Chicago Home Water Damage and Drying
Our water damage technicians have the equipment and experience to restore your Chicago home to preloss condition.
SERVPRO Water Restoration Technicians Remediate Moisture with Powerful Drying Equipment
Water damage can be a distressing sight, particularly if the damage has been ongoing for some time. However, elevated moisture can impact more than surface-level structures. It may have microbial growth present, creating potential air quality concerns for homeowners. While letting it dry may seem like the most straightforward solution, this strategy can backfire. It is safer for professional restoration services to stop damage to property and air quality.
SERVPRO’s 24-hour availability for water damage cleanup in Chicago ensures that residents receive remediation, repairs, and restoration services necessary to return their homes to a pre-damage state. SERVPRO tools, including extractors and structural drying equipment, are designed to eliminate excess moisture from surfaces and the air more efficiently than DIY solutions.
Why DIY Solutions Can Exacerbate Water Damage
The key to effective water damage drying is dehumidification combined with air movement after thorough water removal. Chicago homeowners may feel ready to tackle wet drywall or carpet independently. However, without proper inspection tools, they may not be aware of:
- The scope of the water damage
- The source causing the continuous leaks or moisture
- The presence of mold
- The extent to which structures have been saturated
- Whether other crucial systems, like electrical or HVAC, are affected by water
SERVPRO trains technicians to detect and mitigate all of these factors in ways that help homeowners save on potential restoration costs. Water damage requires a careful balance of air movement and dehumidification to prevent secondary damage to surfaces and increases in relative humidity.
SERVPRO Water Damage Mitigation and Drying for Residential Structures
Chicago SERVPRO technicians can deploy a full suite of tools for moisture removal, such as:
- Penetrating and surface-level inspection sensors and meters calibrated for materials like wood and drywall, as well as thermal imaging cameras to inspect water damage behind surfaces
- Portable and truck-mounted extractors that can deploy heated solvents for cleaning of carpet and upholstery and pulling excess moisture out of nooks, crannies, and structural materials
- EPA-registered antimicrobial solutions designed to remediate microbes and odor-causing bacteria to sanitize and restore space
- Structural drying tools, which include commercial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers
- Odor control tools, such as wet foggers, odor counteractant beads, and hydroxyl generators
Temporary containment measures like polyethylene drying chambers can accelerate water cleanup in open spaces. Specialized techniques that target wet carpet and pad, as well as upholstery and drapes, can keep restoration on-site without the need to move belongings offsite.
In a typical residential water damage incident, technicians can set up air movement equipment every 10 to 16 linear feet to cover approximately 150 square feet per unit. These air movers are typically paired with low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers to collect humidity pulled out of surfaces and into the air.
For dehumidification, moist air is passed over cold refrigerant coils and collected for disposal in a treated sewer. At the same time, the LGR units expel warm, dry air that is pushed toward necessary surfaces by the air movers. High-powered desiccant dehumidifiers are also available for the remediation of damage to structural materials. Technicians carefully calculate drying goals and position air movement and dehumidification units accordingly to save as much material as is feasible after a water damage disaster.
SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is proud to say that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and ready to address homeowners ’ concerns 24/7. Call (773) 434-9100 to get started.
Can Chicago Homeowners Perform Their Own Fire Damage Inspections?
Contact SERVPRO for certified technicians to help with fire damage remediation efforts in your Chicago home or business.
Chicago SERVPRO Fire Cleanup Professionals Can Detect Smoke, Soot, and Water Damage
Even when it comes from minor kitchen stove flare-ups, fire damage can appear surface-level at first glance. While that is sometimes the case, Chicago property owners may not immediately detect other odors and residues left behind by it. When extinguishers or water put out a home fire, the materials used to suppress flames can impact HVAC systems and other surfaces. These components may require professional restoration to salvage affected structures and belongings thoroughly.
Chicago SERVPRO fire damage cleanup technicians can perform mitigation per restoration industry best practices established by the IICRC. The key to saving the most items possible after a fire is having the right tools for the job and knowing how smoke damage works. SERVPRO staff is educated in both topics and uses commercial-grade equipment and knowledge to return fire-affected properties to a clean, soot- and odor-free condition.
Can Homeowners Inspect Fire Damage Themselves After a Fire?
While homeowners can determine the extent of a minor, surface-level disaster, fires affect more than just a wall or ceiling, even after a small incident.
- Soot particles settle in ducts and HVAC components, where they can become sticky or corrosive on exposure to moisture. These residues can collect dust and potentially create future fire damage risks while lowering home air quality
- Cooking fires involving meats leave greasy, odorous protein residues nearly invisible to the naked eye. These soils require specialized enzyme digesters and sanitation solutions for removal. Residents can unintentionally spread residues during a DIY inspection, spreading unpleasant odors throughout the home
- Smoke residues can impart soot and soil on electrical components that put them at risk for future ignition
- Water damage from flame suppression can also impact wall cavities, carpet, and pad, which can allow for mold proliferation in as little as 24 to 48 hours
While a DIY inspection may seem like a good idea on paper for saving on restoration costs, this approach can potentially cost more. Handling this process without professional assistance can hurt a proof of loss claim and unintentionally damage structures and belongings in the home.
SERVPRO Fire Inspection Tools and Process
During fire damage inspections, SERVPRO techs can look at the following:
- Ventilation registers, ducts, and other components
- Pretesting results for cleaning solutions to determine ideal cleaning strategies
- Moisture levels in various surfaces, which are ascertained by penetrating and non-penetrating sensors and meters as well as imaging
- Mold detection if conditions that allow its growth are present
SERVPRO's multi-pronged inspection process prepares homes for a thorough cleaning process that pinpoints structural damages and restores as much as possible to a pre-damage condition. Technicians can also demolish unsalvageable drywall, flooring, and insulation per homeowners' and insurance adjusters' wishes.
Light soils may only require cleaning with dry cleaning sponges or mild, EPA-registered antimicrobials. Alkaline cleaners, dry ice blasting, or soda ash abrasion cleaning may be necessary for more odorous or heavy-duty fire damage soiling on walls, ceilings, and fixtures. Crew members also inspect the property during and after restoration to ensure that restoration goals are met per homeowners' and SERVPRO's standards.
Homeowners can receive "Like it never even happened" quality services from SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown when they call (773) 434-9100.
There Is Mold Damage in My Chicago Residence
Finding mold in your Chicago home does not need to cause panic. Contact SERVPRO right away for an investigation and remediation.
SERVPRO Mold Remediation Technicians Can Sanitize and Restore Property 24/7
While many factors contribute to residential mold damage proliferation, elevated moisture is easily the most influential and challenging to mitigate without professional assistance. Humidity and the microbes that thrive on it can hide in nooks and crannies to eat away at drywall, clothing, carpeting, books, and other possessions. Eventually, this proliferation can impact a home's safety and structural integrity.
SERVPRO's mold damage mitigation services return Chicago residences to a safe, comfortable, almost microbe-free condition. Highly-trained technicians use sophisticated tools, inspection technologies, and commercial-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent secondary damages and fully restore the property.
How Moisture Allows Mold to Thrive
Mold spores spread in environments with enough moisture for growth and sustainability like a plant.
To minimize microbial growth risk, homeowners can:
- Have their homes inspected for moisture leaks or water damage can catch the early signs of spores before they can spread further
- Keep living spaces clean and dry. So long as the conditions are kept at bay, mold growth can be prevented and minimized even when water-related incidents occur
- Maintain relative humidity levels below 50 percent. EPA guidelines suggest between 30 and 50 percent to avoid damage to wood and other contents in the home
- Ensure that homes have adequate ventilation. Regular cycling of clean, dry air is essential to keeping moisture levels stable, thereby lowering mold growth potential
SERVPRO mold remediation technicians can perform all of these services during cleanup. However, total mold removal is not guaranteed due to the microscopic nature of individual spores. Small amounts of these microbes naturally exist in all living spaces and outdoors. SERVPRO tools are designed to lower spore proliferation to pre-contamination levels for homes experiencing excess microbial contamination or conditions that can exacerbate it.
SERVPRO Education Efforts Prepare Technicians for Mold Damage Cleanup
SERVPRO staff, restoration technicians, and franchise owners receive extensive training in mold growth because this type of disaster does not occur in a vacuum. Elevated moisture levels from such incidents as:
- Home water damage
- Storms and floods
- Fire suppression
SERVPRO certified technicians can implement mold remediation solutions per Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for repairing structural materials and belongings.
SERVPRO franchise owners, meanwhile, receive a hands-on 15-day crash course in restoration practices for mold cleanup at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility. This course includes participating in demonstrative restoration at the Corporate Training House, designed for realistic disaster cleanup practice.
Restoration staff also have access to ongoing e-Learning opportunities that are self-paced. Each module provides video and supplemental education materials to prepare team members for the knowledge tests that conclude each module. These e-Learning units ensure that staff members remain up-to-date about restoration industry best practices. This knowledge allows technicians to attain additional certification opportunities that expand their restoration skill set.
Credit and non-credit continuing education courses are available to SERVPRO team members and professionals from other industries. These courses are particularly valuable for individuals who work in insurance claims adjustment and real estate management. Units cover fire and water damage restoration, mold in the restoration industry, and restorative drying practices.
Residents who need emergency-response "Like it never even happened" restoration services can count on SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown for 24/7 restoration availability. Call (773) 434-9100 to have a team at the property within hours of first contact.
Work with SERVPRO for Effective Fire Restoration in Chicago
Pinocchio doesn't lie! Call SERVPRO for fire and soot cleanup in your Chicago property. "Like it never even happened."
Fire Restoration in Chicago Homes Requires Experience
It is daunting to predict or imagine the devastation a fire causes. Even small fires can cause significant destruction from the blaze and the damage created when putting them out. If a blaze has engulfed your home, you must know several vital things before repairs begin.
After unexpected property damage resulting from a fire, finding effective fire restoration services in Chicago can help restore your property to normal. The fire damage repair process involves several steps like stain removal, addressing structural damage, hard surfacing cleaning, and smoke damage remediation.
Your home might have sustained structural damage based on the fire's heat and severity. SERVPRO's professional fire remediation services include the following:
- Debris removal
- Removing water and moisture
Once the fire department and insurance company complete their reports and release the property, our technicians can eliminate the debris at the fire's source. Debris is often the cause of most of the odor.
Your home is different after a fire. Parts of the roofing might be falling into living areas. The fire may have damaged windows and pieces of drywall that could be hanging from the ceiling. Our SERVPRO technicians can immediately offer the necessary board-up for windows and doors to protect your residence. If the roof sustained damage, our team could tarp it to prevent rain and other forms of precipitation from entering your home.
Removing water and moisture
SERVPRO's fire emergency services also include mitigating the water damage associated with fire extinguishing efforts. We can remove the water using electric submersible pumps and complete the drying process using air movers and dehumidifiers to prevent mold contamination.
We can choose the most suitable cleaning method based on the smoke permeating your home and the surface we are cleaning. Smoke residues bond with the surfaces they contact. We can remove the loose soot using dry cleaning sponges and then wash and deodorize the surfaces. We can dispose of the cleaning waste and debris appropriately.
SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown can handle the mitigation and structural repairs required for complete recovery. Please get in touch with us at (773) 434-9100.
Efficient Mold Damage Containment for Chicago
SERVPRO techs wear N-95 facemasks or respirators during mold remediation in Chicago structures.
SERVPRO in Chicago Can Help with Mold Damage Remediation
Molds are endemic in indoor and outdoor environments. Microscopic spores can often be brought into the home on clothing, pets, or belongings. These spores rarely cause a bother to homeowners unless they find abundant water, temperature, and food supply that allows them to grow. When mold colonies form, they produce more spores which can cause an exponential problem called a microbial infestation. Remediating an infestation is based on three basic principles. These principles are containment to prevent spreading, correcting the moisture problem that allows growth, and removing any infested materials. SERVPRO uses licensed remediation professionals to help homeowners contain and control microbial infestations.
- Mold abatement—slow down and stop the growth
- Mold removal—as much as possible
- Mold Remediation—remove and disinfect
The scale of mold damage in your Chicago home depends on how long microbes can prosper before professional intervention. Common food supplies that support microbial growth are wet cellulose materials. These materials include cardboard, paper, wood composites, and ceiling tiles. It is normal to find mold in storage cupboards, attic spaces, and garages since these areas of the home are usually used to house boxes, and other cellulose material, while also having limited day-to-day usage. These fungi do not require light to grow, so homeowners may only notice a microbial infestation once full-size colonies have formed.
Careful containment of a microbial growth issue is essential when performing any remediation activity. Moldy carpets, for example, should be removed gently to prevent spores from becoming airborne during the removal process. SERVPRO technicians may use misters, which weigh spores down with additional moisture to prevent spreading. Working in pairs, one technician gently detaches and rolls the carpet while the other mists the surface from above. This combination is an example of the methodologies used to contain microbial growth by preventing spores from becoming airborne during removal.
Tools for mold removal
- N-95 graded respirators are vital for safety by preventing AMRT-applied microbial remediation technicians from inhaling or ingesting air-borne spores.
- Drywall saws can quickly cut away infested materials allowing for professional replacement.
- Latex or oil-based primer paints can help to seal surfaces within the building assembly and guard against future microbial growth.
Microbial infestations can get exponentially worse without professional remediation. Contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown for mold damage remediation at (773) 434-9100.
Overcoming Water Removal in Chicago Warehouses
SERVPRO provides the highest quality commercial damage restoration services in your area. Call now for the fast and immediate help your company needs.
The Tools for Water Removal Services
Water removal services are an essential part of restoring warehouses and commercial properties. Around the West Loop, these production facilities and distribution centers are a part of the economy that we work quickly to protect after a disaster from burst pipes or flooding.
Where Did the Damage Start?
When starting water removal for Chicago warehouses and production facilities, it is crucial to provide a thorough inspection. Certain emergency services might be needed, like roof repairs, plumbing repairs, and other temporary fixes, to allow restoration to begin.
A truck-mounted extraction system is one of the most efficient solutions for removing standing water in a warehouse setting, even around the equipment and production tools of the main work floor. These parts of our SERVPRO Green Fleet produce the highest draw value of any pump, creating the most efficient solutions for standing water over several inches. In addition, these tools are practical with accessories like:
- Carpet Wands
- Weighted Extraction
- Squeegee Wands
Wet Vacuums for Removal
While undoubtedly, the mounted extractors have a greater gallon-per-minute (GPM) rating, they cannot address the full spectrum of water removal necessary for your building. When water depth reaches a certain point, usually around two inches, mounted extractors and submersible units are less effective. At this point, wet vacuums become a versatile and preferred choice to finish the extraction needed.
Clearing Moisture from the Environment
The environment is also essential in the restoration process for Large Loss recovery needs. Water removal might seemingly be isolated to physical pooling on the surface, but several more steps and stages exist to complete this process. Using trailed desiccant units, we can simultaneously address moisture in multiple areas of the warehouse from a singular, central machine and several lengths of hose stretched to the farthest reaches of the facility.
When considering the magnitude of water removal for Chicago warehouses and production facilities, you can appreciate the tools and experience necessary to accomplish these sizable goals. Our SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown Large Loss team understands the urgency of restoration and recovery, so we are ready to help 24/7 when you call (773) 434-9100.
Electrical Fire and Fire Damage in Your Chicago Home
Excess power through power spikes or damaged cords can cause your laptop to overheat and result in an electrical fire in your home.
SERVPRO Knows the Proper Techniques to Restore Every Part of Your Home after Fire Damage
You use your laptop daily in Chicago for work or fun. Excess power, provided through poorly regulated power flow or power spikes, causes heat damage to electronics. It includes wires in a damaged power cord, plus metal parts of your laptop connected to it. The chance for combustion grows as the heat in your device builds. When the heat reaches the flashpoint of nearby furniture or carpeting, it can set other materials ablaze.
An electrical fire leaves your Chicago home with fire damage to clean up and repair, but knowing where to start can be daunting. Your Chicago home needs professional expertise to restore it to its pre-fire condition, so calling on our technicians at SERVPRO is the wisest thing you can do once the fire is out.
Our goal is to clean your home to preloss condition, which involves removing the effects of the fire damage. We also remove smoke residues from surfaces of your home. The debris also gives off smoke odors, so we must deodorize the affected areas to eliminate malodors. Fires can damage parts of your structure badly enough that they cannot be restored, so we need to dispose of these structural items.
Before SERVPRO techs start cleaning, we test to determine the correct cleaning method, effectively removing the residues from the material or surface without damaging it. We can wet clean washable materials; we apply a water-based cleaning agent to the area that does not damage the item. Non-washable materials cannot be wet cleaned. Applying a water-based cleaning product could cause more damage, so we use a dry-cleaning method instead.
The type of residues on a surface can also help us choose the cleaning method. Residues that are oil or grease-based need a cleaning agent, which is a dry solvent, even though water-based products would not harm the surface being cleaned.
SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown works efficiently and thoroughly to clean your home in Wicker Park, West Loop, or Bucktown after fire damage. Just reach us at (773) 434-9100 as soon as the fire is out so we can help restore your home.
Effective Ways of Removing Fire and Smoke Residues from My Chicago Home
Fire damage cleanup is not a DIY job for this Chicago property owner. Call SERVPRO for professional help.
Count on SERVPRO to Use Industry Best Practices for Fire Damage in Chicago
The hours and days you spend recovering from a fire in your house are not the time for you to shoulder the brunt of the cleanup. As the fire made its way through your home, it consumed building materials and contents, leaving chemicals and compounds floating in the air and adhering to many surfaces.
Should You Try to Clean Fire Residues as a DIY Project?
Because of the hazardous nature of the residues, experts recommend against completing fire and smoke cleanup of your Chicago dwelling on your own.
How Do Professionals Approach Fire and Smoke Cleanup?
The Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) at SERVPRO realize that deep cleaning is essential to returning your home to its preloss condition. The cleaning techniques, tools, and products used vary depending on the type of soot and the surface coated. Efforts to remove the soot must balance with the durability of the surface, or the affected materials might need removal and replacement at a more considerable expense and disturbance.
Is There One Cleaner that Can “Do it All” When Resolving Soot Damage?
One of the fundamental things our managers and technicians learn during certification and follow-up courses from the IICRC is that the characteristics of fire residues vary greatly depending on the fuel consumed during the fire. Because the materials and contents burned from room to room change, our crews must be alert as to the consistency of the soot on each surface, changing products and methods frequently for best results. Selecting just one master cleaner for all soots and damaged surfaces result in poor outcomes for many spaces and articles damaged by the fire.
What Are Examples of Types of Soot Appropriately Matched with Products and Techniques?
Soot has three main types--dry, wet, and protein-based, the latter from kitchen fires. Here are the most commonly used approaches our crews take when managing each.
What Are Best Practices for Dry Soot?
The residues deposited after a hot, high-oxygen paper or wood-fueled fire are loose and ashy, responding well to brushing, dry (chemical) sponging, vacuuming, and feather or cloth dusting. Wiping or scrubbing at the friable debris smears this soot, grinding it into the surfaces, staining and scraping them, and leaving odors embedded.
What Are Best Practices for Wet Soot?
Sticky and thick, this soot occurs when plastics, rubber, textiles, and padding burns or smolders at low temperatures and oxygen levels. Our project managers determine whether the soot is water or oil-based and choose like-formulated cleaners to remove. When cleaning up wet soot, our technicians first test inconspicuous areas to ensure the surfaces can withstand the combination of products. Applying the cleaning elements is usually successful at removing soiling of this kind. The elements of cleaning include:
- Agitation--towels, brushes, air and water pressure, and sonic vibrations in special ultrasonic machines all work to dislodge the debris mechanically
- Chemical action--provided by the cleaning products chosen
- Temperature--higher temperatures accelerate the chemical action
- Time--dwell time is the period a product is allowed to soak into the residue, breaking the bonds between the residues and the surfaces before rinsing or wiping
What Are Best Practices for Protein-Based Soot?
The residues left after food or grease “burns” are more like what remains after complete dehydration. It is mist-like when airborne and then like a varnish when deposited. The coating is highly-malodorous and tightly clings to surfaces, although it is often nearly transparent. Because of the oil base of much of this soot’s fuel, solvents are frequently needed to loosen the coating. Abrasion, an intense form of agitation, might become necessary to encourage the soot to release. Abrasive tools like sandpaper are helpful. Some cleaning products have inert abrasive substances mixed to help scrape and scrub these tough-to-clean residues off of contents and structural components.
Cutting-edge products and research-based methods are how SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown efficiently cleanses a broad range of fire residues. Call us at (773) 434-9100 as soon as practical so that we can arrive as the firefighters release your property for restoration.
What You Should Do When a DIY Project Goes Wrong and Causes Water Damage
Attention Chicago homeowners with water damaged residences--Call us for help--SERVPRO
Team SERVPRO Arrives on the Scene with Advanced Tools to Properly Dry Out Your Home
Sometimes it can be tempting to fix an appliance or install a new faucet yourself to save some money; however, should a part of the process go wrong, you could accidentally cause water damage in your home. There are endless tutorials online that can walk you through doing installations by yourself, but they do not always prepare you for when something goes wrong. More than likely, the water damage restoration can cost you even more money than you would have had to spend hiring a professional to install the new faucet for you.
If you do not notice the leak underneath your sink for a few days while it slowly causes water damage to your Chicago home, the outcome can become even worse. All the moisture that your kitchen cupboard absorbs from the leak creates the perfect condition for mold growth. You must fix the leak once you find it so that no further water damage can occur. As a general rule, if you find water damage in your home, calling a restoration company as soon as possible can help ensure a successful job; after all, the quicker the damage is dealt with, the better it is for your home.
When you rely on SERVPRO, we strive to get a team of our IICRC-certified technicians to your home as quickly as possible. Our technicians can bring advanced technology to your home and immediately start the job. Our SERVPRO techs can open up the cupboard underneath your sink and use tools like desiccant dehumidifiers, air movers, and ventilation fans to create an ideal drying system that best fits the space.
If an accident in your home leads to water damage, do not delay. Phone (773) 434-9100 to reach out to SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown. We strive to swiftly remediate the damage in your home so you can return to your everyday life.
Even Minor Storm Damage Can Affect Your Home for Months in West Loop
Storm damaged homes and structures in Chicago always benefit from SERVPRO services. "Like it never even happened."
Storm Damage Getting the Best of Your West Loop Home?
Sometimes, a storm may not seem very powerful. Weaker storms can be deceiving, making you feel there is minor possible storm damage. Storm damage does not always mean that a tree has fallen on your home, crushing the roof. Storm damage can be as little as a few shingles that have blown off or twisted hinges on a screen door. Both of these situations, and others, require repairs. Left alone, they can be sources of additional damage. Preventing those situations from escalating can also prevent increasingly higher repair bills from becoming a reality for you.
West Loop area homeowners who do not repair minor storm damage often find themselves coping with even more damage that can be extremely extensive and expensive. We can help you avoid these additional problems. There is no reason to procrastinate on having repairs made, but there are many reasons to have restorative work done as soon as possible.
Because we are SERVPRO, we have extensive training in all aspects of repairs and restorations. We have completed many different jobs over the years, and we can successfully handle any size disaster, including the one you are facing. Our certifications cover the many different cleaning and restorative types of work that storm damage can cause.
We are certified to repair your home's siding, shingles, and other roof components. Other structural elements can be restored, including gutters, windows and frames, screen doors, and much more. When storm damage happens, these repairs are necessary to prevent additional damage from affecting your home. Repairs protect your home and the contents inside.
If shingles have been torn off, or siding was peeled away, water and insect pests can enter at the first opportunity. Larger openings in your roof can permit rodents and birds to come in and make their homes in your attic space. Some rodents are more damaging than others and may move to the house's living areas. If windows are damaged, your home is at increased risk for burglaries.
Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100.