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Can Ignoring the Damage on Your Roof Cause Your Westville Property to Flood?

11/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Can Ignoring the Damage on Your Roof Cause Your Westville Property to Flood? When the damaged shingles on your roof cause flooding in the home, it's time to contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

A Damaged Roof Could Flood Your Westville Boutique

As a shop owner in Westville, you rely heavily on the foot traffic that finds its way through your doors during your operating hours. While business, in general, might have its ups and downs, a water loss incident within your building could derail your profits for the foreseeable future without immediate and experienced assistance from professionals like ours.

Flood damages are a nightmare to Westville businesses because they can cause damage to both the building and the stock throughout the shop that you have already invested in selling. Additionally, water damages can spread throughout the building and cause irreparable damage to construction materials, flooring, ceilings, and other contents. Worse still, this situation could have started from just a small puncture or weak area of the roof on the building.

There is something to be said for regular inspections into the structural integrity of vital construction components like the roof of your boutique. The more that you know about the condition of this defense for your building, the better prepared you are to face potential problems before they allow substantial water loss incidents to affect your business. The trouble is, most often business owners have to call our SERVPRO professionals for cleanup and restoration before they think to inspect the roof.

As water penetrates through a vulnerable portion of the roof in your building, runoff and pooling roof water find their avenue into the areas below. This spread begins with affecting the ceiling and insulation materials, much of which often must get replaced, and then finds its way to the walls and floors of the levels below the roof. Addressing these concerns is much more efficient when our SERVPRO professionals know immediately about the problem and our emergency response team can react.

While no business owner gets prepared to face flood damages from roof breaks in their building, knowing what to do when disaster strikes can ensure that your doors do not have to remain closed indefinitely. Our SERVPRO of La Porte County team has efficient approaches and industry-leading equipment to help tackle complex cleanup and restoration from widespread flooding effects. Give us a call anytime you need us at (219) 879-1883.

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Our Crew Of Specialists Can Help You Understand Mold Damage In Your La Porte Home

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Crew Of Specialists Can Help You Understand Mold Damage In Your La Porte Home The more that you can understand about mold damages in your residence, the better prepared you are when the situation calls for swift action.

The Truth About Mold Growth In Your La Porte Residence

One of the most troublesome things that professional restoration teams like ours contend with in the La Porte communities we serve is bad information. With myths and false statements readily available on the internet, many homeowners are not getting the entire picture when it comes to significant threats to their home and their families from occurrences like mold and microbial growth.

The more that you can understand about mold damages in your La Porte residence, the better prepared you are when the situation calls for swift action. From the moment that a discovery of mold growth occurs in your home, the damaging effects of the organism are already occurring to construction materials, the contents of your home, and the occupants of the house that might be at risk for exposure.

Once our dedicated and experienced SERVPRO remediation specialists arrive at your home, we begin by isolating the affected area to prevent the issue from spreading to new areas. This approach also helps to debunk a popular belief that mold growth is a slow process that does not require immediate reactions. Mold damage can spread quickly throughout the primary affected area, but also, spores can travel through air vents and ductwork to reach new points to seat and colonize.

Another misconception that homeowners tend to believe is that mold growth can go away on its own. Without the appropriate actions taken with precision and the industry-leading equipment our SERVPRO professionals have in our arsenal, the mold colony continues to grow and spread. The bigger this colony becomes, the more it can affect both the structural integrity of the materials that it feeds on and potential health effects associated with a higher volume of active spores in the environment.

When you discover mold growth in your home, it might seem like something that you could handle on your own, or you might believe some of the myths about mold that you can find on the internet. The solution for overcoming this presence lies with the highly trained, IICRC-certified remediation technicians at SERVPRO of La Porte County. Our emergency response crew is available 24/7 by calling (219) 879-1883.

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What Do You Do When Fire Strikes Your Home? Call SERVPRO!

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Do You Do When Fire Strikes Your Home? Call SERVPRO! Call SERVPRO of La Porte County to clean and restore your home from fire damage.

What to Do Once the Firefighters Leave Your Michigan City Home

Knowing what to do when a disaster impacts your Michigan City home is critical to getting the restoration process started as promptly as possible. The faster that experienced technicians can get to work on recovering the damages to your home, the faster that this process goes. In a situation like a fire in your house, there are some steps that you can take to ensure that you get the help you need as quickly as you can get it.

Fire damages in your Michigan City home can vary significantly from one situation to the next, so there is no telling what a homeowner should expect, or what the technicians that work on the restoration could expect as well. One of the first things that you should remember is that you should wait until a competent individual informs you that it is safe to walk back into your home to see the damage for yourself. Structural weakening or failure is always a persistent possibility depending on the severity of the fire itself.

One of the first things that you should do before you reach out to dedicated restoration specialists like our SERVPRO team is to call your insurance provider. When you get your agent on the phone, you can get all of the details about what you need to provide them and what they need to begin and approve a claim to restore the damages to your home.

The next call that you should make is to our SERVPRO emergency response team. This dispatched small crew of experts can help to mitigate the immediate damages, and our estimator can help to provide the necessary documentation and cataloging of the damages needed by your insurance company to move these repairs and restorations along through approval of the claim.

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Fire damages in your home might seem overwhelming at first, but with the right plan in place, recovering from a disaster like this does not have to be such a burden. You can depend on our SERVPRO of La Porte County technicians and advanced equipment to overcome any effect from a fire that your home faces. Give us a call anytime at (219) 879-1883.

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How SERVPRO Floats Away Your Water Damage Worries in Your Michigan City Home

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How SERVPRO Floats Away Your Water Damage Worries in Your Michigan City Home Even a small amount of water can cause big issues. SERVPRO can remove the water and return your home to its preloss condition.

Fast Recovery for Water Damage in Your Michigan City Home

When disaster strikes your Michigan City home, you need assurances that things can return to the way they were before within a reasonable amount of time. While water incidents tend to convince some homeowners that they can handle the effects themselves, the issues often lie below the surface of materials affected by the water that pose the most significant threats. Our emergency response team can help to mitigate the situation and work efficiently to restore your home to its preloss condition.

One of the things that you have to understand about water damage to your Michigan City home is that there are many sources where it can originate. With so many possible avenues for it to occur, the likelihood of it affecting your home is higher than you might have initially believed. Knowing how to clean up the mess thoroughly and dry out the damage that matters most in these situations, and our SERVPRO technicians can help.

From the moment that our team arrives at your house, we get to work on establishing the spread of the water damage throughout the affected area to determine the best approach to removing the moisture and preventing the situation from getting worse immediately. If there is excess water to contend with, extraction efforts help to reduce the threat of this pooling water while other facets of our restoration get set into place.

As with any water damage, drying is one of the most critical steps that our SERVPRO team can take. We utilize all of the equipment at our disposal for forcing the water out of saturated materials and removing it through the use of industrial strength dehumidification equipment. Moisture detection tools can determine the effectiveness of our drying efforts and identify which areas require more attention.

As a homeowner, you want that assurance that restoration can work and is not going to draw out forever. The focal point of our franchise has always been to minimize the effect of restoration on your daily life, so every choice we make is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our work on your property. You can trust our SERVPRO of La Porte County restoration technicians to respond quickly and limit the spread of these effects to other areas of your house. Give our emergency response team a call today at (219) 879-1883.

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When Storms or Floods hit LaPorte County, SERVPRO is ready!

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of LaPorte County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit LaPorte County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 219-879-1883

Restoring Your LaPorte County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at LaPorte County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of LaPorte County

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

Faster to your LaPorte County Water Damage Event

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

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

Faster To Any Size Disaster

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

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 219-879-1883

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

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

Hours 1 - 24:

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

48 Hours to 1 Week:

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

More Than 1 Week:

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

About SERVPRO of LaPorte County

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

Does Your LaPorte County Home Have A Mold Problem?

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 219-879-1883

For Immediate Service in LaPorte County, Call SERVPRO

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of LaPorte County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in LaPorte County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 219-879-1883

Residential Services

Whether your LaPorte County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your LaPorte County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. 

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Conditions In LaPorte County Might Be Right For Mold

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of LaPorte County to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 219-879-1883

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of LaPorte County for mold remediation services.