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Keep Your HVAC System Clean and Reduce Mold Growth

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Inside of clean duct Ducts are just one area in a home where mold can grow. Inspect your home often for signs of moisture and mold growth.

SERVPRO Offers Mold Damage Prevention Tips to Lafayette Residents

A preventive measure to prevent mold is to keep your HVAC system clean. When your HVAC system is running, it can spread mold spores through the air ducts. The spores then circulate throughout the air and into every room in the house.

Reducing the Chance for Mold Growth

While mold spores are everywhere and you cannot entirely remove them, reducing them as much as possible can prohibit the chance of growth. Mold damage in Lafayette homes is commonplace. Keeping your HVAC system clean is just one of the things you can do to prevent mold colonies' development. Other actions that can help include:

  • Do not let moisture develop in the home.
  • If you live in a high humidity area, run a dehumidifier.
  • Check basements, pipes, and sink areas often for signs of mold.
  • Install exhaust fans in bathrooms.

If you find mold in your home, let the experts at SERVPRO of Lafayette mitigate the mold damage for you. DIY methods of mold removal often do more harm than good, so avoid cleaning up with those techniques. We have specialized equipment and certified technicians that remediate your mold problem safely. Contact us at (765) 420-0077 for professional mold damage removal.

What are Common Causes of Water Damage in Lafayette Businesses?

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

Tables at restaurant set and ready for customers. Water damage can close your business. SERVPRO knows how to quickly remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Provides Water Removal Services to Local Business Regardless of the Cause

When it comes to commercial businesses and water damage, many people think in terms of storm flooding. However, situations such as hidden leaks, overflows, and other water intrusions can cause damage. It may even force you to close for a time, which is never good for business. 

Causes of Water Damage in Commercial Buildings

If you know what to watch for, you can do a better job at preventing problems. Here are some things that can result in a commercial enterprise needing water removal in Lafayette:

  • Pipes– Leaky pipes can be a problem in a building, but especially if you are in an older building.
  • Faucets– Minor drips may seem insignificant but can lead to more significant issues. Dripping water can do damage over time.
  • Spills– Spills, particularly in places where large amounts of fluids are used, such as kitchens, can cause water damage. 
  • Damaged appliances– Again, this is more common in restaurants and similar businesses. Appliances that use water in large amounts can contribute to flooding.
  • Sprinkler systems – Outdated sprinklers can malfunction. Sprinklers that go off when there is no fire can harm business assets and inventory.

These are just a few examples of situations that can cause a water intrusion in a business. SERVPRO of Lafayette can mitigate water damage of any proportion. We provide water removal services to any size business. Contact us at (766) 420-0077 for more information.

Can Lafayette Homes Be Restored After a Fire?

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke surrounding smoke detector. Small blazes can cause smoke and soot damage throughout your home. SERVPRO can make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Provides Professional Fire Restoration Services that Give Homeowners Their Homes Back Whenever Possible

Named after the French officer that helped the Colonies during the War of Independence, Lafayette, IN, has its roots deep in history. It was founded in 1825, and people from all walks of life have settled there over the years. It is a community rich in culture and a wonderful place to visit. Residents and visitors alike can find plenty to see and do. Here are some of our favorites.

Prophetstown State Park

Prophetstown State Park is a newer state park and is roughly 10 miles outside of Lafayette. One of the things you will not want to skip is touring The Farm at Prophetstown. Visitors get a look at homesteading life in earlier times here. It is a living-history museum that is fascinating to all ages.

Another well-liked activity in the park is the Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center. It features a large leisure pool with a lazy river and waterslides. Families enjoy spending the day during the hot summer months at this unique water park. Other activities to be enjoyed including:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Picnics
  • Birdwatching
  • Year-round camping

Wabash Heritage Trail

Get your exercise while taking in some local attractions and history when you explore this 13-mile trail. It is easily traveled and parallels the Wabash River. The path starts at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Park and ends at Fort Ouiatenon. Other points of interest along the way include:

  • Davis Ferry Bridge
  • McAllister Park
  • Happy Hollow Park
  • Picnic Benches
  • Scenic Views

No vehicles are allowed on the trail, so it is perfect for walking, jogging, biking, and taking the baby for a stroll.

Tippecanoe Battlefield Park

Sitting beside Prophetstown State Park, Tippecanoe Battlefield Park is a memorial to the 1811 battle between the settlers and Native Americans. The park spans 96 acres and has a museum with displays and exhibits related to the conflict. Families will enjoy the exhibitions at the Wah-ba-shik-a Nature Center. Visitors can take in the sights and then enjoy a picnic lunch at one of several picnic areas. There is also a hiking trail. The park is a stopping point along the path of the Wabash Nature Trail.

Columbian Park Zoo

This zoo is a favorite with Lafayette residents. It is over 100 years old with lots of family-friendly activities. It features a fountain plaza, Meet n’ Greet programs, and the Columbian Park Express train. There is a Butterfly Garden and Family Farm along with a wide variety of animals. Wallabies, spider monkeys, and porcupines are just a few of the animals you can see at the zoo. When you are done at the zoo, hop on over to Columbian Park and enjoy the playgrounds and picnic areas.

SERVPRO Proudly Provides Fire Restoration Services to Lafayette Residents

We understand when you search for us, you need quick help:

Fires can happen anywhere. When it happens to a Lafayette residence, SERVPRO is here to help. Even small fires can cause big problems. We understand you need to know:

  • The extent of the damage and the plan of action
  • Your home is in good hands
  • That we work closely with your insurance company
  • We restore, instead of replacing, whenever possible
  • We follow all local and state guidelines
  • SERVPRO leaves your home, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Lafayette provides professional fire restoration services. If you need experienced restoration services, contact us immediately at (765) 420-0077.

Fire Restoration of Your Lafayette Home's Contents

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke and soot damage Smoke and soot quickly spread to other parts other parts of the home. SERVPRO has the tools, cleaners, and trained personnel to restore your property.

Replacing Fewer Items Damaged by Fire Reduces Recovery Costs

Because fire also produces soot and can spread the heat without burning things, SERVPRO recommends sorting through a home's contents after a fire.

We can restore and clean many of the furnishings that sustained fire damage inside your Lafayette home. We make decisions based on the material of each fire or soot-damaged item. We also consider physical damage, like charring, because this renders many possessions beyond repair or in need of extensive restorations. 

  • Some items, such as textiles, can often come clean again with special techniques, including window treatments, upholstery, and wall-hangings.
  • We can often clean rugs and carpeting to remove soot and odors. 
  • Hard, non-porous items (china, porcelain figurines, trophies, etc.) become candidates for manual detailing and water-bath treatment in an ultrasonic powered cleaner.

Not only does restoring as many items as possible save money over replacing everything, but it also helps families restore their home as closely as possible to its pre-fire state. This faster method brings a lot of relief to our customers after such a disastrous situation.

Contact us, SERVPRO of Lafayette, after a fire occurs in your home by calling (765) 420-0077, round-the-clock, any day of the year.

Restrooms Susceptible to Hidden Mildew Infestation in Lafayette Businesses

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Hand pulling wallpaper back showing mold. What’s behind the wallpaper in your office? Inspect your business often to locate hidden mold damage.

Commercial Building Owners Can Rely on SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Team

As a business owner, you put a significant effort into maintaining the building and everything inside. Protecting your investment, including your workforce's good health, can keep your company running smoothly. A hidden mold infestation can cause unwanted health effects and ruin anything made of porous, organic-based materials.

Daily cleaning is excellent, but it may not prevent fungi from infesting your building or retail shop. Mold remediation in a Lafayette business is a cornerstone of SERVPRO services. But—

Do you have a Hidden Mold Infestation?

Depending on your restroom's design, mold can hide inside walls, under flooring, or even inside the ceiling. Here are some indicators that you might want to keep in mind.

  • Odor – a musty or dank scent must come from somewhere.
  • HVAC filters need changing more often than usual.
  • Leaks from pipes or condensation on them can feed mold and other microbes.
  • Deteriorating walls or ceiling tiles.

Curling linoleum or loosened floor tiles.

SERVPRO of Lafayette has the tools needed to locate and remediate mold infestations. Call (765) 420-0077 to protect your business.

Wildlife and Wetlands Enrich Lafayette and Nearby Areas

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Bird in water in Celery Bog Feeling bogged down by commercial water damage? Call SERVPRO. We can restore your water damage while you enjoy Celery Bog.

SERVPRO Helps Protect our Environment During Commercial Water Restoration Projects

Conservation efforts worldwide help protect many animals from becoming endangered or, worse, extinct. There are a few conservation sites in the Lafayette area taking part in this worldwide effort. Some of these sites also protect natural flora, with the understanding that much of such plant life provides food and shelter to many different animal species, in addition to supplying something we enjoy seeing.

Like the wolf, some animals show up as characters in many children's stories, reinforcing the belief that more of them exist. Some individuals believe that predatory animals pose too many dangers and hold no value in any ecosystem. On the contrary, such animals help keep entire groups of other species from experiencing hunger and disease common in overpopulated areas.

The Wolf Park

The Wolf Park is a local sanctuary, just north of Lafayette (in Battle Ground), designed to hold both wolves and several other canids like foxes and coyotes. A small herd of bison is also featured here. The staff and volunteers work tirelessly to educate the public about wolf pack behavior, their crucial importance to the ecology of lands they inhabit in the wild, and other aspects of the species. Tours and other activities are held, including virtual events, for the public. 

Here are a few other places where you can visit, learn, volunteer, and help with conservation efforts:

  • Columbian Park Zoo,
  • Jerry E. Clegg Botanical Garden, and 
  • The Celery Bog 

Columbian Park Zoo

The Zoo, a memory-creating sanctuary for those with young children, also uses its resources to help breeding programs of under-populated species. There are so many exhibits and activities at the Zoo that many patrons find it difficult to see the entire facility in one day.

Jerry E. Clegg Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is not a garden in the traditional sense. Instead, it is a wooded area with open spaces. Guests find many plant varieties, and birds and butterflies use it as their home. Lucky visitors also get to view turtles, small rodents like squirrels, and other critters. 

The Celery Bog

The Bog might surprise you with its diverse aquatic flora and the various animals abounding here. There are many water-loving birds here and possums, rabbits, chipmunks, and beavers.

Here are the phone numbers of the above conservation havens:

  • Wolf Park at (765) 567-2265
  • Columbian Park Zoo at (765) 807-1540
  • Jerry E. Clegg Botanical Garden at (765) 423-1605
  • The Celery Bog Nature Area's Lilly Nature Center at (765) 775-5172

Free-flowing Water - Great for Wildlife but not Your Lafayette Business

SERVPRO's water restoration specialists understand Lafayette business owners' needs after a crisis. A broken water line can dramatically hinder any company's regular business operations. We know how crucial a rapid and complete restoration project becomes in preventing extended (or permanent) closure. Our experienced crew handles every aspect, including disposal of extracted water according to local requirements.

Our experts provide our business customers with experienced, trusted guidance along with our swift response to your initial call. This essential advice:

  • Provides rapid safety measures that protect your employees,
  • Reduces damage to inventory, office supplies, equipment, and furnishings, and
  • Helps prevent future incidents from becoming as disastrous and costly by installing more durable furnishings. 

Trust those with the experience to make your crisis more manageable. SERVPRO of Lafayette provides water restoration services that make everything "Like it never even happened." Call (765) 420-0077 to keep your business running normally.

Enjoy A Hearty Hike Near Indian Village This Month

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

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Getting Outdoors Near Indian Village Will Blow Away the Winter Blues

If you are ready for some fresh air and exercise, look no further than Clegg Memorial Garden in Lafayette. The garden is a stunning natural space that overlooks the beautiful Wildcat Creek. Clegg Memorial Garden was made to be enjoyed, and on your walk, you will find:

  • Marked trails to explore.
  • A rare gravel hill prairie habitat.
  • Journaling stations to note your impressions.
  • Oak woodland and savanna areas.
  • A natural playground to encourage kids to connect with the world around them.

The park features brisk hiking trails and is ideal for fishing or birdwatching. Gathering mushrooms is also allowed. Garden staff also run junior ranger activities throughout the year. The garden operates from dawn till dusk all year round. 

One thing park rangers know to be wary of is the risk of fire. It is also good to be cognizant of the risk of fire in your home. If you need help with fire restoration, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077.

Get Inspired This New Year with A West Lafayette ArtWalk

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

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There Is Always Something New in The West Lafayette Art Community

January can be a cold and gray month, especially if there is wet and overcast. One idea to beat the winter blues is with an ArtWalk around Downtown Lafayette. 

ArtWalks are fun, relaxed events that are held every month in the Downtown Lafayette area.

  • Look around galleries, museums, art houses, and craft stores.
  • Explore the culturally rich Downtown district.
  • Browse exhibitions, sales, and more.

ArtWalks are free to attend and take place on the second Saturday of the month. Because each participating venue is in charge of its show, there is no end to the variety of events and exhibitions you can find.

ArtWalks start at 2 PM. There is no specific starting place – come to Downtown Lafayette with a spirit of adventure and see where your walk takes you. 

Artwalks take place rain or shine, so if the weather looks glum, be sure to bring your jacket. If the weather causes flood damage to your home, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 for assistance.

History and Festivals Abound in Fascinating Lafayette

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

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From Educational Attractions to Fun Festivals, There Is Something for Everyone In Lafayette

Today, Lafayette is a flourishing city of over 60,000 residents, which boasts a research university, a community college, three libraries, and, of course, plenty of places to shop and eat.

Lafayette also has a long history of trade and industry. The French Government established Fort Ouiatenon in 1717, and the Fort quickly became a popular trading post. Merchants, Indians, and Fur Trappers all established a brisk trade at the fort. Then, in 1825, William Digby planned Lafayette to be the new Tippecanoe County's county seat. Even in its earliest days, the town was a busy shipping center. Shortly after, a Yale-educated attorney named Henry Leavitt Ellsworth took an interest in the area and actively promoted agricultural growth, buying parcels of land, and selling them to farmers. 

The arrival of the Wabash & Erie Canal and the Monon Railroad encouraged further development, and Lafayette became a booming center of trade. The town was even the launch site of the first attempted air mail delivery – by hot air balloon – in 1859. 

With so much history in the city, it is not surprising that there are many historical sites you can visit:

  • Fort Ouiatenon, which was the first European fortified settlement in Indiana. There was a substantial French settlement in the area before the fort passed to the British, and then to the Indians. It was destroyed in 1791 during the Northwest Indian War. In 1930 a physician named Richard Wetherill built a replica of the original fort. Today it is a museum and the site of the annual Feast of the Hunters' Moon.
  • The Headstone of Martin P. Jenners, a civil war veteran who was an outspoken atheist. The headstone is unusual in that Jenners had it made and placed in the cemetery 14 years before his death. The inscription makes clear his feelings: It reads, "My only objection to religion is that it is not true. No preaching, no praying, no psalm singing on this lot." It drew many curious visitors when it was first placed there and is still an interesting stop for any history lover.
  • Prophet's Rock, where the Shawnee spiritual and political leader Tenskwatawa stood to receive a vision of how his people should proceed in action against military leader William Henry Harrison. Today the site is reached by an invigorating hike.

Lafayette’s Name Honors an Influential Man

Lafayette was named for a man with an exceptionally long and interesting name: Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette. It is no wonder that he is usually known by his surname, Lafayette. Lafayette was a French aristocrat and military commander. He is known as the Hero of Two Worlds for his actions during the Revolutionary War, including:

  • Taking military action that trapped the British near the York River when the French Fleet arrived, which was instrumental in the French fleet winning the Battle of the Virginia Capes.
  • Leading a company of 400 men to take Redoubt 9 (a redoubt is a kind of fort.) This action, combined with Alexander Hamilton's forces' successful taking of Redoubt 10, led to the breaking of the British defenses and the British General Charles Cornwallis's surrender.
  • Engaging in the negotiations leading up to the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. The Treaty of Paris signaled the official end of the Revolutionary War.
  • Working to establish trade between France and the United States, and campaigning for the end of slavery and the freeing of slaves.
  • Participating in peace talks with the Iroquois in Mohawk Valley, NY.

Lafayette was such a popular figure that when he returned to the United States from France in 1784 – 1785, he undertook a countrywide tour and visited every single state, receiving a warm welcome in each.

Get into The Festival Mood

Lafayette hosts several popular festivals throughout the year. If you can time your visit to coincide with one, they make for fun memories. Why not check out one of these:

  • A Taste of Tippecanoe is a must for food lovers! Every year 40,000 visitors descend on Lafayette to sample the best local food and beverages, including a hog roast, traditional Indian food, Fruitshine wines, and shaved ice. Art, music, and fireworks keep the festival spirit going all day long.
  • The Feast of the Hunters' Moon is a festival and historic re-enactment weekend that has taken place in Lafayette every year since 1968. The festival takes place at Fort Ouiatenon and recreates the annual fall gathering between the Native Americans and the French, which took place in the eighteenth century. 
  • The Greater Lafayette Mini Maker Faire showcases creations and inventions from curious minds! The organizers call it the "greatest show and tell on earth." Engineers and scientists, artists, and crafters all gather to show what they are making and inspire visitors.

Other popular festivals include Beer Across the Wabash, Mosey Down Main Street, Art in the Park, Hands-on Transportation, and Round The Fountain Art Fair.

Water Damage Is Nothing New in Lafayette

Lafayette is no stranger to water damage. In 1913 Tippecanoe County was battered by wind and rainstorms that led to extensive flooding, causing lots of property damage and claiming 152 lives. Bridges were damaged or swept away, and life in the area suffered severe disruption. 

Even today, despite millions of dollars spent on drainage, regular flooding is still a problem in Lafayette. Should you need water damage repair in your home, SERVPRO is here to help.

Our dedicated technicians have a range of equipment on hand to mitigate water damage. We use free-standing and truck-mounted pumps to extract as much water as possible before we begin drying your home. We use thermo hygrometers and moisture meters to monitor the drying process and ensure we leave your abode looking "Like it never even happened."

Our team understands that you are worried about your belongings and your home, which is why we clean, dry, and restore as many items as possible. We can also take care of mold treatment, if necessary, to reduce the risk of fungal growth following water damage, and we deodorize your home to leave it smelling fresh.

Should you need assistance with water damage repair, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077.

Artists’ Own Gallery & Fine Arts Presents Members’ Holiday Exhibit in Lafayette, IN

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Lafayette Residents Can Browse and Shop During this Recurring Holiday Market Event

Would you like to get out to experience local arts and exhibits? What if this also included shopping for a variety of holiday gifts and other wares? From now until the end of December, people in the Lafayette area are welcome to shop and experience the Members’ Holiday Market at Artists’ Own Gallery & Fine Arts. Just a sampling of what you can prepare to see includes gallery viewings and items available in the store like jewelry, ornaments, card, and plenty of holiday-themed gifts and cheer.

  • Date: December 14th, 2020, and weekly Monday through Saturday until December 31st, 2020
  • Time: 10 am to 6:00 pm
  • Where: Artists’ Own Gallery & Fine Arts at 518 Main Street in Lafayette, IN
  • Cost: Free admission

Taking part in local shopping during the holiday season is incredibly important to Lafayette and the surrounding areas. Here at SERVPRO of Lafayette, we are here to assist with mold remediation if you have issues at your home or business. Why call us when you suspect mold? Because we use proven methods, the latest technology, and EPA-registered antimicrobials. Call us at (765) 420-0077, and we send out a crew as soon as possible to get started.