Recent Fire Damage Posts

Smoke Damage in Downtown Chicago Business?

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

Downtown Chicago is seen at night. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Cook County.

You can count on SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago to respond quickly and immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process when fire damage happens. The fuels burned in a fire leave different residue signatures in the smoke and soot. We test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor
  • The type of smoke may significantly affect the restoration process

Cleaning Methods

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean before wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning -an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe - effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

Call Us!

Downtown Chicago businesses rely on SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago to respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day. Our team of highly trained technicians is on-call and ready to serve you every day of the year. Call us today at 312-888-7378.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Damage in Downtown Chicago Business?

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Downtown Chicago at sunset. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Cook County.

Do you know that fifty percent of commercial businesses that are damaged by a fire never reopen? SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago is committed to helping businesses become operational again quickly after a fire loss. We have been restoring fire damage in Downtown Chicago for years, and we know how to navigate through the challenges of working in different buildings and work environments.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Highly Trained

Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the restoration industry. We have the equipment, advanced training, and experience to manage any restoration project through to completion.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Call Us Today!

Downtown Chicago businesses and residents can trust SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago to mitigate and restore fire damage quickly and efficiently. Our team of highly trained technicians is on-call 24-hours a day to assist you, and we typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 312-888-7378.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Damage Restoration for Downtown Chicago Businesses?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

A view of the Downtown Chicago District at night. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Chicago.

Only the Best for Downtown Chicago!

After the Chicago Fire Department leaves the scene, you will have fire debris, soot, smoke, and water damage from the firefighting efforts. SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago understands the complexities of mitigating and restoring fire damage in Downtown Chicago.

Highly Trained Team

Our technicians are highly trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

No Job is Too Big

We have the specialized training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. We have restored all kinds of buildings and businesses and will provide seamless restoration services throughout the entire restoration process. We work to minimize any disruption to employees and customers and get your business operational again as soon as possible.

Call Us Today!

You never know when your Downtown Chicago commercial business will need fire damage restoration services, but when you do, SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago has a team of highly trained technicians on-call 24-hours a day to assist you. Call us today at 312-888-7378. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Tips for Candle Safety in your Downtown Chicago Area Home

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Burning candle with a black background. Follow these safety tips when using candles in your home.

Candles may be pretty to look at and provide a great fragrance in your home, but they can also be a cause of a house fire.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, 3 out of every 5 candle fires start when things that can burn are placed too close to the candle.  Here are some tips that you should follow for candle safety:

  • Blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed
  • Keep candles one foot away from anything that can burn
  • Use a sturdy candle holder, that will not tip over easily
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy and unclutter surface
  • Light candles carefully, keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame
  • Do not let the candle burn all the way to the bottom; put it out before it gets too close to the container or holder
  • You should not light a candle if oxygen is used in the home
  • During a power outage, use a flashlight or battery-operated lighting instead of a candle

Remember candles are an open flame which means they can easily ignite.  As an alternative, consider using flameless candles.

If you have any additional questions about fire or smoke damage, please feel free to contact SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago at (312) 888-7378.

Downtown Chicago Smoke & Soot Cleanup

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO employees cleaning soot off the ceiling. Smoke and soot damage can cause a pervasive odor in your Downtown Chicago home or business.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 312-888-7378