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Valparaiso Property Owners Know SERVPRO Provides the Total Cleanup and Restoration Package

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Valparaiso Property Owners Know SERVPRO Provides the Total Cleanup and Restoration Package SERVPRO Teams Clean and Restore at Valparaiso Properties and at Our Facility with Advanced Equipment, Products, and a Smile

Why SERVPRO Makes Sense for Restoration Services in Valparaiso

For many decades, our SERVPRO of Porter County team has worked to provide every customer in our service area the same fast response and quality output regardless of the disaster or its severity. We have continued to grow, and now we offer a comprehensive, full-service approach to recovery and restoration services, including specialized niches like air duct cleaning and biohazard cleanup along with full-scale rebuilds and construction solutions. We can help you to get your property back to preloss conditions quickly.

Water Damage
Water damage in Valparaiso is a nearly constant threat for our home and business owners, and a situation that our professionals must remain prepared to face at all times. For this reason, many of our staff have accreditations with water restoration through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) so no customer ever has to wait for qualified and experienced professionals to reach their address.

In this niche of the restoration industry, our SERVPRO professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. Many of our management overseeing our technicians on water damage recoveries in Valparaiso homes have more than a decade of experience on their own – adding a level of depth and expertise to each job that we do. Along with being accredited through the IICRC as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT), many of our team members also pursue the added coursework of Applied Structural Drying (ASD) to become even more valuable assets when disasters strike.

For as widespread as water damage can become throughout Valparaiso homes and businesses, we have the tools, products, and equipment to help noticeably reduce its presence the same day that we arrive. From our inventory of extraction machines to our mighty air movers and dehumidifiers, we can quickly gain control on issues like saturation and standing water damaging your property.

Fire Damage
When you are addressing fire damage in Valparaiso homes and businesses, it is essential to have a team of professionals that understand how quickly these situations can get out of control. From the spread of soot and smoke effects to the infiltration of harsh odors into materials and clothing in the house, our SERVPRO professionals have effective strategies, equipment, and products to overcome these damaging circumstances right away.

Our team has experience and continual education in employing the latest practices and approaches for fire loss recovery in Valparaiso homes. Not only do we arrive with advanced products like our HEPA vacuums, chemical sponges, cleaning products, but we also utilize the Esporta Wash System to help clean textiles and soft contents better than ever before. Also, we can address lingering odors in the house with multiple deodorization units for different scenarios and affected materials, such as:

•    Thermal & UV Foggers
•    Hydroxyl Generators
•    Ozone Machines

We are a full-service contractor to help our customers through fire loss scenarios in their Valparaiso homes and businesses as well. We have a construction arm led by a senior manager with decades of experience, helping us to complete jobs quickly and up to our high standards. When emergencies occur in your property, we can also help you deal with the insurance company to get the approval process started as promptly as possible.

Storm Damage
Much of our successes with our disaster relief team rely most heavily on our ability to manage storm damage to Valparaiso homes and businesses fast. The primary concern in these scenarios is the harm that has occurred to the outside of the structure, which could leave the property vulnerable to flooding and other harmful situations. We can offer a full-spectrum approach to restoration and mitigation in these circumstances, helping to both address breaches to the exterior of the house and to begin drying and cleaning out damages to the residence.

Our contracting division is led by one of our production managers with decades of experience, helping to provide the most effective and efficient approaches for your Valparaiso home. We can help to quickly address structural concerns temporarily with board up and tarping services to allow mitigation work like extraction and drying to begin. Once the storm even has passed, our team members can work on projects like tree removal and full-scale build back and reconstruction to make a structural compromise “Like it never even happened.”  

We contend with many natural disasters in our area, including tornadoes, heavy snowfall, hailstorms, and other compromising situations. Flash floods and unnatural flooding that occurs from structural breaches in your Valparaiso property require a fast and confident response with extraction, drying, and cleaning equipment. Our SERVPRO professionals arrive with the full measure of our deep inventory of recovery machines and products to get your residence back to normal quickly.

Mold Damage

While our entire team boasts decades in various facets of the restoration industry, many of these same managers holding multiple certifications from the IICRC, remediating mold damage in Valparaiso properties involves our most experienced and highly trained professionals. This division of our SERVPRO company gets led by a senior management professional boasting more than 20 years of experience in mold remediation.

Colonization can get out of control quickly, often spreading wildly out of sight in Valparaiso properties. We must work first to reduce the moisture feeding this organism by employing multiple drying tools like our air movers and dehumidifiers in key locations throughout the property. With moisture content readers, we can help to determine when relative humidity has dropped back below the established baseline, and it is safe to begin colony removal and recovery efforts for damaged construction materials.

Our team offers wrap-around support, walking you and your property through every phase of remediation, repair, and reconstruction your Valparaiso home needs when facing mold damage concerns.

We have been a prominent presence throughout the Greater Valparaiso area for decades, helping our friends and neighbors to overcome the worst of disasters that affect their properties. Our SERVPRO of Porter County team offers a comprehensive approach that can take your home or business through initial inspection, mitigation, restoration, reconstruction, and cleaning stages. Give us a call anytime disasters strike at (219) 476-1883.

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How To Lessen The Effects Of Flood Damage To Your Portage Basement

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Lessen The Effects Of Flood Damage To Your Portage Basement Give us a call anytime that you need us at (219) 476-1883.

Lessening The Effects Of Portage Basement Flooding

Knowing what to do in a crisis is very different from putting this information into action for a damaged Portage property. Flooding is something that many homes throughout Porter County have contended with as long as our team has been serving the area, and it is the homeowners that know how to reduce the pressing severity of the situation that can modify both the time spent restoring the property and its ultimate cost when this project completes.

With multiple facets to flood damage in Portage residences, any step you can take to lessen these effects can improve efficiency for cleanup and restoration efforts. Homeowners can take preliminary steps, but only in waiting for professionals like our SERVPRO team to arrive. Our technicians have the experience to contend with widespread loss incidents, and arrive with specialized equipment for rapid extraction, drying, cleaning, and disinfection. There are ways you can help before and during the earliest stages of disaster to protect your property and its contents:

Pay Attention to Changing Weather Conditions
Homeowners often have brief warnings before flooding, and other natural disasters occur. In this time, you can work to gather sentimental items and the occupants of your home together to get to safety.

Ensure Spouts for Sump Pumps Stay Clear
Over time, drainage for sump pumps inside the property can get covered. This blockage can go unnoticed until the next potential flooding scenario. To reduce the presence of floodwater in the lower levels, you can ensure that this sump pump runs optimally before our SERVPRO team arrives.

Shut Off Utilities Before Leaving
You might know the safest place for you is not at home during a flood, but many forget to stop their utilities that remain at risk for damages or compromising failures when exposed to floodwater and debris.

There are ways that you can improve the efficiency of restoration and recovery when it begins on your home. Whenever flood loss incidents arise, regardless of their severity, you can count on our SERVPRO of Porter County team to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime that you need us at (219) 476-1883.

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Valparaiso Water Damage? DIY or Call SERVPRO?

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Valparaiso Water Damage? DIY or Call SERVPRO? SERVPRO Is Your Professional Place to Call for Water Damage Restoration in Valparaiso

Use Quality Products and Equipment on Water Damage in Your Valparaiso Home

Regardless of the type of water damage you suffer from on your property in Valparaiso, it helps to have a restoration professional at your side. You never want to put you or your family in harm's way; we can help you avoid hazards that often occur after water intrudes. Take advantage of years of experience and valuable training.

Having advanced equipment and professional products available to deal with water damage in your Valparaiso home can often make a massive difference in the quality of your restoration. Homeowners that do not follow the proper use of products and equipment can unwittingly cause additional damage. We highly recommend you call a local restoration expert for help.

By calling a professional, you gain access to skilled workers with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), like the technicians offered at SERVPRO. Our highly trained technicians use moisture detectors, moisture meters, hygrometers, dehumidifiers, air movers, and water extractors of all shapes and sizes. The proper equipment and training help improve the quality of the services we offer, as well as the results you receive.

SERVPRO also follows strict safety procedures and uses specialized personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure a safe, secure working environment. Different types of:
Gloves
Eyewear and goggles
Respirators and masks
Rubber boots
Full-body suits, Tyvek
 We also use electrical circuit testers and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) on all restoration equipment to help avoid any electrical hazards that may arise.

SERVPRO technicians train year round to provide you with quality restoration services you can trust. Every member of our restoration team takes part in our employee certification training program (ECTP) as well as ongoing specialization training in various areas. We can help you find quality solutions that fit your unique situation and provide suggestions that help limit future problems.

Call our staff at SERVPRO of Porter County with any questions you might have or to start your home’s water damage restoration service, today. We have entire emergency response teams available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year for your convenience. Think ahead, prepare your homes in Portage, Chesterton, and Kouts against future water damage issues now. (219) 476-1883

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Portage Factories and Production Facilities and Fires!! WOW!! Call SERVPRO to Mitigate Fire Damage

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Portage Factories and Production Facilities and Fires!! WOW!! Call SERVPRO to Mitigate Fire Damage SERVPRO Offers Fire Damage Restoration to Portage Factories--Our Business Keeps You in Business!

Commercial Fire Damage Can Affect Worker Safety in Your Portage Manufacturing Plant

Supplying your B2B customers with their packaging needs requires different types of raw supplies. Storing these so your employees always have them ready means having them shipped in from other companies to your Portage location. Between their arrival and the time your workers use them to make new products, their loss can cause long-lasting problems for your company and your customers.

Factories that sustain any size of fire in the Portage area can lose a significant percentage of their inventory to commercial fire damage. When plastics and other synthetics burn, the smoke produced can ruin other materials. Hot ash can scorch other plastics as it lands. Water or foam from extinguishing the fire can also create damage of its own.

When a local company calls SERVPRO to mitigate the effects of a disaster, we collect information about the situation and any extenuating circumstances. We need to know how to ensure that our employees understand any risks on-site. We want to arrive well prepared for all aspects of the mitigation work necessary to make your facility, “Like it never even happened.” Restoring your facility to preloss and fully operational condition includes looking at the hazards that might hinder your employees' performance or cause unwanted health effects. These risks go beyond the slip, trip, and fall problems caused by a fire. When plastics and other man-made materials burn, the air becomes polluted with chemicals that can make breathing without a respirator ill-advised.

During the fire damage mitigation work, SERVPRO specialists wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including respirators. Using air scrubbers and other means to clean the air, we eliminate particles that can cause problems for your workforce. This takes care of the smallest particles, but our crews must remove all of the damaged inventory to ensure that off-gassing from the chemical exchanges caused by fire and high heat no longer pose a risk to health.

Both this soot and the partially combusted materials continue to release gas and other substances into the air. Removing them becomes a crucial part of restoring safe conditions. We dispose of damaged materials according to local regulations, helping ensure compliance with your industry's protocols. We can inspect the air circulation system and deployed HEPA and charcoal based air scrubbers that can capture particulates as small as 0.3 microns. Improving indoor air quality is a critical segment of the fire damage restoration service.

SERVPRO of Porter County can help mitigate and restore your factory. When a fire hits your Beverly Shores or Chesterton facility, call us at (219) 476-1883. We are here to help make things safe and get your production back on track.

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What Should You do After a Fire in Your Valparaiso Home?

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Should You do After a Fire in Your Valparaiso Home? Take a peek inside our facility. We can bring your belongings here for in depth cleanings and storage while we restore your home.

Fire Damage Cleanup in Valparaiso Homes Helps Prevent Soot Damage

Fire damage is costly to fix the longer it goes unattended. Smoke odors can invade belongings and porous building materials, and soot can ruin walls that flames have not burned. We understand that going through a fire can be devastating and that your cherished memories and possessions are at stake.  

After a fire has damaged your Valparaiso home, the fire restoration specialists at SERVPRO can assist you to prevent further destruction that can occur because of the buildup of soot. Our crews understand the science behind soot cleaning to restore your home to its preloss condition.  

Soot can build up on the walls, furniture, carpet, and other areas of your home. Inappropriate soot removal methods can increase the damage already done to your home. Soot becomes acidic after combining with moisture, and it can etch, discolor, pit or corrode non-porous surfaces if not removed promptly and thoroughly.  

Fire residues differ, and they include dry smoke, protein smoke, fuel oil smoke, and wet smoke residues. Fires progress through different stages, generating both wet and dry smoke. Some fires produce a large proportion of one kind of smoke to specify the total exposure as mostly dry or mostly wet smoke.  

Wet smoke residues are challenging to clean compared to dry smoke residues. Wet smoke usually contains high amounts of aerosols like solvents, varnishes, and other liquid solvents. If a fire is slow burning, air currents don’t drive the smoke from the fire’s heat. The smoke drifts and works its way into enclosed areas and crevices that a faster burning fire would not contaminate. It may be necessary to replace items damaged by wet smoke. Our technicians can restore many materials damaged by dry smoke. Dry smoke residues carry few deposits and aerosols, and they stain surfaces less intensely.  

Our SERVPRO technicians use the appropriate cleaning equipment, solvents, and techniques that come from training and years of experience. We follow a soot removal process that starts with dry soot cleaning using specialized HEPA vacuums and dry surface cleaning techniques. Afterward, we progress with wet cleaning as necessary.  

When your home has fire damage, SERVPRO of Porter County can assist you. Our experienced team works quickly and thoroughly to get a home back to normal. Contact us today at (219) 476-1883 for fire damage cleanup services.

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Our Experts Can Handle Any Size Flood Disaster That May Occur In Your Valparaiso Home

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Experts Can Handle Any Size Flood Disaster That May Occur In Your Valparaiso Home If you have had any amount of flooding into your home, contact us today at (219) 476-1883 to schedule an inspection.

Why SERVPRO? For The Best Restoration To Valparaiso Homes After Flood Damage

Valparaiso’s proximity to Lake Michigan makes it an excellent place to call home year-round when it comes to water and ice sports. It also makes our community vulnerable to the storm systems that sweep in off the water, flooding everything in their path.

A quick and professional response to any flood damage in Valparaiso is why SERVPRO should be your first, and only, call for home restoration after a storm. Our Water Restoration Technicians (WRTs) train extensively to meet any restoration requirement, regardless of the level of damage to personal property.

With outside floodwater entering a home, there is an additional threat from what that water picks up. That can include soil, lawn fertilizers, and if the sewers were overwhelmed, human waste. To eliminate this threat, WRTs first spray the surface of the water and any nearby, affected property with an anti-bacterial agent.

Then, they remove any water in the home using pumps for large amounts of standing water. After finishing that, they use extraction wands and other devices to draw it out of carpets and from between floorboards. All floodwater is pumped directly into the nearest sewer access or a tank truck if one is not available.

Now, SERVPRO WRTs remove all property inside the home for inspection. They dispose of heavily damaged items immediately and place salvageable items on blocks or pallets to allow water to drain, and install a series of fans around them to increase evaporation and speed drying. They also clean the property using methods from simply wiping down hard surfaces like plastic and metal with a strong cleaner to using immersion tanks for items like dining room chairs.

These are only the first steps we take at SERVPRO of Porter County after a flood. Our restoration teams continue their efforts until they can return a clean, safe home to every homeowner. If you have had any amount of flooding into your home, contact us today at (219) 476-1883 to schedule an inspection and find out what we can do for you.

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How to Remediate a Flood Damaged Portage Bar

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial How to Remediate a Flood Damaged Portage Bar Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is stocked with equipment to get your business back in business!

SERVPRO Can Assist With Flood Damage Mitigation In Your Bar!

Your bar needs to be sanitary and inviting to your customers. Storms can bring flash flooding that can catch businesses in Portage by surprise. Flood water consists of Cat 3 Black Water, which can severely contaminate buildings and potentially cause health risks for customers, forcing companies to shut down. We know that it's crucial for you to get back on your feet as soon as possible, which is why we can rapidly address damage you may have suffered from flooding.

Our professionals are Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified and can provide commercial flood damage restoration services to your Portage bar. We can arrive at times most convenient for your company to begin the water removal process. After assessing the damage, our technicians can begin removing standing water with the assistance of industrial grade wet vacs and pumps. Additionally, they can remove debris and irreparably damaged materials such as stools, tables, and contaminated carpeting.

Unfortunately, flood water can contaminate and damage walls in your business. Our techs can drill ventilation holes to draw out and capture moisture trapped in walls with the use of air movers and dehumidifiers. Because your walls can wick flood water upwards, partial demolition of the lower section of affected walls can be done to prevent further damage. If necessary, we perform this service during lulls in your business or during off hours when your customers will be least disturbed.

To ensure that your bar remains sanitary and safe for customers, we can spray down your bar with disinfectant sprays designed to kill off any contaminants or bacteria potentially contained in Cat 3 flood water.

Flood water can severely disrupt or even completely shut down your bar, which is why it is vital to select professionals who can quickly address all your flood-related problems. So if you have experienced flood damage, call SERVPRO of Porter County at (219) 476-1883 because we can make you feel "Like it never even happened."

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High Winds, Rain, and Water Damage in Valparaiso

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage High Winds, Rain, and Water Damage in Valparaiso Storms often damage roofs resulting in water entering the homes.

Storm Damage to Attic from High Winds Valparaiso Mitigated Fast!

Fire and water are not the only types of problems we assist homeowners in mitigating. Storm damage from wind can also lead to issues in a home that require both cleanup and restoration.  

Storm damage from high winds affected the roof of a Valparaiso home and let rainwater enter an attic. The homeowner called SERVPRO late at night, and our emergency response team arrived a short time later. 

The technicians scoped the attic and determined the water entered the attic through damaged roofing. They immediately tarped over the compromised area of the roof to prohibit any further water from entering.  

The sheetrock wicked much of the incoming water and required removal as it was too saturated to save through drying. The mitigation of fiberglass insulation happens on a case-by-case basis. If it has absorbed too much water, it is removed and discarded. In this case, the fiberglass insulation was slightly wet. Fortunately, it could be removed using our large insulation vacuum and bagged for drying in another area for reinstallation after completion on the attic mitigation.  

The removal of sheetrock and insulation often causes dust to travel, to limit the chances of this occurring; the SERVPRO technicians contained the entryway to the attic with heavy plastic. Because of the limited space in the attic, portable pumps were the choice to extract the remaining rainwater after removal of the damaged sheetrock and wet insulation.  

Moisture detection confirmed because of fast action by the homeowner calling SERVPRO, the water affected only the attic, and the ceiling below received no damage. Once we located the remaining areas of moisture, the drying phase of restoration began.  

Many people make the mistake of setting up fans to dry a wet attic. This method is a setup for more significant issues as it dries the surface, not anything below. SERVPRO uses air movers which are small, powerful machines that blow high-velocity air over surfaces and cause the moisture deeply embedded in building materials and objects to rise. It is then captured using dehumidifiers and ported out of the area.  

Once the technicians confirmed the moisture readings met drying goals in the attic, they cleaned and disinfected the area. Our location offers building services and to make the restoration process seamless without delay. Technicians offered suggestions on roof repairs we could perform with approval of the adjuster and homeowner to return the home to its pre-water loss condition. 

SERVPRO of Porter County is available 24-hours at (219) 476-1883 to assist with storm damage in your home. We arrive quickly and perform cleanup and restoration services to make your water loss "Like it never even happened."

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Why a Fast Remediation is Necessary to Prevent Further Water Damage on Your Chesterton Home

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why a Fast Remediation is Necessary to Prevent Further Water Damage on Your Chesterton Home Our 24/7 rapid response team is ready to handle your water damage.

How a Fast Response Protects Your Water-Damaged Chesterton Home

Many people can hear about the 24/7 response that our team has for water loss incidents and other emergencies that threaten your Chesterton home, but do not fully understand what this commitment entails. Not only does this dedication to our customers require our team to remain ready to roll out to an emergency at a moment’s notice, but it requires our whole crew to become equally educated and experienced in the restoration industry to provide every customer the high level of service and confident property recovery they have come to expect.

When it comes to water damage incidents that can occur in your Chesterton home, even ones that are not substantial loss situations, the need for a prompt response is still critical for exposed materials and structural elements throughout your property. The rapid response of our SERVPRO team hinges on our commitment to customer satisfaction and service, which ensures that your property gets the full mitigation and recovery solutions that it needs no matter what time of the day or night disasters strike.

Quick response for water damage ensures that the effects do not spread as far as they might for those that had to wait an extended period before help arrived. Our SERVPRO team can arrive fast with the full measure of our moisture detection and drying equipment to help address moisture pockets far out of sight as well as the immediate pressing concerns that can get easily seen throughout the house.

We have production trailers and service vehicles ready to roll out from our facility at a moment’s notice with the full measure of our equipment, including extractor trucks to handle substantial loss and standing water situations where the damage is severe. 

We know that water loss incidents can be costly and damaging to your property if they do not get addressed immediately. That is why you can always depend on the effective response, knowledge, and experience of our SERVPRO of Porter County professionals. Give us a call 24/7 at (219) 476-1883.

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How Our Fire Damage Specialists Eliminate Odor After A Fire In Your Valparaiso Home

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Our Fire Damage Specialists Eliminate Odor After A Fire In Your Valparaiso Home You can reach us at (219) 476-1883 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Approaches That Help Eliminate Odor After Fire Damage In Valparaiso

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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