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Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Chicago IL

Fire damage can destroy a home rapidly. Smoke and soot penetrate walls and belongings, and water used to put out the flames can damage building materials. After any fire, time is of the essence.

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Here at ServiceMaster of Lake Shore in Chicago, our certified technicians restore homes affected by protein fires, structural fires, chimney fires, furnace malfunction fires, cigarette fires, and more.

Our IICRC-certified team services all of Chicagoland including Chicago, Skokie, Evanston, Northbrook, Glenview, Wilmette, Winnetka, and Park Ridge.

Let us restore your property. Call now for an inspection: 312-707-8597

Our Fire Damage Cleanup Services

If you’ve experienced a fire in your home or business, or on your property, you can’t afford to wait for assistance. Fortunately, our rapid response team is standing by. We’re ready to repair your property at a moment’s notice.

Come to us for the following fire damage restoration services in Chicago and the suburbs:

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Emergency Fire Mitigation

Whether you need rapid response mobilization or a fire damage assessment, you can trust our team to deliver.

Depending on the type and extent of your fire damage, we also provide water damage restoration, smoke and soot removal and cleaning, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and demolition and debris removal.

After a fire, we’re your one-stop-shop for complete property reconstruction.

Content Cleaning and Packout Services

After a fire, virtually everything in your building will need to be cleaned and restored. To make this process easier, we offer comprehensive cleaning and packout services.

Our team will arrive at your property and remove all the building’s soft goods, including drapes, carpets, upholstery, and bedding. Once we’ve picked these items up, we’ll clean them thoroughly.

We’ll also clean all your electronics and appliances, and restore and dry art, documents, and more. If there are materials in the home that cannot be restored, our team will pack them out and dispose of them safely.

Structural Cleaning

Even if the fire didn’t destroy your home or business structure, flames leave behind stubborn odors and stains that can be difficult to remove. During the structural cleaning process, our team will clean your entire property.

We’ll remove soot from the walls, baseboards, ceilings, and other elements in your home. We’ll also conduct a comprehensive clean of your doors, windows, floors, and other horizontal surfaces, including countertops and windowsills.

Finally, we’ll clean the ventilation and duct systems of your building’s HVAC unit to ensure healthy indoor air quality.

Call to request a fire damage estimate today: (312) 707-8597

Our Fire Damage Restoration Process

We follow a proven process to repair your fire damage and get things back to normal as quickly as possible.

1. Emergency Evaluation and Pre-Cleaning

Emergency fire damage can’t wait, and we respond rapidly to every event. With a prime location in downtown Chicago, we’re equipped to respond to emergencies around the clock. Our fleet of fully-stocked response vans arrives on the scene within 90 minutes of your call – ready to go to work.

Once the fire department leaves, we’ll begin our restoration process. The first thing we do is to evaluate the damage and conduct emergency pre-cleaning. We remove large debris and anything else that may get in the way of our restoration efforts. This important step helps us clear a space for work to begin safely.

2. Extensive Fire Damage Assessment

fire damage assessmentOnce we’ve pre-cleaned the property, we’ll begin the process of providing a more extensive damage assessment. During this phase, we’ll conduct a thorough inspection of the home’s structural integrity and the state of your belongings.

Our highly-trained fire restoration technicians will identify the type of the fire, and pinpoint where it started. Before we move on to the next phase of our restoration, we’ll ensure the building is safe to enter, for both our teams and your family.

3. Property Security

Even small fires cause severe structural damage. Often, this damage makes it impossible to close and lock doors or windows, leaving your home vulnerable. To protect your home and ensure security after a fire, our team will board up damaged areas of your home. We’ll also reinforce compromised walls or roofs to safeguard your property and belongings.

4. Packout Services and Content Cleaning

The next phase of our process is content cleaning. We’ll provide thorough, extensive cleaning of all the salvageable textiles, surfaces, and items in your home. When we identify items that are beyond repair, we will pack them out of the home so you can start fresh.

Our team understands that your belongings are precious. As such, we’ll try to restore items whenever possible, and will seek your input every time we make a pack-out recommendation.

5. Water Damage Restoration

While fire causes a lot of damage, most fire-affected properties also experience a high level of water damage. Water from in-house sprinkler systems or firefighting efforts can saturate furniture and belongings, damage drywall, and more.

Fortunately, our team has the experience and equipment needed to address even extensive water damage repair in Chicago homes.

We use heavy-duty, commercial equipment to remove excess water and restore affected areas. To prevent mold and mildew growth, we finish this phase with state-of-the-art dehumidifying and drying services.

6. Smoke & Soot Removal

Fires leave behind heavy soot and smoke, both of which contain dangerous carcinogens like cadmium, chromium, and arsenic. To guarantee your health and safety, we remove soot and smoke residue from every surface in your Chicago home, including walls, ceilings, furnishings, and personal belongings.

Our teams use specialized smoke and soot mitigation products and techniques to clean and sanitize everything in the home. The result is a clean space that looks good and protects you from ongoing exposure to dangerous compounds.

7. Final Property Restoration

The final step in our extensive process is complete property restoration. During this phase, we do everything needed to make your property livable once more. Depending on the severity and location of the fire, we can provide drywall reconstruction, plumbing repairs, flooring replacements, and much, much more.

To get rid of any lingering smoke odor, we also use proprietary deodorization techniques, including industrial-strength fans and foggers. These techniques remove lingering smoke odor and eliminate all chemicals associated with it.

Regardless of whether your home needs moderate or extensive restoration, we’ll provide industry-established fire damage restoration procedures and standards for each phase of the job. You can count on us to deliver high-quality workmanship and materials to restore your home to its original condition.

No job is too big or too small. Give our friendly team a call right now for help: 312-707-8597

The Types of Fires we Handle in Chicagoland

Any kind of fire is an emergency. To ensure complete, comprehensive emergency restoration services, we handle the following types of fires and more:

  • kitchen fire damage chicagoHome fires. Whether the fire burned your kitchen or an entire area of your home, you can count on our team to provide comprehensive property repair.
  • Business fires. A fire in your business costs your money and leads to downtime that’s difficult for you and your customers to manage. Our team provides fast, professional repair for business fires in business parks, warehouses, hospitals, high rise buildings, and more.
  • Smoke damage. Smoke damage is an unfortunate and dangerous side effect of fires. Smoke leaves dark, oily stains on your personal property, which can be difficult to get rid of. Fortunately, our team specializes in smoke odor removal. We use cutting-edge equipment and tactics to deodorize and restore your property, personal belongings, and furnishings.
  • Kitchen fires. An estimated 2 out of every 5 home fires start in the kitchen. If you’ve experienced a kitchen fire, our team will repair all physical damage, remove smoke and soot stains, and get rid of lingering odors to restore your home to like-new condition.
  • Multi-family fires. A fire in a multi-family building can be devastating, threatening the safety of your tenants and the structural integrity of the building itself. When these fires strike, our team provides certified fire damage restoration services to help you get things back to normal.
  • Complex fires. Complex fires involve both natural and synthetic items within a structure. They create heavy, toxic black smoke that can ruin your personal property and corrode delicate surfaces like glass and metal. Fortunately, our team is here to repair the damage caused by complex fires. We will remove all toxic materials and make your home safe again.
  • Natural fires. Natural fires involve natural materials like bushes, shrubs, or trees. Even if a natural fire doesn’t burn your home, it will create smoke that can penetrate the structure from the outside, leaving persistent odors and unsightly stains. Our team will remove the smells and the staining so your home feels welcoming again.
  • Furnace malfunction fires. When a furnace malfunctions, it can create a dangerous and destructive blaze that follows the furnace’s vent lines through the home. Fortunately, our team has the skills and expertise needed to resolve this type of extensive damage and ensure your home is structurally sound.
  • Chimney fires. Burning wood in a fireplace creates creosote, which builds up inside a chimney and can catch fire. These hot, fast fires can cause extensive damage in just minutes. Let our team repair chimney fire damage and restore your property completely.
  • Cigarette-caused fires. Discarded cigarette butts can create rampant fires both indoors and outside. Our team will identify the source of the fire and repair all damage in the surrounding areas.
  • And more

Don’t deal with the aftermath of a fire on your own. Contact our professional technicians for 24/7 emergency services: 312-707-8597

Our Advanced Technologies for Cleaning Smoke and Soot Damage

Property owners are often surprised by the level of damages resulting from smoke and soot contamination. Even a small fire can leave behind long-term aftereffects. Our teams tackle the problem with the latest technology.

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Soot Sponges

Soot sponges are also called chem sponges and dry-cleaning sponges. Made from heavy-duty vulcanized rubber, these tools are highly effective for cleaning fire- and soot-damaged surfaces.

Our restoration technicians use them to clean painted walls, paneling, wallpaper and ceiling tiles. Chem sponges aren’t greasy and don’t leave a residue, so they’re ideal for cleaning everything from television screens to personal items.

Hydroxyl Generators

Advanced fire damage technology makes it possible to perform intensive restoration work in occupied properties. The hydroxyl generator is one of the latest examples of this type of industry innovation. It produces an organic compound that neutralizes soot and smoke odors.

The process eliminates residual air contamination by radiating hydroxyl throughout fire-damaged interiors. The organic compound moves upward, much like smoke, and deodorizes areas that would otherwise be hard to reach. Our hydroxyl generators are safe for use in all settings and around all types of fire-damaged contents.

Thermal Foggers

This line of equipment produces a heated fog that spreads through affected areas. Our thermal foggers deodorize porous and non-porous surfaces. The results are twofold: The heated fog loosens soot and ash from all surfaces; and it eliminates smoke odors property wide.

The thermal fog contains a counteractant formulated that neutralizes odors from specific types of fires. This is important because wood fires, chemical fires and electrical fires release different sets of air contaminants.

Ozone Machines

Ozone machines remove odors from fire-damaged interiors by generating ozone molecules from oxygen. As these reactive molecules are released, they attach to smoke and soot molecules, converting them into odorless compounds.

The equipment is especially effective for eliminating odors and restoring indoor air quality in large residential and commercial settings. Our teams often use ozone machines in multi-unit properties with extensive fire damage, such as apartment complexes, condos and office buildings.

Negative Air Machines

Negative air machines allow our technicians to control the spread of smoke damage and soot contamination. The machines produce a constant negative air pressure while pushing interior air outside through HEPA filters.

The equipment’s HEPA filtration system traps airborne particles, and a carbon filter traps odors. The process purifies indoor air by filtering out particulate contaminants, chemicals and gases.

Why Choose ServiceMaster of Lake Shore?

When it comes to fire restoration in Chicago, IL, you need a team that can deliver top-quality service that’s tailored to your property. Our team provides that, and more.

Here are a few benefits of working with us:

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Help With Insurance

We understand that dealing with your insurance company can be stressful to property owners, so we’ll walk you through the claims process. We’ve been in business for more than 20 years, so we know the ins and outs of complex insurance paperwork. Let our friendly staff take the burden of insurance claims off your plate.

Emergency Response 24/7

We understand that you want to get back on your feet quickly following a fire-related disaster, so we provide a fast response time for fire damage cleanup calls around the clock. When handling a commercial fire restoration job, we’ll work hard to get your business up and running in short order, keeping the safety of your employees and customers in mind.

Individual Attention

At ServiceMaster of Lake Shore, customer satisfaction is our No. 1 priority, and we want you to feel completely at ease while we clean up and restore your home or business. If you ever have questions about the process, we’re just a call away. As a family-owned business, we stand out among top Chicago fire damage restoration companies due to the personal attention we give to every customer.

Request a fire damage inspection today!