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The Dangers of Not Immediately Dealing with Water Damage

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Dangers of Not Immediately Dealing with Water Damage The benefits of dealing with water damage sooner rather than later

The Dangers of Not Immediately Dealing with Water Damage

Many people do not take the quick and rapid steps necessary when dealing with water in their Johnson County, IN home or business. They think that simply drying the floors with a few towels and fixing the problem that caused the flood damage is all that they need to do. If you're one of these people, you'll find yourself dealing with a lot of future problems when you do not immediately deal with the water damage that you see and hire a restoration company.

Structural Damage

The first type of damage that a pipe break can do is structural damage. Structural damage refers to any type of damage that weakens the integrity of your home. A pipe break can lead to a buildup of water in your walls that cause paint and wallpaper to peel away and the drywall in your home to soften. Something more serious like a supply line break can cause damage similar to that saw in a flooded home. Water cleanup, restoration and mitigation companies offer water cleanup services designed to reduce this damage.

Mildew

Though you probably notice mildew in your bathroom, you might not think twice about it because you know that you can use cleaning supplies to remove the mildew. When you have standing water in home or water in business that you do not clean up quickly, you risk that water becoming mildew. Mildew can grow through the whole room and leave you feeling slimy and unclean after taking a shower or changing clothes. Mitigation professionals know what drying methods to use and how to stop the growth of mildew.

Mold

A flooded home is susceptible to mold because the water damage creates the perfect habitat or environment for the mold. Mold looks for areas that are both warm and slightly wet, which is why you might see mold outside your home near your air conditioner. The longer that you leave standing water in the home or in business, the greater the risk is that mold will appear in the near future. If you do not begin drying the walls and floors right after you notice the flood damage, it can be much harder to stop the spread of that mold too.

Musty Smells

The restoration company that you turn to for help can tell you about some of the other dangers of taking too long to deal with drying and water cleanup like the musty smells that can take over your home or business. Whether you have a supply line break or a flooded home, the water can penetrate inside the walls and floors of your home and settle on any upholstery, stuffed animals and fabric in your home too. The only way to get rid of those smells is with repeatedly washing of those items, which isn't always easy to do. Calling a restoration company sooner after noticing a supply line break or flood damage lets you get the restoration and/or mitigation help that you need to combat those musty odors.

When Can You Call?

Though you might wonder when you can call after seeing flood damage, the simple answer is as soon as possible. Whether you experience a pipe break in the middle of the night, have a supply line break on a holiday or discover water in home or water in business after taking a few days off, you want to call as soon as you notice any water damage.

The restoration company can use drying methods that dry all areas of the structure as quickly as possible and use products designed specifically to treat mold and mildew. Restoration experts can inspect the building and bring along mitigation experts to help with the water cleanup and everything else a flooded home needs. When you have a pipe break or any other similar problem, get restoration professionals to your home or business quickly. Visit www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com for more information on water damage.

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Four Signs You Might Need A New Water Heater

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Four Signs You Might Need A New Water Heater Is it time to replace your hot water heater?

Hot water is sometimes a luxury (bubble baths and long showers) and sometimes a necessity (laundry and clean dishes). So, when a water heater fails or ruptures, it can leave you in the cold as well as causing thousands of dollars in water damage to your home or business. In the event your property is flooded or damaged, it is imperative that you seek a reliable and well-respected flood and water restoration company to remediate the damage.

Here are some signs you might need a new electric or gas water heater:

  • Rust around the base of the water heater. A common sign that your water heater is leaking is rust around the base, on the floor or near the drainage tap. This means the base is compromised. Even if there isn’t any visible pooled water, there could be a very slow leak that is causing the rust and if so, it won’t be long before the bottom of the unit totally fails and you get a flood of hot water.
  • Unusual noises. Hot water heaters and tanks that make knocking noises, creaks, whines or bangs should be examined and assessed by a plumber as quickly as possible. These annoying and often loud noises could be a sign that the heating element is struggling to keep up with the demand. If you live in an area with hard water, it is possible that there is heavy sediment at the bottom of the tank keeping the water heater from performing optimally. If so, a thorough flushing of the system should correct the problem. However, if left untreated, it is possible for the heating element to fail or burn out.
  • Fluctuating temperatures. Of course, if you are experiencing water that is too hot or not hot enough, your water heater may need to be repaired or replaced. Broken heating elements or gas thermocouples are often to blame when the water doesn’t get hot, and those can be replaced without replacing the entire unit. However, if you are already having work done to your water heater, have the tank itself checked for cracks, fissures or other signs of weakness. These could cause a tank failure, resulting in a flood in your home or business. The cost to replace your water heater now could end up being cheaper in the long run.
  • Tankless water heaters can also cause water damage. Tankless water heaters are becoming more popular, but don’t think that just because there’s not a tank of water connected that you can’t experience massive water damage. Check the couplings and the hoses at least once a year to ensure everything is still working properly. If you are going out of town, you might consider turning it off all together, as the emergency couplings can sometimes fail. And as with a regular electric or gas water heater, look for signs of leaking such as rust, dampness and changes in water temperature.

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South regularly sees properties each year affected by failed water heaters. Often kept in the attic or garage, when units fail and cause a flood, it’s usually personal items, family heirlooms and photos that are damaged. Fortunately, our highly trained professional technicians have the experience and tools necessary to clean up the water damage properly and bring your home and personal belongings back to pre-flood condition.

For emergencies and other situations, call 317-784-3008 anytime to reach your area flood damage experts, SERVPRO of Indianapolis South. We help residential and commercial property owners when natural disasters, water damage, sewer backups, floods, mold infestations, fires and other events happen.

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Mold vs Mildew in your Southport, IN home

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold vs Mildew: What is the Difference?

When it comes to mold and mildew many often wonder, “What is the difference?” HGTV.com compares mold and mildew to siblings, stating that they have a few matching characteristics but they also have some striking differences.

As for similarities, they both strive in warm, moist areas and they both are able to grow on a multitude of surfaces. They are also both two types of fungi that no one is ever happy to find in their home!

Differences between mold and mildew can be seen in their appearance. Mold is usually fuzzy in appearance and can be various different colors, but it is most often black or green. Mildew, on the other hand, usually grows in a flat pattern and may appear powdery. It is usually white or gray in color. One interesting difference between mildew and mold is that there is no use for mildew. On the contrary, some molds are actually used in food production. For example, Penicillium is used in the production of cheese.

While mold and mildew definitely have differences, the methods to prevent mold and mildew in the home are very much the same. All areas of the home need to be kept dry and moisture-free. Humidity levels inside the home should be checked and controlled. Any leaks need to be repaired quickly and HVAC systems should be inspected regularly.

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South specializes in mold testing and remediation. If you suspect mold is an issue in your home, give us a call today!

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Proper Ventilation Minimizes Risk of Mold Damage In Trafalgar, IN

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Tips to Keep Your Home Safe from Mold Damage

There are many possible causes of mold growth in the attic, including moisture seepage, condensation, poor insulation, and of course, poor attic ventilation. Many homeowners in Trafalgar, IN do not realize that the attic is not just a random part of the building construction, but a significant feature of a home. From this end, proper attic ventilation is important for a healthy home.

Keeping temperatures stable can go a long way towards preventing mold damage to your Trafalgar, IN home.  At SERVPRO of Indianapolis South, we have a team of IICRC-certified mold remediation experts who can help remedy the situation. The attic works as a buffer between the roof and the other rooms in your home, causing it to experience frequent temperature changes that lead to excessive heat and condensation. Both of these factors promote mold growth.

A good way to ensure proper attic ventilation and reduce the risk of mold damage is creating better airflow within the attic, which in turn efficiently removes moisture and excessive heat. Our SERVPRO of Indianapolis South technicians normally turns to dehumidifiers and other drying equipment for this purpose. After installing proper insulation, you need to ensure that all your vents are working properly. This step involves a number of considerations.

For starters, all the vents should be exactly the same to ensure a balanced air intake and better airflow through the attic. As a result, this eliminates any hot, static air that may contribute to mold growth and, consequently, mold damage. Secondly, you need to place the vents away from the sides of the house as much as possible. This step helps prevent the temperature of the walls from affecting the air entering the attic.

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South mold remediation experts can advise you on how to create enough space for proper air circulation in the attic. Typically, this involves leaving about 1 to 2 inches of space between the insulation and the roof sheathing. It is also recommendable to add pressure to the attic by increasing ventilation at the eaves and decreasing it at the ridge. This pressurization prevents the air inside the house from penetrating into the attic.

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Storm Restoration: Steps To Take After Storm Damage in Center Grove, IN

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Restoration: Steps To Take After Storm Damage in Center Grove, IN Clearing snow and ice from your roof and gutters can minimize your home damage

Storm Restoration: Steps To Take After Storm Damage

With the sudden change in climate condition, the disaster management authority is not only calling for homeowners to ensure their homes against perils such as flooding and other types of storm damage, but also to have storm remediation knowledge. Storm damages are fatal and if no necessary measures are taken these damages can stretch long after the storm. Below are tips from expert home restoration companies and the National Storm Damage Center on what to do after a storm.

Safety first

Most storms are characterized by strong winds and heavy rainfall. Depending on the severity of the storms, property owners may experience severe wind damage and flooding. When this happens, the most important thing to do is run for shelter and only return after the necessary authorities have given the safety clearance.


During a storm, the roof is the most susceptible part of your home prone to damages hence the higher prevalence of roof damage remediation tasks. Wind damage may result in tree branches and other heavy material falling to your roof thus resulting to roof damage and roof leaks. Regardless of how small the storm damages may look in a certain property, it’s still advisable to call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South experts to help assess and evaluate the damages. This practice is still important when it comes to having a smooth storm remediation and compensation process since storm restoration companies and insurance providers rely on these reports to do roof repair and give compensation respectively.

Clean up

Cleaning up the after storm damage is not an easy task. Forget the fact that the process is physically involving, it is also emotionally draining to the damaged property owners. Expert storm restoration companies carry out this assignment depending on the type of damage to a property. For instance, in cases of flooding, the excess stagnated groundwater has to be drained out first. The best way to drain this water is by use of sump pumps.

When using sump pumps it is important to note that there is no a one-fit-all situation sump pump. You need advice from home restoration experts on the best sump pump to use. After draining the flood water and the groundwater, the other option is to fix the roof damage and the roof leaks before drying and dehumidifying the place. This order is of importance according to water restoration companies as it helps prevent repeating the same work twice.

The second way to handle your cleanup task is correcting the fixtures. Despite the fact that frozen pipes are characteristics ice damage to areas experiencing a distinct winter, they too occur at others parts of the world. A good home restoration firm should be able to melt the ice dams on the frozen pipes using chemicals. This process of ice damming should also be carried out on roof edges to help make way for melting ice damming thus preventing further roof damages to occur to your roof. After this process of unfreezing the frozen pipes and clearing the ice dams is complete, a proper insulation exercise when doing roof repair ought to take place to prevent the occurrence of these ice damming damages.

Planning the storm restoration

After all is said and done, the last step in storm remediation process should be restoring your Center Grove home to its former glory. Hiring competent and skilled storm restoration companies is important as this stage is quite demanding. Depending on the extent the groundwater damage, the water restoration expert may be forced to carry minor repairs such as roof repair in roof leaks to reconstructing an entire room. The property may also need to be fixed when it comes to the frozen pipes.

When it comes to flooding, no peril is greater than the other.

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SERVPRO Emergency Supply Kit

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Emergency Supply Kit SERVPRO Emergency Ready Kit

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Kit

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South believes in being Prepared for a winter weather storm. One of the first ways of doing this is to have an emergency supply kit.  It may be different depending on what type of disasters you are likely to encounter but this is a good starter list. 

  • Water (one gallon water per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
  • Battery-operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal help
  • Dust mask
  • Hygiene items
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener
  • Local Maps
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Cash
  • Important documents
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches

Put this emergency kit in a safe place that easily able to be found by all members of your family. If you find your home damaged by a storm, please call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South for 24/7 emergency water cleanup and restoration.

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Prepare Your Business!

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Prepare your business for the winter weather!

-Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries. 

-Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 

-Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.

-Ask your SERVPRO Professional about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business. 

What is an Emergency Ready Profile?

It is a "snapshot" of each building owned/managed by a business that provides critical information for emergency preparation.

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Tips for Preparing your Indianapolis, IN Business for Winter Weather  

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Tips for Preparing your Indianapolis, IN Business for Winter Weather    Let SERVPRO of Indianapolis South make it “Like it never even happened”.

Keep your Business clear from winter weather.

Winter weather will be upon us very soon as we head into the winter months of the Indianapolis area.  Here are a few things to think about for your commercial property.

Tips for Preparing Your Business for Winter Weather

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Indianapolis South  Franchise Professionals about starting a Disaster Recovery Plan for your

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South responds quickly to your Indianapolis South fire, water, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation.

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Dispose of These Items Following a Fire in your Franklin, Indiana home

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dispose of These Items Following a Fire in your Franklin, Indiana home Let SERVPRO of Indianapolis South make it “Like it never even happened”.

Dispose of These Items Following a Fire

A fire can be a devastating experience, even if your Franklin, Indiana home remains intact. Smoke and fire damage leave a mess for you to deal with, and it is overwhelming to decide what can be salvaged and what must be thrown away. You may be inclined to hold onto sentimental items or try to salvage food exposed to smoke, but here are some tips to help you decide what can stay and what you need to throw away.

Non-Perishable Food

Food safety after a fire is a serious issue. Non-perishable food exposed to high heat, smoke and firefighting chemicals should be discarded. It may seem obvious that opened canisters and items stored in permeable containers, such as cardboard and plastic, need to be trashed, but food in sealed cans and jars also need to go. Extreme heat can activate bacteria causing food to spoil even if the container is intact. Toxic fumes also have a way of permeating jars and aluminum cans, causing contamination. Throw away any food you even remotely suspect has been in a compromising situation.

Perishable Food

Sometimes perishable food can be salvaged even if the power went out. If it was well sealed in the refrigerator or freezer, it could be safe for about four hours. Inspect all food, but don’t make any assumptions. If the inside of the fridge smells smoky or you see soot, the food is bad. If food has an odor or a funny taste, get rid of it. 

Cosmetics and Medicine

Make sure to inspect your medicine cabinet and makeup bag. Look for obvious signs of damage. If bottles are warped, melted or charred, dispose of them. Look for any signs of heat, soot, fire extinguisher dust or other suspect damage.

Clothing

With the proper cleaning, most textiles (clothes, curtains, bedding, etc.) can be recovered. Throw away anything that is burned. This is especially true if you are considering a young child’s clothing or bedding.

If dealing with your home’s contents after a fire is too much, hire a fire restoration company in Franklin, Indiana to take care of it for you. Visit  https://www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com/ for more information on fire damage.

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Every Second Counts in Indianapolis and Johnson County

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Every Second Counts in Indianapolis and Johnson County Let SERVPRO of Indianapolis South make it “Like it never even happened”.

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here are this year’s key campaign messages:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Have you contacted your local fire department? See how you can get involved with them and your community to prevent house fires. Sometimes they will have events or give out smoke detectors for your home. Don't think this could never happen to you because it easily could. We don't have control over everything in our homes! Be safe and have a plan!

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