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Sump pump failure in Streeterville?

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

A damaged sump pump hose is taped to the pump in a flooded basement. Gold Coast area businesses rely on us for water restoration services.

Does your sump pump have a backup battery?

When sump pumps do their job water is pumped to a storm drain, a dry well, or away from the exterior of the home. But when the soil gets saturated with water from heavy rains or snowmelt, water intrusion can occur when the groundwater enters through the sump. SERVPRO® of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview responds to flooding and other water damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Streeterville and the surrounding areas, and our team of highly trained water restoration technicians will restore your water damage to preloss condition quickly and with minimal disruption.

Here is some helpful information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) about backup batteries for sump pumps:

  • Your basement can become flooded when your primary pump stops working, when the power goes out or when torrential rains overload the pump beyond its capacity.
  • A battery backup pump is an inexpensive safeguard against basement flooding and should begin pumping. The backup goes to work when water in the sump reaches the float switch. Some of the newer models have a unique monitoring system that sounds an alarm when a maintenance issue arises

Call Us Today!

When your basement floods, SERVPRO® of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview is ready to respond to your emergency day and night. Call us at 773-935-6750. We’ll clean and restore your water damage in Streeterville “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview is Independently Owned and Operated.

Property Damaged in Gold Coast?

1/17/2021 (Permalink)

Buildings are shown lining the shore of the Gold Coast area of Chicago on Lake Michigan on an icy winter morning. Gold Coast area businesses rely on us for restoration services.

Commercial Property Damage Happens

Severe weather can cause damage to commercial businesses and can contribute to lost revenue if the damage is not quickly mitigated. SERVPRO® of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview proudly serves the restoration needs of Gold Coast businesses, and we know how important it is to keep your doors open. From the moment you contact us, our team of highly trained restoration technicians will be mobilized and will immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process upon arrival.

We will tarp, board up, and secure any parts of the structure that have been compromised to minimize further damage, and we are on call 24 hours a day so no matter when the damage happens, we can start the mitigation process as soon as possible.

So, if a tree falls on your building, or a car loses traction and hits your storefront, a pipe bursts or a fire breaks out in your restaurant kitchen or any other unforeseen event causes damage; we are Here to Help. ®

Call Us Today!

When your commercial business needs cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO® of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview is ready to respond to your emergency day and night. Call us at 773-935-6750. We’ll clean and restore your commercial damage in the Gold Coast area “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview is Independently Owned and Operated.

Blizzard in Lincoln Park?

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

A street and parked cars in a Chicago suburb are covered in snow. We are the storm mitigation specialists that Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview areas residents rely on!

Worst Blizzard in Chicago History

It was in January, fifty-four years ago, that the worst recorded blizzard in Chicago history occurred. The Chicago blizzard of 1967 fell over two days, dumping a record-setting 23 inches of snow in Chicago and the Chicago suburbs. Just two days before the storm hit, the high temperature was 65 degrees. The blizzard came as a total surprise. Four inches of snow was predicted to fall that day. The snow began falling at 5:02 AM on January 26 and didn’t stop falling until 10:10 AM the next morning. Many people were trapped in their cars and had to be dug out.

SERVPRO® of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview responds to storm damage emergencies in Lincoln Park and the surrounding areas seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Upon arrival, we will immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. When building and reconstruction services are required, we can provide supervision for a full range of restoration services, giving you the convenience of one person to manage the job from start to finish!

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview is on call 24 hours a day to respond to storm damage emergencies. Call us at 773-935-6750. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage in Lincoln Park, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview is Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Bill Skyrocketing in Lakeview?

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

A closeup of a water bill is shown. We detect hidden water damage in the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview areas!

Do you have a hidden water leak in your Lakeview home?

Water damage can be one of the costliest repairs when hidden water leaks go undetected. Water is invasive and will seep into any porous surface, and if left untreated, it can damage and weaken the structural supports. But what if you have a hidden water leak? SERVPRO® of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview offers these tips from the United States Environmental Protection Agency on how to find out if your home has hidden water leaks.

  • Take a look at your water usage during a colder month, such as January or February. If a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, there are serious leaks.
  • Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.
  • Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak. (Be sure to flush immediately after the experiment to avoid staining the tank.)

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview is on call 24 hours a day to respond to water damage emergencies. Call us at 773-935-6750. We’ll clean and restore your water damage in Lakeview, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview is Independently Owned and Operated.

Space Heater Fire in Lakeview?

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

A space heater is turned on high and the bars of electrical coils shimmering with yellow and orange heat. Our technicians are on call 24-hours in Chicago.

Space heater blues

Space heaters are a great way to take the chill off of a room during the freezing winter months in Lakeview, but if they are improperly used, they become a fire hazard. According to The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), two in five deaths in space heater fires involve electric space heaters. SERVPRO® of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview responds to fire damage emergencies often during the winter months and knows the damage even a small fire can cause to a home or business. Our fire restoration technicians have the advanced training, equipment, and experience to restore damage caused by small and large fires. Here are some safety tips from the NFPA to help you prevent a space heater fire this winter:

  • Purchase a heater with the seal of a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Keep the heater at least 3 feet away from children, pets, people, and anything that can burn.
  • Place the heater on a solid, flat surface.
  • Plug the heater directly into the wall outlet, and never use an extension cord.
  • Turn off the space heater when leaving the room or when going to bed.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview is on call 24 hours a day to respond to fire damage emergencies. Call us at 773-935-6750. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in the Lakeview, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview is Independently Owned and Operated.

Basement Flooding in the Gold Coast?

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

A basement floor is covered in water and a water extraction hose is leaning on the washing machine. We respond to water damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Chicago.

Basement Disaster in the Gold Coast

There is nothing worse than going down to the basement to put the laundry in the dryer and stepping onto a wet floor with socks on! Yuk! Evidently, my washing machine decided to malfunction, and water flooded the entire basement before I discovered the problem. Besides the water damage covering the floor, I had a lot of soggy cardboard boxes stacked along the wall now too.

I called SERVPRO® of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview. They asked me a series of questions and sent out a team of water restoration technicians to my Gold Coast home even though it was the middle of the night. They assessed the situation, and the technicians got to work immediately and disconnected the water hose, repacked and removed the soggy boxes from the room, and quickly extracted all the water from the floor. Then they set up air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the excess moisture from the air. The next day and cleaned and deodorized the area. When they were done, the basement looked like it did before the flooding disaster!

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview is on call 24 hours a day to respond to your call. Call us at 773-935-6750. We’ll clean and restore your water damage in the Gold Coast, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview is Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial Cleaning in North Side?

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

A pair of bright green gloves as laying on top of a wooden surface. We offer a full range of commercial restoration and building construction services in Chicago.

Cleaned and ready for the final walkthrough

There are so many elements involved with a construction job in North Side. Once the City of Chicago approves the plans and issues the permits, there will be lots of subcontractors and a flurry of activity in between inspections.

One summer, I worked on a post-construction cleaning team that was responsible for cleaning and removing all of the debris left on the job site. This included removing any construction remnants and cleaning up all of the fine construction dust covering the windows, floors, and walls. The post-construction cleaning process was always done before the final walkthrough, so we had to get it right the first time. It was backbreaking work!

SERVPRO® of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview has been providing a wide range of restoration and building services to commercial businesses for years, including post-construction cleaning for construction projects. Our restoration technicians are also trained and certified to mitigate any fire, water, storm, or other property damage loss and no job is too big!

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview is Here to Help. ® We are on call 24 hours a day and can usually arrive on-site within four hours of your call. Call us at 773-935-6750. We’ll clean and restore your commercial property in North Side, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview is Independently Owned and Operated.

Winter Storm Damage in Chicago?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

The sun is rising on the Chicago city skyline after a storm has passed. We respond to Gold Coast storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day!

Windy City Initiation

I’ll never forget the first time I landed at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Our plane landed on a frozen tarmac, and outside the window, I could see nothing but ice and snow. We had to disembark from a staircase off of the plane and walk to the terminal. As soon as I got through the door of the plane, I was hit by a wall of icy cold that penetrated through all of the many layers of the winter clothing I was wearing! I immediately felt a deep respect for the people of Chicago, knowing these Illinois natives have to be incredibly strong and resilient to thrive in this kind of severe weather!

Winter storms are part of life in Chicago and Gold Coast residents get their share of inclement weather blowing across Lake Michigan and down from the north. SERVPRO® of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park /Lakeview responds to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day and has been restoring storm damage for Gold Coast residents and commercial business owners for years. When we arrive, we will immediately secure the structure and begin the cleanup and restoration process, returning your property to preloss condition quickly and with minimal disruption.

Call Us Today!

When your Gold Coast home needs storm damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park/Lakeview is Here to Help. ® Call us at 773-935-6750. We’ll clean and restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview is Independently Owned and Operated.

Ceiling Leak in Lincoln Park?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

The wooding moldings and window casing framework on an older home are damaged by a water leak in the ceiling. We are water damage restoration specialists in Chicago.

Hitting the ceiling over water damage?

Water causes some of the most invasive damage that can happen to a structure, and the longer the water damage goes undetected or unresolved, the higher the repair costs will be. This is because water, when left to its own devices, will seep and soak into everything in its path. Floors, subfloors, floor joists, drywall, insulation, you get the idea. And once the water leak is identified and corrected, there is still the aftermath of the structural repairs, and repainting, etc.

Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview has extensive experience mitigating water damage, and we have a team of highly trained water restoration technicians available 24 hours a day to respond to your call. Lincoln Park residents and business owners know that they can count on us to quickly and safely restore their water-damaged property to preloss condition quickly and efficiently. Here is the process we follow for most water-damage emergencies:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business needs water damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview is Here to Help. ® Call us at 773-935-6750. We’ll clean and restore your water damage in Lincoln Park, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview is Independently Owned and Operated.

Funky Smell in Bucktown?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

A man is holding his nose to prevent him from smelling a bad odor in his home. We have odor removal down to a science in Chicago.

Slay that funky smell!

Bad odors are caused by various sources and are known to be associated with fire and water damage. Smoke and soot leave behind powerful odors that cling to everything: furniture, clothes, bedding, carpets, throw pillows, and other porous materials. Water damage causes many odors: sewage backups have their own pungent odor, and water leaks can also introduce a variety of musty smells including mildew.

Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview has odor removal down to a science, and our technicians have the training, experience, and equipment necessary to identify and eliminate offensive odors in your Bucktown home. Here is a list of some of the most common household odors:

  • Stinky dishwasher
  • Dirty garbage disposal
  • Dirty refrigerator
  • Stinky, dirty carpet
  • Soiled upholstery
  • Dirty dog odor
  • Dirty cat box odor
  • Rodents in the attic
  • Old cigarette smell
  • Cooked food smell
  • New furniture (VOC smell)
  • Smelly clothes closet
  • Musty mildew
  • Gross bathroom smell
  • Stinky front-loading washing machine
  • Stinky mud room

Call Us!

When your home or commercial business needs odor removal assistance, SERVPRO® of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview is Here to Help. ® Call us at 773-935-6750. We’ll identify and eliminate your awful odor problem in Bucktown, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview is Independently Owned and Operated.