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Graffiti Damage in Gold Coast?

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

Graffiti and Vandalism Sends the Wrong Message 

Graffiti damage and vandalism is never a good look for your commercial business. When you experience a property damage emergency such as graffiti or another form of vandalism it is important to act quickly, as damage like this can send the wrong message to your customers and employees. 

Faster to Any Size Disaster in Gold Coast

At SERVPRO of Gold Coast / Lincoln Park / Lakeview, we have been mitigating graffiti and property damage in Gold Coast for years. We have a team of highly trained technicians on-call 24-hours a day to assist you with any vandalism emergency you may have every day of the year. When we arrive, we will immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. We can also help you with the insurance process and paperwork.

Highly Trained Technicians

Our technicians have the advanced training to clean and restore graffiti from many types of surfaces, including:

  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • General cleaning and graffiti removal 
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal

Call Us Today!

When your Gold Coast home or commercial business has a graffiti or other property damage emergency, SERVPRO of Gold Coast / Lincoln Park / Lakeview is Here to Help.  We’ll restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

How to Prepare for Storm Season and Avoid Water Damage in Downtown Chicago?

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

The Downtown Chicago area sees a lot of storms throughout the year that often brings water and flooding. According to the National Weather Service, Chicago sees an average of 36.89 inches annually. So, how can you stay prepared for storms to minimize the possibility of water damage affecting your residential or commercial Downtown Chicago properties? 

What Should I Do to Prepare for Downtown Chicago Storms?

  • Clean your gutters. Make sure that your gutters are clear of debris so that they can funnel water away from your home or business 
  • Create an emergency plan. Make sure that everyone in your household knows what to do if a tornado or severe storm watch occurs
  • Storm-proof your windows and doors. By switching out your doors and windows with storm-durable replacements that are made of heavier materials, they will withstand high winds and precipitation and will help prevent water damage from the rainfall

Types of Water Damage Storms Can Cause

Water damage can happen to your Downtown Chicago home or business at any time, but water damage caused by a storm brings a unique set of challenges. Part of adequately preparing for water damage is understanding the three different classifications of water damage: clean, gray, and black.

When water damage is caused by a leaky pipe, it is typically still clean water. Flood water is nearly always gray or black because the water has likely picked up sewage, chemicals, debris, and pathogens. For your safety, don’t enter a room where grey and black water are present, and call SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview. Our team is trained in removing hazardous water from your home or business and mitigating the damage. 

Proper preparation will help minimize the chances that a storm will cause water damage to your Downtown Chicago home or business. If a storm does cause water damage, contact SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview at 773-935-6750. Our team is trained in responding to emergency situations, and we’re Here to Help.

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What Does SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview Do In Chicago?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview is a trusted leader in the restoration industry.  Our highly trained technicians are Here to Help, 24/7. When fire damage or water damage affects your Chicago home or business, you can count on us to respond quickly. Our team can help you in many ways after a disaster, such as:

WATER DAMAGE

According to the Insurance Information Institute, about one in 50 insured homes has a property damage claim caused by water damage or freezing each year. So, when your Chicago home or business experiences any kind of water-related disaster like flooding, a pipe bursting, or your dishwasher overflowing, SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview has all the skills and equipment necessary to:

  • Remove standing water and prevent secondary water damage from occurring
  • Determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business 
  • Clean all of the restorable items and structures, and use sanitizing treatments to remove odors and deodorize your property
  • Restore your Chicago home or business to its pre-water damage condition by replacing damaged and removed materials

FIRE DAMAGE

No matter what size the blaze may have been, your Chicago home or business will be affected if there is a fire. Our team is trained to help you handle all the issues caused by a fire damage disaster by: 

  • Carefully inspecting your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage
  • Boarding up missing windows and walls and tarping damaged roofs to prevent further damage and to maintain your security
  • Immediately removing the majority of the water from fire-fighting efforts and mitigating water damage, if it is present
  • Removing smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces
  • Cleaning all of the restorable items and structures, and using sanitizing treatments to remove odors and deodorize your property
  • Restoring your Chicago home or business to its pre-fire damage condition 

For a full list of services that SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview provides, visit our website here.

SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview has a team of restoration technicians ready to respond 24-hours a day to any residential or commercial property damage emergency in the Chicago area. We are strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. Contact us today!

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What Do I Do After My Old Town Illinois Commercial Building Floods?

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

According to Weather and Climate, the Chicago area averages 122 rainy days a year. When the rainy season rolls around Old Town, flooding can be an unfortunate occurrence. Dealing with the aftermath of a flood is never fun, especially when it affects your business. Time is of the essence when your bottom line is at stake. So, how do you restore your commercial building after flooding and resume operations as soon as possible? SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview has some tips for you.

How Can You Restore Your Old Town Commercial Building After Flooding?

  • Ensure your water damage is accurately assessed so it can be restored as much as possible. Especially in the event of a flood, you’re going to want to call your local water damage restoration professionals, like SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview  to ensure that all the water damage is dried properly 
  • Mold growth needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Flooding provides the perfect environment for mold to colonize within your Old Town commercial property.
  • Dry everything out. Everything needs to be dried to prevent mold growth and restore your business to its pre-disaster condition

What Does Water Damage Restoration Look Like At Your Old Town Commercial Property After Flooding?

Water damage restoration processes may look different from professional to professional, but at SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview, the commercial water damage restoration process is as follows: 

  • Inspection and testing to determine the flooding damage’s scope
  • Water removal and water extraction where necessary
  • Dehumidifying and drying
  • Sanitizing and cleaning
  • Restoration to preloss condition

We understand the unique pains of commercial water damage restoration can be wide-ranging, which is why we employ the following technicians to such flooding jobs: 

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

Whenever and wherever you find yourself dealing with flooding, water damage, fire damage, mold, or odors, contact SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview at (773)935-6750. We’re Here to Help you restore your Commercial building to its pre-disaster condition. 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

How To Recover After A Tornado In North Side?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

When a tornado rips through North Side, it can become all-encompassing. Not only does it take a mental toll, but the damage caused by a tornado can have long-lasting effects on a community. According to a study done by the CDC, nearly 50% of the injuries that happen as a result of a tornado occur during the rescue, cleanup, and after tornado activities. Through our mitigation efforts at SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview, we can help you take steps to get your home or business back to preloss condition. 

Inspecting The Damage To Your North Side Home?

  • Ensure that everyone is safe and take care of any physical injuries before worrying about structural damage
  • Don’t enter a building until you are told it’s safe to do so by first responders
  • Wear appropriate clothing like sturdy shoes, long sleeves, gloves, etc. when inspecting the damage done to your property
  • Turn off electricity, gas, and other utilities that could be dangerous to use
  • Take pictures and videos to document all damage for your insurance claim

How can SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview Help?

When storm damage caused by a tornado takes over your life, SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview can help you take it back. Our comprehensive services include:

  • Protective Measures: placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, boarding up to secure the building, removing water and debris, and move-out/pack-out services to protect your personal belongings
  • Water Removal: Tornadoes are, more often than not, accompanied by heavy rain. If your property suffers flooding and water damage after a tornado, our highly trained technicians will begin removing standing water immediately and drying out your property
  • In-Depth Cleaning and Sanitation: Once the moisture is removed from your home, it will need to be sanitized to prevent mold and mildew growth

The best way to minimize the time it takes to restore your North Side home or business is to be prepared before disaster strikes. Which is why SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview can help you create an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). Making the important decisions before disasters, like tornadoes, will ease your stress and get your home or business back to normal faster. 

If your North Side home or commercial property has been affected by a tornado, or any other storm, call SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview at (773) 935-6750. Our team has the equipment and experience needed to get the job done right the first time. 

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My Basement In Streeterville Flooded - Now What?

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

It’s frustrating and overwhelming when disaster strikes unexpectedly leaving water damage in its wake. The longer that water damage sits, the more harm that it can cause, ranging from mold growth to structural damage. One of the most common places in your Streeterville home to experience water damage in your basement. In a study done by iProperty Management, 98% of basements will experience some sort of water damage in their lifetime. So even if you can’t predict when water damage will happen, you should still be prepared for when it does. And here at SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview, we have some tips to help.

What are the first steps to take when my Streeterville basement floods?

When you discover that your basement has flooded, there are some things you can do to start the recovery process. 

  • You don’t ever want to enter a basement that is filled with water, due to unseen threats. Immediately ensure that your power and utilities are shut off
  • If possible, determine the source of the flood - whether it be a burst pipe, rain, or something else
  • If the source of water is a pipe, shut off your water as quickly as possible
  • Document all the damage with pictures and videos as you are able and call your insurance company to start a claim process

How can SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park / Lakeview Help? 

If all of that sounds overwhelming, rest assured that our team of experts has your back. As industry leaders, SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview has the training and equipment to remove standing water and dry out your basement. Our team will also assist in documenting the entire restoration process and ensure that your property is fixed right the first time!

With years of experience under our belt, SERVPRO of Gold Coast / Lincoln Park / Lakeview is the leader in water damage restoration. We’re Here to Help! Call us at 773-935-6750. 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Can SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview Clean That?

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

Some messes are too big for you to clean on your own. But lucky for you, there’s no disaster too big for our team. SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview has the training and equipment to restore your Wrigleyville home or business. Now, you may be thinking to yourself: 

Can SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview Remove Cigarette Smoke?

Cigarettes have a distinctive odor that sticks around long after they’re extinguished. According to Realtor Magazine, cigarette smoke can decrease your property’s value by up to 29%, and the odor left behind can’t just be “Febrezed” away. That’s where SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview can help! Our technicians possess the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. We don’t just mask odors; we remove odors.

How To Remove Odors From Your Wrigleyville Property:

SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview eliminates odors with our in-depth cleaning services, which include: 

  • Removing trapped-in soils from your carpets and upholstery items using state-of-the-art equipment 
  • Wet washing walls, ceilings, and flooring to remove contaminants that they have been exposed to every day
  • Dry cleaning drapes and blinds using our exclusive process right in your home
  • Proper inspection and cleaning of your HVAC system to improve air quality 

How About Tackling Mold in Wrigleyville?

Every home or business in Wrigleyville has the potential of becoming infested with mold or microbial growth simply if there is too much moisture. Mold can start growing quickly and can produce irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects. For this reason, SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview specializes in mold remediation. Our team has the training and equipment needed to address the source of the mold to ensure that it won’t return. 

With years of experience under our belt, SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park/Lakeview can restore your property quickly. Our team members are experts on odor removal, mold remediation, and other restoration needs. If you have a cleaning need or suspect you have a mold problem, give us a call at 773-935-6750. 

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How to Recover After a Commercial Kitchen Fire in Bucktown

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

commercial kitchen We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Chicago.

A commercial kitchen fire can cause a lot of damage to your business, and you may have some “burning” questions about where to start when it comes to restoration! According to the National Fire Prevention Association, during a five-year national study, fire departments responded to close to 3,500 commercial fires annually. It’s important to keep safety in mind, and to be prepared in the event a fire occurs.

What to do after a commercial fire?

  • After a fire in your Bucktown commercial kitchen, make sure that your staff and customers are safe
  • Call your insurance company immediately post-disaster to report the incident and start your claim process
  • If you are leasing the space, let the owner or property manager know so that they are aware of the severity of damage and possible repair costs 
  • Wait for the fire department to give you the all-clear to go inside the building, before assessing the damage, and removing necessary items
  • Document everything by taking photos and videos of the damage for your insurance claim
  • Be sure to keep all of your receipts to track the extra expenses post-fire

How can SERVPRO of Gold Coast / Lincoln Park / Lakeview Help? 

When your commercial business experiences fire damage, it is important to get back to business quickly to avoid lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park /Lakeview has years of experience restoring commercial properties damaged by fire, and we will help you make the right decisions to get your business up and running as soon as possible. Our team will:

  • Board-up and tarp the affected areas to minimize further damage
  • Remove and dry the water used to put the fire out
  • Clean any soot and smoke left behind
  • Clean and sanitize all restorable items
  • Remove any odors on soft surfaces 

With years of experience under our belt, SERVPRO of Gold Coast/ Lincoln Park/ Lakeview is a trusted leader in commercial fire damage restoration. Call us at 773-935-675. A fire damage specialist can assist you with getting the cleanup and restoration process started! 

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Will Homeowners Insurance Cover Fire Damage In Lakeview?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

A fire can be devastating to you and your family. The aftermath can leave you feeling confused and stressed. Having to make an insurance claim only adds to an already stressful fire damage restoration process. Homeowners insurance can be complicated, and every policy is different and will have different coverage and limits. According to the Insurance Information Institute, educating yourself about policy options will help ensure your home is fully covered. 

What Does Fire Damage Insurance Normally Cover?

Most homeowner’s insurance in Lakeview covers fire and smoke damage as long as the fire was sudden or accidental. Fires caused by lightning strikes, wildfires, faulty electrical work, or accidents, like knocking a candle over or a kitchen fire, fit into the sudden or accidental category. If your property suffers fire or smoke damage, your insurance coverage should include:

  • The physical structure of your home, costs of repairs or rebuilding
  • Personal belongings, like furniture, clothing, and the items that make your house a home, insurance will either cover the cost to replace or restore the items
  • Temporary housing arrangements while your home is being rebuilt or repaired are usually covered. It could include a rental property or hotel stay, extra fuel expenses, or groceries

What Isn’t Normally Covered By Fire Damage Insurance?

Your insurance won’t normally cover all types of fire damage. Make sure to read your policy for specific provisions, but generally, insurance will not cover:

  • Arson
  • Intentionally set fires
  • Fires as a result of war
  • Fires caused by poor maintenance

If you need to file an insurance claim, read your insurance policy. Make sure you understand what your insurance company will need to process your claim and the particulars of your policy. 

With years of experience under our belt, SERVPRO of Gold Coast / Lincoln Park / Lakeview is the leader in fire damage restoration. Our team is knowledgeable about insurance claims and will work with your insurance provider to manage the claims process and paperwork. Call us at 773-935-6750. 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated. 

Water Damage Tips For Gold Coast Homes?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can be one of the worst things to happen to your home;  water can cause structural damage, equipment failure, and lead to mold growth. These types of problems can be costly, time-consuming and stressful.

Steps To Take If My Gold Coast Home Experiences Water Damage

  • Call a professional restoration company in your community to help you with the mitigation and restoration process
  • Safely investigate the extent of the damage while waiting for the professionals to arrive. If possible, determine where the water is coming from
  • If a pipe or appliance failure caused the damage, turn off the water source to your home at the main
  • If there is standing water in your basement, workshop, or areas with machinery and appliances, be sure to wait for the professionals before entering the area.
  • A professional restoration company will use drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to thoroughly dry the area

Can SERVPRO of Gold Coast /Lincoln Park /Lakeview Work With Your Insurance Company?

  • We will contact your insurance company within eight hours of being on site to update them on the status of your claim 
  • Be sure to document all the damage by taking photos and videos of damaged contents and structure.
  • SERVPRO of Gold Coast / Lincoln Park / Lakeview will help you with the insurance process and paperwork. 

SERVPRO of Gold Coast / Lincoln Park / Lakeview helps Gold Coast residents mitigate and restore water-damaged property quickly and efficiently and can typically arrive within four hours of your call to begin the cleanup and restoration process. Call us at 773-935-6750.

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