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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:

SERVPRO Tips: Being ready for a disaster in LaPorte County

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes in LaPorte County, the last thing you want to think about is where the spare batteries are or whether your perishables have passed their expiration date. Make sure you're ready for any situation — and how to handle the aftermath — with these top tips.

1. Pack a "Go Bag"

If you have to leave your home in a hurry, you'll want to have some essentials packed and ready to go. Keep the following supplies, recommended by FEMA, in a portable container in the area of your house where you'll take shelter:

  • Three days' worth of food and water (at least a gallon per family member)
  • Battery powered (or hand crank) flashlights and radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Trash bags and duct tape, along with a dust mask
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Regional maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter, or solar charger
  • Moist towelettes and any personal sanitation or specific family needs, like pet supplies

(For additional recommendations, be sure to check out ready.gov)

We also suggest having smaller versions of your kit stocked with a few necessities like walking shoes, snacks, and a flashlight at work. In general, you'll also need enough cash on hand for five days of basic needs (gas and food), but any amount of ready money will help if ATMs are down.

Once you have your supplies together, it pays to go through them at least once a year too, to weed out expired food and batteries.

2. Make an Action Plan

When things get chaotic, you want to make sure that every family member knows what to do. We suggest designating two meeting places (one close by and one a little further away in your neighborhood) and hang a map with the spots marked near your emergency kit.

It also pays to have important contacts written down if the power goes out and there's nowhere to charge your cell phone. Make a mini contact list — ready.gov has templates you can print out — with important numbers that everyone can stow in their wallets. Leave a copy in your emergency kit, too. Establish a plan for checking in with relatives in case local lines get jammed. Text messages will often go through, even when phone lines are clogged.

3. Prep Your Home

If the power goes out and you have time, unplug appliances and electronics and turn off air conditioners, whether you stay or go. This will prevent damage when the electricity surges back on. Leave one lamp on so you'll know when the power's back.

How you store food can also make a difference when it comes to salvaging items afterwards, according to the FSIS. If there's a chance of flooding, be sure to store dry goods in waterproof containers high enough that they will be safely out of the way of contaminated water.

Grouping food together in the freezer can help it stay colder longer in the case of a power outage. If you have advanced warning, freeze any items you don't need right away, like leftovers, milk, and fresh meat and poultry to keep them at a safe temperature longer and stock your freezer with as much ice as you can fit. Coolers stocked with ice can also be helpful if the power is out for more than four hours.

Though you'll want to minimize the amount you open and close your refrigerator door once the power goes out, FSIS recommends keeping an appliance thermometer in your fridge and freezer to help you determine if food is safe to eat. The refrigerator temperature should be lower than 40 degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer temperature should be below zero degrees Fahrenheit.

After the Emergency

Coming home after a major disaster can be daunting. Call SERVPRO to help you in the event your home is affected. We are faster to any disaster and are ready to help make things "Like it never even happened."

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11/30/2019 (Permalink)

Do you know that according to the National Fire Protection Association, it is estimated that some 370,000 home fires occur each year, costing close to $7 billion in total property damage? 

In many of these fires, however, the fire starts and is contained in a certain area of a home or business.  Even though containment eliminates the necessity for complete demolition and reconstruction, it is still necessary for proper cleaning of soot and smoke.  Smoke and soot have a way of getting into places that do not seem possible.  Proper cleaning and deodorization are vital in order to restore your business or home to preloss conditions.  

Fires are extremely dangerous, leaving you with nothing.  Always remember to check your smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly.  In business, you need to make sure you check all the outlets and make sure you do not have too much into one outlet. 

There are so many different ways to avoid a fire, but so many ways that can go unnoticed by the average eye.  Make sure you have a Fire Marshall check your commercial building often.  

In the instance of any type of emergency in your business or home please call SERVPRO! We are faster to any disaster and are here to make things "Like it never even happened."

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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 in:

  • Michigan City
  • La Porte
  • Westville
  • Trail Creek
  • Kingsford Heights
  • Wanatah
  • Long Beach
  • Rolling Prairie
  • Hudson Lake
  • Mill Creek

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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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