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Recovering After a Flood at Work | SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City

5/17/2024 (Permalink)

interior of an office completely flooded When your business is hit hard by a flash flood, we do what it takes to restore it. Call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City today!

As a business or property owner, it is your job to prepare for all kinds of disasters. Fire, storms and floods usually take up the majority of your planning—and for good reason! These disaster situations can cause serious issues for your property as well as your employees and whoever relies on your building every day.

Flood situations can appear quickly in our community, especially when a heavy rain is predicted. However, a flood can also occur due to something simple like a busted water main or another manmade problem.

Follow our steps below to help you respond faster and navigate a flood situation more confidently at your business. 

Flash Flood Situations

If the forecast is calling for a strong storm and heavy rain, start preparing your outdoor space first. Shut down your patio, pull furniture inside or secure it to the ground, and get any signage or other outdoor equipment to a safe location. Do a quick check to make sure your downspouts are pointing away from your business. 

Depending on the severity of the predicted storm, consider closing up shop temporarily while the weather is in the area. Flash floods can be dangerous for anyone, but especially for unsuspecting pedestrians walking around downtown. Stay calm and wait out the storm, and stay above the water line if water does start flowing into your space. 

Controlling a Busted Water Line

On the other end of the spectrum, flood situations can also occur due to issues with your water pipes or water lines. A single burst pipe can leak water all over your property, especially if it is a main line and you don’t discover the problem until you arrive the next day at work. 

Depending on when the situation occurs and who is around when it happens, a quick evacuation may be needed in order to keep everyone safe.

Flood water that comes from your pipes should always be treated with caution. Different pipe systems are constantly bringing different kinds of water in and out of your building, and if you aren’t completely sure which line busted, do your best to avoid touching the water. Bacteria and other harmful substances could be lurking in it that makes you really sick. 

Recovering Afterward

No matter your situation, use extreme caution when walking around your building. Hidden damage under the water could be dangerous for you. Loose nails, soggy floors and sharp debris could injure you or put you in harm’s way in an instant.

Call us right away so we can get to work on your restoration. We know that every minute that you are closed can be detrimental to your business, which is why we work hard to help you recover right away. 

We will remove the standing water, identify and remove hidden moisture and address repairs all at once so you can open back up and get back to work as quickly as possible. We always have your back after a flood!

Floods can lead to widespread damage and structural issues. Contact SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City right away!

Smoke Alarms Are a Vital Household Tool | SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City

5/14/2024 (Permalink)

smoke alarm surrounding by swirling smoke Keep your home and business safe from fire with these helpful tips from SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City!

Smoke alarms are the unsung heroes of fire safety, providing early warnings that could save your life when flames erupt. While this tool can be a lifesaver, they won’t do you or your home any good if they aren’t used correctly!

To protect your Chicago home from flames, you must keep your smoke alarms in great shape. This can mean ensuring they are installed correctly or testing them regularly.

We put together a few ways you can keep your smoke alarms in tip-top shape so that if flames emerge, your first line of defense will be ready to go!

Keep your alarms in check. Smoke alarms aren’t something you can just set and forget! To ensure your smoke alarms work as soon as you need them, you’ll have to maintain them often.

To test your alarms, press the test button on each of your alarms once a month. If your alarm makes a loud sound, that means it’s functioning properly. If not, it might be time to change the batteries.

Switch out the batteries. Check the model of your smoke alarms to identify how often the batteries should be changed, if at all. To avoid needing to switch them out often, make sure to use long-lasting batteries. Many modern smoke alarms use self-contained batteries that last 10 years, with the entire unit replaced at the 10-year mark.

While you’re switching out the batteries, go ahead and give your alarms a good cleaning. Wipe away any dust and debris that could keep your alarms from functioning properly.

Proper placement is key. Correct placement is vital when you’re installing smoke alarms in your home. This will ensure your alarms go off no matter where flames emerge in your Chicago home.

Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, from your attic to your basement. Install them outside all the bedrooms in your home as well. If possible, install them in your bedroom.

The kitchen might be a hotspot for flames, but you’ll need to place your alarms correctly to avoid any false alarms while cooking. Don’t place alarms too close to your kitchen; instead, keep them at least 10 feet away. 

When flames spark in your happy home, SERVPRO is Here to Help®. Contact us for rapid restoration after a fire.

Cast Iron Pipe Fails and Floods Downtown Chicago Property?

4/30/2024 (Permalink)

A failed cast iron pipe sprays water. We restore water damage 24 hours a day in Downtown Chicago.

Our SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki is a trusted leader in water damage restoration services. We typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call. Cast iron pipes are still in use in some older properties in Downtown Chicago.

Due to their durability and longevity, many buildings constructed before the mid-20th century were equipped with cast iron plumbing systems. Cast iron pipes were commonly used for sewer lines, drainage systems, and sometimes even water supply lines.

However, while cast iron pipes have proven to be durable, they are not immune to deterioration over time. In older properties, these pipes may be subject to corrosion, rust, and mineral buildup, leading to leaks, blockages, and other plumbing issues. As a result, some property owners may choose to replace cast iron pipes with modern materials such as PVC or copper for improved reliability and efficiency.

Despite the prevalence of newer plumbing materials, many older buildings in Downtown Chicago still retain their original cast iron pipes. Property owners often maintain these systems through regular inspections, maintenance, and occasional repairs to ensure continued functionality and to preserve the historic integrity of the building.

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When you have a water damage emergency from a broken pipe in your residence or commercial property, SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki is always Here to Help. ® Call us today at 312-877-9937.

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

How Can I Ensure Safety During a Power Outage in Downtown Chicago?

4/23/2024 (Permalink)

Emergency supplies sit on a counter. We restore storm damage 24 hours a day in Downtown Chicago.

You can trust SERVPRO of Team Zubricki to respond quickly to storm damage emergencies. Power outages are an inevitable part of urban life, and for residents of Downtown Chicago, they can present unique challenges. Being prepared is critical to ensuring your safety during these disruptions.

First, establish an emergency kit containing essentials such as flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food, water, and a first aid kit. Keep this kit easily accessible in case of sudden blackouts. Additionally, consider investing in a portable phone charger or a backup power source to keep communication lines open.

During a power outage, conserve energy by minimizing the use of electronic devices and switching off appliances to prevent overload once power is restored. If you're using alternative lighting sources like candles or lanterns, ensure they're placed on stable surfaces away from flammable materials and never leave them unattended.

Stay informed about the outage through local news channels or emergency alerts and follow any instructions from authorities. If you must venture outside, be cautious of downed power lines and potential hazards, especially in heavily trafficked areas.

Also check on neighbors, particularly those needing assistance such as the elderly or individuals with medical conditions. By staying prepared and looking out for one another, Downtown Chicago residents can navigate power outages with resilience and safety.

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When you discover storm damage in your residence or business, SERVPRO of Team Zubricki is Here to Help®. Call us today at 312-877-9937.

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fast Emergency Response Saves Customers from Costly Repairs in Downtown Chicago?

4/16/2024 (Permalink)

A flooded street is shown. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Downtown Chicago.

SERVPRO of Team Zubricki is a trusted leader in storm damage mitigation and restoration services. Fast emergency mitigation for stormwater damage is crucial in preventing secondary damage and reducing the overall cost of repairs. When stormwater damage occurs, immediate action is necessary to mitigate the effects and prevent further harm. If not promptly addressed, standing water can lead to structural damage, mold growth, and electrical hazards.

Quickly removing excess water and drying affected areas helps prevent secondary issues such as mold and mildew growth, which can develop within 24 to 48 hours in moist environments. Additionally, swift action can prevent structural deterioration caused by prolonged exposure to water, reducing the extent of repairs needed.

Also, promptly addressing stormwater damage can help salvage items and materials that might be irreparably damaged. Salvaging belongings reduces replacement costs and sentimental losses for property owners.

Property owners can rely on our teams of highly trained technicians to minimize the extent of damage, prevent secondary issues, and ultimately reduce the financial burden associated with repairs and restoration efforts. We typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call for help.

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When your residence or business in Downtown Chicago sustains storm damage, SERVPRO® of Team Zubricki is Here to Help®. Call us today at 312-877-9937.

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Can I Do to Prepare for a Power Outage in Downtown Chicago?

4/9/2024 (Permalink)

A person works at home by candlelight during a power outage. We are leaders in storm damage remediation services in Downtown Chicago.

Preparing for a power outage in Chicago, where extreme weather can be a factor, is crucial for safety and comfort. SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago offers these tips for preparing for a power outage:

Emergency Kit: Assemble a kit with essentials like flashlights, batteries, candles, matches, a battery-powered radio, non-perishable food, and water for each household member for at least three days.

Backup Power: Consider investing in a generator for backup power, primarily if you rely on medical devices or have essential appliances.

Communication Plan: Establish a communication plan with family and neighbors. Ensure everyone knows how to reach each other and where to meet if necessary.

Protect Electronics: Safely unplug sensitive electronics to prevent damage from power surges when the electricity comes back on.

Insulation and Weatherproofing: Ensure your home is well-insulated and weatherproofed to retain heat during winter outages. Seal windows and doors to prevent drafts.

Alternate Heating: Have alternative heating sources such as a fireplace, wood stove, or space heater (if safe to use) and proper ventilation.

Stay Informed: Keep abreast of weather forecasts and emergency alerts. Follow guidance from local authorities and utilities.

Preserve Food: Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to maintain cold temperatures. Use perishable food first and have a cooler with ice for items that need to stay cold.

First Aid: Have a well-stocked first aid kit handy in emergencies.

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When your residence or business in Downtown Chicago has a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago/ is Here to Help®. Call us today at 312-877-9937.

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

How Can I Discourage Mold Outbreaks in My Downtown Chicago Property?

4/2/2024 (Permalink)

A mold outbreak is shown. We are leaders in mold remediation services in Downtown Chicago.

The technicians at Team Zubricki have the training, equipment, and experience to restore residential and commercial mold damage “Like it never even happened.” Here are some tips for preventing mold outbreaks in homes and commercial buildings:

Control moisture: Fix leaks promptly, use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens, and maintain proper ventilation to reduce humidity.

Monitor indoor humidity: Keep indoor humidity levels between 30-60 percent using dehumidifiers if necessary.

Insulate and ventilate: Insulate cold surfaces like pipes to prevent condensation and ensure proper ventilation in attics, crawl spaces, and basements.

Regular maintenance: Inspect and clean gutters, roof, and HVAC systems regularly to prevent water accumulation and mold growth.

Proper drainage: Ensure proper grading around the building to direct water away from the foundation and install drainage systems as needed.

Use mold-resistant products: Utilize mold-resistant building materials in construction and consider mold-resistant paints for interior surfaces.

Prompt cleanup: Immediately dry and clean up any water spills or leaks within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.

Monitor indoor plants: Avoid overwatering indoor plants and ensure proper drainage to prevent mold growth in soil.

Educate occupants: Educate residents or employees about mold prevention and encourage them to promptly report any leaks or moisture issues.

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When you discover a mold outbreak in your residence or commercial business in Downtown Chicago, Team Zubricki will make it “Like it never even happened.”  Call us today at 312-877-9937.

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Must-Do Tasks After Suffering Storm Damage | SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City

2/17/2024 (Permalink)

Home storm damage, Roof damage from tree that fell over during hurricane storm Did your home suffer damage from an unexpected storm?SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City has your back. Call us today!

We all may think that we have all the time in the world to prepare for thunderstorms in our community. While we are grateful that our forecasts and local authorities are able to give us advanced notice of incoming weather, we truly don’t know what is in store for us until the storm has arrived. 

What may have been predicted as a moderate thunderstorm could quickly intensify and bring serious rain, intense wind and large hail. Even a tornado or straight-line winds could impact your home without much warning.

These types of situations are always unexpected, so using caution when walking around your home can help you stay safer before, during and after a storm. 

After the Storm Passes

Once the first storm cell passes over your home, don’t be too quick to jump out of your safe sheltering location. We all know that another storm cell could be right on the horizon. Walk about carefully, carrying your phone and weather radio with you.

If any family members were out of the home when the storm arrived, check in with them right away to ensure their safety. You should also take this time to check on your neighbors. Storms can follow distinct paths and while your home may have been spared, your neighbors might not have been.

Once everyone is safe and the whole storm system has moved on, it’s time to now survey your home and get started on the restoration process. Take pictures of whatever damage you uncover and give us a call right away so we can get started on your restoration. 

While You Wait for Us

Our team is proudly locally owned and operated, which means we will be at your home fast and ready to work as soon as you call us! However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take steps to minimize more damage while you wait for us to arrive. 

If your roof was damaged and it is still raining, lay tarps over the damage or over your possessions to keep them dry, and board up any windows that were broken. We will do this more extensively when we arrive, but taking these steps right away will never hurt!

Once we arrive, we will get to work on your repairs. Storms can cause water damage, structural damage and even fire damage if your home was the unfortunate victim of a lightning strike. 

We will work quickly but carefully to ensure every part of your home is addressed and your repairs are taken care of. Our goal is to return your home to its pre-storm condition as quickly and as efficiently as possible. 

We can be at your home faster after a storm disaster. Contact SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City right away. 

Preparing for Rain, Preventing Water Damage | SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City

11/17/2023 (Permalink)

Damaged ceiling from water leak in old, abandoned house Unsure of how to handle your home water damage? No worries, we will take care of it. Call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City today.

When it rains, it pours in the Chicago area! We see our fair share of rainstorms throughout the year that can range from gently falling rain to heavy rainstorms accompanied by intense wind. 

No matter the weather situation, rain can infiltrate our homes and cause significant water damage. 

Preparing for the weather is one of the best ways to prevent damage, so tackle the tasks below to get ready and help your home stay drier and damage-free. 

Getting Ready Around Your Home
Each different storm system brings a different intensity to the area, and yard debris and leaves  can get blown around your property. As the seasons pass, that debris can find its way to your gutter system and cause serious clogs. 

The next time it rains, that clog will force water to back up onto your roof or pour over the edge of your home, which can leak down into your foundation easily.

In order to avoid this frustrating situation, you need to be cleaning out your gutters regularly. If you live in a single-family home or a townhome that has a gutter system, get up on a ladder and pull out that clog to help encourage water to flow down and away from your home. 

The Roof and Windows

Your roof undergoes all kinds of weather hazards throughout the year, and it absorbs a lot of the impact of storms so you can stay safe and dry inside. However, that also means that your roof is often the first place for storm damage to occur, which can easily invite water into your attic. 

Check your roof after every storm to look for missing shingles, gaps or even general sagging issues so you can address repairs right away.

If you live in an apartment or rent a house, you still need to take steps to reduce your risk of water damage. Take the time to ensure all windows and doors are securely shut and occasionally check them for signs of moisture when it is raining. If you discover a bead of water coming from a small hole in your caulking around a window, it is crucial that you address the issue right away. 

Overcoming Water Damage

Water sometimes has a mind of its own, and it can leak and seep into the most unsuspecting crack or gap in your home. If that happens to you and you discover a significant water spot on your wall or your basement floods, call us right away. 

Our SERVPRO® team will arrive quickly to start removing the excess water while also using thermal cameras to detect hidden moisture behind your walls. We will completely dry your space and then get to work on your repairs. 

Water is known to warp and swell floors, ruin carpet, and make your drywall soggy, and we can help you recover from any of these situations. We are here for you for all of your water damage scenarios!

Overcoming water damage is easier with SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City on your side. Call us today. 

You Need Experts Like SERVPRO for Mold Inspection in Sevierville

5/18/2023 (Permalink)

Mold on woodwork with SERVPRO tech removing mold. If you suspect mold, call SERVPRO of Sevierville 24/7. We'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Protect Your Home with SERVPRO's Professional Mold Inspection Services in Sevierville 

Whether visible or not, mold growth threatens the structural integrity of building materials. It is important to have experienced restorers like SERVPRO carry out mold inspection of your Sevierville home if you suspect contamination.   

SERVPRO techs with years of experience can carry out thorough mold inspections of your Sevierville property to uncover contamination not visible to the naked eye. Identifying the problem areas can help prevent the spread of the contamination to other parts of the building and ensures an effective restoration. 

How SERVPRO Mold Specialists Inspect a Building?

One of the first things SERVPRO techs do when they arrive at your premises is a physical site inspection or a walk-through. A thorough inspection is the biggest reason why SERVPRO is so successful in remediating mold damage. 

During the building inspection, the techs gather information about the condition of the property and look for signs of potential mold damage, including:

  • Water intrusion or condensation
  • Water stains
  • Structural damage due to mold growth
  • Odors 
  • Structural defects in hard-to-reach places like attics 

The mold contamination can be active or dormant, visible or hidden in the form of settled spores, fragments, or other fungal components. The goal of the SERVPRO techs is to obtain enough information during these walk-throughs to locate or predict the approximate extent of the visible or hidden contamination. 

Locating Hidden Mold

In some cases, the SERVPRO techs may need to conduct intrusive activities to locate hidden mold damage, including controlled demolition. Techs also identify the pathways of water intrusion to predict hidden mold damage. 

If controlled demolition is needed, SERVPRO techs ensure it is done following the local laws and only after the homeowner's consent. 

Call SERVPRO of Sevier, Jefferson & Cocke Counties at (865) 429-8885; we are here to help you 24/7.