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Why SERVPRO? When you find mold

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

If you think you might have a mold problem, call (574) 233-8377. A SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County Professional trained in mold remediation will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold.

In the event mold is found, you will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization from prior to any mold cleanup or related work being performed. The technician may also recommend you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and associated containment process is being safely completed.

If extensive mold growth is present, additional assistance may be required. Some situations require the addition of an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional with the specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/ or repair property.

Call Us Today (574)233-8377

What should I do AFTER the fire?

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Have A Fire or Smoke Damage Emergency? Call (574) 233-8377

When your basement floors, we are faster to your disaster!

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Your basement. Maybe it is a place to store things. Maybe it is your family's main "hangout" area. Either way, when you head downstairs, and see inches of water (or worse yet, feet!), it is not just disheartening...it can feel devastating! That's why you want to call the professionals at SERVPRO, so we can make it "Like it never even happened."

"Our goal is to come in and make you less worried. We want to set your mind at ease and make this horrible situation as smooth and painless as possible," said Tom Swizek, franchise owner of SERVPRO in South Bend NE. "It isn't a pleasant experience, but hopefully working with our professionals we can at least make it easier than it could have been, and get you on your way living your life again."

If you are facing a flooded basement or know someone who is, do not go it alone. Call SERVPRO today and let us help make it "Like it never even happened."

Fire & Soot Clean Up

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (574)233-8377

What to do AFTER the fire

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Have A Fire or Smoke Damage Emergency? Call (574) 233-8377

Restoring Your Commercial Building After An Event

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (574) 233-8377

About SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County

SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph 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.

When Floods Attack!

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

There is always potential for flood damage no matter where you live. According to the American Red Cross floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather-related disaster. The American Red Cross offers these flood safety tips:

-Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.

-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are riding rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

-Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. 

If a flood occurs and affects you, call SERVPRO.  Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage. We are faster to ANY size disaster. Let us help you get your life back in order.

When Severe Weather Strikes

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Severe weather can cause damages to your roof leaving your home or business vulnerable to water damage. SERVPRO of South Bend N.E. & W.St. Joseph County has a twenty-four hour emergency service. Our emergency 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 They Never Happened".

SERVPRO of South Bend N.E. and W.St. Joseph County services all of the Michiana area and are 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 South Bend at 574-233-8377 to help save your home or business.

When Water Damage Strikes!

3/21/2019 (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 their field 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.

When Hot Water Heaters Attack!

2/18/2019 (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.

SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County services all of the Michiana area.