Recent Fire Damage Posts

Cleaning Up Indianapolis Fire Damage with Swift Action

9/7/2022 (Permalink)

B&A fire damage build back Trust SERVPRO for Indianapolis fire damage cleanup, restoration, and reconstruction all by us "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Efficiently Restores Fire Damage

Cleaning up after a fire loss incident requires a combination of dozens of processes, cutting-edge tools and products, and experienced professionals. The choice of SERVPRO for this post-disaster cleanup and recovery puts all the necessary skill sets and licensed professionals on one team arriving simultaneously to help. From immediate repairs and controlled demolition to mitigative solutions to make the environment safer, we are a full-service restoration solution to help.

Fire Mitigation Starts Quickly

After the Indianapolis fire damage events, we push to care for the most considerable structural needs. Mitigation can involve several objectives:

  • Air Quality - We clear smoke solids and airborne contaminants with HEPA filtration equipment.
  • Structural Integrity - We assess structural stability and remove damaged materials as needed. A structural engineer may be required for inspection.
  • Necessary Repairs - We restore utilities and perform tarping and board-up services.
  • Content Management - We relocate at-risk contents and then clean/restore them.
  • Debris - We clean up heaped debris and buildup in the house that amplifies soot particles and smoke odors.

Soot Fire Damage Cleanup Products

Soot gets created by partial combustion, and many materials impacted by a fire in your home do not completely burn. Thick and formidable residues and soil deposits require different cleaning and restoration approaches. Smoke damage types can impact the chosen products and techniques for eliminating smoke solids. Some of the preferred methods include:

  • Detergents – These cleaners are used to emulsify soils from the surface. Much like oil separates from water, emulsification causes soot particles to repel from the underlying substrate.
  • Solvents – Solvents use similar substances to break down and remove soil deposits by dissolving them.
  • Media Blasting – This technique is more aggressive by using pressurized air or dry ice pellets but effective when SERVPRO technicians attempt to preserve the material underneath the soot.
  • Alkaline Cleaners – Acidic deposits are common after a fire, and alkaline surface cleaning neutralizes the corrosiveness of these smoke solids, primarily targeted for metal and glass belongings and assemblies.

Removing Malodors after Fire Damage

Post-fire odors are one of the more significant challenges that professionals face during cleanup and recovery. Combustion involves many material types, some of which create offensive odors that overwhelm areas of your house. The objective of our restoration professionals is to neutralize these malodors completely, which begins by reducing their strength with counteractant products and fogging machines. Removing harsh smells involves air scrubbing, hydroxyl machines, and even ozone production if the house occupants are relocated.

Large Loss Fire Recovery Services

There are thousands of businesses throughout Marion County, so as much as we are there for the residential fire cleanup, we also have suitable equipment and training to manage Large Loss events. Our effectiveness in this approach hinges on our trailered equipment like desiccant dehumidifiers and generators, and our advanced training in the latest techniques and strategies to make it "Like it never even happened" for area businesses.

Are Fire Damage Repairs Necessary?

There are many situations where repairs and build-back services will be needed after disasters. Even minor kitchen flare-ups can leave areas like wall systems, cabinets, and countertops permanently damaged and requiring replacement. With General Contractor License #: GL2000109 and years of experience, we can transition to these build-back services as necessary during post-fire recovery. This includes the initially controlled demolition and board-up services our SERVPRO team conducts during the vital mitigation efforts after first responders clear the property for entry.

Indianapolis fire damage can happen in many ways and impact properties in varying levels of severity. As a trusted insurance vendor for the city's close to 900,000 residents, Marion County depends on SERVPRO of Indianapolis South to help. Our 24/7 availability ensures that the Green Fleet is mobile and rolling out to help as soon as we can safely enter a fire-damaged structure. Call us anytime at (317) 784-3008.

Helping Reduce the Cost of Fire Restoration in Indianapolis

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room of a house with debris covering the floor and the studs of the wall exposed Dealing with fire damage can often be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 to quickly assess and start the remediation process in your home.

Fire Restoration of Furniture Greatly Cuts Costs

Fire restoration that includes as much of an Indianapolis area home’s contents reduces the cost of returning to normal to a fraction of what it would cost to replace everything. While the condition of some items and materials might require replacements, cleaning and repairing keep a check on total costs.

Property owners in Indianapolis facing fire restoration of their residence after a blaze already know the unexpected costs can impact every aspect of family life. SERVPRO technicians understand that our customers want an inexpensive recovery that concludes as quickly as possible. Costly items like hardwood furniture are often salvageable.

Restoring furniture does more than control costs, also. Furniture pieces help people keep memories alive of many memorable moments. Here are some ways we perform fire restoration of furniture for our customers:

  • Repairing and restoring finishes on wooden areas,
  • Strengthening warped areas of support structures, and
  • Cleaning upholstered cushions, armrests, and accent pieces.

When finishes of fine furniture get too close to a fire, the finish can separate from the wood and appear blistered or bubbled. We sand this off carefully and reapply a finish that matches the rest of the wood. Sanding happens after cleaning, so we rarely sand an entire item.

Areas underneath chairs and couches that provide structure and support do not receive staining and other finishes before being sold. This lack of treatment, which is normal, allows water from firefighters to seep into the wood. These areas can then become warped and twisted. We restore the structure by removing and replacing these struts and small beams or rapidly drying them within a brace.

Brushing, sponging, and vacuuming soot off upholstered areas helps keep the soot from settling in deeper and causing more damage. We also apply deodorizing scents that help diminish the malodors fires are known to produce.

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South’s emergency services line is (317) 784-3008, available 24/7, every day of the year. We can help make everything “Like it never even happened” for you and your family.

Fire Damage can Affect Furnishings in a Greenwood Hotel

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the countertops and appliances Mitigating the fire damage situation in your commercial space is our specialty. Contact SERVPRO to assess the damage and bring equipment to help.

Fire Damage Adds Up through the Little Things

A fire within your Greenwood hotel’s kitchen and restaurant can create a detrimental situation. Guests expecting a relaxed and elegant dining experience but served on substitute tableware might feel disappointed. Fire damage can cause serious after effects, but SERVPRO can help.

When your hotel in Greenwood has fire damage to the kitchen area, we understand that this is a significant percentage of your revenue. We can help you quickly determine what you need to replace and what we can salvage through restoration efforts.

Here are some ways that fire damage can affect the furnishings in your kitchen and dining area:

  • Stress cracks in fine china, porcelain, or other tableware items,
  • Corrosion of flatware and cutlery, and
  • Blistering of shellac on finer pieces of furniture.

Fragile items might develop tiny, almost microscopic, cracks within their surfaces when exposed to extreme heat. We need to clean these items carefully to detect any such damage. It would be best to replace pieces like these to protect your diners. These cracks can harbor soot, bacteria, and other contaminants. The cracks can also deepen and result in chips coming loose.

Metal items like your flatware can become tarnished or corroded because of the combination of heat, moisture, and soot. Soot often contains caustic chemicals that can etch fine lines into metal. Cutlery might require replacements, as well, because their cutting edges can become dull. Getting these clean and free of soot protects them from permanent damage.

Heavy pieces of furniture, wooden serving trays, and anything else with finished wood can also become chipped and rough. Varnishes look quite elegant and formal when they are fresh and intact. When heated, though, the varnishes separate from the wood surface. We can repair these quickly, so you do not need to purchase replacements. We also have reliable techniques to address soot that adheres to any upholstery.

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South helps other businesses keep their doors open and their facilities functioning. Call us at (317) 784-3008 for more information about how we can assist.

Choosing the Best Fire Restoration Cleanup for Indianapolis Homes

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the furniture If a fire occurs in your home, contact SERVPRO right away. Our certified technicians are ready to help mitigate and then remediate the fire damage.

Fire Restoration Starts with Basic Principles

While many variables can make every fire damage cleanup and recovery situation unique, at its core, handling post-fire effects is a matter of basic principles. Early mitigation and focused cleaning can help restore your home to preloss condition.

The Principles of Smoke Damage Cleanup

Multiple factors shape the necessary fire restoration in Indianapolis homes. Cleaning after extinguishment means overcoming smoke damage in several forms across many surfaces. We can choose the best cleaning implement with early discovery action:

  • Inspection of the Work Area - We must determine the extent of the damage and the severity of heaped debris to choose the ideal restoration solution to help. 
  • Smoke Residue Identification - Knowing the type of smoke damage residue can also help choose the best cleaning approach. For instance, wet and dry smoke damages require significantly different restoration solutions. 
  • Affected Surfaces - Understanding the affected material can influence the type of cleaning practice chosen to help. It is always our intention to preserve and protect underlying substrates when possible. 
  • Capturing and Removing Residues - We have several products intended to emulsify particles still on surfaces after brushing or vacuuming. 

Smoke Odor Removal After Fires

Another potentially challenging aspect of fire damage restoration and remediation is removing smoke odors. Combustion burns many materials, some releasing aerosolized odor compounds that are offensive and overwhelming in the affected space. We have several deodorization practices and products to help, but oxidation and processes like pairing with wet fogging equipment are among the most effective. 

With multiple types of smoke damage and the different ways it can impact your home, it is crucial to have a team prepared with various mitigation and restoration solutions. You can count on the swift arrival of our SERVPRO of Indianapolis South team to help when your home gets damaged. Call us at (317) 784-3008.

Influences that Worsen Fire Damage in Greenwood Homes

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

a house on fire with smoke billowing from its windows If your home or business is struck by fire damage, contact SERVPRO. Our technicians are ready for the job and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage Must Be Cleaned Quickly

There are many instances where the resulting damage to a home after a fire can be a considerable cleanup and restoration challenge for responding professionals. Even with the experience of our SERVPRO team, we have many obstacles and hurdles that prevent the fast and focused cleanup of smoke damage to the structure. In addition, various types of smoke damage require different cleanup approaches entirely, so first, our team must identify the type of damage:

  • Wet smoke
  • Dry smoke
  • Grease fire residues
  • Furnace puff backs

Moisture in the Environment

Moisture is one of the major influential factors to the ease of cleaning fire damage in Greenwood homes and businesses. Wet surfaces are harder to clean, as this humid or damp environment slows the combustion process and creates more of a smoldering effect than a rapid burn.

High Heat Fires

Likewise, high heat fires also present specific cleaning obstacles for our professionals. While the residues might not be as thick, higher heat fires put smoke under pressure and drive it into porous surfaces like drywall and wood.

Contact Time with Smoke Damage

Another factor that changes the restoration needed after fire and smoke damage is how long materials and contents are exposed. The longer it takes for restoration and mitigation to begin, the thicker surface residues become as smoke solids settle on horizontal planes.

Age of Impacted Material

As a general rule, the older a surface or building material is, the harder it will be to clean and restore when exposed to smoke damage. SERVPRO professionals must act fast to protect these items with non-abrasive tactics that might damage the underlying substrate. 

Several factors and variables can influence how easily surfaces can get cleaned and restored after smoke exposure. We carefully inspect and evaluate impacted contents and building materials to provide the fastest and most thorough fire cleanup. Give our SERVPRO of Indianapolis South team a call today at (317) 784-3008.

Fire Damage Cannot Wait – Call Skilled Technicians in Greenwood

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

blaze in background, insurance tablet Trust SERVPRO for a rapid response to mitigate your fire damaged Greenwood home. We even help streamlining your insurance claim.

SERVPRO’s Greenwood Team Can Handle All Levels of Fire Damage Restoration

House fire cleanup in Greenwood can be significant, bringing hidden dangers and various levels of damage. With all of the fires that break out across the country every year, it is better to stay prepared, so you know what to do should you have an incident at your home. SERVPRO is there whenever you need us, 24 hours a day. We are locally owned and want all area residents to know that we act fast and handle all aspects of your project with skilled fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) so you can bring your home back to normal “Like it never even happened.”

When you need help with fire damage in Greenwood, all you have to do is call our care center. We will gather information from you and mobilize our Green Fleet to your door quickly so we can start fire damage mitigation and cleanup.

These are some of the steps customers can expect when SERVPRO gets called to address fire-damaged homes:

  • We begin by assessing the extent of your fire damage. Our crew chief looks at penetration levels, soot and smoke coverage, and all signs of heat damage to fixtures and furniture.
  • We document everything so that you have all paperwork available for your insurance claim.
  • Pack-out/move-out services are available to relocate items for safe storage or further cleaning off-site.
  • Board up and tarping help us secure your property where doors and windows are missing or holes in roofing or walls from the blaze.
  • Water removal services, drying, and moisture detection help us to locate all areas where water is present from first responders putting out the fire.
  • Removal of all charred debris and contents, replacing all unsalvageable materials and structural elements with brand-new materials using our General Contractor License #: GL2000109.

 Fire damage is no problem when you have IICRC-certified technicians on your side. Reach out to SERVPRO of Indianapolis South by calling (317) 784-3008, and we can get started as soon as possible!

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

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

 

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

Fire Damage In Indianapolis, Indiana & The Aftermath

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Fire SERVPRO helping make fire damage "Like it never even 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.

  • Emergency Contact
  • Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  • Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  • Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  • Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  • Cleaning and Repair
  • 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/

SERVPRO Safety Tips - How To Enjoy Your Backyard Fire Pit Safety

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Lit Matches 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

What To Do If Fire Happens...

6/13/2021 (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.

SERVPRO Can Help Content Restoration After Fire Hits - "Like it never even happened."

6/13/2021 (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/

Ask The Experts: What are some common reasons for house fires and how can they be prevented?

6/5/2021 (Permalink)

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

Ask The Experts: What all does fire restoration entail?

3/9/2021 (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.

SO contact us today! We are faster to any disaster and are here to get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Fire Restoration & Cleanup - Indianapolis, Indiana

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

What to do after a fire? Cleanup process At SERVPRO of Indianapolis South our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened."

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 through February.

On average, fires causes over $12.4 billion in property damage annually.

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

After the fire is out...

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

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

By the way...

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

Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis South at 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.

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

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/

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

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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Every Second Counts in Indianapolis and Johnson County

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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Your Belongings and Water or Smoke Damage in Center Grove

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

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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.

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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