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Need Water Extraction from Your Chicago Property? Don't Wait--Call SERVPRO for Immediate Help

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Need Water Extraction from Your Chicago Property? Don't Wait--Call SERVPRO for Immediate Help SERVPRO Does Not Clown Around--From Office Staff to Production Crews We Restore Water Damaged Structures in Chicago

What Helps SERVPRO Provide Some of the Fastest Water Removal in Chicago

Water removal projects can be difficult, time-intensive, and costly without the help of professionals. Some severe situations can prove to be almost impossible for individuals and households to clean up on their own. SERVPRO provides the expertise and equipment necessary to get water out of your home within days or even hours of a disaster. The work that goes into our high-speed water removal services can be complex at times, but a few key factors help us to continually refine our processes and bring you some of the best services in the industry.

Industrial Equipment Standards
SERVPRO franchises across the country maintain the upper hand against flooding and water damage thanks to our use of high-power industrial equipment held to a national standard. Our water removal projects in ordinary Chicago homes use the same types of equipment that we would use for a large warehouse or factory space with similar issues. Through the use of strategically-placed air movers, multiple types of dehumidifiers, and highly efficient and specialized odor removal solutions, we can accomplish the same amount of work in less time than ever before.

Rigorous Training
The backbone of any SERVPRO franchise is our extensive staffing of highly-trained damage mitigation and restoration specialists. All of our technicians go through weeks of full-time training to learn the methodology and science behind our restoration techniques. This is our Employee Certification Training Program (ECTP.) As our crew members progress in their careers, they can earn additional opportunities to become specialists in one or more types of damage through further education and testing. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) supplies many our techs with endorsed water damage restoration certificates(WRT.) Most teams we send out include at least one veteran technician with years of experience handling many different types of accidents.

24/7 Readiness
We stay ready around the clock to respond to local incidents as soon as they appear. By arriving faster to the damaged property, we can immediately implement preventative measures that reduce the consequences and expenses associated with the incident. SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call us at (773) 337-3993 for questions or our 24/7 services.

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Call Us Right Away If Your Ford City Rental Property Experiences A Water Damage Disaster

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Call Us Right Away If Your Ford City Rental Property Experiences A Water Damage Disaster Our water damage experts are ready to help you 24/7 and make the situation “Like it never even happened.”

How SERVPRO Helps After Water Damage In Your Ford City Rental Property

Getting a call from your tenants that there is water damage in your rental property is an unpleasant situation. The key to mitigating damage to your house and helping your tenants is to get the water removed, and contents cleaned as quickly as possible. The longer water stands, the more contaminated it becomes and the more damage it does. After 48 hours, if the water is still in the home, it becomes a black water-level incident, and the number of possessions and home contents that can be saved through restorative efforts goes down due to contaminants and secondary damage.

When SERVPRO arrives to remediate water damage at your Ford City property, technicians split into teams to determine the scope of the water infiltration into flooring and soaked into drywall. While one team works on extracting water, another inspects the structure. Saturated drywall often cannot be restored, and our technicians use moisture probes to determine how far up into drywall moisture has seeped. If removal is necessary, we cut out drywall at least six inches to a foot from where moisture was last detected so complete drying happens within wall cavities.

After the standing water is removed, technicians set up air movers at angles to move moist air out of the area. Dehumidifiers lower the overall moisture and encourage faster and thorough drying. Then surfaces and non-porous items are wiped down by hand with professional-grade antifungal and antibacterial cleaners.

Our goal is to work quickly and disrupt your tenants' lives as little as possible during the remediation process. Drying water-saturated contents will often substantially reduce the noticeable odor in the home. If any lingering odors remain, we have equipment and methods to neutralize residual smells dependent on the level of treatment needed.

When you receive a call from a renter telling you there is water damage, SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993. Our water damage experts are ready to help you 24/7 and make the situation “Like it never even happened.”

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Do Not Panic When Your Hot Water Heater Causes A Flood In Your Chicago Home Call Our Experts

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Do Not Panic When Your Hot Water Heater Causes A Flood In Your Chicago Home Call Our Experts You can depend on the experts at SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City day or night for a quick response to your water disaster.

Handling A Hot Water Heater Tank Flood In Your Chicago Home

Hot water heater tank failures are one of the top five causes of water damage inside homes. This type of situation needs the experience to clean up the mess you can see and prevent secondary damage from occurring in areas the water has spread that you cannot see.

The sizes of conventional tank-type hot water heaters in homes range from 30 gallons to 56-gallons on average. Cleaning up the water damage in your Chicago home from an interior flood needs to begin as soon as possible after the incident. Your SERVPRO technician will inspect the scope and scale of the water and devise a custom clean-up plan to get rid of the water and prevent additional damage from mold or warping wood or compromised drywall from occurring.

The first phase of the cleanup addresses any standing water. Your SERVPRO technician can choose from different methods to remove the water with powerful industrial or truck mounted pumps or wet and dry vacuums depending on the amount of water that needs to be removed. Utilizing tools such as infrared cameras, hygrometers and moisture detectors the technicians can determine the amount of moisture remaining in the home. Air movers can be deployed to dissipate the residual moisture and speed the drying time. Mildew can grow quickly in a damp environment appearing as a filmy, white coating on water-exposed wood. Your SERVPRO technician will stop the growth of this fungus and clean surfaces with anti-fungal cleaners if necessary.

Another huge concern after the water is removed, is any remaining odor. We address that on a case by case basis with the application of a HEPA air scrubber which works by removing particles in the air that cause allergens and odors. For large areas that require deodorization, we employ the use of thermal foggers which saturate foul odors and neutralize them.

The final concern after a water damage incident is mold. Making the environment inhospitable for mold growth is key. Our technicians will determine areas most prone to mold growth and ensure they are dry and treat them with antifungal cleaners if necessary. Once our team has completed their remediation, your home will be returned to its preloss condition like the hot water heater incident never happened.

You can depend on the experts at SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City day or night for a quick response to your water disaster. Resolving your problem starts with calling (773) 337-3993 for a consultation with our skilled technicians.

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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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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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Chicago’s Water Damage Experts Explain Rapid Structural Drying

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Chicago’s Water Damage Experts Explain Rapid Structural Drying When a water leak takes place inside your Chicago apartment, excessive moisture can negatively affect your contents and building materials.

Water Damage Experts Explain Rapid Structural Drying

When a water leak takes place inside your Chicago apartment, excessive moisture can negatively affect your contents and building materials. The longer things stay wet, the more likely they will get ruined and need to be replaced. Over time water saturates materials and causes them to lose their structural integrity and fall apart. The organic materials inside your home carry a risk of mold contamination if they stay wet for more than 48 hours.

If moisture stays inside contents and materials, the severity of the problems increase. When mitigating water damage in Chicago, our SERVPRO technicians’ primary goal is to prevent secondary issues. When water directly affects an object the problems that occur are considered primary. Secondary damage results when water vapor penetrates items and negatively affects them. Therefore, prompt mitigation can greatly reduce the amount of water vapor present in the air, reducing the chance of suffering secondary issues.

The first step to moisture removal is to vacuum up as much water as possible using specialized, industrial extraction equipment. Once the extractors get to the point where they are no longer pulling up water, the rapid drying phase begins. The goal of drying is to speed up the natural evaporation process and return moisture levels to normal as quickly as possible.

Since things in nature always seek equilibrium, we know that water from wet materials will evaporate into dry air sitting next to it. This is why we set up air movers to push air across surfaces so that the air next to wet materials stays dry allowing it to collect moisture. However, once all of the air in the room gets saturated, the moisture must be removed from the air. To lower a building’s relative humidity, we set up dehumidifiers that pull vapor out of the air and dispense it in liquid form.

To accomplish speedy drying, our SERVPRO crew uses principles of psychrometry. Psychrometry is the study of the humidity, air, and temperature, and their effect on various materials. Since air can hold more water at higher temperatures, humidity, airflow, and temperature all play major roles in determining how fast materials dry. High relative humidity numbers can slow down drying because the air must have less moisture than the affected materials for water to evaporate. Higher temperatures lower a room’s relative humidity thus speeding up drying.

Structures dry out best when they have constant airflow, high temperatures, and low relative humidity percentages. This is why we use air movers to create circulation, dehumidifiers to keep humidity low, and heaters to raise the temperature. If you need help drying out moisture before more problems arise, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 any day of the week.

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Irrigation Systems Can Make Water Removal From Your Chicago Home Necessary

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Irrigation Systems Can Make Water Removal From Your Chicago Home Necessary Water removal can be tricky to achieve and a puzzle to connect to a source, but SERVPRO has the training and experience to restore your home.

Water Removal

Everyone is busy, and one of the tasks that can take up much time this summer in your Chicago home is watering your urban landscape. A common strategy is to have an inground-sprinkler system installed. Often on a timer, these configurations take care of your yard and gardens with little to no effort on your part. Unfortunately, sometimes the water finds its way into your basement. If so our full-service disaster restoration company can lend a hand.

Chicago summers are hot and steamy, so water removal would seem to be far down the list of crises -- certainly after AC repair. Water is a force of nature that takes every opportunity to move from wet to dry, however, and the combination of damaged or poorly set-up automatic sprinklers and improperly graded ground around your foundation can spell severe seepage or even a flood. You need out expertise with this crisis.

One morning you walk down to the basement to grab something out of the freezer for dinner and find several inches of water. No plumbing leaks, washer overflows, or broken water heater explains the moisture, but the clicking of the sprinklers outside give you the clue needed. Override the sprinkler system and invite SERVPRO to make an emergency visit.

Sprinkler systems are a set and forget proposition, so the water likely has been seeping into your cinder block foundation for some time. When SERVPRO arrives, our crew chief examines the standing water closely but also takes a special interest in the walls of your basement, seeking signs of microbial growth or deterioration due to days or even weeks of slow water incursion.

The water removal plan includes employing pumps and extractors to clear the standing water. SERVPRO crew members take baseline moisture readings and use infrared scanners to find pockets of water frequently found in the open cells of cinder block construction. If your basement is finished, we check behind wallboard and paneling and evaluate whether any carpeting can be dried in place or needs removal. Weighted and heated wands can restore and dry out the carpet in the hands of our expert technicians who go slowly and in overlapping patterns to ensure the carpet does not tear, stretch, or delaminate.

We discuss additional strategies if needed for mold remediation, but at a minimum use EPA-registered antimicrobials to sanitize after the air movers and dehumidifiers we always carry on our trucks dry out the area. SERVPRO also strongly advises you work with the company that installed your sprinkler system to troubleshoot so that the water does not intrude again. Consider regarding around your home, sloping down and away from the foundation. The sprinkling patterns, water force, and possibility of underground leaks in sprinkler supply lines must all be considered and remedied if there are problems or the water will return.

Water removal can be tricky to achieve and a puzzle to connect to a source, but the team at SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City has the training and experience to assess and recover. Call (773) 337-3993 for a fast response and the best outcome.

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Water Damage can Happen After a Fire in Your Chicago Residence

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage can Happen After a Fire in Your Chicago Residence Our priority at SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City is to take care of your home like it is our own.

SERVPRO Offers Water & Fire Restoration Services to Chicago Homes

Both homeowners and those who rent their residence in Chicago can experience damage to their belongings. Furniture, beddings, clothing, books, and other items can become ruined, or nearly so, through no fault of your own. Repairing items, cleaning them, or performing restorative work can help restore many items, helping keep replacement costs low and manageable, while also helping to preserve unreplaceable keepsakes.

Residents in Chicago might experience water damage after a small fire. Putting any size fire out with water can lead to damaged areas of your home. Because many people feel relieved after the goes out, they forget to take care of the water, leading to problems later. SERVPRO understands that your initial efforts to save your home and its contents when the fire broke out can backfire all too easily, but we can help solve the situation.

When water stays in place, damage ends up slowly accruing. Stains, bubbled paint, loosened carpet, and padding, and many other problems can result. Even when firefighters put out a massive fire, removing the water becomes an additional responsibility of the homeowner. Renters might find themselves at the landlord's mercy regarding their belongings, but we also work with these individuals and their families. Water damage can include visible staining and microbial growth in clothing, leather goods, and footwear. Odors can also become a nuisance. Special laundering and cleaning can eliminate many of these situations and save your belongings.

Artwork and wall hangings can harbor moisture from the water you used to put out a fire between their backs and the wall, leading to mold colonies and other microbes growing wildly out of control. Bleed-through and other stains can also become unsightly and ruin your investments.

Drying out your dwelling can stop water damage and allow us the drier environment needed to begin preserving your belongings and undoing any current damage. Air movers, heaters, and desiccant machines help us reach our goals of a dry residence, and keep humidity and moisture from continuing to infiltrate your home's environment.

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SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City wants to help all of our neighbors when their homes or belongings require restorative work and services after water damage threatens your possessions. We can be reached at any hour, day or night, by calling our local service line, (773) 337-3993, any day of the year.

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Ice Dams and Water Damage in Your Chicago Attic

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ice Dams and Water Damage in Your Chicago Attic Our SERVPRO team is available 24/7/365 to help you get your Chicago home back to preloss condition.

When Your Chicago Attic Has Suffered Water Damage or Ice Dams, Call SERVPRO

During Chicago winters, the temperature of your attic can reach above freezing, which melts the snow on your roof. When this melted snow runs down your roof and into the eaves which are colder, it refreezes. Over several days this cycle continues, and snowmelt that is freezing builds up and creates an ice dam. Behind this, water forms into puddles that are quite large. The pooling water can then get caught up under the covering of your roof and leak along the outer walls of your home or into your attic.

With attic leaks, you may not even realize there is an issue at first, which could make the water damage much worse by the time you notice it. Your Chicago home needs the help of water damage professionals to get it back in shape. SERVPRO is always ready to help you clean up the water mess and repair any damage that has been done.

Attics are not always easy to access, and the amount of equipment we can get into the damaged area can be limited. The drying process can be made difficult because of sheetrock, and once the sheetrock which has been damaged, structural components in the attic space are relatively easy to dry. Plus, we might have to take sheetrock out to be able to get into the attic.

Restoration of attics often involves SERVPRO staff to work with insulation. We can dry out fiberglass insulation that is wet and save it, whereas we might not be able to restore damp plaster or sheetrock under the insulation. In almost all cases where plaster or sheetrock is sagging, we have to take the insulation and put it in an undamaged area so we can get at the sheetrock that is damaged. We use giant insulation vacuums to remove insulation and maybe save it for reuse.

The removal of insulation and sheetrock demolition can make vast amounts of dust, plus high air movement can force the dust to move throughout your home. In this case, we might have to build containment to minimize cross-contamination. Air pressure which is negative might also be needed. We keep in communication with you during the whole process.

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SERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City is sure to be careful while drying and repairing your attic after water damage from an ice dam. You can trust the restoration of your home in Archer Heights, Brighton Park, or Scottsdale to us when you call us at (773) 337-3993.

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Restoring Water Damage To Your Chicago Apartment

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring Water Damage To Your Chicago Apartment Water damage to your Chicago apartment is very different than a typical homeowner having a substantial leak from their basement pipes.

Restoring Water Damage

Owning an apartment in Chicago comes with an added set of concerns when a disaster occurs. Even a seemingly small incident could produce significant water damage. The threat of this kind of emergency makes a property owner have to be even more diligent with preventative maintenance of appliances and plumbing to reduce the risk of something costly occurring. The trouble is, some unfortunate incidents occur with no warning and can be the fault of someone else entirely.

Water damage to your Chicago apartment is very different than a typical homeowner having a substantial leak from their basement pipes. In a building full of apartments, you have to be concerned with more than just the immediate damages to your place and couple that with concerns for the damage that spreads out to nearby apartments both to the sides and underneath yours.

With added stresses of needing to consider potential damages to your neighbors, it is imperative for you to reach out quickly to SERVPRO. Our emergency response team is equipped with the tools and skills to clean up the mess and to restore the area, provided that the damage is not beyond replacing damaged drywall.

Our SERVPRO professionals work quickly to assess the root of the problem and to prevent it from getting worse as soon as we arrive. Depending on the severity of the water in the apartment, portable pumps can be used to remove standing water. Drying the area is critical, as this prevents the spread of the damage to neighboring properties sharing common walls/floors and reduces the moisture available for mold colonies to start forming.

We work closely with your insurance company to give our assessment of the damages as well as the appropriate actions that have been taken to remedy them. This direct communication helps to streamline the process and ensure that the work is completed to restore your apartment in a very timely matter.

Owning an apartment does not mean that you have to handle water damages to your property alone. You can call us at SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City any time at (773) 337-3993.

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How Water Damage from Your Leaky Windows in Chicago Affects Your Wooden Floors

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Water Damage from Your Leaky Windows in Chicago Affects Your Wooden Floors When water from a leaking window enters your home, it can damage your hardwood floors causing warping, cupping, and crowning.

Contact SERVPRO Before Water Damage Ruins Your Hardwood Flooring

There are several reasons window leaks can happen, but usually, they are from poorly installed windows or windows which have parts that are worn, causing the breakdown of sealants. If your Chicago home’s windows are leaking, you have a big problem on your hands. Window leakage is not just annoying. It can create damage to your home, including mildew and mold growth, rotting wood, and even problems with your foundation.

If you notice the windows in your home are leaking, do not ignore them. You should think about having them repaired or replaced right away, and if there is already water damage to your Chicago home, contact SERVPRO immediately to help you clean and repair the damage.

When you have wood flooring under a leaking window, our team can help you restore it. We understand how moisture affects different materials and how to dry them properly. Exposure time and permeance are the two primary variables in figuring out how much damage has been done. Permeance refers to how quickly water vapor goes through a material, while exposure time refers to how long the floor was wet. It is, therefore, necessary to contact us right away when you notice a problem to avoid additional damage.

Wood naturally contains moisture but expands when it absorbs excess moisture. Boards can warp, and expanded ones butt up against each other, causing buckling at the joints where the boards touch or where they meet the walls. The flooring needs to be replaced if proper drying and refinishing cannot get rid of the damage.

Cupping happens when the water absorbs from the sides and bottom of the wood. The edges raise up slightly. We can typically sand cupping out of the wood.

Crowning happens when the top of the wood has more moisture than the bottom and sides, which makes the wood arch, making a bowed shape in the middle. It usually happens when the bottom of the wood is over-dried. SERVPRO techs generally cannot sand out this type of problem.

If your leaking window has caused damage to your wood flooring, SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City can assess whether we can dry the wood out and fix the problem, or if the flooring must be replaced. Either way, residents in the areas of Gage Park, Ford City or Marquette Park should call us as soon as they recognize a problem at (773) 337-3993.

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Peeling Paint Often Indicates Water Damage In Chicago Dwellings

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Peeling Paint Often Indicates Water Damage In Chicago Dwellings We know that Chicago homeowners work hard in maintaining their homes, but water damage can ruin many of their efforts.

Peeling Paint Often Indicates Water Damage

A new coat of paint can make any room feel livelier and fresh again. Preparing the walls in your Chicago home before beginning is a crucial part of any painting project. Finding areas where the paint is flaking away can tell you that underlying problems are likely to exist.

We know that Chicago homeowners work hard in maintaining their homes, but water damage can ruin many of their efforts. SERVPRO's specialists are friendly professionals who understand that the state of your home is a serious concern to you. When the place you rest your head needs help, you want to make sure that it receives the best possible assistance available. This is the reason we work very hard to gain experience in all types of situations that a home might encounter. Our dedication to you is also part of why we earn our many different certificates from the IICRC.

If you find peeling or flaking paint during your preparation efforts, water damage is a possible cause. Even if no drips or stains exist, high humidity can create problems when it condenses on walls and ceilings. Absorbing into the underlying drywall or plaster can break down the seal between that material and the paint. Simply painting over the area is not able to efficiently remove the moisture and future problems become more likely to occur.

We use sensors that detect moisture in both the air and in hard, semi-porous surfaces. Once found, we eliminate that moisture using the most efficient methods. Some of the methods used require straightforward and well-known machines such as dehumidifiers, while others are combinations of heated mats that also serve as large suction cups designed for extracting moist air and send it to a tank where the water remains trapped.

However, sometimes our sensors detect ongoing situations in which water is steadily, although incredibly slowly, entering your property through cracks in basement walls or drips in your plumbing lines. We work with homeowners to eliminate these sources and then help ensure that future damage from water does not happen.

Call us, SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City, when you have concerns regarding water damage inside your home. We answer our phones 24/7, so giving us a call at (773) 337-3993 puts you in contact with our team. SERVPRO makes it “Like it never even happened.”

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Overflowing Sink in Your Chicago Home

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Overflowing Sink in Your Chicago Home Prevent the overflowing sink from turning into a full blown mold infestation by contacting SERVPRO right away after the accident is recognized.

Be Aware that Water Damage can Grow From Small to Large to Mold in Days While You are Deciding on a Water Damage Restoration Company

A sink which overflows can create just a small amount of water damage if it is caught quickly. However, if it is unchecked for several hours, the results can be devastating. It is one of those human errors that are seemingly small, but that can lead to huge consequences. Plus, if the overflow occurs on an upper level of your residence, you can easily wind up with a total home water loss.
It is important that water removal is done as soon as possible to prevent further damages in your Chicago home. You need the professional help of SERVPRO, a water damage restoration company. We have the training and experience required to get your home back to its preloss condition.
You may have the overflow from a child playing in the bathroom, or from something foreign being placed in the sink and clogging the drain. At SERVPRO we understand the stress of such a disaster, so we are available 24/7 to help you out when you contact us.
Water from your sink is safe for consumption. Therefore, there are not many bacteria which can cause harm right away. The threat, however, develops if a fair amount of time passes before you have the water cleaned up. Temperature and time let bacteria and mold grow and thrive, which heightens the contamination and water damage. Our technicians check your home for hidden moisture or mold growth once we have all the standing water cleaned up, as mold can begin growing in as little as 24 to 48 hours.
We also communicate with your insurance company, so it is a worry that you do not have to handle on your own. Instead, you can focus on your family and their needs while we take care of getting the coverage that you deserve.
An overflowing sink is not something to take lightly, as it can cause lots of damage to your home, so contact us at SERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City as soon as you are aware that you have a problem. We can be reached anytime at (773) 337-3993.

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Drying Out a Flooded Crawl Space in Your Chicago Home

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Drying Out a Flooded Crawl Space in Your Chicago Home No matter the severity of your water damage situation, our SERVPRO team will be there with a lending hand.

Drying out and Restoring a Flooded Crawl Space Is What We Do at SERVPRO

When you have water damage to your home, it can go down to your crawl space as well. A water damaged crawl space is many times difficult to access. The access door is generally a small and challenging for equipment from a remediation company such as SERVPRO to get through. Even when the door of your crawl space is big enough for equipment, the crawl space could lack enough room inside of it for a dehumidifier to stand upright under the floor system. Working could be difficult as well. Removal of insulation might be necessary, the floor could be mud or dirt, and you might need to have the foundation of the house, or the HVAC system inspected.

With all of the complications, you definitely do not want to handle cleaning up water damage in your Chicago crawl space by yourself. One thing our technicians will need to be careful of is electrical hazards being present, so we need to ensure that the electrical circuits running under the home have been deactivated. We’ll also need to check to see if the structure has been affected and could collapse. Ground setting could affect the footings and foundation walls. The water in crawl spaces is generally black or gray because of dirt flooring, so proper equipment has to be worn.

Our SERVPRO technicians will remove any standing water from the crawl space, and if a plastic vapor barrier isn’t present, pumping or extracting water could be from a muddy surface of the crawl space. We’ll find the lowest point in the area and use the right submersible pump to get a majority of the standing water out. Once most of it is removed, the next step is to figure out the best way to dry the structural components of the floor.

When our equipment won’t fit, an option we have is to use flex hose as a duct to move air from dehumidifiers to the crawl space. A piece of light gauge sheet metal can be cut to fit the dehumidifier outlet to vent dry air into areas which are small.


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Crawl spaces can be tricky to dry out, but the technicians at SERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City are trained to handle these situations. Therefore, don’t hesitate to contact us at (773) 337-3993 if your crawl space becomes flooded for any reason.

Water Damage in Your Chicago Residence can Negatively Impact Furnishings

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Your Chicago Residence can Negatively Impact Furnishings Our IICRC training includes approved methods of cleaning and restoring upholstery, drapes, carpets and rugs, and other home furnishings made from text

Your Furnishing Can Be Severely Affected By Water Damage in Your Chicago Home 

Your home is more than just four walls and a roof. You and your family have things in it that you consider to be 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 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 take place in moments when books and magazines are saturated, or over a period of 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.

The water damage restoration technicians at SERVPRO can preserve your belongings by drying them out, along with other restorative 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 approved methods of 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 in a special way and possibly stretched while drying to retain their correct lengths. Soft but stiff brushes can also be necessary when restoring cushions so that their original naps are also maintained.

Special 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.

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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'll consult with you regarding the situation.