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Dealing with Fire Damage in the Chicago Area- Fire Restoration Tips


    Chicago Fire Restoration Services by ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons

    According to the National Fire Protection Agency, 370,000 fires were reported in 2011, which caused over $6.9 billion in property damage. Response time matters when it comes to restoring your home or business to its pre-fire condition. If a fire disaster should occur in your Chicago home or business, fire restoration will be the least of your worries once you’ve called ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons. We have helped many homes and businesses in the Chicago area quickly recover from fire and smoke damage. With our swift response, more of your furniture and belongings are saved and your business or home is back to normal…FAST!

    Be Prepared

    While ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons begins the tasks required to restore your damaged home or business, you’ll have plenty of calls to make, especially to your insurance company. The best way to handle fire damage restoration is to be prepared in advance. Investing in a fireproof box or safe should be your first step. Purchase one large enough to protect all your important documents, particularly insurance papers, birth and marriage certificates, passports, vehicle titles, and any other legal documents that you wouldn’t want to lose. Take the time to document all the valuables you own and keep that documentation in the safe or box. A list or even a video inventory of all valuables in the home (like jewelry, artwork, or prized collections), any home improvements or additions, and all automobiles will ensure the insurance claim process is easier. Put a business card for ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons in the box or safe as well so you can give them an immediate call and start the fire restoration process as soon as possible.

    Be Proactive

    The best way to prevent fires is to make sure all the safety devices in the building are inspected as needed and operational. Educate the entire family or staff regarding escape plans, fire extinguisher locations, and how to react to emergency situations. Before winter arrives, contact your local gas company and see if they offer furnace inspections, and be sure to replace any filters when they are scheduled to be changed. Ensure the chimney is clean and free of soot and creosote before firing up the woodstove or fireplace. The first weekend of November brings the end of Daylight Savings Time. As you go about setting the clocks back one hour, take the time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors as well.

    No matter how well you try to prepare to prevent a problem, disasters can happen. If you suddenly find yourself in need of fire damage restoration services, contact ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons as soon as possible. With our highly trained staff and state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning processes we’ll make sure your get back on your feet in as short a time as possible!


    • Nasutsa Mabwa

      Nasutsa Mabwa is President of ServiceMaster by Simons, a MBE/WBE City of Chicago and State of Illinois certified firm. She is a 2020 Daily Herald Business Ledger C-Suite awardee, a member of Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40 and a 2018 ServiceMaster(c) Achiever Award recipient. She is a Civic Federation Board Member, an Advisory Board Member for as President Elect on the Executive Committee for the Evanston Chamber of Commerce. She is IICRC certified for WRT & FSRT.

      About ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons
      Restoration By Simons is an MBE/WBE certified firm and family-run company serving both Cook and Lake County, Illinois. Recently, the company was awarded a variety of honors, including the SB100 Best of Small Business Award Winner 2021, Bronze Stevie® Award in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year category in the 18th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business, recipient of the 2020 Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, and the recipient of the 2020 Skokie Business of the Year Award, Honorable Mention Category. Restoration By Simons provides disaster restoration services including water and flood damage restoration, fire and smoke damage restoration, mold remediation, to residential and commercial customers in both Cook and Lake County IL.

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