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    ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons - Logan Square - Fire and Water Damage Restoration


    A Recent Fire Damage Restoration In Chicago’s Logan Square Neighborhood


    ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons was called to the scene of a major smoke & fire damage in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.  The fire started as a result of a vent fire caused by lint build-up in a stackable washer and dryer.  Clogged dryer vent fires are one of the leading causes of fires for Chicago homes and businesses, especially in the wintertime when the air is drier.

    ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons fire and smoke cleaning and restoration services included wall, ceiling, and floor washing, content cleaning services including soft goods like upholstery, laundry, dry cleaning, rugs, and drapes, and duct cleaning services.  We also included air-filtration and hydroxyl/ozone service as part of the final stage of the odor removal process, a key for successful Fire Restoration.

    We hope that you never have to deal with a fire or smoke damage in your property.  Some causes are preventable, like dryer vent fires.

    Here are some tips for preventing a dryer property:


    Nine tips to prevent dryer fires


    1. Clean the lint out. Clean the lint filter every time you use the dryer.  Clear out the vent pipe to reduce the chance of fire and to maintain the efficiency of the dryer.  If you can’t do it yourself, call a professional duct cleaning company to help you.  ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons provides dryer vent and air duct cleaning as part of its Fire Restoration process.

    2. Install carefully. Follow the manufacturer instructions when installing a vent pipe. Use a short, straight vent-pipe that’s an adequate distance from the wall. By reducing the bends and angles in the dryer vent pipe, there are fewer opportunities for lint to gather. If you have to vent your dryer over a long distance, investing in a dryer vent fan is something you should seriously consider. Dryer vent fans speed up airflow through the duct every time you turn on your dryer to keep lint blowing out and away from your home.

    3. Clear out combustible liquids and solids. Move any flammables like paints, chemicals, cleaning supplies far away from your dryer. Also regularly sweep out dust in the areas around and underneath your dryer.

    4. Choose a metal dryer duct over a plastic one. Research shows that flexible foil or plastic ducts can and will sag and lead to lint buildup at low points. Metal ducts of any variety don’t sag, and they’re more likely to contain any fires that would start.

    5. Read tags and care labels. If the care label reads tumble dry low, don’t turn the dryer up to high. Also use caution with certain items like bath mats, padded bras, and bibs—they may contain rubber that shouldn’t be exposed to hot temperatures.  Rubber has a tendency to ignite in high heat situations.

    6. Exercise extra caution with flammable liquids. Wash clothing stained with volatile chemicals more than once—and definitely opt to line dry over machine dry.  Clothing stained with volatile chemicals like paints,  varnishes and stripping compounds can self-ignite.  Imagine adding heat from a dryer!  Line dry – always!

    7. Use your clothes to diagnose problems. Clothes that no longer feel dry or that are extra hot to the touch after a normal dry cycle are a telltale sign that something’s wrong. Before doing the next load, check for a plugged vent and clean out any lint.  Your dryer may be trying to tell you something!

    8. Don’t dry and dash. Turn off the dryer if you need to leave during the drying cycle.  In other words, don’t put your clothes in the dryer, start the dryer, and leave.  This is bad news.  If you need to leave turn off your dryer and washing machine.  As a matter of fact, turn all appliances off if at all possible.

    9. Inspect the outdoor vent. Make sure that the outdoor vent flap isn’t covered by snow or debris. Perform a visual inspection.  You may be surprised at what you find.  If you find that you need help, call an HVAC professional.


    ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons, an IICRC Certified Master Fire & Smoke Restorer, is Logan Square’s trusted name in Fire & Smoke Damage Cleaning and Fire Restoration.  In the event of a fire or smoke damage to your commercial or residential property, call ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons.  We’re standing by!


    • Sam Simon

      Sam Simon is a very accomplished individual. He is gifted in the areas of creativity and operations - managing and directing restoration of large commercial losses to the every day residential water damage. He recently achieved the coveted title of Master Restorer by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) after countless hours of classroom training & education. Sam is knowledgeable on a vast range of disaster restoration topics from water damage/flooding, mold remediation to advanced drying, fire & smoke restoration, and specialty cleaning (carpet and upholstery). Given Sam's background in the television industry as a videographer and cameraman, he lends a creative flair to the company's strategy marketing planning efforts and is well regarded in the restoration industry.

      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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