Detect and Prevent Airborne Water Damage in Chicago

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Detect and Prevent Airborne Water Damage in Chicago Airborne water can cause damage to your home and health. SERVPRO can test for and eliminate excessive humidity in your home.

Remove Water Damage From the Air in Chicago

Water damage can occur anywhere without warning. Plumbing issues, storms, leaky roofs, and broken appliances can quickly release a tremendous amount of water in your house resulting in costly damages. When water stays in your home for a long time, it can destroy both the foundation and structural integrity of your house. It can also damage your belongings, carpets, floors, walls, and appliances. The damage often leaves a strong unpleasant odor that can linger around your home for an extended time.

Water damage in the Chicago area can happen in several ways. Storms and broken pipes can cause immediate water damage, but water is also absorbed through the moisture from the air. Airborne water can be difficult to detect and extract. Unlike standard surfaces where you can wipe, clean, and remove moisture, high levels of ambient humidity are very hard to identify and notice. You would need some advanced tools and equipment to detect water vapor content.

Restoration technicians from SERVPRO have all the tools and equipment necessary to evaluate air conditions in your house. With these tools, they can locate the area that is affected by the water and find out the extent of the damage. They can utilize moisture devices such as moisture sensors, moisture meters, and thermohygrometers.

The moisture sensors can detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, and walls. The moisture meters can identify moisture content in a variety of materials. The thermohygrometers can measure both temperatures and humidity. With a psychrometric chart, the SERVPRO technicians can calculate the dew point, humidity, and vapor pressure. With all the information that the equipment can provide, the techs can determine if the environment is favorable for drying. Plus, it can help them manipulate temperature and humidity levels to create the proper drying condition.

If you are ready to remove water content from the air, then give SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City a call at (773) 337-3993 for a consultation with our reliable technicians.

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You Can Save Money And Still Do Proper Restoration Of Fire Damage In Chicago

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage You Can Save Money And Still Do Proper Restoration Of Fire Damage In Chicago Even after a small fire, extensive damages might occur, requiring extra effort to restore the property back to its preloss condition.

Proper Fire Damage Restoration

Even after a small fire, extensive damages might occur, requiring extra effort to restore the property back to its preloss condition. In small Chicago fires, smoke causes most of the damage because it drifts even to areas unreached by the flames. Water and other materials used to extinguish the fire can also cause further damages especially if left to pool around. Since cost is never a priority when putting out the fire, what determines whether you make any savings is what you do after the flames die down.

When dealing with fire damage in Chicago, one way to save cost is to be thorough when doing the restoration. Combines, the damage extent, the size of the affected area and the time spent doing the restoration determine the total costs involved. If ineffective methods are used, it might lead to unsatisfactory results. Such outcomes necessitate repetition of the procedures, which inevitably drives up the costs. If you choose to work with SERVPRO, our technicians first inspect the damaged areas and choose the most effective restoration approaches.

Sometimes, the restoration methods used, end up causing more damages thus driving costs up. A good example might be using a strong cleaning solution that ruins upholstered items instead of removing stains caused by soot or other smoke residues. Chemicals used in thermal foggers to deodorize smoke odor might also cause damages to leather items. Our SERVPRO team has access to a wide variety of professional cleaning products and tools ensuring we only use the appropriate ones during the restoration of your property.

Speed is essential during restoration because other costs might pile up as you wait for your property to be fully functional again. Even a simple inconvenience like eating out because the kitchen is no longer usable can pile costs up. Also if you leave standing water in the affected area for too long, problems like mold or rotting of wood can develop. Our SERVPRO team clears debris and extracts any water from your property immediately restoration starts, saving you from unnecessary costs. We also work at sufficient speed to ensure your property is usable in good time.

To restore your property cost-effectively, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993. We are available 24/7.

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Flood Damage Restoration Options For Your Chicago Home

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration Options For Your Chicago Home Flood damage can be disastrous to your home.

Flood Damage Restoration Options

Flood damage can be disastrous to your home because it can not only destroy your property but also has several health effects due to the molds. Treating flooding in your Chicago home as an emergency is critical.

In Chicago, flood damage events occur more often, and you need certified experts to help you restore your home. One of the most critical tools that our technicians at SERVPRO use to help dry your entire house is the air movers. They need to be placed in a clockwise pattern with the inlet towards the wall and ensure the snout is touching the wall. Our technicians can easily monitor the equipment and move air movers to the left and right in a circular pattern to ensure an evenly dry structure.

In hard-to-dry areas such as the walls, ventilation is critical, and the SERVPRO team ensures that these areas are thoroughly checked and dried without any damage whatsoever. The baseboards need to be removed and vent holes drilled between each stud in the wall at the baseboard level. The process can be challenging, and inexperienced technicians can damage your wall leading to additional expenses.

The amount of time required to ensure your home is thoroughly dry depends on air movement, humidity, temperature, and amount of water to be evaporated. For successful drying, all these factors need to be controlled using different techniques and equipment, such as the dehumidifier for lowering relative humidity and truck mounts for water extraction. SERVPRO technicians have years of experience and the advantage of extensive training on how to effectively use the various equipment at their disposal. Our technicians can also create a drying goal to ensure that we get your home back to its earlier condition as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City can be able to quickly respond to your flood emergency events since we are a locally owned and operated business. We have the equipment, resources, and personnel to help you at any time. Call us at (773) 337-3993 and get quality services today.

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When a Chicago School Requires Water Removal Services

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When a Chicago School Requires Water Removal Services SERVPRO Works Hard to Keep Chicago Area Schools Open after a Water Loss

Municipal Water Losses in the Chicago Area? SERVPRO Provides Cleanup and Recovery

When you are responsible for the upkeep of any of the Chicago area schools, you have to become prepared for whatever incident could occur. While many of the situations that you face can get rectified by the custodial staff that the institution employs, it is critical to understand when a situation is out of the wheelhouse and abilities of this limited staff. Water loss incidents can cause a great deal of damage initially, not to mention, continue to cause lingering effects to the facility if they do not get correctly restored.

One of the things that you need to keep in mind when determining your need for water removal services for your Chicago school is the severity of the situation. What you might not know, is that water damage can spread far from the source of the problem and into areas that you cannot readily see. The longer it takes to address the problem, the worse it continues to become. It is why our commitment to the clients we serve is the slogan used every day that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. We partner with many regional and local municipalities to grapple with water loss to structures.

One of the things that you have to consider about the facility itself is the students and families affected by a disaster like this if the school has to get canceled for the problem to get resolved. Our efforts might limit or eliminate the amount of time that this has to happen altogether, working around students and staff to continue restoration work while educational efforts continue.

Another factor that you might want to consider is the contents of the affected rooms. With many wooden shelving units and drywall used in the construction of your school, these materials are very susceptible to oversaturation and failure. Our SERVPRO technicians have the expertise to assess the stability of these materials and determine if they can get restored or if they require replacement.

Requiring water removal services for your school is something that no superintendent wants to have to experience, but unfortunately, this is something that you should have a plan in place to handle. Our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City team of experienced technicians can respond quickly and help to limit the time that your facility has to close its doors for restoration. Give us a call anytime at (773) 337-3993.

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Remediating Flood Damage Effects in Chicago

8/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediating Flood Damage Effects in Chicago When flooding happens very quickly, have SERVPRO on speed dial to call after an event. Our fast action offers the best results.

SERVPRO Uses Effective Equipment to Dry Out Your Property After Flooding

Chicago weather is usually milder at this time of year, with rainstorms fewer each month until September. Sudden storms can still happen though, dropping massive amounts of water on area neighborhoods in just a few hours.
Remediating Chicago flood damage requires a combination of stopping leaks and removing water as quickly as possible. SERVPRO restoration specialists accomplish this with expert training and the latest equipment designed for removing water and drying structural and personal property.
When done within a day after the flood, removing standing water with pumps or extraction wands serves as most of the restoration work, eliminating long-term damage. If the flooding was severe or remained for more than a day, then the water had time to soak into the property, and removal is not enough.
Our teams first set up dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air and nearby property like drywall and furniture. These machines can remove over 20 gallons of water every day, which lowers the interior humidity and helps to dry items without causing additional damage. The action also serves to increase the efficiency of other devices.
SERVPRO technicians use air movers to force warm air across the surface of wood furniture and structural items like drywall. They can adjust the temperature and speed to decrease drying time without splitting the wood or crumbling the drywall panels. Specialists also install exhaust fans at exit points to draw the cooler, interior air outside of the home.
If not removed quickly enough, water can also cause odors. Technicians counteract them using solid, scent-producing pellets to cover the odor and then eliminate them using chemical sprays to eliminate them at the source.
Finally, SERVPRO of Marquette Park / Westlawn / Ford City has extensive experience with all major insurance companies. Our office personnel works to make filing an insurance claim as simple as possible. If you have any flooding in your home, call us today at (773) 337-3993 to help return it to its original state, while making sure your insurance covers everything allowed.

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