Restore or Replace: A Disaster Restoration Guide for Chicago Residents

ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons Provides Disaster Restoration in Chicago Disaster can strike Chicago at any time. There is always a slight risk for businesses and homes that fire damage, water damage, and smoke damage may occur. After the damage has occurred, it’s hard to decide whether items in the home should be replaced or restored. […]

ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons Provides Disaster Restoration in Chicago

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Disaster can strike Chicago at any time. There is always a slight risk for businesses and homes that fire damage, water damage, and smoke damage may occur. After the damage has occurred, it’s hard to decide whether items in the home should be replaced or restored. How do you determine what has become a total loss and what can still be salvaged? ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons has a few tips to guide you through the Chicago disaster restoration process.

The first step for disaster restoration in your Chicago home or business is to begin separating objects. Remove any items that haven’t been damaged to a safe place, such as an unaffected room, to prevent any contamination. After that, it’s important to separate out the damaged items in your home or office. There may be multiple types of damage from the disaster, such as fire damage from flames, smoke and soot damage from the fire, and water damage from a sprinkler system or fire department.

Smoke and soot damage is not always visible to the naked eye. Smoke can easily travel through vents and under doors, so it’s important to inspect all the rooms in your building to assess the smoke and soot damage. Two types of smoke residue may be left on objects in your home or office: a stinky, pungent residue, or a flaky powder residue. Hard surface objects are the easiest to clean after smoke damage since they can be wiped down, so they can almost always be restored. Items that have softer surfaces will be more difficult, but not impossible to repair. For permanent structures like ceilings, walls, and carpets, professionals like ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons’ disaster restoration professionals can ensure that smoke residue and odor is completely removed from them.

Where there is smoke damage and residue, there is most likely fire damage as well. After the flames have been doused, fire damaged items beyond repair must be disposed of properly to avoid harming the environment, such as plastics and some electronics. Everything must be checked for structural damage, and electronic items should be evaluated to make sure that the sensitive parts and wires have not been melted.

Finally, water damaged items must be separated and given space to dry. Most people would assume that documents or works of art are a total loss after water damage, but ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons has the professional equipment to safely dry and restore those items that are special to you. Additionally, we can dry furniture and walls to stunt mold growth and ensure that you can keep some of your original belongings.

Before you count items in your home or office as a total loss, give the professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons a call. We’ve got the disaster restoration equipment, experience, and employees that will help you recover from this difficult time.

Chicagoland Estate Cleaning from ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons

ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons provides estate cleaning services in Chicago Whether expected or sudden, a death in the family is a tough, emotional and busy time. Besides filing official documentation and making funeral arrangements, the matter of dealing with the recently deceased’s possessions looms over the family. To lessen the burden on your family, call […]

ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons provides estate cleaning services in Chicago

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Whether expected or sudden, a death in the family is a tough, emotional and busy time. Besides filing official documentation and making funeral arrangements, the matter of dealing with the recently deceased’s possessions looms over the family. To lessen the burden on your family, call the Chicago estate cleanup professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons, serving the Chicago area.

Cleaning out a loved one’s home can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Whether you’re preparing the home for an auction or a real estate sale, ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons can help ease the process. We offer a variety of partial and complete estate cleaning services to make sure you have time to focus on the important things during this difficult time.

Hauling of appliances, furniture, and other items. ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons has the tools and transportation to haul awkward, heavy, and large items with ease. We can also arrange to have unneeded items donated to local charities or thrift shops.

Full removal of all “tagged” items. We provide the proper moving and disposal of items in the home that have been marked for removal.

Cleanup of dwelling, including bathrooms and kitchens. We can ensure that the estate is in clean, presentable condition so that it is ready to sell, should you decide to take that route.

Full repair, reconstruction, or paint packages (upon request). ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons can make sure that the home is in tip top shape. Whether the house needs to be presentable for sale, an estate auction, or move-in, we’ve got the services and expertise to get the estate in wonderful condition.

In addition to typical estate cleanups, ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons also specializes in hoarder cleanup services . Our employees are trained to be compassionate and professional in situations where emotional attachments to items in the home may be intense.

Though deaths in the Chicago area are always a hard and grievous time, ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons can be there to make sure that things go as smoothly as possible. Let us help lessen the burden on your family after the death of a loved one. Contact ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons today for more information on our estate cleanup services in Chicago.

Chicago Carpet Cleaning Pros Return Carpets to Snowy White

Carpet Cleaning in Chicago by ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons Winter is quickly approaching, whether we like the colder weather or not! It’s time to wrap up outdoor projects and construction and turn your focus indoors. During the summer, you may have neglected your Chicago area home in favor of spending those short summer months outside. […]

Carpet Cleaning in Chicago by ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons

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Winter is quickly approaching, whether we like the colder weather or not! It’s time to wrap up outdoor projects and construction and turn your focus indoors. During the summer, you may have neglected your Chicago area home in favor of spending those short summer months outside. Now that dropping degrees have forced you to spend more time inside, it’s easier to notice that you’ve been neglecting your house, in particular, that once white carpet which is now a dingy, tan color. Luckily, ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons has the professional Chicago carpet cleaning experience and tools required to make your carpet as clean as the day it was installed, just in time for the winter months.

With all the traffic in and out of your home during the summer, there is sure to be a variety of stains and dirt in high traffic areas of your home. Dirt and soil have been repeatedly ground into the fibers of the carpeting, while kids or pets may have added a few extra stains, making your carpet more of a watercolor pattern than the solid white you originally bought. ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons will start by determining the best carpet cleaning method for your carpet, then pre-treat any stains or spots, and apply our special solution to loosen ground-in dirt and soil. That’s when the real work on the carpets in your Chicago area home begins.

Water is a natural cleanser and carpet cleaning is no exception to it. Clean, hot water will loosen the last of the dirt that has bound to the fibers in your carpet so that we can more easily lift it out. Our professional carpet cleaning tools will thoroughly lift our all of the dirt, stains, and water from your carpet, freshening your floors and home with just a simple carpet cleaning.

ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons will never leave your home until you are completely satisfied with the results. We follow up our carpet cleaning process with post-treatment of any residual stains. A quick trim and final dry will give your carpet a nice unified appearance that possibly looks better than the day your carpet was installed. As always, we’ll make sure your furniture is protected all throughout the process and that you are completely satisfied with your carpet cleaning experience.

The same process is applied to commercial and residential buildings. Our technicians are skilled and experienced in providing a thorough and complete clean for your home. Contact ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons today for all your Chicago carpeting cleaning services.

Dealing with Fire Damage in the Chicago Area- Fire Restoration Tips

Chicago Fire Restoration Services by ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons According to the National Fire Protection Agency, 370,000 fires were reported in 2011, which caused over $6.9 billion in property damage. Response time matters when it comes to restoring your home or business to its pre-fire condition. If a fire disaster should occur in your Chicago […]

Chicago Fire Restoration Services by ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, 370,000 fires were reported in 2011, which caused over $6.9 billion in property damage. Response time matters when it comes to restoring your home or business to its pre-fire condition. If a fire disaster should occur in your Chicago home or business, fire restoration will be the least of your worries once you’ve called ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons. We have helped many homes and businesses in the Chicago area quickly recover from fire and smoke damage. With our swift response, more of your furniture and belongings are saved and your business or home is back to normal…FAST!

Be Prepared

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While ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons begins the tasks required to restore your damaged home or business, you’ll have plenty of calls to make, especially to your insurance company. The best way to handle fire damage restoration is to be prepared in advance. Investing in a fireproof box or safe should be your first step. Purchase one large enough to protect all your important documents, particularly insurance papers, birth and marriage certificates, passports, vehicle titles, and any other legal documents that you wouldn’t want to lose. Take the time to document all the valuables you own and keep that documentation in the safe or box. A list or even a video inventory of all valuables in the home (like jewelry, artwork, or prized collections), any home improvements or additions, and all automobiles will ensure the insurance claim process is easier. Put a business card for ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons in the box or safe as well so you can give them an immediate call and start the fire restoration process as soon as possible.

Be Proactive

The best way to prevent fires is to make sure all the safety devices in the building are inspected as needed and operational. Educate the entire family or staff regarding escape plans, fire extinguisher locations, and how to react to emergency situations. Before winter arrives, contact your local gas company and see if they offer furnace inspections, and be sure to replace any filters when they are scheduled to be changed. Ensure the chimney is clean and free of soot and creosote before firing up the woodstove or fireplace. The first weekend of November brings the end of Daylight Savings Time. As you go about setting the clocks back one hour, take the time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors as well.

No matter how well you try to prepare to prevent a problem, disasters can happen. If you suddenly find yourself in need of fire damage restoration services, contact ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons as soon as possible. With our highly trained staff and state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning processes we’ll make sure your get back on your feet in as short a time as possible!

Chicago Mold Removal Advice: Making Mold a Memory

Chicago Mold Removal Services by ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons In nature, mold breaks down dead organic matter, a necessary process in the environment. Indoors, however, that process can create serious problems. Mold can cause structural damage to a building and can create severe health issues in your home or office. Mold remediation is an extensive […]

Chicago Mold Removal Services by ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons

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In nature, mold breaks down dead organic matter, a necessary process in the environment. Indoors, however, that process can create serious problems. Mold can cause structural damage to a building and can create severe health issues in your home or office. Mold remediation is an extensive process.  ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons has successfully provided mold removal in Chicago for residents and businesses. We are the experts!

The need for mold removal can be easily spotted; patchy, dark, discoloration on surfaces in your home or business is a major indicator that there may be mold hiding beneath the surface of your walls, floors, or furniture. That, accompanied by a musty, stale odor, absolutely verifies that you have mold remediation needs. However, the signs of mold in a home or business are not always so clearly noticeable.  We use technologically advanced infrared imaging to find moisture and mold that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Mold can’t hide from us.

In addition to the structural manifestations of mold, the behavior of those in the home or office can also provide clues to possible mold affected areas. Those with asthma are particularly sensitive to the mold spores in the air, as are children. Adults without respiratory conditions may experience cold or flu-like symptoms, headaches, or dizziness as a result of the mold spores. Increased illnesses may be a sign that mold has become a problem in your home or office. 

Removing mold can become a tricky process if all causes of the problem are not appropriately addressed and totally eradicated. The mold and the moisture in the building needs to be fully eradicated to prevent future mold problems. Mold spores can exist in a home long after the visual evidence has been removed. ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons makes sure that the mold damage is repaired, as well as making sure that you have the tips and knowledge to maintain a mold-free home or business. 

Mold removal is important to preserve the structure of the building, and to keep the people living in the building safe and healthy. If you find that mold has crept into your building in the Chicago area, please don’t hesitate to contact ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons. Our mold remediation technicians will make sure that your building is restored to the health and safety standards your family or employees deserve.

Restoring Your Place of Worship

Chicago Place of Worship Restoration by ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons Disaster can strike anywhere, anytime. Places of worship are no exception. A disaster to a place of worship affects not just a single home, business, or those who work there, but an entire community of worship. ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons understands how important it is […]

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Disaster can strike anywhere, anytime. Places of worship are no exception. A disaster to a place of worship affects not just a single home, business, or those who work there, but an entire community of worship. ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons understands how important it is to make sure the damage restoration process of a place of worship is quick and efficient, while remaining exceptionally respectful throughout the restoration process.

We offer an abundance of restoration services to Chicago places of worship. ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons understands that it is just as important to repair the building as it is to make sure the artifacts housed inside are saved. With place of worship damage restoration, we cover all the bases, top to bottom, inside and out.

When it comes to the building itself we offer water damage repair, fire restoration, board up services, as well as other repair options. ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons provides building stabilization after a major damaging event and controlled renovation to the place of worship.

In addition to restoring the actual building, we also work with the documents and artifacts the place of worship houses. We can restore electronics, remove soot, smoke, and odor, recover data and documents, and focus on fine arts and antiques restoration. ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons knows that the building, the items within, and what it all represents make up the safety and comfort that defines the place of worship and community it serves.

Of course, you don’t have to wait for disaster to strike to start planning for damage restoration services. We offer contingency planning, emergency power, and help plan emergency mitigation services to make the stressful time of damage restoration a little bit smoother for the community.

In the Chicago area, for place of worship restoration services and options after a disaster, call ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons. With our quick, efficient and professional support, we can restore your place of worship and everything it may contain, allowing your worship community to return and continue their services in as timely a manner as possible.

Chicago Fine Art Restoration and Antique Restoration- Experience Counts.

Chicago Fine Art Restoration and Antique Restoration by ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons Restoring a building and its contents after a fire or flood is a big job and one that takes time, professional training and attention to detail. And that’s just for the routine items such as carpets, furniture, walls and floors. However, many public […]

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Restoring a building and its contents after a fire or flood is a big job and one that takes time, professional training and attention to detail. And that’s just for the routine items such as carpets, furniture, walls and floors. However, many public and commercial buildings in Chicago may also contain valuable works of fine art such as paintings, sculptures, framed historical photos, wall hangings, maps, or mosaics, not to mention antiques or other collectibles. These items may be part of the décor in an office complex or hospital, pieces in an educational display at a school, or comprise a special collection of artifacts reflecting the long history of an institution or company. These expensive and perhaps irreplaceable items require special attention during the fine art restoration and antique restoration process.

Depending on the type of fire, the resulting smoke and soot can deposit a fine dust or an oily residue, leaving chemicals that will immediately begin to interact with the paint or surface of an object. Restoration of these items should begin as soon as possible before further damage occurs. In disasters involving water, moisture can easily seep into mats and framing materials, or the backing of paintings causing bubbles, bulges or bleed through. An immediate concern is mold, which can destroy or discolor any kind of paper-based material.

Antiques or sculptures can be a special problem. Given their age, some surfaces need to be restored but not cleaned. Thoroughly cleaning some items can remove their patina, the coating that accumulates over time, and lower their value considerably.

Training and experience count when it comes to fine art and antique restoration. If your facility includes these types of valuable items, consider a restoration service that goes beyond fire and smoke damage restoration or flood and water damage restoration. When you need professional fire, flood, or water damage restoration services in the greater Chicago area, ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons does it all. With the utmost care and efficiency, we provide you with confidence and peace of mind in the knowledge that your precious items are being professionally restored and properly returned to their appropriate pre-damaged condition.

Hoarder Cleanup Dream Team: Matt Paxton Joins ServiceMaster Restore® as Spokesperson

Chicago Hoarder Cleanup by ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons Fans of A&E’s Hoarders will be the most excited about ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons’ news this month: Frequent featured organizer and founder of Clutter Cleaner, Matt Paxton, has teamed up with ServiceMaster Restore® to further their reach and help resolve more cases of hoarding across America by […]

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Fans of A&E’s Hoarders will be the most excited about ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons’ news this month: Frequent featured organizer and founder of Clutter Cleaner, Matt Paxton, has teamed up with ServiceMaster Restore® to further their reach and help resolve more cases of hoarding across America by signing on to be the national spokesperson for the franchise. The partnership will be a great force in the restoration community, with ServiceMaster Restore®’s many years of experience and Paxton’s knowledge and expertise in extreme hoarder cleanup cases.

The collaboration formed when Paxton realized that he could no longer single-handedly meet the demands for hoarder clean up. With ServiceMaster Restoration’s years of professional experience, compassion, and patience, we were the obvious choice of partners. Paxton’s work on Hoarders will bring extra exposure to the hoarder clean up services that ServiceMaster Restoration provides. In addition, Paxton will serve as a consultant and resource for the ServiceMaster® franchise network.

One of the more challenging parts of the Chicago hoarder cleanup service (or any location for that matter) is making sure the customer feels like it’s a team process; that they feel like they are gaining a home instead of losing their possessions. With that in mind, ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons makes sure that the customer is fully involved in the process of discerning what in the home is of value and develops a true partnership in organizing the home. With Paxton’s emotional expertise and training, and ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons’ well-tested process, the pairing will easily become a leader in companies dealing with the sensitive service of hoarder clean up.

Sam Simons, Managing Director of ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons located in Chicago, is especially excited about the collaboration with Paxton. He is looking forward to seeing even more smiles from customers that have reclaimed their living spaces from hoarding with the help of ServiceMaster Restore®, and now Paxton. ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons has had countless experiences with Chicago area hoarder cleanup. If you or a loved one needs help cleaning up a home overtaken by hoarding, please contact ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons for professional and compassionate clean up services.