Recent Water Damage Posts

Water Damage After A Snow Storm

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

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?

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

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." 

Trust The Restoration Specialists With Your Belongings

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

When your home is impacted by a water damage, it is often the loss of your personal belongings that is the most devastating. Clothing, furniture, photo albums and other keepsakes are the items that often can't be replaced and are the most important to your family. The restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson are trained in the most up-to-date cleaning methods to restore these precious items that make your house a home. 

Our technicians utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 

We always pre-test surfaces to determine the safest and most effective cleaning method for each item. Our "restore" versus "replace" mentality means our priority is to preserve your precious belongings and keep your costs low. 

If you have experienced a water damage in your home, call the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson at 317-773-0422 today. 

The First 48 Hours After a Water Damage Are Critical

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

When you have experienced a flood in your home, it's tempting to adopt a "wait and see" approach to the damage. Maybe the water will go down. Maybe your belongings won't be damaged. Maybe your flooring will dry without intervention. Unfortunately, the steps you take in the first 48 hours after a water damage are critical to restoring your property and keeping your loved ones safe and healthy. 

If you have standing water in your home, immediately turn off the power. Never attempt to enter a room that is flooded or touch the water without ensuring the power has been turned off. 

Contact your insurance company. There are many different types of homeowners insurance and policies differ. Understand what type of coverage you have for your situation. 

Contact the restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson at 317-773-0422. We will be onsite quickly to assess your situation and begin the dryout process immediately. 

Keep these tips in mind immediately after a water damage event in your home: 

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

When you need help fast, trust SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson to restore your property and make it "Like it never even happened." Call us day or night at 317-773-0422. 

What Type of Water Are You Dealing With?

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

When you are experiencing a flood or leak in your home, your first reaction may be to get the water out as quickly as possible no matter the cause. Not so fast! Every water damage is different and it's important to understand those differences when addressing the problem. When you call the restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North, and of Anderson, our first priority is to identify the source of the unwanted water. This will allow us to assign that water to a category of 1, 2, or 3. Knowing the category of water is imperative so that our technicians can properly clean and sanitize your home using specific restoration processes.  

Category 1 water (white or clean): this water is the cleanest and most non-toxic of the categories. It is water perhaps directly from the tap and is not likely to cause you harm. Although it is considered the cleanest of the categories, it can be downgraded to category 2 or 3 if it comes in contact with other surfaces.

Category 2 (gray water): this type of water damage is considered more serious and will require a speedier removal process. This water may contain unsafe levels of chemicals, dirt or microorganisms. Example of gray water include leaks from dishwashers and washing machines, aquarium water and clean water from a toilet bowl or tank.

Category 3 (black water): this type of water contains toxigenic, pathogenic, or other harmful agents and includes sewage, toilet backflows, seawater, river flooding or other contaminated sources. 

Our technicians are trained to identify the source and category of the unwanted water in your home. Based on our assessment they can immediately begin to dry out the affected areas using the appropriate equipment and resources to ensure a healthy environment for your family. Call us anytime day or night at 317-773-0422 for restoration services. 

SERVPRO's Proven Water Damage Process

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

When you call SERVPRO for help after a water damage to your home or business, our professional restoration specialists will be on site quickly to begin the drying process. Our technicians are trained to restore your property using a proven six step process.

1. 24 Hour Emergency Contact: our phones are answered around the clock because we know the first few hours after a water damage occurs are crucial. Our customer specialists will lead you through a series of questions to better understand your needs so we can dispatch help to you immediately. We understand that damage to your home or business is scary and we will walk you through the process with care.

2. Inspection and Water Damage Assessment: our trained technicians will immediately determine the source of the unwanted water and its type (white, gray, black).  The category of water that you are dealing with will determine the course of action that the technicians will take to restore your property. The technicians will conduct a thorough inspection of your home or business to determine the extent of the damage and identify any safety concerns that need to be addressed immediately. They will also move or block furniture and other items to prevent further damage to carpet or belongings. 

3. Water Removal/Water Extraction: this process may include emergency pack/out or move out services if it is determined that is necessary to protect your belongings. We utilize the latest technology to remove and extract all excess water from your structure. Carpet and pad will be inspected and removed if necessary. Our technicians will utilize moisture detectors, hygrometers and other devices to measure moisture saturation and find hidden water behind walls and ceilings. 

4. Drying and Dehumidification: using industrial air movers and dehumidifiers, our technicians will manipulate the air temperature and relative humidity in your structure to remove remaining moisture. Moisture levels will be regularly monitored to ensure complete drying. 

5. Cleaning and Sanitizing: after your home or business has been completely dried out we will thoroughly clean and sanitize affected surfaces and contents to ensure a safe and healthy environment. Utilizing techniques such as foam cleaning, immersion cleaning, and dry and wet cleaning, our restoration specialists will carefully return your belongings to their preloss condition. Using fogging equipment and air scrubbers, we can safely eliminate offensive odors that typical air fresheners cannot. Depending on the situation, we may also utilize antimicrobial, antibacterial or disinfectant treatments.

6. The final step is restoration: returning your home or business to its preloss condition. This can include minor repairs such as replacing drywall or installing new carpet or other flooring. Or it can be a more extensive project to reconstruct larger areas or rooms. 

Our goal is to make your home or business "Like it never even happened," after a water damage. Call SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North, and of Anderson at 317-773-0422 and find out why we are Central Indiana's most trusted name in restoration. 

Does Your Home Have Hidden Water Damage?

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Sometimes water damage is sudden and dramatic: a pipe bursting, an appliance malfunctioning. Sometimes it sneaks up on us in the form of a slow leak that can go undetected for long periods of time. Areas that are prone to cumulative water damage include cabinets under sinks and the areas around AC units, applicances and wobbly toilets. Water can also creep in around exterior doors and windows and under siding. There are many areas in your home that are vulnerable to slow water accumulation and all of them can lead to damaged drywall and flooring, mold, and rot. If you suspect your home may have a moisture issue, contact the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson. Our trained technicians have the equipment and experience to find moisture where it is hidden and create a plan of action to make your property "Like it never even happened." We are available anytime day or night and it is always free to have our technicians come to your home and provide an estimate. Call us today at 317-773-0422. 

What Happens When You Call Us for Help in an Emergency?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

When your home or business needs emergency help for a water damage, we know you need help NOW! Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week to get you the help you need quickly. when you call, our office will ask you for the following information:

* Your name, address of the loss and best contact phone numbers

* Your insurance company information 

* The cause of the water damage (i.e. malfunctioning appliance, sump pump failure)

* What rooms of your home or business has been affected (approx. square footage of affected areas)?

* What type of flooring do you have? 

* Do you currently have electricity?

Our goal is to get a crew to your location ASAP and make your home or business "Like it never even happened." We know a water damage can be overwhelming. We will walk you through the process and make the restoration of your property as smooth as possible. Call us anytime day or night at 317-773-0422. 

How Ice Dams Cause Water Damage To Your Home

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Freezing temperatures are on the way for Central Indiana and homeowners need to be on the watch for ice dams.

Many of us enjoy the beauty of icicles hanging over the eaves of our home during the winter months. Unfortunately, this can be a sign of an imminent problem for your home. Ice dams are thick ridges of ice that build up along eaves or the lower levels of rooflines. They are created when snow melts on an upper, warmer part of the roof and the meltwater runs down to the colder eaves then freezes. This ice accumulates and forms a blockage. This blockage (or dam) causes the melted water from the roof to back up behind it, flowing under shingles and eventually into the home itself. The result can be serious damage to the exterior of your home, pulling down shingles and gutters. It can also be the cause of wet insulation, walls and warped flooring inside. 

The best way to prevent ice dams from occurring is to ensure the air in the attic doesn't get too warm, thus preventing the melting that leads to the build up of ice. Increase insulation to be sure no warm, moist air is able to move from your home's living spaces into the attic area. Maintaining colder temperatures in your attic area is the best way to prevent future ice dams. Properly ventilate your roof so that any warm air that does escape the living space into the attic is carried away.

Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, ice dams can occur during the winter months and the subsequent water damage to our homes can be devastating. If your home or business has flooding this winter, call the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North, and of Anderson at 317-773-0422. We are available anytime day or night to make your home "Like it never even happened."

All Water Damages Are Not Created Equally

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

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."

What To Do Until Help Arrives For A Water Damage At Your Home

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

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."

Protect Your Home From Water Damage This Summer

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

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

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Floods After Winter Storms

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

With crazy fluctuations in temperatures, it's hard to know what Mother Nature will throw at us next. After the shocking cold temperatures and heavy snowfalls that come with winter weather, a rise in temperature can feel like a welcome change. Unfortunately, warmer weather after significant snow and ice can lead to flooding and potential damage to your Carmel area home or business.

Six inches of packed snowfall will create approximately one inch of water when melted. This water can overwhelm creeks, rivers and drainage systems and end up where you don't want it - such as your basement. Ice that has formed around your doors and windows and on your roof can tax your home's gutters when temperatures begin to climb. 

Be prepared for the ups and down of winter weather in Indiana. Check to be sure your sump pump is functioning and consider a battery back up in case your home loses power. When weather allows, check to be sure your gutters are free of debris to allow water to drain properly away from your home.

Sometimes preventative maintenance just isn't enough. If your Hamilton County area home suffers a water damage, contact SERVPRO of Hamilton County at 317-773-0422. Our technicians area available 24 hours a day to assess your situation and begin the process of restoring your home to its preloss condition. We can make your home "Like it never even happened."  

All Water Damages Are Not Created Equally

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

When you contact SERVPRO of Hamilton County to take care of a water damage in your Hamilton County home or place of business, the first thing that our technicians will do is determine the source of the water. This will enable us to identify the category and classification of the water damage to be sure that we restore your property properly based on industry guidelines. The source of the water will determine the level of contaminates in the water and dictate what products and techniques we use in the cleaning process. The water will be classified as clean, gray, or black. To understand the restoration process, it is important to understand what this classification means. 

Clean water does not pose an immediate health threat. This is water that is free of contaminants and may be the result of a broken water line, snow melt, rainwater, or a toilet holding tank. Over time, however, clean water may progress to gray water if it has been exposed to building surfaces or other materials.  

Gray water contains chemical or biological contamination and may pose a health threat. Gray water may be the result of a malfunctioning appliance such as a washing machine or dishwasher or a broken aquarium, waterbed, sink, or shower. Gray water can progress to black water after exposure to building surfaces or other materials. 

Black water is considered a definite health threat and contains one or more potentially harmful contaminants. All raw sewage is classified as black water. 

Based on the classification of your water damage, our technicians will create a plan of attack to your restore your property safely and quickly. Our restoration specialists have the training to do the job right. Call SERVPRO of Hamilton County anytime day or night at 317-773-0422 if you experience a water damage. 

No Matter the Source of Your Water Damage, SERVPRO Can Make Your House Feel Like Home Again

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage to homes can be caused by a variety of situations. SERVPRO of Hamilton County has the equipment, experience, and professionally trained experts to restore your home to its preloss condition. Our restoration specialists will be on the scene quickly to assess your individual situation and begin the process of making your house feel like home again.  

Common Water Damage Scenarios

Water damage can have many sources, from loose appliance hoses to natural disasters. Regardless of the source, the professionals at SERVPRO of Indianapolis North can handle any size disaster.

Trust the restoration professionals at Hamilton County. Call us at 317-773-0422 anytime day or night. Let us make your home "Like it never even happened."

What Happens When You Have a Water Damage?

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of Hamilton County understand that having a water damage in your home or business is an overwhelming experience. You have questions about what can steps to take first and how the process of restoration works. Although every water damage is unique, the overall process stays the same. 

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

When you call, our representative will guide you through several questions that will help the SERVPRO Franchise Professional respond to your water emergency more quickly and efficiently. This initial contact is an important part of a fast, effective restoration.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

They carefully inspect your property’s water damage, determining the type of water damage and the areas affected. This is a crucial step to creating an effective plan of action that will result in a successful restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

Typically, hundreds or thousands of gallons of water are removed using our powerful pumps and vacuums during the water removal process. The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals start this process as soon as possible to minimize further damage and to help prevent mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

After the bulk of the water has been removed, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. They use less intrusive, scientific drying methods to draw the remaining water and moisture from your property with air movers and dehumidifiers.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

Water damage also affects your belongings, like furniture, clothing, and personal items. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can clean restorable items using a number of specialized cleaning techniques. They also sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 6 - Restoration

The last step is restoring your home or business back to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration step can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.

If your home or business has experienced a water damage, call SERVPRO of Hamilton County anytime day or night at 317-773-0422. We will be on site quickly to assess your situation and begin the process of making your property "Like it never even happened."

Why Call SERVPRO of Hamilton County For Your Water Damage?

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

When your home is damaged by water damage, the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Hamilton County are ready day or night to begin the process of restoring your property. We know that many companies consider themselves "experts" in restoration. What sets our company apart is the training that each of our employees undergoes. 

SERVPRO of Hamilton 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.

If you need restoration services, call SERVPRO of Hamilton County at 317-773-0422. We're ready day or night to make your home "Like it never even happened". 

Tips to Have a Worry Free Summer Vacation

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Summertime means long hot days, grilling out, and fun vacation plans with your family. We at SERVPRO of Hamilton County want to help you enjoy your time away without worrying about disaster at home. Follow these tips to minimize your home's risk of expensive water damage during the summer months:

1. Ask a friend or neighbor to periodically check on your home. This will eliminate any nasty surprises upon return. Be sure to show them the location of your water main shut-off (typically in the basement or along the outside foundation of the home). 

2. If no one will be at home, consider turning off the water main to your home completely. 

3. Inspect your home's gutters and downspouts for debris and blockages. 

4. If you have a basement, check to be sure your sump pump is in good working order. Consider a battery back-up in case there is a loss of power.

5. Consider purchasing a water-leak sensor. These relatively inexpensive devices can send an alert directly to your phone in the event of a water damage.

Following these tips can give you the peace of mind to enjoy your well-deserved summer vacation!

Tips to Avoid Water Damage to Your Hamilton County Home

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

The arrival of warm weather each spring is a welcome change after a long, cold Indiana winter. Unfortunately, the change in temperatures means your home could be at risk for flooding, especially with spring's heavy rains and unpredictable storms.     

There are some steps you can take to safeguard your home from a water damage.

1. Inspect, clean and repair your rain gutters. Gutters clogged with leaves or other debris may not be functioning properly and may not be channeling water away from your home. This can cause water to accumulate next to your home's foundation and eventually make it's way inside. Also, be sure water is draining away from your home to storm drains and not accumulating on your property.

2. Check your sump pump to be sure it is working properly. You may also want to consider a backup generator. If your home loses power, this will keep your sump pump functioning and water out of your basement.

3. Visually inspect your outside pipes for leaks and damage. 

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Hamilton County

SERVPRO of Hamilton 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. Call the experts at SERVPRO of Hamilton County at 317-773-0422 for 24-hour emergency service.

Carmel Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Hamilton County basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 317-773-0422

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 Hamilton 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 317-773-0422

Faster to Your Carmel Water Damage Event

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Hamilton County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Hamilton County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 317-773-0422

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Hamilton County

SERVPRO of Hamilton 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.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service in Hamilton County

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Meet our crew

SERVPRO of Hamilton 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 - 317-773-0422


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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton County


SERVPRO of Hamilton 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.