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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.

Call Us!

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 

Call Us Today!

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)

A stack of moving boxes is shown. We offer convenient packing and moving services for our customers in Chicago.

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.

Call Us Today!

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.

Call Us Today!

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.

Thunderstorms Bring Hail Damage to Gold Coast Properties?

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

A person is holding some hailstones. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Chicago.

Our Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview team responds to storm damage emergencies in the Gold Coast area of Chicago every year. Last month a conditional severe storm warning was posted for northern Illinois. The threatening conditions included damaging hail of up to 1.5 inches in diameter, damaging winds of up to 70 miles per hour, and tree damage. Here is some information about hail from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

Hailstones are classified by comparing them to a known object. Usually, hailstorms drop a mix of different size hailstones, and only the huge ones pose any serious risk to people when they are caught out in a storm. Here are some hailstone measurements from the NOAA:

  • Pea = 1/4-inch diameter
  • Mothball = 1/2-inch diameter
  • Penny = 3/4-inch diameter
  • Nickel = 7/8 inch
  • Quarter = 1 inch — hail quarter size or larger is considered severe
  • Ping-Pong Ball = 1 1/2 inch
  • Golf Ball = 1 3/4 inches
  • Tennis Ball = 2 1/2 inches
  • Baseball = 2 3/4 inches
  • Tea cup = 3 inches
  • Softball = 4 inches
  • Grapefruit = 4 1/2 inches

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Hail and thunderstorms can happen at any time of the year in Chicago and the Gold Coast area. 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.

Do I Need Flood Insurance for My Gold Coast Property?

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

A flooded storm drain is shown. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Chicago.

Our Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview team restores water damage every year in the Gold Coast area of Chicago. The weather in Chicago has put more properties at risk for flooding than flood plain maps suggest. Here is some information about water damage insurance from the Insurance Information Institute:

  • Insurance policies vary as to what types of water damage are covered
  • It will be important to review your standard homeowners policy to determine any additional coverage you may need
  • For instance, some policies cover sewer and drain backups, but many do not. In these cases, you can purchase a sewer backup rider for your homeowners or renters coverage.
  • Burst pipes and wind-driven rain are generally covered by homeowners and renters insurance policies
  • Basically, any water that comes from the top down, like rain or a burst sprinkler, is covered by a standard homeowners policy

Typically, water that comes from the bottom up, like flooding from an overflowing river, will be covered by a separate flood insurance policy and can be purchased from the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and some private insurers. 

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Water damage from flooding is becoming a more common occurrence in Chicago and the Gold Coast area. When your home or business needs water restoration services, our local Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview team can restore your water damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 773-935-6750.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Soot and Smoke-Damaged Clothing in Gold Coast?

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

Fire-damaged clothing is soaking in an emersion bath. We clean and restore fire-damaged belongings in Chicago.

Our local Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview team is a trusted leader in fire damage restoration services. Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. We always try to salvage and restore belongings damaged by fire, and we use several different methods and techniques. We pretest every item before cleaning to ensure we use the most effective cleaning method.

  • 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

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Fire damage can happen at any time, and all fires leave behind soot and smoke residues that are difficult to clean. Our local team in Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview can help when you need contents cleaning and restoration services. We’ll restore your fire-damaged belongings in Gold Coast, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 773-935-6750.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Happy Water and Mold Damage Customers in Lincoln Park?

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Yellow rubber ducks float on water in a flooded hallway. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Chicago.

Our local team in Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview has been responding to property damage emergencies in Lincoln Park for many years. We know that our fast emergency response time is critical to minimizing the risk of secondary damage and more time-consuming repairs. Here is a recent Google review from a happy customer:

“SERVPRO Gold Coast/Lincoln park were one of several remediation companies recommended to me by my insurance. We had a braided hose spring a leak which caused water damage to our bathroom, brand new wood floors, bedroom closet downstairs, and to the bathroom of the unit below us. Kevin was quick to respond, provided exceptional service, and made me feel comfortable throughout the entire process. The crew which installed the fans and dehumidifiers was great. Service pro was able to work directly with my insurance for payment, and we’re able to salvage our brand new wood floors. I am very satisfied with my experience as there are multiple remediation companies to choose from. I always read reviews and decided to pull the trigger with SERVPRO, and I’m glad I did.” Mike Hooks

Call Us Today!

You never know when you’ll have a water damage emergency in your home or business, but when you do, our local team in Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview can help. We’ll restore your water damage in Lincoln Park, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 773-935-6750.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.