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Professionals Give Safety Tips for Handling Flood Damage in La Porte

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged bedroom.  Flooring removed. SERVPRO drying equipment working to remove moisture Flooding caused water damage in this home. We had to remove the carpet to completely dry the area..

How to Be Safe When Mitigating Flood Damage in Your La Porte Home 

Flooding is one catastrophe that can ruin your house. It is impossible to predict the extent of destruction that flooding can cause. Unfortunately, barriers and other preventative tools cannot prevent all flood damage. After the initial shock, you should take steps to restore your property promptly to prevent secondary destruction.  

When your La Porte home has flood damage, it is vital to find a flood restoration company like SERVPRO to help you during this difficult time. You need to be cautious when re-entering your house once floodwaters recede. We recommend practicing the following safety tips to prevent health problems and injuries for you and your family: 

Be watchful with electricity. 

Floodwater can ruin wiring and electrical appliances throughout your home. Water and live wires are a dangerous combination. Therefore, turn off the power before entering your home. Have an electrician examine the entire electrical system to identify shorted circuits and damage before you turn it on.  

Be cautious about structural damage. 

Flooding may cause the walls or floors to buckle, creating unexpected sinkholes around your house. Check for these and other structural problems. If there is any damage to the frame or foundation, stay out until you can get a professional to inspect your house.  

Be selective about food.  

Flooding can also destroy food items. Consider most food containers a total loss if floodwater has touched them. You may disinfect some commercially canned goods, but if you are not sure about the safety of any food item, discard it.  

Cleaning up and disinfecting your flood-damaged home is a challenge because of the debris, mud, sand, and chemicals that floodwater may have brought into it. Our SERVPRO team has to tools and equipment required to clean up your home. We can use portable extractors to remove standing water if present. If the floodwater contained contaminants like sewage, our technicians might apply an EPA- registered broad-spectrum disinfectant to control microbes and make the worksite safe to perform other tasks.  

If flooding occurred in just a part of your property, our crew could create a drying chamber. This chamber is an area where we control the temperature, humidity levels, and airflow to increase evaporation within the zone, and dry the damp areas efficiently using air movers and refrigerant dehumidifiers. 

If floodwaters have entered your home in Michigan City, Westville or Trail Creek, call SERVPRO of La Porte County at (219) 879-1883 for restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Steps to Drying Your Water Damaged Michigan City Home Effectively

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

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We know how hard it is for your water damage in Michigan City, let us help.

Water damage can occur in your home after plumbing fixtures develop leaks because of a hose attachment or pipe joint failure. Internal wall leaks are hard to notice and can cause severe damage. After a water intrusion incident in your home, there is a process that can help you restore the affected areas to preloss condition.

When there is water damage in your Michigan City residence, contacting a professional restoration company like SERVPRO is a step in the right direction. We understand that water intrusion is a significant disruption to your life. Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRTs) can assess the destruction and start the restoration process to prevent costly secondary damage to your home and its contents. Standing water can:

  •       Cause mold growth within 48 hours
  •       Ruin appliances and electrical systems
  •       Cause building materials to deteriorate
  •       Ruin hardwood flooring and carpeting

Our crew can remove all the standing water using pumps and then dry the affected areas using air movers and refrigerant dehumidifiers. Refrigerant dehumidifiers are ideal to use at the beginning of the drying job when the humidity levels in the building are high, and temperatures are above 50°F.

Our technicians can also use advanced moisture detection tools like borescopes and inspection cameras. They enable us to look into cavities to examine the construction method and identify visible contamination. Many of these tools can take videos and record still images. We can also use thermal imaging cameras to locate hidden moisture in the drywall, floors, and subfloors. If moisture is present, we can dry the building materials to ensure that they are dry according to The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. We can also speed up the drying process by drilling small holes along the bottom of walls and ventilating the wall cavity. We patch up the holes once the drying process ends.

Water intrusion can also cause health issues because microbes reproduce quickly in water. Therefore, sanitization is essential. We can sanitize your home using EPA-approved antimicrobial agents to prevent the development of microorganisms or limit their growth.

Hiring professionals soon after a water loss incident can make the restoration process quicker and more cost-effective. Call SERVPRO of La Porte County at (219) 879-1883 for an immediate restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Let Our Experts Help After A Flood In Your La Porte Home

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

interior of the house flooded with water We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Flood Damage Can Bring Odorous And Hazardous Water Into Your La Porte Home

When heavy storms hit land, they can bring flood damage with them and cause intense destruction to many La Porte homes. In the case of your home, the intense storm flooded the streets and backed up sewage drainage. In just a few hours of storming, intense wind, and rain, your home had become the host to foul-smelling black water.

Whenever your La Porte home experiences flood damage, it is wise to reach out for help right away. After all, water-based damages get far worse as time goes on, as they become a breeding ground for mold damage. However, because of the black water in your home, the urgency to get help is even more pressing.

Black water is a categorization of standing water. It is water filled with potential contaminants, such as biohazardous materials, sewage, and petroleum gas. Here at SERVPRO, our highly trained technicians know exactly how to combat black water.

Once we arrive at your home, our SERVPRO technicians can get to work straight away. Due to the sheer volume of black water, we must remove it to inspect the damages to your floors, furniture, and walls. We can use truck-mounted extractors and wet/dry vacuums to remove the water and then dispose of it safely away from your home. Once the water has been removed, we can investigate and begin to take inventory.

Due to the nature of black water, anything carpeted or upholstered cannot be clean, as it cannot be guaranteed safe. All affected carpets and fabrics must be thrown away, but SERVPRO can help you make an insurance claim. Once belongings are removed, we can focus on demolishing the damaged materials inside.

Our water damage restoration technicians can make flood cuts to drywall and remove any affected flooring. Afterward, before a rebuild, our technicians can set up ozone machines inside of your emptied home to combat the foul smell the black water brought into your home. Once finished, we can leave your home to you, as if the flood never occurred.

If black water spills into your home and causes flood damage, never wait. Immediately contact SERVPRO of La Porte County by phoning (219) 879-1883. No matter what, remember that We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO of La Porte County has the Experience to Handle Water, Fire, Mold, and Storm Damage in Michigan City

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged bathroom A lightening strike cause this fire which required 70% of the house to be gutted. We have the expertise and experience to handle large and small jobs.

The La Porte County SERVPRO Team Has the Experience That Matters for Michigan City Restoration Services 

We have spent decades serving La Porte County, and Michigan City residents have come to find out that we are a name in restoration services that can get trusted. With specific members of our management, we have more than a century of combined industry experience, giving us confidence and a skillset unknown to many of our competitors. To provide our customers with the best possible experience, we have a full-service contracting team led by seasoned professionals to offer a comprehensive package for every emergency that your home or business faces. 

Fire 

Fires remain a persistent threat to the area, and we have to continue to evolve our approach to combatting these detrimental effects in Michigan City properties with changing practices, products, and equipment. As a premier restoration company, we have an ear to the ground for changes in the restoration techniques and equipment for fire recovery. We encourage our professionals to continue their education in this niche, beginning with the acquisition of their Fire & Smoke Restoration accreditation from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) Once acquired, our professionals can continue expanding their knowledge and their abilities in fire restoration through additional endorsements, such as: 

- Odor Control (OCT)

- Carpet Cleaning (CCT)

- Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT)

- Content Management

Many effects exist in a Michigan City home after a substantial fire loss incident, and our SERVPRO team must address each of these promptly to keep the situation from getting out of control. Conditions like soot and smoke residue particulates threaten surfaces with their acidic composition, and our skilled technicians have numerous products and tools to help with this intricate cleanup. We even have Esporta Washing training to help recover damaged contents on-site when possible. 

Fire damage for Michigan City residences can be an overwhelming situation, but our professionals can make it “Like it never even happened.” With our experience in this niche combined with more than a century of experience with our project management, we can quickly overcome any obstacle in returning your property to preloss condition. 

Water 

From leaking faucets to full plumbing breaches and appliance failures, Michigan City homes are almost always at risk for water loss incidents. With the high volume of these calls that we receive every year, we have dedicated the most substantial portion of our roster of technicians to water restoration and recovery. Beginning with our IICRC certifications as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT), many of which have additional accreditations in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Commercial Drying (CDS), we have a skilled team of professionals with the course training and hands-on experience to make a difference quickly in your residence.

The experience that our professionals bring to the table exceeds decades, and when combined with the more than 100 years of combined restoration expertise in six of our management employees, we can quickly mitigate water damage in Michigan City properties. This experience helps to fuel our professionals through high-stress recovery projects where entire households and their contents are at risk.

To protect your Michigan City home or business from the destructive spread of water damage and moisture in the property, our technicians rely on our steadily growing inventory of recovery equipment and restoration tools. From our fast extraction machines through our thorough drying products and devices, we can recover many saturated materials and structural elements without the need for reconstruction.

Mold 

Our team has led by a remediation specialist who alone boasts decades of industry experience. With this knowledge at the helm of the work that we do with colony removal and restoration of damaged areas of your Michigan City home, we can efficiently manage even complicated recoveries. We offer a comprehensive approach to addressing mold colonization in your residence, beginning with a thorough inspection and assessment of the damage. With a better understanding of the spread and severity of the situation, we can work to customize a plan specific to your address to limit the further spread and start vital mitigation efforts. 

We have a restore before replacing mentality, and with mold damage in Michigan City homes, this practice and approach can save our customers a great deal of money and time. Our successes in protecting these installed construction materials can help to reduce the length of time reconstruction, and remodeling takes. If some areas are unsalvageable, our remediation professionals can work alongside our general contractors to implement controlled demolition solutions. 

We pride ourselves on the knowledgeable technicians that we can offer Michigan City homes when facing mold and microbial growth. From inspections to cutting-edge removal strategies, our SERVPRO of La Porte County team can help whenever you need it. 

Storm

The area is not known for favorable weather conditions throughout the year, which can lead to many circumstances to test the abilities of our SERVPRO storm relief team. When storm damages threaten Michigan City homes, from heavy snowfall to torrential rainfalls, we can respond quickly to help. Knowing how quickly flooding can occur when windows get broken, roofs get damaged, and other structural concerns occur, you need a team of professionals that can do it all.

Our success in this niche of restoration hinges on our ability to offer a comprehensive recovery solution to our Michigan City customers. We have a full team of contractors that can handle repairs and emergency services like tarping and board up to prevent flooding and other elemental damage from persisting.

We received national recognition for our exemplary services in storm response both for Michigan City homes and businesses, as well as disasters that have affected the entirety of the east coast over the last several years. As a large loss recovery team, we can help other franchises and communities across the country in their time of need.

We are a team that works every day to live up to the reputation we are building in our communities across the entire county. We have qualified IICRC-Certified technicians in every niche of the industry, making our SERVPRO of La Porte County team a wise choice for any emergency that threatens your property. Give us a call anytime at (219) 879-1883.

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You Need Our Help When Your Michigan City Bathroom Experiences A Water Damage Emergency

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Leaking ceiling and couple holding a bucket to catch the water while on the phone with a plumber. Low temperatures can cause water damage to your Michigan City home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation help.

Record Low Temps Cause Water Damage in Michigan City Homes

Modern plumbing makes it easy to access running water in your Michigan City home. You can bathe, wash, or make iced tea with clean water straight from the faucet. However, plumbing accidents can and do happen, turning this modern-day luxury into an unexpected catastrophe. 

Whether you live in a house or a condo by the lake, freezing weather such as our record low temperatures in January, can quickly lead to water damage in Michigan City. If you do not leave your faucets dripping when it is below 32 degrees outside, water can freeze inside the plumbing. Under-insulated or exposed pipes make the situation worse. Water expands as it freezes causing cracks and breaks in the plastic or metal pipes, sending the stopped-up water gushing into your crawl space or ceiling. 

Water damage strikes fast. Standing water causes floorboards to buckle and seeps into porous materials like sheetrock and drywall. The longer you wait to fix the problem, the more elevated the chance that wood and other structural materials begin to rot. If this ever happens in your home, we hope you call SERVPRO. We are a premier company for mitigating structural and cosmetic water damage. We have the experience and technology to determine the most efficient and cost-effective solution. 

Our experienced team of SERVPRO Technicians takes the necessary precautions to do the job safely.  It is important to scope the damage to determine the level of moisture and type of material involved, such as carpet, insulation, wood floors, and wooden baseboards. We consider the layout of a room's walls, bay windows, cabinets, and closets to determine the number of air movers to use and where to place them. The equipment's angle is essential, and if it is wrong, the air bounces off the wall instead of carrying the moisture away.  

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster is more than just a tagline—it is our culture. We have technicians on-call and ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If winter weather leads to water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of LaPorte County at (219) 879-1883. 

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Michigan City Restaurant After Water Damage Hits

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

You can turn to SERVPRO when water damage hits your business. We have the expertise, experience and equipment to handle any job big or small.

Rapid Drying Solutions for Your Michigan City Restaurant

As the proprietor of a Michigan City restaurant, you have multiple tasks happening daily to maintain the success and growth of your business. Whenever water loss incidents happen, however, this disaster can compromise your ability to provide food to hungry patrons, but also presents a heightened risk for secondary effects that could shut your doors like mold and microbial growth. Assessing these situations and working quickly to reduce threats is a priority of our professionals when we first arrive at your business.

Among the most substantial obstacles that business owners face, and one that our restoration specialists must overcome as promptly as possible is drying water damage in Michigan City properties. From the investment you have made in instruments and machines in your kitchen area to the potential compromise of furniture and flooring in the dining area, significant loss incidents need to get addressed right away. Our SERVPRO professionals can help.

While extraction is often the first action taken when it gets decided this approach is necessary, rapid drying solutions keep saturation from becoming a situation that causes irreparable harm to construction materials, contents of the restaurant, and fixtures like wooden chairs, booths, and other porous surfaces. Our team of technicians has multiple tools that can help address saturation and exposure, including:

  • High-Velocity Air Movers
  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers
  • Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers
  • Injecti-Dry System
  • Drying Mats

With drying being an essential phase of recovery of a water damage incident, we keep multiple units stocked on our production trailers at all times. This readiness ensures that we can remain diligently prepared for any emergency that might compromise your home.

Between our full team of water restoration technicians accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and our fast response to these emergencies, our SERVPRO of La Porte County team can make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Let us help you through every phase of rebuilding and reconstruction. Give us a call anytime at (219) 879-1883.

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You Can Trust Our Certified Professionals To Restore Your La Porte Home After A Fire Disaster

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Our team at SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster! Our fire damage specialists are available 24/7 and will respond quickly to your call.

How to Perform Fire Damage Cleanup in Your La Porte Home

A fire in your La Porte home is a grave matter. Even a relatively small and non-devastating fire can have significant consequences, some of which may not be immediately apparent. Apart from ruining the structure, a fire can also ruin the contents of your home, including sentimental items. To identify and moderate the negative repercussions of fire and smoke damage, you need to contact a professional as soon as possible.

When your La Porte home has fire damage, you can trust SERVPRO to help you remove the fire-damaged contents, cleanup the smoke residues, and deodorize your property. In most cases, fires also cause water damage because of firefighting efforts. The water can soak everything that was near the fire. Within a few days, drywall can disintegrate, wood can warp, and mold infestation can occur.

You should take action to dry out the walls, furniture, carpets, and other affected items. Our technicians can remove the water and excess moisture quickly using water extraction, air moving, and dehumidification equipment. We also understand how mold grows and how to prevent infestations. Our technician can check for hidden sources of moisture using equipment like:


•  Thermal hygrometers


•  Moisture meters


•  Moisture sensors


•  Infrared cameras


We can then dry the affected areas thoroughly to prevent mold infestation. Our technicians can also use a soda blaster to remove soot and cleanup carbonized wood. Soda blasting is also useful for cleaning up brick, concrete, and stone. A soda blaster uses baking soda as a media to clean dirty surfaces. Baking soda is safe for the environment, cost-effective, less aggressive, and easy to rinse away with water.

After a fire, discomfort and frustration can ensue from the unpleasant smells in your home. Our technicians can remove the lingering odors resulting from the fire using sophisticated odor restoration technology. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can pinpoint the source of the odor such as charred debris and eliminate it. If it is impossible to remove the materials causing bad odors, we can wrap them in polythene to prevent odor vapors from escaping into the air.

Smoke and fire damage may have occurred in the HVAC system of your home. In such a case, our SERVPRO crew can clean the HVAC system thoroughly and seal it. We can also ventilate the affected areas by running air scrubbers with activated carbon and potassium permanganate filters to eliminate odors and gases.

After the unfortunate event of a fire in your Michigan City, Westville or Trail Creek home, call SERVPRO of La Porte County for help. We have the expertise and equipment to make the incident seem “Like it never even happened.” You can reach us at (219) 879-1883.

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We Have The Advanced Equipment To Restore Your Valparaiso Home After A Fire Disaster

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage in this home delivered significant damage to the kitchen of the house. We arrived and began restoration right away.

Can You Deodorize Your Fire-Damaged Valparaiso Home?

DIY recovery of fire loss incidents that occur in Valparaiso homes is becoming more and more common, yet the risks of doing a poor job are as relevant as ever. Homeowners need to carefully decide their competency against the money that can get saved by seeking to do this alone. Odors can especially prove problematic for inexperienced DIY enthusiasts, yet the right equipment employed at the appropriate times can help.

While many have come to expect our SERVPRO professionals to have the leading industry equipment for fire damage in Valparaiso homes, these same powerful tools are not readily available at any hardware location. The best options that many homeowners are likely to find are limited in power and capacity to our commercial-grade units. They can be nearly as effective at eliminating the odors present in the house, however, with the appropriate applications.

Make the situation easier on yourself by turning off air circulation systems to prevent access to all areas of your home. If possible, seal off lightly affected or unaffected areas with plastic sheeting or other barriers to prevent odor compounds from traveling to new areas of your property. Once you have the effects contained in a specific region of your home, you can get to work with the deodorization equipment you have acquired temporarily.

In most cases, multiple units of varying types can lead to more effective results as our SERVPRO team has seen. You can rent a hydroxyl machine, for example, which can work to reduce airborne particulates as well as present odors after fire damage. Additionally, you can use a thermal fogging machine. This unit has a dense chemical compound it expels, which can seep into construction materials, contents, carpeting, and other surfaces to break apart odor molecules and neutralize them on contact.

Fire odors can be a very challenging effect to overcome, especially when it has moved throughout the majority of the property. Even with the acquisition of powerful equipment, the situation might still feel overwhelming for some homeowners, and our SERVPRO of La Porte County team is here to help. You can count on our fire loss specialists to make these effects “Like it never even happened.” by calling (219) 879-1883.

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La Porte Retail Shops and Eateries Trust SERVPRO for Restoration Services

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

La Porte Bakery Is Open for Business after a Water Loss Thanks to SERVPRO

Commercial Floodwater Removal Services for La Porte

Many situations can create a need for commercial water removal. For instance, when the water main outside the local bakery malfunctions. The highly pressured water can quickly surge into the building carrying along with it mud and debris. This can prevent normal foot traffic and baking from carrying on as usual. We are here to let you know how we deal with such events when they happen in La Porte.

Any La Porte-based bakery or retail shop needs water removal services when water and mud quickly enter the building.  Our SERVPRO technicians can respond almost immediately and access the site. After that, we can come up with appropriate procedures to extract excess water from different parts of the building. Our goal is to quickly mitigate the muddy water flooding from damaging equipment and cooking appliances.
 
By using shovels, we can remove the mud and use water extraction procedures such as the use of submersible pumps to remove the excess water. If the bakery has soaked drywall, our SERVPRO technicians can remove a layer of the drywall – usually a few feet up – to expose the wall cavities for efficient drying. We can then place air movers and dehumidifiers within the building to enhance the drying process.
 
Since a bakery is an operation where food is prepared, our SERVPRO technicians eliminate conditions which may favor the growth of mold. Sacks of flour, sugar, condiments and such are very susceptible to absorption via high humidity, so we work extra hard and fast to extract water vapor from the kitchen area, the front counter area, and also any dining zone. We do that by ensuring the area is completely dry, and we apply disinfectants to deactivate the spores. Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) adhere to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards to guarantee the safety of your customers.
 
SERVPRO of La Porte County can restore your commercial property to its preloss state whenever possible. Call (219) 879-1883 to have those cakes and donuts ready for the next buyer.

Hailstorms Can Lead to Flooding in La Porte Properties

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

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Abnormal precipitation and violent storms can be a precursor to substantial damages La Porte homeowners can experience. Hailing is a destructive situation, especially when the balls of ice fall with excessive size and velocity. These situations can damage roofs quickly, even causing damage to more stable and structurally sound metal installations. These same storm systems can break windows, destroy siding, and even damage chimneys protruding from the sealed roof. Once vulnerabilities exist in your home’s exterior, it can be a short and easy path for floodwater to get inside your property. 

While many homeowners might not see the direct path between hailing and flood damage for La Porte properties, severe weather systems can carry multiple types of precipitation and storm systems can follow closely after one another. Either scenario presents a situation where runoff and direct rainfall can lead to flooding and moisture damage within your property. Our SERVPRO rapid response team has the expertise in these situations to not only address the damages that a storm can cause to the home but also the likely flooding that exists as well. 

Even with many flooding situations being unique challenges for every home and commercial property that our SERVPRO team works to help, we have a pattern for mitigation that follows closely after the full and thorough inspection of the property. Extraction is a vital element to any recovery because without removing standing water, drying efforts cannot be successful. 

With a production trailer stocked with a full array of drying equipment, we can also quickly address saturation and aid exposed construction materials. Our cleaning technicians can begin the transition between loss mitigation and the restoration of your property. We have certified Carpet Cleaning Technicians (CCT) and other cleaning niches to help quickly make flood effects “Like it never even happened.” for your home. 

As unexpected and damaging as hail can be, the situation can get worse if these conditions permit flooding to occur. Give our SERVPRO of La Porte County professionals a call anytime disaster strikes at (219) 879-1883.

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