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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 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. 

Can SERVPRO Technicians Provide Efficient Fire Cleanup in Chicago?

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician consulting with customer Our fire damage technicians have the equipment and experience to restore your home to pre-damage condition.

Removing Soot and Smoke Residues is Vital to Restoring your Fire-damaged Home. 

Chicago has always been a city that is mindful of fires' destructive nature, having one of the most devastating man made disasters in 1871 that leveled a portion of the metropolis. Today, fire restoration and recovery services are more efficient and advanced, and our SERVPRO team can help clean and repair damage fires can cause quickly to get you back in your home as soon as possible.

How Can SERVPRO Remove Soot and Smoke Residues? 

Partial combustion can generate soot particles that come to rest on surfaces throughout the house, making fire cleanup in Chicago a necessary step. Our technicians appreciate these particles' acidic and carcinogenic composition, making them hazardous to underlying materials and people exposed. We have multiple cleaning strategies to help in this regard to overcome residues and eliminate soils before irreparable damage and staining occurs. Some of these include: 

No matter how damaging fires can be, our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City team can help. Call us today at (773) 337-3993.

High Tourism Promotes Efficient Water Removal in Chicago Businesses

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Office Contact SERVPRO at the first sign of water damage to avoid further damages of your property.

Water Disasters Can be Threatening to Structures and Require Immediate Mitigative Action. 

The Windy City has always been culturally diverse and leading in terms of art and historic preservation. More than 58 million people visit Chicago each year, which has a lot to do with the unique attractions and venues available in the city for those looking for a change of pace. As the third-largest city in the country, commercial properties within the municipality's borders offer something for everyone. Tourism continues to thrive because of the adaptability of the city to meet changing needs and desires of travelers.

Most Visited Tourist Locations in the City

You do not become one of the most visited cities in the country without having charming venues and attractions for visitors. Many of our landmarks are as iconic as our pizza, preserving stories and history of both Chicago and Illinois. From our dark history with the American mafia to maintaining one of the original baseball venues still operating in the country, there is much to learn and see in Chicago. Some of the top attractions visitors can experience include:

  • Art Institute of Chicago – For those that come to Chicago for the arts, music, and cultural influences – this is a must-see location. This center is a culmination of local and national talent spanning centuries.
  • Wrigley Field – Second only to Fenway Park in Boston, Wrigley Field is one of the country's oldest operating baseball stadiums. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2020 to preserve its appearance and functionality. The Chicago Cubs played their first game in the venue in 1916. 
  • Magnificent Mile – This is an upscale shopping corridor positioned on Michigan Avenue. You can find many retail locations in this stretch, from the Chicago River to Oak Street, making it an attractive stop for shoppers.
  • Chicago History Museum – This is one of the cultural centers in the city that cater to the history of Chicago almost exclusively. From the Great Fire of Chicago in 1871 to mafia legends, Chicago has been a world all its own.

Water Removal Services for Chicago Homes 

When water disasters occur, it is often necessary to begin water removal for Chicago homes as soon as possible. Standing water can be a threatening presence in these properties, allowing moisture to migrate to more challenging areas that require controlled demolition to dry appropriately. We have multiple extractors that can help with the efficient removal of surface water concerns to begin thorough drying processes as soon as possible.

Extraction often hinges on multiple instruments and devices in a recovery inventory simultaneously. Greater depths of standing water require submersible pumps to overcome, while wet vacuums with attachments can handle shallower damage and trapped moisture concerns.

No matter how water damage develops in your home, our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City team can help when you call (773) 337-3993.

Get Flooding Remediation Quickly in Chicago Homes

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

A person with green rain boots on standing on wet carpeting.  Call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City when your property has a flood damage and the property needs remediation.

Local Chicago Residents Count on SERVPRO for Flooding Remediation

The cleanup of a residential property with floodwater is a lot more involved than simply removing the water and hoping for the best. Some issues can arise from the structure getting inundated with a large amount of water. 

SERVPRO technicians use their equipment to determine if different problems have arisen from the contact with the floodwater. Frequently seen issues during flooding remediation in Chicago homes include:

  • Germination and spreading of mold spores
  • Buckled or deteriorated sheetrock
  • Sagging basement ceilings
  • Pooled water in basements
  • Crowning and cupping of hardwood floorboards

While the water extraction is a given during a flood damage cleanup, the drying phase of the mitigation process is crucial. The technicians monitor the process closely to ensure that the humidity levels fall in an even and timely manner. Afterward, air moisture readings on the tech's equipment can confirm that the structure is dry rather than relying on visual inspections only.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 supports the local Chicago area with flooding remediation of any size. 

SERVPRO Stands Ready to Assist Chicago Property Owners for Post Fire Cleanup

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

A fire damaged room in a home. Fire damage to your property can be devastatingly uppsetning. Call SERVPRO to help ease the situation and get you some help.

Chicago Residents Rely on SERVPRO For Fire Cleanup

It can feel daunting to see a residence after the first responders leave the scene. Possessions pushed into the center of the room and continually hosed down to halt the fire's spread is hard to look at. 

When SERVPRO works on Chicago fire cleanup jobs, the technicians' first actions are to go through the pile left by the firemen and see if there are any restorable items as the articles within the burn area get removed to a staging area outside. The staging area can have multiple uses such as:

  • Use of immersion cleaning techniques for non-porous items
  • Odor control treatments as needed for items
  • Hand cleaning for hardwood or upholstered items without charring but need the removal of smoke residues or water stains

The technicians may need to mix specific formulas inside the home to create cleaning agents to use on particular surfaces without marring. For example, some surfaces cannot tolerate contact with a solvent-based cleaner. In those cases, oxygenated or oil-based cleansers may get used for releasing the sticky residue off the surface.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 brings years of experience and the latest equipment to handle fire cleanup in Chicago properties.

SERVPRO Handles Water Removal in Local Chicago Properties

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

A large church building with a water tower as the steeple of the church. SERVPRO is here to assist their Chicago community when disaster strikes.

Chicago Homeowners Trust SERVPRO for All Types of Water Damage Restoration Services

One of the most recognizable structures in Chicago is the Water Tower.  This iconic building is often featured in movies or television shows set in the city. The tower, modeled after the Louisville water tower in Kentucky, originally got constructed in 1869 to house a massive pump to draw water from Lake Michigan for the community. In the present, it serves a dual purpose as the Office for Chicago Tourism and is home to the City Gallery, an art gallery that hosts the work of local artists, photographers, and mixed media.

The Designer of the Chicago Water Tower

The tower, designed by architect William W. Boyington, was one of many unique structures Boyington created for the city. Although originally from Massachusetts, Boyington settled in Chicago when it was just beginning to expand. A large number of his buildings got destroyed in the Great Fire. However, some still stand like the water tower and are much-loved landmarks. Some of the other buildings accredited with Boyington as the chief designer are: 

  • LaSalle Street Station
  • University of Chicago
  • The grand entrance to Rosehill Cemetery, where Boyington himself has a gravesite

The Grand Pacific Hotel was in the middle of construction when the Great Fire occurred, and Boyington had the hotel rebuilt from the ground up following the original blueprints 1873.

The Chicago Water Tower Design

Boyington had the water tower created from the eye catching Lemont limestone, which has a slight yellow tint. The building itself stands nearly 183-feet tall, and inside is a standpipe that is 138 feet in length that held water. The water tower provided clean water to the city, the local fire department and assisted with controlling water surges in the area that could flood properties. After the Great Fire, the tower was not the only building in Chicago to survive, but it was the only structure in the burn zone that came out intact. 

Does Deep Water Have to Wait Until it Recedes for Water Removal in Chicago Homes?

When a large amount of water infiltrates a Chicago home, water removal does not have to wait; in fact: it should not wait at all. The reason is simple, the longer it remains inside the property, the more damage it has the potential to do. Common reasons for large amounts of water include: 

  • Overflowing sewers backing up into the home
  • Hot water tank failures
  • Washing machine or dishwasher malfunction
  • Flood water entering the home

SERVPRO technicians have access to a large selection of extraction equipment. It is never a one-size-fits-all process for the removal of water from a property. Submersible pumps are ideal for removing water when the depth is greater than two inches. Waiting for the water to recede can lead to a more significant migration of the moisture within the structure and wicking into building materials, increasing the cost of replacing these ruined articles. 

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 serves the local Chicago community for all types of water removal needs. The techs arrive quickly and make it, "Like it never even happened."

Up for Combining Your Sense of Adventure and Interest in Local History with a Delicious Dinner Near Chicago?

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

a romantic dinner table SERVPRO is looking forward to the good time at Outdoor Forgefire Globe Dining!

Take a Calculated Risk on Outdoor Forgefire Globe Dining at the Lemont Quarries Southwest of Chicago

Enjoy a candlelit view of the historic Forge Quarry and Eight Towers Adventure with up to three dining companions in a climate-controlled globe January 29 through 31, 2021. Think nothing of the chill outside as you savor our specially curated menu -- appetizer, entree, side, salad, and dessert.

For your safety, we limit capacity and require reservations at least a week before your adventure.

  • Dates:

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

January 29, 30, or 31, 2021

  • Dining Times:

2:00 - 3:30pm

4:00 - 5:30pm

6:00 - 7:30pm

  • Tickets are $50 per person,  including:
    • 90-minute globe rental
    • Featured Forgefire Globe Dining menu of the week (peruse at Forgeparks website)
    • Beverage 
  • Location:

The Forge: Lemont Quarries

1001 Main Street

Lemont, IL 60439

630-326-3301

You need dedicated workers like the skilled excavators who toiled at the Lemont quarries for reliable Chicago mold removal.  Call (773) 337-3993 and discover why SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City fits your specifications.

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

1/10/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Are Blizzards Common in the Chicago Area?

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

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

Which Blizzard Ranks as the Worst In Chicago History?

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

What Sets the 1967 Blizzard Apart Other Than Total Snowfall?

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

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

How Were Residents of Chicago and Surrounding Towns Affected?

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

Who Can Help Chicago Residents Battling Winter Storm Flooding Events?

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

What Longer-Term Issues Can Occur after Massive Snowfalls?

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

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

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

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