Have fire or smoke damage? ServiceMaster is ready to restore your property.
ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba offers professional fire and smoke damage cleanup services for Chicago and the suburbs provided by IICRC certified experts that regularly undergo training and education in this field.
We service all residential and commercial properties, including single-family homes, condominiums, multi-unit properties, schools, offices, warehouses, hotels, high-rises, offices and more. Our ServiceMaster Restore team handles all types of fire damage restoration in Chicago, including fires caused by protein and electrical fires.
We service all of Chicagoland including the Gold Coast, Magnificent Mile, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, West Loop, Chicago Loop, Millennium Park and more, as well as suburbs Skokie, Evanston, Northbrook, Glenview, Wilmette, Winnetka, Park Ridge, Morton Grove, Lincolnwood and Des Plaines.
If you have fire or smoke damage on your property, don’t attempt to resolve it alone: call our skilled, local experts, instead.
If you’re dealing with any of these emergency situations, we can help!
Whether you’re dealing with a kitchen fire or extensive property damage, you can count on us for complete house fire damage repair. We take on every job regardless of size for all types of properties including single family homes, condos, apartments, and more. We know how devastating a home fire can be, so you can rely on our hard work to make everything right again and get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.
When fire and smoke damage your business, you need a professional company with the ability to scale. We know that every hour we spend on repairs represents an hour of lost revenue and productivity for your business. You can trust us to stay on the job around the clock. Because our experience covers business parks, warehouses, high rises, hospitals and more, we understand that your situation is unique. We’ve established a solid reputation with local business owners and facility managers, and we’re always happy to provide references.
A fire leaves dark stains, oily soot and lingering odors throughout your property, and it contaminates everything. When you face smoke damage, you have us on your side. We specialize in this type of work with years of industry experience all across Chicago and the suburbs. Our certified technicians use the latest equipment and techniques to restore your property, furnishings and personal belongings.
Kitchen & Protein Fires
When fire strikes the heart of your home, the damage is rarely confined to just the one room. The aftermath of a kitchen fire is different from other types of home fires. Flames melt plastics and synthetics producing an oily smoke that spreads an unpleasant odor throughout the house. Protein fires start when food items in the oven or stove ignite. These fires leave a strong burnt food odor and heavy smoke residue.
As a landlord or property manager, your heart skips a beat when your apartments or condos are struck by fire. Tenants’ personal safety is at the top of your list, and you also have to address damages that threaten your building’s structural integrity. For many years, we’ve taken care of multi-family properties across Chicago and the suburbs with certified fire damage restoration services. We’re proud of our outstanding reputation, and we’re happy to share references.
Complex fires involve natural and synthetic items inside a structure. These items let off heavy, toxic black smoke that can corrode at-risk surfaces like glass and metal.
Natural fires involve trees, shrubs, or bushes. During these fires, smoke penetrates the structure from the outside and leaves a persistent residue and odor.
Furnace Malfunction Fires
When heating appliances like furnaces malfunction, they can cause smoke and flames to spread throughout a property, often following the vent lines of the furnace system.
When creosote builds up inside a chimney it can catch fire. These fires burn hot and fast and are very dangerous.
Discarded cigarette butts, either indoors or outside, are a major cause of fires. These fires can threaten property and cause natural fires.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services in Chicago, IL & Suburbs
The NFPA reports that a structural fire occurs every 65 seconds. Fortunately, our team is standing by, ready to repair and restore your property to its pre-loss condition with the following fire damage mitigation services:
- Rapid response mobilization.
- Fire damage assessment.
- Emergency board up and tarping services.
- Water damage cleanup, drying, and restoration.
- Smoke and soot removal and cleaning.
- Smoke odor removal and deodorization.
- Deep cleaning.
- Mold removal and remediation.
- Carpet and upholstery cleaning.
- Demolition and debris removal.
- Complete property reconstruction.
- During structural cleaning, we’ll clean the entire property. We pay special attention to removing soot from the walls, ceilings, and other structural elements, including crown molding and baseboards. Depending on the extent of the damage, we may use a soft detergent to clean the ceilings and walls.
- We will clean the floors, doors, windows, and other flat surfaces, including windowsills and countertops.
- We will clean the ventilation and duct systems or your HVAC unit.
Content Cleaning & Packout Services
- Our cleaning and packout services include cleaning all the home’s soft goods, including drapes, bedding, garments, carpet, and upholstery.
- Cleaning of all appliances and electronics.
- Restoration and drying of documents.
- Restoration of art.
- Cleaning of shelving, furnishings, bookshelves, and light fixtures.
- Packing out home content that cannot be restored.
How We Restore Your Property After a Fire
Our fire damage restoration services for Chicago cover a specific process.
1. Emergency Response and Pre-Cleaning
With headquarters in both Chicago and Skokie, our teams respond to emergencies 24/7.
Our fully stocked fleet vans arrive on the scene within 90 minutes of your call, after the Chicago fire department teams have left, and we get to work immediately — fine-tuning our fire damage restoration process to your property.
Our immediate services include emergency pre-cleaning, which helps us clear a space to work and set the stage for a comprehensive restoration.
2. Detailed Fire Damage Assessment
We perform a thorough inspection of all damage to determine your home or business’s structural integrity and the condition of your belongings. Our technicians identify the fire source, classify its type, and report our detailed assessment and estimated repair costs to you and your insurance agent. These things combine to help you understand how the fire started and to ensure the building is safe before you enter it.
3. Immediate Property Security
Fire damage often makes it impossible to close windows and doors, and it compromises the strength and stability of walls and roofs. Our fire restoration process addresses these problems with secure board-up services that ensure the physical safety of your Chicago property and everyone in it.
4. Content Cleaning and Packout
Next, our team will begin content cleaning. We will provide thorough, comprehensive cleaning for all textiles, surfaces, and items that can be saved. We will also pack out the things that are beyond repair. We will seek your involvement with any pack-out recommendations we make. On every restoration job, we strive to restore rather than replace items as much as possible.
4. Water Damage Restoration
Water left over from extinguishing a fire permeates infrastructure and saturates furniture and belongings.
Our technicians use industry-proven equipment to take care of water damage cleanup and restoration, and then we finish up with state-of-the-art drying and dehumidifying techniques. This prevents future mold and mildew growth and keeps your property fresh.
5. Smoke & Soot Removal
Our teams tackle smoke and soot cleanup from every damaged surface in your Chicago property. This includes walls and ceilings, as well as all furnishings and personal belongings. We carefully clean and thoroughly sanitize everything with specialized smoke and soot mitigation products and techniques. This protects your health and prevents ongoing soot exposure. Our property-wide smoke mitigation begins with thoroughly washing all surfaces.
We use chemical sponges and wet-wash techniques that penetrate deep into structural materials and clean away smoke stains. We follow up with deodorizing processes that utilize air scrubbers as well as state-of-the-art equipment for carpet and air duct cleaning. Smoke odors don’t stand a chance against our industry-proven methods.
We also clean furnishings and personal belongings affected by smoke damage and odors. Using advanced techniques, we can salvage upholstery, drapes, electronic devices and more. As we restore your belongings, we return everything to its original placement and position in each room. We understand and respect the value you place on personal belongings. We work hard to restore everything to its original condition using the safest, most thorough techniques.
6. Complete Property Restoration
We finish your fire damage recovery process by restoring your property to its original condition – from minor plumbing repairs to wall reconstruction.
Our teams replace the flooring, deep clean tile, repair baseboards, and repaint ceilings.
We handle all aspects of the project with industry-established fire damage restoration procedures and standards, and we restore your property with the highest quality materials and workmanship.
To get rid of the lingering fire smell, we use a proprietary deodorization process – complete with air foggers and industrial-strength fans. This reduces the chances that any smoke odor will linger in the air and helps make your home healthy once more.
Why Choose ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba?
- 50+ years of combined fire damage restoration experience
- Guaranteed response time of under 90 minutes
- We manage your insurance claims
- Licensed, bonded, insured, IICRC certified
- We answer your call the first time
- Friendliest customer service in Chicago
Technologies We Use to Eliminate Smoke and Soot Damage
The aftermath of a fire leaves behind pervasive smoke odors and toxic soot contamination. We solve both problems with industry expertise and advanced technology, including:
Our thermal foggers perform dual duties. The equipment deodorizes fire-damaged interiors and loosens ash and soot from surfaces. The heated fog produced by the machine spreads much like the smoke from a fire.
As it travels throughout the property, the deodorizing fog penetrates porous surfaces and clears away residual smoke odor. The fogger is effective on damages from all fire types, including wood, electrical and chemical fires.
Negative Air Machines
Negative air machines mitigate fire damage by controlling the spread of smoke and soot contamination. The equipment’s internal operating system maintains a negative air pressure in affected areas.
As the system exhausts to the outside, it removes gases and chemicals from interior air. During the process, microscopic soot particles are trapped by large HEPA filters. Odors are neutralized by the equipment’s carbon filters.
These cleaning tools are made with vulcanized rubber. They’re also known as dry cleaning sponges or chem sponges. Their unique texture and composition make the sponges ideal for removing soot particles from fire-damaged surfaces.
Soot sponges don’t leave behind any residue, so they’re safe for cleaning painted and papered walls, wood paneling and ceramic tile. Our technicians use the large sponges to remove soot from all types of content, such as lamp shades, window blinds and even television screens.
An ozone machine electronically generates ozone from oxygen in the air. These new molecules are reactive, attaching to the source molecules responsible for post-fire odors. The process reduces the source molecules to odorless compounds.
Our ozone machines are especially effective in eliminating smoke and soot odors from large areas. We use them to clean the air in fire-damaged homes with high ceilings and open floor plans. The equipment is also part of our arsenal for addressing fire damage in commercial sites and multi-unit properties.
Hydroxyl generators are one of the latest additions to restoration technology. A generator inside the equipment creates conditions that produce hydroxyls. The organic compounds disperse throughout affected areas, neutralizing smoke odors and soot contamination.
The process has a cascading effect, decontaminating fire-damaged surfaces and contents. The hydroxyls radiate upwards, removing fire damage odors from high ceilings and tight corners. The equipment is safe for use in occupied properties, such as homes, apartments and offices.
The Dangers of Fire Damage
A fire on your Chicago property can cause severe damage. In addition to the damage caused by the flames itself, firefighters may have broken windows, cut holes in the roof, or used harsh chemicals to put out fires caused by grease or oil.
Even after the flames are gone, the soot, dirty water, and smoke fumes left behind could make you sick.
According to University of Utah Health,
There are two chemicals that are most dangerous when it comes to inhalation during a structure fire: carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide. Carbon monoxide is the better known of the two, causing death by bonding with red blood cells and starving the body of oxygen. Symptoms can include lightheadedness, confusion, headaches, nausea, and vomiting. In severe cases coma, seizures, and death are possible.
Dangerous symptoms after a house fire include:
- Trouble breathing normally
- Stinging eyes
- A scratchy throat
- Runny nose
- Irritated sinuses
- Wheezing and shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- An asthma attack
- Fast heartbeat
9 Important Fire Damage Restoration Tips for Chicago Residents
Most Chicago property owners or managers have a fire evacuation plan. Still, it’s hard to be ready for what comes next. When you know what to do after a fire, you can stay on track with everything from initial cleanup to filing insurance claims.
1. Call Your Insurance Company
Start the fire damage restoration process by calling your insurance company. Give your insurance company as much information as possible. They will provide you with a claim number.
2. Call ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba
Fire damage can devastate a home; the longer fire damage sits, the more difficult it becomes to salvage your property. Give us a call right away and our team will arrive to your property within 90 minutes for an initial inspection. Please provide us with your claim number. We’ll then define a plan to restore your home to normal. Call now: 773-647-1985
3. Stay Out of Your Home
Don’t go back inside your house or facility until you get the all clear from first responders. The Chicago Fire Department will determine your property’s structural safety and advise you accordingly. First responders may have safety tips specific to reentering your property.
4. Consider Temporary Relocation Options
Think twice about living in a house after a fire. Interior air, surfaces and belongings are contaminated with unhealthy soot particles. Water-damaged carpets and heat-warped floors pose tripping hazards.
5. Locate Important Documents
Gather up important paper records and documents. Don’t assume that water- or smoke-damaged papers can’t be recovered. Our fire restoration team in Chicago can often salvage these important paper records:
- Insurance policies
- Vehicle titles
- Property deeds
- Tax information
- Business paperwork
- Marriage and birth certificates
6. Start the Restoration Process Before We Arrive
Our fire damage restoration team will set up heavy-duty drying equipment in the areas affected by water damage, but it’s never too early to start the drying process. If Chicago’s weather cooperates, open up the windows. Create cross ventilation by running fans throughout the house.
6. Document Fire and Water Damage
Take pictures of everything affected by the fire. Document damage in each room. For example, get close-up shots of furniture in the living room, appliances in the kitchen and computers in work areas. Save it all as digital files that you can share with the insurance company.
7. Set up a Loss Inventory
Create an inventory of water- and fire-damaged items throughout your home. Make a list that includes brand names, serial numbers and original costs. Track down proof of purchase or receipts through online bank or credit card accounts.
8. Leave Things in Place
As you work up your inventory, leave badly damaged furniture and belongings where they are. Not everything covered with stains and soot is a complete loss. Many items, including furniture and clothing, can be salvaged after a house fire by an experienced restoration company.
You also want the insurance adjuster to see the full extent of water and fire damage throughout your home. Plan on accompanying him or her during the inspection. Have your documentation and inventory ready for sharing.
9. Clean Out the Kitchen
Don’t take any chances with food or drinks in your refrigerator and kitchen cabinets. Follow these important food safety tips after a fire in your Chicago property.
- Sanitize all dishes and utensils with a bleach solution.
- Don’t try to save fresh or packaged food stored in the refrigerator.
- Throw out food and beverages in cabinets and pantries.
- Don’t prepare meals in the kitchen until after it’s cleaned and sanitized.
What Chicagoland Customers are Saying
You can expect costs to run between $5,000 and $60,000. These are the typical costs for Chicago fire damage restoration. It’s important to understand that these figures represent averages. No two fires are ever alike and neither are the damages.
There’s no one-size-fits-all rule for restoration timelines. Because there are so many variables involved, it can be challenging to predict how long the restoration will take. The best idea is to consult with your ServiceMaster Restoration By Zaba restoration technician to get an idea about your restoration project’s estimated dates and phases.
Factors include the size of the home, business or facility, as well as the amount of content and personal property that needs to be cleaned and restored.
Most property insurance covers 100 percent of your fire damage cost, but you’re responsible for paying a set deductible. Your agent is your best resource for coverage information.
Don’t remove furnishings or belongings from damaged areas until your carrier gives you the OK. Your insurance company has to establish the fire’s origin and cause, and you don’t want to slow down the adjuster’s work.
If possible, keep the following items in your possession while restoration takes place:
• Personal Documents
• Pets and Pet Supplies
• Stamp/Coin Collections
• Valuable Jewelry
• Valuable Art
No. Smoke and soot cleaning exposes you to harmful toxins and can be quite dangerous. The process requires special training and skill. Fortunately, the techs at ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba are IICRC-certified and equipped to provide safe smoke and soot cleaning and restore your home to its former glory.
At ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba, safety is our top priority. The first time we inspect your home, we will identify and address safety hazards. We will remove debris, identify electrical hazards, separate burnt electrical cords and appliances, and manage any other dangers to keep everyone on the site safe.