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SERVPRO of Ravenswood CE Course Vote

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO of Ravenswood CE Course Vote 2018 Course: Ready to learn photo!

As many of you know, SERVPRO is well known for offering free continuing education classes to property managers, insurance agents and adjusters to help stay abreast to ever-changing cleaning technology in our industry, as well as keep IL insurance licenses updated.  This year's Continuing Education course will be held on August 21st.  Save the date and location & time will be announced in the forthcoming months. At this time we would like to receive your input on which course you are most interested in learning about.  Help us decide which subject to choose. Below is a list of SERVPRO-sponsored course offerings. TELL US which course is important to you. We will tally your votes and pick the one with the most responses. Your opinion is valuable - thank you for casting your vote! 

  1. Understanding the Restoration Industry: Property Fire Damage Restoration
  2. Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  3. Restoring Contaminated Buildings
  4. Restorative Drying for Water Damage
  5. Cleaning & Restoring Smoke-Damaged Contents
  6. Deodorization of Malodors
  7. Mitigation Awareness and Response Seminar (MARS)
  8. Ethics
  9. Biohazard Cleanup

Five Things To Know About the Mold Remediation Process

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Building Services Five Things To Know About the Mold Remediation Process Icky - yes! Fixable - yes!

Mold remediation is handled by experts Lincoln Square, as these cleanup jobs need to be handled in a very particular way each time. SERVPRO of Ravenswood knows how the process goes because we are trained to know. Lincoln Square property or business owners still wonder about the mysteries behind the mold removal process. Here are five things that may help clear that wonder.

1) You might have to leave your home during mold remediation

Depending on the extent of the mold damage, yes there is a possibility you may have to leave your home or business while the remediation work is being conducted. In many cases, insurance companies will not cover the hotel room expense. During the process contaminants become airborne – having the proper equipment to capture anything airborne is very important.  SERVPRO of Ravenswood has air filtration tools that is necessary to prevent spores from spreading and eliminating the chance of breathing it in. 

2) The overall process depends on the types of mold found

The very first thing that a legitimate mold remediation company should do is request a test of the mold to see what spore levels exist in your home or business Lincoln Square. A certified Indoor Environmentalist can conduct such testing.  Based on their findings, SERVPRO of Ravenswood will be able to determine the very best way to remediate. Removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.  Mold exists naturally and is everywhere, indoors and out.

3) A good mold remediation company will talk you through the steps

SERVPRO of Ravenswood will talk you through everything required in order to cleanup the affected area. We will advise on the how you can help during the process, while we continue with our process.  Many times removing wall panels and drywall to applying cleaning solutions designed to mitigate mold Lincoln Square is required. No matter what each step consists of it, all will be explained to you in detail. The best companies will answer all of your questions.

4) Mold removal isn’t always the same thing as mold remediation

 Some companies might try to tell you that they’ll remove all of the mold in your house. This isn’t quite the case (see number five below), which is why removal and remediation are two very different things. Remediation refers to taking care of the problem. Removal implies getting rid of all of it. You always want to find an honest remediation company such as SERVPRO of Ravenswood who will tell you how why mold exists and how it can be cleaned.  

5) Some specks of mold will get left behind.

Though it is impossible to clean up every last bit of mold, our mold remediation specialists will do their best to get as much of the organism as possible and then kill what remains to prevent it from returning. Staining be occur.  During the restoration process you can decide whether to remove the mold damaged walls, ceilings or floors or whether to keep and paint over the affected areas.

We understand that when mold comes into conversation a sense of panic may overcome you.  Please do not worry, rather call for remediation help at 773-878-5200.  You will feel better once it is taken care of.

Waiting List! What?

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Waiting List! What? View from Lake Michigan

After this year’s record-breaking storm, the 2019 Polar Vortex really put our winter preparation skills to the test. The coldest air mass in 34 years created wind chill temperatures to drop between -30 to -60 degrees! That’s almost unheard of in Chicago, but it happened, and we persevered.  The affects of the storm however did create much hard ache to so many home owners and businesses in the Chicagoland areas.  Luckily, SERVPRO of Ravenswood was equipped to help. 

Cold temperatures can cause water main breaks and pipe leaks, generating much water damage.  During the Polar Vortex many experienced such water losses.  Fortunately for you SERVPRO’s army of green, Storm Team, came from all over America to help us answer the calls, because we know that being put on a 3-week waiting list is not acceptable when your standing in water!  Our Storm Team for this particular storm was derived by SERVPRO franchises ranging from Alabama up to California.  Our teams don’t hesitate when help is needed, as the support is reciprocated when forest fires are ignited on the west coast or when hurricanes are hitting the coasts down on south and on the east. 

When you call SERVPRO of Ravenswood our waiting list is short – 24 to 48 hours to be exact.  Our prices don’t fluctuate either.  We pride ourselves on helping you get back to “Like it never even happened.”, rather than inflating costs out of desperation and making top dollar.  Trust, experience and professionalism is our motto.  So, when you find yourself in a jam with water or fire damage don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ravenswood. Your calls will be answered, and you will be treated fairly.

Commercial Cleaning Services for Ravenswood – Choosing the Best Restoration Company for Your Business

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleaning Services for Ravenswood – Choosing the Best Restoration Company for Your Business Don't Go With The Cheapest, Go With The Best

When it comes to choosing a commercial cleaning service, many Ravenswood business owners or managers aren’t sure where to begin. A quick Google search “Cleaning Ravenswood” on the subject brings up so many options in many major (and even minor) metropolitan areas, which can be overwhelming. Thankfully, we know where to begin the search and how to choose the best commercial cleaning company for Ravenswood businesses.

Start With Recommendations

It always helps to start out by asking nearby businesses for their recommendations. Which commercial cleaning services do they use? Why do they recommend that company? Or are they looking for a new one as well? Sometimes you might be able to offer a discount for referring this Ravenswood commercial cleaning company that the business next door to you uses. After all, if they can clean your offices right after they finish your neighbor’s, that’s less traveling that they’ll have to do.

Know What Questions to Ask

Once you narrow down your list of commercial cleaning companies, you’ll have to call up their owners and ask some questions. These include how often they’ll be able to clean your offices, how much they generally charge per employee that they need to send out. If they offer any other type of specialty cleanings (which we’ll get into a bit more later). You also need to inquire about references. Can they provide 3 references. Naturally this query will be stemmed from your cleaning needs, Ravenswood. Speaking of which…

Understand What Type Of Cleaning You Need

There are several things to go over here. You need to know how often your Ravenswood offices will need to be cleaned, as well as which areas should be focused on. Do you want the company to do the bathrooms and empty the trash cans every day, but only wash or vacuum the hallway floors once a week? Make these specifications clear to the commercial cleaning companies before you hire them because you’ll need to find out if they can meet your expectations.

Inquire About Specialty Services If You Need Them

If your Ravenswood business requires special services, such as additional security measures or air duct cleaning, then you need to let your potential commercial cleaning companies know about them. They need to be able to produce an accurate quote for you, one that will help you decide whether or not you want to go with them.

Don’t Just Hire the Cheapest Commercial Cleaning Company

Speaking of quotes, you’ll probably end up with quite a few from different commercial cleaning companies. You don’t want to hire the cheapest one based on price alone necessarily. Instead, pick the commercial cleaning company in Ravenswood with the best overall package. They need to be able to meet all of your cleaning needs and be highly recommended by their current clients. This means that you might end up choosing a company that charges slightly more than the lowest bid. However, that difference in price will bring value worth paying for.

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.