Fire Damage Information Chicago – Important Fire Damage Information for Chicago Businesses

There are all kinds of things that have to be done after a fire is extinguished at a business. The first is, obviously, a headcount to make sure that everybody who may have been in the building is safe. This is usually the primary concern of the company owner. So, when the SERVPRO  team arrives on site, our aim is to get repairs started as quickly and as easily as possible.


We will talk to you about the accident, establish what needs to be done to make the building safe, and then advise you on how to proceed. In short, our job is to begin repairs, but also to allow you to get on with calling insurers, handling employees, and making sure that everybody is safe. Keep reading this guide for more important fire damage information for Chicago businesses.

How We Handle Your Items

A big part of taking the stress and responsibility for repairs away from you is proving that you can trust us. At SERVPRO, we have been dealing with fire damage repairs for many years, and we have tackled everything from the smallest kitchen accidents to the severest house blazes. Our focus is always on keeping your possessions safe and saving as many items from the building as possible.

Sometimes, there are pieces of furniture, equipment, technology, and parts of the décor that simply cannot be fixed. However, even after extensive damage, most items can be salvaged. So, when the team arrives, they will carry out a full inspection of the building and make a preliminary report. They will then begin to inventory the contents and determine which items can stay and which need to be taken to our special restoration center.

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The Inventory Process

Everything that is removed from the building it allocated with a special barcode and an inventory number. This is so that all items can be tracked and traced if anything appears to go missing. We understand that you may feel uneasy about the process, which is why we will talk you through it and help you understand what is happening. Most of the time, we also take photos.


This ensures that all items that leave the building are returned in either the same (undamaged) condition or a restored condition (after cleaning). 

The inventory process helps to protect the SERVPRO team from being liable for damage that they have not caused, but it is also designed to keep your valuables secure. It is an integral part of fire damage repairs, and we aim to carry it out as efficiently as possible.

If you are currently dealing with the aftermath of a fire at your business, get in touch with our team at SERVPRO of Hyde Park/E. Bridgeport/ Bronzeville. 

We are based in your area and can respond to calls fast. Call us 24/7 at (312) 509-5000 for fire damage repairs and restoration.


Take Fast Action when Water Damage Occurs

By Frank Zubricki

Water from flooding or plumbing complications can prove to be a very destructive force in your home. Planning for every possible emergency situation is essential, so that you may act swiftly, should water damage essentially arise. Preparation requisites are as follows:

Be organized:
• Verify that your Chicago water damage is covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy.

• Have the insurance company’s 24-hour emergency number accessible on your phones; however, just in case phone access is lost, always carry a business card in your wallet.

• Maintain a current list of your major assets and their estimated value.

• A charged emergency light and camera should be easily accessible.

• Have safety gear (rubber gloves, boots, and a face mask) available.

• Ensure all adult household members are aware of the main switches for electricity and water.

• Teach children to alert a grownup immediately, if they observe water in any unusual locations in the home.

Water from flooding or plumbing complications can prove to be a very destructive force in your home.
Water from flooding or plumbing complications can prove to be a very destructive force in your home.

Set up a secure safety net:
• Select the home of a neighbor, relative, or close friend to bring your kids to in an urgent situation.

• Preserve copies of important documents, such as your house deed, on your computer and in a waterproof container. Valuable properties, such as jewelry or coin collections should be stored in a safe deposit box.

First response:
• Ensure the safety and accountability of everyone in your party.

• Contact your insurance company to determine the best course of action.

• Wear non-conductive footgear, such as rubber boots and avoid standing in water.

• If possible, turn off your main power switch safely; otherwise, contact a professional electrician.

• Identify the source of the water, e.g. a roof leak due to heavy rainfall. In an arid area, such as Nevada, the source is more likely to be a blocked pipe or an overflowing appliance.

• Record damage with notes, photographs, and/or video.

• Unless it is raining, open all windows for aeration.

Salvage your possessions:
• Remove all small items of value.

• If possible, safely unplug all electrical appliances and move small, hazardous electronics out of harm’s way. Before reusing, everything should be thoroughly dried.

• Pull up the carpet (major liquid absorbent) and move it to a dry location. The padding underneath the carpet acts as a sponge and may have to be discarded.

• Thoroughly soaked items, such as upholstered or wooden furniture should be taken outside. Otherwise, transfer them to the shower or bathtub.

• Ensure essential documents have been photocopied and/or backed up.

Remove standing water and clean up:
• Distinguish between white water (clean liquid, as from a broken pipe), gray water (contains traces of detergent or food, as from a dishwasher), and black water (contaminated sewage). Hire a professional to manage toxic, black water.

• Mops, old towels, bedding, and rags may soak up a small amount of water.

• Clear greater amounts using buckets. Empty the water down the drain, unless your pipes are blocked; otherwise pour the contents onto your lawn.

• A wet/dry vacuum can be useful.

• Rent a sump pump for a great deal of flooding. Position it at the lowermost point on the flooded floor.

• Shovel out any mud.

• Wipe any moisture off the walls and ceiling. Then, disinfect them to avert the development of mildew and mold.

Other important tips:
• Take precautions when attempting to clean a flooded area.

• Be advised that moisture can cause severe damage to drywall.

• Contact an expert, should you have any doubts regarding the safety of the structure.

• Retain all receipts from expenses related to the water damage, such as rental equipment or temporary lodging arrangements, for your insurance claim.