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Your Toilet Runneth Over? Time To Give SERVPRO A Call!

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

As a homeowner, there are a few plumbing issues you can expect to crop up. Clogged pipes, leaky faucets and overflowing toilets are all common enough problems that you shouldn't be too surprised if they happen to you. The toilet overflow presents a unique challenge for homeowners because it introduces the possibility of sewer damage.

If your toilet starts running over, consider following these basic steps.

  1. Stop the water. Your first mission should be to end the deluge of water. Most toilets have a shut off valve at the base. Check to see if your fixture has one. If not, you can stop the water by manually manipulating the float. If all else fails, you can turn off your home's water until the flooded toilet has been taken care of.
  2. Get some help. Once the initial onslaught of water has been stopped, you need to call in a water restoration expert to help you assess the damage. This professional can help you figure out why the toilet started to overflow. The team may also create a sewer damage cleanup plan to help you get your bathroom back to normal.
  3. Remove the water. Leaving standing water in any part of your home is unwise. The water damage team will likely remove the water as soon as they can. This helps reduce the secondary damage, such as mold growth and material contamination, that can happen as a result of a flooded toilet.
  4. Fix the toilet. Chances are your toilet overflowed for a reason. The most common reason is a clog. Work closely with a plumber to remove the blockage from the pipes. If this does not seem to be the issue, you can call the sewage company to figure out what's going on with your system.

The sooner you can address sewer damage the better it is for your home. This type of dirty water can lead to mold growth in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Call us today at (574) 306-4134

Leading Cause of Home Fires? Read On To Find Out!

1/24/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know what the leading cause of home fires are in the United States?  Most fires in homes are caused by cooking.  The second most common fire cause is a faulty heating system.  An electrical malfunction is the third leading cause of fires.  Open flames in or around a home are the fourth leading cause.  Finally, intentional fires are the fifth leading cause of house fires.  Here are some fire statistics:

1.  The average number of residential fires each year is 374,000.

2.  The average number of deaths each year due to house fires is 2,600.

3.  The average number of injuries due to fire each year is 13,000.

4.  The average annual dollar lose due to residential fires is $7.32 billion.

In our next blog, we will go over some simple fire safety tips that everyone should be aware of in order to stay safe.  If a fire occurs in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties at (574) 306-4134.  We are always here to help!

What to do if fire strikes your business? Call SERVPRO of Kosciusko and Noble Counties!

1/24/2021 (Permalink)

Reduce Clutter in Your Office

Do you have a stack of papers lying in the corner of your office that is growing bigger every day? Clutter like papers, magazines, boxes, and other paper products in your office is fuel for a potential fire. Clutter not only provides fuel for a fire but it can also hide potential fire hazards. Try keeping your desk and office clean and free of clutter to reduce the risks of fire. Use file cabinets and drawers to store papers and documents. Store boxes in closets and storage areas rather in the corner of your office or blocking stairwells.

Safely Store Flammable Liquids and Chemicals

If you’re working with flammable liquids, chemicals, and/or solvents, make sure you store them in the proper area. Some flammable materials and chemicals may need to be stored in specialized cabinets according to local rules and regulations. For flammable liquids and materials that don’t require specialized storage, you still should ensure that they are stored away from any heat source. You also need to make sure that if the liquids or materials off-gas creating flammable vapors that you have proper ventilation. If you don’t have proper ventilation, the vapors can build up and ignite from a small spark like a light switch being flipped on or a plug being inserted into an outlet.

Designate a Smoking Area

If you have employees who smoke, designate an area where smoking is only allowed. It’s preferable that the area is located outside to reduce smoke odors in the business and fire risks from cigarettes that weren’t fully extinguished. You also need to make sure that you have a proper receptacle for employees to discard their extinguished cigarette butts. Also, make sure that the designated smoking area is away from flammable liquids and materials, as well as, landscaping that could fuel a fire like dried grasses, mulch, and dead leaves.

Report Electrical Problems

It’s important to let your employees know to report any electrical problems immediately before they result in a potential fire. This could be exposed wiring, frayed cords, faulty wiring, electrical equipment and sockets near water sources, etc. If you notice an electrical problem in your business, call an electrician to fix it if needed. Don’t try to fix any wiring issues yourself as this can also lead to an increased risk of fire due to inexperience and mistakes. It’s also important to keep access to electrical boxes clear so you can quickly cut the power to an area if there is a risk of fire.

Don’t Overload Electrical Outlets

One of the most common causes of fire in a business is an overloaded electrical outlet. An overloaded outlet can cause an increase of heat to the outlet, plugs, and wires. The heat can melt the insulation around the wires causing them to touch and cause sparks. The best scenario is that the circuit breaker flips before the wires short and cause sparks. If the circuit doesn’t flip off, then the heat and the sparks can quickly lead to an electrical fire. If you’re always tripping a circuit or notice your desktop lights dimming, then you might be overloading the outlet. To reduce the load, move some electronics to other outlets.

Be Smart & Be Safe

These are just a few tips that you can follow to reduce the risks of smoke and fire damage to your business. The best advice to keep your business safe from fire is to be smart and be aware. Use common sense when at your business. For instance, while some businesses allow scented candles to be burned by employees, it might be smart to not permit this. The same goes for space heaters. While you don’t want to be a mean business owner by prohibiting things like candles and space heaters, you also don’t want to increase the risk of fire occurring at your business. I think most workers will understand that safety is more important than convenience and comfort in these situations.

Contact the Fire & Smoke Damage Professionals if a Fire Does Occur

Hopefully, your business will never experiences a fire. Not only can a fire cause a lot of property damage, it can also lead to a lot of downtime and loss of revenue. If you should, unfortunately, experience a fire at your business, contact the fire and smoke damage experts at SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties. They’ll be able to quickly clean up and restore any damage that has occurred to your business from fire. SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties has the resources and expertise to handle any size disaster. Contact them today for fire damage restoration.   

Ask The Experts: What causes residential fires?

1/24/2021 (Permalink)

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) The United States averages between 350,000 and 400,000 fires every year. That translates to an average of 39 – 46 fires every hour!  By knowing the most common ways a fire is started, a majority of these fires can be prevented.

Cooking Incidents

The leading cause of residential fires are incidents related to cooking. Cooking incidents actually make up about 42% of reported house fires in the country! For example, an oven or stove left on and unattended is a disaster waiting to strike.

Electrical

Electrical fires are another common type of home fires. One of the leading culprits is the over-use of extension cords. Extension cords are designed to safely pull a certain amount of amps, so make sure to read labels and know the limitations of the cord you are using. We recommend having an electrical inspection performed by a certified electrician at least once a year.

Unsupervised Children

Teaching children about fire safety is definitely something every parent should consider. It is extremely common for items such as lighter and matches to be left within reach of children who are not aware of the dangers of fire.

Smoking

Smoking is the source of many house fires and leads to almost 1,000 deaths a year. Lit cigarettes that have been left unattended, forgotten about can make contact with flammable items in your home and lead to a fire. Another common occurrence is smokers falling asleep while smoking in their home.  We recommend not smoking in your home or quitting altogether, however, if you choose to smoke in your home you should always make sure to extinguish your cigarette.

Candles

Candles should never be left unattended but oftentimes are. When leaving a room with a burning candle make sure to blow it out or take it along with you if necessary. Forgotten candles are very dangerous and can quickly lead to a fire disaster.

Dryers

Dryers are all too often forgotten!  It is important to remember to empty out your dryer vents and be certain that they are properly vented. Remember to maintain your dryer by cleaning the vents at least once a year.

When Disaster Strikes

There are many possible causes and contributors to residential fires. Being aware of the causes listed above will go a long way in helping to prevent fire damage or much worse in your home. In case of an emergency, please be sure to dial 911 to reach a local emergency responder. Also, keep in mind that SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties performs excellent fire restoration services and is available 24/7 to take your call!

SERVPRO® of Kosciusko & Noble Counties is always here to help! Whether in Warsaw, Wabash, Syracuse, Huntington, Columbia City, Milford or surrounding areas, we are here to make it "Like it never even happened," for you!

When water damage leads to mold, SERVPRO is here for you

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Flood-damaged homes are very likely to experience mold damage as moisture permeates the structure of the building for an extended period of time. Mold organisms are found almost everywhere and damp environments allow it to grow and spread through affected areas such as basements, walls, carpet and wood. If you have a flood-damaged home, keep an eye out for discoloration on surfaces and the tell-tale musty odor.

If you notice mold in your home, there are things you can do.

  1. Get the moisture under control. After a flood, the water must be extracted and the structure dried.
  2. All porous materials (drywall, carpeting, and ceiling tiles) with mold growth should be discarded.
  3. Appliances that contain insulation should be discarded as they may harbor mold spores that cannot be seen.
  4. Heating and air conditioning filters need to be changed. The system will need to be inspected by a professional and may need to be replaced.
  5. Non-porous materials and surfaces will need to be professionally cleaned depending on the extent of the damage. Remember, if clean up is not handled appropriately, it is likely that the spores will spread.

If you experience a water damage and would like to avoid mold call in local assistance, contact SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties. We are available to help 24/7.

When Flooding Hits, SERVPRO Is Here For You

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Spring showers can lead to severe storms and the flooding of your home. We’re #HeretoHelp mitigate the resulting water damage to keep your shelter sturdy and safe. If a storm tears through Hinds County, SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties is here to get your home or commercial business back in working order. SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties can handle any size disaster. If you have any questions or concerns, let us know by calling 601-353-2286. Don't hesitate to call us when disaster strikes. We are always #HereToHelp at SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties!

SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Why SERVPRO? Water Damage Can Be Frustrating

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Being ankle-deep in water after a pipe bursts in your kitchen can be an overwhelming, emotional experience, even if you have been through it before. Are you prepared to handle these kinds of damages in your home? 

We have a quality solution to the flood damage affecting your home. Our technicians have several years of training and the experience necessary to put the latest in technology and equipment to use for you.

SERVPRO technicians have dealt a few severe flood damage incidents over the years, each case requiring a specific response. Our detail oriented staff asks a series of questions about your situation during your initial call, helping us determine the proper amount of equipment, and personnel to assign to perform your repairs.

That way SERVPRO technicians have a general idea of the type of situation we are dealing with before arriving on site. After arriving at your home, we perform a full inspection of the affected area and make service recommendations tailored to fit your situation. Getting started immediately means that we can prevent additional damages or mold growth from forming saving a variety of personal belongings and household contents along the way.

SERVPRO drying technicians specialize in water removal from hard to access areas like under your kitchen cabinetry, inside of wall cavities, and other areas where moisture tends to hide. We use moisture detectors to determine how far the water has advanced and moisture meters to monitor the effectiveness of the services we provide. Dehumidifiers make controlling the relative humidity of your home easier, while air moving equipment helps us maintain a quick, efficient drying process in a variety of spaces.

Our cleaning and sanitation technicians put the finishing touches on many of your contents affected by the event; using EPA-registered chemicals to deliver quality results. Sanitizers help reduce the population of microorganisms, while disinfectants and sterilizer chemicals destroy all organisms, prevent their growth and their spores. You should consider giving our professional restoration technicians the opportunity to inspect each item thoroughly before disposing of any of the contents of your home. We may surprise you.

Our technicians finalize your restoration process by performing any necessary repairs, including drywall and carpet replacement, returning your home to a quality pre-flood damage condition that you and your family can enjoy.

When It Comes To SERVPRO, Storms Have Met Their Match

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Storms can push a bunch of potential problems your way that makes owning a home painful on your pocketbook. However, with changes in how we respond to emergency situations as a society, it is easier to get the help you deserve. 

Calling and scheduling multiple contractors to receive quality repairs after flood damage occurs is a thing of the past. There are qualified professionals all under one roof that can provide you with the services you need to recover quickly after a flood. Our services help limit any losses you might experience, and give you access to professionals who respond to emergency situations with a sense of purpose. 

By contacting your local SERVPRO, you gain access to highly trained, IICRC-certified professionals who can help you understand what to do during emergency situations. We do far more than offer you unique solutions to problems that exist on your property. Our technicians can help you make the most of any unfortunate situation and teach you how to avoid future problems that might occur. Whether you have flood damage caused by a broken window, fallen tree, or heavy winds, we produce quality results you can trust. 

If you happen to have roof damage that causes flooding in your basement, your SERVPRO technicians understand how to locate the problem and perform any necessary repairs to get the job done right. We can correct grading in your yard to improve runoff performance, install additional drainage, backflow valves, and submersible pumps to keep water away from your home. 

SERVPRO technicians also perform crawl space encapsulation services that help improve your home’s living environment and provide you with many solutions against corrosion, rot, and even mold. We maintain your property as if it were our own, offering quality cleanup and restoration services to everyone in our surrounding community. 

Contact SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties, we understand and care about your situation. There is no reason for you to go it alone, our team is ready to help restore your home, today. (574) 306-4134

Why Water Damage and Your Business Don"t Mix

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

No matter the cause of flooding, water damage can have a detrimental effect on your commercial building. Whether a pipe burst in a bathroom overnight or floodwaters from torrential rains caused your building’s basement to flood, you may believe that since the damage is already done, there is no rush to have the water drained. However, floodwater can cause damage quicker than you might think, and there are several benefits to having it removed as soon as possible.

1. Mold Can Form Rapidly After a Flood

The environment indoors changes quickly after a flood. Water might be absorbed by carpeting and drywall, which can increase a room’s humidity. In fact, humid conditions can contribute to mold growth and cause this fungus to grow as soon as 24 hours after a flood. Having a professional water damage and mold remediation company come in right away to drain away flood waters and perform mold cleanup may reduce overall repair costs.

2. Humidity May Warp Wood

After a flood, the humidity that builds indoors can cause any wooden building materials to warp if mitigation does not take place within at least a day or two. If standing water is not removed, it can increase the amount of water vapor in the air and cause considerable damage to wooden furniture, molding or flooring. It is wise to remove furniture as soon as it is safe to do so and store it in a cool, dry room, away from sunlight, until affected rooms are repaired and restored.

3. Clean Water Floods Can Cause Damage

If flooding in your building was caused by a plumbing mishap, the results can be just as detrimental. For example, if a pipe burst in the break room, the water can affect electrical systems and equipment or short them out, which can increase the risk of fire. Draining away standing water can reduce these potential hazards.

Flooding in your commercial building can create a variety of problems for you as a business owner. However, whether the flooding was caused by a pipe burst or by a storm, acting quickly can prevent the worst of the damage and lower repair costs.

SERVPRO® of Kosciusko & Noble Counties is always here to help! Whether in Warsaw, Wabash, Syracuse, Huntington, Columbia City, Milford or surrounding areas, we are here to make it "Like it never even happened," for you!

Ask The Experts: Water Removal After Fire Suppression In Your Home

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Water Removal After Fire Suppression In Your Colorado Springs Home

Disasters occurring in your home often do not exclusively fall into one category of damage or another. Recovering from an instance like a fire in your house requires specialists in the effects of the fire, but might also require those with certifications to contend with water damages and drying efforts as well.

While the fire damages to your home might be more than enough to get overwhelmed as a homeowner when you compound that with the need for water removal services, you need trusted technicians that can arrive quickly like our SERVPRO team. Our rapid response unit is available 24/7 to begin mitigation practices and early stages of restoration work to keep the situation from getting worse.

When it comes to contending with water damages that require extraction, time is of the essence. Our SERVPRO technicians have the tools and equipment to rapidly pull high volumes of water from the affected areas, including two truck-mounted pumps in our Green Fleet. Extraction is not the only point of concern about the need for water removal, as this damage can spread and saturate quickly through materials in the affected region of the property.

Oversaturation is a common occurrence in these situations, causing construction materials and surfaces to bloat and distort as the abundance of water warps their composition. If managed at the appropriate times, our professionals can work with air movers and dehumidifiers to pull the moisture from the area entirely, pulling the relative humidity in your home back to acceptable parameters to avoid effects like mold growth.

Odors and Damage Related to Smoke and Fires in Your Home

After a fire emergency, most homeowners are concerned about the damage that the flames have done to their home's structure and contents. While the impact of fire itself is destructive, the damage that it leaves behind can be just as ruinous.
 
If your home has fire damage you should be aware that smoke resulting from the event will linger in your home if it's not carefully remedied. Here's information about the dangers of smoke and how SERVPRO works to get rid of it.
 
Unsightly Marks
A telltale sign that you have smoke damage left over from a fire is soot marks. They are most often seen as streaks along tall surfaces, walls, mantles, and shelves, but they can appear anywhere. The problem with soot is that it is nearly impossible to eradicate with the cleaners and tools available on the consumer market. We have industrial grade equipment and cleaners that may get rid of soot marks for good. If the greasy residue is too damaging the best we can do is to carefully wipe it off hard surfaces and apply a prime coat to seal in the staining.
 
Poor Indoor Air Quality
Smoke hangs in the air after fire damage has affected a home, and it not only smells bad but compounds breathing. When you sense that the indoor air seems thicker or the smell in your house is noticeably affected, trust SERVPRO to thoroughly deodorize and clean so you can truly breathe easier. Rather than masking odors we can place ozone machines and hydroxyl generators to capture the unwanted odor causing particulates or transform them into non-disturbing molecules.
 
Ruined Possessions and Furniture
Everything from electronics to paper documents and furniture will be adversely affected by soot and smoke if they're allowed to linger after a fire event. This type of fire damage is what leads to homeowners to throw out their possessions. Our skilled technicians can salvage items affected by smoke and fire damage, saving you money in the process.
 
At SERVPRO we're prepared to get your home back in top shape after any fire emergency and prevent damage from smoke and soot. To receive a quote or get more information about our fire damage restoration services, call us today! We are faster to any disaster and will make things "Like it never even happened."

Ask The Experts: What is an ERP and why does my Kosciusko or Noble County Business Need One?

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

There is no way to predict when a disaster can strike your business, but there are ways to be prepared for it when it does happen. Why is it important to be prepared? Well, a disaster occurring in your business has the potential to bring your operation to a screeching halt, which means your business could lose more money than it would if you had a plan in place to get things up and running again quickly. Some disasters can lead to a long road to recovery that is not only for commercial restoration but also being able to offer services, help your clients and customers, and start bringing money back in.

SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties knows just how important a running business is to its owners and is able to establish a plan for your business called an ERP, or Emergency READY Profile.

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility. This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A Profile Document containing only the crucial information you will need in case of an emergency. It doesn’t take very long to complete, but it will save you a lot of time (and from one more headache) if you ever need it.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. By having an immediate plan of action, you can help minimize downtime. Here are some of our building services.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties  as your emergency mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is located right here for Winter Park and the surrounding area.
  • Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so that we can begin the work of mitigating the damage immediately, which can save you both time and money.
  • Provides important facility details such as priority contact information, priority areas, and shut-off valves. Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

Are you ready to set up an Emergency READY Profile for your business or have more questions on what the process is like? Give SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties a call today at (574) 306-4134

When water attacks your business, call SERVPRO! We are Here to Help!

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Dealing with a water damage disaster at your business is never convenient. SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties understands the urgency and sensitivity of this situation. When faced with a potentially door closing flooding disaster, it is important to stay calm, use clear judgment and act FAST. We have put together a few tips that can be helpful in this stressful situation and make the process of restoration go a lot more smoothly.

Stay Prepared

Broken plumbing, sewage backups, and heavy rains can strike at any time. If you have a plan in place for such unfortunate events, it will greatly reduce the panic, stress and pain for everyone involved. Investing in sandbags, air brick protection and back up water pumps could help your business save a lot in the long run. It almost goes without saying, but making sure your insurance policy is up to date is absolutely crucial.

When the flood strikes

There are a number of safety measures you may be able to take during the storm. Floodwater can be very powerful and has the ability to cause bodily harm. Do not attempt to walk through flowing floodwater. Assess the situation and insure that no water has the potential to come in contact with electricity. If it is safely accessible, turn off your main power breaker. Rubber gloves and boots are also a good idea in this situation. If you are not sure of the safe way to proceed, wait for a trained professional to arrive and take the proper measures.

As mentioned before, electricity should be turned off. Additionally, you should be aware of where you main water shut off is located. This will be crucial if the flooding is due to an internal plumbing failure.

After these steps are taken, you should contact your insurance provider and then a reputable and trustworthy restoration company. SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of both residential and commercial property after a water disaster. 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. Our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. If a water disaster strikes your business, trust the damage restoration, industry leader. (574) 306-4134

Ask The Experts: When is comes to burst pipes, what should I be looking for?

1/17/2021 (Permalink)

If you have a pipe burst in your business, you no doubt see the damage water can do. However, you may wonder why everyone says you have to hurry to clean it up. After all, the damage has been done, right? Maybe not. You don’t want to deal with mold cleanup, too.

Here are a few ways floods can harm your building even after the water stops rising:

• Black mold
• Structural damage
• Foul odor

How does hurrying to call for professional restoration services help? These explanations may help you understand the process. 

Stop Molding

When water rises in your business, it creates a uniquely humid area. This humidity helps mold spores all over the building grow. Within 24 to 48 hours, mold can become visible. However, getting started on the restoration process as soon as possible can help pull the moisture from the area and stop mold in its tracks. 

Keep Structures Safe

The longer the water sits, the more it can damage your business’s walls and floors. As the water stays in place, it seeps through the walls and makes them softer. With enough time, this can make your building unsafe to be in altogether. Furthermore, the more soaked everything in the room where the pipe burst becomes, the harder it is to rid the area of mold. 

Prevent the Smell

Mold is the main reason why you need to call a professional restoration crew. As you probably know, mold smells awful. Naturally, this isn’t good for business. Instead of waiting for that odor to fill the building, stop it before it starts. A restoration company can send an odor control specialist to help. 

When it comes to flooding in your business, there’s no sense in waiting. A pipe burst can be a big enough problem without mold, structural problems, and a foul odor on top of it. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties and let us come in and make it "Like it never even happened."

Ask The Experts: Fire Alarms Save Lives

1/17/2021 (Permalink)

The fact is a fire alarm can save lives and every home should have more than one. That’s right houses are supposed to have more than one alarm. In order to better prepare yourself for a potential emergency, it is essential to know the answers to the most frequently asked smoke alarm questions.

1. How many smoke alarms do you need?

While people tend to concern themselves over the possibility of fire and smoke damage, they should be more concerned with the number of alarms in their homes. You should have a signal in every bedroom and outside of every bedroom. You should also have smoke alarms installed on every level of your home. Keep in mind that this is the minimum and that you may want to have more.

2. How often should you replace the batteries?

The general rule is that you should replace fire alarm batteries at least once a year. Granted, the instructions may state that the batteries have a longer shelf life, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.

3. When should you replace the smoke detector?

In order to provide the greatest defense against fire damage, you should replace your smoke detectors every 8 to 10 years. Obviously, this is dependent on the type of alarm and any guarantees. To keep track of the timeline, you can write the date of purchase on the alarm and even record it in a calendar app with a reminder to replace.

4. What type of smoke detector should you use?

While you can reach out to the fire department or a fire restoration company in the area to learn about the specific types of fire detectors, each can be put into two categories: ionized and photoelectric. Each one provides different strengths and weaknesses depending on the kind of fire and smoke, which is why you should have a mix of detectors in your home.

A fire alarm is a life-saving tool. Be sure to install them in your home today, for the safety of you and your loved ones.

Ask The Experts: What's That Smell?

1/17/2021 (Permalink)

Does your home have a mysterious bad smell? If you've already checked the fridge and your trash bins and can't find the source, it could be that you're in need of a carpet cleaning or carpet deodorizer.

Just like stains, carpet fibers can trap odors, making them linger in your home indefinitely. If you think your carpet could be the problem, consider the possible sources of the odor.

Moisture or dampness

Sometimes, moisture can get underneath the carpet and carpet pad, leading to musty odors.

This moisture can come from humidity, spills or potted plants that drip onto the carpeting.

A flood can also cause carpet odor, such as when a finished basement floods during a rainstorm.

If not addressed properly, continued moisture exposure can cause mold and mildew to grow under the carpet padding. Not only will it increase the smell, but it also creates a health risk.

Pet odor

When pets use the carpet as a bathroom, the smell can really linger.

Even after a carpet cleaning, the smell of pet urine may return. This is due to the gases released by the bacteria that are digesting the urine. If any of the urine remains in the rug fibers, it will continue to smell.

The same is true for vomit, another common problem associated with pets and carpeting.

These bacteria are activated by water, which is why the smell may intensify after a thorough cleaning.

Dry carpet cleaning treatments or treatments that use enzymatic odor removal products are the best solutions for eliminating pet smells. Enzymes are particularly effective because they attack the bacteria, thus eliminating the source of the smell.

Cigarette smoke

If a smoker lives in the home, the carpet can collect the cigarette smoke odor.

While the homeowners may not notice the stench because they live with it, visitors or someone who purchases the home will definitely notice the smoke smell.

A professional carpet cleaner may be able to remove the smell, but if the smoking was excessive, a carpet deodorizer may not be enough, and the carpeting may need to be replaced.

Old age

Carpeting is made from fibers. Over time, those fibers break down. When the carpet begins to smell old, there is little that can be done.

Carpet cleaning cannot take the old, musty smell from carpet. This is when it simply needs to be replaced.

In addition to the smell, old carpet starts to release dust, which can contribute to indoor allergies.

Food and drink spills

Food and drinks that spill onto carpet can lead to odors.

Like pet smells, these organic products attract bacteria. As the bacteria break down, they release smelly gasses. Again, professional carpet cleaning is the best solution to remove the smell.

Once you find the source of your carpet odor, you can decide on the best treatment. For organic smells like pet odors or food spills, consider two professional cleanings to thoroughly remove the bacteria.

For other problems, like old age or mold, you may need to replace the carpet. Knowing where the odor is coming from will help you make the right decision for treatment.

Dissecting Biohazard Cleanup: Understanding the Process and Reducing Risk

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Dissecting Biohazard Cleanup: Understanding the Process and Reducing Risk

By Tim Reifsteck

When compared to a fire or water loss, property damage resulting from a suicide, murder or unattended death poses greater risk and complexity for the adjuster, the biohazard cleanup company, and of course, the policyholder. Many cleaning and restoration companies will offer bioremediation services, but only those that specialize in this area, like SERVPRO truly understand the science and intricacies of the bioremediation and decontamination process. In order to minimize risk for the insurance carrier and ensure the safety of the policy holder, it’s important to realize the inherent challenges of bioremediation and the processes and standards that every biohazard cleanup professional must adhere to.

Am I liable for an improper biohazard cleanup?

At some point in their careers, insurance professionals may have experienced sticker shock from a bioremediation claim. How could the biohazard cleanup of a single room cost more than recovering an entirely flooded home? It might be tempting to retain a trusted property damage restoration company at a lower cost, but doing so may put the insurer at risk for a lawsuit.

Consider a recent case where a general cleaning company was hired to sanitize a home after 600 pounds of deer meat rotted in a family’s garage due to a power outage. Following the cleaning, the homeowners reported that the rotting stench still remained throughout the house and that some family members became ill. Experts who were brought in to investigate the situation determined that the enduring smell and sickness resulted from inefficiencies in the cleaning process, such as the failure to seal concrete surfaces.

Why is bioremediation so complex?

Many biohazard situations pose grave health risks to policy holders and cleanup companies because of the potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens. One out of every 24 people has Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV and these pathogens can survive in a deceased person for a considerable amount of time – up to 16 days after death, depending on the temperature and surrounding environment. Exposure to bloodborne viruses can occur due to direct contact with non-intact skin, accidental injury from biological fragments, inhalation and exposure from splashes of blood or bio fluid to the eyes, nose, or mouth. Considering the health risks, bioremediation specialists must follow stringent employee safety regulations and meticulous decontamination procedures that most cleanup crews are not accustomed to.

Separately, biohazard situations can lead to hidden dangers that an average property restoration technician might not even consider. For example, in a water damage emergency, floor boards and drywall might be removed because they are visibly warped and unsalvageable. Then the rest of the structure can be dried out. In contrast, blood can seep through grout and in-between floorboards, even through subflooring. There is no other way to clean the damage but to remove all affected materials – if new wood floors are installed over the blood spill or if tiles are simply wiped down, the remaining bio matter can spread disease, release odors and further damage the property.

How do I evaluate a bioremediation provider?

To determine whether or not a company is qualified to handle a biohazard situation, insurance professionals need a deeper understanding of proper bioremediation standards and what it takes to fully decontaminate a property. These are the key things to inquire about when choosing a vendor for a biohazard cleanup:

OSHA Compliance – These regulations are in place to protect the biohazard company employees and to prevent injury and potential liability for all involved. All supervisors and field technicians should be trained in the following OSHA programs: Bloodborne Pathogens, Personal Protective Equipment, Hazard Communication, Asbestos Awareness, Heat Illness, Fall Protection, Lift Safety, Lock Out – Tag Out, and Power Tool Safety. A common misstep among restoration companies is that they only comply with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standards, instead of all the aforementioned areas.

EPA and State Environmental Agency Compliance – The disposal of medical waste must be in accordance with federal, state and/or local regulations. Not all biohazard remediation companies are licensed to transport or store medical waste so it’s essential to understand if/how they comply with the local and national standards. The cleaning company can incur hefty fines if medical waste is not disposed of properly. Also, employees need to be trained in the proper use of cleaning agents – this can be more complicated than it seems, as many agents will become inactive if not measured and diluted properly.

Reporting/Testing – A reputable company should be able to deliver a detailed report which catalogs every step of the cleanup process. This should include photos of the entire process as well, so the policy holder and adjuster understand why some structural materials needed to be removed, what was disposed, why the employees went through a certain amount of protective equipment, etc. They should also have equipment available to check for non-visible but active biological fluids and other contaminants so that it is certain when an area is considered disinfected.

Sensitivity Training – Dealing with a flood or fire can be extremely traumatic, but it does not compare to the loss of loved one. During these traumatic situations, the family members often stay at home so it is imperative that the workers in their home are compassionate and considerate. The biohazard cleanup specialists at SERVPRO understand the need for the family to deal with only one point person in order to avoid confusion or conflicting updates. They have been trained to eliminate alarming language from their vocabulary and speak empathetically with the policyholder.

When it comes to biohazard remediation, there is no quick solution. The fact that there are no laws protecting policy holders through a biohazard cleaning process puts the responsibility on the insurance carrier to work with bioremediation specialists who follow strict safety standards and cleanup procedures. If the insurance carrier directs the cleanup process and even one of the above points is neglected, they might be held liable for any further health and property damages resulting from the improper cleanup. It is important to remember that you can’t put a price tag on the peace of mind that a policy holder needs after a traumatic crime or death occurred in their home or place of business.

SERVPRO Tips: Water Damage Prevention

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

One of the worst problems that homeowners encounter is water damage.  The causes range from weather related issues to aged or faulty plumbing systems.  Severe storms causing backups or flooding, cold temperatures resulting in pipes freezing and bursting, washer or dishwasher problems, sump pump failures and clogged drains are all types of water damage that can occur.  Water damage can cause a lot of damage to homes and property which will cost a significant amount of money to repair.  The best thing to avoid spending a lot of money on repairs is to prevent water damage from happening.

There are three key ways of preventing water damage that every home owner should know and apply.

  • Watch for water leaks and address them promptly; inspect your roof occasionally and repair any damaged, loose and missing shingles. You should also check for stains on ceilings, toilets that shake and dark spots below pipes.
  • Ensure all drains are clear and working properly. Make sure that your gutters and downspouts are clear and make sure that your yard is sloped some distance away from the foundation.
  • Check appliances (washer, dishwasher, ice maker) frequently and inspect the supply and drain lines to be sure that they’re in good condition. Check to ensure that your water heaters and sump pump are in good condition.

Other steps you can take to prevent water damage include: 

  • Keeping track of your water bill.
  • Disconnecting hoses when not in use.
  • Installing water detection devices.
  • Closing your water main whenever you are going away for an extended period.
  • Taking care of your vegetation and trees.
  • Avoid landscaping too close to the utility pipes.

If you have done all the above but are still facing water damage problems, it is time to seek professional help.  SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties is prepared to assist you with any water damage issues.  Contact us at (574) 306-4134.  SERVPRO…working to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO? Best at Mold Remediation

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kosciusko and Noble Counties offers mold remediation and restoration; we have the training, equipment and expertise to better assist you.

It is preferred that an Industrial Hygienist set a process protocol for how to specially mitigate the mold.

What is that?

This is a process where air sampling and affected areas are tested to provide a detailed remediation and restoration protocol for SERVPRO of Kosciusko and Noble Counties to follow. There is also a post-test that will take place once we are finished to confirm clearance.

Every time our team handles a mold job, we are required to wear the appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) which includes items such as coveralls, gloves and respirators.

SERVPRO of Kosciusko and Noble Counties will make sure to keep anything deemed salvageable; we go above and beyond to ensure restoration before removal.  Unfortunately, in most situations there is some tear out involved to remove affected areas such as drywall, flooring, and/or furniture.

During the mold remediation process a HEPA vacuum is used, HEPA filters are designed to capture particles as small as mold spores and to insure that they do not get reintroduced into the air. Our mold experts use “negative air” containment, which is created by positioning negative air machines to introduce clean air into the affected area and push contaminated air outside the home.

You want to consider getting your HVAC ducts cleaned as well. The mold spores can collect there and be dispersed throughout the home.

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount and type of mold to the various types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. If you have any questions, give SERVPRO of Kosciusko and Noble counties today at 574-306-4134 or 260-582-2272

 

Ask The Experts: Why SERVPRO when it comes to water damage?

1/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kosciusko and Noble Counties has an Emergency Response Team that is ready to help with commercial properties.

One such property that we assisted on recently was a 100,000 square foot building that manufactured auto parts. They had a fire in their server room which set off the sprinkler system in the office area.  Many contents had to be disposed of or cleaned, water extracted and drying and odor control equipment was set.

We received a call from a manager at the facility and we were on site within an hour to assess the situation and begin the mitigation process. We walked through the loss and pointed out areas of concern and what our plan of attack would be to minimize the loss from a structure and contents standpoint.

SERVPRO of Kosciusko and Noble Counties is able to cover large losses and also those that might not seem so big.

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Kosciusko or Noble County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

SERVPRO of Kosciusko and Noble Counties provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Kosciusko and Noble Counties.

Highly Trained Restoration Technicians

A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

Locally Owned and Operated

Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

24-Hour Emergency Service

Faster to Any-Sized Disaster

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7  at 574-306-4134 or 260-582-2272

Why SERVPRO? Schools and Mold Just Don't Mix!

1/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kosciusko and Noble Counties covers a large geographic area that includes several different school systems. Schools are able to call us if they have any issues that their maintenance staff can not handle. The following information from https://www.epa.gov/ are reasons why you might find mold in schools and how to handle it. We get calls all the time for water and fire damages, but also for mold. If you suspect mold in your home, business or place of work - give us a call today!

Common Moisture Sources Found in Schools

Moisture problems in school buildings can be caused by a variety of conditions, including roof and plumbing leaks, condensation and excess humidity. Some moisture problems in schools have been linked to changes in building construction practices during the past twenty to thirty years. These changes have resulted in more tightly sealed buildings that may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems in schools are also associated with delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance, due to budget and other constraints.

Suggestions for Reducing Mold Growth in Schools

Reduce Indoor Humidity

Vent showers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside.

Control humidity levels and dampness by using air conditioners and de-humidifiers.

Provide adequate ventilation to maintain indoor humidity levels between 30-60%.

Use exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning in food service areas.

Inspect the building for signs of mold, moisture, leaks or spills

Check for moldy odors.

Look for water stains or discoloration on the ceiling, walls, floors, and window sills.

Look around and under sinks for standing water, water stains, or mold.

Inspect bathrooms for standing water, water stains, or mold.

Do not let water stand in air conditioning or refrigerator drip pans.

Respond promptly when you see signs of moisture and/or mold, or when leaks or spills occur

Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours of occurrence to prevent mold growth.

Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.

Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely.

Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.

Check the mechanical room and roof for unsanitary conditions, leaks, or spills.

Prevent moisture condensation

Add insulation to reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e. windows, piping, exterior walls, room, or floors).

Floor and carpet cleaning

Remove spots and stains immediately, using the flooring manufacturer’s recommended techniques.

Use care to prevent excess moisture or cleaning residue accumulation and ensure that cleaned areas are dried quickly.

Do not install carpeting in areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).

Why SERVPRO? We are the mold, storm, water and fire professionals!

1/9/2021 (Permalink)

Mold can be in your home and you may not even realize it. Whether you see the affected areas or not, here are a few things you can do! First, if you see visible mold, do not mess with it. When mold is disturbed, it can release microscopic mold spores. When this happens mold can circulate inside your home using your HVAC system and any fans you have on. This makes it so the affected areas grow and become larger.

DO

-Stay out of the mold affected areas.

-Turn off the HVAC system and ALL fans.

-Contact SERVPRO® of Kosciusko and Noble Counties for mold remediation services.

DON’T

-touch or disturb the mold.

-blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.

-attempt to dry the area yourself.

-spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

SERVPRO® of Kosciusko and Noble Counties specializes in mold remediation. We use specialized equipment and techniques to properly clean and resolve your mold problem quickly and safely. The safety and health of you and your family are our biggest concern.

If you have mold in your home or business, give SERVPRO® of Kosciusko and Noble Counties a call at 574-306-4134 or 260-582-2272.

SERVPRO Tips: After A Fire

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

After a fire, your primary focus should be safety! Things like...

  • 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.

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and ready to make things "Like it never even happened."

Have A Fire or Smoke Damage Emergency? Call 574-306-4134!

Mold: The Who, What, When. & Why

1/23/2019 (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.

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

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. We are here to help everyone in Kosciusko & Noble County get back to "Like it never even happened."

Mold, in my home!

11/12/2018 (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 Kosciusko & Noble Counties 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 Kosciusko & Noble Counties specializes in mold cleanup and restoration. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. If you are in need of mold remediation please call our office at (574) 306-4134.

Mold after a Busted Pipe

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Have you ever gone on vacation to come return and find mold somewhere in your home? This happened to a local family not too long ago, and SERVPRO was there to help! 

A pipe had busted behind the local family's fridge. First, there was water damage on the wall. Then, mold damage occurred later. The first plan of action was to remove the molded materials. Then we set up drying equipment to help dry the areas that were still wet.

Once mold is spotted, it is important to begin the removal process because mold can spread quickly. It tends to be found in damp, warm places, such as, our bathrooms or any type of plumbing area. Unfortunately, some people have a mold allergy which is another reason for a prompt removal.

Luckily, the family that found mold on their arrival home noticed it immediately and SERVPRO was quick to respond. We employ only highly trained professionals that are especially trained in this field.

Why SERVPRO when it comes to sewage cleanup!

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

The Dangers of DIY Sewage Cleanup

If you’re like most homeowners, when faced with a task or question you probably head to the internet for answers…that’s how you found this article! And if you’re dealing with backed-up sewage, it only takes a few seconds of searching to find hundreds of articles describing how to clean-up sewage.

It goes like this:

** Put on some rubber gloves

** Scoop out the waste

** Take some water and bleach solution and apply it to the affected areas

** Let it dry

Most articles will throw out a warning saying “if you’re not sure whether you can do it, or don’t have the proper equipment, it is best to call a professional”. That’s where you would call SERVPRO.

We’d like to throw out another warning!

Cleaning up raw sewage on your own is something you should never do! 
Here’s why:

#1 – It can be hidden. – Any SERVPRO crew member can tell you stories about customers that decided to clean-up their own feces only to call in weeks or months later complaining about smells and disfigured walls, cabinets, and floors. Sewage will find its way into any and all porous surfaces. Even things like drywall and cabinetry aren’t safe. And it’s not as simple as just spotting the sewage with your eyes. It requires state of the art equipment, which SERVPRO has, to identify areas that have been damaged by sewage. So unless you have an infrared detection system handy and know how to use it, call SERVPRO.

#2 – It can be costly. – Times are difficult for everyone and money is tight. It’s easy to justify doing it yourself instead of paying to have SERVPRO  clean and disinfect for you. But today’s shortcut is tomorrow’s nightmare! Again, you’re dealing with a toxic situation that if not handled properly can create very real health dangers for you and your family. Not only that, if not properly mitigated, you could be looking at a serious mold issue in the not so distant future on top of all of the other issues described above. And if you think sewage cleanup is costly, wait until you’re stuck with a bill for mold remediation services! At least your sewage clean-up is covered by insurance…that’s not typically the case if you’ve got mold and it’s the result of you not taking appropriate measures when dealing with the sewage issue that created the mold!


So, if you’ve stumbled upon this article due to a sewage back-up that’s spilled into your home or office, do yourself a favor and call us, SERVPRO. Our technicians are certified to perform raw sewage cleanup and can provide you with peace of mind knowing the area affected is professionally cleaned.

Locally Owned Company with Valuable Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties is strategically located to respond quickly to your water damage emergency and your mold cleanup. When there is mold in a home or business, we have the resources and personnel to help get your home or business back together. 

Why SERVPRO when it comes to biohazard cleanup!

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Dissecting Biohazard Cleanup: Understanding the Process and Reducing Risk

By Tim Reifsteck

When compared to a fire or water loss, property damage resulting from a suicide, murder or unattended death poses greater risk and complexity for the adjuster, the biohazard cleanup company, and of course, the policyholder. Many cleaning and restoration companies will offer bioremediation services, but only those that specialize in this area, like SERVPRO truly understand the science and intricacies of the bioremediation and decontamination process. In order to minimize risk for the insurance carrier and ensure the safety of the policy holder, it’s important to realize the inherent challenges of bioremediation and the processes and standards that every biohazard cleanup professional must adhere to.

Am I liable for an improper biohazard cleanup?

At some point in their careers, insurance professionals may have experienced sticker shock from a bioremediation claim. How could the biohazard cleanup of a single room cost more than recovering an entirely flooded home? It might be tempting to retain a trusted property damage restoration company at a lower cost, but doing so may put the insurer at risk for a lawsuit.

Consider a recent case where a general cleaning company was hired to sanitize a home after 600 pounds of deer meat rotted in a family’s garage due to a power outage. Following the cleaning, the homeowners reported that the rotting stench still remained throughout the house and that some family members became ill. Experts who were brought in to investigate the situation determined that the enduring smell and sickness resulted from inefficiencies in the cleaning process, such as the failure to seal concrete surfaces.

Why is bioremediation so complex?

Many biohazard situations pose grave health risks to policy holders and cleanup companies because of the potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens. One out of every 24 people has Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV and these pathogens can survive in a deceased person for a considerable amount of time – up to 16 days after death, depending on the temperature and surrounding environment. Exposure to bloodborne viruses can occur due to direct contact with non-intact skin, accidental injury from biological fragments, inhalation and exposure from splashes of blood or bio fluid to the eyes, nose, or mouth. Considering the health risks, bioremediation specialists must follow stringent employee safety regulations and meticulous decontamination procedures that most cleanup crews are not accustomed to.

Separately, biohazard situations can lead to hidden dangers that an average property restoration technician might not even consider. For example, in a water damage emergency, floor boards and drywall might be removed because they are visibly warped and unsalvageable. Then the rest of the structure can be dried out. In contrast, blood can seep through grout and in-between floorboards, even through subflooring. There is no other way to clean the damage but to remove all affected materials – if new wood floors are installed over the blood spill or if tiles are simply wiped down, the remaining bio matter can spread disease, release odors and further damage the property.

How do I evaluate a bioremediation provider?

To determine whether or not a company is qualified to handle a biohazard situation, insurance professionals need a deeper understanding of proper bioremediation standards and what it takes to fully decontaminate a property. These are the key things to inquire about when choosing a vendor for a biohazard cleanup:

OSHA Compliance – These regulations are in place to protect the biohazard company employees and to prevent injury and potential liability for all involved. All supervisors and field technicians should be trained in the following OSHA programs: Bloodborne Pathogens, Personal Protective Equipment, Hazard Communication, Asbestos Awareness, Heat Illness, Fall Protection, Lift Safety, Lock Out – Tag Out, and Power Tool Safety. A common misstep among restoration companies is that they only comply with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standards, instead of all the aforementioned areas.

EPA and State Environmental Agency Compliance – The disposal of medical waste must be in accordance with federal, state and/or local regulations. Not all biohazard remediation companies are licensed to transport or store medical waste so it’s essential to understand if/how they comply with the local and national standards. The cleaning company can incur hefty fines if medical waste is not disposed of properly. Also, employees need to be trained in the proper use of cleaning agents – this can be more complicated than it seems, as many agents will become inactive if not measured and diluted properly.

Reporting/Testing – A reputable company should be able to deliver a detailed report which catalogs every step of the cleanup process. This should include photos of the entire process as well, so the policy holder and adjuster understand why some structural materials needed to be removed, what was disposed, why the employees went through a certain amount of protective equipment, etc. They should also have equipment available to check for non-visible but active biological fluids and other contaminants so that it is certain when an area is considered disinfected.

Sensitivity Training – Dealing with a flood or fire can be extremely traumatic, but it does not compare to the loss of loved one. During these traumatic situations, the family members often stay at home so it is imperative that the workers in their home are compassionate and considerate. The biohazard cleanup specialists at SERVPRO understand the need for the family to deal with only one point person in order to avoid confusion or conflicting updates. They have been trained to eliminate alarming language from their vocabulary and speak empathetically with the policyholder.

When it comes to biohazard remediation, there is no quick solution. The fact that there are no laws protecting policy holders through a biohazard cleaning process puts the responsibility on the insurance carrier to work with bioremediation specialists who follow strict safety standards and cleanup procedures. If the insurance carrier directs the cleanup process and even one of the above points is neglected, they might be held liable for any further health and property damages resulting from the improper cleanup. It is important to remember that you can’t put a price tag on the peace of mind that a policy holder needs after a traumatic crime or death occurred in their home or place of business.

Locally Owned Company with Valuable Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties is strategically located to respond quickly to your water damage emergency and your mold cleanup. When there is mold in a home or business, we have the resources and personnel to help get your home or business back together. Call us today! 

Information provided by: http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2013/10/22/238753.htm

Why SERVPRO when it comes to getting your carpets cleaned!

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

The Importance of Hiring Professional Carpet Cleaners

Professional carpet cleaners are the only people who should be trusted to do the job. Anyone with less experience or certification will likely not do the job correctly. And their carelessness could end up costing a lot more in the end. 

Carpeting is typically one of the most long-term investments in the home. Most people associate high-cost flooring with tile, marble or hardwood, but carpet can carry a high price tag as well. There are various fibers and matting to choose from, as well as the padding beneath it. When it’s all said and done, it can cost just as much if not more than some other options. Once that investment is installed, great care should be taken to keep it in the best condition possible. This will mean regular vacuuming in high-traffic areas and regular maintenance from professional carpet cleaners.


Why should someone always hire professional carpet cleaners?

Professionally trained technicians have certification in all types of fibers and construction, so they know which products and equipment to use and how to employ them properly. The technician can assess the area for any spot treatment that may be necessary and will know which tools and specialized products to use. They will also be aware of the correct methods to complete the job effectively. Technicians will also inform the customer of ways that they can prolong the life of their carpeting and how to properly treat spills and accidents should they occur.


What can happen if someone doesn't use professional carpet cleaners?

A lot of damage can occur if a certified technician or firm is not hired to do the job. They can over-saturate the fibers and promote an environment that may foster mold and other microbial growth in time. If using improper equipment, the fibers can be damaged, which would result in replacement being required much sooner. If the wrong cleansing agents are used, or they are not properly rinsed out, they may damage the fibers or make future soil adhere quicker, which will require cleaning more often than would otherwise be necessary.  


What should a customer expect when they hire professional carpet cleaners?

Upon arrival, the technician will assess the carpeting. Once that is complete, the process can begin. First they will vacuum the floor during a process called dry soil removal. This removes any loose items in the flooring. Then soil suspension and extraction will take place. The technician uses a preconditioning agent that is mixed to separate the soil from the fibers. Various methods are employed to extract the soil from the flooring. Grooming may also be done to improve the fiber piles, matting, and to equally disperse protectors or conditioning agents. Then the drying process can begin. Carpets that have been professionally cleaned should be dry in less than 24 hours. Homeowners can assist in this process by ensuring the right temperature is maintained, and there is adequate ventilation. 

When hiring a carpet cleaning technician, make sure that they have received their certification through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC is a globally-recognized organization that is the leader in certifying technicians and firms in the restoration, cleaning and inspection industry.

Locally Owned Company with Valuable Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties is strategically located to respond quickly to your water damage emergency and your mold cleanup. When there is mold in a home or business, we have the resources and personnel to help get your home or business back together. Call us today!


*Information provided by: http://www.IICRC.org/the-importance-hiring-professional-carpet-cleaners-a-502.html

Why SERVPRO when it comes to storm damage!

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Although no one can stop the rains, there are ways to limit flooding in your home. Overland flooding or backups due to overwhelmed storm sewage systems are but two of the sources of floodwaters in the lower levels of your home. Regardless of the source of the water, we have the technicians and the equipment to help you recover.
 
Even though the water causing flood damage to your home may be drawing your eyes down as it seeps into the foundation or lower levels, the problem often is at the roofline. Clogged gutters and damaged downspouts cause water to pound down near the perimeter of your home, saturating the soil and ultimately invading through the slab, poured, or cinder block foundation. We can respond to and restore the damage but expect suggestions from our managers or production crew to minimize or even eliminate future flooding.
 
The grading and landscaping around your home can also contribute to the seepage of floodwaters into the foundation. Over time even correctly graded ground can erode and shift, encouraging rainwater to drain into your home rather than away from it. SERVPRO crews also see scenarios where plantings surrounding your home contribute to excess water moving into the porous materials making up the base and protecting the lower levels of your house. Irrigation systems or merely an overdone watering of foundation gardens have the unhappy result of a wet home.
 
SERVPRO evaluates the characteristics of the water flooding into your home to determine whether it needs to be contained and disposed of according to local regulations. The sooner you get our team to your home the more likely that the water checks out as Category 1. If the soil around your home is loose, dirt particles can flow in with the water. Lawn chemicals, fertilizers, and even pet wastes can taint the water, requiring careful handling. Gutter overflow can also contain bird and animal waste and mold, threatening the flooded area with microbial growth if not disinfected and dried out after the flood water evacuates.
 
Submersible pumps and water extractors pull most of the flood water out of your home. If Category 1 we can drain it outside, but take care to deposit far from the house to prevent it from flooding again. We use moisture meters and infrared scanners to locate hidden pockets of moisture and to set a baseline for drying goals. SERVPRO crews position air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to dry out the affected space. The moisture numbers are monitored to ensure we achieve standard levels.
 
The team at SERVPRO has the necessary training and experience to remediate seepage-based flooding. Do not hesitate to call us if we can help!

Why SERVPRO? When it comes to a fire?

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

A fire can be devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties has specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.

Board-ups - In some cases firefighters may break windows and cut holes in the roof in order to vent the fire. It is extremely 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.

Types of Fire/Smoke/Soot

Wet Smoke – Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, non-smeary residues.

Protein – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs. Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

What to do after a fire:

  • 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.

What NOT to do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may damage garment further.

SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties has what it takes to restore your home back to pre loss condition.

Grease Fire on Stove: Smoke & Soot Damage

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

This Wisconsin home experienced a fire damage when a grease fire started on the stove.  The owner used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire but smoke and soot still traveled throughout the house.  They called SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties to handle the fire and odor clean up.

When your home or business suffers fire damage, it can be especially devastating. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, your property may have substantial water damage from firefighting efforts. You may feel stressed and confused after such a disaster, and you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you through this tough time.

We’ll treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Smoke & Soot Facts

11/2/2018 (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 Kosciusko & Noble Counties 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. We are faster to any disaster and when it comes to your property in Kosciusko & Noble County, we will make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties can help when storms hit your home or business!

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Kosciusko & Noble Counties knows your home or business can be affected by a variety different storm damages within a single season. From hail to wind, tornado to snowstorm, we get a little bit of everything around here. Knowing what to look for after a storm is crucial for detecting and restoring issues. Below are areas to check for storm damage:

  1. Roof: Look for shingles that have discoloration, tearing, or even holes in them. These can all be signs that your roof has been damaged. Another sign is if there are leaks in your roof or your ceiling.
  2. Gutters: After a hail storm, looking for dents or dings can also give you a better picture of what the storm did to the rest of your home. Your gutters can also give you insight to whether you have roof damage. Check to see if there are granules from the asphalt shingles in your gutter.
  3. Windows: Look at each of the windows at your homes and note any signs of shattered or broken windows and frame damage. This is especially important after a hail storm or a strong wind storm.
  4. Exterior: Not only is it important to look at the siding of your home to check for damage, it is also important that you check any appliances.

After your inspection, if you notice any signs of storm damage follow up by checking the area for signs of mold or mildew. If damage has occurred call a local professional to resolve the issue. SERVPRO® of Kosciusko & Noble Counties is always here to help! Whether in Warsaw, Wabash, Syracuse, Huntington, Columbia City, Milford or surrounding areas, we are here to make it "Like it never even happened." for you!

Smoke and Soot Damage Remediation

10/28/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate nooks, crannies and 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.  Following are some facts about smoke and soot:

  • 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 leave different types of soot residue after a fire. 

  • Wet smoke is generated by a low heat, smoldering fire such as burning plastic or rubber. Wet smoke has a pungent odor and is typically sticky and smeary.  Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Paper and wood fires produce a dry smoke.  This type of is a fire is fast burning and generates a high temperature.  Heat rises therefore the smoke rises and soot residue is usually heavy on ceilings and in attics.
  • A protein fire occurs from the intense burn of a protein-enriched fiber, such as eggs left unattended on a stove, or a forgotten roast in the oven. There may not be any noticeable damage, but there might be a sticky residue coating the surfaces of your home, and an extreme pungent odor.  

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  Before restoration begins, we will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred and the cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting.

SERVPRO of Kos justo & Noble Counties personnel have the training, equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damaged property.   We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with consideration and care.

Should you have any questions or want more information regarding Fire, Smoke and Soot Damage Remediation, contact us immediately at (574) 306-4134.  At SERVPRO, we work to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Don't Delay When Water Damage Happens

10/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties provides water damage restoration service and we’re the kind of professional that no one wants to call.  But what’s important to remember is that when we are needed, it is important not to delay.  Moisture is often the enemy, capable of penetrating into just about any space, and taking advantage of every little crack and structural problem.  Regardless of how the moisture has entered the structure, the response should be the same:  get the home cleaned and dried quickly to ensure that there are no lingering health threats once the moisture is gone.

If water has entered the home through a contaminated source, don’t try to handle it on your own.  Floods and sewage backflows contain a cocktail of deadly bacteria, viruses and fungi, and even momentary skin contact can leave a person seriously ill.  A water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties not only has the training and tools to eliminate the moisture; they have the necessary equipment and technology their disposal.

This includes powerful vacuums and pumping systems, high volume air movers, dehumidifiers, heat injectors, moisture meters, and a number of detergents formulated for destroying fungi and other microbial threats. While the technicians work on the building, disposing of compromised materials, and drying the rest, they will also destroy all mold and microbial colonies. This is the only way to ensure a home is safe to live in, and a business safe to work in; any other cleaning method is a dangerous gamble.

So if you find yourself with water damage, don’t be the person with the beach towels and the box fans.  Get professional help.  Call SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties  at 574-306-4134.  Working to make it…”Like it never even happened.”

What to Do When Water Invades Your Home Causing Damage

9/22/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke can be just as damaging, if not more so, than the flames associated with fire in your Sandy Springs home. Small house or kitchen fires often result in horrible smoke odors that can linger forever if not treated correctly.  

Having a fire damage restoration company  help you return things to normal is likely your best option. A quality company can provide you with the proper equipment and resources necessary to remove unwanted odors while offering full-service restoration and cleaning services as well.

SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, regardless of when your incident occurs, we can be there. We have access to air-movers, fogging equipment, cleaning and sanitizing methods that make restoring your home much faster than ever before.  

SERVPRO technicians scrub every surface affected by the event, including the ceiling, walls, floors, cabinets, countertops, appliances, and more. We use EPA-registered disinfectants to help clean and sanitize the entire space. Our technicians work hard to reduce any losses you might experience and make it a point to address specific concerns you might have.

SERVPRO has an entire fire damage restoration service, designed to adjust to meet your specific needs. Since each circumstance is different, we make it a point to thoroughly inspect your home and keep you informed throughout, making the entire experience as stress-free as possible.  

It takes dedication and devotion to the task at hand to remove odors clinging to fabrics, soft plastics, clothes, curtains, bags, shoes, carpeting, and other household items caught up in the aftermath of a fire. Our technicians make sure to do everything in their power to prevent losses and are determined to provide you with the quality results you deserve.

SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties handles cleaning and restoration requests from residents in Kosciusko, Noble and all surrounding communities. We are proud to offer restoration solutions that help members of our local community and show it in everything that we do. Call today for an initial inspection or to learn more about what we can do for you. (574) 306-4134

Mold & Your Health

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Many homeowners may not even be aware of the mold in their home, particularly if it is unusual looking. Mold can be white and thread like or it can appear as clusters of small black spots. Mold can vary in color and may be black, greyish brown, green or white. There is even mold that is pinkish in color.

Sometimes the only evidence of hidden mold in your home is a musty smell. This indicator should not be ignored. Just because mold is out of sight, does not mean that it is not able to cause harm and damage.

Mold tends to flourish in warm, damp & humid areas. Leaky basements and crawlspaces are prime areas for mold growth. Mold feeds on wet organic materials found in carpet, drywall, insulation and wood and releases spores. Exposure to these spores can potentially cause problems in both humans and pets.

Long term mold exposure is especially problematic for elderly people, infants and small children and those with allergies and pre-existing respiratory problems.  

Mitigating your mold problem immediately can spare your family of its harmful effects. If you see or smell mold in your home, the experts at SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties are here to help. Call us today to set up a consultation with one of our technicians. (574) 306-4134

After the Fire: Risks of Mold

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Assess Mold Infestation Issues After Water was Used to Put Out a Fire at Your Home

Water seems like a real savior during recent fire events.  As the threat of extensive damage reduces through fire-fighting efforts, the possibility of mold damage developing is rarely considered. Once you step back and consider how much water is used to control a blaze or reduce the possibility that fire takes off in your home you understand that secondary water-accelerated mold damage can become a crisis in its own right. 
 
Mold damage basics emphasize that where standing water or residual dampness remains unabated for just a couple of days, microbial growth is almost inevitable. Our area of Indiana is one of the most humid in the country, and the high percent average ambient moisture can by itself support mold growth. Add water-based firefighting efforts, and it is not surprising that area homeowners so often seek our mold remediation skills. 
 
If mold damage does take hold in your home, abating it becomes as important as cleaning up soot or smoke damage. SERVPRO offers full-service restoration, able to handle your water damage issues, smoke and soot cleanup, as well as providing the mold remediation protocols developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Your reliance upon our ability to respond professionally and successfully whatever your restoration needs is well-founded. Our technicians train in a broad variety of strategies and methodologies supported by courses developed with the backing of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), an international restoration industry standards-setting organization. 
 
Expect the mold damage remediation process to emphasize the safety of you and your family as well as the professionals providing the services. SERVPRO technicians wear full personal protective gear during the abatement and contain the moldy areas with physical barriers and modern technologies, like negative pressure air scrubbers, preventing particles from contaminating mold growth-free areas of your home. Any porous materials infiltrated by mold growth will be removed along with the mold colonies, and the infested items disposed of according to local codes for hazardous waste. 
 
Final mold remediation steps include sanitization with professional grade antimicrobials matched to the fungal growth and a careful consideration of the water incursion that activated the mold in the first place. Any water or moisture remaining after all restoration services complete can contribute to another wave of mold growth. The water and fire damage efforts must completely eradicate excess moisture issues to prevent further mold damage. 
 
Often home restoration is a complicated matter, and SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties has the skills, experience, and trained technicians to manage mold, water, and fire damage issues, as well as other. Call  to set your individualized remediation processes in motion. (574) 306-4134

Shower Damaged Caulking and Grout Caused Water & Mold Damage

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

As your tiled shower ages, it is important to keep your caulking and grout in good repair. Water and mold damage is caused by deteriorating or missing caulking and grout which causes water to seep underneath the surface damaging your shower walls over time. Between 1965 and 1990 drywall was used behind tile and when it gets wet it expands and swells causing the grout to crack. In recent years they have started using cement board that do not swell when moist and can be treated with a waterproofing. This makes your shower less likely to have major water issues, but it is still important to check your caulking and grout regularly, making repairs immediately to prevent a costly project.

SERVPRO was contacted for a water damage in this home. After examining the area and performing a moisture check, it was discovered that the walls were wet due to damaged and missing grout.

Our professionally trained production crew removed all the damaged tile and drywall in this shower and the remaining structure was cleaned and treated for mold.

If you think you have a moisture problem in your shower contact SERVPRO at (574) 306-4134.

Water Damage In Kosciusko

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties 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 - (574) 306-4134
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 Kosciusko & Noble Counties 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 Kosciusko & Noble Counties
SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties 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.

SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties: Getting through fire damage!

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

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. We will do all that we can to get you to the point where it is "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Faster to your Water Damage!

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO 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 Kosciusko & Noble Counties 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 – 

574-306-4134

About SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties

SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties 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.

 

Water Damage Events & Your Business

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at a commercial property are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties

SERVPRO of Kosciusko & Noble Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

How To Find Whether Your Basement Needs Mold Remediation

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

Performing regular inspection for mold and taking suitable mold mitigation is the ideal way to maintain your commercial or residential property as protected as possible. How do you identify that your home requires mold remediation? Even though it is best to have regular professional inspection to identify the mold formation, there are some signs that can make you aware about the mold growth on the building. These includes

  • Puddles
  • Musty smells
  • Moist spots on ceiling or floor
  • Continuous incoming water
  • Visible mildew or mold spots

In case your building structure shows any of the above listed signs, it is essential to take instant action before the situation spreads or worsens.

Mold can cause health effects. SERVPRO deals with mold remediation every day. Hiring a professional is the permanent solution for mold removal. 

The professional mold remediation process involves following things:

  • They seal off the mold affected area in order to prevent them from spreading.
  • They scrape the patches of mold and clean the affected region thoroughly.
  • They pinpoint the moisture source that leads mold formation.
  • Sometimes they discuss the basement waterproofing option to remove the moisture that supply mold growth.

SERVPRO® of Kosciusko & Noble Counties is always here to help! Whether in Warsaw, Wabash, Syracuse, Huntington, Columbia City, Milford or surrounding areas, we are here to make it "Like it never even happened." for you!

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