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Fire Risks and Prevention at Home and at Work

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Structure fires are dangerous, even sometimes deadly, and can cause thousands of dollars in damage to homes and businesses. The cold winter months often lead to spikes in fires due to alternate heating methods.

The heat created by the flames is just one of many dangers. Smoke inhalation, fumes, and vapors are also responsible for causing life-threatening damage to people and pets. The heavy smoke will reduce visibility and make it difficult for people to escape the flames.

Luckily, many of these accidents can be avoided through fire prevention and fire safety practices. It's essential to follow home and workplace safety plans. Learning how to prevent fires in your home or business is critical to avoid dangerous situations that could put you at risk.

Know the Fire Hazards in Your Workplace

Whether it's paper, cardboard boxes, or other flammable materials, it's common to have them in your office building. However, these materials can act as a significant source of fuel to a fire if they ignite. That's why you should always keep things clean and orderly. 

If you work with combustible and flammable liquids/vapors, then you'll want to be extra cautious when it comes to the storage and safety of your building. If you're using a defective extension cord or plugging too many devices into a single outlet, you could overload that circuit. By overusing the power socket, it could overheat and potentially ignite a fire. That's why you should always ensure that you only use one plug per socket.

Know the Fire Hazards in Your Home

Addressing fire hazards in your home is very important in preventing fires before they happen. Being aware of at-risks areas in your home enables you to know where you should be extra cautious.

Kitchen fires are one of the most common fires in homes. To reduce the risk of fire, never leave anything cooking or baking unsupervised. When frying, grilling, or cooking, keep dish rags and other flammable materials away from the stove. If you are cooking with oil, be careful not to splash or spill the oil near the burners as it can quickly flame up. It's essential to have a working fire extinguisher you can easily access when a fire starts while cooking.

Dangers of Space Heaters

Many people use space heaters to heat their homes or warm areas that lack sufficient heat, like a bathroom or spare bedroom. Electric space heaters can help warm a room quickly. However, they can be as dangerous as convenient if misused. Never use an extension cord or power strip with space heaters. Always plug them directly into a wall outlet. Space heaters pull a lot of power and can quickly overheat a power strip or extension cord resulting in a home fire.

Install Smoke Alarms at Every Level

It's a well-known fact that smoke alarms save hundreds of lives every year. Properly installed smoke alarms should be installed on every level of a home, including the basement. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and batteries replaced yearly, or as soon as you hear a low-battery warning which usually sounds like a "chirping" noise.

Beyond installing one on every level and in every bedroom, you should also consider installing smoke alarms in areas at higher risk of fire. These higher fire risk areas include the laundry and furnace room.  

Practice a Fire Escape Drill with Your Family

It's essential to have a fire escape plan for your family or coworkers and practice it regularly. Practice what to do if a fire should occur in different areas or levels of your home or business. To increase your odds of safety in the event of a fire, you need more than one escape plan. Your plan may include exiting through doors or climbing out through windows. When planning and practicing a fire escape plan, you also need to designate a meeting place outside the home or office where everyone will meet.

What to Do If a Fire Should Occur

Even a small fire can cause extensive damage to a home. Sometimes a small fire may not generate large flames that burn objects, but the resulting smoke can quickly spread throughout the structure. The migrating smoke and soot causes damage to furniture, clothes, electronics, carpets, and more.

If you have a fire in your home or business, call the fire and smoke damage restoration experts of SERVPRO of Indianapolis West. We will work right away to identify the steps to clean and restore your property while taking measures to prevent any unnecessary further damage from occurring. Click here, or call SERVPRO of Indianapolis West at 317-243-3149, and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Top Reasons For Water Damage

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

This is a picture of a laundry room with standing water in it. Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis West and let us make it "Like it never even happened."

Water damage can happen to your Indianapolis home or business in many different ways. In this blog, we will outline some of the most common sources of water damage. It's very likely that you have had water damage at one point or another or may know someone who has.

If you think about water damaging your home, you might imagine the cause to be from a hurricane, tornado, or other natural catastrophes. The unfortunate reality is that most water damages are caused when ordinary household appliances fail. It's important to know the areas around your home that pose a threat for damage and what to do after it happens.

Washing Machines

Washing machine leaks are among the most common causes of flood damage in a home and can significantly damage the laundry room and adjacent rooms and areas. Some laundry rooms are located on the second floor of homes, and that can cause multi-level damage. Replace rubber and plastic hoses with reinforced steel braided hose. Check connections periodically to make sure they are secure and replace the hoses every five years.

Sewer and Drain Backups

Sewer water has the potential to cause health issues, not to mention the odor that accompanies it. Understandably, this can bring serious issues to the home or business owner. The water that backs up from a sewer is classified as "Blackwater." It can contain all types of harmful contaminants and can be very dangerous. For these reasons, a professional cleanup company like SERVPRO of Indianapolis West is highly recommended. Call our office, and we will respond immediately to make your home safe again.

Bathroom Leaks

Bathroom water leaks cause significant damage to a home. This is especially true if the bathroom is located upstairs. The main culprit is usually a supply line to the shower or toilet. We can't see the copper pipes that carry the water inside the walls, but we can see and inspect the toilet's supply line. It's a good idea to replace the older line with a stronger braided one. These steel braided hoses are less likely to fail and are a proactive way to lessen the chance of having a leak.

Frozen Pipes

Central Indiana is well known for having all four seasons. We have weeks in winter when temperatures drop to single digits and even in negative numbers. When outdoor temperatures drop that low homes and businesses are likely to suffer from broken pipes.

The water inside pipes can freeze when outdoor temperatures drop below freezing. As freezing water expands, it causes the pressure inside the pipes to increase, possibly leading to bursting pipes. There are a few ways to help prevent this from happening.

Insulate pipes, especially those close to outside walls, attics, and crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is greatest. Open your cabinet doors under the sinks; this allows warmer air to circulate to the pipes. Seal air leaks surrounding pipes and keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.

The Refrigerator

The copper pipe that brings in water to the ice maker might have a bad or loose connection, or it could be pinched. Like the other appliances in our homes, the fridge has a water supply line with continuous pressure. If that line becomes loose or broken in any way, water will spill out until the source is turned off. It's a great idea to familiarize yourself with where to shut the water off if something like this happens to you.

Sump Pump Failure

If you have a basement, you understand the importance of a sump pump. Without one, water can seep into your basement and cause lots of damage. One of the most common causes of a flooded basement is a sump pump that stopped working. This could be that the pump is old and mechanically broken, but most likely, it's due to a power supply loss. When storms roll through, we can lose power to our homes at times. That's why it's so important to have a battery backup in place in the event this happens to you.

Call The Service Professionals

If you should suffer water damage, whether from a weather-related event or a cracked pipe, overflowing bathtub, or toilet, call the water damage experts at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West 317-243-3149 for 24-hour emergency service. You can also click here to contact us online.
At SERVPRO of Indianapolis West, we have specialized equipment, professional training, and certifications that allow us to restore your home or business to its pre-water damage condition and make it "Like it never even happened."

Frozen Pipes in Your Office

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

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Your employees need to be safe and focused on the daily task at hand to stay running efficiently. The last thing any business needs is a broken pipe or some other water source disrupting your day to day operations and costing you valuable time. With the cold winter upon us, your business is increasingly vulnerable to water and storm damage. Frozen water pipes are one of the most common reasons for business downtime in winter.

Let Faucets Drip

Suppose you have bathrooms or sinks located near exterior walls or colder areas, like a warehouse or garage. In that case, you will want to take a couple of extra steps during freezing temperatures. If you know that the temperatures will be dropping to near or below zero, you will want to make sure your sinks are dripping water. The dripping water ensures that the water in the pipes leading to the sink are moving and don’t have time to freeze and burst the pipes.

Insulate Exposed Pipes

If you have exposed water pipes in your business areas that aren’t as well heated, you may want to insulate the pipes to ensure they don’t freeze. Many burst pipes in businesses are found in warehouses, garages, and near entrances that are continually being opened. Insulating these pipes can also be beneficial during the hot summers as the insulation can prevent condensation on the lines, which can also lead to water damage.

After The Cleanup

We create a full estimate for all mitigation and repairs then keep you involved with timely updates throughout the restoration process. SERVPRO is a preferred service provider with most insurance companies in Central Indiana, and we can work directly with them from start to finish. We understand that saving your property and reopening your business as quickly and safely as possible is especially important when you have a business to run and your employees count on you for their livelihood.

Always Here To Help

SERVPRO of Indianapolis West understands that time is money, and every second counts with commercial restoration. That is why hiring professionals like SERVPRO to assist with the water cleanup and restoration is one of the best moves you can make. We have highly trained service professionals ready to respond day or night to your call.

After The Fire

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

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When you can re-enter your home, make sure that you focus on retrieving valuables such as money, jewelry, and essential paperwork such as birth certificates, medical records, and passports. Only bring out prescription medications so that you can get replacements. Don't take medicines from a burned house.

Board-Up

This board-up process is essential to keeping your property safe. There may be damage to the structure's exterior in many home fire situations that would cause the outside elements, like rain, to get inside. The roofs and windows are often vented to help the fireman control the flames and to exhaust the house of smoke. We will first board-up any windows or doors and cover any roof damage with plywood and tarps to keep the outside elements from causing further damage to your home.

Mitigation Process

"Mitigation" means to reduce the severity of the damage. The fire department will investigate the fire's cause and origin, and your insurance company often does the same. Initial mitigation services are often on-hold until the cause and origin have been determined not to disturb the scene. After the fire department and the insurance company allow us to begin, we can start the mitigation process. This stage of the process is where we remove the water from the fire department, carpet and padding, and possibly wet drywall that may be sagging. It's important to winterize the structure to keep pipes from freezing in some cases.

Estimating and Pretesting

Before the cleaning and restoration begin, a complete estimate will need to be produced. The estimate will outline everything that needs to be done to both the structure and your belongings to return them to their preloss condition. Pretesting surfaces and content helps us identify the best cleaning methods and chemicals to use. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Call the Service Professional

Cleaning and restoring homes and businesses is not an easy thing to do. SERVPRO has over fifty years of experience in the restoration industry, and we have advanced techniques and equipment to restore your property correctly. You'll want to hire a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Indianapolis West. We are always open, 24/7/365, to respond to your call. We understand the importance of an immediate response to a fire damage call.

If you should suffer fire and smoke damage to your Indianapolis  or commercial, contact the fire damage restoration pros at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West. We have the knowledge and experience to clean up and restore fire and smoke damage. Day or night, 24/7, we are ready to answer your call. 317-243-3149

Water Damage In Indianapolis

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Do you have a small roof leak or a water spot on the floor where bathwater splashes? While those little leaks and water stains may seem inconsequential, more damage and potential health risks could be hidden underneath the surface. So what are the signs you should be looking for further water damage to your Indianapolis home? 

Water Leaks

If you have a small water stain on your ceiling, you first want to determine where the water came from. If you have access above the ceiling like an attic, you can get up there and look for signs of a water leak from the roof or a leaking pipe. Even condensation from a pipe can cause water to drip and stain a ceiling over time. The source of the water leak is not always right above the water stain. Water from a leak can travel down the wood framing, across wires, along pipes and other structural pieces behind your home's ceilings and walls. 

If you cannot look behind the wall or ceiling, you may want to call water damage restoration experts like us at SERVPRO Indianapolis West. We have the expertise and tools to examine the water damage's full extent and determine the best steps to repair the water damage and stop any further damage from happening. 

Another sign beside a water stain of water damage is a soft spot on your home's walls, ceilings, or floors. This happens a lot around bathtubs, kitchen sinks, windows, and external walls. While there might not always be a water stain or obvious sign of a water leak, a spot where you can push in on the floor or wall, or ceiling can be a sign of water damage that is hidden below the surface. This could be an easy restoration or a potentially difficult one where there could be mold damage and extensive damage to the house's structure. 

Call SERVPRO ASAP

In any case, the sooner you call us, the faster the damage can be stopped and repaired. We call this action "Mitigation," and this means to lessen the severity. When we service a home with potential water damage, we work quickly to identify the source of the water damage, the areas of the house that have been affected, then take steps to immediately stop the water leak and restore the water damaged areas and make it "Like it never even happened."

Always Here To Help

If you notice a water stain on your ceiling or a musty smell from under the wood floor, you likely have a water leak that is causing that. Our highly trained water restoration technicians are skilled at finding the source of the damage and then fully restoring your home to its preloss condition. Click here to see what out customers have to say about us. Our office is always open and always ready to respond to your call. We service all of Central Indiana, including Downtown Indianapolis, Speedway, and Clermont. 317-243-31490

Freezing Temperatures Cause Pipe Breaks In Indianapolis

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

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With winter in full swing here in Central Indiana, freezing temperatures are on the way. Every winter, we service many homes and businesses with busted water pipes due to extreme temperatures. It's very common here in Indianapolis to have a water supply line freeze and cause severe water damage.

Slow Drip

One of the best ways to help prevent frozen pipes during frigid nights is to let the faucets slowly drip. Running water through the pipes will help prevent them from freezing. Also, open cabinet doors under the sinks to allow the home's heat to circulate underneath. Allowing the home's air to circulate will add a few degrees and make a tremendous difference.

Above 55 Degrees

Kitchen sink water pipes are one of the most common lines to freeze because kitchen sinks are usually facing an exterior wall. Keeping your garage door closed and your house temperature above 55 degrees will help keep your pipes safe. Also, it's recommended to insulate pipes and shut off the supply to exterior spigots.

If you happen to have a water pipe burst, the first thing you want to do is turn off the water supply to your home or to the area where the pipe has burst. Some people are not familiar with how to turn off the water to their home. It's a good idea to find your water shutoffs and understand what to do before you have a problem.

Find Your Water Shutoffs

You will have the main water shut off for the whole house. These main water shutoffs can sometimes be found outside where your water meter is located or within 3 to 5 feet of where the water main enters the home.

Most essential home plumbing fixtures have separate valves that control the water flow to them. Sinks, toilets, water heaters, and washing machines should have a small valve located near the plumbing that can quickly shut off the individual water supply. Merely turning the valve clockwise will turn off the water flow.

Stress-Free Claims Process

If your insurance policy covers your water damage, we can work with you and your insurance company to quickly clean up and restore your home from flood and water damage. We can help manage the insurance paperwork for a stress-free claims process. If your water damage is not covered or you choose not to get the insurance company involved, we can work directly with you.

Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis West

It's always best to clean up the flood and water damage as quickly as possible. Fortunately, at SERVPRO Indianapolis West, we are available 24/7 and will take care of your flood and water damage before it has time to get even worse.

So if this happens to you and you live in Plainfield, Avon, Speedway, Brownsburg, or the surrounding Indianapolis areas, give us a call at 317-243-3149, and we will be there quickly to handle your water damage cleaning and restoration needs.

Tips for Preparing your Commercial Building for Winter

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Winter here in Indianapolis can take a significant toll on your commercial building, which is why even though the weather may be decent right now, this is an excellent time to think about preparing your commercial building for winter. But how should you get started? And what areas of your building need special attention concerning winterization? Below, I'll outline several helpful tips to get you on your way.

When prepping your commercial property for the wintry wonderland that will soon be here, it can be helpful to approach it from several perspectives. First, you want to be pro-active and take preventative actions. While warmer weather is here, taking action now can reduce the worry about cold-weather issues like frozen pipes down the road.

Second, you'll want to think about the comfort and safety of your employees, tenants, and customers. And third, you'll want to consider potential energy savings you can capitalize on by addressing the heating and cooling needs unique to each building area. With these three perspectives in mind, it's time to look a little closer at the areas of particular interest when winterizing your commercial building.

Check for Drafts and Air Leaks

Check the structure of your commercial property for leaks, and consider getting an energy audit for your building, which can help find these problem areas. Another way to check for leaks and drafts is to walk around your building and check by using your hand or using a temperature gun to find any cold spots. Once they are identified, seal them up for considerable cost savings and increased comfort for your tenants.

Enough Insulation?

Does your building have sufficient insulation? Take a hard look at all of it to ensure even the more challenging spots are correctly insulated. There are various insulation options to ensure your building gets the best protection from the cold, including blanket-style insulation, rigid insulation, foam insulation, and more.

Roof Inspections

The roof of your commercial building can host many undetected issues, such as holes or damage that can lead to water leaks during winter storms and snowmelt. When inspecting the roof, check all flashing and seals and make sure the structure is sound enough to hold the weight of snow and ice that is sure to come. If you don't feel comfortable doing this yourself, it's best to hire a professional roofing contractor to assist you.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes in Central Indiana are extremely common and cause extensive damage to commercial buildings; inspecting your plumbing now can save you time and trouble come winter. If you have exposed water pipes that aren't as well heated, you may want to insulate the pipes to ensure they don't freeze. Often, frozen pipes are found in warehouses, garages, and near entrances that are continually being opened.

Inspect the HVAC

Last but not least, be sure to prep your HVAC system. A good start is to schedule preventative maintenance and make sure the system is operating correctly and efficiently. Be sure to change out any air filters and check that exhaust gases are being appropriately ventilated.

It is advisable to keep the interior temperature at or above 60 degrees in your business. While this shouldn't be a problem in areas where your employees or customers are usually present, this could be a problem in garages, attics, basements, exterior buildings, storage areas, and warehouses.

Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis West

By following the tips above and keeping an eye on your commercial property, you can significantly reduce the risk of water and mold damage from a burst pipe this winter. If your business should experience water or fire damage, call SERVPRO of Indianapolis West. We are industry leaders in fire and water cleanup and restoration. We have the experience and training to fully restore your property and make it 'Like it never even happened." Click here or call 317-243-3149.

Steps To Protect Your Property From Winter In Indianapolis

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

This picture reads, protect your home from the elements, with icicles from a gutter. "An ounce on prevention is worth a pound of cure." -Benjamin Franklin

It's November here in Indianapolis, and that means falling leaves and temperatures. Harsh winters in Central Indiana can be damaging to your home or business. Snow, rain, and freezing temperatures can cause unwanted stress in many different areas around your property. As we move towards winter, here are some tips to help you protect your property.

Protect Your Pipes

Unheated interior spaces like your garage, attic, or basement are most at risk for frozen pipes. Use pipe insulation liberally on any of your exposed pipes in the vulnerable areas of your house. Other ways to protect your pipes from freezing are to keep your garage closed as much as possible, and even when you aren't home, and don't let the temperature of your house fall under 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Check for Leaks and Water in Your Basement or Crawl Space

Indiana winters tend to be very wet, keeping the ground around your home saturated. With so much water and moisture outside, it's essential to check your crawl space and basement for water leaks and high humidity. You want to seal any cracks or leaks and possibly use a dehumidifier to remove the excess moisture out of the air. If the humidity is too high, it can lead to mold growth in your crawl space and basement. You also want to test your sump pump to make sure it is working correctly.

Clean Out Your Gutters

Clearing out your gutters and downspouts should usually be done a few times a year, depending on how many trees you have. But emptying them before the freezing temperatures set in is an essential step to winterizing your home. If your gutters seem to fill up quickly, try installing leaf guards to keep them from clogging.

Regular cleaning is crucial to maintaining good gutters. A gutter clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. Dirty and full gutters also provide nice homes for pests, rodents, and fertile ground for weeds to grow.

Check Seals Around Windows and Doors

Once you're done cleaning out the gutters, you'll want to walk around the house and check all of your windows and doors for broken seals, cracks, or other areas where the cold air and water can get into your home.

An essential goal of winterizing your home is to keep your heating bills down and make sure your home is blocking out the cold air effectively. A great way to do this is to add weather stripping to your doors and caulk any window gaps. To prevent a draft from sneaking in, make sure all your windows stay locked. It may be time to replace your windows if your sashes aren't meeting, and your inner lock isn't working.

Check Your Foundation

You also want to check around your foundation for standing water and cracks in the foundation. Cracks in the foundation can worsen in the winter as water seeps into the cracks and freezes, causing expansion and further damage to your foundation. If you find cracks, you will want to seal them before they get worse. If you see standing water, you may want to make sure your gutters are directing the water away from your home and grading the ground to slope away from your home's foundation.

Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis West

Being a proactive homeowner, you may take these and other steps to protect your investment and still experience damage. Our office has years of experience with water and fire damage clean up and restoration and always ready to help you and your family. If you need water cleanup and restoration this winter, click here or call us at 317-243-3149.

Toilet Leak in your Indianapolis Home

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

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When a toilet in your Indianapolis home overflows, the damage can be overwhelming. There are many different ways in which a toilet can malfunction. Below, I'll cover some of the more common occurrences we see when we are called to mitigate water damages from faulty toilets. 

1-Leaking supply line.  This is the line that connects the plumbing coming out of the floor to the toilet tank. This line is under continuous pressure, which means that if the hose begins to leak, it will continue to spread until the water line is turned off.

2-Old worn-out mechanical parts inside the tank can cause the toilet to run continuously and even overflow onto the floor, resulting in severe water damage to the floor, walls, and everything beneath. 

3-The old worn-out wax ring that is at the base of the toilet where it connects to the floor. This wax ring can deteriorate out over time, causing water to leak at the bottom of the toilet. 

4-Tank-to base washer is worn-out or pinched. If the tank is not seated correctly to the base, the washer could fail. Or, if the washer has aged too much, water can leak when flowing down to the bowl.

Check Your Supply Lines 

The water supply lines in a typical home or business are under and have continuous pressure, and if there's a leak or break to the supply line, water will run out until it's shut off or fixed at the main water shut-off. 

It's recommended to replace the supply lines every five years. These supply lines usually are easily accessible and can be changed with pliers or an adjustable wrench. If you don't feel comfortable doing this yourself, or if you need assistance, a family member or local handyman could help you.

Time is of the Essence

When the water continues to leak, gravity will pull it down to lower levels of your home. The water can affect flooring systems, ceilings, wall cavities, and possibly insulation as it travels inside the walls. The quicker you call us, the quicker we can arrive to begin mitigation. The term "mitigate" means to lessen the severity, and that's what SERVPRO of Indianapolis West does with our fast-action response. We're highly trained to clean up and restore your Indianapolis home or business fast and efficiently. 

Call The Cleanup Pros 

Hopefully, you have caught the water damage early, and it can be quickly remedied. But if you do have extensive water damage, we have the expertise and training at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Indianapolis West is here to help! Whether it's from a faulty toilet, or any other type of water damage, to fire and mold cleanup. Call us 24/7 at 317-243-3149 or click here to contact us. We are centrally located, serving all of Indianapolis and surrounding areas. 

Another Day At The Office? No, Not Really.

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Imagine this. You head off to work just like any other day, and about lunchtime, you get a call from your neighbor saying that there are several fire trucks in front of your house, and he thinks your home is on fire. You bolt out of the office as fast as you can, worrying terribly about your family all the way there. Luckily, the kids had gone off to school, and no one was home.

This is precisely what happened to one of our former customers. An electrical fired occurred while they were at work. Fortunately, the fire department arrived quickly and contained the fire to just the downstairs living room. What a complete nightmare to have a fire happen, and now your home is full of smoke, soot, and water and smells terrible.

Fire and Water Damage is our specialty.

House fires are more common than you may think. They happen somewhere every day in Indianapolis. Some of these fires are contained quickly and extinguished by the homeowner, while others get much larger and do way more damage. Fire damage cleanup and restoration is our specialty and is something we see and deal with every day.

With this smaller electrical fire, there was not that much material that burned; it was mostly smoke and water damage. Our crews were able to clean and restore all of the homeowner's personal belongings onsite while cleaning and repairing the structure. It's often better to remove the contents to a safer environment while the house is being cleaned and repaired. We didn't need to do that in this case because there was not very much demolition needed or fire damage to the home.

Sometimes a fire does so much damage that the home or business is a total loss. Some fires cause so much damage that a complete demolition is required down to the frame and then rebuilt with all new building materials. Luckily, that's not the case for this family. They stayed with some of their family while we made it "Like it never even happened," to their home.

Call Us For Help

We hope you never have to experience a fire at your home or business. But if you do, no matter how small or big the damage is, SERVPRO of Indianapolis West can help with the cleanup and restoration. We have the experience and tools to quickly help return your home and your life back to normal. If disaster should strike your Indianapolis home, call us at 317-243-3149 or click here.