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Fire Odors? Don't Worry, SERVPRO Can Help!

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Making popcorn on the stove is a fast, easy way to prep snacks for movie night with the family. When your skillet suddenly catches fire during cooking and leaves soot and unpleasant odors from fire damage stuck to your walls and ceiling, however, it can put a damper on the evening before it even starts. 

When cooking mishaps leave fire damage in your Westville home's walls, it can be difficult and time-consuming to clean on your own. Our team at SERVPRO, however, can address the mess in hours with a restoration-focused approach to save you time and money. 

After calling SERVPRO, our 24-hour emergency response team can survey the damage in your kitchen. Once evaluated, our technicians endeavor to clean your walls and ceiling thoroughly. Dry or wet cleaning methods may be used depending on the amount and type of soot on your surfaces. If nearby kitchen windows or objects affected by smoke, odors, or residue, our team takes care to clean those, as well. The casings on electronics such as kitchen appliances are also cleaned to ensure that fire damage does not lead to future electrical failures. 

Cooking fires, in particular, can leave residues and unpleasant odors in unexpected places that can linger for long periods. Deodorization after cleaning eliminates odors from smoke and burnt food particles. Factors that determine the method of deodorization include the type of smoke and soot affecting property and structures, the material that has burnt, and the amount of space that has been impacted by the fire. In confined spaces, the use of thermal foggers makes for effective odor removal via a dense fog filled with deodorizing solution. This solution binds to and eliminates particles that create odors.

SERVPRO of La Porte County is ready to respond to your disaster cleanup needs. Call (219) 879-1883 to request our services today.

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Ask The Experts: Lots of details to attend to after a fire

4/5/2021 (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 our SERVPRO 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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Ask The Experts: Things You Should Know When Unpredictable Weather Is Upon You

4/5/2021 (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!

 

Ask The Experts: Things you might not know, but should!

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Many workplaces always call on the boss or the maintenance man when something goes wrong. What if they were home sick, or in a meeting and you need to locate the water shutoff, where do you start?

SERVPRO can help commercial property managers in planning for a water, fire, storm damage. How? With a free Emergency Response Profile created by the SERVPRO Marketing Department.

By having a plan of action, and including it in your regular training at your office, you can minimize the cost of an unplanned event happens like a busted pipe, fire or any other type of disaster.

Some property managers use this as a tool to keep everything organized in one central location.

Is your business ready for a disaster? Even a simple pipe burst can cause a lot of damage and headaches. With a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile it can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide the resources for the employees of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE service that we provide to commercial properties.

Make an appointment today to get started!

If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO seven days a week 24/7 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages. We are faster to any disaster and will help make it "Like it never even happened." 

Ask The Experts: Things You Should Do If Disaster Hits Your Business

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes your Michigan City bar, you need fast and effective cleanup and drying efforts to keep this water loss incident from getting out of control. With the right response from trained professionals like ours with effective mitigation and restoration equipment, you can get the doors back open quickly to your establishment to continue serving your faithful patrons.

Water damage can affect your Michigan City bar in many different ways, but overcoming these effects almost always requires the expertise and advanced equipment of certified professionals. Our SERVPRO team remains available 24/7 to provide a fast and effective response to emergencies that threaten your business. We have mitigation solutions to keep your out-of-pocket expenses to a minimum and ensure that the complete restoration is as fast as possible. This process begins with a thorough and honest assessment of the damage to your bar and what must occur to overcome these effects and get your doors back open.

A smaller leak in a fixture or pipe might be challenging to spot at first, but the effect that it can have on cabinetry, countertops and nearby structural elements become evident a short time later. When you diagnose water damage in your bar, you can trust in our professionals to arrive quickly with the necessary equipment to dry out these saturated materials fast. The quicker we can address this saturation into structural components and fixed shelving or cabinets, the less likely it becomes that these areas require replacement or reconstruction.

Our SERVPRO team can even locate the specific point of the break in the pipe or a broken fixture and work to repair this damage. Once the area has gotten thoroughly dried, we can work on ensuring that all of the affected areas and surfaces have gotten cleaned and sprayed with an antimicrobial solution if they became at risk of facilitating mold colonization.

You work hard to be available for your faithful and loyal patrons every day of the year, and we understand how important it is to get the doors back open after a water loss incident. Let our SERVPRO of La Porte County team show you that We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster with our effective mitigation and restoration solutions. Give our crew a call anytime at (219) 879-1883.

Ask The Experts: How our mitigation work can help your home!

3/23/2021 (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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The Importance of Fire Safety In Your Home

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be caused in many ways throughout your home. However, forgetting to lock your lighters or matches away from small and curious children makes a fire significantly more likely. Of course, these actions are never maliciously done, but children are children; sometimes, they get into things and cause trouble. By the time you noticed a burning smell coming from your living room, your child was already trying to get your attention about what they had unknowingly done. The floor rug had sustained quite a bit of fire damage, as well as the floor directly below it. Fibers of the rug had adhered to the floor as soot, and scorch marks stained the wooden floorboards as well.
 
While this fire was relatively small in nature, and was put out swiftly, it is still important to seek out professional remediation services for the fire damage in your Westville living room. The scorch marks on your floor may be hard to remedy on your own, as the very particular temperature the fire burned the rug at must be addressed with a specific remedy. Professionals can tell precisely what solution to take, and they can do it swiftly, allowing you to live in your house in its pre-fire state.
 
SERVPRO knows how to deal with the fire damage inside of your home. Our IICRC-certified technicians are excellently trained and always make sure to travel to your home as soon as possible after your initial call for assistance. Upon arriving, SERVPRO can jump right into work, removing the floor rug for you and then addressing the soot and scorch marks on the floor.
 
Our SERVPRO techs can use a lubricative cleaning solution to clean the soot away, designed for the type of debris that was left behind by the fire in your home. The solution gently lifts the dirt away from your flooring, allowing it to be wiped away with a cloth. This process may take a few repeated tries until all of the soot is mopped up. Once the soot is gone for good, SERVPRO can leave your house "Like it never even happened."
 
Should a small child accidentally cause fire damage inside of your home, never hesitate. Phone SERVPRO of La Porte County by calling (219) 879-1883 with your phone. Our technicians are always ready to travel to your home swiftly.

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Ask The Experts: My Commercial Building Had Fire Damage; What Now?

3/4/2021 (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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Ask The Experts: Recovering After A Fire

2/26/2021 (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.

When your commercial business is hit by fire, SERVPRO is here for you!

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

After something burns inside your 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. Smoke 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. 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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