Fire Damage Restoration Chicago IL & Suburbs

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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, multi-unit properties, schools, offices, warehouses, and more. Our ServiceMaster Restore team handles all types of fire damage restoration in Chicago, including fires caused by protein and electrical fires.

If you have fire or smoke damage on your property, don’t attempt to resolve it alone: contact our skilled, local experts, instead.

Call us now for 24 hour emergency help.

We Provide Restoration Services for the Following Situations & More

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Home Fires

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. 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.

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Business Fires

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.

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Smoke Damage

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.

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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.

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Multi Family

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.

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Complex Fires

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.

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Natural Fires

Natural fires involve trees, shrubs, or bushes. During these fires, smoke penetrates the structure from the outside and leaves a persistent residue and odor.

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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.

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Chimney Fires

When creosote builds up inside a chimney it can catch fire. These fires burn hot and fast and are very dangerous.

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Cigarette-Caused Fires

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

Our team is standing by, ready to repair and restore your property to its pre-fire condition with the following services:

Emergency Services 

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  • Fire damage assessment.
  • Emergency board up and tarping.
  • Water damage cleanup, drying, and restoration.
  • Smoke and soot removal and cleaning.
  • Odor removal.
  • Deep cleaning.
  • Mold removal and remediation.
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning.
  • Complete property reconstruction.

Structural Cleaning

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  • 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

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  • 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.
Don’t let fire damage sit. Speak to a restoration expert now.

Our 7- Step Fire Damage Restoration Process for Chicago, IL & Suburbs

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.fire damage technician inspecting property with customers

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 Restorationdrying out home after fire damage

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.

6. Complete Property Restoration.reconstructing property after fire damage

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 by Zaba for Fire Damage Restoration?

  • 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

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.soot smoke damage

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:

  • Coughing
  • Trouble breathing normally
  • Stinging eyes
  • A scratchy throat
  • Runny nose
  • Irritated sinuses
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • An asthma attack
  • Tiredness
  • Fast heartbeat
Contact ServiceMaster by Zaba now for Chicago fire damage restoration.

WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING

Wow! So professional and quick from the first phone call to waving goodbye. We had a failed Sump pump and soaked carpet basement. On a busy weekend they arrived with 3 trucks and got to work. Would absolutely recommend them!
Heather Brandner
Heather B.
02:58 17 May 20
We hired service master when our basement got flooded, our insurance agent told us to call them. They did a great job and their communication was always on point. We had a lot of mess in the basement due to all the sewer water, I appreciate their patience and the employees are great.
mariah lopez
mariah L.
18:06 17 Feb 20
Last week I had a fire in my home, it was about 4:00 am in the morning, in less than 20 minutes I had several board-up companies outside. Getting my kids and dogs out of the house was my priority, but looked like these companies could care less, they wanted my business. The fire department put out the fire, it was a big fire, my home is not livable at the moment, we lost everything. I picked a board up company and they boarded the windows and doors. They tried to get my business for the rest of the work inside the home but the Fire Department advised me not to sign anything until I spoke with my insurance company. There were so many public adjusters outside fighting for me to sign on, it was overwhelming and a bit scary. I went to my parents house, called my insurance company and they recommended ServiceMaster by Zaba, within 5 minutes I received a call from Brittney at the office, she had a crew arrive onsite in less than 30 minutes. When i showed up to the my house i could not get out of the car, there were a lot of public adjusters waiting for me, they were aggressive and yelling at each other, I had to call the police. I called the Service Master manager which I was able to identify based on their yellow trucks. He walked over to my car and we walked to the house, i could not believe how unprofessional the public adjusters were, they were yelling ignorant comments. I dont know what makes them think anyone would want to do business with them.One of the Public Adjusters walked into my home and bluntly told me, he can rebuild my home to be my dream home and put money in my pocket! I was so mad, I kicked him out. I was impressed at how professional ServiceMaster by Zaba was. They kept their cool throughout the process and were never disrespectful to any of those jerks, they focused on me and my home and asked how my family was. I had smoke, soot and water damage everywhere, of course at this point nothing was salvageable. The adjuster arrived while we were there, we spent about 3 hours going over the work that needed to take place and the expectations. I am very happy and blessed to have been recommended ServiceMaster by Zaba, the process so far has been easy and they are handling all the communication with my insurance company. Neil, Joseph, Britnney and the rest of the team and office staff have been amazing.I hope no one experiences a fire, they are devastating and sometimes fatal, but they are not avoidable. Please make a wise decision, be aware of signing with a public adjuster, speak with your insurance company first. I highly recommend ServiceMaster by Zaba, they are a great company with great staff.
Sandra Sims
Sandra S.
23:59 14 Jan 20
We had an emergency flood situation in our basement. They not only responded immediately but were so professional and calm during such a anxious time for my family. When these unexpected events happen you need not only expertise but prompt results so I definitely would say their name matches what they provide you with. Their water restoration specialists were very informative, took care of our concerns and I’m happy to say got our basement back to be pre flood! I’m thankful and will definitely continue to recommend them to our family and friends.
Liseet Guzman
Liseet G.
01:13 12 Sep 19
The crew was very responsive and did a great job. We strongly recommend this company.
MATT THOMPSON
MATT T.
19:35 11 Sep 19
I highly recommend Service Master By Zaba, they made my old house and I mean old because I hardly recolonized it after they were done with the remodel due to mold and water damage in the house. They provide me a step by step detail plan of how everything was done before and after. I hope to get pictures up soon. Their staff was very careful with everything and all the project Managers were on it all the way. Thank you so much Zab Team!
Lazarus Bonilla
Lazarus B.
19:33 11 Sep 19
Last week I had a fire in my home, it was about 4:00 am in the morning, in less than 20 minutes I had several board-up companies outside. Getting my kids and dogs out of the house was my priority, but looked like these companies could care less, they wanted my business. The fire department put out the fire, it was a big fire, my home is not livable at the moment, we lost everything. I picked a board up company and they boarded the windows and doors. They tried to get my business for the rest of the work inside the home but the Fire Department advised me not to sign anything until I spoke with my insurance company. There were so many public adjusters outside fighting for me to sign on, it was overwhelming and a bit scary. I went to my parents house, called my insurance company and they recommended ServiceMaster by Zaba, within 5 minutes I received a call from Brittney at the office, she had a crew arrive onsite in less than 30 minutes. When i showed up to the my house i could not get out of the car, there were a lot of public adjusters waiting for me, they were aggressive and yelling at each other, I had to call the police. I called the Service Master manager which I was able to identify based on their yellow trucks. He walked over to my car and we walked to the house, i could not believe how unprofessional the public adjusters were, they were yelling ignorant comments. I dont know what makes them think anyone would want to do business with them.One of the Public Adjusters walked into my home and bluntly told me, he can rebuild my home to be my dream home and put money in my pocket! I was so mad, I kicked him out. I was impressed at how professional ServiceMaster by Zaba was. They kept their cool throughout the process and were never disrespectful to any of those jerks, they focused on me and my home and asked how my family was. I had smoke, soot and water damage everywhere, of course at this point nothing was salvageable. The adjuster arrived while we were there, we spent about 3 hours going over the work that needed to take place and the expectations. I am very happy and blessed to have been recommended ServiceMaster by Zaba, the process so far has been easy and they are handling all the communication with my insurance company. Neil, Joseph, Britnney and the rest of the team and office staff have been amazing.I hope no one experiences a fire, they are devastating and sometimes fatal, but they are not avoidable. Please make a wise decision, be aware of signing with a public adjuster, speak with your insurance company first. I highly recommend ServiceMaster by Zaba, they are a great company with great staff.
Sandra Sims
Sandra S.
19:19 27 Aug 19

How much does fire damage restoration in Chicago cost?

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.

How long will restoration take?

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.

What factors affect the final cost of fire damage restoration?

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. 

Does homeowners insurance cover fire damage?

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.

How can I make sure that my claim goes through quickly?

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.

What items should I keep in my possession?

If possible, keep the following items in your possession while restoration takes place:
• Cash
• Checkbooks
• Medications
• Personal Documents
• Pets and Pet Supplies
• Stamp/Coin Collections
• Valuable Jewelry
• Valuable Art

Can I clean smoke and soot myself?

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.

How do you handle safety concerns?

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.