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What Are Board-Ups and When Are They Needed?

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

 Board-ups - In some cases it may be 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. SERVPRO of South Bend Professionals can and will perform the board-up themselves.

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.

SERVPRO of South Bend provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in South Bend. 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 

Why Is It So Important For the Correct Clean Up After A Fire?

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

 

Cleaning up a fire-damaged property is essential in restoring the preloss condition of the house by eliminating debris, soiling, and any odors left by the fire. Depending on how the fire cleanup is done, it can help reduce the number of items to replace during the restoration process.

Fire cleanup requires various inputs, ranging from clean water, detergents to specialized cleaning agents. For the best outcome, at a fair cost, there is a need to choose wisely. Our SERVPRO technicians assess the soiling prevalent in the affected area to help make the right choice. If we determine there are only hydrophilic residues, we can use plain water to clean the soiled areas. Other types of residues may require professional cleaning agents.

Agitation is a crucial aspect of fire cleanup, especially when dealing with massive or stubborn deposits. There are many ways to agitate a soiled surface, but it is crucial to choose the right one depending on the type of underlying material to avoid damaging it in the process. Our SERVPRO technicians utilize:

  • Air pressure
  • Water pressure
  • Rotating Brushes
  • Scrubbers
  • Blasting

We can also use different techniques simultaneously. For example, when cleaning carpets through hot water extraction, we utilize both air and water pressure to agitate the soiled areas. Options such as sandblasting are only feasible when eroding the material being cleaned does not damage it. Soda and sandblasting are useful when removing charring from frames and other unfinished surfaces.

Various solvents used in the cleaning process can leave permanent damages such as stains, discoloration, or fire damage to the physical qualities of the material. Our SERVPRO technicians take caution to avoid wetting surfaces, especially when cleaning porous materials. For surfaces made with specialized materials such as acoustic tiles, we use specialized cleaning techniques such as Peroxide-Active cleaning to safeguard the physical qualities of the tiles.

So give us a call at SERVPRO of South Bend today at 574-233-8377! We are faster to any disaster and we are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of South Bend Is Here To Help, When Fire Strikes Your Home or Business

6/15/2022 (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 of South Bend  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 South Bend 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 South Bend at (574) 259-8348

Do You Know The Signs That Your Water Heater Needs Replaced?

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

 

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 of South Bend NE to provide an inspection utilizing advanced technical equipment.

Upon inspection if damages are determined SERVPRO of South Bend NE will address the water damage and provide a full repair service estimate. SERVPRO of South Bend NE has a 24 hour emergency service team that is highly trained and ready to help you at your home or business.

Contact SERVPRO of South Bend NE at 574-233-8377. SERVPRO of South Bend NE services all of the Michiana area.

 

Flooding Can Cause Water & Mold Damage

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

 

Following the 500 year flood in February of 2018, thousands of homes were inundated 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 then 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 of South Bend NE 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.  

Summer Storms Are Right Around The Corner

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

 

Severe storms can cause damages to your roof leaving your home or business vulnerable to water damage. SERVPRO of South Bend  has 24 hour emergency service. and is in the Michiana 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 South Bend at (574) 233-8377 to save your home or business.

Plumbing Problems Are No Problems For SERVPRO

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

 

Having plumbing problems in your home can be a big headache, especially when something like a toilet overflow starts happening unexpectedly and requires sewage cleaning. If one of your toilets is overflowing when you take a shower, it is likely being caused by a clog between the shower and the sewer. As the shower runs, the water is stopped by the clog and pushed into the wastewater lines and comes out the first spot it can, which in this case is your toilet.

Sewage Cleaning

When this type of problem happens, it can create a major mess in your bathroom. It can be even worse if you take a shower upstairs and the overflow is happening in a bathroom you don’t use every day, such as in the basement or in a guest bathroom. If you have a toilet overflow that has gone unnoticed for a few days, to the point where water damage and mold has begun to set in, there are many professional water damage remediation companies that can thoroughly repair and clean up the area. Proper sewage cleaning is important to ensure everything is fully decontaminated to prevent disease.
You may be able to clear out the clogged pipe yourself using an auger “snake”:

  • Through the toilet drain.
  • Directly through the floor drain after you remove the toilet (this is often easier for cleaning out the clog).
  • If this doesn't work, you can also take a snake through your drain clean-out which may be located in your basement or crawlspace. Be aware that sewage could spill out after removing the cap if it's clogged here.

Hiring a professional is often recommended to avoid spending money and time only to realize the problem is bigger than you expected or unreachable by a common snake.

Fix Your Pipes

A clogged pipe can be an easy, quick fix and may not cause much of a mess or damage if taken care of immediately. But, if the clog has been building up for many years and is far down in the sewage lines, it could require professional tools and the hand of an experienced plumber.

So call us today! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Basement Flooded? Trust SERVPRO To Handle Cleanup!

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

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 South Bendbasement 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 - (574) 233-8377

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 of South Bend 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

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help(574) 233-8377

After Water Damage, Call SERVPRO To Assist With Restoring Your South Bend Commercial Property

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at South Bend 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 South Bend

SERVPRO of South Bend 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.

Getting Through Fire Damage Is Tough - SERVPRO Can Help!

5/20/2022 (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 South Bend, NE 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.

SERVPRO of South Bend Is Ready To Address Damages From Storm Damage

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

Severe Weather in St. Joseph County

Severe weather can cause damages to your roof leaving your home or business vulnerable to water damage. SERVPRO of South Bend has a twenty-four hour emergency service, Our emergency service team is equipped to handle the following: property assessment, temporary roof repair (tarping) debris clean-up, water clean-up, and structural water dry-out. We also offer a complete reconstruction service so you can work with one contractor to make things " LIKE THEY NEVER HAPPENED".

SERVPRO of South Bend services all of the Michiana are and are ready to address any and all damages you may have. If you experience wind and storm damage to your home or business contact SERVPRO South Bend at 574-233-8377 to help save your home or business.

Water Spots On The Floor Could Be A Possible Problem

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

Wet spots on the floor or a rusted tank may signal a problem. 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, contact SERVPRO of South Bend to provide an inspection utilizing advanced technical equipment.

Upon inspection if damages are determined, SERVPRO of South Bend will address the water damage and provide a full repair service estimate. SERVPRO of South Bend has a 24 hour emergency service team that is highly trained and ready to help you at your home or business.

Contact SERVPRO of South Bend at 574-233-8377 to help save your home or business.

When Your Water Heater Stops Working - Who Do You Call?

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

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 of South Bend to provide an inspection utilizing advanced technical equipment. Upon inspection if damages are determined SERVPRO of South Bend will address the water damage and provide a full repair service estimate. SERVPRO of South Bend has a 24 hour emergency service team that is highly trained and ready to help you at your home or business.

Contact SERVPRO of South Bend at 574-233-8377. SERVPRO of South Bend services all of the Michiana area.

Time Is Of The Essence When A Pipe Bursts In Your Business

5/20/2022 (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 South Bend and let us come in and make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO & Pro-Active Clean-Up

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

We can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of #COVID19 contamination or exposure.

The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents.The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building. 

We offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business!

Trust SERVPRO When Disasters Strikes!

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

 Whether natural or man-made, a disaster at one of your client’s facilities needs to be handled by experienced professionals who understand the importance of your tenants’ safety.

At SERVPRO of South Bend our teams are experienced in helping manage both commercial and multi-family properties during the recovery process while maintaining the security and safety of the facility and tenants. Our professionals work hard and fast to minimize the interruptions for your tenants’ daily operations. 

From restaurants and cafeterias to coffee shops, food centers and more, SERVPRO of South Bend works to make your food service retail facility disaster “Like it never even happened.” 

We respond quickly to your South Bend business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies.

Call us at (574)233-8377

Basements Can Flood At Any Time, And SERVPRO Is Here To Help

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

 

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 South Bend 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 - (574) 233-8377

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 of South Bend 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

Water & Mold Damage Caused By Flooding

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

 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 of South Bend, NE 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." 

The War in Ukraine Touches Home for Local Man Who Works For SERVPRO of South Bend & South Elkhart County

3/27/2022 (Permalink)

Daniel Kalchenko is a restoration specialist who works for SERVPRO of South Bend and South Elkhart County, and is a native of Donetsk, Ukraine.He and his family immigrated to the United States after years of violence between Russian backed separatists and the Ukraine government. Daniel works very hard to learn English, and to provide for his family the best way he could, through the skill of carpentry.Many of Daniel’s family remain in Ukraine and are fighting hard each and every day just to survive. They are in desperate need of food and medical supplies. Daniel keeps in touch with his sister, Vera, who has been reporting back to him about the deteriorating conditions within the Ukraine. Vera told him “We need many things here, but most of all, we need your prayers! Please tell your American friends to pray for us!”We appreciate Daniel and the amazing work he does for SERVPRO, and we encourage everyone reading to pray for him and his family still in Ukraine during this tumultuous time.

Reminder To Our Customers - SERVPRO of South Bend Is Specialists In Cleaning Services

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

 

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts at SERVPRO of South Bend at 574-233-8377.

SERVPRO Is Your 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service in Clay Township

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

Basement Water Damage Flooded Basement in South Bend as a result of recent severe storms. SERVPRO of West St Joseph county was called in to cleanup the aftermath.
 

SERVPRO of South Bend 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 574-233-8377

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 South Bend 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 South Bend

SERVPRO of South Bend,  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.

When It Comes To Being Ready - Why SERVPRO Is Your First Call

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

Dedicated Staff Here To Help! Contact us today! We are faster to any disaster and we will make things "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO When It Comes to Being Ready!

What would happen if you pulled into work this morning only to find that you can't get into your building due to some type of disaster? Fire, Water, Crime Scene. How do you let your employees know about the situation? How do you take care of your customers? Who do you call? What do you do?

Did you know that 50% of all businesses that do not have an Emergency Ready Program in place, NEVER reopen after a disaster? Does your business have one? Are you prepared?

Luckily SERVPRO offers this service to every community we are in. The best part is it is absolutely FREE of charge, and NO obligations to ever use SERVPRO! The Emergency Ready Program or ERP takes depending on the size of your building very little time to complete.

We capture the vital data needed in a time of crisis and disaster and put it all together for you. No matter where you are in the world, you can rest assured if your business has a disaster, you are taken care of!

Contact us today! We are faster to any disaster and we will make things "Like it never even happened."

When Your Home Floods - Call SERVPRO!

11/21/2021 (Permalink)

When you are dealing with water damage action is crucial The team at SERVPRO of South Bend has the necessary training and experience to remediate seepage-based flooding. Do not hesitate to call!

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 of South Bend has the necessary training and experience to remediate seepage-based flooding. Do not hesitate to call us if we can help!

Water Damage Is Difficult, But SERVPRO of South Bend Can Handle The Toughest Problems! (Part 1 of 2)

11/7/2021 (Permalink)

servpro water damage SERVPRO of South Bend responds quickly to a water or fire, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day.

There's nothing quite as difficult for a commercial establishment as dealing with water damage. However, knowing what to do when disaster strikes can prevent you from experiencing unnecessary emotional upsets for yourself, your employees, and your customers and mitigate the economic strain of lost business. There are many steps you'll need to take to get your commercial property back in order following a water damaging event. Contacting a team of skilled water damage restoration experts from SERVPRO is a good first step.

Quick Water Removal Mitigates Monetary Loss 

 The longer excess water remains on your commercial property, the more likely you are to suffer from costly water damage repairs to structural properties like ceiling tiles, insulation, drywall, and flooring. Then there is the concern of water damage to your capital investments: inventory, furniture, carpeting, electronic equipment and paper documents. Having a team of skilled water damage restoration experts like SERVPRO to begin immediately removing standing water can prevent you from spending unnecessary money on repairs.

Quick Remediation Prevents Secondary Water Damage.

Another benefit of a quick reaction to the pressing problem of water intrusion is that fast extraction helps prevent secondary water damage. Unfortunately, water damage creates a moist, wet environment within your business. Moisture and high humidity offer mold an opportunity to grow and spread throughout structural materials and wood furniture and fabrics. If your business deals with food distribution, high inventory loss may be a costly negative effect. For this reason, it's critically important to have standing water removed as quickly as possible. SERVPRO can arrive, usually in about one hour, with water removal equipment to meet any problem. 

Water Damage Is Difficult, But SERVPRO of South Bend Can Handle The Toughest Problems! (Part 2 of 2)

11/7/2021 (Permalink)

servpro logo SERVPRO of South Bend responds quickly to a water or fire, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day.

Fast Restoration Helps You Get Back In Business

 If the water intrusion, by way of a storm, flood, leak, or the aftermath of fire extinguishing causes severe water damage to your commercial business, you may have to relocate temporarily while water damage restoration work is being completed. Closed doors affect customer traffic, employee earnings, and your bottom line.  Insurance companies normally work hand-in-hand with SERVPRO to come to a working agreement allowing the water extraction process to commence immediately. 

Contact SERVPRO Today 

If your commercial property has been subjected to water damage, getting fast, effective water damage restoration services is a must. Here at SERVPRO, we specialize in optimizing and expediting each component of the restoration process to ensure that you can get your business back in business. Moreover, each of our IICRC-Certified technicians will provide you with the personable care and excellent customer service that keeps you in the loop throughout the water damage restoration process. We can quickly reopen your doors "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Building Restoration Services

SERVPRO of South Bend responds quickly to a water or fire, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation. Our national network of 1,650 Franchises gives us access to personnel and resources. Call us for assistance today!

SERVPRO is here for you where storms impact your business

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

When you know that a storm is likely to impact your business, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. However, focusing on storm preparedness before a disaster occurs can help to keep yourself, your staff and your property safe.


1. Document the Building’s State Before the Storm

When a building is damaged, it’s often important for property management to provide the business’ insurance company with documentation of the destruction. However, it may also be beneficial to have photographs of your property prior to the incident. By showing an insurance adjuster what the business looked like before it sustained damage, you can help to ensure your claim is accurate.

2. Establish a Line of Communication

Storms can come on suddenly, and in the event that the property needs to be evacuated, it’s useful to know how to contact all employees in a timely manner. As part of your storm preparedness plan, you may consider asking all staff members to provide you with a way to reach them quickly before a disaster. Since you may not be present in the building when an emergency occurs, it can also be wise to create a list of tasks that the last person to exit should perform. An example might include making sure all doors and windows are closed.

3. Inspect the Property

Inspecting the structure before a storm can help you prevent damage, because leaks or malfunctioning equipment may worsen any problems that do occur. An inspection will also allow you to observe any openings in the building, which can happen when roof shingles are cracked or missing. This may let rain get inside more easily. If you see signs of a problem, you should contact emergency restoration services to prevent additional issues.

As a property manager, storm preparedness can be an important element of your job. Documenting the building before a disaster, establishing a line of communication and inspecting the structure can help you to prepare your business for any situation.

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

Your Business And Water Damage Events!

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Fans in hallway SERVPRO Is Your #1 Choice in Cleanup and Restoration!
 

Flooding and water damage events at South Bend 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 South Bend, NE

SERVPRO of South Bend 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.

SERVPRO Tips - Minimizing Storm Damage

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storm The aftermath of a thunderstorm can be very damaging!

With thunderstorm season approaching, here are some helpful tips on what one should do to minimize damage during a storm.

DO:

1.Ensure local authorities have given the "all clear" for your area.

2.Ensure your electricity is turned off before entering a flooded structure.

3.Remove as much excess water as possible with wet-dry vacuums, mops, and towels.

4.Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying.

DON'T:

1.Use your household vacuum to remove water.

2.Leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible.

3.Leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

4.User television or other household appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.

SERVPRO of South Bend 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.

For further information on how to minimize storm damages call us at 574-233-8377.

How To Minimize Damage To Your Home During A Storm

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fallen tree on home SERVPRO of South Bend, NE specializes in storm and flood damage restoration - call us at 574-259-8348
 

With thunderstorm season approaching, here are some helpful tips on what one should do to minimize damage during a storm.

DO:

1.Ensure local authorities have given the "all clear" for your area.

2.Ensure your electricity is turned off before entering a flooded structure.

3.Remove as much excess water as possible with wet-dry vacuums, mops, and towels.

4.Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying.

DON'T:

1.Use your household vacuum to remove water.

2.Leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible.

3.Leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

4.User television or other household appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.

SERVPRO of South Bend, NE 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.

For further information on how to minimize storm damages call us at 574-259-8348.

SERVPRO Of South Bend Is Faster To Any Size Business Disaster!

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Flooded Furnace Room SERVPRO of South Bend arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately!

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of South Bend 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 business and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. 

SERVPRO of South Bend 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) 233-8377

No Time For Down Time When Emergencies Happen!

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Water In Hallway If you go with SERVPRO of South Bend the answer is "No Down Time At All."  Please call 574-233-8377 if you are in need of services.

About SERVPRO of South Bend

SERVPRO of South Bend 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.

Trust SERVPRO of South Bend to handle your commercial water damage needs.  When a local Hospital called for emergency services, SERVPRO was on the seen within 30 minutes to tackle over 19,000 Square Feet of affected area.  

Quality equipment and proper placement is key to maximizing mitigation time.  Our highly trained technicians are the best in there fields and can put any facility administrators mind at ease.  A few minutes of walking him or her through our setup and drying plan will help expedite the process.  Communication and time is crucial on a large scale commercial water loss. 

How long can any company be without their facility?  

After A Fire - What Now? What To Expect? SERVPRO Is Here To Help

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Home Fire Nobody anticipates a fire, and fire doesn't schedule a convenient time to damage your property! Call us immediately!
 

ONE HOUR: Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will contact you to arrange for service. You’ll know help is on the way!

FOUR HOURS: Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage.

DETAILED EXPLANATION: A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.

EIGHT HOURS: Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally your adjuster or property manager.

PRETESTING: A SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.

CLEANING, RESTORATION & DEODORIZATION: SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. They will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time.

FINAL WALK-THROUGH: After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

SERVPRO The Trusted Leader In Water Restoration & Clean Up

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Water Heater When Water Damage Strikes Your Home or Business, SERVPRO of South Bend is here for you!
 

Wet spots on the floor or a rusted tank may signal a problem. 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, contact SERVPRO South Bend to provide an inspection utilizing advanced technical equipment.

Upon inspection, if damages are determined, SERVPRO of South Bend will address the water damage and provide a full repair service estimate.

SERVPRO of South Bend has a 24 hour emergency service team that is highly trained and ready to help you at your home or business.

Don't wait to call! Water damage doesn't wait on anyone, neither should you when disaster strikes! You can count on SERVPRO to be there any time of any day! 

Contact SERVPRO of South Bend at 574-233-8377 to help save your home or business.

Tips For Dealing With Water Damage And Mold After A Home Flood

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

When water damage strikes your home or business, the steps you take, and the speed in which you take them becomes crucial to getting you back to normal in as little time as possible. At SERVPRO, we deal with water damage each and every day, and because of that have the processes down to a science!

What to do when your home floods

Understand your home's location.

If a flood is coming through the basement or ceiling of your home, you will need to immediately shut off the main water supply to prevent the damage from spreading. Check the valve in your basement or next to your washing machine.

Identify the source of water.

All types of water can affect your home. Your basement, ground-level water heater, or fire hose (if you have one) could be the source of the water. Shut off the supply in order to stop the water damage.

Call the professionals.

If you can't shut off the water yourself, you should call a professional licensed water damage cleanup company to help get your home dried out and cleaned, without exposing your home to more flood damage.

Conclusion

When water damage hits your home or business, it can take a devastating toll on the environment. That's why keeping a few tips in mind can help you stay the course. Clean up is easier than you might expect, and with some careful thought and effort, you can stay one step ahead of the disaster.

What To Do When Your Business Floods

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Take Action Immediately: Contact your insurance company, and start planning your recovery. This means securing all loose items in the floor, removing all damaged materials from the walls, removing flooring from the affected area, and cleaning the area with soap and water. Let us provide you with photos and video documentation of the damage so you can get started with the clean-up process!

Is your business experiencing mold?

Mold is often found growing in damp areas, which is why you should never install carpet in a bathroom. Floors can get wet easily, and water can easily damage your laminate, tile or hardwood floors, causing rot and mold to grow in those areas. It's extremely important to keep your flooring dry. This article provides specific tips to dealing with water damage and mold after a home flood.

Mold is one of those problems that is difficult to spot at first, but not impossible to detect. It tends to grow at the root of things. If your house is flooded, you'll see damp wood floors and water stains in the bathroom and laundry area, a good indicator that there might be mold involved. The first step is to remove the furniture, drywall, and everything else from the area that's soaked.

If disaster does strike, give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and here to help get you back to “Like it never even happened.”

Severe Storms Are Just Around The Corner - What To Do & Not Do

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

When a severe storm ravages your home in South Bend and causes damage both indoors and out, it can be difficult to know what to do. Do you stay inside until help arrives, or do you leave? What if the storm is still raging and leaving seems more dangerous than staying put? To help you figure out the best thing to do in a tricky situation, here are a few storm tips:


After any severe storm, your primary concern is your safety. Before acting, ask yourself the following questions:

• Is it safe to stay in the home?
• Are there electrical hazards, slip and fall hazards, or any other major health risks?
• How bad is the water damage? Does it look like the roof, ceiling or floor is about to cave in?
• Is there an area of the home that is still secure and in which you can move around comfortably?

When Not To Stay in the Home

If the storm has passed, the best thing to do would be to leave the home until help arrives. However, if the storm is still raging, your situation is much more complex. Depending on the severity of the storm, it doesn’t make sense to go out if you don’t have to. However, how can you tell if being in your home is more dangerous than being in the elements? These storm tips may help:

• When the roof is caving in or materials are falling, it’s time to get out.
• If any part of the home’s electrical wiring is exposed and touching water, it’s time to get out.
• If any part of your home is exposed to the elements and the storm is still active, it’s time to get out. This is especially true if there is lightning.

If you are forced to choose between staying in a damaged home or going out into the storm, you need to think carefully and act fast. Every minute you don’t make a decision could mean you’re a minute closure to real danger. Consider the storm tips above to make the best decision for you and your family. 

During Storm Season - SERVPRO of South Bend Is Here 24 Hours Per Day To Serve YOU!

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Severe weather can cause damages to your roof leaving your home or business vulnerable to water damage. SERVPRO of South Bend has a twenty-four-hour emergency service. Our emergency service team is equipped to handle the following: property assessment, temporary roof repair (tarping) debris clean-up, water clean-up, and structural water dry-out.

We also offer a complete reconstruction service so you can work with one contractor to make things "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of South Bend services all of the Michiana area and are ready to address any and all damages you may have.

If you experience wind and storm damage to your home or business contact SERVPRO of South Bend at 574-259-8348 to help save your home or business.

When Storm Damage Occurs SERVPRO of South Bend Is Here..

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Fallen Tree on home Tree Damage to South Bend home

If a tree falls onto a home or business, serious damage may occur. It remains vital to quickly handle such situations before additional issues develop. If left untreated, excessive amounts of water and additional damage may occur and cause issues throughout the house. SERVPRO of South Bend. has a 24 hour emergency service and is in the Michiana area to address the damages. Our emergency service team is equipped to handle property assessment, temporary window and door enclosure (board ups), temporary roof repair (tarping), debris/tree clean-up and removal, water extraction, water clean-up, and structure/water dry-out. Once the emergency services have been provided, SERVPRO of South Bend will access the damages and provide the repairs with our highly trained general construction team.

Contact SERVPRO of South Bend at 574-233-8377 to save your home or business.

Don't Wait When A Pipe Burst Your Business's Bubble! Contact SERVPRO Right Away!

6/15/2021 (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 South Bend and let us come in and make it "Like it never even happened."

Does Your Business Have An Emergency Response Plan?

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SERVPRO of South Bend 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 an 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 South Bend at 574-233-8377 to help prepare you in case of a disaster.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup In South Bend By SERVPRO

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

House with soot damage Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your South Bend Home.

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 South Bend, NE 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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (574)233-8377

SERVPRO Are The Experts: What Shouldn't I Do After A Fire

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

What Not To Do After A Fire What Not To Do After A Fire

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

      What NOT To Do After A Fire



        • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.

        • 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 set smoke odor.

Have A Fire or Smoke Damage Emergency?

Call (574) 233-8377.

#1 Priority After Fire Occurs - Safety

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House Fire What to do after a home fire.

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.

Have A Fire or Smoke Damage Emergency? Call (574) 233-8377

When Home Fires Hit - SERVPRO of South Bend Is Ready To Respond & Help

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

House Fire Home fires are devastating, but SERVPRO is here to help any time of any day.

Fire Damage & Getting Back to Normal in South Bend, IN

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.

SERVPRO of South Bend 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.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage Questions? 

Call Us Today –(574) 233-8377

SERVPRO of South Bend Is Your 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service!

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of South Bend, NE provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in South Bend.

SERVPRO of South Bend 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)233-8377.

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 South Bend, NE 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 South Bend, NE.

SERVPRO of South Bend, NE 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.

When Severe Weather Hits South Bend- We Are Here!

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Basement Clean Up Clean up from water damage
Severe weather can cause damages to your roof leaving your home or business vulnerable to water damage. SERVPRO of South Bend has a twenty-four hour emergency service. Our emergency service team is equipped to handle the following: property assessment, temporary roof repair (tarping) debris clean-up, water clean-up, and structural water dry-out.

We also offer a complete reconstruction service so you can work with one contractor to make things "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of South Bend services all of the Michiana are and are ready to address any and all damages you may have. If you experience wind and storm damage to your home or business contact SERVPRO of South Bend  at 574-233-8377 to help save your home or business.

College Life Is Stressful Enough!

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Off Campus Housing For Local University. Off Campus Housing For Local University.
 

A dorm or apartment for a college student is their home away from home, their getaway and also where they go to unwind.  As a student you have many stresses to deal with day to day.

Imagine coming home after a long day of classes and studying for a midterm.  You've crammed a semester's worth of studying into that one day.  You walk to your apartment door, open it and water starts pouring out onto the sidewalk.  You are able to look in and the ceiling has fallen in and water is everywhere.  Who do you call?

SERVPRO of South Bend is ready and equipped to handle all of your emergency service needs.  Large or small, one call to (574)-233-8377 and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Is Here To Help When Harsh Weather Hits Your Business In South Bend

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

When Mother Nature Does Her Worst To Your Business in South Bend, SERVPRO Is Here To Help

Whether natural or man-made, a disaster at one of your client’s facilities needs to be handled by experienced professionals who understand the importance of your tenants’ safety.

At SERVPRO of South Bend, our teams are experienced in helping manage both commercial and multi-family properties during the recovery process while maintaining the security and safety of the facility and tenants. Our professionals work hard and fast to minimize the interruptions for your tenants’ daily operations. 

From restaurants and cafeterias to coffee shops, food centers and more, SERVPRO of South Bend works to make your food service retail facility disaster “Like it never even happened.” 

We respond quickly to your South Bend business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies.

Call us at (574)233-8377

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? SERVPRO is here to help!

5/20/2021 (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.

SERVPRO of South Bend 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.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage Questions? 

Call Us Today –(574) 233-837

Michiana Weather Can be Tough and Damaging!

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Wind Damage To house Wind Damage in South Bend, IN

Living in the Michiana area everyone knows that weather is unpredictable to say the least!  It's late February and we've had weather in the 60's and now they're calling for high winds, rain and tornadoes haven't been ruled out.

If you have any wind or water related damages; siding, gutters, roof, windows, chimney or tree damage please call SERVPRO of South Bend to take care of all your restoration needs.

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.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (574) 233-8377

Water Damage and Clean-up in Granger

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Water Heater Damage Water Heather in basement
 

Wet spots on the floor or a rusted tank may signal a problem. 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, contact SERVPRO South Bend to provide an inspection utilizing advanced technical equipment. Upon inspection if damages are determined, SERVPRO of South Bend will address the water damage and provide a full repair service estimate. SERVPRO of South Bend has a 24 hour emergency service team that is highly trained and ready to help you at your home or business. Contact SERVPRO of South Bend at 574-233-8377 to help save your home or business.

Water Damage At Local Hospital

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Water Loss in hallway Water Loss at a local hospital
 

Trust SERVPRO of South Bend to handle your commercial water damage needs.  When a local Hospital called for emergency services, SERVPRO was on the seen within 30 minutes to tackle over 19,000 Square Feet of affected area.  Quality equipment and proper placement is key to maximizing mitigation time.  

Our highly trained technicians are the best in there fields and can put any facility administrators mind at ease.  A few minutes of walking him or her through our setup and drying plan will help expedite the process.  Communication and time is crucial on a large scale commercial water loss.  How long can any company be without there facility?

 If you go with SERVPRO of South Bend the answer is "No Down Time At All."  Please call 574-233-8377 if you are in need of services

Why SERVPRO? Because some things require a professional!

3/31/2021 (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 South Bend 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? Because mold is scared of us!

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If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread 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 South Bend, NE 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 South Bend, NE 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.

Why SERVPRO? We are experts in carpet cleaning!

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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 South Bend 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!

Cavities Can Be An Issue, And Not Just When it Comes To Your Dentist!

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If your South Bend property has been damaged by water caused by flooding or water leaks, we have the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your property properly. 

Wet walls can present a challenge to water damage restoration professionals. Walls are usually covered with a variety of finished surfaces, making choosing the appropriate drying technique difficult.

After a major water damage it may not be necessary to tear out the dry wall during the restoration effort. There is a less invasive technique our professionals at SERVPRO of South Bend can use. 

For more information on cavity drying system please call SERVPRO of South Bend

(574) 233-8377

  • 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

Ice Dams: How To Avoid The Damage

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When winter comes, it brings the cold, snow, melting snow, and, in general, potentially miserable conditions that all of this brings. There are many potential disaster pitfalls during the winter months, but one of them can be especially nasty and is preventable...the ice dam. 

When snow falls, then melts and freezes, it can cause an ice dam on your roof leading to water damage on the inside of your home. Check out this article that further explains these issues and then go out and inspect your roof today! 

http://www.healthyhouseinstitute.com/blog-1206-Are-you-preventing-ice-dams

Why SERVPRO? We are the fire recovery experts!

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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 South Bend 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 a 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 
  • 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 the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may damage the garment further.

SERVPRO of South Bend has what it takes to restore your home back to preloss condition.

Why SERVPRO? Knowledge and Expertise-Mold vs. Mildew

11/14/2020 (Permalink)

Mold damage to your home can cause serious problems. Mildew growth, on the other hand, is generally less severe. It can be tricky to tell the difference between them, but there are a few ways to distinguish the two categories of fungi.

Similarities

The words mold and mildew are often used interchangeably. This is likely due to the fact that both are fungi, and they share some similarities, including the following:

  • Thrive in wet locations
  • Spread quickly via spores
  • Cause a musty odor
  • Can be cleaned with fungicide

Because both mold and mildew need moisture to thrive, the same prevention techniques can be used for both fungi. Dry up water from leaks, spills, etc. as quickly as possible, and keep the humidity in your home lower than 50%. If you live in a particularly humid area, you may need to use a dehumidifier to keep the air sufficiently dry. Also, an air purification system can prevent both mildew and mold damage by capturing the spores before they have a chance to attach to a surface and colonize.

Differences

Although the two categories of fungi share a few characteristics, they have many differences. Mildew is generally lighter in color and has a fluffy, powdery or downy texture. Mold is typically darker and may appear slimy or fuzzy. Mildew grows only on surfaces, but mold can grow deeper within walls and beneath surfaces. Because of this, mold tends to be more difficult to eliminate. On the other hand, homeowners can usually remove mildew easily with a cleaner and a cloth or brush. Mold growth generally requires more intensive remediation methods and possibly professional intervention.
Whether you are dealing with mold or mildew, it is important to act quickly to minimize growth and mitigate the damage. If you are dealing with severe mold damage, an experienced restoration team can help you get your home back to normal quickly and safely.

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO? Handling Mold Damaged Belongings

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Mold can be a frustrating problem to deal with. It is a common problem for homeowners and, once it has started growing, it can be difficult to remove. Not only can it affect the structure of your house, but it can grow on your belongings as well. The following are some mold cleaning tips that can help you restore your home.

1. Scrub Hard Surfaces With a Cleaner

Because it cannot reach beneath the surface, mold damage on hard and non-porous materials is relatively simple to remove. These items can usually be cleaned with water and an antibacterial cleaner. More often than not, they can be easily salvaged.

2. Use a Washing Machine or Dry Cleaning Service

For objects made with porous materials, mold cleaning takes a bit more work. Some objects, such as clothing, bedding, and stuffed toys can be cleaned in a washing machine if the damage is not too severe. Dry cleaning is an option for larger belongings and materials that cannot be cleaned in the laundry.

3. Have Items Professionally Cleaned

While you may think that it is impossible to get mold damage out of your books, paintings, and paper documents, this is not always the case. Professional services can use the equipment, such as an Esporta machine, that can remove bacteria and contaminants from a variety of items.

4. Throw Out Severely Damaged Items

It may not be ideal, but in some cases, you will need to throw out some items. If mold forms beneath the surface of an object, mold cleaning can be difficult. Unless these belongings are difficult to replace or have a lot of sentimental value, it may be easier to simply discard it and purchase something new.
If you have mold growing in your house, you should contact a mold remediation company as soon as possible. They can locate any mold growth and perform cleanup and repairs. They can also help salvage your damaged belongings.

SERVPRO Tips: How to clean up properly after a storm

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If a pipe bursts in your home you will likely have some flooding to handle. A flood from a storm, however, takes remediation to another level. Not only do you need to dry out your home, but you also will need to disinfect your home, both in areas that are directly affected and those that may be vulnerable to secondary damage.

The first step to remediating any water damage is to remove the excess water from the area. With a flood with Category 1 water, the process is pretty straightforward:

  • Remove standing water
  • Dry remaining surfaces
  • Repair or replace damaged materials

Floodwater from a storm, however, is considered Category 3 water. It is contaminated and may contain all sorts of bacteria, viruses and other microbes. If you have flooding from a storm, flood mitigation experts must clean your home thoroughly after getting rid of the water.


Anything that comes into contact with the floodwater must be disinfected before your home is considered habitable again. Technicians use specific detergents and industrial-strength cleaners to make sure all surfaces are sterilized. Then they test to ensure that the cleaners did the job well.

Even if part of your home doesn’t have flood damage, it may still be impacted and need attention. For example, it is a good idea to have technicians clean your HVAC unit. That much floodwater can significantly increase the humidity in your home, making all of it susceptible to mold growth. Cleaning and drying the ducts can discourage fungus from growing in hidden areas.

While there’s no such thing as a good kind of flooding, damage from clean water can be easier to clean up than issues resulting from stormwater. Getting rid of the water is not enough; you must also make sure that your home is properly disinfected before technicians are finished with the job.

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and we are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Tips: Storms will come, so you need to be prepared!

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Severe storms in South Bend, Indiana can cause damages to your roof leaving your home or business vulnerable to water damage. SERVPRO of South Bend has 24 hour emergency service. and is in the Michiana 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 South Bend at (574) 233-8377 to save your home or business.

SERVPRO Tips: When Water Damage Hits A Commercial Property, Calling a Professional Is Important

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Flooding and water damage events at South Bend 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.

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.

SERVPRO of South Bend 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.

SERVPRO Tip: The Importance of protecting your South Bend, Indiana business

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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 of South Bend 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 South Bend 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 South Bend at (574) 259-8348

SERVPRO Tips: The Importance of board ups

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Board-ups - In some cases it may be 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. SERVPRO of South Bend Professionals can and will perform the board-up themselves.

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.

SERVPRO of South Bend provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in South Bend. 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 

SERVPRO Tips: What To Expect After A Fire

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ONE HOUR: Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO® of South Bend professional will contact you to arrange for service. You’ll know help is on the way!

FOUR HOURS: Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO® of South Bend professional will be on-site to start mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage.

DETAILED EXPLANATION: A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO® of South Bend Professional will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.

EIGHT HOURS: Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally your adjuster or property manager.

PRETESTING: A SERVPRO® of South Bend Professional will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.

CLEANING, RESTORATION & DEODORIZATION: SERVPRO® of South Bend Professionals will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. They will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time.

FINAL WALK-THROUGH: After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

The SERVPRO Fire Restoration Process

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Have you ever wondered about the SERVPRO Fire Restoration Process?

Step 1: Emergency Contact

After the fire has been suppressed, the restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of South Bend. We are open on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Disasters don’t wait for regular business hours, so why should we?

Step 2: Inspection & Assessment

Our professionals will come into your home or property and carefully inspect each and every square inch to produce an accurate report of fire, smoke, and soot damage.

Step 3: Board-Up & Tarp Service(s)

Since fire damage has the potential to compromise windows, walls, and roofs, we offer board-up services to protect your home’s from outside elements.

Step 4: Water Removal & Drying

If water damage is present in your home, we will work to remove ALL of the water. This will by done using dehumidifiers and air movers.

Step 5: Remove Smoke & Soot from ALL Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning & Sanitizing

We will clean all of the restorable items, as well as structures that were impacted by the fire damage. If necessary, our Professionals will even remove offensive odors!

Step 7: Complete Restoration

Once your house is back to its pre-fire condition, our job is done!

Here for you when storms hit your business

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Wet spots on the floor or a rusted tank may signal a problem. 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, contact SERVPRO of South Bend to provide an inspection utilizing advanced technical equipment.

Upon inspection, if damages are determined, SERVPRO of South Bend will address the water damage and provide a full repair service estimate. SERVPRO of South Bend has a 24-hour emergency service team that is highly trained and ready to help you at your home or business.

Contact SERVPRO of South Bend at 574-259-8348 to help save your home or business.

When unwelcome water need evicted, SERVPRO of South Bend can help!

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

A few weeks ago, a local building suffered severe water damage. Members of our SERVPRO team have been at the local establishment everyday to dry out the affected areas. When a large amount of a building is damaged by water, the areas need to be assessed for the severity of impairment. 

All areas need to be dried as best as possible. The other areas need to be addressed in other ways if the severity is high. For example, some areas of the wall may have to be cut out in order to prevent mold from growing. However, in this instance, SERVPRO is using specific tools in order to help quicken the drying process. 

In the featured picture, are team is using a dehumidifier and a duct tube to help localize heat to the specific areas that need to be dried. This process will get rid of any water that remains in the walls or ceiling. 

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program in Columbus, Indiana

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of South Bend today at  574-233-8377 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

Did Water Damage Strike Your South Bend, Indiana Home or Business? SERVPRO Is Here To Help

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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 of South Bend to provide an inspection utilizing advanced technical equipment. Upon inspection if damages are determined SERVPRO 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 at 574-233-8377. SERVPRO services all of the Michiana area.

Niles. Dial-A-Ride

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

The 500 year flood in February of 2018 caused may people in the area a lot of hurt.  Many people had their homes badly damaged if they weren't destroyed.  While others were possibly hurt in another way, the Niles Dial-A-Ride unfortunately, flooded putting at risk a vital community service.  Many people in the area use this service to get to and from their place of employment.  SERVPRO of South Bend, NE were on site to begin pumping water and the drying process.  The service was back up and running quickly to the benefit of the community and the happiness of the location.  SERVPRO will make it "Like it never even happened."

Local Building Suffers Severe Water Damage

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

A few weeks ago, a local building suffered severe water damage. Members of our SERVPRO team have been at the local establishment everyday to dry out the affected areas. When a large amount of a building is damaged by water, the areas need to be assessed for the severity of impairment. 

All areas need to be dried as best as possible. The other areas need to be addressed in other ways if the severity is high. For example, some areas of the wall may have to be cut out in order to prevent mold from growing. However, in this instance, SERVPRO is using specific tools in order to help quicken the drying process. 

In the featured picture, are team is using a dehumidifier and a duct tube to help localize heat to the specific areas that need to be dried. This process will get rid of any water that remains in the walls or ceiling. 

Wet spots, a rusty tank and why you should call SERVPRO!

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

Wet spots on the floor or a rusted tank may signal a problem. 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, contact SERVPRO of South Bend to provide an inspection utilizing advanced technical equipment.

Upon inspection if damages are determined, SERVPRO of South Bend will address the water damage and provide a full repair service estimate. SERVPRO of South Bend has a 24 hour emergency service team that is highly trained and ready to help you at your home or business.

Contact SERVPRO of South Bend at 574-259-8348 to help save your home or business.

Why SERVPRO when it comes to Storm Damage Restoration

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Ice damage, hail damage, storm damage, hurricane damage, flooding and wind damage all have the potential to cause far-reaching damage when they strike. However, not all is lost. Storm restoration can help salvage most of the items in a house. Homeowners count their losses too quick before engaging the services of storm restoration experts.

The services of home restoration can be enlisted for damages such as river flooding, hail damage, flood water damage, ground water damage, ice damage, flooding, hurricane damage and wind damage. No calamity is too big or small for them. In light of the recent storm damages that have rocked the country, it is prudent for homeowners to have contacts of water restoration experts on storm remediation.

It is important to know the effects of harsh weather so that homeowners understand the need for storm remediation. Wind damage, for instance, can cause heavy roof damage. Roof damage is mainly from loose tiles or shingles. Wind damage after winter can also cause moisture from ice damming or formation of ice dams to sip through the roof. Homes with wooden roofs can experience wood swelling. This leads to further roof damage necessitating immediate repair.

Ice damming and ice dams should be professionally handled because of the risk they pose. A simple leak can advance into a huge crack. It is ill-advised to stay long before conducting roof repair. Ice damming also exert weight on the roof. The ice dam pools should not be left to stay on the roof for too long.

There are various strategies that homeowners can take as measures of storm remediation. For instance, those who live in areas more prone to winter damage or wind damage can consider installing roofs with a higher slope. This goes a long way in reducing the cost of regular roof leak repairs. It also minimizes roof leaks.

Postponing roof repair especially from ice dams and ice damming only leads to more costs. A simple roof leak repair can turn into a roof replacement if not handled immediately. It is also crucial to conduct roof inspection, especially after a storm warning. This minimizes the costs to be incurred in roof repair after the storm damage happens. A roof inspection will identify all the damaged places, and the roof repair will be handled in time. All roof leaks are also sealed to ensure that the roof is able to withstand the coming weather damage.

Hurricane damage, flood water damage, hail damage, wind damage, ice damage, storm damage and river flooding experts are trained to handle such harsh weather conditions. The water restoration arrive at the scene of the damage immediately. Water restoration efforts must be done promptly so as to prevent further damage. These activities are done after an assessment of the extent of flooding, ground water levels, and the flood water. An assessment is what informs their actions to deal with the storm damage, ground water, and flooding.

It is important to note that ice damage, hurricane damage, roof damage, flood water damage and hail damage all have different methods of water restoration and storm remediation. The team, therefore, needs to come up with the right storm restoration strategy based on the type of damage at hand.

Homeowners need to explain the type of damage so that the home restoration experts can come with the right tools and gear to carry out storm remediation. One such tool is a flood pump. These flood pumps are used to drain water after a flooding or water damage. A flood pump can also work automatically. It can be left in a room to drain the ground water. The pumps are able to handle the ground water even as it rises. Commercial flood pumps are also available to deal with massive flood water situations such as river flooding. In a home application, the flood pumps can be used with vacuums.

So no matter how big or small, give SERVPRO a call today for your storm damage restoration needs! We are faster to your disaster and ready to make things "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO: Helping when it comes to soot and fire damage in South Bend, Indiana

6/14/2019 (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.

SERVPRO of South Bend 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.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage Questions? 

Call Us Today –(574) 233-8377

CFHC Accreditation

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Bend is proud to have accreditation with the Liners Health Institute Critical Facilities Health Care - CFHC.  It requires specialized training for ICRA meeting requirements for the "Environment of Care, the patient population and the built environment. Specifically "Fundamentals if Infection Control for the Healthcare Contractor."  Please contact SERVPRO for any loss or cleaning in a healthcare facility.  

How To Find Whether Your Basement Needs Mold Remediation

6/19/2018 (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 include

  • 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 South Bend provides great support in mold remediation, and we would love to come in and make it "Like it never even happened." Contact us today! 

The Need for Storm Damage Restoration

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

The Need for Storm Damage Restoration

Ice damage, hail damage, storm damage, hurricane damage, flooding and wind damage all have the potential to cause far-reaching damage when they strike. However, not all is lost. Storm restoration can help salvage most of the items in a house. Homeowners count their losses too quick before engaging the services of storm restoration experts.

The services of home restoration can be enlisted for damages such as river flooding, hail damage, flood water damage, ground water damage, ice damage, flooding, hurricane damage and wind damage. No calamity is too big or small for them. In light of the recent storm damages that have rocked the country, it is prudent for homeowners to have contacts of water restoration experts on storm remediation.

It is important to know the effects of harsh weather so that homeowners understand the need for storm remediation. Wind damage, for instance, can cause heavy roof damage. Roof damage is mainly from loose tiles or shingles. Wind damage after winter can also cause moisture from ice damming or formation of ice dams to sip through the roof. Homes with wooden roofs can experience wood swelling. This leads to further roof damage necessitating immediate repair.

Ice damming and ice dams should be professionally handled because of the risk they pose. A simple leak can advance into a huge crack. It is ill-advised to stay long before conducting roof repair. Ice damming also exert weight on the roof. The ice dam pools should not be left to stay on the roof for too long.

There are various strategies that homeowners can take as measures of storm remediation. For instance, those who live in areas more prone to winter damage or wind damage can consider installing roofs with a higher slope. This goes a long way in reducing the cost of regular roof leak repairs. It also minimizes roof leaks.

Postponing roof repair especially from ice dams and ice damming only leads to more costs. A simple roof leak repair can turn into a roof replacement if not handled immediately. It is also crucial to conduct roof inspection, especially after a storm warning. This minimizes the costs to be incurred in roof repair after the storm damage happens. A roof inspection will identify all the damaged places, and the roof repair will be handled in time. All roof leaks are also sealed to ensure that the roof is able to withstand the coming weather damage.

Hurricane damage, flood water damage, hail damage, wind damage, ice damage, storm damage and river flooding experts are trained to handle such harsh weather conditions. The water restoration arrive at the scene of the damage immediately. Water restoration efforts must be done promptly so as to prevent further damage. These activities are done after an assessment of the extent of flooding, ground water levels, and the flood water. An assessment is what informs their actions to deal with the storm damage, ground water, and flooding.

It is important to note that ice damage, hurricane damage, roof damage, flood water damage and hail damage all have different methods of water restoration and storm remediation. The team, therefore, needs to come up with the right storm restoration strategy based on the type of damage at hand.

Homeowners need to explain the type of damage so that the home restoration experts can come with the right tools and gear to carry out storm remediation. One such tool is a flood pump. These flood pumps are used to drain water after a flooding or water damage. A flood pump can also work automatically. It can be left in a room to drain the ground water. The pumps are able to handle the ground water even as it rises. Commercial flood pumps are also available to deal with massive flood water situations such as river flooding. In a home application, the flood pumps can be used with vacuums.

Another common issue is frozen pipes, especially after a winter damage. Frozen pipes prevent a free flow of water through the pipes. If the temperatures are still low, it may take time before the frozen pipes unfreeze. It is not advisable to apply heat to the frozen pipes. Handling of these frozen pipes should be left to the storm restoration or home restoration experts.

When Trees Attack!

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

If a tree falls onto a home or business, serious damage may occur. It remains vital to quickly handle such situations before additional issues develop. If left untreated, excessive amounts of water and additional damage may occur and cause issues throughout the house.

SERVPRO of South Bend has a 24 hour emergency service and is in the Michiana area to address the damages. Our emergency service team is equipped to handle property assessment, temporary window and door enclosure (board-ups), temporary roof repair (tarping), debris/tree clean-up and removal, water extraction, water clean-up, and structure/water dry-out. Once the emergency services have been provided, SERVPRO of South Bend N.E. will access the damages and provide the repairs with our highly trained general construction team.

Contact SERVPRO of South Bend at 574-233-8377 to save your home or business.

How does Mold Remediation work?

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (574) 233-8377

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  1. Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

  1. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. 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.

  1. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

Protecting Your Business After A Disaster

6/3/2018 (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 of South Bend 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 South Bend 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 South Bend at (574) 233-8377

When Mold Hits Your W. St. Joe County Home

5/19/2018 (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 – 

(574) 233-8377.

Reducing Mold Growth For Your Property

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Control moisture to help reduce mold growth, the following steps can be taken to reduce the potential for moisture buildup or mold growth. Should a damage event occur, timely response is the key to preventing further damage. It is important to at within the first 24-48 hours.

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units.
  • Properly maintain humidifiers, if used
  • Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials
  • Steam cleaning and other methods involving moisture should not be used on any kind of duct work
  • Install a ventilation systems.

SERVPRO of South Bend 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 – (574)233-8377.

South Bend NE: Mold Damage Tips for Your Business

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of South Bend has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem?
Call Us Today – (574) 233-8377

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of South Bend 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.

Emergency in South Bend: Local Hospital Water Loss

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Trust SERVPRO of South Bend to handle your commercial water damage needs.  When a local Hospital called for emergency services, SERVPRO was on the seen within 30 minutes to tackle over 19,000 Square Feet of affected area.  

Quality equipment and proper placement is key to maximizing mitigation time.  Our highly trained technicians are the best in there fields and can put any facility administrators mind at ease.  A few minutes of walking him or her through our setup and drying plan will help expedite the process.  Communication and time is crucial on a large scale commercial water loss.  How long can any company be without there facility?  

If you go with SERVPRO of South Bend. the answer is "No Down Time At All."  Please call 574-233-8377 if you are in need of services.

SERVPRO of South Bend: Is that mold you see?

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

If you think you might have a mold problem, call (574) 233-8377. A SERVPRO of South Bend Professional trained in mold remediation will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold.

In the event mold is found, you will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization from prior to any mold cleanup or related work being performed. The technician may also recommend you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and associated containment process is being safely completed.

If extensive mold growth is present, additional assistance may be required. Some situations require the addition of an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional with the specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/ or repair property.

Call Us Today (574)233-8377

Faster to your South Bend, IN Water Damage Event

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Bend, NE provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in South Bend, IN

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of South Bend, NE 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 – (574) 233-8377

About SERVPRO of South Bend, NE

SERVPRO of South Bend, NE 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.

Tree damage during storm

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Tree had fallen on a local home during a recent storm.

SERVPRO received a call that a tree had fallen during a recent storm.  The damage was severe enough to cause the roof to leak.  SERVPRO was able to provide an emergency tarping of the roof and removal of the tree.  While the interior was dired and reconstruction was being performed a SERVPRO team was also replacing the home's older roof.  

Tree Damage and Clean-up in Granger, South Bend, Mishawaka, and New Carlisle

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Roof damaged during a storm

If a tree falls onto a home or business, serious damage may occur, and it remains vital to quickly handle such situations before additional issues develop. If left untreated, excessive amounts of water and additional damage may occur and cause issues throughout the house. SERVPRO of South Bend has 24 hour emergency service and is in the Michiana area to address the damages. Our emergency service team is equipped to handle property assessment, temp. window and door enclosure (board-ups), temp. roof repair (tarping), debris/tree clean-up and removal, water extraction, water clean-up, and structure/water dry-out. Once the emergency services have been provided, SERVPRO of South Bend will address the damages and provide the repairs with our highly trained general construction team. Contact SERVPRO of South Bend at (574)-233-8377 to save your home or business.

Severe Weather in St. Joseph County

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Office building in Mishawaka

Severe weather can cause damages to your roof leaving your home or business vulnerable to water damage. SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County  has a twenty-four hour emergency service, Our emergency service team is equipped to handle the following: property assessment, temporary roof repair (tarping) debris clean-up, water clean-up, and structural water dry-out. We also offer a complete reconstruction service so you can work with one contractor to make things " LIKE THEY NEVER HAPPENED". SERVPRO of W.St. Joseph County. services all of the Michiana are and are ready to address any and all damages you may have. If you experience wind and storm damage to your home or business contact SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County at 574-233-8377 to help save your home or business.

Emergency Response Plan (E.R.P)

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

E.R.P. for a local South Bend Church

SERVPRO of South Bend NE 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 South Bend NE at 574-259-8348 to help prepare you in case of a disaster.

Ventilation & HVAC systems cleaning

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Ventilation system cleaning in South Bend

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in indoor air quality. It is important to have your system inspected in your home or business. Having your ventilation system cleaned can help extend the life of your equipment, giving you cleaner air to breath. When your HVAC system hasn't been watched in a while, while operating it could be circulating dust, odors, and other contaminates. By having your HVAC system serviced you can help eliminate offensive odors, help to restore peak energy efficiently, and help to reduce the potential for mold growth. SERVPRO of South Bend NE does both duct and HVAC inspections and cleanings in all of the Michiana area. Our technicians are highly trained and are ready to help you breath easy today.

Critical Facilities Healthcare - CFHC

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

A waiting room once flood has been dried by SERVPRO.

SERVPRO of W. St. Joseph County and South Bend, NE is proud to announce our recent accreditation with the Liners Health Institute Critical Facilities Health Care - CFHC.  It requires specialized training for ICRA meeting requirements for the "Environment of Care, the patient population and the built environment. Specifically "Fundamentals if Infection Control for the Healthcare Contractor."  Please contact SERVPRO for any loss or cleaning in a healthcare facility.  

Sanitary Sewage Backup

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

raw sewage backed up in a basement Raw sewage back up into basement caused by heavy rains.

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 St Joseph County 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 - (574) 233-8377

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 of South Bend 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

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (574) 233-8377

Tree Damage and Cleanup in South Bend.

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

fallen tree on a home Tree Damage in South Bend.

SERVPRO of South Bend provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in South Bend. 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 

When storms hit South Bend, 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 that are strategically located throughout the United State

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (574) 233-8377.

Is Mold Present In Your South Bend Home?

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

mold covered wall with a trashcan South Bend Home With Mold Infestation

If you think you might have a mold problem, call (574) 233-8377. A SERVPRO of South Bend Professional trained in mold remediation will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold.

In the event mold is found, you will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization from prior to any mold cleanup or related work being performed. The technician may also recommend you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and associated containment process is being safely completed.

If extensive mold growth is present, additional assistance may be required. Some situations require the addition of an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional with the specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/ or repair property.

Call Us Today (574)233-8377

Emergency Roof Tarping in South Bend

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

roof with a tarp on it covering damage This roof was secured after severe storms in South Bend.

Severe storms can cause damages to your roof leaving your home or business vulnerable to water damage. SERVPRO of South Bend, NE  has 24 hour emergency service. and is in the Michiana 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 South Bend at (574) 233-8377 to save your home or business.

Building and Reconstruction for your South Bend

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Building in St Joseph County

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 of South Bend, NE  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 W. South Bend, NE 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 South Bend, NE at (574) 259-8348

Reduce Mold Growth For Your Property

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can spread through the home in as little as 48 hours.

Control moisture to help reduce mold growth, the following steps can be taken to reduce the potential for moisture buildup or mold growth. Should a damage event occur, timely response is the key to preventing further damage. It is important to at within the first 24-48 hours.

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units.
  • Properly maintain humidifiers, if used
  • Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials
  • Steam cleaning and other methods involving moisture should not be used on any kind of duct work
  • Install a ventilation systems.

SERVPRO of W. South Bend, NE 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 – (574)233-8377.

Understanding The Mold Remediation Process in your South Bend Home

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold remediation in South Bend

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (574) 233-8377

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  1. Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

  1. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. 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.

  1. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

Mold Damage Tips for your South Bend home or Business

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can produce allergens and irritants and has the potential to cause other health effects.

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of South Bend, NE has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem?
Call Us Today – (574) 233-8377

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of South Bend, NE 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.

Does Your South Bend Home Have A Mold Problem?

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

In South Bend, Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

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 – (574) 233-8377.

When Storms or Floods hit South Bend, SERVPRO is ready!

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in South Bend.

SERVPRO of South Bend, NE 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 South Bend, 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 that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (574) 233-8377

Dryer cleaning

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a dryer that was improperly serviced.

Should you find your dryer has lost efficiency or does not dry well, it could be the vent has become clogged. Not only will your dryer not work as well, but a clogged dryer vent is the number. 1 cause of house fires.


Periodically Clean the Dryer Vent and Exhaust Duct



  • Check the outside dryer vent while the dryer is operating to make sure exhaust air is escaping. You should feel a strong discharge of moist warm air.

  • If you do not feel a strong discharge of air, the vent or the exhaust duct may be blocked.

  • It may be necessary to disconnect the exhaust duct from the dryer to remove a blockage in the exhaust path.

  • Disconnect the ducting and inspect for blockage.

  • Remember to properly reconnect the ducting to the dryer and outside vent before using the dryer again.

Human Resources at SERVPRO

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO of South Bend have been doing intensive education training for all our Technicians so they can better serve our clients. We have rolled out a comprehensive Human Resource packet that includes E-Learning (Electronic Learning's) from our corporate office that includes training modules that show all our Technicians the many aspects of home restoration. Which includes but not limited to, Safety, Customer Service, Emergency Services, Water Damage, Restoration, Post Construction and Content Cleaning, Carpet, Upholstery, Duct, and Hard Surface Cleanings.

    We have also put together a comprehensive packet that is for our sub-contractors, so they know what is to be expected by our values to better serve our client's needs. You can reach our office at 574-233-8377 for any further questions regarding Human Resources or to set up an inspection for your home or business.

Ventilation & HVAC systems cleaning

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

a before and after of a ventilation system Ventilation system cleaning in South Bend

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in indoor air quality. It is important to have your system inspected in your home or business. Having your ventilation system cleaned can help extend the life of your equipment, giving you cleaner air to breathe. When your HVAC system hasn't been watched in a while, while operating it could be circulating dust, odors, and other contaminates. By having your HVAC system serviced you can help eliminate offensive odors, help to restore peak energy efficiently, and help to reduce the potential for mold growth. SERVPRO of South Bend does both duct and HVAC inspections and cleanings in all of the Michiana area. Our technicians are highly trained and are ready to help you breathe easy today. 

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