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Fire Restoration Eases the Cost of a Disaster in West Lafayette

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Closeup of match burning 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

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

Hand pulling back wallpaper revealing mold 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.

Fire Restoration Helps Make Homes Habitable Again in Lafayette

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

Soot Tags Soot tags look like a spider’s web in the upper corners and can make your home seem dirty.

Remove Soot, Odor, and More with Fire Restoration

Any size fire can produce an enormous amount of smoke. This smoke contains solids and is not entirely gas-like. These solids become airborne during the fire because of the heat involved. These solids are also known as soot. 

Removing soot from the interior of a home in Lafayette is part of fire restoration. As we do this, we also run equipment called air scrubbers that reduce the number of soot particles in the air. Soot can stay suspended in the atmosphere for extended periods after a fire. Besides smelling foul, soot in the air can affect people’s sense of taste. Other problems can arise because of soot in the home. 

Some of these problems become apparent almost immediately, like the ever-present odor. Others might take a while before you notice them. A few issues to be aware of that SERVPRO can help your family avoid:

  • Staining of clothing, curtains, bedding, towels, tablecloths, carpeting, and upholstery,
  • Corrosion of metal fixtures, door handles, hinges, or exposed hardware, 
  • Soiling of windows and mirrors, countertops and tables, glossy furniture, and
  • Soot tags look like a spider’s web in the upper corners and can make your home seem dirty.

SERVPRO’s fire restoration team can handle removing soot from your residence as part of our fire restoration services. As our air scrubbers work, we also work according to IICRC standardized procedures to clean your home. Part of this is to have different sections of your home contained with negative pressure chambers that we customize specifically for you. 

We clean the home’s structure, and we also clean your family’s personal belongings to remove soot. For the worst build-up of soot after a fire, we use our own Fire Star 356. We often do not need this, but it is always available for the worst a fire’s smoke might leave behind.

SERVPRO of Lafayette is ready, 24/7, 365 days a year, to help with fire restoration in your home. Call us at (765) 420-0077 for fast, dependable service that can make it all “Like it never even happened.”

Keep All Your Appointments with Water Removal Help in Lafayette

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

Inside of clinic waiting room Did your business experience water damage? SERVPRO can handle everything from removing water to odor control.

Clinics Dry Fastest if Water Removal is Done First

Coming in to see the doctor is stressful for many people. Entering a building with signs up with warnings about wet floors and the hazards of slipping can make patients uncomfortable. Having water removal services going at the first sign of a water leak can mean all the difference to patients visiting your Lafayette clinic.

While water removal services in a Lafayette clinic finish, many might feel tempted to cancel appointments. We want you to feel confident in keeping established appointments and finishing up your day like normal. SERVPRO’s team of professionals can make this possible for you. 

As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO understands your concerns about your visibility in the public’s eye. We know that as a medical clinic, the public relies on you for trustworthy issues regarding the well-being of their families. In addition to water removal after a leak, we also perform the following for our customers:

  • Desiccation and humidity control,
  • Inspection and cleaning of flooring, and
  • Odor control and application of deodorizing methods.

We can use your central air/HVAC during heat waves instead of our desiccant machines. During the winter, we keep them ready for emergencies like frozen and broken pipes. We don’t want the interior to get too dry, which

can lead to overly dry and unfavorable conditions.

Carpeting can show discoloration after a water leak. Carpet cleaning can even up color and tone and lift any pile that becomes matted down. Other types of flooring can warp or come unglued, leading to problems with uneven floors.

Odors often become an issue when water is present. Volatile compounds can become unstable and get lifted into the air more easily after wetness. We use gel packs, beads, and aerosol sprays to combat such odors. Many times, their presence is only temporary.

For water removal at your clinic, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077. Our technicians can help with restoring dry conditions and do so quickly.

Fire Restoration in West Lafayette Involves Your Entire Residence

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke rising towards smoke detector Fires leave soot, odors, and even water damage. We have specialized equipment and products to conduct complete fire damage restoration work.

Why SERVPRO Is Trusted to Do Fire Restoration

SERVPRO’s technicians know how to keep costs low while getting you the results your family deserves when your West Lafayette home needs fire damage restoration work. Our team combines tested techniques, experience, and industry-leading equipment to make everything “Like it never even happened” for our customers.

Your West Lafayette home might need extensive fire restoration work or just a thorough cleaning. We can scale our services to your specific situation, saving you money. Smoke and fire damage can leave soot, odors, and even water after a house fire. We have specialized equipment and products to conduct fire damage restoration work for our residential clients:

  • Specialized erasers and sponges that pull soot particles off smooth surfaces
  • Fogging machines that neutralize airborne particulates
  • Hydroxyl generators that pair with odorous compounds and never stain or discolor damp furnishings

Our SERVPRO FSRT fire and smoke damage restoration technicians have IICRC certifications. Expertise in utilizing our equipment, cleaning, and deodorizing products results in restored homes with improved IAQ indoor air quality. Fire damage specialists understand that heat can make areas of your floor weak. Water from firefighters’ extinguishing efforts can add to the damage. We check such sites and can recommend experienced contractors to repair such deficits. Your roof also can sustain severe damage from a fire. We can tarp any areas that require it, making your home less likely to sustain additional damage before repairs occur. 

Before ending all work, we perform a walk-through with you, answering your questions and providing you with the necessary information you need to update any records regarding your home. 

Our dedication in the form of training, experience, and education is why families in West Lafayette trust SERVPRO of Lafayette for their fire restoration needs. Call (765) 420-0077 – We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

About SERVPRO’s Commercial Water Removal Services in Lafayette

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Inside water damaged commercial building Don’t delay. Call SERVPRO! Quickly responding to water emergencies can help protect your company from extensive losses.

Water Removal Often Crucial after a Critical Event

Ensuring your office building is free of unnecessary moisture starts with water removal. Businesses in Lafayette trust SERVPRO for their expertise and dedication. The unfavorable conditions stemming from a crisis end faster with the establishment of average humidity.

When water removal in Lafayette is required, we advise our clients to remove the more fragile or delicate pieces of their equipment after water invades their office space, as replacing less expensive equipment can still add up quickly. We can assist in moving equipment and rearranging office workspaces, also. 

Our scalable water extraction system includes our powerful, high-capacity pump trucks and equipment of much smaller size:

  • Easy-to-maneuver wands for squeegee-like action on smooth floor surfaces, 
  • Small ride-on water extraction units for use on carpeting, and
  • Desiccation machines that work in tandem with our heaters and air blowers.

Relying on industry standards learned in our Restorative Drying for Loss Control course, we work with your company to reduce downtime, inventory loss, and damage to equipment. The work our SERVPRO team performs also means you can maintain a comfortable environment for your employees. 

Quickly responding to water emergencies can help protect your company from extensive losses. We adhere to industry standards that have been shown over time to produce the best possible results. Losses can arise from reduced revenue from customer purchases, damage that requires repurchases, failure to move product before the end of its shelf-life, inability to take on new or finish current projects, or any number of other possibilities. 

Using moisture detection equipment (an infrared camera) allows us to concentrate on specific areas that require additional water removal. Moisture migrates, continually evaporating and condensing within an enclosed space. Moisture can quickly get inside your HVAC system, eventually developing into different problematic situations. At the end of our work, we use this same camera to demonstrate that once-wet areas within your office building are now dry.

Helping protect area businesses in and around Lafayette with our water removal services, SERVPRO of Lafayette, at (765) 420-0077, is here to assist with recovery after any crisis.

Flood Damage Information for Our Lafayette Neighbors

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

Water/storm damaged room; drywall cut to expose studs for frying; flooring removed Sometimes our techs must remove drywall and flooring to thoroughly dry the structure.

Can I Stay in My Flooded Lafayette House?

After flood damage happens to your Lafayette home, continuing to live there might seem like your only financially available option. However, you should not do so with significant standing water and power outages. Not only can the smell become very offensive, but the amount of humidity can make it extremely uncomfortable. 

Another issue is that having a family living in a flood-damaged Lafayette home makes restoration more difficult, time-consuming, and costly. Even with the added expense of a hotel stay, such arrangements may remain more cost-effective. We work with families to stay within their insurance policy’s allowances while providing spectacular results.

Much of the work we do to combat the destruction left behind by flooding is of a physical nature. We get dirty, and because of this, we wear personal protective equipment (PPE). When we show up at your home, you might notice our PPE, such as:

  • Forearm-length gloves
  • Heavy-duty waterproof boots
  • Respiratory masks filter the air we breathe
  • Full Tyvek bodysuits protect our clothing and eliminate cross-contamination

Because we wear PPE, especially gloves, we can more easily cut away and tear off soggy building materials like:

  • Drywall sections
  • Wall paneling sheets
  • Carpeting, padding, and wood floor planks

Everything we do is to make the next step more efficient, including placing these materials into buckets and bags for carrying outside for their disposal.

Getting these out of your home reduces the time needed to circulate the air, deodorize the structure, dry everything, and perform these in tandem with trusted third-party contractors chosen for the physical reconstruction of your damaged home, including electrical, plumbing, and other services.

SERVPRO of Lafayette is always here to help with the restoration work required after flood damage happens to your residence. You can call our trained technicians at (765) 420-0077 24/7, year-round.

Around-the-Clock West Lafayette Ceiling Leak Water Removal

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

Water stains on ceiling Water stains on ceilings are telltale signs of a leak. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of damage.

SERVPRO Water Extraction from Ceiling Drywall 

After water damage strikes, ceilings can prove vulnerable to leaks, bubbling and peeling paint, and collapsing. This situation can impact a West Lafayette home's structural integrity and point to moisture and mold in insulation, nearby walls, or wall joists. Professional remediation can more readily pinpoint damaged areas and put residents' minds at ease.

SERVPRO professional water removal services for West Lafayette homes include preliminary inspections and estimates, mitigation, and necessary structural repairs. Per restoration industry guidelines, SERVPRO standards, and homeowners' insurance policies, these services are performed.

Remediating Water Damage and Stains on Home Ceilings 

SERVPRO water restoration technicians can take multiple approaches to ceil water damages depending on the damage and materials affected. 

  • Small areas of ceiling impacted by water may only require a small amount of demolition, such as weep holes or a small cutout, to remove irreparable drywall and prepare the area for repairs
  • Extractor wands can mitigate water in hard-to-reach areas as well as on carpeting beneath the leak
  • Air movers combined with specialty tools and equipment can force warm, dry air into wet ceiling cavities and circulate it through the impacted area
  • Dehumidifiers collect excess moisture for removal in nearby sinks or other approved treated sewers, depending on the situation

Depending on the extent of damage to certain types of insulation, like rock wool and cellulose, these materials may require replacement to ensure that property owners have effective insulation. When exposed to water, these types of insulation tend to mat. Metals in rock wool can rust, while cellulose loses antimicrobial properties. 

Property owners are encouraged to call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster so that homeowners can enjoy the comforts of home once more.

Lafayette Furniture Fire Restoration That Responds 24/7

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke entering room from under the door Smoke from this fire will impact areas far from the blaze, including upholstered furniture items.

SERVPRO Fire Cleanup Salvages Home Furnishings

Furniture cleanup is one of the most challenging aspects of cleaning up fire damage. The diverse array of available upholstery fibers means that furnishings require individualized and delicate care after exposure to soot and smoke damage. The prospect of DIY cleanup for individual furniture pieces, particularly antiques, valuable pieces, and furnishings with sentimental value, can prove daunting for many Lafayette residents.

Fire restoration performed by Lafayette SERVPRO technicians can remediate soils and remove unsalvageable materials from a residence while keeping occupants and possessions safe. SERVPRO can also restore contents and furnishings to a safe, clean condition after a fire.

How SERVPRO Fire Mitigation Remediates Soot in Wood and Upholstery

Fire cleanup for upholstery relies on several factors, such as:

  • The types of fibers affected and whether they are salvageable
  • The presence of any woods and finishes impacted by fire
  • Whether metal legs, screws, decorative buttons, or zippers are restorable

Unfinished wood is much easier to restore than wood with finishes, which can blister or discolor in high temperatures. SERVPRO technicians can address these woods with dry cleaning sponges and low-alkali cleaners for light-to-medium soils in many cases. Some pieces may require partial refinishing for complete restoration. 

SERVPRO techs inspect upholstery fibers before attempting cleanup to determine the extent of soot damage, the types of fibers affected, and check for pre-existing soils. In many cases, furniture with surface-level soot exposure does not show signs of interior fire damage. Upholstery cleanup typically starts with careful, gentle pre-cleaning to prepare fibers for restoration and determine the effectiveness of soot removal solutions.

SERVPRO of Lafayette can render "Like it never even happened" quality services for homeowners who contact the team at (765) 420-0077.

Professional Inspection and Cleanup of Lafayette Water Damage

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

Two toddlers playing in bathtub; lots of suds, water Bathrooms are a common source of water damage. SERVPRO techs are always ready-to-go to restore your home.

SERVPRO Bathroom Water Restoration Tactics

Aside from the kitchen, a Lafayette home's bathroom is one of the more likely areas to see water damage from plumbing or fixture issues. Shower leaks and sink or toilet overflows can do hundreds to thousands of dollars of damage to walls and flooring, or even to lower floors if the bathroom is higher up. Fortunately, property owners do not have to face these concerns without help or guidance from highly trained professionals.

Water restoration by Lafayette SERVPRO technicians can restore affected residential bathrooms to a clean and operational condition per restoration industry guidelines set by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. Restoration includes:

  • Thorough inspections.
  • Sanitation with OSHA-approved SERVPRO cleaning solutions.
  • Structural drying with powerful dehumidifiers.

Addressing Shower and Bathroom Water Damage Efficiently

When SERVPRO professionals visit the property, they can get started on inspection and formulating an effective and efficient plan based on data collected from moisture measurement tools. Water damage inspection equipment can determine:

  • How much moisture is in the nearby wood, carpet, drywall, and other structural materials
  • Whether moisture has impacted subfloors, wall framing, ceiling joists, or insulation
  • Potential areas of water damage behind walls, floors, and ceilings are identifiable by changes in temperature consistent with moisture

SERVPRO's inspection process can be performed with minimal demolition aside from what is necessary to save the property and inspect specific materials with penetrating moisture meters, often used on carpets. Non-penetrating sensors, which assess surfaces with electromagnetic pads, are ideal for shallow-depth readings of materials like drywall or floor tiles. Infrared imaging, meanwhile, provides visual data for inspecting potentially water-damaged areas. 

Inspection tools are used throughout mitigation to ensure that water damage drying succeeds.

Residents can call (765) 420-0077 for "Like it never even happened" cleanup and rebuilding services from SERVPRO of Lafayette

Removing Soot from Lafayette Office Buildings

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Inside of office building You can trust the professionals at SERVPRO to remediate commercial fire damage quickly and completely.

Soot is Harmful Fire Damage for Lafayette Commercial Properties  

Partial combustion of fuels and specific types of contents and materials in a building can produce soot and smoke damage. When soils are deposited on surfaces and contents, this can be the most challenging restoration obstacle for experienced professionals. We carefully inspect where this damage has occurred and what steps are necessary to overcome the residue based on its composition and concentration.

Air Quality Improvement

Fine particles are among the most threatening fire damage Lafayette offices experience. Because these smaller microscopic solids sit so deeply in the lungs, the health effects of soot and smoke particles are severe. Not only must you rely on experienced professionals to resolve this restoration requirement, but production and normal operation of the business slow or even stop to protect employees from airborne hazards.

Content Relocation

Protecting the contents of the office building is another concern of our responding technicians, primarily with the protection of equipment and electronics. Smaller circulating particles entering intricate electronic equipment can be costly and sometimes impossible to restore. For this reason, relocate affected or at-risk items to prevent expensive damage when possible.

Soot Removal Strategies

Removing soot is a combination of several efforts based on the type of damage and where it is located. Eliminating particles in the environment requires a different strategy than overcoming solids and soil deposits on surfaces. To eliminate various types of smoke damage on building materials, we rely on:

  • Surface Cleaning - this process introduces several of our potent cleaning chemicals to dissolve or emulsify thick residues to lift them from the underlying substrate. 
  • Chemical Sponges – dry smoke damage often leaves a thin and manageable residue that chemical sponges can remove. These rubber pads grab loose debris and pull it away from the surface. 
  • Abrasive Cleaning - media blasting and other aggressive cleaning measures can help to eliminate soot particles without destroying the finish on certain construction elements.

Fires in office buildings require extensive cleaning and restoration. Let our SERVPRO of Lafayette help you get back in business by calling (765) 420-0077.

Green Fleet Inventory for Water-Damaged Lafayette Restaurants

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Close-up of people sitting at table eating pizza Water damage poses significant threats to restaurants. SERVPRO knows how to quickly restore your business.

What Tools Are Vital for Water Mitigation in Lafayette Eateries?

Not every water restoration need is the same for commercial properties in the area. Still, when your restaurant falls victim to substantial water damages and pooling conditions, specific equipment can help resolve these threats. Our SERVPRO restorers and our Green Fleet arrive fast to mitigate loss and protect the building contents.

Water Removal Tools

Extraction is one of the most necessary elements of water restoration for Lafayette businesses, especially facilities like restaurants and bakeries. Standing water in these buildings can be a challenge to keep the doors open and provide products safely, so the earliest emergency services feature our assortment of water removal tools like:

  • Trash pumps
  • Vacuums
  • Submersibles
  • Mops

Cleaning Supplies

Surface cleaning is often necessary after water damage exposure. Water can leave a residue behind, but surface cleaning and recovery also reduce discoloration and staining common with prolonged water saturation. Our Green Fleet offers the full measure of our cleaning supplies and products for managing residues, soils, odors, and other threats after water damage incidents.

Evaporative Drying Equipment

The bulk of stocked equipment in production vehicles of our fleet is designed for efficient drying and evaporation. Moisture migration is a considerable concern for the eatery. It can typically require dozens of air movers and dehumidifiers to simultaneously reduce humidity and water damage and expel it outside the building.

Mold Inhibitors

Stopping the threat of mold and microbial growth after water damage is a critical effort. Especially in a restaurant setting, the possibility of mold damage can be costly and challenging to clean to the high standards of food service. The best outcome is to work early to avoid mold organisms and develop colonies by applying inhibiting chemicals on vulnerable surfaces.

When your restaurant suffers water damage from broken pipes or leaking fixtures, we have a 24/7 response to help. Give our SERVPRO of Lafayette team a call whenever you need us at (765) 420-0077.

Key Factors of Drying Flood Damage in Lafayette Attics

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Looking up at inside of attic Did spring storms cause water to enter your attic? SERVPRO of Lafayette is trained to restore water damaged attics.

Flood Damage in Lafayette Is Manageable with Migration Behavior Knowledge

Recovering your property after flood damage can often be challenging for even experienced professionals. Much of this process involves understanding the behavior of water intruding on the property and how it will react with exposed building materials, contents, and open areas. Training in sciences like psychrometry allows us to manage various aspects of flood recovery more efficiently, including:

  • Structure drying
  • Content cleaning
  • Humidity management

Sensitive Materials 

The first step in recovering flood damage for Lafayette homes after penetration to the attic is appreciating the sensitive materials around the intruding floodwater. Many building materials and contents are highly porous and absorbent, making them impacted significantly by standing water concerns. Drywall, carpets, and similar structural elements are sensitive to over-exposure and can deteriorate rapidly under these conditions.

Hot Goes to Cold 

Another principle of floodwater behavior is that warm temperatures and water will migrate towards colder conditions, which is an attempt to seek equilibrium in the household between these two properties. The temperature must be regulated to counteract flooding in damaged areas and adjacent spaces to stop moisture movement to new places.

Wet Goes to Dry

Another balancing principle of water migration is that wet seeks dry materials. Water continues to migrate until it is impossible. Standing water, for example, seeks out dry materials to infiltrate and move through. Our technicians can prepare and protect affected building materials with this knowledge as water damage begins to migrate before mitigation occurs.

Understanding the obstacles of water restoration and flood recovery can be critical to providing the most efficient solutions to protect a home’s attic and connected spaces. Flooding is a severe event that can impact multiple areas of your house, and with an understanding of how water moves through dry spaces, efficient mitigation and restoration can occur. Our SERVPRO of Lafayette team is ready to help 24/7 at (765) 420-0077.

Effective Fire Damage Cleanup in Lafayette Requires a Good Plan

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

Close up of roof on fire; flames seen rising SERVPRO as a plan to restore fire damaged homes.

Luckily, SERVPRO Has an Effective Process for Remediating Fire Damage in Lafayette

As you can imagine, it generally costs less to clean up and restore fire damage in Lafayette than it does to resurface or replace impacted surfaces. Fortunately, SERVPRO understands this reality and has developed a thoughtful plan of action to save you money and successfully remediate your fire-damaged home.

SERVPRO has been dealing with fire damage in Lafayette for over fifteen years. Over that time, our smoke remediation and fire damage restoration experts have devised a procedure to restore fire damaged homes to their pre-event state faster and more cost-effectively than other area house fire cleanup services. This restoration process is as follows:

  • We first inspect your residence, starting from the fire’s origin and moving out to the furthest reaches of its impact, and locate the damaging fire and smoke residues
  • Next, our highly trained technicians identify the types of residues present and determine the best cleaning methods to eliminate them
  • Then, we evaluate affected surfaces, figuring out which ones can be restored and selecting cleaning measures safe for each of them
  • Once all of this has been done, SERVPRO’s experts use wet, dry, abrasive, and innovative techniques to remove the fire and smoke remnants
  • Finally, our remediators professionally dispose of all residues and related cleanup wastes

Upon completing this process, fire-impacted homes have generally been returned to their original state. Moreover, our procedures are so effective that it is usually difficult to imagine that they had ever suffered fire and smoke damage in the past.

With all that said, if you ever need fire damage restoration work performed, keep your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Lafayette in mind. We have the tools, know-how, and plan to do your job right the first time. Contact us anytime at (765) 420-0077 for assistance.

Furniture Damage Is a Concern of Indian Village Water Mitigation

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

Upholstered sofa in living room Leaks can impact your household furnishings. Call SERVPRO today!

SERVPRO Works to Limit Water’s Overall Effects on Your Home’s Furnishings

If your home suffers a damaging water leak, it can severely impact some or all its furnishings. This furniture damage can range from relatively minor cosmetic issues to more severe problems affecting its structure and long-term usability. With that said, SERVPRO knows what issues to look for and how to address them properly.

Over many years of performing water mitigation in Indian Village, SERVPRO has encountered all types of furniture water damage. Moreover, our water damage remediation professionals have devised various methods of minimizing their effects as water removal services and water cleanup efforts are completed. As they work on water damage repairs, these experts attempt to address all of the water-related problems that commonly impact furnishings, like:

  • Water spotting and lines on wooden finishes or fabrics
  • Color bleeding or staining from wet colored dust covers, rusting buttons or zippers, and wooden furniture legs on damp carpeting
  • Odorous and discoloring mold/mildew growths on upholstered items
  • Swelling, cracking, and overall weakening of wooden framing joints that could undermine the structural integrity of couches, chairs, tables, and other household contents
  • Corrosion and weakening of metal brackets, rivets, buttons, and zippers

SERVPRO acts fast to move furniture off wet carpets and remove any related stains before drying the house to prevent these things. We then dry metallic furniture elements, put waxed paper between buttons/zippers and upholstery, tent cushions to facilitate the drying process, prevent bleeding, and rapidly dry interior air with air movers and dehumidifiers.

As one of the best local water mitigation firms, SERVPRO of Lafayette is ready to assist you whenever you need us. So, if you ever need help protecting your furnishings from the damaging effects of a water leak, don’t hesitate to call us at (765) 420-0077.

Successful Water Cleanup in Lafayette Depends on Four Factors

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

Ceiling Water Damage Have you noticed signs of a water leak in your home? SERVPRO is always on call to restore the damage.

SERVPRO Knows What It Takes to Effectively Address These at Your Lafayette Home

When your Lafayette residence experiences a water-related event, four critical environmental factors determine the time and measures necessary to dry up the resulting mess. These conditions impact the cleanup process because dry air and materials always attract moisture.

As the well-trained experts at SERVPRO know, understanding the factors that slow or accelerate water cleanup in Lafayette is essential to doing your job right. Regardless of what causes your home’s water leak, whether it be ceiling leaks, burst pipes, an appliance malfunction, or another problem, the same environmental characteristics will determine what needs to be done and how long the work is going to take. In performing countless water removal services, our technicians have found that water cleanup is affected by four key things:

  • The amount of water needing to evaporate – since water extraction is much more efficient than dehumidification (36,000 gallons/day vs. only 30 gallons/day), the more water remaining after extraction increases the time it is going to take to dry your residence fully
  • A home’s interior temperature – hotter air can carry more moisture, attracting increased amounts of it from water-impacted surfaces, so interiors should be kept between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit with heaters, if necessary
  • The interior relative humidity, or amount of moisture being carried by air in your house – this should be kept under 60% and reduced to below 40% after the first day of drying to facilitate water cleanup
  • Air circulation throughout your home – forcing damp air out and drawing dry air in with air movers speeds evaporation and dries wet surfaces more quickly

So, with all things considered, your knowledgeable neighborhood SERVPRO of Lafayette can complete your water cleanup job in less time than other local services. Contact us at (765) 420-0077 whenever you need us.

Let SERVPRO Help with Flood Damage Restoration in Indian Village

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

Storm damaged neighborhood; trees down on road Spring storms are just around the corner. Are you ready? SERVPRO is! We can handle your storm damage restoration needs.

Can Homeowners Minimize Flood Damage to Homes in Indian Village – Call SERVPRO

Heavy rain can contribute to flooding in Indian Village and surrounding area. Often water penetrates homes through open windows, overflowing gutters and downspouts, and basement window wells that fill with water. Water can also pool around foundations and leak through cracks in the cement into the home.

SERVPRO provides flood damage remediation and restoration to residents of Indian Village. Water always seeks the most accessible entry point into our homes, and many homeowners are surprised to find water on the main floor or in their basement after a storm. Our team can respond quickly and clean up the damage caused by storms where water leaks into the house. Our fast response to remove the excess water and install air movers and dehumidifiers can return your home to normal before significant damage occurs.

There are steps that residents can follow to mitigate the risk of water penetrating their homes. Our experience dealing with flooding after a storm has shown that there are some things that residents can take to lessen the chances of water penetrating their homes during a storm. These steps are:

  • Clean gutters and downspouts filled with leaves and debris to prevent water from accumulating
  • moisture sensors in the basement to monitor water penetration
  • Install a sump pump, especially if you have a high-water table
  • Include a battery backup for the sump pump in case of power failures
  • Clear basement window wells and ensure drains to the weeping tile are clear
  • Elevate critical appliances such as heating systems, appliances, and other valuable items
  • Ensure the ground slopes away from the outside walls of your house to avoid water pooling at the foundation

While you may not avoid your basement flooding, following these steps can mitigate the amount of damage during a storm and flood event. SERVPRO can help with all your flood damage restoration needs after a storm.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette in Indian Village and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (765) 420-0077.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Restoration & Cleanup in Lafayette

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damaged blue sided home Not all fire damage is a complete loss. SERVPRO is trained for complete fire damage restoration.

Does SERVPRO Use Chemicals During Fire Damage Restoration in Lafayette

Whenever there is a fire in a Lafayette building, there is often a lot of fire, smoke residue damage, and odors permeating the premises. Many consumers wonder how they will ever restore their home with so much damage. Fire-damaged contents and structures usually must be replaced. We must clean every surface to remove all residues and odors.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration to homeowners in Lafayette. We use controlled demolition techniques to remove charred contents and structure. We extract water and chemicals used to quell the fire to mitigate further damage, and then we clean every surface and item in the home before the reconstruction of the damaged structure begins.

The cleaning process is delicate. While we clean every surface, our technicians also consider the surface type, residue, or soil. Fires can produce many different residues depending on the kind of fire. Grease fires have an oily residue that adheres to everything. Wood products such as cupboards burn hotter and produce fluffy ash that can be wiped clean from most surfaces without smearing.

We use four different approaches while cleaning surfaces depending on the residue or soil and the surface including:

  • Mechanical action – dislodges non-greasy soils that do not adhere to the surface. This approach is usually an initial step before utilizing water and detergents or solvents to clean the item.
  • Lubrication – detergents lubricate some soils from the surface and emulsify them. The cleaning solution can be wiped from the surface or rinsed depending on the surface.
  • Chemical action – many people are concerned that using chemicals will damage something further during the cleaning process. We use chemical cleaners to cause the substance to be absorbed by the chemical, removing it from the surface or material. Our fire restoration experts have a great deal of experience in this area and only use chemical cleaners that do not harm surfaces and materials.
  • Suspension and dispersion – are the most common cleaning action and occur when the soils and residues dissolve and become suspended in the cleaning solution. We can remove the dissolvent and dirt once the debris is suspended in the cleaning solution.

SERVPRO technicians make every effort to mitigate further damage from the fire by our fast response time and attention to detail during the cleaning process. Our services include:

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette in Lafayette and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (765) 420-0077.

Need Flood Damage Clean Up and Lafayette – Call SERVPRO

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

Areal view of flooded area; houses under water Floods devastate property and damage important documents. Be sure to have copies of your important papers.

Does SERVPRO Coordinate Flood Damage Insurance Claims in Lafayette

A great deal of work is often required to clean up all the damage after a flood in Lafayette. Removal of damaged contents, controlled structure demolition, drying, and then restoration and even reconstruction in many cases. There is also the paperwork associated with claims to insurance companies and government agencies.

SERVPRO provides flood damage cleanup and flood restoration services to Lafayette clients for residential and commercial customers. We also work closely with insurance company adjusters to meet the terms of the insurance coverage and submit detailed paperwork covering all the cleanup efforts. We make it a lot less confusing for the customer.

Many clients ask what they could have done better to protect their homes and belongings. Our experience with flooded properties and buildings has demonstrated many steps homeowners and commercial customers can take to safeguard their most treasured possessions. Many of our customers wish they had thought to:

  • Move household valuables and treasured items to a protected space
  • Remove photos and videos, digitize them, and save them in the "Cloud"

Move essential documents to a dry location and take photocopies of them. These documents include:

  • Insurance coverage
  • ownership records
  • Property deeds
  • Financial information
  • Passports, birth certificates, health cards, credit cards, etc. medical records

Buy a watertight box to store these items and store them somewhere high in your home out of harm's way.

These actions will not avoid flood damage to your home, but life is much less stressful when clients can access these documents while putting their lives back together after a flood. Let SERVPRO focus on flood restoration and cleanup.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette in Lafayette and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (765) 420-0077.

SERVPRO is the First Choice of Lafayette Homeowners After Flood Damage

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

Floodwaters covering road; trees and signs in background When flooding occurs, you need professional remediation. SERVPRO is always on call.

Advanced Technology, Fast 24-Hour Service, and a Highly Trained Team Makes SERVPRO an Ideal Choice for Restoring Flood Damage in Lafayette

When your residential or commercial building floods, the water brings several problems with it, including microbial contamination and odors that need professional mitigation. For an efficient restoration of flood damage to your Lafayette property, you need experienced restorers like SERVPRO.

SERVPRO understands that using the proper equipment to restore flood damage to your Lafayette property makes the process efficient and effective. Consequently, the SERVPRO techs use moisture sensors, extraction units, and air scrubbers during the process.

What Deodorizing Equipment do SERVPRO Techs Use During Flood Restoration in Lafayette? 

SERVPRO techs use various equipment and methods to combat odors in your flood-damaged Lafayette property:

  • Wet fogging
  • Dry fogging (thermal or hot fogging)
  • Activated oxygen (ozone) generators

Ozone generators are beneficial during flood restoration as they can combat odors and help in sanitization. Ozone is also effective in neutralizing the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that might result from biological contamination. 

Why are Ozone Generators so Effective in Neutralizing Odors? 

Ozone, also called activated oxygen, is a very reactive molecule consisting of three oxygen atoms. When ozone comes in contact with odor-causing molecules, they are destroyed by the oxidative process. 

An ozone generator applies an electric charge to the air breaking the oxygen molecules (O2) into atoms. The oxygen atoms then combine with another oxygen molecule to form ozone (O3). SERVPRO techs take proper precautions while using ozone generators for odor removal during flood restoration. 

If you need help in dealing with the effects of flooding in your home, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077. 

Need Water Cleanup in Your Lafayette Restaurant? Call SERVPRO

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Empty café; tables ready for customers Water damage in your restaurant? Call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Offers a Quick and Efficient Water Cleanup from Your Lafayette Eatery

A water incident in any establishment, especially a restaurant, can be bad news for business. While the immediate need in such a situation is water cleanup from your Lafayette establishment, a complete restoration involves much more than that.

Once the SERVPRO techs finish the water cleanup of your Lafayette property, the next step is to ensure the removal of the hidden moisture as quickly as possible. Moist surfaces can act as breeding grounds for microbes, causing contamination issues.

How Do SERVPRO Techs Ensure the Effective Use of Antimicrobial Products During Water Damage Remediation of Lafayette Properties?  

SERVPRO techs use professional water restoration products to slow or control the microbial growth in your water-damaged Lafayette commercial space. For effective use of the products, SERVPRO techs use appropriate methods of application:

  • Techs use an EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectant when there is a potential for microbial contamination.
  • Restorers also ensure that a sufficient dwell time is allowed for effective microbial control.
  • Temperature and pH are maintained at which the chemical agent is effective.
  • Products are applied to subfloor, tackless strip, walls, and wall bottom plates.

What Precautions Do SERVPRO Techs Use During the Application of Antimicrobials? 

SERVPRO restorers follow applicable federal, state, and local regulations or laws while applying antimicrobial products. Some of the precautions include:

  • Our techs always wear personal protective gear.
  • We never spray antimicrobial products into HVAC systems while in operation.
  • Technicians never use antimicrobial products in an occupied building.
  • We always pre-test to determine whether the product applied will damage surfaces.

Do you need assistance with the restoration of your water-damaged commercial space? Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077. 

Why is SERVPRO One of the Best Fire Damage Restoration Companies in Lafayette?

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage on walls The professionals at SERVPRO know how to remove the smoke and soot damage in your home.

SERVPRO is Fast, Reliable, and Efficient in Fire Damage Restoration of Lafayette Homes

A fire incident in your home can cause many problems, from smoke and soot deposition to damage due to the water used to douse the blaze. Hence it is essential to hire professionals like SERVPRO who can handle various aspects of fire damage restoration in your Lafayette home.  

SERVPRO’s IICRC certified crew uses industry-leading strategies and methods of fire damage restoration in Lafayette homes. Our technicians develop a restoration strategy that accounts for various aspects of a fire damage incident, including:

  • The type and location of fire
  • The chemical nature and dwell time of soot residues
  • The interaction between multiple cleaning products and residues

How Do SERVPRO Techs Chemically Alter the Residues During Smoke Remediation of Lafayette Homes?  

SERVPRO techs take advantage of their knowledge of chemistry to alter the chemical nature of soot particles in your fire-damaged Lafayette home. Restorers use the following chemical principles to afford this change:

  • Bleaching- A bleach is a chemical agent that either oxidizes or reduces a residue, changing its chemical composition. Once broken down, the restorers can easily remove the residues. 
  • Enzyme digestion- Enzymes are biological products that are especially effective in breaking down protein residues. 

How do SERVPRO Techs Eliminate Rust Stains from Water Damage After a Fire?

SERVPRO restorers use a product containing oxalic-phosphorous acid solution for removing rust stains. As this agent is a strong acid (pH= 2), it dissolves rust from various surfaces, including cotton, carpet, linen. 

If you need help to deal with the aftermath of a fire incident, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077. 

Can SERVPRO Help Lafayette Homeowners with Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming Damage?

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

Close up of man installing insulated cover over outside water spigot As we approach the winter season, make sure your pipes are protected.

SERVPRO Offers Fast and Reliable Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming Mitigation to Lafayette Homes

As temperatures drop, keeping water pipes from freezing should be any homeowner’s top priority. If frozen pipes and ice damming prevention of your Lafayette home is not performed promptly, it can lead to water damage. SERVPRO has the experience, tools, and technicians to help you recover from frozen pipe water damage.

SERVPRO’s professional frozen pipes and ice damming mitigation can help prevent any long-term damage to your home. If the wintry weather reaches your pipes, the water inside can freeze, and they can burst as the weather warms up. Bursting pipes can quickly release a ton of water, leading to a water damage situation in Lafayette that needs experts like SERVPRO for cleanup and restoration. 

When to watch out for frozen burst pipes in your Lafayette home?

Be sure and watch out for frozen pipes in your Lafayette home before they lead to any water damage situation. The likelihood of encountering frozen pipes increases when:

  • Temperatures drop below freezing
  • Water stops pouring from your faucets
  • Signs of frost on the exterior of the pipe 

An ounce of Prevention

SERVPRO recommends ensuring the attic is insulated sufficiently to prevent interior air from escaping to a snow-ladened roof, causing melting and refreezing at the edges. All exterior exposed plumbing should be “sleeved” with foam tubing or covered with other products. Place hose bib covers over exterior faucets. An inspection and small investment here can save you thousands of dollars in water damage repair.

It is essential to act fast once you know that your pipe is frozen. However, it might not be possible to take steps in time and thaw the plumbing, and it can burst, leading to a flooding situation. SERVPRO has years of experience dealing with flooding situations of all sizes due to frozen pipes. We have sophisticated tools and equipment to get the damage under control in no time.

If you require emergency water damage services due to burst frozen pipes, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077; our technicians are available round-the-clock to assist you. 

Flood Damage Restoration of Lafayette Establishments Happens Fast with SERVPRO

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

Inside view of office hallway, SERVPRO restoration equipment being used to dry carpet Don’t let flood damage cripple your business. Call SERVPRO for fast remediation.

Lafayette Businesses Turn to SERVPRO for Flood Damage Restoration 

Flood damage to your Lafayette establishment can cripple your business in no time if you are not quick to seek professional help. Restorers like SERVPRO can help you cut down on your losses by offering a fast restoration ensuring minimum downtime for your business. Professional flood restoration also effectively prevents any long-term damage that can save you time and money in repairs down the line.

Restoration of flood damage to your Lafayette commercial space is a complex process that involves intricate planning and a spot-on execution by SERVPRO techs. While the priority is to eliminate any standing water from the property, it is equally essential to deal with the hidden moisture and dry the structure as quickly as possible. SERVPRO techs use several pieces of equipment to detect and measure the hidden moisture, including the following-

  • Thermo-Hygrometers
  • Moisture Meters
  • Thermal Imaging Cameras
  • Moisture Sensors

Why do SERVPRO Techs use a Manometer During Flood Restoration of Lafayette Commercial Properties? 

A manometer is a piece of equipment that SERVPRO techs use to determine the pressure of gasses or vapors while restoring water-damaged properties in Lafayette. The device is used to measure the difference in the static pressure between two adjacent areas. 

A manometer is especially handy when the restorers set up negative air pressure to prevent the contamination in flooded areas from spreading to unaffected areas. According to the IICRC, technicians should maintain a pressure differential of -0.2 inches of mercury for contaminated environments, and a manometer is the only way to confirm this.

Recording manometers can log readings on a predetermined basis, and techs can generate reports to assure that the containment was never breached. Such instruments are beneficial to maintain good air quality during the restoration of healthcare facilities and restaurants. 

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 if you need assistance with any kind of water damage situation on your commercial property.

Why Should You Consider Hiring SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration of Your Lafayette Home?

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot on wall and on outlet; cord plugged into outlet One of the biggest challenges after a fire is cleaning smoke and soot residue. Our SERVPRO techs are trained to make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Offers a Fast and Dependable Fire Damage Restoration to Lafayette Homes 

Smoke and soot resulting from a fire incident can cause extensive damage to both the structure and contents of your home. Hiring professionals like SERVPRO for fire damage restoration of your Lafayette home can help you limit the loss and get your home back in order in no time. 

One of the biggest challenges that SERVPRO techs face during the fire damage restoration of Lafayette properties is cleaning smoke and soot residues. As the residue affects different surfaces differently, choosing a cleaning method is of paramount importance. Cleaning hardwood furniture items is particularly challenging as both the types of finish and extent of damage affect restoration success. 

How do SERVPRO techs clean hardwood furniture in fire-damaged homes of Lafayette? 

Wood surfaces in Lafayette homes are often finished with various substances such as shellac, varnish, and lacquer. The type of finish either limits or expands the range of cleaning methods available to SERVPRO restorers. 

The techs use dry cleaning with a sponge if the wood is unfinished. Water-based cleaning solutions can allow smoke particles absorb deeper into the unfinished wood, causing stains. However, SERVPRO techs also use some denatured alcohol on unfinished wood surfaces in certain conditions. 

Restoration is, however, not feasible if the wood shows signs of the following:

  • Blistering
  • Scorching
  • Staining

Exposure to excessive heat can often cause blistered or scorched finishes that allow deeper penetration of smoke into the wood. Stains are often left by wet smoke residues containing aerosols. Such staining can cause permanent damage to the surface rendering it unrestorable. 

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 with any questions regarding fire and smoke damage to your home. We are always available 24/7 to take your calls. 

SERVPRO is One of the Premier Mold Removal Companies in Indian Village

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy mold growth on wall and crown molding. Don’t let mold growth get out of hand. Call SERVPRO!

Why do Homeowners Rate SERVPRO as One of the Best Mold Removal Companies in Indian Village?

Among the first steps you can take to prevent mold damage from getting out of hand is to get the professionals involved. Hiring mold removal companies like SERVPRO of Lafayette can not only help you get rid of the existing contamination but also prevent future incidents.

Indian Village mold remediation by SERVPRO may work with Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) professionals and Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEPs) to ensure that the job is done safely and efficiently. Generally, for small infestations, our AMRT techs can handle the job without third-party involvement. As mold can cause health effects, it is essential to take proper precautions while cleaning. SERVPRO techs have years of experience, training, and tools to ensure their safety and that of the occupants. Rather than merely removing the mold damage, SERVPRO techs also help you identify and correct the root cause of the problem.  

What Happens During Inspection Done by SERVPRO's Mold Specialists at Your Indian Village Home

Mold inspection is good if you don't see any visible signs but suspect that mold growth is present. One of the first things that SERVPRO experts do once they arrive at your Indian Village property is to conduct a thorough visual inspection of the property to identify any signs of mold.

SERVPRO techs don't use any instrument other than a flashlight and tools to access restricted areas during the inspection. However, in some cases, we use a camera or a borescope to visualize mold growth in difficult-to-reach areas. The extent and scope of the damage are revealed during the inspection process, which helps develop the remediation plan.

In most cases where there is a visible presence of mold growth, professionals generally skip the inspection step and move to the remediation step of the restoration process.  

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 for a 24/7 service.

Water Removal in Lafayette Happens Fast with SERVPRO

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech using extraction equipment to remove water from carpet Do you know how to remove water from carpeting? SERVPRO does!

Lafayette Residents Trust SERVPRO for Water Removal

Water damage, whether it is caused due to ceiling leaks or burst pipes, can quickly escalate into a full-blown disaster. Following a water incident, the water removal from your Lafayette property must happen fast before drying of the structure can begin. 

SERVPRO techs use several pieces of equipment for water removal from your Lafayette home, including extraction tools and heavy-duty pumps. The more excess water SERVPRO techs remove with extraction equipment, the less time they need to evaporate it using drying equipment. We use tools, including extraction units, light wands, deep extraction tools, and various pumps. Each piece of equipment can efficiently remove water under a specific set of conditions. 

What are the Deep Extraction Tools that SERVPRO Techs use During Water Damage Restoration of Your Lafayette Home?

Deep extractions tools are designed to remove water from the carpet and pad. These tools are usually attached to a portable or truck-mounted extractor for enhanced efficiency. The deep extraction tools that SERVPRO techs use in Lafayette homes can be:

  • Self-propelled Extraction tools -These devices have an independent motor that moves the unit along the carpet at a constant rate. Water is extracted by compressing the rug and the pad and squeezing the water out. Most self-propelled extraction tools allow the restorer to 'ride' on them to provide additional weight and improve the extraction efficiency.  
  • Stationary tools - These tools do not move along the carpet and rely on the weight of the water damage restoration professional standing upon the device. These tools are available in various sizes, with the largest units capable of extracting water from a 200 square inch carpet area. 

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 for any water damage-related questions. Our trained technicians are available all hours of the day or night.   

Need Flood Damage Restoration Done in Lafayette? Call SERVPRO

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Water covering road; ‘Road Closed’ and ‘High Water’ sign in middle of street Floodwater can bring bacteria in you home. SERVPRO has the tools to safely remove the floodwater from your home.

SERVPRO Offers a Reliable and Fast Flood Damage Restoration to Lafayette Properties

Flooding is one of the most common natural disasters that can cause extensive damage to your home. Professionals like SERVPRO can restore flood damage to your Lafayette property quickly, saving you money on expensive repairs. 

Contamination in the accumulated water is one of the most significant issues that SERVPRO techs must deal with during the restoration of flood damage to your Lafayette property. The presence of standing water can promote and sustain microbial growth; hence, restorers need to use chemical agents (biocides) for effective remediation of microbial contamination. In certain situations, professional water damage restoration products may help slow or control the growth of microbial contamination.

How do SERVPRO Techs Choose Which Biocide to Use During Flood Restoration of Your Lafayette Home?

SERVPRO techs use several chemical agents that kill a wide variety of fungi and bacteria encountered in any average flood situation in Lafayette. The choice of the biocide depends on the kind of contamination (bacterial or fungal) and floodwater conditions, such as pH.

SERVPRO techs use synthetic Phenolic disinfectants if the pH range is between 6-7. As these agents are incompatible with non-ionic and cationic detergents, they can be used only when anionic detergent is being used.

In situations where the pH of the floodwater is between 9-10 (basic), technicians often use quaternary ammonium compounds. These are good broad-spectrum disinfectants and are effective against bacteria, fungi as well as certain viruses.

The safest biocides are Botanicals that are made from natural components such as thyme oil and citric acid. Although these biocides are not as effective as chemical agents, they often have a better safety profile.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077; our technicians are available round the clock to answer any of your questions.

What Makes SERVPRO One of the Best Water Cleanup Companies in Lafayette?

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used to dry hardwood floor Each water loss event is unique. We can tailor the drying process for your exact water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO's Extensive Training and High-Tech Water Cleanup Tools Make It So

When there's a water leak in your Lafayette home, you need it cleaned up quickly before it leads to further damage.  Preventing damage is why you need the help of a high-quality water cleanup company like SERVPRO with the proper equipment and training to complete your job swiftly and effectively.

Unlike many other water cleanup services in Lafayette, SERVPRO has both the specialized experience and state-of-the-art gear to do whatever needs to be done to remediate your residence. Our technicians are professionally credentialed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in applied structural drying, microbial remediation, water damage restoration, odor control, carpet cleaning, and upholstery & fabric cleaning. Complimenting these impressive qualifications are the innovative tools SERVPRO experts use. Some of these industry tools are:

  • High-powered wet vacs and water extractors that can rapidly perform water removal services like basement flooding cleanups and remediations of burst pipes
  • Air movers, high-velocity box fans, Injectidry systems, and dehumidifiers that can effectively dry the effects of ceiling leaks and other water-related issues
  • Foggers and injection devices that can treat water-impacted areas/materials with commercial-grade antimicrobials and deodorants

Using all their specialized professional knowledge and cutting-edge equipment, our skilled technicians can usually return your home to its pre-event state in less time than other local service providers can.

 Our expertise is why SERVPRO of Lafayette is regarded as one of our region's best water cleanup companies. So, regardless of the type of water damage remediation work you need to have completed, your friends at SERVPRO can usually help. Call us anytime at (765) 420-0077 for assistance.

How Can I Minimize the Fire Damage Restoration Needed on My Lafayette Home?

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke surrounding smoke detector Inspect your smoke detector often to make sure it is in proper working order. And don’t forget to change the batteries!

Fire Damage Restoration Work on Your Home Can Be Minimized in Several Ways

Although not always possible, there are ways you can potentially minimize your fire damage restoration expenses. These measures involve everything from changing your everyday habits and eliminating household fire hazards to buying and setting up effective fire extinguishing systems.

The Lafayette fire damage restoration experts at SERVPRO know several preventative steps local homeowners can take to limit their overall remediation needs. All these efforts attempt to lessen potential fire and smoke damage, reduce fire restoration and smoke remediation costs, and ultimately make house fire cleanup efforts less time-consuming and troublesome.

You can take the following measures to reduce your fire and smoke damage:

  • Educate yourself on the methods of effectively extinguishing various types of household fires, so you can extinguish the flames before they become uncontrollable.
  • Be careful when cooking and never leave stoves, ranges, and other such appliances unattended while fixing meals.
  • Buy and place appropriately rated fire extinguishers in your kitchen so they are readily available if a fire breaks out.
  • Always be mindful if you smoke cigarettes or cigars and never leave them unattended or fall asleep while smoking.
  • Install a sprinkler system in your home to address potential house fires early, before they can cause extensive damage
  • Properly maintain the area around your home, clearing away fallen leaves and trimming trees and bushes growing too near your residence.

If your home does experience a fire and needs fire damage restoration, don’t hesitate to contact your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Lafayette. We are always ready for your call at (765) 420-0077.

What Can I Do to Protect My Lafayette Home from Flood Damage?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm warning sign; dark clouds in background Storms and flooding can occur any time of the year. Call SERVPRO for all your storm damage restoration needs.

You Can Protect It from Flood Damage by Blocking Potential Water Entry Points, Etc.

Lafayette and the rest of the Midwest experience powerful storms and flooding rains each spring. These torrential rains overflow local waterways and ultimately flood nearby homes. To keep most of this stormwater from entering your residence, you must block potential water entry points and do a few other essential things.

SERVPRO, a flood damage remediator in Lafayette, asserts that it is possible to protect your home from rising floodwaters by taking appropriate actions. These actions mainly involve blocking, impeding, or diverting approaching waters from your property. Some of the specific measures you can take are:

  • Ensuring that drainage networks on your property are cleared, well-maintained, and able to effectively drain water away from your house
  • Repairing cracked and otherwise damaged foundations to seal potential entryways for incoming floodwaters that could cause basement flooding
  • Removing or trimming trees in your yard that could fall and potentially block water drainage away from your home
  • Sandbagging the perimeter of your land to divert approaching floodwaters around or away from your residence
  • Turning off your water and electric utilities to prevent them from contributing to further flood damage
  • Simply by taking these actions, local homeowners can better protect their homes and limit their need for biohazard remediation, water removal services, and water damage repairs.

With all that said, if you ever do need flood damage remediation services, remember that your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Lafayette are always ready to assist you. Regardless of whether you need biohazard remediation, sewage cleanup, water removal, or emergency water damage services, we are here to answer your call at (765) 420-0077.

SERVPRO Provides Industry Leading Fire and Smoke Cleanup at Indian Village Homes

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage on walls and ceiling A small blaze caused smoke and soot to travel throughout this home, but SERVPRO made it “Like it never even happened.”

Indian Villages Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Fire and Smoke Cleanup after a House Fire

Fires can destroy properties and cause irreparable aesthetic as well as structural damage. The smoke and soot continue the destruction initiated by the flames and heat. Professionals like SERVPRO must do fire and smoke cleanup at your Indian Village home to limit this continuing harm to your property and its contents.

If SERVPRO professionals don't initiate fire and smoke cleanup at your Indian Village home promptly, the damage can be extensive. The smoke and soot particles can act as acid and corrode materials on which they deposit. If these are allowed to sit for a long time, they can cause severe structural damage. The effect of smoke and soot particles depends on the smoke's properties and the type of surface affected.

How Does Smoke Damage Affect Your Indian Village Home?

Smoke affects different surfaces differently. The particulate nature of smoke causes it to settle on the exterior areas and move deeper into the pores, causing more extensive damage. According to the IICRC, smoke can damage porous materials such as drywall, paint, and exposed wood within minutes of exposure. SERVPRO technicians focus first on such materials during the fire restoration process to avoid permanent discoloration.

Metal surfaces start to show signs of corrosion due to smoke damage in rusting and pitting within several hours of the fire incident. As metal surfaces are colder, the hotter smoke particles tend to settle on them, causing the deposition of a film of soot.

The smoke and soot particles are often accelerated by the heat from the fire and 'impinge' on various surfaces causing them to deposit deep within the material. SERVPRO techs use several cleaning methods to remove smoke from such exterior areas.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 with any questions regarding fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup.

How Does Basement Mold Get Removed from Lafayette Homes?

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growing on wall just above baseboard Basements create the ideal environment for mold growth. Inspect your home often for signs of moisture.

Our Remediators can Evaluate Mold Growth and Provide Efficient Remediation to Lafayette Homeowners

The basement level of many Lafayette homes is subjected to moisture, less natural light, and other conditions conducive for the development and spread of fungi and microbial organisms. When these threats are found, it is essential for remediation and mold removal tactics to begin as soon as possible.

Clearing Out Mold and Microbial Threats 

Mold removal for Lafayette homes can happen in several ways. Once microbial growth gets identified in the basement, we can begin by treating surfaces with biocides and sporicidal products to inhibit further growth. Aggressive methods like sanding, media blasting, and even controlled demolition are often necessary for long-standing mold damage situations. The essential remediation strategies get identified during the initial mold inspection.  

Restoring Environmental Conditions to Prevent Recurrence 

One of the obstacles that our SERVPRO professionals face in mold-damaged basements is returning this lower level to ideal conditions. Moisture and temperature are factors in the development of mold, and likewise in reducing recurrences. We can help identify the cause of moisture damage to ensure any structural damage gets resolved by encouraging the application or installation of: 

  • Sump pumps
  • Dehumidification units
  • Waterproofing materials

Because of the likelihood of mold growth and development in underground levels of your home, you can count on our SERVPRO of Lafayette team to remain prepared to help. We have experienced remediators standing by at (765) 420-0077.

Removing Water from Lafayette Office Carpeting After a Leak

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

Close up of office floor showing carpet and row of cubicles Don’t let a leak ruin your carpet. Call SERVPRO for fast remediation!

Quickly Evaluating Damage Can Get Our SERVPRO Team Working to Remove Water and Dry Lafayette Businesses 

When leaks or flooding occurs in office buildings, a fast response by competent professionals is vital. Our Green Fleet can mobilize rapidly with mitigation tools for water removal and cleanup. 

How Can You Dry Carpeted Floors After Water Damages? 

Carpeting is one of the most frequent flooring types in office buildings, so it is an obstacle to water removal in Lafayette commercial properties. Knowing how to manage trapped moisture and water in the fibers of short-pile carpeting is a valuable skill set that our trained technicians provide. To eliminate moisture from this flooring, it takes several approaches, including:

  • Wet Vacuums – These tools are ideal for standing water sitting above the carpet layer. 
  • Carpet Wands and Weighted Extractors – Eliminating trapped water inside of carpets combines several tools from our inventory like wands and weighted extractors. Because padding is thin and the subflooring is often concrete, migration is less of an obstacle. 
  • Temporary Removal – One of our team's approaches is removing affected carpeting and drying it off-site at our facility. If delamination has not started, this can sometimes be more time and cost-efficient than on-site solutions.

Our goal is to get you back in business, and we can do that with fast mitigation and focused cleaning following water damage. Give our SERVPRO of Lafayette team a call today at (765) 420-0077. 

SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Fire Damage to Lafayette Commercial Spaces

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

Open style office; open ceilings; concrete floors; visible workstations Even a small blaze can cause downtime. SERVPRO professionals are trained to quickly restore all types of soot and smoke damage.

Entrepreneurs in Lafayette, Indiana Can Rely on SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration of Their Property

Dealing with the fallout of fire damage at your Lafayette office can be overwhelming. The damage from a fire doesn't stop after the fire is extinguished; the lingering odors, smoke, and soot continue to damage the property. SERVPRO's team of IICRC certified professionals is available to assist you 24/7 as we understand the importance of urgency during a fire incident. 

Experienced SERVPRO technicians work with you tirelessly after fire damage to your Lafayette commercial property to help your business get back on its feet. SERVPRO technicians strive to provide your business the highest level of fire damage restoration service. Our team of restorers ensures that you are briefed with the development of the process often and work to get the job done to your satisfaction.

What Makes SERVPRO of Lafayette Techs Experts at Smoke Remediation in Lafayette?

One of the most critical facets of fire damage restoration of a property is adapting to a given situation. As every fire incidence is unique, no one formula magically works every time. SERVPRO technicians understand this and use various methods backed by science for fire and smoke restoration of your Lafayette property.

Some of the more advanced cleaning methods that SERVPRO techs use include:

  • Enzyme digestion
  • Use of bleaching agents
  • Oxidizing agents

However, having access to cleaning agents of a different type is not enough for a successful restoration. The restorers must understand the property of the residues to combat them. SERVPRO techs use the correct cleaning agents for the soil type based on properties such as pH and chemical nature. It is this holistic approach that makes us good at what we do.   

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077; we are available 24/7 to help you.

SERVPRO Tackles Mold Damage in Lafayette Homes Safely and Efficiently

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy dark colored mold damage along baseboard Discovering mold in your home is stressful. But don’t worry. Your home is in the right hands with our highly trained SERVPRO team.

Can Lafayette Residents Trust SERVPRO with Mold Damage Remediation? 

Mold damage in your Lafayette home is a problem that is often hidden but can cause a lot more than just aesthetic issues. Mold can not only cause health effects, but it can also rot away the structural components of your home, making them weak and unstable. SERVPRO's team of mold specialists has years of experience dealing with mold issues in Lafayette.

SERVPRO technicians not only clean and remove the mold damage from your Lafayette home, but they also help you to find the underlying cause to prevent a recurrence. With years of experience and training, SERVPRO mold removal experts can handle any mold in your home, including black mold. We train our technicians to keep you informed throughout the mold inspection, remediation, and removal process.

Can SERVPRO Help You in Black Mold Remediation? 

Several species of fungi are usually grouped into the black mold category because of their appearance. The most commonly found black mold in North American homes is called Stachybotrys chartarum. Although it appears dark green or black, it does not mean that it is any more dangerous than mold of any other color, according to the CDC.

SERVPRO never uses the discovery of black mold at your Lafayette property to scare you; instead, our qualified mold specialists brief you about the situation and what needs to be done. We might need to establish containment zones in your house or might even have to carry out pack-outs depending on the extent of the mold damage. With SERVPRO at the helm, you can rest assured that your property is in the right hands.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077. Our technicians would love to answer any mold-related questions you might have.  

Getting Water Removal Started Fast for Flooded Lafayette Shops

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded street; water in yards Summer storms can bring flooding. Our IICRC team is equipped to repair any damage.

Quick Storm Response Can Protect Our Lafayette Shops and Stores from Greater Harm

Flash flooding and other rapidly developing storm conditions can leave stores and shops through bustling Lafayette contending with substantial flood damage. Our fast response to these emergencies can get mitigation efforts started as soon as possible. 

Initial Actions that Must Precede Water Removal Services

With how rapidly flood damage in Lafayette businesses can get out of control, shops and stores should immediately seek professional assistance for extraction and cleaning. Specific actions must precede the water removal process, especially in retail locations, such as content relocation. Protecting your stock and wares is a priority of our responding team because a complete inventory loss can be devastating to a business. 

The Right Extraction Tools for the Job

Eliminating standing water can be a considerable undertaking for responding technicians, depending on the amount of the building affected. Understanding how conditions vary and the appropriate tools for specific circumstances allow our experienced SERVPRO team to provide the ideal extraction equipment in any given situation. Our Green Fleet arrives with many powerful machines capable of prolonged water removal or portable spot extractions. 

  • Trash pumps
  • Truck-mount extractors
  • Light wands
  • Carpet wands
  • Wet vacuums

When your business suffers flood damage, there is more at stake than the building. Let our SERVPRO of Lafayette team help you get back up and running after these disasters. We are ready to help at (765) 420-0077. 

Does the Water Mitigation Approach Determine the Percentage of Items Salvaged in Indian Village Properties?

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Sofa against wall in living room; throw pillows on sofa, paintings on wall Water can leave upholstery stained and discolored. Our SERVPRO techs know how to dry and restore your furniture.

SERVPRO Prioritizes Restoration Over Replacement When performing Water Damage Repairs

Overexposure to water can be a great enemy to most structural materials as well as contents in your Indian Village property. With appropriate water mitigation efforts, it is possible to manage some issues that moisture causes. However, some damaged items need removing. Professional help can cut back on disposal.

Before choosing a water mitigation approach for Indian Village homes affected by water intrusions, it is essential to recognize the impact of moisture on the materials in the house. Our SERVPRO technicians confirm the level of moisture absorbed by porous and semi-porous materials. We also check how the high moisture affects other vulnerable materials such as fabrics or metal items, allowing us to formulate a way to salvage more.

A response strategy is necessary when facing different problems, including:

For most porous and semi-porous materials, the time taken from the onset of water intrusion to the start of the intervention procedures determines damage levels. Taking too long is usually detrimental. For semi-porous materials such as solid wood, fast action, especially during drying, can also be detrimental. Our SERVPRO technicians take moisture readings using penetrative moisture meters.

Knowing the moisture percentage eases decision-making. For instance, if drywall has a moisture percentage over 17%, it is no longer salvageable. However, we do not tear down entire walls. Instead, we make flood-cuts removing only the soggy sections.

Other steps that help save more valuables include:

  • Separating different colored fabrics to prevent stains and discoloration.
  • Moving furniture resting on carpets to avoid rust stains.
  • Establishing humidity control measures.

SERVPRO of Lafayette uses the most convenient water mitigation approaches to resolve any issue in your property, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (765) 420-0077.

What Is the Best Cleaning Approach for Odor Control During Fire Damage Restoration In Lafayette?

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke surrounding smoke detector You don’t want a constant smoke odor to remind you of the fire. SERVPRO is available to remove the odors and restore your home.

SERVPRO Combines Various Deodorization Products During to Eliminate Odors House Fire Clean Up

One of the most complex issues to resolve after a fire incident at your Lafayette home is the smoky odor that lingers in your property long after other damages are addressed. Incorporating odor removal in the cleaning process can simplify the restoration of normalcy.

It is rare for one method to address all odor issues since different substances cause various smells. For more effectiveness, the methods used during fire damage restoration in your Lafayette home should address various substances and reach all areas within your property. Since cleaning eliminates a significant percentage of odors, SERVPRO increases potency by using chemical agents with odor control properties.

Odor control is necessary whether your goal is:

  • Fire damage restoration
  • Smoke remediation
  • Water & fire damage restorations
  • House fire clean up

Odor counteractants can be mixed with cleaning solutions or applied before or after finishing the cleaning action. One line of products our SERVPRO technicians rely on is water-based deodorizers that can add directly to the cleaning solution. We choose products with a variety of dilution ratios and uses.

Other considerations when choosing the deodorizer include the ability to use:

  • At different temperatures
  • At extreme pH levels
  • With a variety of odor sources

Some odors penetrate deep into materials making it difficult for regular cleaning to eliminate them, especially since over wetting materials can cause other issues. Water-based mist deodorizers or solvent-based fragrances can help in such cases. Our SERVPRO technicians use ULV foggers to dispense water-based deodorizers. They produce a fine mist, barely visible, thus ensuring maximum penetration into materials. Thermal foggers help dispense solvent-based deodorizers.

SERVPRO of Lafayette resolves any complex issue encountered during fire damage restoration, "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (765) 420-0077 when you need assistance.

What Is Expected During Water Damage Mitigation in Lafayette Homes?

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Water damaged room; flood cuts and drywall removed; SERVPRO drying equipment being used in room Water damage? This is no issue for SERVPRO! We can handle all of your water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO Expects Variable Damage Thus Prepares for Comprehensive Water Damage Repairs

Bursts pipes or other sources can release significant amounts of water into a property. As the water spreads primarily through gravity, you might expect a uniform damage pattern. However, damages usually vary based on the type of material or its location within your Lafayette home.

When planning the water damage mitigation process in Lafayette properties, there is a need to understand how various damages occur. For instance, although the standing water collects on floors, you might find damages on the ceiling if evaporated moisture condenses. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on their property inspection and their vast experience handling similar problems to develop the proper mitigation plan.

Mitigation is necessary under different circumstances, including:

  • Water cleanup
  • Leaking roof from storms
  • Ceiling repairs from water damages
  • Cleaning up after a sewer backup

Restoration processes help eliminate already developed problems such as pools of water, deterioration of materials such as sheetrock and insulation, among other things. Our SERVPRO technicians achieve this by drawing on their training and using advanced extraction and drying equipment.

Typical moisture management tools include:

  • LGR dehumidifiers
  • Portable or truck-mounted surface extractors
  • Deep extractors such as water claws

Preventing secondary problems is also essential during the water damage mitigation process. One common issue is moisture transfer from one section to another. Hygroscopic materials such as drywall panels can absorb moisture from the air leading to unnecessary damage. Our SERVPRO technicians prevent this by making calculations to determine the correct ratio of air movers to dehumidifiers. We also set drying goals for the entire process.

SERVPRO of Lafayette can help you plan a water damage mitigation exercise properly. Call us at (765) 420-0077. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Did You Spot Mold Damage in Your Lafayette Commercial Property? Call SERVPRO

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on windowsill, ceiling, and wall Mold is off-putting to your employees and customers. SERVPRO knows how to safely perform mold removal and remediation.

Lafayette Businesses Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Damage Mitigation 

Discovering mold damage at your commercial property in Lafayette is not a good sign by any means. Unmitigated mold can spread quickly throughout the structure and can cause health effects as well. SERVPRO mold specialists can help you mitigate the problem safely and efficiently.

Mold damage to your Lafayette establishment is not merely an aesthetic issue; it can cause significant structural damage as well. SERVPRO technicians employ a five-point strategy recommended by IICRC called the S520 Mold Remediation Standard. It is one of the most exhaustive methods of mold remediation.

The SERVPRO Mold Remediation Strategy for Lafayette Properties

Mold remediation from Lafayette commercial spaces is done using the following five principal steps:

  • Provide a safe environment- Safety is paramount while dealing with mold damage. SERVPRO uses best safety practices such as establishing containment zones to limit mold exposure during the remediation process.
  • Proper documentation- Technicians document everything, including the extent of contamination, level of moisture, among other details, during a mold inspection. The remediation is based on the specifics noted during documentation.
  • Containment- Containing the damaged area is essential as mold spores are airborne. SERVPRO mold specialists use physical barriers and negative air pressure to contain the mold and prevent the spores from spreading to uncontaminated areas.
  • Remove contamination- If the contamination is extensive and cleaning is not an option, SERVPRO tech can physically remove the contaminated object for safe disposal. Porous materials such as drywall, clothing items, and upholstery might need to be eliminated if contamination is extensive.
  • Correct the moisture problem- Mold loves moisture. If there are any moisture issues, SERVPRO technicians deal with them to bring the moisture level back to normal.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077. Our mold specialists are ready 24/7 to help you.

SERVPRO Helps Lafayette Businesses in Water Restoration after a Water Incident

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

Outside corner view of multi-story office Water damage can cause downtime for businesses. SERVPRO is standing by to dry your office, with the least intrusion as possible.

Lafayette Entrepreneurs Turn to SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration of Their Place of Business

Water damage restoration of your Lafayette place of business is a complex task that is fit for professional restorers. SERVPRO's IICRC certified water damage restoration technicians (WRTs) can get your business up and running in no time after a water incident.

SERVPRO technicians have experience in water damage restoration of Lafayette commercial properties caused by several incidents, including:

  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Faulty plumbing 
  • Leaking roofs from storms

One of the most fundamental aspects of water damage remediation is getting rid of the odor. The lingering smell after water damage can drive your customers out if not appropriately mitigated. SERVPRO technicians use various methods to eliminate odor from multiple surfaces, including carpets, upholstery, and even hard surfaces.

How do SERVPRO Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) tackle odor during Water Cleanup from Your Lafayette Commercial Property? 

Water in your Lafayette commercial property can harm various surfaces. SERVPRO techs use different methods to combat odors on these surfaces.

  • Carpeting-Carpets can be notoriously difficult to dry and can develop a foul odor. SERVPRO technicians use ULV and thermal foggers to mask smells in carpets during water damage repairs. In some cases, we might even use a disinfectant that can also help combat the odors. 
  • Upholstery-Water can damage upholstery and can cause it to smell bad. SERVPRO techs use a masking deodorizer to eliminate the odors after carefully removing the residual moisture during the water cleanup process
  • Walls and ceilings-Once the walls and ceiling surfaces are dry, ULV and Thermal foggers are usually used to eliminate any significant odors.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 for round-the-clock water damage restoration services.

SERVPRO Offers Premier Flood Damage Restoration Services to Lafayette Residents

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

Floodwater in home Floodwater contains contaminants. Don’t go it alone. SERVPRO is available 24/7 to safely remove the water.

Lafayette Residents Turn to SERVPRO After Flood Damage to Their Homes

Flood damage to your Lafayette home can bring with it a scene of destruction that can be overwhelming for any homeowner to witness. SERVPRO's flood restoration experts, with their experience and expertise, are right by your side to help you in these difficult times.

Among the first things that SERVPRO suggests you do after flood damage to your Lafayette home is ensuring your family's safety. Leave the water damage restoration to our flood restoration experts; We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. One of the primary issues to be wary about after a flooding incidence in Lafayette is the level of contamination in the floodwater.

SERVPRO experts need to employ different strategies to deal with contamination in floodwater after a storm. A successful restoration effort is contingent on understanding the types and levels of contamination during water cleanup after a flood.

Types of floodwaters found in Lafayette homes during flood restoration by SERVPRO.

SERVPRO restoration experts deal with different types of floodwaters after a storm incidence in Lafayette.

  • Clean water-It is the least contaminated floodwater and does not pose any immediate health hazard. However, it can get contaminated in as little as 48 hours if not removed during the flood restoration. Typically, this is from plumbing or appliance malfunctions.
  • Gray water-Contains microbial contamination and occurs if floodwater mixes with broken sewer lines. It poses a health risk, and SERVPRO techs eliminate it using proper precautions during water damage repairs. 
  • Black water-Often seen in city-wide flooding and might contain raw sewage, human waste, and chemicals. It includes dangerous harmful bacteria levels, and SERVPRO does not clean and disinfect items such as carpets, pads, and walls affected by black water. These items need discarding.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 for a 24/7 service regarding any water issue.

Looking for Professional Water Damage Restoration Service in Indian Village? Call SERVPRO

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growing on ceiling and corner of wall. Unchecked water damage can case mold growth. Don’t DIY the cleanup. Call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Offers 24/7 Water Cleanup Service for Indian Village Residents

Water damage to your Indian Village home can sometimes seem harmless, and you might not pay enough attention to it. However, if water seeps into the flooring material or drywall structure, your property stands a risk of incurring extended damage. SERVPRO can offer you a professional assessment of your Indian Village home and help you determine the risk factors.

If the experts at SERVPRO find extensive water damage due to burst pipes, ceiling leaks, or any other cause, immediate action is taken. Our goal is to keep the water damage at your Indian Village home from escalating into any significant issue.

How SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage in Indian Village Homes? 

If there is unmitigated water damage at your home for over 24 hours, it can cause microbial contamination. The primary steps that SERVPRO restorers take for mitigation during water damage repair in Indian Village are:

  • Removal of the excess moisture- Fast drying is the first step in the remediation process. Reduction of humidity slows down the microbial growth and prevents contamination from spreading at your Indian Village home.
  • Use of Antimicrobials- Chemicals in these agents either eliminate the microbes (Biocides) or prevent them from growing. Antimicrobials may contain phenols, chlorine, alcohol, or quaternary ammonium compounds.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 for fast and efficient water damage restoration service.

SERVPRO Offers Premier Water Mitigation Services at Lafayette

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment drying water damaged room. No matter the source of the water loss, SERVPRO is equipped and trained to restore your home!

SERVPRO can Help in Water Damage Mitigation of Your Lafayette Home 

Perhaps best known as the Home of Purdue University, Lafayette is one of the fastest-growing cities of Indiana. The city was founded in 1825 and named after the French general Marquis de Lafayette, a Revolutionary war hero. A friendly community and a rich history make Lafayette an attractive place to visit.

Places such as Prophetstown State Park and Tippecanoe Battlefield Memorial paint a picture of the city's glorious past. On the other hand, Purdue University offers many fun things to do as well. The city's downtown is also quite vibrant, with plenty of shops, restaurants, and even farmer's markets.

Following are just a few things to do while you are in the glorious city of Lafayette, Indiana:

  • Prophetstown State Park-The main attraction of the park is The Farm at Prophetstown. It is a living-history museum offering a glimpse into the history of the native cultures of the area. The park also has an Aquatic center and contains a 4200 square foot pool and a lazy river ride. Several hiking and biking trails can help you connect with the environment as well.
  • Wabash Heritage Trail- A 13-mile-long pedestrian path parallels the Wabash river. It begins at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Park and ends at Fort Ouiatenon. The entire route is free of any motor-driven vehicles. The scenic beauty of the path and a ton of tourist attraction along the way makes it a must-visit place while in Lafayette.
  • Tippecanoe Battlefield Park- The park memorializes the 1811 clash between the natives and new settlers. The first thing you see upon park entry is an 85-foot obelisk constructed in 1908. There is a museum having all sorts of historically important exhibits. Many trails around the park are also available for hiking and biking.
  • Lafayette Downtown- One of the most bustling places of the city, downtown Lafayette is a foot-traffic friendly space. There are many stores, restaurants, and local shops lining the main street. One of the most popular storefronts is McCord Candies, a century-old candy store still selling hand-made candies.

Lafayette Homeowners Count on SERVPRO for Water Damage Cleanup

Water damage to your Lafayette property can be expensive to mitigate, especially if you don't take swift action. SERVPRO water damage restoration experts can handle water damage due to a variety of reasons, including:

  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Basement flooding
  • Sewer backup

SERVPRO technicians understand the unique needs of the city to offer a premier water damage repair service. We use state-of-the-art equipment to mitigate water damage, including:

  • We have a range of pumps that can remove water from even the tallest buildings in Lafayette.
  • Our moisture sensing and monitoring equipment ensure that the moisture content is brought back to a preloss state.
  • We use water moving and dehumidifying equipment to remove residual moisture and prevent any secondary damage.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 for fast and efficient water damage mitigation.

SERVPRO Offers a Fast and Efficient Fire Damage Restoration in Lafayette

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Tips of several matches, in a row, burning. Small fires can cause a lot of smoke and soot residue. Do you know how to clean it? SERVPRO does!

Why do Lafayette Residents Need Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services? 

Fire and smoke damage can leave your Lafayette home in a state of utter chaos. The soot residue covering all possible surfaces and the odor of a fire-damaged home are hard to eliminate. What you need in situations like this is professional help. SERVPRO has a team of expert restorers having years of experience dealing with all kinds of fire-related disasters in Lafayette.

The SERVPRO team of restorers uses different methods and products depending on residue and the surface involved.

How SERVPRO Techs Eliminate Residue During House Fire Cleanup in Lafayette? 

The residue left after the fire and smoke needs capturing before removal. SERVPRO technicians use air and fluids to suspend the particles before eliminating them. The two ways this is accomplished in your Lafayette home include:

  • Vacuuming- SERVPRO restorers remove dry smoke residue by vacuuming. Such residues are mostly solid carbon particles formed in intense, fast-burning, and oxygen-rich fires. Vacuuming is not preferred if the residues get wet.
  • Dissolving- If the residue after smoke damage does not consist of loose particles, technicians dissolve it before removal. Dissolving the residue loosens their bond with the surface. SERVPRO technicians use various water-based or solvent-based cleaning products during fire damage restoration.

SERVPRO of Lafayette is here to help you 24/7; call (765) 420-0077 today.

Professional Flood Restoration and Stormwater Extraction in Lafayette

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy rain on roof Do you know how to restore storm water damage? SERVPRO does! We are ready and equipped to restore Lafayette homes!

Basement Flooding Cleanup Calls for Heavy-Duty Equipment – Call SERVPRO to Your Lafayette Home!

Water damage remediation has many working parts. Calling in a team to handle the water cleanup when you have basement flooding after a storm gets you results much faster than any DIY project could achieve. SERVPRO is available for water removal services and water damage repairs to bring your home back to pre-flooding condition quickly!

Stormwater extraction in Lafayette is something you need to begin as soon as possible. We have a water mitigation team ready to get to work with steps that include:

  • Worksite preparation, including setting up a staging area
  • Assessing the water and potential contamination levels
  • Protecting all workers and occupants
  • Putting engineering controls in place

Extraction of water begins, including powerful pumps to pull up standing water and any debris contained within. Our team has access to truck-mounted and portable extraction equipment that helps us to quickly remove excess water from your flooring, including carpets and the padding below. Depending on the nature of your storm damage and flooding, we also have tools to remove standing water that may have migrated into your HVAC system using a vacuum hose put into the supply and return ducts.

All stormwater extraction jobs get wrapped up with thorough drying and sanitization to keep foul odors and mildew from developing. Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 when you need a crew at your door for emergency service!

Water Damage Remediation and Flood Damage Cleanup Go Hand-In-Hand

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration vehicle in front of home SERVPRO is available 24/7 to handle any storm damage that comes our way.

Lafayette Residents Trust SERVPRO to Handle Flood Damage Fast After a Storm Rolls Through

Located within Tippecanoe County in Indiana, the city of Lafayette is just a bit to the southeast of Chicago. Home to well-known Purdue University on the West Side, Lafayette is a bustling and ever-growing city.

Lafayette was founded initially along the Wabash River southeast bank in 1825. The original name for the settlement came from a Revolutionary War hero named Marquis de Lafayette. This area was also the first site for official airmail delivery within the United States, with the first drop being on August 17, 1859. In 1863, the Lafayette Fire Department received the first steam engine, followed by motorized fire engines, in 1911 after they took one to test independently. In

In the 20th century, Greater Lafayette's region became the first place within the entire state to receive internet when the college town connection got up and running.

There are many famous names that you may recognize that come from Lafayette, Indiana, including:

  • Axl Rose, singer for Guns n' Roses
  • Shannon Hoon, singer for Blind Melon
  • Claudia Lee, television actress
  • Sydney Pollack, director
  • Dustin Keller, football player
  • Jeremy Camp, rock singer

Exploring Some of the Activities That Lafayette Has to Offer

Whether you are looking to get out to enjoy nature, take a tour, or visit historical sites, there are many great things to see and do. Some of the top attractions and activities in Lafayette include:

  • Columbian Park Zoo– Located on Scott Street, this is a beautiful place to bring the entire family. Some of this Lafayette attraction's notable aspects include observation domes, a butterfly garden, a petting zoo, free-roaming animals, and play spaces for kids.
  • Tee Off Golf Driving Range –You will find this innovative driving range located on Memorial Parkway East, where you can practice your swing and explore an 18-hole virtual golf course.
  • Exploration Acres –Outdoor activities in good weather with the addition of special events during the fall season; this is what you will find at this destination on Newcastle Road. There are various activities for kids, like the tractor train, pedal carts, play area, and trike track. Fall brings the corn maze, hayrides, and pumpkin patch.

Why Are Dehumidifiers Part of Flood Damage Cleanup? SERVPRO Has the Right Equipment for All Lafayette Water Clean Up Jobs!

After a storm, calling SERVPRO to your Lafayette property ensures water removal services, moisture control, basement flooding cleanup, and drying. To facilitate the project, we bring a vast assortment of equipment to the job site.

For flood damage in Lafayette, some of the equipment we bring into a storm-ravaged property will be dehumidifiers. Some of the reasons a dehumidifier is imperative for any water damage restoration job to include:

  • They remove moisture from the air after evaporation.
  • Proper positioning circulates the air to facilitate drying.
  • Dehumidifiers offer a continuous source of valuable dry air.

Our SERVPRO of Lafayette crew uses unique formulas to ensure the right equipment gets used for all emergency services water damage calls. If you need help with flood damage after a storm, call us at (765) 420-0077.

Fire Damage Restoration in Indian Village When You Need It

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged foyer; soot on floor smoke damage on home SERVPRO has the tools and cleaners to restore your fire damaged home and possessions. Call us today!

Indian Village Residents Can Trust SERVPRO to be Available 24/7 for House Fire Clean Up

The fallout after fire and smoke damage in your home can feel overwhelming and seem like a daunting process to begin. Having SERVPRO’s number handy ensures you have a team available for fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup in Indian Village as soon as possible.

When it comes to fire restoration in Indian Village, it is essential to handle all soot and smoke residue so that no foul odors get left behind. Not only that, but the smoke and soot residue is corrosive, so it must get cleaned up carefully and quickly. Our fire and smoke restoration technicians work to capture and remove all residues by vacuuming dry particles before applying any wet cleaning products.

We dissolve tough soils and residues so that they get suspended and easier to remove using the following steps:

  • Washing with a cleaning agent
  • Rinsing to remove soils with the solution
  • Drying with low humidity, heat, and air movement

SERVPRO of Lafayette has the proven methods to restore fire damaged homes quickly and efficiently. When you need someone to help with fire restoration, call our crew at (765) 420-0077, and we will send technicians out to your property as soon as possible. Once we get finished, your home will be just, “Like it never even happened.”

Keep Your HVAC System Clean and Reduce Mold Growth

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Inside of clean duct Ducts are just one area in a home where mold can grow. Inspect your home often for signs of moisture and mold growth.

SERVPRO Offers Mold Damage Prevention Tips to Lafayette Residents

A preventive measure to prevent mold is to keep your HVAC system clean. When your HVAC system is running, it can spread mold spores through the air ducts. The spores then circulate throughout the air and into every room in the house.

Reducing the Chance for Mold Growth

While mold spores are everywhere and you cannot entirely remove them, reducing them as much as possible can prohibit the chance of growth. Mold damage in Lafayette homes is commonplace. Keeping your HVAC system clean is just one of the things you can do to prevent mold colonies' development. Other actions that can help include:

  • Do not let moisture develop in the home.
  • If you live in a high humidity area, run a dehumidifier.
  • Check basements, pipes, and sink areas often for signs of mold.
  • Install exhaust fans in bathrooms.

If you find mold in your home, let the experts at SERVPRO of Lafayette mitigate the mold damage for you. DIY methods of mold removal often do more harm than good, so avoid cleaning up with those techniques. We have specialized equipment and certified technicians that remediate your mold problem safely. Contact us at (765) 420-0077 for professional mold damage removal.

What are Common Causes of Water Damage in Lafayette Businesses?

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

Tables at restaurant set and ready for customers. Water damage can close your business. SERVPRO knows how to quickly remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Provides Water Removal Services to Local Business Regardless of the Cause

When it comes to commercial businesses and water damage, many people think in terms of storm flooding. However, situations such as hidden leaks, overflows, and other water intrusions can cause damage. It may even force you to close for a time, which is never good for business. 

Causes of Water Damage in Commercial Buildings

If you know what to watch for, you can do a better job at preventing problems. Here are some things that can result in a commercial enterprise needing water removal in Lafayette:

  • Pipes– Leaky pipes can be a problem in a building, but especially if you are in an older building.
  • Faucets– Minor drips may seem insignificant but can lead to more significant issues. Dripping water can do damage over time.
  • Spills– Spills, particularly in places where large amounts of fluids are used, such as kitchens, can cause water damage. 
  • Damaged appliances– Again, this is more common in restaurants and similar businesses. Appliances that use water in large amounts can contribute to flooding.
  • Sprinkler systems – Outdated sprinklers can malfunction. Sprinklers that go off when there is no fire can harm business assets and inventory.

These are just a few examples of situations that can cause a water intrusion in a business. SERVPRO of Lafayette can mitigate water damage of any proportion. We provide water removal services to any size business. Contact us at (766) 420-0077 for more information.

Can Lafayette Homes Be Restored After a Fire?

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Provides Professional Fire Restoration Services that Give Homeowners Their Homes Back Whenever Possible

Named after the French officer that helped the Colonies during the War of Independence, Lafayette, IN, has its roots deep in history. It was founded in 1825, and people from all walks of life have settled there over the years. It is a community rich in culture and a wonderful place to visit. Residents and visitors alike can find plenty to see and do. Here are some of our favorites.

Prophetstown State Park

Prophetstown State Park is a newer state park and is roughly 10 miles outside of Lafayette. One of the things you will not want to skip is touring The Farm at Prophetstown. Visitors get a look at homesteading life in earlier times here. It is a living-history museum that is fascinating to all ages.

Another well-liked activity in the park is the Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center. It features a large leisure pool with a lazy river and waterslides. Families enjoy spending the day during the hot summer months at this unique water park. Other activities to be enjoyed including:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Picnics
  • Birdwatching
  • Year-round camping

Wabash Heritage Trail

Get your exercise while taking in some local attractions and history when you explore this 13-mile trail. It is easily traveled and parallels the Wabash River. The path starts at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Park and ends at Fort Ouiatenon. Other points of interest along the way include:

  • Davis Ferry Bridge
  • McAllister Park
  • Happy Hollow Park
  • Picnic Benches
  • Scenic Views

No vehicles are allowed on the trail, so it is perfect for walking, jogging, biking, and taking the baby for a stroll.

Tippecanoe Battlefield Park

Sitting beside Prophetstown State Park, Tippecanoe Battlefield Park is a memorial to the 1811 battle between the settlers and Native Americans. The park spans 96 acres and has a museum with displays and exhibits related to the conflict. Families will enjoy the exhibitions at the Wah-ba-shik-a Nature Center. Visitors can take in the sights and then enjoy a picnic lunch at one of several picnic areas. There is also a hiking trail. The park is a stopping point along the path of the Wabash Nature Trail.

Columbian Park Zoo

This zoo is a favorite with Lafayette residents. It is over 100 years old with lots of family-friendly activities. It features a fountain plaza, Meet n’ Greet programs, and the Columbian Park Express train. There is a Butterfly Garden and Family Farm along with a wide variety of animals. Wallabies, spider monkeys, and porcupines are just a few of the animals you can see at the zoo. When you are done at the zoo, hop on over to Columbian Park and enjoy the playgrounds and picnic areas.

SERVPRO Proudly Provides Fire Restoration Services to Lafayette Residents

We understand when you search for us, you need quick help:

Fires can happen anywhere. When it happens to a Lafayette residence, SERVPRO is here to help. Even small fires can cause big problems. We understand you need to know:

  • The extent of the damage and the plan of action
  • Your home is in good hands
  • That we work closely with your insurance company
  • We restore, instead of replacing, whenever possible
  • We follow all local and state guidelines
  • SERVPRO leaves your home, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Lafayette provides professional fire restoration services. If you need experienced restoration services, contact us immediately at (765) 420-0077.

Fire Restoration of Your Lafayette Home's Contents

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke and soot damage Smoke and soot quickly spread to other parts other parts of the home. SERVPRO has the tools, cleaners, and trained personnel to restore your property.

Replacing Fewer Items Damaged by Fire Reduces Recovery Costs

Because fire also produces soot and can spread the heat without burning things, SERVPRO recommends sorting through a home's contents after a fire.

We can restore and clean many of the furnishings that sustained fire damage inside your Lafayette home. We make decisions based on the material of each fire or soot-damaged item. We also consider physical damage, like charring, because this renders many possessions beyond repair or in need of extensive restorations. 

  • Some items, such as textiles, can often come clean again with special techniques, including window treatments, upholstery, and wall-hangings.
  • We can often clean rugs and carpeting to remove soot and odors. 
  • Hard, non-porous items (china, porcelain figurines, trophies, etc.) become candidates for manual detailing and water-bath treatment in an ultrasonic powered cleaner.

Not only does restoring as many items as possible save money over replacing everything, but it also helps families restore their home as closely as possible to its pre-fire state. This faster method brings a lot of relief to our customers after such a disastrous situation.

Contact us, SERVPRO of Lafayette, after a fire occurs in your home by calling (765) 420-0077, round-the-clock, any day of the year.

Restrooms Susceptible to Hidden Mildew Infestation in Lafayette Businesses

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

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Commercial Building Owners Can Rely on SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Team

As a business owner, you put a significant effort into maintaining the building and everything inside. Protecting your investment, including your workforce's good health, can keep your company running smoothly. A hidden mold infestation can cause unwanted health effects and ruin anything made of porous, organic-based materials.

Daily cleaning is excellent, but it may not prevent fungi from infesting your building or retail shop. Mold remediation in a Lafayette business is a cornerstone of SERVPRO services. But—

Do you have a Hidden Mold Infestation?

Depending on your restroom's design, mold can hide inside walls, under flooring, or even inside the ceiling. Here are some indicators that you might want to keep in mind.

  • Odor – a musty or dank scent must come from somewhere.
  • HVAC filters need changing more often than usual.
  • Leaks from pipes or condensation on them can feed mold and other microbes.
  • Deteriorating walls or ceiling tiles.

Curling linoleum or loosened floor tiles.

SERVPRO of Lafayette has the tools needed to locate and remediate mold infestations. Call (765) 420-0077 to protect your business.

Wildlife and Wetlands Enrich Lafayette and Nearby Areas

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Protect our Environment During Commercial Water Restoration Projects

Conservation efforts worldwide help protect many animals from becoming endangered or, worse, extinct. There are a few conservation sites in the Lafayette area taking part in this worldwide effort. Some of these sites also protect natural flora, with the understanding that much of such plant life provides food and shelter to many different animal species, in addition to supplying something we enjoy seeing.

Like the wolf, some animals show up as characters in many children's stories, reinforcing the belief that more of them exist. Some individuals believe that predatory animals pose too many dangers and hold no value in any ecosystem. On the contrary, such animals help keep entire groups of other species from experiencing hunger and disease common in overpopulated areas.

The Wolf Park

The Wolf Park is a local sanctuary, just north of Lafayette (in Battle Ground), designed to hold both wolves and several other canids like foxes and coyotes. A small herd of bison is also featured here. The staff and volunteers work tirelessly to educate the public about wolf pack behavior, their crucial importance to the ecology of lands they inhabit in the wild, and other aspects of the species. Tours and other activities are held, including virtual events, for the public. 

Here are a few other places where you can visit, learn, volunteer, and help with conservation efforts:

  • Columbian Park Zoo,
  • Jerry E. Clegg Botanical Garden, and 
  • The Celery Bog 

Columbian Park Zoo

The Zoo, a memory-creating sanctuary for those with young children, also uses its resources to help breeding programs of under-populated species. There are so many exhibits and activities at the Zoo that many patrons find it difficult to see the entire facility in one day.

Jerry E. Clegg Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is not a garden in the traditional sense. Instead, it is a wooded area with open spaces. Guests find many plant varieties, and birds and butterflies use it as their home. Lucky visitors also get to view turtles, small rodents like squirrels, and other critters. 

The Celery Bog

The Bog might surprise you with its diverse aquatic flora and the various animals abounding here. There are many water-loving birds here and possums, rabbits, chipmunks, and beavers.

Here are the phone numbers of the above conservation havens:

  • Wolf Park at (765) 567-2265
  • Columbian Park Zoo at (765) 807-1540
  • Jerry E. Clegg Botanical Garden at (765) 423-1605
  • The Celery Bog Nature Area's Lilly Nature Center at (765) 775-5172

Free-flowing Water - Great for Wildlife but not Your Lafayette Business

SERVPRO's water restoration specialists understand Lafayette business owners' needs after a crisis. A broken water line can dramatically hinder any company's regular business operations. We know how crucial a rapid and complete restoration project becomes in preventing extended (or permanent) closure. Our experienced crew handles every aspect, including disposal of extracted water according to local requirements.

Our experts provide our business customers with experienced, trusted guidance along with our swift response to your initial call. This essential advice:

  • Provides rapid safety measures that protect your employees,
  • Reduces damage to inventory, office supplies, equipment, and furnishings, and
  • Helps prevent future incidents from becoming as disastrous and costly by installing more durable furnishings. 

Trust those with the experience to make your crisis more manageable. SERVPRO of Lafayette provides water restoration services that make everything "Like it never even happened." Call (765) 420-0077 to keep your business running normally.

Enjoy A Hearty Hike Near Indian Village This Month

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

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Getting Outdoors Near Indian Village Will Blow Away the Winter Blues

If you are ready for some fresh air and exercise, look no further than Clegg Memorial Garden in Lafayette. The garden is a stunning natural space that overlooks the beautiful Wildcat Creek. Clegg Memorial Garden was made to be enjoyed, and on your walk, you will find:

  • Marked trails to explore.
  • A rare gravel hill prairie habitat.
  • Journaling stations to note your impressions.
  • Oak woodland and savanna areas.
  • A natural playground to encourage kids to connect with the world around them.

The park features brisk hiking trails and is ideal for fishing or birdwatching. Gathering mushrooms is also allowed. Garden staff also run junior ranger activities throughout the year. The garden operates from dawn till dusk all year round. 

One thing park rangers know to be wary of is the risk of fire. It is also good to be cognizant of the risk of fire in your home. If you need help with fire restoration, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077.

Get Inspired This New Year with A West Lafayette ArtWalk

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

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There Is Always Something New in The West Lafayette Art Community

January can be a cold and gray month, especially if there is wet and overcast. One idea to beat the winter blues is with an ArtWalk around Downtown Lafayette. 

ArtWalks are fun, relaxed events that are held every month in the Downtown Lafayette area.

  • Look around galleries, museums, art houses, and craft stores.
  • Explore the culturally rich Downtown district.
  • Browse exhibitions, sales, and more.

ArtWalks are free to attend and take place on the second Saturday of the month. Because each participating venue is in charge of its show, there is no end to the variety of events and exhibitions you can find.

ArtWalks start at 2 PM. There is no specific starting place – come to Downtown Lafayette with a spirit of adventure and see where your walk takes you. 

Artwalks take place rain or shine, so if the weather looks glum, be sure to bring your jacket. If the weather causes flood damage to your home, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 for assistance.

History and Festivals Abound in Fascinating Lafayette

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

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From Educational Attractions to Fun Festivals, There Is Something for Everyone In Lafayette

Today, Lafayette is a flourishing city of over 60,000 residents, which boasts a research university, a community college, three libraries, and, of course, plenty of places to shop and eat.

Lafayette also has a long history of trade and industry. The French Government established Fort Ouiatenon in 1717, and the Fort quickly became a popular trading post. Merchants, Indians, and Fur Trappers all established a brisk trade at the fort. Then, in 1825, William Digby planned Lafayette to be the new Tippecanoe County's county seat. Even in its earliest days, the town was a busy shipping center. Shortly after, a Yale-educated attorney named Henry Leavitt Ellsworth took an interest in the area and actively promoted agricultural growth, buying parcels of land, and selling them to farmers. 

The arrival of the Wabash & Erie Canal and the Monon Railroad encouraged further development, and Lafayette became a booming center of trade. The town was even the launch site of the first attempted air mail delivery – by hot air balloon – in 1859. 

With so much history in the city, it is not surprising that there are many historical sites you can visit:

  • Fort Ouiatenon, which was the first European fortified settlement in Indiana. There was a substantial French settlement in the area before the fort passed to the British, and then to the Indians. It was destroyed in 1791 during the Northwest Indian War. In 1930 a physician named Richard Wetherill built a replica of the original fort. Today it is a museum and the site of the annual Feast of the Hunters' Moon.
  • The Headstone of Martin P. Jenners, a civil war veteran who was an outspoken atheist. The headstone is unusual in that Jenners had it made and placed in the cemetery 14 years before his death. The inscription makes clear his feelings: It reads, "My only objection to religion is that it is not true. No preaching, no praying, no psalm singing on this lot." It drew many curious visitors when it was first placed there and is still an interesting stop for any history lover.
  • Prophet's Rock, where the Shawnee spiritual and political leader Tenskwatawa stood to receive a vision of how his people should proceed in action against military leader William Henry Harrison. Today the site is reached by an invigorating hike.

Lafayette’s Name Honors an Influential Man

Lafayette was named for a man with an exceptionally long and interesting name: Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette. It is no wonder that he is usually known by his surname, Lafayette. Lafayette was a French aristocrat and military commander. He is known as the Hero of Two Worlds for his actions during the Revolutionary War, including:

  • Taking military action that trapped the British near the York River when the French Fleet arrived, which was instrumental in the French fleet winning the Battle of the Virginia Capes.
  • Leading a company of 400 men to take Redoubt 9 (a redoubt is a kind of fort.) This action, combined with Alexander Hamilton's forces' successful taking of Redoubt 10, led to the breaking of the British defenses and the British General Charles Cornwallis's surrender.
  • Engaging in the negotiations leading up to the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. The Treaty of Paris signaled the official end of the Revolutionary War.
  • Working to establish trade between France and the United States, and campaigning for the end of slavery and the freeing of slaves.
  • Participating in peace talks with the Iroquois in Mohawk Valley, NY.

Lafayette was such a popular figure that when he returned to the United States from France in 1784 – 1785, he undertook a countrywide tour and visited every single state, receiving a warm welcome in each.

Get into The Festival Mood

Lafayette hosts several popular festivals throughout the year. If you can time your visit to coincide with one, they make for fun memories. Why not check out one of these:

  • A Taste of Tippecanoe is a must for food lovers! Every year 40,000 visitors descend on Lafayette to sample the best local food and beverages, including a hog roast, traditional Indian food, Fruitshine wines, and shaved ice. Art, music, and fireworks keep the festival spirit going all day long.
  • The Feast of the Hunters' Moon is a festival and historic re-enactment weekend that has taken place in Lafayette every year since 1968. The festival takes place at Fort Ouiatenon and recreates the annual fall gathering between the Native Americans and the French, which took place in the eighteenth century. 
  • The Greater Lafayette Mini Maker Faire showcases creations and inventions from curious minds! The organizers call it the "greatest show and tell on earth." Engineers and scientists, artists, and crafters all gather to show what they are making and inspire visitors.

Other popular festivals include Beer Across the Wabash, Mosey Down Main Street, Art in the Park, Hands-on Transportation, and Round The Fountain Art Fair.

Water Damage Is Nothing New in Lafayette

Lafayette is no stranger to water damage. In 1913 Tippecanoe County was battered by wind and rainstorms that led to extensive flooding, causing lots of property damage and claiming 152 lives. Bridges were damaged or swept away, and life in the area suffered severe disruption. 

Even today, despite millions of dollars spent on drainage, regular flooding is still a problem in Lafayette. Should you need water damage repair in your home, SERVPRO is here to help.

Our dedicated technicians have a range of equipment on hand to mitigate water damage. We use free-standing and truck-mounted pumps to extract as much water as possible before we begin drying your home. We use thermo hygrometers and moisture meters to monitor the drying process and ensure we leave your abode looking "Like it never even happened."

Our team understands that you are worried about your belongings and your home, which is why we clean, dry, and restore as many items as possible. We can also take care of mold treatment, if necessary, to reduce the risk of fungal growth following water damage, and we deodorize your home to leave it smelling fresh.

Should you need assistance with water damage repair, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077.

Artists’ Own Gallery & Fine Arts Presents Members’ Holiday Exhibit in Lafayette, IN

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Lafayette Residents Can Browse and Shop During this Recurring Holiday Market Event

Would you like to get out to experience local arts and exhibits? What if this also included shopping for a variety of holiday gifts and other wares? From now until the end of December, people in the Lafayette area are welcome to shop and experience the Members’ Holiday Market at Artists’ Own Gallery & Fine Arts. Just a sampling of what you can prepare to see includes gallery viewings and items available in the store like jewelry, ornaments, card, and plenty of holiday-themed gifts and cheer.

  • Date: December 14th, 2020, and weekly Monday through Saturday until December 31st, 2020
  • Time: 10 am to 6:00 pm
  • Where: Artists’ Own Gallery & Fine Arts at 518 Main Street in Lafayette, IN
  • Cost: Free admission

Taking part in local shopping during the holiday season is incredibly important to Lafayette and the surrounding areas. Here at SERVPRO of Lafayette, we are here to assist with mold remediation if you have issues at your home or business. Why call us when you suspect mold? Because we use proven methods, the latest technology, and EPA-registered antimicrobials. Call us at (765) 420-0077, and we send out a crew as soon as possible to get started.

Wellbeing Check – Monthly Wellness Wednesday for Indian Village Residents

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Indian Village, IN, Residents Do Not Want to Miss Monthly Wellness Wednesdays Hosted by Talbott Recovery

Hosted by Talbott Recovery, you have an hour dedicated to your wellness with Monthly Wellness Wednesday, which is an hour for you and your wellbeing, which takes place each month to give area residents the ability to engage while practicing safe social distancing. Every month, the hour is dedicated to wellness, including social health, spirituality, emotional wellbeing, and physical health. Whether you are looking for tips on self-care or staying healthy during flu season, there is something for everyone with these monthly virtual wellness events.

  • Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
  • Time: 12 pm to 1 pm EST
  • Where: Online Seminar hosted by Talbott Recovery
  • Cost: Free of charge, pre-registration is required to gain access

SERVPRO of Lafayette wants everyone to know how important it is to take care of health and wellbeing, which is why we fully support helpful online events such as these. Should you experience an unfortunate event like a fire in your home, you can count on our crew to assist with fire damage restoration. We arrive quickly to remove any standing water and all charred debris to commence full restoration efforts. Call (765) 420-0077 to reach us for 24/7 emergency service.

Dealing with Floodwater is Something Lafayette, IN, Residents May Not Expect – Until an Emergency Strikes

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Be at Your Lafayette Home ASAP After a Storm to Handle Flood Damage Cleanup

As the county seat of Tippecanoe County, Lafayette, Indiana, is situated just 63 miles to the northwest of the state's capital of Indianapolis. This city is also southeast of Chicago by about 105 miles and meshes communities with West Lafayette, home to the famous Purdue University. Together, these two cities make up the core of the Metropolitan Statistical Area of Lafayette, Indiana. As of the taking of the 2010 U. S. Census, Lafayette had a population of 67,140.

Lafayette, Indiana, Throughout the Years

Going back in time, the original people to inhabit Lafayette was the Quiatenon Indians. The French completed construction on Fort Quiatenon in 1717, which was used for Indians, merchants, and fur trappers. The city of Lafayette was marked in 1825 by a man named William Digby. The town itself was named as a tribute to General Lafayette – a man who fought in the American Revolutionary War as a member of the American army.

Along the Wabash River, there is a well-known shipping center that thrived throughout the early 1800s. When the construction of the Wabash and Erie Canal took place in the 1840s, it added a great deal to Lafayette's significance. The railroads' inset reached Lafayette in the mid-1850s that added to prominence, travel, and trade.

In addition to well-known Purdue University, this region is known for industrial activities. Lafayette is home to Wabash National, Eli Lilly and Company, and Alcoa, the Large Engine Division of Caterpillar Ind.

The Areas of Lafayette and West Lafayette are Known for Plenty of Historical Sites and Fun Spots to Make Memories with the Family

Throughout Lafayette and West Lafayette, nine great neighborhoods have spots listed within the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the significant locations for historic architecture include downtown Lafayette and the Ninth Street Historic District. In the middle of downtown, one architectural gem not to miss is the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. There is also the museum set up in the fully restored historical Five Points Fire Station.

There is the Moses Fowler House on South Street if you are interested in English Gothic architectural design. When it comes to the environment and agricultural history, the Prophetstown area includes land dedicated to Native American Heritage preservation. This land features a prairie, an old Indian village, and a lovely old farmstead.

Other significant points of interest in Lafayette include parks, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues such as:

Triple XXX – This is the oldest drive-in located in Indiana, which began operation back in 1929. Triple XXX was named after the house brand of root beer served here, which resides on the menu in addition to some of the best fries and old-fashioned burgers. This drive-in was also once featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives hosted by Guy Fieri.

The Knickerbocker – The oldest bar in Indiana, the Knickerbocker was opened back in 1835 under the name Cherry Wood Bar. This bar has been known for patrons such as Neil Armstrong, Al Capone, President Grant, and Mark Twain.

Wolf Park – This is a non-profit research and education facility that dedicates time to wolves' conservation. On these 78 acres of land, you will have the ability to learn all about wolf-behavior, different species and take part in groups and unique interpretive programs.

Lafayette, IN, Also Has Quite a Few People from the Region that Took on Some Level of Celebrity Status

What would the world be without people who have shaped the way that we think or enjoy life? Some of the people who came from Lafayette made a name for themselves, including:

Emmett Kelley – Known as one of the greatest clowns ever to perform, Emmett Kelly is famous for his persona "Weary Willie."

Axl Rose – This famous singer and songwriter for the American rock band Guns N' Roses, given the name William Bruce Rose, Jr., was born and raised in Lafayette.

Sydney Pollack – Lafayette was also the hometown of this famous and award-winning actor, director, producer, and public figure. Throughout his career, he took part in producing and directing over 40 films.

Kermit the Frog – This frog, famous for the Muppet Show and a variety of movies, was named after Jim Henson's childhood friend and one of the professors of philosophy from Purdue University.

Astronauts – Not one but two of the 22 astronauts from Lafayette's Purdue University have been on the moon. Neil Armstrong was the first astronaut from the region to walk on the moon, and Eugene Cernan was the most recent.

Storms that Bring Wind and Heavy Rain Call for Flood Damage Restoration by Skilled Technicians – Count on SERVPRO to Assist with Cleanup of Your Lafayette Property

Whether you have water coming from a damaged roof after a storm or floodwater enters the ground level of your home, proper mitigation is crucial. SERVPRO arrives on-site for all flooding events to help Lafayette residents bring their interiors back to preloss condition. With a single phone call, we have crews ready 24/7 to arrive at your door within hours. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, meaning that you have IICRC-certified restoration professionals on the job and able to lessen the impact.

Once we arrive at your home after the call to help with flood damage in Lafayette, we will:

  • Assess all the damage, including the cause and extent
  • Detail all the damage and best practices for restoration solutions
  • Extract all standing floodwater from your interior
  • Commence drying of the structure and all contents, as needed
  • Utilize dehumidifiers and other powerful equipment that help us ensure no hidden moisture is left to cause secondary damage
  • Perform controlled demolition as necessary to replace unsalvageable materials
  • Deodorization and sanitization with EPA-registered anti-microbials to eliminate musty odors and bacteria

SERVPRO of Lafayette has you covered whenever you experience a storm that leaves behind destruction and flood damage. We can dispatch technicians to your property within hours of your call to (765) 420-0077. Once we arrive, we act quickly and guarantee our work to have peace of mind knowing your home gets back to normal, fast.

Test Your Music Mettle at Name That Tunesday

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Lafayette Residents can Have a Mid-Week Break with Musical Trivia at Brokerage
Brewing Company 
If you are searching for a way to test your music trivia and lyrical expertise, you can join those
headed out to the Brokerage Brewing Company for Name That Tunesday. The event only
happens on the fourth Tuesday of the month through the end of the year, from 7-8 PM. Those
that excel above the rest stand to come away with prizes.
Did you know that Axl Rose and another founding member of Guns n’ Roses are from
Lafayette? Did you know that award-winning Contemporary Christian artist Jeremy Camp called
Lafayette home as well? Brush up on your music and tune knowledge to walk off with incredible
When fires and kitchen flare-ups threaten to keep you from getting out and having a good time,
let our SERVPRO of Lafayette team help with fire debris cleanup for Lafayette homes. We have
the equipment and potent cleaning products to make it “Like it never even happened.” Contact us
today at (765) 420-0077.

How Can I Recover Losses from a Garage Fire?

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke entering room under door; flames seen under door Housefires damage every area of the home, including the garage. SERVPRO knows how to restore the damage.

SERVPRO is an Established Fire Damage Restoration Service for Lafayette Residents

Does fire restoration cover vehicles?

A fire in the garage of your Lafayette home could lead to smoke and odor on storage contents, tools, and your vehicle. Hot smokes naturally seek our cooler surfaces, which means, in a highly pressurized garage fire, you may find the interior of your car is odorous and coated in smoke residues. Some areas may be tough to clean since smoke residues can reside beneath dashboards, in the vents or door cavities. SERVPRO technicians can help to recover content losses by tackling odors efficiently and effectively.

How are vehicles restored after a fire?

  • Take out any permanent fire damaged or destroyed parts of the interior and directly spray remaining surfaces with a water-based deodorant.
  • Thoroughly ventilate the interior of the automobile using air-movers or venting fans.
  • Clean the remaining parts of the car's interior before using a thermal fogger to clear any residual odors.

Are smoke residues challenging to remove from rubber?

Cleaning an automobile during fire damage restoration in your Lafayette home can be complicated due to the specific material construction. Rubber can respond negatively to many commonly used cleaning fluids and deodorants. To address rubbers, we can protect them using a dry silicone compound. After the rubber is sealed, SERVPRO crew chiefs can use an activated oxygen unit (ozone generator) to find further and eliminate any remaining odors.

What other areas of the home require specific restoration services?

  • Attics can make effective deodorization challenging due to insulation and confined spaces.
  • Rafters frequently attract temperature as well as smoke and often feature unfinished woods.
  • Venting panels or other ductwork that are commonly be found in the home.

If your home requires specific restoration techniques, it is best to enlist a professional and avoid causing further harm to contents. Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077.

Why Water Restoration and Recovery Are Vital for Lafayette Homes

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO techs in superhero costumes in front of SERVPRO Vehicle No matter the source of your water loss, the SERVPRO team is always ready and waiting to remediate the emergency.

Our SERVPRO Team can Help with Efficient and Direct Water Removal, Drying, and Cleaning Services When You Need Them

Water emergencies can strike at any time, especially when you consider some extreme temperature fluctuations that we can expect for Lafayette and Tippecanoe County. We can record average temperatures of 17 degrees during the winter, far below the freezing threshold. Exposed and under-insulated pipes and fixtures can freeze and burst, causing substantial water damage scenarios for area homeowners.

When you consider water restoration companies near me in Lafayette, few are locally owned and operated outfits like our SERVPRO roster. With close to 100,000 residents between West Lafayette and Lafayette, there are no shortages for places to call home for someone looking to find a place to plant their roots. Unlike many areas in the United States, our region of Indiana sees all four seasons every year – including a spectacular array of colors when autumn sets in throughout the natural landscapes surrounding the city. It is no doubt why so many have acclaimed the beauty and allure of Purdue's campus in West Lafayette, as most students are beginning their college journeys in one of the most attractive times of the year for our Midwest locale.

The Arts of Tippecanoe County

Because the city plays host to one of the most well-known colleges in the country, the municipality has grown and evolved to suit the changing climate of trends and movements driven by young adults. As such, we have many art programs and organizations that promote the development and the education of these artists, beginning with a safe place to showcase their talents and motivators. Through structures like the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, travelers and residents can see and experience this cultural staple throughout the year.

Annual festivals and fairs also showcase local talent and crafts. Many area artists look forward to presenting their work at events such as Art in the Park, Round the Fountain Art Fair, and the Mini Maker Faire of Greater Lafayette. The last of these is a huge event taking place at the end of March every year at the Lafayette Science Museum. Multiple exhibits display craftwork ranging from new inventions, science projects, artwork, music, and locally sourced food. While 2020's event was canceled because of the pandemic, the artisans and craftworkers' enthusiasm remains vibrant, and the fair is expected to make its return in 2021.

A College Town and More 

Purdue University influences much of the development throughout West Lafayette by increasing the need for small shops and novelty locations throughout the campus districts. These areas' continued development and growth attract travelers to the region that do not wish to contend with the traffic and congestion of the Indianapolis metropolitan zone around 60 miles away. While Lafayette is the seat of Tippecanoe County, the city does not have the same towering presence as the capital of the state.

The University plays the most considerable role in Lafayette's economics through both gainful employments offered with positions at the school and the campus's impact on companies and shops throughout the neighboring areas. With hundreds of structures directly correlated to student housing, the campus, and educational centers, our SERVPRO team also becomes directly tied to the school with our fast and reliable response. This rapid response is valuable when hundreds of individuals can become impacted by the same loss event.

Every year, Purdue offers education to more than 40,000 students, much of which does not commute. For most of the year, this influx in students and city occupancy can increase revenues and help fund more beautification projects for the municipality. Students of Purdue and Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana help increase the popularity and success of annual festivals like the Feast of the Hunters' Moon, which celebrates the relationship of early French settlers and the Native Americans in late October. 

A History Worth Preserving

Though we have only been a city since 1825, many of our region's structures are older. The town was named after the renowned General Marquis de Lafayette of the Revolutionary War. His tactical gifts allowed our greatly outmanned and outgunned colonists to fight for the freedoms that define America today. The area also has a rich culture and history with its original Native American occupants, including landmarks like Prophet's Rock.

We have designated areas of Lafayette devoted to the preservation and protection of properties with historical significance. The Upper Main Street Historic District is among these locations. It serves to maintain and upkeep famous buildings in our metropolitan area such as the Moses Fowler House, the James H. Ward House, and the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. These landmarks preserve our culture and history, dating back to French settlements along the Wabash River in the early 19th Century.

Intermingled with these attractive structures are symbols of Lafayette's growth and evolution, such as the shopping centers like Tippecanoe Mall or the medical facilities of Franciscan Health in the central and east areas of the city. Lafayette continues to be an attractive place to settle down because of the manufacturing facilities offering gainful employment for long-time residents and recent Ivy Tech and Purdue graduates, including Arconic, Wabash National, and Caterpillar.

Water Restoration You Can Count On 

Even with the charm and allure of Lafayette, its nearly 100,000 residents are always at the mercy of possible water disasters. There are multiple ways that water disasters can come about, including:

  • Frozen pipes
  • Broken fixtures
  • Aging plumbing
  • Human error
  • Malfunctioning appliances

Our SERVPRO team utilizes top-tier tools, beginning with our extractors, to manage water losses in your house. Appropriate mitigation tactics ensure that we reduce damages like structural deterioration, content degradation, and mold growth. Removing surface water often involves multiple tools, such as: 

  • Submersible pumps
  • Wet vacuums 
  • Truck-mount extractors 

With our prompt response to emergencies for mitigation and content recovery, our SERVPRO of Lafayette team can make water loss events "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (765) 420-0077. 

Lafayette Neighbors Dive into the Holiday Season with a Candy Cane Tour at McCord Candies

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

View of city street The holidays in Lafayette are special! We enjoy taking part in festivities like the McCord Candy Tour.

Continue an Unforgettable, Sweet tradition with Your Closest Lafayette Friends 

McCord Candies has been a staple on Main Street in Lafayette since 1912. Candies and confections created in a traditional sense offers an allure of nostalgia for area residents and captivate children of all ages. This holiday season, locals and travelers are encouraged to take a tour of the grounds and see some of the advancements of candy creations and some of the traditional approaches McCord Candies continues to do.

Not only do you get to participate in the process for yourself, but you also get to create a candy cane as a delicious keepsake. These tours happen on several dates, beginning November 13th. The candy shop also provides private tour experiences for groups of 12 or more for the same low cost as the open tours.

SERVPRO of Lafayette can help clean up businesses with stormwater removal strategies after disasters, including historic landmarks like McCord Candies. Contact us 24/7 at (765) 420-0077.

What Is Necessary for Effective Cleanup after Water Intrusion?

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

Water pooling on living room floor; furniture in background Should you experience a water intrusion event, contact SERVPRO. We are always on call.

SERVPRO Identifies Problems That Might Interfere with Water Cleanup in Lafayette Properties before Starting the Process

After an incident of water intrusion, you need to do more than just extracting water or drying wet materials. Cleaning up the affected areas helps address many issues that develop after leaks. SERVPRO helps cleanup Lafayette properties thoroughly, guaranteeing the best outcomes.

What do water cleanup exercises in Lafayette properties involve?

In a Lafayette incident involving clean water, you might not expect significant cleanup tasks. However, various issues might arise once moisture interacts with other house materials, necessitating advanced cleaning procedures. Some standard restoration procedures include:

  • Stain removal
  • Removal of deteriorated materials
  • Management of microbial agents
  • Odor removal

Stains arise mostly from dyes in upholstery or fabrics such as draperies running, affecting other vicinity items. The water might also affect materials such as pad, drywall, or insulation to the extent that drying cannot reverse the damage. Our SERVPRO technicians help remove such deteriorated materials during the cleanup process.

What counts as effective cleanup?

A cleaning exercise should help restore the property to its preloss state. The process should also guarantee sanitary conditions in the property after addressing the incident. Our SERVPRO crews achieve the desired goal by:

  • Evaluating moisture migration fully
  • Applying antimicrobial agents on the back of carpets
  • Using potent yet safe cleaning products

Challenges such as odor and mold growth mostly arise when residue moisture is left in the property after the cleanup exercise. Our technicians can probe deep within materials using penetrative moisture meters. We also check cavities for wetness using thermal cameras. In case of hidden moisture, we can open the areas or use advanced cavity drying techniques to manage the moisture.

SERVPRO of Lafayette cleans up a property after any water loss incident, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (765) 420-0077.

Do Entrepreneurs Need Mold Remediation Before Buying a New Commercial Property?

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Hand pulling wallpaper back exposing mold Mold damage is often hidden. SERVPRO knows the signs to look for. We can locate and remediate mold in your property.

Lafayette Business Owners Need to Know if Mold Remediation is Necessary

Buying a new commercial property in Lafayette is an exciting time in the life of your business. Whether you are looking for a drop-shipping warehouse, a cozy cafe, or an upmarket store, purchasing a commercial property is a big commitment. Property inspections are an unavoidable part of the buying process, and it is wise to get those completed before signing any paperwork.

One area to pay attention to is whether your proposed Lafayette property needs mold remediation. You might be thinking that if a property has mold, there is no way you should consider buying it. However, the decision is not quite that straightforward, as the situation might be easy to remedy, making the building viable once more.

Why is it imperative to be aware of mold when purchasing a commercial property?

Mold is a naturally occurring fungus that grows on organic materials such as wood, paper, and cotton. The fungus thrives wherever it finds a food source, moisture, oxygen, darkness, and the correct temperature. It is essential to be aware of mold risks when buying business premises, because:

  • If left unchecked, mold can damage everything from office furniture to wallpaper to wooden beams.
  • Mold spores spread quickly, and if you do not do something about them, you could soon find mold in other areas of your new business.
  • Patches of fungus or moldy odors do not give professional air and affect how staff and clients see your business.
  • Mold can cause health effects.

What are the signs of mold?

The main signs of mold are patches of green, black, or gray fungus growing in corners or surfaces, and wet patches and watermarks on floors and walls. You might also notice a distinctive moldy odor.

Because mold thrives on moisture, there are tell-tale signs that a premise in Lafayette has a mold risk. For example, leaking door and window frames, visible leaks around sinks or faucets, soft patches in the walls (indicating moisture beneath), carpets, or textiles damp to the touch. 

Does fungus mean you should not make the purchase?

We understand that fungus is a concern when buying a property. When deciding whether the mold is a reason to cancel the purchase, it is useful to consider:

  • How extensive the mold damage is – if it is not very extensive, the property might still be worth buying
  • Whether the source of the fungal growth is something that can be fixed to help prevent it from happening again
  • How much the cost of remediation will add to the purchase price

Who do you need to call?

Should you be concerned about mold, call SERVPRO. Our team includes mold remediation technicians who will:

  • Give you a professional appraisal of the situation.
  • Use a range of instruments such as moisture probes, thermo-hygrometers, and thermal imaging to gather data on the volume of moisture present and the likely extent of the damage.
  • Let you know how long cleaning will take, how much it will cost, and the likely outcomes. 

Suppose you decide to go ahead with remediation. In that case, SERVPRO technicians will use a combination of mechanical action, HEPA filtering, wiping, and anti-microbial application to remediate the mold and leave the premises Certified SERVPRO Cleaned. We can clean furniture, carpets, drapes, walls, floors, and ceilings of the building.

Please know that we do not offer mold spore testing. However, if the property needs mold spore testing, we can liaise with a testing company on your behalf.

Will the mold come back?

Because the fungus is naturally occurring, it is impossible to guarantee that it will not return. However, you can reduce the risk of recurrence by keeping the area dry, thus starving the fungus of the moisture it needs to thrive. Dehumidifiers are relatively inexpensive and easy to run – installing a few in your business can make a big difference.

It is also essential that you deal with any water leaks as soon as they occur. The longer you wait, the possibility of mold growth increases. Never ignore signs of mold.

What about staff training?

Your staff must be aware what to do if the mold returns. Do not encourage your team to clean it themselves – this can make the problem worse. Instead, consider signing up for a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP). The ERP includes a full facility assessment and vital details such as the chain of command and which staff should call if they notice mold growth. You can even set your SERVPRO of Lafayette as your local franchise so that we can reach you faster.

If you are concerned about mold in a potential property, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077. 

Can I Tackle Water Removal on My Own?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Man removing water damaged carpet padding and carpet Water quickly damages carpet, but SERVPRO can help. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective restoration services.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Many Water Mitigation Techniques and All the Right Tools to Address the Loss in Your Lafayette Home

Even if you want to save money by tackling water removal yourself, you need to know that there are many steps involved to ensure your interior is appropriately dried. Many of these steps call for industrial-strength tools and industry know-how, so it is most often best to enlist trained water restoration technicians (WRT). When you call SERVPRO to help with your Lafayette home's mitigation efforts, we get to work efficiently to limit the loss's impact.

Water mitigation in Lafayette gets to the heart of the matter rapidly to get back to your routine faster. Our IICRC-certified staff has access to countless extraction tools on our Green Fleet of vehicles, which allow us to pick the perfect equipment for each project. We come in to inspect the water damage so that we can determine the level of severity. We formulate a plan that may utilize multiple tools for water removal to prepare your interior for the drying phase.

How Do You Handle Standing Water?

When you have a lot of standing water inside your home for one reason or another, prompt extraction is vital. Standing water leaves your contents and building materials exposed to moisture that can lead to a breakdown. As soon as we have our plan in action, we remove surface water as quickly as possible. Many of the other measures we take to restore your interior cannot begin until we ensure all standing water gets removed.

Numerous benefits come from our water mitigation strategies, including:

  • Surface Water Removal –Depending on the nature of the surface water present, it could hold contamination that poses a potential threat to your household inhabitants and our responding technicians. We consider injury risks with standing water in your home, including possible shock or slip hazards, before we proceed with water removal.
  • Saturation Reduction – Having surface water threatens any materials that may be exposed. Water will migrate to dry areas within your home, and some wall systems and flooring can be more susceptible to moisture than others. We work to remove saturated and unsalvageable porous materials, such as drywall and any carpeting or carpet padding.
  • Water Migration Prevention –As mentioned, removing standing water is critical to ensure it does not have a chance to migrate. Any moisture left to migrate and fester will increase your chances of secondary damage.

What Tools are Used for Extraction?

SERVPRO keeps a broad range of tools and equipment in our inventory to address pooling and standing water within your Lafayette home’s loss zone. To decide what devices to use, we factor in:

  • The severity of the water damage
  • The depth of the water within the loss zone
  • Any areas where the water migrated
  • The types of materials that have been affected

A lot of these decisions are taken care of during the initial inspection phase before mitigation. Our team must select the right extraction tools to cut back on the amount of time and the water restoration project's cost. Some of the more common options our SERVPRO crew may choose from when working on water mitigation in your Lafayette home include the following:

  • Truck-mounted pumps
  • Submersible pumps
  • Wet vacuums

What About Carpeting Where Water Migrated?

The way we address wet carpeting will depend on how much water migrated to the area and the carpet fibers' sensitivity. We also treat the secondary padding to ensure that the subfloor has or does not take on too much damage. Because We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, it allows us to work on salvaging carpet whenever possible. Just a few of the tools or methods that we may use includes:

  • Carpet Wands –Mobile extraction tools and wet vacuums are imperative for interior restoration after water damage. We have a selection of individual attachments that help us to pull up excess moisture from the carpet fiber layers and padding in the most efficient manner possible.
  • Rovers –Also known as weighted extractors, this equipment uses the technician's weight to force moisture up through the carpeting for the onboard vacuum to lift.
  • Controlled Demolition –In some situations, it might not be possible for us to salvage the carpeting in or near the water loss zone. In these instances, trusted contractors may remove the carpeting and portions of the flooring if the damage has gone to the point where recovery is impossible.

We train and certify our SERVPRO of Lafayette team to handle water mitigation projects of all kinds. Call us 24/7 at (765) 420-0077 and our team will make it "Like it never even happened."

Where Can Homeowners Turn When Extreme Storm-Related Flooding Strikes in the Country's Heartland?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Thunder, lightning, and rain during storm Did the recent storms cause water to enter your home? SERVPRO is always available to restore your home.

Successful Drying of Residential Flood Damage in Lafayette Requires SERVPRO Professionals to Control Four Key Factors Through Adherence to Restoration Industry Best Practices

Storm activity in Lafayette can deliver severe damage, including flooding, to your home. Extreme weather patterns seem increasingly common each year. When your home lies in the path of these natural disasters, you need help from a well-trained and equipped company specializing in storm-related flooding mitigation and remediation. Water can enter from exterior roof, window, or siding damage. It can also seep or flow inside your foundation when the ground becomes saturated, or overland flooding builds and inundates neighborhoods with contaminated fluids.

Why Is Aggressive Extraction of Liquid Water a Priority in Professional Flooding Response?

When we scope out the flood damage suffered by Lafayette homes, we know it is critical to have all hands-on deck to remove the fluids. Waiting for water to drain and moving to the structural drying phase too soon significantly lengthens the time it takes to dry building materials to pre-flood moisture levels. Extraction is 1200 times more effective than drying alone. Consequently, SERVPRO moves immediately to pumping and extraction with truck-mount and portable units after our project manager gives the green light after the safety assessment.

What Factors Help Hasten Drying Time?

Quick drying of flood damaged materials within 24 to 48 hours is crucial to halt deterioration and prevent secondary damage, such as mold damage. SERVPRO crews master the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training before working on your project, obtaining certifications as Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians. Training in the IICRC standards guide us to concentrate on achieving a balance among the following elements for the most effective drying strategy:

  • Temperature -- best results when spaces are maintained at 70° to 90° 
  • Amount of water to be evaporated -- the more extracted, the less needing dehumidification
  • Humidity -- relative humidity of more than 60 percent slows drying, and the goal range is 30 to 50 percent
  • Air movement -- continually sweeping air away from wet surfaces and exchanging warmer, dryer air for damp enhances drying efforts

Rely on the highly qualified team at SERVPRO of Lafayette when torrential rains and fierce winds bring thunderstorms, tornadoes, or even derechos and associated flood damage to your front door. Call us round the clock at (765) 420-0077 for professional flooding recovery after the storm.

In What Order Are Fire Damages Addressed in Homes?

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged room. Flooring damaged Fire damage is devastating to homeowners. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective remediation.

When fires damage your Lafayette residence, there is a specific restoration path our professionals follow to make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Fire recovery and cleanup happens in several stages and steps for your Lafayette home. As challenging and overwhelming as these disasters might initially appear, our continual approach transitions from one need of the property to the next ensures that we can return your house to preloss condition efficiently.

Fire restoration in Lafayette homes changes from one residence to the next based on the circumstances that exist. Our SERVPRO team’s approach to a kitchen fire in your house might vary significantly to an overloaded outlet that catches fire in the living room and spreads throughout several property rooms. However, we have a general path to follow for most fire recovery needs, and this involves several layers of cleaning and restoration.

In What Order Does Restoration Happen? 

A careful evaluation of the house's conditions occurs during a pre-job inspection and scoping of the damage. Data collected during this assessment determines the restoration plan, necessary tools, and personnel. Often, the path of fire damage restoration follows these steps:

  • Emergency Services – These are pre-scoping tasks designed to prevent fire losses from getting substantially worse. Often these actions are extracting water, controlled demolition, and debris removal. 
  • Safety Hazards – Environmental hazards are a severe concern for responding technicians, so we set up equipment like air scrubbers to help.
  • Customer Priorities – Your concerns are vital to our restoration process because what is most important to you should get addressed as quickly as possible to put you at ease. 
  • Cleaning/Soot Removal – Surface and airborne smoke and soot particles present a health and structural hazard, so our SERVPRO professionals must remove them as soon as possible. 
  • Deodorization – Using foggers, hydroxyl generators, and ozone machines, we can neutralize and eliminate lingering smoke odors. 

Fire restoration varies from one address to the next, but our SERVPRO of Lafayette team can help design a plan tailored to your home's needs. Give us a call at (765) 420-0077.

My Child’s Bedroom Has Water Damage – What Can Be Done?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Water spewing from pipe Water damage can happen at any time and can be extensive. SERVPRO knows how to quickly dry your home.

SERVPRO Has Qualified Technicians to Mitigate the Damage that Water Can Leave in Lafayette Homes

Every day in Lafayette, homes are impacted by water damage. It can be from a busted pipe, a washer overflowing, or a water heater rupture. In this case, a bathtub overflowed into the child’s bedroom. Professional help is needed to restore the property and prevent secondary damage.

Can the Carpet Be Rescued?

Kids are a wonderful thing. They make life exciting and fun, but they can also be forgetful. In this situation, a young man forgot to watch his bathwater. The tub’s drain was not working correctly, and before he knew it, water was pouring into his bedroom. The carpet was soaked, toys sopping wet, and some of his books got damaged. For SERVPRO technicians, water mitigation in Lafayette often involves wet carpet and can often be restored. 

Surface water tends to pool on things like carpeting. Extracting as much water as possible, as quickly as possible, is vital. If left for very long, the damage can become worse, and mold can develop. SERVPRO has various methods of water extraction. Each circumstance gets looked at individually, and the best process is determined. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified techs can use:

  • Truck-mounted extractors
  • Portable pumps
  • Submersible pumps
  • Wet vacs
  • Carpet wands
  • Light wands
  • Weighted extractors

If the water intrusion causes delamination, the carpet may not be able to be salvaged. The rug in this boy’s bedroom got soaked with clean water, and SERVPRO was called immediately. The technicians were able to clean and dry the carpet. 

Are the Toys in the Room OK?

In one corner of the room, toys were sitting. Stuffed animals in a pile absorbed water. Since the water was clean, contamination that comes with gray or black water was not a problem. If they had sat for any length of time, they could have gotten mold on them. Disposing of them may have been the only option in that case. But these were able to be properly washed, dried, and returned to their owner. Toy cars, plastic superhero figures, and Legos were either sprayed clean, wiped down, or immersion cleaned. 

Can His Books Be Salvaged?

Kids love their books, and they have their favorites. Often books were gifted by grandparents or other special people in their lives. Replacing water damaged books that are inexpensive is often the best bet. But for those expensive or treasured ones, they can often be restored. If the books get rescued within 24 hours, they can be frozen for later restoration or dried immediately. SERVPRO can restore books, documents, and photographs to a usable condition, usually. The objective is to avoid further damage to the items. There are five methods for document and book drying:

  • Air drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freeze-drying
  • Vacuum freeze-drying
  • Vacuum thermal drying

Although books can be dried and restored, they never look like they initially did. Water spots and other discoloration can be present.

How Do I Know All the Moisture is Gone?

The bathroom and the bedroom required water mitigation in Lafayette. Hidden moisture can be a problem if not taken care of immediately. Water can seep under floors, behind walls, and into ceilings. Not only can it cause the materials to break down and weaken, but it can cause mold. Mold remediation is not what you want to deal with if you don’t have to. Our professional teams use moisture meters, sensors, and probes to detect moisture. We seek out any water and make sure the area is completely dry. 

In the bathroom, the water traveled underneath the cabinet. The technicians removed the base molding to access the toe-kick area. They then drilled holes along the bottom of the cabinet in this area to allow for airflow. A vent system was used to force air into the cabinet, ensuring a thorough drying. We have advanced Injecti-Dry equipment just for this purpose. Other drying equipment used in both the bedroom and the bathroom were air movers and industrial dehumidifiers. 

Professional Water Mitigation You Can Trust

Even a small, contained water intrusion such as this can lead to more significant problems if left untreated. If the homeowners decided to clean up the water themselves, there might have been pockets of moisture unseen. The cabinet could have deteriorated at the base from absorbed water. Mold may have developed if the carpet wasn’t completely dried. They probably would have thought his favorite book from grandma was a loss and tossed it. 

By calling in the professionals, it is possible to save more than you think. When water damage strikes, you can trust our experienced team to restore your home to preloss condition. Our goal is always to leave the property, “Like it never even happened.” Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 for quality water mitigation service.

How Do You Clean Up After Fire Suppression in a Lafayette Office Kitchen?

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher being used. Did you know that fire suppression equipment leaves residues? SERVPRO knows how to clean and remove them.

After extinguishing the fire and the first responders have cleared the building, SERVPRO can help clean up the fire effects and the suppression equipment. 

Fire losses can be a hazardous situation for your staff and clients in a Lafayette office building when traditional extinguishment methods get used. Kitchen flare-ups or electrical overloads can have an immediate and deliberate impact on structural fixtures in this break area that requires knowledgeable professionals like our SERVPRO team to address. 

How Do We Remove Fire Suppression Residues?

When fire restoration in Lafayette offices begins, containment and mitigation steps are vital to protecting its contents. Reducing the spread and severity of loss incidents can often involve addressing the mess left behind after a fire suppression device gets used. With many types of suppression products, the methods for removing residues varies as well. These include:

  • Dry Chemical – These are among the most common options for residential and commercial fire extinguishers, and these residues require specific steps to sufficiently clean. Chemical compounds like sodium bicarbonate must be neutralized with chemical solvents and water-based solutions in our products' inventory.
  • Foam – Foam extinguishers and suppression systems can be highly effective for the blaze but can encompass the entire room where the ignition occurred. Surface cleaning solutions with water-based cleaning products are often most effective for these residues.
  • Sprinkler System – Sprinklers are often widely used in office buildings, despite the damage that these suppression systems can do to electronics. After these losses, cleaning up involves a combination of damage mitigation tasks like extraction, drying, and carpet cleaning. 

Fire restoration and recovery options for your office building must begin as soon as possible to reduce how damaging these disasters can be to the entire structure. Our SERVPRO of Lafayette team can help with thorough surface and content cleaning after fire extinguishment. Contact us today at (765) 420-0077.

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Who Can Restore a Storm Wrecked Property?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy rain and lightning on background Indiana is no stranger to strong storms. Call SERVPRO for fast remediation should your home flood.

SERVPRO Rapid Response Teams Can Assist with the Recovery of your Home and Contents after Flood Damage in Battle Ground.

How can I determine the full force of a storm or flood on my property?

The priority when dealing with storm-related property damage is to conduct a thorough assessment. SERVPRO is a national provider operating here in Battle Ground and the surrounding area. Our team of dedicated technicians can scope your home for potential hazards and issues that could cause lasting problems. Typically, scoping tasks answer questions about whether there are electrical hazards, where water has entered the property and prioritize which areas require immediate attention. We perform both restorative and mitigative procedures to ensure that no further harm occurs at the property. Restoration works can usually begin once safety hazards are neutralized, and removal of excess water in the property is complete.

What equipment is used to remove floodwaters from a property after a storm?

The primary equipment for restoring flood damage in your Battle Ground home is an extractor. Water extractors use centrifugal motion combined with a heating element and negative air pressure. These extractors are typically powered using truck-mounts, which allow for consistent, high-volume extraction from residential properties. If the source of water is confined to upper levels or there is roof damage, technicians can use smaller portable varieties of water extractor. A technician can identify exactly which type of extractor to use in your property by judging the extent of water intrusion and material construction. Carpeted properties usually benefit from specially weighted extractors to squeeze the moisture out of the fibers.

What types of water extractors are there?

  • Weighted extraction equipment
  • Portable water extractors with storage tanks of 30 to 40 gallons
  • Truck-mounted extractors with storage tanks of over 100 gallons

When a violent weather event affects your property, contact SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077.

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What Threats Exist with Different Flood Scenarios in My Lafayette Hotel?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Person with suitcase entering sunny hotel room Flooding can devastate hotels. SERVPRO is equipped to quickly remediate the damage.

Depending on the Type of Flooding Occurring, the Impact on your Building and Guests Could be Considerably Different

Flooding can be one of the fastest moving and destructive disasters to impact your Lafayette hotel. It is imperative to address the loss effects these situations create immediately to protect the structure and the guests and patrons of your accommodation. The risks that staff and customers face vary from the loss incident; many of these variances depend on the flooding's origin. In most situations, there are three common flood conditions:

  • Roof Damages
  • Natural Flooding
  • Flash Flooding

What Threats Exist with Water Penetration from the Roof? 

There are multiple avenues for flood damage in Lafayette structures and commercial properties. However, with the expectancy for severe weather throughout the year, roof breaches can be a direct inlet for flood losses. Hail, winds, torrential rain, and other conditions can all have destructive effects on a roof, allowing water penetration through these vulnerable points. These conditions worsen until our contractors can seal up these breaches, repair the roof, and begin extraction and drying. These can affect rooms on the uppermost floors first.

Is Natural Flooding a Substantial Concern? 

Natural flooding can occur when waters rise around the structure, allowing it to penetrate the main floor. While this inevitably impacts areas like the lobby and check-in, it can also spread to affect rooms and common areas on the first floor. We must begin both extraction and controlled demolition practices where contaminant exposure might have occurred.

What Can Flash Flooding Do to Your Hotel? 

Like natural flooding, flash floods can impact the structure's main level, but more powerfully and fiercely. These emergencies spread quickly through the hotel, making it vital to implement extraction, cleaning, and repairs as soon as our technicians arrive.

Your hotel could experience flooding, but our SERVPRO of Lafayette team is ready and able to help. Call us today at (765) 420-0077.

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How Do I Lower My Kitchen Appliance Fire Risk?

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged kitchen. Charred furniture; smoke on walls and cabinets Kitchen fires are common. No matter the size, SERVPRO can remediate the damage and restore your home.

Certified Technicians Eliminate Fire and Odor Damage in Your Lafayette Kitchen

Whether the incident occurs in Lafayette or elsewhere, kitchen fires can impact your home by affecting indoor air quality, creating acidic soot deposits, and introducing foul odors from cooking.

If your Lafayette home has suffered fire and odor damage, SERVPRO technicians can respond quickly to your call to begin the cleanup process. These restoration professionals adhere to the standards established by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to ensure that homes are clean and safe once more after a disaster.

Lowering Kitchen Fire Damage Risk

  • Install the smoke detector near the kitchen.Your smoke detector can go off when there is too much smoke or steam from day-to-day cooking. However, in a kitchen fire, smoke spreads quickly enough that your alarm can activate in a timely fashion.
  • Unplug appliances when not in use.Devices turned off still draw electricity when plugged in. It takes faulty wiring, an overheated thermostat, or a damaged cable to spark a fire in your kitchen.
  • Keep the stove clean.One of the most common ways a kitchen fire can start is igniting food particles on or in your stovetop. The cleaner your kitchen, the fewer fire risks there are.

SERVPRO’s Odor Control Tools

SERVPRO professionals use a variety of odor control tools to combat kitchen fire-related smells, including:

  • Trays of scented granules placed near vents spread pleasant odors through the home
  • Thermal foggers designed to penetrate surfaces with deodorizing solutions the same way that smoke does during a fire
  • Manual cleaning with alkaline cleaners, enzyme digesters, and EPA-registered antimicrobials addresses many of the odors caused by charring, microbes, and protein residues

SERVPRO of Lafayette has the tools and knowledge to make your home seem, “Like it never even happened.” You can call (765) 420-0077 at any time day or night for professional disaster cleanup.

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What Areas of My Lafayette Home Need Cleaning After Water Losses?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used on water damaged floor Did your home experience a water loss event? We’ve got you covered!

Many surfaces and items can show physical damage after a disaster, but our SERVPRO team can offer practical solutions for drying and cleaning. 

Cleaning is one of the vital elements that our professionals provide Lafayette homes after any loss event. With water losses, the damage can spread very quickly to areas beyond where the problem originated. As challenging as this can become for restoration purposes, your home's cleaning and recovery are also made more difficult by these migrating conditions. But the sooner our technicians arrive at a damaged address, the less widespread and devastating loss effects can become. 

Because many tasks make up water cleanup for Lafayette homes, our skilled technicians are involved in every phase of recovery in your house from the initial emergency services when our team first arrives to placing the final touches on a finished product. Dozens of materials and contents can become damaged with even a small water loss incident - and this situation amplifies the more substantial the emergency. Certain materials and areas of the house are more susceptible to damage from migrating water than others, and these include: 

  • Flooring Surfaces - Carpeting and hardwood floors are among the most sensitive materials to absorption and water damage. There are specific approaches to recovering saturated flooring, and these vary depending on the type of material affected. 
  • Wall Systems - Drywall, wood framing, and insulation are all susceptible to water saturation as well. Because these are common structural elements throughout many homes, our professionals trusted methods of restoring or replacing these materials promptly.
  • Contents - Your personal belongings are also in harm's way when migrating water loss effects move through the house. We have multiple strategies for addressing these possessions' restoration and recovery to limit your loss during an already traumatic experience.

How Can Flooring Get Cleaned After a Water Loss? 

Flooring is one of the universally affected materials in homes regardless of the severity of water loss incidents in Lafayette. Because pooling water gathers at the surface of flooring materials first, wood and carpeting absorb standing water to the point of overexposure. This absorption affects the surface layer, but it can also migrate quickly to the underlayment, subflooring, and padding. There are multiple strategies for removing water from these materials, and if that process is successful, these areas of your home still need a thorough cleaning. Carpeting especially can benefit from revitalization to improve the color vibrancy, look, and feel of the fibers. Some of the practices used to accomplish this include: 

  • Deluxe Preconditioning & Cleaning 
  • Hot Water Extraction 
  • Deodorizing Products 

Do Wall Surfaces Need to Get Cleaned as Well? 

Wall systems can absorb water quickly, especially considering that much of your plumbing network is hidden behind drywall and runs along with the framework. Breaches in this plumbing could have disastrous effects for the entirety of this wall structural cavity. While systems like the Injecti-Dry unit can evaporate moisture trapped in these open spaces, the deterioration of drywall and residues left behind from prolonged water exposure must be cleaned and removed. Often, the best approach to complete these efforts are vacuums and cleaning solvents for damaged surfaces not getting removed through controlled demolition. 

How Do Contents in My Home Get Restored? 

Many of your personal belongings can end up in the path of migrating water loss effects. While it is possible to take immediate action when water losses first begin to remove these items from affected areas, there are several instances where this preliminary action is impossible. Restoring and recovering the contents within your home often falls into three potential categories for our responding cleaning technicians. These include: 

  • In-House Relocation – Certain circumstances when relocating your belongings can be sufficient to prevent destructive water damage. We choose areas isolated from the path of moving water, such as a garage or second story, to store your possessions until restoration completes safely.
  • In-House Recovery Solutions – Cleaning and restoring your belongings on-site is desirable to the alternative but limits the range of corrective actions that we can take with your house's items.
  • Pack-Out Procedure – When damage has become too severe for on-site recovery solutions, we can relocate these items to our nearby SERVPRO facility for focused cleaning, deodorization, and a safe storage climate-controlled warehouse. 

Water cleanup can encompass many actions that our technicians must take when we first arrive at your home. Our SERVPRO of Lafayette team can help to provide the most efficient path to make this loss "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (765) 420-0077.

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What is Controlled Demolition After a Water Loss?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

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When Structural Elements Become Damaged by Migrating Water Loss Effects in Your Lafayette Home, Controlled Demolition can be a Method of Gaining Control of the Situation

After a water loss incident, your Lafayette home could show signs of several damages. As challenging as some of these conditions might be to overcome initially, our SERVPRO team has multiple strategies to help. Mitigation solutions often involve some degree of controlled demolition to regulate the spread and severity of water loss migration. This early action can help to reduce more widespread tear-out and reconstruction at later points.

Multiple actions fall under the heading of water cleanup for Lafayette homes. Controlled demolition can help to reduce the overall amount of cleaning and recovery necessary for a property by discarding materials too damaged to preserve. With a team of in-house contractors capable of overseeing the removal of these materials and the complete build back of the removed elements, we can make the total recovery effort for your home more efficient and cost-effective.

What Materials Require Controlled Demolition? 

There are many materials affected by moving water in your house after a loss incident. Some are more sensitive than others to absorption and overexposure. Understanding which elements in your home can become the most harshly affected can help you to recognize this damage as it begins. It is often vital to secure professional restoration as soon as possible after a disaster occurs. With a 24/7 response to water emergencies in homes and businesses in our area, our SERVPRO team has become a trusted name for mitigation, restoration, and full-scale build back when necessary. Some of the most directly impacted structural elements after a water loss include:

  • Drywall
  • Carpeting
  • Hardwood Flooring
  • Cabinets
  • Wood Framing
  • Ceiling Tile

No matter how severe water loss incidents might initially appear, our SERVPRO of Lafayette team can help with a fast and experienced response. Give us a call anytime at (765) 420-0077.

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Are My Floors Doomed After a Flood?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Hardwood flooring in hallway After water damaged this floor, we were able to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Can Help Save Your Floors After a Flood in Your Lafayette Home

Flooding in Lafayette can damage much of your home. Your belongings, documents, and priceless memories can all suffer after a weather event invites water into your house. Deciding where to focus your energy after the incident can be overwhelming but calling a professional cleanup service lends expertise to your decision making.

Our neighbors in Lafayette suffering due to flood damage can call our SERVPRO team for expert advice. Are My Floors Doomed After a Flood? Because of our training and experience, we are ready to assess your home's levels of damage caused by outside water seeping into it. Our team reviews that damage to your structure and building elements just as it looks at your flooring, cabinets, and furniture. Even your documents can be part of the restoration process, all to disrupt your life as little as possible.

How do I know what I need to remove from my home after a flood?

When you rely on a professional service like SERVPRO, you gain insight into our expert opinion. We advise you on items we need to remove to protect your family and health as we measure moisture levels and use industry-grade tools to determine where water is hiding. Porous surfaces, including upholstery and carpets, are not salvageable, and we remove them to prevent the proliferation of bacteria in your home. In terms of flooring, we apply industry techniques to achieve the best results, which may include some of the following:

  • Adding air movers to restore relative humidity
  • Removing flooring finish if it is acting as a barrier to evaporation
  • Using polyethylene to create a drying chamber for hard-to-dry sections

Our SERVPRO of Lafayette is an invaluable resource when emergencies happen. Our team is devoted to mitigating your loss, and we are reachable 24/7 by calling us at (765) 420-0077. When you reach us, you can be sure that we are committed to leaving your home, "Like it never even happened."

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Do I Need Professional Cleanup Help to Remedy this Storm Damage?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

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After Your Home Suffers Flood Damage, SERVPRO Arrives at Your Lafayette Home to Get to Work Fast!

Even if you try to protect your home from storm damage and flooding, there is no telling what Mother Nature has in store. With only a couple inches of water, there can be enough damage that the interior of your Lafayette home can face thousands in repair costs. However, calling in a team to promptly mitigate the situation and start restoration helps you to limit the loss and the costs involved for repair and replacement. We want you to know that SERVPRO is always available in the Lafayette area with 24/7 emergency restoration services!

How Does Your Team Handle a Flood Loss Call?

Once a storm leaves you with flooding in your home, you need to call us immediately to assess the flood damage in Lafayette. Floodwater falls in with category three water, which means that there is often a high potential for bacteria and contaminated debris that may lead to health hazards for you and your family.

When you call us for emergency flood restoration, we follow steps to mitigate microbial growth:

  • Quickly remove standing water using powerful pump extractors capable of pulling up thousands of gallons of debris-filled liquid.
  • Take away any contaminated materials, including carpeting or drywall.

What Happens After Contaminated Water and Materials Get Removed?

After our restoration professionals address these two elemental steps, we then have EPA-registered cleaning agents that allow us to control harmful bacteria found in the water and microbial growth. We know that using the right disinfectants helps to slow growth wherever our team suspects that contamination exists. You can count on our skilled IICRC-certified technicians to:

  • Remain mindful of all the product labeling on disinfectants, only applying them as specified and mixing the solution carefully.
  • Ensuring that cleaning agents contact all surface areas to disinfect thoroughly. These surfaces include building materials like walls, subflooring, and more.

Why Does My Home Need an Initial Assessment?

We perform a walkthrough of your home so that we can determine the flood loss zone. This walkthrough allows our crew to formulate a plan of action that includes all the right methods, equipment, and cleaning agents to get the job done. The extraction process begins to pull up as much moisture as we can. Once we remove water, we take the time to start the drying phase.

During the next phase, we follow along with several necessary steps. Drying includes placement of industrial-strength drying equipment that dries the interior rapidly. Just a sampling of the drying equipment that SERVPRO uses in a flood damage restoration situation includes:

  • High-powered industrial-strength fans
  • Centrifugal air movers
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers

If it appears as though water infiltrated the walls or migrated behind baseboards, we have a range of structural drying equipment at our disposal, which allows our team to force air into and out of all wall cavities and other nooks and crannies that are hard to reach. Structural drying equipment easily overcomes air delivery systems' restrictions, helping us reach tight spaces where moisture often gets trapped. There are also several attachments that our technicians can use to redirect, filter, and manipulate the air to speed up drying times.

Can Carpeting be Saved After Flooding?

Floodwater in Lafayette poses a variety of problems due to contamination and potential health hazards. Our team thoroughly inspects and tests carpeting and the padding below to determine whether it is salvageable or if it must be removed and replaced. With many flood-loss events, carpeting and carpet padding need discarding before using special drying measures for the subfloor below. Full removal allows our team to dry the subfloor to inhibit the onset of fungal growth.

We Stop Odors Before They Start

With any water loss event, there is the potential of foul odors setting in. We treat each interior with care, ensuring that every surface gets dried by using professional moisture detection tools and sensors. We also have a range of deodorization tools that help with odor removal and control, such as:

  • Air scrubbers
  • Thermal foggers
  • Air filtration devices (AFT), and more

These tools are excellent for deodorization and improve the air quality throughout your home's interior. Air filtration devices work by layering filters to control air contaminants. The first layer helps grab particles and larger debris. The second layer consists of SERVPRO's Odor-Cleanz filter with a significant capture rate. The final tier includes a HEPA filter that removes 99.975 of particles and other contaminants from the air.

No matter what type of flood damage is in your home after a storm, you can count on our skilled technicians at SERVPRO of Lafayette to help with the restoration. Have a team deployed to your location as soon as possible to get started on cleanup by calling (765) 420-0077.

How Can I Get Rid of the Smokey Smell in my Lafayette Home?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke and soot damage on walls and ceiling Smoke and soot residue are difficult to clean. SERVPRO has the tools to restore your fire damaged home.

A Professional Service Can Help You Eliminate the Smell of Smoke After a Fire in Lafayette

Homeowners are vulnerable to fire damage despite their best efforts to keep safe. A cooking accident, a mischievous teenager, or sheer bad luck can be to blame for flames erupting in your home. Fire remnants sometimes feel more significant than the flames themselves, and you may be finding smoke and soot around your home for weeks.

In Lafayette, fire damage meets its match in our SERVPRO team. As soon as you call us and invite you to your home, we focus on assessing the impact, prioritizing cleanup steps, and drawing up an action plan to restore your home as soon as possible. We are constantly available to help you in this difficult time.

How do I clean the air after a fire?

The steps to remove soot and smoke residue are straightforward. At SERVPRO, we focus on understanding the path of the fire and smoke, as well as the nature of each surface we need to wipe clean. Soot from organic materials is a cloud of fine dust, while human-made objects tend to leave a stickier residue. Our team has in its arsenal cleaning solutions to eliminate the residue while preventing damage due to their abrasive nature.

The air around you is a different matter. Your house may look clean, but the foul smell seems to linger in the air despite aroma diffusers and other deodorizers at your local store. By calling our SERVPRO crew, you gain access to industry best-practices to counteract odors. Some options available to us include:

  • Odor pellets- these are simple to use and can overpower the smell of smoke in your home
  • Thermal foggers- they work by spraying a fine mist that bonds with odor molecules and eliminates them
  • Ozone generators- these also attack smell molecules and dissolve them

We do odor elimination in concert with the cleaning and disinfecting of your home. You can trust SERVPRO of Lafayette to guide you through the restoration process. Call us at (765) 420-0077 and we will leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

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How Does Mold Grow In My Lafayette Home, and Can SERVPRO Help?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Mold Damage In Your Home

When you first discover mold growing in your Dayton home, you might find yourself a little surprised and unsure of how it got there. More often than not, homeowners are less and less aware of the ease with which mold can grow and colonize in their houses, which makes it more of a common occurrence for it to happen. The more that you can understand how these situations occur, the better prepared you are to stop it from happening.

It might not seem like mold damages  in your Lafayette home can be that big of a deal, but mold can cause many problems for your home and your family inside. For starters, mold colonies eat and erode organic building materials, weakening the structural integrity of your home more and more as the colony spreads. Secondly, there are potential health effects linked to exposure to these colonies. This fact puts your family's health at a risk when exposure occurs.

Mold spores require one thing more than any other to grow and colonize within your house, and that is persistent moisture. While often the damp areas of your home are the basement or cellar, mold growth is never just isolated to these low traffic areas. Even if the spores begin to colonize there, they can travel via air ducts and openings throughout your home and colonize in these new places as well. That is why remediation from our SERVPRO technicians needs to happen as promptly as possible.

Warmth is another condition that the mold spores often require to colonize in your home, but this is not as warm as you might believe. For most residential varieties of fungus, the temperature only needs to be in the vicinity of 70 degrees. At this temperature, spores can seat and thrive on organic materials throughout the affected area.

Heeding Early Warnings of Lafayette Mold Damage Could Save Big Money

Compared to the effects of fire and water damage, most cases of mold damage in Lafayette are often difficult to identify and notice. Mold begins as a tiny, imperceptible problem in the home, but silently spreads and grows until someone takes notice of it. By the time mold has become visible, it is often too late to prevent significant damage to the home. Identifying warning signs and indicators of mold damage could end up saving you thousands in remediation and restoration costs, so be sure to look out for these common symptoms in the future.

Foul or Musty Odors

The most common method by which residents identify mold damage in their Lafayette homes is through smell. Many types of mold emit a pungent and typically foul or musty odor. If your home has begun to exhibit unusual and inexplicable smells, either in a single location or across the building, this may be a key warning sign of significant mold damage. Keep in mind that many mold infestations occur behind walls, beneath floors, and above ceilings, so it is not uncommon to smell mold without seeing it.

Dampness or Water Damage

Many cases of water damage SERVPRO deals with also involve some amount of mold remediation - and vice versa. Mold and water damage often go hand-in-hand, and if you have found unusual dampness or moisture in your home, this could be a key sign that mold has taken root somewhere nearby. If you cannot locate the source of the moisture yourself, give SERVPRO a call, as our inspectors carry special thermal imaging tools to help identify the origin of the problem.


Mold often first shows itself through light discoloration. Long before it forms evident and textured colonies, it may spread lightly across a surface without causing significant damage. Look for spots of discoloration around your home, and be wary of all unusual colors that are not simple stains.

Finding the right solution to the mold growth in your home is not a problem that you should put off any longer than necessary. The longer that mold grows unabated in your home, the farther it spreads and the more damage that it ultimately causes. Give our SERVPRO of Lafayette mold remediation technicians a call today at (765) 420-0077.

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If A Leak Is Causing Water Damage to My Lafayette Home, Can I Call SERVPRO Right Away?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water with a few bubbles. SERVPRO of Lafayette offers emergency services in the case of a water loss at your home or business.

Water Damage Caused by A Water Main Leak in The Lafayette Community

As a resident of Indiana, you may have experienced a water main leak in your property. It can be distressing, but there are professionals in your area who can help.

A leak could be caused by pressure surges in the pipes, decaying and rusting pipes, a blockage or even the foundations of your property shifting. A potentially serious water damage event in your West Lafayette home can leave you feeling vulnerable, but our technicians treat your home with care and your family with respect.

A leaking pipe can cause water to build up under the floorboards of your property, damage wallpapering and lead to problems with your property's electrical systems so getting it inspected by qualified technicians is essential. You can call SERVPRO anytime an emergency strikes and be guaranteed of receiving our trademark service.

Our friendly technicians handle the process of inspection and assessment, the extraction of the water and the correct drying of your property before our expertise in restoration ensures your property is left looking as good as before the water loss. Drying your property with scientifically tested techniques prevents lingering humidity, as well as preventing outbreaks of mold. Our highly qualified specialists use air movers to evaporate the moisture into the airspace and dehumidifiers to remove the moisture from the air. This advanced two-part system guarantees that humidity levels do not remain high thus removing the risk of further deterioration to your property.

SERVPRO prides itself on the quality of the restoration work we provide. We know that every home plumbing disaster is unique and that it can be a very stressful, worrying and anxious time for you, but our community-based experts have the personal touch and will smoothly arrange the entire process for you. To finish, we will sanitize and clean your property for your comfort and convenience, which includes deodorization.

SERVPRO of Lafayette offers emergency services in the case of a water loss at your home or business. We are available 24/7 at (765) 420-0077.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Lafayette, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette today at (765) 420-0077 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Happens When Toilets Overflow in My Lafayette Commercial Building?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO In Lafayette Can Talk with You About the Problems When Toilets Overflow in Your Lafayette Business

Office buildings in Lafayette often have public restrooms that contain multiple toilets and sinks. If a leak develops in one of the pipes that run to your bathrooms, there is a chance that calling in a professional commercial water removal company such as SERVPRO can save you and your insurance carrier money. When pipes break inside a restroom, several different issues can occur. Inside a bathroom, three different types of water sources exist. When conducting commercial water removal, the methods change depending on where the moisture originates. 

The first step our SERVPRO team takes when arriving at a disaster that occurred at your place of business is to figure out the location of the leak. Once we take steps to repair the problem so that no more moisture leaks out, commercial water removal in Lafayette can begin. If the leak comes from a clean water pipe, then the damage is considered category one. If the moisture comes from a sink drain, then the water is called grey water, and the problem becomes a category two situation. If one of the toilets inside your office building leaks, then the problem is much worse and is considered a category three or black water issue.

When dealing with category one situations, our SERVPRO technicians can usually extract water and dry out most wet materials, in many cases without removing any building materials. However, when working with grey or black water, there is a possibility of contamination. Remove porous materials and use anti-bacterial chemicals to keep contamination from spreading.

We take steps to contain the harmful bacteria present in the sewage water in the event of a toilet leaking or backing up. When this happens, we set up a plastic barrier with an air scrubber to remove harmful particles from the air. We then remove most porous building materials and dispose of them in sealed plastic bags. We then disinfect the area before spraying structural components with specialized sealant paint. 

If you ever notice that a toilet has backed up inside your office complex, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 any time of the day.

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Does SERVPRO have the Experience in Fire Restoration for My Dayton Home Fire Damage?

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

A room with smoke and soot damage covering the walls and furniture  When soot covers many surfaces in your home, SERVPRO technicians understand which ones to clean and the most effective methods to use.

Team SERVPRO Has the Experience and Tools to Effectively Remediate Your Home After Fire Damage

Many cleaning challenges arise after a fire damage incident. Some are because of the different airflow patterns, the amount of oxygen, moisture, and heat that are present during the fire. Remember, different buildings have different surfaces, and that means you should expect different results after exposure to smoke residues. This post outlines the various factors that affect cleanability when such incidents take place in Dayton.

The type of surface determines the cleaning procedures that our SERVPRO technicians use during fire damage restoration in Dayton. If the surface is porous, there are high chances of the odors and particles penetrating further and making them hard to clean. The opposite is true when we are dealing with nonporous surfaces such as enamel paint and vinyl wall coverings. Depending on the surface, we can decide to use natural or synthetic fibers.

The surface's age is also crucial when we are choosing the cleaning method to use. Older areas are usually difficult to clean since as time goes by, the paint may deteriorate, making such surfaces porous. When that happens, the adhesion properties of the painting weaken. Additionally, hotter fires make areas to expand and, in the process, become more porous. Some surfaces can also melt or char – our SERVPRO technicians understand that restoring them may require refinishing since cleaning cannot be enough.

If there was moisture in the building during the fire, it may mix with some of the smoke residues and cause permanent stains on surfaces. Some of the sources of moisture during structural fires are from fire extinguishing products, activated sprinklers, and damp weather conditions. A combination of heat and water can lead to yellowing of surfaces.

When cleaning your property, our SERVPRO team is careful not to introduce sudden temperature changes since that may lead to certain types of damage. For instance, if hot oils cool instantly as a result of temperature changes, the soot particles may create a hard to clean film on the surface. An increase in air pressure may also make the air to expand and force soot into crevices and cracks.

SERVPRO of Lafayette has experience in both residential and commercial fire damage restoration. Call us at (765) 420-0077 irrespective of the site of the disaster, and we can work with to you make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Does SERVPRO Understand How Important It Is to Have Our Lafayette Business Back Up and Running After a Flood?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

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We Understand That You Need To Get Back To Business Quickly After A Lafayette Flood.

Keeping your doors open after a flood or other area-wide disaster means staying ahead of the competition and building a better image in the eyes of your customers. When your business affects those beyond the local Lafayette area, this ability becomes even more crucial.

Truck stops and roadside diners in the Lafayette area fulfill the needs of those traveling through our area, but commercial flood damage in Lafayette can bring this to a screeching halt. Trucks carrying goods to other areas of the country rely on your facility for both the drivers' needs and the maintenance of the trucks themselves. Families traveling through rely on your diner for a secure place to sit and eat a meal where their children can stretch their legs safely.

When your business falters, those relying on you must travel farther to reach another place, causing your profits to sink. SERVPRO understands the business needs in our area and intends to do everything possible to help you recover quickly and thoroughly after flood damage in Lafayette causes you grief.

Once our large capacity pumps remove the lingering water from your floors, we start the cleanup phase. We want to ensure that your shop's area, the diner, and other areas revert to their previous state, just “Like it never even happened.” While some of your merchandise on lower shelves may have come into contact with floodwaters, the majority can often get cleaned up and reorganized, allowing you to still offer these items for sale. Wherever inventory losses occur, we mark these items on individual sheets that you can submit with your insurance claims.

Cleaning floors, booths, other furniture, and the kitchen means you can soon have your doors open to the public again and fully operational to meet their needs. We can help you pass inspection faster with our comprehensive services. Our skilled specialists know what to look for when assessing the flood damage caused, and we have the skills and equipment necessary to get everything restored as quickly as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 to get the IICRC-certified specialists you need. We are Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we work quickly, too.

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Can SERVPRO Inspect for Attic Mold In Your Dayton Home?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

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If You Think A Mold Infestation Is Growing In Your Dayton Attic Call SERVPRO.

Sometimes preventative efforts can be as important as restoration or remediation for your Dayton home. Preventing situations like mold growth from occurring often hinge on your knowledge of the problem areas and their conditions throughout the year. While you can inspect many of these areas yourself to save some time and money, areas like your attic can be difficult to access and might require more technical expertise in identifying mold growth than the average homeowner can provide.

Finding mold damage in your Dayton home can be a cause for alarm, but with the right professional remediation services, you can handle the effects quickly and effectively. Attic mold can be particularly challenging due to its location and lack of foot traffic on a regular basis. This situation can often result from moisture penetrating through the roof, which is exasperated even farther by severely cold temperatures and thinner points of insulation for your home. Often homeowners do not know that this colonization has occurred until its effects have moved to the level beneath the attic and into a more widely used area of the house.

Routine inspections of this area are services that our SERVPRO remediation specialists can provide. We have extensive training in identifying mold growth and the type of microbial threat, making us uniquely qualified to identify colonization and take the necessary steps to remove the growth entirely.

If mold gets discovered, containment strategies begin immediately to prevent the spread to new areas of your home. This initial containment process often requires shutting off the air circulation appliances throughout your home for HVAC inspections, and to prevent active mold spores from traveling to new areas while removal efforts get underway. Our SERVPRO professionals have advanced tools and techniques to remove an active colony entirely, and additionally, our skilled team can help to propose preventative measures like sealing off penetration points in the roof and prolonged use of dehumidification equipment.

Attic mold might seem difficult to identify, but our SERVPRO of Lafayette remediation technicians can help. From initial inspections to full removal and remediation strategies, you can reach our certified specialists 24/7 by calling (765) 420-0077.

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Can I Rely on SERVPRO When I have a Flood Damage In Dayton?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Rain falling, with a home and tree branch in the background.  Even if rainfall is not heavy enough to flood the area, rainwater can make its way into your home or office causing severe damage.

Yes, You Can Rely on SERVPRO for Any Size Flood Damage.

You can reduce health risks and additional losses when you are prepared to face natural disasters such as flood damage. For instance, when a flood occurs, drinking water sources are likely to be contaminated. Also, if water removal does not take place, then additional problems such as mold damage are likely to develop. We hope all homeowners, businesses, and communities around Dayton can use the opportunity presented this National Preparedness Month and master to face and reduce the resulting environmental and health risks.

If your Dayton property experiences flood damage, it is not safe to go back into the building since the floodwaters may cause electrical, structural and other related hazards. Our SERVPRO technicians can perform an inspection to determine whether it is safe to re-enter your home and put in place steps to protect your structure and items from additional damage. Not everyone has the experience and skills in electrical and construction work, so it is always advisable to work with professionals in the restoration industry.

It is the work of our SERVPRO technicians to turn off the gas and the electricity in your home. We also check for signs of sagging ceilings. We understand that wet wallboard or plaster is heavy and can cause accidents when it falls, so, we have to remove them when we are restoring your property. We also check for some furniture such as cabinets may also fall over. Removing pictures and mirrors from walls may also be necessary since they may fail to stay in position when the plaster is wet.

If there's standing water in the building, we have to use portable or truck-mounted extractors to remove it. The use of submersible pumps is also an option – though, we make use there are no sediments in the water to be pumped out using this technique. We are careful not to open swollen doors or windows forcefully. Breaking glass is not an option, we take out the molding and then remove the window sash from its position.

Rely on SERVPRO for Any Size Flood Damage

Spring is on its way and with the change of season comes excessive rain. Sometimes when it rains a lot in a short amount of time, water can get into your Dayton home. Even if the rain is not bad enough to flood the area, sometimes water from the outside still makes it into a room in your home.

Sometimes with old doors, seals do not seal correctly at the bottom of the door. If water leaks into your mudroom from your back door, SERVPRO's flood damage specialists in Dayton are always available to help you. At times, water damage that does not seem excessive gets overlooked.

If water makes its way into your mudroom, it is possible for it to cause more damage to your home than you think. Water can ruin your flooring material or walls. If not efficiently mitigated, water damaging other rooms is possible.

Anytime water from a rainstorm leaks into your home, it is a good idea to get the professionals at SERVPRO to help. As soon as we get a call, our team arrives at your house and begins to fix the water damage problem. The first step is to remove any furniture or objects that may get ruined when wet. The next step is to remove any standing water with extraction equipment. After all of the standing water is gone the walls and flooring materials get inspected and tested for moisture.

In some cases, rainwater seeping into your home damages your flooring and drywall. If this is the case, then the ruined material gets stripped out, and the rest of the building materials get dried. In other cases, drying the room that water got into is all that is needed. When drying, our IICRC certified restoration crews use sophisticated air movers and dehumidifiers to make sure that moisture levels are low enough so that mold cannot grow in the wet area.

Any time even a little bit of rainwater enters your house, the best solution is to call in the professionals. To prevent mold growth and other damage in the future call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 for help 24/7.

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I Have A Leaky Bathtub in My Dayton Home. Can I Rely on SERVPRO?

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Water on the floor in a bathroom with a figure holding a wrench.  Water damage can quickly happen in any part of your home. Contact SERVPRO right away when water damage occurs for best results.

Inspection and Scoping of Work by SERVPRO Are Key Steps to Water Mitigation

Water damage can come from various sources inside of your Dayton home, and few of them are easy to fix by yourself. However, one of the most common places for damage to occur is inside your bathroom. Leaks are more prevalent here merely because water flows to your bathtub, sink, and toilet rather than the other rooms in your house that usually only have one source. Pressurized water can always leak from faulty plumbing. When your tub leaks, it can cause damage to the floor underneath it and the walls around it.

Sometimes leaks can go unnoticed and when they do eventually causing damage, it is fortunate that you can rely on professional help to remediate the water damage in your Dayton home. The wisest decision you can make upon finding water damage in your home is to call for help. Damage related to water is time-sensitive and the longer the liquid is allowed to be present, the more damage it can do.

It is especially important to call for help immediately, as most bathrooms have ceramic tile flooring. Ceramic tile is usually waterproofed. However, the subfloor beneath the tile is not. Leaving the tile exposed to water can cause warping to the subfloor underneath, especially if your tile has any cracks. Often the caulking around the tub and floor or the wall tiles had aged and is no longer watertight. The warping can cause the tile to break apart at the joints from stress and ruin your flooring.

When you call SERVPRO, our IICRC-certified technicians can inspect your flooring and the walls around your tub. Afterward, we can pick the most appropriate method to extract the excess moisture from the structure of your home. If we can, SERVPRO can even dry your floor from underneath of it, allowing us to tackle the moisture from more than one angle. We use tools like air movers, ventilation fans, and dehumidifiers to get the job done as they create an ideal environment to remove excessive moisture. We inspect and check with a variety of moisture reading devices during and after the treatment.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Many Helpful Tools When Remediating Water Damage in a Home

Professional water removal services are vital and contacting a certified service provider is advisable when a related disaster strikes. As a resident of Dayton, you may think that the little accumulation of water on the floor is a minor loss, but you should note that what you considered as harmless may escalate and cause massive damage on your property.

If you need to alleviate the damage, timing is so critical when offering water removal services in Dayton. That is why our SERVPRO technicians respond immediately and put measures in place to prevent further damage. We are trained in this field and use modern tools and techniques when drying, disinfecting, deodorizing and dehumidifying your property.

One of the tools that our SERVPRO team uses to dry damp rooms is a dehumidifier. It works by controlling the humidity levels of the room to preferably 40 -50%. A higher percentage of humidity can create suitable conditions for mold growth, and when it is under 30%, it may lead to structural problems. These are some of the factors that our trained staff use when restoring your property.

When there exists an unpleasant smell in your property, then we might decide to perform deodorization to conceal it. There are different methods of deodorization with some of them being dry fogging, direct spraying, wet fogging and injection methods. When we spray directly, we use sprayers to pump the deodorant into target areas. On the other hand, we may use needles to inject the deodorant into specific areas of a carpet if we decide to use an injection method.

In some instances, our SERVPRO technicians use air scrubbers when the air has particles and odors. An air scrubber is a device that has filters - that help in trapping the odors and particles. Irrespective of the deodorization method or restoration procedure we decide to use, we always stick to the IICRC standards as well as the local and state regulations.

SERVPRO of Lafayette responds to all types of storm, water, mold and fire damage disasters. Call us at (765) 420-0077 to learn more and be served by a proven industry leader.

More Lafayette Businesses Using Pandemic Cleaning Protocols to Give Customers Peace of Mind

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

close up of virus cells on a blue background When you feel like germs are everywhere and you can't keep up, SERVPRO is here to help.

Lafayette Businesses: SERVPRO Follows Pandemic Cleaning Protocols for Peace of Mind

Many Lafayette public facilities and organizations have closed to limit the spread of the pandemic virus. Others, though, are essential businesses, which remain open and continue to serve the needs of the public. 

We are thankful for those employees and businesses in the Lafayette area who dedicate themselves to providing vital services to prevent the spread of virus contamination in Lafayette. For your emergency services, SERVPRO works 24/7 and we want to share the following information:

  • The certified techs at SERVPRO use commercial-grade equipment and EPA-registered products to clean commercial properties. 
  • We follow industry standards and health and safety guidelines when it comes to pandemic cleaning protocols
  • Our team is here to offer the assistance needed for continuity of services, including commercial disinfectant services, janitorial/cleaning support, and help maintain healthy workplaces in support of front-line employees.
  • A commitment to deep cleaning and then applying a disinfectant to high touch areas hinders the viral spread in the workplace.

Leaders in the Community

You can be confident that we meet and exceed the cleaning and disinfecting standards set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 and let us be your partner so your employees can continue to serve our community during this time.

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

After A Fire Contact, Can SERVPRO Remove Soot and Smoke Damage From My Dayton Home?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Grey and white smoke on a black background. Smoke from a fire can travel almost anywhere in the home, depositing odorous soot’s and residues to surfaces on contact.

SERVPRO Can Remove Smoke And Soot After Fire Damage For Your Dayton Home

In a kitchen fire, it is seldom the flames that do the most damage. Unlike fire, smoke can travel almost anywhere in the home, depositing odorous soot’s and residues to surfaces on contact. Generally, smoke travels upwards into any free air pockets which can make it challenging to find where an odor is coming from or removing soiling from tough to reach areas. By training technicians extensively in the behavior of smoke, we offer a comprehensive solution to small, medium and large house fires.

When it comes to fire damage in Dayton, homeowners can rely on us to provide prompt service. We live local to the area and operate a 24-hour call line. SERVPRO has access to national level resources, so we bring with us the very best training and expertise on every job that we do. We also promise our customers to arrive on site with four hours of receiving a notification of loss.

When materials combust, part of their essence is transported via smoke. Synthetic and natural materials have different compositions, so it makes sense that removal methods are also different. Wet smoke is synthetic and can be spread around causing further damage using specific cleaning methods. Dry smoke, on the other hand, can be removed from fabrics using a dabbing technique that prevents residues becoming embedded.

So how does SERVPRO know which smoke is which? The answer is simple. We conduct a pre-test to determine what kinds of smoke we are dealing with and how best to treat them. For difficult to reach areas we use agile, extendable brushes to complete the job effectively. Our technicians are IIRC certified and more than happy to share their considerable knowledge with you after work is complete.

Take the stress out of home restoration by trusting SERVPRO of Lafayette. You can reach us anytime at (765) 420-0077 to book a service.

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What Additional Damage Types Does SERVPRO Handle with Flood Damage in Dayton?

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

A green home surrounded by standing water.   Flooding can cause widespread damage if allowed to remain for periods of time. Contact SERVPRO to quickly dry out your property and prevent mold.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Tackle Drying Out Your Property to Help Prevent Any Secondary Damages From Forming, Let us Explain More.

Some of the most expensive consequences of flood damage in Dayton may not even be from the flood itself. Many floods and storms create secondary problems and types of damage that can cause damage that is as bad or worse than anything caused by the dirty, tumultuous waters. SERVPRO exercises flexible and adaptable mitigation and restoration strategies to better handle unexpected developments and unpredictable situations in the aftermath of a flood and can help to counter any of these types of damage on top of our usual water removal and restoration procedures.

Floods and Fires

In some cases, the worst flood damage to a Dayton home may come not from the water, but from a fire. Floods can start fires in many different ways, and often, rainfall and humidity fail to put out the flames before they engulf a home. Lightning can strike the home, electronics can short circuit and cause electrical fires, and any blazes on nearby properties or tree lines may carry over onto your property. SERVPRO is fully certified to handle fire damage of any severity alongside other restorative processes.

Physical Damage

Some floods can cause significant physical damage to a home by crashing objects into one another. Heavy objects can be picked up inside the home or brought in from the outside to wreak havoc, and trees and light posts can sometimes crash down from above and tear holes in your home's exterior. We provide tarping services to handle many of these situations and can develop solid plans to repair any additional issues we encounter.


Mold thrives after an area floods, as it can find ample supplies of water and nutrients to start new colonies and begin to grow under ideal circumstances. Stopping mold can be a challenge, requiring careful attention, rigorous sanitization, and targeted mitigation practices to achieve success. We act fast to dry your home and eliminate the threat of mold if possible and take care of its effects if not.

SERVPRO of Lafayette is prepared to help you deal with any flooding that comes your way, with 24/7 fast responses to calls from across the local area. Give us a call at (765) 420-0077.

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Can a Water Cleanup Company Save the Furniture in my Coffee Shop?

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Two women sitting in coffee shop drinking coffee Don’t let water damage dampen the atmosphere at your coffee shop.

SERVPRO Can Help Clean and Disinfect Your Furniture After a Water Leak

Imagine you own a coffee shop, and your furniture is now soaking wet after a leak in the kitchen. Mitigating your loss is essential to keeping the business open and serving your customers. Salvaging your furniture is part of protecting your investment.

Thankfully, in Lafayette, you can accelerate the water cleanup of your business by calling our SERVPRO technicians. For your convenience, we are available around the clock and can arrive at your coffee shop soon after you detect the emergency. By acting quickly, you can minimize the time water sits on your carefully chosen pieces of furniture and ruins them.

Can upholstered items be cleaned?

At SERVPRO, we can often share the good news with our customers by letting them know that their items are salvageable. Of course, several factors determine whether it is reasonable to treat an upholstered item or if it is better to let them go. The fabric, damage, plus your preferences aid the decision-making process. Once we are ready to salvage a piece, we apply ourselves by using one or several techniques. These may include:

  • Shampooing the upholstery
  • Using a wet-dry vacuum
  • Hand dry and spot treating

First, we pre-test an inconspicuous area of your armchair or couch before we apply a full water damage restoration treatment. Spot testing helps us anticipate any bleeding, shrinking, fraying, or discoloration. All this preparation and deliberate use of cleaning solutions and techniques help us preserve your upholstered pieces and leave them like new.  If we can't save them, we take care of their disposal for you.

SERVPRO of Lafayette is at your service to minimize the disruption to your daily life. Call us at (765) 420-0077 and let us leave your coffee shop "Like it never even happened."

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How can you get the Most from Your Fire Damage Restoration Team in Lafayette?

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Foyer of a home with soot covering the walls and floor Usually, not all is lost after a fire. SERVPRO technicians are trained to restore and rebuild your home and make it, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Provides Best Practices for Fire Damage Restoration in Lafayette

After the smoke clears and things get cleaned up in your Lafayette home, and soot removal occurs, property owners often notice that things still reek of smoke and burned materials, particularly synthetics. The microscopic particles in the smoke, soot, and ash from these materials can cause enormous amounts of damage to both your property’s structure and its contents. These particles can also cause both temporary and permanent health effects in individuals.

SERVPRO’S employees hold certificates from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), ensuring residents of Lafayette our skills in fire damage mitigation and restoration can meet the challenges of their newly developed situation. Our training for the IICRC certificates includes the physical and chemical changes that occur during a fire, the condition of residential or commercial property in a fire’s aftermath, and the most effective methods to mitigate damage and restore the property and its contents.                                     

Additional Resources Make a Noticeable Difference in Recovering Post-Fire

Our experience in the community and networking with others leaves us completely prepared to provide our customers with additional resources after a disaster. These include agencies in and around Lafayette who can provide temporary housing, household goods, interim childcare, and a host of other resources. While your family might not need every item on our list, knowing you have additional assistance can help you feel more in control of your circumstances.

A Multitude of Choices Put You Back in Control

Along with this same goal of restoring your control over your family’s living situation, we also collaborate with you during every stage of cleaning, mitigation, restoration, and rebuilding fire damaged homes in Lafayette. There are specific standards we must adhere to so we can achieve the results we want. We can also explain the different options available as we progress. Options range from different cleaning chemicals to color variations in the stains we use for wood trim and the paint we apply to walls and ceilings. Other options include replacement materials, furnishings, and amenity items, floor coverings. We provide extra attention to when attempting to restore extremely damaged but irreplaceable items.     

SERVPRO Never Overlooks the Structural Safety of Lafayette Property

Not only does SERVPRO advise you of the less expensive options, but we also consider your family’s safety at every point. Structural deficits occur during a Lafayette house fire, due to not only the heat, flames, and soot, but also the intensive soaking of your house. The flooring might seem sturdy, with little damage, but the underlying support system might not have fared. When saturated with water, joists, and beams in the wooden frame can suffer damage from microbes. When these microorganisms eat at the wood or the water destroys the lignin, wood can begin disintegrating rapidly. We work with reputable contractors with current licensing credentials to help restore and rebuild as painless as possible.

We Use Personal Protection Equipment, Minimizing Risks to Us as We Eliminate Them for You

Soot particles can damage both inanimate objects throughout your house and cause severe health effects if not managed correctly. SERVPRO’s technicians use internationally accepted methods to clean up soot and ash from surfaces. We carry several air scrubbers that give excellent results when removing finer soot particles from the air within our Green Fleet. We use these as we wipe surfaces down, remove charred and burned materials like drywall and carpeting sections, furniture, and household items. We also connect these to flexible tubing sections as part of negative pressure chambers.

The SERVPRO Green Fleet Means Your Fire Damage Situation is Now Under Control

The dousing of thousands of gallons of water onto the burning areas of a property by one of Lafayette Fire Department’s seven stations saves it from the flames. Still, it leaves it vulnerable to infestations of mold and water damage. The SERVPRO team checks for both destructive post-fire circumstances.

Working with knowledgeable contractors, we can ascertain where weak spots exist in your property’s structure. Often, these areas regain at least significant amounts of their previous strength upon drying, so some team members begin extracting water. Still, others work on cleaning up soot and removing fire damaged building materials. Our diagnostic equipment helps us determine where damp areas exist, enabling us to concentrate efforts in these locations.

Our Comprehensive Training Increases the Effectiveness of the Tools, Machines, and Equipment We Use During Fire Damage Mitigation and Restoration

Our employees learn the techniques used and accepted around the world. These internationally accepted methods are taught through in-house training sessions through the study of Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) materials, followed by testing and hands-on experience. This well-rounded system leaves our team capable of working highly efficiently, saving you money, time, and aggravation.

SERVPRO of Lafayette works on the restoration of homes and businesses around Indian Village, IN, Battle Ground, IN, and Dayton, IN. Call (765) 420-0077 to ensure your property’s restoration flows as smoothly as possible after fire damage happens.

Restoring Your Lafayette Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Carpeted hallway of commercial property, with water on the floor. Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Lafayette 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 Lafayette

SERVPRO of Lafayette 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.

Meet Our Crew:



  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

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

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

uprooted tree falling on home Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Tippecanoe County.

SERVPRO ofLafayette 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 Tippecanoe 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.

Faster to Your Tippecanoe County Water Damage Event

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Grey sofa, potted plant, and dining chair floating in water damaged home SERVPRO of Lafayette provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Tippecanoe County.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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 –765-420-0077

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 Lafayette

SERVPRO of Lafayette 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.

We're Still Here, When You Need Us Most

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

2 SERVPRO employees in work vehicle wearing PPE Two of our employees, on their way to clean up a local fire!

SERVPRO of Lafayette is a family owned local service provider. We help commercial businesses
and residents in Greater Lafayette by providing cleaning and restoration services. We believe in
good communication, hiring staff locally, and providing quality work to our customers. We are available, 24/7/365, to help you when you need us most. You can trust us because all of
our crew chiefs are IICRC certified in their specialized areas including water damages, fire
restoration, mold remediation, & bio hazard remediation to name a few. By using us, you can rely on a service provider who treats you with integrity and respect, by communicating with you every step of the way. Our core values have made us one of the most comprehensive restoration providers in this community. 

During these unprecedented times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, WE ARE STILL OPEN!

Unfortunately water and fire will still cause damage during these times. We are still helping members of our community recover from everyday disasters. We have had to make some changes to our normal business practices to keep our people and our customers safe during these times.  

1. Inspections - To limit everyone's exposure we are unable to perform inspections for non emergency work at this time. To fill the gap we are giving customers an approximate estimate based on information we collect over the phone and via email. Pictures are encouraged to be sent over to help with the estimating process. 

2. Cleaning with Disinfectants - We are cleaning our facility and vehicles daily with EPA registered disinfectants.

 3. CDC guidelines - We are abiding by the 6' rule in our facility when possible. We are wearing face masks in our facility. We are wearing hand and respiratory protection on every project.  

How are protecting our Team and our Customers?

1. Our employees wear face and hand protection out on every job and while in work vehicles.

2. We apply hospital grade disinfectant to high touch areas in our warehouse/offices daily, and to our fleet vehicles at the end of each day.

3. We have air purifiers running in our facility throughout the work day.

4. We are applying a disinfectant fog to our facility weekly. 

We are also offering proactive cleaning to our community to help minimize fears surrounding COVID-19.

We will come out to your home or business and do the same things we do here, to help keep our community safe. Stay alert, stay vigilant, and stay safe. We are all in this together, and we will get through this together! 

We are still here to help!

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

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We are still here when you need us most

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, we wanted to make our customers aware that we are remaining opened during the shelter in place order.

We are critical infrastructure workers

The SERVPRO franchise network plays a vital role in protecting public health and safety. As the current COVID-19 crisis unfolds, orders have been promulgated to shelter in place and limit movements. All these orders have recognized the vital importance of service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of critical infrastructure, residences, and businesses. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce dated March 19, 2020, the SERVPRO professional service providers are designated as “essential critical infrastructure workers” under the following provisions:

  • Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other services providers who provideservices that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;
  • Workers to ensure continuity of building functions;
  • Workers who support hazardous materials response and cleanup; and
  • Workers supporting the operation and maintenance of facilities.

Call Today, we’re ready to help!

As providers of essential services, the SERVPRO franchise network is prepared to address the most pressing disaster restoration, cleanup, and disinfection issues facing our customers. When it involves emergency mitigation and recovery, or cleaning and disinfecting homes, schools, healthcare, quarantine facilities, public institutions, and businesses, we have you covered.                                                       

From carpet cleaning, to catastrophes, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Lafayette, 765-420-0077

How SERVPRO Removes Odors After Fire Damage

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians dressed as superheroes standing in front of a SERVPRO van. Did your home experience fire damage? Our SERVPRO team is ready to ride to the rescue!

Deodorization Exceedingly Important in Lafayette Fire Damage Cleanup

The primary concern of homeowners suffering residential fire damage is, of course, the restoration of the functionality and physical appeal of their homes. Eliminating fire-related odors is initially a much less considered issue.

One recent severe fire damage case in Lafayette, however, highlighted the importance of effective deodorization. A couple of months ago, the homeowners had hired a fire damage cleanup company to repair their property. At first, all seemed well. Then, as hotter, more humid summer weather arrived, the residents noticed strong unpleasant odors. It seemed that the company had not eliminated the smells associated with the fire months before.

At this point, the family went searching for a solution. Some neighbors told them that SERVPRO might be able to help. After they took their neighbors’ advice and called us, we were on-site within four hours to assess the situation. We employed multiple techniques to eliminate offensive fire damage odors. Our technicians attempted to locate odor sources and remove them, clean away all residues, and either counteract bad odors with deodorizers or seal them in affected materials.   

SERVPRO employed a variety of specialized equipment to rid the Lafayette house of the persistent unwanted odors. Realizing that the HVAC ventilation network was contributing to the issue, we used a duct cleaning system to clean and seal it.  Our technicians performed attic remediation. Workers removed affected insulation, cleaned, treated, and sealed charred rafters with a pressure sprayer, and brought in an ozone machine overnight to neutralize the remaining odors in the air. Throughout the rest of the house, we used air scrubbers to remove additional particles and odors. SERVPRO finished up by fogging the entire structure and then allowing it to ventilate properly. After everything was said and done, the odors were gone, and the residents were happy.

This entire incident illustrates just how important yet challenging; it is to remove fire-related odors from your home. Also, it indicates that not all fire damage repair companies do it correctly. Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 if you need assistance.

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Need Advice on Coronavirus?

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here to Help During this Time of Need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of Coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning and disinfection services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Updated Information Daily

We stay informed and prepared by getting the most up to date information daily.  There is a lot of disinformation being passed around and we will only advise you on things we know. Not only are we kept up to date by our corporate office, we visit the CDC website regularly, to stay in the loop on the most current and relevant information.

Learn How to Keep You, Your Family and Your Employees Safe

Not only are we offering proactive cleaning services, but we are also here to be your trusted advisor during these difficult times. If you are unsure about disinfecting procedures or want more information on the virus, feel free to contact us.

Mission Statement

“To help our community in their time of need by highly trained professionals focused on integrity, respect & communication.”

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If you need advice, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Lafayette, 765-420-0077

When Water Damages Your Office in Lafayette

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Electronic device splashing into a pool of water Water can quickly damage office electronics. Call SERVPRO for fast water cleanup.

Commercial Water Cleanup Lafayette – Moving Desks and Equipment

Any time there is water damage in a commercial office, many clients are not only worried about the damage, clients also worry about how to organize all the material in the office. Usually, there are filing cabinets, piles of paper on desks, computers on desks or sitting on the floor, and a variety of miscellaneous items scattered everywhere in the office.

SERVPRO encounters these situations often while providing commercial water damage cleanup services in Lafayette and the surrounding area. Our clients are very concerned and frustrated about the damage and how long their business operations are going to be out of service. Rest assured, our team understands the urgency and requirement to re-establish normal business operations as quickly as possible.

Every Project has Different Requirements

Some items are damaged by the water, while others are a bit wet and can be wiped down and recovered. Many offices are cramped with little room to work, while others have a great deal of unused space. Our SERVPRO crew chief assesses the situation and quickly forms a plan to mitigate the damage and begin restoration. The plan is discussed with the client and adjusted to customize it to meet local needs.

In cramped offices with water damage, we may need to pack up everything to provide space to work. Desks can be lifted and placed on blocks. We can move filing cabinets out of the area to a staging area. Computers need moving, and the client can arrange for drying internal components and recovery.

Once there is enough room, we use water extractors to remove water and moisture from carpeting and tile floors. If water has seeped into walls, we remove baseboards and perform flood cuts to provide access to the interior of walls to remove all water and moisture. Our objective is to dry your building and return your office as quickly as possible to enable a return to normal business operations.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Battle Ground, Buck Creek, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How Professionals Restore Flood Damage in Lafayette

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Seek Expert Help to Restore your Lafayette Home After Flood Damage 

Homes in Lafayette are susceptible to sustaining flood damage during the rainy season. Property owners might not be familiar with the damages that a flood can cause. A good understanding of the materials that flooding can affect helps ensure effective remediation and restoration.

It is essential to work restoration experts in dealing with flood damage in your Lafayette home. SERVPRO franchise professionals provide restoration services for flood-damaged structures and contents. Flood damage can worsen as time passes, and that’s why we respond to emergency calls quickly. We also complete the restoration process quickly to minimize disruption to the lifestyles of our clients.

When you look at the flood damage in your house, you may underestimate the extent of the cleanup process. Cleaning up your home may require more effort and time than you initially expected. Water can compromise the integrity of your carpets, walls, ceiling, and furniture. If you attempt to perform the cleanup yourself, it is easy to miss crucial areas that are hard to reach. Leave this project to our restorers for the best outcome.

After a flood, your carpet can soak much filthy water that not only makes it dirty but also encourages bacteria mold to grow on or beneath it. Our crew can remove the carpet because it is challenging to eliminate hazardous microorganisms from porous materials. We have suitable carpet tools for disengaging the carpet and pad, separating seams and reinstalling carpeting, padding, and seams.

Floodwater can also affect your floors and walls. If your home has a wooden floor, there is a high likelihood that concrete composes its base. Bricks or other materials like wood also lose their structural integrity when they soak water. Our team can take steps to remove the floodwater quickly so prevent further damage like warping and cupping of wood flooring. 

We use advanced cleaning tools and strategies to clean up a house. Our experts know which detergents to use depending on the materials we are cleaning. We also follow the label directions on the professional cleaning products.

Our SERVPRO crew can also dry your home thoroughly using air movers and dehumidifiers. Dehumidifiers emit hot, dry air that can dry hard to reach, wet areas like pillars and walls. We feel satisfied to see our relieved customers by the time we complete our flood restoration services. Our team goes beyond the norms to make a house livable again and ensure everyone living in it is safe.

Do not panic after flooding takes place in your West Lafayette, Indian Village, or Battle Ground home. Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 for help. We work on a 24-hour basis and can handle your emergency. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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What to Expect from Professional Fire Damage Cleanup Services in Lafayette

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Performing Fire Damage Cleanup In Your Lafayette Residence Can Prevent Severe Destruction

Electrical malfunctions or failures are a significant factor in the ignition of fires in homes in the U.S.A. This is according to research that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has conducted over the years. These fires account for the highest share of property destruction.

A fire can erase memories and leave evidence of the loss in your home. SERVPRO can help erase the signs of fire damage in your Lafayette residence. We provide expert services to clean up both the interiors and exteriors of your house. We offer a natural and safe cleaning solution that can get the job done quickly without ruining your prized possessions. We can restore smoke-damaged materials to their preloss condition. Some basic principles of cleaning we apply to complete this task include:

            Carefully inspecting the affected areas to locate smoke residues.

            Identifying the residues present.

            Identifying the type of surface affected.

            Capturing and removing residues.

            Disposing of the debris and cleaning waste.

You may still smell smoke in your house after a fire, and this could indicate hidden damage. The fumes can also be a health risk to the occupants of your home, especially small children, the elderly and pets. Although smoke can mostly clear on its own pockets of hazardous gases can remain long after the visual signs and foul odors associated with a fire. These cannot go away on their own. Our team can use air scrubbers to purify the air in your home.

Smoke can leave terrible marks on many parts of your home. Draperies, carpets, and upholstered furniture can have stains and unpleasant smells. Cleaning items like couches and carpets is challenging for most homeowners. Our SERVPRO team can use advanced cleaning techniques to eliminate the filth and smell out of soft goods. We even take affected soft products to our facilities where we can use an Esporta wash system to clean them thoroughly. We can remove all traces of soot and restore the beauty of textiles and upholstered furniture.

Our company also offers water damage restoration services that are integrated with fire restoration services. For example, water removal services are essential if the flames ruined tanks or pipes and caused them to leak.  We have efficient water extraction tools such as electrical submersible pumps that can extract the water quickly. Moisture is the other issue that can lead to further damage to your property. Our team can use different moisture detection tools to locate moisture in your home. We can then dry the affected materials.          

For all your fire damage problems, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at the number (765) 420-0077 for effective restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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When Plumbing Leaks in Lafayette Cause Water Loss Events

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

View of kitchen. Sink on one side, stove on other A plumbing leak under the sink cause water damage to this kitchen. SERVPRO removed the water and dried the kitchen.

New Installations Can Cause Water Losses in Lafayette Homes

Newly installed plumbing fixtures, especially those done without the supervision or oversight of professional contractors, can be an origin for water loss incidents in Lafayette homes. Without a working knowledge of the appropriate techniques to ensure a watertight seal on new fixtures and portions of pipe connecting sinks or toilets to their water supply, these connections could separate or extensively leak. This occurrence is not always instantaneous but can lead to considerable water loss.

Whether the culprit is a gasket that was left out of a fitting or not tightening the connectors enough, breaches to supply lines in plumbing fixtures often require water removal for Lafayette homes. An unrecognized problem can create several inches of standing water over a short period, which can continue to worsen until the shutoff valve gets turned. This loss incident requires not only immediate extraction efforts, but also effective drying strategies to preserve sensitive materials exposed like the wooden vanity, cabinets, and areas outside of the bathroom or kitchen.

Extraction often hinges on a wide array of practical water removal tools, beginning with our submersible pump. This electric machine can offer continuous, quiet removal of standing water until the surface water drops beneath two inches. Because flooring materials in both the bathroom and kitchen are often water-resistant, a prompt response can often prevent a need for demolition and reconstruction.

Surface moisture meters and penetrating detection tools can indicate surface damage on wooden or other porous exposed materials. With direct drying strategies, including electric heating and centrifugal air movers, evaporative drying can take hold and reduce the possibility of controlled demolition for these fixtures as well. We can check the progress of this moisture removal with thermal imagery.

New fixtures and repair work can often be the source of even more significant loss incidents when improperly installed. No matter where a water loss originates, our SERVPRO of Lafayette team can help with effective water removal techniques and premier drying tools to protect exposed structural elements. Contact us at (765) 420-0077.

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Commercial Water Removal In Lafayette Happens Using Different Types Of Extraction Equipment

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Let SERVPRO show you their techniques when it comes to your Lafayette water damage.

All of the breweries that exist in Lafayette use a decent amount of water during the brewing, serving, and selling processes. This means that one mistake by your brewers can require you to have to conduct commercial water removal inside your place of business. Once your building materials and contents get wet, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. We can make it seem, "Like it never even happened."

Once moisture spills or leaks into your structure, it can quickly start ruining your products, contents, and building materials. However, if you call SERVPRO in to conduct commercial water removal in Lafayette, then we can help prevent items inside your brewery from being removed and replaced. When dealing with moisture-related damage inside your brewery, one of the keys to success in restoring the problems caused is to remove all of the H2O possible while it is still in its liquid form. Once moisture starts evaporating into the air and soaking into your contents and building materials, it gets much harder to remove promptly.

Whenever we attempt to extract moisture from your building, we utilize an industrial extractor that gets used for both cleaning carpets and upholstery and extracting water from your floors. The extractors we use contain a heat source, pump, and vacuum. When dealing with moisture damage, usually, only the vacuum system gets implemented. If there is a need for using one of our extractors, our SERVPRO technicians have the choice of using either a truck-mounted or portable unit.

Portable extractors have 5 to 12 gallon solution and waste tanks. They weigh between 40 and 90 pounds and have 140 inches of water lift. Their heating capabilities range from 180 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

On the other hand, truck-mounted units can have tanks that are over a hundred gallons in size. However, they can weigh between 500 and 1,100 pounds. These machines though can have a vacuum lift of nearly 200 inches. They also can be heated to up to 220 degrees Fahrenheit.

If your brewery ever suffers from a water leak, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 24/7 because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How SERVPRO Utilizes Extractors to Remove Water from Flood Damaged Lafayette Homes

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Drying Equipment on water damaged floor Floods are a year-round threat in Indiana. When water damaged this home, SERVPRO mobilized and quickly dried the water.

The Role of Extractors in Lafayette Flood Recovery 

As you might suspect, water loss incidents in Lafayette homes require numerous tools and products to restore entirely. Because many of these disasters can present threats like standing water or saturated structural elements, the role of extractors in the recovery of a water-damaged residence cannot get overstated. Our SERVPRO professionals must determine the best tools for the specific needs of the property, and we have numerous extraction units to choose for these varying factors. 

Finding the right extraction tool for a given situation often happens in the earliest mitigation stages where our team assesses flood damage to Lafayette homes while performing emergency services that can reduce overall loss to the property. Among these tasks to protect your property from continued damages is the removal of surface water present throughout the house. Multiple extraction tools can help in this regard, and in the restoration phases to follow. 

Portable Extractors 

Clean water incidents can often be what our SERVPRO team faces after a flood loss. With several inches, or feet of standing water to contend with, the ideal choice for our restorers is our portable electric submersible pump. These pumps can offer a quiet and continued draw of water from the damaged area, but with only a 2-inch discharge hose, it is not ideal for the removal of standing water with debris or solids. 

Larger Extraction Units 

Our gas-powered trash pumps and extractor trucks can help when solids and debris are a likely threat to the standing water in the house. These are equally powerful tools to the electric sump pump, though they have a shorter discharge line before losing prime, so their application is selective. 

Specialty Water Removal 

Weighted extractors and light wands are ideal for removing water trapped in the fibers of carpets and the padding beneath this layer. We use weighted extractors to squeeze these layers against the subflooring to force moisture to the surface for removal. Light wands offer a high-powered suction against carpeting to remove the bulk of moisture present and are an ideal choice when padding beneath carpets is to get removed. 

Our SERVPRO of Lafayette team has dozens of extraction units of all shapes and sizes to help restore our home after a flood loss. Give us a call anytime at (765) 420-0077. 

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Restoring Your Possessions After Water Damage in Lafayette

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Your possessions are just as important as your Lafayette structure after water damage.

A leak in your home, while you are away, can result in extensive damage. Wet and damaged items are challenging to deal with and often require specific care. It can be unnerving to see prized possessions or family heirlooms in a state of disarray. Sometimes, removing the items and cleaning them off site while you repair your home is the best option, especially if the damaged goods have been wet for a more extended period becoming soiled or fostering mold growth.

Having water damage in your Lafayette home requires specialized cleanup to ensure proper care and return of the contents of your home. SERVPRO has a secure storage location to house and clean your items while your home undergoes repairs. Contents identified as ASAP or rush items are dealt with first and returned as quickly as possible to ensure the least amount of disruption to your life as possible.

Contents move through the SERVPRO warehouse in an organized fashion. First, technicians bring the items to the staging area to sort and inventory the items. Contents management labels track items as they move through the cleaning and deodorization process to ensure proper care and timely return.

Some items, such as wet or contaminated items, are kept separate to make sure there is no cross-contamination like the spreading of mold or dangerous bacteria. Technicians use an antimicrobial agent such as the EPA-registered disinfectant Sporidin to limit or stop microorganism growth.

When cleaning items, SERVPRO technicians consider Time, Agitation, Chemicals, and Temperature (TACT). The more soiled the item is, the longer the cleaning agent dwells on the surface of the object. The next step is to agitate the object, often through the use of an industrial ultrasonic cleaner to dislodge the soil from the item. If the item is a textile or drapery, agitation may be adjusted. Too much agitation may cause woven textiles to unravel. The temperature of the cleaning products may also require adjustment as every cleaning product functions best at a specific temperature. Typically, heat makes the chemical action between the cleaning solution and soil speed up and clean faster.

Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette for assistance 24/7 at (765) 420-0077. We are "Faster To Any Size Disaster."

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Well-Trained and Equipped Crews Are Why SERVPRO Is the Lafayette Fire and Odor Removal Industry Leader

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Let SERVPRO show you all the reasons why for your Lafayette fire damage.

What looks and smells like a chaotic mess in your Lafayette home after a fire follows a scientific arc that is predictable and remediable using research-based strategies and appropriate tools. Our commitment to the highest-quality training for our employees as well as cutting edge equipment is why we deliver consistently superior results.

Debris and Residue Creation and Movement

The soot coatings and stench requiring fire and odor removal in Lafayette have one source. As heat and flames move through your home, the structural components and contents burned and superheated create minute particles of incompletely combusted materials and emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Some of these substances remain airborne, and others seek a cooler surface upon which to deposit. The hot air currents can carry debris far from the point of origin. Our comprehension of the process, supported by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training and experience, is why we swiftly match professional-grade products, techniques, and equipment to eliminate the soot and the smells.

Principles of Fire Damage Cleaning

Our goal is to return the structure and contents of your home to their preloss conditions. We do this by applying the following research-based principles to your specific scenario. Mastery of these principles during IICRC training is why SERVPRO can have your complete confidence.

  • Location of residues through careful inspection of all spaces in your home
  • Identification of
    • Residue type -- dry, wet, or protein
    • Affected surface characteristics -- porosity, texture, durability
  • Followed by a determination of the proper products and techniques to effectively remove residues from damaged surfaces
  • Capture and removal of residues by breaking the bonds and releasing the soot into a suspension that carries the particles away
  • Disposal of residues according to local regulations and best practices

Basic Deodorization Protocols

Soot and VOCs are also the carriers of odors. Effective deodorization is a science, another reason why SERVPRO invests in up-to-date training and equipment. The general procedure to remove odor includes the following:

  • Remove the source and debris
  • Clean odor-bearing (sooty) surfaces everywhere in the home
  • Recreate conditions causing odors to penetrate -- thermal fogging as an example
  • Sealing surfaces that persistently resist other odor controls

Innovative Deodorizing Options

We check out and invest in advanced odor-eliminating technology continuously. Access to hydroxyl generators and ozone machines is why SERVPRO can adapt the basic protocols above to manage your particular situation. These machines change odor-bearing particulates at the molecular level. Neutralized or changed to inoffensive byproducts, the fire damage and odor removal is complete.

Research-based results are why SERVPRO of Lafayette delivers peace of mind after we complete fire and odor removal services. Call (765) 420-0077 to arrange an assessment.

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Flood Damage in Battle Ground Home Brings Special Challenges

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water drops on wooden surface Contact SERVPRO when water damages your home

Removing flood damage from your flooring

When flood damage happens, the first impulse is to clean up the water, and it works until water winds up running behind baseboards, into the carpet, and the sheetrock appears to be wet.

SERVPRO technicians scope the Battle Ground property with flood damage carefully and methodically to locate all areas of water migration. This action is vital because when moisture remains after cleanup, it can lead to issues with both musty odors and mold damage.


The technicians have extensive training for handling any size flood loss issues on any type of property. They also have access to a diverse array of equipment to perform water extraction on various surfaces as well as specialized drying equipment to leave the property ready for any needed repairs to return it to its preloss condition.

Drying Flooring

When flood water enters, the floor gets wet. The time that passes between exposure and cleanup efforts beginning determines the loss factor. Hardwood flooring, in particular, can look terrible after absorbing water with the boards both cupping or warping. SERVPRO technicians extract as much moisture as possible from the boards and use drying mats to force warm, dry air directly into the boards. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air and port it away, which results in progressively drier air circulating and dries the flooring faster.

Tiles attached with adhesive often delaminate. Whether or not they have the potential for reuse through cleaning is determinate upon the construction materials.

Water Behind Walls

When flood water migrates within a home. It must be removed and dried. SERVPRO technicians sometimes need to perform controlled demolition techniques known as flood cuts to open up the walls for drying. This method involves measuring above the water line on the sheetrock and cutting it away in a straight line. When they locate water behind the baseboards, weep holes assist with drainage, and for more significant issues, the removal of baseboards is standard. The use of the Injecti-Dry systems force air into the wall cavities and ensure they dry completely.

SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 arrives quickly and cleans up flood damage in your home to make it, "Like it never even happened."

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Contact Us If Your Lafayette Office Experiences A Flood Damage Disaster

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

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Flooding in your Lafayette Offices? Contact us to Minimize Loss of Revenue

Office blocks that suffer from flooding can be a headache for a building manager. Not only are several clients put out of business temporarily, but there are also safety issues. These can be compounded by a lack of appropriate in-house equipment to deal with damages to acoustical ceilings or carpeted floors. Many restoration services do not have the human resources required to complete the job adequately and with a minimum loss of revenue.

Our company operates locally but has access to national resources, making us a prime candidate for commercial flood damage restoration here in Lafayette. Together we have worked on large loss recovery programs during storm seasons and have built a tremendous amount of experience in the process. With commercial clients, communication is critical because there are often several parties at risk when an office block gets flooded. SERVPRO provides a dedicated crew chief to inform you throughout the service.

While it is usually necessary for temporary closure, SERVPRO can help you to provide a safe working environment for your clients by cordoning off the affected area. The precise placing of hazard signals and warning signs means you may be able to re-open some offices to clients during the drying procedure. Working with a full team of technicians can help to speed up the process of drying the affected area.

In some situations, a SERVPRO crew chief may decide to use in-place drying techniques. This procedure can be beneficial to office managers where there is a large amount of equipment and furniture in place. In-place drying allows us to remedy the affected area without causing displacement or requiring removal teams. This method typically takes longer to dry, but that is often counter-balanced with reduced removal works. Using air movers, we can detach carpets to temporarily float them, or use weighted extraction wands around the perimeter to prevent water migration.

Dealing with many business rental clients can make office floods particularly stressful. Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077.

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Proven Tips for Dealing with Fire Damage in Indian Village

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

residential kitchen with burned fridge and cabinets. Soot covering the counters and walls Fire damage in your kitchen calls for quick remediation efforts. Contact team SERVPRO immediately after the fire fighters leave.

Why SERVPRO Fits as Your Indian Village Fire Damage Specialist

The harm done by an Indian Village household fire can affect every structural component and all its contents. Limiting the homeowner's stress during recovery involves engaging a disaster restoration company that can manage each aspect. Our commitment to offering full-spectrum mitigation and remediation services is why we are up to delivering industry best practice results on every phase of a complex project.

Kitchen Fires Create Issues Throughout Your Home 

It can be astounding how pervasive and persistent kitchen fire damage in your Indian Village home becomes. Regardless of how quickly you respond to the blaze, the protein-based residues created by evaporation move quickly on air currents or through the HVAC ductwork in your house. The greasy debris seeks cooler surfaces, often leaving the area of the fire relatively residue-free as they find and adhere to surfaces in far-flung rooms and levels of your home. Tightly adhered, and very malodorous, you cannot chance leaving any of the damage unremediated.

Water and Chemical Residuals Need Attention

Although water is not the substance of choice to quell a grease fire, a chemical extinguisher can fill your kitchen with foam. Water damage can be present if used as the fire spread. SERVPRO addresses fire-fighting residuals early on, drawing on our water damage and general cleaning knowledge and experience.

Utilizing Cleaning Principles

When cleaning different types of fire residues, SERVPRO evaluates the make-up of the residues to determine what kind of cleaning agent and action is most effective. We use the principle that “like dissolves like” constantly when looking for solutions to clear away residues. Since water is of little use when extinguishing a kitchen fire, it should come as no surprise that water-soluble cleaners are not what we reach for when removing protein-based residues. Our technicians use formulas specially developed to loosen the nearly invisible residue, and we also consider agitation and abrasive tools to assist. 

Perseverance for Persistent Odor Problems

Our deodorization experts need to pull out all the stops when it comes to odor abatement after a kitchen fire. SERVPRO uses a multi-step process including debris disposal, deep cleaning, and a consideration of a range of specialized products and equipment that masks, pairs with, or changes the chemical characteristics of the odor-bearing particles. We work with you and your individualized perception of odor until you are satisfied that the smell is gone.

Disaster recovery is hard enough without periodically switching contractors, why SERVPRO of Lafayette pledges to maintain industry certification across many disciplines. Call us at (765) 420-0077 to set things right from top to bottom.

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We Can Save Your Dayton Home From Smoke Damage

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Smoke Damage from Smoldering Couch In Dayton

Everyone knows falling asleep while smoking causes many fires every year. A smoldering couch can spread smoke throughout a home. The couch can also burst into flames, potentially causing much more damage and harm to the occupants. The fire department extinguishes the fire utilizing either chemicals or water, depending on the type of fire.

SERVPRO responds to fire damage events like these in Dayton and helps clients deal with smoke damage and the odors that remain. Our objective is to respond to the client's call for help in less than four hours. We handle fire events, storm damage, and water damage. We are experts at helping clients clean and restore their homes.

Remove the Source

SERVPRO recommends that the source of the fire should be removed. Whether it is a couch that caught fire, or a grease fire on the stove, removing these items from the home can reduce the odor of smoke significantly. We review any other porous items that may have been touched by flames or heavy smoke. Fabrics and other porous items can be sent out for cleaning.

Hard Surface Cleaning

Tile and hardwood floors can be wiped down and cleaned of any soot and smoke odors. Walls can also generally be washed; however, in more challenging situations, the walls may need to be repainted to mask the odor from the fire. We clean all other hard surface items in the area.

Deodorizing Your Home

Once everything has been cleaned, the smoke odor may still remain. The next step is to close up your home and deodorize it. We can use ozone or hydroxyl generators for this purpose. Both processes work well; however, hydroxyls work faster than ozone and cover a greater range of compounds. Hydroxyls also are effective at penetrating porous materials such as clothing, rugs, and other porous materials in the home. Rest assured, SERVPRO will assess the situation and utilize the appropriate cleaning and deodorization processes for your home.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Indian Village, Battle Ground, Ash Grove, and the surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Have Specialized Devices To Handle Lafayette Water Damage

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment connected to a plastic tube and plastic covering the floor Water pockets and moisture seeped into the planks of this hardwood floor. We had the proper equipment to extract the water right away.

Water Damage in Lafayette Worsens without Mitigation

Slight damage from water in your Lafayette property might seem unimportant. No home is completely perfect, and repair work costs money. However, water easily migrates to other areas, and some places in your home that succumb to water damage can remain hidden. 

Your property in Lafayette might contain water damage in areas that you thought were sound and not at risk. SERVPRO uses special imaging devices that can reveal cooler spots cause by excess amounts of moisture. Wherever we locate such places, we mitigate the damage and get the area dried out. Any places that contain weakened materials need cleaned out and restored. 

We do this as quickly as we can, working in teams. Some hoes might contain very little damage, while others need more extensive work. We always discuss everything with the homeowners beforehand. We want our customers to be comfortable with every stage of the work we do. They can always come to us and ask questions about how we are taking care of their home. 

Structural damage is one type of water damage that might happen, but it can also happen to your belongings. Furniture, clothing, and appliances can all become damaged when too much humidity exists in the air for extended periods. The small spike in humidity after a rain shower does little to a home's contents, in general. When humidity lasts too long, though, secondary water damage can begin to happen. 

Clothing might end up showing tiny dots of mildew, musty smells might start to emanate from carpeting, and patches of dusty mold might grow on the back of closets or large pieces of furniture up close against the wall. Paint on your walls might start to flake and peel, or even become darker from staining. SERVPRO can help you remove all these types of damage, and more. 

Water damage might require drying out of waterlogged walls. Floors can also have damp areas, especially near sinks, tubs, and exterior walls. We come to your home with the equipment needed to solve these situations. Our experience in water damage mitigation and restoration comes from both training in-house, and also experience in other settings, including businesses in the local area.

SERVPRO of Lafayette is ready to help make your water damage problems disappear and keep them from getting worse or spreading. Call us at (765) 420-0077 if you are in or near Indian Village, Battle Ground, or Dayton. 

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Your Best Guide to Water Removal in Lafayette

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water pooling on hardwood flooring near window Contact SERVPRO for effective water removal that goes beyond the surface level to prevent warping.

Why Fast Water Removal Lessens Loss for Lafayette Hardwood Floors

Most homeowners consider their hardwood flooring a substantial investment in the aesthetic of their home. When water damage happens, they know the basics for handling spills and daily maintenance, but broader issues may seem overwhelming. If the dishwater malfunctions in a kitchen or a supply line break is gushing water in a living room with hardwood floors, the cleanup and drying need to happen quickly to limit loss.

When SERVPRO technicians arrive at a Lafayette home for water removal, the technicians determine three factors quickly: 

  • Permeance-how easily moisture passes through the wood flooring.
  • Exposure time-how long, the flooring received exposure to water.
  • Type of wood-different types of flooring needs various restoration methods. Composite wood flooring generally has a poor outcome for prolonged exposure to water vapor. 


Hardwood flooring requires both specialized extraction equipment and drying techniques for the best outcome. The technicians do several passes over the boards to pull up as much water as possible before moving on to the drying phase. Drying for hardwood floors usually includes the use of drying mats. These thick mats directly force warm, dry air into the boards, pushing water vapor out and leave the floor ready for refinishing if needed. 

Signs of Water Damage to Wood Flooring

Simply put: wood expands when exposed to water. The longer it is exposed, the more it buckles or warps. The technicians carefully monitor the drying process, as over drying on the bottom tends to cause the wood to crown. The outcome is unmistakable with boards that bow upwards, and this is an issue that cannot be sanded down after drying. 

Another common problem is hardwood flooring that is held together with water-soluble glues tends to not hold up against prolonged exposure to water. SERVPRO technicians handle hardwood flooring very carefully during the restoration process to avoid problems such as crowning. 

When your hardwood floor needs water removal for any type of water loss, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077. The certified technicians have both the experience and equipment for the best outcome to your floor, "Like it never even happened."

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We Can Assist You With Your Storm Damage Emergency In Lafayette

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Brown couch floating in brown water and water seeping up the drywall Call our crew if your home experiences damage from a flood

Let Us Help You with Flooding and Storm Damage in Lafayette

After a major storm and flooding, there is a limited timeline for drying and extraction to commence before significant damage takes hold. Remedy flood damage quickly when you contact professionals to help with the delicate steps of the process. SERVPRO features trained technicians with proven strategies for addressing wet, damp spaces throughout your home.

The quicker our flood damage professionals in Lafayette can get to work, the less damage is incurred. When there is a situation involving water damage and potential contamination, the severity amplifies the longer that you wait to call for help. SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster, meaning that we can get to work as soon as possible. Our customers in the Lafayette area deserve prompt results for all flooding and storm damage needs.

SERVPRO technicians use several strategies for identifying and drying the moisture located within structural cavities. Our initial phase includes the use of thermal imagery and infrared technology to identify dampened areas. The temperature differences tell us where moisture pockets are, giving us precise locations for focusing our drying efforts. We also use positive and negative pressure depending on the potential contamination and damage present within the home.

With positive pressure methods, the air is pushed into the cavity to help with drying a specific area. This can be achieved with a heated or non-heated air mover with or without an Injectidry device. Negative pressure methods pull the moisture out of the desired cavity and help to protect against contamination. To get into an impacted cavity, our trained professionals can implement small drill holes within the baseboard, called weep holes. In the event of groundwater contamination, this Black Water dictates the removal of wet materials such as dry wood panels.

No matter how challenging the flood and storm damage task may be, you can trust in the team at SERVPRO to have your best interests in mind. Our staff works to protect your home as well as the occupants, which means moving quickly to hinder rapid mold growth. Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077, and we can send a team out to your property as soon as possible to get started.

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Call Us For Help After A Fire Damage Incident In Your Battle Ground Home

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Hire SERVPRO to Handle Fire Damage in Your Battle Ground Home

Fire accidents in homes occur mostly because of cooking equipment. The National Fire Protection Association states that 43 percent of reported home structure fires begin in the kitchen. A fire incident can lead to property damage and other problems that can affect your quality of life. All the paper, wood, clothing, and other synthetic or organic matter that burned can transform into soot.

Soot can end up settling on many surfaces throughout your home, even if the fire happened in one room. Repairing the fire damage in your Battle Ground home can be expensive, especially if you do not take quick action. SERVPRO franchise professionals can help you reverse the damage caused by fire. We can inspect your home and then take steps to eliminate all soot, smoke, and other residues. Before our restoration team arrives, you can do the following things:

  • Contact your insurance agent to start documenting the fire loss and initiating your claim.
  • Separate the undamaged materials from the damaged ones. If you can find the receipts of ruined items, that could help. Providing photos along with a list of damaged items is useful when filing a claim.
  • Read and acknowledge the specifics of the fire report that the responding fire department issued and ensure that you get a copy.

Soot residue is acidic and can cause the metal in plumbing fixtures, doorknobs, and light fixtures to corrode or pit. It can also etch the glass in mirrors, cabinets, and windows, causing them to appear soiled and cloudy. Soot residues can also discolor appliances, plastics, fabrics, and vinyl windows. Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can remove acidic soot residues from affected structures and contents.

It is easier to clean smooth, non-porous surfaces than it is to clean fabric items. A simple cleaning or wipe down can be sufficient. Upholstered furniture may require shampooing, airing out, and treating. Our SERVPRO team can assess each item or surface to choose the most suitable restoration method. For instance, when cleaning the interiors of wood or paneled cabinets, we can use dry cleaning sponges to remove the residues. If the residues remain, our restorers can use denatured alcohol so that smoke residues do not set into the pores of the wood. To remove residues from window glass, we can use low-alkaline glass cleaners.

In the unfortunate event of a fire in your home, call SERVPRO of Lafayette for prompt restoration. You can reach our experts anytime at (765) 420-0077. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Experts Discuss Our Deodorization Procedures In Battle Ground

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Burned interior and furniture in a commercial property. Our experts can save your fire damaged property and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Fire Damage Technicians From Battle Ground Point Out Deodorization Procedures

Any business that has a kitchen inside it in Battle Ground, including your bar and grill, has an increased risk of suffering from a structural burn. Kitchens are the most common source for commercial fire damage because it is a place with heat and open flames. Once something burns in your company's kitchen, the smoke created by the inferno can travel throughout your building. Smoke can then cause foul odors.

Even minor commercial fire damage in your Battle Ground saloon and restaurant can cause unaffected areas such as your dining room to smell like smoke and burnt materials. Whenever your business' building suffers from even a small structural burn, it is wise to call in a restoration company such as SERVPRO. We provide fast 24/7 service, and we can quickly begin helping remediate your issues. Even In light smoke odors situations, our crew knows the best deodorization procedures to return your restaurant to the way it was before the blaze, “Like it never even happened.”

When smoke only affects a small area of your building, our SERVPRO technicians treat the situation differently than others. In some cases, no building materials or contents get badly burnt, but smoke residues are still present. These residues can sometimes be light or barely even visible. Even if farther from the affected area foul odors do not exist, it is still necessary to treat and deodorize the affected region of your structure.

If removing the source of the pungent aromas is possible, it is the first step our SERVPRO team takes when mitigating light odor problems from your bar and grill. For example, if something that was in the middle of cooking, other contents, or any of your structural components get severely charred, then we can remove them from your torched kitchen. Then, we can take measures to ventilate the negatively affected area by opening doors, windows, and by pushing air through the room with fans.

Next, we can clean all surfaces where soot is present with specialized cleaners. However, if foul aromas still exist after all soot residues and burnt materials have been removed, then we can utilize other deodorization procedures such as fogging or ozone generation.

Problems with smoke in your restaurant can ruin the pleasant atmosphere your eatery typically has to offer. But, if you call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077, we can be of much assistance because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Helping Lafayette Homes With Restoration Services from Fire, Water, Storm and Mold Damage

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Blue and Green watercolor in the shape of the state of Indiana, with the word Lafayette in the center. SERVPRO knows the importance of having your Lafayette home back after any damage.

We will show you why we are the best for your water damage in Lafayette.

When we receive a call for assistance with any type of restoration services in Lafayette, we answer quickly. In fact, a fast response to any size disaster is part of our service promise to our customers. It does not matter if the damage is deep water from flash flooding and storm damage, fire damage, or water damage from a busted pipe. Our certified technicians are ready to handle any situation, including mold infestations.

Water Restoration

Water damage in a Lafayette home is one of the most common reasons for our technicians to be on-site. Our state-of-the-art equipment makes the difference between an average water cleanup and a thorough one.  We have different kinds of moisture detection equipment, depending on the surface we are scoping. Thermal imaging is especially helpful for finding hidden areas of excessive moisture.

Our certified Water Restoration Technicians have access to numerous types of equipment depending on the type of water cleanup needed.

  • Portable pumps allow for mobility and fast extraction
  • Weighted extraction heads push water out of carpet and padding
  • Truck-mounted extractors move out copious amounts of water quickly and are ideal for pulling water out of carpeting
  • Submersible pumps are suitable for situations involving more than two inches of water
  • Rovers which are ride-on units are beneficial when carpeting is heavily saturated, the weight of the technician compresses carpet fibers and results in more efficient water removal

Our technicians do several passes to remove the maximum amount of moisture to expedite the drying process. Water has a unique musty odor that sometimes lingers after drying. SERVPRO technicians wipe down all water-affected surfaces with our professional-grade cleaning solutions, and this usually eliminates any remaining odors.

Storm Damage

Storm damage strikes in Lafayette with flash floods being a particular threat from the Tippecanoe and Wabash rivers. The problem with groundwater is when it enters a home, it brings everything it encounters along the way. This means chemicals, debris, and sewage all have the potential to wind up in your living room. When this type of water enters your home, it carries a rating as a category three biohazard. SERVPRO recommends homeowners avoid contact with the water, and our technicians test it for contaminants upon arrival, so we know what we are dealing with during flood cleanup and give property owners the best outcome.

Water extraction during a house flood often involves a certain number of controlled demolition techniques. Even in cases where the groundwater entered the home and receded quickly, it is not uncommon to find large amounts of excessive moisture wicked into sheetrock. The tell-tale signs are warping and buckling. We measure about one foot above the waterline and cleanly cut it away. This serves the dual purpose of stopping any further migration of water and allows for a more significant amount of airflow behind the wall for thorough drying.

When flood damage hits a property, unfortunately, porous items such as carpet and padding or sofa pillows that take on the water are usually counted as a loss as they do not have the potential to return to sanitary standards for reuse. SERVPRO technicians inspect items as they clean away the debris and flood loss to determine which items have restoration potential. Our goal is always to save homeowners the cost of replacement whenever possible.

After clearing out debris from the residence, we dry and sanitize the structure and prep it for any needed reconstruction. To assist with expediting insurance claims, we provide homeowners with our Contents Claim Inventory System that accounts for each item our technicians handled during the restoration services process and includes specific actions as well as before and after photographs.

Mold Remediation

It is a tough diagnosis for your Lafayette home to need mold remediation. The bottom line is that mold is a result of a more significant issue. It might be an unchecked leak, poor ventilation, or moisture that was not extracted and dried correctly. Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians have the skills to not only locate mold colonies in your home but also diagnose the reason they set up house in your residence in the first place and how to fix the issue.

SERVPRO technicians professionally remove the visible effects of mold damage to your home and safely contain the workspace to ensure the spores do not spread. We pay special attention to the HVAC ductwork as airborne spores often make their way there. Our technicians thoroughly clean the ductwork and vents. We follow up with the application of antimicrobial sealers in the areas of remediation to inhibit the return of mold infestations.

Fire Damage

Fire damage in a Lafayette property is one of the most costly disasters a homeowner faces. During the initial information gathering phone call, our technicians advise property owners to take a few actions to minimize the spread of soot throughout the home such as closing off the affected area and turning off the HVAC as soot travels fast and easy through the ductwork and soon you wind up with residual fire odors throughout the home.

We remove charred debris and building materials using many of the controlled demolition techniques applied during flood damage mitigation. If the fire extinguishing efforts used water, we extract it as fast as possible to minimize any further damage. While we remove fire loss items from the house (with the approval of the homeowner or adjuster), we look for things with restoration potential.

There are several cleaning techniques to restore nonporous things to their preloss condition, such as immersion cleaning. Item inspection is vital to the fire cleanup process as items that seem damaged beyond recovery can sometimes actually have restoration potential for reuse. Once SERVPRO completes fire damage cleanup, we move on to odor control. Airborne soot particles often require multiple applications, but our technicians do not cease until we have eradicated odors from the property.

Why SERVPRO? Our technicians undergo extensive training and certifications before they ever set foot on a property. We maintain the highest level of standards and best practices as taught through The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification programs. Our technicians also continue their education as advancements in the restoration services industry occur.

Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 when you need fast, efficient restoration services from fire damage, water, and storm loss as well as mold remediation. We arrive onsite within an hour after your initial call and work until we make the loss to your property "Like it never even happened."

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Lafayette Flood Restoration Professionals Talk About the Science Behind The Applied Structural Drying Process

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Fans and dehumidifiers running in a bedroom with a concrete floor Do you know how to calculate the number of air movers and dehumidifiers required to dry your home? SERVPRO does!

Flood Damage Gurus from Lafayette Spell Out How To Calculate Dehumidifiers

Any time a storm comes through town, it is possible that someone's property suffers from flood damage. Thunderstorms that make their way into the Lafayette region can create excessive rainfall and hard-hitting winds. If the rain builds up outdoors, it can find its way into your home through your door seals and from the ground underneath your building. Alternatively, if the wind blows a tree branch into your house, water can enter. 

Whenever we work on mitigating flood damage at your Lafayette residence, our SERVPRO technicians determine the best methods to remove moisture from your structure as quickly as possible. To start, our crew uses heavy-duty extraction equipment to pull up as much water as we can while it is still in its liquid form. Next, we begin the applied structural drying or ASD process. 

The main goal when conducting ASD is to create an environment inside your house that is conducive to rapid structural drying. We often accomplish this task by setting up a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. The air movers create circulation that pushes wet air away from wet surfaces so that more water can evaporate. The dehumidifiers then pull the moisture out of the air while at the same time giving warm, dry air back to the air movers to use in the air circulation system. 

However, the correct ratio of air movers to dehumidifiers is vital to the success of the ASD process.  Too many air movers create moist air and drying can slow down. Conversely, too many dehumidifiers per air movers pull out too much moisture and crack wooden items. 

We assess the nature of the environment and capacity of the dehumidifiers to determine the number used for each project. The amount of porous, absorbent items in the affected room determines environmental nature. If there are thick carpets and many pieces of upholstered furniture in the affected area, then more dehumidifiers could be needed.

Dehumidifier capacity, measured in two ways, is listed in each manual. First, the machines measure how many cubic feet of air the dehumidifier conditions every minute. Secondly, the capacity of the units measures the number of pints of water removed in 24 hours under standard conditions of 80°F and 60% relative humidity.

The bottom line is that the professionals best handle problems created by storms. Any time you need restoration services, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077.

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Our Flood Damage Experts Discuss The Basics Of Restoration Used By Professionals In Lafayette

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Crews In Lafayette Mention Some Basics Of Restoration Used By Professionals

Whenever stormy weather arrives in your Lafayette subdivision, excessive moisture can enter your structure. Once items inside your townhome get wet, more flood damage can take place. If you ever notice water entering your townhouse’s building, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO immediately. We can provide prompt service and begin mitigation efforts quickly.

However, there are some steps you can take yourself to help mitigate the flood damage inside your Lafayette home. By knowing some of the basics of mitigation, you the homeowner can do a lot to help save your building materials and contents. The extent of the problems created after a storm have to do both with how much water entered the structure and how long it sat there before getting removed.

The first step to successful mitigation is to stop the water from coming into your townhome. Using sandbags or rags to stop the water can be effective. If there is a visible hole where moisture is entering, you can seal it off with plastic and tape.

Once you have stopped all of the water coming into your building from the outside, it is wise to begin removing moisture. Water gets removed from your building materials and contents either by extraction or evaporation. Extraction usually begins first because water can be vacuumed up at a faster rate than it can be evaporated even when using professional equipment.

When removing excess water, you can use either a vacuum or a pump, depending on how deep it is. If there are more than two inches of standing water, it is smart to use a submersible pump to remove it. Once the standing water gets pumped out, you can then use a wet vacuum to suck up the rest of the excessive moisture.

Next, it is a good idea to remove as much moisture from your carpets as possible. When our SERVPRO technicians extract water from carpets, we use a heavy-duty extractor with a wet pump. But, you can also remove a decent amount of moisture from your carpeting materials using a little bit of elbow grease and your wet vac.

If your townhouse in Indian Village, Dayton, or Ash Grove ever suffers from damage caused by a violent storm, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077. Our General Contractor License means we can make things “Like it never even happened.”

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Dayton Water Removal Using a Large Arsenal of SERVPRO Equipment Means Fast Results

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Red background with red thermometer and percent sign in white droplets RH—High Relative Humidity from Water Damage in Your Dayton Home? Just Call SERVPRO for Mitigation and Restoration

Water Extraction Teams in Dayton Talk About the Different Types of Equipment Used

If you ever suffer from a water leak inside your Dayton home, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. We have the necessary equipment to conduct water removal, whether it is either big or small. If contents inside your home get wet, the relative humidity (RH) level inside your house can increase. Elevated humidity can cause secondary problems, and mold can grow if moisture is not removed promptly.

If organic substances stay wet for more than 48 hours, mold can develop, which can cause health effects for some people. This is why our SERVPRO water removal crews in Dayton always work towards removing moisture as efficiently as possible. Depending on the situation, we can use a combination of different types of specialized industrial equipment.

  1. Detection Devices

Before we begin any mitigation work, we use a variety of moisture content meters and sensors to identify damp points. We can also use these devices to discover where water entered your structure. Moisture sensors, meters, and infrared camera imaging can also tell us whether your structural components are wet or dry.

  1. Extraction Equipment

Once we figure out where the water came from and where it has gone, we extract as much as we can while it is still in the liquid phase. We can use a portable extractor or a truck-mounted vacuum system to remove water from your structural components and building materials.

  1. Carpet Tools

After we remove as much liquid H2O as we can, we sometimes have to remove your carpet or "float" it before we begin drying procedures. We use carpet tools to disengage the carpet and pad from the tack strips and to separate it from their seams if necessary. We then use carpet stretchers and other tools to put your carpet back in place once dried. We attempt to dry in place whenever possible.

  1. Air Moving Equipment

Air movers and axial fans are used in creating circulation inside a building, thus speeding up the natural drying process. The force of the currents pulls moisture from surfaces into the air.

  1. Dehumidification Equipment

To prevent secondary damage created by raised relative humidity levels, we can set up dehumidifiers that condense water vapor from the air to help speed up the drying process. These may be desiccant or gel type of mechanical extractors.

  1. Deodorization Equipment

Sometimes even after your structure gets dried out, mold-like or dampness odors can remain. We can use sprayers, foggers, and other tools to apply a deodorant chemical to your building materials and contents.

If you ever have an unwanted water leak in your Indian Village, Ash Grove, or Wyandot home, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 as soon as you notice a problem.

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If Your Commercial Property In Battle Ground Suffers Fire Damage, Our Crew Can Help!

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

If your restaurant ever suffers from a fire starting, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 because we are Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Commercial Fire Damage Experts In Battle Ground Describe The Typical Restoration Work Process

Statistics show that the occurrence of structural blazes is on a decrease in the country and the Battle Ground region for the last decade. According to the United States Fire Administration or USFA, the number of fires reported has decreased just over six percent since 2008. However, the USFA estimates that there are still around 111,000 nonresidential building fires in the U.S. each year. Of these fires, 30% are caused by cooking.

Therefore, the statistics show that your local eatery is at risk and could suffer from a structural burn. Luckily, our SERVPRO commercial fire damage technicians in Battle Ground deal with many different types of restoration projects. When working with your business, we try to conduct our operations in a way that does not inconvenience your daily operations. For example, if possible we can plan our work around your restaurant's hours so that your company can keep operating.

One thing that sets SERVPRO apart from other companies is our work process. When dealing with any restoration situation, we always follow a set procedure. Our step by step process enables us to conduct business in a professional manner every time.

When our experienced phone handlers first take your call we get the information we need over the phone; then we schedule a fast response to your company's disaster. Next, as soon as we arrive at your house, we listen to you, the customer, and talk about your concerns while we preview the loss.

The next step our SERVPRO technicians take is the consulting and testing stage. During this step, we inspect your entire home so that we can figure out the extent of the damage. We then test affected items inside your restaurant to see what chemicals can clean them best.

Then, we present to you and your insurance company what we think we can do to restore your building to preloss conditions “Like it never even happened.” During this stage in the process, we tell you what we can do, and we show you how certain cleaning techniques will work.

Next, we coordinate action and begin scheduling the work for your specific project. We monitor the progress of the operations daily and make updates to you as needed. After we are finished with your project, we walk through your building with you and address any concerns you may have.

If your restaurant in Indian Village, Dayton, or Ash Grove ever suffers from a fire starting, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 because we are Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Have The Right Tools To Restore Your Lafayette Home After A Fire Disaster

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage struck this home’s kitchen when a grease fire started on the stovetop. We arrived right away and began restoration.

The Right Extinguisher for the Emergency in Your Lafayette Home

Having the right tool for the job is an integral part of keeping your family and other occupants of your Lafayette property safe when fire loss incidents occur. You wouldn’t use a screwdriver to install roofing nails, and the same premise applies to the type of fire extinguisher that you have in your residence. With six different primary fire suppression units, you need to know which can suppress the combustion of the fuel in the type of emergency you have. 

There are typically only four types of fuels that ultimately create fire damage in Lafayette homes, and these include: 

  • Combustible solids like wood, paper, and fabrics (Class A)
  • Flammable liquids and gases (Class B) 
  • Electrical fire (Class C)
  • Cooking fires involving oil or grease (Class K)

Our SERVPRO professionals have overseen the recovery of homes and businesses that have contended with the aftermath of each of these classes of combustion, from deodorization and soot removal through controlled demolition after fire damage

Having the right extinguisher in your property begins with an assessment of what protection your house needs. With six varieties of suppression canisters, you can often safely select from multi-purpose units that address more than one type of fire. This approach is both cost-effective and takes the guesswork and planning out of preparedness when disasters do strike. 

Our SERVPRO professionals want our customers to be safe and protected against the dangers and risks of a house fire. We would recommend these options for use in your home, as they can cover the most common threats: 

ABC Powder Extinguisher – Sprays a fine phosphate-based powder to blanket and choke out a fire. Safe for use on Class A, B, and C fires. 

Wet Chemical Extinguisher – Reacts instantly with cooking mediums to create a thick and harmless residue. It is ideal for Class K fires, but also can effectively put out Class A. 

Water Mist Extinguisher – Fog of de-ionized water molecules reduces oxygen and cools the fire. This option is the most universal for homeowners, and it is safe to use on Classes A, B, C, and K fires. 

Knowing how to keep your property safe from the risks of combustion and widespread fire effects begins with having the right suppression tools for the job. Whenever it is time to recover and restore a fire-damaged home, give our SERVPRO of Lafayette team a call at (765) 420-0077 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Lafayette Home After A Water Damage Disaster

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage started in this home when a pipe burst. We arrived right away with our advanced equipment and started restoration.

Water Removal Lafayette – Drying Important Documents

Water damage can occur for many reasons – overflowing sinks, broken water pipes, plugged toilets, and torrential rainstorms. Inevitably books, personal documents, pictures, and other paper-based items can be soaked and possibly damaged beyond repair. However, most materials can be recovered and dried to the best condition possible. The critical element in document recovery is to stop further damage as soon as possible after the initial water damage event. 

SERVPRO provides water removal services in Lafayette as well as surrounding areas. In addition to water extraction and restoration of your home, we provide document drying services. Our skilled technicians are trained in the best methods to dry books and relevant documents. We apply the best method for each type of material to dry important papers considering their value and importance to the homeowner. 

Drying methods after water damage include: 

  • Air drying 
  • Dehumidification 
  • Freezer drying 
  • Vacuum freeze drying and 
  • Vacuum thermal drying. 

Recovery of all documents may not be needed. Newspapers, magazines, and general reading material may not be of importance to the homeowner. Wedding pictures, family pictures, and milestone pictures carry far more significance to the family and in most situations, be assigned a high value. Documentation such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, wills, and related financial information are also considered essential to save and recover to the best condition possible. 

Our SERVPRO technicians can work closely with the homeowner to prioritize and recover those documents that are most important to the homeowner. We inventory and log all items along with the stored location logged. It is relatively easy to find the materials if needed. The log also assists in prioritizing the drying process. Legal documents, including receipts for damaged items, can be recovered to support insurance claims. 

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (603) 765-0077 for 24/7 service. We can meet all of your water removal requirements. We serve Indian Village, Battle Ground, Dayton, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster in your area. 

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When the Wabash River Washes into Your Lafayette Home

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lafayette has the experience and equipment necessary to dry your flood damaged home.

Flood Damage Removal And Restoration For Lafayette Homes

Maybe not as well-known as another city with the same name, Lafayette residents here still have to deal with flooding after extreme weather causes the Wabash River to crest.

Lafayette flood damage in our state may not be as overwhelming as elsewhere, but SERVPRO restoration teams still train for the worst while hoping for the best. Each team carries a group of certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians or WRTs that can draw out water, clean all surfaces, and dry the home.

Since this is outside water, it contains soil, fertilizers, and dozens of other contaminants. Team members have to reduce health risk before taking care of the home. They start by spraying the surface of all standing water with an anti-bacterial agent. That includes everything from two inches of water in the basement to the small puddles dotting the floor of the laundry room.

SERVPRO WRTs then bring in pumps and other water extraction devices to clear the home of water. For levels about two inches or higher, they start with commercial-grade pumps that quickly clear out basements and the rest of the home. Once the water is down to just covering the surface, technicians switch to the smaller extractors. They can adjust the speed of these devices to work on everything from concrete garage floors to living rooms carpets.

Now the teams remove property too damaged for restoration. Paper items such as books and magazines can fall apart in a short time, and we cannot dry them to their original state. Since the floodwater contains contaminants, our teams cannot guarantee the safety of the carpet even after cleaning. After removing the water to reduce the weight of it, team members carefully dispose of the carpet and pad underneath it.

Next, the team sets up dehumidifiers, fans, and air movers to draw moisture from the air and force it out of affected surfaces like wood floors and drywall. Team members can adjust the rate of each device to take advantage of the humidity level and dry the structural property without accidentally causing secondary damage during the process.

As the home dries, other team specialists clean all flooded surfaces. Depending on the type of surface and the amount of soil and other contaminants remaining, they use everything from a mild cleaner on garage walls to a strong sterilant that kills nearly all organic material in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Lafayette is to return each home to its original, dry state before the flood. To start the restoration process here or in Battle Ground, Indian Village, and West Lafayette, call us at (765) 420-0077 today to schedule a service call.

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Don't Panic After A Flood Damages Your Lafayette Clothing Store Our Experts Are Here To Help!

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

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Take These Steps To Reduce Losses In Future Flood Damage To Your Lafayette Clothing Store

Flood damage can happen unexpectedly at any time of year, making it difficult to predict when and how your clothing business may have to endure a disaster. SERVPRO technicians stay ready on a 24/7 basis to respond quickly to local calls for help with flooding and storm damage, but equally as important as our rapid response strategy is your ability to prevent and prepare for damages on your own. Take a bit of time to employ some of these strategies before the next big storm, and your clothing store should make it through with minimal losses.

Protect Your Merchandise
One of the greatest threats to a clothing store in Lafayette facing flood damage is the potential for merchandise to get caught in the flood. Most items that come into contact with floodwaters must be thrown out or recycled, representing significant financial losses for your establishment that no amount of professional mitigation and restoration work can reverse. Packing up your inventory into water-resistant plastic containers can keep out most damages and keep replacement costs to a minimum.

Shut Off Power
If possible, shut off any powered systems in your store before the storm hits. Floods can sometimes cause fire damage when electrical outlets and devices come into contact with water and short circuit, but these problems can be avoided by shutting off breakers and unplugging equipment. Power down before the storm, and you should not need to call SERVPRO for fire damage on top of the flooding problems.

Set Up An Emergency Ready Profile
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) system allows you to upload floor plans, insurance information, and other relevant documents about your business to our servers, enabling us to access vital information instantaneously in the event of an emergency. With the ERP system set up, you can call for help with the push of a single button from our smartphone app. Plus, if you have multiple locations both locally and nationally, you can upload separate profiles for each establishment while managing all of them under the same account.

SERVPRO of Lafayette provides 24/7 emergency service for local businesses facing storm and flood damages. Call our specialists at (765) 420-0077 to learn more about our services or request a quote.

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Fire Damage Remediation in Indian Village Can Wreak Havoc on Your Life If Dealt With Alone 

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage remediation can cause such a headache. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for all remediation needs.

Professional Fire Damage Restoration In Indian Village

Having a fire in Indian Village does not necessarily mean that you burn down your entire house. Small fires do their fair share of damage. Kitchen, electrical, or accidental fires make up a large number of our response calls every year. 

If you live in Indian Village and find yourself facing any size fire damage on your property, give us a call. We provide you with emergency response teams 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. We give you access to highly-trained technicians with Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) every day of the week, year-round.

After experiencing a fire in your home, avoid entering again without a professional restoration technician at your side. Many homeowners unwittingly cause additional damages by trafficking into and out of their homes while waiting for help to arrive. Places like SERVPRO can help you avoid that while also protecting you from hazards commonly associated with fire damage. We also help protect your property from further damage. 

Making the initial call to your local SERVPRO is only the first step. Fire damage continues to wreak havoc on your home until dealt with accordingly. When we arrive on your property, we perform a full inspection to check for existing problems, assess damages, and provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about your homes restoration. 

With your approval, we implement a solid plan of attack designed to fit your unique situation. SERVPRO technicians can put all of our advanced equipment, tools, and resources to work for you. Our technicians handle each item found in your home with care and precision. We put everything at our disposal into ensuring that you suffer minimal losses, restoring your home as fast as possible. All while maintaining the level of detail you expect from a professional.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette today to obtain the fire, water, storm, or commercial restoration services you deserve. Our staff stands ready to assist regardless of the time, day or night and are proud to provide cleaning and restoration services to homeowners throughout the area. Remember, we live, sleep, and work in your area, making us friends, neighbors, or even family. (765) 420-0077

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Lafayette Commercial Enterprises Rely on SERVPRO for a Safe Restoration after a Biohazardous Incident

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Sewage Blockage? Call SERVPRO to Clean Up and Disinfect this Lafayette Restroom Biohazard

Addressing Sewage Backup in Your Lafayette Office Building

Bio-threats can present unique dangers to employees and management of your Lafayette office building. Situations like sewage backup can happen without warning when the system becomes compromised, and in extreme cases can siphon volumes of raw sewage from the main lines into the building. With many facilities like yours open 24 hours a day to offer a stable response and dedicated customer service to your patrons and clients, a biohazardous threat can quickly compromise your availability.

As much as your custodial and management staff can do, biohazard cleanup in Lafayette office buildings should proceed with trained and qualified professionals like our SERVPRO team. We have extensive experience in all facets of bio-threats and can address the situation safely and efficiently. We know how important it is to get the facility running at full capacity again, and so our technicians can work around the clock and isolate the affected area so that your business can continue to function when possible.

Sewage immediately puts those exposed at risk for substantial health conditions, and bacteria exist everywhere in an exposed environment. Our professionals have full body personal protective equipment (PPE) that can keep them safe throughout the mitigation portions of this process. We can begin with extraction and drying before we assess all of the exposed materials and contents that must get removed and replaced.

We have environmentally friendly cleaning and disinfection agents that can work to make remaining elements and fixtures safe to use again. Odors are another primary concern of our biohazard team, including the bacterial content that could still exist in this environment. We utilize advanced filtering machines like our air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators to contend with both the odors and particulates circulating in the air.

We know that your business can lose money and even customers being unavailable for too long, so our SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville team works to establish physical barriers between the affected areas and work zones to allow your business to continue operating despite the restoration happening. Give our professionals a call at (303) 604-6607 to make any biohazard “Like it never even happened.”


Don’t Let A Renovation Cause Significant Damage To Your Dayton Home

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Our 24-hour service line, (765) 420-0077, can provide you with more information, starting the process that gets your project back on track.

A Miscalculation During A Renovation Can Lead To Costly Delays And Water Damage In Dayton

Measuring and cutting away sections of the walls in a Dayton residence during renovations must happen for improvements to take place. Using tools comes with risks, so being careful helps prevent accidents. Miscalculating where pipes rest inside a wall can lead to nicking one and letting water escape.

A cut pipe can release hundreds of gallons of water, resulting in immediate water damage inside your Dayton home to materials that otherwise would not require removal for a planned renovation. Because most contractors do not carry the necessary detection devices, they cannot track down the true extent of the water. When disasters like this happen during home improvement projects, you need professionals like the ones at SERVPRO.

Our water damage mitigation team always brings the tools needed to locate and measure the lost water inside your home. We are not only Faster to Any Size Disaster, but we also perform the needed mitigation quickly, so your project can get restarted and finish with little change to your original schedule. Renovations to the home already bring inconvenience and cordoned off areas that your family must avoid – unexpected delays can also interfere with vacation time and other family activities.

We do more than look for waterlogged materials in your home. We use both infrared cameras to locate damp materials and to determine the amount of moisture penetrating those materials. We test those areas with moisture meters. We keep records of the moisture content, starting with the initial readings.

As our drying machines and other methods decrease the moisture affecting the area, we continue noting the percentage of moisture. We also check for the visible signs of water damage elsewhere, in adjacent areas, inside cabinets, and under large appliances, and underneath the area, if possible.

When we finish, we take final readings to ensure that the area no longer contains any damaging moisture that might cause future water damage. We only consider our work done and the area suitable for continuing the renovation work when moisture content levels reach expected amounts, and our customer is satisfied with the outcome.

SERVPRO of Lafayette’s goal in mitigating water damage and restoring affected properties in Indian Village, Battle Creek, and Ash Grove is to put them in preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.” Our 24-hour service line, (765) 420-0077, can provide you with more information, starting the process that gets your project back on track.

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Can Your West Lafayette Fire Damaged Possessions be Saved?

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

We know that fire damage is stressful. SERVPRO of Lafayette always available to restore your home.

Restoring Items in Your West Lafayette after a Fire Damage Experience

Replacing all your fire-damaged items should not be the only option you have once you experience the unfortunate incident. Such an option is costly, and working with restoration experts is highly recommended. We are experts who use specialized techniques and equipment to clean your property and items. Below, we look at some of the processes that we use when attending to such situations in West Lafayette.  

Remember, there might be several items in your property, and the method that is suitable for a particular item may not be useful when cleaning another item. For instance, the processes we employ to clean fire damaged porous items in West Lafayette are entirely different from what we use when cleaning non-porous items. As an example, we may prefer dry cleaning techniques when we aim to remove light to medium non-grease particles from your non-porous contents. During such a process, we perform vacuuming, use dry cleaning sponges and dusting clothes or feather dusters to remove the surface dust.  

If the surfaces are full of moderate or heavy smoke particles, then our SERVPRO technicians may decide to use wet cleaning. It is an aggressive cleaning technique that involves the use of water together with a cleaning agent. In some instances, we may decide not to use a cleaning agent, but thorough saturation of the surface or item we are cleaning is necessary.  

Abrasive cleaning may be an option for surfaces that can withstand mechanical actions. To prevent such surfaces from scratching, we apply a lubricant, which is usually an appropriate cleaning agent that we place between the surface and the abrasive material. Our SERVPRO technicians may recommend a replacement of porous items such as cardboard or wood. They usually have tiny pockets of spaces which smoke and soot can permeate and make it challenging to clean.  

You can rely on SERVPRO of Lafayette to clean your commercial or residential property after a fire damage incident. We are trusted professionals who work around the clock to make it "Like it never even happened." Call (765) 420-0077 to get professional help.

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If A Fire Causes Damage To Your West Lafayette Art Studio, You Need To Contact The Experts At SERVPRO!

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Reach out and let us leave your studio, “Like it never even happened.”

Could Fire Damage Reach Your West Lafayette Art Studio?

West Lafayette can be a trove of hidden treasures once you look into its streets. Our community is vibrant, young, and a great spot to encourage creativity. It is full of older structures whose character add to the diversity of our town and our rich history. The very buildings that remind us of the ancestry of the area can also be a threat to business owners. Imagine, for example, being an artist whose workshop catches on fire because of dated electrical wiring.

Fire damage to a West Lafayette commercial building threatens all around it. Even when firefighters arrive quickly, works of artistic expression under that roof are vulnerable to smoke, soot, and other residues. SERVPRO is here to help you salvage your work by acting as soon as you place a call. Our crew is available 24/7 to respond to emergencies.

Understanding the path of a fire is essential, and our technicians trained to do just that. As we arrive on the premises, we assess the impact of the fire itself, as well as any collateral damage caused by water sprinklers or firefighters. As fast as we can, our SERVPRO technicians seek an area to safeguard those elements in good repair and protect them. In some cases, we separate areas by using thin plastic barriers designed to minimize contact between areas.

We do not specialize in art restoration, but we work with you to return your workshop to normal. By using advanced moisture sensor technology and water extraction best practices, we closely monitor moisture levels, as we bring them back to normal. Our SERVPRO team also works with you to prepare for any contractors needing to perform repairs.

As overwhelming as it may seem, not all is lost if there is fire damage to your workshop. SERVPRO of Lafayette is available to work with you and mitigate your losses simply by calling us at (765) 420-0077. Reach out and let us leave your studio, “Like it never even happened.”

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At Last, An Efficient and Easy Way For Flood Damage Remediation in Lafayette

5/18/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage can takeover an entire basement rapidly. Don't handle it alone, contact SERVPRO today.

Worn Seal on Storm Door Lets in Flood Damage in Lafayette Home

The reality of flood damage is that it is an experience that you can plan for, but not prevent. There are numerous ways water can enter a home from storms such as a damaged roof, broken window due to high winds or hail and groundwater flooding. Since flash floods and violent storms are no strangers to this part of the state, fast action is the key to minimizing water loss to both your home and contents.

SERVPRO received a call from a Lafayette homeowner that had flood damage from heavy storms that came through the area. A flash flood brought water in around a worn seal around the storm door and soaked about half of the living room.

Because groundwater is considered a category three biohazard, it should always have professional mitigation for both health and safety reasons. We arrived on site quickly and removed the saturated area rug in the living room and extracted the remaining water.

We scoped the room to confirm the extent of the water loss and to determine exactly where the flood water migrated to. Our probes showed no extra moisture present in the subflooring or behind the baseboards and we confirmed with thermal imaging water had not wicked into the sheetrock.

Water touched only the legs of the furnishings in the room, so we placed them on blocks to avoid too much disruption in the home and got them ready for drying.

We use high-velocity air movers to pull deeply rooted moisture from within the flooring and contents and pull it to the surface. Once there, our dehumidifiers collect the moisture, and ports out of the room.  This process repeats until the room has met the drying goals established by our techs. Afterward, we clean and disinfect to ensure the home is sanitary for habitation.

SERVPRO of Lafayette knows flood damage can be an overwhelming experience. Our emergency response teams are ready to handle the mitigation of your water loss with both compassion and expertise. Call us at (765) 420-0077, and we can be onsite within hours for cleanup of any size.

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We Can Eliminate Residue In Your Lafayette Home After A Fire

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer our experience, expertise and necessary equipment in restoring your home.

Get Specialist Fire Damage Restoration for Your Lafayette Home

Fires are a bad experience for every homeowner. They can start instantly, spread fast, and ruin your house and belongings. Some common causes of fires include faulty electronics, human error, arson and general negligence. Prompt fire damage restoration is critical for preventing further destruction.

If there is fire damage in your Lafayette home, you need professional restoration services to clean the residue from the affected areas. Smoke residue comprises nitrogen oxides and carbon. When water is introduced into this mixture, the residue becomes acidic. Using professional grade chemicals meant to neutralize the acid and keep it from reacting with the ceilings, flooring, appliances, and other personal possessions is the right step. The professionals at SERVPRO can help you to eliminate the residue.

If smoky residues sit in your home for an extended period, they can cause serious damage. According to the IICRC, it take several minutes for acidic soot residues to cause the discoloration of small appliances, yellowing of plastics and permanent discoloration of porous interior decor materials like alabaster and marble. Within hours, the soot residues cause yellowing or staining of fiberglass bath fixtures, grouting, furniture finishes, countertops and appliances near the vicinity of a fire, particularly refrigerators.

Within days, the painted walls turn yellow permanently, wood furniture requires refinishing, metal rusts and pits, clothing becomes soot-stained, vinyl flooring requires replacement or refinishing, and upholstery becomes permanently stained. Within weeks, artificial carpet fibers can discolor or yellow permanently, silver plates are corroded permanently and glass as well as china may need replacement because of severe pitching and etching.

Our SERVPRO technicians use several methods to loosen residues from surfaces, including mechanical action, suspension and dispersion, lubrication, and chemical action. We use mechanical action before other cleaning methods when smoke residues have adhered to a surface. We use it to pre-clean surplus, dry, and non-greasy residues from a surface before applying solvent-based or water-based cleaning products. We can use special degreasing agents to clean up oily residues and cleaning sponges to remove dry soot. We can advise you about the items to clean and which ones to replace.

When there is smoke residue in your home, SERVPRO of Lafayette can assist you to remove it. Call us at (765) 420-0077 for faster cleanup and restoration. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Some Effective Ways to Get More Out of Water Damage Remediation in Lafayette

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can take a toll on you and your home. Contact SERVPRO today to relieve you of that burden.

Factors to Consider When Drying Your Lafayette Home after a Water Damage Experience

One of the worst experiences that any property owner can experience is water damage. Such an incident may destroy your furniture, household appliances, plumbing system, and electronics. When you need to restore your property to its former condition, it is advisable to work with professional restoration service providers in Lafayette. We are going to highlight some of the techniques that we use when attending to such incidents.

Our SERVPRO technicians understand the need to dry your water damaged items when working in Lafayette. For successfully drying, there are four critical factors that we consider, and these are air movement, humidity, the quantity of moisture to evaporate and the temperature. For drying to take place, moisture must leave wet surroundings and move to drier locations. By increasing the temperature, the drying speed also increases since hot air has a lower moisture retention capability. We may decide to use portable heaters to increase the temperature to an allowable degree.

If wet materials lose too much moisture to the surrounding, there is a danger that secondary damage may occur. That is why our SERVPRO technicians monitor the humidity of the site. If we find out that the relative humidity of the surrounding air is too high, then we may put in place Dehumidifiers. They work by removing the additional water vapor from the surrounding air.

Air movement is equally essential during the drying process. Wet locations are usually humid and damp, which makes the rate of evaporation to be slow. If we use air movers to introduce warm air into such areas, then the drying speed significantly increases. We understand how to properly position the air movers and even change their position from time to time for thorough drying. Lastly, the drying technique that our SERVPRO technicians decide to use is determined by the amount of water to be evaporated or extracted.

The goal of SERVPRO of Lafayette is to make your home or business “Like it never even happened" after the unfortunate incident. Call us at (765) 420-0077 when you face any storm, mold, fire, or water damage incident.

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Our Fast Response Will Save Your Flood Damaged Home In Lafayette

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

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Emergency Response For Flood Damage In Lafayette

Flash flooding can be destructive to your home and property causing both structural damages as well as harming your contents. These natural phenomena can occur due to heavy rainfall, road overflow, back up sewage points or storm. When it happens, it is out of the control of the homeowner so making sure you keep a backup of a professional remediation service is vital to ensure you limit potential, or permanent, losses.

We pride ourselves on our speedy resolutions to homeowners suffering from flood damage in Lafayette. Not only do we operate an emergency response line twenty-four hours a day, but we also have rapid response units with technicians on call for precisely these events. On receiving your notification of loss, we can send a highly trained team immediately.

In flood scenarios, time is a crucial factor. All types of water carry microbes which can migrate throughout your home rapidly. On top of that, any pre-existing damages that may not be a problem can be absorbed transforming clean water into damaging grey or black water. The most effective way to mitigate against this process is by responding quickly and deploying equipment that can remove standing water in the minimum time.

Generally speaking, when water is more than two inches from the floor SERVPRO can use gas-powered pumps. These pumps, which are fully-submersible, can be connected to an open sewer point and are capable of removing limitless amounts of water. In less severe scenarios we can deploy water extraction units which are also practical and kind to structural contents like carpets and fittings.

The removal of excess water inevitably leads to increases in the humidity levels of your property. Most restoration equipment uses hot air or circulation as a catalyst for evaporation. Unfortunately, the evaporated moisture remains in the air which, in a heated home, can create ideal conditions for mold growth.SERVPRO can tackle this issue by creating an open system- exchanging humid indoor air for the drier outdoor air through ventilation. Alternatively, we can deploy dehumidifiers that utilize desiccant chemicals to draw moisture out of the air.

By dealing with both the immediate problems and applying preventative measures against secondary damages our crew can help you get your property back to preloss conditions. Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 now.

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Water Removal Services in Indian Village

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Clogged rain gutters can cause flood damage in your home.

Professional Water Removal for Flooded Homes

Plumbing problems such as broken pipes, overflowing septic systems, and leaks are one of the leading causes of flooding in Indian Village homes. If a water pipe breaks while you are away, your house could sustain extensive water damage. Drainage problems (whether from a clogged floor drain or a clogged rain gutter) can also cause massive flooding when the trapped water backs up and rises high enough to overflow into the house.

If unfortunately, you come home to a flooded house, SERVPRO has a team of highly trained technicians in Indian Village who can provide complete water removal services. We work together following IICRC guidelines to reverse any water damage sustained, extract the water, and then dry your property to pre loss conditions. Our catalog also includes repairing and rebuilding broken or ruined structural components.

Before we can begin the water removal process, we have to scope the area to determine the extent to which the water has migrated throughout the structure. SERVPRO technicians also use moisture detection devices to verify that the area has been dried properly. We have moisture sensors for detecting moisture in walls, carpets, and baseboards, as well moisture meters for determining the actual moisture content in different materials. The moisture tester, on the other hand, provides specific moisture readings that allow us to monitor the drying process.

Thermo-hygrometers are also highly effective in the water removal process, as they help us measure both relative humidity and temperature. By using these two readings alongside a psychrometric chart, SERVPRO professionals can be able to calculate vapor pressure, dew point, and specific humidity in your home.

Extraction is the best way to remove moisture from a structure. A quick and efficient water removal process is important to allow the environment to dry much faster. SERVPRO water damage experts use extractors in cleaning carpets and upholstery, as well as in removing standing water from the floors. Extractors can be portable or truck-mounted, but the former is more efficient at accessing inside structures.

Water leakage in the house can lead to flooding and, consequently, all sorts of water damage. If you need quick water removal services today, SERVPRO of Lafayette is more than ready to assist. We have a stock of industry-standard equipment for any emergency, all at your disposal. For any help, call us anytime at (765) 420-0077.

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If You Require Water Cleanup Services In Indian Village, Our Crew Is Here To Help!

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

In case you need to clean up your property in Lafayette, Battle Ground or Dayton areas after water loss, call SERVPRO of Lafayette.

Why Involve SERVPRO During Water Cleanup In Indian Village

When water from burst pipes or broken appliances leaks, it can cause severe damages including mold development, rot, and rust among others. Even when such spillage is caught in time, thorough cleanup in the affected areas is necessary to deal with any soiling, odor and other problems that develop after such incidents. We offer professional cleanup services in Indiana that rely on our advanced skills.

One of the critical aspects of proper water cleanup in Indian Village is neatness. Water migrates to different areas in the house, and in a bid to remove it, the restoration team might need to move contents around the rooms. All items should revert to their original places after the cleanup process is over. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on their skills and vast experience to move items conveniently then place them in their original position later, leaving your place looking neat.

Depending on the water source and the location of the spill, water soils property in different ways. Dirty sources such as broken appliances soil the affected areas with detergents, food remains and other debris. Broken pipes, on the other hand, can soil affected areas with dust collected from the ceiling and wall cavities or paint chippings that come off surfaces as the water flows. Some procedures such as drilling weep holes also contribute to the debris left. Our SERVPRO technicians use cleaning agents and tools such as brushes or automatic multi-surface scrubbers to remove all debris from surfaces.

One of the toughest aspects of the cleanup process is removing all water. Pooling water is manageable with buckets, mops and water extractors. However, the water that soaks into materials can be harder to remove. Our SERVPRO technicians remove it effectively through evaporation. We use air movers to increase the average levels of evaporation and then use dehumidifiers to extract the moisture from the air. We also use specialized equipment such as drying mats and injectidry systems especially for materials such as tiles or hardwood floors, which are hard to penetrate.

In case you need to clean up your property in Lafayette, Battle Ground or Dayton areas after water loss, call SERVPRO of Lafayette. You can reach us at (765) 420-0077 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Are Growing & Hiring

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee with customer scoping damage SERVPRO of Lafayette is Hiring

Are you tired of your current job?

We Are Growing & Hiring Production Technicians, a Marketing representative & an Office Manager

SERVPRO is a customer service company.

The bulk of our work is focused around helping people and businesses whose homes and businesses have been affected by damage due to water, fire and mold. We also provide standard cleaning services like duct cleaning and carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning.

Our Purpose
To become Greater Lafayette’s most trusted partner in commercial and residential restoration and cleaning services.

We are looking for people who are interested in developing a career helping members of the community when they need us the most. Communication, Integrity, Professionalism, Respect and positivity is what you will need to bring to the table. We will provide you with the training that has kept SERVPRO as the leader in our industry for the past 15 years.

• Daily field operations. Duct cleaning, carpet cleaning, water damage, fire damage
• Prior experience in the industry is a benefit but not required for consideration.

• Daily routes, Social Media, Community Events
• 2 years of prior marketing and sales experience

• Customer service, accounting, inventory, office administration, human resources
• 2 years of prior consistent office management required.

Please call our office today to begin the interview process. (765) 420-0077

Don't Let Fire Damage in Your Lafayette Home Take Over Your Life

3/10/2019 (Permalink)

Your Lafayette home inundated by fire damage? Call SERVPRO to quickly and safely fix any issues.

Our Fire Damage Mitigation Specialists Use Removal Methods that Safely Restore Homes in Lafayette

Cleaning and restoring a Lafayette home to undo the damage caused by a disaster often requires specialists with extensive training and powerful equipment at their disposal. When a large section of a home becomes ruined, restoration work requires more than cleaning, and SERVPRO knows how to perform the needed work while keeping costs as low as possible.
Homeowners can rely on us to mitigate disasters including extensive fire damage in Lafayette with efficient methods up to the removal of the materials destroyed by heat and fire. Both structures and furnishings suffer during a fire to different degrees. Although we work to save as much as possible, removing the debris and ruination helps speed up the restoration of your house.
Along with these items pulled out and removed from the premises, we eliminate many safety hazards, also. Carpeting can pose tripping hazards wherever water from firefighters caused bulky, raised areas to appear. Carpet tacks also pose significant risks to anyone working in the area. Many plastics and other synthetic materials continue to off-gas toxic fumes. The steam saturating the air can cause metal fixtures to rust, leaving ponce-smooth surfaces jagged, rough, and able to cut skin.
Removing these and other kinds of risks makes the damaged area safer to work in and also makes room for our mitigation and restoration equipment. Some of this equipment helps us remove the excess water that can quickly cause both water damage and mold infestations after a fire. Getting your house dry again prevents these secondary effects from ruining our work.
Everything needs to occur methodically to achieve the results we want. Rapidly making your property safe, livable, “Like it never even happened.” means life can get back to normal. While the work starts with a horrible-looking mess, the result of our work pleasantly surprises our customers.
SERVPRO of Lafayette works in the areas around Dayton, Wyandot, and Ash Grove. Call us when you want restoration professionals who clean, remove spent water, and restore properties after fire damage. Our 24-hour emergency service line is (765) 420-0077.

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If Your Battle Ground Property Suffers A Plumbing Leak The Team At SERVPRO Can Help!

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Call (765) 420-0077 24 hours a day and one of our certified technicians will begin the process of restoring your property to pre-damage condition.

Fast Water Cleanup From Vanity Plumbing Leak In Battle Ground

One of the critical parts of a water cleanup is that it begins as soon as you know there is an issue. Water spreads quickly under flooring, along walls, and through carpet padding so even a small, localized spill can encompass a more extensive area the longer it takes begin cleaning efforts.

A leaking pipe behind a bathroom vanity can present several issues for SERVPRO technicians to solve. The water ran down the wall, at the back of the vanity and there was standing water to remove both inside the wooden vanity as well as the floor. The owner waited until the plumber had repaired the pipe to begin the water removal, so the technicians had to act quickly to contain the water damage in the Battle Ground home.

Since the vanity was backless up against the wall, the technician drilled holes to allow air circulation and faster drying times. Because this was a clean water spill, the technician chose to use in-place drying techniques for the carpet and pad. We use a truck-mounted vacuum to pull water from the carpet and a weighted extraction tool presses down and squeezes water from the pad. The standing water is also completely eliminated with this method so drying can begin.

Industrial air movers and a dehumidifier were used to force air through the drilled holes at the back of the vanity and quickly dry the wood to prevent secondary damage from warping. The carpet and padding were also dried quickly using this method. SERVPRO finished up the bathroom by repairing the drill holes, so there was no trace and a final wipe down with antifungal cleaners to prevent any mold growth from the damp conditions.

Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette to handle your water cleanup. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, from a corner in your bathroom to a whole home flood we can help. Call (765) 420-0077 24 hours a day and one of our certified technicians will begin the process of restoring your property to pre-damage condition.

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When Fire Damage Strikes Your Lafayette Home You Can Count On Our Professionals

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

This Lafayette home’s kitchen caught on fire when grease spilled on the stovetop.

SERVPRO Works Fast to Control and Reverse Fire Damage in West Lafayette

The difference between a fast and a slow reaction to fire damage in your West Lafayette home can result in thousands of dollars saved or lost during the damage restoration process. SERVPRO stays ready on a 24/7 basis to provide you with the kind of fast and comprehensive fire damage mitigation services your home and household deserve. Our strategy of prioritizing speed also extends beyond our initial response and into the restoration procedures we conduct to bring your home back to the state it was in before the disaster.

One of your first actions after your home in West Lafayette sustains fire damage should be to call a professional damage mitigation company like SERVPRO. Within four hours of your first phone call, our technicians arrive on the scene and immediately get to work evaluating the situation and putting measures in place that stop further damage from happening. They also bring personal protective equipment and years of experience, entering potentially hazardous parts of the home so that you do not have to. They take care of any time-sensitive issues and eliminate factors that can cause damage to your home in the near future, such as structural instabilities.

As hours progress into days, our focus shifts away from fire damage prevention to an effort to reverse anything that has already happened. We use industrial-strength cleaning equipment to get this sort of work done as fast as possible, reducing both the time we need to spend in your home and the total expenses associated with the project. Once fire and smoke residues have been removed, we can begin to improve the visual appearance of your home and apply careful restorative techniques designed to mimic the methods used to build your home while also repairing and replacing the visual signs of damage left behind by the fire.

SERVPRO of Lafayette can help you to overcome fire damage in your home with as little time, hassle, and money spent as possible. Call us 24/7 at (765) 420-0077 to request our services or learn more about how we can help.

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Safety Is Crucial During Our Flood Damage Mitigation Process In Your West Lafayette Home

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Call our 24-hour service line number, and we promise our prompt arrival, as we are always Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Staying Safe Throughout Flood Damage Mitigation in West Lafayette

Having all four seasons in West Lafayette never prevents our area from surprising us with unseasonal weather. Hail is never uncommon, and neither are sudden rainstorms, even in the winter. Days with temperatures over freezing can cause isolated disasters after the skies pour too much rain onto our city.

When your neighborhood's drains cannot keep up with the amount of rain falling, your West Lafayette home could experience flood damage. SERVPRO's technicians can make things right again, “Like it never even happened,” so your family can move forward and forget about the disaster. We handle every step of mitigating the damage caused by invasive, filthy water, so you can relax and not worry about the possible dangers involved in working with contaminated objects.

We know how to not only make your home safe while we work by eliminating immediate dangers but also by wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). Because of the elevated humidity in the house that happens after flooding events, we wear respirator masks to reduce any health effects caused by airborne microbes. This is just as important as our gloves, boots, and protective suits.

As we steadily work toward eliminating the dangers in your home, we also engage in reducing the damage. We clean a significant number of belongings, so they do not become more damaged. We cut away soaked wallboard and set up air movers and desiccant machines. We also run several air scrubbers to rid your house of as many microbes as possible, significantly reducing the risk of mold growth and subsequent damage. When we finish with all of our work, your home should have new carpeting, freshly painted walls, and no trace of the last disaster.

SERVPRO of Lafayette works in Buck Creek, Ash Grove, and Battle Ground, always ready and able to help your family recover quickly after flood damage and other disasters. Call our 24-hour service line number, (765) 420-0077, and we promise our prompt arrival, as we are always Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Lafayette Companies Rely on SERVPRO After a Water Loss to Keep Their Doors Open for Business

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

No Dirty Clothes When SERVPRO Responds Quickly to a Water Removal at a Lafayette Laundromat

Commercial Water Extraction Keeps the Dry Cleaners Open for Business in Lafayette

After a special event in Lafayette, having clothing cleaned at the dry cleaners requires special solvents and cleaning agents to remove soiling from clothing. Water rarely plays a role in such a business except to dilute various foaming agents and other chemicals when needed.
When a storm causes water to flow inside your Lafayette dry cleaning business or a pipe breaks in the washroom, you need to call a competent provider of commercial water extraction services. SERVPRO technicians specialize in working with area businesses, making sure that all of our B2B customers receive the attention needed to get their operations normalized quickly. Caring for the clothing of clients and returning them in a cleaned state is, of course, paramount to this enterprise. We do whatever we can to preserve fabrics from being ruined.
Our water extraction equipment pulls out all of the standing water and eliminates puddles that occur here and there. We use flexible tubes with our Injectidry machines to send warm, dry air into wall cavities, forcing more rapid evaporation and drying to occur. Small holes drilled into either end of wall spaces allows air to pass through these enclosed sections of your business. Behind temporarily removed baseboards is one location that we typically choose to reduce the need for minor repairs later.
Floors need aggressive drying techniques to keep them from suffering permanent damage, also. We implement similar machinery for this, except instead of tubing placed into the structure, we place it into mats that create heat while simultaneously pulling the evaporated moisture out from between the floor's pieces.
Throughout your business, your dry cleaning equipment needs expert attention, as well, to make sure rust never happens and that inside parts continue to work flawlessly for you and your employees. We can help dry off outer parts but prefer to have a specialized repair technician examine anything before anyone powers on these machines. The chance of electrical shocks causing someone harm or the machinery becoming even more damaged are both extremely high after an incident involving water.
Cleaning other surfaces can help make things safer for your staff and your customers. SERVPRO works hard to make our local businesses remain successful after disasters happen. One way we do this is through enrollment in our (ERP) Emergency READY Profile. This is a completely free service from SERVPRO and can help save your business from permanent closure by guiding your or your employees through those critical first few minutes after a disaster and notifying us of the event.
SERVPRO of Lafayette also provides commercial services to other businesses in Indian Village, Colburn, and Ash Grove. Call us at (765) 420-0077 to get immediate assistance with water extraction services when a disaster happens or for assistance in setting up your ERP Program. We are always here, 24/7, year-round, to take your call and answer your questions.

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Our Professionals Explain The Dangers Of Mold Damage In Your Dayton Home

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Failure to entirely remove the growth also poses threats to the house as the organism can continue to spread through susceptible materials.

The Hazards Of Mold Damage For Dayton Homes And Residents

Many hazards affect Dayton homeowners and the strength and stability of their properties. When a situation like a mold growth occurs, these same homeowners are often unclear as to the steps required to safely remove this organism without posing risks to themselves or other occupants of the house. Failure to entirely remove the growth also poses threats to the house as the organism can continue to spread through susceptible materials.

You may think mold damage in your Dayton home does not require the intervention and the expertise of mold remediation technicians. With the extensive experience that our SERVPRO team has in overcoming mold growth in homes and businesses throughout our service area, the problem is more severe than you might have initially believed. With our expertise and industry-leading equipment, we can contain the spread of the organism and safely remove it from the premises to return your home to original condition.

Our professionals have experience in identifying the spread of mold and the variety of growth that you have within your home. From risk assessment in determining the dangers present in the type of mold growing to the best approach to remove it and restore the damage it has caused, we take as much time as needed in this initial assessment to save our customers time and money.

With mold growth being potentially hazardous to human and pet health, it becomes critical to remove this growth promptly from your property. The longer that living things remain exposed to the colonies, the more at risk they become to developing effects. We can utilize sanding, soda blasting, antimicrobial solutions, and even controlled demolition to remove the active colonies from your home as efficiently as possible.

From the moment that you discover mold growth in your home, you have a finite amount of time until this organism spreads to the point of causing substantial structural concerns and health effects for the occupants of the property. Give our SERVPRO of Lafayette mold remediation technicians a call today at (765) 420-0077.

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How SERVPRO Uses the Most Effective Tools for Water Damage Remediation in Battle Ground

12/16/2018 (Permalink)

Regardless of whether water damage literally hits you in the head or comes from a ground source, team SERVPRO is ready with water removal services.

The Equipment Used to Quick-Dry a Battle Ground Basement

Many Battle Ground homeowners who have to contend with water loss incidents in their home can appreciate that the damage can quickly get out of their control. With saturation spreading into many of the materials and the surfaces exposed, the only method to preserve these elements of your property is to utilize restoration equipment to draw out the water from these affected materials and work to dry them out as quickly as possible. Our emergency response team arrives equipped with these powerful tools to protect your structural elements and contents of the house.

Water damage in Battle Ground can occur from several sources in your residence from a faulty appliance to a leaking pipe. With so many avenues that could allow for water damage, you need a team of professionals with the expertise and the training to handle all of the obstacles that might stand in the way of a fully restored property. Our SERVPRO professionals undergo extensive training to obtain their water restoration certification and continue these educational opportunities to become top assets in the restoration industry.

Knowing what tools can help preserve your home might not get the job done more quickly, but it can help you to appreciate what is happening when our SERVPRO team arrives at your address and begins rolling out our advanced equipment. Depending on the severity of the water damage, we have truck-mounted and gas-powered pumps designed to extract water from affected areas quickly to pave the way for efficient drying efforts to come.

Our drying equipment often comes down to two tools, the air movers and the dehumidifiers. The air movers work to force water out of saturated materials with hot air. This vapor goes into the environment where it gets collected by our industrial-strength dehumidifiers. With a fast reaction to the situation, you can have our experienced professionals able to preserve much of the damaged structural components of your home to limit the need for extensive reconstruction.

Water damage is a common threat to area homes, but it is one that our SERVPRO of Lafayette restoration specialists get well-equipped to face. Give our rapid response team a call anytime that you need us at (765) 420-0077.

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Indian Village Property Owners Know SERVPRO Mitigates Flood Damage with Rapid Humidity Action

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Specific Humidity Is a Key Component of Flood Damage Control and Mitigation in Indian Village -- SERVPRO

Using an LGR Dehumidifier After a Flood Loss in Indian Village

The weather is a very unpredictable force. It can bring heavy rain, storm, and tornadoes to your location without any warning. If you experience a significant flood in your area, then you know how devastating that it can be. Flood damage can be quite expensive because the water from the flood often come from the sewage system. This origination means that the water is contaminated by toxins, bacteria, feces, and other contaminants. With this in mind, it would be wise to get a water restoration specialist to restore your home.
Removing water and sanitizing your home after flood damage in Indian Village can require some advanced technology and equipment. The LGR dehumidifier is one of the best out there. It is a low grain refrigerant device that uses condensation through cold to remove water vapor. This enhancement can promote a more efficient drying system that can create a lower humidity environment, dropping the RH relative humidity along with the SH specific humidity.
The SERVPRO water restoration technician often utilizes the LGR to create an optimal drying time. The goal is to get as much moisture out of the air so it can reduce the drying procedure. Keep in mind that the faster you get water out of any home environment, the less damage that it can cause. This situation is why it is essential to get one of the best drying equipment out there. Since water from the flood contains many contaminants, it can travel to the moisture in the air and cause more pollution. There is a balancing act that requires monitoring of the drying process. Some materials like wood flooring can split if the moisture extraction is too abrupt. Once the restoration process is completed, the technicians can walk you through your home to ensure that you are happy with the results.

Give SERVPRO of Lafayette a call at (765) 420-0077, and we can promptly arrive and begin the water extraction and restoration service.

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How Our Team Of Specialists Can Restore Your Water Damaged Home In Battle Ground

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO rapid response team is available 24 hours a day to help you overcome the effects of a water damage situation within your residence.

Advanced Tools For Water Damage To Battle Ground Homes

Overcoming the effects of a minor incident in your Battle Ground residence is often something that homeowners believe they can handle on their own. Especially when it is a minor water emergency, people tend to believe that fast drying efforts can prove sufficient, but this is not always the case. In most situations, water saturation into the exposed materials happens instantaneously. While it continues to worsen the longer that the incident does not get appropriately cleaned up and dried out, this moisture can persist even beyond when homeowners believe the area is dry.

Finding the right assistance for water damage in your Battle Ground home is as efficient as making a phone call. Our SERVPRO rapid response team is available 24 hours a day to help you overcome the effects of a water damage situation within your residence, and properly caring for this situation like your property deserves requires an immediate response to the problem.

Part of our commitment to providing quality restoration services to every customer begins with our insistence on having advanced equipment and technology capable of making this effort more efficient. With the right tools for the job, we can extract water fast, we can dry the area thoroughly, and we can assess any further damages that require our attention at that same time.

With advanced equipment like gas-powered pumps loaded up in the SERVPRO Green Fleet dispatched to your address with our water restoration technicians, we can remove excess water from the affected areas fast. We have equipment capable of forcing water out of saturated materials and collecting it as a vapor in the environment, often preserving this saturated material from removal and replacement.

You might think that most of the restoration companies out there are the same, but there are distinct traits that set our franchise apart. From our commitment that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster to our drive to have the best equipment in the industry, our experts can make a difference in your water-damaged home fast. Give our SERVPRO of Lafayette rapid response team a call anytime at (765) 420-0077.

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Ice Dams Can Cause Damage To Your Dayton Home

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Ice damming is a situation that traps melting snow onto your roof, both increasing the size of the dam and giving water no runoff points.

Ice Damming Can Allow Flooding in Your Dayton Home

With winter coming quickly for the Dayton area, many homeowners look towards the season to bring heavy snowfall that sits atop their roof. While often this snow merely melts away without incident, certain circumstances can allow for substantial damage to your house if it does not get dealt with immediately. Ice damming is a situation that traps melting snow onto your roof, both increasing the size of the dam and giving water no runoff points.

When ice damming affects your Dayton home, the resulting trapped water looks for an outlet to penetrate into your house, often causing flood damages. Since the flooding occurs in the attic space of your house, many homeowners do not even know there is a concern until that water spreads through the floors below. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly in the face of an emergency like this to help you mitigate your losses and get the restoration process started as promptly as possible.

From the moment that our dedicated professionals arrive at your address, we get to work on assessing the damage that the property has sustained. This inspection can help us to determine at-risk items and locations throughout the property requiring specific attention or action to preserve in the early mitigation steps. Contents of your home can get removed to a safe location for individual cleaning and drying efforts and get returned upon the restoration completion.

Our franchise does not just claim that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, we strive to be just that. With a team of highly trained personnel available to customers 24 hours a day, even on holidays, we provide the services that you need exactly when you need them. This focus can ensure that flood water in your home gets extracted quickly and the right steps get taken to restore your property entirely.

Flooding can happen from multiple sources, but overcoming these effects is not something that a homeowner can expect to do on their own. Our SERVPRO of Lafayette water restoration technicians are standing by 24/7 to help. Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (765) 420-0077.

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Our Water Cleanup Services Are The Best At Restoring Your Dayton Home

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO in Dayton provides water cleanup services that can help.

Our Water Cleanup Services Can Restore Your Dayton Laundry Room

There can be a minor disaster inside your home at any time that can come from various sources such as a leaking pipe or a crack in a supply line. It can also result from a loose hose on a washing machine as in your case. You did not notice the water on your laundry room floor until after your second load of laundry. Calling trained professionals right away can reduce the cost of the restoration by decreasing the amount of work we have to do to complete the job.

SERVPRO in Dayton provides water cleanup services that can help. We can use portable or trunk-mounted extractors as well as pumps, wands or vacuums to remove water quickly. Next, our techs can use detecting devices such as a probe or sensor to find moisture under the flooring or behind baseboards. Dampness can cause rot and may ruin your floor and lower walls. Plus, it may lead to bacteria growth, which makes a fast response from us imperative to saving your property.

After the irrigation phase, the technicians can begin to dry the structure. To do so, we can use industrial air movers or axial fans to push moisture out and to increase evaporation. Also, the crew may use heaters and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels and to speed up the drying process.

We can be at your house in three to four hours to begin the job after you first call us. The goal of our techs is to work quickly during the extraction and drying stages. We take measures to keep bacteria from growing and aim to protect your home from further damages. Whenever possible, we can return your home to its preloss condition.

You can trust SERVPRO of Lafayette to handle any water cleanup job in your home. Our teams are close by and ready to service areas that include Indian Village, Colburn, Stockwell, Ash Grove, and Buck Creek. Give us a call 24/7 at (765) 420-0077.

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Does Your Dayton Business Struggle With Odor After a Water Damage Event?

10/14/2018 (Permalink)

The smell in your bakery should be that of baked goods and not musty. When facing a water damage incident, contact SERVPRO.

Take Odor Down With Commercial Water Removal in the Dayton Location

If you own a bakery, jewelry business, or any retail store, then you must be familiar with the idea of Murphy’s Law, which states that "anything that can go wrong will go wrong." A broken plumbing system, storms, hurricane, leaky pipes, or anything can lead to massive amounts of water entering your business establishment. Commercial water removal can be very tricky. Even if you manage to remove all the excess water from your business, there are still other problems that are waiting to happen.
Commercial water removal in the Dayton location is a critical process. You want to do this correctly and thoroughly, or else you can lose a lot of customers. Keep in mind that even after you have removed excess water from your commercial area, mildew, bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms can still grow from the moisture and nutrients around your place. When these organisms take over, they can leave an unpleasant odor that surrounds the air. Even if you spray air freshener around your business, the smell can still linger. You want to make sure that you get the right experts to remove both the water and the odor. The last thing you want is to lose customers and profit all because of an inadequate water removal process.
The SERVPRO technician is knowledgeable about proper commercial water removal techniques. They know that water damage can start right away, so it is important to move fast. After the mitigation process and extracting all the standing water, they can help remove unpleasant odor. They can thoroughly inspect your commercial area to check for microorganisms. They can also use advanced equipment to spread disinfect or antibacterial solution in the air to kill off these critters. The SERVPRO tech can also utilize deodorizing agents that can penetrate odor-causing residues that were left behind from the water damage. After they have thoroughly cleaned your commercial site, they can walk you through the entire place to ensure that you are satisfied with the results.
If you are ready to get rid of odor by using a reliable commercial water removal expert, then give SERVPRO of Lafayette a call, and we can promptly send our skilled technician to your commercial location.

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Here's Why You Should Never Do DIY Mold Removal In Your Dayton Home

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Active mold growth can remain hidden behind the wall, floor, and ceiling without you ever finding out.

Why Dayton Homeowners Should Not Attempt DIY Mold Removal

Mold spores are present in the air. When exposed to certain conditions indoors for instance moisture, a favorable temperature, and food, active mold growth begins 24 to 48 hours later. As a Dayton homeowner, you ought to know that mold can spread to different rooms in your home. This is a health risk to your family.

Active growing mold damages the walls, floor, and ceiling compromising the structural integrity of your home. If your home is infested, mold removal experts in Dayton can assess and use their expertise to get rid of the infestation. This is not a route many homeowners choose as their first option. Many people will opt to take matters in their hands to get rid of the infestation. At SERVPRO, we advise against this.

Here is why homeowners should never attempt DIY removal of mold infestation:

Lack Of The Right Equipment And Techniques
Homeowners rely on cleaning solutions such as bleach, borax, vinegar, baking soda and ammonia to remove mold but these do not work. To remove mold in your home, advanced equipment and techniques are required. Using this equipment, experts are able to detect the presence of moisture feeding the mold. This area is then isolated to prevent the spreading of spores in the air. Also, safety equipment is used to prevent contact with the spores.

Mold Can Spread
Kitchens and bathrooms are affected by mold more than any other room. This is because the walls and floors get wet often. If you discover the presence of an infestation, do not attempt to remove it as an individual or with the help of another inexperienced person. Doing so will result in the spores spreading to other rooms in the home via air ducts and doorways.

Lack Of The Right Skill To Detect Hidden And Extensive Mold Growth
Active mold growth can remain hidden behind the wall, floor, and ceiling without you ever finding out. Since the structural integrity of the affected area is unknown, it is best to leave it to SERVPRO experts.

If you discover a large area of active mold growth, SERVPRO of Lafayette mold remediation technicians can remove the infestation safely and without compromising your home. To get it done right, call our 24/7 emergency line at (765) 420-0077 today!

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How Professional Water Cleanup Services can Protect Your Home in Dayton from Serious Damage

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

If the space under your kitchen cabinet is harboring water, the technicians at SERVPRO can open up a release point to dry the area out.

Team SERVPRO Efficiently Dries Out Your House After a Water Damage Incident

After an intrusive water incident in your Dayton home, much of the water can remain behind. We find this water in the form of liquid that rests on impermeable surfaces, absorbed into permeable structures, and also where it has evaporated into the air. Sometimes areas that absorbed water contain materials that make it difficult for trapped moisture to leave.
In a home, SERVPRO technicians perform water cleanup services in Dayton to prevent damage from both water and mold. Our services also protect your home from corrosive tendencies that can harm your home's electrical wiring.
To protect your home as much as possible, we must dry things out by removing the water everywhere it occurs. Reaching it in some places means we must remove some minor materials temporarily and drill tiny holes in other materials. When we remove materials, such as small boards in furnishings, we do so as carefully as possible. We want to use the same materials once we restore the area's dryness to normal levels again.
Drilling a hole into a structure is something we often find necessary, but we understand it can upset our customers. Because we want you to understand what we do and how it helps your home's restoration, we discuss such matters with you before performing such methods. We always drill the smallest hole possible that still provides us with the ventilation needed.
Walls are not the only place these holes come into play during water cleanup and restoration. The space under cabinets can retain water after a broken pipe or a flood. This water cannot remain if we want to succeed in restoring your home thoroughly. Here, we both remove the board in front of the cabinet's bottom, called the toekick, carefully so we can replace it later, and then we drill small holes.
After carrying out these two small operations, SERVPRO technicians then air out the space under the cabinet. We repeat this process for every cabinet affected by invasive water. Once dry inside, we can replace the toekick, concealing the holes. Just like we clear the air of excessive moisture, restoring dryness to hidden areas in your home helps accomplish our goals.
SERVPRO of Lafayette wants to help you restore and protect your home with professional water cleanup services that get your home dry again fast and efficiently. If you reside in the Indian Village, Ash Grove, of Buck Creek areas, we are here for you and only a phone call away. Our 24-hour services number, (765) 420-0077, is answered every day of the year.

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Choosing The Right Cleaning Actions To Address Fire Damage In Your Dayton Home

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Several factors determine the cleaning actions we employ during fire damage restoration.

Choosing The Right Cleaning Actions After A Fire

Several factors determine the cleaning actions we employ during fire damage restoration. We understand different rooms of your structure might be having different materials which means the same building might have different types of soot residues. At the same time, the methods we use to clean fragile materials are different to what we use when cleaning items which can withstand aggressive agitation in your Dayton home.

We are going to look at the absorption and immersion techniques which our SERVPRO technicians use when addressing fire damage incidents in Dayton. If we come across items which are likely to experience additional damage when subjected to the direct application of the solvent or water-based cleaning agents, we use the absorption techniques. During this process, we apply absorptive powders on the material, and the soot residues get cleaned through absorption. We then perform vacuuming to extract the captured particles. We prefer this technique when we are dealing with porous surfaces such as carpets, draperies, bricks, and concrete.

In some cases, our SERVPRO technicians can combine solvents and the absorptive powders. If we have to do that, we first treat the soils with the cleaning agent and then apply the powders on the treated surface. Once the surface is dry, we vacuum the area. Mixing the solvents and the powders before applying to the target area is also another option.

When cleaning some items, it may be necessary to control the temperature and quantity of the cleaning agent. Our SERVPRO team achieves that by using the immersion technique. An example is an ultrasonic cleaner which cleans through the use of sound waves. Since full immersion in a cleaning agent is necessary, the process is best suited to items which are just small enough to fit in a machine or tank.

SERVPRO of Lafayette responds Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is storm, mold, fire, or water damage. We have the right equipment, and our technicians are highly trained. For a stress-free restoration process, call us at (765) 420-0077.

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Firefighters Can Leave Your Dayton Cafe in Urgent Need of Water Cleanup Services

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Offers Water Loss Recovery for Dayton Area Cafes and Retail Shops

SERVPRO Works Hard to Keep Your Dayton Business in Business

Many people often overlook the gallons upon gallons of water that ends up filling a space after a fire is put out, and they do not think of the fact that water cleanup services are usually required immediately afterward. The kitchen fire inside your cafe was sizable enough to bring the fire department to your front door. Like many fires that are extinguished, the damage was contained to the area, but the firefighting efforts left excessive amounts of water behind inside the kitchen and out. It is merely an unfortunate side effect of a necessary service.
When firefighters leave this kind of damage behind, it is essential for you to call for professional water cleanup services for your Dayton cafe that can also address the fire damage as soon as you can. Swift removal of the liquid is the wisest course of action to prevent further complications inside of your cafe.
SERVPRO always strives to work around your schedule and to arrive promptly. Should your fire have happened in the afternoon, we can work during the night to minimize business-loss. While we are at your establishment, we always try to be as unobtrusive as we can so we do not impact the business you can get while we clean up the water from inside. In larger scale cleanups we can work around the clock, if necessary.
SERVPRO uses advanced tools that can help us swiftly clean up the lingering water inside your shop. Wet/dry vacuums and extractors are particularly helpful when dealing with puddles of standing water. In cases of extreme flooding, SERVPRO could also use submersible pumps to help remove the water. Thermal imaging helps us to locate hidden pockets of moisture within wall cavities.
Once the puddles of water are cleaned up inside your store, SERVPRO can take it a step further. We can use tools such as axial fans, dehumidifiers, and air movers to ensure that the moisture levels of your kitchen are not excessively high. Using all of these devices in combination can return your cafe to a state where water damage is no longer a threat. We can document the moisture content level of building materials compared to a baseline to help with your insurance claim.
When your establishment is in need of water cleanup services, never ignore the problem. Phone SERVPRO of Lafayette by dialing (765) 420-0077. Whatever the damage, whenever the time, we are always ready to take your call.

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Battle Ground's Fire Damage Experts Explain Odor Problems

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Once a fire gets large, it can burn through a house taking building materials and contents as fuel to spread to other areas of the property.

Fire Damage Experts Explain Odor Problems

A fire starting inside a home is rare, but it could happen to your Battle Ground residence. Some fires are big and very devastating. Once a fire gets large, it can burn through a house taking building materials and contents as fuel to spread to other areas of the property. Once a fire grows to a certain size, many things inside a building can get burnt and ruined. Other fires that start indoors are small and get put out quickly by you or a family member. These small fires can still cause much damage to things inside your home. Usually, you have to use a fire extinguisher or water to put out the fire which can damage structural components and your possessions. Once anything burns, it puts out smoke that consists of materials that did not fully combust. Therefore, even if the original blaze seemed minor, there is a chance the smoke coming from it will cause problems after the fire is put out.

Burnt materials can release foul odors into the area that can spread throughout your house. As soon as our SERVPRO technicians arrive at a fire damage project in Battle Ground, we inspect the entire home for problems. Any place that smoke went could contain soot residues. Soils and residues left behind from smoke also contain burnt aromas. Residues can also ruin and corrode surfaces if not cleaned.

Whenever our SERVPRO restoration crew finds smoke residues, we clean a section of the affected materials as a test. Our estimators carry a test kit with them that is equipped with various cleaning supplies and chemicals. We test every affected area and figure out if the items can be cleaned or not. We also use the testing phase to determine which methods and chemicals work best for removing each type of soot found.

In some cases, unpleasant fragrances can still exist after all smoke-related soot and soils have been removed. Tiny odor particles can travel deep into porous materials and contaminate them. When odors exist after all cleaning procedures get taken, then we use foggers or ozone systems to neutralize odors.

Ultra low volume foggers mimic the properties of smoke and penetrate the materials in the same fashion. Ozone machines send out unstable O3 particles that attach to odor molecules and chemically neutralize them. If your property ever suffers even the smallest fire or smoke damage, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Problem Gutters can Create a Water Damage Mess Inside a House in Dayton

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team has got your back if water damage strikes your home.

Gutters Can Create A Big Water Damage Problem In Your Dayton Home

Ice storms and windy, wintry conditions give your Dayton home a real beating every year. Many components of your home's exterior can withstand this treatment better than other parts can handle. One of the more fragile parts of your home's exterior is your gutter system.

A faulty gutter system that contains clogs can direct water toward your Dayton home's exterior and quickly become an ongoing source of water damage. When your gutters continually force water against the house's siding, small amounts of water can get pushed inside. Also, downspouts can push water up against the foundation. This can lead to increasingly larger pools of standing water that slowly seep into the ground next to your home's basement.

SERVPRO employees can pump this water away from your home when necessary, although doing so does not permanently solve the problem. We can help you locate a responsible gutter repair service to fix your home's gutter system. The interior of your home needs specialized restoration of any water damage.

Water that passes through your siding, insulation, and other sections of your exterior walls often contains elements that stain otherwise undamaged walls. This staining can bleed through most paints, so we use a stain-blocking paint to keep new coats as fresh-looking as if no underlying stains existed.

When water seeps in slowly through the seams in your siding, it can easily get trapped on the top of ceilings below where the water enters the home. This can cause your ceiling to bow down, a dangerous condition that can cause injury to anyone in the affected room unexpectedly.

When we encounter such situations, drilling small weep holes from the side and allowing the water to drain slowly, followed by additional holes closer to the center, we can safely drain the water from the ceiling. As we air out the enclosed area and it becomes dry again, we can reattach it securely. This makes the ceiling safe again. Other areas in your home affected by faulty gutters and drain spouts also need drying out, which we perform quickly. We want to get your home back to its preloss state quickly.

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SERVPRO of Lafayette assists homeowners around Indian Village, Buck Creek, and Wyandott by eliminating the effects of water damage and restoring residences to safe, livable condition. Call us at (765) 420-0077 so we can help you protect your home, also.

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Removing Mold Damaged Structural Material In Dayton Homes

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can Include Demolition in a Dayton Property--Call SERVPRO to Get It Done Right

SERVPRO Can Remediate Mold Problems and Disinfect Properties

When found in most Dayton homes, mold has had time to spread over one or more rooms. Usually, even after it has spread this far, mold spores can be cleaned and removed from most property, both structural and personal.
If Dayton mold damage goes undetected for an extensive amount of time or has had an unusual amount of water and food sources available, it can cause permanent damage which has to be demolished and removed. SERVPRO restoration teams train to do this suitably, keeping exposure to people and property at a minimum. While they can cause health problems for some people, mold spores usually cause the majority of their damage to the structure of the home.
It happens when the spores begin growing into food sources, slowly consuming them to grow the colony. Except for metals, every type of building material is vulnerable. Drywall panels are some of the first items compromised. The cardboard that sandwiches the plaster is cellulose and dominant food source. Once that happens, replacing them is the only solution.
Our technicians isolate the compromised areas and seal them off using plastic sheeting, typically at least 6 ml in thickness. Then, they use negative air pressure to force airborne spores out of the areas. HEPA filtered air scrubbers are very useful devices during this process.Once completed, specialists begin tearing out and breaking down material.
In addition to the drywall, SERVPRO specialists also examine and remove compromised ceiling tiles, carpets, floorboards, floor and ceiling trim, insulation, and even wall framing. They break down each item into manageable pieces and bag it for removal. Restoration teams dispose of every mold infested item according to EPA and Indiana state regulations. Most mold infestations do not require such extensive demolition since owners react to a mold-damaging event that is beyond their control.
After removing it all, our specialists spray every surface with an anti-fungal agent. Once it dries, they wipe down the entire area with dry sponges. If needed, they spray thicker mold layers with water or the anti-fungal agent to break it up, wipe it off, and dispose of it.
The non-salvageable materials that are removed by our technicians necessitate a rebuild to its preloss condition. We can treat the exposed area to help prevent the return of a fungi attack and leave the homeowner to decide on a general contractor.
Returning any home to its original condition is not a quick process. The goal of SERVPRO of Lafayette, however, is to clean, remediate, and prepare for the replacement of discarded materials from the result of the mold damage. If you need us, call (765) 420-0077 today.

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Preparing For Possible Water Removal In Your Dayton Business

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helps Protect Your Business from Water Loss in Dayton and the Surrounding Areas

SERVPRO Offers the ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan for Commercial Water Damage Prevention and Mitigation

Severe storms, broken interior plumbing, city sewer or water main failure, and human error are just some of the ways your Dayton business can come face to face with the need for professional water removal. You can risk exposure to possible severe water damage or flooding without a plan, hoping your luck will hold. Alternatively, you can work proactively with our experienced project managers to devise a plan to manage any water removal scenario.
Fast and thorough water removal in your Dayton business is critical when a disaster strikes. Water is tremendously destructive to building components and the contents of your company. Every hour water remains inside imperils the structural integrity of a building or retail space. At the same time, every moment you turn away customers because your workspace is underwater threatens the future of your business. Fifty percent of businesses forced to close temporarily because of a water or other disaster may never open their doors again. Do you have business interruption insurance?
A collaboration between your business and SERVPRO permits us to remove the water quickly and efficiently. Our Emergency READY Plan (ERP) allows us to meet with you long before a problem occurs. We evaluate your commercial layout and spend time talking with you and your key staff about your operations. Expect suggestions about how to adjust some of the ways you store items or manage your day to day business operations to minimize the harm a water loss can cause.
You have the opportunity to add helpful details to the ERP with our mobile app. Prioritize for us the areas that need attention first when we respond. Identify SERVPRO as your preferred restoration company and designate trusted employees or family members to act on your behalf if you need water removal when you are unavailable. Locate utility shutoffs and enumerate the vendors and contractors who installed systems and equipment for us so we can contact them with questions and concerns as we extract the water and determine drying goals.
When we receive the alert that your business needs our skilled water removal services we hit the ground running. SERVPRO crews walk into your business with the Emergency READY Plan in hand, ready to make it “Like it never even happened.” Your foresight and our expertise place your business in the best possible position if the unthinkable occurs.
Partner with the compassionate, caring team at SERVPRO of Lafayette for all your business disaster recovery needs. Set up an appointment to plan for water removal as well as other potential issues by calling (765) 420-0077.

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More Intense Storms Can Mean Flood Damage And A Pack Out In Dayton

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

When waters rise in the basement or lower levels of your Dayton home the flood damage does not limit itself to the structural components of your home.

More Intense Storms Can Mean Flood Damage

It is common today to hear forecasters and news anchors to mention storms in the Dayton area are more intense than average. The “100-year” rainfall may recur just a few years later. Homeowners can find that they need to anticipate a new normal, experiencing flooding more often than in the past. Our highly-qualified team of flood damage specialists can help.

When waters rise in the basement or lower levels of your Dayton home the flood damage does not limit itself to the structural components of your dwelling. If you like many other homeowners use a basement as a storage area, you might want to consult with us about our inventory and pack out services.

Hiring SERVPRO to assist with the many tasks that follow flood damage is cost effective for many different reasons. We document your claim and work with your insurance company to be sure you receive compensation to the extent of your contract. Our team trains in inventorying your possessions and our production facility is a safe place to assess the damage and employ a range of flood damage restoration techniques.

If you inspect and evaluate your flood water soaked possessions without our help your conclusion can be that the entire lot must be discarded. SERVPRO flood damage specialists possess an impressive array of strategies that remove the water, clean away debris, and neutralize odors. Our team restores many items you despaired of recovering, saving you money and preserving cherished memories.

The key to efficient flood damage recovery of stored possessions is a speedy response. As the seconds, minutes, and hours tick, it becomes less and less likely all items can be saved. SERVPRO pledges to be Faster To Any-Sized Disaster, so do not delay calling our experienced team.

Of course, while some of our SERVPRO team members inventory and pack, others begin removing the flood waters from your home. We use state-of-the-art tools and our IICRC training to rid your home of the flood waters as well as drying our all surfaces. Special meters and scanners help us find hidden moisture that we remove with techniques learned at industry best practices training and on other jobs. Air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers dry out your home, restoring the spaces where your possessions soon return as well.

Use all the skills that the technicians and managers at SERVPRO of Lafayette bring to a home flooding scenario. We answer at (765) 420-0077 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and we look forward to helping with your flooding disaster.

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How to Deal With Different Levels of Fire Damage in Dayton

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

Finding your home with some level of fire damage can be particularly overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Quickly Remediates Any of the Three Primary Levels of Fire Damage

Different fires lead to different levels of fire damage, and it is crucial to understand how to approach the various types of incidents when you need to salvage your contents and return your property to its preloss state. It is evident that most materials get damaged during combustion, but it is also important to note that the fire extinguishing attempts can also cause additional damage. Dayton is not an exception to fires, and if you are a resident, some of the details we are covering here can help you a great deal.
The three primary levels of fire damage in Dayton that our SERVPRO technicians attend to are minor fire damage, medium fire damage, and major fire damage. When a property experiences a minor fire damage incident, it means the smoke particles only affect specific areas of the structure. Given that the damage is light to moderate, during the restoration, we usually do wet cleaning and dry cleaning of floors, walls, ceilings and other materials. Only a few items require replacement, and it might be necessary to repaint a few areas.
In medium fire damage incidents, there are moderate smoke residues at the site, and that means our SERVPRO technicians do more wet cleaning procedures during the restoration. There is also an increase of items that need replacement and the locations that require repainting. Where necessary, we refinish the floors and inspect cabinets, drywall, and various items to determine whether it is possible to salvage them. Otherwise, a replacement may be necessary.
Under major heat damages, there is severe heat, which means much damage occurs near the fire source. There is an even distribution of smoke particles within the site and, there is the need to do a lot of structural repairs. During the restoration, our SERVPRO team may be forced to set up an alternative source of electricity, move out all restorable items to perform off-site cleaning. It might also be necessary to use multiple deodorization techniques to remove smoke odors.
At SERVPRO of Lafayette, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is water, fire, mold, and storm damage related. Call us at (765) 420-0077 when you need services from a restoration leader with a proven record.
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Quickly Restoring Fire Damages to Your Battle Ground Church

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

If you experience fire damage of any size, call SERVPRO. We are here to help restore your space "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Works Quickly to Restore Your Space and Get Things Back to Normal

A Battle Ground church might have a few different potential disasters that it has to guard against or endure throughout the time they are in action, but a fire is among the worst and most destructive of these forces. Even without the blaze getting entirely out of control before it gets extinguished, numerous lingering effects could prevent you from continuing regularly scheduled services and meetings until the church gets restored to its former (preloss) condition.

One of the things that makes fire damages to your Battle Ground church so devastating is the number of people that rely on your building being available for them when they need it the most. When you are battling even the lower-end effects that result from a recent blaze, these instances can still force the congregation to convene elsewhere until the restoration process gets completed. Fortunately, our SERVPRO team of experienced professionals works to offer you quality solutions as promptly as possible, providing a thorough assessment of the damage you face followed by the appropriate actions to remedy it.

Our SERVPRO technicians get to work immediately by visually inspecting and assessing the full extent of the work that needs to happen to restore your home. Among these typical approaches is removing the present smoke damage, which often presents itself in a harsh odor. The thing that makes removal of this present odor so important is its ability to spread to other areas of the building, as well as its ability to linger in the vicinity and make occupancy difficult.

Removing this odor is a somewhat involved process, but one that typically centers on the use of thermal fogging machines to release a chemical compound into the air, fabrics, furniture, carpeting, and other textiles. This dense solution is useful for breaking up the odor molecules lingering in the environment and leaves a scentless area behind to doctor as you see fit.

When you require professional fire damage restoration, you can always count on SERVPRO of Lafayette to help you clean up the mess and make future use of the church more comfortable. Give us a call anytime you need us at (765) 420-0077.

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Why Your Dayton Home Needs Professional Water Removal When Disaster Strikes

4/28/2018 (Permalink)

Failed appliances can leave your home flooded, call SERVPRO for fast and thorough water removal.

SERVPRO is Here to Help When You Experience Water Damage in Your Home

When you consider all of the things that could present substantial water damages to your Dayton home, most homeowners think of flash floods and natural disasters. Surprisingly, a typical culprit to significant water damage to a home in a short period is a degrading and aging appliance that has not gotten maintained adequately over its time in service. Even those that are more diligent with repairs and upkeep might find themselves on the wrong side of an appliance failure, and when water-fed machines break down, the result could be flooding inside of your home.

When your Dayton home requires water removal, you might not always think of professionals to do the job. The truth is, there are many reasons why SERVPRO is the best choice to help you restore the effects of this disaster and to clean up the mess it has left you.

The first of these reasons is the thorough inspection that your house receives from our experienced SERVPRO team. You can expect that not only does the immediate problems get recognized, but also the issues that lie behind the line of sight such as underneath flooring, in the ceiling space, or even trapped between walls. The more that you know about the problem you face, the better the restoration work is.

Another reason that you should consider professional restoration for your water removal is the quality of the work that you receive. Our technicians work hard to ensure that no stone is left unturned when it comes to home restorations, meaning that every problem that your home faces, or might face as a result of the present water damage, gets addressed.

Thorough work ensures that you are not going to become a victim of further damages like mold growth. This disaster can occur when moisture from your water damage does not get dried entirely, and areas get missed by inexperienced inspection and restoration.

While you might not ever get fully prepared for a disaster which requires water removal services for your home, you can now better appreciate why SERVPRO of Lafayette is the team you should choose to help you through the process. Give us a call today at (765) 420-0077.

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Vulnerable Roofs Can Lead to Mold Damage in Your Dayton Attic

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Finding mold in your attic is not a cause for alarm. Contact SERVPRO and we will come out to investigate and then remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Finds the Cause of the Mold Infestation Before Fully Remediating the Damage

Winter is rarely a kind thing for Dayton homeowners, as the freezing temperatures and high snowfall expected year after year can take a toll on your house. More specifically, your roof is an area of your home that is asked to deal with a lot of weight and pressure throughout the winter months, yet, most do not take the time to inspect and repair their roof after these damaging seasons adequately.
While you might not have glaring holes in the roof of your home, even the slightest weakness and vulnerability could result in a significant problem for you. As a roof weakens, points where water and moisture can penetrate do begin to develop, causing dampness to this region of your home. Given that your attic is one of the warmest locations in your house, regardless of the season, all of the requirements for mold growth are met when the moisture gets allowed into this area. It does not take long for mold damage in Dayton to start spreading throughout the attic of your residence.
From the moment that our SERVPRO team arrives at your house, our initial priority is to section off this area of your house from affecting new regions. This process gets accomplished by running air scrubbers with HEPA filters and also negative air chambers. These two pieces of equipment can limit the spread of active spores, so they do not spread out and seat in new areas of the attic space or circulate through the air flow systems of your home.
Locating the vulnerable points that allowed the moisture into the area is a critical component to stopping reoccurence. Once these areas have gotten identified, they can later get repaired. Drying the area is another crucial step in our remediation process, as this starves out any lingering spores in the area and prevents them from getting the food they need to seat and thrive.
Mold in your home is nothing to hesitate and wait to remove. The more that we know about exposure to fungal and mold growth, the more potential health effects that get attributed to encountering it. Trust the experienced mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Lafayette to help you take care of this problem and move on from its damaging effects. Give us a call today at (765) 420-0077.

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Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Dayton Home

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

It is important to keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children to prevent fire damage to your home.

SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Restore Your Home after Fire Damage

Children are naturally curious, and they can sometimes cause a fire in Dayton because of this curiosity. Wanting to know what would happen if something was set on fire can create a big problem for your home and family. Keeping any lighters or matches out of reach of children is the best thing to do to avoid curiosity turning into a disaster. Smoke alarms in your child’s room are also good, plus practice a home escape plan with your family in case of fire. Teach children how dangerous fire can be and how quickly it spreads.

If your child has caused a fire in your Dayton home, the fire damage and the entire experience can be quite traumatic for everyone. At SERVPRO, we understand all of this and want to help you restore your home for you as quickly as possible. We have all the training and equipment needed to do so and take care of everything so you can focus on your family during this time.

When the fire took place in a child’s bedroom, various structural components need to be attended to during the restoration process. Usually, lighting fixtures are cleaned while we are cleaning the ceiling. We ensure the electrical power is turned off before we clean any electrical fixture. We pretest cleaning solutions to make sure they do not affect the finish on the fixture. The area behind the light fixtures is cleaned, not just around them.

When our IICRC certified techs clean windows after a fire, we not only clean the glass but also the framework and any hardware that is part of the construction of the window. To remove residues from the glass without leaving streaks, we use a low-alkaline glass cleaner. It is applied with a spray bottle, and then we squeegee off the smoke residues. Once the ammonia in the product evaporates, the remaining glass cleaner dries to a neutral pH.

When inspecting draperies, we also check the drapery rod as well as the drapery material. We ensure the rod is attached firmly to the wall and is not coming loose while we clean. If we have to take down valances, a complex mounting situation, or tie backs, we make careful notes so we can reinstall them correctly after cleaning. We may also take several pictures so you can remember how the draperies were mounted.

Drapery rods usually can be wet cleaned, using a cleaning product appropriate for the number of residues and the kind of material. Once cleaning is done, we lubricate moving rod components with a silicone spray if needed.

SERVPRO of Lafayette takes the time to thoroughly clean every component in your home in Dayton, Wyandot, or Colburn affected by the fire. Get in touch with us by dialing (765) 420-0077 as soon as possible once the fire is out so we can help you get your home back to normal.

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Expert Help for Commercial Fire Damage Also Supports the Community in Battle Ground

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO acts quickly to restore your business after fire damage.

SERVPRO is Here to Help When You Experience Commercial Fire Damage

Smaller towns rely on local businesses to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors. When a Battle Ground area retail shop, dining establishment, school, church, museum, or other venue suffers a fire, many people in the community feel directly affected. Our trained technicians, production managers, and office staff take a personal interest in helping our fellow businesses return to preloss operations quickly.

Fire damage to a Battle Ground commercial building can negatively affect neighboring businesses if not remediated quickly. Our teams of fire damage experts move with all deliberate speed when called in to assess the devastation. Our service vehicles are on standby 24/7 to respond, critical as the harm soot and smoke does to property is immediate and progressive. Just as soon as the fire department permits, we arrive to start the restoration process.

Safety comes first, and our seasoned SERVPRO crew chief first evaluates the structural integrity of the damaged building and the issues posed by the firefighting efforts. Usually, significant water incursion occurs during the extinguishing of the blaze, so we attend to water removal and preliminary drying before the rest of the cleanup. Although the destruction done by the fire can be overwhelming, failing to factor in remediation of water damage leads to progressive harm to structures and the potential for secondary challenges such as mold growth.

Our high-efficiency water pumps and extractors are more than a match for the moisture. Once the water event recovery is underway, other members of the crew determine what type of soot and other debris need removal and match the tools, techniques, and cleaning products to the circumstances. SERVPRO crew members master the coursework presented in IICRC training, ensuring our efforts meet or exceed fire damage restoration industry best practices.

SERVPRO always focuses on restoration, not only of the structural components of a business but also of the contents. During a fire damage restoration, we can inventory and pack out items for closer inspection at our production area. Our team has access to resources that can restore a vast range of documents, tools of your trade, inventory, artifacts, furnishings, and more. We also work closely with your insurance carrier throughout the restoration process, documenting your losses thoroughly to make certain your claims get paid.

Businesses that fail to react swiftly to fire damage can pay for that lapse by permanent closure. SERVPRO understands how important each of our community's commercial enterprises is to the whole. We make every effort to return your business to preloss condition fast and frequently are able to structure our recovery tasks to allow at least a portion of your usual trade to continue during fire damage remediation.

In our close-knit community, everyone does better when SERVPRO of Lafayette steps up and takes on fire damage restoration for one of our neighboring businesses. Call (765) 420-0077 day or night to schedule an assessment of your commercial fire damage scenario.

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Stop Water Damage with Water Removal From Floors, Carpets And Other Areas in Dayton Homes

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for the "Red Carpet" Treatment for Water Removal in Dayton

Rapid Extraction Can Salvage Water Damaged Materials and Belongings--Call SERVPRO

Even if you do not live in a flood zone, most Dayton residents can encounter different types of water damage including backed up or burst pipes. When water or flood damage threatens your home, there is no time to waste. You need to contact a trusted restoration company as soon as possible to mitigate the damage.

At SERVPRO, we offer water cleanup and water removal services that local Dayton homeowners need when water leaks or intrusions occur. We have a team of highly trained, IICRC-certified technicians who can respond swiftly to water damage emergencies in your area. Every restoration job is designed to return your property to preloss conditions as quickly and efficiently as possible, "Like it never even happened."
Carpets are particularly susceptible to water damage in a flooding situation. SERVPRO offers carpet cleaning services to remove excess water and prevent contamination or further damage completely. First, we remove the water from the fibers. Water seepage from heavy rainfalls can sometimes include mold, dirt, or bacteria. Our team thoroughly cleans and treats affected carpets to get rid of contaminants and restore the fabrics to their original state.
If the flood involves sewage, you need to act fast. SERVPRO experts can disinfect the space to help eliminate toxic bacteria and remove damaged carpets and pads before cleaning and dehumidifying the area. Water damaged walls should be restored as soon as possible to avoid structural issues and mold growth.
Our water removal services also include restoration of hardwood floors that have been exposed to standing water. Our crews use various techniques to remove all water from your valuable flooring to prevent rot, buckling, warping, and other hardwood damage. Our Green Fleet arrives stocked with drying mats which are well-suited for this purpose. Additionally, flooding can cause water to penetrate cabinets and the spaces beneath them. The resultant wetness can ruin the wood and particle board, as well as cause growths of bacteria, mold, and mildew. Using moisture detection instrument, we find where water has gathered and then remove it before it causes permanent damage.

You risk paying a considerable amount of money in repairs if you ignore water damage to your floors and other areas in the house. Feel free to contact SERVPRO of Lafayette for inquiries or help. We are available anytime at (765) 420-0077.

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Controlling the Spread of Mold Damage within Your Battle Ground Home

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

If you discover mold in your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO to remediate the damage and stop the mold from spreading across your home.

SERPVRO Stops Mold Growth and Remediates the Damage Left Behind

Regardless of how much you clean your Battle Ground home, microbes remain a constant and uninvited presence. Many of these organisms come in the variety classified as mold.

When microbial activity overgrows an area in a Battle Ground home, mold damage quickly happens. Because of the different ways mold spreads to other locations, keeping it under control might seem confusing. However, SERVPRO technicians know that controlling mold and the damage it can cause can happen much more easily than sometimes believed.

The need for moisture is the one common trait that all mold varieties share. Using this against any variety of microbe we encounter helps us keep mold activity to a minimum. Once we dry out an area of your home and reduce the moisture back within the normal range, conditions become much less favorable for mold to grow. However, stopping water or moisture from accumulating in the future does not do enough to when mold damage already exists.

Remediation of mold damage must take place to rid your home of excessive amounts of the microorganisms that caused the problem in the first place. To contain mold particles and spores, SERVPRO's Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) uses temporary barriers that produce a negative pressure zone around the area in question. As we cut away and remove the materials that hold mold, we double bag these for immediate disposal.

When materials show mold activity and visible colonization, we always check to ensure that damage actually exists. At times, materials may only have a covering of mold or mildew, with no real damage. We can clean these areas instead, saving homeowners money. Often, staining left behind by microbial activity requires an application of special primer and a fresh coat of paint.

Because spores travel through the air and can remain viable for months or even longer, they can often end up inside your home's duct system. The thorough cleaning of ductwork can reduce the microbe population significantly. While the restoration of normal moisture levels within your home can keep mold from regrowing, spores can still cause health effects once they reach the air your family breathes. Cleaning ducts and vents can help keep this from occurring.

SERVPRO of Lafayette serves the local areas near Lafayette and help keep homes free of mold damage. Contacting us at (765) 420-0077 when you discover microbial activity is the first step in stopping the spread of mold within your home.

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Flood Damage and Your Upholstered Furniture in Dayton

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

If flood waters have gotten into your favorite couch, it's time to contact SERVPRO for drying out and remediation services. Call right away.

SERVPRO Technicians React Quickly to Your Call for Help After Flooding

Every time there is more rain than the drainage systems can handle in Dayton, there can be flooding. There is sometimes heavy rain for a short period that results in these floods. Other times, there could be light rain for many days and even weeks that can also cause floods. Rivers can also overflow to create flooding. When there is more upstream water than usual, you may see this. As the flow goes down to the lower areas which are nearby, a surge occurs, and an overflow into the land occurs.
No matter the cause of the flooding, if floodwaters have invaded your home and caused flood damage in Dayton, you want to act quickly. The longer there is standing water in your home, the more damage it causes to your structure and belongings. SERVPRO is always ready to help you no matter the time of day in a situation like this. As a professionally trained remediation company, we can help you in a fast and efficient manner.
When it comes to your furniture, we check for several things when looking at any upholstered items. Framing is wood and can, therefore, swell and crack. Framing joints can weaken when this happens. Plus, moisture can cause glues to break down. Fabrics which are only meant to be dry cleaned can spot from the water, which means the whole piece may need to be wetted to avoid permanent lines from the water.
Often when wet, the dust cover bleeds, and if it sags, it can then stain carpeting or flooring. The metal backing on buttons can also cause rust staining. SERVPRO uses spot removal procedures in cases like this. Mildew growth is another concern, which is why we attempt to remove the floodwaters as fast as possible. Dehumidifiers and air movers lessen the drying time of upholstered furniture.
We treat all furniture stains, wetting the entire piece if necessary. The buttons and zippers are dried to avoid rust, and we place waxed paper between the cushion and zipper to stop the transfer of rust. Furniture pads are placed around metal buttons to avoid the transfer of rust. We can also tent the cushions and put in place dehumidifiers and air movers as needed.
When dealing with flooding, SERVPRO of Lafayette works efficiently to not only dry out your home in Colburn, Ash Grove, or Indian Village, but to salvage as many of your items, including furniture, that is possible as well. Give us a call as soon as possible at (765) 420-0077 so we can help you get dried out again.

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Quality Water Damage Mitigation Available In Battle Ground

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Small water leaks can infiltrate your business slowly over time, causing damage to the building’s structure, framing, and insulation.

Quality Water Damage Mitigation

Owning and operating a restaurant in Battle Ground may be your dream. However, the responsibility to your customers goes far beyond an enjoyable experience or satisfying meal. Ignoring the condition of your building can cause severe problems, lead to losses, or even closure.

Water damage occurs in Battle Ground after natural disasters that often lead to flooding, broken pipes, faulty appliances, roofing problems, foundation cracks, sewage backflows, and even poorly installed drainage. Each comes with its own set of challenges and can produce severe damages to your business if given the opportunity.

Small water leaks can infiltrate your business slowly over time, causing damage to the building’s structure, framing, and insulation. It also has the possibility of leading to mold growth and water damage in your storage area, freezers, bathrooms, kitchen, or serving area as well. Water damage gets out of control quickly; if left unchecked it can overrun your seating area, making it possible to send customers home with a lot more than a good meal.

If you have a flood, sewage, or water leak at any point, contact a water damage restoration company, like SERVPRO, for help as soon as possible. Never wait for the water to cause damage your walls, ceiling, or carpeting before you act. If possible, shut off all utilities to your building to prevent additional damage, call your insurance company, and wait for help to arrive.

Never walk through floodwaters, personal contamination is a real thing. Allow your SERVPRO team to handle the extraction, drying, and clean up so that you and your employees remain safe. We can remove damaged materials, contents, and furniture, to help you determine which items remain salvageable.

Our services including drying using advanced techniques and equipment that ensure complete water removal throughout your building. SERVPRO has cleaning and deodorization services where IICRC certified technicians hand-clean every surface of the affected area and use specialized tools and equipment, like foggers, to ensure a successful restoration.

At SERVPRO of Lafayette, we provide quality emergency services 24/7 and give you the help you need when you need it most. SERVPRO takes pride in being a part of the Colburn, Buck Creek, Stockwell community and show it in the services we provide (765) 420-0077.

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Removing Mold Damage in Dayton Indiana

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

When facing a mold infestation in your home, it is best to bring in professionals. SERVPRO technicians are fully certified to remediate mold.

SERVPRO Thoroughly Investigates a Mold Infestation Before Remediation

Mold spores are in every home in Dayton and throughout Indiana. Usually, they are inert, which makes them as harmless as regular household dust particles. Spores only expand and begin to grow when they come into contact with enough moisture. If a mold colony grows undetected for an extended amount of time, it can become a threat to each home and can cause health effects for those living inside it.
If caught quickly, it is simple to remove Dayton mold damage with a variety of cleaning methods. Often, even growing mold is dry, almost a powder. SERVPRO technicians can use cloths and sponges to wipe down structural and personal property surfaces, which removes the majority of growth in most homes. For thicker layers of mold, we can bring in vacuums with HEPA filters that are designed to trap even a single spore off the surface of a table, sofa or wall.
When there is moisture present or if the mold is growing in a puddle or pool of water, we need to neutralize the spores and remove the water. Our technicians can spray the mold with an anti-fungal agent and then use a pump or extraction wand to remove standing water. If the surrounding material is soaked, we can dry it out with a combination of dehumidifiers to draw moisture out and a space heater to slowly raise the temperature without drying it too quickly and causing secondary damage.
Building material like drywall can quickly become compromised, however. If the mold was present long enough to extend hyphae into the panel, searching for food, then the panel needs to be replaced. SERVPRO technicians can remove each infested panel and dispose of them according to EPA and state guidelines. To prevent possible, further mold growth, we can spray the wall framing with an anti-fungal agent.
To protect your property, SERVPRO of Lafayette works quickly to safely remove mold and restore everything we can to a clean condition. If you need our services, call us at (765) 420-0077 today.

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Removal of Flood Damage Prepares Battle Ground Homes for Complete Restoration

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals have the skills and equipment to restore your home after flood damage "Like it never even happened."

Rely on SERVPRO for Thorough Flood Damage Remediation Services

With the many streams and rivers near Battle Ground, flooding can happen almost anywhere. When such a catastrophe happens, flooding can cause extensive damage to area homes and businesses.

Homes in Battle Ground which sustain flood damage can regain their former conditions through professional mitigation services. SERVPRO technicians can assist homeowners with damaged homes, starting with removing any standing water via large pump trucks.

We continue this extraction of water, changing to smaller sized equipment. Some materials, however, require removal, followed by replacement of similar ones. As we remove and dispose of waterlogged materials in your property, we keep a sharp eye out for any safety issues that also require attention. Ensuring we remove all damaged items from your property protects you and your family from these additional dangers.

This danger is particularly relevant when it involves removal of the carpeting. Tacks and other sharp debris can easily escape detection unless workers thoroughly examine the area for such items and remove them. This happens in almost every flooded home because of the severe damage such carpeting sustains while underwater. The pathogen load deposited, by itself, renders such carpeting a hazardous material, unsuited for restoration efforts. Replacing with new remains the most cost-effective option.

As we remove such items like drywall, our IICRC certified technicians take care to do so correctly, so restoration can occur without any need to tidy up our work. Leaving only smooth, clean lines and solid framework beams, restoration can proceed as soon as we finish.

We must also take into consideration any waterlogged personal belongings that require attention. We clean these items, so they pose no risk to your family. Hard materials such as toys and many other housewares can easily come clean with hand tools on-site, never needing to leave your home. We understand that a flood is a traumatic time for any family, so avoiding any unnecessary stress can help immensely during your recovery time.

SERVPRO of Lafayette understands the needs of those living in our community and want to work for the benefit of your family. Whenever an emergency involving flood damage or other harm that befalls your home, call us at (765) 420-0077, anytime, day or night, 365 days a year. We are here to make the event's damages disappear, “Like it never even happened.”

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Setting Things Right After a Small Fire in Your Dayton Home

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with fire damage in your home can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO and let our professionals remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Arrives Fast to Remediate Fire Damage on Your Property

The small electrical fire might have been quickly put out without excessive extinguishing efforts (that can cause many damages themselves), but there are still problems that you have to address. For starters, your Dayton home smells like smoke, and there is soot strewn up the wall and ceiling where the ignition and bulk of the blaze took place. So, how do you resolve these issues so you can officially put the recent fire behind you and move on officially?
Fire damage to your Dayton home does not have to be a complicated situation to resolve, but it is something that only professional restoration companies equip themselves to handle. Our SERVPRO technicians have the expertise and the equipment to manage all of the issues regarding fire damage restoration, including both the lingering odor and the soot or smoke damages.
Our team uses scrubbers to deep clean surfaces that have been affected by the smoke and soot. The goal initially is to restore the surfaces we encounter to preloss conditions. If that is not possible, the cleaning becomes a step in preparing walls and ceilings for priming and painting for a completed restoration. The process of cleaning the walls can be done using dry methods (for minor damages) to wet cleaning with detergents to scrub the deeply seated soot damage away.
Taking care of the odor is another issue entirely, but one that our SERVPRO technicians are also well equipped to handle. We have a lot of equipment from ozone machines to foggers to nullify noxious or just unsavory scented molecules present in the air to leave behind no trace of any smell. The process significantly differs from other methods used by even professional restoration companies that attempt to mask foul odors with stronger, more favorable scents. When the two processes are both completed, your formerly fire-damaged room has gotten restored to how it was before the incident.
Fire damage does not have to be something that you have to deal with on your own. You can give SERVPRO of Lafayette a call. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 at (765) 420-0077.

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When Your Lafayette Office Building Needs Professional Water Removal Services

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

If your office building experiences water damage of any kind, call on SERVPRO to remediate the damage and save your space.

SERVPRO Offers Professional Water Removal Services for Any Type of Water Damage

Being in a part of the country where there is a more significant amount of rainfall, not to mention the present threat of severe weather and lake-effect storms, Lafayette has seen its fair share of flooding and water damages. While this might remain a constant thought in the minds of those who live here, it can be easy to forget. Along with storms, there are water threats inside of your building as well that can cause equal amounts of substantial damage to your entire office.

Given the amount of valuable information stored within your office at any given time, not to mention the thousands of dollars in equipment and electronics, professional water removal services for your Lafayette office can be a wise decision. Choosing professional assistance ensures that the damage is not allowed to get worse as you wait for your methods to rectify the damage to take effect, and also alleviates the stress of massive financial losses when data and equipment become irreparably harmed.

The most common cause of water disasters within office buildings (apart from the present threats of flooding to the area) is plumbing and sprinkler systems malfunctioning or completely disconnecting. These incidents most often result in huge volumes of water at the site of the break, which can quickly spread throughout the building until the supply of water to the system is turned off. 

Our SERVPRO team knows how important your business is, and can ensure that everything is done as quickly as possible to alleviate the loss of your data, your equipment, and the entire structure of the building. With catastrophic water events, especially those occurring within walls, this damage can be extensive and impossible to extract on your own. 

Our experienced SERVPRO professionals have a wide variety of extraction tools that can reach everywhere the water has accessed, from portable submersible pumps to grander scale tools like pump trucks from the fleet. The sooner the water is removed from the area, the faster that you can breathe easier knowing that the threat to valuable office contents gets removed along with it.

In the event of any water emergency which threatens your business, give SERVPRO of Lafayette the opportunity to help restore the damages and get you back on track. You can reach us 24/7 at (765) 420-0077.

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Does Mold Damage in my Dayton Home Have Any Upsides?

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Dayton Homes Call SERVPRO to Help Battle Mold in Bathrooms and Homes

The Short Answer to Mold Growth Advantages is NO

Mold is one of the most common types of damage in American homes and can be a problem that varies significantly in size and scope depending on environmental conditions, species of mold, and noticeability. While most homeowners are well aware that mold is a damaging factor in their homes and should be removed by all means necessary, some also may wonder whether mold damage in Dayton can have some upsides.
The short answer is no, mold damage in your Dayton home is almost invariably detrimental. Mold eats away at the things that make up your home, directly eroding furniture, building materials, and any other organic matter it can latch onto. Over time, these effects can ruin entire surfaces and leave behind a dangerous, difficult-to-remove dead mold colony. By the time mold can eat through all of its local food sources, it should also have spread to other nearby surfaces and areas, compounding problems. Mold should always be eliminated as quickly as possible by a trained, professional company like SERVPRO.
However, the actions we take to remediate mold in your home may also leave it in a state even better than it was before the infestation formed. Our deodorizers can eliminate odors not only from mold growth but also from other environmental factors such as smoke and decay. Should we need to repair or restore a portion of the structure, we may also be able to patch up holes, scratches, and imperfections in the process. We may also be able to apply fresh coats of specialized mold-resistant paint around the house, giving it a fresh, new look in addition to safeguarding against future mold growth. We always make an effort to help out your home as best we can in our work and often leave the place in better condition than it has ever been in.
SERVPRO of Lafayette is a local damage mitigation and restoration company with the tools and training to combat mold damage of any size in your home. Just give us a call at (765) 420-0077.

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Extreme Weather Patterns Cause Flood Damage in Battle Ground

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Sometimes rainwater just overtakes your home. If that happens, contact SERVPRO and we will dry out, remediate and restore your property.

Our Technicians Expertly Remove Any Type of Water That Has Flooded Your Home

The daily news more and more frequently references severe weather, including torrential rainfalls, in almost all areas of the country. Battle Ground is no exception, experiencing flash flooding that affects residents’ homes and businesses. Coping with the damage flooding brings is made much more manageable when our highly-qualified crews work with you during the aftermath.
A weather phenomenon known as “training” describes the situation where heavy rainstorms line up and repeatedly saturate the area around a town like Battle Ground. Flood damage eventually occurs as the soil can no longer hold the water. Highways, streets, parking lots, and driveways become covered with the excess water, and homes find their foundations and basements filling with moisture. We watch the weather like the rest of our community and are ready to jump into action if your home needs water removal, sanitization, and drying after flooding.
Complicating the effect of rainwater are the broad range of contaminants it picks up as it flows toward and into your home. During a flash flooding event, it is also likely that area storm sewers are overwhelmed, increasing the possibility that your main drain backs up and floods your home from the inside as well. SERVPRO crews receive advanced training in mitigating contaminated flood waters regardless of their source.
SERVPRO’s gray and black water experts, certified by mastery of the industry standard’s IICRC coursework, safely identify, contain, remove, and discard flood waters containing hazardous substances. The items that taint flood waters are many -- animal carcasses and other debris, lawn and paving chemicals, and whatever hazardous materials you may store in your flooded areas, including household cleaners, paints, fertilizers, and much more. Sewage by definition contains human waste, and the feces, urine, and other substances contain viruses, bacteria, and other blood and fluid-borne pathogens.
Our truck mounted pumps and extractors allow for fast evacuation of the contaminated water. SERVPRO crews are well-versed in local health codes and dispose of the dirty water as required by law. We then sanitize the affected areas and determine drying goals based on moisture measurements. Our advanced scanning equipment finds any hidden recesses holding water, and we use proven strategies such as wand extraction from above, the drilling of holes in mortar joints, or removal of sections of walls to release and remove the water.
Industrial high-efficiency air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers advance the process toward achieving the drying goals. Continuous monitoring of moisture levels ensures we dry your structure and fixtures thoroughly, avoiding the issues of mold damage or further deterioration of building materials or contents.
We await your call to (765) 420-0077, answered 24 hours a day, year round. SERVPRO of Lafayette takes pride in its trained and experienced work crews, and we are confident that efforts on your behalf successfully return your home to pre-flood condition.

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Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Battle Ground

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Battle Ground from Ice Dams Is Preventable Says SERVPRO

SERVPRO Offers Advice for Keeping Damage by Water Out of Your Property

Water damage can be one of the most agonizing and harrowing experience for any property owner. It can cause significant damage to the property if not addressed promptly. Furthermore, the cost to repair water damage can pile up, and measures to prevent it can save you some serious money.

Here at SERVPRO, we are committed to helping our customers take better care of their properties. If you want to prevent significant water damage to your Battle Ground property, here are some tips, trusted by professionals, that you can try.  

Avoid using drain cleaning chemicals
Clogged drains are not pretty, are they? Not only do they cause severe inconvenience, they often result in water damage to your property. So, we understand your desire to unclog them as soon as possible. In a desperate attempt to solve their problems, many folks fall prey to chemical unclogging agents available on the market. The chemicals present in these drain cleaners can eat away your pipes, weakening them. We strongly advise our customers to avoid using these chemical unclogging agents. The best way to handle clogged drains is to have a professional look at them. Make sure that you contact us if water damage resulted from a clogged drain.

Never pour grease and fat down your drains
You probably have heard of this tip before as well, but many homeowners don't take this warning seriously enough. When you flush fat/grease down the drain, it can congeal in the pipes causing them to block and leak. Some homeowners even use a small amount of detergent to break up the grease before pouring it down the drain. However, this does not guarantee that the fat won’t clump and cause a blockage. As a result, we advise SERVPRO customers to avoid flushing fat down their drains.  

Clean out your roof gutters regularly
Cleaning roof gutters is a chore that often gets neglected. However, avoiding it can cause severe water damage to your property. If you can see a ton of leaves and birds nest on your roof, make a point of cleaning them as soon as possible.
The clogged gutters can cause water to seep into your walls and even foundation, so there is no point in avoiding or neglecting cleaning them out. During the cold season, this lack of proper drainage can result in ice dams which can severely affect your home's structure.

Although these tips can help you prevent water damage to an extent, the best thing to do is to have professionals take a look at the scale of water damage if it should occur. Here at SERVPRO, we employ technicians who are experts in assessing, preventing and repairing water damage to your property.

To prevent and repair water damage schedule an appointment today with SERVPRO of LafayetteIN by calling (765) 420-0077.

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Understanding Smoke After a Grease Fire in Your Battle Ground Kitchen

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians have the training and knowledge to clean up after a grease fire in your kitchen and make it "Like it never even happened."

Smoke and Soot Cleanup after a Grease Fire in Your Kitchen

An unexpected disaster, a grease fire can create much damage in your Battle Ground kitchen and home. They are difficult to extinguish, as pouring water on them only makes it worse, and trying to use towels or another close by material to snuff them out can lead to spreading the fire. The most efficient way to put these fires out is a fire extinguisher, so having one within easy access to your kitchen is crucial.

Even if you have an extinguisher handy in your Battle Ground kitchen, after fire damage, you need professional help to get the mess cleaned up and repaired. It is something that needs to be done as soon as possible, as the damage can keep growing in the meantime. Calling SERVPRO once the fire is out is the smart thing to do, as our staff has the training and knowledge needed to restore your home.

Part of our restoration process is cleaning up the smoke odor. As burning materials decompose, they give off gases, solid particles, and aerosols which become suspended in air. These suspended particles are what makes up smoke. The invisible components of smoke are gases. Oxides of nitrogen are made by burning organic compounds, and sulfur dioxide is made by burning inorganic compounds.

Some gaseous by-products which fires generate, like hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide, could cause health effects if you or your family are exposed to the smoke while the fire is ongoing. Once the fire is out, and smoke is dispersed, gases are not a significant factor anymore.

Solid particles of unburned material are small particles of carbon. The aerosols are very fine solid or liquid particles suspended in the gases. While suspended in the air, these particles are what makes the smoke visible. The particles are odor-absorbing, which makes the soot smell.

Smoke particles can be tiny and still cause health effects. Our SERVPRO technicians wear respirators when we work long periods of time where loose, heavy smoke residues are present. Once smoke settles on surfaces as residues, many times, it is referred to as soot. These residues can have various kinds of acids since sulfides and chlorides in the smoke mix with humidity in the air or moisture to make acids. These acidic soot residues cause corrosion and discoloration if they stay on materials over time.

SERVPRO of Lafayette understands the makeup of smoke and soot, enabling us to clean your home of these odors and residues thoroughly. After a fire in your home in the areas of Battle Ground, Lafayette, or Indian Village, reach out to us right away at (765) 420-0077 so we can help you.

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Recovering Clothing Store Merchandise After Water Damage in Battle Ground

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Battle Ground Retail Stores Get Fast Water Removal and CLeanup from SERVPRO

SERVPRO's Training and Equipment Mitigate  Water Losses to Our Business Customers

Without a strong and swift response, water damage of any kind can take a Battle Ground clothing store by surprise. Whether the water came from a clean source such as overhead sprinklers or an unclean source such as a storm flood, merchandise across the store runs a high risk of incurring damage and losing value. While restored and refurbished clothing must often sell below retail price, these sales should still represent a far smaller financial deficit than total loss of the store's inventory. SERVPRO can help your store to respond to and recover from water damage with as little headache as possible.
Clothing stores at risk of water damage in Battle Ground and surrounding areas are modern in selection and features and can contain many different types of fabrics and materials. As a result, every restoration job is different and presents a challenge for our technicians, who must make special efforts for unique materials.

Luckily, we have multiple methods for quickly cleaning and restoring clothing items marked by water damage. Large, industrial-strength washing machines process most garments at once in large batches, giving them thorough but gentle care, the Esporta Washing System. For individual cases, however, we also apply other, more unique treatments. For many dry-clean-only clothing items, we use special foam treatments that typically use a chemical base rather than water. Alternatively, for especially delicate items, we may request help from one of our preferred and certified contracting partners.
SERVPRO employees can also help with inventory and organization, as well. We provide a careful and comprehensive inventory service that can carry boons with many insurers. Our goal is not to just restore any damage done, but also to make life easy for anyone affected by it. We want to keep your clientele clothed and you in business.
SERVPRO of Lafayette provides damage restoration and recovery services to businesses in the area at any time, on any day, and around the year. For our services or a quote, please call us at (765) 420-0077.

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Properly Cleaning Your HVAC System in Your Battle Ground Home After a Dryer Fire

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

Dryer lint can catch fire. Regularly clean your lint trap and if your dryer does happen to flare up, contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Inspect the Extent to Which the Fire Spread Before Remediating Damage on Your Property

We trust our appliances to work correctly at all times, but what happens when they fail us? The clothes dryer in your Battle Ground home is relied upon daily to help keep you in fresh, dry laundry. However, these appliances can create a fire in your home when they are not properly taken care of. It is essential to remove any lint after each use and ensure that your lint trap is completely clean. The exhaust pipe should also be clear and unrestricted, and you need to clean your vent pipe at least once per year.
When your dryer has caused a fire and fire damage in the basement of your Battle Ground home, it can affect the HVAC system. You need the help of SERVPRO technicians to get the smoke and residues out of your ventilation system to prevent smoke particles being distributed out to the rest of your home.
Upon arrival, our staff inspects your HVAC system by asking questions concerning the fire such as where it was located in relation to the HVAC vents or furnace unit and did smoke enter the supply side or the return side? How long did the fire last, and was the HVAC blower operational during the fire?
When smoke and fire have contaminated your HVAC system, we look to see what the extent of the damage is, including what kind of smoke residue is in your system, is it light, moderate, or heavy, and are smoke odors present?
SERVPRO staff knows HVAC system design and operation. We can tell if any mechanical components of your system are damaged and need replacing, such as the turning vanes, dampers, cooling coil, and mixing boxes. We also check to see what the ducts are made of – flex duct, sheet metal, or duct board? The easiest to clean is sheet metal, but if insulation lines your metal ducts, it can be challenging to deodorize. Flex duct might not be cost-effective to clean due to the pleated folds.
Effective cleaning when heavy smoke was present may require us to disassemble the mechanical components. In this case, we may need to work with a certified HVAC technician. If cleaning is not possible in some portions of the duct system, we need to seal it.
SERVPRO of Lafayette has the training and knowledge to take care of your HVAC system properly after a fire. You can be assured that your home in Battle Ground, Indian Village, or Dayton is clean and safe from smoke and residues when you contact us at (765) 420-0077.

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Mold Damage Remediation Services in Battle Ground

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mildew is likely to grow in the grout lines in your bathroom.

Detecting and Remediating Mold Damage

Mold is a major nuisance in Battle Ground homes. It discolors drywall, blackens the grout lines in your bathroom, darkens decks, creates black spots on siding, and rots damp wood everywhere. Worse still, it can cause health effects on you and your family.

If you have a mold problem in your house, SERVPRO can provide mold damage remediation services to restore your Battle Ground property. We have a stock of state-of-the-art tools and equipment designed to kill mold and prevent further attacks. Our IICRC-approved technicians are highly experienced in water damage restoration, which is important to repair the source of water triggering the mold growth.

Mold is everywhere. It is a type of fungus that begins as tiny spores floating in the air. It can grow virtually anywhere with moisture and a suitable temperature, generally 40-100 degrees F, and cause considerable mold damage. Typically this includes about every damp area in your home.

The most conspicuous type of mold is known as mildew, which often develops as tiny, black spots and then grows into larger colonies. It is the black stuff that appears outdoors on the surfaces of painted siding, deck boards, on damp walls, and in the grout lines in your bathroom (particularly in damp and dark places). To distinguish a mildewed surface from a dirty one, SERVPRO technicians simply spray a few drops of antimicrobial product on the blackened area and wait for 1-2 minutes. If it lightens, it shows the presence of mildew.

Severe mold damage usually comes with a distinct odor. If you notice a pungent musty odor, contact SERVPRO right away to inspect for mold on wet roof sheathing, wet wood, damp crawlspaces, damp walls, damp carpets, and other areas. It is important to treat these surfaces within 48 hours of contamination; otherwise, the situation may get worse.

Mold growth is a serious problem that can damage your property and even cause health effects. If you detect the presence of mold in your home, SERVPRO of Lafayette can send experienced mold damage remediation experts to save your property. Call us anytime at (765) 420-0077.

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Know How Electrical Fires Can Start in Your Battle Ground Home

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

To avoid electrical fires, have your wiring and appliances regularly checked.

Trust SERVPRO for your fire restoration needs

Home fires in Battle Ground are bad enough, but electrical fires can bring a whole new level of danger and are harder to fight. They are started of course by electricity, which means that putting water on them does not have the desired effect. It could, in fact, just make a bad problem much worse. Most of these fires are started because of incorrectly installed wiring or overloaded extension cords.

The colder months are the most dangerous times for electrical fires in Battle Ground, with more usage due to appliances, heating, and lighting. These fires and the resulting fire damage can be generated from several causes, like old, worn out wiring, plus light bulbs, fixtures, and cords running underneath area rugs or carpeting.

Even after a small fire, you could be left looking at much damage, between the flames, soot, and smoke, plus efforts to put the fire out. After an electrical fire in your home, you need our professional help at SERVPRO. We are trained and certified to handle any fire damage so that your home is properly cleaned and restored back to its usual condition.

There are precautions for safety you can take to avoid electrical fires, like regular inspections of your wiring and appliances to ensure they are all in good condition. You should also replace any electrical components which are worn out or not properly functioning. Keep curtains, clothes, and other materials which are flammable three feet or more from all heaters, and do not overload your extension cords or wall sockets.

Proper wiring is essential as well. Do not force a three-pronged plug into a socket with just two holes, or use it with an extension cord. If a light switch is hot to the touch or the lights flicker, get them professionally replaced.

Our IICRC-certified technicians want to help you after a fire. Not only do we want to restore your home, but also give you the peace of mind that it is going to be done appropriately and in a timely fashion. We want you to worry about you and your family instead of the repair work.

Trusting SERVPRO of Lafayette is the right thing to do after fire damage of any magnitude. If you are residing in Battle Ground, West Lafayette, or Indian Village and experience a fire, give us a call when the fire is out at (765) 420-0077.

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Lafayette Day Care Water Damage Disaster Averted

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage within the premises causes grave concerns for both the parents and the owners of the school or center.

Water Damage Disaster

The mission of preschools or daycare centers focuses on the health and well-being of the young children attending on a daily basis. Water damage within the premises causes grave concerns for both the parents and the owners of the school or center. SERVPRO responds professionally and quickly in restoring the surroundings back to preloss condition with minimal disruptions for the children or their families.

A malfunctioning dishwasher in the kitchen sent food-filled water throughout the common areas. A timely response from one of our restoration teams brings the water damage in your Lafayette daycare center under control fast. Our technicians complete advanced training in abating contaminated water, including comprehensive practice in using our high-efficiency water removal and drying equipment. We familiarize ourselves with local regulations so that we dispose of the tainted water appropriately.

Carpeted areas receive intensive attention as the children are often working and playing directly atop them. We use extractors to pull the majority of the water out of the fibers and recommend removal and replacement of the padding. This decision helps accelerate drying of the actual carpeting. Typically we raise areas of the carpet to direct airflow both above and below the fibers. Periodic measurements of the moisture content guide our decisions to add dehumidifiers, heat, and determines when the drying completes.

Evaluating the risks of the dirty water saturating your childcare setting is second nature to SERVPRO team members. We realize the youngsters under your care may be susceptible to the increased airborne mold particles due to microbial infestations, so our restoration plan includes systemic antimicrobial treatments after water removal and the establishment of drying targets. We inspect all affected areas carefully and monitor for any evidence of mold growth. We have certified mold remediation specialists in the event of a microbial infestation.

Water damage always requires fast action, but SERVPRO is sensitive to the unique role of your center in the lives of the children and their families. Closing the center is extremely disruptive to your clientele, so we take all measures to perform the necessary work swiftly and attempt to allow areas to remain open for the children. Given the critical nature of your services, consider setting up an Emergency Ready Profile and Plan with us. Future water or other damage is easier to manage if we work together on a joint restoration blueprint.

SERVPRO of Lafayette is ready for any challenge, including water damage to your day care center. Call (765) 420-0077 immediately after the water event, and we pledge to respond fast with a plan that cares for both the children and your business.

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We are Hiring Production Team members

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

"Looking for a Career?"

This position has plenty of opportunity for people to learn the SERVPRO Culture. We are looking for honesty, integrity, a strong work ethic, the ability to follow directions and to show up for work on time every day. We are looking for professional, courteous applicants. You must be able to treat all job sites like you are working in your own home. We expect hard work everyday and will reward great work with advancement. Prior work history in restoration, maintenance, construction is not required but will be extremely useful.

Mandatory requirements

  •  must have a professional appearance and a great attitude
  • A valid drivers license and a reasonable,driving record
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check with no felony convictions or misdemeanors for theft or dishonesty
  • Must be able to pass a drug test
  • Because we provide 24 hour emergency response, must be willing to be on call as needed
  • Working late, some night and weekend work is required
  • Must have reliable,24 hour transportation to and from work. 
  • Read, write and communicate clearly

What we will provide for you

  • A positive work environment with competitive compensation
  • Hands on training in all aspects of production environment
  • Employee advancement including IICRC technician certifications
  • Company uniforms
  • Company mobile phones
  • Paid vacation after 1 year of employment
  • Job site hand tools, power tools and personal protective equipment
  • Job site vehicles

So if you are ready to work and learn, then I am ready to talk to you about a career. Applicants interested in collecting a check need not apply. Please contact our office and they will provide you with an email address where you can send your resume with 3 professional references for review.

Dealing with Flood Damage in Your Lafayette Office Building

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Say no to flood damage and say yes to SERVPRO restoration.

Your Commercial Property Can Be Restored with SERVPRO's Trained Team

Office buildings can flood at any time from storms. Office losses from flood damage can be enormous, damaging furniture and office equipment, computer files and paper records, plus loss of income when the event causes you to have to shut down your business. Any of this can have a grave effect on your company’s finances, plus create time-consuming tasks for some of your employees.

The cost of flood damage in your Lafayette office building includes repairing and replacing items which are damaged and are detrimental to the operation of your business, plus the cost of the extraction of the water, cleanup, and renovation of your water damaged structure. SERVPRO is the one to call in your time of need. We can extract all the water in a timely fashion with industrial tools and can help to dry many items in your office. For drying out the insides of electrical equipment such as computers, we use the help of other trained professionals.

Many times, your insurance can take care of the restoration costs, and our technicians at SERVPRO help you by calling your insurance company for you. We understand that you have a lot to deal with at this time, so we try and take any pressure off you that we can. In this way, you can care for your employees’ needs and the needs of your business itself.

Besides financial consequences, secondary water damage in your office building like poor indoor air quality and mold growth can create adverse health effects that are dangerous for your employees. Our trained professionals also know to search for mold growth, even hidden mold, by using special moisture meters. If mold is found, we thoroughly clean that as well before we complete our flood damage remediation process.

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When flood damage strikes your office building, don’t hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Lafayette as soon as possible. Secondary damage such as mold growth can occur in as little as 24 to 48 hours, so give us a call at (765) 420-0077 right away.

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Protecting Your Lafayette Area Business From Fire Damage

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Your corner store needs quick restoration after a fire so that your customers don't find another place to shop. Contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Quick Action After a Fire Typically Offers Better Results and Less Secondary Damages so that Your Business can Open Its Doors Again

It is not hard to believe that over 75% of all companies that experience serious fire damage go out of business. They either have to close their doors as a direct result of the fire or end up losing an uphill battle after re-opening.  
Whether you run a corner store, a fancy Greek restaurant, or the best hotel in Lafayette, fire damage can take its toll. The visible signs left by a fire along with the impact on your inventory and equipment are only half the story. There are other things to consider; the interruptions to your business, layoffs for employees, and customers who find an alternative and never return.  
Preparation is your best option, working in combination with a restoration company like SERVPRO gives you access to qualified professionals who work hard to keep the doors of your business from closing. Our expertly trained technicians assess your entire structure, reduce fire risks, and make a variety of recommendations that could very well save your business.
SERVPRO technicians can help with everything from general fire safety, assisting with emergency planning, and the installation of fire alarms and smoke detectors to give you a better response time as well. If you stock any combustible materials, use heat sources, have people alone in various parts of your building or public access, fire can happen anywhere, at any time.
Learn more about which materials to store together, maintain a quality maintenance schedule for all of your equipment, including electrical outlets, cords, and portable devices that receive more activity. SERVPRO technicians check everything that makes your business unique, working with you to come up with a solution that reduces any losses you experience.
Gain access to IICRC certified technicians with years of expertise, advanced equipment suitable for any situation, and the resources available to far exceed your expectations. Our staff is ready to provide you with the services you deserve to keep your business running strong.
We also make our technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to address any emergency situations that may occur. Improve your company's chances of recovery by contacting SERVPRO of Lafayette, today. (765) 420-0077

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Protecting Your Home Business from Water Damage in Lafayette

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Having packages or an inventory ready to ship at your home office can leave you vulnerable when water damages your home. Call SERVPRO to remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Water Damage at Your Home and/or Business Location

A regularly increasing number of people are finding that selling online is an excellent way to provide a substantial extra second income for their family's needs. Often, carrying out a small business like this means a steady inventory is on hand, as drop-shipping seems to be avoided by many serious shoppers. Many refuse to pay for overseas shipping when another seller, such as yourself, can provide the desired merchandise closer to home, especially when shipping charges are often the dividing line between a great deal and a rip-off.
Lafayette is central to much of the USA, aiding sellers with their online businesses, but this can also mean that the water pipes in their homes are older and more likely to fail. Window and door frames and roofing shingles might also be in weathered-enough conditions and unable to keep out all the precipitation that the weather brings. Once inside a home, water from rain and snow or ice can begin to stain and deteriorate structures and furnishings.
Water stains on painted surfaces such as walls and ceilings, saturated and puffed-up drywall, and metal pieces develop rust in homes with water damage while the belongings in those same homes also are affected. When inventory for a home business is part of those contents, water damage can spell disaster for both home life and business profits.
SERVPRO is experienced with working with both homeowners and business owners in rescuing their properties and investments from destruction and devastation. This experience prepares us for situations such as this, where business and family life is combined into one location.
We have access to different cleaning methods that can assist in restoring both aspects of your life, from your inventory to your family's hobbies and day-to-day needs. We can restore almost anything to like-new condition. As for the structural integrity of your home, we have gained substantial expertise in restoring this aspect to perfect conditions, also.
SERVPRO of Lafayette is local to you and is always Faster To Any Size Disaster. When water damage or another type of disaster threatens to ruin your home business, call us at (765) 420-0077. We can help save your business from sinking and failing.

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Choose Your Lafayette Flood Damage Contractor With Care

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Get your flooding disaster handled quickly by the trained technicians at SERVPRO. Prevent any secondary damage with a fast call to our operators.

Our Technicians are Standing By Ready to Tackle Your Flooding Emergency

Heavy rains combined with overflowing waterways in Indiana this spring contributed to homeowners experiencing flooding in low-lying areas and basements. Living through a flooding catastrophe is frightening and frustrating. SERVPRO offers professional guidance and services to get you through this disaster safely and with a restored structure and recovered belongings.
Waters from both torrential rains and swollen rivers enter your basement, causing flood damage to your Lafayette home. Flood waters have the potential for significant contamination from creatures and substances caught in the overflow. The materials surrounding your home, including dirt, chemicals, and much more, dirty the flood, requiring quick cleanup by a licensed and certified water damage restoration company. Non-professionals risk exposing residents to serious health hazards from improperly managed tainted water and debris. Our staff receives the needed training to extract and dispose of water filled with possibly infectious waste.
Several inches of river and rainwater in the lower level of your house poses the following concerns. First, the water, with its contaminants, needs to be pumped and extracted from your foundation. If your electricity is unavailable because of downed wires or the possibility of electrocution because your outlets and wiring are underwater our truck mounted equipment is a real plus. Second, the affected areas undergo evaluation for microbial growth and infiltration with unsafe levels of chemicals and human or animal contaminants.
Next, experienced technicians clean and disinfect the spaces that were underwater. Some structures and items respond well to SERVPRO’s sanitizing products and restoration to preloss condition proceeds. Other, usually porous, articles and fixtures may require removal and replacement for safety. We work with you and your insurance company to make the correct determinations to return your home to a healthy and comfortable condition.
Many of your neighbors may be struggling with flood damage as well. You need a company like SERVPRO on your side during this trying time when a large number of flooding victims seek assistance. We have access to a scalable workforce and additional equipment through our network of fellow franchisees, permitting us to respond immediately to your flood damage problems.
Flood damage devastates your home and SERVPRO of Lafayette is ready to respond fast to return normalcy to your life. Call us at (765) 420-0077 right away and expect our crew to arrive within hours to set things right.

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Get Help Restoring Mold Damage Found In Your Lafayette Area Delicatessen

6/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in a Lafayette Deli Keeps the Food Tasty and Healthy

SERVPRO Remediation for Mold Gets Done with Your Business Still Open

Running a deli can be fun, you get to interact with customers, make their favorite sandwiches, and get to know your regulars. However, mold can pose a severe threat to the food you serve and expose your customers to health issues.
Looking at the common spaces used to run a delicatessen in Lafayette, mold damage can run rampant if you are not diligent enough in maintaining your building. Your floors, walls, and ceiling all contain materials that allow mold to flourish. Now tack on the amount of machinery that you use to run your deli, and you have quite a few areas that could cause mold problems.
Your public bathroom and your kitchen sink probably pose the biggest threats. With all of the plumbing fixtures, connectors, pipes, fittings, and washers, everything can wear down over time, making it necessary for you to perform some maintenance to keep these areas clean.  
It never hurts to learn everything you can about controlling constant moisture sources on your property. Have a professional restoration technician, like those offered at SERVPRO, inspect your property and give you the advice necessary to maintain a healthy, mold-free environment.  
Your prep-tables, deli cases, condiment dispensers, serving trays, shredders, and graders all come into contact with moisture on a daily basis. It never hurts to express the importance of maintaining a clean, dry environment with your employees to help keep moisture levels down.
You may have a soda dispenser, ice machine, and refrigerator that all require a constant water source to keep meat and produce fresh. Each of these appliances contains hardware that requires periodic maintenance to prevent mold from growing in and around them. SERVPRO can help you discover which areas to keep an eye on and how to limit problems that may occur.
It is easy to find out what SERVPRO’s expertly trained mold remediation specialists can do for you, just give us a call. In most cases, we can schedule our inspection and work after hours to help keep your deli running throughout the remediation process. If your mold issues are severe enough to warrant closing your doors, we can help get the work done in a quick, efficient manner to limit any losses you experience.  
Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette to receive the services you deserve and get the help you need to maintain a healthy, safe, working environment for both you and your customers. (765) 420-0077

Drying Out Your Bedroom Carpet After Water Damage In Lafayette

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Salvages Many Water Damaged Carpets in Lafayette with Rapid Service

Rely on SERVPRO for Water Extraction from Carpets

Water damage can happen in your bedroom at any time. All it takes is a leak, a damaged pipe or even extreme weather. A wet carpet is frustrating, and of course, you want to get it dried out as quickly as possible. You might be worried about whether your carpet needs to be replaced. That is why we recommend you call SERVPRO at once. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can begin drying your carpet quickly to prevent further damage.
It is understandable to be concerned that water damage in your Lafayette bedroom means disruption for you and your family. However, in some cases, it is possible for our IICRC-certified technicians to dry out your bedroom carpet, while it is still in place. Our experts thoroughly examine your carpet and the extent of the harm to determine whether in place drying is a practical option. It may be necessary to remove your bed, but smaller furniture items such as a chest or a chair can simply be moved from place to place within the room until water extraction is complete.
The first step is to extract any standing water. Our teams come equipped with both truck mounted and free standing submersible pumps that are powerful enough to get the water out of your floor coverings. We train our people to use the right sort of extraction tools to extract the maximum amount of water with the minimum amount of damage to your carpet.
In place, extraction may begin with a wand tool to prevent water migration. However, the most useful piece of gear, in this case, is a weighted extraction tool, which uses the body weight of one of our technicians standing on it for maximum water removal. SERVPRO understands that drying carpet without removing it means a longer and more thorough extraction process for best results.
We finish an in situ drying job by positioning air movers on the surface of your bedroom carpet. We may also lift the edges and "float" the fabric with moving air to expedite the drying and salvaging the padding. These direct hot air over the surface of the carpet to encourage evaporation of moisture and speed up drying time. Some air movers, known as down draft, pull down warm air and spread it across a large area of carpet and are very useful in drying an area the size of a bedroom.
Do not despair if your bedroom carpet is wet – it may be possible to save it. Give SERVPRO of Lafayette a call at (765) 420-0077 to find out.

How SERVPRO Contains Mold Damage In Your Lafayette Bathroom

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Establishing proper containment reduces the risk of air born spores spreading any further into your home.

SERVPRO Has The ManPower and Technology to Remediate Your Bathroom Mold

Mold damage is a real risk for residents of Louisiana. The high levels of humidity during the summer are perfect for creating the kind of damp conditions that are ideal breeding grounds for fungi. Mold growth can cause damage to soft furnishings, unsightly discolored patches, a damp smell and even structural harm or health issues. That is why we recommend putting in a call to SERVPRO remediation experts at the first sign of growth.

Bathrooms are naturally damp environments, which unfortunately means you could see some mold damage in your Lafayette bathroom or en suite. If this happens, establishing containment is of vital importance. Proper containment stops the spread of spores throughout your home and reduces the risk of fungi traveling to other rooms.

The first step our IICRC-certified experts take is sealing off doors and windows using sturdy polyethylene sheeting. We leave just enough room for our team to enter and exit the room wearing the proper personal protective equipment.

Next, we ensure that any other air outlets or inlets, risers, ducts, or HVAC systems such as your bathroom fan are fully sealed off. Now it is much harder for mold to exit the bathroom and move throughout your home.

Establishing negative air pressure in your bathroom is an important part of containing the outbreak. Our technicians do this by using negative air machines which draw contaminated air through powerful HEPA filters that catch 99.97% of particles of 0.3 microns or bigger. The contaminated air is safely vented outside your bathroom. The result of this is that any air which leaks through the polyethylene sheet barrier is clean air, not contaminated air.

SERVPRO is very careful when it comes to the risk of our technicians spreading mold when entering or exiting the bathroom. That is why we always establish decontamination areas for our team to pass through, to ensure both our people and any tools we use are fully decontaminated before entering any other part of your home.

Establishing proper containment reduces the risk of air born spores spreading any further into your home. Doing this creates a safe zone and leaves our experts free to focus on cleaning your bathroom and carrying out mold remediation activities.

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Do not let mold damage spread throughout your home. Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 today for help.

Understanding the Impact of Fire Damage in a Lafayette Editorial Office

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Offices have a lot of equipment which needs specialized and immediate attention. Call SERVPRO today in order to put our expertise to work for you.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Remediate Fire Damage in Many Types of Environments

Fire is bad news whether it breaks out in a family home, a commercial kitchen, or your favorite retail store. However, there are some environments which are particularly vulnerable to heat, and it is these buildings which have the most to lose when emergencies develop.

Media, print, and editorial offices, for example, are subject to a great deal of fire damage, because they contain significant amounts of paper and computing equipment. It is imperative for repair teams like SERVPRO to arrive on site quickly, so as to rescue as much material as possible.

The Challenge

Whether or not we can salvage something as fragile as a book, binder, file, or microfilm depends on a variety of factors. The first is how much heat the object came into contact with during the fire. When placed next to very high temperatures, things like blueprints, disks, and tapes can look unblemished from the outside, but the heat often warps and degrades the delicate interior.

Nevertheless, SERVPRO has lots of experience handling and restoring paper documents like the ones common to an editorial office. We work closely with third party experts to inspect and protect books, microfilm, disks, tapes, Mylar, and more. The best shot at salvage is for those objects that have been in boxes and on shelves during the fire.

The Solution

SERVPRO prioritizes the most at risk items, so we typically deal with records, files, and media devices which are high up first. As heat rises, they can end up sustaining lots of damage, even if they are away from the flames. Without opening books and files, we carefully remove them and use a variety of cleaning technique to dislodge soot residues.

For instance, dry sponging, hand vacuuming, and regulated air are all useful ways to remove dry, dusty soot from the surface. It is vital for binders, files, and books to be handled with care and not opened until the outside covers are free of dirt and grime. Similarly, disks, negatives, tapes, and microfilms are cellulose sponged with minimal handling and movement.

The other part of the restoration process which SERVPRO tackles from the outset is odor. Editorial offices are busy places. They need to be safe and comfortable for employees. Acrid, smoky odors cannot be allowed to linger within paper documents. Deodorization techniques are very effective after a fire because they introduce a highly penetrating fog which ‘chases’ odor particles into porous materials and neutralizes them.

SERVPRO of Lafayette is part of an extensive network of specialists, experts, and contractors. So, no matter what you are attempting to rescue after a fire, we have the solution. Call us 24/7 at (765) 420-0077.

Routine Mold Damage Inspection And Remediation: An Investment In Your Lafayette Business

4/8/2017 (Permalink)

It is prudent to avoid an outbreak rather than waiting for the odor and unsightly fungal activity to proliferate.

Mold Damage Inspection And Remediation

A wise business owner arranges for regular inspections for hidden mold colonies and the damage these microbial outbreaks inflict upon structure and contents. It is prudent to avoid an outbreak rather than waiting for the odor and unsightly fungal activity to proliferate. Your local SERVPRO offers a thorough mold assessment, including remediation planning if necessary.

Spring is the perfect time to take charge of the possibility of mold damage threatening your Lafayette business. HVAC systems hide dust, dirt, and odors as well as the possibility of mold growth within the ductwork. Our high-trained technicians know how to examine every bend and crevice of your heating and cooling configurations, checking for anything that impedes its proper operation, including microbial growth.

During the change of seasons, the melting of ice and snow and spring rains looks for the path of least resistance. Even a tiny crack in a gutter or downspout on your commercial building has the potential to permit moisture to soak into rafters, ceilings, drywall or other structures. Ice backed up under the shingles in the winter months moves moisture into your business space slowly, the dark and availability of carbon-based surfaces like wood, plaster, drywall, and wallcoverings is a perfect environment for mold growth. Attic colonies of mildew and mold migrate into offices and other workspaces if not halted. SERVPRO staff finding evidence of mold damage during a periodic spring inspection act quickly, designing a sound remediation plan to remove the mold found and limit any future growth.

Our team delves into all areas where mold damage hides, ready to assist you in abating the damage before it overwhelms your business. Vents and ducts in your HVAC system receive a thorough cleaning, filters replaced, and troublesome areas sealed against further growth. We contain mold found elsewhere, using negative pressure machines and venting to the exterior in cases where the spread of spores is a concern. Full blown fungal colonies and structures or contents infiltrated beyond cleaning and disinfection face proper disposal after removal and encasing.

Finally, SERVPRO technicians identify and arrange for repair of the leaks that allowed moisture to activate the mold spores in the first place. We advise on strategies to keep water from intruding in the future to avoid future mold damage.

Be proactive and invite SERVPRO of Lafayette to set up a yearly mold damage sweep of your business property. Call (765) 420-0077 to schedule an appointment before the seasons change again.

Commercial Water Damage in Lafayette Area Grocery Stores

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

No matter the scope of the damage, our SERVPRO technicians will be there to cleanup and restore it "Like it never even happened."

Dealing with Water Damage in Grocery Stores in the Lafayette Area 

Water is not confined to only bathrooms in your typical grocery store, but the plumbing lines found there can be just as problematic as others found in other areas. Fresh produce is often sprayed down several times a day to keep it fresh longer. In-store bakeries require running water. Delicatessens must also have their own water supply.
In Lafayette, any of the above water sources can suffer problems from damage or normal wear and tear, and when a water line in your Lafayette grocery store breaks, commercial water damage is imminent. Shutting off the water leading into the line is crucial to minimizing the expense you might soon be facing. Not only do you need to take the damage itself into consideration, but the amount of water coming from the broken line must also be considered.
Any food items, including those in impenetrable containers such as bottles, jars, cans, or jugs, must still be thrown away. These items cannot be sold to the public, even if discounted. While the water that comes from a broken water line may be clean, it cannot stay clean. Soils, contaminants, oils and other automotive fluids, and even feces can be tracked into your store's floors and deposited there by your customers. These contaminants can be picked up by the water and then deposited onto any surface, including food containers.
Because of the high number of insurance fraud instances that many companies are now presented with, having a third party's inventoried list of damaged goods can help minimize any hassles when presenting your claim. We can also record how many gallons of water we removed after we arrived. We know that this is a difficult time for any size grocery, but we want you to know that working hard toward helping you remain open is our goal.
Wherever that water has caused damage, our SERVPRO team can remove and replace materials, making everything “Like it never even happened.” In areas that are heavily soiled and contaminated, we can clean, and then sanitize hard surfaces so that your customers are not at risk of contracting disease or illness. Non-food displays can be cleaned up and restored. With all of this, we also help to ensure that secondary water damage never happens.

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When your grocery store has water damage from leaky or broken lines or plumbing, remember, no job is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Lafayette. After shutting off the main water valve to stop the water, call us at (765) 420-0077. 

Mold Damage Remediation in Your Lafayette Home

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let mold lurk behind every corner. Contact SERVPRO at the first sighting for best results.

SERVPRO Follows Precise Steps When Dealing With Mold

Mold is something as a homeowner that you do not want to see. However, if you suspect that you do have a problem with mold, it is best to contact trained professionals like SERVPRO right away. They can find the mold if it is there, stop the source of moisture and clean up the mold for you, so your home is once again safe for you and your family.
There is a process that our technicians at SERVPRO follow when it comes to mold damage in your Lafayette home. Below, you can find some of the major steps which are necessary for the mold remediation process. Above all, we remember that safety takes priority over any other processes.
Establishing Containment
First, we contain the mold contamination to make sure it does not spread to areas which are not contaminated and to protect you and your family. We ensure that airflow is not introduced to uncontained mold spores to keep contamination from spreading to other areas. Building containment can include the following:
• Installing plastic sheeting to create containment barriers
• Establishing a negative air pressure in the area which is contaminated
• Sealing HVAC vents to stop contamination of your duct system
• Establishing rooms which are “clean” and rooms for decontamination for leaving, entering, and decontaminating materials and equipment.
Removing Mold Contamination
 The method we use to remove mold depends on the kind of surface the mold is on. Nonporous materials usually can be cleaned. However, porous materials with visible mold growth have to be often removed and discarded.
Cleaning Dust and Settled Spores
In a majority of cases, settled spores can be removed by HEPA vacuuming and damp wiping, which includes cases when the spores are on porous surfaces.
Drying the Materials
We then dry your structure and possessions to stop more mold growth. Some drying procedures have to be delayed until containment and mold removal are complete. When remediation is complete, your home and contents should be dry back to their normal moisture content levels to stop mold from growing again.
Mold damage is not something you can delay on, as it grows and spreads quickly, so do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Lafayette if you see or suspect mold growth in your home. It is easy to reach us whenever you need by dialing (765) 420-0077.

Diesel fuel cleanup in Lafayette Indiana

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Helping make it "Like it never even happened."

Broken gas supply lines are more common with semi tractors than you would think. The driver put down cat litter and a boom to contain the spill.

A quick Google search and the driver found SERVPRO of Lafayette to handle the cleanup and disposal of the contaminated materials.

The customer, property owners and the municipality is happy with the end result. Call us today, if you need help. 765 420-0077

Homes In Indian Village Looking For Help With Flood Damage

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Indian Village Flood Removal Is Fast When You Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Supplies Restoration to Damage Caused by Flooding in Indian Village

On occasion, mother nature leaves us standing staring blankly at the horizon as her latest storm pounds the local area. The truth that water can pose a severe risk to our property and the safety of our loved ones is very sobering.

What would you do if water or flood damage struck your Indian Village home? Do you think it is possible, or just a worry for someone else? While the risks of certain types of disasters can vary widely depending on location, the potential of causing devastating damage still exists, and practically everyone is susceptible to at least one form of flooding.
Whether you are affected by a massive storm, causing flood waters to penetrate your building, or roof leaks allow water to enter the unprotected areas of your home, the threat still exists, and professional restoration services are your best chance of recovery.
When dealing with flood damage in your home, a speedy response is crucial. Stopping whatever water source is causing the wetness, drying the affected areas and cleaning the entire space are essential if you want to have a chance of stopping the cascade of water and ancillary damages.
SERVPRO technicians offer you 24-hour emergency services, responding to your call within four hours and beginning your restoration as soon as possible. We understand how every second counts and our dedicated Applied Structural Drying Technicians jump into action, with all of the equipment, training, and expertise to help identify the damage and provide the necessary mitigation services.
SERVPRO starts by inspecting your property and assessing the damage so that we can create a safe, effective plan for dealing with your restoration. We often take photographs. Next, we identify the type of water on your property and begin protecting your belongings and the contents of your home from further damage.
SERVPRO technicians use a combination of advanced technology and expertise to extract as much water as possible and begin the drying and dehumidification process immediately. As well as performing any cleaning, deodorization, and disinfecting, and repairs necessary to return your property to a quality pre-damage condition.
We have the ability to restore a variety of items, including some personal treasures you may have thought destroyed in flood waters. We work diligently to restore your property and stop water from causing major damage to your home.
Learn more about what unattended water damage can do to your home, explore our certifications, or discover more about our flood damage restoration services by calling SERVPRO of Lafayette today. (765) 420-0077

Your Lafayette Restaurant Plumbing and Water Damage Issues

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let constant clogs at your restaurant shut your doors. Contact SERVPRO today for prevention tips or to remediate a problem.

SERVPRO Technicians Save You Time and Money After Damage at Your Commercial Property

Sewer and water costs are rising across the country. Picking the right fixtures and equipment for your restaurant, and ensuring they are installed and operating correctly, will improve your bottom line and be kinder to the environment. Restaurateurs do not usually give much thought to plumbing until there’s a problem. In restaurants, any problem with plumbing is typically a big one. Some of the costliest pieces of equipment in your kitchen need drainage or a water supply, not to mention how important it is to have quality plumbing service for your restrooms. Therefore, it will serve you well to know a bit about the plumbing system in your restaurant and how to care for it.
Smart plumbing can save you money not only on sewer and water costs but on costly repairs from possible water damage as well. Most modern buildings in Lafayette have three water supply loops. One for cold water, one for hot and one which recirculates chilled water that services the air conditioning system. If any of your plumbing systems do fail, you want to get in touch with SERVPRO, a professional water damage remediation company, right away to minimize damages, costs, and any downtime it might cause.
Causes of Plumbing Problems
The most likely cause of clogs in the pipes of your restaurant is grease. Constant washing of greasy dishes, along with food scraps entering drain lines during prep, are the usual sources for the buildup of oil and fat at most eating establishments. If you have a water wash ventilator over your cooking equipment, you will be sending, even more, grease down the drain every time you run the self-wash cycle.
When you do have an issue with your plumbing failing and creating commercial water damage, contact the professionals at SERVPRO without hesitation. Doing so will avoid more damage from occurring and possibly prevent you from having to shut down your restaurant temporarily.
Some preventative maintenance can keep you from getting grease clogs. Getting drains cleared routinely every month, or every other month will accomplish this. You can also have maintenance workers use a bio-cleaner, which is an enzyme that will eat away at any clogs. Chemical cleaners will not do the job, so a bio-cleaner and high-pressure water are the only things which you can use to keep things flowing well.
Corrosion is another issue that can cause pipes to clog, or fail altogether. Pipes corrode for various reasons, but pipe failure is most often seen when two metals meet or if corrosive chemicals such as chlorine or salt are in frequent contact with the plumbing. Make sure to check pressure periodically and that it is adequate, and there are no weak spots or leaks in the piping.
SERVPRO of Lafayette is always available for any water damage emergency you may have. When you call us at (765) 420-0077, someone will be scheduled to come out to your restaurant soon to survey the damage and mitigate it for you as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

Dealing with Flood Damage to Your Childhood Home in Indian Village

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

When flooding affects the family home, call SERVPRO to remediate.

Local SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Remediate Damage from a Flood

The many rivers, lakes, and streams of Indiana are often favorite places for recreation. The same nearby lake where you went swimming two summers ago, or the stream where you found that arrowhead when you crossed it while out hiking with friends as a kid can also turn into the source of a nasty nightmare for your parents when the water floods into your childhood home.
The homes in Indian Village which have suffered flood damage are not safe to live in, and won't be until clean up is completed. SERVPRO is always ready when you need us, and we have the skills to ensure that your home will not only look safe and clean, but it will also be safe and clean again when we are done. We will treat your parents' home with the same diligent care and respect we would give to our own parents' homes.
Flooding causes such extensive damage, so it is highly unlikely that your parents would be able to remain in the home during clean up. Because of this, we will always be extra careful to ensure that those items that might be heirlooms or precious memories are cared for in a manner that is most conducive to their preservation and restoration. While photographs are extremely damaged by even the slightest amount of water, we will do our best to attempt to preserve them as best we can. There are photograph restoration facilities that we can refer you to if you would like, but results can vary greatly from one photo to the next.
As we place your parents' things in containers for safekeeping, we sort between damaged and undamaged. Those items that are damaged are further classified into different levels of damage. All medications and personal identifications we find are placed in separate containers so they are easy for your parents to gain access to, should they need anything. After we have boxed up everything in their home, we will then begin the process of finishing up the drying out, cleaning, and repairing that is required.
We know that your parents will want to return home as soon as they can and we want to help make this possible. In addition to being certified by the IICRC, our employees are also bonded and insured. When you allow someone to work inside your or your parents' home, you deserve a company who is reliable with trustworthy employees. We always work to exceed your expectations.
When you need someone trustworthy to restore a home you love after flood damage has revealed itself, you should call the trusted experts in your area. Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (765) 420-0077 when you want things repaired and restored so everything is “Like it never even happened.”

Lafayette Mold Damage Detection and Remediation Services

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can appear anywhere in your home. SERVPRO can detect the damage and remediate quickly.

SERVPRO Has the Equipment and the Know How to Remediate Mold Damage

Even though the waters have receded, each homeowner that had a home caught up in the massive flooding that happened during the months ending 2016, is likely still dealing with damages and performing regular repairs to overcome the situation. Some of the damages may not have even appeared until months later, requiring constant construction and ongoing efforts to find and correct all of the issues they are experiencing. The sound of humming fans and discovery of new places mold can hide within your home seem endless. Luckily, the help you need is only a phone call away.
Our expertly trained technicians that specialize in providing customers in Lafayette with mold damage remediation services will respond quickly, providing you with the services you need to return your home to a quality pre-flood damage condition. We provide our customers with assistance in relocation if necessary and even help with filling out any insurance paperwork required for your claim.
After your initial call, SERVPRO staff calculates the amount of equipment and personnel that will be necessary to perform your repairs and sends them to your property within four hours to begin work. Your onsite supervisor performs a complete inspection and mold damage assessment of the affected area. Communicating his findings and recommendations to both you and your insurance agency. Once we are all in agreement on the proper methods to utilize, we begin your restoration process immediately.
SERVPRO technicians use quality techniques to cordon off the affected area to avoid spreading the mold infestation to other unaffected areas of the home. While using different types of air filtration equipment to remove microscopic spores that are already present in the air. We also use specific methods to remove and dispose of mold-infested materials properly.
SERVPRO has specialized equipment that we use to locate moisture areas hidden in your floors, walls, or other hard to reach areas. Our technicians dry out the surrounding area and perform any repairs necessary to finish the job. Our mold damage restoration services are simple but efficient, cleaning and disinfecting areas as needed.
We also have several methods of restoring the contents of your home. Our technicians move your belongings to a safe, dry location, where they are properly inventoried and cataloged for future handling. We inspect each item thoroughly and perform cleaning and deodorization services to assist with restoring your belongings to a quality condition. Many of the things that you thought lost forever may return to you through this method, just keep in mind that it is impossible to remove all damage from certain materials.
Give us a call at SERVPRO of Lafayette today, (765) 420-0077

Water Damage Sustained from a Faulty Water Heater in Dayton

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

A Leak in Dayton Can Even Cause Appliance Damage

SERVPRO Restores Water Damaged Properties Every Day

Boilers and water heaters can be difficult to keep an eye on while trying to figure out where the water which is damaging your home is entering. Since water heaters are installed in areas that are inconspicuous, such as the attic, a storage room or the basement, overflow can go undetected for longer periods of time. When your water heater gets older, rust can develop. This rust can wear out the parts of the tank that are mechanical and erode the surfaces, which causes leaks, and even worse, explosions. Therefore, you should have your water heater routinely serviced so that these checkups can prevent costly and dangerous damages due to a faulty device.

Even with these checkups, sometimes a problem can arise, causing unexpected water damage to your Dayton home. This leakage leading to damage can require the immediate assistance of water damage remediation experts, such as our staff at SERVPRO. We can come out to your home quickly, assess the damages and make a plan of restoration so your home can be returned to normal as soon as possible.

Some of the most common risks of overflows from water heaters include:
Damages to Appliances - A lot of water heaters are situated near other electrical equipment, like dryers and washing machines. One single and sustained leak can destroy electrical components and create an even larger repair bill.

Burns, Electrocution, and Fires– Hot water can spew out of water heaters if they burst, or slowly leak hot water. Be cautious that you do not get burned by covering up with protective clothing. You also need to be wary of electrocution and potential fire hazards because water acts as an excellent conductor of electricity.  Be safe and call SERVPRO.

Water restoration isn’t something to take lightly. There are standards which were created by the IICRC for proper training on the extraction of water from walls, carpets, ceilings, and floors. These standards are in place to protect your home from the corroding of wood and metal which supports your house. No matter the cause of water damage, you will need the help from trained professionals like our team at SERVPRO.

Whenever your water heater emergency happens, even in the middle of the night, someone is on hand to take your call at SERVPRO of Lafayette. You can reach us just by dialing (765) 420-0077, and we will have a team out to your home so that you can get back to normal as soon as possible.

Flood Damage Restoration Services In Lafayette

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Don't let flooding leave you under water! Call SERVPRO today!

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Will Quickly Dry Your Property

Get the professional services and highly-trained personnel that you need to restore your home or commercial property the right way. Don't take the chances of residing within a property that you own that has been affected by flood damage. Without the proper attention, there could be severe consequences that any regular person is simply not ready to deal with generally. Professional services are available to you that will assist with restoring the devastation to your property and help you with getting things back to normal quickly and professionally.
Call on our expertly trained professional technicians near your home in Lafayette who specialize in flood damage restoration. We train hard and respond fast to provide you with the services that you need. The water might have receded, but the work has just begun, give us the opportunity to assist you with putting things back together. We're only a phone call away, take advantage of our flood damage restoration services as soon as possible to avoid secondary damage to your property.
SERVPRO technicians are specially trained to help with every facet of your repair process. We provide you with the services that you need to handle any size disaster that strikes your property. Services such as 24- hour emergency response, water removal, advanced drying, remediation, cleaning, and restoration are all available to our customers. You won't need to call anyone else in to finish the repairs to your property; we're a one-stop resource, able to provide you with all of the services you need.
SERVPRO has locally owned and operated resources that work with you and your insurance company to get the work done right, quickly and efficiently restoring your property, "Like it never even happened." We can identify areas with hidden moisture and even help you restore the belongings you thought lost forever due to flood damage. Giving you the ability to restore more valuables and personal items that made your property a home.
SERVPRO responds immediately and walks you through the entire process. Our cleaning process involves getting into those hard to reach places where hazards like to linger. Preventing any future damage to your property and returning your property to a quality pre-damage condition.
Put out professional services to work for you today, it all starts with a simple phone call to our offices at SERVPRO of Lafayette. (765) 420-0077

SERVPRO Fire Damage Dayton

11/20/2016 (Permalink)

Don't let fire damage in your home keep you down, Let the experts at SERVPRO get your home to "Like it never even happened."

Restoring your home after a fire may look like a simple task. All you have to do is remove your furniture, blow out the smell and paint the walls, right? Not quite.
Fire damage to your Lafayette home can be cleaned and the property restored. It's not that it's a complex task you can't understand, there are just a lot of pieces to the puzzle. When SERVPRO is finished, though you'll have a picture of your home that you can live in once more.
We have a huge number of services that are determined by the amount of damage and what it will take to put things back together. Our company has placed them into five service categories:
Mitigation - This is to secure your home and prevent further damage. This is where our technicians will board up any openings that no longer have a door or window. In the winter, they will wrap insulation around exposed pipes and set up a temporary source of electricity if needed. If your home is still wet from the fire being put out, we will bring in equipment to dry out affected areas.
Structural Cleaning - This category covers removal of smoke residue and deodorizing the smells the residue generates. Our inspectors will also advise which parts of the structure cannot be cleaned and should be removed and replaced.
Contents Cleaning - Personal property will have to be cleaned and deodorized before it is safe and useful again. Some property can be cleaned at your home and temporarily stored in an unaffected area or another location. Other items will have to be cleaned elsewhere and stored until they can be returned. Items that cannot be cleaned we will advise you to dispose of.
Special Restoration - This covers items needing special cleaning procedures. It includes electronics, clothing that requires dry cleaning and artwork.
Reconstruction - This category comes into play if parts of your home's structure are damaged by the fire and cannot be restored. While our technicians can remove and replace building material such as drywall, a general contractor will be needed to repair or replace damage beyond that.
Putting your home back together after a fire is not simple. It can, however, be a much easier process when you have a leader in the restoration industry on your team. SERVPRO of Lafayette is ready to get started and get you back into your home. Please call us today at (765) 420-0077 to get the ball rolling.

Commercial Water Removal In Lafayette's Historic Downtown

11/19/2016 (Permalink)

SERPRO's ERP, Emergency Ready Profile, Can Protect Your Commercial Property

SERVPRO's ERP Saves Your Merchandise from Extended Water Damage

Your niche store in the historic downtown shopping area attracts customers from near and far and satisfies your desire to pursue a retailing passion beyond the commonplace items found in the big box shopping centers. The cozy ambiance of your shop, unfortunately, can be shielding hidden plumbing problems that can lay waste to your store and its unique contents. Whether you are plagued by a slow leak or a burst pipe that floods when you least expect it to be ready to leverage SERVPRO’s commercial water removal services immediately after you discover the moisture intrusion. The more quickly you respond to water damage the sooner you can reopen your business; proactive planning for commercial water removal and restoration may mean you need not cease operations at all while we respond with a carefully designed strategy to keep your shop in operation during repairs.

When aged plumbing fails, it can mean ruin for your business if you have not anticipated the need for commercial water removal in Lafayette. If you specialize in one-of-a-kind products or rare antiques standing water or excess moisture and high humidity can spell disaster. Every business benefits from contingency plans, none more important than what we offer through our Emergency Ready Profile Advantage. Save time and money by scheduling a free inspection to jump-start your personalized disaster plan. Our staff will walk with you through your retail store mapping the area including locating utility lines and shuts offs. Take this opportunity to identify areas of your shop that are most vulnerable to water damage and plot a course with our staff on how to best complete water removal and restoration in your commercial setting if the water flows where it is not expected nor wanted.
Priceless inventory, irreplaceable fixtures, and intriguing structural components are the draws that bring customers to your store. SERVPRO treats every commercial customer individually, knowing that the better we understand your business and the physical layout of your enterprise the more efficiently we will be able to remove water and manage lingering moisture. When your quaint surroundings, including old-fashioned radiators and original copper and brass fittings, you pay the price.  If you complete your Emergency Ready Profile with our input, we will be able to react immediately with the proper equipment and highly qualified staff on site mitigating water damages to your merchandise and structure.
SERVPRO of Lafayette awaits your call to prepare your personalized business Emergency Ready Profile and plan. Targeted commercial water removal is the key to saving your business after plumbing fails and operators are available 24/7 at (765) 420-0077 to schedule an inspection and draft a Ready Plan.

The Most Effective Way to Tackle Mold Damage in West Lafayette Businesses

10/30/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can sneak in behind cabinets. Call SERVPRO quickly to remediate!

SERVPRO Handles Mold in Three Steps to Ensure Safety

There is all kind of conflicting information around about mold damage and the dangers that it poses to both properties and their occupants. This is partly because there are some things about mold and the way that it affects its environment that are still up for debate. It can make tackling the problem rather tricky, but SERVPRO is committed to a clear goal.

If you have mold growing anywhere in your business, we will eliminate it. We have access to cutting-edge tools and equipment, so no matter how extensive the spread, the problem can be solved. All that we ask if that you trust our team to make the right decisions and get your employees back into the building safely, with minimal disruption. When it comes to mold damage in West Lafayette businesses, SERVPRO is the company to call.

This quick fire guide to the basics of mold remediation will give you some idea of what to expect when we arrive on site.

Step One: Creating an Access Point

We require the use of industrial equipment, such as air movers and dehumidifiers, to clean the atmosphere and fix underlying moisture problems. Therefore, the first thing that we need to do is create a safe point of access. We will consult with you on this so that the team can set up a place to store, move, and operate equipment. They may ask that you stay away from mold affected areas for your safety.

Step Two: Eliminating the Mold with Biocides

Once the affected area has been sealed off, to prevent further spread, we will begin treating it with a high strength biocide. All chemicals used have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. They will not leave lasting residues or cause any harm to yourself or your employees once you return to the building. The biocide may need to be left undisturbed for a day or more, but we will explain each step of the process to you.

Step Three: Encapsulating the Leftover Spores

In some cases, it is necessary to apply special paints and encapsulant chemicals to the walls and ceiling. They are designed to trap and kill any mold spores that may be lingering there. The common assumption is that mold remediation primarily involves cleaning, but this is not necessarily true. Prevention is just as important, and we take steps to ensure that the mold does not return in future.

We understand that, if you spot mold damage in your business, your first priority will be the health of employees. What our team can do is put your mind at ease, talk you through the remediation process, and help you keep these people safe. As SERVPRO of Lafayette is a local company, we are right on your doorstep. Call us 24/7 at (765) 420-0077.

Water Damage in Dayton Can Occur in the Winter Months as Well

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Maintaining your roof shingles and gutters is important in preventing water damage in the winter months.

Regular Maintenance of Your Property Can Prevent Water Damage

Most people think of water damage as a spring or summer occurrence, when snowfall and ice are months away, and showers are plenty. However, winter conditions can create problems of their own, with or without snow melt. SERVPRO provides year-round service for this reason, as we know that almost all types of damage can strike without warning at any time of the year. Here are a few ways you might see water damage in your home this winter season.
Snow Melt
Depending on where your home is located, the size of your property, and recent snowfall, melting snow can be one of the largest contributing factors to water damage in Dayton. When many inches of snow melt at once, often within a few hours, some homes are ill-equipped to deal with the rooftop or even yard snow melts. Keeping your roof, walls, and home leak-free is the key to stopping significant damage from this source, as chances are that your home is already designed to withstand winter conditions normally.
Ice Dams Between Roof Shingles
In some cases, water can slip between the cracks of your roof shingles, freezing overnight. This can open up your attic and roof to a multitude of problems, and perhaps cause long-term damage to the roofing as well. Be sure to examine your attic whenever heavy snow hits, as it may be causing unseen and unheard problems.
Cracked Concrete and Masonry
If you have a stone or concrete surface in your home with small cracks in it, this could end up being a source of damage to your home. When liquid water works its way into these cavities but then freezes up later, it expands, pushing the stone apart. If this is repeated hundreds of times, it can literally break apart your concrete. Make sure to keep exposed concrete crack-free, and if water can get in and freeze, you may want to have the cracks sealed up before any harm can come.
SERVPRO of Lafayette is prepared 24/7 in all seasons to respond to your water damage emergencies. With local owners and employees but national-scale resources, we bring the heat to any cold winter disaster. Call us at (765) 420-0077.

Assessing Damages After a Fire

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Glossy paint can be easier to clean. Call SERVPRO so that we can quickly assess the damage!

Many Factors Contribute to Fire Damage Remediation

If you ever experience a house fire, small or large, you will naturally be concerned with what items in your home can be salvaged. There are different factors that will determine this, and a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO will be able to inform you which things can be saved and which need to be replaced once they come out to your home and evaluate the damages.

Once you have had any type of fire damage in Layfette, it is good to understand that fire damage makes a lot of different challenges when it comes to cleaning up the mess. A building that has burned includes a lot of complicated reactions amongst various elements which include: 

  • The kind of material that has burned
  • How much heat, oxygen, and moisture are present
  • The air flow patterns in your home
  • The kinds of smoke residues which are present
  • The kinds of surfaces which were impacted by heat and smoke

Depending upon how these elements interacted as the fire progressed, fire damage can cause very different restoration and cleaning methods to be needed, and our technicians at SERVPRO are trained to know what is needed.

Kinds of Surfaces
Surfaces which are porous will let particles and odor penetrate farther and are a lot harder to clean up. Surfaces that are nonporous like vinyl wall coverings or glossy enamel paint are much easier to clean than wallpaper or flat latex paint. Fibers which are synthetic will attract more concentrations of residue than natural fibers. However, synthetics usually clean better than natural fabrics.

Surface Age
The older the surface is, generally the harder it is to clean. It does not matter if the surface is fabric, paint or carpet. As older paint deteriorates, for example, it will become more porous, and its surface adhesion is weakened.

Amount of Heat
It will be harder to clean surfaces the hotter the fire was. Heat makes surfaces expand and therefore become more porous. Odors and residue can penetrate surfaces more effectively in this situation. Heat will also break down the materials or bubble and melt finishes. In cases like this, just cleaning the surfaces will not restore them. Instead, refinishing will be needed.

Amount of Moisture
Moisture can make residues set impermanently to surfaces. If sprinklers were activated or firefighters saturated surfaces, residues will be a lot more difficult to clean.

Materials Burned
Synthetic materials make residues a lot more difficult to remove than natural materials. Rubber and plastics make smeary, wet residues which can stain. Wood or other natural surfaces leave a drier residue.

Air Pressure
Hot air expands and as the temperature increases the volume of air will also increase. Expanding air makes pressure which will drive soot into crevices and cracks which make it hard to clean.

Even with the many factors that can determine how well your fire damaged home can be cleaned, our trained technicians at SERVPRO of Lafayette will be able to identify what can and cannot be cleaned. Give us a call at (765) 420-0077 so that we can create a plan of remediation for your fire damage.


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