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The Importance of Preparation Brought To You By SERVPRO

1/16/2022 (Permalink)

Here to help in your community If you ever suffer a plumbing failure at your place of business, call SERVPRO!
 

Any building that has water running to it poses the risk of having a leak at some point. Over time plumbing fails and appliances malfunction possibly causing commercial water damage to take place in your art gallery. Issues related to water are the second most frequent cause of insurance claims in the United States. Also, about 20 percent of all insurance claims have to do with some type of moisture-related problem. The good thing is that about 93 percent of all of these issues, including commercial water damage, could have been prevented.

Being prepared for any disaster can greatly reduce the severity of an issue that occurs. Once a commercial water damage situation takes place, mitigating the problems quickly will reduce the overall cost of the project. When our SERVPRO team arrives at a business such as your gallery, we start restoration procedures as soon as we can. However, sometimes we need access to things like water or electricity shutoffs that can be difficult to find. When we start a project, we always get work authorization, and we know we sometimes have to go through certain channels.

One way to avoid these types of issues is to contact SERVPRO today and establish us as your official restoration contractor. We can come into your art gallery ahead of time and get all of the information we need in case a disaster takes place in the future.

Our technicians will locate all of the water and power shutoffs and record them in a file we save for your business. We also will get all of the needed chains of command and contact information so that we can quickly get work authorization if a problem arises.

Once we are your designated as your restoration contractor, you will have our contact information so that you can get a hold of us immediately after you notice a problem with your building. We can then respond with your file in handing already knowing all of the things we need to know to begin work promptly.

If you ever suffer a plumbing failure at your place of business, call SERVPRO! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help you! 

During This Time Of Need SERVPRO of Vigo County Is Here To Help

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO CLEANING Badge If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts at SERVPRO of Vigo County today! 812-242-9611

During this unprecedented time caused by  the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts at SERVPRO of Vigo County today! 812-242-9611

Working Smoke Alarms And Your Home

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

servpro fire dector If you have a fire, water, mold, or asbestos disaster, give SERVPRO a call today!
 Having fire alarms in your house and working is one if the most important things you can do to stay prepared if a fire did happen. It is a small items that seems to be overlooked quite a bit but with just a few minutes of your time it could save yours and your families lives.

According to www.cpsc.gov, they indicate why smoke alarms are important and also where smoke alarms should be installed in your home.

Why Are Smoke Alarms Important?

Every year in the United States, about 2,000 people lose their lives in residential fires. In a fire, smoke and deadly gases tend to spread farther and faster than heat. That's one reason why most fire victims die from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, not from burns. A majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep because occupants are unaware of the fire until there is not adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock, and when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm. This often allows a family the precious, but limited, time needed to escape. About two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.  Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms are considered to be one of the best and least expensive means of providing an early warning of a potentially deadly fire and could reduce by almost half the risk of dying from a fire in your home. 

Where Should Smoke Alarms be Installed? Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms A smoke alarm should be installed and maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When installing a smoke alarm, many factors influence where you will place the alarm, including how many are to be installed.  Consider placing alarms along your escape path to assist in egress in limited-visibility conditions. In general, you should place alarms in the center of a ceiling or, if you place them on a wall, they should be near the ceiling.

If you have a fire, water, mold, or asbestos disaster, give SERVPRO a call today!

Fire Safety During Winter Months

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

Dec, Jan, Feb Winter Months Fire Safety Call us today at (812) 242-9611 when you need help getting your property back in order and looking its best.
 

Nothing is better during the holidays than gathering around a warm, crackling fireplace to celebrate the season with family and friends. Just make sure your fireplace is safe and holiday-ready before lighting to decrease your risk of a house fire. Make sure your chimney has been cleaned, and that your damper is operating properly and open when lighting a fire.

Clean the firebox after each fire but retain a light layer of spent ashes to create a good based for the next fire. Remember, coals can remain hot for several days. When you remove them, immediately take them out of the house and store them in a fire-safe vessel. If you have a ceiling fan in the same room as your fireplace, run it clockwise on a low speed to redirect warm air from the ceiling into the living space.

Fireplace Safety Tips

There is an art to making a good and safe fire for your loved ones. Here are some guidelines:

  • Don’t overload the fireplace with wood
  • Use only clean, dry wood, cured for 8-12 months
  • Build the fire slowly
  • Never leave a lighted fireplace unattended
  • Make sure fire is extinguished before going to sleep
  • Remove dry spent ashes from fireplace and store outdoors in a fire-safe vessel
  • Keep any flammable materials a safe distance from the fire
  • Glass doors should be kept open when a fire is lighted
  • Keep a fire screen in front of fireplace
  • Keep children and pets a safe distance from fires with a gate
  • Place a non-flammable rug in front of the fireplace
  • Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working

Chimney Cleaning and Maintenance

  • When your chimney is cleaned of creosote buildup, make sure it is also checked structurally for cracks, missing mortar, loose bricks or any signs of deterioration.
  • Install a wire-mesh cap over the top of your chimney to prevent birds, squirrels and debris from entering.
  • Keep any tree limbs from growing near your chimney to avoid igniting.

SERVPRO of Vigo County is a locally owned and operated leader in restoration and cleaning needs. We serve local communities in the Terre Haute, Indiana, area. We have the training, equipment and expertise to handle your needs following disasters and accidents in your home and business.

We offer 24-hour emergency service and are faster to any disaster. Call us today at (812) 242-9611 when you need help 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.

SERVPRO Is Here To Help When Storms Bring More Damage Than Many Can Imagine

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

Cold Temperature and Servpro If you are dealing with winter property damage from ice, snow or freezing temperatures, give our restoration professionals a call we are always here!

After a frozen pipe busted in the basement in Vigo County this lady was left with standing water throughout her basement, with a lot of contents affected. She wasn't sure it could be fixed and put back to "normal".

SERVPRO of Vigo was called in to remove the water and restore the basement "Like it never even happened." Once we arrived at the property the customer was very happy that we arrived within "seconds" at the time of the night it happened.

She stated that she thought she would be left dealing with it overnight by herself. She stated that she was very happy to see us when we arrived and "I was completely satisfied with the work you did for me." I would definitely recommend you to our family and friends if they were ever in need of our services.

SERVPRO of Vigo County Is Here For You When Storms Strike

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today SERVPRO of Vigo County 812-242-9611

SERVPRO of Vigo 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.

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.

When storms hit Vigo County, 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.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today SERVPRO of Vigo County 812-242-9611.

When Was The Last Time You Cleaned Your Dryer Vent? It's Probably Time!

11/21/2021 (Permalink)

dryer vent Remembering these guidelines may help prevent a lint fire in your home.

Many people may not realize the importance of keeping a dryer vent clean. However, keeping your dryer vent clear of debris is the first step in preventing a lint fire from occurring in your home. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, January is the peak month for dryer fire incidents, so be particularly mindful to remove lint during the fall and winter time. 

Preventing Losses 

  • The best way to avoid a lint fire is by simply cleaning the lint which has collected in your dryer’s lint trap after every load.
  • Cleaning your lint trap ensures that debris does not accumulate over time in your dryer vent and restrict airflow through the unit’s exhaust.
  • If the airway becomes restricted, there may be excess heat during operation of your dryer, which can cause flammable materials such as lint to ignite and cause damage to your property.
  • Annually, there are 2,900 dryer fires reported, and every year, an estimated $35 million in property loss results from these fires. The leading cause of residential fires results from a failure to keep the ventilation free of debris. 

Keep It Clean

A great way to keep your dryer’s exhaust ventilation clean is by using a rotary vent auger, or dryer snake, which is a bristled and flexible tool used to clear hard-to-reach areas of ductwork, such as your dryer exhaust. You should clear the vent anywhere from one to three times per year, depending on the number of people in your household, as lint and debris may begin to accumulate over a shorter amount of time if more loads of laundry are being done on average. You should be able to clean the vent on your own, but it is also possible to hire professionals to clean it for you.

Remembering these guidelines may help prevent a lint fire in your home. For more information for residential fire prevention, you can also check the local fire codes in Terre Haute, IN.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROvigocounty.com/.

SERVPRO Is Your #1 Cleaning For Soot And Smoke Clean Up!

11/21/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and soot Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (812) 242-9611
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Vigo County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (812) 242-9611

When It Comes To Mitigating Water Damage - Call SERVPRO

11/21/2021 (Permalink)

Air movers drying floor Before photo after the water was removed and the equipment was set.

With a back up pump failure the church was left with 2 inches of standing water. Not only do they have Sunday service to worry about they also run a full time very large Pre-School.

SERVPRO of Vigo County was called in to remove the water and restore their church back to normal ASAP.

After we arrived we removed the water and set equipment and had them back up and running within 48 hours. We also made it to where the pre-school could stay in session with no hazards to the children while our equipment was set drying out the facility.

We were very pleased with the quality service and fast working technicians. We had no regrets calling SERVPRO of Vigo County and will use them in the future if needed.

Is Your Kitchen Sink Leaking? Give SERVPRO A Call - We Can Help!

11/21/2021 (Permalink)

Sink Before the kitchen was fixed to new.
 

Upon arrival SERVPRO of Vigo County received a call from a homeowner explaining she had some leaking under her kitchen sink and she is unsure of where the water is coming from.

Fast forward a couple hours after homeowner had plumber come out and inspect and fix the problem. SERVPRO of Vigo County/CPSV arrived at the home to set equipment and get the homeowner back to "Like it never even happened." She was very pleased with our fast response and taking time at the job site to explain to her everything we were doing to get her home back to new.

After fixing her leaking kitchen sink and getting her kitchen back to working she was very pleased with the hard work from the water technicians and pleasant attitudes.

Call SERVPRO of Vigo County today with any of your needs, 812-242-9611.