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Danger - Mold Is Not A DIY Job For Anyone! Call SERVPRO!

11/13/2021 (Permalink)

Mold If you do have a mold problem, it should be addressed quickly to prevent further damage and to clean the air in your home of allergens.
When you discover the presence of mold in your home, or something you think is mold, a number of thoughts might pass through your head at first. You might wonder if you can handle the situation yourself and save some money. After all, you have tackled many jobs in your home before with good results. You might want to go out and buy a mold testing kit and see for yourself if it registers positive. Here's a secret: most likely it will. That's because mold is present at least in small amounts in nearly every home. Mold is naturally occurring in the environment.

Get Results You Can Trust

With a store-bought mold kit, you are still likely to have doubts. Did you administer the kit properly? Does it actually work correctly? And what do you do next? To eliminate uncertainty, call in a certified environmental hygienist (or a certified industrial hygienist), the only person qualified to accurately identify mold. For mold testing that matters, go with the trained and educated professional who has the proper equipment. There are other benefits, too, including the following:

  • A CIH is required to act in an ethical manner
  • The CIH can recommend a plan of action to mitigate mold damage
  • A professional mold remediation franchise will watch out for the health of workers and your family

With something as pernicious as mold, you want to be sure of what course to take. The longer mold is present the more likely it is to spread.

Get Effective Mold Cleaning

If you suspect your home could have a mold problem, a DIY mold solution might not be in your best interest. Always consider mold testing from a licensed professional. If you do have a mold problem, it should be addressed quickly to prevent further damage and to clean the air in your home of allergens.

A Note To The Team From Pat Zubricki

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

To All Of The Valued Members of Team Zubricki,

When we began this journey with SERVPRO, I had hoped for amazing people to work with, dream with, and grow with along the way. I could not have dreamed of having a more incredible team of people to succeed with though,  than what we have right now.

Frank and I could not be happier to see all of the people on our team working together as one unit, moving towards a single goal. Each of you bring unique gifts and abilities that has enabled us to be greater than some of our parts. The synergy seen on Team Zubricki is rare, it is humbling, and it has yet again led us to another milestone. This year, at the annual SERVPRO Convention, we were given an award for being in the top 15 franchises in the entire company. To say this took my breath away is an understatement, and we have all of you to thank for your hard work and dedication. You all deserve to share these accolades as much as, or more than we do! Together, we are Team Zubricki, and there is nothing big enough to slow us down or stop us if we continue to join hands and push forward together!

Pat Zubricki

Why SERVPRO? Fire responding to your home or business

3/14/2021 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team has a fast response to get mitigation work started quickly in your fire-damaged home or apartment.

Preparedness is one of the main focal points of effective restoration and recovery that our SERVPRO team can provide to fire-damaged Chicago homes and businesses. Despite how overwhelming and severe these conditions might seem, staying prepared to mobilize to these emergencies can help us to begin mitigation and emergency services at critical times.

Regardless of how widespread fire damage might be, our fast response in emergencies can help to limit the time that restoration takes and the out-of-pocket expenses for our customers. We can ensure that we have a prompt response to crises that threaten your residence by encouraging more and more of our technicians to pursue Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT) certification. Qualified technicians available 24/7 ensure a fast response to your emergency and that mitigation and emergency services get started as soon as possible. Some of these include:

    •    Temporary construction solutions (board up, tarping)
    •    Extraction and drying of extinguishment water damages
    •    Clearing airborne contaminants (soot, ash, debris)
    •    Removing fire debris and damaged structural elements

What Does it Mean to Chase Fires?

While this term has taken on a negative connotation in some circles, to our restoration team, it means staying ahead of changing conditions in the city to be ready for whatever customers might need. We ensure that we learn about active fires in the area to begin preparing to respond to them as though we have already been called. This ‘chasing’ often occurs when insurance providers notify us of an active blaze and their intention to get our team involved in both the damage assessment and the restoration of the residence. There are advantages to our professionals chasing emergencies and staying ahead of severe conditions, including:

    •    Preparedness
    •    Faster Mitigation
    •    Effective Content Management
    •    Less-Costly Restoration

What Does My Insurance Company Need to Approve a Claim?

In many ways, insurance companies look to the expertise of restoration professionals to provide the necessary information about a loss incident. This effort begins with job scoping. Our SERVPRO project manager, crew chief, and the customer can all work together to determine vital information that can help with the restoration and recovery of the fire-damaged structure. This job scoping involves unique practices such as identifying pre-existing conditions and potential health hazards for restoration. In addition, all job scoping after a fire loss entails:

    •    Cataloging Damage
    •    Assessing Contents
    •    Estimation

We share this information with your insurance adjuster directly. After a fire, the last thing that you need to do is run around trying to jump through insurance hoops and meet the often-lofty demands of your insurance provider to secure a damage claim. We can work directly with the company to make the entire process more efficient.

What Makes SERVPRO a Wise Choice for Restoration?

There are many reasons that area homeowners might want to consider SERVPRO for their restoration requirements after a fire. One of these reasons is our fast response. With pre-stocked trailers filled with mitigation equipment for surface cleaning, deodorization, and other vital efforts, we can often reach your address within hours of the first notice of loss.

Additionally, our professionals have several levels of experience and knowledge of ever-changing industry standards. We strive to provide results that exceed your expectations, and much of that can get attributed to training and coursework provided by standard-setting organizations such as:

    •    IICRC – Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification
    •    ABRA – American Bio-Recovery Association
    •    OSHA – Occupational Safety & Health Administration
    •    NDCA – National Duct Cleaning Association

What About Repairs and Reconstruction?

Not surprisingly, many restoration companies do not offer reconstruction as part of their recovery packages. With a full division of qualified residential contractors in-house on our roster, we can provide a comprehensive restoration solution embodying mitigation, restoration, and reconstruction. With fire damages, structural breaches can be all over. Man-made holes allow better access for first responders to fight the fire but need to get temporarily sealed and permanently repaired. Our contractors can help.

Fires might be devastating for many structures, but it does not have to indicate a total loss. From mitigation and restoration through reconstruction and repair, you can count on the experience and the response of our team. Give us a call anytime! We are faster to any disaster and here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO? The Equipment, Experience, and Expertise You Need

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Water extraction is probably not something that home and business owners spend a lot of time thinking about.  This service usually only becomes necessary in an emergency situation.  This may happen after a heavy rainfall or a burst pipe or sewer drain overflow. This is when the removal of water becomes critical. 

SERVPRO of South Holland/Dolton/Riverdale is ready for action when water damage strikes. We have the equipment to get the job done, and the experience that is necessary to get it done, fast, right, and get you back on your track to normalcy! Give the professionals at SERVPRO a call today! We are faster to any disaster and we are here to help! 

Why SERVPRO? We take care of your water damage in Chicago.

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

Homeowners are no stranger to water damage. Whether a pipe bursts behind a wall or rain creates roof leaks that need fast resolution, the technicians at SERVPRO have industrial-grade equipment and years of expertise in the field. Emphasis is placed on effective mitigation to preserve property, assets, and structural integrity for homeowners.

Water-related disasters do not operate on a regular 9-to-5 schedule, and neither does SERVPRO. If you have water damage in Chicago occur late at night, on the weekends, or even during the holidays, you can expect swift service that addresses your needs thoroughly. Immediate response to disasters ensures that further damage is mitigated through tried-and-true methods and the use of advanced equipment.

Why SERVPRO?

Fast response and excellence in service are just the tip of the iceberg when a SERVPRO team comes to your home. Fully-certified disaster cleanup professionals can restore structures and property with the help of equipment and materials that can prevent warping, buckling, and cupping of sheetrock, drywall, and hardwood flooring. The team also handles charity work, aiding such organizations as the Sertoma Centre and the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn. 

Top-of-the-Line Techniques & Tools

Because water damage is fast-acting and invasive, extraction starts when the SERVPRO team reaches your property. Technicians use a variety of industrial-grade tools to maximize precision and safety in ways that consumer fans, spray cleaners, and wet/dry vacuums cannot. These items include:

Advanced water detection methods, including the use of infrared cameras, hygrometers, and moisture sensors, to ensure thorough removal of moisture. These tools even allow technicians to evaluate damage behind walls and ceilings, or under floors.

Portable and truck-mounted extraction pumps to handle both small and large-scale disasters and facilitate faster drying.

Commercial-grade drying equipment, including air movers and dehumidifiers. These items work together to pull moisture off of surfaces and into the air. Moisture is then absorbed so it can be replaced with warm, dry air.

Tools for deodorizing and cleaning the air in your property, including thermal foggers and OSHA-approved antimicrobial cleaning agents that are designed to address odors and contaminants caused by water damage.

The team at SERVPRO is dedicated to bringing you reliable service all year round. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster so your home can be restored to its preloss condition. 

Why SERVPRO? We are faster to any disaster

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

Protecting a Chicago apartment building after a flood means that we have more than just one family and property to consider. With some substantial buildings offering more than a dozen units on the ground floor alone, the fast and confident response by our SERVPRO team can help to reduce the irreparable damage and loss to these residences. Roof damages and other structural breaches can affect units on every level of the building, making the emergency services we provide vital to containing flood damages and the severity of this situation.

As you might expect with any severe storm system that could impact the area, flood damage in Chicago homes and apartments must get addressed as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. We know that you do not have the time to hunt down several subcontractors for every individual need your apartment has after a loss, and that is why we have become a comprehensive unit for flood and water recovery. We have skilled structural drying technicians, as well as in-house contractors that can oversee controlled demolition, temporary construction solutions, and full-scale build back as necessary.

From the time that our emergency response team first arrives, water could be pouring in through structural breaches that must get addressed by our contractors. We can begin with damaged properties inside of the structure to remove at-risk contents from the unit to a safer location within the apartment or our nearby SERVPRO facility. Because we might help out more than one resident in the building simultaneously, we can meticulously catalog and label contents to ensure that they get stored appropriately in our warehouse.

Extraction is also one of the pressing needs of your apartment under certain conditions, and this can sometimes happen before the rest of the mitigation is set to begin. Given the severity of potential flooding, allowing standing water or excessive moisture could lead to further complications, material deterioration, or the production of mold colonies.

We always seek to keep costs low and restoration times to a minimum for our customers. With an emergency response to flooding in your apartment, our SERVPRO  team can help to reduce what irreparable damage might otherwise result. 

Why SERVPRO? We know CLEAN!

1/16/2021 (Permalink)

The CDC website, as well as numerous DIY articles and how-to blogs, offer good advice about how you can clean and disinfect your own environment. These are correct and helpful suggestions. However, if you have an essential business that has remained open, perhaps it’s time to step up your level of protective cleaning. Companies everywhere are looking to do this to build their employee and customer confidence in the level of cleanliness (and safety) of their facilities.

Cleaning Ideas for Locations that are Closed in Marquette Park 

For businesses that have been closed, there will come a time when they reopen. Before facilities re-open, they will need to be cleaned and made ready for employees and customers to return. In addition to cleaning and disinfecting, being closed or open for limited hours is an opportunity to do carpet cleaning, HVAC cleaning, and other projects that will help contribute to the overall sense of well-being of your employees and customers. As professionals, we perform these services, and we do it faster and better than your in-house.

SERVPRO trained technicians have years of experience and certifications in general cleaning and for handling all types of biological remediation, including disinfection against MRSA and SARS, trauma scene cleaning, sewer backups, and mold. We are also better equipped with powerful, industrial-strength machinery, designed to handle jobs of any size. We know how to handle this virus cleaning and we have the resources to do it right, including:

  • Knowledge of CDC guidelines and OSHA requirements
  • Profession equipment to the job right
  • Advanced Hospital-Grade cleaning products
  • Flexible work hours 
  • Human-power to get it done
  • Cost-effective strategies
  • Consultation and advice

Cleaning offices with a spray bottle doesn’t cut it. We are available for consultation to develop a plan that is best for you and your facility.

Why SERVPRO? 24/7/365, we are always here for you

1/16/2021 (Permalink)

No matter how water damage could come to be inside of your Chicago home, the way that you handle the situation is essential to successful remediation. From the moment that water begins to pour into your home, every moment counts. Quickly getting expert help could save your home from further damage and save your wallet from more expenses. 

To paint a clearer picture of how you could excellently handle the situation, imagine a scenario where your kitchen sink caused water damage to your Chicago bungalow. You come back from putting a load of laundry to wash and find that the water supply line broke. There is a puddle of water across your kitchen floor, and it is growing frighteningly fast. 

To start, shut off the water in your home to prevent even more damage. However, while you are doing that, you should reach out for professional services, like SERVPRO, to send representatives to your home. You may wonder why you should. After all, it's a puddle; you can clean it up with a mop and some towels, which, for the most part, is true. However, water has a habit of sneaking into every nook and cranny that it can. It is easy to miss out on pockets of water that could be hiding beneath the stove or the toe-kicks of your counter. Leaving excess moisture in your home could lead to mold damage, which can cause health effects. 

Here at SERVPRO, we have the equipment to find every pocket of water that may be hiding in your kitchen. Our water damage restoration technicians are highly qualified and are certified by the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC.) Furthermore, they are trained to use advanced equipment that has been specifically designed to address the water damage inside your home. From heaters, air movers, dehumidifiers, moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras, we have the tools to find and remediate the water damage inside your home. Trust SERVPRO to help you, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

If water damage strikes your house, never wait to get help. We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."