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Do Entrepreneurs Need Mold Remediation Before Buying a New Commercial Property?

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Hand pulling wallpaper back exposing mold Mold damage is often hidden. SERVPRO knows the signs to look for. We can locate and remediate mold in your property.

Lafayette Business Owners Need to Know if Mold Remediation is Necessary

Buying a new commercial property in Lafayette is an exciting time in the life of your business. Whether you are looking for a drop-shipping warehouse, a cozy cafe, or an upmarket store, purchasing a commercial property is a big commitment. Property inspections are an unavoidable part of the buying process, and it is wise to get those completed before signing any paperwork.

One area to pay attention to is whether your proposed Lafayette property needs mold remediation. You might be thinking that if a property has mold, there is no way you should consider buying it. However, the decision is not quite that straightforward, as the situation might be easy to remedy, making the building viable once more.

Why is it imperative to be aware of mold when purchasing a commercial property?

Mold is a naturally occurring fungus that grows on organic materials such as wood, paper, and cotton. The fungus thrives wherever it finds a food source, moisture, oxygen, darkness, and the correct temperature. It is essential to be aware of mold risks when buying business premises, because:

  • If left unchecked, mold can damage everything from office furniture to wallpaper to wooden beams.
  • Mold spores spread quickly, and if you do not do something about them, you could soon find mold in other areas of your new business.
  • Patches of fungus or moldy odors do not give professional air and affect how staff and clients see your business.
  • Mold can cause health effects.

What are the signs of mold?

The main signs of mold are patches of green, black, or gray fungus growing in corners or surfaces, and wet patches and watermarks on floors and walls. You might also notice a distinctive moldy odor.

Because mold thrives on moisture, there are tell-tale signs that a premise in Lafayette has a mold risk. For example, leaking door and window frames, visible leaks around sinks or faucets, soft patches in the walls (indicating moisture beneath), carpets, or textiles damp to the touch. 

Does fungus mean you should not make the purchase?

We understand that fungus is a concern when buying a property. When deciding whether the mold is a reason to cancel the purchase, it is useful to consider:

  • How extensive the mold damage is – if it is not very extensive, the property might still be worth buying
  • Whether the source of the fungal growth is something that can be fixed to help prevent it from happening again
  • How much the cost of remediation will add to the purchase price

Who do you need to call?

Should you be concerned about mold, call SERVPRO. Our team includes mold remediation technicians who will:

  • Give you a professional appraisal of the situation.
  • Use a range of instruments such as moisture probes, thermo-hygrometers, and thermal imaging to gather data on the volume of moisture present and the likely extent of the damage.
  • Let you know how long cleaning will take, how much it will cost, and the likely outcomes. 

Suppose you decide to go ahead with remediation. In that case, SERVPRO technicians will use a combination of mechanical action, HEPA filtering, wiping, and anti-microbial application to remediate the mold and leave the premises Certified SERVPRO Cleaned. We can clean furniture, carpets, drapes, walls, floors, and ceilings of the building.

Please know that we do not offer mold spore testing. However, if the property needs mold spore testing, we can liaise with a testing company on your behalf.

Will the mold come back?

Because the fungus is naturally occurring, it is impossible to guarantee that it will not return. However, you can reduce the risk of recurrence by keeping the area dry, thus starving the fungus of the moisture it needs to thrive. Dehumidifiers are relatively inexpensive and easy to run – installing a few in your business can make a big difference.

It is also essential that you deal with any water leaks as soon as they occur. The longer you wait, the possibility of mold growth increases. Never ignore signs of mold.

What about staff training?

Your staff must be aware what to do if the mold returns. Do not encourage your team to clean it themselves – this can make the problem worse. Instead, consider signing up for a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP). The ERP includes a full facility assessment and vital details such as the chain of command and which staff should call if they notice mold growth. You can even set your SERVPRO of Lafayette as your local franchise so that we can reach you faster.

If you are concerned about mold in a potential property, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077. 

Can I Tackle Water Removal on My Own?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Man removing water damaged carpet padding and carpet Water quickly damages carpet, but SERVPRO can help. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective restoration services.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Many Water Mitigation Techniques and All the Right Tools to Address the Loss in Your Lafayette Home

Even if you want to save money by tackling water removal yourself, you need to know that there are many steps involved to ensure your interior is appropriately dried. Many of these steps call for industrial-strength tools and industry know-how, so it is most often best to enlist trained water restoration technicians (WRT). When you call SERVPRO to help with your Lafayette home's mitigation efforts, we get to work efficiently to limit the loss's impact.

Water mitigation in Lafayette gets to the heart of the matter rapidly to get back to your routine faster. Our IICRC-certified staff has access to countless extraction tools on our Green Fleet of vehicles, which allow us to pick the perfect equipment for each project. We come in to inspect the water damage so that we can determine the level of severity. We formulate a plan that may utilize multiple tools for water removal to prepare your interior for the drying phase.

How Do You Handle Standing Water?

When you have a lot of standing water inside your home for one reason or another, prompt extraction is vital. Standing water leaves your contents and building materials exposed to moisture that can lead to a breakdown. As soon as we have our plan in action, we remove surface water as quickly as possible. Many of the other measures we take to restore your interior cannot begin until we ensure all standing water gets removed.

Numerous benefits come from our water mitigation strategies, including:

  • Surface Water Removal –Depending on the nature of the surface water present, it could hold contamination that poses a potential threat to your household inhabitants and our responding technicians. We consider injury risks with standing water in your home, including possible shock or slip hazards, before we proceed with water removal.
  • Saturation Reduction – Having surface water threatens any materials that may be exposed. Water will migrate to dry areas within your home, and some wall systems and flooring can be more susceptible to moisture than others. We work to remove saturated and unsalvageable porous materials, such as drywall and any carpeting or carpet padding.
  • Water Migration Prevention –As mentioned, removing standing water is critical to ensure it does not have a chance to migrate. Any moisture left to migrate and fester will increase your chances of secondary damage.

What Tools are Used for Extraction?

SERVPRO keeps a broad range of tools and equipment in our inventory to address pooling and standing water within your Lafayette home’s loss zone. To decide what devices to use, we factor in:

  • The severity of the water damage
  • The depth of the water within the loss zone
  • Any areas where the water migrated
  • The types of materials that have been affected

A lot of these decisions are taken care of during the initial inspection phase before mitigation. Our team must select the right extraction tools to cut back on the amount of time and the water restoration project's cost. Some of the more common options our SERVPRO crew may choose from when working on water mitigation in your Lafayette home include the following:

  • Truck-mounted pumps
  • Submersible pumps
  • Wet vacuums

What About Carpeting Where Water Migrated?

The way we address wet carpeting will depend on how much water migrated to the area and the carpet fibers' sensitivity. We also treat the secondary padding to ensure that the subfloor has or does not take on too much damage. Because We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, it allows us to work on salvaging carpet whenever possible. Just a few of the tools or methods that we may use includes:

  • Carpet Wands –Mobile extraction tools and wet vacuums are imperative for interior restoration after water damage. We have a selection of individual attachments that help us to pull up excess moisture from the carpet fiber layers and padding in the most efficient manner possible.
  • Rovers –Also known as weighted extractors, this equipment uses the technician's weight to force moisture up through the carpeting for the onboard vacuum to lift.
  • Controlled Demolition –In some situations, it might not be possible for us to salvage the carpeting in or near the water loss zone. In these instances, trusted contractors may remove the carpeting and portions of the flooring if the damage has gone to the point where recovery is impossible.

We train and certify our SERVPRO of Lafayette team to handle water mitigation projects of all kinds. Call us 24/7 at (765) 420-0077 and our team will make it "Like it never even happened."

Where Can Homeowners Turn When Extreme Storm-Related Flooding Strikes in the Country's Heartland?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Thunder, lightning, and rain during storm Did the recent storms cause water to enter your home? SERVPRO is always available to restore your home.

Successful Drying of Residential Flood Damage in Lafayette Requires SERVPRO Professionals to Control Four Key Factors Through Adherence to Restoration Industry Best Practices

Storm activity in Lafayette can deliver severe damage, including flooding, to your home. Extreme weather patterns seem increasingly common each year. When your home lies in the path of these natural disasters, you need help from a well-trained and equipped company specializing in storm-related flooding mitigation and remediation. Water can enter from exterior roof, window, or siding damage. It can also seep or flow inside your foundation when the ground becomes saturated, or overland flooding builds and inundates neighborhoods with contaminated fluids.

Why Is Aggressive Extraction of Liquid Water a Priority in Professional Flooding Response?

When we scope out the flood damage suffered by Lafayette homes, we know it is critical to have all hands-on deck to remove the fluids. Waiting for water to drain and moving to the structural drying phase too soon significantly lengthens the time it takes to dry building materials to pre-flood moisture levels. Extraction is 1200 times more effective than drying alone. Consequently, SERVPRO moves immediately to pumping and extraction with truck-mount and portable units after our project manager gives the green light after the safety assessment.

What Factors Help Hasten Drying Time?

Quick drying of flood damaged materials within 24 to 48 hours is crucial to halt deterioration and prevent secondary damage, such as mold damage. SERVPRO crews master the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training before working on your project, obtaining certifications as Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians. Training in the IICRC standards guide us to concentrate on achieving a balance among the following elements for the most effective drying strategy:

  • Temperature -- best results when spaces are maintained at 70° to 90° 
  • Amount of water to be evaporated -- the more extracted, the less needing dehumidification
  • Humidity -- relative humidity of more than 60 percent slows drying, and the goal range is 30 to 50 percent
  • Air movement -- continually sweeping air away from wet surfaces and exchanging warmer, dryer air for damp enhances drying efforts

Rely on the highly qualified team at SERVPRO of Lafayette when torrential rains and fierce winds bring thunderstorms, tornadoes, or even derechos and associated flood damage to your front door. Call us round the clock at (765) 420-0077 for professional flooding recovery after the storm.

In What Order Are Fire Damages Addressed in Homes?

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged room. Flooring damaged Fire damage is devastating to homeowners. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective remediation.

When fires damage your Lafayette residence, there is a specific restoration path our professionals follow to make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Fire recovery and cleanup happens in several stages and steps for your Lafayette home. As challenging and overwhelming as these disasters might initially appear, our continual approach transitions from one need of the property to the next ensures that we can return your house to preloss condition efficiently.

Fire restoration in Lafayette homes changes from one residence to the next based on the circumstances that exist. Our SERVPRO team’s approach to a kitchen fire in your house might vary significantly to an overloaded outlet that catches fire in the living room and spreads throughout several property rooms. However, we have a general path to follow for most fire recovery needs, and this involves several layers of cleaning and restoration.

In What Order Does Restoration Happen? 

A careful evaluation of the house's conditions occurs during a pre-job inspection and scoping of the damage. Data collected during this assessment determines the restoration plan, necessary tools, and personnel. Often, the path of fire damage restoration follows these steps:

  • Emergency Services – These are pre-scoping tasks designed to prevent fire losses from getting substantially worse. Often these actions are extracting water, controlled demolition, and debris removal. 
  • Safety Hazards – Environmental hazards are a severe concern for responding technicians, so we set up equipment like air scrubbers to help.
  • Customer Priorities – Your concerns are vital to our restoration process because what is most important to you should get addressed as quickly as possible to put you at ease. 
  • Cleaning/Soot Removal – Surface and airborne smoke and soot particles present a health and structural hazard, so our SERVPRO professionals must remove them as soon as possible. 
  • Deodorization – Using foggers, hydroxyl generators, and ozone machines, we can neutralize and eliminate lingering smoke odors. 

Fire restoration varies from one address to the next, but our SERVPRO of Lafayette team can help design a plan tailored to your home's needs. Give us a call at (765) 420-0077.

My Child’s Bedroom Has Water Damage – What Can Be Done?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Water spewing from pipe Water damage can happen at any time and can be extensive. SERVPRO knows how to quickly dry your home.

SERVPRO Has Qualified Technicians to Mitigate the Damage that Water Can Leave in Lafayette Homes

Every day in Lafayette, homes are impacted by water damage. It can be from a busted pipe, a washer overflowing, or a water heater rupture. In this case, a bathtub overflowed into the child’s bedroom. Professional help is needed to restore the property and prevent secondary damage.

Can the Carpet Be Rescued?

Kids are a wonderful thing. They make life exciting and fun, but they can also be forgetful. In this situation, a young man forgot to watch his bathwater. The tub’s drain was not working correctly, and before he knew it, water was pouring into his bedroom. The carpet was soaked, toys sopping wet, and some of his books got damaged. For SERVPRO technicians, water mitigation in Lafayette often involves wet carpet and can often be restored. 

Surface water tends to pool on things like carpeting. Extracting as much water as possible, as quickly as possible, is vital. If left for very long, the damage can become worse, and mold can develop. SERVPRO has various methods of water extraction. Each circumstance gets looked at individually, and the best process is determined. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified techs can use:

  • Truck-mounted extractors
  • Portable pumps
  • Submersible pumps
  • Wet vacs
  • Carpet wands
  • Light wands
  • Weighted extractors

If the water intrusion causes delamination, the carpet may not be able to be salvaged. The rug in this boy’s bedroom got soaked with clean water, and SERVPRO was called immediately. The technicians were able to clean and dry the carpet. 

Are the Toys in the Room OK?

In one corner of the room, toys were sitting. Stuffed animals in a pile absorbed water. Since the water was clean, contamination that comes with gray or black water was not a problem. If they had sat for any length of time, they could have gotten mold on them. Disposing of them may have been the only option in that case. But these were able to be properly washed, dried, and returned to their owner. Toy cars, plastic superhero figures, and Legos were either sprayed clean, wiped down, or immersion cleaned. 

Can His Books Be Salvaged?

Kids love their books, and they have their favorites. Often books were gifted by grandparents or other special people in their lives. Replacing water damaged books that are inexpensive is often the best bet. But for those expensive or treasured ones, they can often be restored. If the books get rescued within 24 hours, they can be frozen for later restoration or dried immediately. SERVPRO can restore books, documents, and photographs to a usable condition, usually. The objective is to avoid further damage to the items. There are five methods for document and book drying:

  • Air drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freeze-drying
  • Vacuum freeze-drying
  • Vacuum thermal drying

Although books can be dried and restored, they never look like they initially did. Water spots and other discoloration can be present.

How Do I Know All the Moisture is Gone?

The bathroom and the bedroom required water mitigation in Lafayette. Hidden moisture can be a problem if not taken care of immediately. Water can seep under floors, behind walls, and into ceilings. Not only can it cause the materials to break down and weaken, but it can cause mold. Mold remediation is not what you want to deal with if you don’t have to. Our professional teams use moisture meters, sensors, and probes to detect moisture. We seek out any water and make sure the area is completely dry. 

In the bathroom, the water traveled underneath the cabinet. The technicians removed the base molding to access the toe-kick area. They then drilled holes along the bottom of the cabinet in this area to allow for airflow. A vent system was used to force air into the cabinet, ensuring a thorough drying. We have advanced Injecti-Dry equipment just for this purpose. Other drying equipment used in both the bedroom and the bathroom were air movers and industrial dehumidifiers. 

Professional Water Mitigation You Can Trust

Even a small, contained water intrusion such as this can lead to more significant problems if left untreated. If the homeowners decided to clean up the water themselves, there might have been pockets of moisture unseen. The cabinet could have deteriorated at the base from absorbed water. Mold may have developed if the carpet wasn’t completely dried. They probably would have thought his favorite book from grandma was a loss and tossed it. 

By calling in the professionals, it is possible to save more than you think. When water damage strikes, you can trust our experienced team to restore your home to preloss condition. Our goal is always to leave the property, “Like it never even happened.” Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 for quality water mitigation service.

How Do You Clean Up After Fire Suppression in a Lafayette Office Kitchen?

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher being used. Did you know that fire suppression equipment leaves residues? SERVPRO knows how to clean and remove them.

After extinguishing the fire and the first responders have cleared the building, SERVPRO can help clean up the fire effects and the suppression equipment. 

Fire losses can be a hazardous situation for your staff and clients in a Lafayette office building when traditional extinguishment methods get used. Kitchen flare-ups or electrical overloads can have an immediate and deliberate impact on structural fixtures in this break area that requires knowledgeable professionals like our SERVPRO team to address. 

How Do We Remove Fire Suppression Residues?

When fire restoration in Lafayette offices begins, containment and mitigation steps are vital to protecting its contents. Reducing the spread and severity of loss incidents can often involve addressing the mess left behind after a fire suppression device gets used. With many types of suppression products, the methods for removing residues varies as well. These include:

  • Dry Chemical – These are among the most common options for residential and commercial fire extinguishers, and these residues require specific steps to sufficiently clean. Chemical compounds like sodium bicarbonate must be neutralized with chemical solvents and water-based solutions in our products' inventory.
  • Foam – Foam extinguishers and suppression systems can be highly effective for the blaze but can encompass the entire room where the ignition occurred. Surface cleaning solutions with water-based cleaning products are often most effective for these residues.
  • Sprinkler System – Sprinklers are often widely used in office buildings, despite the damage that these suppression systems can do to electronics. After these losses, cleaning up involves a combination of damage mitigation tasks like extraction, drying, and carpet cleaning. 

Fire restoration and recovery options for your office building must begin as soon as possible to reduce how damaging these disasters can be to the entire structure. Our SERVPRO of Lafayette team can help with thorough surface and content cleaning after fire extinguishment. Contact us today at (765) 420-0077.

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Who Can Restore a Storm Wrecked Property?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy rain and lightning on background Indiana is no stranger to strong storms. Call SERVPRO for fast remediation should your home flood.

SERVPRO Rapid Response Teams Can Assist with the Recovery of your Home and Contents after Flood Damage in Battle Ground.

How can I determine the full force of a storm or flood on my property?

The priority when dealing with storm-related property damage is to conduct a thorough assessment. SERVPRO is a national provider operating here in Battle Ground and the surrounding area. Our team of dedicated technicians can scope your home for potential hazards and issues that could cause lasting problems. Typically, scoping tasks answer questions about whether there are electrical hazards, where water has entered the property and prioritize which areas require immediate attention. We perform both restorative and mitigative procedures to ensure that no further harm occurs at the property. Restoration works can usually begin once safety hazards are neutralized, and removal of excess water in the property is complete.

What equipment is used to remove floodwaters from a property after a storm?

The primary equipment for restoring flood damage in your Battle Ground home is an extractor. Water extractors use centrifugal motion combined with a heating element and negative air pressure. These extractors are typically powered using truck-mounts, which allow for consistent, high-volume extraction from residential properties. If the source of water is confined to upper levels or there is roof damage, technicians can use smaller portable varieties of water extractor. A technician can identify exactly which type of extractor to use in your property by judging the extent of water intrusion and material construction. Carpeted properties usually benefit from specially weighted extractors to squeeze the moisture out of the fibers.

What types of water extractors are there?

  • Weighted extraction equipment
  • Portable water extractors with storage tanks of 30 to 40 gallons
  • Truck-mounted extractors with storage tanks of over 100 gallons

When a violent weather event affects your property, contact SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077.

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What Threats Exist with Different Flood Scenarios in My Lafayette Hotel?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Person with suitcase entering sunny hotel room Flooding can devastate hotels. SERVPRO is equipped to quickly remediate the damage.

Depending on the Type of Flooding Occurring, the Impact on your Building and Guests Could be Considerably Different

Flooding can be one of the fastest moving and destructive disasters to impact your Lafayette hotel. It is imperative to address the loss effects these situations create immediately to protect the structure and the guests and patrons of your accommodation. The risks that staff and customers face vary from the loss incident; many of these variances depend on the flooding's origin. In most situations, there are three common flood conditions:

  • Roof Damages
  • Natural Flooding
  • Flash Flooding

What Threats Exist with Water Penetration from the Roof? 

There are multiple avenues for flood damage in Lafayette structures and commercial properties. However, with the expectancy for severe weather throughout the year, roof breaches can be a direct inlet for flood losses. Hail, winds, torrential rain, and other conditions can all have destructive effects on a roof, allowing water penetration through these vulnerable points. These conditions worsen until our contractors can seal up these breaches, repair the roof, and begin extraction and drying. These can affect rooms on the uppermost floors first.

Is Natural Flooding a Substantial Concern? 

Natural flooding can occur when waters rise around the structure, allowing it to penetrate the main floor. While this inevitably impacts areas like the lobby and check-in, it can also spread to affect rooms and common areas on the first floor. We must begin both extraction and controlled demolition practices where contaminant exposure might have occurred.

What Can Flash Flooding Do to Your Hotel? 

Like natural flooding, flash floods can impact the structure's main level, but more powerfully and fiercely. These emergencies spread quickly through the hotel, making it vital to implement extraction, cleaning, and repairs as soon as our technicians arrive.

Your hotel could experience flooding, but our SERVPRO of Lafayette team is ready and able to help. Call us today at (765) 420-0077.

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How Do I Lower My Kitchen Appliance Fire Risk?

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged kitchen. Charred furniture; smoke on walls and cabinets Kitchen fires are common. No matter the size, SERVPRO can remediate the damage and restore your home.

Certified Technicians Eliminate Fire and Odor Damage in Your Lafayette Kitchen

Whether the incident occurs in Lafayette or elsewhere, kitchen fires can impact your home by affecting indoor air quality, creating acidic soot deposits, and introducing foul odors from cooking.

If your Lafayette home has suffered fire and odor damage, SERVPRO technicians can respond quickly to your call to begin the cleanup process. These restoration professionals adhere to the standards established by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to ensure that homes are clean and safe once more after a disaster.

Lowering Kitchen Fire Damage Risk

  • Install the smoke detector near the kitchen.Your smoke detector can go off when there is too much smoke or steam from day-to-day cooking. However, in a kitchen fire, smoke spreads quickly enough that your alarm can activate in a timely fashion.
  • Unplug appliances when not in use.Devices turned off still draw electricity when plugged in. It takes faulty wiring, an overheated thermostat, or a damaged cable to spark a fire in your kitchen.
  • Keep the stove clean.One of the most common ways a kitchen fire can start is igniting food particles on or in your stovetop. The cleaner your kitchen, the fewer fire risks there are.

SERVPRO’s Odor Control Tools

SERVPRO professionals use a variety of odor control tools to combat kitchen fire-related smells, including:

  • Trays of scented granules placed near vents spread pleasant odors through the home
  • Thermal foggers designed to penetrate surfaces with deodorizing solutions the same way that smoke does during a fire
  • Manual cleaning with alkaline cleaners, enzyme digesters, and EPA-registered antimicrobials addresses many of the odors caused by charring, microbes, and protein residues

SERVPRO of Lafayette has the tools and knowledge to make your home seem, “Like it never even happened.” You can call (765) 420-0077 at any time day or night for professional disaster cleanup.

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What Areas of My Lafayette Home Need Cleaning After Water Losses?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used on water damaged floor Did your home experience a water loss event? We’ve got you covered!

Many surfaces and items can show physical damage after a disaster, but our SERVPRO team can offer practical solutions for drying and cleaning. 

Cleaning is one of the vital elements that our professionals provide Lafayette homes after any loss event. With water losses, the damage can spread very quickly to areas beyond where the problem originated. As challenging as this can become for restoration purposes, your home's cleaning and recovery are also made more difficult by these migrating conditions. But the sooner our technicians arrive at a damaged address, the less widespread and devastating loss effects can become. 

Because many tasks make up water cleanup for Lafayette homes, our skilled technicians are involved in every phase of recovery in your house from the initial emergency services when our team first arrives to placing the final touches on a finished product. Dozens of materials and contents can become damaged with even a small water loss incident - and this situation amplifies the more substantial the emergency. Certain materials and areas of the house are more susceptible to damage from migrating water than others, and these include: 

  • Flooring Surfaces - Carpeting and hardwood floors are among the most sensitive materials to absorption and water damage. There are specific approaches to recovering saturated flooring, and these vary depending on the type of material affected. 
  • Wall Systems - Drywall, wood framing, and insulation are all susceptible to water saturation as well. Because these are common structural elements throughout many homes, our professionals trusted methods of restoring or replacing these materials promptly.
  • Contents - Your personal belongings are also in harm's way when migrating water loss effects move through the house. We have multiple strategies for addressing these possessions' restoration and recovery to limit your loss during an already traumatic experience.

How Can Flooring Get Cleaned After a Water Loss? 

Flooring is one of the universally affected materials in homes regardless of the severity of water loss incidents in Lafayette. Because pooling water gathers at the surface of flooring materials first, wood and carpeting absorb standing water to the point of overexposure. This absorption affects the surface layer, but it can also migrate quickly to the underlayment, subflooring, and padding. There are multiple strategies for removing water from these materials, and if that process is successful, these areas of your home still need a thorough cleaning. Carpeting especially can benefit from revitalization to improve the color vibrancy, look, and feel of the fibers. Some of the practices used to accomplish this include: 

  • Deluxe Preconditioning & Cleaning 
  • Hot Water Extraction 
  • Deodorizing Products 

Do Wall Surfaces Need to Get Cleaned as Well? 

Wall systems can absorb water quickly, especially considering that much of your plumbing network is hidden behind drywall and runs along with the framework. Breaches in this plumbing could have disastrous effects for the entirety of this wall structural cavity. While systems like the Injecti-Dry unit can evaporate moisture trapped in these open spaces, the deterioration of drywall and residues left behind from prolonged water exposure must be cleaned and removed. Often, the best approach to complete these efforts are vacuums and cleaning solvents for damaged surfaces not getting removed through controlled demolition. 

How Do Contents in My Home Get Restored? 

Many of your personal belongings can end up in the path of migrating water loss effects. While it is possible to take immediate action when water losses first begin to remove these items from affected areas, there are several instances where this preliminary action is impossible. Restoring and recovering the contents within your home often falls into three potential categories for our responding cleaning technicians. These include: 

  • In-House Relocation – Certain circumstances when relocating your belongings can be sufficient to prevent destructive water damage. We choose areas isolated from the path of moving water, such as a garage or second story, to store your possessions until restoration completes safely.
  • In-House Recovery Solutions – Cleaning and restoring your belongings on-site is desirable to the alternative but limits the range of corrective actions that we can take with your house's items.
  • Pack-Out Procedure – When damage has become too severe for on-site recovery solutions, we can relocate these items to our nearby SERVPRO facility for focused cleaning, deodorization, and a safe storage climate-controlled warehouse. 

Water cleanup can encompass many actions that our technicians must take when we first arrive at your home. Our SERVPRO of Lafayette team can help to provide the most efficient path to make this loss "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (765) 420-0077.

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