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Relative Humidity Affects Water Damage in Lafayette Offices

11/17/2022 (Permalink)

Inside of office building SERVPRO has state-of-the-art equipment for all your commercial water damage restoration needs.

Excess Humidity Slows Water Damage Drying

There is no mistaking that office cleanup after water emergencies like leaks or burst pipes requires immediate action and understanding how various types of moisture and dampness impact drying effectiveness. We must continually focus on relative humidity to efficiently restore your office to its original condition.

What is Relative Humidity?

Understanding relative humidity is essential in restoring and overcoming water damage in Lafayette office buildings. From the source of water penetration in the building to the impact of standing water and humidity on the overall drying processes, we have several factors our team must overcome to get you back in business. One of our primary focuses is relative humidity or the concentration of moisture in the environment at any time. This factor often gets measured as a percentage, with the top being air that cannot hold more water and stalling the drying process. Regulating humidity helps in three critical areas of restoring your office:

  • Structure drying
  • Content recovery
  • Mold prevention

Using Dehumidifiers to Manage Moisture

Regulating relative humidity is a product of several tools in our inventory. We understand how important it is to keep moisture in the environment in an acceptable range to promote continued structural drying, so machines like desiccant dehumidifiers are used to begin addressing new water generated by air movers on wet surfaces. Trailered units are ideal for large office spaces, allowing several attack points to pull in damp air and exhaust warm, dry air for even more efficiency in the restoration processes.

What Are the Persistent Moisture Threats?

An essential factor to address after water emergencies is what is causing moisture damage to the structure. While SERVPRO can manage multiple drying approaches to regulate conditions, continued moisture penetration and threats create a loop of threatening situations your office might endure. Our thorough inspection process can help to assess areas like structural integrity, plumbing, and other avenues of water penetration to resolve these concerns.

Water damage to Lafayette office buildings should be handled swiftly and completely. Our SERVPRO of Lafayette team can help however you need. Call us at (765) 420-0077.

Water Mitigation at a Lafayette Property Minimizes Further Damage

10/6/2022 (Permalink)

Water damaged hardwood floor; buckling occurring Water damage can cause your floorboards to begin to warp, buckle or cup. SERVPRO’s team is always ready-to-go!

SERVPRO Offers Lafayette Homeowners Rapid Water Removal

You might not prevent all water damage events from occurring, but you can certainly take steps to reduce the resulting damage. Quick response after a water loss in Lafayette homes help contain the initial impact minimizing secondary damage.

A water mitigation company in Lafayette should act fast, arriving at the scene of the loss to dry things out and check the extent of moisture penetration into walls, ceiling, flooring, and other contents. Even if you cannot see pools of water, getting a professional assessment is essential because even what you cannot see can hurt you by causing secondary issues.

Secondary Moisture Damage:

  • Buckled floors
  • Crumbled drywall
  • Mold growth

Undried areas can become breeding grounds for mold, further increasing cleanup costs. Additionally, when exposed to moisture, floorboards begin to warp, buckle or cup. A slight warping may not necessarily compromise the structural stability; however, in more severe cases, they become unsightly and difficult to repair.

Considerations During Mitigation

Mitigation Involves:

  • Moisture extraction
  • Moisture control
  • Structural drying
  • Disinfecting

Inspection and assessment are critical components of the mitigation process. SERVPRO technicians inspect the property, assessing the level and type of water damage. We take care of any necessary emergency repairs, like finding the source of the loss and fixing it to prevent further intrusion.

In the case of deep pools of standing water, our technicians expedite extraction using truck-mounted extraction systems. Our teams can also follow up the process with deep extractors such as water claws to remove any residual moisture from carpeted areas. We facilitate structural drying by setting up air movers, heavy-duty axial fans, and desiccant dehumidifiers to help with wood floor and sub-floor drying. These areas are prone to mold growth if not checked quickly.

We identify salvageable items and immediately begin the cleanup process while disinfecting all affected surfaces and materials.

SERVPRO of Lafayette stands ready to provide quick water mitigation using the best techniques, personnel, and technology, ensuring your home is clean and dry. Call us at (765) 420-0077. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Safe Mold Removal Techniques in Lafayette with SERVPRO

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth on ceiling Mold can grow on porous and nonporous surfaces, but no worries! SERVPRO can remediate the mold.

Mold Cleanup in a Lafayette Property Requires Skills

Most homeowners cringe at just the mention of the word mold. If you notice any signs of mold growing in your Lafayette home, like a musty smell, staining, and discoloration on affected areas, taking the necessary steps to identify and remove it is essential. It causes aesthetic and structural deterioration.

Mold removal at your Lafayette property is not something you should perform on your own, especially if the levels are high. Removing it is challenging and requires specific equipment, training, and certification to do the job correctly. SERVPRO technicians have experience removing and cleaning up mold from an indoor environment.

We Can Safely Address the Problem Through:

  • Source identification
  • Containments
  • Antimicrobial application
  • Removal and cleanup of porous materials

Usually, the most effective way to ensure proper remediation is by getting rid of compromised materials and contents per industry standards. Removing things may involve drywall, insulation, carpet, wood trim, and even some furniture. Our IICRC trained SERVPRO technicians safely wrap and discard any soiled belongings that we cannot thoroughly clean, such as those made of porous materials.

Removing Mold Safely

SERVPRO implements controls and containment to prevent cross-contamination of unaffected areas of your home by establishing negative pressure and using HEPA-filtered vacuums to collect residues. Our technicians thoroughly clean all surfaces and apply specialized solutions such as sporicides to limit further growth. We take caution with cleaners since combining bleach and ammonia creates toxic vapors.

Colonies can also develop on nonporous surfaces such as sinks, metal, glass, tubs, tiles, and toilets. Our SERVPRO technicians often damp wipe these nonporous areas using antimicrobial cleaners. This method is effective in removing mold without spending too much time.

Other Methods for Mold Cleanup:

  • Air scrubbing
  • Dry ice blasting
  • Sanding

SERVPRO of Lafayette can help when you need assistance with mold removal within your property. Call us at (765) 420-0077. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

The Impacts of Flood Damage on Lafayette Properties

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

Storm damaged neighborhood; Fallen tree resting on powerline causing hazardous situation. Flooding causes hazards. Don’t go it alone – call SERVPRO. Our team is trained and equipped to safely dry and restore your home.

SERVPRO Helps Mitigate Damage from a Flood in Lafayette

Floods can strike in many ways, from strong storms to broken levees to snowmelt, and are difficult to predict. Therefore, most States always have some response plan, but it only covers some general aspects. When your Lafayette home is flooded, it is essential to determine its safety before rushing to begin the cleanup, as there can be unseen hazards.

Flood damage cleanup in Lafayette can be a tedious task, and you might get to a point where you realize the job is too big for one individual. Usually, there is more than just water to worry about as floodwaters ferry all the gross stuff. When they recede, they leave mud and silt behind in your home. SERVPRO has the necessary tools and supplies for the task. In this case, our crews use shovels or rakes to remove wet silt and debris, moving it safely away from your property.

Forms of Hazards:

  • Structural hazards
  • Electrical hazards
  • Biohazards

Floodwaters and strong winds can blow down power lines. Also, rushing water can erode the ground around buried utilities, thus causing breaks in gas mains. It is crucial to check for gas leaks outside your home and any dangling electrical wires.

Flood Repair

Restoration After a Flood May Require:

  • Removing damaged drywall
  • Removing flooring
  • Checking appliances
  • Moisture monitoring and control

The water causes varying degrees of damage depending on its severity affecting floors, walls, or contents such as furniture. Though they might be dry to the touch, they can harbor mold growth. A moisture meter is a great accessory as it helps detect dampness that cannot be visually observed. If the drywall has more than 10 square feet of water damage, SERVPRO technicians may have to cut the wet panels away. The cut is positioned a few inches above the visible water line. If the insulation behind is damp, we need to remove that, too.

Removing ceramic tile, laminate, sheet vinyl, and wood floors is necessary after flooding because moisture and silt collect underneath them, causing mold to grow. SERVPRO teams ensure that everything is clean and dry before installing new flooring.

SERVPRO of Lafayette provides cleanup after flood damage making it “Like it never even happened.” You can reach us at (765) 420-0077 for immediate cleaning.

Why SERVPRO Techs Use Different Mold Removal Methods in Lafayette

8/24/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growing on ceiling Our highly trained team knows how to safely remediate mold. Call us today!

SERVPRO Crews Suit Up for Mold Removal

Not wanting to continue smelling that distinctive odor caused by microbial overgrowth, homeowners in Lafayette opt for mold removal services to get their homes clean again. Since each home differs from the next one, SERVPRO needs various methods to make our work more efficient and cost-effective.

Our mold removal methods in Lafayette target the precise location, material, and environment to better serve our customers. We would not use the same techniques on the dry mold that we would use with mold in a moister, damper environment. We want to remove microbes in a way that contains them and their spores. We take cross-contamination very seriously, so we wear full-body suits, masks, and gloves – our personal protective equipment (PPE).

To protect your home from spores that can begin a new mold colony, our IICRC trained techs  include these in our mold removal services:

  • Chambered sections of your home with plastic sheeting,
  • Vacuuming up mold particles and spores with vacuums that have HEPA filtrations systems, and
  • Detection and elimination of damp areas in your residence.

Mold particles and spores can quickly become airborne and find their way to other areas of a house. Plastic sheeting creates a barrier, making it much more difficult for microbes and their spores to reach new areas of the home.

HEPA filters help us capture and remove mold from your home even more. Standard filters cannot do this and fail to perform at the required level. Keeping track of mold is difficult because of its microscopic size, so we must depend on trusted equipment and devices to do this for us.

With specialized cameras that detect the differences in surface temperature, we can visually see where damper areas exist inside your residence. Following these moisture pockets back to their source, we can eliminate them and restore more arid conditions. A drier environment helps reduce the ability of microbes to overgrow.

SERVPRO of Lafayette can answer your questions at our emergency services line, (765) 420-0077.

Flood Damage Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Property in Lafayette

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

Heavy rain hitting roof SERVPRO is the only call you will need to make to handle storm damage!

Worried About Flood Damage? Help Is on Standby

Heavier than average rainfall can leave our city covered in much water - enough to leave Lafayette homes inundated with flood damage. Quick action can help reduce the severity experienced, just as preparing for flooding with sandbags and moving valuable items from your home.

Our flood damage restoration team lives in Lafayette, so we know how destructive flooding and other disasters can impact our city. We are ready and able to help protect your property from sustaining additional damage by mitigating existing damage. The more rapidly we complete these tasks, the less cost our customers experience.

We at SERVPRO want to assure those with sustained, or possible, flood damage that we are always available to help prevent worsening problems by:

  • Removal of floodwater and contaminated debris,
  • Cleanup of the residence's interior, 
  • Drying out of the interior space, and
  • Preventative measures that reduce secondary damage.
  • Application of antimicrobial agents.

Pumping out water is much better than waiting for floodwaters to recede on their own. It also gives us additional time, a head start, for cleaning and mitigation work. As we do this, we remove any foreign matter – tree branches, garbage, soil, etc.

Rinsing durable surfaces with clean water lowers the amount of filth in your home. Soil, silt, microbes, organic matter, and other contaminants can retain moisture and odor-causing particles.

Using heat and forceful air movers, we work to reverse the moisture level back to normal. Drying the interior out might also include:

  • Removing water-retaining carpeting and padding.
  • Take floorboards outside to dry.
  • Monitoring and relocating drying equipment.

Opening enclosed spaces under cabinets or stairwells can help dry things out faster. Air scrubbers help reduce airborne contaminants, including mold and mildew.

These and other methods help us get things back under control, so your home becomes livable again. SERVPRO of Lafayette wants you to stay safe during any flooding incidents, and for help protecting your home and other property, call us at (765) 420-0077.

Fire Restoration Eases the Cost of a Disaster in West Lafayette

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Closeup of match burning From hard surfaces to upholstery, SERVPRO has the cleaners and expertise to clean your fire damaged possessions.

Replacing Things Costs More than Fire Restoration

Fire and related soot can make your once-comfortable home a blackened, dirty, smelly mess. Fire restoration efforts can rescue your West Lafayette home without having to replace everything.

Although your residence might seem like a complete and total loss, technicians skilled in fire restoration assist others in West Lafayette quite often. SERVPRO knows how to clean it all up efficiently. The methods we use to restore your belongings reduce the cost of getting back on track. 

Some of these methods, depending on the item in need of fire restoration, include:

  • Dry cleaning (not the type that requires special solvents!),
  • Wet cleaning,
  • Spray and wipe,
  • Foam cleaning, and
  • Abrasive cleaning.

Dry cleaning uses no water or other liquids and works well for fabric decorations like needlepoint or crochet, but only if lightly soiled. We also use this to reduce the amount of soot coating your belongings before using a liquid cleaning method. 

Some cleaning methods, such as carpet cleaning, target a specific material within your residence but to prevent further damage, we must begin as soon as possible. Carpet cleaning is a wet cleaning method. We use this cleaning technique to recover most dishes, cookware, many toys, or anything we can submerge in water.

For more control over an item's moisture content or the amount of cleaning chemical we apply, we can use either spray and wipe or foam-based cleaning methods. Porcelain items from your grandmother might need more delicate cleaning or contain a mixture of materials. Dolls with cloth bodies with a head made of painted porcelain require a lot of TLC and delicately applied cleaning solutions, quickly wiped away and handled carefully. 

Your favorite upholstered rocking chair or recliner might fade or discolor if allowed to get overly soaked. Foam from our cleaning products is all it needs, so we use that to make things clean and bright again.

SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 uses trusted methods to perform crucial work, making everything “Like it never even happened.”

Why Indian Village Residents Call SERVPRO for Mold Damage

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

Hand pulling back wallpaper revealing mold Our team has the tools to locate and eliminate hidden moisture which can lead to mold growth.

Homes with Mold Damage are Damper than Normal

When SERVPRO gets a call about mold damage in Indian Village, we know that it is more than just microbes that require our attention. We also need to address the environment that made prolific microbial growth possible.

This adverse environment that allows mold damage in an Indian Village home to take over often seems uncomfortable to the people living there. However, temporary measures to alleviate discomfort often happen instead of more permanent changes that would provide more cost-effective, long-term relief. 

Excess humidity can come from various places and is rarely consistent throughout a residence. Here are a few places our IICRC trained techs have found excess moisture and elevated humidity with our infrared cameras:

  • Underneath or behind refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines,
  • The back of closets, cabinets, and stairwells, 
  • Crawlspaces and basements, and
  • Attics where winter moisture seeped in and now readily evaporated with the summer heat.

Mold damage can start small, but with the continued use of heating and cooling systems that use ducts, microbes can spread from wall to wall in your home. The moisture they need can also travel widely. However, water alone is not enough. Microbes need cellulose-based food sources wherever they land. Immobile and dependent on air currents to find new locations for their spores, landing on a damp surface only serves their needs if cellulose is present.

Some things naturally contain cellulose, like drywall or wood paneling. Others do not but often come to contain cellulose, like carpeting with food crumbs or dirty plastic dishes forgotten in your camping gear. Microbes are also nearly everywhere in even the cleanest houses, reducing their need to travel far. 

While you can easily clean up small areas infested with mold, after a microbial colony reaches about ten square feet, a professional cleaning can help control the mold and clean the area. SERVPRO of Lafayette can help with mold damage clean-up. Contact us at (765) 420-0077 for tailored services.

Fire Restoration Helps Make Homes Habitable Again in Lafayette

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

Soot Tags Soot tags look like a spider’s web in the upper corners and can make your home seem dirty.

Remove Soot, Odor, and More with Fire Restoration

Any size fire can produce an enormous amount of smoke. This smoke contains solids and is not entirely gas-like. These solids become airborne during the fire because of the heat involved. These solids are also known as soot. 

Removing soot from the interior of a home in Lafayette is part of fire restoration. As we do this, we also run equipment called air scrubbers that reduce the number of soot particles in the air. Soot can stay suspended in the atmosphere for extended periods after a fire. Besides smelling foul, soot in the air can affect people’s sense of taste. Other problems can arise because of soot in the home. 

Some of these problems become apparent almost immediately, like the ever-present odor. Others might take a while before you notice them. A few issues to be aware of that SERVPRO can help your family avoid:

  • Staining of clothing, curtains, bedding, towels, tablecloths, carpeting, and upholstery,
  • Corrosion of metal fixtures, door handles, hinges, or exposed hardware, 
  • Soiling of windows and mirrors, countertops and tables, glossy furniture, and
  • Soot tags look like a spider’s web in the upper corners and can make your home seem dirty.

SERVPRO’s fire restoration team can handle removing soot from your residence as part of our fire restoration services. As our air scrubbers work, we also work according to IICRC standardized procedures to clean your home. Part of this is to have different sections of your home contained with negative pressure chambers that we customize specifically for you. 

We clean the home’s structure, and we also clean your family’s personal belongings to remove soot. For the worst build-up of soot after a fire, we use our own Fire Star 356. We often do not need this, but it is always available for the worst a fire’s smoke might leave behind.

SERVPRO of Lafayette is ready, 24/7, 365 days a year, to help with fire restoration in your home. Call us at (765) 420-0077 for fast, dependable service that can make it all “Like it never even happened.”

Keep All Your Appointments with Water Removal Help in Lafayette

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

Inside of clinic waiting room Did your business experience water damage? SERVPRO can handle everything from removing water to odor control.

Clinics Dry Fastest if Water Removal is Done First

Coming in to see the doctor is stressful for many people. Entering a building with signs up with warnings about wet floors and the hazards of slipping can make patients uncomfortable. Having water removal services going at the first sign of a water leak can mean all the difference to patients visiting your Lafayette clinic.

While water removal services in a Lafayette clinic finish, many might feel tempted to cancel appointments. We want you to feel confident in keeping established appointments and finishing up your day like normal. SERVPRO’s team of professionals can make this possible for you. 

As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO understands your concerns about your visibility in the public’s eye. We know that as a medical clinic, the public relies on you for trustworthy issues regarding the well-being of their families. In addition to water removal after a leak, we also perform the following for our customers:

  • Desiccation and humidity control,
  • Inspection and cleaning of flooring, and
  • Odor control and application of deodorizing methods.

We can use your central air/HVAC during heat waves instead of our desiccant machines. During the winter, we keep them ready for emergencies like frozen and broken pipes. We don’t want the interior to get too dry, which

can lead to overly dry and unfavorable conditions.

Carpeting can show discoloration after a water leak. Carpet cleaning can even up color and tone and lift any pile that becomes matted down. Other types of flooring can warp or come unglued, leading to problems with uneven floors.

Odors often become an issue when water is present. Volatile compounds can become unstable and get lifted into the air more easily after wetness. We use gel packs, beads, and aerosol sprays to combat such odors. Many times, their presence is only temporary.

For water removal at your clinic, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077. Our technicians can help with restoring dry conditions and do so quickly.