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

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fire Damage Mitigation In Your Chicago Property

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Handles Water Removal in Chicago Fast

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

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

SERVPRO's Comprehensive Training

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

How SERVPRO Can Help

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

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

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

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Commercial Water Cleanup in Chicago

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

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

The Resources That Ease Commercial Water Cleanup in Chicago Motels

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

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

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

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

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

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SERVPRO Mitigates Current and Future Water Damage Problems in Chicago

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on a ceiling and wall. Let us assist and make sure that your Chicago home is fully mitigated correctly after a water damage for past, present, and future.

SERVPRO has your back right now and for the future of your Chicago water damage.

A water loss incident can cause a wide range of problems in your home. The obvious ones are soiling and wet materials or contents, which occur immediately. However, other problems can develop later on in the course of the water loss incident that affects your Chicago home, including:

  • Growth of Mold Colonies
  • Warping, Buckling and Rotting in Wood
  • Bad odor
  • Sagging Ceiling and Crumbling Wall Panels

Scoping the Water Loss Helps

The type of water damage in your Chicago home can be traced back to what caused the loss. A burst pipe or faulty appliance that releases water immediately necessitates immediate action, and if done correctly, most long-term problems can be avoided. Losses caused by other issues such as plumbing leaks, seepage through walls, or roof leaks may happen gradually or out of sight, creating perfect conditions for long-term damages to occur. Our SERVPRO crews scope the loss site to identify all issues during the loss to ensure we do not leave hidden problems.

Fast Extraction

Fast action helps prevent or minimize most of the damages caused by water loss incidents. Our SERVPRO crews use high capacity pumps and specialized extractors to expedite water extraction. Such action helps minimize water action on materials such as carpets, which delaminate when exposed to water over extended periods. It also reduces the amount of water absorbed by semi-porous materials such as wooden floorboards, which can cause future problems such as mold. Apart from using sophisticated extraction equipment, we also remove barriers such as carpet and pad in the affected area to quicken the process further.

Thorough Drying

High moisture content in a property is responsible for most secondary damages.  Such moisture content can be in wet contents or building materials as well as the air if there are high humidity levels.   Our SERVPRO technicians take steps to dry all areas and contents within the property. We also use thermal hygrometers to check relative humidity and take remedial action where necessary.

Leaving some issues unresolved after a water loss incident can lead to substantial losses in the future. Call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 to help resolve the incident, “Like it never even happened.”

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Chicago Flooding Woes? Minimize Stress and Damage--Contact SERVPRO

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Patricia Sitting in a SERVPRO Convertible Car--Cartoon SERVPRO and Patricia Z. Are the Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration Service Specialists in Chicago

How to Get the Best Outcome During Flood Damage Cleanup in Your Chicago Home

Extreme weather events that climate change has fueled are on the rise. Flooding is one such event, and it is costly. A report from the American Geophysical Union shows that flooding in the U.S.A beginning from 2000 to 2018 caused over 62000 deaths and over $830 billion in economic damage. Heavy rainfall in Chicago can lead to flooding after the resulting runoff causes rivers to rise. Floodwater can devastate your home and necessitate remediation services from a professional flood restoration firm.

The flood clean-up experts from SERVPRO know the appropriate procedures to follow to restore your home to its preloss condition. We can properly clean, dry, and disinfect your flood-damaged Chicago property to prevent costly damage. Generally, professionals perform flood damage remediation better than homeowners because of the following reasons:

Floodwater removal

Sometimes, removing floodwater from a property is complicated and requires the use of several types of water extraction systems. After assessing your home, we can know which equipment is needed to tackle the job quickly. For instance, if there is floodwater in an underground structure like a parking garage or basement, our crew can use high pressure pumps to remove it.

Moisture diagnostic

Mitigating standing water is relatively straightforward. The challenge is digging further to determine where gravity sent water below the surface. Floodwater can travel through porous or semi-porous surfaces such as walls, into cabinets, and under subfloors. Identifying where the water went helps in moisture removal efforts. We have sophisticated moisture detection equipment like thermal imaging cameras, moisture meters, and moisture sensors that help our restorers to track the moisture in your home.

Selecting appropriate cleaning products

By taking proper clean-up and remediation procedures after flooding, damage and mold growth can be stymied. Our crew has the knowledge to choose the most suitable cleaning products like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved sanitizers and disinfectants. We rely on EPA approved cleaning products because they are more effective in eliminating biological contaminants.

Knowledge of the procedures to follow when applying cleaners

Apart from selecting the appropriate cleaning products, using them correctly is also vital. Our crew is aware of this fact and can choose the application methods that offer the most effective cleaning. When applying cleaning products, our SERVPRO crew uses methods and quantities that allow the solution to come into contact with all contaminated materials and surfaces such as tackless strip, subfloors, wall bottom plates, and walls.

Efficient drying

Structural drying should happen quickly, and it is crucial to dry every surface to a specific moisture content level. We have air moving and dehumidifying equipment that makes this possible.

If your home has flood damage, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 for restoration services. Our restorers can arrive at your home within an hour, assess the situation, and start the remediation work. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Some Tips to Help Your Succeed With Water Removal in Chicago

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

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Providing Your Chicago Home with the Right Drying Equipment

Air movers are a vital element to drying out water-damaged Chicago residences, whether it is an apartment or a two-story townhouse in the boroughs surrounding the city. Water loss incidents can become a substantial threat that worsens continually until the appropriate measures get taken to dry out saturated elements and construction materials. Centrifugal and axial high-velocity air movers play a crucial role in this process in many drying stages.

Just having the equipment to dry out the water damage in Chicago residences is not enough. The placement and number of these units are equally essential to the process, and that is why this determination is part of the primary scoping process for damage assessment taking place when our project manager first arrives at a new job site. Knowing what a project needs before our technicians first arrive ensures that we show up prepared to address the needs of your property most efficiently and cost-effectively.

With hundreds of air movers ranging in sizes and types at our SERVPRO warehouse, choosing the ideal units for the specific damage to your property is not as complicated as it might seem. These machines are designed to get connected in what we have labeled a daisy chain. By connecting one unit into another, we eliminate the need for excessive cords running throughout the household.

We have to find a balance between the number of air movers and the number of dehumidifiers in a damaged space. We begin by designating an air mover for every affected room, but can increase this number for:

  • Every 50 square feet of wet flooring or lower wall surfaces.
  • Every 100 square feet of wet ceiling or connected wall surfaces.
  • For any wall inset or offset more significant than 18 inches.

A balance between the necessary air movers and the dehumidification units necessary to remove moisture in the air is vital. Disrupting this balance can lead to slower drying or worse damages. Our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City restorers can calculate the needs of your property and return it to preloss condition quickly. Give us a call anytime at (773) 337-3993.

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Chicago Home After A Fire

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

A stovetop charred by a fire with soot and smoke damage Our technicians have the specific equipment and training for odor removal and deep cleaning of carpet and upholstery.

Learn How to Remove Fire Odor in Your Chicago Residence

Fires affect many households in Chicago every year, causing families to lose precious memories and possessions. Even though the experience of a fire may not be traumatic, the odors it leaves behind are a terrible reminder of the incident. It is daunting to remove the unpleasant odor associated with fire damage, particularly when synthetic materials have been burned. The smells can linger for many days or weeks long after the fire has been put out.

Smoke can seep easily into wood, drywall, and textiles, and soot can coat and ruin several materials, leading to residue, discoloration, and permeating odors. To eliminate fire odor in your Chicago residence, you can take the following steps:

Air out your home by opening doors and windows. You can also use a large fan to increase air circulation in your home.

  • Remove curtains, rugs, and blankets to be washed or dry cleaned. Smoke sticks to fabrics, so you need to clean these items to get rid of the smoke scent.
  • Wash the windows, window shades, and window screens while paying attention to the window sills, frames, and blinds because smoke tends to stick to these areas and may cause a recurring odor after the cleanup.
  • Use a unique solution made of white vinegar, dish soap, and warm water to wash solid surfaces like walls, ceilings, cabinets, doors, and door frames.
  • Clean carpets and upholstery as soon as possible to keep smoke particles from penetrating the fibers deeply.

If the smoke scent persists, you may need to dispose of some household items. You can also benefit from using professional fire odor removal services. Smoke damage restoration professionals from SERVPRO have the experience and equipment required to remove the smoke scent altogether. We use efficient and safe odor removal techniques to eliminate malodors from structures and personal possessions. We start with necessary deodorization procedures which include:

  • Removing the source of the odor
  • Cleaning odor-causing residues from surfaces
  • Recreating the condition of odor penetration
    Sealing surfaces as necessary


It is not always possible to identify what is causing an odor or determine which specific deodorization method can counteract a particular odor source. Therefore, our SERVPRO technicians often combine several deodorization methods and products to produce the desired outcome. Some equipment we can use to remove the unpliant scents includes thermal foggers, air scrubbers, and hydroxyl generators.

We may also use water-based wet mist deodorizers to deal with the odors. We apply them using a ULV mister to produce a fine mist or fog, which enables the chemical to get into surface crevices and cracks where the smoke scent is present, eliminating it “Like it never even happened.”

If your home has troublesome fire odors, you can trust SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City to help you remove them. Call us any time at (773) 337-3993 for effective odor removal services.

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Fear? Not when you use SERVPRO to Remediate Water Damage in Your Chicago Home.

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

water under stairway of home Water Damage can happen to any home. Be prepared and call SERVPRO to mitigate the damages done.

Thorough Water Removal from Affected Chicago Homes That Helps Solve Future Problems

A case of water loss may seem straightforward to address. However, when improperly handled, it can trigger many long-term problems, including mold and indoor air quality issues. Modern building practices also create almost airtight homes to improve energy efficiency, but this can affect some aspects of water removal, especially moisture management. It can even lead to wet building syndrome developing in your Chicago home.

Identifying all Sources

Although most water spill incidents have a single source, it is essential to confirm before starting water removal procedures in Chicago. It is probable to have more than one leak point, especially if the pipe runs through a wall. Apart from sources, the spilled water might form reservoirs, especially in hidden spaces where it can continue to cause moisture problems. Our SERVPRO technicians use several approaches to identify sources, including using thermal cameras to establish concealed sources.

Expediting Extraction

Apart from the convenience of restoring normalcy faster, extracting water fast solves many other problems associated with water loss. Water left standing in a property over extended periods leads to carpets delaminating, bad smell, and deep intrusion into wooden, concrete, and other semi-porous materials. Our SERVPRO crews expedite water extraction in different ways including using equipment with abundant lift capacity. We also open up walls, removing baseboards and door trims creating room for faster extraction.

Drying all materials

Most of the materials used in the construction of a house have varying degrees of moisture absorbency. The common ones include gypsum-based wall panels, wooden frames, floorboards, and concrete materials. Some, like gypsum, are hygroscopic, thus absorbing moisture from the air. Others like concrete do not change, although they absorb and hold significant amounts of water. Thorough extraction of moisture from all materials affected by the spill helps prevent severe moisture issues in the future. Our SERVPRO technicians use air movers to increase the evaporation rate from these materials then use dehumidifiers to remove the moisture from the air. We also have moisture detection equipment to ensure materials dry to normal levels.

Water removal should address immediate and future problems. Call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Water Damage Can Destroy Your Chicago Home

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged flooring The certified technicians work quickly to make the damage “Like it never even happened.”

What Happens Without Water Removal in a Chicago Home?

Water damage winds up in properties in a myriad of ways. Common sources are overflowing toilets, broken pipes, or an appliance such as a washing machine going on the fritz.

No matter how the damage occurred in a Chicago home, water removal needs to occur quickly. But what happens if the homeowners simply blot up the water they can see and leave the rest to dry on its own?

Structural Damages from Water
When sheetrock has exposure to excessive moisture for an extended time, it buckles and warps. Once that happens, the only outcome is removal as it has no restoration potential. Vinyl tiles commonly delaminate and on a case by case basis, receive an inspection by SERVPRO technicians for the possibility of reuse.

The Threat of Mold Damage
As fast as 24-hours after a water loss in a home, mold spores can germinate and spread throughout the area. This scenario is costly as mold infestations require professional remediation to ensure no cross-contamination occurs along with correcting the issue that created the favorable environment for the establishment of colonies.

Foul Odors
The need for odor control is another outcome of inadequate water cleanup. Water that runs behind baseboards or within wall cavities can set the home up for foul odors, and quite often, mold growth is a part of the equation.

Professional Water Extraction Methods
When SERVPRO technicians handle water damage, they use moisture detection equipment to determine all areas of excessive moisture. They then use water removal equipment, remove baseboards as needed, and extract any remaining water.

Professional equipment for drying also makes a difference. Using attachments that force warm, dry air into floors and walls to ensure complete dryness. Dehumidification equipment assists in the lowering of ambient humidity that also helps reduce odors and dry existing mold colonies.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 stands ready to assist local property owners with any size needed water removal job. The certified technicians work quickly to make the damage “Like it never even happened.”

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