What To Do Immediately After A Home Fire
In the scary aftermath of a housefire, it's hard to know what to do first. While waiting for help to arrive, safety should be your number one concern.
- Assess whether it’s safe to stay in the house.
- Look out for electrical and “slip and fall” hazards.
- Only attempt activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
- If safe to enter, and weather permits; open windows and doors to “air out” structure and reduce smoke odors.
We understand you have many questions about what to do next. The restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson have the experience and training needed to assess your situation and help you through the process of returning your property to its preloss condition. Call us anytime day or night at 317-773-0422.
Why Choose Us For Your Restoration Needs After A Storm
At SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson, we understand that you have many companies to choose from when your home has been damaged by a storm. Many companies claim to be "experts" in restoration. Here are some of the reasons that SERVPRO should be your first call after your home has been impacted by severe weather:
We Provide 24/7 Emergency ServiceThe SERPVRO system has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Highly Trained TechniciansWith the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,900 locations in the U.S. and Canada, no disaster is too large to handle. When you call SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson, you get the best of both worlds: a local, family-owned business with the resources of a large national company. Our employees are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified and are trained on the most up to date and effective restoration processes.
Easier Insurance Claims ProcessWe have the experience to help you navigate the insurance claims process and coordinate the necessary paperwork for a quicker, easier experience. Trust the proven expertise and experience of SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson. Call anytime at 317-773-0422.
SERVPRO Partners With The PGA
SERVPRO is proud to be the "Official Cleanup and Restoration Company of the PGA TOUR and PGA Tour Champions".
We at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson are proud to be part of this exciting partnership. According to Mike Stahl, the Chief Marketing Officer of SERVPRO Industries, LLC, “We worked at several tournaments in 2020 to keep clubhouses and players safe by using industry-leading products and CDC-approved cleaning standards to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. We are sports fans, and we are happy to be able to help ensure the games we love can safely resume competition by delivering our higher standard of clean.”
If your Central Indiana home or business is in need of cleaning or restoration services, trust the experts the pros at the PGA trust! Call SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson at 317-773-0422.
Safe Candle Alternatives For Your Home
There are a variety of candle alternatives you can choose to keep your home safe from fire and smoke damage.
Everyone wants their home to smell nice, and flickering candlelight always makes a home feel more cozy. Unfortunately, candles are responsible for thousands of house fires a year, resulting in millions of dollars of property damage. Consider the following alternatives to candles for your home.
*Electric candles: these candle substitutes are becoming more popular due to their similarity in look to an actual candle and because they can be left unsupervised or overnight without worry of causing smoke or fire damage. Electric candles are typically battery powered and come in a variety of colors and sizes.
*Wax warmers: these flameless candle substitutes use a battery or electric heated dish to melt wax, creating a pleasant scent in your home.
*Fairy or string lights: these electric or battery powered lights are great for providing a festive setting and are easy to string up without equipment.
*Reed diffusers: if it's scent your are looking for, these are simple and require no power source. The glass bottles hold scented oils and upright reed or sticks. As the oil seeps up the reed the smell is released into the air.
Keep your home safe from fire, smoke and water damage by utilizing these safe candle alternatives. Unfortunately, disaster can strike even when we take every precaution. If your home has been damaged by fire, smoke or water damage, call the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson at 317-773-0422.
Cook Safely This Winter
Kitchen Safety Tips To Stay Safe This Winter
Did you know that the number one cause of home fires in the United States is from cooking? We often think of the risk of fire when using an outdoor BBQ during the summer, but the cold winter months present their own risks when cooking indoors. Some of the best winter meals (think chili and pot roast) cook all day long and that means appliances are on longer and often without supervision. Minimize the risk of fire and smoke damage to your home this winter by following some simple safety tips for cooking.
Inspect your appliances for loose wires and defective plugs and replace when necessary. Be sure to keep your countertop appliances a safe distance from flammable materials such as pot holders, paper towels and dish cloths. Routinely clean your stove top and oven to prevent drippings and debris from catching fire. Keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen just in case and be sure everyone in the house knows how to operate it. Most importantly, never leave food cooking unsupervised. It just takes a moment for a fire to start.
Even when taking precautions, kitchen fires happen. If your home has suffered a fire or water damage, trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson to be on site quickly to begin the process of making your home "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 317-773-0422.
Preparing Your Central Indiana Home For A Winter Storm
The weather in Central Indiana can be unpredictable year round. One day it is sunny and seventy degrees and the next day we are preparing for the snow storm of the century. While we can't predict what the weather will do, we can prepare our homes for severe winter weather. Follow these tips to keep your home and family safe this season.
If you have a fireplace, have it checked regularly by a professional to keep it in good working order and be sure there is no debris that would prevent smoke from escaping. Make sure the fireplace is free from potentially flammable items such as drapes, furniture, newspaper, etc. Keep extra firewood handy.
Considering purchasing a generator for your home in case of power outages. A battery powered sump pump backup can also help to prevent flooding if your home loses power.
Examine the exterior of your home and remove any tree limbs or other items that could fall on your home during a storm and potentially damage the roof.
Caulk and weather strip doors and windows to preserve heat.
Prepare an emergency food supply so that you have at least 3 days of food and water on hand for your family. Look for foods that have a long shelf life and require little to no cooking or refrigeration in case of loss of power. Don't forget pet food!
Most importantly, prepare to check in regularly on neighbors, especially those who may need assistance during severe weather. If your home suffers damage due to flooding, fire, or other disasters, call the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson at 317-773-0422.
Water Damage After A Snow Storm
Snow storms are exciting! Snowmen, sledding, hot chocolate and snow days from work and school are the fun parts of winter storms in Central Indiana. Unfortunately, severe weather can leave costly and frustrating damage to your home.
The most common causes of property damage to your home caused by winter weather are roof damage caused by heavy snow and ice and flooding caused by burst pipes and "ice dams". Ice dams are ridges that build up on the edge of your roof that prevent melting water from running off. The water will then find cracks and openings on the roof to enter the attic space and interior of the home. Even with proper maintenance, your home is vulnerable to these situations when snow falls heavily and temperatures drop.
If your home has been damaged by severe winter weather, trust the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson. We will be on site quickly to assess the damage and make a plan to make your home "Like it never even happened." Reach us anytime day or night at 317-773-0422.
Is It Safe To Stay in My Home After a Water Damage?
When customers call us after their home has been damaged by unwanted water, one question we often hear is how safe is it to remain in the home? There are several factors to keep in mind in the immediate aftermath of a water damage situation. What is the source of the water? Water that has come from a broken sewer line or an unknown source should be considered contaminated and is not safe to touch or handle without taking proper safety precautions. Standing water in and around your home, no matter the source, can be dangerous and pose the risk of electrocution as electrical outlets and appliances may still be live. If your home has experienced unwanted water, call the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North, and of Anderson at 317-773-0422. Our technicians will be on site quickly to help create a plan of action to get you and your family back in your home and make your property "Like it never even happened."
Emergency Board-Up Services After a Fire
If your home or business has been impacted by a fire, SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson can be on site immediately to inspect and protect damaged areas so you can start the process of restoration. The aftermath of a fire can include damaged walls and windows and roof damage that needs to be addressed immediately. The goal of our board up services is to protect your property from further damage caused by weather, animals, or unauthorized entry. Our professional crews can tarp roofs and board up damaged walls, windows and doors. And because emergencies don't always happen during regular business hours, our technicians are available anytime day or night. Call the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson at 317-773-0422 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."
Central Indiana Storm Damage Experts
Depending on where you live, a storm can mean tornadoes, flooding, high winds, and snow and ice. In Central Indiana, we can experience all of these events in a single season. Don't be tempted to go it alone after your home has been hit by a devastating weather event. The restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson are here to assess the damage and make a plan to restore your property quickly, safely and cost-effectively. Our crews will be on-site quickly following a storm to provide a thorough examination of your home from roof to basement. We can identify and address unsafe structural or electrical damage and flooded or other impacted areas and begin the process of returning your home to its preloss condition immediately. Call us anytime day or night at 317-773-0422 if you have need help following an Indiana weather event.