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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.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Call us for all of your spring cleaning needs!

It’s time to open the windows and refresh your home for spring! For many of us, that means it’s time for deep cleaning inside and outside our home. But think beyond the basic spring-cleaning list this year. While you are scrubbing and vacuuming and wiping away the grime of winter, add these safety checks to your cleaning schedule. These are easy ways to help keep your home and family safe all year. This will include things you can do to maintain your home that could prevent disaster. The goal is to add these tasks to your list as people are already spring cleaning.

Clean dryer vent in your laundry room

Throughout the year, you do hundreds of loads of laundry in your household, which leads to a collection of lint in the dryer vent. This can be a serious fire hazard. Take a moment to clean out the lint while sprucing up your laundry area this spring.

Have your HVAC system inspected – and change the air filter.

Soon, we’ll all be switching on our air conditioning. Make sure it’s functioning and safe with a HVAC system inspection. This will give you peace of mind. And while you’re at it, change the air filter – which will improve your indoor air quality this spring and summer.

Change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Smoke detectors can truly save lives – but only if they are working. They should be installed inside each bedroom and in the common areas on each level of the home, including the basement. Experts recommend to test your smoke detector every month and change the batteries at least once a year. So while you're cleaning, take a moment to check and change the batteries in your smoke detector.

Check your carbon monoxide detector.

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless gas – dangerous enough to kill you. Install detectors outside bedrooms and on each level of the home. And just like smoke detectors, batteries should be checked monthly and changed each year.

Reseal and caulk around tile, tub and shower.

Scrubbing your tub and tile are very likely part of your spring-cleaning list. Take it one step further and reseal and recaulk around your tub and shower. Over time, this can wear down, which could lead to water damage and mold. By routinely checking and repairing the caulk, you may avoid the costly damage down the road.

Clean and check drains for obstructions.

Hair and other obstructions in drains can lead to clogging and water damage. Stop the risk before it starts by cleaning drains when you are spring-cleaning.

Check your sump pump to ensure it’s working properly.

Spring rains are hitting the Quad Cities, and that means you want to be sure your sump pump is working properly. Here’s how:

  • Fill the sump pit with water and confirm that the float triggers the switch in the sump pump.
  • Confirm that the breaker is on and the outlet providing power to the sump pump is in good condition and working order.

Clean gutter and downspouts.

Outdoor spring-cleaning is just as important as indoor spring-cleaning. First, check to be sure your gutters and downspouts are clear and functioning. You want all water to be taken away from the foundation of your home to avoid water entering your home.

Clean outdoor grill from grease and nests.

With summer holidays and outdoor entertaining on the horizon, this is also a good time to be sure your outdoor grill is safe and clean for use. Clean grease and nests from your outdoor grill when you are spring cleaning to keep your home safe from fire.

The bottom line

Disasters don’t always happen in a moment – they can build up over time. Some major issues can be prevented with diligence and routine maintenance. Spring is a perfect time to be sure your home is protected. This can help you save money and can even help prevent fire, water and storm damage.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After The Disaster

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at 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 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 North Ft. Wayne

SERVPRO of N. Ft. 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.

Don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne if you experience a water loss at your commercial property!

Don't Go From Sticky To Stinky!

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Many businesses who experience a water damage often do not consider the odor that can linger in a building after a flood. The foul odor often smells like sewage and can indicate that mold growth may have occurred or that the water damage has not been adequately dried. No matter why it smells a foul odor is unacceptable for your business because it can drive away your customers. That is where we come in.

  1. Quick Mitigation Response:

    The best way to remove odors from a structure is to prevent them from happening in the first place. In many cases foul odors are caused when water damage is allowed to sit and fester for several days. Even clean water that you could drink will smell like sewage after being allowed to fester for several days. When we arrive on site we are taking as much water out of your structure as possible through extraction. This speeds up the drying process because it removes as much “loose” water in the structure as possible which leaves the remaining “bound” water. That bound water is water that has soaked into the carpet, drywall and other porous materials. That is why we use equipment such as Airmovers and Large Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers to get the remaining moisture out as fast as possible.

  2. Porous Materials Hold Odor Well:

    If a strong odor is already present regrettably it means that some of the structure and inventory must be thrown away. Items such as carpet pad, carpet, fabrics, furniture and even structural items such as drywall could possibly hold odors and need to be discarded in order to remove odor from a structure. Removing items that can be removed during the initial damage can stop them from ever developing an odor.

  3. Using Disinfectants can Prevent Odors

    What you smell when you smell a water damage is the metabolic process of various bacteria that either came in with the water or developed as the water stagnated. That is why using a disinfectant on the affected area can drastically reduce or stop the development of odor after a water damage.

In the event of a water damage at your business give us a call at (260) 255-6271 and we can come evaluate what needs to be done to stop a sticky situation from becoming stinky.

Grilling Can Be Safe & Yummy!

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Grill Safety to consider when breaking out your inner backyard culinary skills.

June and July are peak months for summer grilling fires in N. Ft. Wayne. The Memorial Day weekend opened up grilling season so if you haven't already, it’s time to dust off the grills and let the inner backyard culinary skills to work. As exciting as it is to break out the grill for the official start of the summer season right, we have to always consider the safety that needs to be taken when preparing to light up the grill.

NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) says that the U.S. fire department responded to an average of 8,900 home fire that involved the use of grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year.  These 8,900 fires caused annual averages of 10 civilian deaths, 160 injuries, and $118 million in direct property damage. Almost all the losses resulted from structure fires. The leading causes of grill fires were a failure to properly cleaning of the grill, placement of the grill because it was placed to close to a structure and leaving the grill unattended. Five out of six (83%) of grills involved in home fires were fueled by gas while 13% used other sources of fuel.

Precautions to take while grilling

Propane:

  • Stay alert when grilling. Avoid grilling when you are tired or have consumed too much alcohol.
  • Do Not leave your grill unattended.
  • Keep the grill in a place that is free from flammable items and away from porch rails, and low lying branches.
  • Keep children and pets as far away from the grill as possible
  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.

NOTE: A light soap and water solution applied to the hose is a great way to check for leaks. You can often smell a propane leak, but propane will also release bubbles when the soap and water solution is applied. If you detect a leak, turn the gas tank and grill off. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.

  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before igniting.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately move away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • If the flames go out for any reason, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.
  • Keep your grill clean by regularly removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and trays below.

Charcoal grill safety tips to consider:

  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the flames.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • Electric charcoal starters do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container with a lid.
 

Deodorizing After A Fire

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

After a small fire in your home, you quickly start to assess the damage to the areas. You visually inspect the furniture and walls. Even if there is no real lasting damage, there is one problematic element that tends to linger for weeks after a fire: the smell. Odor removal is an often overlooked, but significant aspect of fire restoration services.

While our SERVPRO team is well educated in restoration techniques and cleaning processes to restore areas of your home that have been damaged aesthetically by an unexpected fire, the lingering odor that remains is often something that homeowners are less concerned with initially. It becomes more and more problematic as the home is being restored, but the smoke and charring scent of the fire’s destruction remains as powerful as ever.

Fortunately, our team of technicians has state-of-the-art equipment for removing foul smells from a residence or business. Deodorizing happens through the use of dense fogging machines. The machines are capable of producing a heavy chemical fog that is sprayed throughout the entire affected area, ensuring that all of the affected structure and contents are also affected by the fog.

Though this chemical has no scent, it reacts on a molecular level with the foul-smelling odor molecules lingering in the air after the fire gets extinguished. This new chemical compound is entirely neutral, leaving behind no smell at all. The process is a far cry from traditional deodorizing techniques, which merely overpower the harsh smell with an overbearing new scent for the damaged areas. Fogging leaves the room smelling like nothing has ever happened, even if you are still in the process of restoration efforts for the damages.

Since formidable smells (like those left behind after a fire) are challenging to live with, be sure to speak with our technicians assigned to your residence about deodorizing the area as soon as possible. Fogging can happen alongside our cleaning and restoration efforts, which makes the entire process more streamlined and efficient.

Recovering from a recent fire, regardless of its size, can be a complicated process. Contact us at SERVPRO of N. Ft. Wayne to walk you through the entire restoration process and help to bring these damages back to their pre loss conditions.

After a fire, safety is #1!

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

What To Do After A Fire

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

North Ft. Wayne: Getting through fire damage!

5/18/2018 (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 North Ft. Wayne has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your South Bend 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.

Let us come in and help make it "Like it never even happened."

What to do after a fire in North Ft. Wayne

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

After any fire damage situation in North Ft. Wayne, your primary focus should be safety:

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

What To Do After A Fire

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

Faster to your North Ft. Wayne water damage!

5/18/2018 (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 South Bend, NE 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 – 

(260) 255-6271

About SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne

SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne 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.

What's Your ERP?

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne is a national sponsor of the American Red Cross' Ready Rating Program, and as part of our community service, we are helping local businesses prepare for disasters. We call these  E.R.P. (Emergency, Response, Plan)

One of the best reasons to start an E.R.P. is because disasters seem to happen when you are away from the office or on vacation. Contained in an E.R.P. are a few of the following: property overview, building access information, contact information, utility information,(shut off locations) and other useful information that we tend to forget about when faced with a tragedy.

For more information about starting an E.R.P. for your business today please call SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne at (260) 255-6271 to help prepare you in case of a disaster.

Reconstruction in North Ft. Wayne

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

When your home or business has been damaged by fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris.

After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

Call the professionals at 
SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne at (260) 255-6271.

Water and your North Ft. Wayne Business

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

When you’re running a business, flood water is the last thing you want to deal with,. However, sometimes it’s unavoidable when bad weather or faulty plumbing strikes. The key to combating flooding is understanding exactly what you’re dealing with before disaster strikes. These are the most important points to remember when it comes to flooding:

• Flood water is considered black water, or a category 3 issue.
• Black water contains a number of threats.
• You require professional help to clean up black water correctly.

Black Water

Flood waters are rated on a scale depending on the source of the flooding. Clean water comes from burst water lines and other clean sources, gray water results from broken showers and other potentially chemical-carrying sources, and black water results from storm damage and other, potentially more dangerous sources. Understanding which type you’re dealing with is vital when it comes to keeping yourself and your employees safe during floods.

The Dangers

Out of the three categories, black water is the most dangerous by far. Floods resulting from storm damage are considered as a category 3 issue because they tend to carry sewage, chemicals, diseases and bacteria that they pick up from outdoor spaces. Avoiding direct contact with this water is imperative to avoid the transmission of illnesses and other serious issues.

Professional Help

While there are a few steps you can take to reduce the immediate damage of black water in your business, you should never attempt to handle the issue alone and without professional equipment. Allowing a professional cleanup crew to take care of your flooding issue is the best way to promote a safe work environment while getting the results you need to get your business operations back on track.

In the business world, informing yourself about an issue is always important when it comes to making smart decisions. This applies to dealing with emergencies such as flooding in the workplace. Prepare to deal with black water the right way, and never let yourself or your employees be caught off-guard.

Call the professionals at SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne today at (260) 255-6271!

Mold Remediation in North Ft. Wayne

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Any commercial property, old or new, in our area can become rapidly infested with toxic levels of mold after the introduction of a source of moisture (not just from plumbing or roof leak either!) Consistently high levels of humidity indoors can be enough for mold to spawn a colony. Don't worry though, SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne is here to help! 

Once growth begins, it can take as little as 48 hours for a new colony of mold to spread throughout the house and reach levels high enough to cause allergic reactions and other health issues.

If you suspect your business may be “sick” with excess mold growth, the best solution is to call in a certified Environmentalist to assess, test and report a protocol for immediate remediation.

To Effectively Fight Mold, You Need to Understand Mold

Before you start Google searches of your area and begin collecting bids from local contractors for mold removal, you need to be aware of a few things.

First, mold spores exist everywhere. They are microscopic and travel through the air, similarly to pollen. They can come indoors through an open window, doorway, or even on your hair and clothing.

Second, contrary to the claims of some mold removal and remediation companies, it’s not physically possible to do a 100% mold removal for the reason we just mentioned above. It’s everywhere.

Third, mold only becomes harmful when it is allowed to colonize indoors. Colonization occurs when spores come in contact with a viable source of moisture. From there it settles in and starts to reproduce. Colonization is what brings the levels of mold up to potentially unhealthy concentrations. That’s where the trouble begins.

Consequently, before any effective mold removal can begin, its food source, i.e., moisture, has to be removed. That means fixing or replacing that leaky roof, addressing any plumbing issues, or utilizing a dehumidifier to keep indoor humidity under 45%.

Trust in SERVPRO for Effective and Fast Mold Removal

SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne teams are trained to work quickly and effectively to find, treat and remove toxic levels of mold in Irving Park commercial properties. Their quick response time aids in keeping the amount of damage lower and reducing the costs of services.

When you call us for mold removal, you will be matched up with experts in:

  • Mold removal and remediation
  • Water removal
  • Water and mold damage restoration
  • Building restoration
  • Microbial Remediation Specialties
  • Structural Drying
  • And more

We use  the Latest Tech Equipment to Achieve Efficient Mold Removal!

From detection to containment and even restoration, SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne's mold removal processes take advantage of the most up to date cleaning, air pressure chambers and building tools and techniques to make sure your home and business is a safe and healthy one, Irving Park and surrounding neighborhoods.

A qualified mold removal company needs to understand the science behind mold and mold colonization. Our professionals have undergone training and been given the expertise to accomplish effective mold removal from your home or office. When they are finished with the mold remediation of your business, you can be assured that the mold levels will be back to normal, healthy levels.

Call today for your Free consultation; (260) 255-6271

North Ft. Wayne Commercial Mold Removal

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Why do I have mold on my premises?

Mold in a commercial property can be caused by water damage or water intrusion from various sources such as a roof, window or plumbing leaks. The humidity caused by the presence of moisture combined with the warmth and poor ventilation in a property gives mold the perfect conditions to develop, and it can spread quickly if left unchecked. This can cause damage to internal structures, damage to products in storage and is also a serious health risk for you, your customers and your staff.

Should I Clean Mold Myself?

It may be tempting to clean the mold off of surfaces yourself, however, this will only remove the surface mold. Although an area may look clean of mold the root cause of the infestation and there will be spores within the surface that you will not be able to reach with household cleaning items. The spores that are left will continue to multiply and grow and the surface growth will soon be visible again. A few things you can do in the case of a mold infestation are:

  • Turn off your HVAC system if you have one
  • Make sure that movement in the area is limited to prevent spores from transferring elsewhere
  • Do not touch or disturb the affected areas
  • Make sure that you vacate the property

What Will a Mold Removal Team do?

If you have a mold infestation on your premises, you should call the SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne's expert mold removal team as soon as possible. They will be able to determine the cause of the mold growth and remove all spores from the property ensuring that it is fully eliminated.

Our team will carry out a preliminary assessment of the problem to ascertain the severity of the infestation and the underlying cause. There is a protocol we must follow to properly address the severity of the damage. The first step is to contact a certified Environmentalist who can test the area and report the specifics of the spore counts, the risks and the step-by-step remediation. S/He will then ensure that there is no cross contamination within the premises.

We are trained to perform the step-by-step remediation, provided by the Environmentalist. Mold isn’t always visible to the human eye so our experts will use special equipment to clean areas that are affected or that have high moisture levels that will encourage future mold growth.

Once the assessment and containment of the mold are complete, our team will then remove the mold at the source ensuring that there are no mold spores present within the premises to safeguard against further infestation. Finally, the team will remove the underlying cause of the infestation by repairing the affected area to stop the further intrusion of water.

If left untreated, mold can cause serious structural damage to your commercial property such as brickwork and drywall which could lead to more serious issues that will take longer and cost more to correct in addition to the loss of business while the premises are being treated and repaired. Call today! (260) 255-6271 for a consultation.

Tips to follow if you suspect mold in North Ft. Wayne

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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 Marshall, Starke, Pulaski, Fulton 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 North Ft. Wayne specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –(260) 255-6271

Conditions in North Ft. Wayne might be right for mold

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at (260) 255-6271

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne for mold remediation services.

3 Ways To Use Landscaping To Protect Your Home in North Ft. Wayne From Water Damage

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Heavy rains or extreme storms can drop thousands of gallons of water on your yard over the course of a winter season, potentially leaving behind outside flooding or overflowing drainage in their wake. Therefore, it’s important to prepare for any intense rainstorm by finding ways to properly divert rain drainage away from your property. Here are three ways to use your outdoor landscaping to protect your home from the brunt of oncoming excess water and keep it outside where it belongs.

1. Be creative with your mulch. If you’ve created any garden or plant beds around the exterior of your home, there are preventative measures you can take to effectively ward off flooding issues. Use heavier mulch that absorbs more of the water within itself as opposed to allowing it to run toward the walls of the house. Furthermore, it’s best to leave a 6-inch gap between your mulch and siding so that any excess water doesn’t wick up and into the exterior siding of your home.

2. Direct rainwater spouts away from the house. In the event of a rainstorm, your drainage spouts work to keep water flowing freely off of your roof and away from your exterior paneling. However, it’s important to extend these downspouts as much as possible to keep any outside flooding from building right next to your home.

3. Use grass or rock formations as barriers. If your family has experienced countless flooding problems in your basement, cellar or even surrounding your doorways, it helps to create a landscaping barrier in areas that are prone to excess water buildup. Incorporate added grass to help absorb and block, or enhance the space with a decorative rock path to break up the runoff and keep it from collecting.

While outside flooding isn’t always preventable, there are certainly ways to help prevent excess water from building around the exterior of your home. These three methods can be useful in safeguarding your property without taking away from the beauty of your landscape. For more information give us a call! (260) 255-6271

Be Storm Ready in North Ft. Wayne

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When Dealing with Leaks, Take the Following Steps to Minimize Damage:

  • Clean up any puddles – standing water will soak in to wood and lead to permanent damage, warping and eventual rot.
  • Catch drips – yep, the old bucket under the drip. You want to capture any drips you see so that puddles don’t form
  • Find the source of the leak NOW!
  • Fix the leak ASAP

The important thing is to find what’s causing the leak. Most rain induced leaks start in the roof. You do NOT want to be climbing around the slippery wet roof during a rainstorm.

Here’s a quick check-list of what to look at when dealing with a roof leak:

  • Find where the leak is on the ceiling of the room below. That will lead you to a puddle or soaked insulation in the attic.
  • Look for water stains, drip marks, etc. on the rafters above the wet insulation.
  • Trace the water up the rafter. It should point right at the leak in the roof.
  • Check chimneys where they cut through the roof. Mark the area at the highest point where you see the leak start. This is invaluable for whomever has to fix the leak.

If you do narrow it down to a roof leak, you will need to contact a roofer to fix the leak, and SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne can handle the water damage. 

If you have water damage in your home, give us a call at (260) 255-6271 and a technician will come and check it out!

Emergency Preparedness in North Ft. Wayne

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Between tornadoes and flooding and fires, the amount of natural disasters that have been occurring left and right has been dizzying. While our team here at SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne offers free services for businesses to create an Emergency Preparedness Profile, we wanted to highlight important basic items you might need if you and your family happened to be caught in a natural disaster. 

You never know when disaster might strike—Don’t let it catch you off guard.

With help from Ready.gov, we were able to compile a list of important things that even can save your life in the event of an emergency. Be sure to remember specific things that your family might need, like medications, epi-pens, and even pet food!

Assembling Your Kit

When you assembler your kit, make sure to store items in airtight plastic bags and keeping everything in plastic bins. This makes them easy to carry, and easily accessible.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Additional Emergency Supplies

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs: 

  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lense solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Maintaining Your Kit

After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed:

  • Keep canned food in a cool, dry place
  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers
  • Replace expired items as needed
  • Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.

Kit Storage Locations

Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and vehicles.

If you find yourself the victim of disaster, give us a call at (260) 255-6271.

Storm Season in North Ft. Wayne

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If you've been outside lately, you will notice that it is that time of year again...The rainy season! And along with rain comes roof leaks.

Roof leaks can cause all sorts of damage to homes. They can be small, or they can cause large floods. 

However they come, if your home suffers water damage from a roof leak, SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne can restore it. 

Many times you don't realize your roof is leaking until a major event happens. Slow leaks can build up over time and become large leaks that become noticeable. It is important to have a professional who can assess the damage and look for signs of secondary damage such as Mold from prolonged leaks over a period of time. 

If you suffer water damage from a roof leak give us a call today, we are ready to help. (260) 255-6271

Water Damage from Flooding in North Ft. Wayne

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Following the 500 year flood in February of 2018 thousands of homes were initiated with water, caused by a record snow fall, then the fast melt when we received a record rain fall.  The St. Joseph River has a flood level of 5'6", this year it hit 33'.  Water entered homes in many ways.  This home had water enter through a crack in the foundation at surface level. 

The water came through the flowed down the wall damaging the drywall, insulation and stud work.  Unfortunately the home owner was not in town during the storm; the basement sat 2.5 weeks before anyone noticed the damage. 

In that time mold had begun to grow on the entirety of the damaged area compounding the damage and clean up.  SERVPRO responded to the call in less than an hour. The area was contained to prevent spreading the mold, deconstruction, clean up and the drying process was started within a few hours.  SERVPRO will make it "Like it never even happened."

Hot Water Repair Service & Water Damage Clean Up in North Ft. Wayne

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Wet spots on the floor or a rusted tank may signal a problem. Your hot-water heater could have a leak or a busted valve. If you are having a problem with your hot-water heater, contact a qualified plumbing contractor right away. Once you have called a plumbing contractor then contact SERVPRO to provide an inspection utilizing advanced technical equipment.

Upon inspection if damages are determined SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne will address the water damage and provide a full repair service estimate. SERVPRO has a 24 hour emergency service team that is highly trained and ready to help you at your home or business. Contact SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne at (260) 255-6271. SERVPRO services all of North Ft. Wayne.

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup

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A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today 

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Conditions that might be right for Mold

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Fort Wayne to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO for mold remediation services.

For Immediate Services

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SERVPRO of Fort Wayne provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your 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. Learn more about our commercial services: 

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

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Flooding and water damage events in 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 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

SERVPRO of 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.

Be careful! Without proper training you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

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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 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 Fort Wanye specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Faster to your Water Damage Event

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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 Fort Wayne 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

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO 

SERVPRO of 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.

Your Ducts?

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning and checking duct-work should be a high priority, especially if your HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention.  Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold and other irritating dust throughout your building and home.  At SERVPRO of Fort Wayne, we are here to help.  Our service is cleaning the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit.  Keeping the HVAC system and duct work clean can extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which will save money.

SERVPRO of North Ft Wayne Smoke & Soot Cleanup

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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.

North Ft. Wayne Country 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

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SERVPRO of North Ft Wayne County 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 - 574-936-5849

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 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 North Ft Wayne County

SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO North Ft. Wayne County Home have a Mold Problem?

2/2/2018 (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.

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.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today at 574-936-5849

When Storm or Floods Hit, North Ft Wayne is Ready!

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SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

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.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Of North Ft. Wayne County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams of North Ft. Wayne County that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at 574-936-5849

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