Recent Storm Damage Posts
After A Flood In Your La Porte Home Let Our Experts Help
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 too 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
- Trail Creek
- Kingsford Heights
- Long Beach
- Rolling Prairie
- Hudson Lake
- Mill Creek
For more about La Porte click here.
Winter Weather Storms Can Cause A Lot Of Damage
There are steps you can take to limit damage to your home during a winter storm. We are faster to any disaster!
Winter Weather Woes
Those who are used to warmer weather climates may not realize how much damage a winter storm can do. However, a blizzard can create lots of destruction.
In fact, winter storms can cause thousands of dollars of damage. This damage can result from:
- Ice dams
- Destroyed roofs
- Frozen pipe
As its name implies, an ice dam is a buildup of ice on the roof of your home. It occurs when melting snow refreezes and blocks other snow from draining properly. This can lead to a buildup of standing water that can then leak into your walls or ceilings. Ice dams can even loosen shingles or gutters.
A winter storm can cause roof damage in other ways, as well. Ice and high winds can rip the gutters or tiles off your roof. These same winds can also blow tree branches on top of your roof. Heavy branches, in particular, can fall through the roof and harm the inside of your home.
Even if there is no snow outside, cold weather alone can be harmful to your house. Freezing temperatures can cause unheated pipes to freeze and subsequently burst. This can lead to severe water damage.
How To Prepare
There are steps you can take to limit damage to your home during a winter storm. Cleaning gutters in advance can prevent ice dams. You should also secure your roof tiles and trim any tree branches that are too close to the house.
Before the storm arrives, you should head to the store and get emergency supplies such as shovels and non-perishable food.
Finally, make sure to insulate any pipes that are outdoors or in low-heat areas such as basements and garages.
Even if you prepare accordingly, a winter storm can destroy parts of your house. An emergency restoration services company can repair your home and prevent any damage from spreading.
So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO Is Ready For Storms or Floods Occur In LaPorte County
Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition
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.
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
Basements Benefit from SERVPRO Water Extraction and Drying Services
SERVPRO Says French Drains and Tiles Can Help Prevent Storm Penetrations into Westville Basements
Many Westville homeowners have french drains surrounding the perimeters of their house. This effective water diversion equipment helps to keep pooling water from collecting against the foundation of the home, which can ultimately find a way inside. Maintenance of your french drain system is nearly impossible without professional support from plumbers with long snakes. Even with this hired help, you still likely have flood damage to contend with in the lowest level of your property.
Caring for flood damage in your Westville basement must happen as quickly as possible. While you might not even use this area of your home as readily as you could, lingering moisture and dampness create a breeding ground for fungal growth and mold damage. Our SERVPRO team is available 24/7 to offer fast mitigation solutions for your flooded home and work to dry the area thoroughly and efficiently.
From the time that our professionals arrive at your home shortly after your initial call, we can work quickly to identify the points of penetration to seal off further access of water with hydraulic cement. This action prevents further damages from water pouring through cracks and creases in the blockwork unabated and provides an opportunity for our technicians on site to begin extraction and drying efforts without delay.
Our SERVPRO technicians have advanced technology and equipment for effective extraction that allows us to remove excess water pooling in areas of your basement fast. This action paves the way for vital drying efforts to follow immediately after. We also have tools that can monitor moisture pockets and identify the ideal location for air movers and other drying machines essential to reducing and eliminating the risk of mold growth and colonization.
While flooding in your basement might feel overwhelming, you can depend on our SERVPRO of La Porte County water restoration experts to help you through every step of this process. Our dedicated response team is available 24/7, with the equipment and experience to recover flood damage quickly, by calling (219) 879-1883.
Westville Welcomes you to our Town!
When Floods Happen - You Have To Deal With It As Soon As Possible!
When flooding strikes your home, our technicians have the expertise to make it “Like it never even happened.”
When flooding occurs in buildings it needs to be dealt with as soon as possible in order to combat and prevent the litany of issues that come with a water damage. Flooding brings with it structural degradation, outside contaminants and bacteria, odor, warping, and possibly mold growth. All of which threaten both your home or business and the health of the people who reside within.
In order to take care of your flood damage in your home make sure you hire professionals who know how to prevent mold and deal with water, toxins and odor. Our technicians here at SERVPRO are specialized in handling the challenges posed by flood damage and know what needs to be done to ensure the highest standards in restoration service.
Going through any kind of damage to your home is a stressful experience that can put any homeowner on the edge. This is why we train our technicians to treat every job they go on whether it is a big or small damage with compassion and respect. We find that walking our customers through our process puts them at ease and lets them know they are in competent and responsible hands who will take care of their issue.
When flooding strikes your home, our technicians have the expertise to make it “Like it never even happened.” We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to preloss condition.
SERVPRO Is Your #1 Water Removal Services After a Storm
Water removal is the primary concern for homeowners facing flooding after a storm. Call SERVPRO and put our effective services to work for your home.
Through the expected harsh winters to come, the roof on your Michigan City home gets asked to withstand a great deal of strain and weight. Even reinforced or newer roofing materials can weaken and slouch under a heavy snowfall, leading to vulnerable points throughout this defense on top of your house. While you cannot control the effects of the weather on the roof of your home, you can work to ensure that it is fully functional and ready for further severe weather systems in the future through annual inspections.
The trouble with regular inspections into the quality of your roof is that many homeowners do not think to have these done before flooding in Michigan City has occurred and required professional water cleanup for their house. Once a roof gets damaged to the point of allowing water and moisture to pass through, your attic space becomes the first to experience water flow or microbial growth. Our SERVPRO professionals can help.
At the first signs of flood damage on the lower levels of your home beneath the attic space, you should notify our rapid response team. We can arrive quickly to help mitigate the situation as much as possible through emergency board-up services to prevent further water penetration and the removal of contents in your home at risk of exposure and damage from the invading water.
Our emergency response team can also employ our equipment like truck-mounted pumps from our SERVPRO Green Fleet and wet-vacs with extraction wands for pulling up the excess water throughout the affected areas of your house. This removal can help our technicians to adequately inspect the property for a full assessment of sustained damage and the required steps to restore it.
When flooding begins in your home, you do not have a moment to lose. Water damage can spread quickly and begin to affect exposed materials immediately. Give our SERVPRO of La Porte County rapid response team a call at (219) 879-1883 to help you overcome the immediate effects and work efficiently to restore damaged elements of the property.
- Michigan City
- La Porte
- Trail Creek
- Kingsford Heights
- Long Beach
- Rolling Prairie
- Hudson Lake
- Mill Creek
We are ready to help you make things "Like it never even happened."
Our SERVPRO Team Is Here To Help After A Flood Has Destroyed Your Home In LaPorte
Flood damages can spread quickly throughout your property, presenting many concerns and hazards to those living in the space.
The Right Restoration For Flood Damage To La Porte Homes
Once natural disasters affect your La Porte home, the clock begins to get the right restorative actions started before irreparable damage results. With situations like flooding, contamination can prove to be a significant factor as well, as rising waters can carry all manner of bacteria, sewage, and chemicals with it. The longer that homeowners wait to secure professional restoration services the more damage that could result in their property.
When it comes time to restore flood damage in your La Porte residence, there are many steps between your currently damaged property and your fully restored home. Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24-hour response to emergencies like flooding, offering our customers the full measure of our mitigation practices at any hour of the day. From extraction to drying, we can get to work quickly on protecting your property as much as possible.
With flooding situations that introduce bacteria and contamination to your home, the best approach is to remove exposed materials like drywall, carpeting, flooring materials, and other exposed elements to prevent health effects for those exposed and to make restoration, as a whole, more efficient. During the removal of these exposed materials, our on-site technicians can get a look at the spread of the floodwater and prevent unexposed materials and areas of your house from becoming damaged.
Drying efforts follow extraction of floodwaters and play a critical role in helping to preserve structural elements of your home such as beams, studs, and framework that can often stay in place once outside materials have gotten removed. These areas still require disinfection and cleaning, but can often provide the skeleton for reconstruction to begin immediately following mitigation.
Flood damages can spread quickly throughout your property, presenting many concerns and hazards to those living in the space. Let our SERVPRO of La Porte County rapid response team show you the full measure of our training and industry-leading equipment to return it to preloss condition. Give our professionals a call anytime at (219) 879-1883.
Click here for more about La Porte.
Ask The Experts: Things You Should Know When Unpredictable Weather Is Upon You
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
According to the American Red Cross a first aid kit may include:
-assortment of adhesive bandages
-sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes
-absorbent compress dressings
-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.
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!
Being Disaster Ready In La Porte County
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."
Check out reviews and other information on Google, Facebook, Yelp, Angie's List and Better Business Bureau.
When severe weather hits, SERVPRO is here for you
It is more common than you might think for severe rainstorms to cause significant damage to your property. High-winds and massive amounts of water easily penetrate roofing materials, light fixtures, and make their way into lower levels of your home.
Whether you have experienced flood damage in your home before or not, you can benefit from having a local restoration expert inspect your property. Our technicians are IICRC certified and provide you with solutions to help protect or restore your home.
SERVPRO has access to a variety of equipment that makes removing a large volume of water as quick and efficient as possible. With experience dealing with events like this in all shapes and sizes, our personnel can have your home water-free, safely returning water levels to normal sooner than you might think possible.
SERVPRO checks for immediate hazards and helps you locate hidden dangers. It is our job to help you avoid costly repairs, limiting your losses before tragedy strikes. However, if you find yourself in the middle of an emergency, needing immediate help, our technicians are available 24/7 to assist.
We can take control of existing damage, perform any necessary repairs, and get you on the road to recovery fast. With access to water extractors of all shapes and sizes, advanced drying equipment and professionals trained in cleaning and odor removal methods our cleaning and restoration services help you make the most of a dangerous situation.
So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of La Porte County is here for you when storms damage your home or business!
Abnormal precipitation and violent storms can be a precursor to substantial damages La Porte homeowners can experience. Hailing is a destructive situation, especially when the balls of ice fall with excessive size and velocity. These situations can damage roofs quickly, even causing damage to more stable and structurally sound metal installations. These same storm systems can break windows, destroy siding, and even damage chimneys protruding from the sealed roof. Once vulnerabilities exist in your home’s exterior, it can be a short and easy path for floodwater to get inside your property.
While many homeowners might not see the direct path between hailing and flood damage for La Porte properties, severe weather systems can carry multiple types of precipitation and storm systems can follow closely after one another. Either scenario presents a situation where runoff and direct rainfall can lead to flooding and moisture damage within your property. Our SERVPRO rapid response team has the expertise in these situations to not only address the damages that a storm can cause to the home but also the likely flooding that exists as well.
Even with many flooding situations being unique challenges for every home and commercial property that our SERVPRO team works to help, we have a pattern for mitigation that follows closely after the full and thorough inspection of the property. Extraction is a vital element to any recovery because without removing standing water, drying efforts cannot be successful.
With a production trailer stocked with a full array of drying equipment, we can also quickly address saturation and aid exposed construction materials. Our cleaning technicians can begin the transition between loss mitigation and the restoration of your property. We have certified Carpet Cleaning Technicians (CCT) and other cleaning niches to help quickly make flood effects “Like it never even happened,” for your home.
As unexpected and damaging as hail can be, the situation can get worse if these conditions permit flooding to occur. Give our SERVPRO of La Porte County professionals a call anytime disaster strikes at (219) 879-1883.
Click here to find out about La Porte County.
Professionals Give Safety Tips for Handling Flood Damage in La Porte
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.
More about La Porte.
Check out reviews and other information on Google, Facebook, Yelp, Angie's List and Better Business Bureau.
How the Professionals Dry Flooded Homes in Michigan City
Drying homes after flooding requires special equipment and expertise. SERVPRO of La Porte County is available 24/7 to handle your water damage.
How Drying Flood Damage in Michigan City Can Impact Your Home
One of the most important steps we take to reverse the effects of flood damage in your home is to rapidly dry out the area and bring moisture levels back to normal levels. Because floods can involve significant volumes of water spread across a relatively wide area, it may not be a simple matter to start this process without the advanced tools and techniques used by SERVPRO restoration professionals. Understanding how this may affect your home is an essential step in the process towards complete restoration.
Drying Equipment and Procedures
We use some of the most advanced and powerful technology in the industry to dry out homes in Michigan City after flood damage impacts the area. Industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifiers remove moisture from both the materials in your home and the air above them, ensuring that no additional damage can happen later on. However, these machines need time and space to work efficiently. Depending on the severity of the damage, our equipment may need to be left running for up to several days in one area, making that room unusable for most purposes.
Drying out a home after a flood may often reveal some additional areas of damage. Materials may be warped, discolored, or foster mold growth after removing all moisture can. You can avoid many of these effects by calling us in as quickly as possible after a disaster, but some damages may be inevitable. SERVPRO technicians are trained to handle a wide variety of situations requiring restorative procedures and can reverse all of these symptoms and leave your home looking "Like it never even happened." However, without these restorative efforts and in the meantime before their completion, your home may suffer some damages that can tarnish an otherwise beautiful room and area.
SERVPRO of La Porte County has worked for years to help local homeowners overcome the effects of flood damage in their homes. Call us 24/7 at the first sign of damage at (219) 879-1883.
Read about the beginning of Michigan City here.
You Don't Have Time To Wait Call SERVPRO After Flood Damage in La Porte
When a flood hits your area don't panic our experts are prepared with the right equipment to restore your home so you can safely return.
Types of Flood Damage Demolition in La Porte
After water enters your home, the clock starts ticking on how repairable the damage is to your home. Sometimes after flood damage, demolition is the only recourse. There are different levels of demolition that can apply to your situation.
Not all water damage from flooding in your La Porte home is automatically a complete loss. When you call SERVPRO to your La Porte home, our technicians can begin the process of determining how widespread the damage from the water is inside the structure and foundation of the home. We use state-of-the-art moisture detecting technology to trace the route of flood water inside the home. Water is opportunistic and can travel to areas of the home initially unaffected by flood waters through both drywall and carpet padding, creating a broader scale of damage and also another place in the home that may harbor mold.
Our technician will remove the water damage through the use of portable or truck mounted pumps and then completely dry the area. Then, they will determine if the affected areas from water damage can be restored or require demolition. We can do a clean demolition where only affected areas are completely removed and then restored, such as buckled drywall that is removed to the studs in a section of a room and then replaced. SERVPRO will restore and remove as many personal possessions as possible before either type of demolition. Our goal is always to restore and repair whenever possible, so you don't have to replace.
Talk to the experts at SERVPRO of La Porte County about the flood damage, demolition or other concerns you have regarding the cleanup and restoration of your home. We are available to help you 24/7, call (219) 879-1883 and get a consultation with one of our certified technicians now.
Make sure you put the La Porte County Fair on the calendar for the summer, click here for more details.
Avoid Remediation Delays After Michigan City Flooding
When floodwaters enter your home, the situation can seem overwhelming. Call SERVPRO for effective water removal and remediation.
Steps to Take After a Flood in Michigan City
Whether flooding happens after forecast weather events, or it is an unexpected flash flood, it leaves destruction in its wake. Apart from the copious amounts of water inside properties, flooding also dumps toxic wastes and contaminants, necessitating cleanup. Depending on how long the water remains your Michigan City property, it might also affect the structural integrity in parts of the structure. The steps taken immediately after the flood can help limit the damage or restore the property to its preloss state faster.
Dealing with contamination is a significant step immediately after a flood in Michigan City. Since floodwaters move over extensive areas, they collect all types of contaminants in their path, which might include industrial chemicals, organic wastes, and fuel oils among other things. Floods might also lead to burst sewer lines and sewage backup. These wastes pose immediate and gradual threats because of their disease-causing properties. Our SERVPRO technicians help control contamination by spraying an EPA-registered disinfectant immediately after arriving at your premises. Our team is also equipped with the right PPE, Personal Protection Equipment, helping us wade into the damaged property safely to remove the water and other contaminants fast.
Cleaning the soils left by floodwaters is essential, but also a tedious process. The water pushes debris to all nooks and crannies in the affected area requiring extra effort during cleanup. Our SERVPRO crews handle this process easier because we have the necessary workforce to move things around during cleanup. We also have the right cleanup tools including pressure washers to help remove soiling faster. We also handle the removal and installation of new carpets, pad and other porous materials because cleaning cannot remove all traces of contamination from such materials.
Flooding leaves excess moisture in the affected property and increases the relative humidity levels. While these problems might not seem significant compared to the other aspects like soiling and structural destruction, they can lead to severe problems such as mold development and rotting if left unchecked. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on various advanced equipment to detect and remove moisture. Thermo-hygrometers help is measure relative humidity inside and outside the structure while moisture meters help monitor the drying process. For moisture extraction, we have dehumidifiers and air movers.
When there is a flood, call SERVPRO of La Porte County at (219) 879-1883 to assist. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Click here for more information about Michigan City.