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Can I Tackle Water Removal on My Own?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Man removing water damaged carpet padding and carpet Water quickly damages carpet, but SERVPRO can help. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective restoration services.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Many Water Mitigation Techniques and All the Right Tools to Address the Loss in Your Lafayette Home

Even if you want to save money by tackling water removal yourself, you need to know that there are many steps involved to ensure your interior is appropriately dried. Many of these steps call for industrial-strength tools and industry know-how, so it is most often best to enlist trained water restoration technicians (WRT). When you call SERVPRO to help with your Lafayette home's mitigation efforts, we get to work efficiently to limit the loss's impact.

Water mitigation in Lafayette gets to the heart of the matter rapidly to get back to your routine faster. Our IICRC-certified staff has access to countless extraction tools on our Green Fleet of vehicles, which allow us to pick the perfect equipment for each project. We come in to inspect the water damage so that we can determine the level of severity. We formulate a plan that may utilize multiple tools for water removal to prepare your interior for the drying phase.

How Do You Handle Standing Water?

When you have a lot of standing water inside your home for one reason or another, prompt extraction is vital. Standing water leaves your contents and building materials exposed to moisture that can lead to a breakdown. As soon as we have our plan in action, we remove surface water as quickly as possible. Many of the other measures we take to restore your interior cannot begin until we ensure all standing water gets removed.

Numerous benefits come from our water mitigation strategies, including:

  • Surface Water Removal –Depending on the nature of the surface water present, it could hold contamination that poses a potential threat to your household inhabitants and our responding technicians. We consider injury risks with standing water in your home, including possible shock or slip hazards, before we proceed with water removal.
  • Saturation Reduction – Having surface water threatens any materials that may be exposed. Water will migrate to dry areas within your home, and some wall systems and flooring can be more susceptible to moisture than others. We work to remove saturated and unsalvageable porous materials, such as drywall and any carpeting or carpet padding.
  • Water Migration Prevention –As mentioned, removing standing water is critical to ensure it does not have a chance to migrate. Any moisture left to migrate and fester will increase your chances of secondary damage.

What Tools are Used for Extraction?

SERVPRO keeps a broad range of tools and equipment in our inventory to address pooling and standing water within your Lafayette home’s loss zone. To decide what devices to use, we factor in:

  • The severity of the water damage
  • The depth of the water within the loss zone
  • Any areas where the water migrated
  • The types of materials that have been affected

A lot of these decisions are taken care of during the initial inspection phase before mitigation. Our team must select the right extraction tools to cut back on the amount of time and the water restoration project's cost. Some of the more common options our SERVPRO crew may choose from when working on water mitigation in your Lafayette home include the following:

  • Truck-mounted pumps
  • Submersible pumps
  • Wet vacuums

What About Carpeting Where Water Migrated?

The way we address wet carpeting will depend on how much water migrated to the area and the carpet fibers' sensitivity. We also treat the secondary padding to ensure that the subfloor has or does not take on too much damage. Because We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, it allows us to work on salvaging carpet whenever possible. Just a few of the tools or methods that we may use includes:

  • Carpet Wands –Mobile extraction tools and wet vacuums are imperative for interior restoration after water damage. We have a selection of individual attachments that help us to pull up excess moisture from the carpet fiber layers and padding in the most efficient manner possible.
  • Rovers –Also known as weighted extractors, this equipment uses the technician's weight to force moisture up through the carpeting for the onboard vacuum to lift.
  • Controlled Demolition –In some situations, it might not be possible for us to salvage the carpeting in or near the water loss zone. In these instances, trusted contractors may remove the carpeting and portions of the flooring if the damage has gone to the point where recovery is impossible.

We train and certify our SERVPRO of Lafayette team to handle water mitigation projects of all kinds. Call us 24/7 at (765) 420-0077 and our team will make it "Like it never even happened."

My Child’s Bedroom Has Water Damage – What Can Be Done?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Water spewing from pipe Water damage can happen at any time and can be extensive. SERVPRO knows how to quickly dry your home.

SERVPRO Has Qualified Technicians to Mitigate the Damage that Water Can Leave in Lafayette Homes

Every day in Lafayette, homes are impacted by water damage. It can be from a busted pipe, a washer overflowing, or a water heater rupture. In this case, a bathtub overflowed into the child’s bedroom. Professional help is needed to restore the property and prevent secondary damage.

Can the Carpet Be Rescued?

Kids are a wonderful thing. They make life exciting and fun, but they can also be forgetful. In this situation, a young man forgot to watch his bathwater. The tub’s drain was not working correctly, and before he knew it, water was pouring into his bedroom. The carpet was soaked, toys sopping wet, and some of his books got damaged. For SERVPRO technicians, water mitigation in Lafayette often involves wet carpet and can often be restored. 

Surface water tends to pool on things like carpeting. Extracting as much water as possible, as quickly as possible, is vital. If left for very long, the damage can become worse, and mold can develop. SERVPRO has various methods of water extraction. Each circumstance gets looked at individually, and the best process is determined. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified techs can use:

  • Truck-mounted extractors
  • Portable pumps
  • Submersible pumps
  • Wet vacs
  • Carpet wands
  • Light wands
  • Weighted extractors

If the water intrusion causes delamination, the carpet may not be able to be salvaged. The rug in this boy’s bedroom got soaked with clean water, and SERVPRO was called immediately. The technicians were able to clean and dry the carpet. 

Are the Toys in the Room OK?

In one corner of the room, toys were sitting. Stuffed animals in a pile absorbed water. Since the water was clean, contamination that comes with gray or black water was not a problem. If they had sat for any length of time, they could have gotten mold on them. Disposing of them may have been the only option in that case. But these were able to be properly washed, dried, and returned to their owner. Toy cars, plastic superhero figures, and Legos were either sprayed clean, wiped down, or immersion cleaned. 

Can His Books Be Salvaged?

Kids love their books, and they have their favorites. Often books were gifted by grandparents or other special people in their lives. Replacing water damaged books that are inexpensive is often the best bet. But for those expensive or treasured ones, they can often be restored. If the books get rescued within 24 hours, they can be frozen for later restoration or dried immediately. SERVPRO can restore books, documents, and photographs to a usable condition, usually. The objective is to avoid further damage to the items. There are five methods for document and book drying:

  • Air drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freeze-drying
  • Vacuum freeze-drying
  • Vacuum thermal drying

Although books can be dried and restored, they never look like they initially did. Water spots and other discoloration can be present.

How Do I Know All the Moisture is Gone?

The bathroom and the bedroom required water mitigation in Lafayette. Hidden moisture can be a problem if not taken care of immediately. Water can seep under floors, behind walls, and into ceilings. Not only can it cause the materials to break down and weaken, but it can cause mold. Mold remediation is not what you want to deal with if you don’t have to. Our professional teams use moisture meters, sensors, and probes to detect moisture. We seek out any water and make sure the area is completely dry. 

In the bathroom, the water traveled underneath the cabinet. The technicians removed the base molding to access the toe-kick area. They then drilled holes along the bottom of the cabinet in this area to allow for airflow. A vent system was used to force air into the cabinet, ensuring a thorough drying. We have advanced Injecti-Dry equipment just for this purpose. Other drying equipment used in both the bedroom and the bathroom were air movers and industrial dehumidifiers. 

Professional Water Mitigation You Can Trust

Even a small, contained water intrusion such as this can lead to more significant problems if left untreated. If the homeowners decided to clean up the water themselves, there might have been pockets of moisture unseen. The cabinet could have deteriorated at the base from absorbed water. Mold may have developed if the carpet wasn’t completely dried. They probably would have thought his favorite book from grandma was a loss and tossed it. 

By calling in the professionals, it is possible to save more than you think. When water damage strikes, you can trust our experienced team to restore your home to preloss condition. Our goal is always to leave the property, “Like it never even happened.” Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 for quality water mitigation service.

What Areas of My Lafayette Home Need Cleaning After Water Losses?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used on water damaged floor Did your home experience a water loss event? We’ve got you covered!

Many surfaces and items can show physical damage after a disaster, but our SERVPRO team can offer practical solutions for drying and cleaning. 

Cleaning is one of the vital elements that our professionals provide Lafayette homes after any loss event. With water losses, the damage can spread very quickly to areas beyond where the problem originated. As challenging as this can become for restoration purposes, your home's cleaning and recovery are also made more difficult by these migrating conditions. But the sooner our technicians arrive at a damaged address, the less widespread and devastating loss effects can become. 

Because many tasks make up water cleanup for Lafayette homes, our skilled technicians are involved in every phase of recovery in your house from the initial emergency services when our team first arrives to placing the final touches on a finished product. Dozens of materials and contents can become damaged with even a small water loss incident - and this situation amplifies the more substantial the emergency. Certain materials and areas of the house are more susceptible to damage from migrating water than others, and these include: 

  • Flooring Surfaces - Carpeting and hardwood floors are among the most sensitive materials to absorption and water damage. There are specific approaches to recovering saturated flooring, and these vary depending on the type of material affected. 
  • Wall Systems - Drywall, wood framing, and insulation are all susceptible to water saturation as well. Because these are common structural elements throughout many homes, our professionals trusted methods of restoring or replacing these materials promptly.
  • Contents - Your personal belongings are also in harm's way when migrating water loss effects move through the house. We have multiple strategies for addressing these possessions' restoration and recovery to limit your loss during an already traumatic experience.

How Can Flooring Get Cleaned After a Water Loss? 

Flooring is one of the universally affected materials in homes regardless of the severity of water loss incidents in Lafayette. Because pooling water gathers at the surface of flooring materials first, wood and carpeting absorb standing water to the point of overexposure. This absorption affects the surface layer, but it can also migrate quickly to the underlayment, subflooring, and padding. There are multiple strategies for removing water from these materials, and if that process is successful, these areas of your home still need a thorough cleaning. Carpeting especially can benefit from revitalization to improve the color vibrancy, look, and feel of the fibers. Some of the practices used to accomplish this include: 

  • Deluxe Preconditioning & Cleaning 
  • Hot Water Extraction 
  • Deodorizing Products 

Do Wall Surfaces Need to Get Cleaned as Well? 

Wall systems can absorb water quickly, especially considering that much of your plumbing network is hidden behind drywall and runs along with the framework. Breaches in this plumbing could have disastrous effects for the entirety of this wall structural cavity. While systems like the Injecti-Dry unit can evaporate moisture trapped in these open spaces, the deterioration of drywall and residues left behind from prolonged water exposure must be cleaned and removed. Often, the best approach to complete these efforts are vacuums and cleaning solvents for damaged surfaces not getting removed through controlled demolition. 

How Do Contents in My Home Get Restored? 

Many of your personal belongings can end up in the path of migrating water loss effects. While it is possible to take immediate action when water losses first begin to remove these items from affected areas, there are several instances where this preliminary action is impossible. Restoring and recovering the contents within your home often falls into three potential categories for our responding cleaning technicians. These include: 

  • In-House Relocation – Certain circumstances when relocating your belongings can be sufficient to prevent destructive water damage. We choose areas isolated from the path of moving water, such as a garage or second story, to store your possessions until restoration completes safely.
  • In-House Recovery Solutions – Cleaning and restoring your belongings on-site is desirable to the alternative but limits the range of corrective actions that we can take with your house's items.
  • Pack-Out Procedure – When damage has become too severe for on-site recovery solutions, we can relocate these items to our nearby SERVPRO facility for focused cleaning, deodorization, and a safe storage climate-controlled warehouse. 

Water cleanup can encompass many actions that our technicians must take when we first arrive at your home. Our SERVPRO of Lafayette team can help to provide the most efficient path to make this loss "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (765) 420-0077.

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What is Controlled Demolition After a Water Loss?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

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When Structural Elements Become Damaged by Migrating Water Loss Effects in Your Lafayette Home, Controlled Demolition can be a Method of Gaining Control of the Situation

After a water loss incident, your Lafayette home could show signs of several damages. As challenging as some of these conditions might be to overcome initially, our SERVPRO team has multiple strategies to help. Mitigation solutions often involve some degree of controlled demolition to regulate the spread and severity of water loss migration. This early action can help to reduce more widespread tear-out and reconstruction at later points.

Multiple actions fall under the heading of water cleanup for Lafayette homes. Controlled demolition can help to reduce the overall amount of cleaning and recovery necessary for a property by discarding materials too damaged to preserve. With a team of in-house contractors capable of overseeing the removal of these materials and the complete build back of the removed elements, we can make the total recovery effort for your home more efficient and cost-effective.

What Materials Require Controlled Demolition? 

There are many materials affected by moving water in your house after a loss incident. Some are more sensitive than others to absorption and overexposure. Understanding which elements in your home can become the most harshly affected can help you to recognize this damage as it begins. It is often vital to secure professional restoration as soon as possible after a disaster occurs. With a 24/7 response to water emergencies in homes and businesses in our area, our SERVPRO team has become a trusted name for mitigation, restoration, and full-scale build back when necessary. Some of the most directly impacted structural elements after a water loss include:

  • Drywall
  • Carpeting
  • Hardwood Flooring
  • Cabinets
  • Wood Framing
  • Ceiling Tile

No matter how severe water loss incidents might initially appear, our SERVPRO of Lafayette team can help with a fast and experienced response. Give us a call anytime at (765) 420-0077.

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If A Leak Is Causing Water Damage to My Lafayette Home, Can I Call SERVPRO Right Away?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water with a few bubbles. SERVPRO of Lafayette offers emergency services in the case of a water loss at your home or business.

Water Damage Caused by A Water Main Leak in The Lafayette Community

As a resident of Indiana, you may have experienced a water main leak in your property. It can be distressing, but there are professionals in your area who can help.

A leak could be caused by pressure surges in the pipes, decaying and rusting pipes, a blockage or even the foundations of your property shifting. A potentially serious water damage event in your West Lafayette home can leave you feeling vulnerable, but our technicians treat your home with care and your family with respect.

A leaking pipe can cause water to build up under the floorboards of your property, damage wallpapering and lead to problems with your property's electrical systems so getting it inspected by qualified technicians is essential. You can call SERVPRO anytime an emergency strikes and be guaranteed of receiving our trademark service.

Our friendly technicians handle the process of inspection and assessment, the extraction of the water and the correct drying of your property before our expertise in restoration ensures your property is left looking as good as before the water loss. Drying your property with scientifically tested techniques prevents lingering humidity, as well as preventing outbreaks of mold. Our highly qualified specialists use air movers to evaporate the moisture into the airspace and dehumidifiers to remove the moisture from the air. This advanced two-part system guarantees that humidity levels do not remain high thus removing the risk of further deterioration to your property.

SERVPRO prides itself on the quality of the restoration work we provide. We know that every home plumbing disaster is unique and that it can be a very stressful, worrying and anxious time for you, but our community-based experts have the personal touch and will smoothly arrange the entire process for you. To finish, we will sanitize and clean your property for your comfort and convenience, which includes deodorization.

SERVPRO of Lafayette offers emergency services in the case of a water loss at your home or business. We are available 24/7 at (765) 420-0077.

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I Have A Leaky Bathtub in My Dayton Home. Can I Rely on SERVPRO?

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Water on the floor in a bathroom with a figure holding a wrench.  Water damage can quickly happen in any part of your home. Contact SERVPRO right away when water damage occurs for best results.

Inspection and Scoping of Work by SERVPRO Are Key Steps to Water Mitigation

Water damage can come from various sources inside of your Dayton home, and few of them are easy to fix by yourself. However, one of the most common places for damage to occur is inside your bathroom. Leaks are more prevalent here merely because water flows to your bathtub, sink, and toilet rather than the other rooms in your house that usually only have one source. Pressurized water can always leak from faulty plumbing. When your tub leaks, it can cause damage to the floor underneath it and the walls around it.

Sometimes leaks can go unnoticed and when they do eventually causing damage, it is fortunate that you can rely on professional help to remediate the water damage in your Dayton home. The wisest decision you can make upon finding water damage in your home is to call for help. Damage related to water is time-sensitive and the longer the liquid is allowed to be present, the more damage it can do.

It is especially important to call for help immediately, as most bathrooms have ceramic tile flooring. Ceramic tile is usually waterproofed. However, the subfloor beneath the tile is not. Leaving the tile exposed to water can cause warping to the subfloor underneath, especially if your tile has any cracks. Often the caulking around the tub and floor or the wall tiles had aged and is no longer watertight. The warping can cause the tile to break apart at the joints from stress and ruin your flooring.

When you call SERVPRO, our IICRC-certified technicians can inspect your flooring and the walls around your tub. Afterward, we can pick the most appropriate method to extract the excess moisture from the structure of your home. If we can, SERVPRO can even dry your floor from underneath of it, allowing us to tackle the moisture from more than one angle. We use tools like air movers, ventilation fans, and dehumidifiers to get the job done as they create an ideal environment to remove excessive moisture. We inspect and check with a variety of moisture reading devices during and after the treatment.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Many Helpful Tools When Remediating Water Damage in a Home

Professional water removal services are vital and contacting a certified service provider is advisable when a related disaster strikes. As a resident of Dayton, you may think that the little accumulation of water on the floor is a minor loss, but you should note that what you considered as harmless may escalate and cause massive damage on your property.

If you need to alleviate the damage, timing is so critical when offering water removal services in Dayton. That is why our SERVPRO technicians respond immediately and put measures in place to prevent further damage. We are trained in this field and use modern tools and techniques when drying, disinfecting, deodorizing and dehumidifying your property.

One of the tools that our SERVPRO team uses to dry damp rooms is a dehumidifier. It works by controlling the humidity levels of the room to preferably 40 -50%. A higher percentage of humidity can create suitable conditions for mold growth, and when it is under 30%, it may lead to structural problems. These are some of the factors that our trained staff use when restoring your property.

When there exists an unpleasant smell in your property, then we might decide to perform deodorization to conceal it. There are different methods of deodorization with some of them being dry fogging, direct spraying, wet fogging and injection methods. When we spray directly, we use sprayers to pump the deodorant into target areas. On the other hand, we may use needles to inject the deodorant into specific areas of a carpet if we decide to use an injection method.

In some instances, our SERVPRO technicians use air scrubbers when the air has particles and odors. An air scrubber is a device that has filters - that help in trapping the odors and particles. Irrespective of the deodorization method or restoration procedure we decide to use, we always stick to the IICRC standards as well as the local and state regulations.

SERVPRO of Lafayette responds to all types of storm, water, mold and fire damage disasters. Call us at (765) 420-0077 to learn more and be served by a proven industry leader.

Faster to Your Tippecanoe County Water Damage Event

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Grey sofa, potted plant, and dining chair floating in water damaged home SERVPRO of Lafayette provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Tippecanoe County.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lafayette provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Lafayette arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Lafayette

SERVPRO of Lafayette specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

When Plumbing Leaks in Lafayette Cause Water Loss Events

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

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

New Installations Can Cause Water Losses in Lafayette Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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Restoring Your Possessions After Water Damage in Lafayette

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We Have Specialized Devices To Handle Lafayette Water Damage

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment connected to a plastic tube and plastic covering the floor Water pockets and moisture seeped into the planks of this hardwood floor. We had the proper equipment to extract the water right away.

Water Damage in Lafayette Worsens without Mitigation

Slight damage from water in your Lafayette property might seem unimportant. No home is completely perfect, and repair work costs money. However, water easily migrates to other areas, and some places in your home that succumb to water damage can remain hidden. 

Your property in Lafayette might contain water damage in areas that you thought were sound and not at risk. SERVPRO uses special imaging devices that can reveal cooler spots cause by excess amounts of moisture. Wherever we locate such places, we mitigate the damage and get the area dried out. Any places that contain weakened materials need cleaned out and restored. 

We do this as quickly as we can, working in teams. Some hoes might contain very little damage, while others need more extensive work. We always discuss everything with the homeowners beforehand. We want our customers to be comfortable with every stage of the work we do. They can always come to us and ask questions about how we are taking care of their home. 

Structural damage is one type of water damage that might happen, but it can also happen to your belongings. Furniture, clothing, and appliances can all become damaged when too much humidity exists in the air for extended periods. The small spike in humidity after a rain shower does little to a home's contents, in general. When humidity lasts too long, though, secondary water damage can begin to happen. 

Clothing might end up showing tiny dots of mildew, musty smells might start to emanate from carpeting, and patches of dusty mold might grow on the back of closets or large pieces of furniture up close against the wall. Paint on your walls might start to flake and peel, or even become darker from staining. SERVPRO can help you remove all these types of damage, and more. 

Water damage might require drying out of waterlogged walls. Floors can also have damp areas, especially near sinks, tubs, and exterior walls. We come to your home with the equipment needed to solve these situations. Our experience in water damage mitigation and restoration comes from both training in-house, and also experience in other settings, including businesses in the local area.

SERVPRO of Lafayette is ready to help make your water damage problems disappear and keep them from getting worse or spreading. Call us at (765) 420-0077 if you are in or near Indian Village, Battle Ground, or Dayton. 

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

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

  1. Detection Devices

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

  1. Extraction Equipment

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

  1. Carpet Tools

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

  1. Air Moving Equipment

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

  1. Dehumidification Equipment

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

  1. Deodorization Equipment

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

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

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

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

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

Water Removal Lafayette – Drying Important Documents

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

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

Drying methods after water damage include: 

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

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

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

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

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

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Some Effective Ways to Get More Out of Water Damage Remediation in Lafayette

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can take a toll on you and your home. Contact SERVPRO today to relieve you of that burden.

Factors to Consider When Drying Your Lafayette Home after a Water Damage Experience

One of the worst experiences that any property owner can experience is water damage. Such an incident may destroy your furniture, household appliances, plumbing system, and electronics. When you need to restore your property to its former condition, it is advisable to work with professional restoration service providers in Lafayette. We are going to highlight some of the techniques that we use when attending to such incidents.

Our SERVPRO technicians understand the need to dry your water damaged items when working in Lafayette. For successfully drying, there are four critical factors that we consider, and these are air movement, humidity, the quantity of moisture to evaporate and the temperature. For drying to take place, moisture must leave wet surroundings and move to drier locations. By increasing the temperature, the drying speed also increases since hot air has a lower moisture retention capability. We may decide to use portable heaters to increase the temperature to an allowable degree.

If wet materials lose too much moisture to the surrounding, there is a danger that secondary damage may occur. That is why our SERVPRO technicians monitor the humidity of the site. If we find out that the relative humidity of the surrounding air is too high, then we may put in place Dehumidifiers. They work by removing the additional water vapor from the surrounding air.

Air movement is equally essential during the drying process. Wet locations are usually humid and damp, which makes the rate of evaporation to be slow. If we use air movers to introduce warm air into such areas, then the drying speed significantly increases. We understand how to properly position the air movers and even change their position from time to time for thorough drying. Lastly, the drying technique that our SERVPRO technicians decide to use is determined by the amount of water to be evaporated or extracted.

The goal of SERVPRO of Lafayette is to make your home or business “Like it never even happened" after the unfortunate incident. Call us at (765) 420-0077 when you face any storm, mold, fire, or water damage incident.

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If Your Battle Ground Property Suffers A Plumbing Leak The Team At SERVPRO Can Help!

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Call (765) 420-0077 24 hours a day and one of our certified technicians will begin the process of restoring your property to pre-damage condition.

Fast Water Cleanup From Vanity Plumbing Leak In Battle Ground

One of the critical parts of a water cleanup is that it begins as soon as you know there is an issue. Water spreads quickly under flooring, along walls, and through carpet padding so even a small, localized spill can encompass a more extensive area the longer it takes begin cleaning efforts.

A leaking pipe behind a bathroom vanity can present several issues for SERVPRO technicians to solve. The water ran down the wall, at the back of the vanity and there was standing water to remove both inside the wooden vanity as well as the floor. The owner waited until the plumber had repaired the pipe to begin the water removal, so the technicians had to act quickly to contain the water damage in the Battle Ground home.

Since the vanity was backless up against the wall, the technician drilled holes to allow air circulation and faster drying times. Because this was a clean water spill, the technician chose to use in-place drying techniques for the carpet and pad. We use a truck-mounted vacuum to pull water from the carpet and a weighted extraction tool presses down and squeezes water from the pad. The standing water is also completely eliminated with this method so drying can begin.

Industrial air movers and a dehumidifier were used to force air through the drilled holes at the back of the vanity and quickly dry the wood to prevent secondary damage from warping. The carpet and padding were also dried quickly using this method. SERVPRO finished up the bathroom by repairing the drill holes, so there was no trace and a final wipe down with antifungal cleaners to prevent any mold growth from the damp conditions.

Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette to handle your water cleanup. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, from a corner in your bathroom to a whole home flood we can help. Call (765) 420-0077 24 hours a day and one of our certified technicians will begin the process of restoring your property to pre-damage condition.

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Our Water Cleanup Services Are The Best At Restoring Your Dayton Home

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO in Dayton provides water cleanup services that can help.

Our Water Cleanup Services Can Restore Your Dayton Laundry Room

There can be a minor disaster inside your home at any time that can come from various sources such as a leaking pipe or a crack in a supply line. It can also result from a loose hose on a washing machine as in your case. You did not notice the water on your laundry room floor until after your second load of laundry. Calling trained professionals right away can reduce the cost of the restoration by decreasing the amount of work we have to do to complete the job.

SERVPRO in Dayton provides water cleanup services that can help. We can use portable or trunk-mounted extractors as well as pumps, wands or vacuums to remove water quickly. Next, our techs can use detecting devices such as a probe or sensor to find moisture under the flooring or behind baseboards. Dampness can cause rot and may ruin your floor and lower walls. Plus, it may lead to bacteria growth, which makes a fast response from us imperative to saving your property.

After the irrigation phase, the technicians can begin to dry the structure. To do so, we can use industrial air movers or axial fans to push moisture out and to increase evaporation. Also, the crew may use heaters and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels and to speed up the drying process.

We can be at your house in three to four hours to begin the job after you first call us. The goal of our techs is to work quickly during the extraction and drying stages. We take measures to keep bacteria from growing and aim to protect your home from further damages. Whenever possible, we can return your home to its preloss condition.

You can trust SERVPRO of Lafayette to handle any water cleanup job in your home. Our teams are close by and ready to service areas that include Indian Village, Colburn, Stockwell, Ash Grove, and Buck Creek. Give us a call 24/7 at (765) 420-0077.

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How Professional Water Cleanup Services can Protect Your Home in Dayton from Serious Damage

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

If the space under your kitchen cabinet is harboring water, the technicians at SERVPRO can open up a release point to dry the area out.

Team SERVPRO Efficiently Dries Out Your House After a Water Damage Incident

After an intrusive water incident in your Dayton home, much of the water can remain behind. We find this water in the form of liquid that rests on impermeable surfaces, absorbed into permeable structures, and also where it has evaporated into the air. Sometimes areas that absorbed water contain materials that make it difficult for trapped moisture to leave.
In a home, SERVPRO technicians perform water cleanup services in Dayton to prevent damage from both water and mold. Our services also protect your home from corrosive tendencies that can harm your home's electrical wiring.
To protect your home as much as possible, we must dry things out by removing the water everywhere it occurs. Reaching it in some places means we must remove some minor materials temporarily and drill tiny holes in other materials. When we remove materials, such as small boards in furnishings, we do so as carefully as possible. We want to use the same materials once we restore the area's dryness to normal levels again.
Drilling a hole into a structure is something we often find necessary, but we understand it can upset our customers. Because we want you to understand what we do and how it helps your home's restoration, we discuss such matters with you before performing such methods. We always drill the smallest hole possible that still provides us with the ventilation needed.
Walls are not the only place these holes come into play during water cleanup and restoration. The space under cabinets can retain water after a broken pipe or a flood. This water cannot remain if we want to succeed in restoring your home thoroughly. Here, we both remove the board in front of the cabinet's bottom, called the toekick, carefully so we can replace it later, and then we drill small holes.
After carrying out these two small operations, SERVPRO technicians then air out the space under the cabinet. We repeat this process for every cabinet affected by invasive water. Once dry inside, we can replace the toekick, concealing the holes. Just like we clear the air of excessive moisture, restoring dryness to hidden areas in your home helps accomplish our goals.
SERVPRO of Lafayette wants to help you restore and protect your home with professional water cleanup services that get your home dry again fast and efficiently. If you reside in the Indian Village, Ash Grove, of Buck Creek areas, we are here for you and only a phone call away. Our 24-hour services number, (765) 420-0077, is answered every day of the year.

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Problem Gutters can Create a Water Damage Mess Inside a House in Dayton

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team has got your back if water damage strikes your home.

Gutters Can Create A Big Water Damage Problem In Your Dayton Home

Ice storms and windy, wintry conditions give your Dayton home a real beating every year. Many components of your home's exterior can withstand this treatment better than other parts can handle. One of the more fragile parts of your home's exterior is your gutter system.

A faulty gutter system that contains clogs can direct water toward your Dayton home's exterior and quickly become an ongoing source of water damage. When your gutters continually force water against the house's siding, small amounts of water can get pushed inside. Also, downspouts can push water up against the foundation. This can lead to increasingly larger pools of standing water that slowly seep into the ground next to your home's basement.

SERVPRO employees can pump this water away from your home when necessary, although doing so does not permanently solve the problem. We can help you locate a responsible gutter repair service to fix your home's gutter system. The interior of your home needs specialized restoration of any water damage.

Water that passes through your siding, insulation, and other sections of your exterior walls often contains elements that stain otherwise undamaged walls. This staining can bleed through most paints, so we use a stain-blocking paint to keep new coats as fresh-looking as if no underlying stains existed.

When water seeps in slowly through the seams in your siding, it can easily get trapped on the top of ceilings below where the water enters the home. This can cause your ceiling to bow down, a dangerous condition that can cause injury to anyone in the affected room unexpectedly.

When we encounter such situations, drilling small weep holes from the side and allowing the water to drain slowly, followed by additional holes closer to the center, we can safely drain the water from the ceiling. As we air out the enclosed area and it becomes dry again, we can reattach it securely. This makes the ceiling safe again. Other areas in your home affected by faulty gutters and drain spouts also need drying out, which we perform quickly. We want to get your home back to its preloss state quickly.

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SERVPRO of Lafayette assists homeowners around Indian Village, Buck Creek, and Wyandott by eliminating the effects of water damage and restoring residences to safe, livable condition. Call us at (765) 420-0077 so we can help you protect your home, also.

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Why Your Dayton Home Needs Professional Water Removal When Disaster Strikes

4/28/2018 (Permalink)

Failed appliances can leave your home flooded, call SERVPRO for fast and thorough water removal.

SERVPRO is Here to Help When You Experience Water Damage in Your Home

When you consider all of the things that could present substantial water damages to your Dayton home, most homeowners think of flash floods and natural disasters. Surprisingly, a typical culprit to significant water damage to a home in a short period is a degrading and aging appliance that has not gotten maintained adequately over its time in service. Even those that are more diligent with repairs and upkeep might find themselves on the wrong side of an appliance failure, and when water-fed machines break down, the result could be flooding inside of your home.

When your Dayton home requires water removal, you might not always think of professionals to do the job. The truth is, there are many reasons why SERVPRO is the best choice to help you restore the effects of this disaster and to clean up the mess it has left you.

The first of these reasons is the thorough inspection that your house receives from our experienced SERVPRO team. You can expect that not only does the immediate problems get recognized, but also the issues that lie behind the line of sight such as underneath flooring, in the ceiling space, or even trapped between walls. The more that you know about the problem you face, the better the restoration work is.

Another reason that you should consider professional restoration for your water removal is the quality of the work that you receive. Our technicians work hard to ensure that no stone is left unturned when it comes to home restorations, meaning that every problem that your home faces, or might face as a result of the present water damage, gets addressed.

Thorough work ensures that you are not going to become a victim of further damages like mold growth. This disaster can occur when moisture from your water damage does not get dried entirely, and areas get missed by inexperienced inspection and restoration.

While you might not ever get fully prepared for a disaster which requires water removal services for your home, you can now better appreciate why SERVPRO of Lafayette is the team you should choose to help you through the process. Give us a call today at (765) 420-0077.

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Stop Water Damage with Water Removal From Floors, Carpets And Other Areas in Dayton Homes

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for the "Red Carpet" Treatment for Water Removal in Dayton

Rapid Extraction Can Salvage Water Damaged Materials and Belongings--Call SERVPRO

Even if you do not live in a flood zone, most Dayton residents can encounter different types of water damage including backed up or burst pipes. When water or flood damage threatens your home, there is no time to waste. You need to contact a trusted restoration company as soon as possible to mitigate the damage.

At SERVPRO, we offer water cleanup and water removal services that local Dayton homeowners need when water leaks or intrusions occur. We have a team of highly trained, IICRC-certified technicians who can respond swiftly to water damage emergencies in your area. Every restoration job is designed to return your property to preloss conditions as quickly and efficiently as possible, "Like it never even happened."
Carpets are particularly susceptible to water damage in a flooding situation. SERVPRO offers carpet cleaning services to remove excess water and prevent contamination or further damage completely. First, we remove the water from the fibers. Water seepage from heavy rainfalls can sometimes include mold, dirt, or bacteria. Our team thoroughly cleans and treats affected carpets to get rid of contaminants and restore the fabrics to their original state.
If the flood involves sewage, you need to act fast. SERVPRO experts can disinfect the space to help eliminate toxic bacteria and remove damaged carpets and pads before cleaning and dehumidifying the area. Water damaged walls should be restored as soon as possible to avoid structural issues and mold growth.
Our water removal services also include restoration of hardwood floors that have been exposed to standing water. Our crews use various techniques to remove all water from your valuable flooring to prevent rot, buckling, warping, and other hardwood damage. Our Green Fleet arrives stocked with drying mats which are well-suited for this purpose. Additionally, flooding can cause water to penetrate cabinets and the spaces beneath them. The resultant wetness can ruin the wood and particle board, as well as cause growths of bacteria, mold, and mildew. Using moisture detection instrument, we find where water has gathered and then remove it before it causes permanent damage.

You risk paying a considerable amount of money in repairs if you ignore water damage to your floors and other areas in the house. Feel free to contact SERVPRO of Lafayette for inquiries or help. We are available anytime at (765) 420-0077.

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Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Battle Ground

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Battle Ground from Ice Dams Is Preventable Says SERVPRO

SERVPRO Offers Advice for Keeping Damage by Water Out of Your Property

Water damage can be one of the most agonizing and harrowing experience for any property owner. It can cause significant damage to the property if not addressed promptly. Furthermore, the cost to repair water damage can pile up, and measures to prevent it can save you some serious money.

Here at SERVPRO, we are committed to helping our customers take better care of their properties. If you want to prevent significant water damage to your Battle Ground property, here are some tips, trusted by professionals, that you can try.  

Avoid using drain cleaning chemicals
Clogged drains are not pretty, are they? Not only do they cause severe inconvenience, they often result in water damage to your property. So, we understand your desire to unclog them as soon as possible. In a desperate attempt to solve their problems, many folks fall prey to chemical unclogging agents available on the market. The chemicals present in these drain cleaners can eat away your pipes, weakening them. We strongly advise our customers to avoid using these chemical unclogging agents. The best way to handle clogged drains is to have a professional look at them. Make sure that you contact us if water damage resulted from a clogged drain.

Never pour grease and fat down your drains
You probably have heard of this tip before as well, but many homeowners don't take this warning seriously enough. When you flush fat/grease down the drain, it can congeal in the pipes causing them to block and leak. Some homeowners even use a small amount of detergent to break up the grease before pouring it down the drain. However, this does not guarantee that the fat won’t clump and cause a blockage. As a result, we advise SERVPRO customers to avoid flushing fat down their drains.  

Clean out your roof gutters regularly
Cleaning roof gutters is a chore that often gets neglected. However, avoiding it can cause severe water damage to your property. If you can see a ton of leaves and birds nest on your roof, make a point of cleaning them as soon as possible.
The clogged gutters can cause water to seep into your walls and even foundation, so there is no point in avoiding or neglecting cleaning them out. During the cold season, this lack of proper drainage can result in ice dams which can severely affect your home's structure.

Although these tips can help you prevent water damage to an extent, the best thing to do is to have professionals take a look at the scale of water damage if it should occur. Here at SERVPRO, we employ technicians who are experts in assessing, preventing and repairing water damage to your property.

To prevent and repair water damage schedule an appointment today with SERVPRO of LafayetteIN by calling (765) 420-0077.

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Protecting Your Home Business from Water Damage in Lafayette

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Having packages or an inventory ready to ship at your home office can leave you vulnerable when water damages your home. Call SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Water Damage at Your Home and/or Business Location

A regularly increasing number of people are finding that selling online is an excellent way to provide a substantial extra second income for their family's needs. Often, carrying out a small business like this means a steady inventory is on hand, as drop-shipping seems to be avoided by many serious shoppers. Many refuse to pay for overseas shipping when another seller, such as yourself, can provide the desired merchandise closer to home, especially when shipping charges are often the dividing line between a great deal and a rip-off.
Lafayette is central to much of the USA, aiding sellers with their online businesses, but this can also mean that the water pipes in their homes are older and more likely to fail. Window and door frames and roofing shingles might also be in weathered-enough conditions and unable to keep out all the precipitation that the weather brings. Once inside a home, water from rain and snow or ice can begin to stain and deteriorate structures and furnishings.
Water stains on painted surfaces such as walls and ceilings, saturated and puffed-up drywall, and metal pieces develop rust in homes with water damage while the belongings in those same homes also are affected. When inventory for a home business is part of those contents, water damage can spell disaster for both home life and business profits.
SERVPRO is experienced with working with both homeowners and business owners in rescuing their properties and investments from destruction and devastation. This experience prepares us for situations such as this, where business and family life is combined into one location.
We have access to different cleaning methods that can assist in restoring both aspects of your life, from your inventory to your family's hobbies and day-to-day needs. We can restore almost anything to like-new condition. As for the structural integrity of your home, we have gained substantial expertise in restoring this aspect to perfect conditions, also.
SERVPRO of Lafayette is local to you and is always Faster To Any Size Disaster. When water damage or another type of disaster threatens to ruin your home business, call us at (765) 420-0077. We can help save your business from sinking and failing.

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Drying Out Your Bedroom Carpet After Water Damage In Lafayette

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Salvages Many Water Damaged Carpets in Lafayette with Rapid Service

Rely on SERVPRO for Water Extraction from Carpets

Water damage can happen in your bedroom at any time. All it takes is a leak, a damaged pipe or even extreme weather. A wet carpet is frustrating, and of course, you want to get it dried out as quickly as possible. You might be worried about whether your carpet needs to be replaced. That is why we recommend you call SERVPRO at once. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can begin drying your carpet quickly to prevent further damage.
It is understandable to be concerned that water damage in your Lafayette bedroom means disruption for you and your family. However, in some cases, it is possible for our IICRC-certified technicians to dry out your bedroom carpet, while it is still in place. Our experts thoroughly examine your carpet and the extent of the harm to determine whether in place drying is a practical option. It may be necessary to remove your bed, but smaller furniture items such as a chest or a chair can simply be moved from place to place within the room until water extraction is complete.
The first step is to extract any standing water. Our teams come equipped with both truck mounted and free standing submersible pumps that are powerful enough to get the water out of your floor coverings. We train our people to use the right sort of extraction tools to extract the maximum amount of water with the minimum amount of damage to your carpet.
In place, extraction may begin with a wand tool to prevent water migration. However, the most useful piece of gear, in this case, is a weighted extraction tool, which uses the body weight of one of our technicians standing on it for maximum water removal. SERVPRO understands that drying carpet without removing it means a longer and more thorough extraction process for best results.
We finish an in situ drying job by positioning air movers on the surface of your bedroom carpet. We may also lift the edges and "float" the fabric with moving air to expedite the drying and salvaging the padding. These direct hot air over the surface of the carpet to encourage evaporation of moisture and speed up drying time. Some air movers, known as down draft, pull down warm air and spread it across a large area of carpet and are very useful in drying an area the size of a bedroom.
Do not despair if your bedroom carpet is wet – it may be possible to save it. Give SERVPRO of Lafayette a call at (765) 420-0077 to find out.

Commercial Water Damage in Lafayette Area Grocery Stores

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

No matter the scope of the damage, our SERVPRO technicians will be there to cleanup and restore it "Like it never even happened."

Dealing with Water Damage in Grocery Stores in the Lafayette Area 

Water is not confined to only bathrooms in your typical grocery store, but the plumbing lines found there can be just as problematic as others found in other areas. Fresh produce is often sprayed down several times a day to keep it fresh longer. In-store bakeries require running water. Delicatessens must also have their own water supply.
In Lafayette, any of the above water sources can suffer problems from damage or normal wear and tear, and when a water line in your Lafayette grocery store breaks, commercial water damage is imminent. Shutting off the water leading into the line is crucial to minimizing the expense you might soon be facing. Not only do you need to take the damage itself into consideration, but the amount of water coming from the broken line must also be considered.
Any food items, including those in impenetrable containers such as bottles, jars, cans, or jugs, must still be thrown away. These items cannot be sold to the public, even if discounted. While the water that comes from a broken water line may be clean, it cannot stay clean. Soils, contaminants, oils and other automotive fluids, and even feces can be tracked into your store's floors and deposited there by your customers. These contaminants can be picked up by the water and then deposited onto any surface, including food containers.
Because of the high number of insurance fraud instances that many companies are now presented with, having a third party's inventoried list of damaged goods can help minimize any hassles when presenting your claim. We can also record how many gallons of water we removed after we arrived. We know that this is a difficult time for any size grocery, but we want you to know that working hard toward helping you remain open is our goal.
Wherever that water has caused damage, our SERVPRO team can remove and replace materials, making everything “Like it never even happened.” In areas that are heavily soiled and contaminated, we can clean, and then sanitize hard surfaces so that your customers are not at risk of contracting disease or illness. Non-food displays can be cleaned up and restored. With all of this, we also help to ensure that secondary water damage never happens.

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When your grocery store has water damage from leaky or broken lines or plumbing, remember, no job is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Lafayette. After shutting off the main water valve to stop the water, call us at (765) 420-0077. 

Water Damage Sustained from a Faulty Water Heater in Dayton

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

A Leak in Dayton Can Even Cause Appliance Damage

SERVPRO Restores Water Damaged Properties Every Day

Boilers and water heaters can be difficult to keep an eye on while trying to figure out where the water which is damaging your home is entering. Since water heaters are installed in areas that are inconspicuous, such as the attic, a storage room or the basement, overflow can go undetected for longer periods of time. When your water heater gets older, rust can develop. This rust can wear out the parts of the tank that are mechanical and erode the surfaces, which causes leaks, and even worse, explosions. Therefore, you should have your water heater routinely serviced so that these checkups can prevent costly and dangerous damages due to a faulty device.

Even with these checkups, sometimes a problem can arise, causing unexpected water damage to your Dayton home. This leakage leading to damage can require the immediate assistance of water damage remediation experts, such as our staff at SERVPRO. We can come out to your home quickly, assess the damages and make a plan of restoration so your home can be returned to normal as soon as possible.

Some of the most common risks of overflows from water heaters include:
Damages to Appliances - A lot of water heaters are situated near other electrical equipment, like dryers and washing machines. One single and sustained leak can destroy electrical components and create an even larger repair bill.

Burns, Electrocution, and Fires– Hot water can spew out of water heaters if they burst, or slowly leak hot water. Be cautious that you do not get burned by covering up with protective clothing. You also need to be wary of electrocution and potential fire hazards because water acts as an excellent conductor of electricity.  Be safe and call SERVPRO.

Water restoration isn’t something to take lightly. There are standards which were created by the IICRC for proper training on the extraction of water from walls, carpets, ceilings, and floors. These standards are in place to protect your home from the corroding of wood and metal which supports your house. No matter the cause of water damage, you will need the help from trained professionals like our team at SERVPRO.

Whenever your water heater emergency happens, even in the middle of the night, someone is on hand to take your call at SERVPRO of Lafayette. You can reach us just by dialing (765) 420-0077, and we will have a team out to your home so that you can get back to normal as soon as possible.

Water Damage in Dayton Can Occur in the Winter Months as Well

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Maintaining your roof shingles and gutters is important in preventing water damage in the winter months.

Regular Maintenance of Your Property Can Prevent Water Damage

Most people think of water damage as a spring or summer occurrence, when snowfall and ice are months away, and showers are plenty. However, winter conditions can create problems of their own, with or without snow melt. SERVPRO provides year-round service for this reason, as we know that almost all types of damage can strike without warning at any time of the year. Here are a few ways you might see water damage in your home this winter season.
Snow Melt
Depending on where your home is located, the size of your property, and recent snowfall, melting snow can be one of the largest contributing factors to water damage in Dayton. When many inches of snow melt at once, often within a few hours, some homes are ill-equipped to deal with the rooftop or even yard snow melts. Keeping your roof, walls, and home leak-free is the key to stopping significant damage from this source, as chances are that your home is already designed to withstand winter conditions normally.
Ice Dams Between Roof Shingles
In some cases, water can slip between the cracks of your roof shingles, freezing overnight. This can open up your attic and roof to a multitude of problems, and perhaps cause long-term damage to the roofing as well. Be sure to examine your attic whenever heavy snow hits, as it may be causing unseen and unheard problems.
Cracked Concrete and Masonry
If you have a stone or concrete surface in your home with small cracks in it, this could end up being a source of damage to your home. When liquid water works its way into these cavities but then freezes up later, it expands, pushing the stone apart. If this is repeated hundreds of times, it can literally break apart your concrete. Make sure to keep exposed concrete crack-free, and if water can get in and freeze, you may want to have the cracks sealed up before any harm can come.
SERVPRO of Lafayette is prepared 24/7 in all seasons to respond to your water damage emergencies. With local owners and employees but national-scale resources, we bring the heat to any cold winter disaster. Call us at (765) 420-0077.


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