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Injectidry used to dry bathroom flooring

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton and Southern Lake Counties is here to help! Recently during a storm, SERVPRO was called to a home in Crown Point, IN. Sump pump failure had caused the basement to flood. Multiple rooms were affected. Laminate flooring had to be removed because it had a vapor barrier underneath it which prevents us from drying the laminate. The carpet had to be lifted to remove the pad which can hold bacteria from the water. After drying is complete, the homeowner can install new pad and reuse the carpet. In the bathroom, Injectidry equipment was used to dry the tile floors. 

When you have flooding or damage from water to your home, it is important to call us for help immediately. The sooner we can begin water mitigation, the more money and stress the homeowner can be saved. The longer the water sits in your home, the more damage it can cause. For any water mitigation needs, call 219-779-7577 and our SERVPRO professionals will respond immediately.

Injectidry used to dry bathroom flooring

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton and Southern Lake Counties is here to help! Recently during a storm, SERVPRO was called to a home in Crown Point, IN. Sump pump failure had caused the basement to flood. Multiple rooms were affected. Laminate flooring had to be removed because it had a vapor barrier underneath it which prevents us from drying the laminate. The carpet had to be lifted to remove the pad which can hold bacteria from the water. After drying is complete, the homeowner can install new pad and reuse the carpet. In the bathroom, Injectidry equipment was used to dry the tile floors. 

When you have flooding or damage from water to your home, it is important to call us for help immediately. The sooner we can begin water mitigation, the more money and stress the homeowner can be saved. The longer the water sits in your home, the more damage it can cause. For any water mitigation needs, call 219-779-7577 and our SERVPRO professionals will respond immediately.

Mold after a Storm Situation in Florida

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

As winter and winter storms come to an end in Northwest Indiana, we are reminded of a storm situation in Florida. SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton, and Southern Lake Counties was again able to help! Our crews traveled to Florida to help the residents of that state. Hurricane Irma put many Florida residents in need of water mitigation. We were happy to help them!

In Jacksonville, Florida, a home flooded because of storm surge from Hurricane Irma.  Mold was visible on all drywall throughout the home.  Drywall, plaster, tile, and insulation were removed. Air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, and air movers were used to dry the home after the nonsalvageable building materials had been torn out. The home was stabilized for reconstruction.

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton, and Southern Lake Counties was able to help dozens of homeowners after Hurricane Irma. Please call 219-779-7577 for all of your mold remediation needs! We are able to immediately assist in emergency storm situations!

New HEPA Vacuums Arrive

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton, and Southern Lake Counties is adding new equipment to our inventory. Upgrading inventory means that we are able to help more customers more quickly. Recently, two new backpack HEPA vacuums were purchased. The HEPA vacuums are used in mold remediation to remove tiny spores that aren’t visible to the naked eye. Mold can be harmful to the occupants of the building and to our employees during remediation.

We make sure that all of our employees take every precaution with the customers’ health, as well as their own. All employees wear tyvek suits and respirators during mold remediation. Our employees have increased movement and agility with the backpack HEPA vacuum. This allows them to treat mold in attics, crawlspaces and other tight areas.

The health and well-being of our customers and employees is very important to us! If you need help with mold remediation, call 219-779-7577! SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton, and Southern Lake Counties is ready to help!

Ice dam causes Water Damage to Home

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Winter in Northwest Indiana is coming to an end! This winter season had many storms that caused damage to homes in the area. SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton, and Southern Lake Counties was here to help! Our crews were on standby to help the residents of these counties in a storm situation.

One home in Schererville, IN, had an ice dam form on the roof. Water seeped into the attic and walls. Snow needed to be removed from the roof so that the source of the water could be taken care of.

Our crew was onsite to make sure all water was extracted and to dry the walls, ceiling, and floors. The wet insulation needed to be removed from the walls and ceilings.

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton and Southern Lake Counties can help you in a storm situation! You can call us at 219-779-7577 for all of your water mitigation needs.  

Storms Cause Roof to Leak

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Northwest Indiana was hit with heavy snow in February of 2018. SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton and Southern Lake Counties was able to help many customers after ice dams formed.

The roof leaked in this school in Valparaiso, IN. After the source of the leak was repaired, SERVPRO was able to mitigate the attic and classroom. The wet ceiling tiles and insulation were removed. Our equipment was placed to dry and dehumidify the area. The hot air from our dehumidifier was ducted up to concentrate the air on just the affected framing. The building owner was able to use her classroom throughout the drying process. In this image, you can see the containment zone built over the hole in the ceiling and leading to the attic of the building. We are not only able to help with your water loss, but we will do our best so that you can continue with your day to day routine. When we leave, it will be “Like it never even happened.”

Record Rainfall Hits Northwest Indiana

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Record Rainfall Hits Northwest Indiana Our technician is wearing protective gear while removing layers of carpet from this flooded home in Saint John, Indiana.

In February, Northwest Indiana was hit with heavy snow followed by several days of rain. The ground was still frozen and rainwater had nowhere to go.

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton and Southern Lake Counties were ready to assist in this storm situation! Our crews were out day and night to help as many people as possible.

One home in Saint John had water seep in through the patio doors.  Our crew pulled up two layers of carpet to reach the concrete subfloor. The carpet was disposed of due to water damage. In situations like this, our employees use personal protective equipment to ensure their own safety. In this picture, you see our employee wearing a face mask, shoe covers, gloves and a Tyvek suit. This minimizes the chance that she will get sick from the water while completing remediation.

If you need help with a water loss in your home or business, call 219-779-7577. SERVPRO is here to help!

Fire Damage in Chesterton

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Recently, SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton and Southern Lake Counties was asked to respond to a fire damage in Chesterton, IN. The home had smoke and soot damage from a water heater that caught fire. All of the home’s structural surfaces and contents were covered with a thin layer of black soot.

Our trained professionals were able to determine which items could be cleaned to preloss condition and which items would have to be replaced.

There are several methods for cleaning smoke and soot damage. One method is dry cleaning which is used any time a material will not survive wet cleaning or has only a little amount of soot/dirt. First, any excess soot is vacuumed. Then the crews use either a pre-treated cloth to wipe the item or a dry cleaning sponge. Both processes work well on books, paper, cardboard, photos, and wood.

If dry cleaning does not restore an item to preloss condition then the crews will switch to wet cleaning which is more aggressive. The wallpaper photographed was first dry cleaned and then wet cleaned. The crew will first pre-test several products to determine which will work based on the specific type of soot you have and confirm it will not damage the surface being cleaned. In this picture, you can see the difference as we cleaned the wall.

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton, and Southern Lake Counties can help with all smoke or soot damage! Call 219-779-7577 so we can help!

What is Indoor Air Quality?

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton, and Southern Lake Counties is here to help you with your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). The air in your home, building, structure is referred to as Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).

Different pollutants can affect the IAQ of your home.  Dust mites and other allergens are only a few examples. Mold also can affect your IAQ.

While it is possible to control some pollutants on your own, calling in professionals can give you peace of mind. SERVPRO is here to help!

Mold and mold spores are hard to contain and/or eliminate on your own. You can be assured that SERVPRO professionals are able to eliminate mold quickly and efficiently.

Identifying if you have mold is the first concern. SERVPRO uses an IAQ agent to determine if mold is present. This picture shows the bubbling reaction that occurs when our special agent and mold interact.

Call SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton, and Southern Lake Counties for all your mold remediation needs! We will be happy to help! Call us at (219)779-7577.

Creating your Non-Salvageable List after Mold

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Creating your Non-Salvageable List after Mold In this home, the mold spores spread to the contents of the room.

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton and Southern Lake Counties is available for mold remediation in your home or business. Not only can mold affect the structure of your home, it can also affect the contents in your home. 

SERVPRO can help! Total loss items are items that cannot be restored to their original condition before mold growth. For instance, you could have clothes that are covered in mold. Restoring your clothes to their original condition would be impossible due to the porous nature of the material. They would then be classified as non-salvageable or total loss items. If your item is deemed non-salvageable, we will designate that in your inventory. 

With our inventory software, we are able to separate your items into different groups to help facilitate your claim with your insurance company. We are able to create an inventory of your non-salvageable items to help you receive the compensation needed.

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton and Southern Lake Counties is available to help! Call us at 219-779-7577 for all your mold remediation needs!