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4 Essential Water Damage Restoration Steps for a Commercial Building

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial 4 Essential Water Damage Restoration Steps for a Commercial Building Commercial Water Damage

Regardless of your building’ age, broken pipes and water damage may be serious concerns. Because excessive moisture can cause secondary mold contamination, it’s essential to respond to leaks and flooding quickly. To help ensure a timely and efficient water cleanup, you may want to consider consulting a professional restoration service, like SERVPRO of Jackson and Jennings Counties. To safeguard your facility’s integrity, the team you hire should complete four key steps during the process.

1. Document Damage

Most commercial property insurance policies cover damage resulting from leaking pipes. To file a complete claim, you may need to provide evidence of destruction. For this reason, you should ensure someone takes photographs or videos before cleanup efforts commence.

2. Remove Saturated Items

Any standing or pooled liquid should be promptly drained from the premise. It’s also essential to remove every saturated item from your building. This includes office equipment, upholstered furnishings and carpets. Water can also seep behind walls and soak insulation. For this reason, you should also remove and discard wet drywall.

3. Dry Affected Space

Water damage can result in substantial microbial growth, known as mold. To help reduce this risk, it’s important to thoroughly dry the affected area as quickly as possible. Your water clean up team may open windows and employ fans and dehumidifiers to expedite the process.

4. Verify Absence of Moisture

Depending on the severity of flooding, it may take several days before the site is dry. Because mold is adept at growing within hidden areas, it’s critical to verify the absence of moisture before replacing destroyed flooring and drywall. Your restoration crew can utilize moisture meters to ensure the site is adequately dry and ready for the final phase of reconstruction.

Recovering from broken pipes and extensive water damage can be a daunting experience for any business in Seymour or North Vernon, Indiana. By completing these four critical steps, a professional cleanup team can help you efficiently evaluate and address the situation, allowing you to focus on vital business operations.

What Causes Mold in a House

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Causes Mold in a House Don't let mold do this to your house or business! Call us -- 812-953-1120!

There are several factors that contribute to the development of mold. Mold is usually a result of the right combination of factors, not one single thing. Understanding the causes of mold is important when attempting to prevent and eliminate household mold.

If you fail to eliminate the causes of mold, mold will simply return as soon as you clean it up. In addition to telling you about things that may cause mold in your house, we’ll tell you how to prevent mold caused by those things.

Mold Spores from Outdoors

It’s important to understand that mold has to come from somewhere. There are hundreds of different types of mold in the environment and when mold spores drift indoors through an open window or door, or when people carry mold spores indoors on their shoes, clothing or other items, those spores then settle on household surfaces. Leaky roofs or flood waters can also bring mold spores indoors. If the mold spores settle on damp surfaces, mold usually begins to grow there.

To help prevent mold from coming in from the great outdoors, keep windows closed during times when the mold count in the area is high. You can usually get that information with your daily weather report. Fix any windows or roofs that leak so water from the outdoors cannot come inside, as well.

Excessive Moisture

When asked what causes mold in a house, most people immediately think of excessive moisture. If there is a leaky pipe under your kitchen sink, you may find mold growing there. If water seeps in around basement windows or through a damaged roof, you may notice a musty odor or find mold growing there. If you’ve experienced flooding in your home, you are likely to find mold growing in many places.

Even if you have not experienced flooding, though, and have no leaky pipes or other leaks, you can still develop mold growth in your home. Mold grows best in warm, moist environments. That’s why mold is often found in bathrooms; the warmth and moisture from the shower create a good environment for growing mold.

Fix any leaky pipes, leaky windows or other areas where water leaks in. Turn on the exhaust fan in the bathroom when showering. Install a dehumidifier in any rooms that still feel damp or smell musty.

Warmth

There are hundreds of different kinds of mold. While most kinds of mold prefer warm environments, some grow in cold areas. Some can even grew in freezing temperatures. Warmth is not what causes mold in a house in all instances, but it does often combine with humidity to create an environment in which mold grows well. Of course you need to keep your home at a comfortable temperature but just keep in mind that, especially during damp weather, warmer air is more likely to lead to the growth of mold.

Poor Ventilation

When thinking about what causes mold in a house, many people don’t think about airflow. However, mold is less likely to grow in well-ventilated areas because the spores don’t settle on any surface long enough to begin to grow. That’s one reason we are more likely to find mold in places like bathrooms and basements, where there is often less airflow than we find in other areas of a home.

If the current HVAC system in your home does not provide adequate airflow, that can be a fairly costly thing to fix. However, fans can help; for instance, run the exhaust fan in the bathroom while showering to improve ventilation.

No one wants mold in their home!!!  A specialist, like SERVPRO of Jackson & Jennings Counties is the company to call for removing it.  Call us at 812-953-1120.

SPRING CLEANING

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen

Clean the refrigerator and freezer. Empty the contents, store them in a cooler, turn off the fridge, and let the shelves and drawers come to room temperature before you wash them, since glass and ceramic parts could crack if they come into contact with hot water when they are cold. Once they've warmed up, wipe with a mixture of 2 tablespoons baking soda and a quart of hot water. Rinse and dry. Go over the door seals with hot water and mild dishwashing liquid, and pluck out crumbs and other debris. Dry well.

Degrease cooking appliances. Take off stove grates and other removable parts, and scrub them with soapy steel wool pads (if the grease just won't come off, try letting them sit overnight in an airtight bag with a quarter cup of ammonia; the next day, wipe them with a clean cloth). Clean oven. To get stuck-on food particles off the inside of the microwave, put a microwave-safe bowl of water with some lemon juice inside and heat it to boiling for 2 or 3 minutes. The steam will loosen gunk, and the lemon's acid will help lift grease.

Wipe the walls and ceilings.

Dust ceiling fans. An extendable duster with a microfiber head that bends to a 90-degree angle is perfect for this job. It's also useful for the tops of bookcases and shelves.

Wash your lightbulbs. Give them a wipe with a damp microfiber cloth, since a dirty bulb emits 20 percent less light.

Clean window treatments and wash the insides of windows. Wash surfaces and cabinets. The tops of cabinets and the fridge may be sticky from grease, so a solution of warm water and dishwashing liquid will work best. You can also use the mixture in drawers and on shelves (and spray antibacterial cleanser inside the cabinet where you store trash). Pay attention to the utensils drawer and the pantry, since they collect the most crumbs.

Sweep, vacuum and mop floors. Toss any throw rugs into the washing machine.

TAAAHHH DAAAHHH ….

your kitchen is now Spring Cleaned! If this sounds like something you really want done to enjoy your home until next spring but REALLY don’t want to do it yourself  …..

Hire SERVPRO of Jackson & Jennings Counties at 812-953-1120 and we’ll do it for you.

Weather - Snowy & Rainy- It's Indiana

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Community Weather - Snowy & Rainy- It's Indiana Will you need to call SERVPRO (812-953-1120) today because of the weather?

This morning in the North Vernon, Indiana area there was a light covering of snow on everything outdoors. It was almost beautiful (almost because winter already seems too long) but then it started to warm up and rain and rain.  All the snow disappeared and everything was just wet, very wet, as the rain continued to come down.  SERVPRO of Jackson & Jennings Counties continues to get called out to homes and businesses for water damages.  Some of the damages are from roof leaks and others because the sump pumps cannot keep up with all the rain.  The weather is supposed to continue to warm each day almost hitting 60 degrees by Saturday!!!! ….. Hummmm…. I’m sure Mother Nature is only teasing us with the idea of Spring, as we are located in INDIANA and everybody knows that this is just the way it is with weather in Indiana.

High Standards - IICRC

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jackson & Jennings Counties 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 Jackson & Jennings Counties

SERVPRO of Jackson & Jennings Counties 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

Faster to your North Vernon/Seymour Water Damage

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Jackson & Jennings Counties 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 Jackson & Jennings Counties 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 – 812-953-1120

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 Jackson & Jennings Counties

SERVPRO of Jackson & Jennings Counties 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.

Thanksgiving Kitchen Fire Safety

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

As family and friends come together to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, food is, of course, a big focus. This yearly feast means kitchens are placed in overdrive. It’s a chaotic time that calls for being aware and alert, as Thanksgiving has the dubious distinction of being the peak day for home cooking fires. Make sure you and your loved ones, as well as your property, remain safe this holiday.

Steps You Can Take to Protect from Kitchen Fires

  • Be Proactive– by testing the batteries in all your smoke, fire and CO2 alarms to make sure they are operational. Keep your oven and stovetop clean and grease-free. Do not leave combustible materials like oven mitts or dishtowels near a hot oven or stove. Do not allow young children to get near stoves and ovens. Always have a fire extinguisher within arm’s reach in the kitchen.
  • Be Attentive – never leave cooking food on the stove unattended. If you have food in the oven and want to step into another room, make sure to set a timer. Keep pot and pan handles turned so they cannot be knocked over as people pass by. Keep electric appliance cords dangling off counters, along and with knives that could be grabbed by children. If you use candles, make sure they are kept well out of reach of children or breezes that could topple them over. Never leave them unattended. On more hectic holidays, consider using battery-powered candles to keep everyone safe and sound. If food ignites, throw baking soda on it or cover it with a pot cover.

Be Cautious When Deep-Frying a Turkey

Some people claim to like the taste of deep-fried turkey better than the more traditional oven cook. If you chose to cook your turkey this way, make sure to follow safety measures.

If a fire starts in your home, quickly call 911, after you and your family members and pets have safely evacuated. Do not return to the dwelling for any reason. Let the professionals take it from there when they arrive.

SERVPRO of Jackson & Jennings Counties is a locally owned and operated leader in restoration and cleaning needs. We serve local communities in the greater areas of North Vernon and Seymour, Indiana. We have the training, equipment and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs following disasters and accidents that occur in your home and business. We offer 24-hour emergency service and are faster to any disaster. Call us today at (812) 953-1120 when you need help in getting your property back in order and looking its best. We are part of SERVPRO, a trusted leader in the restoration industry with over 1,700 franchises in the United States and Canada.

Be Prepared for a Winter Storm

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Your primary concerns at home or work during a winter storm are loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day. In either place, you should have available:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information
  • Extra food and water such as dried fruit, nuts, granola bars and other food requiring no cooking or refrigeration.
  • Extra prescription medicine
  • Baby items such as diapers and formula
  • First-aid supplies
  • Heating fuel: refuel before you are empty; fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a winter storm
  • Emergency heat source: fireplace, wood stove or space heater properly ventilated to prevent a fire
  • Fire extinguisher, smoke alarm; test smoke alarms monthly to ensure they work properly
  • Extra pet food and warm shelter for pets
  • Review generator safety: Never run a generator in an enclosed space
  • Make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working correctly and that the outside vent is clear of leaves and debris. During or after the storm, make sure it is cleared of snow.
  • Home fires are common each winter when trying to stay warm. Review ways to keep your home and loved ones safe.

About SERVPRO of Jackson and Jennings Counties

SERVPRO of Jackson and Jennings Counties 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.  Rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 812- 953-1120

24 Hour Emergency Service - 7 Days a Week!

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Title: SERVPRO of Jackson & Jennings Counties  24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

Category: Water Damage

Photo Caption: SERVPRO of Jackson & Jennings Counties provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in  Jackson & Jennings Counties.

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SERVPRO of Jackson & Jennings 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 -812- 953-1120

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 Jackson & Jennings Counties 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 Jackson and Jennings Counties

SERVPRO of Jackson and Jennings Counties 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.

Mold

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Does Your North Vernon/Seymour Home Have A Mold Problem?

Mold Damage

In North Vernon/Seymour 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 812-953-1120.