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Heavy Rains can cause Flash Flooding

8/24/2023 (Permalink)

Raindrops falling into grey water. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day.

The Midwest has experienced some severe weather events that have caused significant damage to homes and commercial properties in our area. SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago / Gold Coast / Lincoln Park / Lakeview is trained and certified to restore storm damage by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Heavy rains can cause flash flooding, so it is a good idea to know what to do when faced with a flash flood situation. Here are some flash flood safety tips from the National Weather Service: 

  • During periods of heavy rains, stay away from flood-prone areas such as stream beds, drainage ditches, and culverts
  • Move to higher ground if flooding threatens your area
  • If you live or work in flood-prone areas, remain alert during periods of heavy rain
  • Be especially cautious at night as it is harder to recognize flood dangers
  • Never drive your car into water of unknown depth. Most flash flood deaths occur when people drive their vehicles into flood waters. Remember: Turn Around Don’t Drown!
  • If your vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground. Flood water may rise quickly, cover the vehicle, and sweep it away.
  • Stay out of flooded areas. The water may still be rising and very swift. A rapidly flowing stream can sweep you off your feet and sweep your vehicle downstream.

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If your home or commercial business has experienced flooding damage, SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago / Gold Coast / Lincoln Park / Lakeview will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 773-935-6750.

SERVPRO can Help with a Chemical Spill

8/1/2023 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO employee in a white hazmat suit. We respond to chemical and biohazard emergencies 24-hours a day.

SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago / Gold Coast / Lincoln Park / Lakeview is trained and certified to clean and restore chemical spills and biohazards.  Lincoln Park residents and businesses can rely on us to arrive quickly and immediately begin the cleanup process.

Along with the cleanup and safe removal of chemical spills, we offer a full range of biohazard cleaning services, including: 

  • Chemical spills
  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Tear gas cleanup

The safe decontamination of a home or business after any form of chemical or biohazard exposure is critical.  Our technicians are trained and certified to mitigate these kinds of dangerous situations. Here are some tips from our website on what to do after a contamination:

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated
  • Turn off the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system if there is sewage damage

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When you need help cleaning up a chemical spill, SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago / Gold Coast / Lincoln Park / Lakeview is available to help.  Our technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to respond to chemical and biohazard damage emergencies.  Call us today at 773-935-6750.

Safety Tips for Patio Heaters

7/26/2023 (Permalink)

Outdoor patio heater with a white background. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day.

SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago / Gold Coast / Lincoln Park / Lakeview responds to commercial fire damage emergencies throughout the year. More businesses are using propane heaters to keep customers and employees warm on chilly days and nights. Here is some information from the National Fire Protection Association for using outdoor propane heaters safely:

Propane Patio Heaters

For patio heaters that use integral LP-Gas containers with a capacity greater than 1.08 lb. (0.49 kg), NFPA 1 requires that the heaters be listed by an organization acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ).

Propane heaters need to be used in accordance with their listing and manufacturer instructions. Prior to using a propane heater, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for information such as the following:

  • Necessary clearances from the heating element
  • Proper ventilation required
  • Proper inspection, cleaning, and maintenance procedures
  • Lighting and shutdown procedures
  • Where the heater can and cannot be used (for example, heaters cannot be used in enclosed locations)
  • Procedures for properly storing heaters

The restrictions for using propane heaters are also based on the occupancy in which they are used. For example, in assembly occupancies, such as restaurants with 50 or more occupants, heaters cannot be located within 5 ft (1.5 m) of the exits. Regardless of where they are used, if a heater uses propane hoses, they must be as short as possible, visible, and protected from damage.

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When your Gold Coast home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago / Gold Coast / Lincoln Park / Lakeview is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 773-935-6750.

Mold Remediation Process - SERVPRO

2/23/2023 (Permalink)

White window with black mold spots in the corner. When you discover mold, SERVPRO of Gold Coast / Lincoln Park / Lakeview can help!

When you discover mold growing in your Lincoln Park home or commercial business, fast action is required to mitigate the damage before the mold can spread to other areas in the home or workplace. SERVPRO of Gold Coast / Lincoln Park / Lakeview can mitigate the mold damage and the mold remediation process usually follows the steps below:

Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

Identifying and addressing the source of the moisture that is causing the mold growth. This step usually involves the use of various technologies to detect mold growth and water sources that may be hidden. We follow local and state laws regarding inspection and documentation based on your unique situation.

Mold Containment

We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to prevent mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while mold remediation is in process.

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

We use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. We remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials when remediating heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. We also remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may require the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. 

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If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. Call us today at 773-935-6750.

Comprehensive Mold Removal Process in Plainfield?

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

An anxious dog looks out the window during a thunderstorm. We restore storm damage in Chicago “Like it never even happened.”

Thunderstorms are common in Lincoln Park, and our pets can get very anxious during a severe storm. Our Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview teams respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day. Here are some tips for managing your pet’s anxiety during a thunderstorm from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

How to Help a Scared Pet

The good news is there are many things you can do at home to help your pet. Please remember that one thing does not work for all pets—so keep trying and see what works for them.  

  • Keep calm! Your dog is aware of your emotions; they are more likely to get upset if you are.
  • Let them hide. If they prefer to stay under the bed, in a closet, or bathroom, let them stay there. 
  • If your pet does not have a place to hide, consider creating a safe place for them. Interior rooms where there is less noise or flashes of light are a good place to start.
  • Try distracting your pet by playing games. You can turn on the TV, play soft music, or give them a food puzzle or kong filled with their favorite item are all great ways to distract your pet. 
  • Anxiety vests or shirts may also help your pet feel calmer

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When you have a storm damage emergency in your Lincoln Park home or commercial business, our Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview teams will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 773-935-6750.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Top Five Causes of Basement Seepage In Bucktown Properties?

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

A flooded basement is shown. We are trusted leaders in water damage restoration in Chicago.

Our Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview teams respond to water damage emergencies involving basements in Bucktown homes and commercial businesses every year. The Insurance Information Institute lists these top five causes of water seepage and basement leaks:

  • Lateral pressure: When the soil surrounding your basement absorbs water and expands, it creates stress on your basement walls, causing them to crack and allowing water to seep into the structure.
  • Hydrostatic pressure: Similar to lateral pressure, hydrostatic pressure can cause buckling and cracking of the walls and foundation of a house.
  • Poor landscaping: If the grade of the soil around your foundation runs towards your foundation, your basement can flood.
  • Clogged window wells: If your window wells are filling with water, your window wells may be improperly installed, or the drain is clogged.
  • Leaky pipes:Inspect your plumbing systems, starting with their entry into the basement to where it leaves, including the sewer line. Make repairs as required.

  • Pool Leak: Swimming pool leaks can saturate the ground and weaken your home’s foundation.

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We typically respond to water damage emergencies within four hours of your call for help. When you have water damage in Bucktown, our Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview teams will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 773-935-6750.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Coffee Bar Causing Water Damage In My Gold Coast Condo?

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

A coffee station at home is pouring a double espresso from the coffee machine. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Chicago.

Water damage is one of the most common property damage claims made in the United States. Our Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview team has been restoring water damage for Gold Coast residents for many years. Supply line leaks are a common form of water damage and often result from custom coffee stations. Here are some ways to tell if you have a supply line leak or another form of water damage:

  • Dark or wet spots on the walls or ceiling
  • Wet areas or water pooling on the floor
  • Flaking, cracking, or bubbling paint or drywall
  • Hearing the sound of running water that you can’t place
  • Hearing the sound of dripping water that you can’t locate
  • Visible dripping water you can see but dripping where it should not be
  • Significant increase in your water bill for no known reason
  • Strong, damp, musky odors
  • Visible mold growing 

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Water damage can happen at any time and for many reasons. Our local Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview team can help when your home or commercial business has a water damage emergency. Our technicians are on call and ready to assist you no matter what time of the day or night you need us. We’ll restore your water damage in Gold Coast “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 773-935-6750.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

How Can Technology Make it Easier to Inventory My Lincoln Park Home?

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

A person is taking pictures of items in the home. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Chicago.

Our Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview team can help you with the insurance process and paperwork when you have storm damage. We know that having an up-to-date inventory of household items and belongings helps insurance claims to settle faster. Here are some tips from the Insurance Information Institute for using technology to make your home inventory easier.

  • Take pictures – Create a photo record of your belongings. Capture important individual items as well as entire rooms, closets, or drawers. Label your photos with what’s pictured, where you bought it, the make or model—whatever information might be important to replacing and/or getting reimbursed for the item. Use your smartphone or digital camera—some give you the capability to put in the description of the item when saving the photo.
  • Tape it – Walk through your house or apartment videotaping and describing the contents. For example, you might describe the contents of a kitchen cabinet: “Poppies on Blue by Lenox, service for 12 that includes a dinner plate, salad plate, bowl, cup, and saucer. Purchased in 2015.”
  • Use an app – There are many mobile app options that can help you create and store a room-by-room record of your belongings.

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Severe storms can roll through Lincoln Park with little advanced warning. Our Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview teams can assist you with storm damage, no matter how big the job is. We’ll restore your storm damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 773-935-6750.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Move-Out and Pack-Out Services for Water Damage Customers in Wrigleyville?

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

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Sometimes fire, water, storm, or mold damage is so extensive it requires the relocation of your belongings during the restoration process. Wrigleyville customers benefit from having furniture, household items, and other belongings stored offsite while the restoration process is underway. This protects your belongings from damage while the work is done and allows work to be completed faster and more efficiently.

Our Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview teams provide convenient move-out and pack-out services to help facilitate the restoration process. We can help you inventory and box up your belongings, move them to offsite storage, and return them once the restoration is complete.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, we can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

We will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs when the repairs are finished. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

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Property damage can happen at any time. Our local Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview team can help when your home or commercial business needs move-out and pack-out services. We’ll restore your property damage in Wrigleyville “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 773-935-6750.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Tornado in Chicago?

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

A tornado is visible in the sky. We respond to commercial storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Chicago.

Last month, a brief E-F-0 tornado was recorded on a surveillance camera in the parking lot of the Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center. The National Weather Service (NWS) reports that ninety-two significant tornadoes have occurred in the Chicago metro area between 1855 and 2008. Our team in Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview is on-call 24-hours a day to respond to commercial storm damage emergencies in Lincoln Park. Here is some information from the NWS on tornado and wind alerts definitions:

Tornado Watch: this means a tornado is possible.

Tornado Warning: this means a tornado is already occurring or will occur soon. Go to your safe place immediately.

High Wind Watch: Be Prepared! Sustained, strong winds are possible. Secure loose items and adjust plans as necessary so you’re not caught outside.

Wind Advisory: Take Action: Strong winds are occurring but are not so strong as to warrant a High Wind Warning. Objects that are outdoors should be secured, and caution should be taken if driving.  

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! A thunderstorm is happening or is imminent in the warning area. Severe thunderstorms have wind gusts of 58 miles per hour and or hail one inch or larger. Seek shelter inside a sturdy building.

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Our local Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview team can help when your home or commercial business has a storm damage emergency. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 773-935-6750.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.