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What You Can Do Before The Storm Damage Cleanup Team Arrives Lincoln Square

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What You Can Do Before The Storm Damage Cleanup Team Arrives Lincoln Square What You Can Do vs. What We can Do

Let’s set the scene – your home or business has become an object of storm damage. It’s damaged, but not so badly that you can’t move around it and tackle some minor cleaning tasks. What should you do? SERVPRO of Ravenswood is on their way and will be able to handle all of the major issues, but you feel helpless at this moment. Well, there are some things that you can do, Lincoln Square.

Protect Your Furniture from Additional Damage

The number one thing that any storm damage cleanup expert will tell you is to protect your furniture from further damage. There’s an easy solution here – take some bricks, aluminum foil, plastic or wooden blocks and prop up all of your furniture on them. Place one block under each leg. This is great to do, especially if you have wooden legs on carpeting, as the water in the carpet will continue to soak into the furniture. SERVPRO of Ravenswood will need less time drying out your affected area if the furniture is no longer directly on it.

Turn On the Air Conditioning and Any Fans

If it is safe to do so (and the weather is warm enough) turn on your air conditioning and any fans – either floor models or ceiling units. Air circulation will assist in dry out. Anything that the fans are pointing at will dry faster. Leave these fans on until SERVPRO of Ravenswood arrives. REMEMBER: DO NOT USE ELECTRICAL OUTLETS AROUND AREAS WITH STANDING WATER.

Move All of Your Breakable Objects

Whether the damaged rooms of your Lincoln Square home are filled with art, vases, collectible ceramics, or even model cars, you’ll need to move them into a different room. Choose a room that hasn’t been hit by the storm, or if there are none, pack them up well and place them in the garage or even in a neighbor’s house for safekeeping. You don’t want risk any further damage when cleanup crews arrive.  

Remove As Much Excess Water As You Can

While you may not have access to the professional tools and equipment that SERVPRO of Ravenswood carries, you can still do your best to soak up some of the water. Get some dry clothes and begin to blot the water out of your carpeting, wipe up puddles on tile or wood floors, and do your very best to get rid of that excess water. Once the storm damage cleanup crew arrives, we will take over from there.

Pick Up Items from The Floor

Although you’ve already been warned to remove breakable objects, you also want to remove non-breakables from the area. Before SERVPRO of Ravenswood arrives, get as many waterlogged items off of the floor as you can. These include floor lamps (but only if it’s safe to do so), books, or anything else that found its way to the floor during the storm. This task will allow more room for crews to begin their water damage restoration process, as well as provide safe passage for your family or friends. 

Finally, read these tips on What You Are NOT To Do After A Flood, Lincoln Square.

  • 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.

When Winter Weather Strikes Be Prepared to Strike Back

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Winter Weather Strikes Be Prepared to Strike Back Ice Dam diagram

Here's how to prepare your Ravenswood home:

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it off.
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

Here's how to prepare your Ravenswood business:

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect walkways, and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potentials.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas.
  • Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.

Ask SERVPRO of Ravenswood about starting a Disaster Recovery Plan for your business.  Call us at 773-878-5200 today!

Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water that is dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof's shingles and into the structure's interior area, causing leaks and damage. We can help mitigate Ravenswood water damage caused by these ice dams and help you get your structure back to preloss condition.

Puffback is a messy furnace malfunction that occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout your home or business. It can happen all at once, covering an interior in grimy soot, or a puffback can leak soot particles more gradually. Equipped with the training, tools and experience to quickly and efficiently clean and restore your Ravenswood home or business, we will help make your puffback seem "Like it never even happened."

What Do General Fire Damage Restoration Services Entail?

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

The worst has happened. A house catching fire is everyone’s greatest nightmare. Thankfully, your damage didn’t cause any major structural problems, so your home can be salvaged Chicago. However, you do need to hire a fire damage cleanup company Chicago in order to take care of the damage and make your house look new again. Here’s what SERVPRO of Ravenswood can do for you.

Remove General Water Damage

When a fire occurs, the fire department first responders use water to put out the flames, lots of water!  After they give the “clear to enter”, a water damage restoration company, SERVPRO of Ravenswood, can begin their extensive processWater damage can be harmful if left untreated, as it can lead to secondary damage. If this happens, you’ll need an entirely different type of estimate. Chicago, water damage is handled in several different ways, starting with water removal or extraction.  Special equipment is used to remove access water.  Any waterlogged furniture is removed from the room and either restored or replaced. The walls are washed down with a special cleaning solution to remove any traces of mold or smoke.  Drying and dehumidification takes place right away.  This process, depending on the size of the job, can take 2 days – 2 weeks.  Be prepared and be insured.

Clear Up Smoke and Fire Damage

After a fire Chicago, there is hope of having your home return to a state of where things look like it never happened. Smoke causes the most damage.  It tends to seep into everything, from curtains to linens to walls, floors and ceilings, all of which can be cleaned when you call the pros; SERVPRO of Ravenswood.  Our trained technicians will remove debris on walls, floors, and ceilings, and then dispose of it. Depending on the magnitude of damage some pieces may be salvageable while others must be disposed of.

Restore Your Floors

Any floors that aren’t covered in carpet may be able to be restored Chicago. Some types of flooring, such as wood and ceramic tile, can withstand quite a few things, including fires. As long as the floors aren’t burnt, buckled or waterlogged, SERVPRO of Ravenswood may be able to restore damaged boards and tiles, clean up any general mess, and even remove the odor from smoke.

Clean Your Carpeting

The carpeting in any affected areas is most likely damaged by water and smoke Chicago.  SERVPRO of Ravenswood can handle these issues, although they might not be able to fully restore your carpeting.   However, if the carpeting is salvageable, they’ll be able to remove any excess water, clean it to get the odor out, and take care of any residual lingering odors.

Call 773-878-5200 for your free inspection!

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