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How to Help a Hoarder Clean Their House: A 10 Step Checklist

The medical community didn’t officially recognize it until 2013. That year, the American Psychological Association finally included hoarding on its updated list of mental disorders. If the condition affects someone you care about, dealing with it can be very difficult. When you’re unsure about how to help a hoarder, where do you start? A hoarder’s […]

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carpet 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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wall leakage

How to Find and Repair Water Leaking in the Wall

It doesn’t set off alarms. You can’t hear it or see it. Left undetected, it can cause serious damage to sheetrock and even affect floors and ceilings. A slow water leak hidden inside the walls of your home creates a damp environment that breeds mold and rots wood. As well as you stay ahead of […]

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You Found Water Damage Right Before Closing – Now What Should You Do?

You’ve been looking at houses for months, and you’ve finally found one. Everything about it is perfect, and you can picture yourself living there. Things are clipping along – the loan is approved, the seller is happy, and you have a closing date set. All of a sudden, though, your water damage inspection comes back, […]

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How to Prepare your Home for the Rainy Season: 6 Quick Tips

Are you wondering how to prepare your home for heavy rain? If so, you’re not alone. Lots of people live in climates where the Spring season (starting in about March) brings heavy storms that can last for weeks or months at a time. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to learn how to prepare […]

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blown in attic insulation damage

Blown-In Attic Insulation: 5 Must-Know Pros And Cons

It’s so cold outside. You find yourself looking up and wondering if the attic needs better protection from this winter weather. It’s been awhile since that upstairs under the roof got an upgrade. You’re ready to make some improvements, but you want to make sure you’re choosing the best attic insulation. How do you decide […]

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how to unfreeze pipes

Help! How Do I Unfreeze My Pipes? [Solved]

If you have a frozen pipe in your home, you’re probably wondering what to do.  Here at ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba, we’ve been cleaning up burst pipe water damage in homes in the Chicago area for the past 15 years, so we know what you’re dealing with. In this blog, we discuss how to thaw […]

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crawlspace water damage

How to Get Rid of Mold in Your Crawl Space

If you have mold in your crawl space, you’re probably wondering what to do about the musty smell and the possible health concerns. Don’t worry – ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba is here to help. We have more than 85 years of combined experience in the restoration industry, and we help Chicago-area customers get rid of […]

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How to Prepare for a Snow Storm: 10 Steps for Weathering the Worst

We all remember the Super Bowl blizzard of 2015. As bad as it was, it only ranked fifth in our modern history of record-setting snow storms. The winter blast dumped more than 19 inches of the white stuff across Chicago and knocked out power to more than 15,000 homes and businesses. Are you ready for the […]

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