Our Most Recent Fire Damage 4/27/17
Fire damages are definitely catastrophic to your home or commercial building. Luckily with the tools, knowledge, and man power of our SERVPRO staff, we can take care of you with no issues. We like to put as little stress on the homeowner as possible during these difficult times. We know that it is a devastating time in the customers life, so we try to treat them like family, comfort, and console them by letting them know everything will be okay, and SERVPRO will have them back to new in a timely fashion. "Like it never even happened."
Living by that quote and treating the customers property like its our own is very important to making them feel comfortable with our expertise in the field, rather we move out all of the homes contents, or clean everything on site. Working with sub-contractors for their clothes and textiles to get them cleaned and ready to bring back once the job is completed is something else we explain to the customer, but we also try to deal with the sub-contractor one on one to take even more stress off of the customer. Fires are very tedious and take longer than most jobs to complete since there is so much involved, but here at SERVPRO we do it professionally, and in a timely fashion.
The Heavy Rain In Our Area Causing Flooded Basements
Our area as you know, has been hit by a serious amount of rain over the past weekend. We have a long list of claims that have called in, and SERVPRO is getting to your job as quickly as possible!
During these times please try to be patient with us as we are working our best to get to you. SERVPRO insures we do the job correctly, so each job could take 3-4 hours, depending on the size of the job itself.
If you are on our list we have not forgotten about you, and im stressing that we are working to our fullest potential to be speedy, yet officiant to every ones needs. The SERVPRO way!
In the mean time there are things you could do to help salvage contents etc.
1. Try to remove any contents you can off of the wet floors, and move them to a dry location so they aren't sitting in water.
2. If you have capable hands, try to start removing some of the water with a shop vac until we can get there with our extractors and do a thorough job. The less water the better!
If you have any questions at all before we get to your home, please feel free to call us! We would be more than happy to assist you on any concerns you may have!
Thank you again for your patience and putting your trust into SERVPRO!
Flooding in Salem, Indiana 5/19/2017
Shown in the photo is one of the views of Salem, Indiana to show just how much water flooded the town.
A state of emergency was declared in an Indiana county Friday after flooding prompted water rescues and inundated buildings and homes in parts of the Hoosier State.
Torrential rainfall of 4-5 inches soaked the Salem, Indiana, area in a short amount of time late Friday, according to weather.com. The rain sent the Blue River into a record flood at 20.15 feet, which crushed the previous record level of 17.1 feet set in May 2004.
SERVPRO has been taking calls all weekend to try and assist with this devastating flood. Of course we weren't able to get to the job sites until the water in the city subsided.
They had rescuers getting people who were trapped in their vehicles out, and to safety. Now that the water has subsided a couple days later SERVPRO is able to make it to the job sites and start marketing to other home and businesses in need. SERVPRO is always on top of any flooding or catastrophic event that Mother nature deals us. While it is quite unfortunate, it is something we have no control over and SERVPRO is blessed to be able to help those in need is such desperate times.
Flood Waters RIse
Floodwaters can rise quickly and easily wash away vehicles
n any Hurricane situations one of the greatest dangers that face residents is not only wind and rain. Many times rising floodwaters cause the much of the damage and heartache. Although rainfall plays a role in this, so does the storms surge that pushes water not only onshore but up rivers and tributaries, causing floodwater to reach miles inland. These waters not only damage structures as rushing water causes foundations to erode and break loose from the ground to which they are anchored, but also carry with them deadly bacteria and disease. In many cases what is left behind after the water subsides, can cause great problems of its own. The trained professionals at SERVPRO have been specially trained for these scenario's. Let us be there for you in your time of need.
Storms Continue Inland
Tornadoes can spin off Hurricane Storms
With Hurricane Season upon us inland communities are faced with a different threat. As the storms travel further from the coast, the turbulent air can cause an all to familiar foe. An all to common danger is that of a spin off tornado coming from the bands of the storm. Much like a hurricane a tornado can produce strong winds that damage trees and homes. However, these weather monsters can spring up with little warning. If you find yourself affected by one of these situations and are not sure what to do next, At SERVPRO we can help. With services that range from water mitigation, to rebuild we can help prevent further damage by providing temporary coverage of roofs, or complete rebuilding options. We built our business on serving our communities in times of need. Let us help you in your time of need.
First storm Makes Landfall
Radar Image of Tropical Storm Making Landfall
As Hurricane Season begins and the first Storm of the season makes landfall, I ask are you ready. Thousands along the gulf and Southeast where affected by the winds and rain of Alberto. Many prepared their properties with storm shutters and sand bags as they got ready for the worst but prayed for the best. SERVPRO's National team of Franchises is always preparing as well to serve the people in the areas hit hardest by these events. We are always here to help whether from the damage caused by wind or rising water. We head into these areas to help put back to pieces. If you find yourself affected by one of these storms don't hesitate to give us a call and let us serve you in your time of need.
Satellite Image of Massive Gulf Hurricane
Around this great nation we look forward to Summer. The kids are out of school and many have saved vacation days all year to cash in on a week or two during this time. It is a time of rest and relaxation, and opportunity to make family memories that will last a lifetime. Unfortunately it also brings with it a time of anxiety for many. With the warm air of Summer also comes Hurricane Season. These devastating storms bring with them wind, rain and flooding. Preparation is the key, secure your properties the best you can and get out of path of storm when possible. SERVPRO we can help you to rebuild the damage and will be happy to do so, but cannot replace you life. We hope that you never need our service, but are happy to be there for you in you greatest time of need.
Fire & Smoke Damage. What to do and dont do before help arrives.
-Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
-Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
-Place dry colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
-If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely to prop doors open to help prevent odor.
-Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect thee surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
-If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
-Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
-Change the HVAC filter, but leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system.
Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
-Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO franchise professional.
-Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.
-Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (including tv's, radios etc.)
-Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire, heat or water.
-Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement could cause secondary damage.
-Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.
Commercial FIre Information
Each year the National Fire Protection Association produces a National Survey to record data and statistics on reported fires throughout the United States. According to the 2005 survey data, 130,000 non-residential fires were reported last year resulting in approximately $2.5 billion in property damages and loss. Commercial fires are a growing concern not only to employers and employees, but also to property managers and the insurance industry. Commercial fires generally result in a higher monetary loss amount than a typical house fire. According to reports entitled, "Topical Fire Research Series, Volume 3-Issue 10", non-residential structures are often more expensive because the buildings are generally larger than residential structures and the contents of the structure are of higher value. Commercial fires may affect a facility with a lot of square footage, equipment, products and technology, not to mention important data. contracts and customer records.
The Facts About Flooding
Floods Rank As One Of The Most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage.
Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, doesn't mean you wont in the future. In fact, 20% of call claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3 billion in annual losses in the United States. Commercial flood claims average more than $75,000.
According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. The ARC offers the following flood safety tips.
-Stay away from flood waters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet.
-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
-Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. Keep your pets out of the water too.
If a flood does strike your home or business, contact your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. The SERVPRO System is prepared to handle any sized disaster. The sooner work begins, the sooner order can be restored.