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In What Order Are Fire Damages Addressed in Homes?

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

In What Order Does Restoration Happen? 

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

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

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

How Do I Lower My Kitchen Appliance Fire Risk?

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

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

Certified Technicians Eliminate Fire and Odor Damage in Your Lafayette Kitchen

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

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

Lowering Kitchen Fire Damage Risk

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

SERVPRO’s Odor Control Tools

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

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

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

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How Can I Get Rid of the Smokey Smell in my Lafayette Home?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke and soot damage on walls and ceiling Smoke and soot residue are difficult to clean. SERVPRO has the tools to restore your fire damaged home.

A Professional Service Can Help You Eliminate the Smell of Smoke After a Fire in Lafayette

Homeowners are vulnerable to fire damage despite their best efforts to keep safe. A cooking accident, a mischievous teenager, or sheer bad luck can be to blame for flames erupting in your home. Fire remnants sometimes feel more significant than the flames themselves, and you may be finding smoke and soot around your home for weeks.

In Lafayette, fire damage meets its match in our SERVPRO team. As soon as you call us and invite you to your home, we focus on assessing the impact, prioritizing cleanup steps, and drawing up an action plan to restore your home as soon as possible. We are constantly available to help you in this difficult time.

How do I clean the air after a fire?

The steps to remove soot and smoke residue are straightforward. At SERVPRO, we focus on understanding the path of the fire and smoke, as well as the nature of each surface we need to wipe clean. Soot from organic materials is a cloud of fine dust, while human-made objects tend to leave a stickier residue. Our team has in its arsenal cleaning solutions to eliminate the residue while preventing damage due to their abrasive nature.

The air around you is a different matter. Your house may look clean, but the foul smell seems to linger in the air despite aroma diffusers and other deodorizers at your local store. By calling our SERVPRO crew, you gain access to industry best-practices to counteract odors. Some options available to us include:

  • Odor pellets- these are simple to use and can overpower the smell of smoke in your home
  • Thermal foggers- they work by spraying a fine mist that bonds with odor molecules and eliminates them
  • Ozone generators- these also attack smell molecules and dissolve them

We do odor elimination in concert with the cleaning and disinfecting of your home. You can trust SERVPRO of Lafayette to guide you through the restoration process. Call us at (765) 420-0077 and we will leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

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Does SERVPRO have the Experience in Fire Restoration for My Dayton Home Fire Damage?

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

A room with smoke and soot damage covering the walls and furniture  When soot covers many surfaces in your home, SERVPRO technicians understand which ones to clean and the most effective methods to use.

Team SERVPRO Has the Experience and Tools to Effectively Remediate Your Home After Fire Damage

Many cleaning challenges arise after a fire damage incident. Some are because of the different airflow patterns, the amount of oxygen, moisture, and heat that are present during the fire. Remember, different buildings have different surfaces, and that means you should expect different results after exposure to smoke residues. This post outlines the various factors that affect cleanability when such incidents take place in Dayton.

The type of surface determines the cleaning procedures that our SERVPRO technicians use during fire damage restoration in Dayton. If the surface is porous, there are high chances of the odors and particles penetrating further and making them hard to clean. The opposite is true when we are dealing with nonporous surfaces such as enamel paint and vinyl wall coverings. Depending on the surface, we can decide to use natural or synthetic fibers.

The surface's age is also crucial when we are choosing the cleaning method to use. Older areas are usually difficult to clean since as time goes by, the paint may deteriorate, making such surfaces porous. When that happens, the adhesion properties of the painting weaken. Additionally, hotter fires make areas to expand and, in the process, become more porous. Some surfaces can also melt or char – our SERVPRO technicians understand that restoring them may require refinishing since cleaning cannot be enough.

If there was moisture in the building during the fire, it may mix with some of the smoke residues and cause permanent stains on surfaces. Some of the sources of moisture during structural fires are from fire extinguishing products, activated sprinklers, and damp weather conditions. A combination of heat and water can lead to yellowing of surfaces.

When cleaning your property, our SERVPRO team is careful not to introduce sudden temperature changes since that may lead to certain types of damage. For instance, if hot oils cool instantly as a result of temperature changes, the soot particles may create a hard to clean film on the surface. An increase in air pressure may also make the air to expand and force soot into crevices and cracks.

SERVPRO of Lafayette has experience in both residential and commercial fire damage restoration. Call us at (765) 420-0077 irrespective of the site of the disaster, and we can work with to you make it “Like it never even happened.”

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After A Fire Contact, Can SERVPRO Remove Soot and Smoke Damage From My Dayton Home?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Grey and white smoke on a black background. Smoke from a fire can travel almost anywhere in the home, depositing odorous soot’s and residues to surfaces on contact.

SERVPRO Can Remove Smoke And Soot After Fire Damage For Your Dayton Home

In a kitchen fire, it is seldom the flames that do the most damage. Unlike fire, smoke can travel almost anywhere in the home, depositing odorous soot’s and residues to surfaces on contact. Generally, smoke travels upwards into any free air pockets which can make it challenging to find where an odor is coming from or removing soiling from tough to reach areas. By training technicians extensively in the behavior of smoke, we offer a comprehensive solution to small, medium and large house fires.

When it comes to fire damage in Dayton, homeowners can rely on us to provide prompt service. We live local to the area and operate a 24-hour call line. SERVPRO has access to national level resources, so we bring with us the very best training and expertise on every job that we do. We also promise our customers to arrive on site with four hours of receiving a notification of loss.

When materials combust, part of their essence is transported via smoke. Synthetic and natural materials have different compositions, so it makes sense that removal methods are also different. Wet smoke is synthetic and can be spread around causing further damage using specific cleaning methods. Dry smoke, on the other hand, can be removed from fabrics using a dabbing technique that prevents residues becoming embedded.

So how does SERVPRO know which smoke is which? The answer is simple. We conduct a pre-test to determine what kinds of smoke we are dealing with and how best to treat them. For difficult to reach areas we use agile, extendable brushes to complete the job effectively. Our technicians are IIRC certified and more than happy to share their considerable knowledge with you after work is complete.

Take the stress out of home restoration by trusting SERVPRO of Lafayette. You can reach us anytime at (765) 420-0077 to book a service.

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How can you get the Most from Your Fire Damage Restoration Team in Lafayette?

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Foyer of a home with soot covering the walls and floor Usually, not all is lost after a fire. SERVPRO technicians are trained to restore and rebuild your home and make it, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Provides Best Practices for Fire Damage Restoration in Lafayette

After the smoke clears and things get cleaned up in your Lafayette home, and soot removal occurs, property owners often notice that things still reek of smoke and burned materials, particularly synthetics. The microscopic particles in the smoke, soot, and ash from these materials can cause enormous amounts of damage to both your property’s structure and its contents. These particles can also cause both temporary and permanent health effects in individuals.

SERVPRO’S employees hold certificates from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), ensuring residents of Lafayette our skills in fire damage mitigation and restoration can meet the challenges of their newly developed situation. Our training for the IICRC certificates includes the physical and chemical changes that occur during a fire, the condition of residential or commercial property in a fire’s aftermath, and the most effective methods to mitigate damage and restore the property and its contents.                                     

Additional Resources Make a Noticeable Difference in Recovering Post-Fire

Our experience in the community and networking with others leaves us completely prepared to provide our customers with additional resources after a disaster. These include agencies in and around Lafayette who can provide temporary housing, household goods, interim childcare, and a host of other resources. While your family might not need every item on our list, knowing you have additional assistance can help you feel more in control of your circumstances.

A Multitude of Choices Put You Back in Control

Along with this same goal of restoring your control over your family’s living situation, we also collaborate with you during every stage of cleaning, mitigation, restoration, and rebuilding fire damaged homes in Lafayette. There are specific standards we must adhere to so we can achieve the results we want. We can also explain the different options available as we progress. Options range from different cleaning chemicals to color variations in the stains we use for wood trim and the paint we apply to walls and ceilings. Other options include replacement materials, furnishings, and amenity items, floor coverings. We provide extra attention to when attempting to restore extremely damaged but irreplaceable items.     

SERVPRO Never Overlooks the Structural Safety of Lafayette Property

Not only does SERVPRO advise you of the less expensive options, but we also consider your family’s safety at every point. Structural deficits occur during a Lafayette house fire, due to not only the heat, flames, and soot, but also the intensive soaking of your house. The flooring might seem sturdy, with little damage, but the underlying support system might not have fared. When saturated with water, joists, and beams in the wooden frame can suffer damage from microbes. When these microorganisms eat at the wood or the water destroys the lignin, wood can begin disintegrating rapidly. We work with reputable contractors with current licensing credentials to help restore and rebuild as painless as possible.

We Use Personal Protection Equipment, Minimizing Risks to Us as We Eliminate Them for You

Soot particles can damage both inanimate objects throughout your house and cause severe health effects if not managed correctly. SERVPRO’s technicians use internationally accepted methods to clean up soot and ash from surfaces. We carry several air scrubbers that give excellent results when removing finer soot particles from the air within our Green Fleet. We use these as we wipe surfaces down, remove charred and burned materials like drywall and carpeting sections, furniture, and household items. We also connect these to flexible tubing sections as part of negative pressure chambers.

The SERVPRO Green Fleet Means Your Fire Damage Situation is Now Under Control

The dousing of thousands of gallons of water onto the burning areas of a property by one of Lafayette Fire Department’s seven stations saves it from the flames. Still, it leaves it vulnerable to infestations of mold and water damage. The SERVPRO team checks for both destructive post-fire circumstances.

Working with knowledgeable contractors, we can ascertain where weak spots exist in your property’s structure. Often, these areas regain at least significant amounts of their previous strength upon drying, so some team members begin extracting water. Still, others work on cleaning up soot and removing fire damaged building materials. Our diagnostic equipment helps us determine where damp areas exist, enabling us to concentrate efforts in these locations.

Our Comprehensive Training Increases the Effectiveness of the Tools, Machines, and Equipment We Use During Fire Damage Mitigation and Restoration

Our employees learn the techniques used and accepted around the world. These internationally accepted methods are taught through in-house training sessions through the study of Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) materials, followed by testing and hands-on experience. This well-rounded system leaves our team capable of working highly efficiently, saving you money, time, and aggravation.

SERVPRO of Lafayette works on the restoration of homes and businesses around Indian Village, IN, Battle Ground, IN, and Dayton, IN. Call (765) 420-0077 to ensure your property’s restoration flows as smoothly as possible after fire damage happens.

How SERVPRO Removes Odors After Fire Damage

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Deodorization Exceedingly Important in Lafayette Fire Damage Cleanup

The primary concern of homeowners suffering residential fire damage is, of course, the restoration of the functionality and physical appeal of their homes. Eliminating fire-related odors is initially a much less considered issue.

One recent severe fire damage case in Lafayette, however, highlighted the importance of effective deodorization. A couple of months ago, the homeowners had hired a fire damage cleanup company to repair their property. At first, all seemed well. Then, as hotter, more humid summer weather arrived, the residents noticed strong unpleasant odors. It seemed that the company had not eliminated the smells associated with the fire months before.

At this point, the family went searching for a solution. Some neighbors told them that SERVPRO might be able to help. After they took their neighbors’ advice and called us, we were on-site within four hours to assess the situation. We employed multiple techniques to eliminate offensive fire damage odors. Our technicians attempted to locate odor sources and remove them, clean away all residues, and either counteract bad odors with deodorizers or seal them in affected materials.   

SERVPRO employed a variety of specialized equipment to rid the Lafayette house of the persistent unwanted odors. Realizing that the HVAC ventilation network was contributing to the issue, we used a duct cleaning system to clean and seal it.  Our technicians performed attic remediation. Workers removed affected insulation, cleaned, treated, and sealed charred rafters with a pressure sprayer, and brought in an ozone machine overnight to neutralize the remaining odors in the air. Throughout the rest of the house, we used air scrubbers to remove additional particles and odors. SERVPRO finished up by fogging the entire structure and then allowing it to ventilate properly. After everything was said and done, the odors were gone, and the residents were happy.

This entire incident illustrates just how important yet challenging; it is to remove fire-related odors from your home. Also, it indicates that not all fire damage repair companies do it correctly. Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 if you need assistance.

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What to Expect from Professional Fire Damage Cleanup Services in Lafayette

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke on a black background Call our experts after you experience a fire disaster, we have training in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery & fabric cleaning.

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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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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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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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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Can Your West Lafayette Fire Damaged Possessions be Saved?

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

We know that fire damage is stressful. SERVPRO of Lafayette always available to restore your home.

Restoring Items in Your West Lafayette after a Fire Damage Experience

Replacing all your fire-damaged items should not be the only option you have once you experience the unfortunate incident. Such an option is costly, and working with restoration experts is highly recommended. We are experts who use specialized techniques and equipment to clean your property and items. Below, we look at some of the processes that we use when attending to such situations in West Lafayette.  

Remember, there might be several items in your property, and the method that is suitable for a particular item may not be useful when cleaning another item. For instance, the processes we employ to clean fire damaged porous items in West Lafayette are entirely different from what we use when cleaning non-porous items. As an example, we may prefer dry cleaning techniques when we aim to remove light to medium non-grease particles from your non-porous contents. During such a process, we perform vacuuming, use dry cleaning sponges and dusting clothes or feather dusters to remove the surface dust.  

If the surfaces are full of moderate or heavy smoke particles, then our SERVPRO technicians may decide to use wet cleaning. It is an aggressive cleaning technique that involves the use of water together with a cleaning agent. In some instances, we may decide not to use a cleaning agent, but thorough saturation of the surface or item we are cleaning is necessary.  

Abrasive cleaning may be an option for surfaces that can withstand mechanical actions. To prevent such surfaces from scratching, we apply a lubricant, which is usually an appropriate cleaning agent that we place between the surface and the abrasive material. Our SERVPRO technicians may recommend a replacement of porous items such as cardboard or wood. They usually have tiny pockets of spaces which smoke and soot can permeate and make it challenging to clean.  

You can rely on SERVPRO of Lafayette to clean your commercial or residential property after a fire damage incident. We are trusted professionals who work around the clock to make it "Like it never even happened." Call (765) 420-0077 to get professional help.

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We Can Eliminate Residue In Your Lafayette Home After A Fire

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer our experience, expertise and necessary equipment in restoring your home.

Get Specialist Fire Damage Restoration for Your Lafayette Home

Fires are a bad experience for every homeowner. They can start instantly, spread fast, and ruin your house and belongings. Some common causes of fires include faulty electronics, human error, arson and general negligence. Prompt fire damage restoration is critical for preventing further destruction.

If there is fire damage in your Lafayette home, you need professional restoration services to clean the residue from the affected areas. Smoke residue comprises nitrogen oxides and carbon. When water is introduced into this mixture, the residue becomes acidic. Using professional grade chemicals meant to neutralize the acid and keep it from reacting with the ceilings, flooring, appliances, and other personal possessions is the right step. The professionals at SERVPRO can help you to eliminate the residue.

If smoky residues sit in your home for an extended period, they can cause serious damage. According to the IICRC, it take several minutes for acidic soot residues to cause the discoloration of small appliances, yellowing of plastics and permanent discoloration of porous interior decor materials like alabaster and marble. Within hours, the soot residues cause yellowing or staining of fiberglass bath fixtures, grouting, furniture finishes, countertops and appliances near the vicinity of a fire, particularly refrigerators.

Within days, the painted walls turn yellow permanently, wood furniture requires refinishing, metal rusts and pits, clothing becomes soot-stained, vinyl flooring requires replacement or refinishing, and upholstery becomes permanently stained. Within weeks, artificial carpet fibers can discolor or yellow permanently, silver plates are corroded permanently and glass as well as china may need replacement because of severe pitching and etching.

Our SERVPRO technicians use several methods to loosen residues from surfaces, including mechanical action, suspension and dispersion, lubrication, and chemical action. We use mechanical action before other cleaning methods when smoke residues have adhered to a surface. We use it to pre-clean surplus, dry, and non-greasy residues from a surface before applying solvent-based or water-based cleaning products. We can use special degreasing agents to clean up oily residues and cleaning sponges to remove dry soot. We can advise you about the items to clean and which ones to replace.

When there is smoke residue in your home, SERVPRO of Lafayette can assist you to remove it. Call us at (765) 420-0077 for faster cleanup and restoration. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Don't Let Fire Damage in Your Lafayette Home Take Over Your Life

3/10/2019 (Permalink)

Your Lafayette home inundated by fire damage? Call SERVPRO to quickly and safely fix any issues.

Our Fire Damage Mitigation Specialists Use Removal Methods that Safely Restore Homes in Lafayette

Cleaning and restoring a Lafayette home to undo the damage caused by a disaster often requires specialists with extensive training and powerful equipment at their disposal. When a large section of a home becomes ruined, restoration work requires more than cleaning, and SERVPRO knows how to perform the needed work while keeping costs as low as possible.
Homeowners can rely on us to mitigate disasters including extensive fire damage in Lafayette with efficient methods up to the removal of the materials destroyed by heat and fire. Both structures and furnishings suffer during a fire to different degrees. Although we work to save as much as possible, removing the debris and ruination helps speed up the restoration of your house.
Along with these items pulled out and removed from the premises, we eliminate many safety hazards, also. Carpeting can pose tripping hazards wherever water from firefighters caused bulky, raised areas to appear. Carpet tacks also pose significant risks to anyone working in the area. Many plastics and other synthetic materials continue to off-gas toxic fumes. The steam saturating the air can cause metal fixtures to rust, leaving ponce-smooth surfaces jagged, rough, and able to cut skin.
Removing these and other kinds of risks makes the damaged area safer to work in and also makes room for our mitigation and restoration equipment. Some of this equipment helps us remove the excess water that can quickly cause both water damage and mold infestations after a fire. Getting your house dry again prevents these secondary effects from ruining our work.
Everything needs to occur methodically to achieve the results we want. Rapidly making your property safe, livable, “Like it never even happened.” means life can get back to normal. While the work starts with a horrible-looking mess, the result of our work pleasantly surprises our customers.
SERVPRO of Lafayette works in the areas around Dayton, Wyandot, and Ash Grove. Call us when you want restoration professionals who clean, remove spent water, and restore properties after fire damage. Our 24-hour emergency service line is (765) 420-0077.

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Choosing The Right Cleaning Actions To Address Fire Damage In Your Dayton Home

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Several factors determine the cleaning actions we employ during fire damage restoration.

Choosing The Right Cleaning Actions After A Fire

Several factors determine the cleaning actions we employ during fire damage restoration. We understand different rooms of your structure might be having different materials which means the same building might have different types of soot residues. At the same time, the methods we use to clean fragile materials are different to what we use when cleaning items which can withstand aggressive agitation in your Dayton home.

We are going to look at the absorption and immersion techniques which our SERVPRO technicians use when addressing fire damage incidents in Dayton. If we come across items which are likely to experience additional damage when subjected to the direct application of the solvent or water-based cleaning agents, we use the absorption techniques. During this process, we apply absorptive powders on the material, and the soot residues get cleaned through absorption. We then perform vacuuming to extract the captured particles. We prefer this technique when we are dealing with porous surfaces such as carpets, draperies, bricks, and concrete.

In some cases, our SERVPRO technicians can combine solvents and the absorptive powders. If we have to do that, we first treat the soils with the cleaning agent and then apply the powders on the treated surface. Once the surface is dry, we vacuum the area. Mixing the solvents and the powders before applying to the target area is also another option.

When cleaning some items, it may be necessary to control the temperature and quantity of the cleaning agent. Our SERVPRO team achieves that by using the immersion technique. An example is an ultrasonic cleaner which cleans through the use of sound waves. Since full immersion in a cleaning agent is necessary, the process is best suited to items which are just small enough to fit in a machine or tank.

SERVPRO of Lafayette responds Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is storm, mold, fire, or water damage. We have the right equipment, and our technicians are highly trained. For a stress-free restoration process, call us at (765) 420-0077.

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Battle Ground's Fire Damage Experts Explain Odor Problems

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Once a fire gets large, it can burn through a house taking building materials and contents as fuel to spread to other areas of the property.

Fire Damage Experts Explain Odor Problems

A fire starting inside a home is rare, but it could happen to your Battle Ground residence. Some fires are big and very devastating. Once a fire gets large, it can burn through a house taking building materials and contents as fuel to spread to other areas of the property. Once a fire grows to a certain size, many things inside a building can get burnt and ruined. Other fires that start indoors are small and get put out quickly by you or a family member. These small fires can still cause much damage to things inside your home. Usually, you have to use a fire extinguisher or water to put out the fire which can damage structural components and your possessions. Once anything burns, it puts out smoke that consists of materials that did not fully combust. Therefore, even if the original blaze seemed minor, there is a chance the smoke coming from it will cause problems after the fire is put out.

Burnt materials can release foul odors into the area that can spread throughout your house. As soon as our SERVPRO technicians arrive at a fire damage project in Battle Ground, we inspect the entire home for problems. Any place that smoke went could contain soot residues. Soils and residues left behind from smoke also contain burnt aromas. Residues can also ruin and corrode surfaces if not cleaned.

Whenever our SERVPRO restoration crew finds smoke residues, we clean a section of the affected materials as a test. Our estimators carry a test kit with them that is equipped with various cleaning supplies and chemicals. We test every affected area and figure out if the items can be cleaned or not. We also use the testing phase to determine which methods and chemicals work best for removing each type of soot found.

In some cases, unpleasant fragrances can still exist after all smoke-related soot and soils have been removed. Tiny odor particles can travel deep into porous materials and contaminate them. When odors exist after all cleaning procedures get taken, then we use foggers or ozone systems to neutralize odors.

Ultra low volume foggers mimic the properties of smoke and penetrate the materials in the same fashion. Ozone machines send out unstable O3 particles that attach to odor molecules and chemically neutralize them. If your property ever suffers even the smallest fire or smoke damage, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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How to Deal With Different Levels of Fire Damage in Dayton

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

Finding your home with some level of fire damage can be particularly overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Quickly Remediates Any of the Three Primary Levels of Fire Damage

Different fires lead to different levels of fire damage, and it is crucial to understand how to approach the various types of incidents when you need to salvage your contents and return your property to its preloss state. It is evident that most materials get damaged during combustion, but it is also important to note that the fire extinguishing attempts can also cause additional damage. Dayton is not an exception to fires, and if you are a resident, some of the details we are covering here can help you a great deal.
The three primary levels of fire damage in Dayton that our SERVPRO technicians attend to are minor fire damage, medium fire damage, and major fire damage. When a property experiences a minor fire damage incident, it means the smoke particles only affect specific areas of the structure. Given that the damage is light to moderate, during the restoration, we usually do wet cleaning and dry cleaning of floors, walls, ceilings and other materials. Only a few items require replacement, and it might be necessary to repaint a few areas.
In medium fire damage incidents, there are moderate smoke residues at the site, and that means our SERVPRO technicians do more wet cleaning procedures during the restoration. There is also an increase of items that need replacement and the locations that require repainting. Where necessary, we refinish the floors and inspect cabinets, drywall, and various items to determine whether it is possible to salvage them. Otherwise, a replacement may be necessary.
Under major heat damages, there is severe heat, which means much damage occurs near the fire source. There is an even distribution of smoke particles within the site and, there is the need to do a lot of structural repairs. During the restoration, our SERVPRO team may be forced to set up an alternative source of electricity, move out all restorable items to perform off-site cleaning. It might also be necessary to use multiple deodorization techniques to remove smoke odors.
At SERVPRO of Lafayette, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is water, fire, mold, and storm damage related. Call us at (765) 420-0077 when you need services from a restoration leader with a proven record.
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Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Dayton Home

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

It is important to keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children to prevent fire damage to your home.

SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Restore Your Home after Fire Damage

Children are naturally curious, and they can sometimes cause a fire in Dayton because of this curiosity. Wanting to know what would happen if something was set on fire can create a big problem for your home and family. Keeping any lighters or matches out of reach of children is the best thing to do to avoid curiosity turning into a disaster. Smoke alarms in your child’s room are also good, plus practice a home escape plan with your family in case of fire. Teach children how dangerous fire can be and how quickly it spreads.

If your child has caused a fire in your Dayton home, the fire damage and the entire experience can be quite traumatic for everyone. At SERVPRO, we understand all of this and want to help you restore your home for you as quickly as possible. We have all the training and equipment needed to do so and take care of everything so you can focus on your family during this time.

When the fire took place in a child’s bedroom, various structural components need to be attended to during the restoration process. Usually, lighting fixtures are cleaned while we are cleaning the ceiling. We ensure the electrical power is turned off before we clean any electrical fixture. We pretest cleaning solutions to make sure they do not affect the finish on the fixture. The area behind the light fixtures is cleaned, not just around them.

When our IICRC certified techs clean windows after a fire, we not only clean the glass but also the framework and any hardware that is part of the construction of the window. To remove residues from the glass without leaving streaks, we use a low-alkaline glass cleaner. It is applied with a spray bottle, and then we squeegee off the smoke residues. Once the ammonia in the product evaporates, the remaining glass cleaner dries to a neutral pH.

When inspecting draperies, we also check the drapery rod as well as the drapery material. We ensure the rod is attached firmly to the wall and is not coming loose while we clean. If we have to take down valances, a complex mounting situation, or tie backs, we make careful notes so we can reinstall them correctly after cleaning. We may also take several pictures so you can remember how the draperies were mounted.

Drapery rods usually can be wet cleaned, using a cleaning product appropriate for the number of residues and the kind of material. Once cleaning is done, we lubricate moving rod components with a silicone spray if needed.

SERVPRO of Lafayette takes the time to thoroughly clean every component in your home in Dayton, Wyandot, or Colburn affected by the fire. Get in touch with us by dialing (765) 420-0077 as soon as possible once the fire is out so we can help you get your home back to normal.

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Setting Things Right After a Small Fire in Your Dayton Home

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with fire damage in your home can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO and let our professionals remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Arrives Fast to Remediate Fire Damage on Your Property

The small electrical fire might have been quickly put out without excessive extinguishing efforts (that can cause many damages themselves), but there are still problems that you have to address. For starters, your Dayton home smells like smoke, and there is soot strewn up the wall and ceiling where the ignition and bulk of the blaze took place. So, how do you resolve these issues so you can officially put the recent fire behind you and move on officially?
Fire damage to your Dayton home does not have to be a complicated situation to resolve, but it is something that only professional restoration companies equip themselves to handle. Our SERVPRO technicians have the expertise and the equipment to manage all of the issues regarding fire damage restoration, including both the lingering odor and the soot or smoke damages.
Our team uses scrubbers to deep clean surfaces that have been affected by the smoke and soot. The goal initially is to restore the surfaces we encounter to preloss conditions. If that is not possible, the cleaning becomes a step in preparing walls and ceilings for priming and painting for a completed restoration. The process of cleaning the walls can be done using dry methods (for minor damages) to wet cleaning with detergents to scrub the deeply seated soot damage away.
Taking care of the odor is another issue entirely, but one that our SERVPRO technicians are also well equipped to handle. We have a lot of equipment from ozone machines to foggers to nullify noxious or just unsavory scented molecules present in the air to leave behind no trace of any smell. The process significantly differs from other methods used by even professional restoration companies that attempt to mask foul odors with stronger, more favorable scents. When the two processes are both completed, your formerly fire-damaged room has gotten restored to how it was before the incident.
Fire damage does not have to be something that you have to deal with on your own. You can give SERVPRO of Lafayette a call. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 at (765) 420-0077.

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Understanding Smoke After a Grease Fire in Your Battle Ground Kitchen

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians have the training and knowledge to clean up after a grease fire in your kitchen and make it "Like it never even happened."

Smoke and Soot Cleanup after a Grease Fire in Your Kitchen

An unexpected disaster, a grease fire can create much damage in your Battle Ground kitchen and home. They are difficult to extinguish, as pouring water on them only makes it worse, and trying to use towels or another close by material to snuff them out can lead to spreading the fire. The most efficient way to put these fires out is a fire extinguisher, so having one within easy access to your kitchen is crucial.

Even if you have an extinguisher handy in your Battle Ground kitchen, after fire damage, you need professional help to get the mess cleaned up and repaired. It is something that needs to be done as soon as possible, as the damage can keep growing in the meantime. Calling SERVPRO once the fire is out is the smart thing to do, as our staff has the training and knowledge needed to restore your home.

Part of our restoration process is cleaning up the smoke odor. As burning materials decompose, they give off gases, solid particles, and aerosols which become suspended in air. These suspended particles are what makes up smoke. The invisible components of smoke are gases. Oxides of nitrogen are made by burning organic compounds, and sulfur dioxide is made by burning inorganic compounds.

Some gaseous by-products which fires generate, like hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide, could cause health effects if you or your family are exposed to the smoke while the fire is ongoing. Once the fire is out, and smoke is dispersed, gases are not a significant factor anymore.

Solid particles of unburned material are small particles of carbon. The aerosols are very fine solid or liquid particles suspended in the gases. While suspended in the air, these particles are what makes the smoke visible. The particles are odor-absorbing, which makes the soot smell.

Smoke particles can be tiny and still cause health effects. Our SERVPRO technicians wear respirators when we work long periods of time where loose, heavy smoke residues are present. Once smoke settles on surfaces as residues, many times, it is referred to as soot. These residues can have various kinds of acids since sulfides and chlorides in the smoke mix with humidity in the air or moisture to make acids. These acidic soot residues cause corrosion and discoloration if they stay on materials over time.

SERVPRO of Lafayette understands the makeup of smoke and soot, enabling us to clean your home of these odors and residues thoroughly. After a fire in your home in the areas of Battle Ground, Lafayette, or Indian Village, reach out to us right away at (765) 420-0077 so we can help you.

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Properly Cleaning Your HVAC System in Your Battle Ground Home After a Dryer Fire

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

Dryer lint can catch fire. Regularly clean your lint trap and if your dryer does happen to flare up, contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Inspect the Extent to Which the Fire Spread Before Remediating Damage on Your Property

We trust our appliances to work correctly at all times, but what happens when they fail us? The clothes dryer in your Battle Ground home is relied upon daily to help keep you in fresh, dry laundry. However, these appliances can create a fire in your home when they are not properly taken care of. It is essential to remove any lint after each use and ensure that your lint trap is completely clean. The exhaust pipe should also be clear and unrestricted, and you need to clean your vent pipe at least once per year.
When your dryer has caused a fire and fire damage in the basement of your Battle Ground home, it can affect the HVAC system. You need the help of SERVPRO technicians to get the smoke and residues out of your ventilation system to prevent smoke particles being distributed out to the rest of your home.
Upon arrival, our staff inspects your HVAC system by asking questions concerning the fire such as where it was located in relation to the HVAC vents or furnace unit and did smoke enter the supply side or the return side? How long did the fire last, and was the HVAC blower operational during the fire?
When smoke and fire have contaminated your HVAC system, we look to see what the extent of the damage is, including what kind of smoke residue is in your system, is it light, moderate, or heavy, and are smoke odors present?
SERVPRO staff knows HVAC system design and operation. We can tell if any mechanical components of your system are damaged and need replacing, such as the turning vanes, dampers, cooling coil, and mixing boxes. We also check to see what the ducts are made of – flex duct, sheet metal, or duct board? The easiest to clean is sheet metal, but if insulation lines your metal ducts, it can be challenging to deodorize. Flex duct might not be cost-effective to clean due to the pleated folds.
Effective cleaning when heavy smoke was present may require us to disassemble the mechanical components. In this case, we may need to work with a certified HVAC technician. If cleaning is not possible in some portions of the duct system, we need to seal it.
SERVPRO of Lafayette has the training and knowledge to take care of your HVAC system properly after a fire. You can be assured that your home in Battle Ground, Indian Village, or Dayton is clean and safe from smoke and residues when you contact us at (765) 420-0077.

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Know How Electrical Fires Can Start in Your Battle Ground Home

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

To avoid electrical fires, have your wiring and appliances regularly checked.

Trust SERVPRO for your fire restoration needs

Home fires in Battle Ground are bad enough, but electrical fires can bring a whole new level of danger and are harder to fight. They are started of course by electricity, which means that putting water on them does not have the desired effect. It could, in fact, just make a bad problem much worse. Most of these fires are started because of incorrectly installed wiring or overloaded extension cords.

The colder months are the most dangerous times for electrical fires in Battle Ground, with more usage due to appliances, heating, and lighting. These fires and the resulting fire damage can be generated from several causes, like old, worn out wiring, plus light bulbs, fixtures, and cords running underneath area rugs or carpeting.

Even after a small fire, you could be left looking at much damage, between the flames, soot, and smoke, plus efforts to put the fire out. After an electrical fire in your home, you need our professional help at SERVPRO. We are trained and certified to handle any fire damage so that your home is properly cleaned and restored back to its usual condition.

There are precautions for safety you can take to avoid electrical fires, like regular inspections of your wiring and appliances to ensure they are all in good condition. You should also replace any electrical components which are worn out or not properly functioning. Keep curtains, clothes, and other materials which are flammable three feet or more from all heaters, and do not overload your extension cords or wall sockets.

Proper wiring is essential as well. Do not force a three-pronged plug into a socket with just two holes, or use it with an extension cord. If a light switch is hot to the touch or the lights flicker, get them professionally replaced.

Our IICRC-certified technicians want to help you after a fire. Not only do we want to restore your home, but also give you the peace of mind that it is going to be done appropriately and in a timely fashion. We want you to worry about you and your family instead of the repair work.

Trusting SERVPRO of Lafayette is the right thing to do after fire damage of any magnitude. If you are residing in Battle Ground, West Lafayette, or Indian Village and experience a fire, give us a call when the fire is out at (765) 420-0077.

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Protecting Your Lafayette Area Business From Fire Damage

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Your corner store needs quick restoration after a fire so that your customers don't find another place to shop. Contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Quick Action After a Fire Typically Offers Better Results and Less Secondary Damages so that Your Business can Open Its Doors Again

It is not hard to believe that over 75% of all companies that experience serious fire damage go out of business. They either have to close their doors as a direct result of the fire or end up losing an uphill battle after re-opening.  
Whether you run a corner store, a fancy Greek restaurant, or the best hotel in Lafayette, fire damage can take its toll. The visible signs left by a fire along with the impact on your inventory and equipment are only half the story. There are other things to consider; the interruptions to your business, layoffs for employees, and customers who find an alternative and never return.  
Preparation is your best option, working in combination with a restoration company like SERVPRO gives you access to qualified professionals who work hard to keep the doors of your business from closing. Our expertly trained technicians assess your entire structure, reduce fire risks, and make a variety of recommendations that could very well save your business.
SERVPRO technicians can help with everything from general fire safety, assisting with emergency planning, and the installation of fire alarms and smoke detectors to give you a better response time as well. If you stock any combustible materials, use heat sources, have people alone in various parts of your building or public access, fire can happen anywhere, at any time.
Learn more about which materials to store together, maintain a quality maintenance schedule for all of your equipment, including electrical outlets, cords, and portable devices that receive more activity. SERVPRO technicians check everything that makes your business unique, working with you to come up with a solution that reduces any losses you experience.
Gain access to IICRC certified technicians with years of expertise, advanced equipment suitable for any situation, and the resources available to far exceed your expectations. Our staff is ready to provide you with the services you deserve to keep your business running strong.
We also make our technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to address any emergency situations that may occur. Improve your company's chances of recovery by contacting SERVPRO of Lafayette, today. (765) 420-0077

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Understanding the Impact of Fire Damage in a Lafayette Editorial Office

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Offices have a lot of equipment which needs specialized and immediate attention. Call SERVPRO today in order to put our expertise to work for you.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Remediate Fire Damage in Many Types of Environments

Fire is bad news whether it breaks out in a family home, a commercial kitchen, or your favorite retail store. However, there are some environments which are particularly vulnerable to heat, and it is these buildings which have the most to lose when emergencies develop.

Media, print, and editorial offices, for example, are subject to a great deal of fire damage, because they contain significant amounts of paper and computing equipment. It is imperative for repair teams like SERVPRO to arrive on site quickly, so as to rescue as much material as possible.

The Challenge

Whether or not we can salvage something as fragile as a book, binder, file, or microfilm depends on a variety of factors. The first is how much heat the object came into contact with during the fire. When placed next to very high temperatures, things like blueprints, disks, and tapes can look unblemished from the outside, but the heat often warps and degrades the delicate interior.

Nevertheless, SERVPRO has lots of experience handling and restoring paper documents like the ones common to an editorial office. We work closely with third party experts to inspect and protect books, microfilm, disks, tapes, Mylar, and more. The best shot at salvage is for those objects that have been in boxes and on shelves during the fire.

The Solution

SERVPRO prioritizes the most at risk items, so we typically deal with records, files, and media devices which are high up first. As heat rises, they can end up sustaining lots of damage, even if they are away from the flames. Without opening books and files, we carefully remove them and use a variety of cleaning technique to dislodge soot residues.

For instance, dry sponging, hand vacuuming, and regulated air are all useful ways to remove dry, dusty soot from the surface. It is vital for binders, files, and books to be handled with care and not opened until the outside covers are free of dirt and grime. Similarly, disks, negatives, tapes, and microfilms are cellulose sponged with minimal handling and movement.

The other part of the restoration process which SERVPRO tackles from the outset is odor. Editorial offices are busy places. They need to be safe and comfortable for employees. Acrid, smoky odors cannot be allowed to linger within paper documents. Deodorization techniques are very effective after a fire because they introduce a highly penetrating fog which ‘chases’ odor particles into porous materials and neutralizes them.

SERVPRO of Lafayette is part of an extensive network of specialists, experts, and contractors. So, no matter what you are attempting to rescue after a fire, we have the solution. Call us 24/7 at (765) 420-0077.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Dayton

11/20/2016 (Permalink)

Don't let fire damage in your home keep you down, Let the experts at SERVPRO get your home to "Like it never even happened."

Restoring your home after a fire may look like a simple task. All you have to do is remove your furniture, blow out the smell and paint the walls, right? Not quite.
Fire damage to your Lafayette home can be cleaned and the property restored. It's not that it's a complex task you can't understand, there are just a lot of pieces to the puzzle. When SERVPRO is finished, though you'll have a picture of your home that you can live in once more.
We have a huge number of services that are determined by the amount of damage and what it will take to put things back together. Our company has placed them into five service categories:
Mitigation - This is to secure your home and prevent further damage. This is where our technicians will board up any openings that no longer have a door or window. In the winter, they will wrap insulation around exposed pipes and set up a temporary source of electricity if needed. If your home is still wet from the fire being put out, we will bring in equipment to dry out affected areas.
Structural Cleaning - This category covers removal of smoke residue and deodorizing the smells the residue generates. Our inspectors will also advise which parts of the structure cannot be cleaned and should be removed and replaced.
Contents Cleaning - Personal property will have to be cleaned and deodorized before it is safe and useful again. Some property can be cleaned at your home and temporarily stored in an unaffected area or another location. Other items will have to be cleaned elsewhere and stored until they can be returned. Items that cannot be cleaned we will advise you to dispose of.
Special Restoration - This covers items needing special cleaning procedures. It includes electronics, clothing that requires dry cleaning and artwork.
Reconstruction - This category comes into play if parts of your home's structure are damaged by the fire and cannot be restored. While our technicians can remove and replace building material such as drywall, a general contractor will be needed to repair or replace damage beyond that.
Putting your home back together after a fire is not simple. It can, however, be a much easier process when you have a leader in the restoration industry on your team. SERVPRO of Lafayette is ready to get started and get you back into your home. Please call us today at (765) 420-0077 to get the ball rolling.

Assessing Damages After a Fire

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Glossy paint can be easier to clean. Call SERVPRO so that we can quickly assess the damage!

Many Factors Contribute to Fire Damage Remediation

If you ever experience a house fire, small or large, you will naturally be concerned with what items in your home can be salvaged. There are different factors that will determine this, and a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO will be able to inform you which things can be saved and which need to be replaced once they come out to your home and evaluate the damages.

Once you have had any type of fire damage in Layfette, it is good to understand that fire damage makes a lot of different challenges when it comes to cleaning up the mess. A building that has burned includes a lot of complicated reactions amongst various elements which include: 

  • The kind of material that has burned
  • How much heat, oxygen, and moisture are present
  • The air flow patterns in your home
  • The kinds of smoke residues which are present
  • The kinds of surfaces which were impacted by heat and smoke

Depending upon how these elements interacted as the fire progressed, fire damage can cause very different restoration and cleaning methods to be needed, and our technicians at SERVPRO are trained to know what is needed.

Kinds of Surfaces
Surfaces which are porous will let particles and odor penetrate farther and are a lot harder to clean up. Surfaces that are nonporous like vinyl wall coverings or glossy enamel paint are much easier to clean than wallpaper or flat latex paint. Fibers which are synthetic will attract more concentrations of residue than natural fibers. However, synthetics usually clean better than natural fabrics.

Surface Age
The older the surface is, generally the harder it is to clean. It does not matter if the surface is fabric, paint or carpet. As older paint deteriorates, for example, it will become more porous, and its surface adhesion is weakened.

Amount of Heat
It will be harder to clean surfaces the hotter the fire was. Heat makes surfaces expand and therefore become more porous. Odors and residue can penetrate surfaces more effectively in this situation. Heat will also break down the materials or bubble and melt finishes. In cases like this, just cleaning the surfaces will not restore them. Instead, refinishing will be needed.

Amount of Moisture
Moisture can make residues set impermanently to surfaces. If sprinklers were activated or firefighters saturated surfaces, residues will be a lot more difficult to clean.

Materials Burned
Synthetic materials make residues a lot more difficult to remove than natural materials. Rubber and plastics make smeary, wet residues which can stain. Wood or other natural surfaces leave a drier residue.

Air Pressure
Hot air expands and as the temperature increases the volume of air will also increase. Expanding air makes pressure which will drive soot into crevices and cracks which make it hard to clean.

Even with the many factors that can determine how well your fire damaged home can be cleaned, our trained technicians at SERVPRO of Lafayette will be able to identify what can and cannot be cleaned. Give us a call at (765) 420-0077 so that we can create a plan of remediation for your fire damage.


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