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Water and Fire Restoration Services for Loop-area Businesses?

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

A view of buildings in Downtown Chicago is shown. We are trusted leaders in water and fire restoration in Cook County.

Our local team in Downtown Chicago has been restoring fire damage in the Loop for years. We know that our fast emergency response time combined with our highly trained team and use of industrial-grade equipment saves our customers time and money in many cases. After the Chicago Fire Department leaves the scene, you will have fire damage and collateral damage left from the water used by the firefighters to extinguish the flames.

We are water and fire restoration industry leaders and have a thorough knowledge of the multi-level properties and buildings in the Downtown area. We typically respond to your call within four hours or less and will immediately begin the mitigation and cleanup process when we arrive. We have established relationships with all of the major insurance carriers. We can assist you with the entire restoration, from the initial cleanup to the final reconstruction phase of the project.

Fire Damage Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

Step 7: Restoration

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When your business in the Loop needs water and fire restoration services, our local team in Downtown Chicago is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 312-888-7378.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Happy SERVPRO Customers in Downtown Chicago?

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

Happy business people are giving the thumbs-up sign. We restore property damage in Chicago "Like it never even happened."

"SERVPRO" is a hard name to remember. We see online search queries for "serv pro, surf pro, pro serv, SERVPRO, ServicePro," you name it, we've seen it! What is easy to remember is that we are a top-notch industry leader in commercial water and fire damage restoration and have been restoring property damage in the Downtown Chicago business district for many years. Here are some Google reviews:

"Team Nichols is a top-notch service provider in the Midwest. From the project management aspect of commercial real estate to taking care of some of the most highly valued properties in Downtown Chicago, they are one of the finest. They are tremendous at managing high-risk jobs and are a real pleasure to work with. Matt and Bobby are outstanding representatives of the restoration industry and the SERVPRO family." Jim Standohar

Positive: Professionalism, Responsiveness

"Osie and Bobby Nichols did a great job repairing our high-rise water damage and mold. They were very professional and easy to communicate with. Overall, very pleased with their service and how the bathroom turned out!" Leigha Crowder

Services: Water damage-related cleanup & repair, Water damage-related mold removal

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness

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Whether you spell our name: serv pro, surf pro, pro serv, SERVPRO, or ServicePro, when you need commercial water damage restoration services, our SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 312-888-7378.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Hail Causes Damage to Grant Park Properties?

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

A view of Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, is shown. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Chicago.

Hail can cause extensive property damage. On June 10, 2015, the largest hailstone in Illinois history was recorded in Minooka, about forty-five miles southwest of Chicago. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report said the hailstone measured 4.75 inches in diameter, larger than the size of a grapefruit!

Under the right conditions, hail can result from thunderstorms and cause widespread property damage. Our local team in Downtown Chicago has the training, equipment, experience, and resources required to restore storm-damaged buildings in Grant Park. Here are some hailstone measurements from the NOAA:

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

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Storm and hail damage can happen at any time of the year in Grant Park. When you have a commercial storm damage emergency, our local team in Downtown Chicago will restore your damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 312-888-7378.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Commercial Building and Reconstruction Services for Downtown Chicago Businesses?

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

A view of Downtown Chicago is shown from a pier where tulips are growing. We offer a seamless restoration experience from start to finish for our Chicago customers!

Sometimes fire, water, and storm damage require building and reconstruction services to return the structure to pre-damage conditions. Our local team in Downtown Chicago has the training, equipment, experience, and resources needed to restore and reconstruct buildings in Downtown Chicago. This gives our customers peace of mind knowing they have one person managing the entire restoration, from the initial cleanup phase through to the final restoration phase of the project. Having one qualified company overseeing the whole project saves our customers time and money and eliminates the headache of managing multiple vendors and trades.

After securing the building to minimize the potential for secondary damage, we can begin the restoration phase, which may require reconstruction work to restore the building to full functionality.

Building and Reconstruction Services

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

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Property damage can happen at any time for many reasons. Downtown Chicago businesses benefit from our ability to deliver a seamless restoration experience! Call us today at 312-888-7378.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Top-Notch Commercial Restoration Service Provider in Downtown Chicago?

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

The skyline of Downtown Chicago is shown. We respond to commercial property damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Chicago.

Our team in Downtown Chicago restores commercial property damage in Downtown Chicago day and night, 365 days a year. We specialize in restoring commercial properties from high-rise buildings to government and military buildings and everything in between. We know that our fast response time is critical to minimizing the potential for secondary damage and more costly and time-consuming repairs in many cases. Here is a recent Google review from one of our commercial customers:

“Team Nichols is a top-notch service provider in the Midwest. From the project management aspect of commercial real estate to taking care of some of the most highly valued properties in Downtown Chicago, they are one of the finest. They are tremendous at managing high-risk jobs and are a real pleasure to work with. Matt and Bobby are outstanding representatives of the restoration industry and the SERVPRO family.” Jim Standohar

We have extensive experience working in all kinds of commercial buildings and workplaces, including:

  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Restaurants
  • Small Office Buildings
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Manufacturing and Industrial
  • Government/Military

Call Us!

When your Downtown Chicago business or residence experiences property damage, you can rely on our local team in Downtown Chicago to restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 312-888-7378.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Convective Storm Causes Wind Damage in Downtown Chicago?

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

A gas station is shown with wind damage. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Cook County.

Convective storms happen when warm, moist air develops into tornadoes, hail, thunderstorms with lighting, or straight-line winds. According to an article published by the Insurance Information Institute (iii.org), convective storms average about $17 billion in damage each year, almost as much as hurricane damage claims. Our team in Downtown Chicago has been restoring storm damage in Downtown Chicago for many years. Here is some information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the types of wind alerts they issue:

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’re 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.

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When your Downtown Chicago business or residence experiences wind damage, you can rely on our local team in Downtown Chicago to restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 312-888-7378.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Propane Patio Heater Safety Tips for Downtown Chicago Businesses?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

An outdoor patio heater powered by propane is shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Cook County.

More restaurants and businesses are using propane outdoor heating systems. Our team in Downtown Chicago offers this information from the National Fire Protection Association for using outdoor propane heaters safely:

Propane Patio Heaters

For patio heaters that use integral LP-Gas containers with a capacity greater than 1.08 lb (0.49 kg), NFPA 1 requires that the heaters be listed by an organization acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.

Propane heaters need to be used in accordance with their listing and manufacturer instructions. Prior to using a propane heater, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for information such as the following:

  • Necessary clearances from the heating element
  • Proper ventilation required
  • Proper inspection, cleaning, and maintenance procedures
  • Lighting and shutdown procedures
  • Where the heater can and cannot be used (for example, heaters cannot be used in enclosed locations)
  • Procedures for properly storing heaters

The restrictions for using propane heaters are also based on the occupancy in which they are used. For example, in assembly occupancies, such as restaurants with 50 or more occupants, heaters cannot be located within 5 ft (1.5 m) of the exits. Regardless of where they are used, if a heater uses propane hoses, they must be as short as possible, visible, and protected from damage.

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Downtown Chicago businesses and residents can rely on our local team in Downtown Chicago to restore fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 312-888-7378.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Faster to Any Size Disaster in Downtown Chicago?

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Vehicles are speeding down the road at night, blurring the photo. Do you know that our local team in Downtown Chicago typically arrives onsite within four hours of your call for help? Our fast response time and mitig

Our team in Downtown Chicago has been restoring water damage in Downtown Chicago for many years. We use powerful, industrial-grade water extraction and drying equipment to get the job done fast. Here is a water damage timeline from our website describing the damage water can do within minutes to days:

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain
  • A musty odor appears

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold
  • Paint begins to blister
  • Wood flooring swells and warps
  • Severe biohazard contamination is possible

Call Us Today!

Downtown Chicago businesses and residents can rely on our local team in Downtown Chicago to restore water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 312-888-7378.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Smoke Damage in Downtown Chicago Business?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke is filling a room. We restore smoke and soot damage in Cook County.

Our team in Downtown Chicago restores smoke damage for Downtown Chicago businesses. Smoke leaves a unique signature behind based on the materials burned during the fire. Here is some of the equipment we use to restore smoke damage:

Air Scrubber or Filter

Heating, ventilation, air conditioning system (HVAC) air scrubber, or a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) air purifier can capture larger smoke molecules. There will still be some residual odor from smaller molecules or surface residues.

Ozone Generator

An ozone generator is a fast and highly effective smoke odor restoration method. These machines emit ozone, which follows the same paths through the air as smoke and oxidizes any residual traces in the air or on surfaces.

Thermal Fogging

Thermal fogging is an intensive treatment involving fogging machines. After residents evacuate, smoke cleaning professionals fill a structure with petroleum distillates that neutralize odors and ventilate the area.

Hydroxyl Generator

A hydroxyl generator is a slower and gentler alternative to ozone. These machines rely on ultraviolet light to generate hydroxyl radicals that eliminate smoke odors. It will take about three to five days of continuous operation to achieve the same results as a single ozone treatment.

Vapor Modification

Vapor modification is another odor elimination method that relies on aromatic compounds and a blower or fan to neutralize smoke odor

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Downtown Chicago businesses and residents can rely on our local team in Downtown Chicago to restore smoke, soot, and fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 312-888-7378.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Spring Tornadoes in Downtown Chicago?

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

A tornado warning sign leans towards a major city with a tornado forming in the background. We restore storm damage in Cook County.

Our local team in Downtown Chicago has been restoring storm damage in Downtown Chicago for many years. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Chicago has experienced over 92 significant tornadoes in the eight-county Chicago metro area between 1855 and 2008. A whole generation of Chicagoans have never been in a tornado, but according to the NWS, Chicago is due for another bug twister soon. Here are some interesting facts about tornadoes in Chicago from the NWS:

  • Most tornadoes have touched down between 5 pm and 6 pm
  • Tornadoes are most frequent from early afternoon through the evening, with the peak around 5:00 to 6:00 pm.
  • For unknown reasons, the period from the 1950s through the 1970s was very active and violent in the Chicago area
  • The Chicago metro area, including the city of Chicago, is prone to being struck by significant tornadoes and sometimes violent tornadoes
  • Most of the tornadoes occurred in the spring between March and June. The activity drops off during the middle of the summer, and fall is another time of heightened tornado activity. There have been as many significant tornadoes in November as in July.

Call Us Today!

Downtown Chicago residences and commercial businesses can count on our local team in Downtown Chicago to restore storm damage 24-hours a day, every day of the year. Call us today at 312-888-7378.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.