Fire Damage Restoration Chicago
Chicago fires are devastating to your commercial property and once the fire department has done their duty, it’s time for SERVPRO of Ravenswood to do theirs. To be as proactive as possible, your first call after 911 should be to our 24 Hour Dispatch Center at 773-878-5200. Our professionals will ask the right questions to determine which of our skilled teams is best qualified to handle your Chicago fire damage restoration needs for your business.
While you are waiting for the fire damage restoration team to arrive your immediate focus should be safety for you and your staff. If you aren’t sure if the building is safe to be in, its best to err on the side of caution and not reenter the structure until it can be assessed by a professional.
If you do enter the building, here are some other things to be aware of before fire damage restoration process gets started.
What You Can Do Before Fire Damage Restoration Begins
- Electrical hazards are very possible, be careful.
- Slip and fall hazards are also very possible.
- Cover air registers with a double layer of cheesecloth.
- Change HVAC filter.
- Put clean towels or old sheets on high traffic areas of carpet, rugs and upholstered areas.
- Limit your movements, so you don’t deeply embed soot into the carpet and other fabrics.
- Keep your hands clean, so you don’t add to the number of items that need to be cleaned.
- If the power is off, take all food and drinks out of the fridge and freezer, leaving the doors propped open.
- Throw out all canned and packaged foods or drinks that were stored near the fire or water.
- Wash your plants on both sides of leaves and completely around the stems and stalks.
What You Should NOT Do Before Fire Damage Restoration Begins
- Soaked materials can be extremely heavy. If you decide to move soaked items around, do so with care.
- Don't try to do any cleaning yourself. This includes not scrubbing walls or shampooing carpets or upholstery.
- Don't do anything with electrical appliances that were exposed to the fire or water until you’ve consulted an authorized repair professional.
- Don't turn on ceiling lights or fan if the ceiling is wet until the wiring can be inspected.
- Don't have any clothing cleaned through standard methods, including dry cleaning. Smoke odors need to be specially treated to prevent permanently setting the odor into the fabrics.
Beginning the SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Process
When your SERVPRO of Ravenswood trained technicians arrive, two initial tasks will take place. One, a full assessment will be made as to what needs to be done. Two, damage by fire and water can create areas of exposure. Steps will be taken to secure areas that have been affected.
The Final Stage of the Fire Damage Restoration Process
Chicago fire restoration is actually the final step of the fire damage restoration process. After extensive water remediation and specialized cleaning to remove smoke, soot and other fire damage, the restoring of your home to its pre-fire condition is our end goal. Restoration tasks may include:
- Building Services and Reconstruction
- Carpet Repair and Installation
- Drywall Removal and Installation
- Hardwood Floor Repair
- Tile Floor Repair
SERVPRO of Ravenswood professionals can simplify the commercial fire damage restoration process for your business in Chicago by taking care of the damage mitigation and the restoration process. Only needing to work with one qualified company during this entire process will help keep costs down, and be less stressful overall. Contact us 24/7/365 for your free inspection today!
Mold Remediation for Your Irving Park Business
Protective gear is essential when handling mold.
Any commercial property, old and new, in our Irving Park and surrounding neighborhoods can become rapidly infested with toxic levels of mold after the introduction of a source of moisture. And, not just from plumbing or roof leak either, consistently high levels of humidity indoors can be enough for mold to spawn a colony. SERVPRO of Ravenswood, your local go-to Irving Park commercial mold remediation clean up vendor is here to help.
Once growth begins, it can take as little as 48 hours for a new colony of mold to spread throughout the house and reach levels high enough to cause allergic reactions and other health issues.
If you suspect your business may be “sick” with excess mold growth, the best solution is to call in a certified Environmentalist to assess, test and report a protocol for immediate remediation.
To Effectively Fight Mold, You Need to Understand Mold
Before you start Google searches of your area and begin collecting bids from local contractors for mold removal, you need to be aware of a few things.
First, mold spores exist everywhere. They are microscopic and travel through the air, similarly to pollen. They can come indoors through an open window, doorway, or even on your hair and clothing.
Second, contrary to the claims of some mold removal and remediation companies, it’s not physically possible to do a 100% mold removal for the reason we just mentioned above. It’s everywhere.
Third, mold only becomes harmful when it is allowed to colonize indoors. Colonization occurs when spores come in contact with a viable source of moisture. From there it settles in and starts to reproduce. Colonization is what brings the levels of mold up to potentially unhealthy concentrations. That’s where the trouble begins.
Consequently, before any effective mold removal can begin, its food source, i.e., moisture, has to be removed. That means fixing or replacing that leaky roof, addressing any plumbing issues, or utilizing a dehumidifier to keep indoor humidity under 45%.
Trust in SERVPRO for Effective and Fast Mold Removal
SERVPRO of Ravenswood teams are trained to work quickly and effectively to find, treat and remove toxic levels of mold in Irving Park commercial properties. Their quick response time aids in keeping the amount of damage lower and reducing the costs of services.
When you call SERVPRO of Ravenswood for mold removal, you will be matched up with experts in:
- Mold removal and remediation
- Water removal
- Water and mold damage restoration
- Building restoration
- Microbial Remediation Specialties
- Structural Drying
- And more
SERVPRO of Ravenswood Uses the Latest Tech Equipment to Achieve Efficient Mold Removal in Irving Park
From detection to containment and even restoration, SERVPRO of Ravenswood’s mold removal processes take advantage of the most up to date cleaning, air pressure chambers and building tools and techniques to make sure your home and business is a safe and healthy one, Irving Park and surrounding neighborhoods.
A qualified mold removal company needs to understand the science behind mold and mold colonization. SERVPRO of Ravenswood professionals have undergone training and been given the expertise to accomplish effective mold removal from your home or office. When they are finished with the mold remediation of your Irving Park business, you can be assured that the mold levels will be back to normal, healthy levels.
Call today for your Free consultation; 773-878-5200.
Storm Damage Clean-Up Uptown
SERVPRO's Emergency Storm Response Teams Are Ready To Move
When large storms hit Uptown Chicago, the damage that excessive rain, wind, and flooding can to do a home is overwhelming. That’s why SERVPRO of Ravenswood is on call 24 hours a day to take your call and get you started on the right path for storm damage clean-up.
Summer showers and flash flooding can happen with little advanced warning. Modern weather tracking does allow planning for approaching hurricanes, but unless you have a house you can transport with you, you’re still at the storms mercy when it comes to how much storm damage clean-up you will need.
When the winds subside, the water recedes, and it’s time to return to your home. It is important to have trained professionals on hand to assess, repair, and safely turn your house back into a home.
No matter the type or amount of damage, SERVPRO of Ravenswood professionals will take care of all the work that needs to be accomplished. Plus during severe events and catastrophic storms, our Disaster Recovery Teams can respond quickly with additional resources to help lower the amount of damage that occurs. Events such as:
- Heavy Rain and Flooding
- Ice storms
- Severe Wind Damage
- Tidal Surges
- Wild Fires
After You’ve Made the Call for SERVPRO’s Professional Storm Damage Clean-Up
When faced with storm damage clean-up Uptown Chicago, your first call should be to SERVPRO of Ravenswood; 773-878-5200. After that, there are actions you can take while you wait for our team to arrive to help reduce further damage.
What You Can Do After Flooding to Begin Storm Damage Clean-up
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors.
What You Should NOT Do After Flooding When Beginning Storm Damage Clean-up
- Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don't use television or other household appliances.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
SERVPRO’s Storm Damage Clean-Up Major Event and Catastrophic Storm Response
SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Teams are ready and able to come to your aid with storm damage clean-up Uptown Chicago when dealing with disasters like flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, and blizzards. SERVPRO of Ravenswood’s national system is made up of a network of strategically place storm teams that keep on standby and be ready when a disaster strikes near your home.
Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO professional storm damage clean-up teams are specifically trained to be prepared for the unpredictable with the ability to mobilize locally as well as tap into resources from over 1,700 locations nationwide.
No disaster is too big to make it "Like it never even happened"!
Biohazard Cleaning Ravenswood
Our trained technicians utilizing protective gear.
Exposure to different chemical and biological contaminants can be a serious health risk and have dire consequences. In fact, failure to correctly remove biohazard substances Ravenswood can lead to extremely unhealthy and even dangerous environments. That is why SERVPRO of Ravenswood, a biohazard cleaning company, should be called in to safely clean and dispose of anything that is considered to be a biohazard.
What is a biohazard? A biohazard is an organism or one of its byproducts that can be harmful or even potentially harmful to a person. Here are different types of biohazard cleanup services SERVPRO of Ravenswood can service:
- Sewage backups
- Crime scene residues
- Suicide/death accidents
- Homicide cleanups
- Blood cleanup
- Accident cleanup
- Hoarding scenes
- Animal waste/remains
- Chemical spills
- Tear gas cleanup
- Meth lab cleanup
While most people believe that a commercial cleaning product will be able to clean the biohazard thoroughly, there is actually no way to be 100% positive if the area that was affected has been properly disinfected. This is why a SERVPRO of Ravenswood’s specially trained biohazard cleaning technicians should be used. We are able to employ highly effective cleaning methods to the affected area and ensure that the site is safe.
It is very important that any biohazards Ravenswood is handled by a professional. While most people think that a biohazardous material can only be in a hospital or some sort of health care setting, they actually occur anywhere.
The most common scenario for biohazardous contamination would be a sewage backup. When you have a sewage backup, it is nasty and can be extremely smelly. Since it is sewage water that is usually full of urine, feces and other contaminants, harmful microorganisms can be introduced into the structure. The best plan of action a biohazard cleanup specialist can do, is to remove all the sewage and contaminants and make sure that the entire area has been properly cleaned, disinfected and deodorized.
The second most common biohazard scenario is from bloodborne pathogens. This can range from bodily fluids, blood, tissue or any other type of pathogenic substance. All these types of bloodborne pathogens can be a result of an accident, crime, trauma or even death. Again, a certified specialist should be called in to clean the area, disinfect the area, deodorize as well.
How will a biohazard technician cleanup a biohazard scenario Ravenswood? While there are OSHA and health regulation standards, the general process is to clean the area, disinfect the area, and finally deodorize the area.
When the scene is being cleaned, all traces of biological material, blood, chemicals, and dirt are removed from the area. Any personal property that is unable to be remediated becomes medical waste and is then disposed of.
The scene is then disinfected. A disinfectant spray is used on all surfaces and then the scene is wiped manually for a second time. Adenosine triphosphate fluorescence testing is then used to test the area to verify sanitation.
The final step is then to deodorize the scene to eliminate the possibility of any types of odors. Click here for additional tips.
Any biohazard scenario Ravenswood has the potential to be a health hazard. By utilizing SERVPRO of Ravenswood for biohazard cleaning services, you will be able to make sure that all possibilities of this are eliminated, and the area will become usable once again. Call today for immediate service; 773-878-5200.
Commercial Mold Removal Lincoln Square
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Why do I have mold on my premises?
Mold in a commercial property Lincoln Square can be caused by water damage or water intrusion from various sources such as a roof, window or plumbing leaks. The humidity caused by the presence of moisture combined with the warmth and poor ventilation in a property gives mold the perfect conditions to develop, and it can spread quickly if left unchecked. This can cause damage to internal structures, damage to products in storage and is also a serious health risk for you, your customers and your staff.
Should I Clean Mold Myself?
It may be tempting to clean the mold off of surfaces yourself, however, this will only remove the surface mold. Although an area may look clean of mold Lincoln Square the root cause of the infestation and there will be spores within the surface that you will not be able to reach with household cleaning items. The spores that are left will continue to multiply and grow and the surface growth will soon be visible again. A few things you can do in the case of a mold infestation are:
- Turn off your HVAC system if you have one
- Make sure that movement in the area is limited to prevent spores from transferring elsewhere
- Do not touch or disturb the affected areas
- Make sure that you vacate the property
What Will a Mold Removal Team do?
If you have a mold infestation on your premises, you should call the SERVPRO of Ravenswood expert mold removal team as soon as possible. They will be able to determine the cause of the mold growth and remove all spores from the property ensuring that it is fully eliminated.
SERVPRO of Ravenswood team will carry out a preliminary assessment of the problem to ascertain the severity of the infestation and the underlying cause. There is a protocol we must follow to properly address the severity of the damage. The first step is to contact a certified Environmentalist who can test the area and report the specifics of the spore counts, the risks and the step-by-step remediation. S/He will then ensure that there is no cross contamination within the premises.
SERVPRO of Ravenswood is trained to perform the step-by-step remediation, Lincoln Square commercial property managers, provided by the Environmentalist. Mold isn’t always visible to the human eye so our experts will use special equipment to clean areas that are affected or that have high moisture levels that will encourage future mold growth.
Once the assessment and containment of the mold are complete, SERVPRO of Ravenswood’s team will then remove the mold at the source ensuring that there are no mold spores present within the premises to safeguard against further infestation. Finally, the team will remove the underlying cause of the infestation by repairing the affected area to stop the further intrusion of water.
If left untreated Lincoln Square mold can cause serious structural damage to your commercial property such as brickwork and drywall which could lead to more serious issues that will take longer and cost more to correct in addition to the loss of business while the premises are being treated and repaired. Call SERVPRO of Ravenswood today at 773-878-5200 for a consultation.
Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration Edgewater
Storm Team Is Faster To Any Size Disaster
Anybody in Edgewater who has ever experienced a storm or flood knows about how devastating the damage can be. Action should immediately be taken for the cleanup and restoration that follows. With the amount of damage that can occur, SERVPRO of Ravenswood professionals are storm damage cleanup and restoration experts & should be called, as we have the knowledge, the tools and the ability to help you during this troubling time.
First thing is first when it comes to storms and floods. Safety first! Always protect you, your family, friends, and anybody who needs help. These can be tough times for all involved.
After the storm has cleared and it has been reported by the appropriate authorities that the conditions are once again safe, should you start your storm damage cleanup and restoration. Even though the storm has passed, mind your safety. Reports have shown that most injuries actually come after the storm during careless cleanup efforts.
When it comes to storm damage cleanup and restoration Edgewater, there are four steps to take. While SERVPRO of Ravenswood is able to make the entire experience much easier, the same four steps are always going to be utilized.
The first step is to clear away any brush or debris that may be dangerous or a threat to your home. Examine the outside area around your home or business and take note of any possible safety hazards. These may include; low hanging branches, debris, fallen trees, etc. Hire the appropriate help to eliminate most of the trees, branches, and shrubs that will need to be removed. This step is always advised first, as it can make cleanup and restoration of your home or business much easier.
The next step is to assess any damages to your home. Whether you can make the repairs to the damages yourself and not require SERVPRO of Ravenswood to do so, make sure that you are able to complete the project and have all the right tools. The last thing you want to do in a situation like this is to take on a project that will put you in danger.
Before moving into the home or business to examine the damages, be sure that the exterior of the house is sound. Make sure to check for any broken windows, if there is any roof or wall damage or if any debris have fallen and compromised the stability of your home or business. Our technicians can perform such duties should you choose not to do these tedious tasks yourself.
Once the outside has been examined, it’s time to move into your Edgewater home or business. Note any damages that may have occurred. One of the main things to pay attention to would be flooding. Most storms come with water damage and that water needs to go somewhere.
Once the yard house and inside of the house have been examined, it’s time to get to work. While a storm damage and restoration specialist SERVPRO of Ravenswood will help clean, repair and restore any damages, it is ultimately up to you and how you would like to proceed. Just be sure to plan ahead in case another storm is to come your way. Contact Donna at 773-878-5200 for a free consultation on creating an emergency contingency plan for your business or property.
Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Albany Park
Broken windows? We can board them up!
When vandalism and graffiti happens in your neighborhood, Albany Park, it can be very upsetting and costly. Whether it is a minor prank or mass destruction of a home or business, it needs to be addressed in a timely manner. Even simple acts of vandalism such as breaking a window can have huge damage implications. Say the window is broken during a rainstorm. Now, besides just a broken window, there is also the risk of water and mold damage inside. That is why whenever there is a form of vandalism, it is good to know that SERVPRO of Ravenswood is nearby and prepared at any time of day, or night, to contact for quick vandalism and graffiti cleanup.
Another effect of vandalism and graffiti are the extra cost to get them cleaned up and fixed. No matter where vandalism or graffiti happens in Albany Park, the cost for cleanup and repair may not be covered by your insurance policy. Call your agent to inquire.
So how can you help protect your property from vandalism and graffiti, or even assist with catching the culprits behind the damage?
Some well-placed security cameras will go a long way to help prevent any further vandalism. Not many people that are about to cause damage to a property like to be caught on camera. So if they see that they are under surveillance, they will often times move on to another house or business. This is unfortunate as well, but at least your house or business will now be protected. Also, catching the vandals on camera will help provide local law enforcement helpful information. Investing in a security camera system may help not only help your home or business, Albany Park, but also your community.
Of course this is not a sure method of vandalism prevention, even with a security system installed at your home or business, unfortunately vandalism and graffiti can still happen. If this is the case, it is best to contact SERVPRO of Ravenswood a vandalism and graffiti cleanup specialist to come in and take care of the damage. We will be act quickly to remove any graffiti and vandalism that has occurred. Even if the graffiti is located on a walkway, wood, glass window, car, garages, driveways or anywhere else, we will have the right tools and the right knowledge to get the situation fixed immediately.
No matter how unfortunate it is to have vandalism and graffiti happen, it does happen. By utilizing simple security precautions such as a security camera system, looking out for other neighbors or businesses and just being aware of what is going on in the neighborhood; Albany Park residents and businesses will be able to help limit the occurrence of a vandalism or graffiti attack from happening to your home or business. If vandalism does happen Albany Park, remember to contact SERVPRO of Ravenswood at 773-878-5200 as quickly as possible, so that we will be get the vandalism cleaned up and the graffiti cleaned off.
Fire Damage Cleanup & Restoration Andersonville
Any type of fire to a Andersonville business or home can be an extremely traumatic experience. It can cause not just damage from the flames of the fire, but the after-effect damages can be just as devastating. Whether it is debris, soot, smoke, odor or structural damage, there is a potential for more damage than is initially expected.
It’s no secret that the best way to prevent fire damage is by not having a fire. But sometimes they just happen. When they do, there is nothing that can be done about it. However, knowing the top ways a fire can start will help you avoid a fire altogether.
- Cooking Fires. Whether it is an unattended kitchen, grease splatters or keeping combustibles next to a heat source, they can all lead to a fire.
- Heating Fires. Make sure that the furnace is regularly inspected and that any portable heaters are kept a safe distance from anything combustible.
- Smoking Inside. Always be sure that any cigarette butts are put out completely and disposed of properly.
- Electric Fires. Check to make sure there are no overloaded outlets, exposed cord wires or overused extension cords being used.
- Candles. Always pay attention when candles are lit and be sure not to leave them unattended.
- Kids. Keep all lighters and matches out of reach and away from curious children.
- Faulty Wiring. More prevalent in older apartments, houses, and buildings, faulty wiring can play a huge part in starting a fire.
- Flammable Items. Always store adhesives, cleaning agents and paint away from any sources of heat.
- Holiday Decorations. Try not to hang any decorations too close to the fireplace or near sources of heat.
- Grills. Be sure to not grill under a flammable awning or on a porch.
Now that you know the top 10 most common causes of fires Andersonville residents and business owners, you can do your best to try and prevent a fire from ever happening. But for whatever reason a fire does happen, then you should contact SERVPRO of Ravenswood, your nearest fire damage restoration specialist.
SERVPRO of Ravenswood’s trained professionals will be able to inspect your Andersonville home or office for any fire or fire-related damages. Depending on how bad the damage is, we can even put a roof tarp or board up anything that may require it.
Often time during a fire, you will experience water damage from when the fire was put out. So, a good fire damage cleanup specialist, SERVPRO of Ravenswood, will be able to remove any leftover water and help dry wherever the water damage has occurred.
When a fire occurs, Andersonville residents and business owners, it is never convenient and possibly one of the worst times in a person’s life. By using SERVPRO of Ravenswood, we can help get you through the situation with minimal stress and have everything back to "Like it never even happened." We will take care of all the damages from the fire, as well as the after-effect damages of the fire. Call us at 773-878-5200
Sewage Cleanup and Restoration Northcenter
Sewage backup fail, damage leading to adjacent room.
While not all too common, Northcenter residents & property managers, sewage backups can be quite nasty and should be considered a type of emergency. This is because the water in a sewage backup may have bacteria, viruses, feces and other waste materials in it.
That is why when sewage cleanup and restoration are required; it is best to go to a certified sewage cleanup and restoration specialist– SERVPRO of Ravenswood. They will be able to safely clean and remove contaminants and restore any damages that may have been sustained during the sewage backup.
It is not advised to do sewage cleanup yourself, as there are risks to health associated with sewage. It is no big secret that sewage usually contains some sort of feces or urine. This causes the sewage water to contain various types of allergens and pathogens that can be extremely harmful to a person’s health.
Northcenter residents & property managers, anybody who comes into contact with the sewage backup is at great risk of acquiring illness. This does not just include the general public. It also includes the sewage cleanup and restoration specialists – SERVPRO of Ravenswood - who will be cleaning the sewage, disinfecting the area and restoring anything that was damaged. During any stage of the sewage cleanup and restoration process, there is a real threat of contracting some sort of bacterial, fungal, viral or parasitic illness.
While the possibility of contracting some sort of illness during the sewage cleanup and restoration process is very high, there are different types of contaminated water related to sewage backups; examples are:
- When of water is considered to be clean water to the common eye. This is water that comes from a source that has not been contaminated. This may include a broken water pipe or leaky sink faucet. This water is fresh and has not yet been contaminated by anything. However, if this is left untreated, it has the possibility to turn into contaminated water, so must be addressed immediately.
- When water appears gray. This may be contaminated in some sense and has the possibility to cause illness or discomfort. Some examples of this kind of water could be water from a leaky washing machine or dishwasher, soapy water or dirty dishwater. This water more than likely contains viruses and bacteria and also needs to be addressed immediately. If not addressed, it can quickly evolve into the third and final category of water.
- When is water is black. This water is extremely contaminated and will cause severe illness and even death if not handled correctly or ingested. Water like this may be contaminated with harsh chemicals, microbes, and untreated sewage.
No matter which level of sewage backup you experience, Northcenter residents & property managers , it is highly advised to have a sewage backup and restoration professional – SERVPRO of Ravenswood - come out and handle the situation. We will be able to clean and dispose of the contaminated water and restore any damages that occurred during the sewage backup. Call today and schedule your FREE inspection; 773-878-5200.
Mold Remediation Ravenswood Chicago
Small spots on an exterior wall lead to large mold spores behind the wall.
There is no place to hide when it comes to mold Ravenswood, Chicago. Whether it is a home or business, understanding there is always the chance that it may catch a mold infestation with any new introduction of moisture. Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
When you think that mold may be present in your home or business, the first step is to call a certified environmentalist immediately. They will be able to test for and identify if mold is present and what type of mold it its.
If you can already see the mold, you probably don’t need to waste any money pretesting, as the mold is already present. When this is the situation, the entire mold infested area simply needs to be removed.
There are several steps to successful mold remediation process, once certified by an Environmentalist:
- Call an Environmentalist.
- Free Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
These steps apply to all types and colors of mold and when done correctly by a mold remediation specialist such as SERVPRO of Ravenswood, can save your house or building. By controlling the mold growth and removing the source, there will be no need to take a wrecking ball to the building. Just be sure to enlist the services of SERVPRO’s trained professionals to make sure that all the mold is removed, as well as the air cleaned. Any missed mold can and will eventually spread, and you will be back to square number one.
Ravenswood Chicago mold can spread quickly and become a serious health problem if left untreated. If mold is spotted or suspected, the best thing that can be done is to contact SERVPRO of Ravenswood at 773-878-5200. They will be able to help by containing and eliminating the mold, repair the source of the mold, as well as disinfect the area and air where the mold was present.