Once you’re sure that everyone is safe, you look around and immediately see smoke and soot stains everywhere. Slowly, you begin to realize the extent of the damage.
You ask yourself, “Can my property ever be livable again?”
In most cases, the answer is “yes.” It’s understandable that you want to tackle the stains and soot right away, but smoke damage cleanup isn’t a DIY project. You need help from a professional smoke restoration cleaning and odor removal company. As part of our extensive fire restoration services, we provide fire smoke removal for home-owners and businesses throughout Chicago and the suburbs.
How Does Smoke Damage Cleanup and Odor Removal Work?
As soon as we receive your call on our emergency line, we dispatch our fire smoke removal team.
Our certified technicians arrive at your doorstep with specialized equipment and protective gear so that we can quickly get to work.
We start with a thorough inspection of your property, furnishings and personal belongings. Our restoration experts explain our assessment and restoration process in detail so that you know what to expect.
We do more than clean up smoke and soot damage. We restore your property and belongings to their original condition.
When We Take Care of Your Smoke Damage Restoration, You:
Know we’re quickly on the scene
By serving the surrounding communities from our headquarters in both Chicago and Skokie, we can guarantee our arrival at your home or business within 90 minutes of your call. We usually beat that time.
Prevent damage from becoming permanent
Without immediate smoke and soot cleanup, the walls, floors and ceilings in your property become permanently discolored and contaminated. Our experienced professionals use the latest high-tech smoke restoration equipment and advanced cleanup techniques to restore everything to its original condition.
Don’t navigate the claims process alone
We help you deal with insurance claims from day one until everything is finalized. Because of our established status as a Quality Restoration Vendor, local and national insurers trust us to handle complicated paperwork.
I honestly thought that we were not going to have freezing temperatures this winter. I left Chicago in the beginning of January to work on a project in California. I had a friend coming over to check the mail and water the plants, of course he decides to turn the heat down because the weather has been great. I am in California not even thinking about Chicago. I get a call last week from the unit below me to say that it is raining in their unit. My pipes froze and they busted, this was a horrible call on a day of a big presentation. The building manager called servicemaster and they went into my unit, it was a horrible mess, water damage everywhere, they had to open up my walls, the worst part is that I have blown-in insulation and that gets everywhere. I am out of town trying and dealing with my insurance company, the neighbors and the restoration company was overwhelming. My downstairs neighbor had worse water damage than I did, it was i nightmare. I spoke with ServiceMaster and they really helped me navigate everything and everyone, they put me at ease and they made sure to let my down stairs neighbor know that they were going to take care of them as well.
I flew in a week later. My unit was almost completely bare but they left it clean, I expected it to be dirty and debris everywhere but they were so clean and covered all my furniture. The unit below me was also very clean but they had to move out. ServiceMaster is not finished with all their work, there was so much structure materials that were wet, but they saved the day we still have a long road of construction ahead of us. Thank you ServiceMaster!read more
Leaky water heater
I live in a large family home in Chicago with my wife and two sons. About three nights ago our entire house flooded because of a leaky water heater. We had so much water, My neighbor recommended ServiceMaster, so I called them and spoke to Diana the owner. She walked me through the process and got all of the info needed to start the cleanup process. In less than an hour her team arrived with equipment and got to work. They removed all of the water and restored everything. Fantastic service, ServiceMasterread more
ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba is my go to company for any water damage in my home, they have been to home already on 3 separate occasions. I had a lot of water damage due to an ice dam this winter. Over the summer i had a sewage back up in my finished basement and last year the I had water damage from a sink over flow. I think its time I sell the house. Very grateful for them, every experience has been an easy process for paperwork, they are a vendor with my insurance company and they are trustworthy. All their staff are great to work with.read more
I was out of town for the long holiday weekend, unfortunately I turned the heat down and my pipes burst. I didnt think that would happen because the heat was not off, but some of my exterior plumbing just froze. needless to say I came home a thick layer of ice throughout my floors, walls, ceilings, you name it...it all froze. Fortunately ServiceMaster does the maintenance in our building and were on site that day, I have a duplex condo so no one else was affected but me. Jonathan was onsite from Service Master, he called the project manager and they came over, I had a mess. I called the insurance company and property management company. I let ServiceMaster by Zaba take care of the all the insurance paper work, I see them in my building all the time so I trust them 100% and they have always been very honest to work with. I had to move out. ServiceMaster packed up my stuff and put it in storage, the cleaners came and took my laundry and emergency items. I will be out of my condo for several months, lesson learned, dont turn the heat down. Service Master has been great to work with.read more
After Hurricane Florence our home was in shambles. We called some local companies for remediation services and were quickly disappointed by them. We called ServiceMaster Restoration By Zaba at the suggestion of our insurance carrier. ServiceMaster contacted us and set an appointment to survey the damage. Neil and Lewis came to our home (which was in a state of destruction from Florence) and actually took the time to put on shoe covers (even though I told them they didn't have to) because they respected our home. They surveyed the damage and quickly submitted the repair estimate to our insurance carrier. During the remediation process Neil, Lewis and their Entire crew acted in a professional and respectful manner. I had no problem in leaving them in my home unattended because they were extremely trustworthy. I could go on and on but I'll simply say that I Highly Recommend ServiceMaster By Zaba. The office and field staff are among the best crew that I have ever dealt with.read more
The team did a thorough job in removing damaged floors, ceilings, and partial walls after Hurricane Florence. They came in and worked diligently until the job was complete. I'm thankful for their fast work and help. Neil Omar was especially helpful as he assisted me with getting insurance approval expedited. I was fortunate to have found Service Master after the storm. Once they began working I felt like recovery was underway.read more
Came home from work and it was raining in my living room, and dining room, there was water gushing through all the light fixtures and can lighting, some of the ceiling was already starting to cave in. I ran upstairs because I thought for sure the water had been left on but everything was fine. I had to turn the water main off because the waiter would not stop. We called our plumber, insurance company and Service Master. We did not know where to begin. Such a bazaar situation. They had to remove the entire living room ceiling and found a burst water pipe from the bathroom above. We still do not how that happened. The water ruined my entire first floor and most of my basement. This was such an inconvenience, I cant even begin to explain. ServiceMaster did an excellent job, they had to gutt the entire first floor and basement, their work was immaculate and left everything very clean, they did not leave any garbage behind, it was clean and ready to go for my contractor to start the reconstruction process. We are still not in the house, however my experience with service master was excellent, as well as my plumber and insurance adjuster.read more
Woke up to a flooded kitchen! Apparently the plumbing lines in your dishwasher can burst for whatever reason. I always run the dishwasher at night before going to be bed, but this time while the dishwasher was running at some point it had a burst water line. This happened some time while we are all sleeping. I woke up at 6am with a loud knock on my door. My downstairs neighbor said it was raining in their unit, what a nightmare! My condo was flooded, floors and carpets and drywall soaked. Water everywhere and the units below me are beyond upset. The building sent in the engineer who could not fix anything. In a desperate search I found ServiceMaster Zaba on-line, they were able to come out right away. They told me to call insurance and also talk to the condo association. So this review is tell ServiceMaster how awesome they are, and also to bring awareness to those who own a dishwasher...do not run a load overnight and get it checked regularly, this was a big mess for my unit, and two units below me. Thankfully ServiceMaster was able to service all of us at once but I cannot begin to tell you what an awful feeling it is to wake up to this mess.read more
A few days ago I came home to find that a pipe burst in my bathroom and the whole place flooded. I tried cleaning up whatever I could by myself but gave up and decided to look for a water damage restoration service in Chicago. I found ServiceMaster by Zaba online, read the reviews, and decided to hire them. They saved my home!
The water removal and cleanup service wasn't cheap but they worked with my insurance company and billed them directly. I'm really fortunate for Diana and her team. They are top notch and I'll definitely use them in the future for other cleaning services.read more
Love these guys! I had a toilet overflow, not sure how that happened, its just me and my wife in the home. My wife got home and freaked out, so much water. We tried to clean it up but there was no way we could do it ourselves . our agent called in ServiceMaster. These guys first calmed my wife, I couldn't do it, then they walked us through the process and started their thing. There was a lot of drywall that had to come out but fortunately they were able to save the floors. Thanks for all your help. The girls at the office are great too.read more
This review is for the office staff, I called ServiceMaster for advice on water damage. I had a toilet overflow in my basement, water traveled through the drywall and affected floors. I got to it right away and started cleaning up the water. I googled how to clean up water damage and found their blog. I followed the steps they provided. I'm a tenant so my landlord was not going to pay to have someone come out since he felt it was my fault. I called servicemaster around 7pm on Sunday and Brittney was very helpful, she spent 20 minutes on the phone with me and provided me with guidance. Again it was a smaller job so I was able to do it myself. She was not pushy about her services and actually told me I did everything I should have done to avoid secondary damage. I got a call from Servicemaster the next day checking in to make sure I was still doing ok. Great customer service from this company.read more
Our house suffered an electrical fire causing damage throughout the entire home. My husband and I didn't know where to begin to get our home back in order. We called our insurance agent, and he said to call ServiceMaster by Zaba, which is one of their insurance vendors.
When i called the office the staff made me feel very comfortable, they were very friendly and walked me through the claims process.
Within the hour the project manager and technicians arrived. They were very professional and answered all of our questions, we had plenty of questions and the staff never got annoyed with with us.
The entire job took about a week to complete because of all the adjusters that had to come and look at different areas if the home, the adjusters said ServiceMaster was on point with their scope which made me feel even better. I could not be more grateful for ServiceMaster by Zaba and their fantastic team!
This review is for their emergency services, I will follow up soon with a review for their Reconstruction services, as we will be starting that next week, but I am sure they will do a wonderful job.read more
I called ServiceMaster by Zaba while my basement was in the middle of flooding. In a panic, I asked for a crew to be sent out asap. (It was a horrible storm that day with lots of power outages) Brittany explained that they were all booked up and would have someone out in 24 hours, but would call me if anyone cancelled. I wasn't hopeful.
Well, sure enough...two hours later, Brittany called to say that someone had cancelled and they could make it to my house within two hours. A crew of 4 people came over and looked at the damages. A full verbal and written estimate and explanation was provided on the spot. We agreed to the work and these amazing men went to work. This crew was TOP NOTCH. They worked non stop to remove the water soaked carpeting, remove the baseboards around my basement and cut holes in the walls for air circulation to prevent molding. Then several fans were placed around the rooms. They explained what would take place over the next few days and when they would be back to pick up the equipment. All of the guys were friendly, professional, neat, hardworking and did everything as promised without any surprises or hidden fees. This was not an easy job at all !
The equipment was picked up, as promised, and followup calls were made by the office to see if were were satisfied with our services.
I hope that I don't ever need restoration services again, but I can assure you that I wouldn't call anyone else except ServiceMaster by ZABA. I learned that the ServiceMasters are independently owned. I cannot speak for the other locations.....but based on my experience, there is no need to look elsewhere.
I usually do not write on-line reviews, but I felt that this was something worth taking the time to share. A huge thanks to Brittany, Diana and the rest of the crew from Zaba. You made a really lousy situation in our basement so much easier!!!! THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING !!!!!read more
Our basement flooded recently. My husband and i were out of town when a neighbor called to say there was a pool of water in our basement. Both of our sump pumps went out. We called Service Master and they came out within the hour.
Considering that we were out of the country the process was not as bad as we thought it would be. I won't go into too much detail but I will say I felt completely comfortable with them, they navigated the insurance process with my insurance company and the agent.
My son in law was at the property on our behalf and said they were doing a phenomenal job.
We had a lot water damage, and Service Master did an outstanding job cleaning up everything. They took care of our belongings and did not leave debris everywhere. We were a bit worried that we would be walking into a big mess and were surprised at how clean everything was despited removing all the drywall and carpet.
Really appreciate the work Service Master did and appreciate how much effort they put into our claim and giving us the opportunity to enjoy our vacation in the middle of such chaos!
Thank you!read more
I am opening shop in a few weeks, my business has a lot of construction dust, unfortunately the contractors did a horrible job in protecting some of the areas of my store. ServiceMaster gave me a quote. I took three bids and although they did come in at the lowest price, I went with their bid. They were very thorough during their inspection and really knew what they were talking about. The staff did a phenomenal job, I am glad I hired ServiceMaster.read more
I had water pipes burst in my condo right before the holidays. I did not expect December to be so cold considering the mild winter we had last year. I was out of the country when the neighbor who was feeding my cats called to tell me it was flooded inside my condo. It was frustrating, I did not want to fly back since I had 4 more days to go on my trip. The property management company recommended ServiceMaster by Zaba. I reached out to them by email because calls were difficult at the time, they responded back quickly and sent me a bunch of information as far as what steps to take and what will take place. They went immediately to inspect my property and started working right away.
They helped me get a plumber, they spoke with the insurance company on my behalf and coordinated with the building for access. I received update emails and pictures daily. I felt totally comfortable with them in my condo, of course the neighbor stopped in regularly to check the work but everything seemed to be running smoothly. I had to be confident that everything would be ok and that I could trust this company.
All my carpet and padding had to be pulled out, most of the hardwood floors, my hallway bathroom and kitchen both had burst pipes, there was a lot of damage so I knew what to expect.
ServiceMaster technicians left my place very clean, there wasn’t any dust and all my furniture and personal belongings had been protected. Of course, I went through all my stuff to make sure everything was there and it sure was. This company is trustworthy, professional and skilled, I wish I could give them 10 stars.read more
Phenomenal, professional and precise.
Their name says it all -- SERVICE MASTER! The service we received at our organization was impeccable. From the customer service to their on site associates, we had the best experience hiring them to give our theatre a deep cleaning. The moment we had patrons walk in, you could tell the freshness of the air from cleaning out the air ducts and the immaculate floors. We totally appreciate the team that serviced our organization, they arrived at our facility with smiles and made sure we were pleased with their work.
I highly recommend their service from small to large businesses.read more
i called these guys again for a deep spring cleaning in our office. They came out a couple of months ago for a fire. Now that the construction has been done we needed a deep cleaning. They sent a different team which i was bummed about but it was their cleaning team. I cant complain, they did an excellent job cleaning all of the construction dust, hvac, carpet, floor mats, etc... This company is great, Alecia was a fantastic team lead and very thorough.read more
I experienced a sewer backup in my finished basement. My insurance company said to call ServiceMaster. They came out quick, assessed the situation and went straight to work. I had a lot water damage that affected my carpets, walls and furniture. Although I was in a hectic and unpleasant situation I had a great experience with this company.read more
Remember that time when it rained 2 ½ inches in 30 minutes? Yeah. That night, within moments, my tenants’ garden apartment was literally under water: 9:30 at night, the three of us were running around, screaming, throwing towels everywhere, but it was like using a cotton ball to soak up a river. The next morning, I went on Yelp and randomly chose Servicemaster by Zaba to clean up the mess. Here’s how it went down: I called the Zaba office and the phone was answered immediately by a real person; my insurance information was recorded and I was told crews could be out within 30 minutes (!wow!); within that time, at least two trucks showed up, workers spilled out, and the mitigation began. Every bit of wet material - from carpet to drywall to cabinets -- was removed immediately to prevent mold and further damage, and what remained was sanitized. Drying equipment was placed throughout and the big dry out began.
But then came a SNAFU. A big one. One that made me cry. My insurance (ALLSTATE) said they would deny the claim. Why? After first approving my claim, the adjuster came back and quoted my uneducated description, deciding against coverage. Mind you, the adjuster did NOT bother to visit the apartment. Moreover, I do not know an overhead injector pump from a sump pump, seepage from back up, sewer this or sewer that, or other specialized insurance lingo. All I knew is that water was ankle deep in my apartment and it was an unlivable mess. Now, Allstate was making it a catastrophe!!!!! So much for those “good hands!”
However, I didn’t have to worry: Neil Omar, owner of Servicemaster by Zaba, personally came to my home to help me. We did a walk through of my whole place, looked at the pumps, drains, and sewer locations. Then, we got on the phone with Allstate and talked to the adjuster’s manager. Within a few minutes, my claim was approved.
I am not naive that Neil had a vested interest in the deal. But if not for him, I would have gotten screwed. He would have gotten paid either way but, instead, he worked ON MY BEHALF. That’s customer service - for ZABA, the CUSTOMER comes first!read more
They came to my house in Niles, IL after a long night of rain and flooding after my sump pump went out. They showed up in a timely manner and took out all of my carpet, disinfected the flooring, and cleaned the whole basement quickly and professionally. The crew that came out was very friendly and introduced themselves individually which made me feel more comfortable about the whole situation. They explained step by step what they were doing and also what they recommended. I would definitely recommend these guys to anyone who has to deal with flooding or any problems and they have earned a lifelong customer from me. read more
Q: How do you take care of smoke damage cleanup projects?
A: For a detailed overview, visit our process page.
Q: Is it possible to recover fire-damaged furnishings and belongings?
A: Our highly trained technicians use a wide range of industry-proven methods to take special care of your personal belongings. For more information, take a look at our this page.
Q: How much does fire damage restoration usually cost?
A: No two projects are ever alike, but we outline general expenses on our fire cost page.
Q: What type of equipment and tools do you use?
A: Our certified specialists tackle every job with the latest technology and modern equipment. Learn more about our high-tech arsenal from our equipment page.
Our Full Line of Fire Damage Restoration Services
We’re the established leader among the city’s smoke damage cleanup companies, and we maintain that position with a complete line of certified restoration services: