Your Belongings and Water Damage
The Things You Own Make Your Chicago House a Home
As you might expect, loss incidents like a breached pipe or an overflowing sink can do as much damage to the structural integrity of your Chicago residence as it can to your possessions filling the property. The trouble is, many homeowners do not often consider the need to restore these individual items is as valuable and critical as repairing damaged drywall or replacing soiled carpeting. Our SERVPRO water restoration technicians (WRT) can do much more than dry wet materials.
• Catalog losses
• Move items out of the disaster’s path
• Oversee the full recovery of these items
What Can SERVPRO Protect with Our 24/7 Response?
Everyone has a selection of items and belongings they deem to be irreplaceable. These heirlooms and treasures might be passed down from generation to generation or could be something uniquely yours like photo albums of the family or signed sports memorabilia from dominant Chicago sports eras like the Bulls in the 1990s or the Ditka dynasty in the 1980s.
Much of our successes in this scope of renewing items caught in the crossfire of water damage in your home hinges on the fast response that we offer during these emergencies. In many situations, this speedy arrival can allow our team to determine the best and most cost-effective solutions for any furniture, fabrics, and belongings that might be in the path of migrating water before our SERVPRO technicians can slow this spread.
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SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago / West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including the following:
- Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
- Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
- Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
- Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
- Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
- Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago / West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including the following:
- A quicker remodeling process
- Protecting items from potential damage
- Protecting contents from further on-site damage
When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.
Water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:
- Television sets
- DVD players
- And more
The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. We start by cleaning the exterior of electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.
Document / Photograph Drying
When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago / West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage.
Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of documents:
- Air Drying
- Freezer Drying
- Vacuum Freeze Drying
- Vacuum Thermal Drying
Contents Claim Inventory Service
When a water emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. We can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding.
Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:
- Preloss list and value of contents
- Detailed and accurate report
- Better information to settle claims quicker
- Assistance with burden of proof for claims
- Peace of mind when you need it most