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What to Expect from Professional Fire Damage Cleanup Services in Lafayette

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Performing Fire Damage Cleanup In Your Lafayette Residence Can Prevent Severe Destruction

Electrical malfunctions or failures are a significant factor in the ignition of fires in homes in the U.S.A. This is according to research that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has conducted over the years. These fires account for the highest share of property destruction.

A fire can erase memories and leave evidence of the loss in your home. SERVPRO can help erase the signs of fire damage in your Lafayette residence. We provide expert services to clean up both the interiors and exteriors of your house. We offer a natural and safe cleaning solution that can get the job done quickly without ruining your prized possessions. We can restore smoke-damaged materials to their preloss condition. Some basic principles of cleaning we apply to complete this task include:

            Carefully inspecting the affected areas to locate smoke residues.

            Identifying the residues present.

            Identifying the type of surface affected.

            Capturing and removing residues.

            Disposing of the debris and cleaning waste.

You may still smell smoke in your house after a fire, and this could indicate hidden damage. The fumes can also be a health risk to the occupants of your home, especially small children, the elderly and pets. Although smoke can mostly clear on its own pockets of hazardous gases can remain long after the visual signs and foul odors associated with a fire. These cannot go away on their own. Our team can use air scrubbers to purify the air in your home.

Smoke can leave terrible marks on many parts of your home. Draperies, carpets, and upholstered furniture can have stains and unpleasant smells. Cleaning items like couches and carpets is challenging for most homeowners. Our SERVPRO team can use advanced cleaning techniques to eliminate the filth and smell out of soft goods. We even take affected soft products to our facilities where we can use an Esporta wash system to clean them thoroughly. We can remove all traces of soot and restore the beauty of textiles and upholstered furniture.

Our company also offers water damage restoration services that are integrated with fire restoration services. For example, water removal services are essential if the flames ruined tanks or pipes and caused them to leak.  We have efficient water extraction tools such as electrical submersible pumps that can extract the water quickly. Moisture is the other issue that can lead to further damage to your property. Our team can use different moisture detection tools to locate moisture in your home. We can then dry the affected materials.          

For all your fire damage problems, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at the number (765) 420-0077 for effective restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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When Plumbing Leaks in Lafayette Cause Water Loss Events

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

View of kitchen. Sink on one side, stove on other A plumbing leak under the sink cause water damage to this kitchen. SERVPRO removed the water and dried the kitchen.

New Installations Can Cause Water Losses in Lafayette Homes

Newly installed plumbing fixtures, especially those done without the supervision or oversight of professional contractors, can be an origin for water loss incidents in Lafayette homes. Without a working knowledge of the appropriate techniques to ensure a watertight seal on new fixtures and portions of pipe connecting sinks or toilets to their water supply, these connections could separate or extensively leak. This occurrence is not always instantaneous but can lead to considerable water loss.

Whether the culprit is a gasket that was left out of a fitting or not tightening the connectors enough, breaches to supply lines in plumbing fixtures often require water removal for Lafayette homes. An unrecognized problem can create several inches of standing water over a short period, which can continue to worsen until the shutoff valve gets turned. This loss incident requires not only immediate extraction efforts, but also effective drying strategies to preserve sensitive materials exposed like the wooden vanity, cabinets, and areas outside of the bathroom or kitchen.

Extraction often hinges on a wide array of practical water removal tools, beginning with our submersible pump. This electric machine can offer continuous, quiet removal of standing water until the surface water drops beneath two inches. Because flooring materials in both the bathroom and kitchen are often water-resistant, a prompt response can often prevent a need for demolition and reconstruction.

Surface moisture meters and penetrating detection tools can indicate surface damage on wooden or other porous exposed materials. With direct drying strategies, including electric heating and centrifugal air movers, evaporative drying can take hold and reduce the possibility of controlled demolition for these fixtures as well. We can check the progress of this moisture removal with thermal imagery.

New fixtures and repair work can often be the source of even more significant loss incidents when improperly installed. No matter where a water loss originates, our SERVPRO of Lafayette team can help with effective water removal techniques and premier drying tools to protect exposed structural elements. Contact us at (765) 420-0077.

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Commercial Water Removal In Lafayette Happens Using Different Types Of Extraction Equipment

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Let SERVPRO show you their techniques when it comes to your Lafayette water damage.

All of the breweries that exist in Lafayette use a decent amount of water during the brewing, serving, and selling processes. This means that one mistake by your brewers can require you to have to conduct commercial water removal inside your place of business. Once your building materials and contents get wet, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. We can make it seem, "Like it never even happened."

Once moisture spills or leaks into your structure, it can quickly start ruining your products, contents, and building materials. However, if you call SERVPRO in to conduct commercial water removal in Lafayette, then we can help prevent items inside your brewery from being removed and replaced. When dealing with moisture-related damage inside your brewery, one of the keys to success in restoring the problems caused is to remove all of the H2O possible while it is still in its liquid form. Once moisture starts evaporating into the air and soaking into your contents and building materials, it gets much harder to remove promptly.

Whenever we attempt to extract moisture from your building, we utilize an industrial extractor that gets used for both cleaning carpets and upholstery and extracting water from your floors. The extractors we use contain a heat source, pump, and vacuum. When dealing with moisture damage, usually, only the vacuum system gets implemented. If there is a need for using one of our extractors, our SERVPRO technicians have the choice of using either a truck-mounted or portable unit.

Portable extractors have 5 to 12 gallon solution and waste tanks. They weigh between 40 and 90 pounds and have 140 inches of water lift. Their heating capabilities range from 180 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

On the other hand, truck-mounted units can have tanks that are over a hundred gallons in size. However, they can weigh between 500 and 1,100 pounds. These machines though can have a vacuum lift of nearly 200 inches. They also can be heated to up to 220 degrees Fahrenheit.

If your brewery ever suffers from a water leak, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 24/7 because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How SERVPRO Utilizes Extractors to Remove Water from Flood Damaged Lafayette Homes

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Drying Equipment on water damaged floor Floods are a year-round threat in Indiana. When water damaged this home, SERVPRO mobilized and quickly dried the water.

The Role of Extractors in Lafayette Flood Recovery 

As you might suspect, water loss incidents in Lafayette homes require numerous tools and products to restore entirely. Because many of these disasters can present threats like standing water or saturated structural elements, the role of extractors in the recovery of a water-damaged residence cannot get overstated. Our SERVPRO professionals must determine the best tools for the specific needs of the property, and we have numerous extraction units to choose for these varying factors. 

Finding the right extraction tool for a given situation often happens in the earliest mitigation stages where our team assesses flood damage to Lafayette homes while performing emergency services that can reduce overall loss to the property. Among these tasks to protect your property from continued damages is the removal of surface water present throughout the house. Multiple extraction tools can help in this regard, and in the restoration phases to follow. 

Portable Extractors 

Clean water incidents can often be what our SERVPRO team faces after a flood loss. With several inches, or feet of standing water to contend with, the ideal choice for our restorers is our portable electric submersible pump. These pumps can offer a quiet and continued draw of water from the damaged area, but with only a 2-inch discharge hose, it is not ideal for the removal of standing water with debris or solids. 

Larger Extraction Units 

Our gas-powered trash pumps and extractor trucks can help when solids and debris are a likely threat to the standing water in the house. These are equally powerful tools to the electric sump pump, though they have a shorter discharge line before losing prime, so their application is selective. 

Specialty Water Removal 

Weighted extractors and light wands are ideal for removing water trapped in the fibers of carpets and the padding beneath this layer. We use weighted extractors to squeeze these layers against the subflooring to force moisture to the surface for removal. Light wands offer a high-powered suction against carpeting to remove the bulk of moisture present and are an ideal choice when padding beneath carpets is to get removed. 

Our SERVPRO of Lafayette team has dozens of extraction units of all shapes and sizes to help restore our home after a flood loss. Give us a call anytime at (765) 420-0077. 

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Restoring Your Possessions After Water Damage in Lafayette

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Wet clothes hanging on an outside clothesline. SERVPRO can help with your structure as well as your personal items after your Lafayette water damage.

Your possessions are just as important as your Lafayette structure after water damage.

A leak in your home, while you are away, can result in extensive damage. Wet and damaged items are challenging to deal with and often require specific care. It can be unnerving to see prized possessions or family heirlooms in a state of disarray. Sometimes, removing the items and cleaning them off site while you repair your home is the best option, especially if the damaged goods have been wet for a more extended period becoming soiled or fostering mold growth.

Having water damage in your Lafayette home requires specialized cleanup to ensure proper care and return of the contents of your home. SERVPRO has a secure storage location to house and clean your items while your home undergoes repairs. Contents identified as ASAP or rush items are dealt with first and returned as quickly as possible to ensure the least amount of disruption to your life as possible.

Contents move through the SERVPRO warehouse in an organized fashion. First, technicians bring the items to the staging area to sort and inventory the items. Contents management labels track items as they move through the cleaning and deodorization process to ensure proper care and timely return.

Some items, such as wet or contaminated items, are kept separate to make sure there is no cross-contamination like the spreading of mold or dangerous bacteria. Technicians use an antimicrobial agent such as the EPA-registered disinfectant Sporidin to limit or stop microorganism growth.

When cleaning items, SERVPRO technicians consider Time, Agitation, Chemicals, and Temperature (TACT). The more soiled the item is, the longer the cleaning agent dwells on the surface of the object. The next step is to agitate the object, often through the use of an industrial ultrasonic cleaner to dislodge the soil from the item. If the item is a textile or drapery, agitation may be adjusted. Too much agitation may cause woven textiles to unravel. The temperature of the cleaning products may also require adjustment as every cleaning product functions best at a specific temperature. Typically, heat makes the chemical action between the cleaning solution and soil speed up and clean faster.

Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette for assistance 24/7 at (765) 420-0077. We are "Faster To Any Size Disaster."

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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)

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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.


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)

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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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