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The Need for Storm Damage Restoration

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Ice damage, hail damage, storm damage, hurricane damage, flooding and wind damage all have the potential to cause far-reaching damage when they strike. However, not all is lost. Storm restoration can help salvage most of the items in a house. Homeowners count their losses too quick before engaging the services of storm restoration experts.


The services of home restoration can be enlisted for damages such as river flooding, hail damage, flood water damage, ground water damage, ice damage, flooding, hurricane damage and wind damage. No calamity is too big or small for them. In light of the recent storm damages that have rocked the country, it is prudent for homeowners to have contacts of water restoration experts on storm remediation.

It is important to know the effects of harsh weather so that homeowners understand the need for storm remediation. Wind damage, for instance, can cause heavy roof damage. Roof damage is mainly from loose tiles or shingles. Wind damage after winter can also cause moisture from ice damming or formation of ice dams to sip through the roof. Homes with wooden roofs can experience wood swelling. This leads to further roof damage necessitating immediate repair.

Ice damming and ice dams should be professionally handled because of the risk they pose. A simple leak can advance into a huge crack. It is ill-advised to stay long before conducting roof repair. Ice damming also exert weight on the roof. The ice dam pools should not be left to stay on the roof for too long.

There are various strategies that homeowners can take as measures of storm remediation. For instance, those who live in areas more prone to winter damage or wind damage can consider installing roofs with a higher slope. This goes a long way in reducing the cost of regular roof leak repairs. It also minimizes roof leaks.

Postponing roof repair especially from ice dams and ice damming only leads to more costs. A simple roof leak repair can turn into a roof replacement if not handled immediately. It is also crucial to conduct roof inspection, especially after a storm warning. This minimizes the costs to be incurred in roof repair after the storm damage happens. A roof inspection will identify all the damaged places, and the roof repair will be handled in time. All roof leaks are also sealed to ensure that the roof is able to withstand the coming weather damage.

Hurricane damage, flood water damage, hail damage, wind damage, ice damage, storm damage and river flooding experts are trained to handle such harsh weather conditions. The water restoration arrive at the scene of the damage immediately. Water restoration efforts must be done promptly so as to prevent further damage. These activities are done after an assessment of the extent of flooding, ground water levels, and the flood water. An assessment is what informs their actions to deal with the storm damage, ground water, and flooding.

It is important to note that ice damage, hurricane damage, roof damage, flood water damage and hail damage all have different methods of water restoration and storm remediation. The team, therefore, needs to come up with the right storm restoration strategy based on the type of damage at hand.

Homeowners need to explain the type of damage so that the home restoration experts can come with the right tools and gear to carry out storm remediation. One such tool is a flood pump. These flood pumps are used to drain water after a flooding or water damage. A flood pump can also work automatically. It can be left in a room to drain the ground water. The pumps are able to handle the ground water even as it rises. Commercial flood pumps are also available to deal with massive flood water situations such as river flooding. In a home application, the flood pumps can be used with vacuums.

Another common issue is frozen pipes, especially after a winter damage. Frozen pipes prevent a free flow of water through the pipes. If the temperatures are still low, it may take time before the frozen pipes unfreeze. It is not advisable to apply heat to the frozen pipes. Handling of these frozen pipes should be left to the storm restoration or home restoration experts.

Home restoration can benefit many homeowners or even commercial clients. These experts are equipped to handle huge tasks such as river flooding. 

When Severe Weather Strikes W. St. Jospeh County!

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Severe weather can cause damages to your roof leaving your home or business vulnerable to water damage. SERVPRO of W. St.Jospeh County has a twenty-four hour emergency service, Our emergency service team is equipped to handle the following: property assessment, temporary roof repair (tarping) debris clean-up, water clean-up, and structural water dry-out.

We also offer a complete reconstruction service so you can work with one contractor to make things " Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County services all of the Michiana are and is ready to address any and all damages you may have.

If you experience wind and storm damage to your home or business contact SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County at 574-259-8348 to help save your home or business.

When A Hospital Needs Assistance!

6/9/2018 (Permalink)

Trust SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County to handle your commercial water damage needs.  When a local Hospital called for emergency services, SERVPRO was on the seen within 30 minutes to tackle over 19,000 Square Feet of affected area.  Quality equipment and proper placement is key to maximizing mitigation time.  

Our highly trained technicians are the best in there fields and can put any facility administrators mind at ease.  A few minutes of walking him or her through our setup and drying plan will help expedite the process.  

Communication and time is crucial on a large scale commercial water loss.  How long can any company be without there facility?  If you go with SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County the answer is "No Down Time At All."  Please call 574-233-8377 if you are in need of services.

An Emergency Needs a Plan Before It Happens!

6/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County is a national sponsor of the American Red Cross' Ready Rating Program, and as part of our community service, we are helping local businesses prepare for disasters. We call these  E.R.P. (Emergency, Response, Plan).

One of the best reasons to start an E.R.P. is because disasters seem to happen when you are away from the office or on vacation. Contained in an E.R.P. are a few of the following: property overview, building access information, contact information, utility information,(shut off locations) and other useful information that we tend to forget about when faced with a tragedy.

For more information about starting an E.R.P. for your business today please call SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County at 574-259-8348 to help prepare you in case of a disaster.

When Mold Hits W. St. Joseph County

6/9/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

    • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
    • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
    • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
    • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
    • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
    • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (574) 233-8377.

Without Proper Training, You Might Make Mold Worse!

6/9/2018 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (574) 233-8377

Emergency Board Up: What It Is & When it Should Happen

6/3/2018 (Permalink)

Board-ups - In some cases it may be important to secure openings to your home or structure using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect it from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders. SERVPRO of W. St Joseph County Professionals can and will perform the board-up themselves.

Damage caused by a fire is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with great care.

SERVPRO of W. St Joseph County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in South Bend. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Roof Tarping: What It Is & When it Should Happen

6/3/2018 (Permalink)

Severe storms can cause damages to your roof leaving your home or business vulnerable to water damage. SERVPRO of W. St Joseph County  has 24 hour emergency service. and is in the Michiana area to address the damages.  Our emergency service team is equipped to handle property assessment, temp. roof repair (tarping), debris clean-up, water clean-up, and structure/water dry-out. 

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.

If you experience wind and storm damage to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of W. St Joseph County at (574) 233-8377 to save your home or business.

Adding Stress To An Already Stressful Situation

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

A dorm or apartment for a college student is their home away from home, their getaway and also where they go to unwind.  As a student you have many stresses to deal with day to day.

Imagine coming home after a long day of classes and studying for a midterm.  You've crammed a semesters worth of studying into that one day.  You walk to your apartment door, open it and water starts pouring out onto the sidewalk.  You are able to look in and the ceiling has fallen in and water is everywhere.  Who do you call?

SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County are ready and equipped to handle all of your emergency service needs.  Large or small, one call to (574)-233-8377 and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Wet Spots On Your Basement Floor? SERVPRO Can Help!

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Wet spots on the floor or a rusted tank may signal a problem. Your hot-water heater could have a leak or a busted valve. If you are having a problem with your hot-water heater, contact a qualified plumbing contractor right away.

Once you have called a plumbing contractor then contact SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County to provide an inspection utilizing advanced technical equipment. Upon inspection if damages are determined SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County will address the water damage and provide a full repair service estimate.

SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County has a 24 hour emergency service team that is highly trained and ready to help you at your home or business. Contact SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County at 574-233-8377.