Recent Fire Damage Posts

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.

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.

Emergency Fire Restoration Services in Downtown Chicago?

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

The back of a Chicago Fire Department truck is shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Chicago.

Do you know that SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago’s fast emergency response time saves our customers time and money in many cases? We follow the one-four-eight-hour rule, meaning:

One hour: we will respond to your call within one hour or less

Four hours: we will be onsite within four hours of your call

Eight hours: we will contact your insurance adjuster within eight hours of your call

Fire damage can happen at any time, and when it does, fast action is required to minimize the potential for secondary damage. Our technicians are trained and certified by the Insititute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We have the training, equipment, and experience necessary to efficiently clean and restore fire damage – no matter how big the job is.

We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your property back to pre-fire condition.

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

Call Us!

You never know when you may need our fire restoration services, but when you have fire damage in your commercial business or residence, SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 312-888-7378.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Smoke and Soot Damage in Downtown Chicago Business?

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Professionals are cleaning a soot-damaged wall. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Chicago.

When fires happen, they leave a unique signature base behind on what burned during the event. Smoke, soot, and the water left from the firefighting efforts may require different cleaning methods. SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago’s technicians have the training, equipment, and experience to safely clean and restore fire-damaged surfaces and items to a pre-fire condition in most cases. We pretest every item to ensure we use the most effective cleaning method. Here are some of the cleaning methods we use to restore soot and smoke damage for Downtown Chicago businesses:

  • 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!

When your commercial business or home is damaged by fire, we are Here to Help. ® SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago is a trusted leader in fire damage restoration in Downtown Chicago. Our technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to assist you. Call us today at 312-888-7378.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire in Downtown Chicago?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

The City of Chicago after the 1871 fire. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Chicago.

The Chicago Fire of 1871 burned for more than 24 hours and traveled from a barn on DeKoven Street, cutting a swath of destruction four miles long by one mile wide through the middle of Chicago’s business district. The fire destroyed 17,500 buildings and 73 miles of street. The rebuilding of Chicago started immediately, and laws were passed requiring buildings to be reconstructed in fireproof materials. The City of Chicago was rebuilt better than before, and many of the new buildings still stand today.

SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago has been restoring fire damage in Downtown Chicago for many years. We understand the importance of getting businesses back to business quickly after a fire damage loss. We simplify the restoration process by providing building services along with our cleanup and restoration services. This gives our customers one convenient point of contact for the entire job.

  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Small 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 Today!

SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago’s team of highly trained technicians is on-call 24-hours a day and understands the challenges working in Downtown Chicago presents. We’ll restore your fire 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?

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