Mold Removal & Remediation Services Chicago

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Does your home or business have toxic black mold? We can help.

Mold growing in your home or office can become the source of serious health issues, so the problem must be addressed quickly before it worsens.

Our local mold abatement company removes harmful, toxic black mold from properties in Chicago, IL and the surrounding suburbs every day. We tackle outbreaks in these difficult-to-reach areas and more:

  • Mold in basements growing under appliances and behind stairwells
  • Growth in bathroom ceilings or walls in laundry rooms
  • Mold on wood, furnishings and personal belongings
  • Mold in ductwork and crawl spaces

Give us a call now to schedule an inspection: 773-647-1985

We Offer the Following Services

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Mold Inspection

When you have a mold problem, you also have a water problem. Without professional repair, leaky roofs and faulty plumbing create a damp environment that encourages mold growth. Our expert teams are highly trained in the inspection process that uncovers hidden mold even behind walls and under floors. We pinpoint moisture sources that cause mold to spread and take care of all necessary repairs.

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Mold Removal

A careful and methodical approach is essential to removing mold from your Chicago property and ensuring the elimination of airborne spores. We tackle the toughest jobs including crawl spaces, basements, ceilings, furnishings and more. By using state-of-the-art equipment and protective gear, we remove all mold and prevent further outbreaks.

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Airborne mold spores can have a negative impact on customers and employees. Mold can cause extensive damage to your property’s floors, walls and ceilings. Our expert restoration work covers it all including moldy carpets, ruined sheetrock, stained ceilings and more. We restore your building’s interior health by completely eliminating all traces of fungal growth.


The ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba Difference:

  • 50+ years of combined mold removal experience
  • Free estimates
  • Locally owned in Chicago & Skokie, backed by a national brand
  • Licensed, bonded, insured, IICRC certified
  • We answer your call the first time
  • Highly trained professionals


1. An Immediate Response.

Every project starts with our immediate response to your call. Mold damage must be addressed right away, so our fully stocked fleet vans are always ready to roll from our headquarters in Chicago and Skokie, IL.

The details of how our mold remediation is done can vary, but we’re on the scene quickly to restore your property back to normal.

2. Complete Mold Inspection.mold inspection

Our technicians perform a comprehensive mold inspection of your property and present you with a detailed assessment.

Whether we need to apply our mold remediation process in the basement, kitchen or attic, we explain everything so that you know exactly what to expect.We also carefully assess the condition of your personal belongings. When we’re done, we outline a clear, detailed picture of our action plan for your mold cleanup job.

3. Contain the Mold Infestation.

Before starting any mold cleanup, we secure the affected area with physical containment barriers. We also seal windows and doors and turn off all HVAC equipment. This is done to ensure that airborne spores don’t continue to spread throughout your property.

4. Intense Air Filtration

Our teams set up state-of-the-art equipment designed to remove mold spores from the air. This phase of mold remediation takes at least three days.

Our air scrubbers, dehumidifiers and HEPA vacuum systems make sure that no spores contaminate the remaining remediation process

5. Removal and Remediationmold remediation specialist

Our teams set up state-of-the-art equipment designed to remove mold spores from the air. This phase of mold remediation takes at least three days.

Our air scrubbers, dehumidifiers and HEPA vacuum systems make sure that no spores contaminate the remaining remediation process.

6. Cleanup Affected Belongings

Often, your furnishings, drapes, bedding and clothing can be cleaned and sanitized with our mold cleanup services.

Our technicians bag and remove affected belongings including personal items for off-site cleaning and odor removal.

7. Final Property Restoration.

The final phase of our mold removal process involves any necessary rebuilding and restoration. We take care of small repairs like replacing baseboards, and we reconstruct entire walls.

Our teams do whatever it takes to get your property back to its original condition.


Toxic black mold is also known as Stachybotrys mold. Stachybotrys mold is one of thousands of mold species that grow inside and outside all types of properties. It reproduces and spreads through airborne spores that can survive harsh conditions and extreme temperatures. The spores can also travel in water, on animals and on clothing and personal belongings. 

This type of fungal growth is commonly found in properties after extensive water damage. The mold thrives in humid environments and wet conditions. It’s very hard to remove from cellulose materials such as drywall, wood and particleboard. If you suspect black mold is growing in your home or business, consider these important facts. 

• Toxic black mold can grow on exterior and interior surfaces. 
• Airborne spores invade a property through windows, doors and HVAC systems. 
• Black mold spores can also attach to pets and clothing. 
• The fungal growth gives off an unhealthy, musty smell that quickly spreads. 
• A critical part of the remediation process involves eliminating moisture sources that allow mold to thrive. 

Any damp environment can result in an outbreak of toxic black mold. It might be the result of water damage after a flood, plumbing failure, frozen burst pipes or a hidden leak. High humidity can also lead to black mold growth, and it only needs oxygen as a food source. 

Homeowners often ask us about the differences between mold and mildew. Both are common even in the cleanest house, and they can resemble each other. Unless it spreads over large areas, mildew doesn’t usually pose the same health risks as mold. Try this simple test to determine if you have a mold or mildew problem.

1. Using a cotton swab, dab a little bleach on the affected area.
2. Wait a few minutes, and then check for a change in color.
3. If the area turns lighter, you’re looking at mildew cleanup.
4. If the treated surface remains dark, that’s a sure sign that it’s mold.

Mildew is easily removed with a bleach solution or household cleaners, but always be very cautious about attempting mold cleanup until you know exactly what you’re dealing with.

In addition, black mold does have distinctive characteristics:

• It grows in areas that stay wet like crawl spaces with leaky pipes.
• The mold is especially prevalent after a home or business suffers water damage.
• Its growth pattern spreads through materials underneath the surface mold.
• Toxic mold is often slimy with a dark, greenish-black coloration.
• The mycotoxins in black mold give off a strong, unpleasant musty odor.

Every breath you take that’s contaminated with mold spores exposes you to a potential silent killer.

All molds reproduce by releasing microscopic particles into the air. These spores settle on surfaces where they take hold and spread the mold’s growth. Because spores are microorganisms, they’re very easily inhaled. They can also enter the body through the eyes and settle on skin and clothing. While you can see mold growing on walls or floors, it’s impossible to detect airborne spores without taking samples.

Black mold is considered toxic because its spores contain high concentrations of microbial volatile organic compounds and dangerous mold mycotoxins. The spores often affect people who have allergies or weak immune systems. Children and older adults and are especially vulnerable to airborne microorganisms, but a high concentration of black mold spores can impact people who normally enjoy good health.

We handle the dirty, risky job of mold cleanup in Chicago so that you can enjoy a healthy home or business environment again.

The CDC reports that studies by the Institute of Medicine clearly link mold exposure to a number of health problems. Most common molds around the house aren’t cause for concern, but exposure to toxic black mold can produce serious reactions in healthy people. Headaches, runny noses and itchy eyes are noted most often, but black mold exposure can also lead to:

• Sever irritation in mucous membranes
• Trouble breathing and serious respiratory distress
• Uncontrollable coughing that sometimes produces blood
• Upset stomach, diarrhea and vomiting
• Bladder and kidney problems
• Extreme fatigue and tiredness
• A loss of concentration and memory
• Compromised immune system responses
• Internal organ damage and failure

Mold can have many sources, so we don’t leave your property until we’ve completely taken care of all growth. We address water leaks that form the root of the problem, and we follow through with the steps necessary to make sure you don’t have to deal with another mold outbreak.

While no two restoration projects are alike, we generally bag and remove items like bedding and clothing for off-site cleaning, sanitizing and deodorizing.

As we work through the process to carefully remove mold from your belongings, you can rest assured that your things are in highly trained hands.

Our IICRC-certified technicians use state-of-the-art equipment, industry-approved products and the latest techniques to gently clean your personal items.

We take care of mold removal from clothing, curtains, bedding and more:

  • All types of carpet and padding
  • Natural and synthetic upholstery
  • Chairs, recliners, and leather sofas
  • Personal papers, books and photographs

The work in Chicago usually runs between $1200 and $4500. While that seems like a wide spread, no two jobs are the same. However, these figures cover the majority of our mold remediation projects.

We outline more information here.

Our mold remediation process follows industry-established protocols, but expenses depend on many variables including the location and extent of mold contamination. The sooner you take action to address mold on your property, the lower your costs will be.

We don’t quote mold removal jobs over the phone. It’s impossible to give you an honest estimate without an on-site inspection. Always be cautious of any restoration company that offers phone quotes for this type of work.

Typically, homeowners’ insurance doesn’t cover mold damage. If you’re not sure about your policy, ask your agent for details. He or she may have options available that can cover you in case of future damages.

It depends on the size of the mold cleanup job and the need for repairs and reconstruction. To be fair, we can only estimate the scale of a project after we’ve done a thorough property assessment.

Yes. Take a look at this page for a complete overview of our mold removal equipment.


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.
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
Neil and the crew really know there job. They are professional, fast, reliable, courteous, and very sympathetic. They work well with the insurance company which helps immensely when dealing with an emergency. Highly recommended!!!
Juan Carlos Michel
Juan Carlos M.
17:48 06 Jul 19
I highly recommend this company, they provided me with great service and were professional the entire time. I also did not feel pressured to sign any paperwork. The entire process was painless. Would recommend their services, for reference I had a burst pipe.
Magdalena Rodriguez
Magdalena R.
18:43 10 Mar 19
Leaky water heaterI 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, ServiceMaster
Nestor Ramirez
Nestor R.
23:56 31 Jan 19
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.
Claudia Ramirez
Claudia R.
23:41 31 Jan 19
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.
Libby Joyce
Libby J.
19:43 23 Jan 19
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 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.
Ashley Trinidad
Ashley T.
19:41 23 Jan 19
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.
Frank Grzandziel
Frank G.
15:48 14 Nov 18
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.
Bentley Suggs
Bentley S.
19:16 26 Oct 18
With a few days of rain in Chicago my basement had lots of water.. not only did they do an amazing job but it was done quickly and efficiently. Thanks guys for all of your help and saving my sanity!
Devanie Howard
Devanie H.
01:15 18 Oct 18
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.
Kenya Lloyd
Kenya L.
21:40 26 Sep 18
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 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.
Carmen Caraballo
Carmen C.
21:38 22 Sep 18