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Restoring Contents after a Fire

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Contents after a Fire SERVPRO deals with contents after a house fire in IL.

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton, and Southern Lake Counties is ready to help in the case of a fire. Fires not only cause damage to your house but they also cause damage to the contents of your home. Know that your concerns will be taken care of with SERVPRO.  

Many of your items might be covered in soot, ash, or debris from the fire. We can help. When cleaning contents after a fire, SERVPRO uses several different proprietary cleaners to restore your items. Technicians are trained to select the right cleaner based on the material of the item being cleaned and the type of soot on the item. A porcelain plate, a book and an antique wooden dresser all react differently to a fire and need to be cleaned accordingly. Our certified technicians are taught to determine the right cleaning process for each item in your home.

Unfortunately, not all items can be restored to preloss condition. SERVPRO examines each item to look for fine cracks and stains that cannot be reversed with just cleaning. Some items are refinished and others may need to have parts replaced. Any item that cannot be cleaned to preloss condition is documented so that it can be replaced. We understand that some items are irreplaceable. For irreplaceable items that cannot be restored to preloss condition, our crews are often able to make significant improvements on the appearance and odor of an item that has been in a fire. Crews are trained to inform you of any items that can only be partially restored so that you can decide if you want us to attempt cleaning.

We also use ultrasonic cleaning to restore your items. This is a very detailed cleaning using ultrasonic wave technology. Every crevice of your item will be cleaned. 

Your items might have an odor. Proper cleaning removes the odor from some materials. Others are treated with ozone or hydroxyls, both of which react with odor molecules to neutralize them. All contents are put through the “sniff test” prior to being packaged for return.

Call SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton, and Southern Lake Counties for all of your fire restoration needs at 219-779-7577!

Demolition Required after Fire in Cedar Lake

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton and Southern Lake Counties was called out to Cedar Lake, IN, after a fire devastated a home.  The whole house was affected by the fire. The fire damaged the building materials to the point where they had to be torn out and replaced. The ceiling collapsed during the fire and had to be removed. Baseboards and drywall had to be removed due to charting. Carpet and carpet pad had to be removed because of staining from the soot. The tile floor had to be removed to access the wet plywood. The plywood subfloor was not salvageable because it was buckling. Our technicians removed the doors and frames because they warped. The fire caused the bulk of the damage. There was additional damage from the water used to put the fire out. Demolition was necessary to make this home livable again. SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton and Southern Lake Counties was able to help! Call us at 219-779-7577 for your fire mitigation, water mitigation, mold remediation needs. We also restore contents!

Chimney Fire Damages Home in Lake Village, IN

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Chimney Fire Damages Home in Lake Village, IN Air Movers Placed in Home in Lake Village, IN

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton, and Southern Lake Counties is here to help! A chimney fire broke out in a home in Lake Village, IN. There was a hole in the chimney that an ember went through to catch the insulation on fire.

The building was very wet and needed to be dried. This was difficult due to much of the insulation in the roof being torn out. The roof was tarped to prevent rain from coming in. Due to the season, temperatures were very low in the home. SERVPRO brought in temporary heaters to warm the house up enough for drying. Each temporary heater is capable of producing as much heat as the furnace in your home!

SERVPRO is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Fire and Smoke Restoration, Water Restoration and Applied Structural Drying. The IICRC’s standards guide our technicians through the process of drying your home. Each drying job requires a careful balance of temperature and humidity to dry wet building materials. On fires the crews must also clean the air with negative air filtration devices. You can trust that our certified technicians are capable of evaluating your home and drying it to preloss condition. 

Call SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton, and Southern Lake Counties for all your fire restoration needs at 219-779-7577!

Extraction Teamwork After Commercial Water Damage

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Extraction Teamwork After Commercial Water Damage In this photo, you can see two of our technicians working into the late hours of the night to extract water faster so this hospital can resume normal

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton and Southen Lake Counties called in all of our crews after receiving a call from a hospital in Crown Point, Indiana. Serval thousand square feet of standing water was in their urgent care facility and patient rooms. Our crews worked quickly overnight to remove as much water as possible to have the areas open for business less than 24 hours after the initial call. While our truck mount can handle most extraction jobs by itself, we broke out multiple extractors for this job. The technician on the right is using a weighted extractor which works best on short pile carpet. It is using her body weight to remove more water in a single pass. The technician on the left is using a wand to extract water. It works best for areas that are hard to reach, like closets and corners. It can also be used for hard surfaces. Other technicians (not photographed) are using submersible pumps and squeegees. You can trust that SERVPRO has the right tools to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Uses High Capacity Dehumidifiers to Dry Structures

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Uses High Capacity Dehumidifiers to Dry Structures The 270HTX dehumidifier in action in St Augustine, Florida

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton and Southern Lake Counties is committed to using the best equipment available for each job. This photo was taken by one of our traveling crews at a job in St Augustine, Florida. The dehumidifier pictured is a 270HTX. It is capable of removing 161 pints per day of water at AHAM (80°F 60% RH). Most dehumidifiers work best between 70 degrees and 90 degrees Farenheight. This dehumidifier is capable of removing moisture from the air between 33 degrees and 125 degrees Fahrenheit. The dehumidifier contains an automatic bypass door that adjusts the mode based on the temperature. It was ideal for this job because the temperature was above 90 degrees outside for the duration of the job. The customer was happy with how quickly the structure dried

Mold on Kitchen Cabinets

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold on Kitchen Cabinets Visible mold inside the vanity of a home after flooding.

Mold can cause serious damage to your home or business. The photo shows mold that has grown on the bathroom cabinets from a recent project. Mold is capable of growing on most building materials. Left unaddressed, mold will eventually destroy everything it grows on. Delayed or improper treatment of mold issues can multiply repair costs exponentially. Mold growth is caused by elevated moisture levels. The first step to removing mold is to correct the moisture problem. In the photographed case, the moisture came in from a hurricane. Crews worked quickly to set dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity in the building. Then they removed the affected building materials. Finally, they treated the framing and subfloors with an antimicrobial to eliminate any remaining mold and microbial growth.

What is Mold?

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is Mold? This photo shows several different types of mold growing on the subfloor.

Mold is a type of fungi, organisms that have characteristics of both plants and animals. Most types of molds are harmless but many can cause illnesses, particularly in people who have sensitivities. There are thousands of types of mold out there and often more than one type will grow in the same area. Mold is incredibly small, but the colonies can grow to be huge. It is particularly dangerous because it can grow undetected for long periods of time under floors, in wall cavities and in ductwork. SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton and Southern Lake Counties often discovers mold in the middle of cleaning up after a water damage because it tends to grow on the inside of walls before it is visible on the outside. 

Heavy Soot Damage From Fire in South Holland, Indiana

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Heavy Soot Damage From Fire in South Holland, Indiana Heavy soot covers this bathroom even though it is one of the furthest rooms from the source.

When a candle tipped over in the basement of this South Holland home the adjacent contents caught on fire. No one was hurt despite how quickly the flames spread throughout the structure. This before photo shows one of the furthest rooms from the source which has a heavy coating of soot. When a fire burns it releases a smoke with particles from the items that it consumed that settle on anything nearby. A thick black coating is evidence that the fire had little access to oxygen while it was burning. The streaks on the glass in the mirror are from the high humidity introduced when the fire fighters used water to put the flames out. While this fire looks bad, our certified technicians were able to clean and restore the homeowner's most precious contents to make it, "Like it never even happened."

Barbecue Fire Damage in Olympia Fields, Illinois

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Barbecue Fire Damage in Olympia Fields, Illinois This home caught fire after a barbecue wasn't completely extinguished after use.

Last fall this homeowner in Olympia Fields didn't realize that the flame wasn't completely out after making dinner until his house went up in flames several hours later. The embers smoldered until the wind caught them just right and they landed on the deck, catching it on fire. Fortunately the smoke alarms did their job and alerted the family in time to escape without anyone getting hurt. After the fire department put out the blaze, the customer contacted SERVPRO to mitigate the property. Our crews were onsite within 4 hours of the initial call to set drying equipment to minimize the chance of microbial growth. SERVPRO technicians also packed the salvageable contents so they could be cleaned and insurance could compile a total loss inventory.

Equipment Used For Water Damage

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton and Southern Lake Counties can help when you have flooding or any water damage to your home. We have different equipment that we use to make sure that your home is dry and safe.

Dehumidifiers are used to pull water out of the air. They evaporate the water and the moisture in your home goes down. Dehumidifiers help to maintain the correct amount of moisture in the air to prevent conditions for mold to grow.

Air Movers circulate the air around the room so the other equipment can do their job. They help in drying out water and keeping the air circulating at a high velocity.

Air scrubbers are used to filter the air and remove any particle, odors, and chemicals from the air.

Call SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton and Southern Lake Counties at 219-779-7577 when you need help with any of your water damage needs!