All Water Damages Are Not Created Equally
When you experience a flood, leak, or other water damage in your home, you want it cleaned up quickly. However, it's important to understand that there are different types of water damages depending on the source of the unwanted water. The type of water that you are dealing with will determine what plan of action is necessary to clean and restore your property.
The three types of contaminated water:
Category 1: "Clean Water"
Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.
Category 2: "Gray Water"
Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.
Category 3: "Black Water"
Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
When you call SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North, and of Anderson, our technicians are specially trained to identify the source and type of the unwanted water. They will respond quickly to restore your property and minimize the damage to your property. Creating a clean and safe environment for your family is our top priority.
Call us anytime day or night at 317-773-0422. Let us make your home "Like it never even happened."
Stay Safe in a Storm
Summer in Central Indiana means ever-changing weather conditions and a storm is always right around the corner. No matter how much preparation you do in anticipation of severe weather, a pop up storm can take us all by surprise. Here are some tips to stay safe when severe weather hits this summer:
*Listen to local weather reports to stay updated on current watches and warnings. Consider purchasing a battery powered emergency radio for use when your home may lose power.
*If you are at home, go to a secure location on the lowest level of your home away from doors and windows. If you have time, take your family pets with you. Stay away from tubs, showers and other plumbing.
*If you are outside, go to the nearest sturdy building (not a small outdoor shed). Do not take shelter under a tree.
*If you are in a vehicle, drive to the closest secure shelter. If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightening so do not attempt to "outrun" a lightening storm or dangerous hail.
Stay safe this summer! If your home or business is damaged by severe weather, call the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North, and of Anderson. We are available anytime day or night at 317-773-0422.
What To Do Until Help Arrives For A Water Damage At Your Home
If you experience a water damage or flood at your home, there are steps that you can take to minimize damage to your property and keep your family safe while you wait for help to arrive.
First, determine if it is safe to remain in your home. Water and electricity are a deadly combination and it is vital that homeowners understand these risks after a flood. Avoid areas of standing water where there are electrical outlets or devices. Never enter a room where you can see sparks or hear popping or buzzing sounds. If you see downed power lines, avoid them and contact your local power company immediately. If the flood waters have come in contact with any of your appliances, wiring, electronics or HVAC equipment, always have these items inspected to determine whether they are damaged or safe for use.
Also, be aware of areas where standing water or moisture have made areas slippery. It's better to avoid these rooms rather than risk a dangerous fall. Avoid rooms where ceilings are wet and sagging.
While you wait for help to arrive, remove any moisture you can from furniture and by mopping up floors if possible. Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions and remove brightly colored rugs from wet carpeting. Pick up books, magazines and other items from the floor and if possible hang wet fabrics. Be aware that items become very heavy when wet. If you are unsure about whether you can safely move your belongings, wait for the restoration specialists at SERVPRO to handle the job!
We at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson understand that when you experience a flood or water damage in your home, you need help NOW. Call us at 317-773-0422 and our crews will be onsite quickly to start the drying process and make your home "Like it never even happened."
Prepare Your Home For Summer Storms
High temperatures have arrived in Central Indiana and that means an increase in the likelihood of strong thunderstorms. While trying to predict the weather can be a frustrating exercise, there are things that we can do to prepare our home for the inevitable storms that will pop up as we move through the dog days of summer.
* Secure items in your yard such as outdoor furniture and play structures that may take flight and damage the exterior of your home during high winds.
*Clean gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris so that your home's drainage system is working properly before the heavy rain hits.
*Check fencing around your home to be sure it is secured properly.
*Regularly check trees on your property for fallen or dead limbs that could potentially damage your roof (or your neighbor's!).
Severe, unpredictable weather is the norm here in Central Indiana during the summer months. If your home or business is damaged by a summer storm, call the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North, and of Anderson. We will be on site quickly to assess the damage and make your home "Like it never even happened."
Summer Fire Safety
Many people think of winter as the peak season for damage to property caused by fire, but the summer months provide a variety of opportunities for fire and smoke damage to your home. One reason for this is severe weather: lightening strikes are most common during the summer months and this combined with drier conditions can be a perfect recipe for a dangerous summer fire. Keep your family and property safe from fire related damage and injuries this summer by following some simple preventative measures:
* When building a campfire or firepit, be sure to keep your fire away from your home, deck or backyard play structures. Designate someone to be in charge of the fire until it is completely out-never go to bed while a fire is still smoldering.
* Similarly, keep your grill a safe distance from your home or deck. Keep a portable fire extinguisher near your kitchen or outside cooking area and teach all family members how to use it in case of emergency.
* Minimize the risk of property damage due to lightening strikes or man-made fires by regularly inspecting your home's exterior for build up of leaves and limbs that can ignite and spread flames.
* Keep your family safe by creating and practicing an escape plan in case of a fire emergency. Designate a meeting place a safe distance from your home.
* Check your smoke detectors monthly to be sure they are in working order and replace batteries as needed.
Summer months are great times to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. Even when following every precaution, disaster can strike your home or place of business and we are here to help. Call us day or night at 317-773-0422.
Protect Your Home From Water Damage This Summer
From cold and rainy to hot and dry, residents of Central Indiana have experienced the full range of extreme weather this spring and summer. We may not be able to control Mother Nature, but there are steps every homeowner can take to minimize the risk of water damage during the summer months.
*Ensure the proper grading of the property around your home to prevent water from draining toward the foundation.
*Inspect your home for a crumbling, cracked or damaged foundation. Check for water pooling around the base of your home after a hard rain.
* Check your roof for damaged or missing shingles.
*Inspect the caulking around your chimney for damage where water may be able to enter.
*Clean gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris that may prevent them from working properly.
*Keep trees near your home trimmed to prevent fallen branches during heavy winds and storms from damaging your property.
If your home has been damaged by water or storm damage, call SERVPRO of Hamilton County at 317-773-0422. Our restoration specialists will be on site quickly, day or night, to assess the situation and make your home "Like it never even happened."
Easy Steps to Protect Your Home When You Head Out of Town This Summer
The lazy days of summer are here and vacation is calling! Before you and your family head out the door on that much anticipated trip, follow these simple steps to ensure you don't come home to a major clean-up.
1. Shut off the main water valve to your home, even if you only plan to be gone for a few days. This eliminates the risk of flooding due to broken pipes. Your outside sprinkler can still function with the main valve to your home shut off.
2. Check to be sure your sump pump is working in case of flooding due to heavy rain. Consider purchasing a battery-powered back up to protect your home if you lose power.
3. Inspect the hoses leading to major appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers, checking for kinks or damage.
4. Ask a neighbor or trusted friend to check in on your home on a regular basis.
Water damages can happen even to the most cautious homeowner, and left untreated mold can begin to grow within 72 hours. If your home has suffered a water damage call the restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Hamilton County anytime day or night at 317-773-0422.
Get To Know SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team
When your commercial property is damaged by fire, smoke or water, it's imperative that the company you call to handle the clean-up and restoration is equipped to handle any size loss. When you call SERVPRO of Hamilton County, we will immediately dispatch our Disaster Recovery Team to get you back in business fast. This team is comprised of our most experienced large-loss specialists strategically placed around the country who are ready to mobilize immediately and be on site quickly. Commercial property restoration requires specialized skill-sets and we have the resources, training and equipment to get the job done right. Although SERVPRO of Hamilton County is a locally owned company, we have the power of over 1500 franchises behind us to get your business up and running as quickly as possible. Call us anytime day or night at 317-773-0422.
Does Your Commercial Property Have A Mold Problem?
Owning and operating a business means juggling many different tasks at once. Taking care of customers, staying on top of your competition, and recruiting and training employees takes an enormous amount of time and effort. Maintaining the air quality in your commercial building may not be on top of your to-do list. However, if your office, warehouse or retail store has a mold problem, you need professional help that goes above and beyond the traditional scope of a maintenance team.
Mold in your commercial property is a serious problem for several reasons. The appearance of mold (and its tell-tale odor) can be off-putting to your customers and clients. More importantly, the presence of mold may mean a potential health hazard for your employees.
If you suspect your commercial property has a mold problem, contact the restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Hamilton County today. Our professionals will assess the situation and work to immediately contain the mold infestation to prevent its spreading to other parts of the building. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) trained technicians have the specialized equipment and experience to handle your mold infestation quickly and thoroughly. We will not only work to eradicate the mold, but we will identify the source of excessive moisture to prevent future occurrences.
Properly maintaining a healthy environment in your place of business is our top priority. For immediate response, call the experts at SERVPRO of Hamilton County anytime day or night at 317-773-0422.
We Offer A Variety of Services for Your Commercial Business
When you think of SERVPRO, you probably think of restoration after fire or water damage. While it's true that we are experts in the field of emergency services including document drying and electronics restoration, we are also your best resource to handle a variety of other tasks to keep your business running smoothly. These include:
- Professional Cleanup and Odor Removal
- Mold Containment and Removal
- Designing a custom Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for your business so your buildings and employees are ready in case disaster strikes
We know running a business is time consuming and there are tasks that you simply may not have time for. Let SERVPRO of Hamilton County take care of the details. Call us today at 317-773-0422 and find out how we can help you.