flooded basement

Help! My Basement is Flooding – What Do I Do?

When the basement floods, you’re suddenly facing multiple problems. They all need attention right away, but you may not know where to begin. Don’t worry – you’re not alone. Here at ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba, we’ve been helping Chicago-area customers clean and restore flooded basements for more than 15 years.  In this blog, we’re compiling […]

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water damaged drywall

Drying Drywall After Water Damage: 7 Effective DIY Steps

At ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba, we have over 85 years of combined experience in the water damage restoration industry.  In this comprehensive guide, we’ve compiled our best tips to help you assess the damage, dry your walls after a leak, and get the help you need to restore your home.  Before You Get Started By […]

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how to get rid of carpet odor from water damage

How to Get Wet Smell Out of Carpet: 6 Effective Ways

After water damage, persistent carpet odors can linger, making your house smell musty and unpleasant. It’s important to deal with this quickly – before the odors set in for good. At ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba, we have more than 85 years of combined experience helping Chicago residents recover from water damage. In this comprehensive guide, […]

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mold in closet

Mold in the Closet? Here’s How to Get Rid of It for Good

A hacking cough, chronic fatigue, and red, itchy eyes might be a sign of a hidden culprit: mold growing in your closet. Toxic black mold thrives in dark, damp areas, releasing spores as it feeds on materials found in drywall, carpet, paper, cardboard, or fabric. Breathing in these spores can cause symptoms you might mistake […]

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how to stop water leaks in basement walls

How to Stop Water Leaks in Your Basement Walls: 10 Actionable Steps

Whether it serves as a second den, laundry room or extra storage space, it shouldn’t leak. Basement walls shouldn’t be streaked with wet stains, and they aren’t supposed to serve as breeding grounds for unhealthy mold growth. When the basement starts to look and smell like a cave, do you know how to stop a […]

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black mold growing in bathroom

How to Get Rid of Black Mold in Your Bathroom

Keeping every room clean is an important job, and you do it with pride. It helps make the house your home. You take care to keep everything fresh, so tackling an occasional mold outbreak in the bathroom is just another chore. That ordinary routine sets off alarms when you encounter a dark, slimy growth that […]

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how to find water shut off valve

How To Find Your Home’s Outside Water Shut Off Valve

You don’t know it’s happened until it’s too late. By the time you see water pooling out from under a baseboard or raining down from the ceiling, a plumbing disaster is already soaking your home. You have to act right away. It only takes a few minutes to stop the flood and minimize damage to […]

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rental cleaning checklist

The Ultimate Rental Cleaning Checklist for Property Managers

It’s an absolute necessity. You have to make a rental property shine in between tenants. As the landlord or property manager, you’re responsible for making sure the place looks its best before the next move-in. It’s a big project especially when you’re dealing with multiple units. When it’s time to clean, sanitize and repair, do […]

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how to clean up after a kitchen fire

Kitchen Fire Damage? Here Are 5 Essential Cleanup Tips

Cooking at home can turn into a disaster in just a few minutes. A small grease splatter ignites, and you’re suddenly facing a kitchen fire. Once the flames are extinguished, you’re out of danger. Take a good look around. Everything is covered with soot. Smoke damage stains walls, and overpowering odors hang in the air. […]

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