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Exploring the Causes of Summer Flooding in Downtown Chicago?

7/16/2024 (Permalink)

The Chicago Riverwalk is flooded. We are leaders in fire damage restoration services in Downtown Chicago.

SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki is trained and certified to restore flood damage “Like it never even happened.” Summer flooding in Downtown Chicago is a significant concern, driven by a combination of natural and urban factors.

One of the primary causes is the city's location along the shores of Lake Michigan. Summer thunderstorms can result in heavy rainfall, which, combined with the city's extensive paved surfaces, leads to rapid runoff and overwhelmed drainage systems.

Chicago's flat terrain exacerbates the problem. With limited natural drainage pathways, water pools in low-lying areas cause significant urban flooding. The city's historic infrastructure, including its sewer system, was not designed to handle the current volume of water brought on by modern urbanization and climate change.

Urban heat island effects further contribute to summer flooding. The concentration of buildings and pavement increases temperatures, leading to more intense storms as the heated air rises and condenses into heavy rain clouds. This phenomenon results in sudden, heavy downpours that quickly overwhelm drainage capacities.

Additionally, Chicago's aging infrastructure often struggles with the sudden influx of water during these intense storms. Combined sewer systems, which handle sewage and stormwater, can become overloaded, leading to backups and localized flooding.

Addressing summer flooding in Downtown Chicago requires modernizing infrastructure, improving green spaces for natural water absorption, and implementing advanced stormwater management techniques to better cope with the evolving climate and urban landscape.

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When you have flood damage, SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki is Here to Help.® Call us today at 312-877-9937.

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire Extinguisher Prevents Cooking Fire From Spreading in Downtown Chicago Kitchen?

7/9/2024 (Permalink)

A person uses a fire extinguisher to put out a cooking fire. We are leaders in fire damage restoration services in Downtown Chicago.

SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki responds to fire damage emergencies yearly in Downtown Chicago. Fire extinguishers can be effective at putting out fires. Here are some fire extinguisher safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke.
  • To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
    • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism
    • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire
    • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly
    • Sweep the nozzle from side to side
  • For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher that is large enough to put out a small fire but not so heavy that it is difficult to handle.
  • Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory.
  • Before a fire breaks out, read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation.
  • Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can easily escape if the fire cannot be controlled.

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When you have fire damage, SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki is Here to Help.® Call us today at 312-877-9937.

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Damaging Straight-Line Winds Race Through Downtown Chicago?

7/1/2024 (Permalink)

A broken window on a city street is shown. We restore storm damage 24/7 in Downtown Chicago.

SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki is a leader in storm damage restoration services. Straight-line winds are high-speed winds that move in a singular direction and pose a significant threat to the bustling urban landscape of Downtown Chicago. Unlike tornadoes, which are localized and rotational, straight-line winds can sweep across a vast area, impacting several properties simultaneously with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.

The damage from these winds can be extensive in urban areas like Chicago. They have the potential to rip off roof materials, shatter windows, and even dislodge exterior fixtures. High-rise buildings are particularly vulnerable with their numerous windows and often exposed structures. The debris these winds carry, including signage, tree limbs, and other loose materials, can become dangerous projectiles that exacerbate the damage and pose risks to public safety.

For property owners in Downtown Chicago, it is crucial to assess the integrity of buildings and take preventative measures such as reinforcing windows, securing loose items, and regularly inspecting the structural health of properties. 

After an event, immediate action is necessary to secure damaged areas, prevent further damage from exposure to the elements, and start the recovery and restoration process. 

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When a summer storm damages your Downtown Chicago home or commercial business, SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 312-877-9937.

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Heavy Rain Causes Sewer Backups in Downtown Chicago?

6/25/2024 (Permalink)

A sewage backup is shown. We restore sewer backups 24/7 in Downtown Chicago.

Heavy rain has been known to cause sewer backups in Downtown Chicago, and when this occurs, SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki is Here to Help®.Sewer backups pose severe health and safety risks and should be restored by our professionals for several reasons.

  1. Sewage water contains harmful bacteria, viruses, and pathogens that can cause illnesses and infections if not properly handled. We have the expertise and equipment to safely remove sewage water, disinfect affected areas, and minimize the risk of contaminant exposure.
  2. Sewer backups often result in extensive water damage to buildings and belongings. Our professionals can accurately assess the extent of the damage, implement appropriate restoration techniques, and efficiently restore the property to its preloss condition. This comprehensive approach includes water extraction, drying, dehumidification, and sanitization of affected areas to prevent mold growth and structural deterioration.
  1. Restoring sewer backups is a task that demands specialized equipment and a deep understanding of industry best practices. Our technicians are well-versed in these aspects. They can access advanced tools and techniques for sewage cleanup and restoration, ensuring thorough and effective results.
  1. Our trained professionals understand the regulatory requirements and safety protocols associated with handling sewage water, thereby minimizing the risk of legal and health complications for property owners.

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When heavy rain causes a sewer backup in your Downtown Chicago home or commercial business, SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 312-877-9937.

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Urban Flooding Leads to Water Intrusion Damage in Downtown Chicago?

6/18/2024 (Permalink)

A car drives through a flooded city street. We restore flooding damage 24/7 in Downtown Chicago.

Downtown Chicago’s proximity to Lake Michigan and the Chicago River can exacerbate flooding during storms. The area's flat topography can also impede natural drainage, causing water to pool in low-lying areas. SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki is a trusted leader in flood damage mitigation and restoration services. When your property is compromised by flooding, we are Here to Help®.

The extensive development and urbanization of Downtown Chicago has led to an increase in impervious surfaces such as roads, sidewalks, and buildings. These surfaces prevent rainwater from infiltrating the ground, causing runoff to accumulate and overwhelm drainage systems during heavy rain events.

When stormwater enters a home or business, it can cause significant damage quickly, so professional intervention is imperative to minimize the chances of secondary damage.

Stormwater runoff in urban areas can carry a variety of pollutants, including bacteria, viruses, chemicals, heavy metals, and other harmful substances. These pollutants can originate from sources such as vehicle emissions, industrial activities, pet waste, pesticides, and litter. Direct contact with contaminated stormwater can lead to illnesses, skin irritations, and infections.

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When you have a water damage emergency in your Downtown Chicago home or commercial business, SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 312-877-9937.

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

How Can I Protect My Electronics From Damage During a Power Outage in Downtown Chicago?

6/11/2024 (Permalink)

Electronic equipment is plugged into a surge protector to prevent damage from a power surge when electricity is restored.  We restore property damage 24/7 in Downtown Chicago.

SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki is a leader in property damage restoration services. In today's digital age, our reliance on electronic devices is more significant than ever, making it crucial to safeguard them during unexpected power outages. Here’s why:

When the power goes out, electrical surges and fluctuations pose a significant risk to sensitive electronics, potentially causing irreparable damage. So, what steps can you take to protect your valuable devices?

First, invest in surge protectors for your electronic devices. These devices are designed to divert excess voltage from your electronics, preventing damage from power surges when electricity is restored.

Consider using uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units for critical electronics like computers, routers, and modems. UPS units provide battery backup power during outages, allowing you to safely shut down your devices and prevent data loss or hardware damage.

Also, practice proper shutdown procedures for your electronics during prolonged power outages. Turning off devices and unplugging them from outlets can prevent damage from sudden power surges when electricity is restored.

By taking proactive measures to protect your electronics during power outages, you can minimize the risk of damage and ensure the longevity of your devices. Remember, investing in prevention can save you from costly repairs or replacements later on.

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SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki is Here to Help ® when you have property damage from a power outage in your Downtown Chicago home or commercial business. Call us today at 312-877-9937.

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Tips to Prevent Common Causes of Fires in Downtown Chicago?

6/4/2024 (Permalink)

A person uses a fire extinguisher to put out a fire in a kitchen. We are trained and certified to restore fire damage in Downtown Chicago.

Our SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki is a trusted leader in fire damage restoration services. Safeguarding our homes against the threat of fires is important to us all. Here are some tips for preventing fire damage:

Cooking Safety: Never leave cooking unattended, especially when using stovetops or deep fryers. Keep flammable items like kitchen towels and curtains away from heat sources and use a timer to remind you of cooking times.

Heating System Maintenance: Schedule regular maintenance for your heating systems, including furnaces, chimneys, and space heaters. Keep flammable materials at least three feet from heating equipment, and never leave heaters unattended.

Electrical Safety: Inspect electrical cords, outlets, and appliances regularly for signs of damage or wear. Avoid overloading circuits and use surge protectors for added safety. Consider upgrading older wiring systems to meet current safety standards.

Smoking Awareness: Do so outdoors and use designated ashtrays if you smoke. Never smoke in bed or when drowsy, and always ensure cigarettes are fully extinguished before disposal.

Candle Caution: Flameless LED candles are a safer alternative to traditional candles. Place real candles in sturdy holders on stable surfaces, away from flammable materials and drafts. Never leave candles burning unattended.

By implementing these fire prevention strategies and remaining vigilant, we can protect our families and properties from the devastating consequences of home fires.

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SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki is Here to Help ® when you have fire damage in your Downtown Chicago home or commercial business. Call us today at 312-877-9937.

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Water Damage Emergency in Downtown Chicago in the Middle of the Night?

5/28/2024 (Permalink)

A person holds a bucket to catch water leaking from the ceiling while calling for emergency restoration services. We restore water damage 24/7 in Downtown Chicago.

Water damage never happens at a convenient time. Pipes break, sewers back up, and appliances can fail at any time of the day or night. For this reason, our SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki is on call and ready to respond to water damage emergencies 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. When you call us for help, we will ask you a series of questions regarding the nature of your water damage emergency. These questions will tell us how many people and what equipment and resources to bring.

Here are the questions we will ask:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

 SERVPRO® Water Damage Restoration Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

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SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki is Here to Help ® when you have a water damage emergency in Downtown Chicago. We typically arrive within four hours of your call. Call us today at 312-877-9937.

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Severe Thunderstorm Turns into a Tornado Watch in Downtown Chicago?

5/21/2024 (Permalink)

The turbulent clouds of a severe thunderstorm fill the sky, a precursor to a tornado forming. We restore storm damage 24 hours daily in Downtown Chicago.

Our SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki has been restoring storm damage in Downtown Chicago for many years. Although rare, Chicago and its surrounding areas are vulnerable to tornadoes, although they are relatively rare compared to regions further west in the United States, such as the Great Plains. Tornadoes can occur in and around Chicago primarily during the spring and summer months when the atmospheric conditions are conducive to severe thunderstorm development.

Tornadoes in the Chicago area are typically associated with severe thunderstorms, particularly supercells, which are large, rotating thunderstorms capable of producing strong tornadoes. These tornadoes can cause significant damage to buildings, infrastructure, and vegetation in affected areas.

While tornadoes in the Chicago area are less frequent and typically less intense than those in the Plains states, they can still pose serious risks to life and property. Therefore, residents and the surrounding areas need to stay informed about weather forecasts and warnings, have emergency preparedness plans in place, and take appropriate precautions when severe weather threatens.

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You never know when a severe thunderstorm will turn into a tornado and wreak havoc on your Downtown Chicago home or commercial business, but when you have a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki is Here to Help. ® We typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call for help. Call us today at 312-877-9937.

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Urban Flooding Leads to Water Intrusion Damage in Downtown Chicago?

5/15/2024 (Permalink)

A car drives through a flooded city street. We restore flooding damage 24/7 in Downtown Chicago.

Downtown Chicago’s proximity to Lake Michigan and the Chicago River can exacerbate flooding during storms. The area's flat topography can also impede natural drainage, causing water to pool in low-lying areas. SERVPRO® of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki is a trusted leader in flood damage mitigation and restoration services. When your property is compromised by flooding, we are Here to Help®.

The extensive development and urbanization of Downtown Chicago has led to an increase in impervious surfaces such as roads, sidewalks, and buildings. These surfaces prevent rainwater from infiltrating the ground, causing runoff to accumulate and overwhelm drainage systems during heavy rain events.

When stormwater enters a home or business, it can cause significant damage quickly, so professional intervention is imperative to minimize the chances of secondary damage.

Stormwater runoff in urban areas can carry a variety of pollutants, including bacteria, viruses, chemicals, heavy metals, and other harmful substances. These pollutants can originate from sources such as vehicle emissions, industrial activities, pet waste, pesticides, and litter. Direct contact with contaminated stormwater can lead to illnesses, skin irritations, and infections.

Call Us Today!

When you have a water damage emergency in your Downtown Chicago home or commercial business, SERVPRO of Downtown Chicago/Team Zubricki will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 312-877-9937.

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.