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SERVPRO of Valparaiso Can Help Your DIY Water Removal Succeed

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the equipment to dry water damage thoroughly after a leak from your vanity sink.

Professional Water Damage Restoration or DIY?

While some water-leakage problems in your home may leave you in need of professional water removal services, not all of them do. Sometimes, with a little guidance, you can clean up the water by yourself and avoid the extra cost of calling professionals to your home.  It all depends on the size of the leak, and if it has been allowed enough time to cause water damage. 

If you had not found the overflowing sink in your bathroom right away, you would have found yourself in need local Valparaiso water removal services. However, because you found the overflowing sink as soon as the problem started, you were able to stop the flow of water immediately. When it comes to water leaks, fast action is what minimizes damages. 

Most people would assume using some towels to clean up the puddle on your bathroom floor, along with a mop, would be sufficient enough job. However, here at SERVPRO, we recommend you take a few extra steps, to ensure that water damage doesn't become a possibility. The most important aspect of cleaning up a water spill is to ensure that no excess moisture remains behind and that you check underneath the sink-vanity as well. 

To clean up the water, using a mixture of towels and a mop is adequate. However, if you happen to own a wet/dry vacuum, it can help you clean up the spill faster. Once the water is gone, SERVPRO recommends for you to consider putting a space heater inside of your bathroom. The heater can help encourage any excess moisture left behind to evaporate, helping you avoid any water damage. It is especially wise to place it near the vanity, to ensure that hot and dry air is hitting the underside. Otherwise, it may be hard to remove all of the moisture adequately. 

When it comes to small water spills, it is always a possibility to remove the water yourself, so long as you do not wait too long. However, should you feel unsure about handling the water, or worried that you may not do the job well, you can always reach out for help and call SERVPRO. Remember, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

When you need professional water removal services, never wait. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Porter County by dialing (219) 476-1883. Whenever you need us, we are ready to help. 

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Valparaiso Water Damage? DIY or Call SERVPRO?

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

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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Why Specialized Water Damage Restoration Services Are Key For Valparaiso Residents

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is a problem that any Valparaiso homeowner dreads.

Valparaiso Homes are Not Exempt From Water Damage

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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Call Us If Water Has Damaged Your Chesterton Home

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Porter County at (219) 476-1883 today for a comprehensive inspection and service.

Water Removal From Fitted Fabrics In Chesterton

Hardwood surfaces tend to be finished with varnish making them non-porous and protecting them against damages from large quantities of moisture. If left in saturated condition for an extended period the varnish may wear, but generally organic materials require weeks to show signs of permanent damage. Carpeted properties, on the other hand, need immediate professional attention and can be up to 50% weaker when wet.

When looking for services providing water removal in Chesterton your primary concern should be protecting your fittings. Structures, more often than not, can sustain substantial quantities of water without showing signs of permanent damage. However, items like carpet or upholstery can be expensive to replace. SERVPRO operate with a restore over replace mentality to ensure your claim remains low and can prevent your insurance rate from rising.

Many materials can be salvaged after a water incident so using an honest, professional service is of real benefit. Where water has migrated beneath your carpets, the subfloor mat must be removed for disposal. However, carpets can be salvaged using rapid air movers. Your SERVPRO technician can attach the carpet to an air mover and blast hot air through it for an extended period. This method is kind to the carpet itself and exceptionally effective at removing moisture.

Once the fabric is sufficiently dry, your SERVPRO technician can apply a light anti-microbial treatment to the underside of your carpet. This helps to prevent mold growth if humidity levels rise during the summer months and ensure that the service we provide is a comprehensive one. The same approach can be used for other large fitted materials in your home.

Soft porous furniture can imbibe moisture quickly. This can cause obstacles further down the line as, although the surface appears dry, moisture resides deeper within. SERVPRO can use powerful water extractors with heated wands to help draw moisture out of upholstery and check the job is complete using accurate moisture meters.

Our approach is to both remove water and to restore your possessions in such a way as to limit the chances of secondary damages over time. Contact SERVPRO of Porter County at (219) 476-1883 today for a comprehensive inspection and service.

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A Frozen Hose Can Spell Big Water Damage Trouble For Your Home In Chesterton

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

The majority of owners understand the importance of weatherizing their homes long before winter's worst months hit the Chesterton area.

A Frozen Hose Outside Can Cause Water Damage Inside In Chesterton

The majority of owners understand the importance of weatherizing their homes long before winter's worst months hit the Chesterton area. While the interior pipes receive insulating wraps to keep them from freezing, a forgotten hose outside can ruin all the best efforts.

A frozen hose can cause water damage to your Chesterton home. This can happen when ice inside the hose swells up and moves into the water pipes inside the home, creating a blockage. When this blockage causes too much pressure, the pipes on the other side break.

If this happens in your basement, you might not realize it until long after the event. This can lead to several feet of standing water in your basement. We can pump this out with our truck-mounted pumps. It is much faster than allowing a sump pump to do the work. An added benefit is that we can then begin working on preventing as much water damage as possible. Finished basements require more restoration work than unfinished basements do, of course, but we need to get either type dry again.

When water soaks into materials like drywall, and they begin to swell, their removal and replacement need to happen to restore the area. Ground floors that become drenched by frozen pipes also require the same, but with electrical outlets in mind. While these certainly exist in the basement, occupants are not as tempted to use possibly compromised outlets downstairs as they are upstairs. We mark affected outlets, minimizing the danger involved. If needed, we have access to portable power sources, keeping our work on schedule.

Working as quickly as possible, we can keep water damage from spreading to other places in your house. This requires the use of machines to dry walls and pull moisture out of the air. While this takes time to complete, we want to assure you that we carry out our work using the most efficient methods possible. Our experience and training mean that not only do we prevent additional damage while mitigating existing problems, we also succeed in making everything just “Like it never even happened” for you.

SERVPRO of Porter County is always here for you when you need someone skilled at protecting your home from water damage and other disasters. We know these happen when you least expect them, so we are always here, 24/7, every day of the year. Call us at (219) 476-1883.

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Chesterton Property Owners Should Call SERVPRO for Complete Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Chesterton Property Owners Save Money By Calling SERVPRO for Water Damage Mitigation

Common Water Damage Misconceptions in Chesterton Homes

Your home can suffer the effects of a water loss incident at any time. With so many potential causes for a disaster like this from equipment malfunctions to leaking fixtures, it is likely that many homeowners inevitably experience the effects from a water loss incident during the life of their homes. Knowing what to do to recover the damage can be vital to protecting the investment that you have made in your property, but also to saving you money by allowing the work to happen more quickly.

There are many misconceptions that Chesterton homeowners believe when faced with water damages. While it is common for homeowners and property owners to educate themselves on what their home needs after an emergency, it is also misleading many in the area with bad information. Our SERVPRO professionals have advanced tools to help put your mind at ease after a water loss incident and work quickly to restore the property from the effects of water damage to structural elements and contents.

A common misconception that homeowners believe about water loss incidents is that once surface water gets cleaned up that the crisis is behind them. Unfortunately, water penetrates materials quickly and begins to saturate into structural elements, carpeting, drywall, and other exposed surfaces on contact. It is possible not even to know water damage persists in your home in affected materials until degradation continues or signs of rust or mold growth appear.

Another misconception about water loss events is that professional restoration is not necessary to overcome the effects. Our SERVPRO team can address the full scope of the damages, even offering thermal imagery to determine lingering moisture pockets, all to ensure that the cleanup and drying is thorough and efficient for our customers. DIY restoration cannot guarantee the elimination of saturation and moisture pockets.

While you might find yourself tempted by the possibility of saving money by avoiding professional restoration, keep in mind that allowing moisture to continue often leads to the production of mold colonies, which are a risk to your home and its occupants. Give our SERVPRO of Porter County rapid response team a call today at (219) 476-1883.

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Got A Plumbing Leak In Your Chesterton Home? You Need The Team At SERVPRO Right Away!

1/19/2019 (Permalink)

Having any plumbing leak in your Chesterton home can cause a massive problem for you.

Water Removal Services And Preventative Plumbing Maintenance For Your Chesterton Home

Having any plumbing leak in your Chesterton home can cause a massive problem for you. Preventative maintenance to the plumbing in your home can help to avoid many of these water damage emergencies. No one wants to come home to water flooding their bathroom floor.

If you do experience a plumbing leak of any kind, you need professional water cleanup services in your Chesterton home. You want to get the water cleaned up as soon as possible to prevent additional damage, so contact our staff at SERVPRO. We work fast but efficiently to get the plumbing problem fixed, clean up the water, and dry your home back out.

To prevent plumbing leaks, start by fixing any leaky shower heads or faucets. They not only waste much water and raise your water bill, but if you do not fix them, the drip can worsen over time, which can create water damage. To stop this, regularly check your faucets for leaks and make any needed repairs. Check underneath sinks as well for any drips or water stains.

Check any exposed pipes and appliances for leaks. Your refrigerator, disposal, or water heater can be a source of leaks. Visible signs such as puddles of water or stains on the ceilings or walls are a clear indicator there is an issue. Be on the lookout for mold as well, which can begin growing when there is a moisture problem. SERVPRO technicians can help you clean up any water damage, including mold. We can even find any hidden moisture with special moisture sensors.

If you have a leaky toilet, get it fixed right away. A faulty seal around the valve seat can make your toilet run even when not being flushed. Gunk, over time, forms around the flapper and valve seat. The gunk stops the flatter from sealing correctly, causing the water to run continuously.

Check any hoses, such as on your washing machine, for brittleness, cracks, or leaking. Replace the hoses as needed. Failure to do so can have gallons of water pouring out into your home if the hoses fail.

SERVPRO of Porter County understands that a water damage emergency in your home in Hebron, Kouts, or Portage is not always avoidable. That is why we are available any day of the week, at any time, so give us a call at (219) 476-1883 whenever you need.

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Some Warning Signs of Possible Imminent Water Damage in Your Westville Home

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

Pipes can age over time and can also accumulate build up. Stay vigilant and contact SERVPRO when your home has any water damage.

Scaling in Plumbing Can Cause Water Damage to Westville Homes 

While many homeowners do not consider the condition of the indoor plumbing in their Westville home until there is a problem, understanding its status and integrity can help you to determine when servicing is a wise decision. Often homeowners learn too late that their plumbing has degraded to the point of failure. Worse still, some problems can occur to your pipes that you cannot see with the naked eye like scaling and buildup.
 
Knowing what can happen within the pipes of your home can help you to prevent unnecessary water damage in Westville, or at least prepare to act quickly if it does occur. The supply of water into your property comes with minerals that either could not get removed during treatment and cleaning or were determined beneficial to leave in the supply. Iron, manganese, and calcium are examples of minerals that can deposit themselves on the lining of the plumbing and begin to build up to the point of obstruction.
 
You can often tell that certain substances are in the water coming into your home by buildup on fixtures or staining in sinks and bathtubs. While this does not necessarily indicate that buildup is throttling the water through the pipes, it can let you know that the possibility exists. Inspections of the pipes by our SERVPRO contractors can help to note specific problem areas.
 
The risk with scaling and buildup is an increase in the pressure within the line as water struggles to move through a shrinking space. This pressure difference can cause damage to the lines, permitting leaks, separations, and other concerns. Our SERVPRO rapid response team can identify the source of the break quickly, even within wall cavities, with the use of our leak detection equipment. Our professionals can dry out the damaged elements quickly to preserve construction materials and prevent unnecessary reconstruction when possible.
 
Buildup on the inside of your indoor plumbing might be challenging to diagnose, but knowing how to restore the damage to the property can help to protect your investment in your home. Give our SERVPRO of Porter County rapid response team a call anytime at (219) 476-1883.
 
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Yes, Way!! Valparaiso Properties Need SERVPRO for Water Loss Mitigation

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Removes Water from Valparaiso Homes to Mitigate Water Damage, Sorry Rubber Duckies!!

A Kitchen Leak Could Mean Water Damage for Your Valparaiso Home

The kitchen in your Valparaiso home is often a high traffic area with much activity throughout the day. From the meals that get prepared in the room to the work like washing the dishes and loading the appliances, even a minor incident in this room could be disastrous for the dynamics of your house. Even a leak in one of the fixtures, or from the dishwasher, could present a situation that needs immediate attention from trained restoration specialists like ours.

You might not think of a leak as something that leads to water damages for your Valparaiso home, but over even a brief period, the water can saturate into materials and cabinetry to pose a significant threat to the structural integrity of these items as well as potentially lead to secondary effects like mold growth. The best solution to prevent a persistent threat like this is to get the source repaired and the damage restored by our SERVPRO professionals.

We can help you to determine the source of the issue, even if it is inside of wall cavities. Many indoor plumbing networks get hidden behind the walls of your home for aesthetic reasons, but this can often prove problematic when you have to narrow down the origins of a water leak or pipe rupture. Our SERVPRO technicians have thermal imagery FLIR cameras, moisture sensors, and leak detection equipment to pinpoint an almost exact location of your water damage source to limit unnecessary material removal.

With saturation, materials can get affected without you realizing how severe the damage has become. Our professionals can draw out this moisture with the use of several pieces of our advanced equipment to remove the moisture and prevent the appropriate conditions existing to promote mold growth in your house. We carry industry-leading, pumps, air movers, axial fans, and several types of dehumidifiers along with IICRC certified technicians in our Green Fleet.

While you might not think of a leak or dripping fixture as a source of widespread water damage, this happens much more frequently than you might believe. If you encounter water damages of any kind, trust our SERVPRO of Porter County specialists to help make things right. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (219) 476-1883.

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Porter County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Porter County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 219-476-1883

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Porter County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Porter County

SERVPRO of Porter County 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.

Porter County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Porter County basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 219-476-1883

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Porter County and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 219-476-1883