Saving Photographs and Documents as Part of the Water Damage after a Storm in Ravenswood
No job is too large or too small for SERVPRO when it pertains to saving important documents or images.
There’s nothing worse than realizing that a flood has inflicted water damage in your Ravenswood business to some of your most valuable objects – all of those pictures that you’ve spent your life taking, developing, and cataloging. Whether you took these pictures yourself or inherited them from family members, you absolutely need to find a way to save them. Thankfully, all hope is not lost. SERVPRO of Ravenswood can restore those photographs and other important documents.
There are multiple methods restoration experts will use in order to reverse the damage to your photographs and documents. They are:
1) Air Drying
In some cases, simple air drying will work to make your photographs look as good as new. The water damage repair experts will simply spread the items out on a clean cloth (usually one that’s acid-free and archival) that will soak up the moisture. The water damage repair experts then will let the photographs sit out in the open for several days or however long it takes, weighing them down should they begin to curl up on the edges.
Dehumidification requires the water damage repair experts to remove all of the moisture from the air. As a part of this process, the photographs are placed in a special box, or even a room (depending on how many of them there are) and a dehumidifier is run in order to dry them out. This process works well for particularly waterlogged items.
3) Freeze Drying
Freezer drying is exactly as it sounds. SERVPRO of Ravenswood experts place the damaged documents in a very cold location, such as an actual freezer or freezer room (imagine a walk-in freezer, like the kind found in restaurants) in order to freeze all traces of moisture. In some of these cases, the mildew and debris clinging to them will freeze as well, making it easy for the water damage repair experts to brush them off simply. Before you know it, your important photographs will look great again.
4) Vacuum Freeze Drying
The vacuum freeze drying practice SERVPRO of Ravenswood experts also may use is designed to remove all of the air from the box holding the documents before cold air is pumped in. This is a bit more effective than the freezer drying technique, as it kills off the mildew and mold growing on the documents. They can’t live in a vacuum, where there’s no air. The freezing process works to immediately halt the progression of the water damage, literally “freezing” it in its tracks.
5) Vacuum Thermal Drying
As you can imagine, water damage repair experts use vacuum thermal drying, a process that involves placing the photographs in a box, removing all of the air, and then applying heat, for items that are extremely damaged by water. This is used when no other treatments will work, and when there’s little chance of the heat damaging the items further.
With all these wonderful and proved to work techniques, there is no need to worry about the storm damage your Ravenswood business may have experienced. Your local water damage cleanup experts are here to help bring your contents back to Like It Never Even Happened!
Call SERVPRO of Ravenswood at 773-878-5200 to schedule your consultation.
Fire Damage Repair for Chicago Historical Structures – What You Need To Know
Fire Damage Repair for Chicago Historical Structures – What You Need To Know
Historical structures in Chicago were not only built to last, but many are protected by certain building designations. This means that when they are damaged by fire the fire damage repair company hired to clean the damage must stay within those designations and make the building look like it was completely undamaged in the fire. This is highly specialized work that must be done by an experienced fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Ravenswood. If you maintain or manage historical structures in Chicago, then here is what you need to know before the cleanup begins.
Find Pictures of the Original Structure
In many cases, this is tough, because many of those pictures might have been in the structure itself when it caught fire. Having such records for SERVPRO of Ravenswood will help their technicians know the exact details of the parts of the house that they’re restoring. If photos are not readily available you may turn to the local historical society in order to see if any photos exist in their archives. Otherwise like SERVPRO of Ravenswood will rely on the owners or managers of the structure to determine best repair or replacement options for the fire damaged Chicago historical building.
Work With a Historian
There are cases when a local historian, one who specializes in historic architecture, will be hired by the like SERVPRO of Ravenswood as a consultant. This historian will work with like SERVPRO of Ravenswood to ensure that every repair fits the overall architectural plan of the structure. If something is deemed too modern, then it will have to be redone. Our goal is to make the building look like it did before the fire, and that includes all of the period detailing.
Hunt Down the Original Historical Designation Paperwork
This one is easy, as this information is usually placed online. In order for a Chicago historical building to be declared a local century home or historic landmark, an application must be filed. These applications are usually online in PDF form and held by either the county, state, or federal governments. like SERVPRO of Ravenswood will need to examine that form to see if any specific details about the structure of the building are described. In some cases, photographs might be attached to the application, of which would be very helpful for like SERVPRO of Ravenswood who undergoing the heavy tasks of fire damage restoration.
Special Permits Might Be Needed
If the fire damaged Chicago historical structure is in a local historically designated area, then SERVPRO of Ravenswood will have to gain special permitting to proceed with their work. We would be required to stay within those codes throughout the restoration process. This isn’t always easy to do, which is why hiring SERVPRO of Ravenswood who have the right expertise for completing this specialized work is of great importance.
In the end, all that matters is that your historic structure is cleared of all fire damage and restored by a reputable Chicago fire damage cleanup company. It’s worth the expense required to keep these gems standing for future generations to enjoy.
Help Hoarders Decrease the Risk of Fire
Hoarding can be a mental condition that prevents people from getting rid of things most people would consider trash. In their mind, there are emotional attachments to whatever it is they cannot get rid of. These items can include newspapers, magazines, fast food bags, old clothes, broken toys, junk mail, all of which that has the potential to ignite a fire and quickly spread to your home Ravenswood Chicago. While this can quickly get out of control and become a huge fire or water safety hazard to anyone living in the building, there are several tips that be applied to help hoarding clean up in Ravenswood Chicago.
- Be sure to acknowledge and identify what the problem is. Hoarding is when a room in a house becomes unusable for the intended purpose. Therefore, the first step would be to help a hoarder determine if the rooms of their home have become become unusable.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help regarding your hoarder help situation. It may be difficult at first as you may feel ashamed, embarrassed or afraid that you will be judged or have to give up your ‘treasured’ possessions, but you may be surprised by people who are willing and want to help you overcome this problem, especially if there is potential for a disaster such as fire or water damage. Additionally, there are local organizations that focus on helping people in your exact situation. They are able to give you the psychological, emotional and practical support that you need to overcome hoarding. These organizations specialize in helping hoarders and the best part is, most of them will even come to your home Ravenswood Chicago to visit with you.
- While a hoarder’s home can be full of clutter, start small. Instead of thinking you must clear the entire house at the same time, focus on cleaning one thing at a time. This can be anything from a tiny box, your car, a cupboard or maybe even an entire room. These smaller more achievable goals will help you to start to clean up the clutter, as well as provide mini-victories along the way.
- Since you are starting small, be sure to stay consistent with your cleaning. Instead of doing a little here and a little there, try to stay consistent. For example, spend 20 minutes per day cleaning out the same room until it is completely de-cluttered. Every day add a couple more minutes to how much time you spend de-cluttering. The hardest part about undoing the hoarding is to simply get started. But once you do get started, you can easily get lost in it and continue cleaning the hoarding clutter for even longer. Be sure to follow through every day until that particular area has been finished.
- Utilize the 20-second rule. For every item that you have hoarded, make a decision within the first 20 seconds about whether you need to keep it or not. The longer you touch, look at and think of an item, the more likely it is that you will want to keep it. So when you look at something, and your first thought isn’t ‘I have to have this to live,’ get rid of it. And moving things to different parts of your house is not ‘getting rid of something.’ It’s actually called churning.
- Come up with a timetable that you can commit too. If you create a schedule of cleaning sessions that you can regularly follow every day or week, you can set goals for yourself within that time frame. The best thing about setting goals is that you can reward yourself when you hit them. For example, set yourself a goal of inviting your family over when the living room has been cleaned. Set a date and stick to it.
- Be aware of everything that you have already achieved. You can even take a before photo prior to getting started, and then an after photo once the room is cleared. This will give you a sense of pride, not just when the room has been cleared, but also with the progress that you are making. When this happens, feel free to give yourself a non-hoarding related gift, such as a nice dinner out or a massage. Try not to use shopping or something that will acquire more things for a reward. The whole point here is to de-clutter and clean Ravenswood Chicago.
- Be sure to set rules for your hoarding helpers in advance. This could be that you have the final decision over whether items can stay or have to go. If you give the hoarder helpers guidelines that they can follow, it will help to make their work more efficient and an easier transition for you as well. For example, make a decision that any newspaper that is over 1 week old has to be recycled, but any personal photos and letters need to be kept. Set some guidelines that you can follow. For example, ‘I can only keep 20 books.’
Remember, a hoarders house can be a dangerous as it has the potential to become fire hazard. Though SERVPRO of Ravenswood’s ability to cleanup and bring your home back to a livable condition, it is also known that Fire damage cleanup is costly. But with the right hoarding clean up help and the right advice, hoarding can easily be defeated and become a thing of the past in your home Ravenswood Chicago. Just be sure that you follow the tips outlined above, and you will be able to defeat hoarding and change your life for the better.
Call us today for a free assessment on cleanup services; 773-878-5200.
Free CE Course for Facilities Managers, Insurance Agents & Adjusters
“Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry Course”
SERVPRO of Ravenswood cordially invites Facilities Managers, Insurance Agents and Adjusters to attend this free course on Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry. This course has been specifically designed to teach and explain the special procedures used by cleanup professionals in mitigating mold damage. The purpose of the course is to provide attendees with a better understanding of the work performed by the mitigation specialists at mold damage work sites. Attendees will learn remediation processes which can help control the cost if performed in a timely manner. The course host, SERVPRO, will demonstrate examples of work performed to mitigate mold damage. This course will help attendees better understand what clients are going through when they have mold damage.
IL Insurance Agents will receive credit hours toward their state licensure upon completion of the CE class.
RSVP Today to Donna@SERVPROravenswood.com or
(seating is limited)
Date: Thursday, 09/20/2018
Location: The Private Bank Fire Pitch/Heineken Pub97
3626 N Talman Chicago IL 60618
Time: Class begins promptly at 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served before and after the class. Doors open at 8:45 AM.
Odor Removal and Deodorization North Chicago
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When an odor is present, there is only one thing people want to do. Get rid of it! Unfortunately, it’s not always as easy as that. You first have to find the odor North Chicago, make sure you have the equipment to eliminate the odor, clean any other surfaces that have come in contact with the odor, and finally make sure that the odor has been removed without a trace of it left behind. Most of the time this is a small job. However, occasionally contacting SERVPRO of Ravenswood, a professional odor removal and deodorization company, gets the job done for you.
Why is it important to remove and deodorize odors as quickly as possible? Mainly due to their ability to permeate an entire living space or job site. This can make living or working in the area unpleasant and intolerable. So, it’s best to let a SERVPRO of Ravenswood fix the problem as quickly as possible.
With odors coming from multiple sources, it can be hard to reduce possible causes that can contribute to the problem. So here are the most common sources of odors that you can watch out for:
Smoke is one of the leading causes of odors North Chicago. Since smoke comes from a number of different sources, it can be hard to pinpoint what the main source really is. Whether it’s a fire in a fireplace that got out of control, some type of cooking fire in the oven or from grease splashes, those scented candles that are suppose to help you relax that were accidentally left burning a little too long, or even after an actual fire damage, these smoke odors are all candidates that may require odor removal.
Then you have the odors associated with water and water damage North Chicago. These odors are typically more of a mildew type smell and originate from conditions due to sewage, structural or building contents. If this were the case, you would want to get it fixed immediately. The longer it sits with the moisture, the stronger and more powerful the odor will become. Some common causes may include overflow from a toilet, a leaky water pipe, or even a sewage backup.
Of course, there are always the possible animal odors. This can be anything from a skunk that sprayed, pet urine and feces, or maybe that rat died inside the walls. These types of odors have the ability to penetrate deep down into walls, carpets, fabrics and essentially spread throughout the North Chicago houses or businesses quite rapidly.
One of the worst types of smoke though has got to be smoke odors from tobacco. This is caused by smoking cigars, pipes and cigarettes indoors. Without the proper ventilation, the smoke odor will become stronger and stronger until it is extremely difficult to be removed.
Contact SERVPRO of Ravenswood today for your free cost of service estimate; 773-878-5200. No matter what the odor may be North Chicago, it is always best to have an odor removal and deodorization specialist come out, assess the situation and use their skills, equipment and knowledge to find, fix and eliminate the problem!
Flooded Basement Clean-up Lincoln Square
If you have descended the stairs into your basement only to find it flooded with murky dirty water, you’re probably wondering what the heck happened? Basement flooding Lincoln Square can usually be attributed to inadequate drainage around the walls, torrential downpours during storms or a faulty sub-pump. Basement flooding can occur not only in wet conditions such as heavy rain or rapid snowmelts, but it can also happen when the weather is dry.
What should I do if my basement is flooded Lincoln Square?
For your own safety, it is important that you do not enter a flooded basement for any reason. First, if the power is still on you run the risk of electrocution, and second water can harbor bacteria that is harmful to your health.
If you find your basement flooded then call our expert team, SERVPRO of Ravenswood, who will bring a flood clean-up and restoration team as soon as possible. If you are able to call within the first 24-48 hours, then you limit the amount of damage caused to your Lincoln Square home or business, and therefore reduce the cost of the repairs. When SERVPRO of Ravenswood arrives, they may ask if you know where your electricity, water, and gas shut off valves are. Do not worry if you are unsure our trained technicians will locate these valves and switch them off to make the area safe prior to starting any assessments or mitigation.
Once the area is safe, they will assess the area to ascertain the cause if not readily apparent. They will then use special equipment to remove the water from the basement enabling them to assess the damage caused by the water. This can include damage caused by water penetrating the walls where waterproofing has failed as well as flooring damage if you have a carpet installed.
They will also move content that are irretrievably damaged from the basement so that the damp, moisture and secondary damage cannot spread from these items and cause further issues.
After the main body of water is removed, they will begin the dying & dehumidification process, drying the area completely removing any moisture - if caught early enough this will stop mold spores from developing in the basement of your Lincoln Square home or business. If mold has already started to develop, they will remove all instances of mold both external and internal to the walls to make certain that the infestation is gone and will not return.
If the problem was a burst pipe or faulty sump pump, we highly recommend you contact the appropriate tradesmen to repair the cause so that the flooding does not occur again.
The final step to our process is cleaning and sanitizing. Our technicians will carry out what is necessary to complete the cleanup process, to the highest standard, and with the least amount of impact to you and your Lincoln Square home or business.
Yes - We Can Clean Curtains, Drapes & Blinds Northcenter
These are window curtains that hang in an elementary school cafeteria
Auditorium curtains, drapes and blinds are one of the first things people notice when they make an entrance, albeit a Northcenter auditorium, a home or a business. If they are clean and nice, it makes a great impression. However, if the curtains, drapes or blinds are dirty, dusty and not well maintained, it can potentially affect a person’s initial thoughts about your home or business. This is why a cleaning specialist should be used about once per year to keep away dirt, dust, and stains.
While there are various types of materials that can be used on your wall and window hangings, one of the consistent cleaning treatments will be some form of vacuuming. This will help to keep windows cobweb and dust free, thus keeping curtains, drapes and blinds clean.
Once the windows are cleaned, you will need to decide whether you would like to clean the drapes and blinds yourself or go with a professional cleaner. Each option has its pros and cons, but keep in mind that if you decide to do the cleaning yourself, you will need to decide is what/how are you going to be cleaning the windows, as well as have all the required tools and equipment (aka, scaffolds in the case of auditorium curtains) that you will need to get the job done correctly.
Since there are going to be various cleaning needs, there are going to be various approaches and methods to getting the cleaning done correctly. For example, different types material and the types of stains or smudges will determine the cleaning method that would work best.
When it is time to clean your curtains, drapes or blinds, there are 3 main categories that your drapes and blinds may fall under. The first is regular cleaning them, then the washing of the drapes, and finally the cleaning of the blinds.
The first category would be to clean your drapes and blinds regularly. It’s just like any other chore around the house or office, the longer they go without being cleaned, the tougher it is going to become to clean them. The simple solution is to perform regular cleaning or have a cleaning professional do it for you. If nothing else, be sure to keep the windows clean. This will help limit the amount of dirt and dust that end up on the drapes and blinds.
The next phase would be to wash or have your drapes washed. This normally involves removing or pulling down the drapes. How you wash them depends upon the type of fabric they are made of, so if you’re not sure, be sure to ask an expert first. In most Northcenter auditorium curtain cleaning services, onsite (none removal) cleaning is more practical. Especially in case of a post-construction cleanup scenario.
Finally, it’s time to clean your blinds. While many find this a tedious task, a popular method is to regularly vacuum and use a duster to help get the blinds clean. Depending upon what they are made of, you may even want to put a protective product on them to help them last longer.
When it comes to cleaning curtains, drapes and blinds - from small to large scales - it can become an overwhelming and cumbersome task. Be sure to try and clean them yourself regularly, or find a professional that can do it for you. Call SERVPRO of Ravenswood for your free consultation; 773-878-5200 or visit www.SERVPROravenswood.com.
Ravenswood Mold Remediation
Ready to address any size damage at your commercial location.
After a disaster water works its way into your Ravenswood commercial business, mold can start growing in under 48 hours, then the health concerns begin. If you have reason to believe that your commercial business has developed mold issues Ravenswood, your first call should be to SERVPRO of Ravenswood. Our mold remediation experts will assess the situation of your home or business and let you know what to do.
If secondary water damage (mold) does exist, a mitigation plan will be put together and carried out to ensure effective mold remediation of your Ravenswood home or business.
A Few Mold Facts
- Mold is essentially everywhere, both inside and outside.
- Mold spores are microscopic airborne particles that can enter your home through doors, windows and even on your clothing in a similar manner that pollen can.
- Mold spores grow in moisture. Colonies can spread when exposed to water.
- Mold colonies are what produce the toxins that become harmful to humans and animals.
- Mold often has a strong, musty odor. That odor is what often points homeowners to suspecting mold issues.
- Higher-than-normal humidity in the home is enough to support the growth of a colony. It’s best to keep indoor humidity below 45%.
Understanding SERVPRO’s Mold Remediation Process
Every mold remediation scenario is a little different, requiring a unique solution, but the overall process of cleanup can be broken down into the following basic steps.
- Inspection of the Property
Before any mold remediation plans begin, an inspection from a certified Environmentalist must inspect your property before SERVPRO of Ravenswood can come in. A number of technologies are used to detect colonies and water sources. The inspection will include a remediation plan of action, of which our technicians work from to properly clean the area affected by mold to your Ravenswood commercial business.
- Addressing the Water Source
At the beginning of the mold remediation process, the first thing that will need to be addressed is the source of moisture that gives a colony its fuel. If it isn’t, there is a good chance it will come back.
The mold will be contained through several methods to prevent spores from spreading during remediation. HVAC systems and fans will also remain off to keep them from spreading mold as well.
- Air Filtration
Our trained team will come armed with specialized air filtration units designed to catch even the smallest spores from the air. They also contain powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacs to keep the spores from escaping during the mold remediation.
- Removing Captured Mold and Mold Infected Materials
Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments are also used in mold remediation to kill off the colonies and help keep them from reforming. Porous items like drywall and carpeting may need to be removed completely if the level of mold is especially heavy.
- Cleaning House
After containment and removal, the team will clean all furniture, curtains, clothing, and decorative items affected but not excessively. Several mold specific cleaning techniques will be used to sanitize everything, and special fogging equipment will remove odors and deodorize the areas.
- Final Rebuild
Rebuild will be completed to replace any drywall, subflooring, carpet and more that had to be removed for the mold remediation.
After a water disaster, the ultimate goal for SERVPRO of Ravenswood is to leave your Ravenswood commercial business mold free and put back together "Like it never even happened." Call us today for your Free consultation, 773-878-5200.
Fire Damage Cleanup at your Chicago Home, School or Business
Fires are devastating, but the fire damage cleanup Chicago does not have to be. Not only do the flames themselves tear through a Chicago home, business or school, but the chaos created in the act of putting them out piles on. Consequently, there is a vast range of damage left in the wake that will probably include extensive smoke and water damage too.
Although each fire and the aftermath it brings may require individualized solutions to repair, the overall process of fire damage repair can be broken down into 7 basic steps:
Making the Call
The fire damage repair process starts when you make the call. The SERVPRO of Ravenswood is staffed around the clock, so you’ll be able to reach a trained professional as soon as the need arises. Each representative knows what questions to ask to dispatch our team to your Chicago home or business to get to work.
Inspection and Assessment
The first thing the SERVPRO of Ravenswood team will do is thoroughly inspect and test each area of the home to determine the range of the fire, smoke, soot and other damage. They will take the time to check every area for the exact damage received, making complete notes as they go. These notes will be the building blocks to create your individual plan of action for your fire damage repair.
Securing the Property Against More Damage
Fires often compromise the walls, roof, and windows of a home, leaving the home, school or business exposed to outside elements. To help maintain security and to protect against additional damage the our SERVPRO of Ravenswood team will tarp the roof and board-up any holes in the exterior walls and windows.
Water Removal as Required
Since fires are typically fought with a deluge of water, you can count on water remediation Chicago being a part of the fire damage repair process. From extraction to dehumidifiers and air movers, our team will remove excess water and help prevent any potential secondary damage.
Preliminary Clean-up for Fire Damage Repair
Smoke and soot removal process requires specialized equipment and techniques to ensure a thorough elimination of the residue from every surface of the home including walls, ceilings, doors and more.
Final Clean-up and Sanitizing
After the smoke and soot are eliminated, our SERVPRO of Ravenswood team will continue the Chicago home, school or business fire damage repair procedure by cleaning all restorable items and structures of the house. A variety of cleaning techniques are used to help restore your contents to a pre-fire state.
These techniques include the use of air scrubbers and fogging machines to eliminate air born odors and other contaminants
Finally, repair may begin with various contractors to replace any drywall, paint, carpet, etc. to your Chicago post-fire damage clean home, school or business.
Trust SERVPRO of Ravenswood to Handle Fire Damage Cleanup
At SERVPRO, our teams are specialists in fire damage repair. Our goal is to get you back to pre-fire conditions quickly and safely so you can go on living your life "Like it never even happened." Call us at 773-878-5200 for your free inspection; www.SERVPROravenswood.com
Water Damage Repair and Restoration Manor Residents
Water damage in your Manor home can be a cause for concern not only because of the damage but also the health risks to people living in within. Luckily SERVPRO of Ravenswood is nearby and can help mitigate the situation immediately!
The main causes of water damage in residential properties are:
- Burst or leaking pipes – This is particularly prevalent in the winter where sudden temperature changes can cause weakness in pipes
- Issues with the plumbing system – this can include but is not limited to blockages in the system causing leaks due to pressure build up
- Faulty or malfunctioning household appliances – This could be a washing machine or dishwasher that has developed a fault causing water to leak from the appliance
- HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning units)
- Natural disasters or inclement weather conditions
What damage can water cause?
Primary water damage is the areas of your home that have become wet or damp as a result of water intrusion. Although you may see water leaking from one area, this may not always be the origin of the problem which is not always visible to the naked eye.
Secondary damage can occur if the primary water damage was not treated properly and further moisture damage has occurred. Secondary damage can include weakened and disintegrating drywall, warped and cupped flooring, and mold growth can occur.
Mold growth not only causes damage to structures but is also a serious health concern if not properly and completely treated. Mold spores can be highly damaging to respiratory systems particularly those who are older, young children and people with existing respiratory health issues such as asthma.
Should I call a professional?
It can be tempting to clear the area yourself. However, you may only be treating the visible effects of the damage, not the root cause. This can lead to secondary water damage which is more costly to fix.
Manor residents, as soon as you are aware of water damage in your property you should call our expert water damage restoration team, SERVPRO of Ravenswood at 773-878-5200. Ensuring that you call a professional with 24-48 hours can save your home from secondary water damage which can save you money on the restoration needed.
Our trained technicians will use specialist equipment to discover the source of the water ingress to your property. Once this is located, they will set to work on restoring the cause of the intrusion of the water. Plumbers and general contractors can assist in repairing burst pipes, clearing blockages. Our technicians will contain flood water then clean & restore the affected areas of primary water damage removing the damp and moisture to ensure there is no further impact. If caught early enough this can ensure that secondary water damage cannot occur. If the water damage has been present for longer than 48 hours our team will also clean and repair any secondary damage if found. This can include removing and replacing damaged drywall, checking and repairing any structural damage and remediating mold from the source so you can be assured that your family’s health is not at risk. Contact us today with questions or concerns about water damage repair and restoration Manor residents; 773-878-5200.