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Emergency Tarps During Storms

6/1/2019 (Permalink)

Getting a tarp on a roof fast is essential during a storm.

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

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

If you experience wind and storm damage to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of North Fort Wayne at (260) 255-6271 to save your home or business.

Commercial Loss Experts

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water Loss At Commercial Property

Flooding and water damage events at Fort Wayne commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. Many business owners understand that the business downtime can be more devastating to the property damage -- we understand that many times the most important thing to your businesses is to get back in business . . . fast.

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 and time 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 North Fort Wayne

SERVPRO of North Fort Wayne 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. Call us anytime with questions or advice, (260) 255-6271

Step By Step Commercial Fire Restoration Process

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

A commercial fire can be devastating. Ensuring that you have the absolute best professionals in the industry will bring peace of mind.

A commercial fire can be an upsetting experience. Beyond losing precious items, the aftermath of a blazing fire can leave you unsettled and frightened. Once the fire is out, you may immediately think about calling commercial fire restoration and cleanup services, but before you do, consider these steps. 

1. Contact your insurance company and request a meeting. If possible, you may want an adjustor on site during the first walkthrough. If the adjustor cannot visit the site immediately, take pictures.

2. Ask fire officials when it is safe to re-enter the building. The fire may be extinguished, but without knowing the amount of destruction to the structure, you may not be aware of where the safety zone is.

3. Request a copy of the fire report from the fire department. Not only can it have pertinent information for your insurance claim, but it may also have information to help you identify what data is still missing and possibly necessary for fire restoration specialists.

4. To prevent possible looting, or additional vandal destruction, secure the building. Most fire insurance specialists can offer information on how best to protect the structure.

5. Contact our commercial fire cleanup and restoration crew to assess the damage. Professional cleaners can help with water, soot, and smoke cleaning, as well as sanitizing the damaged areas.

6. If emergency personnel turned the electricity off, empty refrigerators and freezers. After emptying them, leave the doors open for air circulation. 

7. If water was used to put out the flames, wiring might be damaged. Heat and water may also have damaged appliances. Before turning on lights, appliances, or HVAC systems, check with repair services.

8. If the damage is extensive, contact utility companies regarding service. Suspending utilities during restoration is often necessary.

Fire restoration can be a big operation whether it involves minor damage or extensive rebuilding. By following the above steps, you may find the process less stressful or overwhelming. You can also protect your building from additional damage. Contact the industry leading professionals at SERVPRO of North Fort Wayne.

Protecting Your Business From A Storm

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Storms come quick and in a hurry. Following these steps can help protect your business.

A severe storm in Fort Wayne can damage the structure of your building as well as the efficiency of your business. Flood water can destroy the equipment, data, and furniture within your commercial structure, which can be costly and can bring your company to a standstill. Here are 3 precautions you can take to minimize water damage, confusion, and data loss.

1. Create a Plan

Storms can be frightening and are often paired with chaos and disorder. It’s important to create an emergency weather plan for your employees to follow so that everyone can stay safe. Making a plan can also help the business get up and running faster after the storm. Your business plan can include information about these concerns:

• Evacuation procedures
• Relocation of equipment 
• Communication after the initial storm
• Repair and restoration plans for the flooded building

Once the plan is created, be sure to review and test it. Practicing evacuation drills can keep your employees safe, and being aware of what will happen to vital parts of your business during the storm can help you get back on your feet more quickly. 

2. Protect Your Property

There isn’t much you can do to prevent the storm from affecting your commercial building, but there are many proactive ways to minimize the water damage. Put sandbags in any areas that may be easily flooded, and try to move furniture and electronics to a higher level of the building. You can also cover windows and seal doors as an extra precaution.

3. Secure Important Data

Most businesses rely completely on technology. If flood water damages your electronics, you could lose vital data. By backing up your business’s important files and programs, you won’t have to worry about losing the time and money to regain that data. If all else fails, try to transfer your data to off-site storage quickly after being notified of a severe storm.

Being prepared for a storm can help your business minimize losses. Although flood water can cause a lot of damage to your building, you can protect your employees and preserve assets that are important to the company. Check out our resources on storm damage for more information 

Tips To Prevent Sewage Backup

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Sewage backups are caused by your home’s drain pipes or main sewer lines clogging. Backups can cause problems as small as slow drains to major overflowing toilets. They are caused by clogs, tree debris, damaged sewer lines, and even heavy rain falls.

What are the signs of a sewage backup?

  • Multiple drains are clogged.
  • Water backs up into other drains.
  • Toilets aren’t flushing like they normally do.

There are many ways to prevent sewage backups from occurring in your home:

  • Make sure you do not pour grease down the drain after cooking. The grease can harden within your pipes and gradually stop debris from being able to drain properly.
  • Ensure only the correct paper products are being disposed in your toilet. Things such as paper towels, diapers, or feminine products will cause a clog.
  • Installing a backwater prevention valve could also help in allowing sewage to leave but prevent it from backing up into your home.
  • Maintain tree roots in your yard to ensure they are not damaging your sewage line.

By handling the contaminated water yourself you risk exposure to a multitude diseases. Call SERVPRO of North Fort Wayne for water damage repair and mold services.

How To Get Your Business Back On Track After A Fire

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a commercial property

Smells are the fastest way to remind someone of an event or a place. As long as the aromas are pleasant, the memories are welcome. The nasty smell of a fire in your Fort Wayne business is not a remembrance to treasure. Even if our restoration technicians do their best to clean up fire residues, a smoky odor brings back the terror and the frustration of the fire that nearly closed your doors for good.

Restoration of a business is incomplete if fire odors linger. Employees might be triggered with flashbacks about the blaze and clients can lose confidence in your management abilities if the disaster appears partially unresolved. Inventory, documents, and other items stored on-site can carry the smell far from your headquarters, troubling to loyal customers as well as potential leads.

SERVPRO’s deodorization specialists use a broad range of strategies to eliminate the odors remaining after other fire cleanup completes. Cover-ups with distracting scents are not permanent solutions. We work through an odor-elimination protocol to get rid of the stench for good.

All burned items must be located and removed, including searching in hidden cavities. Thorough cleaning of surfaces is then checked off, with consideration of sealing some areas to prevent the volatile compounds from vaporizing and increasing the smell. This is often an option when areas in a commercial HVAC system contain sooty residues that the airflow could move throughout your business space. On occasion, enzymatic products can help as well.

SERVPRO deodorization technicians then choose from among advanced techniques to eliminate the ability tiny airborne and settled particulates to share the smell. We might recreate the conditions of the blaze with thermal foggers, equipment that combusts deodorants at high temperatures to identify smelly particles and neutralize them. Our experts also use ozone machines and hydroxyl generators to change the chemical composition of the remaining sooty bits, rendering them non-offensive to the nose.

If your business suffered from soot and fire, persistent odors are often not far behind. Contact SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne at (260) 255-6271 for our industry-leading deodorization services.

How To Prepare Against Flooding

5/18/2019 (Permalink)

Devastating flooding is unfortunately a reality that we have to deal with. Being prepared is key to reducing damage.

Flooding of a home or business property is a calamity that no one wants to experience. Even in the U.S. where flood prediction and mitigation is quite advanced, flood damage occurs all too often, amounting to over $6 billion worth of damage and contributing to the deaths of about 140 people every year. That’s why it’s important to consider the flooding probability for your property, since even one inch of water indoors can cause significant damage. Higher elevation is the only sure way to protect property from this natural disaster. However, there are some smart precautions you can take to help minimize damage from flooding, as well as protect against damage due to indoor piping and appliance leaks.

  1. Raise Electrical Systems and Appliances: Whether you have a basement or your home or building is on ground level, this step applies to you. Make sure that electrical items such as circuit breakers, wiring, and switches are raised at least a foot above ground to prevent them from being waterlogged in the event of a flood. Do the same for big-ticket appliances like your hot water heater and furnace. The higher above flood level everything is, the less likely it will be damaged in the event flooding occurs.
  2. Learn How Water Flows Around Your Property: Ideally, your home or business is built in such a way that water is directed away from it through the use of grading and slopes. But this is not always the case. The next time you have a storm, watch how the water flows. You can also use a hose to recreate a storm water flow. Does it run toward the street and into a drainage system? Or does it build up around your foundation or in a low spot in your property? If the water doesn’t drain naturally, it may be time to call in the experts and seek advice about measures to redirect water flow.
  3. Anchor Outdoor Equipment: As you raise your electrical systems and appliances indoors, so too should you pay special attention to your appliances that sit outdoors. Whether this is an air conditioning unit or something else—take time to anchor your outdoor equipment. This will not only help to prevent expensive equipment from being swept away in flash floods, but it will also help to protect your property.

Disaster can strike at any time, and we understand that the aftermath can be devastating for you, your family or your business. At SERVPRO of North Fort Wayne we are ready to stand with you through the process of restoration to any disaster you may face.

Who should you call with a water emergency?

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help during your time of need. When you call we answer even if it is 11 PM on a Friday, your call will be answered by Jenny our owner or one of our many trained managers. We understand that when you have water coming through light fixtures or sewage backing up into your shower and onto the bathroom floor that you cannot wait until business hours on Monday.

That is why when you call, we answer. We are able to speak with you, get details about what is going on and dispatch a crew as soon as possible.

If your home or office is affected by disasters like water damage or fire, SERVPRO of North Fort Wayne is ready to help you start the mitigation process and dry out your structure. Our teams of trained production techs are ready to walk through the process with you, just call us at 260-255-6271.

Spring Flowers bring...unexpected water damage

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Spring showers

We hope spring brings you more flowers and fewer showers, but if you experience water damage, you know who to call. SERVPRO® of  North Fort Wayne is ready when a disaster occurs in your home or office, our experienced crews will walk through the process with you. They assist in answering questions, bridging the gap between you and your insurance, insuring that all necessary parties have the information needed to complete the job faster, and get you back to life before. If your home or office should have a water damage from a sprinkler break, a dishwasher leak or a washing machine overflow from the second floor.  Know that you can trust the highest rated restoration company to help guide you through it, we are ready 24/7, 365 to help you at 260-255-6271.

SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne: Smoke and Soot Clean-up

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

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

Smoke and soot facts:

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

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of North Ft Wayne 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.