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Our Flood Damage Experts Discuss The Basics Of Restoration Used By Professionals In Lafayette

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Crews In Lafayette Mention Some Basics Of Restoration Used By Professionals

Whenever stormy weather arrives in your Lafayette subdivision, excessive moisture can enter your structure. Once items inside your townhome get wet, more flood damage can take place. If you ever notice water entering your townhouse’s building, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO immediately. We can provide prompt service and begin mitigation efforts quickly.

However, there are some steps you can take yourself to help mitigate the flood damage inside your Lafayette home. By knowing some of the basics of mitigation, you the homeowner can do a lot to help save your building materials and contents. The extent of the problems created after a storm have to do both with how much water entered the structure and how long it sat there before getting removed.

The first step to successful mitigation is to stop the water from coming into your townhome. Using sandbags or rags to stop the water can be effective. If there is a visible hole where moisture is entering, you can seal it off with plastic and tape.

Once you have stopped all of the water coming into your building from the outside, it is wise to begin removing moisture. Water gets removed from your building materials and contents either by extraction or evaporation. Extraction usually begins first because water can be vacuumed up at a faster rate than it can be evaporated even when using professional equipment.

When removing excess water, you can use either a vacuum or a pump, depending on how deep it is. If there are more than two inches of standing water, it is smart to use a submersible pump to remove it. Once the standing water gets pumped out, you can then use a wet vacuum to suck up the rest of the excessive moisture.

Next, it is a good idea to remove as much moisture from your carpets as possible. When our SERVPRO technicians extract water from carpets, we use a heavy-duty extractor with a wet pump. But, you can also remove a decent amount of moisture from your carpeting materials using a little bit of elbow grease and your wet vac.

If your townhouse in Indian Village, Dayton, or Ash Grove ever suffers from damage caused by a violent storm, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077. Our General Contractor License means we can make things “Like it never even happened.”

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Dayton Water Removal Using a Large Arsenal of SERVPRO Equipment Means Fast Results

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Red background with red thermometer and percent sign in white droplets RH—High Relative Humidity from Water Damage in Your Dayton Home? Just Call SERVPRO for Mitigation and Restoration

Water Extraction Teams in Dayton Talk About the Different Types of Equipment Used

If you ever suffer from a water leak inside your Dayton home, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. We have the necessary equipment to conduct water removal, whether it is either big or small. If contents inside your home get wet, the relative humidity (RH) level inside your house can increase. Elevated humidity can cause secondary problems, and mold can grow if moisture is not removed promptly.

If organic substances stay wet for more than 48 hours, mold can develop, which can cause health effects for some people. This is why our SERVPRO water removal crews in Dayton always work towards removing moisture as efficiently as possible. Depending on the situation, we can use a combination of different types of specialized industrial equipment.

  1. Detection Devices

Before we begin any mitigation work, we use a variety of moisture content meters and sensors to identify damp points. We can also use these devices to discover where water entered your structure. Moisture sensors, meters, and infrared camera imaging can also tell us whether your structural components are wet or dry.

  1. Extraction Equipment

Once we figure out where the water came from and where it has gone, we extract as much as we can while it is still in the liquid phase. We can use a portable extractor or a truck-mounted vacuum system to remove water from your structural components and building materials.

  1. Carpet Tools

After we remove as much liquid H2O as we can, we sometimes have to remove your carpet or "float" it before we begin drying procedures. We use carpet tools to disengage the carpet and pad from the tack strips and to separate it from their seams if necessary. We then use carpet stretchers and other tools to put your carpet back in place once dried. We attempt to dry in place whenever possible.

  1. Air Moving Equipment

Air movers and axial fans are used in creating circulation inside a building, thus speeding up the natural drying process. The force of the currents pulls moisture from surfaces into the air.

  1. Dehumidification Equipment

To prevent secondary damage created by raised relative humidity levels, we can set up dehumidifiers that condense water vapor from the air to help speed up the drying process. These may be desiccant or gel type of mechanical extractors.

  1. Deodorization Equipment

Sometimes even after your structure gets dried out, mold-like or dampness odors can remain. We can use sprayers, foggers, and other tools to apply a deodorant chemical to your building materials and contents.

If you ever have an unwanted water leak in your Indian Village, Ash Grove, or Wyandot home, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 as soon as you notice a problem.

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If Your Commercial Property In Battle Ground Suffers Fire Damage, Our Crew Can Help!

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

If your restaurant ever suffers from a fire starting, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 because we are Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Commercial Fire Damage Experts In Battle Ground Describe The Typical Restoration Work Process

Statistics show that the occurrence of structural blazes is on a decrease in the country and the Battle Ground region for the last decade. According to the United States Fire Administration or USFA, the number of fires reported has decreased just over six percent since 2008. However, the USFA estimates that there are still around 111,000 nonresidential building fires in the U.S. each year. Of these fires, 30% are caused by cooking.

Therefore, the statistics show that your local eatery is at risk and could suffer from a structural burn. Luckily, our SERVPRO commercial fire damage technicians in Battle Ground deal with many different types of restoration projects. When working with your business, we try to conduct our operations in a way that does not inconvenience your daily operations. For example, if possible we can plan our work around your restaurant's hours so that your company can keep operating.

One thing that sets SERVPRO apart from other companies is our work process. When dealing with any restoration situation, we always follow a set procedure. Our step by step process enables us to conduct business in a professional manner every time.

When our experienced phone handlers first take your call we get the information we need over the phone; then we schedule a fast response to your company's disaster. Next, as soon as we arrive at your house, we listen to you, the customer, and talk about your concerns while we preview the loss.

The next step our SERVPRO technicians take is the consulting and testing stage. During this step, we inspect your entire home so that we can figure out the extent of the damage. We then test affected items inside your restaurant to see what chemicals can clean them best.

Then, we present to you and your insurance company what we think we can do to restore your building to preloss conditions “Like it never even happened.” During this stage in the process, we tell you what we can do, and we show you how certain cleaning techniques will work.

Next, we coordinate action and begin scheduling the work for your specific project. We monitor the progress of the operations daily and make updates to you as needed. After we are finished with your project, we walk through your building with you and address any concerns you may have.

If your restaurant in Indian Village, Dayton, or Ash Grove ever suffers from a fire starting, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 because we are Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Have The Right Tools To Restore Your Lafayette Home After A Fire Disaster

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage struck this home’s kitchen when a grease fire started on the stovetop. We arrived right away and began restoration.

The Right Extinguisher for the Emergency in Your Lafayette Home

Having the right tool for the job is an integral part of keeping your family and other occupants of your Lafayette property safe when fire loss incidents occur. You wouldn’t use a screwdriver to install roofing nails, and the same premise applies to the type of fire extinguisher that you have in your residence. With six different primary fire suppression units, you need to know which can suppress the combustion of the fuel in the type of emergency you have. 

There are typically only four types of fuels that ultimately create fire damage in Lafayette homes, and these include: 

  • Combustible solids like wood, paper, and fabrics (Class A)
  • Flammable liquids and gases (Class B) 
  • Electrical fire (Class C)
  • Cooking fires involving oil or grease (Class K)

Our SERVPRO professionals have overseen the recovery of homes and businesses that have contended with the aftermath of each of these classes of combustion, from deodorization and soot removal through controlled demolition after fire damage

Having the right extinguisher in your property begins with an assessment of what protection your house needs. With six varieties of suppression canisters, you can often safely select from multi-purpose units that address more than one type of fire. This approach is both cost-effective and takes the guesswork and planning out of preparedness when disasters do strike. 

Our SERVPRO professionals want our customers to be safe and protected against the dangers and risks of a house fire. We would recommend these options for use in your home, as they can cover the most common threats: 

ABC Powder Extinguisher – Sprays a fine phosphate-based powder to blanket and choke out a fire. Safe for use on Class A, B, and C fires. 

Wet Chemical Extinguisher – Reacts instantly with cooking mediums to create a thick and harmless residue. It is ideal for Class K fires, but also can effectively put out Class A. 

Water Mist Extinguisher – Fog of de-ionized water molecules reduces oxygen and cools the fire. This option is the most universal for homeowners, and it is safe to use on Classes A, B, C, and K fires. 

Knowing how to keep your property safe from the risks of combustion and widespread fire effects begins with having the right suppression tools for the job. Whenever it is time to recover and restore a fire-damaged home, give our SERVPRO of Lafayette team a call at (765) 420-0077 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Lafayette Home After A Water Damage Disaster

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage started in this home when a pipe burst. We arrived right away with our advanced equipment and started restoration.

Water Removal Lafayette – Drying Important Documents

Water damage can occur for many reasons – overflowing sinks, broken water pipes, plugged toilets, and torrential rainstorms. Inevitably books, personal documents, pictures, and other paper-based items can be soaked and possibly damaged beyond repair. However, most materials can be recovered and dried to the best condition possible. The critical element in document recovery is to stop further damage as soon as possible after the initial water damage event. 

SERVPRO provides water removal services in Lafayette as well as surrounding areas. In addition to water extraction and restoration of your home, we provide document drying services. Our skilled technicians are trained in the best methods to dry books and relevant documents. We apply the best method for each type of material to dry important papers considering their value and importance to the homeowner. 

Drying methods after water damage include: 

  • Air drying 
  • Dehumidification 
  • Freezer drying 
  • Vacuum freeze drying and 
  • Vacuum thermal drying. 

Recovery of all documents may not be needed. Newspapers, magazines, and general reading material may not be of importance to the homeowner. Wedding pictures, family pictures, and milestone pictures carry far more significance to the family and in most situations, be assigned a high value. Documentation such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, wills, and related financial information are also considered essential to save and recover to the best condition possible. 

Our SERVPRO technicians can work closely with the homeowner to prioritize and recover those documents that are most important to the homeowner. We inventory and log all items along with the stored location logged. It is relatively easy to find the materials if needed. The log also assists in prioritizing the drying process. Legal documents, including receipts for damaged items, can be recovered to support insurance claims. 

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (603) 765-0077 for 24/7 service. We can meet all of your water removal requirements. We serve Indian Village, Battle Ground, Dayton, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster in your area. 

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When the Wabash River Washes into Your Lafayette Home

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lafayette has the experience and equipment necessary to dry your flood damaged home.

Flood Damage Removal And Restoration For Lafayette Homes

Maybe not as well-known as another city with the same name, Lafayette residents here still have to deal with flooding after extreme weather causes the Wabash River to crest.

Lafayette flood damage in our state may not be as overwhelming as elsewhere, but SERVPRO restoration teams still train for the worst while hoping for the best. Each team carries a group of certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians or WRTs that can draw out water, clean all surfaces, and dry the home.

Since this is outside water, it contains soil, fertilizers, and dozens of other contaminants. Team members have to reduce health risk before taking care of the home. They start by spraying the surface of all standing water with an anti-bacterial agent. That includes everything from two inches of water in the basement to the small puddles dotting the floor of the laundry room.

SERVPRO WRTs then bring in pumps and other water extraction devices to clear the home of water. For levels about two inches or higher, they start with commercial-grade pumps that quickly clear out basements and the rest of the home. Once the water is down to just covering the surface, technicians switch to the smaller extractors. They can adjust the speed of these devices to work on everything from concrete garage floors to living rooms carpets.

Now the teams remove property too damaged for restoration. Paper items such as books and magazines can fall apart in a short time, and we cannot dry them to their original state. Since the floodwater contains contaminants, our teams cannot guarantee the safety of the carpet even after cleaning. After removing the water to reduce the weight of it, team members carefully dispose of the carpet and pad underneath it.

Next, the team sets up dehumidifiers, fans, and air movers to draw moisture from the air and force it out of affected surfaces like wood floors and drywall. Team members can adjust the rate of each device to take advantage of the humidity level and dry the structural property without accidentally causing secondary damage during the process.

As the home dries, other team specialists clean all flooded surfaces. Depending on the type of surface and the amount of soil and other contaminants remaining, they use everything from a mild cleaner on garage walls to a strong sterilant that kills nearly all organic material in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Lafayette is to return each home to its original, dry state before the flood. To start the restoration process here or in Battle Ground, Indian Village, and West Lafayette, call us at (765) 420-0077 today to schedule a service call.

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Don't Panic After A Flood Damages Your Lafayette Clothing Store Our Experts Are Here To Help!

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

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Take These Steps To Reduce Losses In Future Flood Damage To Your Lafayette Clothing Store

Flood damage can happen unexpectedly at any time of year, making it difficult to predict when and how your clothing business may have to endure a disaster. SERVPRO technicians stay ready on a 24/7 basis to respond quickly to local calls for help with flooding and storm damage, but equally as important as our rapid response strategy is your ability to prevent and prepare for damages on your own. Take a bit of time to employ some of these strategies before the next big storm, and your clothing store should make it through with minimal losses.

Protect Your Merchandise
One of the greatest threats to a clothing store in Lafayette facing flood damage is the potential for merchandise to get caught in the flood. Most items that come into contact with floodwaters must be thrown out or recycled, representing significant financial losses for your establishment that no amount of professional mitigation and restoration work can reverse. Packing up your inventory into water-resistant plastic containers can keep out most damages and keep replacement costs to a minimum.

Shut Off Power
If possible, shut off any powered systems in your store before the storm hits. Floods can sometimes cause fire damage when electrical outlets and devices come into contact with water and short circuit, but these problems can be avoided by shutting off breakers and unplugging equipment. Power down before the storm, and you should not need to call SERVPRO for fire damage on top of the flooding problems.

Set Up An Emergency Ready Profile
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) system allows you to upload floor plans, insurance information, and other relevant documents about your business to our servers, enabling us to access vital information instantaneously in the event of an emergency. With the ERP system set up, you can call for help with the push of a single button from our smartphone app. Plus, if you have multiple locations both locally and nationally, you can upload separate profiles for each establishment while managing all of them under the same account.

SERVPRO of Lafayette provides 24/7 emergency service for local businesses facing storm and flood damages. Call our specialists at (765) 420-0077 to learn more about our services or request a quote.

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Fire Damage Remediation in Indian Village Can Wreak Havoc on Your Life If Dealt With Alone 

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage remediation can cause such a headache. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for all remediation needs.

Professional Fire Damage Restoration In Indian Village

Having a fire in Indian Village does not necessarily mean that you burn down your entire house. Small fires do their fair share of damage. Kitchen, electrical, or accidental fires make up a large number of our response calls every year. 

If you live in Indian Village and find yourself facing any size fire damage on your property, give us a call. We provide you with emergency response teams 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. We give you access to highly-trained technicians with Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) every day of the week, year-round.

After experiencing a fire in your home, avoid entering again without a professional restoration technician at your side. Many homeowners unwittingly cause additional damages by trafficking into and out of their homes while waiting for help to arrive. Places like SERVPRO can help you avoid that while also protecting you from hazards commonly associated with fire damage. We also help protect your property from further damage. 

Making the initial call to your local SERVPRO is only the first step. Fire damage continues to wreak havoc on your home until dealt with accordingly. When we arrive on your property, we perform a full inspection to check for existing problems, assess damages, and provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about your homes restoration. 

With your approval, we implement a solid plan of attack designed to fit your unique situation. SERVPRO technicians can put all of our advanced equipment, tools, and resources to work for you. Our technicians handle each item found in your home with care and precision. We put everything at our disposal into ensuring that you suffer minimal losses, restoring your home as fast as possible. All while maintaining the level of detail you expect from a professional.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette today to obtain the fire, water, storm, or commercial restoration services you deserve. Our staff stands ready to assist regardless of the time, day or night and are proud to provide cleaning and restoration services to homeowners throughout the area. Remember, we live, sleep, and work in your area, making us friends, neighbors, or even family. (765) 420-0077

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Lafayette Commercial Enterprises Rely on SERVPRO for a Safe Restoration after a Biohazardous Incident

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Sewage Blockage? Call SERVPRO to Clean Up and Disinfect this Lafayette Restroom Biohazard

Addressing Sewage Backup in Your Lafayette Office Building

Bio-threats can present unique dangers to employees and management of your Lafayette office building. Situations like sewage backup can happen without warning when the system becomes compromised, and in extreme cases can siphon volumes of raw sewage from the main lines into the building. With many facilities like yours open 24 hours a day to offer a stable response and dedicated customer service to your patrons and clients, a biohazardous threat can quickly compromise your availability.

As much as your custodial and management staff can do, biohazard cleanup in Lafayette office buildings should proceed with trained and qualified professionals like our SERVPRO team. We have extensive experience in all facets of bio-threats and can address the situation safely and efficiently. We know how important it is to get the facility running at full capacity again, and so our technicians can work around the clock and isolate the affected area so that your business can continue to function when possible.

Sewage immediately puts those exposed at risk for substantial health conditions, and bacteria exist everywhere in an exposed environment. Our professionals have full body personal protective equipment (PPE) that can keep them safe throughout the mitigation portions of this process. We can begin with extraction and drying before we assess all of the exposed materials and contents that must get removed and replaced.

We have environmentally friendly cleaning and disinfection agents that can work to make remaining elements and fixtures safe to use again. Odors are another primary concern of our biohazard team, including the bacterial content that could still exist in this environment. We utilize advanced filtering machines like our air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators to contend with both the odors and particulates circulating in the air.

We know that your business can lose money and even customers being unavailable for too long, so our SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville team works to establish physical barriers between the affected areas and work zones to allow your business to continue operating despite the restoration happening. Give our professionals a call at (303) 604-6607 to make any biohazard “Like it never even happened.”


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Don’t Let A Renovation Cause Significant Damage To Your Dayton Home

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Our 24-hour service line, (765) 420-0077, can provide you with more information, starting the process that gets your project back on track.

A Miscalculation During A Renovation Can Lead To Costly Delays And Water Damage In Dayton

Measuring and cutting away sections of the walls in a Dayton residence during renovations must happen for improvements to take place. Using tools comes with risks, so being careful helps prevent accidents. Miscalculating where pipes rest inside a wall can lead to nicking one and letting water escape.

A cut pipe can release hundreds of gallons of water, resulting in immediate water damage inside your Dayton home to materials that otherwise would not require removal for a planned renovation. Because most contractors do not carry the necessary detection devices, they cannot track down the true extent of the water. When disasters like this happen during home improvement projects, you need professionals like the ones at SERVPRO.

Our water damage mitigation team always brings the tools needed to locate and measure the lost water inside your home. We are not only Faster to Any Size Disaster, but we also perform the needed mitigation quickly, so your project can get restarted and finish with little change to your original schedule. Renovations to the home already bring inconvenience and cordoned off areas that your family must avoid – unexpected delays can also interfere with vacation time and other family activities.

We do more than look for waterlogged materials in your home. We use both infrared cameras to locate damp materials and to determine the amount of moisture penetrating those materials. We test those areas with moisture meters. We keep records of the moisture content, starting with the initial readings.

As our drying machines and other methods decrease the moisture affecting the area, we continue noting the percentage of moisture. We also check for the visible signs of water damage elsewhere, in adjacent areas, inside cabinets, and under large appliances, and underneath the area, if possible.

When we finish, we take final readings to ensure that the area no longer contains any damaging moisture that might cause future water damage. We only consider our work done and the area suitable for continuing the renovation work when moisture content levels reach expected amounts, and our customer is satisfied with the outcome.

SERVPRO of Lafayette’s goal in mitigating water damage and restoring affected properties in Indian Village, Battle Creek, and Ash Grove is to put them in preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.” Our 24-hour service line, (765) 420-0077, can provide you with more information, starting the process that gets your project back on track.

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