Recent Storm Damage Posts

Surving The Storm In Franklin, Indiana

10/21/2020 (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 storms 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 Avo 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

The Aftermath Of A Storm Power Outage in Whiteland, Indiana

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

After A Storm Damage Power Outage

  • If electrical power lines are down, don’t touch them. Keep your family and pets away. Report downed lines to your utility company.

Throw Out Unsafe Food

  • Throw away any food (particularly meat, poultry, fish, eggs and leftovers) that has been exposed to temperatures higher than 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more, or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • Never taste food or rely on appearance or odor to determine its safety. Some foods may look and smell fine, but if they have been at room temperature too long, bacteria causing food-borne illnesses can start growing quickly. Some types of bacteria produce toxins that cannot be destroyed by cooking.
  • If you are not sure food is cold enough, take its temperature with a food thermometer.
  • If food in the freezer is colder than 40° F and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it.

SERVPRO of Indianapolis South can answer any questions pertaining to Storm Damage. Call us today @ 317-784-3008

Rain Rain Go Away! Is Your Home or Business Prepared in Greenwood, Indiana?

8/27/2020 (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 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 Centerton 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 anytime, whether you need assistance with water damage, fire damage or mold prevention. We will mitigate and reconstruct the property "Like it never even happened."

317-784-3008

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

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/

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

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

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 

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.”


Contact us at

www.SERVPROindianapolissouth.com

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

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

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

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

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

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 


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