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Water Damage in Your Downtown Chicago Residence Can Negatively Impact Furnishings

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

water puddling on living room floor Water not only damages floors and structures, but also your belongings. SERVPRO is trained to restore you water damaged home.

Your Furnishing Can Be Severely Affected by Water Damage in Your Downtown Chicago Home

Your home is more than just four walls and a roof. You and your family have things in it that you consider being special. Memories, trophies, gifts from loved ones – they all have a special place, a secure and protected place, inside your home, safe from damaging threats of the outside world.

In Downtown Chicago, leaks from water lines or appliances inside your home can release water that can damage your furnishings and those prized possessions. This damage can occur in moments when books and magazines are saturated or over a few hours or days when it involves Grandma's antique quilts stored in the basement. Depending on the source of the water and the location, things can become soggy and wet fast.

Trained Technicians for Water Damage Repairs

The water damage restoration technicians at SERVPRO can preserve your belongings by drying them out, along with other restoration techniques. Our equipment covers a wide range of possible needs when disasters involving water happen in your home. Repairing a home's structure is not the only aspect of restoration we provide. Our IICRC training includes certifications for cleaning and restoring upholstery, drapes, carpets and rugs, and other home furnishings made from textiles.

Upholstered cushions with textured weaves are often made from various fibers. If these are not cared for correctly, the different components can dry unevenly. These need to be dried specially and possibly stretched while drying to retain their correct lengths. Soft but stiff brushes can also be necessary when restoring cushions to maintain their original naps.

Unique keepsakes such as antique quilts and wall-hangings can be taken to our site and laundered and dried with special equipment. These are often too large to be handled adequately in a home's washer and dryer. Placing them inside a unit that is too small can result in shredded fabric. Reading materials can be dried rapidly so that curling of pages is minimized, but it is rare when books or magazines are completely undamaged by contact with water. We can ensure that the moisture content of paper-related items is within normal moisture content levels before they are returned to you so that secondary water damage is not a concern.

Let us help you restore your home's contents after water damage has affected your home. Call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 at any time of the day or night. We're always available to answer your call, and we consult with you regarding the situation.

Materials that Harbor Smoke Odors in Your Downtown Chicago Property

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

smoke coming under door; fire under door Fires of any size result in smoke and soot damage. SERVPRO is always ready to remediate home.

SERVPRO Remedies the Effects from Smoke and Fire Damage

Almost all house fires cause smoke damage of some kind. Whether it is an isolated kitchen fire or a much larger one, SERVPRO almost always needs to treat smoke damage of some form in the aftermath of a fire. But not all materials are created equal, and some can harbor smoke much more readily than others. Knowing what materials do and don't have significant fire damage can help you make an early guess on the costs and time it may take to get your home smoke and damage-free.

Materials that Harbor Smoke Odors

Porous materials, such as fabric, wood, and grout, take the most fire damage from smoke in Downtown Chicago. These materials have pockets of spaces ranging from microscopic sizes to easily seen ones, inside which smoke particles can become lodged and prove challenging to remove. Even the tiniest pores in the wood are vulnerable, as smoke particles are often smaller than cells or microorganisms. These are the materials that SERVPRO brings out the heavy guns for, applying advanced area foggers to get into the deepest recesses. Other tools such as CO2-based deodorizers may be used to remove smells from a concentrated area. If ash and smoke damage are severe, we may also apply specific and thorough cleaning processes to rid the object or surface of its smoke entirely. It may be necessary to use a pressurized CO2 pellet blasting to remove charred damage from raw wood such as garage ceilings.

Materials Resistant to Smoke

The most resistant materials to smoke damage include metal, stone, and plastic. For the most part, these materials are solid throughout, providing few places for smoke to latch on that cannot be quickly and easily washed. Note that for stone, cracks and molding materials can still be harbors for stray smoke particles. In some cases, laminated woods or smooth tiles can also give the same advantages, but it is much easier for these to be breached and deeply affected by the smoke.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City is a locally-owned franchise with the tools and training necessary to entirely rid your home of smoke and other signs of a fire. Call us anytime at (773) 337-3993.

Who Can Businesses Call in Downtown Chicago to Recover from the Aftermath of Flood Damage?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Rely on SERVPRO of Marquette /West Lawn /Ford City for Comprehensive Flood Restoration of Commercial Properties

Flood damage in downtown Chicago poses challenges for the owners and managers of the city’s more than 1,300 multilevel commercial and mixed-use buildings. Achieving flood restoration in Chicago Loop high-rises is a massive undertaking requiring scalable work crews and fleets of state-of-the-art equipment.

How Does SERVPRO Prepare for Chicago Commercial Flooding Emergency Services?

Water damage remediation professionals from SERVPRO serving downtown Chicago respond to the intensity, areas affected, and source of your water clean up crisis. Advanced Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training plus experience as part of SERVPRO’s Large Loss Recovery team gives our team the confidence to manage significant flooding events efficiently. Water damage repairs can involve upper levels down to basement flooding in an office building, retail center, or apartment building, linked to the following disasters and more:

  • Leaking Roof from Storms
  • Burst Pipes
  • Waste Pipe Clogs
  • Overland flash flooding after torrential rainstorms 

Can Your Chicago Business Plan to Improve Flood Restoration Outcomes?

Prospectively partner with our SERVPRO management and crews by developing an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) before the need for water damage restoration. Contact us for a no-obligation assessment, so our technicians hit the ground running with sufficient resources when you call for commercial building and basement flooding cleanup

Designation as an Official Downtown Licensed Operator confirms SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City is ready to restore substantial urban commercial flooding. Expect a prompt and appropriately staffed and equipped response when you call (773) 337-3993.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

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Need Mold Removal and Remediation at Your Downtown Chicago Home? Call SERVPRO

Mold spores are airborne, microscopic, and omnipresent. High humidity and a temperature between 68-860F are ideal conditions for the spores to germinate and start proliferating. SERVPRO technicians begin the mitigation process with a thorough inspection of your Downtown Chicago home to identify the state and extent of the damage. 

Mold damage at your home in Downtown Chicago can be a startling discovery. If not mitigated immediately, it can spread quickly and can cause health effects as well. You need SERVPRO mold specialists for effective and safe mold removal and remediation of your home. We have years of experience and training in mold inspections, remediations, and removal in Downtown Chicago homes. 

How do SERVPRO Mold Specialists Mitigate Mold Damage at Your Downtown Chicago Home? 

After identifying the damaged areas, SERVPRO experts take the following steps during the mitigation process:

  • Establish Containment- Plastic polypropylene sheets are used to contain the affected area. Negative air pressure is also applied to prevent the mold from spreading to unaffected areas.
  • Remove Mold Contamination- SERVPRO techs use HEPA vacuum systems to remove mold from non-porous surfaces. We also use abrasive methods to remove mold from semi-porous surfaces such as wood and concrete. 
  • Dry the Materials- Drying materials is essential to step for attic mold and bathroom mold removal process. We use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the materials.

Call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 today for a 24/7 service. 

How Are SERVPRO's Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Services Helping Downtown Chicago Businesses?

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Why Downtown Chicago Businesses Trust SERVPRO for the Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration of Their Establishments 

Fire and smoke damage can cause significant losses in terms of property and time for Downtown Chicago business owners. Professional fire and smoke damage restoration services from SERVPRO can help limit the damage and save time. Our experienced and trained experts can get your Downtown Chicago business up and running in no time. 

Smoke damage is often a challenge for mitigation experts after a fire. Particles of smoke are less than 10 micrometers in diameter and can get lodged in porous surfaces, making them difficult to remove. Trying to clean these particles by yourself can only worsen the extent of damage by driving the particles deeper into the surface. SERVPRO restoration experts of Downtown Chicago have the proper equipment and expertise to eliminate them without adversely affecting the surface. 

What Cleaning Products SERVPRO Experts Use for Smoke Remediation of Your Downtown Chicago Business? 

SERVPRO fire restoration experts use various cleaning products to clean smoke particles from your Downtown Chicago establishment, including:

  • Dry cleaning solvents- Petroleum-based solvents, used to clean lightly soiled fabrics
  • Volatile dry solvents- Evaporate quickly, leaving no residue. SERVPRO experts use them for the removal of carbon and soot particles
  • Wood oil soaps- Contain mild detergents and ideally suited for finished wood surfaces
  • Carpet and Upholstery cleaners- Blend of detergents and solvents that work well on all kinds of fabrics

Call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 for a 24/7 fire and smoke damage restoration service. 

Downtown Chicago Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Mitigation

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

flooded room If your home is damaged by water, call in the professionals for assistance with water clean up and remediation services at (773) 337-3993.

SERVPRO Offers 24/7 Water Damage Restoration Services to Downtown Chicago Residents

Located on the southwestern shore of the majestic Lake Michigan, Downtown Chicago is home to over 2.7 million proud residents. With 100 neighborhoods and 77 community areas, it is the third-largest city in the United States. A truly multicultural city, Downtown Chicago embodies the values of America's heartland. 

The city is known for many things- a gorgeous skyline, amazing museums and more importantly, the food! Downtown Chicago has some amazing restaurants and eateries. From Michelin star fine dining places to unassuming little pop-up restaurants, there is something for every palate. 

The Food Scene in Downtown Chicago

The deep-dish pizza is as iconic as the city itself, but there is so much more to try in Downtown Chicago. The following are some of the best places in the city to have a bite. 

  • The Signature Room at the 95th- Perched on the 95th floor of one of Downtown Chicago's most famous skyscrapers, the Signature Room is an experience to behold. The sweeping panoramas of the city are as gorgeous as the food itself. You can find upscale menu items here, including roasted racks of lamb and seafood towers, to name a few. The wine and spirit collection is also quite extensive. 
  • Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse- A steakhouse like no other, you can't miss Gibson's if you are in the city. The restaurant exclusively uses its own USDA-certified Angus Beef for that extra punch of flavor. There is a long list of choice cuts on the menu, from the dainty filet mignon to the gigantic tomahawk. They also have an exquisite take on a hamburger that they call 'The Sandwich King,' which is also worth trying. 
  • Girl and Goat- One of the newer entrants on the scene, the restaurant is helmed by Stephany Izard, the first female chef to win the cooking reality show 'Top Chef.' The place is known for its shareable plates and experimental dishes such as an oven-roasted pig face. Since it opened its door in 2011, the restaurant has grown in popularity and fame, earning the finalist spot in the 2011 James Beard Awards. 

SERVPRO Offers Reliable and Efficient Water Removal Services to Residents of Downtown Chicago

Water damage can cause significant problems in your Downtown Chicago home. Water damage remediation must be done promptly to avoid any significant damage to the structure or contents of your home. SERVPRO restorers have years of experience in water removal and cleanup occurring due to-

  • Ceiling leaks
  • Burst pipes
  • Leaking roofs from storms
  • Basement flooding

SERVPRO water damage restoration experts assess the damage and establish a drying goal as soon as they arrive at your Downtown Chicago property. It is crucial to eliminate not only the standing water but also residual moisture to prevent any secondary damage. Our technicians use several types of equipment to monitor the moisture content of the damaged homes to establish the best possible strategy to achieve preloss conditions. Some of the monitoring equipment we use include-

Give a call to SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 for a fast and reliable water damage restoration service.

Wondering How to React to Flood Damage Affecting Your Chicago Business?

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged office; protective plastic on unaffected carpet, SERVPRO tech pointing to water damage on wall; Ice damming caused this water damage. SERVPRO was able to isolate the source and restore the property.

SERVPRO Helps through Timely Intervention to Save Chicago Businesses from Flood Damage

Adverse weather such as rainstorms coupled with the inadequacies of aging or overwhelmed infrastructure can lead to severe flooding. Flood damage is more than just an inconvenience because it can lead to costly repair bills and shutdown revenue collection.

If flood damage affects your Chicago business premises, taking immediate remedial action is essential, although it is not always easy. For instance, although you may notice filthy floodwaters rising around the items in your store, you might need to wait for floodwaters outside the structure to recede before you can take action. Involving a professional flood restoration company immediately you are aware of the flooding can help you avoid several issues that crop up after flooding, including the need for:

  • Rodent cleanup services
  • Biohazard remediation
  • Disinfecting companies

SERVPRO, for example, helps by spraying EPA-registered disinfectants directly into the floodwaters pooling in your store. We also board up openings to keep out small animals that may try to seek refuge in your facility. Such actions, when done promptly, help keep flood damage minimal.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City has sufficient resources to handle flood damage. Call us at (773) 337-3993.

Is Water Removal Sufficient to Save Hardwood Floors in Ford City Properties?

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floors; water staining on flooring Your hardwood floors are an investment. You can trust SERVPRO to restore your water damaged floors.

SERVPRO Takes Extra Steps during Water Removal from Ford City Homes for Satisfactory Outcomes

Wood flooring is semi-porous and thus vulnerable to water exposure. The water also penetrates beneath the floorboards through the joints. Although timely water removal helps limit damage on hardwood floors, it might not be sufficient if focused on the surface.

When called to handle water removal in a Ford City home with hardwood flooring, SERVPRO teams have resources to handle extraction from the floor surfaces and beneath the panels. The resources prove helpful, especially when dealing with severe water issues, including:

  • Leaking roof from storms
  • Cleaning up after a sewer backup
  • Burst pipes

Extracting pooling water from the surface requires equipment with a sufficient vacuum lift. We have a wide range of extractors, including truck-mounted extractors. Once surface water is addressed, other resources are essential. Flat lay tenting materials help concentrate air circulation close to the wooden floors expediting the drying process. Our SERVPRO technicians use plastic sheets and duct tape to create the tenting, focusing dry air currents over the floor surface. 

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City can help perform all necessary steps to ensure water removal effectively resolve water damage repairs. Call us at (773) 337-3993 for assistance.

Hesitant Whether Fire Damage Restoration Can Save Your Chicago Home?

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

heavy smoke surrounding smoke detector Effective fire remediation, for even small fires, is best left to professionals. SERVPRO has the know-how to restore your home.

SERVPRO Commits the Best Personnel and Tools for Successful Fire Damage Restoration in Chicago

Chicago is a city of many firsts, whether you consider innovations or other social aspects of life. For instance, the city is home to the only river in the world that flows backward due to human intervention. The project that took eight years was completed in 1900. Its goal was to ensure sewage and other pollutants did not reach Lake Michigan. Considering how human activities continue to pollute water bodies worldwide, the project is remarkable to this day.

The founding of the city was also unique compared to other towns in the United States. The first non-indigenous resident in the area was Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, a man of African and French descent born in present-day Haiti.

Various innovations also originated from Chicago, including:

  • Cook County Hospital set up the first blood bank in the country
  • NBC 5 Chicago/WMAQ was the first all-color television station
  • Spray paint was invented in Chicago by salesman Ed Seymour

The Home of Famous People

The city of Chicago has grown significantly compared to the days of Du Sable. It is the third most populous city in the country and the most populous in Illinois, with a population estimated at 2,693,976 in 2019. Apart from having a large concentration of people, many of its residents have gained national or even global fame. One of the people readily associated with Chicago is gangster Al Capone who gained notoriety during the Prohibition Era. Although born in New York City, he later moved to Chicago in 1919. Other renowned people from The Windy City include former first ladies Michele Obama and Hillary Clinton. The film industry has also drawn several actors and directors from Chicago, including Shonda Rhimes, Harrison Ford, Bernie Mac, and many others.

Unique Architecture

Today the Chicago metropolis is dotted with giant skyscrapers; however, a raging fire on October 8th, 1871, almost halted the city's development. The inferno wiped out structures covering approximately 2100 acres. Although the fire did not influence architectural designs since the primary goal during the rebuild was a speedier resumption of normalcy, new laws required new buildings to use fireproof materials like stone, marble, brick, and limestone. However, the economic and population growth that followed the fire led to the exploration of unique architectural approaches resulting in iconic buildings like:

  • Chicago Cultural Center, which opened in 1897
  • Wrigley Building which features a Seville Cathedral's Giralda tower with touches of French Renaissance details
  • Marina City, which has two cylindrical towers that resemble corn combs

How Helpful is Fire Restoration in Saving Chicago Properties?

Unlike in the days of the Great Chicago Fire, when firefighting was in its infancy and restoration techniques almost nonexistent, nowadays it is possible to manage the damages from fires. Fire restoration can help save the structure and valuables or reduce the recovery cost from a fire incident.

Successful fire restoration in Chicago properties takes different processes. Some of the most useful ones include cleaning and deodorizing any affected materials to manage:

  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Smoke remediation
  • Water & fire damage restorations

SERVPRO provides sufficient resources, including equipment and trained technicians, to fully carry out the fire restoration processes. For instance, our technicians spend time evaluating the loss extent before attempting to fix any issue. We also use advanced and straightforward cleanup or deodorization techniques such as soda blasting and thermal fogging, resolving issues from light soiling to deep charring.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City is well suited to handle fire damage restoration. Call us at (773) 337-3993.

How Can Flood Damage Get Addressed in Chicago Homes?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include storm damage. Don't let the moisture take over your home. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Cleaning up After a Flood Can Require Multiple Restorative and Mitigative Steps. 

One of the unfortunate certainties that many Chicago homes face throughout their lifetime is contending with flooding and water disasters. Because of rising bodies like the Chicago River and surges from the lake, residences and businesses can battle spreading flood water concerns. With leading extraction options, our SERVPRO team can help mitigate these losses so that cleaning can get started. 

How Can SERVPRO Clean After a Flood? 

One of the initial steps that our professionals can take with flood removal in Chicago homes is muck-out cleaning. Removing debris and silt from the flooring of your home or business can help to reduce the concentrations of potential contaminants. Muck-out can also identify areas of your home that might require repairs or replacement during this upcoming phase. Solids heaped on flooring materials include:

  • Mud 
  • Silt
  • Organic matter 
  • Trash
  • Hazardous Substances


Despite how fast flooding can develop, our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City team can help with efficient mitigation solutions. Call us today at (773) 337-3993.