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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

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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

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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.

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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.

Electrical Fire Damage in the Loop?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

A pile of orange extension cords lay on the ground. We are leaders in fire damage restoration in Chicago.

Our local team in Downtown Chicago has been restoring fire damage in the Loop for many years. According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical fires are one of the leading causes of fire damage in the United States. Here are some electrical safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician
  • Only use one heat-producing appliance plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time
  • Major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used.
  • Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) shut off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs. Consider having them installed in your home.
  • Use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of shock. GFCIs shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and basements. All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected.
  • Test AFCIs and GFCIs once a month according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets, so you don’t have to use extension cords.

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

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Water Leaks in Commercial Building in Downtown Chicago?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

A public restroom is shown. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Chicago.

Our local team in Downtown Chicago has the training, equipment, and experience to mitigate and restore water damage disasters of all kinds. Here is some information from the Environmental Protection Agency for dealing with water leaks in the workplace:

Leaks don’t just don’t happen at home. You should be on the lookout for leaks even when you are at work. Here are some ways to help find and fix leaks in your workplace.

  • If you see a leak – in the restroom, pantry, or outdoors, report it to your maintenance staff.
  • Organize a Fix a Leak Week event in your facility to challenge employees and tenants to find leaks and report water waste. You may even be able to get your local water utility to help.
  • Put up signs in restrooms and pantries to encourage everyone to look for leaks and report problems. Include information on who they should contact. WaterSense has developed some graphic tools you can use to communicate with employees on the need to report leaks. 
  • Spread the word about saving water to all tenants and cleaning, housekeeping, maintenance, and landscaping staff.
  • Interested in knowing more about how to fight leaks and water waste in commercial buildings? We have advice to help you get started.

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When your Downtown Chicago commercial business or residence has a water damage emergency, our local team in Downtown Chicago will restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 312-888-7378.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Deep Cleaning Services for Commercial Businesses in the Loop?

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

The Loop area of Downtown Chicago is shown. We provide deep cleaning services to keep Chicago Businesses looking their best!

One Chance to Make a First Impression in The Loop

Is your workplace beginning to look dull and dingy? Even if you use a cleaning service, your offices may look tired and not smell very fresh. The floors and upholstered furniture may look dull, and your light fixtures may be dusty! Over time, the cleaning products janitorial services use can build up and leave a film that requires professional help to remove. Our team in Downtown Chicago provides a variety of specialty cleaning services to keep the Loop-area business looking great. Our services go beyond the scope of a standard janitorial service.

Commercial Cleaning Services

  • Air Ducts and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

We have years of experience working in all kinds of business settings and buildings:

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

Call Us!

When you need deep cleaning services for your Loop-area business or residence, our local team in Downtown Chicago will clean and restore your workplace or home, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 312-888-7378.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

HVAC and Ductwork Cleaning in Downtown Chicago?

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

The ductwork of a commercial building is shown. We provide many deep cleaning services for Chicago Businesses.

Has your Downtown Chicago building had any construction work done lately? If so, it will be important to have the air ducts and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system inspected and cleaned. Construction dust can compromise the efficiency of an HVAC system, causing it to work harder and may shorten the life of the system.

Our local team of professionals in Downtown Chicago routinely inspect HVAC systems and provide cleaning services when necessary. These services can extend the life of the equipment and reduce energy costs. The National HVAC Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Association explains the energy savings benefits:

Energy Savings

According to the United States Department of Energy, twenty-five to forty percent of the energy used for heating or cooling is wasted when HVAC systems are dirty.

  • Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system
  • Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use
  • When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the desired temperature. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness. 

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When you need HVAC inspection and cleaning services, our local team in Downtown Chicago will inspect and clean your ductwork and HVAC system, allowing everyone to breathe easier! Call us today at 312-888-7378.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.