Steps for Handling a Water Damage
Here at SERVPRO we're no strangers to water damage, but you may not know what to do, or better what SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles can do FOR you.
Step 1: Disconnect the power, unplug any electronics, and remove electronics, furniture and movable items immediately.
Step 2:Get rid of the water. SERVPRO professionals will extract the water with our specialized equipment, not just your ordinary shop vac.
Step 3: Dry out the affected area. SERVPRO professionals will place specialized drying equipment such as dehumidifiers, air movers, and desiccants and monitor it's progress daily until it reads completely dry.
Step 4: Disinfect and Prevent Mold Growth. SERVPRO professionals will treat the affected areas with Sporicidin an anti-microbial formulated to stop the growth of any micro-organisms, including mold.
Step 5: Dispose of Damaged Items Responsibly. SERVPRO professionals will assist you in sorting your damaged items. Some things will be saved, however some will not. SERVPRO professionals know how to responsibly handle items that may be recyclable to alleviate the pressure on local landfills instead of simply throwing it all in a dumpster.
If you suffer a water damage we here at SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week to help you make it "Like it Never Even Happened"!! Call us at 812-574-5744
Help with Storm of Flood in South Eastern Indiana Homes or Business
When the waters rise, SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles are here to help make it "Like it Never Even Happened"!
SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles 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.
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 South Eastern Indiana, 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 Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
If stormy weather causes waterdamage to your property call SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles at (812) 574-5744, today!
The Importance of a Home Fire Evacuation Plan
Draw it out, and PRACTICE!
Here is a fictional story but it could happen to almost any family. The Smith family was home one night and about 1:00 am a fire started in the house. The alarms woke everyone up and the parents rushed to make sure the kids got out of the home. However, by the time they got to little Frank's room he was already gone. He went out the back door and was hiding under a patio table.
Everyone (except Frank) ended up in the back yard and his father, James, checked outside everywhere and couldn't find him in all the noise and confusion. James decided to go back in the house and find his son but fortunately, he caught a glimpse of him under the table. This scenario could have easily ended in tragedy because the family had no fire escape plan from home.
Coming Up with a Fire Escape Plan
Walk through the entire house and figure out the best evacuation route. It's important to get all family members together so everyone gets the same information. You need to have things on paper so they can be posted on the wall for everyone to see. You can download an excellent home fire escape plan worksheet from this web page at the NFPA website. Click on the "escape planning grid" link. The NFPA site is one of the best places to get the latest fire protection news and information.
Don't forget to tell everyone to drop to the floor and crawl out of the house if it's full of smoke or hot inside. Many people are seriously injured or killed from breathing super heated air, and the air is the coolest at floor-level.
Draw up your floor plan. You can download a home fire escape plan template by going to the Red Cross website . It's a good idea to come up with a home fire drill checklist too. You can find a good one at the allParenting website . This will give you some good ideas.
Commercial Loss? We got you covered!
Flooding and water damage events in southern Indiana commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. Many business owners understand that the business downtime can be more devastating to the property damage -- we understand that many times the most important thing to Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles businesses is to get back in business . . . fast.
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles
SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. We can be reached at (812) 574-5744
The Levels of Commercial Loss
SERVPRO of Madison, Lawerenceburg and Versailles handles not only residential damage and restoration, but commercial as well.
There are three levels of commercial damage that are considered:
Level 1 is a small commercial loss typically involving 15,000 square feet or less of affected floor space. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a small commercial loss may include, but are not limited to, a stand-alone retail establishment, a small church, a daycare facility, a small shopping center, a small warehouse or manufacturing facility, or a stand-alone administrative building. A Level 1 loss can also be a small portion of a much larger structure.
Level 2 is a midsize commercial loss typically involving 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved are usually multi-level or greatly divided spaces. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 2 loss may include, but are not limited to, a small multi-family property, a midsize church or school, a small shopping center, a multi-tenant administration facility, or a midsize warehouse or manufacturing facility. A Level 2 loss can also be just a portion of a much larger structure.
Level 3 is a large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved will likely be large multi-level structures. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 3 loss can include, but are not limited to, a large church, hospital, school, or university; a large multi-family property; a mid- to high-rise retail or administration facility; a large industrial, manufacturing, or warehouse facility; or a large strip-style shopping center or shopping mall. This is the level at which it would be appropriate to refer to the project as a “large loss.”
Once our team determines the level of loss, the property is further assessed, and a team of appropriate size is dispatched to get the job done quickly and efficiently, and return your business to operation “Like it never even happened.”®
If you experience a commercial loss, Call SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles today! (812) 574-5744
Common Mold Issues
Any home or commercial business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.
If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO Professionals can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.
SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles:
- Provide 24/7 Emergency Service
- Highly Trained Water Restoration Specialists
- Faster to Any Size Disaster
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. 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 on a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
- 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.
Why Mold Removal May Not Be an Ideal DIY Project
There are over 1,000 types mold found in North Americ. Did you know mold will eat just about anything? This includes metals, concrete, fabric and wood.
People spend about 90% of our time indoors. This makes mold and it’s destructive nature a major concern for many of us. Search DIY mold removal on the internet and you will find tons of articles suggesting different ways to rid your home of mold yourself. One of the most common suggestions is spraying the mold with bleach or some other concoction aimed and killing it. Mold cleanup is not that simple.
The EPA ( United States Environmental Protection Agency) has come up with a rigid set of guidelines for mold removal. The Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings document recommends that you should only attempt to remove mold yourself if the area impacted is less than roughly a 3ft. by 3 ft. patch. Even in this instance you should first wear protective gear and fix any leaky pipes or issues that caused the mold damage. IICRC ( Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) does not recommend spraying but promotes removal of mold and proper air filtration.Major steps in a proper mold remediation process includes analysis of the impacted area, thorough drying, fixing any causes of water and wetness as well as wearing proper protective gear during the process.
Before you take the health and monetary risk of improper mold remediation review the EPA guidelines and contact your local Durham, NC mold remediation and abatement professionals to have an analysis of the area. This will give you a better idea if your mold problem is a do it yourself project or not.
Do you have documents that have mold??
If your home or business has important documents that are affected by Mold, we can HELP!
We use a specialized process called Gamma Irradiation. This is used for cleaning/ disinfection and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. In gamma irradiation, high-energy photons are emitted from an isotope source (Colbalt 60) producing ionization(electron disruptions) throughout a product. In a CAT 3 situation (sewage or flood water), documents are not only deteriorating but are also infected with all types of bacteria. In most storm situations you are dealing with CAT 3 water: therefore, most of the affected documents that you will encounter will be contaminated. If this is the case then decontamination is always a must. In Living cells, these disruptions result in damage to the DNA and other cellular structures. These photon-induced changes at the molecular level cause death to the organism or render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma process does not create residuals or impart radioactivity in processed products.
For additional information or questions on processes involving fire, water, or mold damaged documents please call our office at 812-574-5744, and we would be happy to further discuss services.
Finding flood damage in your home can create quite a bit of stress; after all, no one likes discovering that their living room has been turned into a water recreation facility. As a result, many homeowners are likely to panic and make poor choices in the hours that follow. You can avoid these mistakes by following the flood damage checklist below:
Ensure your safety
Once you see a flood of water in your basement, it may be tempting to go charging right in, but this is generally a bad idea. First, you need to ensure that you're safe. If the power is still on, you could be electrocuted. Additionally, sewage will make you ill, and the water from flood damage can conceal sharp objects to cut yourself on.
Shut off the water source
Now that you know you’re safe, next you need to ensure that the source of the water has been taken care of. Sometimes, this is as simple as turning off a water supply valve. However, more complex problems, like a flooded sewer line, could actually take a few hours. It's a good idea to call the appropriate professional, like a plumber, right away to give them time to start driving out to your flood damaged property.
Call your insurance
Sure, it's tempting to have your first call be to a flood damage clean-up professional, but there's a chance that your insurance doesn't contract out with them. Instead, it's better to have your insurance's claim number programmed into your phone. Call them, report the flood damage, and then call a professional they contract out with.
Call a clean-up crew
Most flood damage clean-up projects are just too large for you to tackle by yourself. Besides, depending on where you live, you'll likely have mold to clean up afterwards as well. Any money spent on a flood damage clean-up crew will likely be well worth it.
Take pictures and document damage
Your insurance policy will need proof of flood damage if they are going to write you a check. When you're on the phone with your insurance company and the clean-up crew, take photos of the flood damage. Make sure to get detailed photos of valuable items.
If you've planned well, you'll also have pictures of your home in an undamaged state. This lets you prove the state that your house and items were in before the disaster.
Remove what can be saved
Once you've ensured that the area is safe, you have help on the way, and you've thoroughly documented the flood damage, you can begin to remove items out of the area. A word of caution: water is extremely heavy. Any water soaked items will weigh a lot more than you expect. Please, be careful not to injure yourself.
Begin the remediation process
This is where professionals will come in handy. During the remediation process, all excess water will need to be removed, the humidity will need to be brought down to an appropriate level, mold prevention steps will need to be taken, and damaged drywall or flooring will need to be replaced. All of this is a lot of work for one person, so please get professional help.
SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles is locally owned and operated and serves Jefferson, Switzerland, Ripley and Dearborn Counties.
Do you know what you would do DURING a tornado?
Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. They come from powerful thunderstorms. They appear as a funnel, or cone-shaped cloud, with winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour. They cause damage when they touch down on the ground. They can damage an area one mile wide and 50 miles long. Before tornadoes hit, the wind may die down, and the air may become very still. They may also strike quickly, with little or no warning.
Below are a few tips for what to do both DURING and AFTER you experience a tornado.
If you're INSIDE:
- Get to an inside room with no windows.
- Or get to the lowest possible room
- Do not open windows
- Protect your head
If you're OUTSIDE:
- Get to a nearby vehicle, buckle your seat belt, and lower your head below the windows.
- If you can't fine a vehicle, lay in a ditch or other area lower than the ground.
- You are SAFER in a low flat location than underneath a bridge or highway overpass.
- Wear sturdy shoes, there will be sharp debris on the ground including glass.
- NEVER go near or touch dangling power lines.
- TEXT; DON'T TALK Unless your situation is life threatening, try not to tie up emergency phone lines. Plus, texting might work even when call service is down.
Sources: Ready.gov\make a plan; Ready.gov/tornadoes