Recent Storm Damage Posts
Use Technology to Create a Home Inventory
SERVPRO of Ravenswood can handle your storm damage emergency.
SERVPRO of Ravenswood can help you clean up after a storm.
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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If you experience storm damage, SERVPRO of Ravenswood is available 24-hours a day to help. Call us today at 773-878-5200.
Power Outage - Plan Now!
Plan now - be prepared for a power outage.
Power outages can happen when you least expect them. Plan now to have what you need in the event of a power outage. Here are some tips from the American Red Cross to stay safe:
Create a support network. Identify people who can help you stay at home or evacuate during an extended power outage. Keep a paper copy of your contact list.
Stay connected and alert. Sign up for alert systems and apps for text alerts. Have communication devices that work without home power, including a crank or battery radio, a non-cordless home phone, chargers/batteries for your cell phones and your computers.
Stock food and water. Store non-perishable food and water supplies for at least two weeks. Plan to use coolers and ice to extend food refrigeration and keep a thermometer in the fridge, freezer, or cooler to monitor the food temperature.
Know and plan for your personal and medical electrical needs. Take an inventory of your electrical needs. Consider both back up and non-power alternatives for lighting, communication, medical devices and refrigerated medicine, cooking, garage doors, locks, and elevators. Discuss a plan with your doctor for your medical needs.
Plan how to decide to stay or go. Plan how and when you will evacuate safely to maintain needs such as power-dependent medical devices. Keep your car gas tank at least half full.
If your home or business suffers from storm damage, SERVPRO of Ravenswood has a team of highly trained technicians on call 24-hours a day to handle your storm damage. Contact us at 773-878-5200.
Know the Signs of a Tornado
SERVPRO of Ravenswood can help with storm damage restoration.
Tornadoes often accompany thunderstorms. When there are thunderstorms in your area, being prepared can help you stay safe from the storm.
Here are a few tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be prepared for a tornado:
Know the signs of a tornado
Some tornadoes strike quickly without time for a tornado warning, so it is important to know the signs of a tornado.
Signs that a tornado may be approaching include the following:
- Rotating funnel-shaped cloud
- Approaching cloud of debris
- Dark or green-colored sky
- Large, dark, low-lying cloud
- Large hail
- Loud roar that sounds like a freight train
If you notice any of these signs take cover immediately.
Identify the safest place to take shelter
Although there is no completely safe place during a tornado, some locations are safer than others. Safe places include a storm cellar, a basement, or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (such as a bathroom, closet, or center hallway).
If you have suffered storm damage caused by a tornado or a powerful thunderstorm, SERVPRO of Ravenswood can help, call us at 773-878-5200.
Be Ready for the Wind
SERVPRO of Ravenswood can handle your storm damage emergency.
Spring weather in the Midwest can bring thunderstorms and high winds into our area quickly. It is important to be aware of the dangers that are associated with them. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offer some information about wind warnings, watches, and advisories:
High Wind Warning: Take Action! Sustained, strong winds with even stronger gusts are happening. Seek shelter. If you are driving, keep both hands on the wheel.
High Wind Watch: Be Prepared! Sustained, strong winds are possible. Secure loose items and adjust plans as necessary so you are not caught outside.
Wind Advisory: Take Action! Strong winds are occurring but are not so strong to warrant a High Wind Warning. Objects 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 58 miles per hour wind gusts and/or hail one inch or larger. Seek shelter inside a sturdy building.
Preparing for High Winds
- Remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures
- Remove loose objects outdoors, on patios, roofs, or balconies that could blow away
- Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors
- Bring in unsecured objects from outside and secure things that could blow away and cause damage or injury
When your home or commercial business needs storm damage restoration services, SERVPRO of Ravenswood has a team of highly trained storm damage specialists available 24-hours a day to help. Call us today at 773-878-5200.
Storm Season is Approaching
SERVPRO of Ravenswood will respond to your storm damage emergency.
The weather in the Midwest can change quickly and bring powerful storms into our area. Here are a few tips from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prepare for storm season:
Tornadoes often accompany thunderstorms. Pay close attention to changing weather conditions when there is a severe thunderstorm watch or warning.
- A severe thunderstorm watch means severe thunderstorms are possible in your area.
- A severe thunderstorm warning means severe thunderstorms are occurring in your area.
Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning
A tornado watch means that a tornado is possible. A tornado watch is issued when weather conditions favor the formation of tornadoes.
During a tornado watch, you should
- Stay tuned to local radio and TV stations, or your mobile phone for further weather information.
- Watch the weather and be prepared to take shelter immediately if conditions worsen.
A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. You should immediately take shelter during a tornado warning.
When your home or commercial business needs storm restoration services, SERVPRO of Ravenswood has a team of highly trained technicians that can respond 24-hours a day, call us at 773-878-5200.
Stay Safe after a Flood
We are available 24-hours a day to respond to storm or flood damage.
Heavy rain caused by thunderstorms and melting snow can lead to flooding at your home or business. It is important to be prepared for unpredictable weather.
Here are a few tips from Ready.gov to stay safe after a flood:
- Return home only when authorities say it is safe
- Avoid driving except in emergencies
- Wear heavy work gloves, protective clothing, and boots during clean up and use appropriate face coverings or masks if cleaning mold or other debris
- Be aware that snakes or other animals may be in your house
- Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. Turn off the electricity to prevent shock if it is safe to do so.
- Avoid wading in floodwater as it can be contaminated or charged with electricity from downed power lines
- Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows
SERVPRO of Ravenswood can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. We are available 24 hours a day – Call us today at 773-878-7378.
Keep your Animals Safe from Winter Weather
If you experience winter storm damage, SERVPRO of Ravenswood is available 24-hours a day.
The snow is falling in the Chicagoland area, and more is on the way. The snow can be a pretty sight, but it can also cause dangerous cold and icy conditions for many of us. In addition to our safety, we also must think about the safety of our animals.
Here are some tips from the American Red Cross to protect your animals during a winter storm:
- Bring your companion animals indoors.
- Create a place where your other animals can be comfortable in severe winter weather. Horses and livestock should have a shelter where they can be protected from wind, snow, ice, and rain. Grazing animals should have access to a protected supply of food and non-frozen water.
- Be aware of the potential for flooding when snow and ice melt and be sure that your animals have access to high ground that is not impeded by fencing or other barriers. You may not be able to get to them in time to relocate them in the event of flooding.
- Install snow fences in rural areas to reduce drifting snow on roads and paths, which could block access to homes, barns, and animals' feed and water.
If you experience a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO of Ravenswood has a team of highly trained technicians that are available 24-hours a day. Please call us at 773-878-5200.
Winter Storms are headed our way
SERVPRO of Ravenswood can help with your winter weather emergency.
Winter storms are approaching the Chicagoland area and they can deliver some serious weather, which can lead to property damage. From ice dams, to snow covered roofs and fallen trees, all of these weather-related problems demand fast attention, especially when the temperature can be extremely low and your home or business is exposed to the elements.
Available 24 hours a day to respond to your Storm Damage
When choosing SERVPRO of Ravenswood, you are partnering with a restoration company who not only has experience delivering all forms of restoration service, but we also understand the situation that you’re in. If your home or office is damaged and exposed to the outside elements, you want it sealed quickly, cleaned up, repaired and back to normal quickly and properly. That’s what we do. We live in the area as well, so we understand the need to have your home or business stabilized and repaired, especially in the middle of a Chicagoland winter.
If winter has delivered damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Ravenswood to help at 773-878-5200.
Be Prepared for Winter Weather in Ravenswood
SERVPRO of Ravenswood responds to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day.
Winter Weather has arrived in the Chicagoland area. It is important to stay safe during a winter storm event. A winter storm can last a few hours or several days. According to Ready.gov here are the differences in winter weather terms:
Winter Storm Warning
Issued when hazardous winter weather in the form of heavy snow, heavy freezing rain, or heavy sleet is imminent or occurring. Winter Storm Warnings are usually issued 12 to 24 hours before the event is expected to begin.
Winter Storm Watch
Alerts the public to the possibility of a blizzard, heavy snow, heavy freezing rain, or heavy sleet. Winter Storm Watches are usually issued 12 to 48 hours before the beginning of a Winter Storm.
Winter Weather Advisory
Issued for accumulations of snow, freezing rain, freezing drizzle, and sleet which will cause significant inconveniences and, if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.
Know Your Risk for Winter Storms
Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Listen for emergency information and alerts.
SERVPRO of Ravenswood responds to storm damage emergencies frequently in the winter months. We are available 24 hours a day. Please contact us at 773-878-5200.
Storm or Shine We Are Here For You
Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday. Here are some tips to remember for the Thanksgiving weekend. Remember, no matter what the catastrophe SERVPRO of Ravenswood is here for you with our 24-hour emergency services.
TIPS: Turkey Frying Safety
- Thaw and dry turkey completely before frying.
- Keep outdoor fryers off of decks and out of garages.
- Watch the weather! Don't fry a turkey outdoors during rain or snow.
- Wear googles to shield eyes and oven mitts to protect hands.
- Have a multi-purpose fire extinguisher nearby-just in case!
SERVPRO's New Webpage on the horizon
SERVPRO.COM is here for you no matter where you are!
A full-scale redesign of SERVPRO.com is currently underway. Not only will the website look newer, cleaner and be easier to navigate, it's a shift from being operationally-focused to being customer-focused. Through months of planning, and with the input of multiple HQ teams and highly specialized outside vendors, we'll be delivering a streamlined website for easier consumer navigation.
This new website will connect our clients, agents and franchises all over the country, making our storm teams easier accessible no matter where you are during an emergency! Stay tuned as we roll out the new website.
In the meantime, we are still hard at work keeping your home or business clean. Call SERVPRO of Ravenswood today to find out how our franchise can help you better prepare for disaster cleanup and restoration.
Severe Weather Event - Chicago
Tornado Warning vs Tornado Watch
During the late evening into early overnight of Sunday, June 20, storms increased in intensity rapidly as they moved toward and into the Chicago metropolitan area, with damaging winds and tornadoes.
The most significant storm damage occurred in the southwest suburbs of Naperville, Woodridge, Darien, Burr Ridge, and Willow Springs between 11:00 and 11:30 pm, where a preliminary EF-3 tornado tracked through the area. The tornado damage survey for this tornado has not yet been completed, with additional details likely determined on June 22.
Take some time to refresh your approach to severe weather safety!
Ensure you have weather safety procedures at home, work, school, place of worship, on the road, and elsewhere.
Decision-makers and overseers of large groups of people should review preparedness plans and ensure they have adequate means to monitor the weather and shelter individuals.
Be a "Force of Nature" and spread awareness of severe weather!
When it is all over, contact any of our SERVPRO franchises located throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Our crews are manned any time, day or night, and are prepared to service your storm damage needs.
Buyer Beware - A Different Kind of Storm
SERVPRO of Ravenswood is a IICRC Certified Firm
When SERVPRO talks about storms it typically relates to tropical rain, hail or hurricane storms. But in this series we will be discussing a different kind of storm. One that seems to never end for victims of so-called “restoration companies”. Our local Chicago News Channel 9 investigated a case where a person lost over $45,000, important valuables and many months of time during a water loss that should not have gone the way it had for her. The full story is covered in this video.
The reason we are sharing this scenario is because we want to help educate the public on the right things that should occur during a water or fire loss, and identify what should not happen to home or business owner during such catastrophes. Here are quick tips that will help any one new to water or fire damage experiences.
- Whenever there is a fire or flood in your home or business, DO call your insurance agency. Your Agent is experienced in these situations. They will advise you on your coverages and they will recommend reputable cleanup companies who you can trust to get work do correctly.
- Decisions do not need to be made instantly. DO NOT sign any contract without doing your research. People will appear from out of the blue handing you business cards, promising you the moon and the stars for restoration, and compel you to sign a contract right there on the street. You are vulnerable at this time, undergoing a terrible loss, and are not in the right mindset to make such important decisions. Take your time.
- When working with a reputable cleanup and restoration company the insurance company WILL assign a Insurance Adjuster to your claim – not to be confused with a Public Adjuster, as they are two different people. Cleanup companies, such as SERVPRO of Ravenswood, WILL work alongside the insurance company to make sure all processes are properly documented and prices are aligned with industry-standard rates. There SHOULD NOT be any additional “% Fees” included on contract paperwork. If you see added percentages, then something is not right!
- DO continue communication with the insurance adjuster and the cleanup company. There SHOULD NEVER be unreturned phone calls or denial of inventory items. Your possessions are always your possessions, unless written authorization to dispose of items is requests by you.
- Depending on the capacity of damage in a water loss the drying & cleanup processes SHOULD take anywhere between 2-10 days. A fire loss cleanup will take longer, but NOT more than 1 month. Reconstruction, or rebuild, of properties will take longer.
- DO read reviews and testimonials on company websites and rating platforms. The BBB is an excellent source to visit as well. DO NOT be afraid to ask for company references. Many references should be available to you from insurance agents who work with restoration companies on a daily basis.
- DO look for IICRC certified firms and restoration trained professional
Going through a water or fire loss can be devastating. You are already under so much stress to pick up the pieces, that you should not be undermined. That is why we encourage clients to take the time to do their homework before making any decisions on claims and contracts. Doing your research should not take more than a few hours. Listen to your agent. Get multiple quotes. Read company reviews, and check the status of contractors on the Better Business Bureau website. This will not only save you much more time and money during the process, but it WILL also bring you piece of mind knowing that the cleanup is being done the right way and in a timely manner.
Ready For Whatever Happens
Storm Teams throughout the US are ready to mobilize at any time
When the storm is a major event, you need more comprehensive restoration support!
SERVPRO of Ravenswood is "Ready for whatever happens."
SERVPRO has mobilization teams across the country to travel as needed to support recovery after large storm events. Need a few hundred of our crews for a month? Only SERVPRO can make it happen!
When localized storms overwhelm local restoration companies, SERVPRO's storm response helps to manage the volume you need served.
Because SERVPRO has answered calls for help in storm situations over the years we have developed a specialized storm team and large loss response network to provide the resources you need - management, crews and equipment to get service to your property when others cannot.
That's why when disaster strikes, so do we!
COMMERCIAL LARGE LOSS PROGRAM
- Best of our best, SERVPRO's Large Loss Response Team recruited to serve your needs
- Elite group of large loss specialists pre-qualified and strategically positions throughout the US (approx. 110)
- Substantial resources through network of 1,800+ locations nationwide
- Six and seven-figure projects routinely assigned to our Large Loss Response Team members
- Clients include: Insurance Companies, Manufacturing Facilities, Hospitality Industry, Restaurants, Property Managers, Universities, Health Care Facilities, Libraries, Churches, Municipalities, Local, State and Federal Government
- Corporate oversight and communication on every large loss filed
- Business interruption minimized due to our timely response
- Unit Pricing utilized on routine losses, Time and Material recommended on losses exceeding $25,000
Prepare. Plan. Build.
Disasters strike this time of year. Best to be prepared!
In combination of this month's anticipated rain season plus last month's melting snow may result in flooding parts of Chicagoland and surrounding suburbs. Educating yourself, your family and your employees is important. Below we are sharing great resources from Ready.Gov to help better prepare all your stakeholders. Know that SERVPRO of Ravenswood's Storm Team is also prepared to help, day or night, should you encounter water damage.
- MAKE A PLAN - Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
- PREPARE TOGETHER - Whether you’re a kid or teen yourself, a parent or loved one, or work with youth, Ready Kids has tools and information to help before, during and after disasters.
- BUILD A KIT - After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and supplies to last for several days. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
- CLEANUP - When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Ravenswood can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.
When Winter Weather Strikes, Be Prepared to Strike Back
We are prepared to answer your call!
When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Ravenswood can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Here are some helpful tips that better prepare your home and business during these harsh winter months. And remember to add our phone number to your contact list as your choice for emergency fire and water damage cleanup; 773-878-5200. PREPARE YOUR HOME:
PREPARE YOUR BUSINESS:
- Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pips for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
- Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it off.
- If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
- Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.
- Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
- Inspect walkways, and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potentials.
- Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas.
- Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
- Ask SERVPRO of Ravenswood about starting a Disaster Recovery Plan for your business.
Did you know we have our very own Meteorologist?!
Storm tracker during a hurricane storm event
Yes we do! And it's no surprise since disaster recovery is our niche! Forecasting the weather benefits us by better preparing our Storm Teams to respond immediately after a large storm passes. Many of you already know that these past few weeks hurricanes have wreaked havoc on the US Gulf coast. Our Chief Meteorologist, Lela Davis, has helped track tropical storms Sally, Delta and currently Zeta for our Storm Teams. Lela's input is critical as she can predict targeted areas that will be affected the most, post-storm. Her input entails information, such as: target areas, category strength, flash flooding, and wind gust speeds. All of which are vital when responding to those areas quickly. Our Storm Teams then use this information to activate the SERVPRO tools and resources in order for them to effectively coordinate team mobilization, equipment and power setups, communication protocols, and much much more. Having such measures in place makes a world of difference when helping homes and businesses put the pieces back together. We are proud to have Storm Teams available to you and remember SERVPRO if always here to help!
Derecho Event Storm Peaked at 110 mph Winds
Many trees were lost during the storm.
Last week’s tornado swooped through Chicago and our suburbs so quickly that we barely had time to take shelter. The storm’s path caused massive power outages and severe damages from Wheaton to Rogers Park. 15 total tornadoes were confirmed. Such catastrophes occur fast and leave a lot of clean up behind. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Ravenswood is prepared to address such situations and retaliate with responsive cleanup services. SERVPRO’s storm teams are ready and able to help with requests ranging from boarding up broken windows to cleaning up flood damage.
When a storm hits your Chicago home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs. As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.
Get help now by calling 773-878-5200. We work with all insurance companies for stress-free claims processes.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
Team group cleaning demonstration
Ushering in a new standard of clean Before, During and After any Disaster
As America gets back to business, we all have a new sense of what it means to be clean. In fact, 89% of consumers are uneasy about going back to brick-and-mortar locations*. At SERVPRO, we’re dedicated to inspiring confidence in communities across the country as we find our way to a new normal. And we’re doing just that with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, our new defensive pathogen cleaning program, goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. With over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can trust SERVPRO professionals to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather.
So how does it work? It’s grounded in our unique 3 C’s:
- Consult: Not all businesses are the same, so we’ll tailor a bespoke cleaning program based on the unique needs of each facility.
- Clean: Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.
- Certify: You’ll know a business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on their front window. Along with digital emblems and other collateral, this beacon represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers and community.
So when you see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, you can walk in with confidence. Because you’ll know the #1 choice in clean up and restoration was there.
Are you interested in our Commercial Services, or are you a consumer who wants to learn more?
Have Questions? Call Today 773-878-5200
*#1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019
**Certified SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the job according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry standards (CDC, RIA, IICRC) with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience and result.
(*The Harris Poll conducted online on behalf of Fast, between April 28 and April 30, 2020. About 2,048 U.S. adults aged 18 or older participated.) https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/350922/89-of-consumers-concerned-about-returning-to-bric.html
Help During Unprecedented Times
First Responders Vehicle Disinfecting Day flyer
As the world continues to battle the invisible COVID-19 pandemic, we at SERVPRO of Ravenswood want to do more to help our front-line workers. This Friday we called upon Chicago Police Force and EMS drivers to bring their first response vehicles to our warehouse for a free disinfecting clean. Last week we invited District 20 CPD and it was a great success. Therefore, we are keeping the momentum rolling and are doing it again every Friday until the end of July!
We honor and respect our first responders and want to do our part to help them feel a little more at ease when working the city as we fight this invisible storm.
We are always here to help at SERVPRO of Ravenswood Fire & Water Restoration & Cleanup
April Showers Bring Green Trucks!
SERVPRO of Ravenswood Warehouse
We at SERVPRO of Ravenswood hope this email finds you and your families doing well and staying safe. We realize that many of you are working from home or conducting business as usual to maintain your client's needs. Well, we are too! We are happy that we are all doing our part by practicing social distancing and staying at home as much as possible. However, accidents, storms and mishaps still occur.That is why we want you to know that SERVPRO of Ravenswood is standing by ready to help with cleanup and restoration needs.
Spring is in the air, and storm clouds aren't far behind. Nature is persistent in this particular season to bring heavy rain, which evolves into heavy flooding. Rest assured that even at this world-altering time SERVPRO of Ravenswood technicians are here for you. We are trained, equipped and ready more than ever to help your home or business if you are affected by storm damage, flooding, sewage cleanup and more.
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any Size Disaster
- Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
- Advanced Water Inspection, Extraction and Drying Equipment
Link to Water Tips-Until Help Arrives
Call 773-878-5200 for your free quote!
Anticipated 2020 Polar Vortex
This year the Farmers Almanac predicts another record-breaking year for winter storms. The coldest outbreak of the season is predicted to arrive during the final week of January, and last through the beginning of February. Temperatures could possibly drop to 40 below zero across the northern Plains! As the freezing air blows across the Great Lakes, intense bursts of heavy snow showers and squall could, in the most extreme cases, deposit 30-40 inches in a single day, especially in the snowbelt areas.
With this information we can prepare ourselves for a very cold winter in the weeks ahead. Leave a slow drip in your faucets, stay inside as much as possible, leave blankets and hats in vehicles, and brace yourselves for extreme cold.
Your local SERVPRO is here for you should you need help with water damage. Plug in an emergency water cleanup contact in your phone and be ready to call us; 773-878-5200.
Recovering From A Tornado
Tornadoes are a terrifying, often devastating, weather event. They can turn houses into dust, and flip lives upside down. Living through a tornado can be traumatizing, and sometimes the aftermath is just as bad. Parts of your home may be destroyed, and the idea of fixing it can be overwhelming. Recovering from a tornado could be a huge task, depending on how bad the damage was. However, there are steps to take toward recovery and people ready to help along the way. There are steps that should be taken right after the storm passes, and other steps to take down the road when it is time for repairs and cleaning.
Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones
The first step is to stay in your safe place until the storm has completely passed. If you are able, try and wait until you get the all clear from local officials. After the storm, check yourself and those with you for any injuries. If someone is hurt, the next step is seeking out first aid. After everyone has been checked and is okay, you should see how bad the damage to your house is. Make sure to watch out for anything that is unstable and likely to fall. If you go outside, look out for any downed powerlines. They can be life threatening, so if you see downed powerlines stay inside.
Protect Your Property
After you make sure yourself and your loved ones are protected, start protecting your property. You can make temporary repairs in order to prevent further damage. Many insurance companies will reimburse you for the cost, so make sure to keep receipts just in case. In addition to temporary repairs, living expenses may also be reimbursable. If your house is damaged to the point of you having to stay in a hotel, keep the receipts. Your policy may pay you back for the cost of it. Make sure to make a list of anything that was damaged, and don’t throw out damaged belongings. An adjuster will need to assess them for value if your policy covers replacing them. You should also inspect all utility lines and appliances. Any damage could lead to a gas leak or electric shortage. Damaged electric wires may also cause a fire. You may even have to turn off the main valve in order to prevent more harm to your house. Once these steps have been taken, contact your insurance company. From there, they can work with you to see what your policy covers. Most of the time, they will hire services to come out and repair damages.
Clean Up and Repair
SERVPRO of Ravenswood has highly trained storm damage specialists, and your insurance company may choose to work with them. We have an incredibly fast response time when it comes to disasters. We have equipment and personnel ranging across 1,700 franchises. Our experience and training will allow us to restore your property quickly and efficiently. In addition, we will document the entire process.
What You Can Do Before The Storm Damage Cleanup Team Arrives Lincoln Square
What You Can Do vs. What We can Do
Let’s set the scene – your home or business has become an object of storm damage. It’s damaged, but not so badly that you can’t move around it and tackle some minor cleaning tasks. What should you do? SERVPRO of Ravenswood is on their way and will be able to handle all of the major issues, but you feel helpless at this moment. Well, there are some things that you can do, Lincoln Square.
Protect Your Furniture from Additional Damage
The number one thing that any storm damage cleanup expert will tell you is to protect your furniture from further damage. There’s an easy solution here – take some bricks, aluminum foil, plastic or wooden blocks and prop up all of your furniture on them. Place one block under each leg. This is great to do, especially if you have wooden legs on carpeting, as the water in the carpet will continue to soak into the furniture. SERVPRO of Ravenswood will need less time drying out your affected area if the furniture is no longer directly on it.
Turn On the Air Conditioning and Any Fans
If it is safe to do so (and the weather is warm enough) turn on your air conditioning and any fans – either floor models or ceiling units. Air circulation will assist in dry out. Anything that the fans are pointing at will dry faster. Leave these fans on until SERVPRO of Ravenswood arrives. REMEMBER: DO NOT USE ELECTRICAL OUTLETS AROUND AREAS WITH STANDING WATER.
Move All of Your Breakable Objects
Whether the damaged rooms of your Lincoln Square home are filled with art, vases, collectible ceramics, or even model cars, you’ll need to move them into a different room. Choose a room that hasn’t been hit by the storm, or if there are none, pack them up well and place them in the garage or even in a neighbor’s house for safekeeping. You don’t want risk any further damage when cleanup crews arrive.
Remove As Much Excess Water As You Can
While you may not have access to the professional tools and equipment that SERVPRO of Ravenswood carries, you can still do your best to soak up some of the water. Get some dry clothes and begin to blot the water out of your carpeting, wipe up puddles on tile or wood floors, and do your very best to get rid of that excess water. Once the storm damage cleanup crew arrives, we will take over from there.
Pick Up Items from The Floor
Although you’ve already been warned to remove breakable objects, you also want to remove non-breakables from the area. Before SERVPRO of Ravenswood arrives, get as many waterlogged items off of the floor as you can. These include floor lamps (but only if it’s safe to do so), books, or anything else that found its way to the floor during the storm. This task will allow more room for crews to begin their water damage restoration process, as well as provide safe passage for your family or friends.
Finally, read these tips on What You Are NOT To Do After A Flood, Lincoln Square.
- Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don't use television or other household appliances.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
Everything That Storm Damage Cleanup Entails
After your Edgewater neighborhood has been hit by inclement weather know to call SERVPRO of Ravenswood professionals to make everything look like new again. However, do you really understand the steps that will take place? Here’s a quick breakdown of everything that a storm damage cleanup job may entail, from start to finish.
1) An Inspection of the Damage
The first thing that the storm damage cleanup professional at SERVPRO of Ravenswood will do is do an assessment of damage. They’ll walk through your house and make a note of everything that the storm had affected. Any puddles of water, soaked carpeting, holes in the walls, and more will be thoroughly documented and photographed. The storm damage cleanup team at SERVPRO of Ravenswood will provide you with a punch list of everything that needs to be done. We will also work with you home insurance company to help mitigate the situation. This assessment will contain costs, scope of work description and a timeline Edgwater.
2) Removing Any Existing Water
After the storm damage cleanup company has received written permission to begin the restoration process Edgewater, they will remove all content from the affected area and start the extraction of water that’s in your home. They’ll use special equipment soak up puddles that a simple set of towels cannot handle and ensure that every bit of standing water in your home is removed. They will go through every step necessary to complete this task, including blotting your carpeting and taking care of any sodden curtains. Know that any content damaged Edgewater can also be service by SERVPRO.
3) Running a Dehumidifier and Drying Everything Out
Next, the storm damage cleanup crew will set up dehumidifiers for the drying process Edgewater. They are necessary. The lack of puddles of standing water doesn’t mean that the job is over. Your floorboards, walls, carpeting, ceilings and everything else that received water damage could still be moist. That dampness, when left alone, will lead to mold. It’s SERVPRO of Ravenswood duty to make sure that this mold doesn’t have a chance to set in, so they’ll go through the additional steps to completely dry every surface.
4) Sanitizing the Space
Once everything is dry, our team will start cleaning and sanitizing Edgewater. This ensures that things like mold won’t be able to set up shop, so to speak. The storm damage cleanup crew will SERVPRO patented cleaning solutions to kill off any potential germs or irritants lurking in your formerly waterlogged home. This can only be done once all of the water has been removed, and those carpets and walls are now dry.
5) Performing Restoration Services
Finally, the last of the restoration services are completed. This consists of the storm damage cleanup crew going through and repairing holes in the walls and ceiling, replacing broken windows, and even repainting walls, if necessary. They will do everything required in order to make your home look just like it did before the storm – only cleaner. In addition, the best companies take the time to ensure that you’re pleased with the results.
Call SERVPRO of Ravenswood today, Edgewater, if your home has experienced any water damage – large or small! 773-878-5200
Saving Photographs and Documents as Part of the Water Damage after a Storm in Ravenswood
No job is too large or too small for SERVPRO when it pertains to saving important documents or images.
There’s nothing worse than realizing that a flood has inflicted water damage in your Ravenswood business to some of your most valuable objects – all of those pictures that you’ve spent your life taking, developing, and cataloging. Whether you took these pictures yourself or inherited them from family members, you absolutely need to find a way to save them. Thankfully, all hope is not lost. SERVPRO of Ravenswood can restore those photographs and other important documents.
There are multiple methods restoration experts will use in order to reverse the damage to your photographs and documents. They are:
1) Air Drying
In some cases, simple air drying will work to make your photographs look as good as new. The water damage repair experts will simply spread the items out on a clean cloth (usually one that’s acid-free and archival) that will soak up the moisture. The water damage repair experts then will let the photographs sit out in the open for several days or however long it takes, weighing them down should they begin to curl up on the edges.
Dehumidification requires the water damage repair experts to remove all of the moisture from the air. As a part of this process, the photographs are placed in a special box, or even a room (depending on how many of them there are) and a dehumidifier is run in order to dry them out. This process works well for particularly waterlogged items.
3) Freeze Drying
Freezer drying is exactly as it sounds. SERVPRO of Ravenswood experts place the damaged documents in a very cold location, such as an actual freezer or freezer room (imagine a walk-in freezer, like the kind found in restaurants) in order to freeze all traces of moisture. In some of these cases, the mildew and debris clinging to them will freeze as well, making it easy for the water damage repair experts to brush them off simply. Before you know it, your important photographs will look great again.
4) Vacuum Freeze Drying
The vacuum freeze drying practice SERVPRO of Ravenswood experts also may use is designed to remove all of the air from the box holding the documents before cold air is pumped in. This is a bit more effective than the freezer drying technique, as it kills off the mildew and mold growing on the documents. They can’t live in a vacuum, where there’s no air. The freezing process works to immediately halt the progression of the water damage, literally “freezing” it in its tracks.
5) Vacuum Thermal Drying
As you can imagine, water damage repair experts use vacuum thermal drying, a process that involves placing the photographs in a box, removing all of the air, and then applying heat, for items that are extremely damaged by water. This is used when no other treatments will work, and when there’s little chance of the heat damaging the items further.
With all these wonderful and proved to work techniques, there is no need to worry about the storm damage your Ravenswood business may have experienced. Your local water damage cleanup experts are here to help bring your contents back to Like It Never Even Happened!
Call SERVPRO of Ravenswood at 773-878-5200 to schedule your consultation.
Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration Edgewater
Storm Team Is Faster To Any Size Disaster
Anybody in Edgewater who has ever experienced a storm or flood knows about how devastating the damage can be. Action should immediately be taken for the cleanup and restoration that follows. With the amount of damage that can occur, SERVPRO of Ravenswood professionals are storm damage cleanup and restoration experts & should be called, as we have the knowledge, the tools and the ability to help you during this troubling time.
First thing is first when it comes to storms and floods. Safety first! Always protect you, your family, friends, and anybody who needs help. These can be tough times for all involved.
After the storm has cleared and it has been reported by the appropriate authorities that the conditions are once again safe, should you start your storm damage cleanup and restoration. Even though the storm has passed, mind your safety. Reports have shown that most injuries actually come after the storm during careless cleanup efforts.
When it comes to storm damage cleanup and restoration Edgewater, there are four steps to take. While SERVPRO of Ravenswood is able to make the entire experience much easier, the same four steps are always going to be utilized.
The first step is to clear away any brush or debris that may be dangerous or a threat to your home. Examine the outside area around your home or business and take note of any possible safety hazards. These may include; low hanging branches, debris, fallen trees, etc. Hire the appropriate help to eliminate most of the trees, branches, and shrubs that will need to be removed. This step is always advised first, as it can make cleanup and restoration of your home or business much easier.
The next step is to assess any damages to your home. Whether you can make the repairs to the damages yourself and not require SERVPRO of Ravenswood to do so, make sure that you are able to complete the project and have all the right tools. The last thing you want to do in a situation like this is to take on a project that will put you in danger.
Before moving into the home or business to examine the damages, be sure that the exterior of the house is sound. Make sure to check for any broken windows, if there is any roof or wall damage or if any debris have fallen and compromised the stability of your home or business. Our technicians can perform such duties should you choose not to do these tedious tasks yourself.
Once the outside has been examined, it’s time to move into your Edgewater home or business. Note any damages that may have occurred. One of the main things to pay attention to would be flooding. Most storms come with water damage and that water needs to go somewhere.
Once the yard house and inside of the house have been examined, it’s time to get to work. While a storm damage and restoration specialist SERVPRO of Ravenswood will help clean, repair and restore any damages, it is ultimately up to you and how you would like to proceed. Just be sure to plan ahead in case another storm is to come your way. Contact Donna at 773-878-5200 for a free consultation on creating an emergency contingency plan for your business or property.
Flood Damage Restoration North Park
SERVPRO of Ravenswood office flood due to pipe break!
It’s raining, it’s pouring, SERVPRO is not snoring! During these treacherous cold months, homes and businesses in North Park and beyond are feeling the damage. Old pipes cannot take the pressure and burst without notice. But do not fret, SERVPRO of Ravenswood is ready to help. It is critical to deal with flood or water damage as soon as it occurs. Waiting for even a few hours can cause unnecessary water damage that could be irreversible. When objects become waterlogged and are left to sit, they can develop foul smells, and even become infested with mold. Working with our professional team of flood damage and restoration experts will ensure your property is cleaned and restored quickly. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can begin cleaning up after you’ve experienced a flood. 773-878-5200
Types of Water Damage
There are several types of flooding and water damage that we can help with; these include:
- Flood damage from storms or weather
- Flood damage from water pipes bursting
- Sewer line backup and flooding into homes or commercial properties
- Appliance leaks and malfunctions
- Flood or water damage from firefighting efforts
- Toilet leaks, bathtubs, and more
We specialize in cleaning up after water and flood damage. Regardless of the kind of water damage your home or commercial space has undergone, contact us to discuss how we can help you restore and repair your property quickly and safely.
Our Clean-up Process
When you call our flood damage and restoration team in North Park, we’ll send a highly trained restoration technician to your home or commercial property to assess the damage and provide a plan for clean up and restoration. Our technicians and professional team will remove the water from the property or damaged areas of your property, and begin the drying and dehumidification process. We use state-of-the-art industrial drying machines that enable us to quickly and easily clear your home or office of unwanted and potentially dangerous water. As part of the restoration process, we work to save as much of the original materials and surfaces as possible. Sometimes, though, it is essential to remove severely damaged surfaces, such as drywall, and flooring to reduce the risk of mold and odor developing. We’ll then clean and sanitize your property and begin restoring your home or office space so that you can’t even tell there was a flood.
Our Technicians are Highly Trained
We work with the best flood damage and restoration experts in the North Park area. Our team is trained to handle minimal flood damage as well as devastating flood damage. We’ve seen it all. No job is too big or too small for our flood damage and restoration team. We know that dealing with property damage can be overwhelming, and we work with compassion and respect for your property and belongings to restore it to its normal state.
Contact Us Today
If you have experienced flood or water damage in your home or commercial property, contact us immediately to begin the cleaning and restoration process. We’ll send a technician out to your property right away to assess the damage. Don’t wait to call. Leaving water to sit for even a short period can increase the risk of bacteria, mold, and other contaminants developing in your home or commercial space. 773-878-5200
Odor Removal and Deodorizer Chicago
Whether you just moved into a home with smelly carpets or discovered a sewer backup in your basement in Chicago our highly skilled SERVPRO of Ravenswood odor removal and deodorizer team can quickly turn an unpleasant smell into a fresh scent. We can quickly and easily neutralize smells inside and outside of your home, corporate building and office space. While some odor neutralizing solutions provide temporary relief, our proven odor removal system gets the smell out for good.
What Causes Odors in Homes?
Various factors cause a foul odor to develop in your residence or business. Many people have moved away from installing carpeting in high traffic areas to avoid buildup of dirt and smells. Sometimes it can be difficult to get rid of odors that develop over time, especially in high traffic areas. Not to mention when storms occur and cause the sewers to back up into your home or office. Other odors might be caused by stains or pet accidents that weren't properly cleaned up. Cat urine is notorious for being difficult to remove from carpets and even concrete. Food or other household products left unattended can develop smells over time as well. Smoking can also cause a home or office to have a foul odor over time. Many people don't realize how offensive odors develop suddenly in their homes, but the truth is that some of these smells evolve and go undetected for a long time, especially where smoking is concerned.
How Can We Help?
The SERVPRO of Ravenswood professionals in your Chicago area can neutralize and get rid of any foul odors you may be experiencing in your home or office. We’ll inspect the premises to identify the source of the smell, and propose a plan for deodorizing and eliminating the unwanted odors. We use environmentally safe products, and ensure that your home or office is left in better shape than we found it. You’ll be glad you called us to eliminate foul odors in your home. We’ll be able to provide you with some feedback about conditions that could be causing the offensive odors, and if necessary, we can facilitate the removal of surfaces, such as countertops, carpets, and flooring that might be holding the scent. If left untreated, the cause of the odor could lead to mold, health concerns and more.
Contact Us Today
If you are living with a foul smell in your home or office, don’t delay in calling us at 773-878-5200 to inspect your premises right away. There could be a problem that is bigger than just a bad smell. For example, you could have damaged sewer lines, water lines, and even eroded structures from issues caused by sewer and water. We’ll conduct a thorough inspection and provide you with solutions that resolve the odor and leave your home or office feeling and smelling clean. If you are tired of living with foul smells that could be making you sick or destroying your home or office, call us today for a free consultation; 773-878-5200.
Frozen Pipes (Water Damage) Ravenswood
Nothing can ruin your day faster than finding out that frozen pipes have burst and caused water damage to your home or business. Many people travel during the winter and return home to find that their pipes have frozen, and let go during the thawing process. With extreme weather conditions, it is not uncommon to hear of pipes freezing and thawing in short order. Pipes freeze when they run along the exterior of homes - often older homes - and become exposed to ongoing cold weather. The temperature starts to affect your water pipes around 20 degrees below Fahrenheit. If left untreated, damaged water pipes can flood bathrooms, basements, kitchens, and even entire homes. As winter clean up experts in Ravenswood, we can help you repair or replace broken pipes and the mess created by those pipes.
How to Avoid Frozen Pipes
If you have an older home, it is important to check for exposed pipes along the exterior or your home, and along the interior walls of your home. If they are left exposed, they are likely to become frozen during colder weather. With constant freezing and thawing, pipes can become weak, so that even when a pipe thaws, it could still break and cause flooding. Contact our office to have your water pipes inspected and adequately insulated to avoid any flooding in the future.
What Kind of Pipes Freeze?
Homeowners may not be aware of all of the pipes hidden in their walls, behind panels, or even outside. Bathroom and kitchen water pipes are usually top of mind because you see those water fixtures every day. Swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and even outdoor hoses are often forgotten about during the cold weather because those items are not in use. Unless they are properly drained and stored, they can freeze and thaw creating damage, and they could even lead to flooding. Indoors, homeowners often forget about hot water tank links, garage water supplies, and pipes that might be running through crawl spaces or in dark areas of their basement. While water lines are not supposed to run through attics, some homeowners install air conditioning units in attics, which could also freeze if installed incorrectly. We'll inspect your home to make sure your pipes are properly insulated and stored so that they last for years to come.
Cold Weather Clean Up in Ravenswood
We specialize in winter storm and weather clean up. If you have water pipes that have become frozen, we can thaw them correctly so that you can have your water up and running again in no time. We can also provide proper insulation for your exposed water pipes so that they don’t freeze again in the future. We’d be happy to inspect your home’s water supply lines, both indoors and outdoors, to make sure you don’t run into trouble in the future. Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to frozen pipes, but if you find yourself the victim of water damage due to frozen pipes, call us right away. Don’t let cold weather stop you from having access to your water supply, and don’t leave your home exposed to possible risks.
Storm and Flood Damage
Summer is officially here, and that means so are summer storms! If you find yourself dealing with Storm or Flood Damage we at SERVPRO of Ravenswood are here to help.