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Fire Damage Assistance When You Need It in Chicago

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vans and trucks parked on the street We want to help you erase some of the memories of fire damage in your Chicago home. Call us today.

SERVPRO Helps Chicago Properties Owners 24/7 with Fire Damage Restoration

If you have a small blaze in your Chicago home or business, it might be tempting to go the DIY route yourself or utilize your janitorial staff. However, many pitfalls come with handling fire cleanup on your own. The last thing you need is an increased interruption, enhanced secondary damage, and the potential for immense costs to fix what goes wrong. SERVPRO wants all area customers, commercial and residential, to know that working with skilled technicians ensures high-quality, long-lasting results for any fire-related emergency. 

SERVPRO is here around-the-clock with proven fire damage techniques in Chicago. We can handle all restorations, including any water and moisture left from first responders dousing the flames. Our efforts come together to ensure we can bring your property back to life “Like it never even happened.”

Not only does DIY take longer if you are unsure of where to begin and how to address every issue, but you will also see that the results will be lacking. IICRC-certified cleaning and restoration cuts back on your fire damage claim costs and drastically cuts down on time to get your life back to normal. Additionally, our restore versus replace mindset helps you recover items that you may otherwise deem a loss when approaching house fire cleanup with DIY methods alone. 

What Happens After the Fire has Been Extinguished?

We are here at SERVPRO 24-hours a day, seven days a week, for all fire and water restorations to give you added peace of mind after an emergency. Our crew arrives to handle all debris, and airborne threats throughout your property are too tricky to address with DIY methods alone. The crew chief assigned to our team inspects and assesses all damage to determine the right processes and equipment to use and identify any unique challenges.

Do not enter your property unless first responders deem it safe until we arrive. Keep in mind that any foot traffic leads to tracking of soot and soiling throughout the property, including areas unaffected by the fire. 

It is never good to clean anything before our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT). Letting our skilled and experienced team handle everything is better because:

  • We wear all the proper personal protection equipment (PPE) due to any toxic residues and debris left after a fire.
  • Our crew thoroughly assesses your structure to ensure safety and stability, including flooring, walls, and ceilings.
  • All cleaning measures and products used depends on materials burned or saturated. We consider composition and fire/heat impact on everything before we begin.
  • Any moisture inside the building gets addressed with the help of our extraction tools and drying equipment. 

All Fire Restorations Involve a Multi-faceted Approach

No two fire cleanup projects are the same, which is where our perfected techniques come in extremely handy. We combine each method to create a tailored plan to restore your home or business to pre-fire condition, including contents and inventory. Some of the techniques may include:

  • Agitation uses movement, cleaning solutions, or both to loosen soils and wash them away. Options include rotating brushes, air or water pressure, scrubbing, sandblasting, and wiping.
  • Chemical action with cleaning solutions using the ‘like dissolves like’ mentality. Water-based soils get water-based solutions, and so on.
  • Suspension and dispersion to loosen soils on items deemed safe to get submerged in water/cleaning solutions. 

SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is here whenever you require professional fire damage cleanup and restoration. Call our customer care team and dispatch a crew to your door by dialing (312) 509-5000.

Water Damage Mitigation and Restoration 24/7 in Chicago

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

Equipment with yellow ducts going into a building with water damage If you experience water damage in your Chicago home, call on the professionals at SERVPRO to help.

SERVPRO Acts Fast in Chicago to Address Your Water Damage Needs

Whether you own a home or run a business, you need to know that the faster you act to have a water emergency cleaned up, the better your chances are of total recovery. SERVPRO is available 24-hours a day, including nights and weekends, to address the water cleanup needs for Chicago area residences and businesses. Whether you are dealing with burst pipes connected to your second-floor bathroom or storm flooding is coming into your main living area, we have the scalability to address your needs. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Did you know that water mitigation is imperative for any call we receive to address water damage in Chicago? With proper mitigation, our IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) can limit property loss after you have a water-related emergency. We can be there within hours of your initial contact with our customer care center to begin:

  • Assessment/inspection
  • Water removal services
  • Drying and dehumidification
  • Cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing
  • Controlled demolition/restoration (as needed)

Water damage from hidden leaks can also bring several issues within any structure. Depending on the cause, water stains could develop on walls and ceilings. Another tell-tale sign of a slow leak within your home or business could be foul, musty odors. If you notice any water issues, it is best to contact our team to begin inspection and cleanup!

We Take a Customized Approach to All Water Damage Restoration Calls

Each water emergency is unique, from the cause and location to other factors like interior layout, materials impacted, relative humidity, and more. Our IICRC certified technicians have been through ample training. We take the time to note the cause of the problem, the extent of water infiltration, and overall severity before we even begin. In most water clean-up calls, we will use extraction and drying techniques in tandem to help us reach our goals. 

Many different variables are involved that determine the drying rate for all contents and materials. We consider some of the factors will be the type of material, interior temperatures, and any existing air currents. Should there be damp air within your building, it could also slow down the water removal process. These important areas can be addressed with simple tweaking to the equipment we used to create optimal drying conditions. Some of our most-used equipment on water restoration projects includes:

  • Powerful gas-powered or submersible pumps
  • Truck-mounted extractors
  • Carpet wands
  • Rovers (weighted extractors
  • Axial fans
  • Centrifugal air movers
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers

Hidden Moisture is No Match for SERVPRO

Water is known to travel to dry spaces while following the path of least resistance. With any significant spill or flooding, following the migration is key to ensuring no hidden moisture lingers. Any hidden moisture pockets could lead to mold and mildew growth, but there is also the possibility of costly secondary damage. We can locate moisture that might have gotten trapped behind walls, under flooring, and other enclosed areas with the help of moisture sensors, thermal imaging technology, and moisture meters. 

Should there be substantial water behind walls, our technicians may use boreholes to create drains. The next step would be forcing warm, dry air inside to help facilitate the venting and dehumidifying process. For any materials that seem to have excess moisture, a drying chamber may be used to create a better environment conducive to our drying goals. 

SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville is there to help whenever you require reliable water damage assistance. You can reach us for emergency service by dialing (312) 509-5000.

Mold Damage Cleanup by Skilled Technicians in Chicago

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

employees in PPE setting up a containment barrier When mold damage occurs in your Chicago home, contact SERVPRO for fast results.

Learn Why SERVPRO Is Best in Chicago for All Mold Damage Restorations

There are a lot of common myths, misunderstandings, and confusion regarding black mold development and best practices for cleaning. You should never trust any company claiming they can complete mold removal at your Chicago property because mold ‘removal’ is impossible. There is a lot about mold that calls for specialized care and cleanup to ensure you and your family are safe throughout – this is where SERVPRO comes in.

With proven methods and a highly-trained team ready to address mold damage in Chicago, we can freshen your interior and allow you to enjoy your home again. But why call professionals? We can explain!

What Everyone Should Know About Mold Damage and Remediation

There are not only hundreds of kinds of mold, but microscopic mold spores are all around us, indoors and outdoors. These tiny mold spores travel through the air and come into our homes and businesses through the HVAC system, windows, and on people or pets. These are some helpful things to remember when you are curious about mold:

  • Mold thrives on moisture and begins colonizing fast when given the right environment. If you have a moisture problem or poor ventilation, you could have mold festering under cabinets, behind furnishings, and cracks around your tubs and showers.
  • Are you noticing a strong, musty odor but not sure where it is coming from? This is usually a telltale sign that mold is present, and you should have someone come in for a full inspection.
  • Before starting any mold remediation, our SERVPRO crew will address any known water or moisture problem to fix it. Failing to do so before mold cleanup begins leaves the possibility that the mold issue will come back.

Can SERVPRO Handle a Large-scale Commercial Mold Restoration Project?

SERVPRO is locally-owned and operated with extensive warehouse facilities that house an immense inventory of tools and equipment. Once you make initial contact with our customer care team, we gather information on your project to help determine the scope. From there, we mobilize our team to load up our Green Fleet with all the best equipment for the job and head to your door so that we can begin the assessment.

  • Infrared cameras allow us to identify areas where moisture is hidden from the naked eye.
  • Professional moisture detectors, meters, sensors, and hygrometers allow us to measure moisture saturation.
  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers help us to pull water vapors from the air
  • Air scrubbers with onboard HEPA filtration allow us to pull out particulates from the air.
  • Specialized vacuums help pull up and trap mold spores while keeping them from dispersing into the air.

What You Can Do Before We Arrive

We get ready and get to your door within a few hours of your call so we can get started. Until then, we suggest you:

  • Stay clear of any areas with suspected mold growth
  • Shut off any fans and your HVAC system
  • Never spray or wipe any visible mold on any surfaces
  • Do not attempt drying the area yourself

With any mold remediation, odor control is paramount. SERVPRO’s Odor Control Technicians (OCT) work to eliminate odors using the best products for deodorizing and sanitizing. This includes EPA-registered antimicrobials, odor counteractant beads, thermal fogging equipment, etc. We never mask odors with sprays, and everything is left clean with surfaces sanitized – Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Mold damage is not a do-it-yourself project. Contacting SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/Bronzeville gets you the detailed restoration you deserve. Call us at (312) 509-5000!

Mold Damage Remediation and Containment in Chicago – Call SERVPRO

11/14/2022 (Permalink)

Hidden mold Mold remediation for your home is no DIY project. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for fast and immediate service.

SERVPRO’s Mold Damage Remediation Processes Protect Your Home in Chicago

Consumers in Chicago homes are naturally concerned whenever they notice mold colony formation or smell a strong, musty odor in their homes. The odor may lead them to a seldom-used area of the house or under a sink where moisture has accumulated, causing a mold colony to grow. Water leaks and moisture left in place for significant periods can cause extensive mold infestations, damaging structures and contents.

SERVPRO provides mold damage remediation services in Chicago. Our teams can be onsite in less than four hours, offering advice and plans to homeowners and business customers on managing and removing mold. Mold left in place can damage contents and structure, which must be carefully removed to prevent mold particles and spores from spreading to uncontaminated areas of the building.

Our team takes every precaution to protect the occupants and other areas of the structure by applying the following techniques:

  • Install containment barriers utilizing plastic sheeting
  • Establishing negative air pressure in the contaminated area
  • We seal HVAC vents to avoid contaminating the duct system
  • We use clean rooms to transition people, equipment, and materials from contaminated areas
  • Remove and dispose of contaminated porous materials
  • Clean and disinfect non-porous materials
  • Bag and seal in place contaminated materials before removing
  • Controlled demolition of severely contaminated structures 

We also utilize PPE to protect our employees entering the contaminated area. Our clients can continue to live or work in non-contaminated areas with containment properly installed. SERVPRO offers the following services to our clients dealing with mold infestations:

  • Mold inspections, remediation, and removal
  • Attic mold removal
  • Basement and bathroom mold removal

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville for mold remediation and restoration services. We provide service to Chicago and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (312) 509-5000.

Stopping Kitchen Fire Damage Before it Happens in Chicago

9/18/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the tables and counters You don’t ever want your kitchen looking like this. Contact SERVPRO for tips and tricks to help you be prepared for any fire emergencies in your home.

SERVPRO Advice to Prevent and Mitigate Fire Charring in Your Home

Kitchen fires consistently rank among the most prevalent and costly residential fires nationwide. Moreover, yet, at the same time, most Chicago kitchen fire damage can be prevented by watchful eyes and proper preparation. Keeping your kitchen and dining area safeguarded against fires is essential, as failing to do so may end up costing you thousands if a fire hits. Follow our advice, and the risk of your kitchen incurring fire damage in the future should sharply decline.

Smoke Detectors

Positioning smoke detectors well and keeping them charged is the first step in mitigating fire damage in your Chicago kitchen. Smoke detectors are often the first thing in the room to notice when something is wrong, providing an unmistakable warning when something has overheated or caught fire. Ideally, smoke detectors should be linked to a sprinkler system, but these are uncommon in most homes. For most, smoke detectors only serve as an alert to the presence of fire.

 Fire Extinguishers

To put out fires, you need something capable of smothering the flames. The best option for this is a modern fire extinguisher, which can put out a blaze without any risk of harming your home or appliances. Modern fire extinguishers do not use water as a smothering agent, instead opting for chemical mixtures or carbon dioxide foams to deny oxygen to the fire. Keep at least one in the kitchen and be sure to inspect it regularly. Typically, an ABC type extinguisher is handy to have in the kitchen. Also, keep a fire blanket nearby to smother a flaming frying pan.

 Keep Appliances Clean

Upon inspection, SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians find dirty appliances as a probable cause for many of our fire damage cases. While many fires start with overcooked food, much more preventable disasters often arise from the presence of extra grime and grease on stovetops, ovens, and other heating devices. These films and organic materials can smoke or catch fire if they are allowed to build up, causing fire damage even to vigilant homeowners who never leave the kitchen unattended. Be sure to clean your cooking equipment to eliminate this threat from the kitchen entirely.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville is there for you when a fire strikes your home. Call us at (312) 509-5000.

Can Smoke Odors be Removed After Chicago Fires?

8/21/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged bedroom with debris covering the floor Dealing with any remaining odors after a fire will take some expertise and know-how. Call SERVPRO come out and help with the situation.

SERVPRO Improves Indoor Air Quality in Your Fire-Damaged Chicago Home

While fires in Chicago homes can present many effects and obstacles for homeowners looking to recover their properties quickly, indoor air quality concerns present a significant risk to the wellbeing of those entering the home after the disaster occurs. While many of these effects can be resolved with the advanced equipment available to our professionals, cleaning the air inside your house and deodorizing all affected areas, materials, and contents does not happen instantaneously.

While deodorization might be one of the final steps in the restoration process for your Chicago home, fire odors can begin to get addressed in other ways from the time that our professionals first arrive. Our SERVPRO team understands the potential risks of airborne threats including carcinogens, soot, smoke residue, ash, and debris. We have machines that can begin cleaning the environment throughout our mitigation process, including ozone machines and hydroxyl generators. Both of these machines have onboard filtration and an ability to reduce or even eliminate harsh odors present noticeably.

Deodorization is also a vital component of the pack-out process. When our SERVPRO technicians designate contents and belongings in your house for removal to our nearby facility, this happens to allow focused cleaning and odor removal for each item. In many cases, odor removal for removed items takes place in a sealed ozone chamber in our facility. This practice is unsafe for humans and pets to get directly exposed to, much like the use of the portable ozone generators for use inside your home, but both are effective in neutralizing harsh odor molecules.

For lingering fire odors in softer fabrics and surfaces, our professionals can also utilize our thermal foggers. These machines release a dense chemical compound that breaks odor molecules apart, rendering them inert.

There are many effects that a homeowner faces after a fire in their home. Our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team knows that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can arrive quickly with the experienced technicians and advanced equipment to get your home back to preloss condition. Give us a call anytime at (312) 509-5000.

Helping Chicago Shops Through Fire Damage Restoration

8/21/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged store with soot covering the railings and debris littering the floor Whether your store has a little or a lot of fire damage, team SERVPRO can help. Our technicians have access to small scale and large scale equipment.

SERVPRO Helps You Understand Fire Damage Cleanup

Fire restoration services should begin in retail locations impacted by even minor flare-ups as soon as possible. Our prompt response can manage extinguisher residues, water damage, soot and smoke deposits, and other fire loss effects. Because our professionals are available 24/7, we can mobilize fast after the first notice of loss to get your doors back open quickly.

Helping You Understand the Work to Come

With fire damage to Chicago shops, business owners must know the work to be completed and when the regular operation can resume. Because of your vested interest in returning to full production and allowing traffic into the store again, we help address questions you might have, like:

  • Completion Timeline - Among the chief concerns for business owners is when their shop can reopen, so we provide a reasonable timeline to complete the expected restoration.
  • Addressing the Customer's Concerns - You have priorities that our mitigative IICRC-certified team might not recognize. We can listen to your concerns and integrate them into the restoration plan. 
  • Describing Restoration Steps - Restoration steps might seem invasive and disruptive until you fully understand their purpose and benefit. 

Once we have met your expectations and answered any questions that you might have about the work, we ask you to fill out an Authorization to Perform Services form. This document designates SERVPRO as the restoration provider you have selected to complete early mitigation actions and the restoration work to follow. 

Fire restoration and mitigation in shops and stores in the city should be completed as soon as possible. Post-fire effects and loss continue after extinguishment until direct action is taken to clean up the structure and its contents. Let our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team help make this disaster "Like it never even happened" by calling (312) 509-5000.

My Chicago Retail Store Has Water Damage. Who Can Help Me to Restore It?

8/21/2022 (Permalink)

a water damaged basement with puddles of water covering the concrete floor Water damage in the basement of your store can seem rather minor but affect the structure. Contact SERVPRO to quickly assess and help restore.

Call a Restoration Company to Perform Commercial Water Cleanup in Your Chicago Retail Store

In any business, risks are a given, and some like water damage bring potential losses. This is true in Chicago retail stores where the risk of loss is significant after a water intrusion incident, resulting from a burst pipe or faulty sprinkler system, among other causes. When that happens, you need help from a company like SERVPRO to prevent further losses.

Why can’t I just clean up the water on my own?

Whether you can perform clean up yourself mainly depends on the extent of the water damage. However, in our expert opinion, it is advisable to let professionals assist you to perform commercial water cleanup in your Chicago retail store. Water and moisture can get into unexpected spaces. If you do not remove them properly, they can lead to mold growth, rot, corrosion, and other issues. After a water intrusion incident, failing to clean up your retail store properly can cause it to be a breeding ground for microorganisms like bacteria, which carry serious health risks to customers and employees. Experienced water restoration technicians know what to do and have the right equipment for the job.

What can I expect from your services?

We dispatch our technicians immediately we receive a call and work efficiently and fast to reduce operational downtime. Saving time is vital when dealing with water damage in a retail store. Water damage can lead to the loss of cash registers, shelves, refrigerator cases, and security systems, which are expensive to replace. Water can also ruin products in the selling space and inventory items in the stock room. Employees can also lose their jobs if your business does not recover from water damage. Therefore, it is our priority to complete the cleanup process quickly so that you can get back to business. Our restoration services include:

  •   A thorough floor to ceiling inspection.
  •   Photographic documentation
  •   Written documentation
  •   Water extraction
  •   Deep cleaning of affected materials and surfaces.
  •   Thorough drying by placing air movers and dehumidifiers in the affected areas properly.
  •   Sanitizing affected surfaces with antimicrobial products to prevent microbial growth.
  •   Odor removal using odor remove equipment and products.

To dry the wet areas effectively, our SERVPRO technicians can create drying zones within the retail store. A drying chamber enables us to control the temperature, humidity levels, and airflow for the purpose of increasing evaporation within the zones.

We complete the work professionally with minimal intrusion. It is our priority to provide a safe environment for your customers and employees. We can work with you to ensure that the business operations resume within a short time.

SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville prides itself on offering high-quality commercial water damage restoration services. Call us any time at (312) 509-5000 to restore your retail store to its preloss state.

How To Handle Flood Damage After A Storm To Your Home In Chicago?

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

heavy rain Storms and flooding can be devastating to your property. SERVPRO is available round-the-clock.

How To Handle Flood Damage

Storms can be devastating to your property. Besides the structural damage, thunderstorms can also cause severe flood damage. Promptly acting is the best way to minimize this damage. Seeking professional help to assess the damage is the first step toward restoring your Chicago home after flood damage.

Flood restoration of your Chicago home starts with surveying the extent and severity of the damage. However, inspecting your property after flood damage can be overwhelming and complicated if you do not have professional help. Here are several things you should do in the unfortunate event of flood damage to your home after a storm.

Make Sure You Are Safe

The first and perhaps the most crucial thing is to be safe. Make sure you are safe before even considering inspecting the damage on your property. Switch off all the power before you decide to step into your flooded house. Water-soaked electric wires are dangerous.

Seek Professional Help 

It can be tempting to assess the damage yourself after the flood. However, here at SERVPRO, we strongly suggest our customers not to proceed on their own. We have a crew of professionals with years of experience dealing with such situations.

Make An Inventory of Everything And Document The Damage

Although our team documents all the damage for you, you can also keep your own record. Make sure you pay attention to every detail and every suggestion that the SERVPRO team makes.

After the inspection, the team sits with you to explain the extent of the damage and the restoration strategy. During this stage, ensure you understand all the suggestions and make decisions accordingly.

Restoring a flood-damaged property is a time-consuming process. It takes time and patience to get the job done correctly. SERVPRO’s team of experts can help you get the situation under control.

Call SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville today at (312) 509-5000 to talk with one of our experts. Our team is there to guide you through the entire process of assessing, repairing, and restoring the flood damage to your home.

Reacting Fast to Flood Damage in Chicago Apartments

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

Storm warning sign Floodwater can contain contaminants. SERVPRO knows how to safely remove the water.

SERVPRO Must Clean Flood Damage Right Away

Flooding in apartment buildings is a considerable threat to the entire structure. Water migrates quickly and with its ability to take structure openings to several floors of the complex or its movement through building materials to seek equilibrium of moisture content. Many look to the experience of our SERVPRO team to help in the Windy City when flooding occurs. 

What Can Flooding Do? 

Flood damage to Chicago apartments can be devastating and destructive, especially when restoration and mitigation do not immediately start. Property management needs to consider the impact of moisture damage on building materials. Still, renters and owners of the units must also determine their responsibilities in addressing flooding as soon as possible. Here are the main pressing threats of flood damage: 

  • Migration - Water continues to move through materials and openings to impact the most significant possible damage area. We must prioritize containment approaches.
  • Contamination - Depending on the circumstances of the flood damage, it is not always unlikely to experience contamination concerns. We must prioritize disinfection.
  • Microbial Development - Floodwater can amplify the likelihood of mold and microbial growth after disasters. We can apply sporicidal inhibitors to prevent colonies.
  • Structural Damage - Prolonged water exposure reduces the structural integrity of exposed building materials. Controlled demolition and repairs might be needed.

Floodwater Removal in Apartment Buildings

Removing floodwater is among the chief concerns for responding SERVPRO professionals. While initially this refers to surface water concerns, pooling, and absorbed moisture into building materials, there are more ways to remove water. Technicians must manage moisture content in the affected apartment units to reduce the likelihood of mold development. 

High-rise apartment buildings are standard residences in Chicago. Our SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville team must have mitigative and restorative strategies to help when flooding impacts one or multiple apartment units simultaneously. We are ready 24/7 to help at (312) 509-5000.