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Fire Restoration in West Lafayette Involves Your Entire Residence

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke rising towards smoke detector Fires leave soot, odors, and even water damage. We have specialized equipment and products to conduct complete fire damage restoration work.

Why SERVPRO Is Trusted to Do Fire Restoration

SERVPRO’s technicians know how to keep costs low while getting you the results your family deserves when your West Lafayette home needs fire damage restoration work. Our team combines tested techniques, experience, and industry-leading equipment to make everything “Like it never even happened” for our customers.

Your West Lafayette home might need extensive fire restoration work or just a thorough cleaning. We can scale our services to your specific situation, saving you money. Smoke and fire damage can leave soot, odors, and even water after a house fire. We have specialized equipment and products to conduct fire damage restoration work for our residential clients:

  • Specialized erasers and sponges that pull soot particles off smooth surfaces
  • Fogging machines that neutralize airborne particulates
  • Hydroxyl generators that pair with odorous compounds and never stain or discolor damp furnishings

Our SERVPRO FSRT fire and smoke damage restoration technicians have IICRC certifications. Expertise in utilizing our equipment, cleaning, and deodorizing products results in restored homes with improved IAQ indoor air quality. Fire damage specialists understand that heat can make areas of your floor weak. Water from firefighters’ extinguishing efforts can add to the damage. We check such sites and can recommend experienced contractors to repair such deficits. Your roof also can sustain severe damage from a fire. We can tarp any areas that require it, making your home less likely to sustain additional damage before repairs occur. 

Before ending all work, we perform a walk-through with you, answering your questions and providing you with the necessary information you need to update any records regarding your home. 

Our dedication in the form of training, experience, and education is why families in West Lafayette trust SERVPRO of Lafayette for their fire restoration needs. Call (765) 420-0077 – We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

About SERVPRO’s Commercial Water Removal Services in Lafayette

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Inside water damaged commercial building Don’t delay. Call SERVPRO! Quickly responding to water emergencies can help protect your company from extensive losses.

Water Removal Often Crucial after a Critical Event

Ensuring your office building is free of unnecessary moisture starts with water removal. Businesses in Lafayette trust SERVPRO for their expertise and dedication. The unfavorable conditions stemming from a crisis end faster with the establishment of average humidity.

When water removal in Lafayette is required, we advise our clients to remove the more fragile or delicate pieces of their equipment after water invades their office space, as replacing less expensive equipment can still add up quickly. We can assist in moving equipment and rearranging office workspaces, also. 

Our scalable water extraction system includes our powerful, high-capacity pump trucks and equipment of much smaller size:

  • Easy-to-maneuver wands for squeegee-like action on smooth floor surfaces, 
  • Small ride-on water extraction units for use on carpeting, and
  • Desiccation machines that work in tandem with our heaters and air blowers.

Relying on industry standards learned in our Restorative Drying for Loss Control course, we work with your company to reduce downtime, inventory loss, and damage to equipment. The work our SERVPRO team performs also means you can maintain a comfortable environment for your employees. 

Quickly responding to water emergencies can help protect your company from extensive losses. We adhere to industry standards that have been shown over time to produce the best possible results. Losses can arise from reduced revenue from customer purchases, damage that requires repurchases, failure to move product before the end of its shelf-life, inability to take on new or finish current projects, or any number of other possibilities. 

Using moisture detection equipment (an infrared camera) allows us to concentrate on specific areas that require additional water removal. Moisture migrates, continually evaporating and condensing within an enclosed space. Moisture can quickly get inside your HVAC system, eventually developing into different problematic situations. At the end of our work, we use this same camera to demonstrate that once-wet areas within your office building are now dry.

Helping protect area businesses in and around Lafayette with our water removal services, SERVPRO of Lafayette, at (765) 420-0077, is here to assist with recovery after any crisis.

Flood Damage Information for Our Lafayette Neighbors

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

Water/storm damaged room; drywall cut to expose studs for frying; flooring removed Sometimes our techs must remove drywall and flooring to thoroughly dry the structure.

Can I Stay in My Flooded Lafayette House?

After flood damage happens to your Lafayette home, continuing to live there might seem like your only financially available option. However, you should not do so with significant standing water and power outages. Not only can the smell become very offensive, but the amount of humidity can make it extremely uncomfortable. 

Another issue is that having a family living in a flood-damaged Lafayette home makes restoration more difficult, time-consuming, and costly. Even with the added expense of a hotel stay, such arrangements may remain more cost-effective. We work with families to stay within their insurance policy’s allowances while providing spectacular results.

Much of the work we do to combat the destruction left behind by flooding is of a physical nature. We get dirty, and because of this, we wear personal protective equipment (PPE). When we show up at your home, you might notice our PPE, such as:

  • Forearm-length gloves
  • Heavy-duty waterproof boots
  • Respiratory masks filter the air we breathe
  • Full Tyvek bodysuits protect our clothing and eliminate cross-contamination

Because we wear PPE, especially gloves, we can more easily cut away and tear off soggy building materials like:

  • Drywall sections
  • Wall paneling sheets
  • Carpeting, padding, and wood floor planks

Everything we do is to make the next step more efficient, including placing these materials into buckets and bags for carrying outside for their disposal.

Getting these out of your home reduces the time needed to circulate the air, deodorize the structure, dry everything, and perform these in tandem with trusted third-party contractors chosen for the physical reconstruction of your damaged home, including electrical, plumbing, and other services.

SERVPRO of Lafayette is always here to help with the restoration work required after flood damage happens to your residence. You can call our trained technicians at (765) 420-0077 24/7, year-round.

Around-the-Clock West Lafayette Ceiling Leak Water Removal

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

Water stains on ceiling Water stains on ceilings are telltale signs of a leak. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of damage.

SERVPRO Water Extraction from Ceiling Drywall 

After water damage strikes, ceilings can prove vulnerable to leaks, bubbling and peeling paint, and collapsing. This situation can impact a West Lafayette home's structural integrity and point to moisture and mold in insulation, nearby walls, or wall joists. Professional remediation can more readily pinpoint damaged areas and put residents' minds at ease.

SERVPRO professional water removal services for West Lafayette homes include preliminary inspections and estimates, mitigation, and necessary structural repairs. Per restoration industry guidelines, SERVPRO standards, and homeowners' insurance policies, these services are performed.

Remediating Water Damage and Stains on Home Ceilings 

SERVPRO water restoration technicians can take multiple approaches to ceil water damages depending on the damage and materials affected. 

  • Small areas of ceiling impacted by water may only require a small amount of demolition, such as weep holes or a small cutout, to remove irreparable drywall and prepare the area for repairs
  • Extractor wands can mitigate water in hard-to-reach areas as well as on carpeting beneath the leak
  • Air movers combined with specialty tools and equipment can force warm, dry air into wet ceiling cavities and circulate it through the impacted area
  • Dehumidifiers collect excess moisture for removal in nearby sinks or other approved treated sewers, depending on the situation

Depending on the extent of damage to certain types of insulation, like rock wool and cellulose, these materials may require replacement to ensure that property owners have effective insulation. When exposed to water, these types of insulation tend to mat. Metals in rock wool can rust, while cellulose loses antimicrobial properties. 

Property owners are encouraged to call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster so that homeowners can enjoy the comforts of home once more.

Lafayette Furniture Fire Restoration That Responds 24/7

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke entering room from under the door Smoke from this fire will impact areas far from the blaze, including upholstered furniture items.

SERVPRO Fire Cleanup Salvages Home Furnishings

Furniture cleanup is one of the most challenging aspects of cleaning up fire damage. The diverse array of available upholstery fibers means that furnishings require individualized and delicate care after exposure to soot and smoke damage. The prospect of DIY cleanup for individual furniture pieces, particularly antiques, valuable pieces, and furnishings with sentimental value, can prove daunting for many Lafayette residents.

Fire restoration performed by Lafayette SERVPRO technicians can remediate soils and remove unsalvageable materials from a residence while keeping occupants and possessions safe. SERVPRO can also restore contents and furnishings to a safe, clean condition after a fire.

How SERVPRO Fire Mitigation Remediates Soot in Wood and Upholstery

Fire cleanup for upholstery relies on several factors, such as:

  • The types of fibers affected and whether they are salvageable
  • The presence of any woods and finishes impacted by fire
  • Whether metal legs, screws, decorative buttons, or zippers are restorable

Unfinished wood is much easier to restore than wood with finishes, which can blister or discolor in high temperatures. SERVPRO technicians can address these woods with dry cleaning sponges and low-alkali cleaners for light-to-medium soils in many cases. Some pieces may require partial refinishing for complete restoration. 

SERVPRO techs inspect upholstery fibers before attempting cleanup to determine the extent of soot damage, the types of fibers affected, and check for pre-existing soils. In many cases, furniture with surface-level soot exposure does not show signs of interior fire damage. Upholstery cleanup typically starts with careful, gentle pre-cleaning to prepare fibers for restoration and determine the effectiveness of soot removal solutions.

SERVPRO of Lafayette can render "Like it never even happened" quality services for homeowners who contact the team at (765) 420-0077.

Professional Inspection and Cleanup of Lafayette Water Damage

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

Two toddlers playing in bathtub; lots of suds, water Bathrooms are a common source of water damage. SERVPRO techs are always ready-to-go to restore your home.

SERVPRO Bathroom Water Restoration Tactics

Aside from the kitchen, a Lafayette home's bathroom is one of the more likely areas to see water damage from plumbing or fixture issues. Shower leaks and sink or toilet overflows can do hundreds to thousands of dollars of damage to walls and flooring, or even to lower floors if the bathroom is higher up. Fortunately, property owners do not have to face these concerns without help or guidance from highly trained professionals.

Water restoration by Lafayette SERVPRO technicians can restore affected residential bathrooms to a clean and operational condition per restoration industry guidelines set by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. Restoration includes:

  • Thorough inspections.
  • Sanitation with OSHA-approved SERVPRO cleaning solutions.
  • Structural drying with powerful dehumidifiers.

Addressing Shower and Bathroom Water Damage Efficiently

When SERVPRO professionals visit the property, they can get started on inspection and formulating an effective and efficient plan based on data collected from moisture measurement tools. Water damage inspection equipment can determine:

  • How much moisture is in the nearby wood, carpet, drywall, and other structural materials
  • Whether moisture has impacted subfloors, wall framing, ceiling joists, or insulation
  • Potential areas of water damage behind walls, floors, and ceilings are identifiable by changes in temperature consistent with moisture

SERVPRO's inspection process can be performed with minimal demolition aside from what is necessary to save the property and inspect specific materials with penetrating moisture meters, often used on carpets. Non-penetrating sensors, which assess surfaces with electromagnetic pads, are ideal for shallow-depth readings of materials like drywall or floor tiles. Infrared imaging, meanwhile, provides visual data for inspecting potentially water-damaged areas. 

Inspection tools are used throughout mitigation to ensure that water damage drying succeeds.

Residents can call (765) 420-0077 for "Like it never even happened" cleanup and rebuilding services from SERVPRO of Lafayette

Removing Soot from Lafayette Office Buildings

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Inside of office building You can trust the professionals at SERVPRO to remediate commercial fire damage quickly and completely.

Soot is Harmful Fire Damage for Lafayette Commercial Properties  

Partial combustion of fuels and specific types of contents and materials in a building can produce soot and smoke damage. When soils are deposited on surfaces and contents, this can be the most challenging restoration obstacle for experienced professionals. We carefully inspect where this damage has occurred and what steps are necessary to overcome the residue based on its composition and concentration.

Air Quality Improvement

Fine particles are among the most threatening fire damage Lafayette offices experience. Because these smaller microscopic solids sit so deeply in the lungs, the health effects of soot and smoke particles are severe. Not only must you rely on experienced professionals to resolve this restoration requirement, but production and normal operation of the business slow or even stop to protect employees from airborne hazards.

Content Relocation

Protecting the contents of the office building is another concern of our responding technicians, primarily with the protection of equipment and electronics. Smaller circulating particles entering intricate electronic equipment can be costly and sometimes impossible to restore. For this reason, relocate affected or at-risk items to prevent expensive damage when possible.

Soot Removal Strategies

Removing soot is a combination of several efforts based on the type of damage and where it is located. Eliminating particles in the environment requires a different strategy than overcoming solids and soil deposits on surfaces. To eliminate various types of smoke damage on building materials, we rely on:

  • Surface Cleaning - this process introduces several of our potent cleaning chemicals to dissolve or emulsify thick residues to lift them from the underlying substrate. 
  • Chemical Sponges – dry smoke damage often leaves a thin and manageable residue that chemical sponges can remove. These rubber pads grab loose debris and pull it away from the surface. 
  • Abrasive Cleaning - media blasting and other aggressive cleaning measures can help to eliminate soot particles without destroying the finish on certain construction elements.

Fires in office buildings require extensive cleaning and restoration. Let our SERVPRO of Lafayette help you get back in business by calling (765) 420-0077.

Green Fleet Inventory for Water-Damaged Lafayette Restaurants

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Close-up of people sitting at table eating pizza Water damage poses significant threats to restaurants. SERVPRO knows how to quickly restore your business.

What Tools Are Vital for Water Mitigation in Lafayette Eateries?

Not every water restoration need is the same for commercial properties in the area. Still, when your restaurant falls victim to substantial water damages and pooling conditions, specific equipment can help resolve these threats. Our SERVPRO restorers and our Green Fleet arrive fast to mitigate loss and protect the building contents.

Water Removal Tools

Extraction is one of the most necessary elements of water restoration for Lafayette businesses, especially facilities like restaurants and bakeries. Standing water in these buildings can be a challenge to keep the doors open and provide products safely, so the earliest emergency services feature our assortment of water removal tools like:

  • Trash pumps
  • Vacuums
  • Submersibles
  • Mops

Cleaning Supplies

Surface cleaning is often necessary after water damage exposure. Water can leave a residue behind, but surface cleaning and recovery also reduce discoloration and staining common with prolonged water saturation. Our Green Fleet offers the full measure of our cleaning supplies and products for managing residues, soils, odors, and other threats after water damage incidents.

Evaporative Drying Equipment

The bulk of stocked equipment in production vehicles of our fleet is designed for efficient drying and evaporation. Moisture migration is a considerable concern for the eatery. It can typically require dozens of air movers and dehumidifiers to simultaneously reduce humidity and water damage and expel it outside the building.

Mold Inhibitors

Stopping the threat of mold and microbial growth after water damage is a critical effort. Especially in a restaurant setting, the possibility of mold damage can be costly and challenging to clean to the high standards of food service. The best outcome is to work early to avoid mold organisms and develop colonies by applying inhibiting chemicals on vulnerable surfaces.

When your restaurant suffers water damage from broken pipes or leaking fixtures, we have a 24/7 response to help. Give our SERVPRO of Lafayette team a call whenever you need us at (765) 420-0077.

Key Factors of Drying Flood Damage in Lafayette Attics

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Looking up at inside of attic Did spring storms cause water to enter your attic? SERVPRO of Lafayette is trained to restore water damaged attics.

Flood Damage in Lafayette Is Manageable with Migration Behavior Knowledge

Recovering your property after flood damage can often be challenging for even experienced professionals. Much of this process involves understanding the behavior of water intruding on the property and how it will react with exposed building materials, contents, and open areas. Training in sciences like psychrometry allows us to manage various aspects of flood recovery more efficiently, including:

  • Structure drying
  • Content cleaning
  • Humidity management

Sensitive Materials 

The first step in recovering flood damage for Lafayette homes after penetration to the attic is appreciating the sensitive materials around the intruding floodwater. Many building materials and contents are highly porous and absorbent, making them impacted significantly by standing water concerns. Drywall, carpets, and similar structural elements are sensitive to over-exposure and can deteriorate rapidly under these conditions.

Hot Goes to Cold 

Another principle of floodwater behavior is that warm temperatures and water will migrate towards colder conditions, which is an attempt to seek equilibrium in the household between these two properties. The temperature must be regulated to counteract flooding in damaged areas and adjacent spaces to stop moisture movement to new places.

Wet Goes to Dry

Another balancing principle of water migration is that wet seeks dry materials. Water continues to migrate until it is impossible. Standing water, for example, seeks out dry materials to infiltrate and move through. Our technicians can prepare and protect affected building materials with this knowledge as water damage begins to migrate before mitigation occurs.

Understanding the obstacles of water restoration and flood recovery can be critical to providing the most efficient solutions to protect a home’s attic and connected spaces. Flooding is a severe event that can impact multiple areas of your house, and with an understanding of how water moves through dry spaces, efficient mitigation and restoration can occur. Our SERVPRO of Lafayette team is ready to help 24/7 at (765) 420-0077.

Effective Fire Damage Cleanup in Lafayette Requires a Good Plan

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

Close up of roof on fire; flames seen rising SERVPRO as a plan to restore fire damaged homes.

Luckily, SERVPRO Has an Effective Process for Remediating Fire Damage in Lafayette

As you can imagine, it generally costs less to clean up and restore fire damage in Lafayette than it does to resurface or replace impacted surfaces. Fortunately, SERVPRO understands this reality and has developed a thoughtful plan of action to save you money and successfully remediate your fire-damaged home.

SERVPRO has been dealing with fire damage in Lafayette for over fifteen years. Over that time, our smoke remediation and fire damage restoration experts have devised a procedure to restore fire damaged homes to their pre-event state faster and more cost-effectively than other area house fire cleanup services. This restoration process is as follows:

  • We first inspect your residence, starting from the fire’s origin and moving out to the furthest reaches of its impact, and locate the damaging fire and smoke residues
  • Next, our highly trained technicians identify the types of residues present and determine the best cleaning methods to eliminate them
  • Then, we evaluate affected surfaces, figuring out which ones can be restored and selecting cleaning measures safe for each of them
  • Once all of this has been done, SERVPRO’s experts use wet, dry, abrasive, and innovative techniques to remove the fire and smoke remnants
  • Finally, our remediators professionally dispose of all residues and related cleanup wastes

Upon completing this process, fire-impacted homes have generally been returned to their original state. Moreover, our procedures are so effective that it is usually difficult to imagine that they had ever suffered fire and smoke damage in the past.

With all that said, if you ever need fire damage restoration work performed, keep your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Lafayette in mind. We have the tools, know-how, and plan to do your job right the first time. Contact us anytime at (765) 420-0077 for assistance.