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When Flooding Affects Your South Elkhart Business, SERVPRO Is Here For You

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at South Elkhart County 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 Elkhart County

SERVPRO of South Elkhart County 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.

When A Pipe Bursts At Your Business, SERVPRO Is Here For You!

4/9/2021 (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 Elkhart County and let us come in and make it "Like it never even happened." 

Your Business Requires Quick Thinking

3/21/2021 (Permalink)

Water leaks within a business can seep into flooring, carpets, baseboards and walls while moving throughout the structure, potentially creating mildew and staining wall. Quick action is critical in avoiding costly repairs and expensive downtime. SERVPRO of South Elkhart County professionals understand the water damage event can not only disrupt your facility, it can also interrupt day-to-day business functions, possibly closing the business and ultimately affecting your revenues. There's no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens to shut down your business. Turn to the company with the resources and experience to be a national leader in cleaning and restoration. SERVPRO Franchise professionals can offer: 

  • 38 years of business in the cleanup and restoration industry
  • More than 1,350 Franchises servicing 48 states.
  • Over 5,800 technicians trained in the cleanup and care of commercial property
  • Over 95,000 pieces of restoration equipment available nationwide to restore even the largest damage to preloss condition when possible.

SERVPRO of South Elkhart County professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist you with your cleanup and restoration needs.

Ask The Experts: Why do I need SERVPRO?

3/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can provide an array of services. This list will provide you with an idea of some of the services we provide.

Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration. 

Pretesting helps determine what type of fire has taken place. Knowing the types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.

Water Removal and Dehumidification.

We identify the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action. Drying equipment controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damage.

Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup.

Our technicians are trained to safely and effectively clean bio-hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.

Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Our technicians work to control and re-mediate mold contaminants while protecting your health and safety.

Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning

Our technicians can inspect your HVAC system and ductwork. Cleaning services can be provided to help restore peak energy efficiency, eliminate offensive odors and improve indoor air quality.

Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care

Our technicians use the latest IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) training as well as state-of-the-art equipment to remove entrapped soils from deep within your carpet's pile and backings.

Odor Identification and Deodorization

Our technicians will find the source of the odor and determine the best methods to neutralize and eliminate it.

Upholstery Cleaning

Fabrics are inspected and tested to determine the safest and most effective cleaning method.

Why SERVPRO? Leaks Happen

3/21/2021 (Permalink)

Undiscovered leaks and moisture build-up can cause damage to the floors, walls and ceilings of your business, leading to soft dry wall,stained ceiling tiles and other more serious problems. Although the damage may go unnoticed for an extended period of time, proper cleanup is vital to the restoration of your property and equipment. Thermal Imaging equipment can detect even the smallest amounts of moisture in a home. After locating the water damage, extraction and drying will take place to help get you back in business.

Maintenance tips for preventing water damages include but not limited to:

  • Inspect ceiling tiles regularly for discoloration or leaks. This could be a sign of leaks in the HVAC unit or piping.
  • Check waterlines in coffee makers, refrigerators and water filtration systems for kinks or leaks.
  • Remove standing water with a mop and seek professional assistance for complete drying and restoration.

Serving commercial properties for over 35 years, SERVPRO Franchise Specialists help you protect your business from further damage due to water. 

Ask The Experts: How Do I Keep Excess Moisture Out Of My Building?

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

As a business owner in you want to make sure your building is safe, clean, and useful. Your building's interiors are not designed to withstand a lot of extra moisture, so the key to protecting them is keeping the moisture out. You can avoid most rain damage, even in the strongest storm season, by doing everything you can to make sure your roof and exterior walls resist leaks.

For storm damage to occur, three conditions have to exist:

  • Cracks or openings in wall or roof
  • Water present near the cracks
  • Pressure forcing water into cracks

If you have weak spots in your roof, along the joints of your walls, or near your windows, it is likely that water will get into your building and cause some damage. If it goes undetected, an initially small leak can develop into flood damage or black mold growth that has to be remediated by mold mitigation specialists.


You can prevent rain damage by having a strong building envelope. Start by inspecting your building and making note of its current state of protection. Look for any openings where water could get in, such as cracks in the plaster, worn flashing or badly installed joints. It's important to identify problem areas so that you can get the necessary repairs done.

Once you know where flood cleanup is likely to be necessary should heavy rainfall occur, you know exactly where to make reinforcements. Consider adding an extra layer of protection on your roof. Check your drainage system to make sure water flows directly into it and away from your building. If possible, recess your windows.

Excess moisture can cause a lot of problems in your building, especially if it is hidden from plain sight. While a little storm cleanup may be necessary with vicious storms, you can prevent most rain damage by upgrading your building's protection.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

1/12/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team has other specialties other than just mitigation and restoration. Our team also specializes in cleaning. We can clean pretty much anything. And one thing our team likes to clean is carpets for your commercial businesses!

A dirty carpet isn’t something any business wants to have. It looks unprofessional and unkept. 

We take every job seriously and commercial carpet cleaning is one of them! We offer a variety of different carpet cleaning methods.

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Call us to schedule a carpet cleaning for your business today.

Faster Is Important When Seconds Count!

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

When a flood or other water damage strikes your business or the home of a customer, a myriad of urgent questions arise. If a business was damaged, is the inventory and office equipment safe? What do you tell your customers? When can you reopen?

And if a home was damaged, is it safe to stay in the house? how can the residents protect their belongings, and when will their lives be back to normal? The questions, doubts and fears can be overwhelming to people trying to piece their homes and business back together.

The last thing on the business owner's or homeowner's mind will be tending to the very thing that may help their respective properties the most: Psychrometrics. Also casually known as "The science of drying". Psychrometrics is the study of the air, humidity, and temperature, and their affect on various materials.

What Type of Damage Can Cold Weather Storms Cause

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Cold-weather storms can cause just as much damage to your building as thunderstorms or tornadoes. While a blizzard may not cause rain flooding, it can introduce other issues for your property:

• Burst pipe
• Collapsed roof
• Ice buildup

Your storm damage restoration professional may be able to go over other types of damage common in the winter months.

Plumbing Issues

When the temperatures drop below freezing, your pipes may be at risk for freezing up. This is especially true for any plumbing in exterior walls. If you don't heat your entire building, you may have an even higher risk of getting a frozen pipe somewhere on your property. When the liquid within the piping freezes, it expands. This can cause cracks to form, which can lead to leaks and floods.

Roofing Problems

Winter storms are often associated with high winds that can cause roof damage. If parts of your roofing system are torn off, it can expose the plumbing in your attic to the cold weather. This can lead to a burst pipe, but a damaged roof can invite other moisture into your space as well. For example, the weight of the snow on your roof can cause a collapse, which sends lots of snow into your building.

Ice buildup is another common roofing problem caused by winter storms. The snow accumulates on your roof. As the weather warms up, the snow at the peaks starts to melt first. Once the melt reaches the edges of the roof, it may start to freeze again. This cycle causes the formation of ice dams, which can lead to standing water in your commercial building.

Winter storms can be unkind to your commercial building. Knowing that you may have to deal with a burst pipe or another source of flooding during the winter can help you prepare for the worst eventuality.

Call the cleanup team that's faster to any sized disaster.

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

When a flood or other water damage strikes your business or the home of a customer, a myriad of urgent questions arise. If a business was damaged, is the inventory and office equipment safe? What do you tell your customers? When can you reopen?

And if a home was damaged, is it safe to stay in the house? how can the residents protect their belongings, and when will their lives be back to normal? The questions, doubts and fears can be overwhelming to people trying to piece their homes and business back together.

The last thing on the business owner's or homeowner's mind will be tending to the very thing that may help their respective properties the most: Psychrometrics. Also casually known as "The science of drying". Psychrometrics is the study of the air, humidity, and temperature, and their affect on various materials.

Experience Counts When it's YOUR Business

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water leaks within a business can seep into flooring, carpets, baseboards and walls while moving throughout the structure, potentially creating mildew and staining wall. Quick action is critical in avoiding costly repairs and expensive downtime. SERVPRO of South Elkhart County professionals understand the water damage event can not only disrupt your facility, it can also interrupt day-to-day business functions, possibly closing the business and ultimately affecting your revenues. There's no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens to shut down your business. Turn to the company with the resources and experience to be a national leader in cleaning and restoration. SERVPRO Franchise professionals can offer: 

  • 38 years of business in the cleanup and restoration industry
  • More than 1,350 Franchises servicing 48 states.
  • Over 5,800 technicians trained in the cleanup and care of commercial property
  • Over 95,000 pieces of restoration equipment available nationwide to restore even the largest damage to preloss condition when possible.

SERVPRO of South Elkhart County professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist you with your cleanup and restoration needs.

From Carpets to Catastrophes

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Elkhart County can provide an array of services. This list will provide you with an idea of some of the services we provide.

Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration. 

Pretesting helps determine what type of fire has taken place. Knowing the types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.

Water Removal and Dehumidification.

We identify the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action. Drying equipment controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damage.

Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup.

Our technicians are trained to safely and effectively clean bio-hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.

Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Our technicians work to control and re-mediate mold contaminants while protecting your health and safety.

Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning

Our technicians can inspect your HVAC system and ductwork. Cleaning services can be provided to help restore peak energy efficiency, eliminate offensive odors and improve indoor air quality.

Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care

Our technicians use the latest IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) training as well as state-of-the-art equipment to remove entrapped soils from deep within your carpet's pile and backings.

Odor Identification and Deodorization

Our technicians will find the source of the odor and determine the best methods to neutralize and eliminate it.

Upholstery Cleaning

Fabrics are inspected and tested to determine the safest and most effective cleaning method.

Feel free to call SERVPRO of South Elkhart County with any questions and/or concerns at:

(574)533-2500

Undiscovered Leaks Don't Just Damage Your Business. They Can Damage Your Bottom Line.

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Undiscovered leaks and moisture build-up can cause damage to the floors, walls and ceilings of your business, leading to soft dry wall,stained ceiling tiles and other more serious problems. Although the damage may go unnoticed for an extended period of time, proper cleanup is vital to the restoration of your property and equipment. Thermal Imaging equipment can detect even the smallest amounts of moisture in a home. After locating the water damage, extraction and drying will take place to help get you back in business.

Maintenance tips for preventing water damages include but not limited to:

  • Inspect ceiling tiles regularly for discoloration or leaks. This could be a sign of leaks in the HVAC unit or piping.
  • Check waterlines in coffee makers, refrigerators and water filtration systems for kinks or leaks.
  • Remove standing water with a mop and seek professional assistance for complete drying and restoration.

Serving commercial properties for over 35 years, SERVPRO Franchise Specialists help you protect your business from further damage due to water. Contact us at (574)533-2500