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Fire Smell Go Away, Do Not Come Back Another Day!

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Fire incidents can cause several uncertainties including whether the property can regain its preloss state. Perhaps the most daunting task is removing the noxious odor left after the fire. In many cases, it requires a combination of approaches to achieve the desired results. We have IICRC certified Odor Control Technicians that can inspect your property and apply the right strategies to restore your home to its preloss state.
 
Partially burnt contents and other residues contribute most of the odor after an incident of fire damage in Valparaiso. Removing burnt remains and cleaning up surfaces, helps reduce the smell. Since it is possible to restore some items ruined by the fire, our SERVPRO technicians move salvageable and questionable items to offsite facilities for thorough restorative cleaning. Such removal allows us to establish whether there are other odor sources, necessitating further deodorization.
 
Odor-causing substances penetrate materials in different forms. In cases of fires, they are in aerosol or gaseous form. Deodorization is more effective when the removal process replicates the method of deposit so that the deodorizing agent can penetrate as far as the malodor. Our SERVPRO technicians use fogging equipment such as the ULV, Ultra Low Volume fogger that produces a fine mist with particles 8-15 microns in size. The deodorizing agent combines with the odor particles neutralizing them. IICRC training ensures that we take all the necessary precautions including removing pets, plants, and people from the areas we plan to fog.
 
After fires, some particles remain airborne for a time, so it is essential to remove them to rid the property of all bad smells. Blowing the air from the property can help remove the particles by increasing the fresh air flowing in. Our SERVPRO technicians use box fans, which generate airflow of up to 5000 cubic feet of air per minute. We also use air scrubbers with HEPA filters that can remove particles as small as .3 micron.
 
To deal efficiently with fire-related odors, call SERVPRO of Porter County to help. You can reach us at (219) 476-1883 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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When water damage strikes, do not go it alone! Call SERVPRO!

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Homeowners in cities like Valparaiso need to be nimble in protecting their homes. The elements can wreak havoc on our driveways, roofs, and gutters and failing to maintain the home can be a very risky proposition. It does not take a dramatic event to disrupt our ordinary lives; a small leak on the roof can go undetected for a while only to show itself when the next strong storm comes about, leaving an indoor waterfall in your living room. Your best approach is to be proactive in protecting your home, and that includes finding professional help.

SERVPRO is available to help if there ever is water damage to your Valparaiso home. Our expert crew is available 24/7 to respond to your emergency; all you need to do is call. Upon arrival at your home, we assess the damage and make a plan of action to remove any standing water. Prompt removal is essential to prevent the spread of mold and bacteria, which often happens when water is left unattended. To speed up the extraction process, we can use submersible pumps or truck mounted equipment depending on the volume of water we need to extract. For smaller water deposits our technicians rely on handheld tools to access crevices and hard to reach corners.

As we test the air quality of your home, we begin to incorporate drying equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers. Occasionally, we may drill small holes in your baseboards to encourage the movement of air within your wall cavities, all with the goal of thoroughly drying the structure and contents of your home. Our SERVPRO crew constantly monitors humidity levels by using state-of-the-art moisture sensors and adjust the equipment according to the readings. A successful job leaves the environment of your home balanced and at humidity levels appropriate to your building materials and furniture.


Do not rely on do-it-yourself solutions if you ever encounter water damage to your home. SERVPRO of Porter County has the training and experience you need to overcome the situation. Just reach out by calling (219) 476-1883, and we will help you leave your home "Like it never even happened."

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Ask The Experts: Where is the water shutoff in my business?

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Make an appointment today to get started!

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

We are the fire damage repair professionals!

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

With disasters like fires that can occur at any time in your Valparaiso home, it is essential to know whom to call to help begin the involved process of cleaning up the mess and restoring the damages professionally. Our technicians have a 24-hour response to emergencies, making us an ideal choice for emergencies that occur at any time of the day. With the widespread effects that fires can produce, it is crucial to get professionals working immediately to mitigate your loss and protect the areas of your property that can still get preserved.

While many homeowners might fixate on potential structural concerns or other effects, fire odor control in Valparaiso is a substantial segment of the mitigation process. Part of protecting your property in this troubling time is removing exposed items, furniture, fabrics, and other contents through the pack-out process. This service assigns SERVPRO professionals to determine at-risk or damaged contents throughout the property to get safely transported to our facility nearby for cleaning, deodorization, and storage. Remaining in the home can cause irreparable damages, exceeding even fire odors.

From the time that our professionals first arrive at your home, we set up containment machines and physical barriers to keep the exposed and damaged areas of your home from affecting other regions. These containment strategies can also prove useful in limiting the spread of fire odors throughout your house, beginning with turning off any circulating air appliances.

Within this containment area, our SERVPRO professionals can set up hydroxyl generators that can begin to filter the air within this affected region through a HEPA filter installed in the machine. This process can begin to reduce harsh odors and work to clean up the air of particulates, dust, debris, smoke, and ash. Each unit can affect thousands of cubic feet, making these tools useful for even widespread effects in your property.

For more focused deodorization, we have thermal foggers that can emit a dense chemical fog that neutralizes odor molecules on contact. This machine is safe to use around humans and pets, making it an ideal choice for residential applications.

Fire odors can be a challenging hurdle to overcome after a disaster, but our SERVPRO of Porter County team can help. Give us a call anytime at (219) 476-1883.

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Ask The Experts: Can a homeowner just handle storm damage by themselves?

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

After a storm moves through the area, your home may suffer flood damage, wind damage, and more. The situation may leave your home or commercial building devastated. However, if you act quickly and contact the professionals right away, you can minimize the possibility of secondary damage while restoring anything that has suffered more serious problems.

Why Contact the Professionals?

Contacting the professionals at SERVPRO means you have access to experienced and skilled individuals who have restored homes and commercial buildings through the years. They have access to advanced equipment along with cutting-edge techniques to handle any storm flood damage that may occur.

After flooding has occurred, it isn’t unusual to find interior water damage to the kitchen cabinets, clothing, furniture, floors, ceilings, walls, and other areas in the building or home. If you don’t restore the property properly, flood damage can cause mold infestation and decay. There are several services you can count on the professionals to provide. These include:

  • Prompt Response: These professionals understand that when you call for help with flood or storm related damage restoration, timing is critical. This is why they respond to any emergency quickly. The restoration process can begin right away, and the best and most efficient solutions will be used.
  • Help with Insurance Claims: These professionals will offer a service that involves listing anything that was ruined during the flood or storm in a detailed list. They will also take an inventory of all the contents in every room.
  • Use Professional Grade Tools and Equipment: In most cases, the rental equipment you get from the hardware store may not be able to handle the job effectively. These professionals have access to commercial grade equipment that will completely dry the affected areas to ensure the growth of mold is avoided.
  • Removal and Replacement: These professionals will carefully remove or replace any contaminated or unsalvageable structures, such as window trim, door, drywall, padding, and carpeting.

Help with the Restoration Process

Before the professionals arrive at your property, you should remove any furniture or other valuable items like electronics, paintings, and more, until they are put in a safe place. You can also open the doors and windows to help increase the airflow in the home or building.

Proper Cleaning Areas Affected by Contaminated Water

Contaminated water can cause serious health effects for you and for your family. These professionals know the right way to clean the area with strong and effective antimicrobial products. They will also make sure that all affected surfaces and materials are addressed to ensure that no dangerous substances are left behind.

If flooding or other water-related issues arise, the best thing you can do is contact the professionals right away. Make sure you don’t put off calling SERVPRO, as this is going to let help prevent the problem from getting worse and lead to even more issues. Being informed and knowing what to look for and consider is the best way to ensure serious problems don’t occur.

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Ask The Experts: What Happens When Water Damage Hits Your Home?

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy rainstorms in the Chesterton area can mean you need to prepare yourself for flooding. Being prepared means making sure you are informed about the storm and the areas it is affecting, creating an emergency plan of communication, and knowing what to do when the flood is approaching your home.

Flooding and flood damage to your Chesterton home can be massive in a short amount of time. It is essential that as soon as the storms subside, you get in touch with a professional remediation company, such as SERVPRO, right away. We can help you get all the water out of your home and then dry it out so you and your family can return to a safe, dry home again.

You can reduce the risk of damage to your home by elevating utilities that are critical such as switches, electrical panels, wiring, sockets, heating systems, and appliances. If you live in an region with repeated flooding, think about elevating your whole structure. You should also make sure your basement is waterproofed, and your sump pump is working correctly. Install a battery backup as well in case you lose power.

SERVPRO technicians follow all safety procedures during a flooding emergency like this, including keeping you and your family out of the home while we work and wearing protective equipment. Floodwater can be contaminated by sewage and chemicals, or even animals. Our specialists want to ensure that everyone is kept safe.

We extract as much standing water as we can with powerful, truck-mounted pumps to remove the water as quickly as possible. Once this is complete, we can assess the rest of the damage and dry your structure out.

When floods are approaching, make sure to clear debris from downspouts and gutters and fuel tanks should be anchored. Move your valuables, furniture, and documents which are important to a safe place. You should keep copies of valuable documents like passports and birth certificates in a safe place that is dry, like a safe deposit box.

Building an emergency supply kit is also a good idea. Bottled water, food, medicines, first-aid supplies and a radio that is battery operated should be packed and ready to go when you are. Plan an evacuation route as well and practice it with your entire family, so everyone knows what to in the event of an emergency.

SERVPRO of Porter County is ready to help you restore your home in Portage, Kouts, or Valparaiso when floodwaters have invaded. Please give us a call at (219) 476-1883 as soon as the storm has subsided so we can help you avoid additional damage to your home.

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Crawlspace Woes? Give SERVPRO a call!

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

While you might not give much thought to the crawlspace of your La Porte home, it does much more than providing access to utilities. This space built into your property helps to protect your house against substantial natural disasters like flooding. While these areas can reduce the presence of water penetrating the main floor of your home, they become flooded instead. While it might not seem like a situation that demands immediate attention, a flooded crawlspace needs fast and effective restoration work.

Many homeowners never get into the crawlspace of their La Porte homes, let alone assess damages after instances of flooding throughout the neighborhood. Our SERVPRO professionals have assessment tools and equipment that can help us to easily determine the scope and spread of the groundwater, as well as the necessary steps required to restore the damage entirely. Understanding the risks of a flooded crawlspace can help you to appreciate your need for our professional restoration in this potentially hazardous situation.

Pooling water, even lying on the ground beneath your home, can present several threats to the structural integrity of your house. Wicking is a common concern with materials like wood, which often are foundational support materials that make up the structural skeleton of the crawlspace, but also provide assistance solidifying the floor of your main level and its walls. With pooled water around these beams and supports, moisture can saturate these elements quickly. Over a brief period, the strength of these supports can become compromised to the point of requiring replacement.

Our SERVPRO team has fast extraction and drying tools that can work to reduce this risk immediately when we arrive at your house. By drying out the crawlspace quickly, we can limit the possibility of hazardous situations like mold growth. A dry subterranean area can also improve the indoor air quality. To further protect your home in this trying time, we can also offer effective, long-term solutions like crawlspace encapsulation with the installation of efficient water diversion equipment.

You might not fully appreciate the role that your crawlspace has in protecting your home until you get faced with a flood.  Our SERVPRO of La Porte County can help to keep your home from significant damages by quickly removing floodwater and drying out this area. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (219) 879-1883.

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Why SERVPRO? We have the experience, expertise and the equipment to get the job done right!

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Finding a permanent and thorough solution for fire odor removal in Valparaiso can be challenging, especially without technical knowledge of the machines and processes involved in scrubbing your home free of smoke odors and other signs of damage. As part of our commitment to providing well-rounded and adaptable damage mitigation and restoration services to the area, we train all of our SERVPRO technicians to remove smoke odors quickly and with as little impact as possible on the rest of your home. With superior tools and training, we can help bring your home back to the state it was in before the fire.
 
The Right Tools
 
SERVPRO technicians use an array of advanced deodorizing technologies to provide the most thorough fire removal possible in Valparaiso. The core of our deodorization process revolves around the use of thermal and ultra-low volume fogging devices that create fogs of odor-eliminating compounds that mimic the spread of smoke in your home and neutralize or mask odorous particles even when they embed themselves deep in the materials of the structure. We also make sure to remove surface-level residues and signs of damage that can produce more odors later on.
 
The Right Training
 
Most of our equipment is designed to handle fire damage restorations in even the largest facilities, such as factories and warehouses. Managing these powerful devices can be a challenge even for trained and certified restoration professionals.

All SERVPRO technicians attend national training programs to receive a superior education in relevant restoration topics, and on top of that, also receive continual training from more experienced crew members and the optional advanced classes and certifications offered through our national network of franchise resources. Every crew we send out brings with it years of experience in handling fire damages of all types.
 
SERVPRO of Porter County can remove the traces of smoke odors and damages that may have happened to your home. Call us 24/7 at (219) 476-1883.

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Why SERVPRO? We are the industry experts!

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know that according to the National Fire Protection Association, it is estimated that some 370,000 home fires occur each year, costing close to $7 billion in total property damage? 

In many of these fires, however, the fire starts and is contained in a certain area of a home or business.  Even though containment eliminates the necessity for complete demolition and reconstruction, it is still necessary for proper cleaning of soot and smoke.  Smoke and soot have a way of getting into places that do not seem possible.  Proper cleaning and deodorization are vital in order to restore your business or home to preloss conditions.  

Fires are extremely dangerous, leaving you with nothing.  Always remember to check your smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly.  In business, you need to make sure you check all the outlets and make sure you do not have too much into one outlet. 

There are so many different ways to avoid a fire, but so many ways that can go unnoticed by the average eye.  Make sure you have a Fire Marshall check your commercial building often.  

In the instance of any type of emergency in your business or home please call SERVPRO of Porter County! We are faster to any disaster and are here to make things "Like it never even happened."

Ask The Experts: What Happens After Water Attacks My Commercial Building?

3/14/2021 (Permalink)

If your roof leaks or a pipe breaks inside your Valparaiso distribution warehouse, it could be of benefit to your business to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Our commercial water removal specialists can arrive promptly to your company's disaster and begin work immediately. We know that removing moisture while it is in liquid form is much quicker and easier than removing it once it has soaked into your building materials or contents or evaporated into the air. To accomplish this, we utilize the industry's best extraction equipment and advanced technology. We know that completing commercial water removal at your place of business quickly is vital to reducing the overall cost of the disaster.

Before our SERVPRO technicians begin any mitigation procedures, we make sure that the building is safe for our workers and your employees. After your warehouse is deemed safe, we start the commercial water removal process in Valparaiso with the extraction phase. Depending on the situation, we can use either a portable or truck-mounted extractor to work as the vacuum motor. For tight spots and smaller projects, we can bring the portable extractor into your home and extract your contents or building materials. During most situations, we use a truck-mounted extractor because they provide more suction power.

When using truck-mounted units, we can attach a variety of tools to the vacuum. For extracting smaller carpeted areas and for upholstered furniture we often use a handheld water claw tool. These tools have handles on them that our technicians can use to apply pressure to the item they are extracting.

For larger carpeted areas like your warehouse office, we can utilize large weighted extraction tools. To use these units, our technicians stand on them when vacuuming. The unit uses the weight of the operator to compress the carpet and pull up more moisture. When extracting water damage from hard surface floors, our crew uses other types of tools that have rubber to stick to the floor when extracting.

If you ever notice excessive moisture inside your distribution warehouse, call SERVPRO of Porter County at (219) 476-1883 right away.

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