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Keeping You Safe After A Water Damage

6/1/2019 (Permalink)

If you experience a water damage in your home, immediately call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County. We have highly trained technicians that can handle any size disaster. There can be numerous safety hazards that exist during a water loss so our trained professionals should always handle the cleanup and restoration.  Every water damage is different and will require the correct training to identify and resolve any safety hazards before proceeding with the project.  We want to keep everyone safe while restoring your home or business back to preloss condition.

Our main responsibility is to identify potential safety or health hazards and take action to prevent any harm to bystanders or workers.  Some things examined at this time would include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Inadequate lighting
  • Contaminated water
  • Over head hazards
  • Electrical shock hazards
  • Slip, trip, and fall hazards

If there are any hazards that can cause harm or injury to any person we will not start the restoration process until everything is secure and safe.  Safety for SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County and occupants during water damage restoration is of utmost importance.

Commercial Cleaning

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County knows that you don’t have time to worry about the normal wear and tear that gradually soils your office. The condition of your workspace is a major factor in the impression that people get of your business, which can be a direct effect on your bottom line.  So when dirt, odor and moisture challenges are too tough to tackle for your janitorial staff, call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County.  Whether it’s removing an odor issue or deep cleaning the floors, you can rely on US! We will make your workplace look its very best. 

Some of our Specialty Cleaning Services are:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County has the resources to help you immediately.  Call us at 219-947-9931 to get your office looking brand new again

Flash Flood Watch

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Hobart Indiana and the surrounding areas.  There will be localized flash flooding, poor drainage, and lowland flooding is possible near rivers, streams, and creeks. Please NEVER EVER drive onto flooded roadways! Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

During this Flash Flood Watch we all need to be prepared!

  • Check the forecast for updates
  • Be aware of the roads that are most likely to flood…avoid them and find alternative route
  • Have a place set to go if you need to get to higher ground
  • Have multiple ways to receive flood alerts
  • Always check on your elderly family, friends, and neighbors

Give us a call RIGHT AWAY at 219-947-9931 if you have experienced water in your home or business due to the recent storms. We specialize in water damage restoration and are available 24 hours a day. 7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County proudly serves our local communities:

  • Hobart
  • Lake Station
  • Gary
  • Merrillville
  • Crown Point  

You Cleaned Up Your Own Water Damage

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

We completely understand that damage to your home is an inconvenience and can be somewhat pricey. Cleaning up the mess of a water damage can seem to be your best option. While sometimes it is because the damaged area wasn't large or it didn't get into the walls of your home. So you think. You may not have noticed some of that water get under your baseboard and spread into your wall. You did a fantastic job of cleaning up the water and you saved yourself some money! Well, that tiny bit of water can become a mold problem in as little as 48 hours. This mold can affect your health and cause much more damage than you had in the first place. If you suspect that you have mold DO NOT attempt to clean the area yourself. IMMEDIATELY call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County at 219-947-9931. We have protective gear and specialized equipment necessary to handle this problem.

Dancing In The Rain Is Fun...

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

But rain flooding and destroying your home IS NOT! SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County technicians are trained Water Restoration Specialists and will respond immediately to your home after a storm damages your home. Whether it's from water spouts not being properly installed or a tree falling into your home and rain pouring in and causing damage, we will help.  Storm damage can be devastating and here at SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County we know that fast action is critical to limit further damage and reduce cost.

In the aftermath of catastrophic storms, we have a Disaster Recovery Team that will also respond quickly and add additional resources. So there is NO storm or disaster that is too big for us to handle.

Remember to call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County immediately following storm damage. 219-947-9931


4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Everyone at SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County has been waiting for this dreaded winter to end! It's been a rough one! Am I right? Those frozen pipes in your basement from those freezing temps. Your flooded basement from all of that snow melting. WE ARE IN THE CLEAR FROM WATER DAMAGE...WRONG. Spring is a wonderful relief from Old Man Winter but unfortunately, the beginning of some storms and rain. April showers are necessary for May flowers but they sometimes cause some damage to our homes. SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County is here to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are an emergency service company because we know how important your home is. It is your shelter, your gathering place, your security. We want to get your home back to normal as fast as we can. So this Spring season call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County 219-947-9931 if your home suffers damage from water.SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County services Hobart, Lake Station, Gary, Merrillville, Crown Point, and surrounding areas.

Fire Damage To Your Business

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County we know that your business is your number 1 priority. Any type of damage to your business can be critical. Especially a fire. Not only does a fire destroy with its flames but the smoke and heat also are huge factors. Fire is not the only thing that destroys your business, the fire fighting materials will also do some major damage. Firefighters use water, powders and foam to put out the fire.

We are so very thankful for all of the first responders hard work and appreciate everything they do for us. They pave the way for us to come in and get you back into your business as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County is highly trained in fire and water cleanup and restoration.  We understand that your business being affected by a fire will result in lost revenue and productivity. We will take care of you and your business and get you back to pre-fire condition.

Be Ready For A Disaster!

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County can help you be READY! We will develop a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business. Your ERP will provide your business with the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery process after a disaster strikes. It is designed as a quick reference of important building and contact information. Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a large fire or an area flood. We will put your plan together so we can help you quickly get your property back in working order. This plan will help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage:

  • A free service for your business
  • A brief document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. Including important contact information.
  • A guide to help get you back into your building following a disaster
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations
  • A quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call.

Call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County to get started on your Emergency READY Profile today!!!

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County Satisfied Fire and Water Damage Customers

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County strives to provide quality work to our customers. We want to ensure that our customers are 100% satisfied. Damage to your home, big or small, is stressful. We want to alleviate as much of that stress as we can for you in this time of need.  To become a leader in fire and water damage response you need to give your customers the best.  We give our best by always trying to improve in any area that we can. We do so by having our technicians give a Certificate of Satisfaction to our customers after the job is completed.  It’s a brief questionnaire to help evaulate how we are doing.

Here are a couple recent quotes from our customers:

“The SERVPRO team is fabulous. Particularly Terry and Charity.  Anita and Jeremy were first on the scene to assist with restoration.  Jason and his crew are another asset to the company-very dedicated, professional and craftsmen.  Their work is quality.  State Farm should continue to work with this team”-David and Elsa O.

“Very professional and responsible team!  Recommend to use their services because it’s simply excellent.  Love it!” –Dangira S.

If your home is affected by water or fire damage call us right away at 219-947-9931.  We will provide quality work while making this stressful situation as easy and headache free as we possibly can!   

Signs That You May Have Mold

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold isn’t always visible to the naked eye or easy to find. Here at SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County we care about you and your family. Mold can be very scary because it is hard to differentiate between the different types. And that could be very hazardous to your health. Here are some of the most common warning signs that may indicate that there could be toxic mold growing inside your home: 

  • Discolored walls 
  • Stains 
  • Black spots 
  • Allergic reactions 
  • An increase in negative health symptoms. Such as a fever or feeling itchy.  

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County IMMEDIATELY. (219) 947-9931 So we can come out and give you an estimate and get started on the mold remediation process.  

Heavy Rain and Flooded Basements

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, but flooding often happens during heavy rainfall. And in our area we get plenty of rain during our summer storm season. Basements are prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a house and are built below ground level. Water runs from high to low ground and unfortunately straight into your basement. Excessive rain in a short period of time can saturate the earth around your basement and push through foundation cracks. THIS is when you call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County. (219) 947-9931. We can answer any questions you have and get our highly trained technicians out to you right away! 

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County proudly serves Hobart Indiana, Lake Station Indiana, Gary Indiana, Merrillville Indiana, Crown Point Indiana, and ALL surrounding areas. 

Mold In Your Home?

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is everywhere. All around us. It is actually a fungus that is found both outdoors and indoors. Mold likes to grow in damp, warm and humid places. 

Mold has different effects on people. It really depends on the type of mold, how long they were exposed, and the individuals sensitivity to mold. Mild mold exposure symptoms are:

  • Congestion 
  • Itchy irritated eyes 
  • Wheezing 
  • Irritated skin 

Some people are more sensitive to mold exposure. They may have reactions that are more serious. Also, a person with prolonged mold exposure or living in a mold invested home might have more serious symptoms, such as:

  • Headaches 
  • Asthma symptoms
  • Lung infections 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever 

If you believe that you are sick be use of exposure to mold in your home, please consult your doctor right away. Next, contact SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County at 219-947-9931 

Hotel Disaster

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County knows that disasters at a hospitality facility are devastating. That’s why we are critical in assuring normal operations resume as quickly and safely as possible. Whether the cause is a coat hanger on a sprinkler, a fire, a natural disaster, or a traumatic event, SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County will work with your management and maintenance staff to prioritize spaces, isolate the damage,and restore the area to your complete satisfaction. All while minimizing the inconvenience to your guests  

We are prepared to help remediate any damage, regardless of the cause, scale of the loss, or the size of your facility. 

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County is available 24-7/365 ready to help. 

Call us now at 219-947-9931 

Document Restoration For Your Business

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Disasters happen. And unfortunately, some of your most valued business contents-important documents and books-could be lost forever! As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County knows that mitigating your businesses important possessions in a timely matter is extremely important and crucial to    recovering your damaged belongings. 

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County has years of experience and state-of-the-art technology to recover your businesses important documents before it is too late. 

We offer a range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization. 

Need your valuable documents restored? Call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County today-219-947-9931

Proudly serving your businesses in Hobart, Lake Station, Gary, Merrillville, and Crown Point, Indiana. 

Remember that we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Good Mold?

6/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a complicated substance because in some cases in can be beneficial and others harmful. Many of us were taught to believe that mold is bad.  Especially us at SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County. And that is because we encounter the mold growth in homes that causes property damage and health issues. But today we are going to discuss some interesting facts about what scientists consider good mold. HOWEVER, mold growing in your home is NEVER a good thing and you need to contact us immediately. 

  • Some mold is good for you. The active ingredient in Penicillin is Penicillium mold. It's effective because it kills many types of bacteria. 
  • Mold is good for your garden. Certain types of mold can speed up decomposition process to help keep soil healthy. 
  • Mold and Mildew are different. They are each a type of fungus but they have several differences. Mildew only grows on surfaces while mold can grow beneath surfaces. Mildew is much easier to remove. 

It's interesting to see that mold can be something beneficial! We are so used to seeing mold cause more damage than good. 

Water Damage Causes

6/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County knows water damage. We have seen it all. We are highly trained and have all of the necessary equipment to extract the water and put your home or business back to its normal state. The more quickly you notice the problem, the less we will have to fix. Here are some common water damage causes to be aware of:  

  • Bursting or leaking pipes 
  • Natural disasters 
  • Plumbing system issues 
  • Crawl space/basement areas-prone to collecting water 
  • Malfunctioning appliances 
  • Heating, ventilating and air conditioning unit issues 

These are just the main issues we see every day at SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County.  If you notice any of things in your home make sure to try and stop the problem immediately. And make sure to give us a call 219-947-9931.  

Emergency READY Profile

6/23/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile 

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster.  Of the businesses that survive, the majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County can help you make that plan!  

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is key for SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County to help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.  

Emergency READY Profile Advantage 

  • A no cost assessment of your facility 
  • A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency 
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster 
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin 
  • Provides facility details such as shut off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information 

Call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County to get started right away! 219-947-9931 

We are proudly serving Hobart, Lake Station, Gary, Merrillville, and Crown Point! 

Sewage Cleanup

6/16/2018 (Permalink)

Sewage backups should be considered an emergency. The water may contain bacteria and viruses that can cause serious illnesses. Our technicians at SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County have specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean up the sewage damage.  

Water that is contaminated with sewage backup needs to be dealt with immediately. We know that any damage to your home can be catastrophic so we make sure so we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We have the specialized training, equipment, and protective gear to safely restore your home or business.  

If you see or even think that you see sewage backup, CALL US IMMEDIATELY. We need to come out right away to make sure it doesn’t create any health hazards. 219-947-9931 

Call Us For Fire Cleanup

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be devastating to your home or business.  Once the fire is out, your property will likely suffer from smoke damage along with water damage and flooding from the firefighter's hard work.  That is where SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County come in. We use our specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home. We will also remove the smoke odor and soot from upholstery and carpet.  

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County

  • 24/7 Emergency Service 
  • Fast Response Time 
  • Specialize in Fire and Water Damage Restoration 
  • Restore vs. Replace Mentality 
  • HIGHLY Trained Technicians 

If your home or business is affected by a fire call us right away wo we can come out and get started!! 219-947-9931 

Fire Safety For The Workplace

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Running a successful business takes a lot of time and effort. SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County wants to make it a little easier for you! We want to give you a few tips for fire safety in your workplace. A little preparation can go a long way and save you a headache in the long run. 

Here are a few fire safety tips for the workplace: 

  • Make sure your property has a clear and accessible escape route 
  • Have fire extinguishers available throughout the entire property 
  • Have your fire alarms tested regularly 
  • Make sure you fire extinguishers are replaced on a regular basis 

Having a plan and being prepared can save your business! 

And always make sure to call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County if experience any fire or smoke damage in your business. We are available 24/7. 219-947-9931 

SO Much Water

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

After a stressful day at work you decide that a nice HOT bath is a necessity. You go upstairs and turn the water on. The doorbell rings. You aren't expecting anyone so you assume it will be a quick visitor. So you run down to quickly answer the door. It's your neighbor who is locked out of the house. You run across the street to help her out. She finally gets in and you both start chatting. An hour goes by and you are starting to feel tired so you head home. You walk into your house and there is water on your kitchen floor. Confused...you start looking around to see what it could be. A drop of water falls onto your head. OH NO! You sprint up the stairs to find out that your bathroom is completely flooded! The water has made its way under your tile and through the ceiling and finally into your downstairs kitchen. What do you do?CALL SERVPRO OF EASTERN LAKE COUNTY RIGHT AWAY! 219-947-9931We are available 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. We will make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

Safety Tips To Prevent Kitchen Fires

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Cooking fires are the most common cause of home fires. We see many fire damages that start in the kitchen. House fires are extremely dangerous to you and your family, so SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County wants to give you some tips to keep your family safe! 

  • Never leave your pan unattended-if you need to leave the kitchen, turn the burner off 
  • Turn your pot/pan handles toward the back of the stove-nobody can bump or pull on them 
  • Watch your clothes-get a well fitted apron and avoid loose clothing 
  • Be cautious of items around the stovetop-dish towels, oven mitts, and curtains can easily catch fire when near a hot burner 
  • Keep a pan lid or baking sheet close by-you can use it to cover a pan if it catches fire to put it out 
  • Keep a fire extinguisher near your kitchen-make sure you know how to use it 

And always make sure to call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County if experience any fire or smoke damage. We are available 24/7. 219-947-9931 

Tornado Season

6/3/2018 (Permalink)

Tornado season is here and we want you to know some information on tornadoes so YOU can be more prepared. 

Tornadoes destroy anything in their path. They can destroy buildings, flip cars and create mass destruction!

  • They can happen anytime and anywhere
  • Bring winds in excess of 200 mph
  • They can look like funnels

If you are under a TORNADO WARNING, find shelter RIGHT AWAY!

Your friends at SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County want you to stay safe. So follow some of these tips:

  • If you are near a sturdy building, get inside immediately
  • Go to a safe room or basement
  • Stay away from windows
  • Watch for flying debris
  • Cover your head with your arms

Continue to listen to your local weather station to get updated information. DO NOT leave your shelter until you no longer hear the sirens and your weather station has given you the ok. 

And please always remember that SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County is here to help you. Call us immediately to help with your cleanup. 219-947-9931

Church Cleaning

6/3/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County, spiritual matters are a priority. So we know that cleaning your place of worship is extremely time consuming, and sometimes grime, odor, and moisture challenges can go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff. We want you to use our services as a tool to help keep your main focus on ministry.

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County understands the scheduling demands of churches and we will accommodate to meet your time requirements. We are pleased to offer additional cleaning for special events, such as weddings.

Clean carpets will give your church a whole new look and smell for any special occasion. We will not only get the out the dirt you see, but also remove the unwanted dust you don't.

We have specially trained technicians and products to get your church looking brand new again. We have over 40 years of experience in the industry.

You can rely on SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County to make your church look its very best. Call us at 219-947-9931 to schedule a carpet cleaning today!

Preparing For A Storm

6/3/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County we are well aware of the devastation a storm can leave on a family. So we want you to be as prepared as possible BEFORE a storm hits. It is very important to always be prepared because storm damage is extremely overwhelming. But taking the time to prepare yourself for the worst WILL help you in the long run.

Here are some storm tips:

  • Keep a water supply and non perishable foods
  • Have a plan ready for your family if evacuation is necessary
  • Make sure to have a portable radio
  • Be sure to have flashlights ready and backup batteries
  • Store blankets and extra warm clothing
  • Consider the needs for prescription medication
If you are a victim of storm damage call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County IMMEDIATELY at 219-947-9931

We Know Fire Cleanup

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

We know that a fire is devastating. We know you want to start cleaning it up right away, but a house with any kind of fire damage is not safe to enter. So you need to leave the fire cleanup to the professionals of SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County. 

Smoke and Ash that is left untreated can cause you problems down the road. It can cause permanent odors, corrosion, and discoloration. Soot can cause severe medical problems and possibly even death if inhaled. It is imperative to call a trained fire cleanup specialist. SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County can prevent further damage to your Lake County home! We are trained to make your fire damage, "Like it never even happened." So act quickly and call us right away!

(219) 947-9931

Recent Flooding In Eastern Lake County

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Hey SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County friends! We just wanted to give a special shout out to everyone that was affected in the recent flooding in our area. We know that flooding is devastating and a lot of you have experienced it within the last few weeks. We just want to express our deepest sympathy to those of you that have to deal with the damaging rain and flooding to your homes. To those that we were able to help we thank you for your patience. We work as quickly as we can but we will ALWAYS make sure the job is done correctly and to the utmost standards. 

Also, a huge thank you to all of our Insurance Agents that were sending us referrals. Your confidence in our abilities is sincerely appreciated.

Spring Mold

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Spring has SPRUNG! Beautiful flowers will be blooming, grass will be green, and windows will be open in our home! But these warmer temperatures and Spring rain showers can cause mold. 

Lucky for you...your friends at SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County are highly trained Mold Remediation Specialists. We have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation. 

Please call us if you think you have mold in your home. We will answer any questions you may have, set up a date and time to come out and give you a mold estimate so we can get to work immediately. Mold can spread quickly. In as little as 24-72 hours. So we need to act fast!

We know that the health and safety of your family is your number 1 priority. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for you and your family! Our family at SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County is here for yours. 

(219) 947-9931

Call us immediately if you suspect mold in your home.

Water In Your Basement

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

With the recent flooding in our area and Spring finally deciding to show up, we need to address the possibility of water in your basement. Of course this is a sore subject because your home and belongings are extremely important. So we need to start the cleanup process right away.

We have seen all different kinds of water damages in homes. And each situation is different and requires a unique solution, but the general process remains the same. SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County technicians are highly trained in water restoration and are quick and efficient. We are here to work for you! We will respond immediately to lessen the damage, limit further damage, and reduce cost. 

Our equipment will help to detect hidden moisture, extract the existing standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your home. Along with your belongings. 

Once these Spring showers begin, make sure you are checking your basement for water on a regular basis. And if you find some give SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County a call. (219)947-9931 so we can come out right away and assess the situation. 

We know any damage to your home is devastating. We are here for you and ready to work at getting your home back to normal. And we thank you for trusting us with your home and assets. 

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County 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 Eastern Lake County 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 – (219) 947-9931

Learning Shouldn't Be Paused or Canceled, Even In The Face Of Disaster

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storms or disasters at an educational facility are highly complex and require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we're dealing with a small school campus or an institute of higher education, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area so the normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore the damaged area while working with you're budgetary constraints. Your job is to provide valuable lessons and information to the students, ours is to make sure you have a safe place to do so. 


Our experience in handling educational facilities cleanups have given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following educational facilities:

  • K-12 Schools
  • Colleges and Universities 
  • Dormitories
  • Private Schools 
  • Libraries
  • Daycares/Pre-K Facilities


Mold Information

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

What are molds?

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps hundred thousands or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

Where are molds found?

Molds are found in almost every environment and can be detected, both indoors and outdoors. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers.

What to do when you have mold? 

The first thing you should do is call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County. We will come you your home or business and perform mold remediation work.  Call (219) 947-9931 

Helping Schools

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County wants to help our surrounding schools provide clean, healthy environments for our children. Educational institutions can depend on SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County for fast, thorough service in the event of a fire, water or mold damage. With 24-hour emergency response, SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County provides mitigation, cleanup and restoration services to reduce recovery costs and to help ensure minimal interruption to your curriculum. We also provide expert cleaning for emergencies or special needs exceeding routine janirorial capabilities, including stain removal, upholstery and drapery dry cleaning, indoor air quality and vandalism cleanup. Education is extremely important and we want to make sure our schools are provided with work done right and done fast. So our children can get back to learning! 

Call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County (219) 947-9931. 

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

6/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service 
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Commercial Fire Damage? Call Us Today – (219) 947-9931

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Locally Owned Company with National  Resources

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Hobart
  • New Chicago
  • Griffith
  • Crown Point
  • Winfield
  • Merrillville
  • Lake Station
  • Gary 
  • Lakes of the Four Seasons 
  • Schererville 

Limiting Mold Growth

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know one of the most effective ways to limit mold is to mitigate water damage as quickly as possible? "Moisture control is the key to mold control. When water leaks or spills occur indoors-act promptly. A prompt response (within 24-48 hours) and thorough clean-up, drying, and/or removal of water-damaged materials will prevent or limit mold growth." Quoated from OSHA 

Water extraction to remove excessive amounts of water followed by fast, thorough drying of the structure and contents is important in preventing mold growth. In the event mold remediation is required, SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County will perform mold remediation work according to industry standards. 

We are available 24/7. Call us immediately if you have a water damage or if you think you have mold. 

(219) 947-9931 

You Are Not Alone

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

One out of every ten water incidents in a home is caused by a water heater or washing machine. When you find the leak, you can also find the damage it causes to your home

What can you do? 

Turn to the company with the resources and experience to be a national leader in cleaning and restoration. SERVPRO 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 your home and personal belongings. 
  • Over 95,000 pieces of restoration equipment available nationwide to restore even the largest damage to preloss condition when possible. 

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County technicians are standing by 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist you with your cleanup and restoration needs. 

Time Is A Precious Commodity

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

When you need it done right and done fast, call SERVPRO for all your commercial cleaning needs. Did you know that when you hire SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County for maintenance cleaning, you get around-the-clock restoration services built with you in mind? Quality cleaning and quick response-that's the SERVPRO way! 

Cant figure out how to get the job done? Call SERVPRO for all your emergency restoration needs. Because when you experience a fire, water or mold damage in your facility, you need fast response and the expertise to get the job done right, ensuring your business can get back into operation as quickly as possible. Through it all, you expect the most reliable information and the very best service at a fair price. We are comitted to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs. 

It May Not Look Like Much Water...

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

...but the cleanup can be WAY over your head. 

Trained and equipped to quickly dry and protect your home and belongings. 

A mop and common household cleaning products may not be enough for black water intrusions. Here at SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County we are trained to safely clean and restore your home, utilizing the following procedures:

  • Identify the source/type of water 
  • Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis 
  • Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises
  • Perform emergency water extraction
  • Move and block furniture 
  • Provide floor service 
  • Inspect carpet pad/carpet and provide service 
  • Apply necessary treatments 
  • Utilize drying equipment and monitor drying
  • Dispose of refuse

Call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County (219) 947-9931 

Our territories include: Hobart, Lake Station, Gary, Merrillville and Crown Point, Indiana. 

We Can Help After A Fire!

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

After the fire trucks are gone, your home and belongings likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet.

Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. Feelings of confusion and stress are common, and you need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.

Call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County (219) 947-9931

Fire Damage Emergency Tips

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

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

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!
Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (219) 947-9931

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.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • 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.

10 Key Fire Safety Tips

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

According to statistical data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2012 an estimated 1,375,500 res were responded to in the United States. These blazes caused 2,855 deaths and 16,500 civilian injuries while costing more than $12.4 billion in damage.

Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable. The following tips, courtesy of the NFPA, can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home.

1. Watch your cooking - Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.

2. Give space heaters space - Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.

3. Smoke outside - If you must smoke inside, have a sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.

4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach - Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.

5. Inspect electrical cords - Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.

6. Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.

7. Have a fire escape plan - Make a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.

8. Install smoke alarms - Install alarms on every level of your of ooffice or home and inside bedrooms. Interconnect them so they all sound at once.

9. Test smoke alarms - Test alarms once per month. Replace batteries once per year or as needed.

10. Install sprinklers - Sprinklers can help maintain and sometimes even extinguish fires, giving your local fire department a better chance of saving your property.

And always remember SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County is available 24/7. (219)947-9931

Eastern Lake County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Sevice

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Eastern Lake County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Sevice SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in the Lake County area

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (219)947-9931
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 Eastern Lake County 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 Eastern Lake County
SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Lake County Home

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

General Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Lake County Home We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must
• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County 
SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Watch vs. Warning

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

With the severe weather season underway, now is a good time to go over the difference between tornado and severe thunderstorm watches and warnings.

A WATCH means that the potential exists for the development of severe thunderstorms or tornadoes, depending upon the specific type of watch issued. In the case of a tornado watch, this DOES NOT mean that a tornado has been seen or even indicated on radar...it just means that conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in thunderstorms. Similarly, a severe thunderstorm watch means that conditions are just conducive for the development of severe weather, and DOES NOT indicate that severe weather has been reported. While no immediate action on the part of the general public is required for the issuance of a watch, citizens should keep up to date on the current weather situation and be prepared to seek shelter if necessary.

A WARNING, on the other hand, requires more immediate action and should be taken seriously. A severe thunderstorm warning indicates that severe weather is imminent in your area or is already occurring (based on either human observation or doppler radar). The term severe refers to hail greater than or equal to 1.00" in diameter and/or wind gusts that meet or exceed 58 mph. Although these storms can also be associated with dangerous cloud to ground lightning or heavy rainfall that is capable of causing flash flooding, neither of these two items serve as criteria for a severe thunderstorm warning being issued.

Call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County for all of your storm damage needs  (219)947-9931

Watch vs. Warning basics are provided by WeatherWorks, your weather experts. weatherworksinc.com

For Immediate Service in Lake County, Call SERVPRO

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage For Immediate Service in Lake County, Call SERVPRO Rain or Shine we are available 24/7

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

24-Hour Emergency Service
Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
Locally Owned and Operated
Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (219)947-9931

Residential Services

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

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

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

Your Shelter From Life's Storms

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Your church is your congregation's shelter, helping shield them from the storms of life. But if life's literal storms damage your place of worship - or if your cleaning goes beyond the reach of your staff - call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County. No stain is too small and no storm damage is too big for our SERVPRO team. We have the training, experience and equipment to restore and clean churches quickly, helping make it "Like it never even happened."

When life's storms roll in, leave the building restoration to us so you can continue restoring lives. 

 Call your friends at SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County.       (219)947-9931 

**Don't forget that we are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.** 



  • Fire, Smoke and Soot
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification 
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation 
  • Catastrophic Storm Response 
  • Move Outs and Contents Restoration 
  • Electronics and Equipment 
  • Document Drying 
  • Contents Claim Inventory Service 


  • Air Ducts and HVAC 
  • Vandalism
  • Biohazard, Crime Scene and Vandalism
  • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors 
  • Deodorization 

Eastern Lake County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Eastern Lake County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration This Hobart, Indiana home’s basement flooded due to 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 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 -(219)947-9931

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 Eastern Lake County 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!


Call our office located in Hobart, Indiana. 

Smoke and Soot Odor Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home.

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Soot Odor Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home. Smoke and soot damage in a Crown Point, Indiana 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 in your Lake County home.

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 Eastern Lake County 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 – (219)947-9931

Does your home have a mold problem?

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does your home have a mold problem? Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours. Mold in a Merrillville, Indiana home.

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 Lake County 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 – (219)947-9931

When Storms or Floods hit Eastern Lake County, SERVPRO is ready!

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Eastern Lake County, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage. Photo of Lake George in Hobart, Indiana after a flood.

SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your Lake County 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, 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 (219)947-9931


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