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Flood Damage Restoration in Horner Park

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flood Damage Restoration in Horner Park Nobody wants to come home to this.

Cleanup emergencies usually don’t occur during regular business hours. In fact, it often happens when you are away from home, welcoming you back to a giant soggy mess.

In Horner Park, knowing who to call for flood damage restoration is just as important as knowing how to dial 911. From standing water in the basement to burst pipes, flood damage can result in tearing out carpeting and hardwood flooring, as well as removing baseboards, drywall, or even demolishing entire kitchens and bathrooms. Having SERVPRO of Ravenswood as your local resource is a luxury you cannot afford to regard. Flood damage can occur from a variety of sources.

Basement Flood Damage 

Though you may think that it can only happen during a bad rain storm, your basement is actually susceptible to flooding at any time from a number of scenarios, here are just a few to be aware of:

  • Blocked or failed sewer pipes
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

Time is of the essence when dealing with damage that could affect your home’s structure and the health and safety of your family.

 Frozen Pipes Flood Damage 

We all know that water expands as it freezes. In plumbing and radiator systems, this expansion puts tremendous pressure on the metal or plastic pipes.

  • Pipes that freeze most frequently are:
  • Outdoor hose bibs
  • Swimming pool supply lines
  • Water sprinkler lines
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls with little or no insulation

Hidden Damage and Minor Leaks Can Lead to Major Problems

Water damage can also be hidden from view. A little water stain can lead to larger issues. A small spot on the wall can be the tip of the iceberg. Water from leaky plumbing can swiftly spread throughout your floors and walls, causing the formation of mold and mildew if not addressed.

Radiator leaks might sound minor but they can actually cause a lot of damage. If wood flooring or carpet under the radiator is consistently moist, they can rot over time. On a second floor, small radiator leaks can damage the ceiling below them which can also result in a mold issue in the space between the floor and ceiling.

Know Who to Call

A flooded home is unsafe for your family. Without proper remediation, your environment can become unhealthy. Our crews are professional and trained in how to best remedy any flood damage situation. They are always courteous and understanding of homeowner’s feelings. We as a company have earned trust from homeowners, business owners, and property managers.

Residents of Ravenswood, Horner Park, the Manor, it is important to know how to react and who to call for help. SERVPRO of Ravenswood is your neighbor and we are here to help 24-hours a day – 7 days per week. Providing proper guidance and immediate service for flood damage restoration is the nature of our business.

SERVPRO of Ravenswood is a preferred vendor to many National Insurance Companies. We are held to strict rules by our industry following closely the s500 IICRC Restoration Standards.

For more information about our flood damage restoration services in the Horner Park area or to set up an appointment for a free estimate, please contact SERVPRO of Ravenswood at 773-878-5200

Looking for Water Damage Repair North Center Clues When Shopping For Your New Home

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Looking for Water Damage Repair North Center Clues When Shopping For Your New Home Coordinate an inspection with a certified professional

Are you thinking about buying a new home?  After various conversations with realtors in our area, who are super stoked about mortgage rates being at an all-time low, it appears now is a very good time to buy.  It’s exciting to shop around and look for that perfect home fit.  However, it is also good practice to look for unexpected “baggage” that may come along with the deal. I am referring to water damage repair North Center.  Many homes in Chicago are over 50 years old and damage from previous occupants may be undetected at first glance.  SERVPRO of Ravenswood has a few helpful hints to follow when shopping for your perfect dream home.

  1. Look for brownish stains or spots in the ceilings and walls of each room.  These spots may lead to rot or mold behind the surfaces.
  2. If there is an out-of-the-ordinary odor in the air, ask what that is.
  3. Consider bringing in a certified environmentalist to test for any pre-existing mold damage.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask about previous water losses, basement floods, or if it is a multi-unit occupied building inquire about surrounding units who have experience water, fire and mold damage.
  5. Call SERVPRO of Ravenswood to provide you with a free estimate for any remediation or cleanup needs.

Working collectively with your realtor, insurance agents, previous home owners and your trusted SERVPRO franchise you can rest easier knowing that you everyone is working diligently to help repair or prevent any future (and costly) surprises.  

Hoarder Cleanup Chicago

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Hoarder Cleanup Chicago The kitchen and living space

We’ve watched the reality shows, we’ve heard stories or we’ve seen it firsthand. Hoarding has a strong presence in our society. Hoarding begins with small cluttering, which can eventually lead to an overwhelming abundance of clothes, knickknacks, trinkets, books, hygiene products, boxes, well the list is quite endless. The problem with hoarding is what happens on the floor, wall and ceiling surfaces. SERVPRO of Ravenswood recently finished a hoarder cleanup Chicago job. This was a case where there was an unexpected water damage incident at a condominium that was abandoned. The building board was not aware that the unit abandoned, nor were they aware that the condo was FILLED with hoarder-type content until an odor was detected by neighboring units. Once the building maintenance personnel was cleared to enter the unit, it was discovered that the tenants were no longer living there and had left all content behind. The water damage that affected this hoarder home did reveal mold – secondary damage caused by moisture that was not treated (aka, dried) in time.

Hoarder cleanup Chicago is a non-emergency service that SERVPRO of Ravenswood can provide. We can handle any size cleanup. Our services will include separation of items to either be donated, trashed or relocated. We hold trusting relationships with several non-profit organization accepting donations, as well as have the knowledge to properly dispose of items such as electronics, hazardous materials or recycling. All work is coordinated on our behalf, and is maintained safely and securely.

For more information or to set up an appointment for a free estimate, please contact SERVPRO of Ravenswood at 773-878-5200

Water Damage Restoration Edgewater

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Edgewater Soaked wood flooring

Many of the calls our franchise receives stem from accidents.  We have seen instances where water damage jobs are provoked by scenarios as innocent as a person hanging up a garment on a sprinkler head, to as devastating as not knowing the location of the water shut-off valve to turn off water.  This blog talks about a toilet overflow. 

Water damage restoration Edgewater can not only result in tearing out carpeting and beautiful hardwood flooring, but also removing baseboards, drywall, and demolishing entire kitchens and bathrooms.  One early morning last week a young lady was employed to clean an empty condominium in preparation for a home purchase closing approaching in the upcoming days.  As this young lady was cleaning the bathroom, she was using paper towels to wipe around the toilet.  Unbeknown to her she erroneously flushed the paper towels the toilet.  Flushing paper products that are not as dissolvable as toilet paper can be problematic, as it may be too thick for the water flow to process down through the pipes.  In this case, the toilet began to overflow.  In a panic, this individual left the building and did not notify the home owner of the overflow.  Consequently resulting in a major flood that damaged the condominium, the unit below, and the finished basement further below.

This loss was classified as a large loss, and could have been fully prevented if the water was turned off immediately.  Water damage restoration Edgewater can be controlled.  You just need to know where to turn off the water and who to call for help; 773-878-5200

Contact for your free water and electric shut off tags!

Water Damage Repair Andersonville

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Repair Andersonville This room was affected by water finding its way downstream.

Water disasters are never an anticipated incident, nor are the costly detriments resulting in the aftershock. For business owners keeping doors open and operations running smoothly are imperative to the livelihood of their profession. If you are not prepared to react to a water damage repair Andersonville, then doors may remain closed for quite some time.

Taking into a case that happened last month to a fabric shop who overcame a burst pipe water loss. Early morning at approximately 5:30 a.m., the owner of the small business was alerted that his store was flooded. Remarkably by 9:30 a.m., that same morning, he was able to open his business and continue without interruption. The local SERVPRO franchise near the area was called and green trucks were quickly in route to facilitate. The water extraction process began and the fabric store able to get back to work. Fortunately, this story resulted more positively since the owner knew who to contact for help. This may not be the case for someone who does not know what to do.

As many know water travels downward. Water damage repair Andersonville has to be addressed throughout a building. SERVPRO’s certified technicians know when, where and how to investigate and clean. Here are some quick tips on what NOT to do when water damage occurs. It is always recommended to contact the professionals who can act quickly and save a business or home from any secondary damage.

  • Don’t enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Don’t use household vacuum cleaners to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceiling are sagging from retained water.
  • Don’t use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • DO call SERVPRO of Ravenswood at 773-878-5200 for immediate support!


Chicago Water Damage Cleanup SERVPRO Ravenswood

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Chicago Water Damage Cleanup SERVPRO Ravenswood Chicago Water Damage Cleanup SERVPRO Ravenswood

“A broken water pipe sounds like a minor home repair problem, but you’ll never know how bad it can be until it happens to you."

Water damage cleanup emergencies don’t typically occur during regular business hours, nor does it usually happen while you’re standing next to your water shut off valve readily prepared to turn it off just at that precise moment. Rather it happens when you are away from home, only to be greeted by a wet mess upon your return. Residents of Ravenswood, Horner Park, the Manor, it is important to know what to do, how to react and who to call for help. SERVPRO of Ravenswood is your neighbor and we are here to help 24-hours a day – 7 days per week. Providing proper guidance and immediate service is the nature of our business.

Water damage can also be hidden from view. A little water stain can lead to larger issues. We'd like to take this opportunity to share with you a noteworthy story on the detriments on what a small spot on the wall unveiled. Because water can swiftly spread throughout your floors and walls, immediate response is vital. Knowing who to call is most important. Email for a free refrigerator magnet so that you are prepared. She will be happy to send you one today!

Follow These Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Damage Lincoln Square

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Attention Lincoln Square residents! If you notice mold in your walls and ceilings, do your best not to disturb it or attempt to clean it yourself. Reason being is that mold infestation can be inadvertently spread throughout your home. When dry mold is asleep. No harm can come of it. However, when wet or moistened it comes to life and carries more active contaminants. Contamination, or mold damage Lincoln Square, needs to be contained as close to the original source as possible. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home. Let the experts, SERVPRO of Ravenswood, do their job. It is a process, so why not do it right! In the interim here are a few tips:

  • Don’t touch the affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans; do not attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Ravenswood for a free assessment.

If You See Mold Damage Lincoln Square, Call Us Today – 773-878-5200

Fire Damage Ravenswood

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Ravenswood Smoke damage traveling upstairs

When we mention fire damage Ravenswood we are referring to soot and smoke; the byproduct of a fire incident. Soot and smoke is very aggressive and can infiltrate various openings, crevices or cracks within the walls and floors of your place of residence or business. Fire damage Ravenswood is also known to cause hidden odor or damages. SERVPRO of Ravenswood’s smoke damage knowledge and understanding allows us to inspect and precisely assess the extent of the fire damage Ravenswood in to develop a thorough cleanup action plan.  

Fire Damage Ravenswood byproduct facts:

  • Scorching smoke travels to cool areas and climbs to up to additional levels of the building.
  • Smoke makes its way around plumbing systems, moving through the holes used by pipes hitting every floor to floor.
  • There are variations of smoke which greatly affect the process for cleanup and restoration.

Fire Damage Ravenswood Smoke Types

There are 3 types of smoke; 1. wet, 2. dry and 3. protein. Wet smoke is considered as fire produced by rubber or plastic. This nasty stuff will web, making the cleaning process extremely difficult. It is sticky and pungent in odor. Dry smoke however is something that burns fast, like wood or paper. In this circumstance the temperature is high, thus causing heat to rise and smoke as well. The last type is protein fire residue which is the vapor from burnt materials such as paint, varnishes, etc.  

Consequently, the type of smoke makes for 2 types of soot residue after a fire damage Ravenswood as well. SERVPRO of Ravenswood must test the soot in order to accurately determine if the smoke is wet or dry before starting restoration. Based on these pretest procedures, only then can we determine a plan. All components of information is then communicated with the insurance adjuster making sure all parties are aligned.

Fire Damage Ravenswood Restoration Services

Every fire loss scenario is different, therefore each are treated with unique solution tailored to that scenario.  Luckily, SERVPRO of Ravenswood has all the equipment, trained technicians, and knowledge to restore your home or business.  We treat your family or employees with the respect and empathy they deserve. Call us to schedule a free assessment for any fire, water, mold cleanup needs.

Water Damage Edgewater

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Edgewater Rendering depicting water damage in a home. credits:


Water Damage Edgewater and The Importance of Renters Insurance

When our scheduler Daniel, receives a call for a water damage Edgewater loss he almost immediately asks, "What type of insurance coverage do your carry?" You see, like with any business, the question of payment has to be addressed from the get go. Some people opt to pay out of pocket, some have already submitted a claim and some are only asking for estimates so that they can figure out how to come up with payment. In my recent visits to various insurance agent offices I have sparked conversation revolving around water damage Edgewater and asked them for their advice on the importance of renters insurance. Undeniably they were all open for recommendations, as they as well as SERVPRO of Ravenswood have witnessed firsthand the hurt tenants feel when their personal treasures are destroyed due to an unexpected catastrophe.

Us old fogies (I speak loosely of course) already know – with our infinite knowledge over time and experience – the value behind protecting ourselves. But what about our offspring, our recent graduates, our soon-to-be roommate to another GenY who "I know, ma’" you all day long? We ask ourselves, do they really know? Probably not. Let us not forget, from an opposite spectrum the loving grandparent who resides in the lower level of your two-flat. According to Edgar Camargo, a five-year State Farm representative, says "that other level is considered a separate unit. They should have a separate policy, or with other insurance companies a rider." Whichever scenario applies to you, the bottom line is expecting the unexpected is the responsible move because, come on, who really expects water damage or smoke damage? We just thank our lucky stars that it hasn’t happened to us!

Once you’ve come to terms with shopping for the right coverage remember to keep in mind and ask your agents specific questions about water damage, smoke damage, and even mold remediation. Keep things at bay with other irreplaceables; such as an expensive wedding ring, heirlooms, iPads/electronics, and for you global travelers who work in music or sport, are your instruments and equipment insured? The list can go on depending on your life style and employment. Edgar wisely advises to "check the limitations on your caps", while another State Farm Agent, Nicole Page recommends to "look at your itemized floaters". I understand that these terms may roll off our tongues since this is our industry, but please take them as your own and talk with confidence. This way when Daniel receives that water damage Edgewater call you can assuredly acknowledge that you are prepared and secure with insurance coverage.

The purpose of this blog is to highlight water damage Edgewater, or any of our wonderful Chicago neighborhoods on the importance of renters insurance.

Fire Damage Restoration Sauganash

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Sauganash Fireman fighting a fire at a furniture store in Chicago.

Many of you may read, heard or even saw the great blaze last week when an extra-alarm fire demolished a furniture store, while crippling several businesses and residents in the vicinity.  Fortunately, no one was harmed during the fire.  However, the aftermath is something worth writing about; fire damage restoration

Regardless of where you live or work a fire WILL shut you down immediately.  That is why Sauganash business owners and home owners alike should hold a contingency plan of action, as well as hold insurance coverages to help you pick up the pieces after a fire.  Fire damage restoration Sauganash takes place after first responders have completed their duty and cleared re-entry.  Fire damage restoration Sauganash also consists of water damage cleanup Sauganash.  Think about it, water is the #1 remedy for fire fighters to take back control of an emergency situation.  For that matter knowing what takes place after a fire is simply good knowledge.

Step 1:  Emergency Contact;

  1. 911,
  2. Insurance Agent,
  3. SERVPRO of Ravenswood

Step 2:  Inspections and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3:  Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Step 4:  Water Removal and Drying (call SERVPRO of Ravenswood at 773-878-5200)

Step 5:  Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces (call SERVPRO of Ravenswood at 773-878-5200)

Step 6:  Cleaning and Sanitizing (call SERVPRO of Ravenswood at 773-878-5200)

Step 7:  Restoration (call SERVPRO of Ravenswood at 773-878-5200)