Water Damage Repair Fixes Effects of Worst Storms in Lafayette
Storms offer the opportunity for water to enter your home. SERVPRO is equipped to restore any damage your home incurs. Call us today!
Twisters, Wind, Rain? You Need Water Damage Repair
Lafayette's weather includes powerful storms, and many bring tornadoes and heavy wind. Afterward, many residential and commercial properties require water damage repair work.
SERVPRO is always nearby and quick to respond to property owners in Lafayette needing water damage repair. The rain associated with these storms can cause flooding of entire neighborhoods and isolated areas. We can handle repairing damage from the severest of storms.
Some of the damage that might escape detection by a homeowner involves:
- Roofing, and
- Your home's foundation.
Any twisted or broken siding might allow water into your home, damage insulation, and allow vermin to enter. Sometimes, the wiring on the exterior of your house sits underneath your siding. Hiding wiring in this manner provides an uninterrupted look and gives wiring an additional layer of protection. Gaps in your siding can place hidden wiring at risk, increasing the possibility of a fire or electrical shock. Minor repairs now mean you won't need more expensive ones later.
Problems with your roof don't require a tree falling on it. High winds that carry debris can also cause problems. Small gaps can let in enormous amounts of rain, soaking your attic area and everything in it. Small spaces between shingles can allow ice dams to form. These heavy blocks of ice can ruin your roof, making the preventive steps we take now worth the investment.
Your foundation might sit below ground, out of your view when you are outside. However, look at the ground's saturation after a storm. Additional pressure is placed on your foundation walls if the soil stays soggy for a long time. Checking inside your basement for cracks, dampness, and signs of mold or mildew is a good idea because these indicate damage to your foundation.
We use heavy-duty tarps to cover any gaps within the siding or roof of your home. We clean and make minor repairs and work in tandem with highly qualified local contractors for extensive storm damage. When your basement is collecting water, we recommend the installation of a sump pump.
You can reach SERVPRO of Lafayette by calling (765) 420-0077. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Fire Damage Restoration for Smelly Issues in Lafayette's Homes
Soot and fire odors can be difficult to remove. Our team is trained and equipped for complete fire damage restoration.
Erasing Odor & Soot Before Fire Damage Restoration
The soot falling onto surfaces everywhere after a fire in Lafayette helps create an intensely noticeable strong acrid odor. Cleaning surfaces to remove the different kinds of soot requires fine tools, special sponges, and, sometimes, an ultrasonic bath. SERVPRO’s fire damage restoration services take care of these issues and others.
We also often use different chemical agents to break down other substances in the soot. We adapt to the situation in each home in Lafayette, providing tailored fire damage restoration services. Restoring your dwelling to a preloss condition takes skilled and trained professionals.
SERVPRO’s approach is to handle the situation in a way that helps reduce additional damage. After tarping any openings in the roof and boarding up windows and doors that we cannot otherwise secure, we start cleaning.
No matter how clean we get your house or how well-built reconstruction occurs, if your home still contains aromas from the fire, it isn’t fully restored. Fire damage restoration must address these issues, also:
- Hidden soot particles,
- Charred materials, and
- Soiled surfaces.
We use heated fogging to force binding agents to penetrate areas where soot particles remain. Once bonded at the molecular level with soot, those particles remain intact, making them too heavy to travel on air currents.
Materials like walls, wooden structures, carpeting, draperies, and personal belongings touched by the flames often require substantial repairs or the purchase of replacements. Fire changes things, not just physically but also chemically. Such items can carry unwanted health risks for your family and produce a very unpleasant smell. We bag such items, make an inventory as we do, and dispose of them after your inspection.
Soot coverage can seem slight when its density and thickness are much heavier. Cooking fires often produce almost clear soot. However, the longer soot of any type sits undisturbed, the denser it becomes. With increased density, it becomes much more difficult to remove. We tackle this problem head-on and remove it before it can harden.
SERVPRO of Lafayette can help you make it all “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (765) 420-0077 when you need fire damage restoration services.
Relative Humidity Affects Water Damage in Lafayette Offices
SERVPRO has state-of-the-art equipment for all your commercial water damage restoration needs.
Excess Humidity Slows Water Damage Drying
There is no mistaking that office cleanup after water emergencies like leaks or burst pipes requires immediate action and understanding how various types of moisture and dampness impact drying effectiveness. We must continually focus on relative humidity to efficiently restore your office to its original condition.
What is Relative Humidity?
Understanding relative humidity is essential in restoring and overcoming water damage in Lafayette office buildings. From the source of water penetration in the building to the impact of standing water and humidity on the overall drying processes, we have several factors our team must overcome to get you back in business. One of our primary focuses is relative humidity or the concentration of moisture in the environment at any time. This factor often gets measured as a percentage, with the top being air that cannot hold more water and stalling the drying process. Regulating humidity helps in three critical areas of restoring your office:
- Structure drying
- Content recovery
- Mold prevention
Using Dehumidifiers to Manage Moisture
Regulating relative humidity is a product of several tools in our inventory. We understand how important it is to keep moisture in the environment in an acceptable range to promote continued structural drying, so machines like desiccant dehumidifiers are used to begin addressing new water generated by air movers on wet surfaces. Trailered units are ideal for large office spaces, allowing several attack points to pull in damp air and exhaust warm, dry air for even more efficiency in the restoration processes.
What Are the Persistent Moisture Threats?
An essential factor to address after water emergencies is what is causing moisture damage to the structure. While SERVPRO can manage multiple drying approaches to regulate conditions, continued moisture penetration and threats create a loop of threatening situations your office might endure. Our thorough inspection process can help to assess areas like structural integrity, plumbing, and other avenues of water penetration to resolve these concerns.
Water damage to Lafayette office buildings should be handled swiftly and completely. Our SERVPRO of Lafayette team can help however you need. Call us at (765) 420-0077.
Water Mitigation at a Lafayette Property Minimizes Further Damage
Water damage can cause your floorboards to begin to warp, buckle or cup. SERVPRO’s team is always ready-to-go!
SERVPRO Offers Lafayette Homeowners Rapid Water Removal
You might not prevent all water damage events from occurring, but you can certainly take steps to reduce the resulting damage. Quick response after a water loss in Lafayette homes help contain the initial impact minimizing secondary damage.
A water mitigation company in Lafayette should act fast, arriving at the scene of the loss to dry things out and check the extent of moisture penetration into walls, ceiling, flooring, and other contents. Even if you cannot see pools of water, getting a professional assessment is essential because even what you cannot see can hurt you by causing secondary issues.
Secondary Moisture Damage:
- Buckled floors
- Crumbled drywall
- Mold growth
Undried areas can become breeding grounds for mold, further increasing cleanup costs. Additionally, when exposed to moisture, floorboards begin to warp, buckle or cup. A slight warping may not necessarily compromise the structural stability; however, in more severe cases, they become unsightly and difficult to repair.
Considerations During Mitigation
- Moisture extraction
- Moisture control
- Structural drying
Inspection and assessment are critical components of the mitigation process. SERVPRO technicians inspect the property, assessing the level and type of water damage. We take care of any necessary emergency repairs, like finding the source of the loss and fixing it to prevent further intrusion.
In the case of deep pools of standing water, our technicians expedite extraction using truck-mounted extraction systems. Our teams can also follow up the process with deep extractors such as water claws to remove any residual moisture from carpeted areas. We facilitate structural drying by setting up air movers, heavy-duty axial fans, and desiccant dehumidifiers to help with wood floor and sub-floor drying. These areas are prone to mold growth if not checked quickly.
We identify salvageable items and immediately begin the cleanup process while disinfecting all affected surfaces and materials.
SERVPRO of Lafayette stands ready to provide quick water mitigation using the best techniques, personnel, and technology, ensuring your home is clean and dry. Call us at (765) 420-0077. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Safe Mold Removal Techniques in Lafayette with SERVPRO
Mold can grow on porous and nonporous surfaces, but no worries! SERVPRO can remediate the mold.
Mold Cleanup in a Lafayette Property Requires Skills
Most homeowners cringe at just the mention of the word mold. If you notice any signs of mold growing in your Lafayette home, like a musty smell, staining, and discoloration on affected areas, taking the necessary steps to identify and remove it is essential. It causes aesthetic and structural deterioration.
Mold removal at your Lafayette property is not something you should perform on your own, especially if the levels are high. Removing it is challenging and requires specific equipment, training, and certification to do the job correctly. SERVPRO technicians have experience removing and cleaning up mold from an indoor environment.
We Can Safely Address the Problem Through:
- Source identification
- Antimicrobial application
- Removal and cleanup of porous materials
Usually, the most effective way to ensure proper remediation is by getting rid of compromised materials and contents per industry standards. Removing things may involve drywall, insulation, carpet, wood trim, and even some furniture. Our IICRC trained SERVPRO technicians safely wrap and discard any soiled belongings that we cannot thoroughly clean, such as those made of porous materials.
Removing Mold Safely
SERVPRO implements controls and containment to prevent cross-contamination of unaffected areas of your home by establishing negative pressure and using HEPA-filtered vacuums to collect residues. Our technicians thoroughly clean all surfaces and apply specialized solutions such as sporicides to limit further growth. We take caution with cleaners since combining bleach and ammonia creates toxic vapors.
Colonies can also develop on nonporous surfaces such as sinks, metal, glass, tubs, tiles, and toilets. Our SERVPRO technicians often damp wipe these nonporous areas using antimicrobial cleaners. This method is effective in removing mold without spending too much time.
Other Methods for Mold Cleanup:
- Air scrubbing
- Dry ice blasting
SERVPRO of Lafayette can help when you need assistance with mold removal within your property. Call us at (765) 420-0077. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
The Impacts of Flood Damage on Lafayette Properties
Flooding causes hazards. Don’t go it alone – call SERVPRO. Our team is trained and equipped to safely dry and restore your home.
SERVPRO Helps Mitigate Damage from a Flood in Lafayette
Floods can strike in many ways, from strong storms to broken levees to snowmelt, and are difficult to predict. Therefore, most States always have some response plan, but it only covers some general aspects. When your Lafayette home is flooded, it is essential to determine its safety before rushing to begin the cleanup, as there can be unseen hazards.
Flood damage cleanup in Lafayette can be a tedious task, and you might get to a point where you realize the job is too big for one individual. Usually, there is more than just water to worry about as floodwaters ferry all the gross stuff. When they recede, they leave mud and silt behind in your home. SERVPRO has the necessary tools and supplies for the task. In this case, our crews use shovels or rakes to remove wet silt and debris, moving it safely away from your property.
Forms of Hazards:
- Structural hazards
- Electrical hazards
Floodwaters and strong winds can blow down power lines. Also, rushing water can erode the ground around buried utilities, thus causing breaks in gas mains. It is crucial to check for gas leaks outside your home and any dangling electrical wires.
Restoration After a Flood May Require:
- Removing damaged drywall
- Removing flooring
- Checking appliances
- Moisture monitoring and control
The water causes varying degrees of damage depending on its severity affecting floors, walls, or contents such as furniture. Though they might be dry to the touch, they can harbor mold growth. A moisture meter is a great accessory as it helps detect dampness that cannot be visually observed. If the drywall has more than 10 square feet of water damage, SERVPRO technicians may have to cut the wet panels away. The cut is positioned a few inches above the visible water line. If the insulation behind is damp, we need to remove that, too.
Removing ceramic tile, laminate, sheet vinyl, and wood floors is necessary after flooding because moisture and silt collect underneath them, causing mold to grow. SERVPRO teams ensure that everything is clean and dry before installing new flooring.
SERVPRO of Lafayette provides cleanup after flood damage making it “Like it never even happened.” You can reach us at (765) 420-0077 for immediate cleaning.
Why SERVPRO Techs Use Different Mold Removal Methods in Lafayette
Our highly trained team knows how to safely remediate mold. Call us today!
SERVPRO Crews Suit Up for Mold Removal
Not wanting to continue smelling that distinctive odor caused by microbial overgrowth, homeowners in Lafayette opt for mold removal services to get their homes clean again. Since each home differs from the next one, SERVPRO needs various methods to make our work more efficient and cost-effective.
Our mold removal methods in Lafayette target the precise location, material, and environment to better serve our customers. We would not use the same techniques on the dry mold that we would use with mold in a moister, damper environment. We want to remove microbes in a way that contains them and their spores. We take cross-contamination very seriously, so we wear full-body suits, masks, and gloves – our personal protective equipment (PPE).
To protect your home from spores that can begin a new mold colony, our IICRC trained techs include these in our mold removal services:
- Chambered sections of your home with plastic sheeting,
- Vacuuming up mold particles and spores with vacuums that have HEPA filtrations systems, and
- Detection and elimination of damp areas in your residence.
Mold particles and spores can quickly become airborne and find their way to other areas of a house. Plastic sheeting creates a barrier, making it much more difficult for microbes and their spores to reach new areas of the home.
HEPA filters help us capture and remove mold from your home even more. Standard filters cannot do this and fail to perform at the required level. Keeping track of mold is difficult because of its microscopic size, so we must depend on trusted equipment and devices to do this for us.
With specialized cameras that detect the differences in surface temperature, we can visually see where damper areas exist inside your residence. Following these moisture pockets back to their source, we can eliminate them and restore more arid conditions. A drier environment helps reduce the ability of microbes to overgrow.
SERVPRO of Lafayette can answer your questions at our emergency services line, (765) 420-0077.
Flood Damage Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Property in Lafayette
SERVPRO is the only call you will need to make to handle storm damage!
Worried About Flood Damage? Help Is on Standby
Heavier than average rainfall can leave our city covered in much water - enough to leave Lafayette homes inundated with flood damage. Quick action can help reduce the severity experienced, just as preparing for flooding with sandbags and moving valuable items from your home.
Our flood damage restoration team lives in Lafayette, so we know how destructive flooding and other disasters can impact our city. We are ready and able to help protect your property from sustaining additional damage by mitigating existing damage. The more rapidly we complete these tasks, the less cost our customers experience.
We at SERVPRO want to assure those with sustained, or possible, flood damage that we are always available to help prevent worsening problems by:
- Removal of floodwater and contaminated debris,
- Cleanup of the residence's interior,
- Drying out of the interior space, and
- Preventative measures that reduce secondary damage.
- Application of antimicrobial agents.
Pumping out water is much better than waiting for floodwaters to recede on their own. It also gives us additional time, a head start, for cleaning and mitigation work. As we do this, we remove any foreign matter – tree branches, garbage, soil, etc.
Rinsing durable surfaces with clean water lowers the amount of filth in your home. Soil, silt, microbes, organic matter, and other contaminants can retain moisture and odor-causing particles.
Using heat and forceful air movers, we work to reverse the moisture level back to normal. Drying the interior out might also include:
- Removing water-retaining carpeting and padding.
- Take floorboards outside to dry.
- Monitoring and relocating drying equipment.
Opening enclosed spaces under cabinets or stairwells can help dry things out faster. Air scrubbers help reduce airborne contaminants, including mold and mildew.
These and other methods help us get things back under control, so your home becomes livable again. SERVPRO of Lafayette wants you to stay safe during any flooding incidents, and for help protecting your home and other property, call us at (765) 420-0077.
Fire Restoration Eases the Cost of a Disaster in West Lafayette
From hard surfaces to upholstery, SERVPRO has the cleaners and expertise to clean your fire damaged possessions.
Replacing Things Costs More than Fire Restoration
Fire and related soot can make your once-comfortable home a blackened, dirty, smelly mess. Fire restoration efforts can rescue your West Lafayette home without having to replace everything.
Although your residence might seem like a complete and total loss, technicians skilled in fire restoration assist others in West Lafayette quite often. SERVPRO knows how to clean it all up efficiently. The methods we use to restore your belongings reduce the cost of getting back on track.
Some of these methods, depending on the item in need of fire restoration, include:
- Dry cleaning (not the type that requires special solvents!),
- Wet cleaning,
- Spray and wipe,
- Foam cleaning, and
- Abrasive cleaning.
Dry cleaning uses no water or other liquids and works well for fabric decorations like needlepoint or crochet, but only if lightly soiled. We also use this to reduce the amount of soot coating your belongings before using a liquid cleaning method.
Some cleaning methods, such as carpet cleaning, target a specific material within your residence but to prevent further damage, we must begin as soon as possible. Carpet cleaning is a wet cleaning method. We use this cleaning technique to recover most dishes, cookware, many toys, or anything we can submerge in water.
For more control over an item's moisture content or the amount of cleaning chemical we apply, we can use either spray and wipe or foam-based cleaning methods. Porcelain items from your grandmother might need more delicate cleaning or contain a mixture of materials. Dolls with cloth bodies with a head made of painted porcelain require a lot of TLC and delicately applied cleaning solutions, quickly wiped away and handled carefully.
Your favorite upholstered rocking chair or recliner might fade or discolor if allowed to get overly soaked. Foam from our cleaning products is all it needs, so we use that to make things clean and bright again.
SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 uses trusted methods to perform crucial work, making everything “Like it never even happened.”
Why Indian Village Residents Call SERVPRO for Mold Damage
Our team has the tools to locate and eliminate hidden moisture which can lead to mold growth.
Homes with Mold Damage are Damper than Normal
When SERVPRO gets a call about mold damage in Indian Village, we know that it is more than just microbes that require our attention. We also need to address the environment that made prolific microbial growth possible.
This adverse environment that allows mold damage in an Indian Village home to take over often seems uncomfortable to the people living there. However, temporary measures to alleviate discomfort often happen instead of more permanent changes that would provide more cost-effective, long-term relief.
Excess humidity can come from various places and is rarely consistent throughout a residence. Here are a few places our IICRC trained techs have found excess moisture and elevated humidity with our infrared cameras:
- Underneath or behind refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines,
- The back of closets, cabinets, and stairwells,
- Crawlspaces and basements, and
- Attics where winter moisture seeped in and now readily evaporated with the summer heat.
Mold damage can start small, but with the continued use of heating and cooling systems that use ducts, microbes can spread from wall to wall in your home. The moisture they need can also travel widely. However, water alone is not enough. Microbes need cellulose-based food sources wherever they land. Immobile and dependent on air currents to find new locations for their spores, landing on a damp surface only serves their needs if cellulose is present.
Some things naturally contain cellulose, like drywall or wood paneling. Others do not but often come to contain cellulose, like carpeting with food crumbs or dirty plastic dishes forgotten in your camping gear. Microbes are also nearly everywhere in even the cleanest houses, reducing their need to travel far.
While you can easily clean up small areas infested with mold, after a microbial colony reaches about ten square feet, a professional cleaning can help control the mold and clean the area. SERVPRO of Lafayette can help with mold damage clean-up. Contact us at (765) 420-0077 for tailored services.