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How To Stop Black Mold in Its Tracks

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Stop Black Mold in Its Tracks Black mold damage in Mooresville, IN

When mold strikes, the last thing you want to do is spread it throughout your Mooresville, IN home. Even though mold loves moisture and typically festers in wet, warm areas, spores from spreading mold can easily travel from one room to another via air movement. There are certain places and things in your home that should be frequently checked and thoroughly cleaned to keep mold at bay. These include the following:

  • Moldings around windows and doors
  • Musty basements
  • Humidifiers
  • Bathroom tiles
  • Surfaces surrounding air conditioners
  • Refrigerator door seals
  • Shower stalls and curtains

Taking care of moisture issues is one of the best ways to prevent mold from starting and growing. If you’re past the prevention stage, it is vital that you stop spreading mold at the first sign of a problem with professional mold remediation.

Leave Black Mold to the Professionals

While DIY may be the way to go with some home projects, getting rid of a mold infestation isn’t one of them. Trying to take care of such a tricky substance by yourself often does more harm than good since the spores that move through the air are virtually undetectable by the naked eye. Mold remediation companies are thoroughly trained to prevent the spreading of black mold. They have both the tools and the skills to get your home back to normal from start to finish. Some of these steps include the following:

  • Performing initial inspections
  • Filtering the air in your home
  • Containing the mold
  • Removing damaged and diseased materials
  • Repairing and restoring your home to its original condition

Because mold spores move quickly through the air and multiply on almost any surface they land on, it’s important that you squash the spreading mold in your Mooresville, IN home quickly and meticulously. Don’t let the thought of mold stop you in your tracks. With mold remediation, you can have your home and peace of mind back in no time. 

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Why Smoke Damaged Homes in Morgan County Demand Residential Fire Restoration

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

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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What to do if Your Indianapolis area Hotel Floods

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

What to Do if Your Hotel Floods

Flooding is a common occurrence in many parts of the country, and we are certainly no strangers to it here in the Indianapolis area. Whether it happens as a flash flood or as a slow buildup from constant rain, you need to be prepared for this type of event. As a hotel owner, there are some specific things to be aware of:

  • Your guests. The people who are staying in your property are at the top of the list of concerns when it comes to flooding. Make sure everyone is aware of impending danger, and touch base with each guest to make sure they know how to stay safe. Getting emergency contacts for your guests is a good idea, too, in case something unexpected happens and you need the assistance of a close friend or family member.
  • Medical issues. If there are guests staying with you who have medical issues or are either very young or very elderly, it might be a wise idea to get these people to a facility that can watch over them closely, such as a hospital or community safe haven.
  • Vigilance. Even if you think the flood risk is low in your area, stay vigilant. Understand the potential exposure of your property, using reports from such organizations such as the NOAA Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, which provides quarterly updates and maps that show areas that are at high risk during certain times of the year. Historic flood maps are another useful resource that will help you understand the potential risk where you are. Be informed as to how high water can possibly rise, and evacuate lower levels to make sure no one gets hurt.
  • Insurance. Take note of the flood insurance you have on your property before a flooding disaster strikes. Have your attorney go over it for you to make sure that your coverage is sufficient for any disaster that might bring water damage and storm damage. Copies of this coverage and all other key business information should be kept in a safe location that won’t be damaged by flood waters.
  • Proactive. Be proactive, and consider getting a sump pump to help minimize potential damages from flooding. Make sure all maintenance projects are current for the entire building, and especially the gutters, roofing, and doors and windows.
  • Emergency Kits. These may come in handy if people get stuck in the building for a few days. Water, food, first aid items, toiletries, batteries, flashlights, and other emergency items will need to be available in the event that a flood forces people to stay put.
  • Evacuation Plan. Design a flood evacuation route for your employees and guests and make sure it is posted where everyone can access it for a quick retreat.
  • Weather Eye. Keep an eye on the weather by accessing local weather broadcasts, and paying attention to evacuation orders. If the local authorities are insisting that you evacuate, it would be a good idea to follow their instructions.

Here at SERVPRO of Morgan & Putnam Counties, we care about you and your business. We’re here in case an emergency happens, and we can help with clean-up projects both large and small. Call us today for help with damages from flooding or fire, and don’t forget that we’re mold remediation specialists!

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SERVPRO of Morgan & Putnam Counties is an IICRC-certified restoration company

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO of Morgan & Putnam Counties is an IICRC-certified restoration company SERVPRO of Morgan & Putnam Counties is an IICRC-certified restoration company.

Water Damage and IICRC Certification of Your Restoration Firm

Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.

More than just removing excess water, restorers certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to preloss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.

All IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.

More About the Importance of IICRC Certification

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a certification and standard-setting nonprofit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries.

When you see a IICRC logo, you can be confident that an IICRC-certified experienced, qualified professional is caring for your valuable property. IICRC Certified Firms employ technicians who, after study, field experience and passing comprehensive exams, have received IICRC certifications in specific cleaning, restoration and inspection categories such as upholstery, wood flooring, stone and tile flooring, carpet cleaning, odor removal, mold remediation, water damage, fire damage restoration and more. 

SERVPRO of Morgan & Putnam Counties is an IICRC-certified restoration company. Call us today at 317-834-6382 if you have water damage. 

SERVPRO of Morgan and Putnam Counties is proud to be ICRC Certified

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

IICRC

SERVPRO of Morgan & Putnam 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.

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The Dangers of Not Immediately Dealing with Water Damage

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Dangers of Not Immediately Dealing with Water Damage The benefits of dealing with water damage sooner rather than later

The Dangers of Not Immediately Dealing with Water Damage

Many people do not take the quick and rapid steps necessary when dealing with water in their Morgan or Putnam County, IN home or business. They think that simply drying the floors with a few towels and fixing the problem that caused the flood damage is all that they need to do. If you're one of these people, you'll find yourself dealing with a lot of future problems when you do not immediately deal with the water damage that you see and hire a restoration company.

Structural Damage

The first type of damage that a pipe break can do is structural damage. Structural damage refers to any type of damage that weakens the integrity of your home. A pipe break can lead to a buildup of water in your walls that cause paint and wallpaper to peel away and the drywall in your home to soften. Something more serious like a supply line break can cause damage similar to that saw in a flooded home. Water cleanup, restoration and mitigation companies offer water cleanup services designed to reduce this damage.

Mildew

Though you probably notice mildew in your bathroom, you might not think twice about it because you know that you can use cleaning supplies to remove the mildew. When you have standing water in home or water in business that you do not clean up quickly, you risk that water becoming mildew. Mildew can grow through the whole room and leave you feeling slimy and unclean after taking a shower or changing clothes. Mitigation professionals know what drying methods to use and how to stop the growth of mildew.

Mold

A flooded home is susceptible to mold because the water damage creates the perfect habitat or environment for the mold. Mold looks for areas that are both warm and slightly wet, which is why you might see mold outside your home near your air conditioner. The longer that you leave standing water in the home or in business, the greater the risk is that mold will appear in the near future. If you do not begin drying the walls and floors right after you notice the flood damage, it can be much harder to stop the spread of that mold too.

Musty Smells

The restoration company that you turn to for help can tell you about some of the other dangers of taking too long to deal with drying and water cleanup like the musty smells that can take over your home or business. Whether you have a supply line break or a flooded home, the water can penetrate inside the walls and floors of your home and settle on any upholstery, stuffed animals and fabric in your home too. The only way to get rid of those smells is with repeatedly washing of those items, which isn't always easy to do. Calling a restoration company sooner after noticing a supply line break or flood damage lets you get the restoration and/or mitigation help that you need to combat those musty odors.

When Can You Call?

Though you might wonder when you can call after seeing flood damage, the simple answer is as soon as possible. Whether you experience a pipe break in the middle of the night, have a supply line break on a holiday or discover water in home or water in business after taking a few days off, you want to call as soon as you notice any water damage.

The restoration company can use drying methods that dry all areas of the structure as quickly as possible and use products designed specifically to treat mold and mildew. Restoration experts can inspect the building and bring along mitigation experts to help with the water cleanup and everything else a flooded home needs. When you have a pipe break or any other similar problem, get restoration professionals to your home or business quickly. Visit:

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Four Signs You Might Need A New Water Heater in your Mooresville, IN home

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Four Signs You Might Need A New Water Heater in your Mooresville, IN home Is it time to replace your hot water heater?

Hot water is sometimes a luxury (bubble baths and long showers) and sometimes a necessity (laundry and clean dishes). So, when a water heater fails or ruptures, it can leave you in the cold as well as causing thousands of dollars in water damage to your home or business. In the event your property is flooded or damaged, it is imperative that you seek a reliable and well-respected flood and water restoration company to remediate the damage.

Here are some signs you might need a new electric or gas water heater:

  • Rust around the base of the water heater. A common sign that your water heater is leaking is rust around the base, on the floor or near the drainage tap. This means the base is compromised. Even if there isn’t any visible pooled water, there could be a very slow leak that is causing the rust and if so, it won’t be long before the bottom of the unit totally fails and you get a flood of hot water.
  • Unusual noises. Hot water heaters and tanks that make knocking noises, creaks, whines or bangs should be examined and assessed by a plumber as quickly as possible. These annoying and often loud noises could be a sign that the heating element is struggling to keep up with the demand. If you live in an area with hard water, it is possible that there is heavy sediment at the bottom of the tank keeping the water heater from performing optimally. If so, a thorough flushing of the system should correct the problem. However, if left untreated, it is possible for the heating element to fail or burn out.
  • Fluctuating temperatures. Of course, if you are experiencing water that is too hot or not hot enough, your water heater may need to be repaired or replaced. Broken heating elements or gas thermocouples are often to blame when the water doesn’t get hot, and those can be replaced without replacing the entire unit. However, if you are already having work done to your water heater, have the tank itself checked for cracks, fissures or other signs of weakness. These could cause a tank failure, resulting in a flood in your home or business. The cost to replace your water heater now could end up being cheaper in the long run.
  • Tankless water heaters can also cause water damage. Tankless water heaters are becoming more popular, but don’t think that just because there’s not a tank of water connected that you can’t experience massive water damage. Check the couplings and the hoses at least once a year to ensure everything is still working properly. If you are going out of town, you might consider turning it off all together, as the emergency couplings can sometimes fail. And as with a regular electric or gas water heater, look for signs of leaking such as rust, dampness and changes in water temperature.

SERVPRO of Morgan & Putnam Counties regularly sees properties each year affected by failed water heaters. Often kept in the attic or garage, when units fail and cause a flood, it’s usually personal items, family heirlooms and photos that are damaged. Fortunately, our highly trained professional technicians have the experience and tools necessary to clean up the water damage properly and bring your home and personal belongings back to pre-flood condition.

For emergencies and other situations, call 317-834-6382 anytime to reach your area flood damage experts, SERVPRO of Morgan & Putnam Counties. We help residential and commercial property owners when natural disasters, water damage, sewer backups, floods, mold infestations, fires and other events happen. 

Let SERVPRO of Morgan & Putnam Counties make it “Like it never even happened”.

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Mold vs Mildew in your Camby, IN home

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold vs Mildew: What is the Difference?

When it comes to mold and mildew many often wonder, “What is the difference?” HGTV.com compares mold and mildew to siblings, stating that they have a few matching characteristics but they also have some striking differences.

As for similarities, they both strive in warm, moist areas and they both are able to grow on a multitude of surfaces. They are also both two types of fungi that no one is ever happy to find in their home!

Differences between mold and mildew can be seen in their appearance. Mold is usually fuzzy in appearance and can be various different colors, but it is most often black or green. Mildew, on the other hand, usually grows in a flat pattern and may appear powdery. It is usually white or gray in color. One interesting difference between mildew and mold is that there is no use for mildew. On the contrary, some molds are actually used in food production. For example, Penicillium is used in the production of cheese.

While mold and mildew definitely have differences, the methods to prevent mold and mildew in the home are very much the same. All areas of the home need to be kept dry and moisture-free. Humidity levels inside the home should be checked and controlled. Any leaks need to be repaired quickly and HVAC systems should be inspected regularly.

SERVPRO of Morgan & Putnam Counties specializes in mold testing and remediation. If you suspect mold is an issue in your home, give us a call today!

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Proper Ventilation Minimizes Risk of Mold Damage In Greencastle, IN

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Tips to Keep Your Home Safe from Mold Damage

There are many possible causes of mold growth in the attic, including moisture seepage, condensation, poor insulation, and of course, poor attic ventilation. Many homeowners in Greencastle, IN do not realize that the attic is not just a random part of the building construction, but a significant feature of a home. From this end, proper attic ventilation is important for a healthy home.

Keeping temperatures stable can go a long way towards preventing mold damage to your Greencastle, IN home.  At SERVPRO of Morgan & Putnam Countis, we have a team of IICRC-certified mold remediation experts who can help remedy the situation. The attic works as a buffer between the roof and the other rooms in your home, causing it to experience frequent temperature changes that lead to excessive heat and condensation. Both of these factors promote mold growth.

A good way to ensure proper attic ventilation and reduce the risk of mold damage is creating better airflow within the attic, which in turn efficiently removes moisture and excessive heat. Our SERVPRO of Morgan & Putnam Counties technicians normally turns to dehumidifiers and other drying equipment for this purpose. After installing proper insulation, you need to ensure that all your vents are working properly. This step involves a number of considerations.

For starters, all the vents should be exactly the same to ensure a balanced air intake and better airflow through the attic. As a result, this eliminates any hot, static air that may contribute to mold growth and, consequently, mold damage. Secondly, you need to place the vents away from the sides of the house as much as possible. This step helps prevent the temperature of the walls from affecting the air entering the attic.

SERVPRO of Morgan & Putnam Counties mold remediation experts can advise you on how to create enough space for proper air circulation in the attic. Typically, this involves leaving about 1 to 2 inches of space between the insulation and the roof sheathing. It is also recommendable to add pressure to the attic by increasing ventilation at the eaves and decreasing it at the ridge. This pressurization prevents the air inside the house from penetrating into the attic.

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Storm Restoration: Steps To Take After Storm Damage in Cloverdale, IN

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Restoration: Steps To Take After Storm Damage in Cloverdale, IN 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 Morgan & Putnam Counties 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 Cloverdale, IN 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.

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