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Well-Trained and Equipped Crews Are Why SERVPRO Is the Lafayette Fire and Odor Removal Industry Leader

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Burned and soot covered wall and stove. Lafayette, SERVPRO will be right there with you for your fire damage.

Let SERVPRO show you all the reasons why for your Lafayette fire damage.

What looks and smells like a chaotic mess in your Lafayette home after a fire follows a scientific arc that is predictable and remediable using research-based strategies and appropriate tools. Our commitment to the highest-quality training for our employees as well as cutting edge equipment is why we deliver consistently superior results.

Debris and Residue Creation and Movement

The soot coatings and stench requiring fire and odor removal in Lafayette have one source. As heat and flames move through your home, the structural components and contents burned and superheated create minute particles of incompletely combusted materials and emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Some of these substances remain airborne, and others seek a cooler surface upon which to deposit. The hot air currents can carry debris far from the point of origin. Our comprehension of the process, supported by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training and experience, is why we swiftly match professional-grade products, techniques, and equipment to eliminate the soot and the smells.

Principles of Fire Damage Cleaning

Our goal is to return the structure and contents of your home to their preloss conditions. We do this by applying the following research-based principles to your specific scenario. Mastery of these principles during IICRC training is why SERVPRO can have your complete confidence.

  • Location of residues through careful inspection of all spaces in your home
  • Identification of
    • Residue type -- dry, wet, or protein
    • Affected surface characteristics -- porosity, texture, durability
  • Followed by a determination of the proper products and techniques to effectively remove residues from damaged surfaces
  • Capture and removal of residues by breaking the bonds and releasing the soot into a suspension that carries the particles away
  • Disposal of residues according to local regulations and best practices

Basic Deodorization Protocols

Soot and VOCs are also the carriers of odors. Effective deodorization is a science, another reason why SERVPRO invests in up-to-date training and equipment. The general procedure to remove odor includes the following:

  • Remove the source and debris
  • Clean odor-bearing (sooty) surfaces everywhere in the home
  • Recreate conditions causing odors to penetrate -- thermal fogging as an example
  • Sealing surfaces that persistently resist other odor controls

Innovative Deodorizing Options

We check out and invest in advanced odor-eliminating technology continuously. Access to hydroxyl generators and ozone machines is why SERVPRO can adapt the basic protocols above to manage your particular situation. These machines change odor-bearing particulates at the molecular level. Neutralized or changed to inoffensive byproducts, the fire damage and odor removal is complete.

Research-based results are why SERVPRO of Lafayette delivers peace of mind after we complete fire and odor removal services. Call (765) 420-0077 to arrange an assessment.

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Flood Damage in Battle Ground Home Brings Special Challenges

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water drops on wooden surface Contact SERVPRO when water damages your home

Removing flood damage from your flooring

When flood damage happens, the first impulse is to clean up the water, and it works until water winds up running behind baseboards, into the carpet, and the sheetrock appears to be wet.

SERVPRO technicians scope the Battle Ground property with flood damage carefully and methodically to locate all areas of water migration. This action is vital because when moisture remains after cleanup, it can lead to issues with both musty odors and mold damage.

Why SERVPRO?

The technicians have extensive training for handling any size flood loss issues on any type of property. They also have access to a diverse array of equipment to perform water extraction on various surfaces as well as specialized drying equipment to leave the property ready for any needed repairs to return it to its preloss condition.

Drying Flooring

When flood water enters, the floor gets wet. The time that passes between exposure and cleanup efforts beginning determines the loss factor. Hardwood flooring, in particular, can look terrible after absorbing water with the boards both cupping or warping. SERVPRO technicians extract as much moisture as possible from the boards and use drying mats to force warm, dry air directly into the boards. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air and port it away, which results in progressively drier air circulating and dries the flooring faster.

Tiles attached with adhesive often delaminate. Whether or not they have the potential for reuse through cleaning is determinate upon the construction materials.

Water Behind Walls

When flood water migrates within a home. It must be removed and dried. SERVPRO technicians sometimes need to perform controlled demolition techniques known as flood cuts to open up the walls for drying. This method involves measuring above the water line on the sheetrock and cutting it away in a straight line. When they locate water behind the baseboards, weep holes assist with drainage, and for more significant issues, the removal of baseboards is standard. The use of the Injecti-Dry systems force air into the wall cavities and ensure they dry completely.

SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 arrives quickly and cleans up flood damage in your home to make it, "Like it never even happened."

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Contact Us If Your Lafayette Office Experiences A Flood Damage Disaster

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

computers at desks with water pooling on floor Our experts can handle any size flood disaster.

Flooding in your Lafayette Offices? Contact us to Minimize Loss of Revenue

Office blocks that suffer from flooding can be a headache for a building manager. Not only are several clients put out of business temporarily, but there are also safety issues. These can be compounded by a lack of appropriate in-house equipment to deal with damages to acoustical ceilings or carpeted floors. Many restoration services do not have the human resources required to complete the job adequately and with a minimum loss of revenue.

Our company operates locally but has access to national resources, making us a prime candidate for commercial flood damage restoration here in Lafayette. Together we have worked on large loss recovery programs during storm seasons and have built a tremendous amount of experience in the process. With commercial clients, communication is critical because there are often several parties at risk when an office block gets flooded. SERVPRO provides a dedicated crew chief to inform you throughout the service.

While it is usually necessary for temporary closure, SERVPRO can help you to provide a safe working environment for your clients by cordoning off the affected area. The precise placing of hazard signals and warning signs means you may be able to re-open some offices to clients during the drying procedure. Working with a full team of technicians can help to speed up the process of drying the affected area.

In some situations, a SERVPRO crew chief may decide to use in-place drying techniques. This procedure can be beneficial to office managers where there is a large amount of equipment and furniture in place. In-place drying allows us to remedy the affected area without causing displacement or requiring removal teams. This method typically takes longer to dry, but that is often counter-balanced with reduced removal works. Using air movers, we can detach carpets to temporarily float them, or use weighted extraction wands around the perimeter to prevent water migration.

Dealing with many business rental clients can make office floods particularly stressful. Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077.

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Proven Tips for Dealing with Fire Damage in Indian Village

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

residential kitchen with burned fridge and cabinets. Soot covering the counters and walls Fire damage in your kitchen calls for quick remediation efforts. Contact team SERVPRO immediately after the fire fighters leave.

Why SERVPRO Fits as Your Indian Village Fire Damage Specialist

The harm done by an Indian Village household fire can affect every structural component and all its contents. Limiting the homeowner's stress during recovery involves engaging a disaster restoration company that can manage each aspect. Our commitment to offering full-spectrum mitigation and remediation services is why we are up to delivering industry best practice results on every phase of a complex project.

Kitchen Fires Create Issues Throughout Your Home 

It can be astounding how pervasive and persistent kitchen fire damage in your Indian Village home becomes. Regardless of how quickly you respond to the blaze, the protein-based residues created by evaporation move quickly on air currents or through the HVAC ductwork in your house. The greasy debris seeks cooler surfaces, often leaving the area of the fire relatively residue-free as they find and adhere to surfaces in far-flung rooms and levels of your home. Tightly adhered, and very malodorous, you cannot chance leaving any of the damage unremediated.

Water and Chemical Residuals Need Attention

Although water is not the substance of choice to quell a grease fire, a chemical extinguisher can fill your kitchen with foam. Water damage can be present if used as the fire spread. SERVPRO addresses fire-fighting residuals early on, drawing on our water damage and general cleaning knowledge and experience.

Utilizing Cleaning Principles

When cleaning different types of fire residues, SERVPRO evaluates the make-up of the residues to determine what kind of cleaning agent and action is most effective. We use the principle that “like dissolves like” constantly when looking for solutions to clear away residues. Since water is of little use when extinguishing a kitchen fire, it should come as no surprise that water-soluble cleaners are not what we reach for when removing protein-based residues. Our technicians use formulas specially developed to loosen the nearly invisible residue, and we also consider agitation and abrasive tools to assist. 

Perseverance for Persistent Odor Problems

Our deodorization experts need to pull out all the stops when it comes to odor abatement after a kitchen fire. SERVPRO uses a multi-step process including debris disposal, deep cleaning, and a consideration of a range of specialized products and equipment that masks, pairs with, or changes the chemical characteristics of the odor-bearing particles. We work with you and your individualized perception of odor until you are satisfied that the smell is gone.

Disaster recovery is hard enough without periodically switching contractors, why SERVPRO of Lafayette pledges to maintain industry certification across many disciplines. Call us at (765) 420-0077 to set things right from top to bottom.

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We Can Save Your Dayton Home From Smoke Damage

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

furniture in room burned after fire with soot and dust Our experts will work quickly to remove any smoke odors in your home.

Smoke Damage from Smoldering Couch In Dayton

Everyone knows falling asleep while smoking causes many fires every year. A smoldering couch can spread smoke throughout a home. The couch can also burst into flames, potentially causing much more damage and harm to the occupants. The fire department extinguishes the fire utilizing either chemicals or water, depending on the type of fire.

SERVPRO responds to fire damage events like these in Dayton and helps clients deal with smoke damage and the odors that remain. Our objective is to respond to the client's call for help in less than four hours. We handle fire events, storm damage, and water damage. We are experts at helping clients clean and restore their homes.

Remove the Source

SERVPRO recommends that the source of the fire should be removed. Whether it is a couch that caught fire, or a grease fire on the stove, removing these items from the home can reduce the odor of smoke significantly. We review any other porous items that may have been touched by flames or heavy smoke. Fabrics and other porous items can be sent out for cleaning.

Hard Surface Cleaning

Tile and hardwood floors can be wiped down and cleaned of any soot and smoke odors. Walls can also generally be washed; however, in more challenging situations, the walls may need to be repainted to mask the odor from the fire. We clean all other hard surface items in the area.

Deodorizing Your Home

Once everything has been cleaned, the smoke odor may still remain. The next step is to close up your home and deodorize it. We can use ozone or hydroxyl generators for this purpose. Both processes work well; however, hydroxyls work faster than ozone and cover a greater range of compounds. Hydroxyls also are effective at penetrating porous materials such as clothing, rugs, and other porous materials in the home. Rest assured, SERVPRO will assess the situation and utilize the appropriate cleaning and deodorization processes for your home.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Indian Village, Battle Ground, Ash Grove, and the surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Have Specialized Devices To Handle Lafayette Water Damage

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment connected to a plastic tube and plastic covering the floor Water pockets and moisture seeped into the planks of this hardwood floor. We had the proper equipment to extract the water right away.

Water Damage in Lafayette Worsens without Mitigation

Slight damage from water in your Lafayette property might seem unimportant. No home is completely perfect, and repair work costs money. However, water easily migrates to other areas, and some places in your home that succumb to water damage can remain hidden. 

Your property in Lafayette might contain water damage in areas that you thought were sound and not at risk. SERVPRO uses special imaging devices that can reveal cooler spots cause by excess amounts of moisture. Wherever we locate such places, we mitigate the damage and get the area dried out. Any places that contain weakened materials need cleaned out and restored. 

We do this as quickly as we can, working in teams. Some hoes might contain very little damage, while others need more extensive work. We always discuss everything with the homeowners beforehand. We want our customers to be comfortable with every stage of the work we do. They can always come to us and ask questions about how we are taking care of their home. 

Structural damage is one type of water damage that might happen, but it can also happen to your belongings. Furniture, clothing, and appliances can all become damaged when too much humidity exists in the air for extended periods. The small spike in humidity after a rain shower does little to a home's contents, in general. When humidity lasts too long, though, secondary water damage can begin to happen. 

Clothing might end up showing tiny dots of mildew, musty smells might start to emanate from carpeting, and patches of dusty mold might grow on the back of closets or large pieces of furniture up close against the wall. Paint on your walls might start to flake and peel, or even become darker from staining. SERVPRO can help you remove all these types of damage, and more. 

Water damage might require drying out of waterlogged walls. Floors can also have damp areas, especially near sinks, tubs, and exterior walls. We come to your home with the equipment needed to solve these situations. Our experience in water damage mitigation and restoration comes from both training in-house, and also experience in other settings, including businesses in the local area.

SERVPRO of Lafayette is ready to help make your water damage problems disappear and keep them from getting worse or spreading. Call us at (765) 420-0077 if you are in or near Indian Village, Battle Ground, or Dayton. 

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Your Best Guide to Water Removal in Lafayette

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water pooling on hardwood flooring near window Contact SERVPRO for effective water removal that goes beyond the surface level to prevent warping.

Why Fast Water Removal Lessens Loss for Lafayette Hardwood Floors

Most homeowners consider their hardwood flooring a substantial investment in the aesthetic of their home. When water damage happens, they know the basics for handling spills and daily maintenance, but broader issues may seem overwhelming. If the dishwater malfunctions in a kitchen or a supply line break is gushing water in a living room with hardwood floors, the cleanup and drying need to happen quickly to limit loss.

When SERVPRO technicians arrive at a Lafayette home for water removal, the technicians determine three factors quickly: 

  • Permeance-how easily moisture passes through the wood flooring.
  • Exposure time-how long, the flooring received exposure to water.
  • Type of wood-different types of flooring needs various restoration methods. Composite wood flooring generally has a poor outcome for prolonged exposure to water vapor. 

Why SERVPRO?

Hardwood flooring requires both specialized extraction equipment and drying techniques for the best outcome. The technicians do several passes over the boards to pull up as much water as possible before moving on to the drying phase. Drying for hardwood floors usually includes the use of drying mats. These thick mats directly force warm, dry air into the boards, pushing water vapor out and leave the floor ready for refinishing if needed. 

Signs of Water Damage to Wood Flooring

Simply put: wood expands when exposed to water. The longer it is exposed, the more it buckles or warps. The technicians carefully monitor the drying process, as over drying on the bottom tends to cause the wood to crown. The outcome is unmistakable with boards that bow upwards, and this is an issue that cannot be sanded down after drying. 

Another common problem is hardwood flooring that is held together with water-soluble glues tends to not hold up against prolonged exposure to water. SERVPRO technicians handle hardwood flooring very carefully during the restoration process to avoid problems such as crowning. 

When your hardwood floor needs water removal for any type of water loss, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077. The certified technicians have both the experience and equipment for the best outcome to your floor, "Like it never even happened."

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We Can Assist You With Your Storm Damage Emergency In Lafayette

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Brown couch floating in brown water and water seeping up the drywall Call our crew if your home experiences damage from a flood

Let Us Help You with Flooding and Storm Damage in Lafayette

After a major storm and flooding, there is a limited timeline for drying and extraction to commence before significant damage takes hold. Remedy flood damage quickly when you contact professionals to help with the delicate steps of the process. SERVPRO features trained technicians with proven strategies for addressing wet, damp spaces throughout your home.

The quicker our flood damage professionals in Lafayette can get to work, the less damage is incurred. When there is a situation involving water damage and potential contamination, the severity amplifies the longer that you wait to call for help. SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster, meaning that we can get to work as soon as possible. Our customers in the Lafayette area deserve prompt results for all flooding and storm damage needs.

SERVPRO technicians use several strategies for identifying and drying the moisture located within structural cavities. Our initial phase includes the use of thermal imagery and infrared technology to identify dampened areas. The temperature differences tell us where moisture pockets are, giving us precise locations for focusing our drying efforts. We also use positive and negative pressure depending on the potential contamination and damage present within the home.

With positive pressure methods, the air is pushed into the cavity to help with drying a specific area. This can be achieved with a heated or non-heated air mover with or without an Injectidry device. Negative pressure methods pull the moisture out of the desired cavity and help to protect against contamination. To get into an impacted cavity, our trained professionals can implement small drill holes within the baseboard, called weep holes. In the event of groundwater contamination, this Black Water dictates the removal of wet materials such as dry wood panels.

No matter how challenging the flood and storm damage task may be, you can trust in the team at SERVPRO to have your best interests in mind. Our staff works to protect your home as well as the occupants, which means moving quickly to hinder rapid mold growth. Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077, and we can send a team out to your property as soon as possible to get started.

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Call Us For Help After A Fire Damage Incident In Your Battle Ground Home

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen with cabinets and refrigerator burned and covered in soot and debris covering the floor Our experts are ready 24/7 to help after a fire causes damage to your home.

Why Hire SERVPRO to Handle Fire Damage in Your Battle Ground Home

Fire accidents in homes occur mostly because of cooking equipment. The National Fire Protection Association states that 43 percent of reported home structure fires begin in the kitchen. A fire incident can lead to property damage and other problems that can affect your quality of life. All the paper, wood, clothing, and other synthetic or organic matter that burned can transform into soot.

Soot can end up settling on many surfaces throughout your home, even if the fire happened in one room. Repairing the fire damage in your Battle Ground home can be expensive, especially if you do not take quick action. SERVPRO franchise professionals can help you reverse the damage caused by fire. We can inspect your home and then take steps to eliminate all soot, smoke, and other residues. Before our restoration team arrives, you can do the following things:

  • Contact your insurance agent to start documenting the fire loss and initiating your claim.
  • Separate the undamaged materials from the damaged ones. If you can find the receipts of ruined items, that could help. Providing photos along with a list of damaged items is useful when filing a claim.
  • Read and acknowledge the specifics of the fire report that the responding fire department issued and ensure that you get a copy.

Soot residue is acidic and can cause the metal in plumbing fixtures, doorknobs, and light fixtures to corrode or pit. It can also etch the glass in mirrors, cabinets, and windows, causing them to appear soiled and cloudy. Soot residues can also discolor appliances, plastics, fabrics, and vinyl windows. Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can remove acidic soot residues from affected structures and contents.

It is easier to clean smooth, non-porous surfaces than it is to clean fabric items. A simple cleaning or wipe down can be sufficient. Upholstered furniture may require shampooing, airing out, and treating. Our SERVPRO team can assess each item or surface to choose the most suitable restoration method. For instance, when cleaning the interiors of wood or paneled cabinets, we can use dry cleaning sponges to remove the residues. If the residues remain, our restorers can use denatured alcohol so that smoke residues do not set into the pores of the wood. To remove residues from window glass, we can use low-alkaline glass cleaners.

In the unfortunate event of a fire in your home, call SERVPRO of Lafayette for prompt restoration. You can reach our experts anytime at (765) 420-0077. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Experts Discuss Our Deodorization Procedures In Battle Ground

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Burned interior and furniture in a commercial property. Our experts can save your fire damaged property and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Fire Damage Technicians From Battle Ground Point Out Deodorization Procedures

Any business that has a kitchen inside it in Battle Ground, including your bar and grill, has an increased risk of suffering from a structural burn. Kitchens are the most common source for commercial fire damage because it is a place with heat and open flames. Once something burns in your company's kitchen, the smoke created by the inferno can travel throughout your building. Smoke can then cause foul odors.

Even minor commercial fire damage in your Battle Ground saloon and restaurant can cause unaffected areas such as your dining room to smell like smoke and burnt materials. Whenever your business' building suffers from even a small structural burn, it is wise to call in a restoration company such as SERVPRO. We provide fast 24/7 service, and we can quickly begin helping remediate your issues. Even In light smoke odors situations, our crew knows the best deodorization procedures to return your restaurant to the way it was before the blaze, “Like it never even happened.”

When smoke only affects a small area of your building, our SERVPRO technicians treat the situation differently than others. In some cases, no building materials or contents get badly burnt, but smoke residues are still present. These residues can sometimes be light or barely even visible. Even if farther from the affected area foul odors do not exist, it is still necessary to treat and deodorize the affected region of your structure.

If removing the source of the pungent aromas is possible, it is the first step our SERVPRO team takes when mitigating light odor problems from your bar and grill. For example, if something that was in the middle of cooking, other contents, or any of your structural components get severely charred, then we can remove them from your torched kitchen. Then, we can take measures to ventilate the negatively affected area by opening doors, windows, and by pushing air through the room with fans.

Next, we can clean all surfaces where soot is present with specialized cleaners. However, if foul aromas still exist after all soot residues and burnt materials have been removed, then we can utilize other deodorization procedures such as fogging or ozone generation.

Problems with smoke in your restaurant can ruin the pleasant atmosphere your eatery typically has to offer. But, if you call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077, we can be of much assistance because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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