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Why Immediate Damage Restoration is Important after a Fire

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Dealing with the aftermath of a commercial fire loss is overwhelming and stressful. Getting production back on track, employees back to work and making decisions on rebuild are all priorities to any facility manager. Starting the fire restoration process should be immediate. For one, the sooner you start the sooner you can get your work life back to normal. The longer you wait the bigger the risk of long-term issues developing. Smoke damage can also cause irreversible repairs and health issues if not dealt with quick enough. SERVPRO of Ravenswood can help with all of this!

Start The Cleanup

While you are still going to need to contact a professional restoration company (SERVPRO of Ravenswood) to clean up after a fire, there are a few things you can do on your own. Of course, make sure that it is safe to enter the facility before attempting to cleanup on your own. Even if it is safe, make sure to wear proper clothing, like gloves, long sleeve shirts, and a mask to keep from exposing yourself to soot. Make sure to open up all of the windows first thing. It is key to getting the polluted air out of your house. Of course, we will come in with industrial equipment to get rid of unsafe air.

Caring for your Belongings:  After opening the windows, make sure to scrub what you can with soap and water. This includes counters, cabinets, tables, and other surfaces. After scrubbing down surfaces, you can start to wash clothes and anything else that can be machine-washed. Keep in mind, more delicate items should be sent to a dry cleaner, and anything you wash at home may need more than one cycle to get the odor out.

What We Do

SERVPRO of Ravenswood will come with industrial equipment to clean up fire and smoke damage. Doing what you can to clean your home can help speed up the process. Just make sure that it is safe enough to enter you house for cleaning, and always wear protective clothes. Even if you do not see any evidence of smoke damage, make sure to wear a mask anyway. Smoke damage may not appear for up to a few days, but it can be extremely harmful to your health. After cleaning what you can, make sure to call a professional to come and restore the damage.

SERVPRO of Ravenswood provides 24/7 emergency services and is a trusted vendor. Many insurance companies actually prefer them for cleaning up fire damage. They have the training, experience, and equipment to clean your house from top to bottom. In doing so, they will bring your home back to normal and get you back in your house in no time. With over 1,700 franchises across the nation they are able to help hundreds of thousands of people. If your home was struck with a house fire, be sure to call 773-878-5200 to come and help you out. Our fast service will take care of all the fire and smoke damage in no time.

The Benefits of Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial The Benefits of Commercial Air Duct Cleaning Before and after photo of a filthy air duct tunnel

If you own commercial property in north Chicago, it is your responsibility to keep it well maintained. This includes many commercial cleaning services that SERVPRO of Ravenswood can provide; such as, air duct cleaning - a big one. It might seem unnecessary, but dirty air ducts do not perform as well as clean ones. There are several benefits to having your air ducts cleaned, some of which have a bigger impact than others. Clogged air ducts may cause health issues, or damage to your building. Broken air ducts are costly to replace, so keeping them clean and maintained can save you a lot of money. There are even more benefits that cleaning can provide, and signs to indicate if cleaning is needed.

The Benefits

Having clean air ducts will help to keep your building dust free, north Chicago property owners. This can make a big difference for those who suffer from allergies or asthma. Clean air ducts mean clean air, and this can make breathing much easier. This benefit is especially important in a building where children or senior citizens frequent. They are more susceptible to issues caused by contaminants in the air. In addition to clean air, clean ducts will help to get rid of unwanted odors. Moldy smells can come from dust, dirt, and mildew that has collected in the ducts. Cleaning out these built up substances will eradicate any musty smells.

There is another huge benefit of saving costs. Dirty air ducts burn more energy. They raise the heating bill, because the furnace will be working harder. You may have to replace your furnace filter more often if this happens. The dust will also cause strain on your furnace, which might lead to some costly repairs.

The Signs

It might be difficult to know if your air ducts should be cleaned. There are a few signs that you can look for in order to figure it out. Mold in your furnace or air conditioning system is a big sign. It can also lead to health problems down the road. If your building was just built, or renovated, you should have the air ducts cleaned out. Dust will get in the ducts, no matter how careful the workers are. Construction dust also poses some health problems, more so than regular dust, if breathed in for too long. If your building is always full of dust, even after numerous cleanings, it might be a sign of a bigger problem. Dusty air ducts will cause dust to collect all over the building. A rise in heating and cooling costs is also another sign. As mentioned above, dirty air ducts will make the furnace and cooling systems work overtime.

The Cleaning

If you want your commercial property to undergo this kind of cleaning, you will have to reach out to professionals. SERVPRO of Ravenswood is one such company that will make sure the job is done right. We are available for almost any commercial cleaning job. This includes office buildings, restaurants, retail stores, schools, banks, factories and more. Call 773-878-5200 for your free assessment!

Property Management and How It Helps

4/13/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Property Management and How It Helps We work with all Property Management companies in Chicago

Property management can be a huge help when it comes to overseeing your property. It can be used for residential, commercial, and industrial property. Property owners may not think that they need a management firm. However, there are numerous reasons for hiring a manager.

What Is Property Management

First things first, what exactly is property management? It has to do with a property manager overseeing property owned by another entity. This can be any kind of property from industrial to residential, condos to shopping malls. A property manager will act in place of the owners to preserve value while also bringing home income. Property managers also do various other things. They will help owners with budgeting, advertising, collecting rent, and building services – (the latter is where SERVPRO of Ravenswood comes in). The owners of the property will pay a fee for the services the manager provides.

It is not uncommon for a real estate broker to also act as a property manager. They are able to offer buyer and seller services, in addition to management services.

Why Should You Hire a Property Management Firm

There are a number of reasons for hiring a property management firm. If you own several rental properties it can be hard to take care of all of them on your own. In this case, a management firm would step in. They would maintain the property, collect rent, and handle tenants. This can be a good thing if you own a rental property for the sole purpose of generating income. You would be able to do this and not have to worry about the smaller details that can be a headache.

A property owner who is part of an affordable housing program may also take advantage of a management firm. Many people do this because to be in such a program you need knowledge of federal guidelines. Not everyone is well versed in these guidelines, but property management services are. These services would step in to help the property owner follow the guidelines. In addition to these services, management firms also provide maintenance, cleaning, and construction.

The exact services covered will vary depending on what type of property they are managing and how much of a fee they are getting paid.

What Are They Responsible For

Property management services have many responsibilities, but the main one is maintenance and repairs. The property must be kept in good condition. Managers must take care of physical repairs, including emergency fire and water cleanup and restoration. If your property is damaged by flooding, fire, storms, mold, or something similar your management firm will have to take care of it. This typically means hiring a company to come out, as firms tend to have a long list of available restoration and cleaning companies. SERVPRO of Ravenswood, a trusted industry leader, may just be the company they hire. We specialize in repairing damage from fires, floods, storms, and mold. Our restoration and cleaning services are available for residential properties as well as commercial properties.

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.

Ravenswood Mold Remediation

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Ravenswood Mold Remediation Ready to address any size damage at your commercial location.

After a disaster water works its way into your Ravenswood commercial business, mold can start growing in under 48 hours, then the health concerns begin. If you have reason to believe that your commercial business has developed mold issues Ravenswood, your first call should be to SERVPRO of Ravenswood. Our mold remediation experts will assess the situation of your home or business and let you know what to do.

If secondary water damage (mold) does exist, a mitigation plan will be put together and carried out to ensure effective mold remediation of your Ravenswood home or business.

A Few Mold Facts

  • Mold is essentially everywhere, both inside and outside.
  • Mold spores are microscopic airborne particles that can enter your home through doors, windows and even on your clothing in a similar manner that pollen can.
  • Mold spores grow in moisture. Colonies can spread when exposed to water.
  • Mold colonies are what produce the toxins that become harmful to humans and animals.
  • Mold often has a strong, musty odor. That odor is what often points homeowners to suspecting mold issues.
  • Higher-than-normal humidity in the home is enough to support the growth of a colony. It’s best to keep indoor humidity below 45%.

Understanding SERVPRO’s Mold Remediation Process

Every mold remediation scenario is a little different, requiring a unique solution, but the overall process of cleanup can be broken down into the following basic steps.

  1. Inspection of the Property

Before any mold remediation plans begin, an inspection from a certified Environmentalist must inspect your property before SERVPRO of Ravenswood can come in.   A number of technologies are used to detect colonies and water sources. The inspection will include a remediation plan of action, of which our technicians work from to properly clean the area affected by mold to your Ravenswood commercial business.

  1. Addressing the Water Source

At the beginning of the mold remediation process, the first thing that will need to be addressed is the source of moisture that gives a colony its fuel. If it isn’t, there is a good chance it will come back.

  1. Containment

The mold will be contained through several methods to prevent spores from spreading during remediation. HVAC systems and fans will also remain off to keep them from spreading mold as well.

  1. Air Filtration

Our trained team will come armed with specialized air filtration units designed to catch even the smallest spores from the air. They also contain powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacs to keep the spores from escaping during the mold remediation.

  1. Removing Captured Mold and Mold Infected Materials

Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments are also used in mold remediation to kill off the colonies and help keep them from reforming. Porous items like drywall and carpeting may need to be removed completely if the level of mold is especially heavy.

  1. Cleaning House

After containment and removal, the team will clean all furniture, curtains, clothing, and decorative items affected but not excessively. Several mold specific cleaning techniques will be used to sanitize everything, and special fogging equipment will remove odors and deodorize the areas.

  1. Final Rebuild

Rebuild will be completed to replace any drywall, subflooring, carpet and more that had to be removed for the mold remediation.

Our Goal

After a water disaster, the ultimate goal for SERVPRO of Ravenswood is to leave your Ravenswood commercial business mold free and put back together "Like it never even happened." Call us today for your Free consultation, 773-878-5200.

Fire Damage Cleanup at your Chicago Home, School or Business

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fires are devastating, but the fire damage cleanup Chicago does not have to be. Not only do the flames themselves tear through a Chicago home, business or school, but the chaos created in the act of putting them out piles on. Consequently, there is a vast range of damage left in the wake that will probably include extensive smoke and water damage too.

Although each fire and the aftermath it brings may require individualized solutions to repair, the overall process of fire damage repair can be broken down into 7 basic steps:

Making the Call

The fire damage repair process starts when you make the call. The SERVPRO of Ravenswood is staffed around the clock, so you’ll be able to reach a trained professional as soon as the need arises. Each representative knows what questions to ask to dispatch our team to your Chicago home or business to get to work.

Inspection and Assessment

The first thing the SERVPRO of Ravenswood team will do is thoroughly inspect and test each area of the home to determine the range of the fire, smoke, soot and other damage. They will take the time to check every area for the exact damage received, making complete notes as they go. These notes will be the building blocks to create your individual plan of action for your fire damage repair.

Securing the Property Against More Damage

Fires often compromise the walls, roof, and windows of a home, leaving the home, school or business exposed to outside elements. To help maintain security and to protect against additional damage the our SERVPRO of Ravenswood team will tarp the roof and board-up any holes in the exterior walls and windows.

Water Removal as Required

Since fires are typically fought with a deluge of water, you can count on water remediation Chicago being a part of the fire damage repair process. From extraction to dehumidifiers and air movers, our team will remove excess water and help prevent any potential secondary damage.

Preliminary Clean-up for Fire Damage Repair

Smoke and soot removal process requires specialized equipment and techniques to ensure a thorough elimination of the residue from every surface of the home including walls, ceilings, doors and more.

Final Clean-up and Sanitizing

After the smoke and soot are eliminated, our SERVPRO of Ravenswood team will continue the Chicago home, school or business fire damage repair procedure by cleaning all restorable items and structures of the house. A variety of cleaning techniques are used to help restore your contents to a pre-fire state.

These techniques include the use of air scrubbers and fogging machines to eliminate air born odors and other contaminants

Repair

Finally, repair may begin with various contractors to replace any drywall, paint, carpet, etc. to your Chicago post-fire damage clean home, school or business.

Trust SERVPRO of Ravenswood to Handle Fire Damage Cleanup

At SERVPRO, our teams are specialists in fire damage repair. Our goal is to get you back to pre-fire conditions quickly and safely so you can go on living your life "Like it never even happened." Call us at 773-878-5200 for your free inspection; www.SERVPROravenswood.com

Fire Damage Restoration Chicago

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

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
  • Painting

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

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 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.

Commercial Mold Removal Lincoln Square

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Mold Removal Lincoln Square This began in a corner and spread underneath the entire carpet

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.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration Albany Park Chicago  

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Restoration Albany Park Chicago    High meter reading for a large water loss at a pristine hotel.

If you have a commercial building in Albany Park, Horner Park or Irving Park that has had water damage due to burst pipes or flooding time is of the essence. You don’t want to lose business due to restoration work, however, delaying the work or doing this yourself improperly could mean you lose a lot more time and money for your business in the long run.

So what do you do in the event of a burst pipe or flood? Firstly if possible and safe to do so turn off the water supply to prevent further water entering the premises, but be aware that with water damage comes other safety risks such as electrical items being in contact with water, if in doubt stay out.

Next, you should call SERVPRO of Ravenswood at 773-878-522.  Our specialist team will arrive within 24-48 hours to ensure that the damage does not worsen and cause more problems. We have specialized equipment that can sense areas with elevated water and moisture levels so we can ensure that all areas are treated and all areas where water has penetrated to ensure that they are properly dried out this includes flooring, both carpeted and wooden, wallpaper and the drywall itself.

Levels of Water Damage

There are three types, and two levels of water damage that you should be aware of, primary and secondary. Primary water damage is the areas of your property that have become wet or damp as a result of water intrusion and is not always visible to the naked eye. Secondary damage is moisture damage where an area that has been left untreated or has not been properly treated, results in drywall disintegrating, wooden flooring that is warped or split and mold growth can begin which also has a strong smell which can further damage furnishings. SERVPRO of Ravenswood will provide a full inspection to help identify the type of damage your building endured. 

What do Commercial Water Damage Restoration companies do?

Whether your business is in Albany Park, Horner Park or Irving Park our professionally trained SERVPRO of Ravenswood team will assess the premises and identify the root cause of the water damage then, mitigate the water to prevent further damage. They will then extract as much water from the affected areas as possible. This will be followed by drying and dehumidifying the area using a combination of specialty equipment to ensure that the moisture readings are back at acceptable levels. Finally, they will clean and treat the area to protect your premises from the development of contaminants which may be prone to cause serious health and safety concerns for you, your employees and your customers.

While hiring the SERVPRO of Ravenswood cleanup and restoration team in Albany Park, Horner Park or Irving Park may seem costly it will save you money in the long run. If the primary damage is mitigated quickly and properly, then secondary damage cannot occur and this will save you money down the line as secondary water damage is more costly to repair both in terms of the cost of the repairs and the time it will take to complete the restoration which may prevent you from conducting business at the property.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Lincoln Square Chicago

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Lincoln Square Chicago Restaurant kitchen fire

If you have a commercial building in Lincoln Square, Ravenswood or Northcenter that has been damaged by fire, it can be hard to know what to do once the fire has been put out. Not only will the premises be damaged by the fire, but the property may also have suffered water damage from the firefighting team and or sprinkler systems efforts to stop the fire. Other damage to your property may include:

  • Discoloration of surfaces
  • Corrosion (particularly of porous material)
  • Soot damage
  • Smoke damage
  • Structural weakness or damage

Can I clean the property myself?

Firstly if you must enter the premises ensure that you know it is safe to enter but do not be tempted to try and start cleaning the property yourself. Not only could this be hazardous to you, without specialist equipment and materials you could end up causing more damage which can add to the restoration costs further down the line. If at all possible try to limit the amount of movement within the premises to ensure the minimum amount of soot and ash being entrenched in soft furnishings and carpets which may render them unsalvageable.

The best thing to do is to call our specially trained team who will ask you a few questions to ascertain the extent of your damage and find the best solution to restore your fire-damaged premises. We will then send our expert team of fire damage restorers out to inspect the fire damage and carry out an in-depth assessment. From this, we will decide the best plan of action to restore your premises.

What do Commercial Fire Damage Restoration companies do?

Whether your business is in Lincoln Square, Ravenswood or Northcenter fire damage is devastating and can cause extensive damage to windows, walls, and roofs. This means that it is imperative that your property is properly protected from the elements while the work is taking place. SERVPRO of Ravenswood will make sure that all openings to the outside are boarded and covered up as well as covering any holes in the roof of your premises.

If your premises are also water damaged, then SERVPRO of Ravenswood will use their specialized equipment to remove all water and moisture from your property using a combination of pumps and dehumidifying units to rid the premises of water before secondary water damage causes further issues.

Once we are sure that there is an acceptable moisture level in the property SERVPRO of Ravenswood will get to work removing the damage to the surfaces of the property removing all soot and smoke damage. Once this is completed, we can then clean and sanitize all recoverable items to pre-fire damaged conditions where possible using both wet and dry-cleaning methods and give advice where an item is beyond repair. During this process, SERVPRO of Ravenswood will use industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment to remove any lingering odors caused by the fire. If we can save and restore an item, we will, which will save you paying for costly replacements.

Finally, we will start the full restoration process of your commercial premises involving minor repair, which can include replacing damaged drywall, painting and replacing carpet or flooring and also major repair works such as repairing damaged walls and roofs. Remember, it does not matter if your business is in in Lincoln Square, Ravenswood or Northcenter, once SERVPRO of Ravenswood has completed the restoration, your commercial property will be free of any damage and clean ready for use again. Call us at 773-878-5200, or submit your request online HERE.

Yes - We Can Restore Documents

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Yes - We Can Restore Documents Water damaged documents can be salvaged.

In the aftermath of disaster, some of your most valued contents - documents, photographs and books - could be lost forever. As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Ravenswood knows that timely mitigation is the key to recovering damaged possessions. With state-of-the-art technology SERVPRO's professionals will help recover your important paper goods before it is too late! Call us for a no-cost estimate, 773-878-5200. 

  • Innovative: we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing
  • Secure: managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians, under 24/7 surveillance
  • Digital: we use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents
  • Flexible capacity: we can accommodate large commercial losses or small residential jobs
  • Full Service: we offer a range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization
 SERVPRO document restoration team uses innovate vacuum freeze-drying techniques; in fact, we use the same freeze-drying methods used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historic documents and books. Our vacuum freeze-drying process is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA). Types of content:
  • paper documents
  • books and magazines
  • manuscripts and files
  • photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
  • x-rays
  • blueprints and maps
  • parchment, and more...

Commercial Air Duct Cleaning in Edgewater

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Air Duct Cleaning in Edgewater Call Today For A Free Estimate

It’s important to keep your heating, ventilation, and air condition (HVAC) units working correctly to prevent the spread of unwanted dust and contaminants at your business. When the ductwork of your HVAC unit becomes clogged or backed up, you might start to notice foul odors coming you can’t get rid of, or find the source of in your home. When it comes to commercial cleaning, our professional technicians can inspect, repair, restore, and replace your HVAC unit so that you can breathe clean, fresh air in your home or office all day long.

Why Should You Have Your HVAC Serviced?

Depending on the age of your HVAC unit, and the quality of the installation related to the ductwork, you might not have to have your air ducts cleaned when we inspect your ductwork. Sometimes, a filter change or tune-up of the unit is all that is necessary. Regardless of the required work, regular inspections should be carried out. In addition to reducing the risk of odors and increasing air quality, having your HVAC unit serviced means that it is likely to last longer, and function appropriately for many years to come. Also, some insurance policies require regular inspection of HVAC units to reduce the risk of fire, damage, or other emergency situations related to the HVAC system itself. We can save you time, money, and help you avoid disaster when it comes to the air quality in your home or office.

Benefits of HVAC

HVAC units are very beneficial for homes and office space. Because they are 3-in-1 systems consisting of heating elements, ventilation systems, and air conditioning units, there is no need to have more than one piece of equipment on your property. While some units are separate, the majority of them are combined. Combined units mean easy cleaning and maintenance as well. HVAC units improve air quality in your home or office and provide a high return on your investment because they provide you with cleaner air to breathe. They'll keep you warm during the colder months, and cool during the heat of summer. Ventilation systems will ensure moisture leaves your home, and that humidity is controlled as well. With equipment that does so much, it's important to make sure it's functioning correctly.

Contact SERVPRO of Ravenswood Today

If you are an Edgewater business owner and you are having trouble with your HVAC unit, contact our offices today to schedule you no-cost consultation; 773-878-5200. We’ll send a qualified and knowledgeable air duct technician to inspect your HVAC unit, and to determine the source of any problems you might be having related to air quality, air exchange, ventilation, heating or cooling. Our commercial cleaning services can help restore function to your HVAC unit, help eliminate foul odors in the air and throughout your home or office, and help reduce the risk of contaminants, such as mold or bacteria in your home or office. Avoid unsightly mold and smells by calling us today to schedule a thorough inspection of your HVAC unit.

Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning Roscoe Village

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning Roscoe Village Squeezing in to locate the issue Is our business.

Do you feel like the air in your home or business is less than high quality? Air ducts and a lack of HVAC cleaning can be to blame for this. In fact, a non-maintained ventilation system is usually the culprit behind getting good, quality air circulation in any building. This is why you should make it a priority to get your air duct systems maintenance by professionals who serve the Roscoe Village area. Technicians within the Roscoe Village area have the expertise to service your system effectively and efficiently.

Have you had your system for quite some time now? Whether your building is new or old, you should be mindful of your running systems as you would maintain any other appliance in your establishment. Many of the SERVPRO of Ravenswood professionals in the Roscoe Village area highly recommend that you evaluate your air and system to see if you need servicing. If your system has been around for a long time and you have not conducted a thorough HVAC cleaning, there is a chance that your air ducts have begun to accumulate a lot of the following:

  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dust
  • Contaminants
  • Dirt
  • Debris

These particles can cause allergies and illness for everyone who breathes the air. Not sure how you can get more quality air? When you hire a professional HVAC cleaning service in Roscoe Village, you can be sure that they will help clear out your air ducts to help circulate more quality air. Plus, this will keep your system running better, longer. Not only does this help you with breathing in better air, but it will save you money over time. Instead of spending money on air purifier systems, take a look at your existing system to see if you need HVAC cleaning for your air ducts. Call us for a free estimate, (773) 878-5200.

It is also important to note that you don’t always necessarily need to clean out your air ducts. A local franchise near Roscoe Village can help to service your system without necessarily needing to conduct a full HVAC cleaning. You can be sure of the following benefits if you regularly service your system:

  • Increase your peak energy efficiency
  • Remove foul, room odors
  • Prevent the growth of mold

The air we breathe in every day is important to our mental and physical well-being. If we allow poor quality air to circulate through our ventilation systems, we place ourselves at a health risk. The maintenance of your air ducts and having regular HVAC cleaning can extend the life of your system and produce better air for inhalation. If you are looking for a provider in the Roscoe Village call SERVPRO of Ravenswood, (773) 878-5200. The sooner you call, the sooner your system will receive the attention it needs.

Commercial Cleaning Services in Rogers Park

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

You have enough to do to keep your business running. You shouldn’t have to find room in your day to deal with the inevitable wear and tear that gradually builds in your office over time. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call in your SERVPRO professionals in Rogers Park for commercial cleaning. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

When you call in SERVPRO you’ll be bringing in a quality service that includes these benefits:

  • Award-winning training
  • Over 40 years’ experience in the industry
  • More than 100 exclusive cleaning products

Specialty Commercial Cleaning Services 

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. They have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Their cleaning services include the following:

Air Ducts and HVAC: If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating odors, dust, and other contaminants. We routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can, in turn, save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

Biohazard: Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. We are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Carpet and Upholstery: Even the highest-quality items can show soiling over time. Protect your investment with cleaning and maintenance of your carpet and upholstery.

Ceilings, Floors, and Walls: Ceiling and wall cleaning should be part of the cleaning maintenance of your business. You should also clean walls before painting so that the primer and paint can adhere properly. Whether you are preparing to paint or just looking for professional cleaning, we can help.

Document Restoration: In the aftermath of a disaster, some of your most valued contents could be lost forever. As a leader in the restoration industry, we know that timely mitigation is the key to recovering damaged possessions. With years of experience and state-of-the-art technology, our restoration professionals will help you recover your paper goods before it’s too late.

Drapes and Blinds: SERVPRO excels at cleaning fine fabrics and intricate pieces. Fabrics are carefully inspected and tested to determine which of the System’s five cleaning methods is most appropriate.

Odor Removal: As experts in deodorization, our professionals are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

Sewage: Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. Our team has specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage.

Trauma and Crime Scene: After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. We will respond immediately with protective equipment and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.

Vandalism: Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner.

No matter what your needs may be, we have a commercial cleaning solution for you. Call us today for more information or to set up an appointment – 773-878-5200.