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Faster to Your Disaster in Indianapolis, IN

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 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 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 Services? Call Us 24/7 – SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 317-784-3008

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 bio-hazard 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 Indianapolis South

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 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.

When Storms Strike in Greenwood, SERVPRO Strikes Back!

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

During the spring and summer months, thunderstorms that produce lightning, thunder, heavy rain, flooding, strong winds, tornadoes, and hail can occur. These storms are extremely dangerous and can appear suddenly with little warning and may only last a few minutes but have the strength and power to cause a great amount of damage.

Before A Thunderstorm

  • Check weather forecasts daily, purchase an all-hazard weather radio and have multiple ways to receive weather alerts.
  • Plan outdoor events near a secure shelter where people can go in the event of a storm.
  • Keep trees trimmed to prevent limbs from falling onto buildings, cars or people.
  • If hail or strong winds are expected, park vehicles under a shelter to avoid damage.
  • Make sure preparedness kits are portable for easy transport if evacuation is necessary. Preparedness kits should be tailored to household needs.
  • Bring pets indoors before a storm moves into the area. Sheds, dog houses, and garages do not provide ample protection from lightning, hail, high winds, and tornadoes.

Your local SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is alert and ready for storm damage concerns. Call us today at @ 317-784-3008.

Power Outage Due to The Storm in Franklin, Indiana

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

During a Storm Power Outage

Staying Safe Indoors

  • Use flash lights in the dark, not candles.
  • Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic lights will be out and roads will be congested.
  • If you are using a generator be sure you understand the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and how to use generators safely.

Food Safety

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
  • First use perishable food from the refrigerator. Perishables should have a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) or below to be safe to eat. Then use food from the freezer.
  • Use your non-perishable foods and staples after using food from the refrigerator and freezer.
  • If it looks like the power outage will continue beyond a day, prepare a cooler with ice for your freezer items.
  • Keep food in a dry, cool spot and keep it covered at all times.

Electrical Equipment

  • Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics.
  • Turn off or disconnect any appliances (like stoves), equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment.
  • Leave one light turned on so you’ll know when the power comes back on.

Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South for your storm mitigation needs @ 317-784-3008

Continuing Education Courses Canceled in Indianapolis South

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is sorry to inform you the classes scheduled for August 31st, 2020 have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

Dear friends,

Regretfully the CE classes we had scheduled for August 31st have been cancelled.  Due to increasing Covid case counts SERVPRO headquarters has placed a travel restriction on all SERVPRO approved CE course trainers for the foreseeable future.  We attempted to shift to a virtual training format, but the State of Indiana does not currently allow this.

We apologize for any inconvenience and will try to reschedule when conditions are more favorable.  Local franchise operations are unaffected.  We remain open and ready to serve your needs and the needs of your insureds.

Warm regards,

Steve Dussault

Owner/General Manager

Water Damage Restoration in Indianapolis, Indiana

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

When calling your local SERVPRO of Indianapolis South be prepared to answer the frequently asked questions pertaining to your particular water damage. 

  • What is the date and time the loss occurred?
  • What is the source of water?
  • What is the category of water (clean, gray, or black)?
  • What areas of the property are affected?
  • Is there structural damage?
  • Is electricity available to the property?
  • Is there standing water? How deep? 
  • Has the source of water intrusion been repaired and or replaced?

Feel free to check out our website for more tips and what to do during the event of water damage. SERVPRO of Indianapolis South has a team available 24/7 and will make it "Like it never even happened."

Contact us today to learn if we are the right solution for you! 317-784-3008

Fire and Smoke Restoration in Greenwood, Indiana

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

When calling into your local SERVPRO be prepared to answer the frequently asked questions pertaining to your particular fire damage. 

  • Is water damage present from extinguishing the fire?
  • What was the source of the fire? Has that been determined?
  • What is the extent of the damage?
  • How bad is the odor?
  • Is a board up required?
  • Are the water and electricity available?
  • Are there any personal injuries?
  • How many rooms were affected by the fire?

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South has all the certified technicians needed to get your home back to "Like it never even happened." We are available by phone 24/7!

Contact us today to learn if we are the right solution for you! 317-784-3008. We are faster to any size disaster.

Free Continuing Education Courses in Greenwood, IN

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

CE Course Flyer SERVPRO of Indianapolis South would like for you to join us for a fun filled day!

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is offering 2 FREE CE Courses on August 31st 2020.

Although the Covid-19 Pandemic has kept us from reaching out in person. We are doing all that we can to help our agents by offering two free courses to assist with the renewal of your license. 

With the Covid-19 Pandemic we are taking the extra precautions by providing face masks, hand sanitizer, and practicing the six feet social distancing. 

Along with the free courses we will be providing breakfast and lunch to attendees. Water will also be available. 

REGISTER TODAY as class size will be limited in order to abide by the social distancing guidelines!

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South would like for you to join us as we prepare to make connections with our local agents. 

Smoke and Soot Cleanup in Franklin, Indiana

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

What to do after a fire? Cleanup process SERVPRO of Indianapolis South smoke and soot cleanup.

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.  

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 Indianapolis South 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 – 317-784-3008

Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips in Indianapolis, Indiana

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Never play with fire. Matches and SERVPRO logo Be safe while having fun this Summer with tip from your local SERVPRO!

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South would like to provide our communities with fire pit safety tip as the holiday and summer nights are approaching. On a cool summer night. Its always a good time sitting around the fire pit with family and friends. 

Backyard fires infuse outdoor gatherings with joy and even romance. With that being said it can also be an unpredictable destructive force.

Basics of backyard fire safety

  • Check the wind conditions for your local weather
  • Build the fire in the open away from trees and structures
  • Use only recommended fire starters not gasoline
  • Keep children, pets, and chairs away from the fire pit
  • Wear tight fitted clothing
  • Do not leave the fire unattended
  • Keep a fire extinguisher close by 
  • Make sure the fire is completely extinguished before leaving

Other suggestions would be to install a screen around the fire pit. Keep water and a shovel nearby. If having alcoholic beverages drink responsibly. 

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South

317-784-3008

Indianapolis Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO green Available 24/7 for any of your restoration needs!

Why choose SERVPRO? 

Restoration and remediation are not common topics of conversation. The work we provide here at SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is the calm to your chaos. Our mission is to make it "Like it never even happened." 

From a leaky roof to cleaning up bodily fluids we do it all. The unexpected can take a toll on our daily lives and routines. Flooded basements, sewage in the crawlspace, to bats in the attic we have all of the specialty equipment along with certified technicians to make your life easier while we put your minds at ease. 

We here at SERVPRO take pride in the work we provide and show up to perform our job duties to the best of our abilities with smiling faces. We also communicate with your insurance companies so that is one less thing you have to worry about or take care of. 

Please give us a call at 317-784-3008 to ask general qustions about our services or any of your remediation needs. SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is Faster to Any Size Disaster! 

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned- a defensive cleaning program

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your businesss a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we're all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we've developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected. 

Certified:SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we're offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you've selected a higher cleaning standard- you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products 

As the #1 choice in cleanup an restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills- always adhering to the SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen. 

3 C's- Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We've cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C's: Consult, Clean, and Certify. 

  • Consult- Every business is different, which is why you'll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touch points, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean- Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work hat regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials. In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify- Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you've selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month , and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We're Here to Help- 24 hours a day, seven day a week- until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home. 

Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South today at 317-784-3008 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

Faster to Any Size Disaster: commercial restoration

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South Vehicles We are here to help- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- to get your commercial business back to normal.

Leading Restoration Certified Technicians at SERVPRO of Indianapolis South are available 24/7 for any of your specific commercial restoration needs!

No Job to big no job to small

Here at SERVPRO we have done it all. From commercial water damage, mold, bio-hazard, and fire. There is not a job we can't handle. Our mission is to make it "Like it never even happened." 

We are available 24/7 365 days a year

A water loss, fire, or bio concern can happen at any time to your commercial business. SERVPRO of Indianapolis South has IICRC certified technicians on call and ready to start the remediation process in a quick, efficient, timely manor. 

Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South today at 317-784-3008 for all of your commercial restoration needs!

7 Common Causes of House Fires and How to Prevent Them in Greenwood, Indiana

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO of Indianapolis South be the calm to your chaos Fire Safety from your SERVPRO of Indianapolis South.

House fires endanger everyone in the home and even small fires that are put out quickly often result in thousands of dollars of damage. Having a proper insurance policy is essential to help mitigate the financial losses associated.

The 7 Most Common Causes of House Fires

  • Cooking-Related Fires
  • Heating Appliances
  • Electrical Fires
  • Smoking
  • Candles
  • Chemical Fires
  • Christmas Trees

Here are some Tips to help Prevent House Fires

  • Test your smoke alarms regularly
  • Inspect all of your heating sources
  • Keep Your Stove and Oven Clean
  • Don't leave your Kitchen while cooking
  • Always Check Your Dryer
  • Maintain all Cords
  • Properly Store Flammable Products
  • Practice Caution with Candles
  • Be careful with your fireplace (if applicable)
  • Keep Fire Extinguishers Around

There is nothing more devastating than losing everything you own to house fires. Your home is like a member to your family. Let SERVPRO of Indianapolis South make it "Like it never even happened."

317-784-3008

Restoring Your Indianapolis Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO leaving impressions in the Indianapolis and Greenwood areas. Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges Downtown Indianapolis

Flooding and water damage events in Indianapolis Greenwood or Franklin commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Indianapolis South

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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 SERVPRO of Indianapolis South today for any of your commercial needs. We make it "Like it never even happened."

317-784-3008

Flood & Water Restoration in Indianapolis, IN

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Water and Flood Mitigation in Indianapolis, IN SERVPRO of Indianapolis South cares!

Our SERVPRO staff is the most prepared for water loss incidents and amongst the most common of callouts that our team must respond to throughout the area. 

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South has fast, friendly, reliable service for any of your disastrous needs. We have highly trained IICRC certified technicians so that no customer ever has to wait for knowledgeable mitigation and recovery. 

Restoring flood effects on the inside of your home includes employing the latest cutting-edge equipment and products. We can quickly manage the extraction and drying of your Indianapolis property, working to prevent unnecessary tear out and replacement whenever possible. 

SERVPRO is just a phone call away, with 24/7 emergency service response. No job is too big, no job is too small. We are here to service your specific needs!

Call us Today @ 317-784-3008

Coronavirus Toilet Paper Shortage Clogging Sewer Lines Indianapolis, Indiana

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

What can and can NOT be flushed down the toilet #WipesClogPipes

Clogged toilet? Water overflow? Ask your self if any of these items have been disposed of in your toilet!

During this crisis lots of Americans are at home and with schools being closed until further notice its important to keep your house in order. The last thing you need is water making a pathway throughout your main level caused by a clogged toilet. 

Items that are not flush-able:

  • Flush-able wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Facial Tissue
  • Lysol Wipes
  • Similar Products

#WipesClogPipes

Flush-able wipes are not truly flush-able. They might go down the drain but they do not break down like regular toilet paper. Flushing these items will clog sewers and cause backups and overflows at wastewater treatment facilities, creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the corona-virus pandemic.

LET SERVPRO OF INDIANAPOLIS SOUTH BE THE "CALM TO YOUR CHAOS"!

Call us today at 317-784-3008

SERVPRO provides both sewage backup and Coronavirus cleaning services.

We Are Cleaning Experts Indianapolis Indiana

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Coronavirus Cleanup Indianapolis Indiana SERVPRO of Indianapolis South Understands!!

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Indianpolis South, 317-784-3008

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Fire Cleanup Services in Franklin, Indiana

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke Odors and Soot Cleanup in Franklin. SERVPRO professionals available 24/7 for fire restoration. Call 317-784-3008

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South have professionals who are trained and experienced in handling fire cleanup services. 

We will begin our services by assessing the level of fire damage and put together a scope of work that suits the restoration needs pertaining to the aftermath of the fire. We ensure the effective removal of soot damage, smoke smells, and smoke damage. While also providing board up services, and fire damage restoration. 

Its important to SERVPRO for you and your family to quickly go back to your normal life. We understand the importance of quick and efficient restoration to prevent further damage to your home.

Smoke odors invade the property by getting in the vents, walls, and other hard to reach areas. Health concerns prevent you are your loved ones from residing in the home after a fire. Leave it to the professionals here at SERVPRO of Indianapolis South to make it "Like it never even happened."

Call us today with your fire restoration needs.

317-784-3008 

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South

https://www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com/

No Job To Big No Job To Small Indianapolis, Indiana

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is Proud to be the top rated Fire and Water mitigation company in your area!

Known for our speedy response and putting your home back to "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO is a proud leader in your area. Family oriented with IICRC certified technicians we put your mind at ease when certain situations happen in your home.

Here are a few reviews from our valued customers. 

Josh and Pedro were both very friendly and were much on time. They got right to work and did a great job and cleaned everything before they left.
I was very pleased also that they wore covers on their shoes... 

Josh & Pedro did an outstanding job and we are 100% happy. We would highly recommend SERVPRO.

Disaster can strike at anytime. Here at SERVPRO of Indianapolis South we are available 24/7 365 days a year to get the job done quickly and efficiently. 

Call us TODAY with any fire, water, or mold needs.

317-784-3008

SERVPRO Ready in Greenwood, Indiana

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Be Prepared for Disaster in Your Greenwood Business with SERVPRO The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Advantage!

ERP How Do You Set it Up?Is Your Greenwood Business Ready for a Disaster?

If the answer to this question is NO, SERVPRO of Indidnapolis South would gladly help you get this plan of action in place absolutely FREE of charge.

  • Free assessment of your facility.
  • Contains the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Indianapolis as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. 
  • Can add your facility's current contingency plans to you SERVPRO Ready Profile.

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program is a Proud National Sponsor of American Red Cross Ready Rating.

Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South to get started today. 317-784-3008

Timely Cleanup Is An Important Step in Johnson County

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Don't put yourself or your home in a bad position by waiting after water damage in your home.

Water damage can impact even the most valuable possessions inside your home. It can wreak havoc and damage furniture, appliances, plumbing equipment, and electronics. Over time, water damage can lead to the growth of mold inside your home.

The worst thing to do when facing water damage is to “save the cleanup for later”. Some people wait a while when first spotting signs of water damage to see if it will naturally go away. Even if the water evaporates on its own, the source of the damage still exists and will likely result in future problems.

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South specializes in water remediation and mold cleanup. Call us to schedule your inspection today!

317-784-3008

Surviving The Storm In Franklin, Indiana

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

The weather can change in the blink of an eye. There are all kinds of storms that can take place and usually occur during a certain time of the year. For example, you have hurricane season that runs from May 15th to November 30th. If you live in an area that is likely to be impacted by a hurricane most are prepared for the damage and disruption that these particular storms cause.

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is a leading restoration company that specializes in storm clean-up. How prepared are you to survive the storm? Have you taken the necessary steps to prep your home for storm season? If the answer to these questions is no, SERVPRO would like to remind you that it's important to have a plan in place for when disaster strikes. We have a crew of certified technicians who are ready to survive the storm with you! We assist with all types of storm clean-up needs.

317-784-3008

https://www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com/

Choose SERVPRO For All Of Your Commercial Needs Greenwood, Indiana

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO of Indianapolis South be the calm to your chaos Call on SERVPRO to make it " Like it never even happened."

"Faster to any size disaster" No Job is Too Large

Operating your own business has perks. Most have operational tasks that are managed day by day. Does your business have a plan for when these day by day tasks get put on hold due to a disaster? SERVPRO of Indianapolis South has all the answers to your disastrous commercial needs.

What does a disaster in my business mean? Here are some examples that could pause your daily operations. Storm damage, toilet overflow, suspected mold, sewage leak, and trauma or bio hazard cleanup. If you need assistance with these examples right away we are only one call away. Available 24/7 SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians that will come in and get your business back to "Like it never even happened." Add SERVPRO of Indianapolis South to your business contact list for when the unexpected chaos happens.

317-784-3008

https://www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com/

Content Cleaning After a Fire in Indianapolis, Indiana

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Unexpected house fires can cause tremendous amounts of stress and anxiety. The last thing that comes to mind is to remain calm. Let's face it we are never prepared for our homes to go up in flames. It is extremely important to have this conversation at home and come up with a safety plan for your family.

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South has the answers to all of your questions after a household fire. We are "Faster to any size disaster." Big or small we have IICRC certified technicians that will come in and help put your mind to ease as the process of cleaning contents after a fire unfolds.

Here at SERVPRO the goal is to make it "Like it never even happened." With that in mind, you can get back to a daily routine comfortably in your home. Cleaning contents after a fire is one of the many services we provide. Give SERVPRO of Indianapolis South a call to help with your plan after a fire.

317-784-3008

https://www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com/

Marijuana Odor Removal in Marion County

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South offers deodorization services for Marijuana/ Cannabis and many other odors.

SERVPRO has a cleaning protocol for marijuana odor removal that may be useful for landlords, property managers, or agents that may be selling a home that needs deodorization. Nicotine and marijuana smoke will cover almost all surfaces and in order to remove the smell, all areas need to be cleaned thoroughly. 

Effective October 1st, 2019 Marion County has stopped prosecuting possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. Although marijuana is still illegal in Indiana, a question you might as is how often is smoke or marijuana used in your home or surrounding areas. SERVPRO of Indianapolis South services the majority of Marion County and we are available 24/7 for any of your deodorization needs. Make it "Like it never even happened."-

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 

317-784-3008

https://www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com/

Back to School Indianapolis, IN

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Home Safety Tips For Parents with Children going Back To School

Home security and safety are especially important if children will be alone at home for any length of time. Walking home alone, entering an empty house, and staying safe at home can be a challenge. But with guidance, rules, and helpful products, parents can help children stay safe at home.

  • Teach kids to lock the door and not open it for anyone: Children should know how to properly lock all doors. Teach them that they should never open the front door while they’re home alone, even for deliveries or mail.
  • Show kids how to use the alarm system: Make sure children know how to properly use the alarm system, both arming and disarming it. You should also show them how to hit the panic button and what to do if there’s an emergency.
  • Plan a safe route to school: Work with your child to plan a direct route to school. Avoid as many street crossings as possible as well as open fields, vacant lots, and desolate areas. 
  • Help children memorize important numbers: Teach kids their home address, their home number, your cell phone number, and the number of a neighbor who can help. You should also teach them how to use 911 in an emergency.
  • Teach children about stranger danger: Make sure kids know not to talk to strangers on their way home from school, even if they seem friendly or helpful. 
  • Make an emergency plan for fire: Work on an emergency plan together and determine how your child will exit in case there’s a fire. 
  • Keep communication open: Ask your child to text or call when they get home each day. Encourage them to call you if there’s any problem at all so you can help.
  • Have a plan for lost keys: Even responsible children can lose keys. Choose a destination for a spare key or leave one with a close neighbor or family member.
  • Establish rules for safety at home: Determine whether children will be allowed to use the stove or oven when home alone, rules for visitors or leaving the house, even screen time. Set kids up for a safe afternoon at home by establishing your expectations.

Stay Safe and Have a Wonderful School Year from your local SERVPRO of Indianapolis South!

Storm Tips in Franklin, IN

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Call on SERVPRO for your storm needs

Ways To Prevent Water Damage In Your Home

1. Clean and inspect gutters regularly.

2. Keep downspouts cleat of any blockages.

3. Repair or replace roofing as needed.

4. Be sure soffit vents are clean and unobstructed.

5. Check for any cracks or peeling paint.

These could indicate moisture retention.

6. Fill low spots around building foundation 
with clean fill dirt.

7. Create a slope away from the structure to drain runoff properly.

8. Trim plants around building to avoid the growth of mold or mildew.

9. Make sure garden areas have adequate drainage.

10. Apply a waterproofing coating to the interior or exterior basement walls.

Heavy rains and strong winds can all cause problems with your property. Roofs, gutters, and landscapes are exterior elements that should be checked to guard against water damage. Remember to look in attics, basements or crawl spaces for visible signs of water intrusion. Make sure outside vents are clear of any obstruction to ensure proper airflow.

If you find a problem and need restoration help or want spring cleaning assistance, call your local SERVPRO of Indianapolis South professionals. We are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

317-784-3008

https://www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com/storm-flooding-restoration

Odors From Water Damage Indianapolis, IN

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO put your thoughts to rest as we Remediate your property!

Unpleasant odors from water damage can last for weeks, even months after the initial incident.

There are many reasons why your home or business can be quickly affected by water. Some of these reasons include:

  • Flooded basement 
  • Toilet overflow
  • HVAC system 
  • Broken appliance
  • Foundation crack
  • Weather-related 
  • Damaged roof

Many of these reasons are unexpected and can leave your home or business in a state of shock. SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is on standby ready to restore your home or business to "Like it never even happened."

Yes! Water damage does have a musty smell. Porous materials with excess moisture, such as wood, drywall, and carpeting are more likely to have mold growth after water damage. If you smell a musty, stale, or earthly like smell in your home or business give SERVPRO a call.

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South

https://www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com/water-damage-restoration

317-784-3008

Wet Crawlspace Greenwood, IN

7/27/2019 (Permalink)

Call on your local SERVPRO professional TEAM!

Damp crawlspaces can lead to home safety and health concerns. These can include mold and mildew growth, standing water, rotted floor joists, and rotten or musty smells. A full inspection of your crawl space is the best way to determine if you have any moisture problems. Issues may not be visible from a quick peek inside your crawl space door.

If you find standing water on the floor of the crawlspace, it is important to identify whether the source of the water is groundwater or if it is coming from above. Usually, a leak in plumbing fixtures, drain pipes or water supply pipes running in the crawlspace below the floor of the house.

If you have any question or would like your crawl space inspected, please call us at 317-784-3008SERVPRO of Indianapolis South

Pack-Out After A Fire in Indianapolis, IN

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Choose SERVPRO of Indianapolis South

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South offers many services to Indianapolis, Indiana. One of the many services that we provide is a pack out after a fire. 

What is a pack-out?

Our pack-out process involves photographing every content put into each box along with a label. We then take them back to our warehouse where they are cleaned and restored to their preloss condition. Contents are separated into two categories salvageable and unsalvageable. 

After your items are restored and the repairs in your home are complete, SERVPRO will then perform a pack back. Note that items are not returned until the job is completed. This can take some patience. 

A fire in your home can be a traumatic experience. Trust the professional team at SERVPRO of Indianapolis South will put your fears to rest. Call us today at 317-784-3008

https://www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com/fire-cleanup

Water Damage Restoration in Greenwood, Indiana

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Who do you call for your water damage restoration needs?

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is proud to service  Greenwood, Indiana and surrounding areas. With that being said, if you or a loved one have any structural concerns pertaining to water let us be of service to you. Our trained employees will be glad to address any concerns pertaining to your home during these trying times. We are "faster to any size disaster." 

B. Bentley left a review after water damage restoration "SERVPRO came to the rescue when we discovered we had a few tears in our roof. They were out quickly, the service team walked me through what they would do and how it would be taken care of. Great team, Great service!" 

Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South with any water damage restoration needs! 317-784-3008

https://www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com/water-damage-restoration

SERVPRO CE Class

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Come and Join US!!

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South will be hosting two FREE CE Classes on August 13, 2019
First Class Registration Time is at 8:30 AM Class begins at 9:00 AM
Second Class Registration Time is at 12:30 PM Class begins at 1:00 PM
Attendees are to be on time and stay the entire course to be eligible to receive credits! Lunch will be sponsored by Economy Heating-Air Conditioning-Pluming. 

Get ready for some fun! This class will be hosted at the Mooresville Public Library. 
Event Location:
220 West Harrison Street
Mooresville, IN 46158

If you would like to attend please call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South at 317-784-3008 to register! Class size is limited!

Working to make it "Like it never even happened."

https://www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com/

Water Loss in Greenwood, IN

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Keep Calm and Call SERVPRO!

In any scenario where there is a significant amount of water flowing one might panic. What is the water mitigation process and how might one go about cleaning it up? Make your local SERVPRO of Indianapolis South aware of your concerns and we have the answers for you!

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is known for fast, friendly, and reliable service. You can count on us! "Faster to any size disaster." No loss is too big or too small. No judgment, no questions asked. Our customers call on SERVPRO for water mitigation and we are there. Our goal is to get you back to a normal life without worry or hassle!

Call your local SERVPRO of Indianapolis South at 317-784-3008 today! "Like it never even happened." 

https://www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com/

Thunderstorm Tips

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Readiness in Indianapolis South

During the spring and summer months, thunderstorms that produce lightning, thunder, heavy rain, flooding, strong winds, tornadoes, and hail can occur. These storms are extremely dangerous and can appear suddenly with little warning and may only last a few minutes but have the strength and power to cause a great amount of damage.

Before A Thunderstorm

  • Check weather forecasts daily, purchase an all-hazard weather radio and have multiple ways to receive weather alerts.
  • Plan outdoor events near a secure shelter where people can go in the event of a storm.
  • Keep trees trimmed to prevent limbs from falling onto buildings, cars or people.
  • If hail or strong winds are expected, park vehicles under a shelter to avoid damage.
  • Make sure preparedness kits are portable for easy transport if evacuation is necessary. Preparedness kits should be tailored to household needs.
  • Bring pets indoors before a storm moves into the area. Sheds, dog houses, and garages do not provide ample protection from lightning, hail, high winds, and tornadoes.

Your local SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is alert and ready for storm damage concerns. Call us today at 317-784-3008

https://www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com/

Flash Flooding in Indianapolis, Indiana

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage can have you feeling daunted by the size of the task, and not knowing where to begin. Call your local SERVPRO of Indianapolis South.

Flash Floods can happen with no warning. The two key elements to a flash flood are rainfall intensity and duration. Certain home improvements can help reduce damage. Valuables and documents can be stored in a safe place on the upstairs level of your home. Clean gutters of any debris to help prevent flooding under houses and in the basement. Basement sump pumps are to be tested frequently throughout the year to ensure that they are working properly.

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is here and ready to help with your storm-related questions! Restore your property to "Like it never even happened." Call us at 317-784-3008.

Water Mitigation in Indianapolis, Indiana

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

Basement Flooded in Indianapolis, Indiana

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is on standby and ready to take on any of your water mitigation needs. We have a team of trained professionals to come out and make every step of water removal easier for you and your family.

A fast response is necessary, especially in a storm damage situation. "They're faster to any size disaster." SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is thorough in the mitigation process. The water mitigation duration will depend on how long the property has been exposed to water. There is a small time frame to prevent the structure from further damage by mold or mildew. Here you will find SERVPRO tips on what you can do until help arrives.

Leave it up to our IICRC trained professionals to extract water from all surfaces during a storm-related loss. Call us Today at 317-784-3008 with any questions! 

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 

How Smart is Your Indianapolis, IN home?

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Property owners need to protect their assets from water damage.  Whether it’s a leaking faucet, frozen pipe or a broken main line, any water-related damage can happen anywhere at any time.  SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is just a phone call away, 24/7 for all your emergency needs.

Over 60% of all property claims are actually water related.  If you have had the misfortune of experiencing a water claim in the past, you know the time to be proactive is now.  There are three reasons why you need to invest in water loss prevention products and hopefully, you’ll make these a priority.

  1. You have made an investment in property, now don’t underestimate the expense and frequency of a water-related claim. Invest in a Smart Home detection device for the detection of water leaks.  Don’t leave yourself open to risking an unexpected water loss.
  2. Avoid expensive claim losses. No matter how minimal the loss may seem, it’s smart to have the safety net of a Smart Home detection device.
  3. A Smart Home detection device alerts you at and away from home. These devices should bring peace of mind to you as you sleep or are on vacation away from home

As a smart investor, when you have Smart Home detection devices to detect water leaks, you minimize your risk of having a water loss.

Call us at

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South

317-784-3008

Firework Safety Tips for Indianapolis South

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Happy Fourth of JULY!!!

With the Fourth of July approaching quickly, SERVPRO of Indianapolis would like to provide safety tips for you and your family.

The start of summer is the perfect time to gather with family and friends for good food and fun times. Just remember

· Kids should never play with fireworks. Things like firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers are just too dangerous. If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800°F (982°C) — hot enough to melt gold.
· Never try to make your own fireworks.
· Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.
· Steer clear of others setting off fireworks. They can backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction.
· Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even as a joke.
· Don't hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting. Wear eye protection, and don't carry fireworks in your pocket — the friction could set them off.
· Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush and leaves and flammable substances. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that local fire departments respond to more 50,000 fires caused by fireworks each year.
· Light one firework at a time (not in glass or metal containers), and never relight a dud.
· Don't allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
· Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can.
· Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be very frightened or stressed by the Fourth of July and other big celebrations. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they'll run loose or get injured.

Call SERVPRO at 317-784-3008 with any fire or smoke concerns.

The Aftermath of Fire Damage in Indianapolis, Indiana

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO helping make fire damage "Like it never happened."

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about the SERVPRO Indianapolis South fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

After a house fire, the danger, unfortunately, doesn’t stop once the flames have been put out. Soot may have spread to your entire home, posing a threat to your health and the building.

For professional smoke remediation or fire damage repair call your local SERVPRO today with any questions or concerns pertaining to a fire loss. 317-784-3008.

https://www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com/

Mold Growing in Your Business in Indianapolis, IN

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

No Worries call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South for your mold inquires.

Leaving mold untreated can lead to an unsafe environment in your business as well as surrounding businesses. SERVPRO of Indianapolis South has skilled technicians to treat and mitigate the mold before it has the chance to spread into the surroundings.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 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.

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.

If you suspect mold in your business, Please Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South at 317-784-3008. Fast, Friendly, and Reliable Service. We will get your business "Like it never even happened."

https://www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com/

Are You Ready for Whatever Happens?

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Helping you to be "Ready for Whatever Happens"

What if you woke up this morning to find everything you have ever worked at your business sitting in several feet of water?   Your business is susceptible to having a disaster happen any day of the week at any time of the day.

Spring storms can tend to bring many storms that may include not only potential flooding but high winds, hail, and tornadoes.  These natural disasters remind us that disaster can strike anytime and anywhere.  You need to be prepared.

The best time to plan for any disaster is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as a fire or a flood never reopen.

Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”

Did you know that SERVPRO of Indianapolis South offers an Emergency Ready Plan?   This SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is created by our SERVPRO representative and provides you a quick reference of important building and contact information.  This can also serve as a supplement to an existing contingency plan you might have in place. 

Let us help you to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile.

Call at 317-784-3008 Today for a No Cost Assessment of Your Facility!

Major Storms Hit Indianapolis Area

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Don't Let Storm Damage Stop Your Operations

Beech Grove, Indiana suffered a weather disaster this past weekend. Storms including a tornado and strong winds caused damage to multiple residential homes and businesses.

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South worked around the clock to clean up debris and restore the properties to preloss conditions. Knowing that a commercial business operates with productivity in mind it is essential to return them to daily business operations promptly. It is always our goal to get you back up and running as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Our professional IICRC SERVPRO technicians know the importance of returning your business to " Like it never even happened". 

If your business has been damaged by severe floods or storms, call us right away at 317-784-3008. Disaster can strike when we least expect it, but SERVPRO of Indianapolis South will be there to help you weather the storm. 

 https://www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com/

Safety Tips When Using Your Fire Pit

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Pit Safety for Indianapolis and Johnson County area.

Fire pits are perfect for your outdoor gatherings. The fire pit is a beautiful addition to your landscaping and a great way to complement and add a relaxing ambiance to your property. 
SERVPRO of Indianapolis South wants to make sure you are keeping you and your property safe by following these safety tips!

Fire Pit Location


•    Make sure to place your fire pit AT LEAST 10 feet away from any structures. This may help prevent sparks from hitting your home and excessive smoke from entering your or your neighbor’s home.
•    Do NOT place your fire pit under tree branches or on a covered deck. Make sure your fire pit is in a location where the flames and sparks will not hit any objects.


Fire Pit Site Preparation


•    If your fire pit is not built into the ground, make sure you have stone, brick, gravel, or concrete under the pit. This will help prevent the area below the pit from burning. 
•    You should NEVER place your pit over dry grass or over a wooden deck. This is to prevent any overheating or causing of a spark a fire to the ground below it.


Weather


•    Do not use your fire pit if it is windy. Windy conditions may cause sparks from the fire to fall in an area that is flammable.
•    When you are using your fire pit, you should observe what direction the breeze is blowing. You should move any object out of the way of where the breeze is blowing to help prevent a fire from occurring.


Lighting the Fire Pit


•    When lighting your fire pit, do NOT use lighter fluid or gasoline to light the pit or to relight fires. 
•    The easiest and safest way to light your fire pit is to place kindling under the wood.  Kindling can be newspaper, dead leaves, pine needles, wood shaving and small pieces of tree bark.  Place a small stack under the wood in your fire pit and try lighting it instead of the wood.  Once the kindling catches fire, the rest of the wood should also ignite.
•    You should always keep water nearby just in case the fire inside of the pit spreads.

Before you use your fire pit, you should check your town’s laws on fire pits. Some towns require a permit and an inspection. If the unfortunate happens, call the experts at 

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 

317-784-3008


Like it never even happened®




Hidden Water Damage can add up

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

This homeowner out of Indianapolis suffered not only a water loss but also had signs of microbial growth in several different areas.

Remember, water damage can be very deceiving. Make sure the next time you have a water damage loss in Greenwood, IN to call your SERVPRO of Indianapolis South professionals for your water damage needs!

To the naked eye, that water loss looked like such a small leak and surely couldn’t have caused much damage. What looked like minimal damage may now evolve into a big claim later. The floors and walls felt dry to touch, but now you find out that the water penetrated through your walls and pooled under your tile flooring.

Instead of trusting untrained eyes, help ensure the value of your property by calling SERVPRO of Indianapolis South.

Our technicians are IICRC trained and certified to safely clean and restore your home, utilizing the following procedures:

  • Identify the source/type of water
  • Perform emergency water extraction
  • Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis
  • Utilize professional state-of-the-art drying and monitoring equipment
  • Survey the extent of damage and inspect the property for hidden moisture
  • Move and block furniture and contents
  • Inspect carpet pad/carpet and provide services
  • Apply necessary treatments (disinfectants/deodorization)
  • Dispose of refuse

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South has the professional equipment, training, and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages set in. To stop leaks from becoming a big problem, contact us at 317-784-3008.

Water Damage 101

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

How to Handle Your Disaster and What to Expect

Once you notice that you have a water loss, call us at SERVPRO of Indianapolis South immediately at 317-784-3008. When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us to assess your damage and determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO IICRC Professionals may be needed. 

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions for our documentation:

  • Your name and contact information and the name of landlord (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • Is there still water standing?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Your Insurance company information (if applicable)
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?
  • How many floors were damaged?
  • What type of flooring in the damaged areas?
  • How many rooms are affected?

CONTACT US: 317-784-3008

Residential Fires in Whiteland, IN

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

House in Whiteland, IN is a total loss and SERVPRO provided a pack out.

Residential fires may be the number one most troublesome things we have a tendency at SERVPRO to encounter. The private loss of a home and possessions is a very painful state of affairs for any homeowners.  Our crew is ready for this and sympathizes with the anguish and emotional distress each and every homeowner feels once such a disaster takes place.  Not only has the homeowner lost their home, but they also have lost important tangibles like photo albums, documents, and cherished objects.

Our SERVPRO of Indianapolis South technicians are trained to maneuver quickly understanding that each moment saved at the onset of disaster recovery will possibly minimize mitigation exponentially. SERVPRO of Indianapolis South provides pack out of your contents and will relocate inventoried contents to our warehouse to be professionally cleaned and stored until ready for the final return to the restored property. Once the structural damage has been reviewed and the debris and damage are removed from the property, we are able to begin drying and assessing the damage.  This home in Whiteland, IN was estimated a total loss. 

Contact us at 317-784-3008.

What To Do When Your Basement Floods

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement in Indianapolis

A flooded basement can be a nasty experience, even for experienced homeowners. Here are some “Do’s and Don’ts” to consider when your basement floods.

Unexpected water problems in your home are never welcomed, but they are unfortunately common in the Indianapolis area. A flooded basement may cause even an experienced home-owner feelings of helplessness and panic. If you discover a basement flood, try not to get too excited – we can help!  SERVPRO of Indianapolis South provides 24/7/365 emergency service with uniformed, professional, IICRC certified technicians. 

After you call us, here are some things you can do to reduce the damage if your basement floods. 

  • Ensure local authorities have given the “all clear” for your area.
  • Safety first! Ensure your electricity is turned off before entering a flooded structure. If you aren’t sure the power is off or if you can’t safely reach the breaker panel call a qualified electrician. We can handle this for you if you call us first!
  • Determine the cause or source of the water. If a pipe has burst and is leaking water, shut off the water. There should be a main shutoff valve where the water enters the house. 
  • It may also be possible to shutoff water closer to the leak. If the water is leaking from a supply line to a sink, toilet or similar fixture there is often a shutoff valve near the floor close to the fixture or under the sink. 
  • If you aren’t sure where the water is coming from or how to shut off the water a plumber can help. Again, we have relationships with licensed emergency plumbers and can call a reputable one for you.
  • Unless the water is caused by rain or rising water, take action quickly to reduce the flood damage. If the flood was caused by rain or storm water wait until the flood water has receded before you start working on the problem.
  • For your protection wear boots and gloves before entering a flooded area. You may also choose to wear a protective mask.  Floors can be very slippery when wet so use caution when walking on wet floors and stairs. 
  • If there is a floor drain in your basement check to see if it has become clogged during the flood. Sometimes, removing debris from a floor drain will allow the standing water to drain.
  • If you wish to get started before we arrive, begin removing water from the basement. You can use a suction pump, a pool pump, a wet/dry vacuum or even a mop and bucket depending on the amount of water involved.  Don’t use a household vacuum cleaner to remove water.  A flooded basement can turn into a big job so don’t hesitate to call in the professionals to help!
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying.
  • To prevent staining, don’t leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t try to save wet cardboard boxes – they tend to grow mold and mildew quickly. Remove things like pictures and papers from cardboard boxes for drying.  We offer document drying services if necessary.
  • Don’t use the television or other household appliances while standing on wet floors or if the appliances have been exposed to water. Electrical appliances should be checked by a qualified electrician or repairman to determine if they are safe to use.
  • Carpet and carpet pad can sometimes be dried and saved. However, because carpet pad acts like a sponge it requires professional equipment to extract the water from it before drying.  Usually if a homeowner tries to dry carpet and pad themselves it does not dry properly and begins to suffer from microbial growth and smells musty.  This part of the job is best left to a professional!
  • If you have insurance for your property, call your insurance company or agent and report the problem. You’ll want to check your coverage limits, the amount of the deductible and claim procedures. Note that some types of water damage such as broken pipes and sump pumps are more likely to be covered by a homeowner’s insurance policy than others.  Rising water damage may require a flood insurance policy.  Be sure to check with your insurance company up front to determine if you have adequate coverage.


Should you call SERVPRO to help with your flooded basement?  

Even a small amount of water can turn into a big job quickly and it’s a good idea to at least call us and ask for some advice.  Even if you are prepared to work hard to clean up the mess you are not likely to have the right equipment and training to dry the basement properly.  This often leads to problems with mold or mildew developing later which can turn into an even more expensive problem that could have been avoided.  Call us first and we can help you decide if you need professional help for your flooded basement or not.  

Is a Leaking Roof in Center Grove an Emergency?

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Keep your leaking roof damage to a minimum.

Roof leaks are a problem in any weather, but a roof that starts to leak during a heavy rainstorm can quickly turn into a major emergency. Unfortunately, rainy weather is when a roof leak is most likely to happen.

No resident ever wants to find water leaking from their ceiling.  It is important that you take immediate action to avoid additional damage to your home.

Containing the Leak

The water leak may have caused a bulge or discoloration to your ceiling which may indicate that the water is collecting and pooling on the other side or the ceiling.

Get a trash can or bucket and place under the site of the damaged area.  Next, take a screwdriver and use it to puncture the very middle of the bulge where the water is accumulating.  Doing this may prevent the entire ceiling from collapsing.

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South and their IICRC Professional Technicians are available 24/7 to provide emergency water extraction and water mitigation to return your home to “Like it never even happened”.

Dangers of Waiting

Immediate action to a roof leak can minimize any future damage and possibly prevent any microbial growth. Avoiding or ignoring stains on the ceiling or even bubbling or bulges may often lead to a damaging and costly repair.

Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South (317)784-3008

What Do You Do When Your Toilet Overflows?

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

We returned this Indianapolis homeowner to "Like it never even happened."

Oh no, the toilet is overflowing is a message you hope you never hear!  But rest assured, unfortunately, it happens all the time and our SERVPRO of Indianapolis South technicians are just a phone call away.

If your toilet begins to overflow following a flush, you want to make sure you stop the flow of water immediately to minimize any water damage.  To do this, remove the tank lid and press down on the bottom flapper valve.  This will prevent any additional water from getting into the toilet bowl.  Once you have pressed the flapper valve, lift the float that operates the tank fill valve to stop the tank from filling.  This should allow the water level to drop; otherwise, turn off the water valve behind your toilet by turning it clockwise. 

The Source of the toilet bowl overflow might be a Clog

You may have a blockage in the toilet bowl or a clogged drain or sewer line.  If you are on a septic system, your septic tank may be full. 

Our SERVPRO technicians are trained water damage restoration professionals and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).  Let SERVPRO of Indianapolis South be the calm in your chaos the next time your toilet overflows.  Our vehicles are fully equipped with state-of-the-art water extraction, drying, and moisture testing equipment to handle your loss.

Call us at (317) 784-3008

Are You Prepared for a Home or Business Fire?

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Repair Process

What happens after your home or business fire

If you have never had a fire in your business or home, it is important to be prepared because no one is immune from it. Fire in a home or business can be caused by a variety of things. Many business or homes have been destroyed by fire damage, not because fire suppression did not take place, but because the owners did not know what to do after the fire.
The fire department responds promptly to help put out the fire. Their work most likely will cause damage such as breaking through doors and windows to access the fire areas. Water will also be pumped into the building, causing floods all over the floor.

What next after the fire department efforts

After the fire has been put out, it is when you will realize the extent of the fire damage and that caused by the firefighters. Fire damage, soot damage, the smoke damage, smoke smell and water damage are evident. Fire damage restoration effort must begin immediately, or more damage could occur.

Professional fire damage restoration

Once the fire has been put out, you must not wait for long before starting to put things in order. Using a good fire restoration company, you will be able to get professionals who are trained and experienced in handling fire cleanup services. They first begin by assessing the level of fire damage. They board up the windows and doors that had broken by the firefighters. The importance of boarding up is to keep off intruders who could access and steal your items.

What to expect from the professional fire restoration company

When hiring SERVPRO of Indianapolis South, you can be assured of their services. These professionals use a plan to do the fire cleanup and prevent further damage that could be caused by water or the restoration process. All the items that could be repaired are salvaged and taken to their facility for specialized repair. Other items that require cleaning such as carpets could also be taken up for proper fire cleanup.
Flood water is drained from the rooms and soot damage, and smoke damage is handled effectively. Often fire damage leads to soot damage that results from the burning items, which cause ash and dust on the walls and vents. It has to be cleaned up to remove the dust and ash, which will allow for the repainting of the walls. You will also need to clean up smoke damage because the smoke smell is absorbed in all the porous items in the building. This smoke smell is cleaned up through deodorization and other methods.

The importance of using SERVPRO of Indianapolis South fire cleanup services

Hiring a professional fire damage restoration is essential because it ensures effective removal of soot damage, smoke smell, smoke damage, board up services and fire damage restoration. Finding the right fire restoration company would ensure a speedy restoration and allow you to go back to your normal life. It is important to seek the help of professionals in matters that you cannot handle on your own such as commercial fire damage because it could save you time and money.
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Mentors needed at the Boys & Girls Club of Morgan County

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Making an impact on the community in which you live and work!

The Community Foundation of Morgan County Executive Director, Ed Kominowski, is leading the podcast dialogue with Neal McNalley, Owner of SERVPRO of Indianapolis South. 

Neal and his family are longtime supporter of their community making many different impacts.

Neal and his family not only have a passion for the Boys & Girls Club of Morgan County but wants to get others involved.

Ten years ago, Neal was invited by a friend to a luncheon and asked if he might entertain the thought of sponsoring a golf outing for the local Boys & Girls Club. Neal listened and has since been the Title Sponsor and Legacy Sponsor for all 10 of the Boys & Girls Club of Morgan County Golf Outings.  Neal’s belief is that he and his family have been blessed and they have the opportunity to help and benefit the families in the community and by doing so, benefit the community as a whole.

Check out the Podcast Impact at:https://soundcloud.com/yourcfmc/neal-mcnalley-podcast-impact

Secondary Damage Can Occur After Water Damage in Your Johnson County Home or Business

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

How to avoid mold as secondary damage

Did you know that secondary damage can occur after water damage in your home or commercial building? 

After water leaks or flood damage, if not properly dried and treated, a home or business can develop mold from the moisture left on wood, tile, carpeting, windows, concrete, and/or other materials/items that were affected.  SERVPRO of Indianapolis South strives to prevent secondary damage every time we remediate water damage. Building material and flooring are dried and treated to prevent mold and other allergens/contaminates using specialized equipment and cleaning products.

If water damage is not properly treated, the perfect environment is created for mold spores to grow in your home and to contaminate the air that is breathed.

Should you ever suffer water damage due to a water heater leak, sink overflow, fire, refrigerator leak, excessive rain, storm damage, leaky roof, flood damage, or any other reason water has invaded your home or business, please know that SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is here to help.  Faster to Any Disaster. "Like it never even happened."

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317-784-3008

How To Stop Black Mold in Its Tracks

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Black mold damage in Whiteland, IN.

When mold strikes, the last thing you want to do is spread it throughout your Whiteland, IN home. Even though mold loves moisture and typically festers in wet, warm areas, spores from spreading mold can easily travel from one room to another via air movement. There are certain places and things in your home that should be frequently checked and thoroughly cleaned to keep mold at bay. These include the following:

  • Moldings around windows and doors
  • Musty basements
  • Humidifiers
  • Bathroom tiles
  • Surfaces surrounding air conditioners
  • Refrigerator door seals
  • Shower stalls and curtains

Taking care of moisture issues is one of the best ways to prevent mold from starting and growing. If you’re past the prevention stage, it is vital that you stop spreading mold at the first sign of a problem with professional mold remediation.

Leave Black Mold to the Professionals

While DIY may be the way to go with some home projects, getting rid of a mold infestation isn’t one of them. Trying to take care of such a tricky substance by yourself often does more harm than good since the spores that move through the air are virtually undetectable by the naked eye. Mold remediation companies are thoroughly trained to prevent the spreading of black mold. They have both the tools and the skills to get your home back to normal from start to finish. Some of these steps include the following:

  • Performing initial inspections
  • Filtering the air in your home
  • Containing the mold
  • Removing damaged and diseased materials
  • Repairing and restoring your home to its original condition

Because mold spores move quickly through the air and multiply on almost any surface they land on, it’s important that you squash the spreading mold in your Whiteland, IN, home quickly and meticulously. Don’t let the thought of mold stop you in your tracks. With mold remediation, you can have your home and peace of mind back in no time. 

Call us at: SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 317-784-3008

Why Indianapolis South Smoke Damaged Homes Demand Residential Fire Restoration

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Why Smoke Damaged Homes Demand Residential Fire Restoration


Why Smoke Damaged Homes Demand Residential Fire Restoration

Most people who live through fires know that they'll have to deal with fire damage. What you may not know is that in addition to getting rid of lingering smoke odors and cleaning soot from walls, you might have to make significant structural improvements.

The Reality of Being Rescued

When firefighters come to extinguish blazes, they often have to take extraordinary actions to prevent the spread of flames. Your rescuers might break down your doors or cut holes in your roof or walls. The water they use to put out the fire can soak building materials like drywall, wood and plaster, which may weaken their structural integrity.

The Aftermath of a Blaze

Homes ravaged by fires are often left wide open to the elements. To stop rain, snow, debris and other elements from entering holes and worsening your fire damage, you may have to

Put boards over windows and doors to prevent trespassing,
Install temporary construction materials, such as sheeting, to keep wildlife out, and
Make major replacements to damaged structural members, such as beams.

Getting on the Road to Restoration in a Smoke Damaged Home

Even if your property only sustains what looks like minor cosmetic harm, the lingering smoke odors can last for years. Cleaning soot from walls might seem like something you can do on your own, but the microscopic contaminants that you miss can make your smoke damaged home uninhabitable. Talking to a professional is the best way to recreate a healthy living space.
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What to Do if Your Indianapolis area Hotel Floods

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

What to Do if Your Hotel Floods

Flooding is a common occurrence in many parts of the country, and we are certainly no strangers to it here in the Indianapolis area. Whether it happens as a flash flood or as a slow buildup from constant rain, you need to be prepared for this type of event. As a hotel owner, there are some specific things to be aware of:

  • Your guests. The people who are staying in your property are at the top of the list of concerns when it comes to flooding. Make sure everyone is aware of impending danger, and touch base with each guest to make sure they know how to stay safe. Getting emergency contacts for your guests is a good idea, too, in case something unexpected happens and you need the assistance of a close friend or family member.
  • Medical issues. If there are guests staying with you who have medical issues or are either very young or very elderly, it might be a wise idea to get these people to a facility that can watch over them closely, such as a hospital or community safe haven.
  • Vigilance. Even if you think the flood risk is low in your area, stay vigilant. Understand the potential exposure of your property, using reports from such organizations such as the NOAA Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, which provides quarterly updates and maps that show areas that are at high risk during certain times of the year. Historic flood maps are another useful resource that will help you understand the potential risk where you are. Be informed as to how high water can possibly rise, and evacuate lower levels to make sure no one gets hurt.
  • Insurance. Take note of the flood insurance you have on your property before a flooding disaster strikes. Have your attorney go over it for you to make sure that your coverage is sufficient for any disaster that might bring water damage and storm damage. Copies of this coverage and all other key business information should be kept in a safe location that won’t be damaged by flood waters.
  • Proactive. Be proactive, and consider getting a sump pump to help minimize potential damages from flooding. Make sure all maintenance projects are current for the entire building, and especially the gutters, roofing, and doors and windows.
  • Emergency Kits. These may come in handy if people get stuck in the building for a few days. Water, food, first aid items, toiletries, batteries, flashlights, and other emergency items will need to be available in the event that a flood forces people to stay put.
  • Evacuation Plan. Design a flood evacuation route for your employees and guests and make sure it is posted where everyone can access it for a quick retreat.
  • Weather Eye. Keep an eye on the weather by accessing local weather broadcasts, and paying attention to evacuation orders. If the local authorities are insisting that you evacuate, it would be a good idea to follow their instructions.

Here at SERVPRO of Indianapolis South, we care about you and your business. We’re here in case an emergency happens, and we can help with clean-up projects both large and small. Call us today for help with damages from flooding or fire, and don’t forget that we’re mold remediation specialists!

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317-784-3008

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is an IICRC-certified restoration company.

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is an IICRC-certified restoration company.

Water Damage and IICRC Certification of Your Restoration Firm

Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.

More than just removing excess water, restorers certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to preloss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.

All IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.

More About the Importance of IICRC Certification

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a certification and standard-setting nonprofit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries.

When you see a IICRC logo, you can be confident that an IICRC-certified experienced, qualified professional is caring for your valuable property. IICRC Certified Firms employ technicians who, after study, field experience and passing comprehensive exams, have received IICRC certifications in specific cleaning, restoration and inspection categories such as upholstery, wood flooring, stone and tile flooring, carpet cleaning, odor removal, mold remediation, water damage, fire damage restoration and more. 

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is an IICRC-certified restoration company. Call us today at 317-784-3008 if you have water damage. 

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is proud to be IICRC Certified

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

IICRC

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 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.

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The Dangers of Not Immediately Dealing with Water Damage

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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.

Let SERVPRO of Indianapolis South make it never even happened”.

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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)

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.

Let SERVPRO of Indianapolis South make it “Like it never even happened.”


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SERVPRO Emergency Supply Kit

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

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.

CALL us at SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 317-784-3008

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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)

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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)

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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.

CALL us at SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 317-784-3008

Every Second Counts in Indianapolis and Johnson County

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

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!

CALL us at SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 317-784-3008

Drying Out Your Water Loss

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO Professionals dry you out!

Drying Your Greenwood Water Damaged Home

After the water removal step, your floors and walls may look dry at first glance, but they are still wet to the touch. Most building materials, like drywall and wood, are porous and will retain significant water. The retained water will cause these materials to warp, swell, or break down and can also cause mold damage.

Drying / Dehumidification

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South Professionals will manipulate temperature and relative humidity to remove the remaining moisture. They use specialized equipment, including industrial air movers and dehumidifiers, to remove water retained by building materials and other hard-to-access moisture. They’ll carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying goals.

  • Use Dehumidification Equipment
  • Use Monitoring Equipment to Track Progress

Monitor Floor and Walls

They check the moisture levels to monitor the drying process.

  • Monitor Floors
  • Monitor Walls

Drying Equipment

  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers help prevent secondary water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.
  • High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads, and furniture, which accelerates the evaporation of moisture.

Contact us at

www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com

317-784-3008

Let us be your Umbrella In A Storm

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO of Indianapolis South make it “Like it never even happened”.

Did you know that the probability of precipitation in Stones Crossing in August is 35%? SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is ready to help!

SERVPRO employs trained water and storm damage specialists, water restoration technicians and applied structural drying technicians. We also have IICRC Trained and Certified Technicians on our team! That means we can restore your home or business and get life back to normal. Our list of storm-related services includes (but not limited to):

  1. Mold Remediation
  2. Sewage Cleanup
  3. Carpet Cleaning
  4. Odor Removal
  5. Contents Restoration
  6. Move Outs / Pack Outs
  7. Electronic Cleanup
  8. Document / Photograph Drying

So the next time the thunder rolls and lightning strikes, have our number ready in case the worst case scenario happens.

CALL us at SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 317-784-3008

Let SERVPRO of Indianapolis South Be the Calm in your Chaos!

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Don’t let the threat of weather cause you chaos… Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 317-784-3008

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South Professionals are your Storm Damage Experts

When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home is followed by interior devastation from water and winds. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety-provoking situation. SERVPRO of Indianapolis South delivers the help you!

Storm damage in Johnson County can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind and flooding repair and restoration needs. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system, but our local ownership means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, efficiently returning your home back to its pre-storm condition just “Like it never even happened.” 
 
Placing your trust in SERVPRO for your storm damage needs will reap you benefits that less qualified companies simply cannot deliver. We use state of the art equipment to clean, repair and restore your home and in the process, we also restore your and your family’s peace of mind. Our technicians are highly trained and qualified, current in Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) for any procedure needed to bring your home back to the comfortable and comforting home you deserve. We also work closely with your insurance company, ensuring that all the work necessary is approved and compensated according to the terms of your policy. Our high standards and relentless drive to do the job on time while meeting local specifications means you and your family will quickly return to the quiet enjoyment of your house and neighborhood 
 
Once you make sure that your family is safe after a major storm, your first call should be to SERVPRO.

CALL us at SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 317-784-3008

Greetings Friends of the Boys & Girls Club of Morgan County!

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Neal McNalley, Boys & Girls Club of Morgan County Board Member, continues his philanthropy and giving back to the community.

Congratulations to our board volunteers and our Great Futures Annual Campaign Volunteers!  Our board has mapped out our strategic vision and is currently working with 21 local volunteers to raise $75,000 through our Great Futures Campaign. You are the hardest working board and volunteers in Morgan County! Your heart for kids is beautiful and your advocacy for tomorrow’s leaders is inspiring.

SERVPRO 101 Guide to Storm Clean Up Process

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Before the storm hits, homeowners are concerned about their safety first. This is important; however, when the storm dies down and you’re left with pieces to pick up, it’s important to know how to deal with it. The more you know in advance, the easier the process is sure to be. This process involves handling water damage, deciding what to tear out and a full storm restoration.

1. Extract All Water

Because you often can’t get back into your home until all the water is removed, it’s imperative that you invest in flood water extraction. Keep in mind that flood water is often contaminated. After 24 hours, it’s considered black water and full of contaminants. The safest and most effective option is to have someone with the proper gear and tools to extract the water.

2. Tear Out Wet Materials

Water damage can lead to professionals having to tear out any and all wet materials. This could be paneling, flooring and a number of different household materials that may need to be dried out. While some might be salvageable, once the material has sat in water, it’s likely that the damage on some of it is irreversible.

3. Dry Out Structure

With the damp materials out, it’s time to dry the inside of your home. This can be done by SERVPRO of Indianapolis South professional services if you want to have it done quickly and effectively.

4. Begin Restoration

Storm restoration can begin once you’ve completed the tear out and drying. After this, you can bring the undamaged items back into your home and begin to rebuild. The reason it’s important not to start this step until after the cleanup is complete is that you never want to rebuild when there’s a risk that there may still be water damage or mold left behind.

When the storm is over, the cleanup process is still only beginning. Fortunately, these four steps should be able to help you understand the importance of assessing what you need to tear out after water has damaged your home to start your storm restoration. Visit http://www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com/ for more information on storm damage.

Preparing Your Home for Storms

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Your Franklin home is your most valuable asset so don’t get caught in the rain.  Take steps now to secure your property before April showers dampen your mood.  

Storms can happen in the blink of an eye with little to no warning.  The aftermath of not being prepared can be stressful and costly.  Taking the time to address a few key areas of concern can make a huge difference between staying high and dry or up to your knees in water.  One of the best things you can do to get prepared is to pretend there is a storm coming right now and take action.  

  1. Purchase supplies you may need should you lose power or water supply for a period of time; batteries, a backup generator, bottled water, canned foods and gas just to name a few.  Purchasing these items ahead of time, you can avoid can save you time standing in line for hours and risking supplies running out.  
  2. Make sure that you have the proper insurance plan in place. Check on your policy so that you are familiar with what is and what is not covered and to make sure that everything is current.
  3. Do what you can to secure your property. Seal up any cracks or gaps around windows and doors and check your roof for any broken or loose shingles. Installing items such as window shutters, garage door braces, and roof clips can all help to protect your Franklin home as well.  These resources can be costly but they can save you money in the long run!  
  4. Take care of the trees surrounding your home.  Make sure to keep trees pruned and healthy.  Remove any dead branches and trim back any limbs that could become a danger to your house.  Overhanging limbs can scrape the roof and damage shingles or can bust through windows.  Properly maintaining your landscaping is an easy and necessary task in being proactive against storm damage.  So, keep your yard picked up and clear of debris.  
  5. Also, secure patio furniture and pick up any items such as sporting equipment or lawn items and put them in an appropriate storage space.  

Storms are truly unpredictable and sometimes damage is unavoidable. Taking proactive measures can help but also be sure to have the contact information for your local SERVPRO of Indianapolis South professional services handy should you need help with the aftermath!

Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South

317-784-3008

Protecting Your Commercial Property

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

How Secondary Damage Can Make Commercial Flooding Worse

If your business floods, your first concern may be the rising water itself. While this is certainly a problem, it’s also important to avoid secondary damage. The increased levels of humidity in the room can cause black mold to spread. Here are a few ways you can avoid this problem after a flood in Greenwood, IN:

  • Call a restoration company immediately
  • Thoroughly clean all damaged items
  • Keep an eye out for signs of mold for a few weeks after restoration

It’s essential for business owners to follow each of these steps to stop the damage. Furthermore, understanding how secondary damage occurs can help you avoid it. 

Plenty of Humidity

Even a few inches of water can significantly increase the humidity levels in a room. This high humidity means that there is a lot of water in the air. That moisture in the air then sticks to the walls, surfaces, and furniture in the area. 

Moisture Leads to Mold

When the water in the air lands on particular surfaces, it can begin to grow black mold. Unfortunately, that means that the mold grows in places where you may not expect it. 

How does moisture make mold? Mold spores are all around us. However, without the necessary water levels, they don’t grow into anything dangerous. Once humidity rises in your business, those previously harmless mold spores become a problem. 

The Clock is Ticking

The very second water spills into your business, you’re on a timer to prevent mold and other problems. In most cases, you have only 24 to 48 hours until the mold is visible. This is one of the reasons it is important to call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South immediately. 

Black mold and other secondary damage can make flooding in your business worse than it already would have been. Be sure to contact SERVPRO of Indianapolis South as soon as you see signs of flooding and avoid this problem altogether. Visit www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com or call 317-784-3008 for more information on commercial water damage. 

Important Steps to take for Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

6 Critical Steps During Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Fire is amongst the worst disasters that can affect the running of a business and can halt operations for a long period due to damage to the business office and various office equipment. Therefore, it is imperative that the business owner initiates a fire damage restoration process as soon as possible to reverse the immense fire damage to the business. This will significantly assist in getting the business back in operation as fast as possible. It is important to use a fire restoration company as they provide other beneficial services other than just fire restoration. Here are six important steps a business owner should adhere to during a business’s fire damage restoration process.

1. Have an emergency contact

It is imperative that a business owner should have the emergency contacts of a fire restoration company as they offer immediate emergency services. This means that they will avail their services as soon as they are contacted and offer immediate relief services that will save the business thousands of dollars. In addition to putting out the fire together with the fire department, the fire restoration personnel will prevent the spreading of the fire and damage to the rest of the business property.

2. Damage Assessment

The next step conducted by the restoration company in this process is assessing the extent of fire damage to the business property. This step entails assessing how far the soot, smoke, and fire have traveled and the extent of damage to the furniture and walls of the property. The damage assessment step is important as it provides an accurate and realistic damage report that assists in making an action plan, accurate cost of restoration and the exact time frame to conduct the restoration.

3. Sealing and Tarping Services

As the restoration of the damaged process begins, it is imperative that the fire damage restoration company prevent further damage to the business property by offering sealing and tarping services. This aims to avoid increasing the restoration costs for the business owner as well as completing the restoration process within the set time frame. Luckily, this process can be executed concurrently with other restoration processes such as water damage restoration process. This ensures that any identified water leak or water pipe damage is fixed within the shortest time possible to avoid spreading of water all over the business property and causing more damage.

4. Damage Clean Up

When all sealing and tarping services are complete, the fire damage restoration company proceeds to next stage, which entails cleaning and clearing up the fire damaged area. This process involves cleaning away the soot, dust, and smoke from the surfaces of the business property. In most cases, a building’s walls and other surfaces appear charred, dark and stained. Therefore, cleaning of the surfaces plays a big role in ensuring the business property regains its normal look. Other damage restoration processes such as repairing water leaks and damaged water pipes are done and completed at this stage. Finally, removing and disposing all damaged items from the property marks the end of the clean-up phase. These include office furniture and other equipment that are beyond repair due to fire damage or water contamination. It is important that the business owner replaces such items with new ones to avoid future restoration and repair expenses.

5. Damage Repair and Property Restoration

This step entails restoring damaged furniture and other office equipment with new ones as well as repairing damaged office property such as installing new wall cabinets and repainting the office walls. This step ensures the business premises return to its former glory. However, other than conducting restoration activities, the business owner is presented with the opportunity to introduce and carry out new renovations to the business property. This will leave the business property looking even better than before, with new furniture, new office design, and a complete property facelift.

6. Consultation

After the completion of the fire damage restoration process, the fire damage restoration company can offer free advice, video tutorials or even short seminars on various ways to prevent fires in the future, better office designs and fire detection devices that can help detect smoke and fire within the business premises.
Visit www.SERVPROIndianapolisSouth.com or call 317-784-3008 for more information on commercial fire damage.

What would you do?

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Cleanup & Restoration

What would you do if...

You receive a call from a client today with a fire loss?

You have a fire loss on one of your properties?

You have a fire at your own personal property?

Some statistics...

Fire claims spike during the months of November - February.

On average, Fire causes over $12.4 billion in property damage annualy.

Top 5 Causes of Fire loss:
Cooking equipment
Heating equipment
Intentional
Electrical distribution & lighting equipment
Smoking materials

After the fire is out...

You need a company "Like SERVPRO"
Industry research from 2016 by Buntin Group found that SERVPRO Brand is becoming synonymous with the services provided!

Why not a Contractor?

Mitigate, clean, & restore FIRST! Then repair and rebuild.

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South can handle it all -One Stop Shop.

By the way...

WE DO BOARDUP!
Many times, the home or building must be secured immediately BEFORE anything else.

Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South        at 317-784-3008.

Does Your Business Fire Loss Need Air Purification?

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Air Purification

After Fire Damage

Smoke smells and smoke damage are present in the air after a fire, which will require removal purifying. A restoration company will employ a variety of techniques to clean and sanitize the air so that the property can be usable once again. Fire damage restoration cannot be complete without a complete purification of the air.

A fire in a business can extensively damage drywall or paint, which will need to be restored last once all other damage is handled. Once the smoke smell is completely removed, fire cleanup and be completed with aesthetic touches. Complete fire damage restoration will leave the property completely usable. Commercial fire damage is reversed to the point where business can resume as usual, "Like it never even happened."

The stability provided by a restoration company after a fire in a home or a fire in a business is incomparable to that of an individual handling the situation by him- or herself. Fire cleanup is a complicated task that requires specialized equipment and multiple technicians depending on the extent of the fire damage. It is almost impossible to reverse commercial fire damage without help. Whether it is just to board up the property or to remove all the water from firefighting, a company takes on a lot of the burden, providing stability to a shaken individual.

Call us at

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South

317-784-3008.

Ways to Prevent a Water Loss before a rainstorm

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Preparing Your Residence for Spring/Summer Showers and Water Damage

Rain, rain, go away. We all know the months are coming when we will start to think of these words to that childhood song. Rain is necessary to nourish flowers and trees, and that’s great! But sometimes all that water can cause damage to your home or business.

Is your Bargersville residence ready? Let’s talk about ways to prepare.

  • Take a look at rain gutters. Clogged gutters will cause rainwater to backup, damaging your roof and walls.
  • Do a roof inspection. Are any shingles loose or damaged? Replace any that could be an issue to protect attic or work space from water damage.
  • Check interior walls and ceilings for signs of water damage; this could be an indication of roof leaks.
  • Trim any trees and bushes next to your residence. Be sure to cut back branches that could become waterlogged and break off, damaging property.
  • Ensure that all doors and windows are secure, and that weather-stripping is in good condition.
  • Look for water collecting around the foundation of your Bargersville residence, and take steps to redirect it, if needed, to avoid water damage.
  • If your home is located near flooding areas, stockpiling sandbags to protect your property and parking areas would be a good idea. 
  • Any erosion on your property will need to be handled before the rains come so that your home won’t suffer from mudslides.
  • Make sure the city drains near your residence are clear of debris and earth.

Preparedness in the event of any kind of extreme weather is always a good idea, to protect your home and property from loss and damage. Taking the time to assess your situation and thinking ahead about what may come is a good way to keep your investment secure.

Call our team at SERVPRO of Indianapolis South anytime, whether you need assistance with water damage, fire damage or mold prevention.

317-784-3008

Let us see you through your Water Loss

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

What is Water Loss Mitigation?

Chances Are...

Chances are, IF you ever experience a water loss in your Johnson County Home and find yourself in need of the services of SERVPRO of Indianapolis South, it will probably be the ONLY time that you need us for such a mitigation.  We have ONE chance to make a positive impact in your life and provide the personal, professional service that we strive for every day.

So How Do We Do It...?

Once we arrive on-site, one of the first steps in evaluating the damage at your home or business is to understand the situation based on your first-hand account and walk the affected areas with you to do a visual inspection and note any safety concerns, etc.  Once we gauge the types of materials that are affected, we use the appropriate type of moisture meter to map out the extent of the damage.  We also take some atmospheric measurements that are essential to properly dry the space, including relative humidity and temperature.  All of these data contribute to a strategy that may involve: 

  • extraction of standing water, or water soaked into carpets or other materials
  • demolition of non-salvageable materials, such as carpet, drywall, or baseboard
  • setting up specialized drying equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers in a specific and strategic way to optimize air flow and to promote drying

When the Dust Settles...

The average dry time for most residential and small commercial water damages is three to five days - but we don't just set our equipment and forget it!  Our skilled technicians return daily to monitor the equipment and to make sure that our drying plan is going accordingly. 

Long Story, Made Short...

We at SERVPRO of Indianapolis South are committed to seeing your loss through, from the moment we set foot on-site until the last efforts are made to restore your home or business to a safe, clean, healthy state - "Like it never even happened."

Call us today at 317-784-3008.

Moisture and Mold Prevention and Control Tips

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Moisture Control is the Key to Mold Control

  • When water leaks or spills occur indoors - act quickly. If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow.
  • Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
  • Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
  • Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
  • Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity. Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, a small, inexpensive ($10-$50) instrument available at many hardware stores.
  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes act quickly to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.

Actions that will help to reduce humidity

  • Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers, stoves, and kerosene heaters to the outside where possible. (Combustion appliances such as stoves and kerosene heaters produce water vapor and will increase the humidity unless vented to the outside.)
  • Use air conditioners and/or de-humidifiers when needed.
  • Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering. Use exhaust fans or open windows whenever cooking, running the dishwasher or dishwashing, etc.

Actions that will help prevent condensation

  • Reduce the humidity.
  • Increase ventilation or air movement by opening doors and/or windows, when practical. Use fans as needed.
  • Cover cold surfaces, such as cold water pipes, with insulation.
  • Increase air temperature.

Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South

317-784-3008

Posted by EPA at https://www.epa.gov/mold/brief-guide-mold-moisture-and-your-home

Beautiful Chamber Day for SERVPRO Family Graduation Open House

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Congratulations to Madi Schnurpel, Center Grove Class of 2018!

It was a beautiful Chamber Day for Madi Schnurpel's Center Grove High School Graduation open house! SERVPRO Franchise Owner's, Cindy and Neal, welcomed many guests with a great spread of food, drinks, and memories. Congratulations to the entire family as Madi prepares for her next journey to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona.

Your Belongings and Water or Smoke Damage in Center Grove

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Let our SERVPRO Professionals provide the Calm in your Chaos

CONTENTS RESTORATION

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South Professionals specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. SERVPRO Professionals 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.

MOVE-OUTS/PACK-OUTS

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Indianapolis South  Professionals can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, they will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

CALL SERVPRO of Indianapolis South      317-784-3008

Conditions in Greenwood Might Be Right For Mold

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South knows what to do if mold grows in your home

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at

317-784-3008

Faster to your Indianapolis South Water Damage

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration service in Beech Grove, Greenwood, and Franklin areas.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 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 Indianapolis South 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 – SERVPRO of Indianapolis South               317-784-3008

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 Indianapolis South

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 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.

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South Cleans and Deodorizes Office Buildings

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Done Right!

Keep your office fresh and clean with deodorization!

Cleaning is an important part of owning a business. Customers expect and employees expect for a company to ensure the building they shop and work in is clean and odor-free. However, many businesses only schedule cleaning the floors or trash removal on a regular basis. If you want your business to always look and smell its best, it's important that you plan deeper cleaning. SERVPRO of Indianapolis South utilizes state-of-the-art deodorization techniques that guarantee a cleaner office.

Deodorization is a deep cleaning process that can eliminate odors in a building. This is a process that doesn't just get rid of the surface grime but makes sure that your building is clean in a way that typical processes can't match.

If you need deodorization services in Greenwood, you need to call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South. Our employees receive certification in the best cleaning and deodorizing techniques in the industry. Our equipment is designed to get your business clean. This makes for a more professional clean as well as a longer-lasting process.

Of course, SERVPRO brings with it more than just the right equipment for the job. When SERVPRO comes in, you'll know the job will get done correctly the first time, every time. This isn't just a cleaning company - SERVPRO cares about the work that it does.

If you want bad smells removed from your property, make sure that you always work with the professionals to complete major tasks such as this, as using the wrong chemicals or the wrong techniques might end up making your problem worse. SERVPRO is here to make sure the job is done correctly.

Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South at

317-784-3008

Fireplace Safety

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fireplace Safety

  • Fireplaces should not be used as furnaces. Use a fireplace for a short-duration fire — no longer than five hours.
  • Keep the glass open to allow air to be drawn up to cool the chimney, but keep the screen closed to prevent sparks from jumping onto the carpeting.
  • Never leave a fire unattended when children are in the house. Adults, even if near, should not allow children to play near or with fire tools and equipment.
  • Open a window when using the fireplace to prevent the room from becoming smoky. The air coming in from the window will go up the chimney.
  • Before making a fire, open the glass doors, pull aside the screen curtains, and place the kindling, newspaper and logs inside. Next, open the damper and a window. The window needs to be open only a few inches. You can check to make sure the smoke will go up the chimney properly by lighting a match, quickly blowing it out and watching the smoke to see whether it's going up and out.
  • Keep a nonflammable rug (available at fireplace-supply stores) in front of the fireplace so that sparks won't melt or otherwise damage your carpeting.
  • Use fireplace tools to handle burning logs. Never use your hands.
  • Use a chimney cap to prevent water damage, to keep animals from nesting and to keep debris from blocking the chimney and causing carbon monoxide to flow into the house. Use a spark arrester to help prevent sparks from flying out, which could start a fire on the roof or lawn.
  • Glass doors may develop tough stains from flames and heat. To clean them, make sure the glass doors are cool, then scrape off any thick gunk deposits with a razor blade. Add a squirt of liquid dishwashing detergent to a bucket of warm water, or add a cup of vinegar to a gallon of water. Spray or sponge the cleaner on, and then wipe it away with newspaper (which is lint-free). Another option is to buy glass cleaner at a fireplace store.
  • Fireplace coals can remain hot enough to start a fire for up to three days, so always wait at least that long before removing the ashes. At that point, close the damper to prevent cold air in the flue from stirring up excess dust while you're removing the ashes. Be sure to wear a dust mask and open a window in the same room as the fireplace to prevent negative air pressure. Use a shovel to scoop the ashes into a metal container. Store the container far from combustible materials and surfaces and wood floors.
  • Never use a vacuum to clean up ashes, because live coals may remain in those ashes.
  • Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the chimney when necessary. Have him show you how to check it yourself, too. The chimney should be checked at least once a year or after about 80 fires.
  • Shine brass fireplace utensils with Worcestershire sauce and a toothbrush.
  • Clean the firebox (the area where the logs burn) at least once a week during the months you use it, when ash builds up. Leave about an inch of ash because it acts as insulation, allowing the coals to heat faster and retain the heat easier. Keep the firebox completely clean during the months when the fireplace is not in use.
  • To clean an exterior slate hearth, wash, dry and coat it with lemon oil every six weeks to make it shine. For cleaning exterior brick hearths, buy a brick cleaner at a fireplace shop.

 via HGTV.com 

Whiteland & Franklin Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips if You Suspect Mold

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

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 Indianapolis South 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 Indianapolis South 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 – SERVPRO of Indianapolis South

317-784-3008

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service in your area

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We’re also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which gives us access to more resources for larger cleaning or restoration projects or major storm scenarios.

We are proud to serve our local communities.

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 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 - 317-784-3008

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 Indianapolis South 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 Indianapolis South

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 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.

Southport Smoke and Soot Cleanup

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Southport 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.  

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 Indianapolis South 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 – 317-784-3008

Restoring Your Franklin Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Franklin commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Indy South and Johnson County

Call 317-784-3008

SERVPRO of Franklin specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Does Your Beech Grove Home Have a Mold Problem?

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

In Beech Grove, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

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 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 

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South 

317-784-3008

IICRC Certified Firm

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South and Johnson 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 Indianapolis South and Johnson County

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South and Johnson 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.

Thank you from Dixie and Steve

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Wednesday, 9:54 AM.
 
Mr. Neal McNalley
General Manager
 
Dear Sir,
 
Yesterday when our SERVPRO team left I asked for your e-mail so that I could send you a compliment on the two men that worked our home the past week.
 
Dixie and I had never experienced a water issue in our home prior to this incident. This was quite the learning experience for the two of us. Our home represents a lifetime of savings and work and we are both very proud of our residence.
 
When the leak happened we had no idea what to expect or how this would be handled. Our two SERVPRO men showed up a week ago Tuesday and James was our lead assisted by David. I wanted to give both these men a big thank you. They walked us through the situation updating us when they arrived and when they left and what to expect the next day. They were both very professional and helped greatly with a very uncomfortable home these past days.
 
We would both recommend your firm to our family and friends. These two did a great job and their efforts were appreciated greatly.
 
Sincerely,
Dixie and Steve

For Immediate Service in Center Grove, Call SERVPRO

4/22/2017 (Permalink)

Center Grove Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South and Johnson County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Center Grove. 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 – 317-784-3008


Residential Services


Whether your Center Grove 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 Center Grove 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. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning



  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration

  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

When Storms or Floods hit Greenwood, SERVPRO is ready!

4/22/2017 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Greenwood.

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South and Johnson County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your 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 Greenwood, 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 Team that are strategically located throughout the United States.


Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today


317-784-3008 


http://www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com/


 


 


 

Johnson County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

This Greenwood 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 Greenwood 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 - 317-784-3008

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 Indy South & Johnson 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 317-784-3008

 

SERVPRO of Indy South and Johnson County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Indy South & Johnson County provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration service in Greenwood

 


 


SERVPRO of Indy South and Johnson 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 - 317-784-3008


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 Indy South and Johnson 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 Indy South and Johnson County


SERVPRO of Indy South and Johnson 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.


 

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