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National Storm Resources Chicago

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage National Storm Resources Chicago Hurricane Harvey, August 2017

Nothing is worse than having your home or business damaged by a storm. Sometimes, storms can wreak havoc on a city or state leaving you to pick up the pieces as much as you can. Storms such as hurricanes can leave your space with a lot of damage if not attended to immediately. Luckily, Chicago has 24-hour emergency services to respond to your area as soon as possible – no matter what size the job. In situations where your structure is in danger of not being able to occupy, national storm resources can work to remedy that. Chicago is known for its strong winds and this can bring some dangerous and damaging characteristics with natural storms. Flooding and high winds may damage your building, but SERVPRO of Ravenswood services can help restore your structures back to normal.

Having 24-hour national storm resources can help put you at ease when it comes to dealing with natural disasters. A fast response can mean the difference between restoring a space before it is too late and considered to be a total loss. For instance, flood damage in Chicago can permanently damage a building if not cared for as soon as possible. Using a SERVPRO of Ravenswood’s professional services to remedy the situation can greatly reduce more damage, thus costing you less in repairs later on. Chicago residents and business owners now know that they are able to rely on our professionals to help them with cleaning up, regardless of the time or day, damages occurred from natural disasters.

SERVPRO of Ravenswood professionals in Chicago have the expertise and equipment to deal with storms and the damages they create to buildings such as homes and businesses. They work to quickly restore your space as if the storm never happened. Their resources and specific equipment are powerful enough to rid your space of issues such as water or wind damage. Their methodical structural drying techniques can eliminate your risk of secondary, harmful bacteria growth such as mold and asbestos.

Not only do emergency services provide you with immediate service, they have the training and capacity to completely restore your space even weeks or months following a storm. You get both emergency and post-storm resources all in one place. This reduces your need to find multiple technicians to help you with restoring your space. Chicago is a beautiful place to live and work but it can bring some heavy storms that may damage your structures. You no longer need to feel hopeless because there are providers who can strategically respond to your needs, day or night, 24/7. Regardless of the magnitude of the storm, they can provide you with immediate assistance and rehabilitate your space. Catastrophic events do not have to leave behind permanent damage. Chicago’s SERVPRO of Ravenswood professional national storm resources can give you back your life, pre-storm. Call Donna for a no-cost contingency plan assessment; 773-878-5200.

Don't Let Mold Creep Into Your Surroundings Edgewater

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don't Let Mold Creep Into Your Surroundings Edgewater Faster To Any Size Disaster

Mold is not only something that is unsightly, it can lead to potential health risks if left unattended. With just a small water leak or excessive humidity, it can cause mold to form rapidly in any Edgewater home or business. In fact, mold can spread as fast as a 48-hour time span. Health risks mold can evoke are allergies, air irritants or potentially, viral infections. A mold problem can negatively affect your home or business. Without proper remediation, you can potentially lose the structure altogether. Mold infestation should not be taken lightly. This is why at the moment you suspect present mold, enlist in using a professional mold removal service provider such as SERVPRO of Ravenswood. They can effectively inspect your property and assess the proper remedy for your issue.

Mold can easily produce anywhere, inside or outside. Sometimes, it can spread so rapidly, it may seem hopeless to completely remove it. Mold removal requires the use of skilled professionals and equipment, especially in the Edgewater area. They can respond to your property immediately as there are 24-emergency services available. They understand the promptness needed to remedy the rapid growth of mold in the home or business.

Professionals come out to your home or business immediately and begin the removal process of mold before it can continue to spread throughout the building. This immediate response can reduce your risk for increased spreads, damage and costs that can accrue with more restoration processes. In Edgewater, there are multiple locations available to ensure they can serve you in a timely fashion, greatly reducing the spreading of the mold when it is first discovered.

Mold removal is no easy feat. It requires strategic and specific methods and chemicals to effectively remove it and keep it from reforming. Professionals use microbial remediation processes as well as water damage restoration strategies. Then, they finish the process with a specific drying technique to keep the mold from reproducing throughout the area. They complete this process because it helps to prevent water from feeding off the mold, which can lead to more spreads. As they isolate the area, they can help fight the problem at the root of the cause, preventing damaging spreads. Contact SERVPRO of Ravenswood, a professional in Edgewater, today.

The presence of mold should not be taken lightly. Edgewater homes and businesses should take extreme caution when they feel that mold may be present in their structures. The sooner you contact a professional mold removal service, the sooner you will be able to save your building and reduce your health risks. There are many misconceptions when it comes to mold and how damaging it can be. Be sure that you do not try to remedy the situation on your own. Use the services and expertise of a professional to ensure you take care of it as soon as possible and be able to return to your normal life afterward. Edgewater, SERVPRO of Ravenswood professionals will work to restore your space as much and soon as possible. Call 773-878-5200 for your free assessment.

Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup Uptown

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup Uptown Don't Do It Yourself - Call the Pros!

Crime scenes can be complex and messy. The proper way to process a crime scene must be done strategically in order to preserve evidence. Once police officials have completely processed a crime scene, the need to hire a professional trauma and crime scene cleanup team would be recommended to properly ensure cleaning and restoring of the area. With health risks associated with blood or toxic particles, Uptown area SERVPRO professionals can effectively remove these elements efficiently.

Uptown business owners and residents, SERVPRO of Ravenswood teams have the expertise, resources and training to safely cleanup crime scenes. Crime scenes can completely alter your space, which may leave you feeling hopeless. Plus, those related to trauma can leave behind many dangerous particles and chemicals that you will want to cleanup in the fastest and best way possible. Our cleanup teams are certified and knowledgeable in OSHA and EPA guidelines. This means they have the ability to restore an unsafe and contaminated environment, allowing you to return home or to your business.

Some common dangers of crime scenes related to trauma include the exposure to:

  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Toxic chemicals
  • Residues as a result of crime scene chemicals

Leaving these elements behind can greatly increase the chance for more contamination as well as negatively impact your well-being. SERVPRO of Ravenswood’s cleanup services, especially those in the Uptown area, work in the way to ensure that your space is returned to normal following any type of crime scene. Some of the following are typical services that an Uptown crime scene cleanup team may provide: 

  • Blood, fluids and other tissue remnants
  • Tear gas
  • Pepper spray
  • Fingerprint powder
  • Fire or water damage

Residues left behind by a team of investigators can be toxic if not cleaned up properly. Police officers may dust areas for fingerprints to thoroughly conduct an investigation of the area. Remnants of fingerprint powder and other evidence-gathering chemicals can be harmful to you and your surroundings. If there were injuries or casualties, there may have been blood or fluid spillage. Exposure to blood and bodily fluids can increase your chances of contracting viruses and disease. Say that police seized a lab that was known for producing illegal drugs such as methamphetamine aka meth. These labs are saturated in harmful chemicals whether through touch or inhalation. All of these different scenarios are ones that the professionals at SERVPRO can provide to Uptown residents and businesses, when searching for cleanup service who carry the experience in handling such cases. We will work to sanitize and deodorize the environment, returning it to normal as much as possible.

Crime scenes, especially those involving trauma, can leave behind negative experiences. However, it does not mean that there is no hope in restoring the space back to its original standing. If you are in need of cleanup from a team that experienced and knowledgeable, you should contact SERVPRO of Ravenswood who services the Uptown area; 773-878-5200.  

Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning Roscoe Village

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning Roscoe Village Squeezing in to locate the issue Is our business.

Do you feel like the air in your home or business is less than high quality? Air ducts and a lack of HVAC cleaning can be to blame for this. In fact, a non-maintained ventilation system is usually the culprit behind getting good, quality air circulation in any building. This is why you should make it a priority to get your air duct systems maintenance by professionals who serve the Roscoe Village area. Technicians within the Roscoe Village area have the expertise to service your system effectively and efficiently.

Have you had your system for quite some time now? Whether your building is new or old, you should be mindful of your running systems as you would maintain any other appliance in your establishment. Many of the SERVPRO of Ravenswood professionals in the Roscoe Village area highly recommend that you evaluate your air and system to see if you need servicing. If your system has been around for a long time and you have not conducted a thorough HVAC cleaning, there is a chance that your air ducts have begun to accumulate a lot of the following:

  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dust
  • Contaminants
  • Dirt
  • Debris

These particles can cause allergies and illness for everyone who breathes the air. Not sure how you can get more quality air? When you hire a professional HVAC cleaning service in Roscoe Village, you can be sure that they will help clear out your air ducts to help circulate more quality air. Plus, this will keep your system running better, longer. Not only does this help you with breathing in better air, but it will save you money over time. Instead of spending money on air purifier systems, take a look at your existing system to see if you need HVAC cleaning for your air ducts. Call us for a free estimate, (773) 878-5200.

It is also important to note that you don’t always necessarily need to clean out your air ducts. A local franchise near Roscoe Village can help to service your system without necessarily needing to conduct a full HVAC cleaning. You can be sure of the following benefits if you regularly service your system:

  • Increase your peak energy efficiency
  • Remove foul, room odors
  • Prevent the growth of mold

The air we breathe in every day is important to our mental and physical well-being. If we allow poor quality air to circulate through our ventilation systems, we place ourselves at a health risk. The maintenance of your air ducts and having regular HVAC cleaning can extend the life of your system and produce better air for inhalation. If you are looking for a provider in the Roscoe Village call SERVPRO of Ravenswood, (773) 878-5200. The sooner you call, the sooner your system will receive the attention it needs.

SERVPRO of Ravenswood Recognizes National Preparedness Month with a Reminder to Home and Business Owners

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services SERVPRO of Ravenswood Recognizes National Preparedness Month with a Reminder to Home and Business Owners Creating a custom emergency plan that suits your facility needs.

“Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

Local disaster restoration specialist offers no-cost tools to help property owners prepare a comprehensive emergency readiness plan

September is National Preparedness Month (, an annual event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to raise awareness about the importance of preparing—in advance—for the unexpected. In support of this initiative, Tom Williams, owner of SERVPRO® of Ravenswood, encourages Chicago property owners to take the following two steps now to protect their family, home, and business in the aftermath of a disaster.

  1. Review and update your emergency preparedness plan, including business and life continuity plans. If you don’t yet have a plan, use the tools provided by FEMA to get started.
  2. Collect and store time-critical information, like the location of shutoff valves, fire suppression system controls, and emergency contact numbers electronically, where it is immediately available to assist first responders.

Because SERVPRO knows the time to create a disaster readiness plan is before you need it, they have developed the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program to help business owners create an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for their facility, at no charge.

“Evacuation plans and emergency supply kits help you survive a disaster, but a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan helps you recover from a disaster,” said Williams. “The most effective response to any emergency is a fast response. That’s why having critical system and contact information at your fingertips is so important. A quick and effective response helps minimize repairs and downtime, helping both businesses and families get back on track in less time, with less stress.”

SERVPRO offers tools for both commercial and residential property owners to help them minimize damage and recover quickly from emergencies. The SERVPRO READY app stores essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app at Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of Ravenswood as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) and storing that profile in the READY app.

“Rapid response from a disaster cleanup and restoration specialist can help the property owner evaluate options, start the insurance process, and take the right steps from the beginning to bring their property back to normal,” said Williams. “Even in the confusion and panic that often surround a disaster, a property owner or manager using the SERVPRO READY app can reach out for expert help right from the scene, using a cell phone.”

SERVPRO® of Ravenswood specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO® of Ravenswood, please contact Tom Williams at (773) 878-5200 or For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program, please contact Marketing Manager, Donna Bugosh,


Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Roscoe Village Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Roscoe Village Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration Step 3: Water removal and extraction process

When water wreaks havoc to your home, you need to call someone for water damage cleanup with the expertise and equipment to quickly restore your property to pre-water damage condition. In Roscoe Village, our SERVPRO team will use scientific approaches to water removal and water cleanup that puts an emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process from start to finish.

When you call, our representative will lead you through a series of questions that will assist us in responding to your water emergency as quickly and efficiently as possible. Knowing about our process will help you feel confident that your property is in good hands.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment 

An initial inspection will take place to determine what areas have been affected and the type of water damage your property has sustained. This is a crucial step in the creation of the most efficient plan of action. Each plan of action has the same goal, a successful restoration.

Removal of Water from the Area

Whether it’s hundreds or thousands of gallons of water that need to be removed, our powerful vacuums and pump systems can handle whatever is thrown at them. The pros at SERVPRO in Roscoe Village will begin this process as soon as possible to minimalize additional damage and assist in the prevention of mold growth.

Drying and Dehumidifying 

After the majority of the water has been eliminated, we’ll use specialized equipment to seek out the water that’s harder to remove. SERVPRO uses less intrusive, scientific drying methods in the way of air movers and dehumidifiers to draw the remaining water and moisture from your property.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Water damage will also harm your other possessions, like clothing, furniture, and other personal items. Your SERVPRO technicians of Roscoe Village are available to clean restorable items using a variety of specialized cleaning techniques. They can also sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and use industrial air scrubbers and fogging tools to remove odors.


This is the final step to restore your home or business back to its pre-damage state. The restoration step can include anything from replacing a few drywall panels up to major reconstruction, like rebuilding entire rooms of a home or office. 

Even though every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, the general process will stay the same. No matter how large or small the disaster, your SERVPRO professionals in Roscoe Village are ready to handle your water damage cleanup.

Your First Choice for Mold Removal in North Park

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Your First Choice for Mold Removal in North Park Don't try this yourself - call the professionals!

When it comes to mold, all homes and businesses are susceptible. Typically, it colonizes when an unsuspecting water source forms, often in the way of a leaky roof, burst plumbing, or other. Since it can take as little as 48 hours to spread and create allergens and other harmful agents that can cause health problems, you want the problem handled fast and efficiently. 

Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and may be accompanied by a variety of poor health symptoms. If you are noticing signs that your home or business has a mold issue, call the professions in North Park to inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Understanding Mold

The microscopic spores that mold is made up of can be found almost everywhere indoors and outdoors. Despite what some companies advertise, it is impossible to remove all mold completely from a home or business. To understand this better, take into consideration the following facts about mold: 

  • Mold is made up of microscopic spores that float in the air. This allows them to enter your home via windows, doors, AC/heating systems, or on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

What is Black Mold?

Stachybotrys chart arum is the type of mold most often referred to as black, or toxic, mold. There has been a lot in the news recently warning about the dangers of black mold that have been alarming and confusing.

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure.

Why Choose the SERVPRO Professionals of North Park? 

Our professionals are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact them. A fast response lessens the damage and consequently reduces the overall costs of mold removal.

We specialize in water and mold damage restoration. It is the cornerstone of our business. Our team has the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation, using advanced Mold Remediation Techniques and equipment for successful mold removal.

Commercial Cleaning Services in Rogers Park

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

You have enough to do to keep your business running. You shouldn’t have to find room in your day to deal with the inevitable wear and tear that gradually builds in your office over time. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call in your SERVPRO professionals in Rogers Park for commercial cleaning. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

When you call in SERVPRO you’ll be bringing in a quality service that includes these benefits:

  • Award-winning training
  • Over 40 years’ experience in the industry
  • More than 100 exclusive cleaning products

Specialty Commercial Cleaning Services 

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. They have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Their cleaning services include the following:

Air Ducts and HVAC: If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating odors, dust, and other contaminants. We routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can, in turn, save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

Biohazard: Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. We are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Carpet and Upholstery: Even the highest-quality items can show soiling over time. Protect your investment with cleaning and maintenance of your carpet and upholstery.

Ceilings, Floors, and Walls: Ceiling and wall cleaning should be part of the cleaning maintenance of your business. You should also clean walls before painting so that the primer and paint can adhere properly. Whether you are preparing to paint or just looking for professional cleaning, we can help.

Document Restoration: In the aftermath of a disaster, some of your most valued contents could be lost forever. As a leader in the restoration industry, we know that timely mitigation is the key to recovering damaged possessions. With years of experience and state-of-the-art technology, our restoration professionals will help you recover your paper goods before it’s too late.

Drapes and Blinds: SERVPRO excels at cleaning fine fabrics and intricate pieces. Fabrics are carefully inspected and tested to determine which of the System’s five cleaning methods is most appropriate.

Odor Removal: As experts in deodorization, our professionals are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

Sewage: Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. Our team has specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage.

Trauma and Crime Scene: After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. We will respond immediately with protective equipment and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.

Vandalism: Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner.

No matter what your needs may be, we have a commercial cleaning solution for you. Call us today for more information or to set up an appointment – 773-878-5200.

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.