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Know How Electrical Fires Can Start in Your Battle Ground Home

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Know How Electrical Fires Can Start in Your Battle Ground Home To avoid electrical fires, have your wiring and appliances regularly checked.

Trust SERVPRO for your fire restoration needs

Home fires in Battle Ground are bad enough, but electrical fires can bring a whole new level of danger and are harder to fight. They are started of course by electricity, which means that putting water on them does not have the desired effect. It could, in fact, just make a bad problem much worse. Most of these fires are started because of incorrectly installed wiring or overloaded extension cords.

The colder months are the most dangerous times for electrical fires in Battle Ground, with more usage due to appliances, heating, and lighting. These fires and the resulting fire damage can be generated from several causes, like old, worn out wiring, plus light bulbs, fixtures, and cords running underneath area rugs or carpeting.

Even after a small fire, you could be left looking at much damage, between the flames, soot, and smoke, plus efforts to put the fire out. After an electrical fire in your home, you need our professional help at SERVPRO. We are trained and certified to handle any fire damage so that your home is properly cleaned and restored back to its usual condition.

There are precautions for safety you can take to avoid electrical fires, like regular inspections of your wiring and appliances to ensure they are all in good condition. You should also replace any electrical components which are worn out or not properly functioning. Keep curtains, clothes, and other materials which are flammable three feet or more from all heaters, and do not overload your extension cords or wall sockets.

Proper wiring is essential as well. Do not force a three-pronged plug into a socket with just two holes, or use it with an extension cord. If a light switch is hot to the touch or the lights flicker, get them professionally replaced.

Our IICRC-certified technicians want to help you after a fire. Not only do we want to restore your home, but also give you the peace of mind that it is going to be done appropriately and in a timely fashion. We want you to worry about you and your family instead of the repair work.

Trusting SERVPRO of Lafayette is the right thing to do after fire damage of any magnitude. If you are residing in Battle Ground, West Lafayette, or Indian Village and experience a fire, give us a call when the fire is out at (765) 420-0077.

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Heeding Early Warnings of Lafayette Mold Damage Could Save Big Money

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Heeding Early Warnings of Lafayette Mold Damage Could Save Big Money Mold may not always be visible and can lurk behind many cabinets or walls. Pay attention to smells in your home and call SERVPRO at the first signs.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Experience and the Latest Tools to Aid Them in Finding Mold

Compared to the effects of fire and water damage, most cases of mold damage in Lafayette are often difficult to identify and notice. Mold begins as a tiny, imperceptible problem in the home, but silently spreads and grows until someone takes notice of it. By the time mold has become visible, it is often too late to prevent significant damage to the home. Identifying warning signs and indicators of mold damage could end up saving you thousands in remediation and restoration costs, so be sure to look out for these common symptoms in the future.
 
Foul or Musty Odors
 
The most common method by which residents identify mold damage in their Lafayette homes is through smell. Many types of mold emit a pungent and typically foul or musty odor. If your home has begun to exhibit unusual and inexplicable smells, either in a single location or across the building, this may be a key warning sign of significant mold damage. Keep in mind that many mold infestations occur behind walls, beneath floors, and above ceilings, so it is not uncommon to smell mold without seeing it.
 
Dampness or Water Damage
 
Many cases of water damage SERVPRO deals with also involve some amount of mold remediation - and vice versa. Mold and water damage often go hand-in-hand, and if you have found unusual dampness or moisture in your home, this could be a key sign that mold has taken root somewhere nearby. If you cannot locate the source of the moisture yourself, give SERVPRO a call, as our inspectors carry special thermal imaging tools to help identify the origin of the problem.
 
Discoloration
 
Mold often first shows itself through light discoloration. Long before it forms evident and textured colonies, it may spread lightly across a surface without causing significant damage. Look for spots of discoloration around your home, and be wary of all unusual colors that are not simple stains.
 
SERVPRO of Lafayette has the experience and resources to help scrub any mold colony from your home. Give us a call 24/7 at (765) 420-0077.

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Lafayette Day Care Water Damage Disaster Averted

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Lafayette Day Care Water Damage Disaster Averted Water damage within the premises causes grave concerns for both the parents and the owners of the school or center.

Water Damage Disaster

The mission of preschools or daycare centers focuses on the health and well-being of the young children attending on a daily basis. Water damage within the premises causes grave concerns for both the parents and the owners of the school or center. SERVPRO responds professionally and quickly in restoring the surroundings back to preloss condition with minimal disruptions for the children or their families.

A malfunctioning dishwasher in the kitchen sent food-filled water throughout the common areas. A timely response from one of our restoration teams brings the water damage in your Lafayette daycare center under control fast. Our technicians complete advanced training in abating contaminated water, including comprehensive practice in using our high-efficiency water removal and drying equipment. We familiarize ourselves with local regulations so that we dispose of the tainted water appropriately.

Carpeted areas receive intensive attention as the children are often working and playing directly atop them. We use extractors to pull the majority of the water out of the fibers and recommend removal and replacement of the padding. This decision helps accelerate drying of the actual carpeting. Typically we raise areas of the carpet to direct airflow both above and below the fibers. Periodic measurements of the moisture content guide our decisions to add dehumidifiers, heat, and determines when the drying completes.

Evaluating the risks of the dirty water saturating your childcare setting is second nature to SERVPRO team members. We realize the youngsters under your care may be susceptible to the increased airborne mold particles due to microbial infestations, so our restoration plan includes systemic antimicrobial treatments after water removal and the establishment of drying targets. We inspect all affected areas carefully and monitor for any evidence of mold growth. We have certified mold remediation specialists in the event of a microbial infestation.

Water damage always requires fast action, but SERVPRO is sensitive to the unique role of your center in the lives of the children and their families. Closing the center is extremely disruptive to your clientele, so we take all measures to perform the necessary work swiftly and attempt to allow areas to remain open for the children. Given the critical nature of your services, consider setting up an Emergency Ready Profile and Plan with us. Future water or other damage is easier to manage if we work together on a joint restoration blueprint.

SERVPRO of Lafayette is ready for any challenge, including water damage to your day care center. Call (765) 420-0077 immediately after the water event, and we pledge to respond fast with a plan that cares for both the children and your business.

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We are Hiring Production Team members

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

General We are Hiring Production Team members "Looking for a Career?"

This position has plenty of opportunity for people to learn the SERVPRO Culture. We are looking for honesty, integrity, a strong work ethic, the ability to follow directions and to show up for work on time every day. We are looking for professional, courteous applicants. You must be able to treat all job sites like you are working in your own home. We expect hard work everyday and will reward great work with advancement. Prior work history in restoration, maintenance, construction is not required but will be extremely useful.

Mandatory requirements

  •  must have a professional appearance and a great attitude
  • A valid drivers license and a reasonable,driving record
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check with no felony convictions or misdemeanors for theft or dishonesty
  • Must be able to pass a drug test
  • Because we provide 24 hour emergency response, must be willing to be on call as needed
  • Working late, some night and weekend work is required
  • Must have reliable,24 hour transportation to and from work. 
  • Read, write and communicate clearly

What we will provide for you

  • A positive work environment with competitive compensation
  • Hands on training in all aspects of production environment
  • Employee advancement including IICRC technician certifications
  • Company uniforms
  • Company mobile phones
  • Paid vacation after 1 year of employment
  • Job site hand tools, power tools and personal protective equipment
  • Job site vehicles

So if you are ready to work and learn, then I am ready to talk to you about a career. Applicants interested in collecting a check need not apply. Please contact our office and they will provide you with an email address where you can send your resume with 3 professional references for review.

Dealing with Flood Damage in Your Lafayette Office Building

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dealing with Flood Damage in Your Lafayette Office Building Say no to flood damage and say yes to SERVPRO restoration.

Your Commercial Property Can Be Restored with SERVPRO's Trained Team


Office buildings can flood at any time from storms. Office losses from flood damage can be enormous, damaging furniture and office equipment, computer files and paper records, plus loss of income when the event causes you to have to shut down your business. Any of this can have a grave effect on your company’s finances, plus create time-consuming tasks for some of your employees.

The cost of flood damage in your Lafayette office building includes repairing and replacing items which are damaged and are detrimental to the operation of your business, plus the cost of the extraction of the water, cleanup, and renovation of your water damaged structure. SERVPRO is the one to call in your time of need. We can extract all the water in a timely fashion with industrial tools and can help to dry many items in your office. For drying out the insides of electrical equipment such as computers, we use the help of other trained professionals.

Many times, your insurance can take care of the restoration costs, and our technicians at SERVPRO help you by calling your insurance company for you. We understand that you have a lot to deal with at this time, so we try and take any pressure off you that we can. In this way, you can care for your employees’ needs and the needs of your business itself.

Besides financial consequences, secondary water damage in your office building like poor indoor air quality and mold growth can create adverse health effects that are dangerous for your employees. Our trained professionals also know to search for mold growth, even hidden mold, by using special moisture meters. If mold is found, we thoroughly clean that as well before we complete our flood damage remediation process.

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When flood damage strikes your office building, don’t hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Lafayette as soon as possible. Secondary damage such as mold growth can occur in as little as 24 to 48 hours, so give us a call at (765) 420-0077 right away.

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Protecting Your Lafayette Area Business From Fire Damage

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Protecting Your Lafayette Area Business From Fire Damage Your corner store needs quick restoration after a fire so that your customers don't find another place to shop. Contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Quick Action After a Fire Typically Offers Better Results and Less Secondary Damages so that Your Business can Open Its Doors Again

It is not hard to believe that over 75% of all companies that experience serious fire damage go out of business. They either have to close their doors as a direct result of the fire or end up losing an uphill battle after re-opening.  
 
Whether you run a corner store, a fancy Greek restaurant, or the best hotel in Lafayette, fire damage can take its toll. The visible signs left by a fire along with the impact on your inventory and equipment are only half the story. There are other things to consider; the interruptions to your business, layoffs for employees, and customers who find an alternative and never return.  
 
Preparation is your best option, working in combination with a restoration company like SERVPRO gives you access to qualified professionals who work hard to keep the doors of your business from closing. Our expertly trained technicians assess your entire structure, reduce fire risks, and make a variety of recommendations that could very well save your business.
 
SERVPRO technicians can help with everything from general fire safety, assisting with emergency planning, and the installation of fire alarms and smoke detectors to give you a better response time as well. If you stock any combustible materials, use heat sources, have people alone in various parts of your building or public access, fire can happen anywhere, at any time.
 
Learn more about which materials to store together, maintain a quality maintenance schedule for all of your equipment, including electrical outlets, cords, and portable devices that receive more activity. SERVPRO technicians check everything that makes your business unique, working with you to come up with a solution that reduces any losses you experience.
 
Gain access to IICRC certified technicians with years of expertise, advanced equipment suitable for any situation, and the resources available to far exceed your expectations. Our staff is ready to provide you with the services you deserve to keep your business running strong.
 
We also make our technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to address any emergency situations that may occur. Improve your company's chances of recovery by contacting SERVPRO of Lafayette, today. (765) 420-0077

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Protecting Your Home Business from Water Damage in Lafayette

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Protecting Your Home Business from Water Damage in Lafayette Having packages or an inventory ready to ship at your home office can leave you vulnerable when water damages your home. Call SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Water Damage at Your Home and/or Business Location

A regularly increasing number of people are finding that selling online is an excellent way to provide a substantial extra second income for their family's needs. Often, carrying out a small business like this means a steady inventory is on hand, as drop-shipping seems to be avoided by many serious shoppers. Many refuse to pay for overseas shipping when another seller, such as yourself, can provide the desired merchandise closer to home, especially when shipping charges are often the dividing line between a great deal and a rip-off.
 
Lafayette is central to much of the USA, aiding sellers with their online businesses, but this can also mean that the water pipes in their homes are older and more likely to fail. Window and door frames and roofing shingles might also be in weathered-enough conditions and unable to keep out all the precipitation that the weather brings. Once inside a home, water from rain and snow or ice can begin to stain and deteriorate structures and furnishings.
 
Water stains on painted surfaces such as walls and ceilings, saturated and puffed-up drywall, and metal pieces develop rust in homes with water damage while the belongings in those same homes also are affected. When inventory for a home business is part of those contents, water damage can spell disaster for both home life and business profits.
 
SERVPRO is experienced with working with both homeowners and business owners in rescuing their properties and investments from destruction and devastation. This experience prepares us for situations such as this, where business and family life is combined into one location.
 
We have access to different cleaning methods that can assist in restoring both aspects of your life, from your inventory to your family's hobbies and day-to-day needs. We can restore almost anything to like-new condition. As for the structural integrity of your home, we have gained substantial expertise in restoring this aspect to perfect conditions, also.
 
SERVPRO of Lafayette is local to you and is always Faster To Any Size Disaster. When water damage or another type of disaster threatens to ruin your home business, call us at (765) 420-0077. We can help save your business from sinking and failing.

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Choose Your Lafayette Flood Damage Contractor With Care

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Choose Your Lafayette Flood Damage Contractor With Care Get your flooding disaster handled quickly by the trained technicians at SERVPRO. Prevent any secondary damage with a fast call to our operators.

Our Technicians are Standing By Ready to Tackle Your Flooding Emergency

Heavy rains combined with overflowing waterways in Indiana this spring contributed to homeowners experiencing flooding in low-lying areas and basements. Living through a flooding catastrophe is frightening and frustrating. SERVPRO offers professional guidance and services to get you through this disaster safely and with a restored structure and recovered belongings.
 
Waters from both torrential rains and swollen rivers enter your basement, causing flood damage to your Lafayette home. Flood waters have the potential for significant contamination from creatures and substances caught in the overflow. The materials surrounding your home, including dirt, chemicals, and much more, dirty the flood, requiring quick cleanup by a licensed and certified water damage restoration company. Non-professionals risk exposing residents to serious health hazards from improperly managed tainted water and debris. Our staff receives the needed training to extract and dispose of water filled with possibly infectious waste.
 
Several inches of river and rainwater in the lower level of your house poses the following concerns. First, the water, with its contaminants, needs to be pumped and extracted from your foundation. If your electricity is unavailable because of downed wires or the possibility of electrocution because your outlets and wiring are underwater our truck mounted equipment is a real plus. Second, the affected areas undergo evaluation for microbial growth and infiltration with unsafe levels of chemicals and human or animal contaminants.
 
Next, experienced technicians clean and disinfect the spaces that were underwater. Some structures and items respond well to SERVPRO’s sanitizing products and restoration to preloss condition proceeds. Other, usually porous, articles and fixtures may require removal and replacement for safety. We work with you and your insurance company to make the correct determinations to return your home to a healthy and comfortable condition.
 
Many of your neighbors may be struggling with flood damage as well. You need a company like SERVPRO on your side during this trying time when a large number of flooding victims seek assistance. We have access to a scalable workforce and additional equipment through our network of fellow franchisees, permitting us to respond immediately to your flood damage problems.
 
Flood damage devastates your home and SERVPRO of Lafayette is ready to respond fast to return normalcy to your life. Call us at (765) 420-0077 right away and expect our crew to arrive within hours to set things right.

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Get Help Restoring Mold Damage Found In Your Lafayette Area Delicatessen

6/10/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Get Help Restoring Mold Damage Found In Your Lafayette Area Delicatessen Mold Remediation in a Lafayette Deli Keeps the Food Tasty and Healthy

SERVPRO Remediation for Mold Gets Done with Your Business Still Open

Running a deli can be fun, you get to interact with customers, make their favorite sandwiches, and get to know your regulars. However, mold can pose a severe threat to the food you serve and expose your customers to health issues.
 
Looking at the common spaces used to run a delicatessen in Lafayette, mold damage can run rampant if you are not diligent enough in maintaining your building. Your floors, walls, and ceiling all contain materials that allow mold to flourish. Now tack on the amount of machinery that you use to run your deli, and you have quite a few areas that could cause mold problems.
 
Your public bathroom and your kitchen sink probably pose the biggest threats. With all of the plumbing fixtures, connectors, pipes, fittings, and washers, everything can wear down over time, making it necessary for you to perform some maintenance to keep these areas clean.  
 
It never hurts to learn everything you can about controlling constant moisture sources on your property. Have a professional restoration technician, like those offered at SERVPRO, inspect your property and give you the advice necessary to maintain a healthy, mold-free environment.  
 
Your prep-tables, deli cases, condiment dispensers, serving trays, shredders, and graders all come into contact with moisture on a daily basis. It never hurts to express the importance of maintaining a clean, dry environment with your employees to help keep moisture levels down.
 
You may have a soda dispenser, ice machine, and refrigerator that all require a constant water source to keep meat and produce fresh. Each of these appliances contains hardware that requires periodic maintenance to prevent mold from growing in and around them. SERVPRO can help you discover which areas to keep an eye on and how to limit problems that may occur.
 
It is easy to find out what SERVPRO’s expertly trained mold remediation specialists can do for you, just give us a call. In most cases, we can schedule our inspection and work after hours to help keep your deli running throughout the remediation process. If your mold issues are severe enough to warrant closing your doors, we can help get the work done in a quick, efficient manner to limit any losses you experience.  
 
Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette to receive the services you deserve and get the help you need to maintain a healthy, safe, working environment for both you and your customers. (765) 420-0077

Drying Out Your Bedroom Carpet After Water Damage In Lafayette

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Drying Out Your Bedroom Carpet After Water Damage In Lafayette SERVPRO Salvages Many Water Damaged Carpets in Lafayette with Rapid Service

Rely on SERVPRO for Water Extraction from Carpets


Water damage can happen in your bedroom at any time. All it takes is a leak, a damaged pipe or even extreme weather. A wet carpet is frustrating, and of course, you want to get it dried out as quickly as possible. You might be worried about whether your carpet needs to be replaced. That is why we recommend you call SERVPRO at once. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can begin drying your carpet quickly to prevent further damage.
 
It is understandable to be concerned that water damage in your Lafayette bedroom means disruption for you and your family. However, in some cases, it is possible for our IICRC-certified technicians to dry out your bedroom carpet, while it is still in place. Our experts thoroughly examine your carpet and the extent of the harm to determine whether in place drying is a practical option. It may be necessary to remove your bed, but smaller furniture items such as a chest or a chair can simply be moved from place to place within the room until water extraction is complete.
 
The first step is to extract any standing water. Our teams come equipped with both truck mounted and free standing submersible pumps that are powerful enough to get the water out of your floor coverings. We train our people to use the right sort of extraction tools to extract the maximum amount of water with the minimum amount of damage to your carpet.
 
In place, extraction may begin with a wand tool to prevent water migration. However, the most useful piece of gear, in this case, is a weighted extraction tool, which uses the body weight of one of our technicians standing on it for maximum water removal. SERVPRO understands that drying carpet without removing it means a longer and more thorough extraction process for best results.
 
We finish an in situ drying job by positioning air movers on the surface of your bedroom carpet. We may also lift the edges and "float" the fabric with moving air to expedite the drying and salvaging the padding. These direct hot air over the surface of the carpet to encourage evaporation of moisture and speed up drying time. Some air movers, known as down draft, pull down warm air and spread it across a large area of carpet and are very useful in drying an area the size of a bedroom.
 
Do not despair if your bedroom carpet is wet – it may be possible to save it. Give SERVPRO of Lafayette a call at (765) 420-0077 to find out.