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SERVPRO of RAVENSWOOD F1RST Responder Bowl Watch Event

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO of RAVENSWOOD F1RST Responder Bowl  Watch Event Working together to make this world a better place.

Join us at our new office (5401 N Wolcott Avenue) and help us celebrate as SERVPRO of Ravenswood recognizes Heroes across our communities who protect and serve. The inaugural SERVPRO First Responder Bowl may include teams from the Big Ten, Big 12, ACC or Conference USA. Let's watch together, enjoy a free lunch, taste samples from our local breweries, and tour our new warehouse. 

~Warehouse doors open at 12PM
~Game begins at 12:30 PM
~Lunch and drink will be served
~Email Donna@SERVPROravenswood.com to let us know if you are coming - bring a guest or a pet!

Can't make the event? That's okay! Donations are being accepted for the 100 Club Chicago on our donation page. The 100 Club of Chicago provides for the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Please select the SERVPRO F1RST Responder Bowl Watch Party in the Donation Category: www.100clubchicago.org/donate

Everything That Storm Damage Cleanup Entails

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

After your Edgewater neighborhood has been hit by inclement weather know to call SERVPRO of Ravenswood professionals to make everything look like new again. However, do you really understand the steps that will take place? Here’s a quick breakdown of everything that a storm damage cleanup job may entail, from start to finish.

1) An Inspection of the Damage

The first thing that the storm damage cleanup professional at SERVPRO of Ravenswood will do is do an assessment of damage. They’ll walk through your house and make a note of everything that the storm had affected. Any puddles of water, soaked carpeting, holes in the walls, and more will be thoroughly documented and photographed. The storm damage cleanup team at SERVPRO of Ravenswood will provide you with a punch list of everything that needs to be done.  We will also work with you home insurance company to help mitigate the situation. This assessment will contain costs, scope of work description and a timeline Edgwater.

2) Removing Any Existing Water

After the storm damage cleanup company has received written permission to begin the restoration process Edgewater, they will remove all content from the affected area and start the extraction of water that’s in your home. They’ll use special equipment soak up puddles that a simple set of towels cannot handle and ensure that every bit of standing water in your home is removed. They will go through every step necessary to complete this task, including blotting your carpeting and taking care of any sodden curtains. Know that any content damaged Edgewater can also be service by SERVPRO.

3) Running a Dehumidifier and Drying Everything Out

Next, the storm damage cleanup crew will set up dehumidifiers for the drying process Edgewater. They are necessary. The lack of puddles of standing water doesn’t mean that the job is over. Your floorboards, walls, carpeting, ceilings and everything else that received water damage could still be moist. That dampness, when left alone, will lead to mold. It’s SERVPRO of Ravenswood duty to make sure that this mold doesn’t have a chance to set in, so they’ll go through the additional steps to completely dry every surface.

4) Sanitizing the Space

Once everything is dry, our team will start cleaning and sanitizing Edgewater. This ensures that things like mold won’t be able to set up shop, so to speak. The storm damage cleanup crew will SERVPRO patented cleaning solutions to kill off any potential germs or irritants lurking in your formerly waterlogged home. This can only be done once all of the water has been removed, and those carpets and walls are now dry.

5) Performing Restoration Services

Finally, the last of the restoration services are completed. This consists of the storm damage cleanup crew going through and repairing holes in the walls and ceiling, replacing broken windows, and even repainting walls, if necessary. They will do everything required in order to make your home look just like it did before the storm – only cleaner. In addition, the best companies take the time to ensure that you’re pleased with the results.

Call SERVPRO of Ravenswood today, Edgewater, if your home has experienced any water damage – large or small! 773-878-5200

Ceiling, Floor and Wall Cleaning Bowmanville Chicago

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

When general cleaning is done in either your Bowmanville Chicago home or business, there are usually a couple of places that often get overlooked.  Specifically, the ceilings and walls.  This is a mistake as cleaning the walls and ceiling should be included as part of the regular cleaning maintenance, just like you would clean the floor.

Just like floors, carpet, furniture and every other part of your home or business, ceilings and walls are just as exposed to the elements and get hit with dust, dirt, grease, cooking splatters, pet fur, cigarette smoke and other contaminants as well. 

While a trained professional is always the best way to get your ceilings, walls, and floors clean, you may also want to have an air duct and HVAC specialist complete a check of your heating and cooling systems.  If they are full of dirt, dust, and mold, it will further expose these contaminants to your walls, floors and ceilings.  So once we have a clean bill of health for our heating and cooling systems, it’s time to get the ceilings, floors, and walls cleaned Bowmanville Chicago.

Again, a specialist is always recommended, but here are some tips to help you get the job done right.  Just remember, if your ceiling, walls and floors haven’t been cleaned in some time, they may be dirtier than normal and may take a little longer to get cleaned.  But once it becomes a part of your regular cleaning routine or to have a specialist do it regularly, it won’t take long at all.

It is always a good idea to start high and clean the ceilings first.  This way any dust that falls to the walls and floor will be cleaned when you get to the walls and floor.  And since they are ceilings, they do not require cleaning as often as the other parts of your home or business Bowmanville Chicago. 

If you’re not too keen on moving a ladder all around your house to get to ceiling height, you can simply use a duster with a long handle or handle extension.  With the right microfiber attachment, you will be able to remove dust and dirt easily.

Once the ceilings are cleaned, it’s time to move onto the walls.  The first thing to do would be to dust them.  Once all the dust has been removed, cleaning the surface of the walls is the next step.  Ideally, you would pull all the furniture or shelves away from the walls, so you are able to clean behind them.

Once the ceilings and walls have been cleaned Bowmanville Chicago, it’s time to finish up with the floor.  The best thing to do is to vacuum first to remove most of the dust and dirt.  Next, you can use a special cleaner (depending upon what type of floors you have) to really clean and protect them.

While cleaning ceilings, walls and floors can be a chore; it is good to have them done about once per month.  With the right trained specialist, they will be able to get the job done for you and maintain the neat, clean ceilings, walls, and floors Bowmanville Chicago that you are proud to have in your home or business.

Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning Edgewater

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning Edgewater Before and after

More and more people are becoming aware of indoor air pollution.  It is definitely an area of growing concern and is something that can easily be prevented with air duct and HVAC cleaning Edgewater.  In fact, you’ve probably seen some companies promote this service which will improve your indoor air quality on T.V. or in the mail.

How will cleaning the air ducts and HVAC system help to improve indoor air quality? When one of our qualified service technicians cleans your air ducts and HVAC system, they typically check and clean various cooling and heating system components.  These can include grilles and diffusers, supply and return air ducts, cooling coils, heat exchangers, fan motors and housing and condensate drip pans.

When one of these components is not properly maintained, the parts may become contaminated by pollen, other debris, and dust.  If there is moisture present, it can increase the chances for mold growth and spores may then be released into the indoor air.  These contaminants are then able to cause an allergic reaction or symptom in the people who were exposed to them. 

If you decide that you are going to have your air ducts and HVAC system cleaned Edgewater, be sure that the vendor is going to be cleaning all the components of your system.  If one element isn’t cleaned correctly, it can result in a re-contamination of the entire system. 

While there are various methods that can be used to clean your air ducts and HVAC system, standards have been established by industry associations.  Typically, special tools will be used to remove any dirt and debris, and then a high-powered vacuum will be used to vacuum the dirt and debris out. 

Once the air ducts have been thoroughly cleaned, our service technician may want to apply chemical biocides, which will kill any microbiological contaminants.  This would be applied inside the ducts and to the other components of the system.  And in some instances where there are signs of mold growth, a chemical treatment may also be required to cover the surfaces of the air ducts.

So how do you know if you need your air ducts and HVAC system cleaned?  What you can do is to do a visual inspection to see if there are any deposits of mold or dust, if there is a musty odor, or if someone is suffering from allergies more than normal.  These are all signs that a professional air duct-cleaning specialist should come out and inspect your heating and cooling systems.  Depending on where you live and how often you use your heating or cooling systems will determine how often you should have them cleaned.

Air ducts and HVAC systems Edgewater should be regularly cleaned to help keep dirt, dust, and mold from being spread throughout the building and decrease the indoor air quality.  With proper maintenance performed by a qualified air ducts and HVAC cleaning professional, you will ensure that the indoor air quality stays high.  Call SERVPRO of Ravenswood today to schedule your free assessment; 773-878-5200.

Five Things To Look For When Hiring A Fire Damage Restoration Company Andersonville

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Five Things To Look For When Hiring A Fire Damage Restoration Company Andersonville We Care About Your Belongings

Hiring a fire damage restoration company isn’t something that should be done quickly. Yes, you’re probably in a hurry to have your home or business restored to its original state, but that’s no reason to make an emotional decision that you’ll regret. Overcoming a traumatic experience of fire damage Andersonville requires the help of an expert fire damage restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Ravenswood, that’s the absolute best for the job – not the first company that approaches you making promises they cannot keep.

1) Experience

Let’s put it simply – experience matters. SERVPRO of Ravenswood knows what to doing. Ask to see a portfolio or some examples of our work. We are THE BEST fire damage restoration company!  We will have before and after pictures on hand and will be willing to show them to you and talk the appropriate process to have your Andersonville home or business back to looking like a fire never happened.

2) Reliability

SERVPRO of Ravenswood is very reliable. We will show up when we are supposed to and stick with the overall plan that’s in place. It’s okay for things to take a bit longer than necessary, as no one can control every aspect of these cleanup jobs, but if the job drags on for weeks over the estimate, there’s a problem. Make sure to ask your insurance agent which fire damage clean up company is best to choose   and confirm our reliability and expertise.  SERVPRO of Ravenswood has partnered with insurance companies such as State Farm, American Family, Allstate and many many more.

3) Ability to do the Job

While this sounds like it should fall into the “experience” category, it really doesn’t. Whether or not the fire damage restoration company can do the job has nothing to do with their experience. Some local fire damage restoration companies might be booked up for months and won’t have the time to handle your restoration work. The scope of the job might be too difficult, or larger than anything that they’ve ever done.

4) Honesty

The best fire damage restoration companies are honest. They tell you about their booked schedules or that the amount of work needed is outside of their wheelhouse. They also need to give you a reasonable and honest timeline for the job, as well as a good quote for services. On top of this, once you SERVPRO of Ravenswood, we will tell the truth about what parts of your home can be saved and which ones cannot. The fire damage restoration process will be thoroughly explained and how to care for your belongings Andersonville.  This really goes a long way when picking a good restoration company for your home.

5) Location

Location is the final qualifier. No matter the location, SERVPRO of Ravenswood will come to your area in order to successfully cleanup on your job. While you don’t want to hire the closest company without first doing some detective work, you need a business that’s close enough Andersonville to come in every day and get the job done. Choose a reputable business that has your interests in mind.

Mold Removal: How To Keep Mold From Coming Back Albany Park

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Removal: How To Keep Mold From Coming Back Albany Park Don't Let The Suit Scare You!

Albany Park mold remediation experts are right around the corner, SERVPRO of Ravenswood! We can not only remove the mold in your home or business, but we can also tell you how to keep it from coming back in force. Since the mold remediation process, Albany Park residents, only gets rid of the threat (and as much mold as possible), there’s always the possibility that it may return in the future. Thankfully, you can keep mold from coming back with the following five steps.

1) Remove Any Sources of Standing Water

Any mold remediation expert can tell you that mold loves standing water. Even the smallest puddle of water can lead to an infestation. Before you end up having to call those mold removal experts again, keep an eye out for the places in your home where water is likely is end up. You might find it behind the sink, around the basement drains, or at any low point in the basement of your home. Wipe up any puddles that you find.

2) Make Sure That Your Indoor Humidity Is Less Than 45%

Mold likes to grow in humid conditions, Albany Park residents. If you can, keep your indoor humidity at less than 45%. There are things that you can do to help keep this humidity under control, such as using a dehumidifier to dry out the air. You can also open the windows on dry days to allow the air to circulate. Your mold removal experts, SERVPRO of Ravenswood, can provide additional tips, and even help you pick out the best dehumidifier for your home. They don’t want your mold to come back, either!

3) Know How Mold Spores Get In

Mold spores can get into your home through any damp, open source, such as an air conditioner. Even central air units that haven’t been cleaned and maintained properly can let this mold in. If you’re worried about re-contaminating your home, before the job is complete, ask us where the mold is likely to sneak in. We you know where to look and can stop it before it starts.

4) Understand What Mold Smells Like

Our technicians will tell you that the number one sign that your home or business Albany Park has a mold problem is the way that your house or business smells. Albany Park residents, mold tends to have a musky, moldy (this is the best descriptor) smell. It’s very distinctive. Once you’ve smelled it the first time, you’ll be able to recognize it again and again.

5) Keep an Eye on the Areas Most Likely To Be Affected

We’ve already mentioned that there are certain parts of your Albany Park home or business that are likely to be affected by mold, such as those that attract standing water. However, you should keep an eye on your bathrooms, kitchen, and basement, especially in the laundry area. These are the places that mold remediation will focus on once the invasive spores have a chance to grow. Simply watching (and sniffing the air) in these areas can help you detect mold before it really becomes a problem.

Call SERVPRO of Ravenswood today to discuss your situation; 773-878-5200.

Storm Damage Clean-up and Restoration

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Clean-up and Restoration If Your House Is A Rocking, We'll Come Knocking!

In the wake of hurricane season it is difficult to assess how bad things are damaged until shortly after the storm has passed, Chicago.  Fortunately for our area we do not have to deal with hurricanes, though we are not completely out of the water.  The storm aftermath can carry directly to us and our neighbouring communities.  When a severe storm has caused damage to your home, it can be difficult to know where to start to clean up your Chicago property. Damage caused by a storm is not limited to just cosmetic damage it can also cause structural damage and weakness, leaving your home open to the outside elements or even further damage. All of the above can be a concern for you and your loved ones.

What damage can be caused by storms?

Severe storms can lead to many types of damage to your home. These can include:

Wind damage – This includes; missing tiles, damaged guttering, and external cosmetic breakage as well as secondary damage caused by debris being swept up by high winds causing broken windows or structural destruction. Damage could also be caused by fallen trees that have landed on your property.

Flood Damage – Heavy rainfall in Chicago can lead to your home being flooded. This may bring sewage into your home and result in foul odors and unwanted toxins.  If not treated quickly this can also lead to the development of secondary water damage such as disintegrating drywall and mold spread.

Lightning Damage – A lightning strike to your home or a connecting power line can pass through the wiring causing serious damage to the internal wiring as well as connected appliances such as phones, computer equipment.  Never ever stand in water and handle any time of electrical setting! Contact a licensed electrician to fix your issue.

My Home has been damaged by a storm what should I do?

When your Chicago home has been damaged by a storm, you want to make sure that the impact for you and your family is minimal, and that their lifestyles are restored immediately – Like It Never Even Happened!

Call our 24-Hour Emergency Services team at SERVPRO of Ravenswood who will arrange for their storm team to come assess the damage and begin immediate clean-up and restoration.  When our crew arrives, we will calculate the damage to your Chicago property and find the best plan of action to restore your home to its original condition.

Once your home has been assessed, we will get to work making sure no further damage is caused by outside elements and ensure a safe environment throughout the clean up process.  Our experts will remove any water that has entered the property using their specialist equipment ensuring that all moisture is removed, eliminate wet padding or drywall, conduct further inspections and when necessary report new findings.

Our team will always stride toward cleaning and restoring dirty and damaged furniture and carpets where possible bringing them to pre-damaged condition thus saving you money on costly replacements.

Once we are through cleaning up, we will clear away all debris that may be in your home leaving your home in excellent condition so that you and your family can move forward and bring things back to normal.  Call SERVPRO of Ravenswood today at 773-878-5200 to schedule your free inspection

Signs That You Need To Hire a Water Damage Repair Professional Lincoln Square

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Signs That You Need To Hire a Water Damage Repair Professional Lincoln Square AVOID entering a room that has a water-logged ceiling!

Your Lincoln Square home was flooded. There’s little doubt about it. You arrived home from work to find puddles of water on the floor with objects floating about, all caused by a broken pipe. You turned off the water to your Lincoln Square home and are about to call in a water damage repair professional to take on the cleanup job. But do you? Or is it something that you can handle yourself? Let’s go over some of the criteria in order to help you make this decision.

Your Lincoln Square Basement Is Submerged In Several Inches of Water

A submerged basement can lead to a number of problems, all of which an expert water damage repair company can deal with. They can pump out the water, work with a plumbing company to repair the problem (if it was a damaged pipe), and then restore everything in your basement until it looks just as it did before the flood. SERVPRO of Ravenswood experts can even identify secondary problems, such as the beginnings of mold before they even begin.

Your Carpeting Is Soaked

It can be tricky to remove water from carpeting. The pad underneath is most likely soaked and will probably need to be discarded. Since mold can easily grow in these waterlogged conditions, you want to call in a water damage restoration company to restore your carpeting back to how it used to be. There’s no need to rip out the carpeting and have a new one installed if SERVPRO of Ravenswood could save it!

Your Ceilings Are Sagging

A sagging ceiling is a sign that water has ruined the structural integrity of your building. You should never go into a room with a sagging ceiling because you don’t want to be underneath if it were to collapse. If you see problems of this magnitude, then you need to call your local water damage repair company Lincoln Square. They will be able to remove the water, shore up the ceiling, and then conduct any necessary restoration.

You Want the Experts to Handle the Job

Sometimes you just don’t have the time to deal with a flooded basement Lincoln Square, no matter how minor the incident is. If this is the case, then go ahead and call SERVPRO of Ravenswood. It’s their duty to help. Call for your free inspection today, 773-878-5200

The Highly Detailed Business of Fire Damage Repair Northcenter

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Highly Detailed Business of Fire Damage Repair Northcenter Our Fire Cleanup Crew Is Ready To Move!

There are several types of clean up and repair jobs in the world. Some companies deal with the issues brought about by mold and mildew, while others handle fire damage restoration Northcenter. The latter is a very specialized field that consists of several different types of jobs that work in tandem with each other. Many fire damage restoration companies hire technicians who can handle each of the following problems, coming up with and following through on solid solutions.

Odor Control

This is very important and is often an important step undertaken by fire damage restoration SERVPRO, Northcenter. They’ll send out a technician to handle odor control. As you can imagine the smell of smoke and fire can linger in the air. Once the house or building is deemed safe to enter (an inspection must be done first to ensure that the structure is sound) the SERVPRO of Ravenswood technician will take account of those lingering odors and take the necessary steps to eliminate them. This will consist of cleaning the walls, ceilings, floors, light fixtures, content and more.

Content Cleaning

Yes, SERVPRO of Ravenswood specializes in content cleanup, as well Northcenter. Our technicians are able to discern the types of fabric (cotton, lace, damask, and so on) upon entering the building and examining the material. They then are able to use the right techniques to get out any water damage or smoky odors. The fire damage repair company knows that these technicians are highly skilled and are able to restore everything from carpeting and curtains to upholstered furniture like couches and chairs. This process plays a very important part in the overall fire damage restoration cleanup.

Water Damage Remediation

Next are the water damage remediation specialists. These SERVPRO of Ravenswood experts know what can happen if that water damage is left unchecked. Mold and mildew Northcenter can form on the walls, in the ceilings, and under the floorboards. Everything, as far as furniture and belongings are concerned, that was damaged by the water must either be removed and replaced or restored as needed. Cleaning up the water damage involves removing any standing water, then cleaning up the walls, floors, and ceilings with SERVPRO’s patented treatment solution in order to prevent mold from growing. As you can imagine, this requires a lot of work from the fire damage restoration company.

Fire and Smoke Restoration

Finally, there are the specialists from the fire damage repair company that handle general fire and smoke-related problems – SERVPRO of Ravenswood does just that! This goes beyond clearing the air and making the room smell better. Instead, we will remove or demo any sections of the building that are burned or covered in stains from the smoke. Then general contractors will rebuild these areas to make them look as good as new, especially after the entire affected rooms receive a coat of new paint. In the end, your fire damage Northcenter will look even better than it did before the fire broke out. Call SERVPRO of Ravenswood Today for your free cleanup inspection; 773-878-5200.

How To Hire The Best Mold Remediation Service

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Hire The Best Mold Remediation Service Trained technician treating affected areas.

Okay, your house has mold Ravenswood. Now what? Well, it’s time to find a reputable mold remediation service company who can handle the cleanup. There are many companies out there that it can be tricky to choose the very best one. Here are some tips on what you can do in order to find the right one for you.

Ask For Recommendations and Check References

Checking references on several local mold remediation companies in Ravenswood and asking for recommendations in general is a great start. You want the company that you pick to be highly recommended and well trained for such intricate work. They need to be able to prove that they’re experts in the field. You can start by asking your friends, family, and neighbors to see which companies they’ve worked with in the past. They’ll be able to steer you in the right direction. Once you have the names of a few companies, it’s time to do some research on them. Look up online reviews, but keep in mind that some of those negative reviews might have been written by people hired by their competitors in order to affect their business. Use your best judgment when reading them.

Check with Your Home Insurance Agent

In some cases, mold removal Ravenswood is covered by your home insurance policy. This means that after paying your deductible, the insurance company will pay for your mold remediation service. However, you’ll have to hire one of the companies that they work with. In most cases SERVPRO of Ravenswood has a national partnership with national insurance providers. Your insurance provider should give you a list of trusted contractors, such as SERVPRO of Ravenswood, in your area and allow you to pick one. You can rest assured that they won’t allow you to hire a mold remediation company that doesn’t know what they’re doing. They’ll only recommend the best.

Ask About Their Certifications and Training Methods

Removing mold Ravenswood is a very specialized service. This means that these vendors should not hire and place untrained employees to do the job. Those employees must go through specialized training and, depending on the state that you’re in, have official certifications that prove their expertise in mold remediation. Before you hire a company to remove the mold in your home, make sure to ask about this certification. The best companies will allow you to see the certificates that their employees have earned.

The Company Should Be Licensed and Bonded

Although not every state requires for Ravenswood mold remediation companies to be licensed, they should at least be bonded. This means that they have insurance liability to protect against unplanned damage during the mold removal process. Be sure to ask companies when performing reference checks that they have such licensure and bonding. If they don’t, then move on.

Call SERVPRO of Ravenswood today for more information for your mold scenario; 773-878-5200.