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SERVPRO of LaPorte County is here to help in this time of need

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

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If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts at SERVPRO of Laporte at 219-879-1883.

Why SERVPRO? The Equipment and Expertise For Proper Water Removal

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

Making sure that a responsible and competent company handles water removal work for your Michigan City home is vital to prevent future damages and keep your expenses as low as possible throughout the process. Our technicians train year-round to handle the advanced equipment at their disposal competently and remove water from your home quickly and completely. From emergency water extraction pumping procedures to longer air current and dehumidifier focused drying solutions, you can trust SERVPRO to deliver high-quality water removal and restoration services at an affordable price point.

How We Remove Water
Water removal in Michigan City is a multi-step process that requires care and attention at every point in time to avoid causing further damage or drying the home unevenly. The first step, when necessary, is to utilize water extraction pumps to remove standing water from your home. Flooded basements can sometimes be a challenge to handle, but our portable hand-operated pumps allow us to handle them, too. Once any standing water in the building has been pumped out, we can then set up powerful air movers to create directed currents of air throughout the home that pick up droplets of moisture and keep them suspended in the air. Finally, those droplets of water attach themselves to chemical and thermal dehumidifiers to then be transported out of the home in manageable storage containers.

The SERVPRO Commitment
We can do much more than dry out your home. After the water leaves an area, visible and obvious damage may occur to carpeting, wood, and other materials in your home. We train and certify our technicians to respond to and reverse the damages in these sensitive materials, providing all-around damage mitigation and restoration services to homeowners in need.

SERVPRO of La Porte County has the resources necessary to remove water from your home quickly and at minimal costs to you. Call us 24/7 at (219) 879-1883 for emergency service or a quote.

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Spring Weather Can Be Unpredictable, But SERVPRO Is Here For You

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

Spring is the time of year when many things change—including the weather. Temperatures can swing back and forth between balmy and frigid. Sunny days may be followed by a week of stormy weather. Sometimes extreme weather changes can occur even within the same day. Mark Twain once said, "In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours."

Thunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather. They can bring lightning, tornadoes, and flooding. Whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, thunderstorms can occur. For much of the world, this happens in spring and summer.

Reduce injury risk and plan ahead

Because spring weather is so unpredictable, you may be unprepared when severe weather hits—particularly if you live in a region that does not often experience thunderstorms, tornadoes, or flooding. And when severe weather hits unexpectedly, the risk of injury and death increases. So planning ahead makes sense; prepare for storms, floods, and tornadoes as if you know in advance they are coming, because, in the spring, they very likely will.

Advance planning for thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and floods requires specific safety precautions. You can follow many of the same steps that you would for all extreme weather events. Keep an emergency kit on hand. Some items to include are:

  • A battery-operated flashlight, a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio, and extra batteries for both
  • An emergency evacuation or shelter plan, including a map of your home and, for every type of severe weather emergency, routes to safety from each room
  • A list of important personal information, including:

-telephone numbers of neighbors, family, and friends

-insurance and property information

-telephone numbers of utility companies

-medical information

According to the American Red Cross a first aid kit may include:

-non-latex gloves

-assortment of adhesive bandages

-antibiotic ointment

-sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes

-absorbent compress dressings

-tweezers

-scissors

-adhesive cloth tape

-aspirin packets (81 mg each)

-first aid instruction booklet

 (NOTE: Customize your first aid kit to meet your individual and family needs.)

  • A 3–5 day supply of bottled water and non-perishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • An emergency kit in your car

Prepare your family members for the possibility of severe weather. Tell them where to seek appropriate shelter as soon as they are aware of an approaching storm. Practice your emergency plan for every type of severe weather. Show family members where the emergency supplies are stored, and make sure they know how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity in your home.

Often by the time we are aware of an approaching storm, we have little if any time to prepare for it. But we do know that when spring arrives, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods are real possibilities. So why not take the surprise factor out of severe weather and prepare yourself, your family, and your home? If thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods do occur, you'll be ready for them.

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After the storms, if you find you have damage to your home, don't forget SERVPRO is here to help 24/7. We are ready for whatever the weather leaves behind!

SERVPRO Tips: Drying Your House. Often. Starts in the Crawlspace

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

While you might not give much thought to the crawlspace of your La Porte home, it does much more than providing access to utilities. This space built into your property helps to protect your house against substantial natural disasters like flooding. While these areas can reduce the presence of water penetrating the main floor of your home, they become flooded instead. While it might not seem like a situation that demands immediate attention, a flooded crawlspace needs fast and effective restoration work.

Many homeowners never get into the crawlspace of their La Porte homes, let alone assess damages after instances of floodingthroughout the neighborhood. Our SERVPRO professionals have assessment tools and equipment that can help us to easily determine the scope and spread of the groundwater, as well as the necessary steps required to restore the damage entirely. Understanding the risks of a flooded crawlspace can help you to appreciate your need for our professional restoration in this potentially hazardous situation.

Pooling water, even lying on the ground beneath your home, can present several threats to the structural integrity of your house. Wicking is a common concern with materials like wood, which often are foundational support materials that make up the structural skeleton of the crawlspace, but also provide assistance solidifying the floor of your main level and its walls. With pooled water around these beams and supports, moisture can saturate these elements quickly. Over a brief period, the strength of these supports can become compromised to the point of requiring replacement.

Our SERVPRO team has fast extraction and drying tools that can work to reduce this risk immediately when we arrive at your house. By drying out the crawlspace quickly, we can limit the possibility of hazardous situations like mold growth. A dry subterranean area can also improve the indoor air quality. To further protect your home in this trying time, we can also offer effective, long-term solutions like crawlspace encapsulation with the installation of efficient water diversion equipment.

You might not fully appreciate the role that your crawlspace has in protecting your home until you get faced with a flood.  Our SERVPRO of La Porte County can help to keep your home from significant damages by quickly removing floodwater and drying out this area. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (219) 879-1883.

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SERVPRO Tips: When does the insurance company need to be brought in?

3/15/2020 (Permalink)

Any variety of disaster that could affect your Westville home does not always require the intervention or involvement of your insurance provider. While many widespread disasters can get resolved much more quickly with the approval of a damage claim which can afford professional restoration services like our team, there are also many cases that can appear worse than they end up being. The way that you can determine which situation you are dealing with involves a preliminary inspection and assessment of the damages.

Fires can be notorious for providing a scary appearance to your Westville home, but in truth, many of these fire damages can be more aesthetic than actually harmful to the exposed materials. Depending on the severity of the situation, your fire damages could also end up contained to a single area or room of your home before getting extinguished, greatly limiting the work that is necessary to return your home to preloss condition. Our SERVPRO team can help with an accurate assessment of the situation with honest personnel working to make this damaging incident “Like it never even happened.”

This initial assessment catalogs the damages discovered and begins to determine the necessary processes, personnel, and equipment required to return your fire damaged property to its original condition. We can share this estimation of that cost and the work to get performed directly with you to help you make an informed decision as to whether involving your insurance company, paying the deductible, and potentially raising your premium later is wise compared to the out-of-pocket expense of funding professional restoration yourself.

Should you choose to involve your insurance company, we have already comprised the information and documentation of the damages necessary for them to process a damage claim and get it approved quickly.

While you cannot predict when disaster can strike, it is always wise to make the best choice in restoration that is financially smart and efficient for your household. Give ourSERVPRO of La Porte County rapid response team a call for our honest assessment of the damage and effective restoration work at (219) 879-1883.

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SERVPRO Tips: Why our mitigation efforts can help your home!

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

Many Michigan City homeowners do not consider water loss incidents that occur within their properties to be significant threats, much less something that they might need to contact professional restorers to recover. In truth, even small water loss incidents can penetrate flooring and wall materials almost immediately, and without the appropriate equipment and strategies, can allow persistent dampness that can weaken structural elements and create the opportunities for mold to grow.

While water damage might occur from several potential sources in your Michigan City home from human errors to appliance failures, the result is the same. Within moments of exposure, the water can begin to work through seams and cracks in flooring or saturate through carpeting and into the subflooring. The solution is fast and effective water removal and drying efforts. If allowed to continue too long, the materials can become irreparably damaged and require replacement.

A professional restoration like our SERVPRO team provides is the most effective means of ensuring that all of the lingering moisture gets eliminated. We have advanced tools that can help to penetrate flooring and slowly draw out moisture in a controlled manner, which is ideal for materials like hardwood flooring that could get saturated by a water loss incident. This approach utilizes our injecti-dry technology and drying mats. We can regulate moisture content as this equipment works to ensure that we do not overly dry the planks. This process is very efficient for drawing moisture from the tongue and groove joints.

We can also assess the condition of exposed materials like your drywall with our initial inspection. This wall material can often wick moisture from the floor, causing it to oversaturate at the baseboards quickly. In many cases, our SERVPRO professionals must cut out damaged portions at the base of the drywall structure and replace it to restore substantial water loss incidents fully. Occasionally, hanging light fixtures can contain water from a leak in the above level or the attic.

No matter how simple water damage might appear in your home, the situation can often prove worse than it appears. You can always count on the prompt response and honest evaluations from our SERVPRO of La Porte County professionals. We can work quickly to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (219) 879-1883.

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Commercial Fire Damage Can Cause Devastating Effects

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial fire damage can cause devastating effects, and most property owners do not know what to do when they face such situations. The fire-fighting efforts are not enough to take your property to its pre-fire condition, if anything, they introduce water damage challenges. No matter how small the fire is, the resulting soot and smoke damage can be so significant in your Westville business. We are here to take you through some of the restoration procedures that our technicians perform when working for you.

Irrespective of how well prepared you are to deal with commercial fire damage in Westville, there is no convenient time to face such events. When your business experiences a fire, removal of the charred contents is necessary, and our SERVPRO technicians should come up with appropriate cleaning methods and fix the fire damaged areas. We have the experience to determine what is restorable and what needs to be replaced - this how we can lower the claim costs.

Without the right equipment, it can be challenging to clean large structures such as warehouses. Our SERVPRO technicians are equipped with the right tools, such as Dehumidifiers and high-pressure washers. If we have to clear the smoke residues from the higher parts of the building and perform the required inspection, we can use a scissor lift to reach the target locations.

You usually find different items in a commercial building, which means the smoke residues that the fire leaves behind are not uniform. To adequately address the different residues, our SERVPRO technicians use several approaches. While agitation is the most common method of removing smoke particles from surfaces, we might also introduce chemical actions such as oxidation, dissolving, emulsification, and bleaching. Some of the cleaning agents work best at specific temperatures, so we are also keen on such requirements.

At SERVPRO of La Porte County, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and you can benefit from our 24-hour emergency services. Call (219) 879-1883 if you need us to return your property to its preloss state.

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Recovering a Home After Fire Damage

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Once a fire occurs in your home, many areas of your property could be unsafe for you to inspect or enter on your own. Even with these glaring hazards, many homeowners want something to occur quickly to begin putting their home on track for a full restoration. Mitigation is a much-needed service to follow the extinguishment of a fire, and our professionals can arrive quickly after the emergency to help protect the contents of your property and reduce present hazards with efficient debris removal.

While you might not know all of the steps that go into recovering a Westville home after fire damage, you should leave it to trained professionals like us. The SERVPRO rapid response team that you can reach by calling our number can usually arrive within 4-hours after you reach out, bringing along with us the full measure of our restoration equipment, personnel, and experience to protect your home in this trying time. We can help prevent further damages and costly repairs.

From the time that our team arrives at your home, we can begin an assessment of the property. This inspection can be useful for your home insurance adjuster with the necessary information to process a damage claim. We are not insurers, but we do liaise with you and your agency to expedite the claim. However, it also can identify the areas of your property that require controlled demolition techniques and debris removal. Taking out these problem areas can improve indoor air quality and also provide a seamless transition between mitigation and reconstruction. Smoke odors and soot penetrations can be significant negative effects of a house fire.

Our SERVPRO experts can suggest what contents in your home can get preserved and restored during this initial inspection as well. Those items that require focused cleaning, deodorization and restoration efforts get removed from your home and taken to our nearby facility. Our contents department can restore these belongings entirely, and keep them safe until they can get returned to your home after our restoration efforts. We have industry leading equipment like Esporta washing machines and ultrasonic baths for cleaning porcelain dolls to toy fire trucks.

Fires are never easy to overcome, and they can be impossible for a homeowner to restore or clean up on their own fully. Trust in the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of La Porte County fire restoration specialists. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. You can reach us 24/7 by calling (219) 879-1883.

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SERVPRO Can Help Make the Stink Go Away After A Fire

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

After something burns inside your Westville grocery store, there are several conditions created that can negatively affect your building. Even the smallest burns can require you to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO to conduct commercial fire damage mitigation. As soon as something ignites, it starts to emit smoke into the air.

The type of smoke put out depends upon the kind of fuels that the fire consumes. Smokes can vary from being thick smokes that create large amounts of residues to thinner particles that can penetrate porous materials deeper. The bigger the blaze that ignites, the more of your property the commercial fire damage can consume.

Set aside from the burnt materials and soot residues smoke leaves behind, unpleasant aromas can also become an issue especially when selling products that people consume as food. If the blaze burns for a long time, heavy smoke odors can become a significant part of your commercial fire damage project in Westville. Smoke consists of partially burned particles that do not fully combust or turn from a solid to a gaseous state once the heat is applied. These particles not only harden onto cooler surfaces in the form of soot residues, but they can be microscopic in size and penetrate deep into your building materials. These burnt, partially combusted molecules can then stick deep inside the porous substances in your store such as cardboard or paper products.

If foul odors still exist once all burnt materials and soot residues have been removed, then our SERVPRO technicians can conduct further deodorization procedures. To start with, we spray odor counteractants on any surfaces that got affected by soot residues. Then, we can apply vapor crystals to your flooring, attic insulation, and ventilation systems. We then can add a heavy-duty odor counteractant chemical to all of the affected areas and even use a specialized sealant paint to trap in any burnt smells.

As a final step, we can thermally fog your entire structure. If you ever happen to suffer from a severe blaze inside your grocery store, call SERVPRO of La Porte County at (219) 879-1883 24/7.

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We Extract Water Rapidly and Efficiently in LaPorte County

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

We will be there every step of the way for your water loss. Clean up of minor spills and quickly discovered leaks are certainly within the DIY capabilities of a homeowner who has a bucket and a mop. On the other hand, if a major plumbing fail or an appliance malfunction pours gallons of water into your home, you need to find trustworthy professional help. Not only are the quantities of water in these cases substantial, but the migration of the fluid into building cavities and materials is also a concern. 

We Extract Water Rapidly and Efficiently

All it takes is a broken dishwasher hose, a ruptured water heater, or a clogged toilet to require significant water removal. Our ability to respond fast with a well-trained and equipped crew is why we can extract large amounts of water safely and to dry out spaces thoroughly. Investment in training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) aligns with investment in up to date, commercial-grade equipment and products to provide our customers with results that meet or exceed industry best practices.

We Follow Research-Based Protocols

A solid understanding of the science of drying, psychrometry, is why SERVPRO of LaPorte County's efforts in removing water and returning your home to preloss condition are successful. Research demonstrates that the more liquid water initially removed, the faster and more efficient drying operations can be. Our submersible pumps clear out water deeper than two inches. Wanded extractors then take on the task of removing as much of the remaining fluids as possible. 

We Are Skilled at Moisture Detection and Monitoring

Mastery of IICRC coursework in the tracing of water migration combined with decades of experience in detection implementation are why SERVPRO can go that extra mile for our customers. Surfaces can look dry, yet hide caches of water in cavities or absorbed into the structural components. We use thermal imaging to find temperature disparities that signal trapped water and moisture meters to set drying goal baselines. Controlled demolition techniques like flood cuts or weep holes release hidden water. Air movers and heaters accelerate evaporation, moving water into the air for our commercial dehumidifiers’ collection and disposal.

Dependable and experienced workers and top-notch equipment are why SERVPRO of LaPorte County meets your water removal needs fast. Contact us today! We are faster to any disaster in: