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Lafayette Furniture Fire Restoration That Responds 24/7

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke entering room from under the door Smoke from this fire will impact areas far from the blaze, including upholstered furniture items.

SERVPRO Fire Cleanup Salvages Home Furnishings

Furniture cleanup is one of the most challenging aspects of cleaning up fire damage. The diverse array of available upholstery fibers means that furnishings require individualized and delicate care after exposure to soot and smoke damage. The prospect of DIY cleanup for individual furniture pieces, particularly antiques, valuable pieces, and furnishings with sentimental value, can prove daunting for many Lafayette residents.

Fire restoration performed by Lafayette SERVPRO technicians can remediate soils and remove unsalvageable materials from a residence while keeping occupants and possessions safe. SERVPRO can also restore contents and furnishings to a safe, clean condition after a fire.

How SERVPRO Fire Mitigation Remediates Soot in Wood and Upholstery

Fire cleanup for upholstery relies on several factors, such as:

  • The types of fibers affected and whether they are salvageable
  • The presence of any woods and finishes impacted by fire
  • Whether metal legs, screws, decorative buttons, or zippers are restorable

Unfinished wood is much easier to restore than wood with finishes, which can blister or discolor in high temperatures. SERVPRO technicians can address these woods with dry cleaning sponges and low-alkali cleaners for light-to-medium soils in many cases. Some pieces may require partial refinishing for complete restoration. 

SERVPRO techs inspect upholstery fibers before attempting cleanup to determine the extent of soot damage, the types of fibers affected, and check for pre-existing soils. In many cases, furniture with surface-level soot exposure does not show signs of interior fire damage. Upholstery cleanup typically starts with careful, gentle pre-cleaning to prepare fibers for restoration and determine the effectiveness of soot removal solutions.

SERVPRO of Lafayette can render "Like it never even happened" quality services for homeowners who contact the team at (765) 420-0077.

Professional Inspection and Cleanup of Lafayette Water Damage

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

Two toddlers playing in bathtub; lots of suds, water Bathrooms are a common source of water damage. SERVPRO techs are always ready-to-go to restore your home.

SERVPRO Bathroom Water Restoration Tactics

Aside from the kitchen, a Lafayette home's bathroom is one of the more likely areas to see water damage from plumbing or fixture issues. Shower leaks and sink or toilet overflows can do hundreds to thousands of dollars of damage to walls and flooring, or even to lower floors if the bathroom is higher up. Fortunately, property owners do not have to face these concerns without help or guidance from highly trained professionals.

Water restoration by Lafayette SERVPRO technicians can restore affected residential bathrooms to a clean and operational condition per restoration industry guidelines set by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. Restoration includes:

  • Thorough inspections.
  • Sanitation with OSHA-approved SERVPRO cleaning solutions.
  • Structural drying with powerful dehumidifiers.

Addressing Shower and Bathroom Water Damage Efficiently

When SERVPRO professionals visit the property, they can get started on inspection and formulating an effective and efficient plan based on data collected from moisture measurement tools. Water damage inspection equipment can determine:

  • How much moisture is in the nearby wood, carpet, drywall, and other structural materials
  • Whether moisture has impacted subfloors, wall framing, ceiling joists, or insulation
  • Potential areas of water damage behind walls, floors, and ceilings are identifiable by changes in temperature consistent with moisture

SERVPRO's inspection process can be performed with minimal demolition aside from what is necessary to save the property and inspect specific materials with penetrating moisture meters, often used on carpets. Non-penetrating sensors, which assess surfaces with electromagnetic pads, are ideal for shallow-depth readings of materials like drywall or floor tiles. Infrared imaging, meanwhile, provides visual data for inspecting potentially water-damaged areas. 

Inspection tools are used throughout mitigation to ensure that water damage drying succeeds.

Residents can call (765) 420-0077 for "Like it never even happened" cleanup and rebuilding services from SERVPRO of Lafayette

Removing Soot from Lafayette Office Buildings

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Inside of office building You can trust the professionals at SERVPRO to remediate commercial fire damage quickly and completely.

Soot is Harmful Fire Damage for Lafayette Commercial Properties  

Partial combustion of fuels and specific types of contents and materials in a building can produce soot and smoke damage. When soils are deposited on surfaces and contents, this can be the most challenging restoration obstacle for experienced professionals. We carefully inspect where this damage has occurred and what steps are necessary to overcome the residue based on its composition and concentration.

Air Quality Improvement

Fine particles are among the most threatening fire damage Lafayette offices experience. Because these smaller microscopic solids sit so deeply in the lungs, the health effects of soot and smoke particles are severe. Not only must you rely on experienced professionals to resolve this restoration requirement, but production and normal operation of the business slow or even stop to protect employees from airborne hazards.

Content Relocation

Protecting the contents of the office building is another concern of our responding technicians, primarily with the protection of equipment and electronics. Smaller circulating particles entering intricate electronic equipment can be costly and sometimes impossible to restore. For this reason, relocate affected or at-risk items to prevent expensive damage when possible.

Soot Removal Strategies

Removing soot is a combination of several efforts based on the type of damage and where it is located. Eliminating particles in the environment requires a different strategy than overcoming solids and soil deposits on surfaces. To eliminate various types of smoke damage on building materials, we rely on:

  • Surface Cleaning - this process introduces several of our potent cleaning chemicals to dissolve or emulsify thick residues to lift them from the underlying substrate. 
  • Chemical Sponges – dry smoke damage often leaves a thin and manageable residue that chemical sponges can remove. These rubber pads grab loose debris and pull it away from the surface. 
  • Abrasive Cleaning - media blasting and other aggressive cleaning measures can help to eliminate soot particles without destroying the finish on certain construction elements.

Fires in office buildings require extensive cleaning and restoration. Let our SERVPRO of Lafayette help you get back in business by calling (765) 420-0077.

Green Fleet Inventory for Water-Damaged Lafayette Restaurants

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Close-up of people sitting at table eating pizza Water damage poses significant threats to restaurants. SERVPRO knows how to quickly restore your business.

What Tools Are Vital for Water Mitigation in Lafayette Eateries?

Not every water restoration need is the same for commercial properties in the area. Still, when your restaurant falls victim to substantial water damages and pooling conditions, specific equipment can help resolve these threats. Our SERVPRO restorers and our Green Fleet arrive fast to mitigate loss and protect the building contents.

Water Removal Tools

Extraction is one of the most necessary elements of water restoration for Lafayette businesses, especially facilities like restaurants and bakeries. Standing water in these buildings can be a challenge to keep the doors open and provide products safely, so the earliest emergency services feature our assortment of water removal tools like:

  • Trash pumps
  • Vacuums
  • Submersibles
  • Mops

Cleaning Supplies

Surface cleaning is often necessary after water damage exposure. Water can leave a residue behind, but surface cleaning and recovery also reduce discoloration and staining common with prolonged water saturation. Our Green Fleet offers the full measure of our cleaning supplies and products for managing residues, soils, odors, and other threats after water damage incidents.

Evaporative Drying Equipment

The bulk of stocked equipment in production vehicles of our fleet is designed for efficient drying and evaporation. Moisture migration is a considerable concern for the eatery. It can typically require dozens of air movers and dehumidifiers to simultaneously reduce humidity and water damage and expel it outside the building.

Mold Inhibitors

Stopping the threat of mold and microbial growth after water damage is a critical effort. Especially in a restaurant setting, the possibility of mold damage can be costly and challenging to clean to the high standards of food service. The best outcome is to work early to avoid mold organisms and develop colonies by applying inhibiting chemicals on vulnerable surfaces.

When your restaurant suffers water damage from broken pipes or leaking fixtures, we have a 24/7 response to help. Give our SERVPRO of Lafayette team a call whenever you need us at (765) 420-0077.

Key Factors of Drying Flood Damage in Lafayette Attics

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Looking up at inside of attic Did spring storms cause water to enter your attic? SERVPRO of Lafayette is trained to restore water damaged attics.

Flood Damage in Lafayette Is Manageable with Migration Behavior Knowledge

Recovering your property after flood damage can often be challenging for even experienced professionals. Much of this process involves understanding the behavior of water intruding on the property and how it will react with exposed building materials, contents, and open areas. Training in sciences like psychrometry allows us to manage various aspects of flood recovery more efficiently, including:

  • Structure drying
  • Content cleaning
  • Humidity management

Sensitive Materials 

The first step in recovering flood damage for Lafayette homes after penetration to the attic is appreciating the sensitive materials around the intruding floodwater. Many building materials and contents are highly porous and absorbent, making them impacted significantly by standing water concerns. Drywall, carpets, and similar structural elements are sensitive to over-exposure and can deteriorate rapidly under these conditions.

Hot Goes to Cold 

Another principle of floodwater behavior is that warm temperatures and water will migrate towards colder conditions, which is an attempt to seek equilibrium in the household between these two properties. The temperature must be regulated to counteract flooding in damaged areas and adjacent spaces to stop moisture movement to new places.

Wet Goes to Dry

Another balancing principle of water migration is that wet seeks dry materials. Water continues to migrate until it is impossible. Standing water, for example, seeks out dry materials to infiltrate and move through. Our technicians can prepare and protect affected building materials with this knowledge as water damage begins to migrate before mitigation occurs.

Understanding the obstacles of water restoration and flood recovery can be critical to providing the most efficient solutions to protect a home’s attic and connected spaces. Flooding is a severe event that can impact multiple areas of your house, and with an understanding of how water moves through dry spaces, efficient mitigation and restoration can occur. Our SERVPRO of Lafayette team is ready to help 24/7 at (765) 420-0077.

Effective Fire Damage Cleanup in Lafayette Requires a Good Plan

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

Close up of roof on fire; flames seen rising SERVPRO as a plan to restore fire damaged homes.

Luckily, SERVPRO Has an Effective Process for Remediating Fire Damage in Lafayette

As you can imagine, it generally costs less to clean up and restore fire damage in Lafayette than it does to resurface or replace impacted surfaces. Fortunately, SERVPRO understands this reality and has developed a thoughtful plan of action to save you money and successfully remediate your fire-damaged home.

SERVPRO has been dealing with fire damage in Lafayette for over fifteen years. Over that time, our smoke remediation and fire damage restoration experts have devised a procedure to restore fire damaged homes to their pre-event state faster and more cost-effectively than other area house fire cleanup services. This restoration process is as follows:

  • We first inspect your residence, starting from the fire’s origin and moving out to the furthest reaches of its impact, and locate the damaging fire and smoke residues
  • Next, our highly trained technicians identify the types of residues present and determine the best cleaning methods to eliminate them
  • Then, we evaluate affected surfaces, figuring out which ones can be restored and selecting cleaning measures safe for each of them
  • Once all of this has been done, SERVPRO’s experts use wet, dry, abrasive, and innovative techniques to remove the fire and smoke remnants
  • Finally, our remediators professionally dispose of all residues and related cleanup wastes

Upon completing this process, fire-impacted homes have generally been returned to their original state. Moreover, our procedures are so effective that it is usually difficult to imagine that they had ever suffered fire and smoke damage in the past.

With all that said, if you ever need fire damage restoration work performed, keep your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Lafayette in mind. We have the tools, know-how, and plan to do your job right the first time. Contact us anytime at (765) 420-0077 for assistance.

Furniture Damage Is a Concern of Indian Village Water Mitigation

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

Upholstered sofa in living room Leaks can impact your household furnishings. Call SERVPRO today!

SERVPRO Works to Limit Water’s Overall Effects on Your Home’s Furnishings

If your home suffers a damaging water leak, it can severely impact some or all its furnishings. This furniture damage can range from relatively minor cosmetic issues to more severe problems affecting its structure and long-term usability. With that said, SERVPRO knows what issues to look for and how to address them properly.

Over many years of performing water mitigation in Indian Village, SERVPRO has encountered all types of furniture water damage. Moreover, our water damage remediation professionals have devised various methods of minimizing their effects as water removal services and water cleanup efforts are completed. As they work on water damage repairs, these experts attempt to address all of the water-related problems that commonly impact furnishings, like:

  • Water spotting and lines on wooden finishes or fabrics
  • Color bleeding or staining from wet colored dust covers, rusting buttons or zippers, and wooden furniture legs on damp carpeting
  • Odorous and discoloring mold/mildew growths on upholstered items
  • Swelling, cracking, and overall weakening of wooden framing joints that could undermine the structural integrity of couches, chairs, tables, and other household contents
  • Corrosion and weakening of metal brackets, rivets, buttons, and zippers

SERVPRO acts fast to move furniture off wet carpets and remove any related stains before drying the house to prevent these things. We then dry metallic furniture elements, put waxed paper between buttons/zippers and upholstery, tent cushions to facilitate the drying process, prevent bleeding, and rapidly dry interior air with air movers and dehumidifiers.

As one of the best local water mitigation firms, SERVPRO of Lafayette is ready to assist you whenever you need us. So, if you ever need help protecting your furnishings from the damaging effects of a water leak, don’t hesitate to call us at (765) 420-0077.

Successful Water Cleanup in Lafayette Depends on Four Factors

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

Ceiling Water Damage Have you noticed signs of a water leak in your home? SERVPRO is always on call to restore the damage.

SERVPRO Knows What It Takes to Effectively Address These at Your Lafayette Home

When your Lafayette residence experiences a water-related event, four critical environmental factors determine the time and measures necessary to dry up the resulting mess. These conditions impact the cleanup process because dry air and materials always attract moisture.

As the well-trained experts at SERVPRO know, understanding the factors that slow or accelerate water cleanup in Lafayette is essential to doing your job right. Regardless of what causes your home’s water leak, whether it be ceiling leaks, burst pipes, an appliance malfunction, or another problem, the same environmental characteristics will determine what needs to be done and how long the work is going to take. In performing countless water removal services, our technicians have found that water cleanup is affected by four key things:

  • The amount of water needing to evaporate – since water extraction is much more efficient than dehumidification (36,000 gallons/day vs. only 30 gallons/day), the more water remaining after extraction increases the time it is going to take to dry your residence fully
  • A home’s interior temperature – hotter air can carry more moisture, attracting increased amounts of it from water-impacted surfaces, so interiors should be kept between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit with heaters, if necessary
  • The interior relative humidity, or amount of moisture being carried by air in your house – this should be kept under 60% and reduced to below 40% after the first day of drying to facilitate water cleanup
  • Air circulation throughout your home – forcing damp air out and drawing dry air in with air movers speeds evaporation and dries wet surfaces more quickly

So, with all things considered, your knowledgeable neighborhood SERVPRO of Lafayette can complete your water cleanup job in less time than other local services. Contact us at (765) 420-0077 whenever you need us.

Let SERVPRO Help with Flood Damage Restoration in Indian Village

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

Storm damaged neighborhood; trees down on road Spring storms are just around the corner. Are you ready? SERVPRO is! We can handle your storm damage restoration needs.

Can Homeowners Minimize Flood Damage to Homes in Indian Village – Call SERVPRO

Heavy rain can contribute to flooding in Indian Village and surrounding area. Often water penetrates homes through open windows, overflowing gutters and downspouts, and basement window wells that fill with water. Water can also pool around foundations and leak through cracks in the cement into the home.

SERVPRO provides flood damage remediation and restoration to residents of Indian Village. Water always seeks the most accessible entry point into our homes, and many homeowners are surprised to find water on the main floor or in their basement after a storm. Our team can respond quickly and clean up the damage caused by storms where water leaks into the house. Our fast response to remove the excess water and install air movers and dehumidifiers can return your home to normal before significant damage occurs.

There are steps that residents can follow to mitigate the risk of water penetrating their homes. Our experience dealing with flooding after a storm has shown that there are some things that residents can take to lessen the chances of water penetrating their homes during a storm. These steps are:

  • Clean gutters and downspouts filled with leaves and debris to prevent water from accumulating
  • moisture sensors in the basement to monitor water penetration
  • Install a sump pump, especially if you have a high-water table
  • Include a battery backup for the sump pump in case of power failures
  • Clear basement window wells and ensure drains to the weeping tile are clear
  • Elevate critical appliances such as heating systems, appliances, and other valuable items
  • Ensure the ground slopes away from the outside walls of your house to avoid water pooling at the foundation

While you may not avoid your basement flooding, following these steps can mitigate the amount of damage during a storm and flood event. SERVPRO can help with all your flood damage restoration needs after a storm.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette in Indian Village and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (765) 420-0077.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Restoration & Cleanup in Lafayette

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damaged blue sided home Not all fire damage is a complete loss. SERVPRO is trained for complete fire damage restoration.

Does SERVPRO Use Chemicals During Fire Damage Restoration in Lafayette

Whenever there is a fire in a Lafayette building, there is often a lot of fire, smoke residue damage, and odors permeating the premises. Many consumers wonder how they will ever restore their home with so much damage. Fire-damaged contents and structures usually must be replaced. We must clean every surface to remove all residues and odors.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration to homeowners in Lafayette. We use controlled demolition techniques to remove charred contents and structure. We extract water and chemicals used to quell the fire to mitigate further damage, and then we clean every surface and item in the home before the reconstruction of the damaged structure begins.

The cleaning process is delicate. While we clean every surface, our technicians also consider the surface type, residue, or soil. Fires can produce many different residues depending on the kind of fire. Grease fires have an oily residue that adheres to everything. Wood products such as cupboards burn hotter and produce fluffy ash that can be wiped clean from most surfaces without smearing.

We use four different approaches while cleaning surfaces depending on the residue or soil and the surface including:

  • Mechanical action – dislodges non-greasy soils that do not adhere to the surface. This approach is usually an initial step before utilizing water and detergents or solvents to clean the item.
  • Lubrication – detergents lubricate some soils from the surface and emulsify them. The cleaning solution can be wiped from the surface or rinsed depending on the surface.
  • Chemical action – many people are concerned that using chemicals will damage something further during the cleaning process. We use chemical cleaners to cause the substance to be absorbed by the chemical, removing it from the surface or material. Our fire restoration experts have a great deal of experience in this area and only use chemical cleaners that do not harm surfaces and materials.
  • Suspension and dispersion – are the most common cleaning action and occur when the soils and residues dissolve and become suspended in the cleaning solution. We can remove the dissolvent and dirt once the debris is suspended in the cleaning solution.

SERVPRO technicians make every effort to mitigate further damage from the fire by our fast response time and attention to detail during the cleaning process. Our services include:

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette in Lafayette and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (765) 420-0077.