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Remediating Mold Damage from Homes in the Chicago Area

4/17/2023 (Permalink)

The side of a green SERVPRO van Mold can appear in plain sight, or you can smell the musty presence of mold behind cabinets and walls. In either case, contact SERVPRO to investigate

SERVPRO Provides Expert Mold Advice and Remediation for Local Residents

Mold is a microorganism. It exists in almost all environments but often in the benign form of a mold spore. Only when these spores grow and reproduce can they become a problem for homeowners. Like most living things, spores require specific growing conditions, including a food supply, adequate temperature, and water. While spores are impossible to remove from an environment entirely, remediation can help to reduce the impact of mold and return your home to a normal condition.

We offer expert mold damage remediation to Chicago residents all year round. Lab-testing microbial growth can often be a time-consuming and inconclusive venture. The noticeable symptoms of a microbial infestation, such as a distinct musty odor, are usually enough to justify professional remediation. Remediation is a staged process that begins with an inspection of damaged areas. The inspection phase can often require temporarily lifting floors or using borescopes to analyze wall and ceiling cavities to observe how far the mold has spread. Since mold requires a source of moisture to grow, an infestation often stems from a pre-existing moisture problem. Some moisture problems are consistent such as a leaking pipe. Other moisture problems can arise from insufficient insulation, causing condensation or roofing gaps that allow rainwater. Mold can also grow from a one-time issue like a spillage that goes unnoticed for several days. 

Different Types of Moisture Problems and How They Connect to Mold Remediation 

  • If surfaces are still wet, the moisture problem stems from a consistent flow of water. It is vital to fix the leak before beginning the remediation process. 
  • If moldy surfaces are dry, it may have been a one-time issue. A chemical cleaning solution can be very effective in these circumstances.
  • A mold that appears during certain times of the year can often indicate insufficient insulation. A vapor barrier can often correct these issues and prevent recurring growth.

The first goal of a mold remediation technician is to correct the source of the issue. Dealing with the moisture problem first ensures that the fungi do not grow back during or after the remediation service. Once the source of the problem is isolated and corrected, we can begin to work on the existing damage. Remediation techniques often disturb moldy areas, releasing spores into the environment. Correctly preparing the room or property by sealing off certain areas, establishing clean rooms, and decontaminating areas are essential to stop spores from spreading. Generally speaking, the removal of microbial growth is achievable through anti-microbial chemicals, physical agitation, or by disposing of the infested material altogether. Whether materials need to be disposed of depends on the porosity of the material and the cost of replacement. Porous materials are generally more susceptible to infestation than their denser counterparts.

Equipment for Aggressive Agitation and Cleaning of Microbials

  • Metal scrapers and steel wool can help scrape mold from dense surfaces.
  • Like Hardwoods or lumber, Dense organic matter can often be sanded down and refinished to remove exterior mold. 
  • Blasting equipment- sand, soda, or ice- helps eliminate molds without causing excessive damage to the surface beneath. Soda blasting can be ideal for valuable materials with exterior mold.

Tackling mold can be tricky without expertise. Contact SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City for mold remediation at (773) 337-3900.

Mold Remediation in Chicago Is Safe and Efficient with SERVPRO

4/16/2023 (Permalink)

mold growing on the wall of a room in the corner Dealing with mold damage does not need to be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for knowledgeable technicians and effective equipment needed for the job.

Chicago Homeowners Trust SERVPRO with Mold Remediation

Hiring experts like SERVPRO for mold remediation of your Chicago home is crucial to safely and effectively restore the damage. Our IICRC-certified mold specialists have the training, tools, and knowledge that ensures your home is restored to preloss conditions as quickly as possible. 

SERVPRO techs are very careful during the mold remediation of your Chicago home to avoid the spread of mold fragments and spores to unaffected parts of the property. We use unique containment systems and engineering controls that minimize the aerosolization of the mold and significantly reduce the chance of cross-contamination. 

Controlling the Airflow During Mold Removal 

SERVPRO techs establish negative air pressure within the containment regions to prevent the air from taking the aerosolized mold spores to unaffected building areas. However, techs use air exchanges to dilute airborne fungal concentration, reduce worker exposure, and facilitate the clean-up effort. SERVPRO restorers always ensure the airflow direction is clean to contaminated areas. 

Techs perform a minimum of four air exchanges per hour between the contaminated and uncontaminated areas per the IICRC S520 guidelines. Understanding the science behind airflow allows SERVPRO techs to prevent the spread of mold spores and carry out the remediation safely. 

Role of HEPA Vacuums 

HEPA vacuum systems have an essential role to play in the mold removal process. These systems are fitted in the negative air machines that maintain a lower pressure within the containment areas. The HEPA vacuum can remove airborne particles greater than 0.3 microns with an efficiency of 99.97%. Using the HEPA vacuum systems, SERVPRO techs can ensure:

  • Fungal spores and fragments are retained within the containment area.
  • Visible mold growth is safely and quickly removed from surfaces. 
  • Improved air quality for the technicians and the occupants. 

Call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900; we offer quick, safe, and reliable mold remediation. 

The Challenges of Mold Remediation in Chicago

11/13/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on the wall next to an electrical outlet When mold spreads, time is certainly of the essence. Contact SERVPRO for knowledgeable technicians and equipment for the mold remediation job ahead.

SERVPRO is Chicago's Mold Damage Specialist

Mold growth usually results from a moisture problem in your property. As water restoration experts, our technicians take extra care to ensure soaking materials are dried quickly to prevent the growth of microbes. But molds can sometimes occur without a significant water intrusion and result from benign problems like slow leaks or insufficient insulation. It may be signs of an internal infestation if you notice grey, black or green spots on walls or ceilings. SERVPRO has expertise in:

  • Mold removal
  • Mold damage repair
  • Mold assessments

The purpose of mold remediation in Chicago is to bring microbes to a manageable level. Microbes exist naturally in all home environments, so it is only when these microbes conglomerate and begin to reproduce that there is a problem. Infestations can decompose household materials and possessions if left alone for long periods. To rectify a mold issue, our technicians begin by establishing containment to prevent the spread of mold. Once containment is set up, we can start the removal process.

Removing mold infestations from the home

  • Porous materials are removed, including carpets, drywall, insulation, and organic fabrics.
  • Non-porous materials are cleaned using High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filter (HEPA) fitted vacuums or wiping surfaces with detergents.
  • Wooden materials are generally salvageable unless long-term exposure has caused dry rot. 

Stubborn infestations may require the usage of more aggressive cleaning methods. These situations can be resolved using steel sponges or blasting and pressure cleaning equipment. The use of agitation in remediation can disrupt mold spores causing them to settle on nearby surfaces. To combat settled spores, it is vital to clean the structure at regular intervals working from top to bottom or pushing spores in the direction of negative air-pressure machines. We recommend allowing several hours between cleaning rounds, allowing spores time to settle, to ensure that all surfaces are cleaned properly.

Microbial infestations rarely go away by themselves. Contact SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / Chicago City for mold remediation at (773) 337-3900.

A REAL 5-Star SERVPRO Customer Review

10/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Customer Testimonial

This recent customer left us a perfect score on our survey along with this kindest of testimonials. Now, we all know how "Suspect" perfect scores can be. But, when you earn it, you earn it! Our crew cleaned and mitigated the water damage from her property in Palos Heights and provided reconstruction services. Our customer was distraught when she surveyed the damage inflicted upon her home. Our team understands the stress and fear of recovering personal treasures and possessions after a very significant water damaging event. We spoke with Leona and explained the services from water removal to the final installation of her new kitchen. We are proud to have such happy and satisfied customers. For that, here's a "Shout Out" to our SERVPRO team members, Rosa & Andy, for providing excellent customer care and service to our clients. We are proud to have you both on our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City team!

SERVPRO has the Expertise to Remove Water from your Chicago Home

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

Let Our Specialized Mitigation Services Help with Your Water Removal Needs in Chicago 

Having an appliance malfunction or a pipe burst within your home can leave you with significant water damage. The longer that water remains in your property, the more chances you have for extensive damage and the onset of dangerous mold and mildew growth. Calling our team of professionals at SERVPRO gets you the immediate action necessary to limit the amount of damage and water loss. 

When you need water removal in Chicago, we have the technicians that you want on your side to address the problem. When left unchecked stagnant water or hidden moisture brings on ideal conditions for structural issues, mildew, mold, and more. Our team at SERVPRO uses the latest technologies and proven methods that help you to lessen the damage and restore your home to like-new condition. By following the best practices of the IICRC Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, our team is spot-on with our efforts. 


Whether you have a pipe that bursts on the second floor of your home or a washing machine that leaks throughout your basement, we show up with the right equipment to extract the water from your home. Concrete and tile flooring are sturdy, but excessive exposure to water can compromise their integrity. When your cleanup process lacks thorough drying, a chalky substance known as efflorescence can come back time and again. 

During the drying process, SERVPRO professionals use heavy-duty axial fans and centrifugal air movers that circulate the air, speeding the drying time. We also use specialized cleaning and disinfecting products to ensure a clean living space that is free of mold and foul odors that DIY cleaning often leaves behind. To wrap up the water removal process, SERVPRO technicians employ innovative water detection tools that use thermal imaging technology to ensure the removal of the moisture from every impacted area of your home. 

When it comes to water removal and restoration, you can always count on SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City to make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call anytime for professional water cleanup services at (773) 337-3900. We always send a team of highly trained technicians out to your location as soon as possible. 

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What Parts of a Property Lead to Mold Damage

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth on cinder block wall Dampness in a basement leads to mold damage in Chicago

Mold Growth Thrives in Damp and Dark Areas

Mold can grow just about anywhere, in harsh conditions, and at the ends of the Earth. However, that's not to say that certain factors don't make it more likely to grow in a particular area. Most species of mold have the same sets of desirable conditions and thus share some of the most common growth places. If your property meets one or more of the following descriptions, it may be at an increased risk of mold growth. 

Old, Unkempt Properties 

Older or less well-maintained properties are often very likely to incur mold damage in Chicago, as these properties often have dark interiors, open and unwatched wood and fabric materials, and leaks that create damp conditions. These are all highly conducive to mold growth, especially in warm and humid weather. Make sure to keep your home in good shape, and if you cannot do the work yourself, it's best to hire a contractor rather than let the house deteriorate. It may save you money down the road. 

Poorly Ventilated Areas 

Does your home have a stuffy, stagnant area? Worse, is this in a dark and potentially damp place? Stale air makes for excellent mold growth conditions. Try improving ventilation across your home, keep windows open, and perhaps use fans in areas such as basements that are not commonly used. Moisture is the most crucial factor in mold proliferation. SERVPRO IICRC trained techs suggest that you keep the interior ambient temperature between 72 and 80 degrees to mitigate fungi growth potential.

Areas Subject to the Elements 

Is there a part of your home that absorbs the elements more than another? This may be a basement with an open window or cracked foundation, a closet with a small hole leading outside, or even an exterior shed or garage. Having a region of your home's interior exposed to the outside and particularly to wet weather increases the chances of mold development in that area. There is that moisture again.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City is prepared and equipped to deal with mold damage in all conditions and all times of day or night. If your home needs professional mold remediation, call us at (773) 337-3900.

We know what it's like Chicago, let SERVPRO be there to lift you above the water

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

Chicago no fear SERVPRO will always be here for your water damage.

No matter how water damage could come to be inside of your Chicago home, the way that you handle the situation is essential to a successful remediation. From the moment that water begins to pour into your home, every moment counts. Quickly getting expert help could save your home from further damage and save your wallet from more expenses. 

To paint a clearer picture of how you could excellently handle the situation, imagine a scenario where your kitchen sink caused water damage to your Chicago bungalow. You come back from putting a load of laundry to wash and find that the water supply line broke. There is a puddle of water across your kitchen floor, and it is growing frighteningly fast. 

To start, shut off the water in your home to prevent even more damage. However, while you are doing that, you should reach out for professional services, like SERVPRO, to send representatives to your home. You may wonder why you should. After all, it's a puddle; you can clean it up with a mop and some towels, which, for the most part, is true. However, water has a habit of sneaking into every nook and cranny that it can. It is easy to miss out on pockets of water that could be hiding beneath the stove or the toe-kicks of your counter. Leaving excess moisture in your home could lead to mold damage.

Here at SERVPRO, we have the equipment to find every pocket of water that may be hiding in your kitchen. Our water damage restoration technicians are highly qualified and are certified by the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC.) Furthermore, they are trained to use advanced equipment that has been specifically designed to address the water damage inside your home. From heaters, air movers, dehumidifiers, moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras, we have the tools to find and remediate the water damage inside your home. Trust SERVPRO to help you, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

If water damage strikes your house, never wait to get help. Communicate with SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City by dialing (773) 337-3900. No matter the time or day of the week, we can help you. 

SERVPRO's Annual Convention "Brand Partnership Panel"

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

head shots of presenters for the panel "Brand Partnership Panel" presentation by SERVPRO owner/operator and VP of Operations at the annual Convention--2022.

SERVPRO of Evergreen/South Chicago City Provides Leadership

The SERVPRO Industries LLC annual convention 2022 is hosted in Dallas, TX. This much-anticipated event gathers more than 2000 individually owned and operated network franchises to showcase our successes and experiences in the cleanup and restoration industry.

The Brand Partnership Panel is a key component of the convention's goal of expanding the SERVPRO footprint. Frank Zubricki, owner/operator, and David Mason, VP of Operations for the SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City, are participants in this panel. They will share successful experiences in expanding localized branding in three initiatives.


Insurance agents and adjusters love to play golf. We maintain close relationships with local agencies both on the links and by providing non-credited franchise-offered classroom instructions on the dynamics of cleanup and restoration services. Frank claims that establishing insurance-driven claims enhances the revenue stream greatly.

The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

Our sponsorship of this annual ESPN-owned college football bowl game puts our name in front of many viewers. We are proud to support all First Responders who put their lives on the line daily. We can send brave individuals to the game as a statement of our commitment to helping our communities.

The First Responders Children's Foundation

We recognize the need and the benefits of supporting all families of the fire, police, EMS, and other First Responders. SERVPRO franchise owners participate in many worthwhile charitable programs to help these children.

Frank and David have years of experience operating many SERVPRO franchises. Expanding the brand in each market with beneficial events and programs for local communities and national regions makes good business sense. By partnering with outside agencies, we can make our mark.

Training and Positive Team Building in Chicago with Team Zubricki

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Training Train as a team, work as a team. That is the Team Zubricki way!

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, but SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City also has highly-trained technicians for all your fire, water, and mold restoration projects. The Team Zubricki franchises undergo regular training, seminars, and team-building activities to remain at the top of our game.

Chicago and Florida team training

We recently took part in Team Zubricki training at the newly constructed Chicago warehouse, a centralized location for executing restoration team mobilization and storing our advanced equipment. This facility was the perfect size to handle our large group, including Chicago-area franchises and Florida team members. Anyone unable to attend this recent event in person was able to connect via Microsoft Teams for interaction.

We believe that refresher courses and ongoing training are critical in the restoration industry. The large group got broken down into segments for the sales team, office staff, and production technicians to make it easier. Events such as these help our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City team stay up on customer service, enhance our skills, and broaden our knowledge of the restoration field. Additionally, this is an excellent chance to improve our overall company culture as we come together for a common goal.

Contact SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City 24/7 at (773) 337-3900 when you require fire and water cleanup and restoration assistance.

Top Guns of Team Zubricki Honored as White Coats

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

4 employess wearing white coats in a training room Congratulations to the team members awarded the White Coats

Over the past few years, our collective group of franchises making up Team Zubricki around the Greater Chicago area has been dispatched across the country to natural disasters and massive storm events to help wherever needed. These responses often come at a great personal sacrifice for our employees, leaving their families behind for weeks or even months until our work is done. In recent years, our Team Zubricki responders have helped at facilities and venues in:

  • Louisiana
  • Oklahoma
  • Kansas
  • Virginia
  • Massachusetts
  • Arizona
  • Illinois

During a recent Large Loss training event for Zubricki franchises, specific employees were acknowledged for their efforts, going above and beyond for the customer and the team. These individuals were gifted white coats to symbolize how they stand out in their respective service fields and showcase the values and customer commitment we encourage in our disaster response. The inaugural class of White Coats this year featured:

  • Nick Laughlin
  • Randall Roach
  • Senior Project Manager Patrick Houlihan
  • Restoration Project Manager Eduardo Gomez
  • Owner Anthony Zubricki

Tony Dantonio, Vice President of National Accounts at Team Zubricki, shares his thoughts on the team members awarded the White Coats: "The team members that were recognized with the White Coats have gone above and beyond to help make Team Zubricki successful.  The White Coats are intended to stand out just as these folks have done. They are true team players, and were caught in the act of doing things right."

Those awarded this special acknowledgment earned their place through their commitment to the team, those in need after disasters, and providing the best possible restoration outcomes. Through devastating winter weather leaving thousands without power to the destruction following the path of a hurricane making landfall, White Coats of Team Zubricki shined with:

  • Selfless devotion to helping others at the expense of holidays, personal time, and family events. 
  • Long hours on the weekends and evenings to ensure projects stay on track to get businesses back up and running. 
  • Commitment to providing exceptional customer service during traumatic events. 
  • Representing SERVPRO and Team Zubricki exceptionally while collaborating with other restoration teams, organizations, and relief efforts.

Patricia Zubricki hopes to let this become an annual tradition where the exceptional large loss response employees of the previous year are acknowledged and celebrated for their devotion and professionalism. 

Only Trust Mold Remediation to Professionals in Chicago

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Mold When mold becomes an issue in your property, you want the experts. Call SERVPRO for assistance with mold remediation services.

SERVPRO Provides Skilled, Efficient Mold Remediation for Chicago Properties

Mold is not something you may think about regularly until you detect musty odors or see bits of black mold developing in your bathroom, kitchen, etc. Finding mold anywhere in your Chicago property is unsettling, and you may want to grab some spray and a cloth to begin removing it. However, mold and mildew growth bring possible health effects, so attacking them with DIY methods is never recommended. Instead, you can look to trained mold remediation experts like we have on our team at SERVPRO. 

Why is SERVPRO the right team to handle mold damage and cleanup in Chicago? Because we approach each restoration project with care and precision to ensure safety and efficiency each step of the way. Not only that, but we have the right tools and cleaning agents to help us reach our goals. 

Containment Is Key – which is why we arrive and begin containment protocols and precautionary steps after our initial assessment. By planning out containment zones with sheeting and negative air pressure, we can keep microscopic mold spores from moving into unaffected areas of your property. 

Will My Contents Be Restorable After Mold Infiltration?

Our technicians inspect and categorize all belongings based on condition and composition so we can determine the potential for restoration. This also allows us to select the best safe, effective cleaning methods. Restorability will generally depend on:

  • Composition (materials)
  • Contents condition
  • Cost of replacement versus financial value

We work to restore versus replace whenever possible to save your items, time, and money on your project. Anything that is unsalvageable will get safely disposed of according to local guidelines.

Call us at SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 whenever you require assistance with mold remediation!

After a Property Fire Is it Hard to Remove Burnt Odors

4/2/2022 (Permalink)

 SERVPRO Smoke and Odor Control Technicians (OCT) Can Help Recover your Chicago Home after a Fire.

What equipment is practical for odor removal?

Tackling odors in your Chicago property can be a challenge. Many commonly used deodorants use potentially harmful chemicals to eliminate fire odors. When dispersing any gas into the home environment, it is essential to wear professional safety equipment. SERVPRO technicians use chemically resistant clothing and eyewear to protect themselves from exposure to deodorant chemicals. Equally using a respirator of at least, or equivalent to, N95 masks is a vital part of ensuring that implementing odor control methods is safe. If your property requires fumigation, it may be necessary to vacate when deodorizing occurs.

Can air-filtration equipment remove odors?

  • Air scrubbers can draw in odorous air and filter it, exhausting cleaner air back into the indoor environment.
  • A Vaportek unit uses natural oils to capture volatile odor particles and absorb them from the indoor air.
  • Duct cleaning technology, such as negative air-pressure machines, can draw large amounts of odorous air from the property.

What are wet-fogging pieces of equipment, and how are they used?

When conducting smoke and odor removal in your Chicago home, ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers may be deployed. One potential issue with wet foggers is that they can add moisture damage to specific soft furnishings. This equipment vaporizes liquid deodorant and disperses it in a fine mist. Often portable, SERVPRO technicians can use this equipment throughout a building to put deodorants into small cracks and crevices or a ductwork system in the home. Often, we combine a ULV fogger with venting fans to ensure that deodorant particles remain suspended in the air for a more protracted period and therefore remove more of the fire odor.

How is dry-fogging ULV equipment put in use safely?

  • Initiate the fogging equipment outside the property to reduce the chances of drips
  • Maintain the fogger at an even angle as they can become less efficient when tilted
  • Use sparingly to avoid leaving oily residues on surfaces after fogging.

Getting control of an odor problem is essential to returning your home to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900.

Why SERVPRO Is the First Choice for Water Damage Recovery for Your Downtown Chicago Hardwood Floors

3/28/2022 (Permalink)


High above the bustling streets of downtown Chicago, a disaster is brewing. Your beautiful hardwood floors have taken on water from the aging gravity heat system. The ornate radiators encircling your living and dining areas leaked on the first heating day, and the water soaked through the parquet and down into the subfloor. Because of the historic features of your apartment, removing the damaged strips is unacceptable. Our specialized hardwood floor drying equipment and protocols are why we are best suited to help your property recover. 

Understand the Anatomy of Your Hardwood Floors 

A century ago skilled woodworkers installed the floors now water damaged in your downtown Chicago residence. The detailed patterns of differently colored hardwoods are irreplaceable, pieced expertly above the subfloor. Immediately after the heating system leak a quick mop and the floor surface looked dry. Our sensitive moisture detection devices find that dryness is an illusion. The water percolating from the leaky radiator seeped between the edges of each strip, saturating the subfloor and leaching into the cavity between walls.  

We Can Dry the Hardwood In-Place 

One of the reasons why SERVPRO is considered an industry leader is our commitment to the latest training offered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) for restoring water damage. We also invest in cutting edge technologies like the Injectidry system. Floor mats connect to hoses that suction the water from all floor layers when our powerful extractors engage. Monitoring of the moisture levels is critical, so the floor is neither under nor over dried. 

Water Trapped in Cavities Also Responds Well to Injectidry 

As we dry out your floor, we can also drill holes near the baseboard to direct warm air inside the voids between walls. These holes accelerate the drying process, minimizing the chance of microbial growth as damp surfaces invite mold damage. The synchronization of these advanced techniques is another reason why SERVPRO interventions achieve the desired results.  

Why SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City for water damaged hardwood floors? We have the advanced techniques and equipment to return your home to “Like it never even happened.” Call (773) 337-3900 to ensure your Arts and Crafts woodwork continues to delight into its second century. 

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Some Helpful Information About Mold Damage Chicago Homeowners Need To Know

2/19/2022 (Permalink)

mold colony Mold remediation for your home is no DIY project. SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment to have your home back to preloss condition ASAP.

Keep an Eye on Moisture and Humidity to Prevent Mold Spores.

Many people, knowledgeable about a considerable amount of things, do not know as much as they would like to about molds and the dangers they represent. The mold damage your Chicago home can encounter should be an interesting study to conduct. In this inquiry it helps for you to know the following, among a longer list of facts, about molds and the spores that they come from:

First of all, they are microscopic until they take hold of something and begin their growth and takeover of your house. They are everywhere, outside and inside. For this reason, they float in the air and can deposit themselves anywhere that air can be, which is everywhere. They need very few things to survive and thrive, one of these being moisture. Moisture, supplied by many causes, not the least of which is a flood, a leaking pipe or water heater and a storm that causes water to come in and the water that is used to put out a fire in your home.

Even a higher than normal level of humidity in your home can cause this growth and subsequent Chicago mold damage. It is recommended that, to stay as safe as possible, in the absence of a disaster that brings an enormous amount of water into your home, keep your humidity level below. Stopping the source of the water is crucial as nothing can be accomplished until this gets done. This means repairing leaking pipes, fixing the holes that allow outside water to come in and starting the process of removing any water that is still present. Doing all of this requires the skills of a professional inspector, a demolition crew to remove walls, ceilings and floors to locate the many spaces that harbor both molds and the moisture that attracts them. Since mold and mold spores could be said to lie in wait for you, water will cause them to grow into colonies from a minuscule amount of spores and, at the same time, allergens and irritants will grow from them and become airborne.

Because they primarily move through the air stream, mold spores get into every other space in your home if they are in one location, already. The fact that mold spores travel so quickly also means that if they are disturbed, improperly, such as an inefficient removal and sanitation process, this causes them to move into another area. The aforementioned quick migration of mold spores throughout your house makes the removal and cleaning of this dangerous substance critical and must be done right the first time.

The biggest danger, other than the fact that there is mold already there, is the need to keep it from going anywhere else. The presence of mold means that containment is the first order of business, after locating all of the places where it is growing and where, if the water is not removed, it can crop up.

One of the best facts about the mold damage in your Chicago home is that we can be called, 24/7/365, at SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 and we respond with our trained experts for the prompt service you need in this time of danger.

Need Help with Cleaning? We Offer Powerful Preventative Cleaning Services!

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

Bacteria Cleaned and treated surfaces can become recontaminated if an infected individual sneezes or coughs without controlling the microscopic droplet spread.

Large cities like Chicago are more at risk than smaller cities for the rapid spread of the virus infection. We have to be diligent now more than ever to protect ourselves, our families, our friends, and associates.

Performing do-it-yourself cleaning of touch points and common surfaces is far better than not cleaning for sure. However, how much greater is the protection and preventative value provided by a technically advancedprofessional cleaning company in Chicagolike SERVPRO?

1. Highly effective medical-grade and industrial-grade cleaning products
2. Heavy-duty equipment that applies cleaning agents uniformly
3. Experienced technicians who correctly perform environmental cleaning
4. Trained inCDCprotocols, using EPA registered disinfectants, and applying OSHA standards
5. Sufficient human resources and supplies to perform jobs of any size
6. Service available 24/7
7. Plans for open and closed businesses and institutions
8. Answers to questions, consulting, and inspections

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City has performed anti-microbial cleaning, sewage cleanup, crime scene, and unattended death cleanup for years. We would be pleased to use our experience and resources to help you fight potential contamination by performing the best professional service in the area. Give our team atSERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South ChicagoCity a call today at (773) 337-3900.

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

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What Do You Know About Water Damage Remediation In Chicago

12/31/2021 (Permalink)

white Pipe bursting with water Water damage from pipes bursting is a common occurrence in the city as well as the suburbs. Contact SERVPRO to assess the damage.

SERVPRO Protects Your Wood Floors

Chicago is a city of contrasts.  The beautiful summers lead up to incredibly cold winter months, its architecture joins old structures with modern buildings, and even its people show a wide diversity in heritage.  Even though these differences enrich our lives, they can also pose some challenges. Take, for example, the impact of the weather on the plumbing system of an older home. As pipes freeze and thaw, there is a real possibility of them bursting somewhere along the process, leaving your home immersed in water and your belongings in peril.  Moments like this are the reason why having a reliable water cleanup service at your disposal is essential for homeowners in the Windy City.

When there is water damage to your home in Chicago, and you want to ensure its restoration with minimal disruption to your life, calling SERVPRO is the best decision you can make.  Our technicians train with experts in the field to recognize the peculiarities of each situation and develop an action plan accordingly.  In Chicago homes, there is a specific need to preserve construction elements that make them unique. A perfect example is the preservation of wood floors, which can damage severely after a water event.

All efforts need to concentrate on drying hardwood floors as soon as possible.  Although they contain some moisture, any excess humidity causes them to expand, which in turn causes buckling.  Alternatively, they could cup or crown, a condition that happens when the moisture at the edge of the wood planks differs from the level in the center.  Our SERVPRO crew utilizes specialized equipment to gauge the humidity in the wood and restore it to normal.  Laminate and engineered flooring can also fall victim to the water, so limiting the exposure time is crucial.  By calling our 24/7 hotline, you are well on your way to minimizing this time.

Living in Chicago makes you adaptable and resourceful.  SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City is your top resource for water restoration services.  Just call us at (773) 337-3900 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Furnace Puffbacks And Restoration In Your Chicago Home

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

24/7 Sign Our SERVPRO response team is available 24/7 to help with emergencies like this to help you get back into your home quickly.

With the winter season setting in quickly for homeowners in Chicago, many are looking to begin bringing their oil burning furnaces back online to heat the property through the often steep temperature drops to come. A significant risk of running an oil-based burner within your home is the possibility of a phenomenon known as puff-backs. These circumstances cause explosions of the heating system at the combustion chamber, which can cause structural damages and fires.

To avoid fire damages in your Chicago home, you should always take the time to educate yourself about the proper function and maintenance required for oil-burning heating systems. Many of these unfortunate events occur from homeowners poorly educated in the operation of these heating appliances, and that lack of knowledge could have severe consequences. Our SERVPRO response team is available 24/7 to help with emergencies like this to help you get back into your home quickly.

The magnitude of this event depends on the amount of oil trapped within the combustion chamber and many other variables. Once a puff-back has occurred, homeowners often must contend with smoke, soot, and structural damages. Our highly-trained IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians have extensive knowledge of fire damage recovery and mitigation solutions, making us a wise choice for restoration.

Our SERVPRO franchise offers build back services to help reconstruct and rebuild your property should the puff-back cause structural damages too severe to repair or restore. With our advanced equipment, we can also offer a fast cleanup of soot damages throughout the affected area using high-powered vacuums and industrial-grade cleaning solvents to scrub the stains and loose soot from surfaces and materials. A phenomenon often called “tags” is a collection of electrically charged carbonized particulates found in ceiling corners and closets. They look like dirty, greasy spider webs. They are not. These cobweb-like accumulations of soot from puff-backs must be carefully vacuumed to prevent staining and smearing of the underlying surfaces.

While your heating system is critical through the harsh winter months to come, it is essential to understand the maintenance that it requires and how to operate it properly to avoid fire damages to your home or worse. For any emergency, you can depend on our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City trained technicians to help. Contact us 24/7 at (773) 337-3900.

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What Water Removal Approaches Work Best in the Apartments of Downtown Chicago?

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

electric water pump basement SERVPRO offers advanced equipment like water pumps and dryers to mitigate water damage in Downtown Chicago

Choosing the right water removal tool is valuable to the fast restoration of Downtown Chicago properties.

When water damages threaten apartments and lofts downtown, we must act quickly. Any disasters in these structures could ultimately affect dozens of residents with the pace that these loss effects can spread. We are an Official SERVPRO Downtown Operator.

Learning the Hurdles of the Extraction

Before water removal in Downtown Chicago apartment buildings can begin, we must evaluate the damage and the location of standing water. Knowing the obstacles preventing efficient extraction allows our team to mobilize to help with the right tools and personnel.

The Advantages of Wet Vacuums

Wet vacuums are the most preferred method of extracting water from a multi-story apartment building, whether several units are affected or just an isolated incident with one residence. There are numerous reasons that our experienced restoration technicians rely on wet vacuums over other extraction options, and these include:

  • Portable – The ease of mobility of wet vacuums is a high consideration when contending with extraction needs on the upper floors of apartment complexes. The available tools are limited to what SERVPRO team members can move up the stairs or service elevators in many cases.
  • Lightweight – Wet vacuums are easier to haul from one section of the damaged building to another, even when used as a holding tank.
  • Versatile – Several attachments can be used with vacuums, including carpet wands, weighted extractors, and more.

The Case for High-Pressure Pumps

When wet vacuums are not sufficient to the level of damage, we have more powerful and productive options in our inventory of tools and devices. High-pressure pumps pull at a higher psi than traditional submersible pumps and vacuums, allowing them to be used over greater heights and distances.

With the bulk of residences in Downtown Chicago being apartments and lofts, our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City team must be ready to overcome water and flood damage happening several stories above the ground level. Our variety of helpful equipment makes restoration efficient and cost-effective. Give us a call today at (773) 337-3900.

Mitigating Damage and Offering Quality Restorations in Evergreen Park/South Chicago City and Nationwide

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

collage of SERVPRO crews and stuff Our team provides cleanup and restoration services locally in the Chicago area and nationwide disaster services

SERVPRO is Available for Natural Catastrophic Events and Other Emergencies for Local Chicago-Area Residents and Businesses

Water and fire emergencies can happen anywhere at any time. Whether you run a business or have a home to maintain, you always want a rapid response to allow for mitigation and restoration as quickly as possible. SERVPRO's team is known for offering services that range far and wide to lend a hand in areas of the country suffering from a catastrophic event while still maintaining a solid front at their home base. Our Disaster Recovery Team is exceptional.

Emergency Rollouts to Areas Facing Substantial Damage

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City features plenty of Green Fleet vehicles, including semi-trailers packed with generators and all of the equipment necessary to deploy as needed to remote locations. By planning and managing logistics, the crew can complete jobs without power and access to other resources. There is even the option of an RV for lodging on-site to help streamline processes and get the job done fast.

Disasters relating to fire, water, or wind call for prompt, professional restoration efforts. During a time of calamity, people rely on the services of emergency restoration professionals like SERVPRO. We offer project managers to direct our Commercial Large Loss Division. From rapid response to natural disasters like Hurricane Ida or Irma to handling local cleanup and restoration, our team has homes and businesses covered.

Expansions Offer Benefits for the Local Community and Beyond

To address the local community's needs and other areas needing water removal services, detailed restoration services, and emergency response, having a place to store all of the equipment and inventory becomes a priority. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. By procuring a local industrial property, we can house everything from customer contents for storage as well as large and small equipment such as:

• Portable and truck-mounted water extractors

• Extraction tools

• Pumps

• Dehumidification equipment (including large towable desiccant models)

• Venting box fans

• Air movers

• Wall cavity ventilation systems

• Generators

• Safety equipment

• EPA-registered cleaning products, and more

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City is your Official Licensed Downtown Chicago Operator. Contact us by calling (773) 337-3900 for response to small homes, enterprise restorations, and beyond. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster!

A Letter to all the valued members of our team

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

To All Of The Valued Members of Our Team,

When we began this journey with SERVPRO, I had hoped for amazing people to work with, dream with, and grow with along the way. I could not have dreamed of having a more incredible team of people to succeed with though,  than what we have right now.

Frank and I could not be happier to see all of the people on our team working together as one unit, moving towards a single goal. Each of you bring unique gifts and abilities that has enabled us to be greater than some of our parts. The synergy seen on our team is rare, it is humbling, and it has yet again led us to another milestone. This year, at the annual SERVPRO Convention, we were given an award for being in the top 15 franchises in the entire company. To say this took my breath away is an understatement, and we have all of you to thank for your hard work and dedication. You all deserve to share these accolades as much as, or more than we do! There is nothing big enough to slow us down or stop us if we continue to join hands and push forward together!

Pat Zubricki

Why is it Important to Completely Remediate Water Damage in Chicago Homes?

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

mold in basement SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have the mold remediation knowledge and services needed for your home. We are here to help.

SERVPRO can Help Prevent Mold Damage by Mitigating Chicago Area Water Damage

After finding some minor patches of mold in the basement of your Chicago home, you might have cleaned it up with bleach as a way to get rid of the microbial colony growing in your house. The goal of most homeowners is not only to stop the colony from increasing in size but also to remove the mold's visible presence.

Is Mold Really that Big of an Issue?

We often get calls from owners who tried to clean the mold themselves only to discover additional mold damage in their Chicago home later. Others find their walls now covered in rippled stains. One of the reasons for this development is that mold feeds on damp materials. The bleach available commercially to the general public contains a lot more water than it does sodium hypochlorite, the active component of household bleach.

Further dilution of this in preparation for killing mold provides mold with copious amounts of water. Instead of killing mold, trying to kill it and remove it with this method often only slows it down temporarily, followed by a surge in growth once it reactivates.

Also, because water does nothing to change the color of mold's hyphae, the anchors used to hold mold particles to the surface of wherever it grows, these remain embedded in the drywall. They are very similar to roots. They act very similarly to when a plant is clipped at the surface of the soil. Any surviving mold now has a feast because only the water in a bleach solution can penetrate into the drywall. The sodium hypochlorite molecules are too large to penetrate beyond the drywall's surface and never touch the hyphae. Left intact, they quickly reappear to leave a stained area.

SERVPRO is always ready to perform mold damage remediation services approved by the IICRC for homeowners. We understand your concerns about mold and its possible damaging effects. Regardless of the color of mold in your home, it is necessary to correctly remove damaged and moldy materials and clean other areas of mold and spores. Our specialists can provide you with specific information on how mold became a problem in your residence so you can more easily prevent its recurrence.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City covers the areas around Morgan Park, South Holland, and Riverdale. Call us for mold damage remediation services that rid your home of excessive old populations and correct the indoor environment, so reinfestation becomes less likely. Our 24-hour service number is (773) 337-3900.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City Accepts 2020 Bronze Sales and Service Award

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Five people posing after accepting a sales award The Zubricki Family Accepts the Bronze Sales Award on Behalf of the team. From left: Anthony, Amanda, Frank, Pat, and Stephanie.

Who are the Zubrickis?

In this lovely family portrait Patricia and Frank Zubricki are flanked by their three children Anthony and Amanda, on the left, and Stephanie, on the right. The Zubrickis are very proud of the team for achieving the 2020 Bronze Sales Award. From Pat Zubricki: “Our team is the linchpin that got us to where we are now and forges our path forward. We humbly accept this Award on their behalf.”

The 2020 Bronze Sales and Service Award

The detailed work and successful restorations of local properties post-water, fire, or mold damage have resulted in our team being recognized by their parent company SERVPRO Industries LLC at the Annual Convention held this year at Disney World in Orlando, FL. The team was honored with the Bronze Icon Award for Outstanding Sales and Service, ranking in the top 15 out of over 1850 franchises. This SERVPRO franchise has been acknowledged as a top 100 franchise every year since 2012.

Helping the Community

The Zubricki’s support Chicagoland properties to overcome all types of disasters by using their professional restoration, remediation, reconstruction, and other cleanup efforts. We work hard for both homes and businesses, with their highly trained staff. When this SERVPRO location is not handling restoration services, the organization also supports the community by volunteering and donating to local charities and causes such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and NAIFA Chicago Southland. Pat Zubricki is also on the Board of the Children’s Museum in Oaklawn. Their goal is to assist people whenever possible and better the community because they are neighbors too.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 proudly serves the local community for all sizes and types of restoration services.

Facts About Downtown Chicago Mold Damage

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

mold Mold may cause health effects if not treated correctly. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for every job. Call now for the help you need

Mold Inspections, Remediations, and Removal

Mold is just a fact of life. It can't completely be escaped, as there's always a little bit around in the air where we go. With that said, there are risks associated with Downtown Chicago mold damage, as you well know for things like food and wood. While these are troublesome, there's also a type of mold that contains something called mycotoxins that can cause some health effects. Common sense is generally the best way to prevent mold from growing and address any problems associated with existing mold, but let's take a closer look at some common mold questions to see what the proper course of action is.

Mold Damage to a Structure

It's typical for a home or even a business in Downtown Chicago to be inhabited by mold damage. It grows just about anywhere as long as there is moisture.

How Do Molds Get There?

Downtown Chicago molds are a natural part of just about any indoor environment. They generally enter the premises through windows, doors, or even ventilation systems. Spores that come from outside can easily attach to both people and animals, making excellent vehicles inside.

Understanding Stachybotrys Chartarum

Stachybotrys Chartarum is a dark green or even black-colored mold that can generally grow on gypsum or fiberboard, paper, dust, or even lint due to its preference for high cellulose and low nitrogen materials. It requires regular moisture, such as from leaks or high humidity.

Do I Have to Leave My Home?

If you think you have health effects because of mold present in your home, then you may consider vacating until the problem is resolved.

How to Check for Mold?

Downtown Chicago mold is often identified by being seen or smelled.

How to Remove Mold Damage?

Call a professional team like SERVPRO to ensure that mold damage is remediated. Improper cleaning can cause mold to grow back.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City is close by and ready to help with your mold damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Chicago community and pitch in and help make our community the best it can be. Contact us at (773) 337-3900 for mold inspections, remediations, and removal.

How Can Chicago Businesses and Residents Determine if a Restoration Company Has the Background to Handle Severe and Complex Disasters?

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

Three photos of employees working on a grey background Severe Weather Event Response in Louisiana

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City draws on its experience providing emergency response at Fort Polk in Louisiana to bring top-notch water mitigation and remediation to our region

Chicagoland businesses and individuals benefit in almost all cases when obtaining needed products and services from local companies like SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago. Although property owners value the local touch, they need assurance that the contractors engaged are up to the challenge of significant losses from natural and other disasters. A recent partnership with Corvias Property Management, a military contractor responding to the February 2021 Polar Vortex crisis at Louisiana's Fort Polk, demonstrates SERVPRO's ability to deliver fast and efficient disaster recovery services even 1000 miles south of the Chicago Loop.

Why Was SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City and Corvias Property Management a Good Fit?

As a long-time member of a regional SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, we mobilize fast when catastrophic circumstances present anywhere around the country. When Corvias looked for collaborators when Fort Polk suffered a series of disasters culminating in unseasonable cold and its water damage consequences, SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City was a natural choice. Our investments in a scalable workforce and a vast inventory of disaster recovery equipment find additional support from:

  • Exceptional project managers, well-seasoned in assessing and managing severe losses
  • Vehicles that transport and provide sleep quarters for our management and technicians 
  • Fully stocked service trucks and semi-trailers
  • Our reputation for honesty, integrity, preparedness, and perseverance

What Challenges Did SERVPRO Help Overcome During the Fort Polk Project?

Corvias has a 50-year partnership with Fort Polk in Vernon Parish, including the management of 3,661 military residences. February 2021's unexpectedly and unprecedented low temperatures caused days of power outages on the base, rendering many of the homes uninhabitable. Fort Polk military service members and families evacuated, and during their absences, frozen and then burst pipes caused severe wall deterioration and ceiling leaks. SERVPRO leveraged our considerable experience with cold weather emergency services as we assisted in mitigation and remediation tasks for the affected residences. Water damage linked to the tangle of cracked and broken plumbing required skills our technicians honed over countless successful restorations, including but surely not limited to:

  • Precise cutting out of damaged drywall
  • Location, exposure, and assessment of wet materials in preparation for water damage repairs 
  • Removal of wet insulation and other fixtures and structural components

How Does the Fort Polk Project Enhance SERVPRO's Standing as a Chicago Area Disaster Recovery Company?

Commercial and multiple-use properties need proven, reliable, and comprehensive water damage remediation and restoration services in Chicago. Successful subcontracting with Corvias reinforced by designation as an Official Downtown Licensed Operator solidifies our position as a reputable restoration leader for disasters large and small.

Place your confidence in SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City for your property disaster needs. Call (773) 337-3900 to explore all our training and experience offers.

Get Professional Mold Remediation in Chicago from SERVPRO

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing in the corner of a room Regardless of the color of the mold found on your property, team SERVPRO has you covered. Call now for mold damage remediation services.

Local Chicago Residents Look to SERVPRO for Mold Damage Restoration

A common question about mold damage is the best type of removal method should get used. The two most frequently mentioned are dry ice blasting and sand or soda blasting; in truth, these have their place in the restoration process but, in some cases, are not needed at all.

When approaching mold remediation in Chicago properties, SERVPRO technicians take great care with the dried colonies' removal methods. This attention to detail prevents the spread of airborne spores. The dry ice used in dry blasting can be costly, and it only removes residues on the surface and does nothing about addressing mold that may be resident within porous materials. The advantage is that no demolition is required for restoration.

SERVPRO technicians perform deep cleaning when working on mold mitigation within a property. After setting up containment, they remove building materials and items beyond restoration with approval and then work on drying the existing mold to prep it for removal. Scoping for mold within a structure may include the following actions:

  • Use of moisture detection devices to find areas of coolness indicating water
  • Looking for signs of water damage
  • Opening a wall with a 2x4-inch hole in the wall to confirm the presence of mold visually
  • Borescope (snake-like camera) ti peer inside wall voids

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 supports the local Chicago area with mold remediation services available 24/7.

SERVPRO Brings Years of Expertise to Fire Damage Cleanup in Chicago

3/14/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO vehicle Has your property suffered from fire damage? Team SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

Chicago Residents Trust SERVPRO for Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration

There are numerous iconic structures in the city, but the destination that garners the most attention is not a building. Still, an outdoor collection of natural settings with interesting venues included. Millennium Park is one of the most famous landmarks in Chicago. This public park was built to celebrate the third millennium and continues to add features for public use. 

The area that hosts the park was once occupied by the Illinois Central Rail Yards and adjoining parking lot when the planning for this ambitious project began in 1997. Twenty years later, it was the number one tourist attraction in the city and the Midwest. Additionally, because the park is above a parking garage with 2218 parking spaces, it distinguishes itself as the largest rooftop garden globally.

The park started as a design to have an arch and a bandshell or an orchestra and a bridge for pedestrians to cross over Columbus Drive designed by architect Frank Gehry. Gehry wanted to propel Chicago into the future with his plan to include a park and venues for visitors to take in various engaging cultural spots.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

One of the most well-known structures within the park is Jay Pritzker Pavilion. This bandshell has 4,000 seats and an additional lawn seating area that can accommodate 7,000 people. The bandshell almost did not happen because there are historical limitations for buildings' height within the park. The city got around this by declaring the bandshell was a work of art. The pavilion's name comes from Jay Pritzker, whose family owned the Hyatt Hotel chain and were significant donors in creating the park. The pavilion is home to the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. The yearly Grant Park Music Festival gets held yearly and has the distinction of being the nation's last remaining free, municipally supported outdoor classical music series venue.

The area around Millennium Park has become one of the most fashionable residential addresses. The 60602 zip code was previously listed in Forbes Magazine as one of the hottest in terms of appreciation for housing prices, with the median sale price averaging around $700,000. The park has several upscale buildings such as: 

  • The Heritage at Millennium Park 
  • Waterview Tower
  • The Legacy 
  • Joffrey Tower

How Does SERVPRO Handle Fire Damage Cleanup on Appliances in Chicago Homes?

After electrical, protein fires are among the most common types of fire damage cleanup in Chicago properties. These fires are generally fast-moving, with high heat and heavy soot covering the surfaces in the room.

Appliance Finishes Need Careful Cleaning

While most common kitchen appliances' surface is nonabsorbent, the caustic nature of soot as a high-alkaline particle has the potential to mar surfaces and cause pitting or other problems on chrome or highly polished surfaces. An alkaline solvent assists in removing the grip these residues have upon the surfaces. SERVPRO techs can mix their own cleaning agents to meet the individual needs of specific surface challenges. Certain actions should be avoided, such as:

  • Using abrasive cleaners
  • Scrubbing residues can drive them deeper into surfaces
  • Using bleach on finishes yellowed by heat, SERVPRO has specific products for that problem

Suppose there are any concerns about electrical appliances working correctly after exposure to a fire in the home. In that case, SERVPRO can arrange for the machine to get inspected by an industry professional to confirm it is safe to use in the house.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 supports the local community with all fire damage cleanup needed in Chicago homes. 

Flood Removal in the Magnificent Mile of Chicago

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

flooded laundry room with items floating everywhere Is your home or business flooded? Contact team SERVPRO for water removal and flood damage remediation services today.

SERVPRO helps keep Chicago dry

Chicago is one of the most iconic cities in the United States and is famous for many things, including jazz music, deep-dish pizza, tall buildings, a friendly but no-nonsense attitude, and, of course, the musical of the same name.

There is so much to see and do in Chicago that you might find yourself spoiled for choice. One excellent activity, if the weather permits, is a stroll along Chicago's Magnificent Mile.

A rich history

The magnificent mile dates back to the Burnham Plan of Chicago in 1909. Although the plan fell short of its intended aim to revitalize the city, planners carried out work on the Magnificent Mile as planned. By the 1920s, architects started work on the mile, using a wide range of architectural styles and reaching new heights, quite literally, with several tall buildings.

Today, the mile is one of the most luxurious retail districts in Chicago and one of the most expensive places to rent retail space in the United States. The street is home to many upscale shops and hotels, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Tiffany & Co, Max Mara, and Rolex. As well as multiple stores, you can also find three urban shopping centers.

The Magnificent Mile is not only about shopping, however. There are several landmarks along the way, including:

  • Chicago Water Tower dates from 1869 and is the second-oldest water tower in the United States. It has an unusual and intricate design that is more popular with some people than others, but one thing is for sure – it is very distinctive. The tower is now home to a museum where visitors can view art and sculpture by local artists.
  • The imposing Wrigley Building was the first office building north of the Chicago River and the first air-conditioned office building in the city. The building has featured in Lego builds, and even in the 1957 movie Beginning of the End, when giant grasshoppers attacked it! Today it is a luxury office complex.
  • The beautiful neo-gothic Tribune Tower skyscraper is the result of a building design competition. In 1922, the Chicago Tribune offered a $100,000 prize to whoever designed the newspaper's perfect new office to celebrate its 75th anniversary. The building features intricately carved designs, buttresses, and an unusual crown-shaped top. The Tribune Tower is part of Chicago's open tours every year, giving visitors the chance to tour it for free.

The Magnificent Mile is also home to several famous luxury hotels, including the Drake Hotel, the Warwick Allerton, and the Intercontinental Chicago.

SERVPRO understands the needs of Chicago residents

Chicago residents know the city is no stranger to rain, winds, and floods. As recently as May 2020, the town suffered significant flooding after rain caused the Chicago River to swell.

It is vital to work with a restoration firm that understands the local area. SERVPRO franchises are locally owned and operated, so you can rest assured that our technicians understand the unique needs of the city:

  • We equip our teams with a range of pumps suitable for removing flood water from even the tallest skyscrapers.
  • We use monitoring equipment such as moisture probes and meters to examine adjoining walls between apartments and assess the damage.
  • We employ thermal imaging to examine high ceilings and hard to reach places.

For help with flood removal, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900.

Open Spaces and Cultural Venues Welcome You to Chicago

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians at work. Mold is no DIY project. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the mold remediation services needed for your home.

Explore the History and Growth of Chicago by Visiting its Landmarks

Chicago, the most populated city in the midwestern United States and the state of Illinois, has an important place in our nation's history and evolution. Its urban area, or Chicagoland, makes up the third most populous behind New York and Los Angeles. Its incorporation dates back to 1837 when this town on Lake Michigan's shores began its rapid growth to what it is today. Its name derives from the word "shikaakwa," used to refer to an onion-like plant. Over time, this pungent vegetable gave Chicago its name.

O'Hare International Airport is a testament to Chicago's international relevance, and it is ranked among the busiest airports in the world. The "Windy City" is at the center of relevant cultural, industrial, and financial movements. Its economy is robust and diversified, with companies such as Boeing, Walgreens, US Foods, and McDonald's having their headquarters in the greater Chicago area. It is also the largest network of federal highways and is the central hub for the railroad industry.

The Potawatomi inhabited current day Chicago after succeeding the Miami, Sauk, and Fox people. Jean Baptiste Point du Sable was the first non-indigenous to settle into the area and is often referred to as the "Founder of Chicago." Relations between native-Americans and settlers were tumultuous and culminated with the Treaty of Chicago in 1833, which forced the removal of the Potawatomi and their exile west of the Mississippi River. 

Before incorporating in 1837, Chicago had begun its growth as early as 1833, and it was considered the fastest-growing city for decades. The Chicago Portage was key to the city's development, as it provided an exchange site for goods and services crossing from the eastern to the western United States. The Illinois and Michigan Canal began operation ins 1848, further cementing the city's pivotal role by allowing ships and steamboats to connect between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi. That same year, the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad began its operations intending to connect the city with mines at Galena. Although the ultimate goal was not achieved, it still contributed to the development of the region.

As infrastructure grew, so did other sectors. Most notably, the financial industry and the Chicago Board of Trade formalized the trade of futures contracts, making history. The growth in finance, retail, and manufacturing prompted an influx of residents requiring better services. As a result, Chicago embarked upon the construction of a massive sewage system. Although it wasn't without its challenges, the sizable undertaking was a success for its time.

The early years in Chicago were marked by the 1871 Great Chicago Fire, which burned for over two days and killed nearly 300 people. Its vast reach burned more than three square miles and left thousands homeless. Partially responsible for its rapid spread were the wood structures prevalent in the city. Although an unfortunate event, it became a catalyst for improved and more modern structures, which marked a shift in construction trends of the time.

The history of Chicago is rich and diverse. From the role of the organized mafia to its innovative architecture to the influence of foreign-born communities, there is much to learn from its evolution. Visitors and residents alike can enjoy its natural beauty, along with the cultural diversity the city has to offer.

Exploring Chicago

  • Grant Park- Not only is Grant Park a sizable green space, but it also houses some of Chicago's most popular attractions. At its core, you will find Buckingham Fountain, one of the largest in the world and a beautiful place to take a picture while enjoying its choreographed water show.
  • Millennium Park- Home of "The Bean" and designed by Jaume Plensa, its shape mirrors Chicago's skyline. However, The Bean isn't the only reason to visit Millennium Park. An outdoor concert or a walk through Lurie Garden also makes for a lovely day out, weather permitting.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo- Zoos are not only for children, and Lincoln Park Zoo is evidence of it. Famous for its large mammals and barnyard animals, all are encouraged to take public transportation to avoid costly fees and the inconvenience of limited parking.

Aside from the many outdoor pedestrian activities, Chicago has the largest municipal harbor in the nation, making it ideal for water-lovers. Each harbor has its own look and feel, and thousands of boaters visit them each year. The Chicago Harbors were founded in 1833.

Sports teams also have a strong following in Chicago. The Bears, the Bulls, the White Sox, and the Cubs are synonymous with a loyal following and family tradition. Regardless of the weather, you will find fans cheering whenever their favorite teams are playing.

Upkeep of Homes in Chicago

Architecture in Chicago is a coexistence of modern designs with older buildings, making it appealing to many. The weather has a significant impact on the upkeep of all structures regardless of age, and relying on a professional restoration company like SERVPRO is convenient and effective.

When homeowners suspect mold and require mold remediation in their Chicago apartments, our SERVPRO team is ready to help. We arrive with the industry's best equipment and take quick action to remove mold and prevent the further spread of mold spores throughout your home. As soon as you suspect there is an issue, place a call to our 24/7 hotline and let the restoration process begin. An unexplained spot on your ceiling, a funky smell, or visible evidence of mold is enough to warrant the presence of a professional team like ours.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City is your ally when your home needs it the most. Our trained and certified team brings industry best practices right into your home, along with the peace of mind for homeowners. If mold is your problem, do not hesitate. Call us at (773) 337-3900 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

Chicago Property Owners Can Count on Fast Water Mitigation

12/13/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling Regardless of the way that water entered your home and caused the damage, team SERVPRO can help. We are available 24/7 for your emergency call.

SERVPRO Is Available 24/7 in Chicago For Water Mitigation

Chicago got established where Lake Michigan and the Chicago River meet. In the beginning, the city used the lake as the municipal water supply and also for waste disposal around 1850. Around 1871, Chicago began dumping its wastewater into the Mississippi River system of drainage by engineering a reversal in the Chicago River's flow. Then, the city commissioned sewage systems to get built in the late 1800s that still emptied into the river.  This led to a massive amount of pollution spread from the river into Lake Michigan, affecting the public water supply. This situation was the basis for the creation of water treatment facilities to stop the cycle.

Chicago Origins on the Lake

The city of Chicago got established on Lake Michigan's shores, the second largest of the great lakes by volume and rates as the fifth largest lake globally. In the 19th century, the city used the lake to ship over 90% of the grain eastward to the rest of the United States. This central area for commerce assisted in helping the rest of the United States expand and grow.

Points of Interest Around Chicago and Lake Michigan

There are several tourist stops in Chicago that include the lake. Many people engage in the "Circle Tour," considered one of the most scenic routes in the United States. The tour takes participants on state highways that border the lake and go through Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan. The Illinois leg of the tour goes through Chicago suburbs and has points of interest such as: 

  • Navy Pier
  • Soldier Field
  • Lincoln Park Zoo 
  • Calumet Park

Navy Pier has been in operation since July 1916 and designed to serve the local area as a dock for passenger ships and freight-bearing ships. Soldier Field carried the name Municipal Grant Park Stadium when it originally opened in 1924. It was then re-dedicated in 1926 to the American soldiers that lost their lives in combat. The Lincoln Park Zoo has the distinction of being one of the oldest zoos in the United States, founded in 1868 and also one of the last remaining free zoos in the country.

The Great Chicago Fire

In the fall of 1871, The Great Chicago Fire swept through Chicago. The legend says Mrs. O'Leary's cow knocked a lantern over in a barn; however, the O'Leary's denied this was the cause. Because most buildings, streets, and sidewalks had wood paving in the city and the dry conditions made the fire spread quickly, causing a large amount of damage. The fire caused:

  • Deaths of 300 people
  • Left more than 100,000 residents homeless
  • With over 17,000 structures destroyed by the flames 

At present, the Chicago Fire Department has a training academy located on the former O'Leary farm property site.  In 1997, a resolution passed by the City Council that exonerated Catherine O'Leary and her cow from any responsibility for the fire. Although the fire's direct cause has never been established, the O'Leary family and their cow have been cleared from any wrong-doing.

Chicago Climate

The city of Chicago has four well-defined seasons, and winters, in particular, can be brutal with both high winds and ice storms. The winter weather usually arrives in late November and sticks around until early March. Snow is a frequent event, with several inches getting dumped on the regional area. Blizzards are not infrequent, with blowing gusts and temperatures dropping below zero. Spring happens in Chicago from around mid-March until the end of May on average and brings unstable weather. Snow sometimes occurs through early April, and the cooler air meeting, the warmer air gives rise to thunderstorms and sometimes tornadoes. The summer weather happens from June to August with hot, humid, and sunny conditions, with temperatures reaching 104 degrees Fahrenheit are not uncommon. The calmest period weather-wise is the Fall, occurring from September to November. Flooding caused by Lake Michigan and lake-effect snow are common occurrences that locals need to stay alert for.

One of the worst floods that hit Chicago did not have a cause rooted in the weather but rather an engineering issue. The Chicago flood happened in April 1992 when workers repairing a bridge damaged the retaining wall under an abandoned utility tunnel that ran under the Chicago River. The breach caused basements and low-lying areas to take on water resulting in 2 billion dollars in damages. At the peak of the flooding, some buildings in the area had nearly 40-feet of water in their lower levels. The water could not be seen from the air as it was all situated underground.

What Can Happen to Tile Flooring in Chicago Homes Without Fast Water Mitigation?

After a water damage event in a Chicago home, the water mitigation efforts need to begin as rapidly as possible to lessen the house's amount of destruction to property and contents. Common problem areas include: 

  • Seepage under the tile 
  • Delaminated tiles that require removal
  • Need for moisture detection equipment to determine the scale of the water migration
  • Warped or damaged subfloor 

SERVPRO technicians use devices such as infrared cameras, which show fluctuations in temperature, and collections of water can show as colder areas if the water wicked into the sheetrock on the wall from the floor. Probes are another frequently used device to "see" under flooring and determine if the subfloor has seepage and requires drying. This enables the techs to follow the migration path of the water and find areas of moisture collection.

The scoping and extraction work towards making the drying phase lasts the least amount of time possible by removing as much water as possible using their professional equipment. The techs monitor the premises carefully as the air movers and dehumidifiers work to bring down the interior air moisture levels. Afterward, the techs measure the air to determine if drying goals got attained and if any further work needs to get done.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 proudly serves the local Chicago area for any size water mitigation and property restoration services needed. 

How Can Professional Fire Restorers Stay Ready to Help My Chicago Home?

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

burnt home interior after fire Fires might be devastating for many structures, but it does not have to indicate a total loss.

Professional Fire Restorers In Chicago

Our SERVPRO team has a fast response to get mitigation work started quickly in your fire-damaged Chicago home or apartment.

Preparedness is one of the main focal points of effective restoration and recovery that our SERVPRO team can provide to fire-damaged Chicago homes and businesses. Despite how overwhelming and severe these conditions might seem, staying prepared to mobilize to these emergencies can help us to begin mitigation and emergency services at critical times.

Regardless of how widespread fire damage in Chicago homes might be, our fast response in emergencies can help to limit the time that restoration takes and the out-of-pocket expenses for our customers. We can ensure that we have a prompt response to crises that threaten your residence by encouraging more and more of our technicians to pursue Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT) certification. Qualified technicians available 24/7 ensures a fast response to your emergency and that mitigation and emergency services get started as soon as possible. Some of these include:

    •    Temporary construction solutions (board up, tarping)
    •    Extraction and drying of extinguishment water damages
    •    Clearing airborne contaminants (soot, ash, debris)
    •    Removing fire debris and damaged structural elements

What Does it Mean to Chase Fires?

While this term has taken on a negative connotation in some circles, to our restoration team, it means staying ahead of changing conditions in the city to be ready for whatever customers might need. We ensure that we learn about active fires in the area to begin preparing to respond to them as though we have already been called. This ‘chasing’ often occurs when insurance providers notify us of an active blaze and their intention to get our team involved in both the damage assessment and the restoration of the residence. There are advantages to our professionals chasing emergencies and staying ahead of severe conditions, including:

    •    Preparedness
    •    Faster Mitigation
    •    Effective Content Management
    •    Less-Costly Restoration

What Does My Insurance Company Need to Approve a Claim?

In many ways, insurance companies look to the expertise of restoration professionals to provide the necessary information about a loss incident. This effort begins with job scoping. Our SERVPRO project manager, crew chief, and the customer can all work together to determine vital information that can help with the restoration and recovery of the fire-damaged structure. This job scoping involves unique practices such as identifying pre-existing conditions and potential health hazards for restoration. In addition, all job scoping after a fire loss entails:

    •    Cataloging Damage
    •    Assessing Contents
    •    Estimation

We share this information with your insurance adjuster directly. After a fire, the last thing that you need to do is run around trying to jump through insurance hoops and meet the often-lofty demands of your insurance provider to secure a damage claim. We can work directly with the company to make the entire process more efficient.

What Makes SERVPRO a Wise Choice for Restoration?

There are many reasons that area homeowners might want to consider SERVPRO for their restoration requirements after a fire. One of these reasons is our fast response. With pre-stocked trailers filled with mitigation equipment for surface cleaning, deodorization, and other vital efforts, we can often reach your address within hours of the first notice of loss.

Additionally, our professionals have several levels of experience and knowledge of ever-changing industry standards. We strive to provide results that exceed your expectations, and much of that can get attributed to training and coursework provided by standard-setting organizations such as:

    •    IICRC – Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification
    •    ABRA – American Bio Recovery Association
    •    OSHA – Occupational Safety & Health Administration
    •    NDCA – National Duct Cleaning Association

What About Repairs and Reconstruction?

Not surprisingly, many restoration companies do not offer reconstruction as part of their recovery packages. With a full division of qualified residential contractors in-house on our roster, we can provide a comprehensive restoration solution embodying mitigation, restoration, and reconstruction. With fire damages, structural breaches can be all over. Man-made holes allow better access for first responders to fight the fire, but need to get temporarily sealed and permanently repaired. Our contractors can help.

Fires might be devastating for many structures, but it does not have to indicate a total loss. From mitigation and restoration through reconstruction and repair, you can count on the experience and the response of our SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City team. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (773) 337-3900.

SERVPRO Responds in Chicagoland 24/7 to Any Kind of Disaster

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Streets and Traffic SERVPRO has been a major contributor to the recovery of Chicagoland homes and businesses during the recent flooding event.


For Immediate Release

As the city's 311 line began receiving thousands of calls about basement flooding, SERVPRO franchises joined our team this week from across the country to help provide fast cleanup and restoration services in Chicagoland. Floodwaters have begun receding, but the city and surrounding suburban areas are still waterlogged. The seven Chicago franchises that makeup SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery report that they remain in full response mode as the Memorial Day forecast calls for more rain.

"By working together, our franchise teams have handled more than 1,000 residential and commercial jobs this past week. As long as services are needed, whether it is for preventative coronavirus cleanup or addressing flooding emergencies, our Chicago crew will respond to calls from residents and businesses 24/7, throughout the holiday weekend," said Owner Patricia Zubricki of SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team.

To restore properties to pre-damage conditions, SERVPRO technicians follow recommendations from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) - the organization which sets the standards for flood restoration as well as other disasters. Technicians follow established procedures for decontamination of flooded properties.

"Our technicians take precautions to properly handle the cleanup of submerged properties because floodwaters often contain elevated levels of raw sewage, hazardous materials, and toxic substances," said Zubricki.

Once contaminated, porous materials such as flooring, drywall, and upholstered furnishings, cannot be restored. The typical residential or business restoration project involves removing building materials and contents, drying the structure, and then applying a disinfectant to affected areas before finish materials can be restored or replaced to preloss conditions."

"From handling personal belongings damaged by floodwaters, to proactive cleaning services in response to COVID-19, we are always mindful of how disasters and emergencies may affect our customers," said Zubricki.

To protect both the homeowner and the SERVPRO employees during the COVID-19 crisis, SERVPRO employees wear the proper PPE - N95 Mask, gloves, and safety glasses.

People are dealing with the unknowns of the Coronavirus, and unfortunately, this flood adds an additional level of stress to our community. Responding to disasters is what we do all year long, and serving customers in their time of need is always our focus. We want community members to know that we are a phone call away, no matter their emergency."

For service, contact your local SERVPRO:

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago
1750 E. 87th St. Suite #1, Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 337-3900

Our team has been providing cleaning, restoration, and rebuilding services in the Chicago area since 2009. The franchises are locally owned and operated by Patricia, Frank, Stephanie, Amanda, and Anthony Zubricki. Ranked in the top 100 SERVPRO franchises of the year, we are committed to making a difference when it comes to helping communities and individuals overcome disasters.

SERVPRO is one of the largest property restoration and reconstruction providers in the world, with more than 1,700 locations internationally. Since 1967, SERVPRO has been planning, organizing, and implementing residential, commercial, and large loss projects throughout the United States and Canada. With the motto, Faster to Any Size Disaster, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with national resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Chicago, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City today at (773) 337-3900 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What are Some Ways Your Chicago Residence can Experience Water Damage?

5/2/2020 (Permalink)

living room with standing water We know that an emergency like this is stressful, so be sure to reach out to us at (773) 337-3900 as soon as you have a flooding problem.

Restoring Water Damage from a Leaky Sink in Your Chicago Residence

While you might not put much stock in the potential hazards that a leaking sink could cause for your Chicago residence, persistent water sources like this could have widespread effects that you have not seen. Leaks underneath sinks, for instance, can appear to dry up when they have gotten absorbed by cabinetry, the walls, and the flooring material.

The obvious solution to a leaking fixture is to repair or replace it, but that does not make your Chicago home’s water damages go away. With water loss incidents, even a smaller scale occurrence like this, your property is on the clock to get the damages resolved as promptly as possible. The longer that you wait, the more damage that could occur.

After only a few minutes of exposure, everything within the water’s path can become saturated and absorb into nearby materials. In less than a day, drywall can swell and degrade, and wood flooring affected by the persistent leak can warp and swell within another day. After only two days of exposure, your home is now running a severe risk of biohazard contamination and mold growth. Our 24-hour SERVPRO emergency response team can help.

Our skilled SERVPRO technicians have ongoing training extending far beyond their IICRC certifications for water restoration. Through in-house continued educational programs and e-learning seminars and courses, our technicians can gain skills to make them more efficient with mitigation, advanced drying techniques, and mold remediation. We have sought to provide the industry-leading equipment to each of these experienced technicians to make water cleanup and restoration projects fast and effective.

Why SERVPRO Is the Best Choice To Clean Up The Flood Damage In Your Chicago Home

Nature can also cause flooding in your Chicago home can cause much destruction quickly. Flooding can happen in several ways because of rivers, streams, lakes or oceans overflowing, or as a result of excessive rain.

Whenever flooding occurs in your Chicago residence, there is a possibility of flood damage including extensive damage to your property and loss of personal possessions. SERVPRO is always standing by to help with our expertise and professional grade tools to get your back up and running as fast as possible. It is a simple decision as to why SERVPRO are the ones to call for help with flood damage.

Rain is the most significant contributor to most of the cases of flooding that we see. An excessive amount of rain causes water to overflow onto land. It is mainly due to high rainfall intensity over a more extended period. SERVPRO techs are prepared to help you after such a disaster with industrial pumps, fans, and dehumidifiers to dry your business out again.

The banks of streams or rivers can overflow. It can happen when these bodies of water hold more water upstream than is normal and it flows downstream to nearby low-lying areas. Because of this, sudden discharge of water occurs in the adjacent lands, which leads to flooding.

Coastal and lake flooding happens when massive storms cause the water body to surge onto the land. Overflows like this have destructive power since they can destroy structures which are not well-equipped to withstand the strength of the water like houses, bridges, and cars.

Flooding can also occur when rainfall or snowmelt runoff can’t be channeled correctly into the drainage systems, which forces the water to flow onto land. The lack of a proper drainage system or clogged drainage usually causes this kind of flooding.

With any kind of groundwater flooding, there are dangers of contaminated water which can possibly contain sewage, viruses, pathogens, bacteria, debris, or dead animals, among other things. Part of our job when cleaning your home from flooding is to disinfect the areas affected. Doing so ensures your home is not only dry again, but safe as well from any contaminants.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City works quickly and efficiently to get your home in Riverdale, Dolton, or Calumet City dry again. We know that an emergency like this is stressful, so be sure to reach out to us at (773) 337-3900 as soon as you have a flooding problem.

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Who Cleans and Dries Your Water Damaged Chicago Home After A Bathtub Overflow?

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooded floor by water heater with a vacuum head and read hose shown Chicago Water Damage is Mitigated with Rapid Removal by SERVPRO Technicians

SERVPRO Says that Water Affects a Chicago Structure and Contents in Varying Degrees

The most common claims on home insurance are related to water damage. There are several possible causes of water damage, and bathtub overflow accidents are amongst some of the most common. Several problems can come from your bathtub overflowing in your Chicago home, including the growth of bacteria, leaking ceilings under the tub, ruined flooring, wet plasterboard, and weak and unsafe subflooring.

Why is it essential to remove stagnant water without delay?

It is easy to understand why quickly taking care of this type of water damage is essential. Your Chicago home can suffer from various damages, many of which can significantly affect the strength of the structure. It is precisely why SERVPRO is always standing by with professional and knowledgeable crews to help you in your time of need. Our staff has all been properly trained, and we have the right equipment needed to do the job correctly.

Once we have removed all the standing water from your home, we need to clean any areas which were affected. Structural items, like subfloors and walls, might need cleaning. We clean restorable materials with the right cleaning method for each type of material. We always use professional products and ensure that your home looks as good, if not better, than before the water damage.

If the overflow leaked through the floor to another room downstairs, SERVPRO techs might need to clean things such as carpeting. Any of these areas not only get cleaned but deodorized as well. Our carpet cleaning methods can be grouped into how effective they are at different levels of soiling.

What do we do to grapple with the effects of high moisture?

Any contents of your home, which have been exposed to high humidity, are evaluated for cleaning needs.

  • Some wood furniture could require cleaning and polishing
  • We also check any clothing, or storage areas in the water damaged sections of the home for deodorizing
  • We check photographs and wall hangings as well,
  • Electronics could need unique drying and cleaning services to restore them

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago City does not overlook anything when restoring your home from water damage. Getting in contact with us right away at (773) 337-3900 when your home in Morgan Park or Hometown has experienced a water damage emergency is essential in preventing additional damages.

Chicago is right here.

Our Vice President of Operations, David Mason, and SERVPRO Property Loss Recovery

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

man with beard in a suit by brick wall David Mason Our Vice President of Operations at SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago

David Mason is Why SERVPRO Excels as a Restoration Service Company

Restoration Services to treat properties in the Greater Chicago area are quite numerous. So Why does one, SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago excel? Here is the main reason--the personnel! Example: David Mason.

High Caliber Personnel

No company can perform up to customer expectations without the right mix of trained personnel led by accomplished professionals. Chicago area property owners benefit from the expertise provided by David Mason, our promoted Vice President of Operations. His extensive experience with affording outstanding results to our residential customers and commercial clients is truly exceptional.

David and SERVPRO go back together since 2006; longevity and experience produce cleanup and restoration results second to none. David's awards through the years signify successes in the field which increase productivity and revenue for our operation. From the BDP Business Development Program specialist that assisted over 90 SERVPRO franchises to thrive, he nurtured business relationships with leaders in the restoration industry from coast to coast. This is the attitude that enhances our brand in local communities, a sense of family, melded with a profound knowledge to achieve desired results.

Our SERVPRO franchise is an essential segment of the National Storm Team that travels to help after natural disasters like floods and hurricanes strike another region of the country. Our Commercial Large Loss Team has been managed by David since 2014.

The SERVPRO of Evergreen Park/South Chicago franchise is run like a large family that pulls together to meet our neighbors' expectations. We are grateful that David Mason is part of the family. Trust us for cleanup and restoration services. (773) 337-3900