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Small Water Leaks in Bathroom that Could Result in Lots of Damage

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Small Water Leaks in Bathroom that Could Result in Lots of Damage Small Water Leaks in Bathroom that Could Result in Lots of Damage

What You Don’t See Will Probably Hurt Your Home

If there is one room/s in your home that has the highest risk of causing water damage to your home, it is your bathroom/s. Even a simple half bathroom with a sink and toilet have the potential of causing water damage. Add a bathtub or shower or both to a bathroom and you have a lot of sources that could leak water resulting in extensive water damage. The worst part of water damage in your bathroom is that many times the initial water leak and the damage is hidden behind walls and under floors where the water leaks won’t be discovered until it’s much worse. While there is little you can do with hidden leaks, there are signs to look for and other areas to check for leaks that may help you uncover the hidden leaks before the water damage has escalated. Below we will cover the major culprits of water leaks in a bathroom and where and how to check for leaks.

Toilet Leaks

There are a few areas around a toilet that can leak. The water leaking can be grey water from the tank or even more harmful black water from around the toilet flange where the toilet base connects to the waste pipe. To check for leaks around the tank, take a flashlight and look for any water or condensation around the water supply connections and the flush valve. The water supply hose usually connects to the water supply valve and the tank connection. Use your hand to check for any water or moisture around these two areas. If there is leaking, you can usually stop it by tightening the connections. You may have to turn off the water supply and reseat the connections with plumbers tape if the leaking doesn’t stop.  

The second source and prone to cause the most water damage is a leak around the toilet flange. The toilet flange is where the toilet base connects to the waste pipe in the floor of the bathroom. To seal the connection between the toilet flange and waste pipe, there is usually a wax ring that seals the connection. This wax ring can become damaged during the installation or break down over time allowing water to seep out after every flush. The problem with this type of leak is that you might not see it until it’s caused substantial damage due to the fact that the flange and waste pipe are hidden behind the porcelain base of the toilet. If the area between the floor and the base of the toilet is not sealed with caulk, you may notice water seeping out which is a sign that there is a leak around the flange and wax ring. If your toilet is located on an upper floor, you may find water stains on the wall and ceiling of the lower floor below the toilet. If you do find any signs of water leaks or damage, it’s important to stop using that toilet immediately and call a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Indianapolis West. 

Leaking Sink Hoses and Pipes

Just like the toilet, water can leak from the water source and the drain. To check the water supply hoses, you will either have to look inside the cabinet below the sink or behind the pedestal, if it’s a pedestal sink. Unlike the toilet, there will usually be two water supply hoses - a hot water supply and a cold water supply. You can use your hand to feel for any water or moisture around the hose connections. You also want to check the valve for any leaks around it. If there is some water, you can use pliers to tighten the connection. You may also need to remove the hose and reseat the threads with plumbers tape to make a watertight connection. 

The other area where you will typically find water leaks is around the drain pipe underneath the sink. Pipes can leak over time as a result of getting bumped or damaged. They can also start leaking as a result of a slow or clogged drain due to the fact that the water backs up inside the drain and finds the easiest way out which can be a small leak around one of the drain pipe connections. With a fast flowing open drain, you may not have known there was a loose connection because the water flowed freely down the drain. The other area where you may find a leak is between the sink drain and the drain pipe connection. These leaks can usually be fixed by clearing out the drain so water doesn’t back up and tightening the connections between the drain pipes.  

Shower and Tub Leaks

WIth showers and tubs, you are dealing with a lot more water than sinks and toilets. With all that water, you’re also facing a lot more potential areas where water can leak and cause damage. We’ll start with the bath/shower faucet handles. The faucet handles usually connect to a cartridge valve that can adjust the amount of hot or cold water that flows through the tub faucet or shower head. If these cartridges aren’t tightened completely or loosen over time, they can start to leak behind the shower/tub wall. Signs that this is happening can be water stains on the drywall nearby or a shower/tub wall that feels soft or has some give to it. 

The other way water can leak and cause damage behind the shower or tub wall is through cracks in the tile grout. You also want to check the caulking between the shower/tub wall and the base. Another area is water can seep around the faucet handles if they haven’t been caulked and sealed properly.

The other area where water can leak and cause a lot of hidden damage is leaks around the drain of the shower/tub. You may find water seeping out from under the edges of the tub or shower but most times, you don't know water is leaking until the floor becomes so damaged that it collapses or sinks underneath the bath/tub.

The last area to check for and one that can easily be fixed is leaking around the bottom of the shower/tub door. After taking a shower, you can quickly check to see if the water is making its way through the space between the door and base and onto the bathroom floor. If you find leaks around the base of the shower door, you can quickly caulk and seal the area. Over time, water seeping out onto the bathroom floor can cause damage to the floor and promote mold and mildew growth.

Check Your Bathrooms For Leaks and Water Damage 

It’s always a good idea to check for leaks and water damage on a monthly basis especially for bathrooms that are used a lot. It doesn’t take long for a little water to cause big problems in a bathroom. If you do discover extensive water damage or mold problems, contact the water damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West. They have the equipment and expertise to handle all levels of water and mold damage to your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, basement or any other room in your home. 

4th of July Home Fireworks Safety Tips

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 4th of July Home Fireworks Safety Tips 4th of July Home Fireworks Safety Tips

Top Fireworks Safety Tips at Home

It’s that time of year again. Time to compete with your neighbors to see who has the biggest and best fireworks display According to the  National Fire Protection Association, more house fires are reported on the 4th of July than any other day with more than half caused by fireworks. So while you pull out your bottle rockets, mortars, roman candles, sparklers, and other highly explosive munitions to light up the night for your friends and family, it’s important to follow all safety rules and tips to keep yourself, your friends and family, and your home safe this 4th of July in the Indianapolis area. Below we’ve listed some of the top safety tips to follow to ensure you have a safe and happy 4th of July.

Keep Children Away. Designate a Fireworks Lighter.

There really isn’t any safe fireworks for kids. While many kids are given sparklers, they can reach temperatures up to 1,000 degrees and easily burn a child or cause their clothing to catch fire. Make sure that all children are kept a safe distance away from any fireworks that are being ignited. It’s a good idea to have adults supervising the kids while a designated adult is chosen to light the fireworks. With one designated fireworks lighter, you are less at risk of severe injuries and explosions as a result of too many people lighting fireworks off at the same time. 

Keep Water and a Fire Extinguisher On Hand.

Even if you are following all of the fireworks safety tips, there is still a risk of accidents happening. This can be the result of faulty fireworks igniting prematurely. This can be the result of fireworks falling over and firing at property or people. A single firework can explode near the stored fireworks setting off an explosive chain reaction of destruction. This is why it is important to have buckets of water and fire extinguishers on hand in the event that a fire is started in your grass, in a tree, or on your home. It’s also a good practice to dispose of any spent fireworks in a bucket of water to reduce the risk of re-ignition or a secondary fire or explosion.

Close Your Garage Door. Be Aware of Your Surroundings.

If you are shooting off fireworks near homes like in a driveway or the middle of a cul-de-sac, make sure that garage doors, windows, and doors are closed. Not only do you not want smoke and debris from the fireworks to blow into homes, but you also want to reduce the risk of fireworks shooting through an open window or garage and exploding. It’s especially important to make sure you shut your garage doors before lighting off fireworks as there may be flammable liquids like gas and solvents stored in the garage that could potentially explode from an errant bottle rocket firing into your garage.

It’s also important to be aware of any cars, sheds, bushes, dry fields, trees, and other objects that could be at risk of catching on fire or exploding. If it has been especially dry, you need to be careful as to not shoot off fireworks around trees, forests, and fields that could catch on fire. This probably isn’t the case with the central Indiana area this year due to all of the rain but is still important to be aware of. 

Douse Spent Fireworks with Water Before Putting in Trash

A small ember inside a large firework can slowly burn for hours without anyone noticing. If you throw that large firework in the trash and go to bed, you could wake up to a literal dumpster fire. If you store your trash cans inside your garage, the damage from a trash fire could be much worse. While you are shooting off fireworks, be sure to place all the spent fireworks in a single pile on the ground or in a metal container that won’t catch fire. Some people even throw them all in a bucket of water after they have been shot off. Before you clean up and dump all the spent fireworks in your trash, it is important to wet them down. You can spray them on the ground with a hose or soak them in a bucket of water to ensure they are completely soaked with water and there isn’t a chance they could re-ignite. Even the smallest of fireworks and debris could be hot enough to ignite something in your garbage. 

Be Safe and Have a Great 4th of July. 

Follow the steps above and be extra careful around fireworks and you and your family should have a safe and happy 4th of July. If a fire should start, whether it’s in your yard or your home, don’t try to be a hero. Have a cell phone handy and ready to call 911 if things get out of hand. If a fire should occur, you can trust the fire damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West to help clean up the damage and restore your home. From all of us at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West, we wish you a Happy 4th of July? Have fun and be safe. 

What to Do If a Tree Falls on Your House?

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to Do If a Tree Falls on Your House? What to Do If a Tree Falls on Your House?

Storm Toppled Trees and Branches

With the recent bout of tornadoes and strong storms throughout Central Indiana, downed trees and branches are an all but common occurrence. Hopefully, though, the down trees and debris have not hit your home or car but have just caused damage to your lawn or landscaping. If a tree limb or whole tree has hit your home, there are some steps you should take to ensure there isn’t further damage and to speed up any recovery efforts. Below we will cover top tips to follow after a tree, limbs, or debris have hit your home after a heavy storm or tornado.

Call the Electric Company if Power Lines Are Down

If you are without power or notice that the tree has hit power lines, stay away from the tree and power lines and call the electric company immediately. They will be able to safely turn off the power to the lines and start working on getting the lines back up.

Evacuate Any Damaged Structures

If a tree has caused significant damage to your home or garage, you will want to vacate the damaged area of the home or structure. The damaged roof or walls of the structure could make the entire structure unstable and at risk of collapsing. If the damage is to a majority of the home, it is best to evacuate the home and seek shelter at a neighbor or in your car away from the fallen tree and damaged home.

Smell Gas, Evacuate the Area

If a tree has fallen and damaged your roof or exterior wall/s, there is a chance that it has also ruptured a gas line in your wall or attic. There is also the possibility of an uprooted tree breaking the gas line under the ground. If you smell gas in or around your home, you should immediately leave the area and call 911. The police will contact the gas company to shut off the gas line in your area.

Water Damage from Damaged Roof, Walls, or Windows

If you notice water leaking into your home from the damage caused by the downed tree or branches, you will want to call a water damage restoration company, like SERVPRO of Indianapolis West, immediately to cover the damaged area and clean up any water damage inside your home. This will keep any further rain from entering into your home and dry up any water that has already entered. The faster this is done, the less damage your home will incur from water and mold.

Does Home Insurance Cover Damage from Fallen Trees?

A common question many people have is whether their home insurance will cover damage caused by a fallen tree or branches. If the fallen tree damaged your home, garage, or detached structures like a barn or shed, more likely than not, your home insurance will cover the damage. If the fallen tree just causes damage to your lawn or landscaping, it’s unlikely your home insurance will cover the damage. It really all depends on your home insurance company and policy. You should contact your insurance agent for clarification on what is covered and what isn’t.

How to Prevent It from Happening Again

While you could remove all the trees from around your property to greatly reduce potential damage from a fallen tree to your home, this is an unlikely and unpopular scenario amongst most people who appreciate having shade trees and ornamental trees around their homes. One tip you could follow to reduce any fallen branches or downed trees from damaging your home is to practice some routine clean up and maintenance on your trees each year. Once a year, Spring is usually the best time, it’s a good idea to cut down any dead branches, leaning branches, or damaged branches that may break or fall during a storm. If you find any dead trees or unhealthy trees, you may consider hiring an arborist to determine if the tree can be revived or cut down. By keeping your trees in healthy condition, you can reduce the risk of one toppling or breaking as a result of strong winds and heavy rains.

Prevent Further Water Damage. Contact SERVPRO of Indianapolis West.

If you should experience water damage to your home or property from a downed tree or branches, call the water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West. They have the equipment and the expertise to stop any further damage from happening and quickly clean up and restore the water damage that has already occurred. They can also help with any mold damage or fire damage if needed. They’re available 24/7 for any size disaster. Give them a call if disaster strikes and damages your home.

After the Flood - The Do’s and Don'ts

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After the Flood - The Do’s and Don'ts After the Flood - The Do’s and Don'ts

Floods can be devastating to Indianapolis homes and businesses. Not only can the initial flood waters cause extensive damage but so can the potential mold growth afterward. Before returning to your flood-damaged home, there are things you should do and not do after the flooding.

Wait Until the All Clear

Flood water can be deceiving. While it may seem that the waters have stopped rising or have receded, they can quickly rise as the rivers and streams bring more water from upstream. The best thing to do before even attempting to return to your home is to confirm with the emergency services that it is safe to do so. If there are fire or police in the area, you can also ask them if it is safe to enter your home.

Inspect the Exterior for Damage

Before entering your home, walk around the perimeter of your home to check for any damage to the exterior, downed power lines, or ruptured gas lines. If you smell gas or see a downed power line, leave immediately and contact the authorities. They will contact the utility companies to ensure the power is off and/or the gas line is shut. Do not go back until you have confirmed that there is no danger of electrocution or gas explosion. You also want to check for any structural damage to your home. If the roof is collapsed or sagging or the walls are buckled or heavily damaged, you shouldn’t enter your home as it could be unstable and at risk of collapsing.

Do Not Enter Flooded Floors

If your basement, lower level, or first floor are flooded, do not enter the floors. The water could be hiding hidden dangers like sharp objects, snakes, chemicals, and dangerous bacteria. If the water is flooded in the lower levels of your home, you will want to pump out the water first. Once the water has been cleared out, then comes the messy cleanup. Flood water can be a toxic stew of things that can harm your health. That’s why it’s a good idea to wear rubber boots and gloves to protect yourself from any chemical or waste residues.

Get Rid of Water Damaged Goods

If any of your food has gotten wet from the flood waters, you should throw it away. If your refrigerator has gone without power for a while, you’ll also want to empty it before mold takes hold and makes a bigger mess of your fridge. It’s advisable to remove as many water-logged materials like papers, clothes, storage boxes, fabric furniture, drywall, curtains, and carpets. As you can see this can be a huge and overwhelming job. That’s why it’s usually a better idea to have a professional flood restoration company do this all for you.

Don’t Risk Further Damage. Contact SERVPRO of Indianapolis West.

Flood damage can be devastating especially if you don’t act fast and don’t remove all of the damage. To ensure all of the flood waters and water damage are removed, it’s best to call the storm damage and clean up professionals at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West. They have the expertise and equipment to handle all types of damage from flood waters, sewage overflows, busted water pipes, and mold growth. They’re available 24/7 for any size disaster. Give them a call if disaster strikes your home.

Tornado Safety Tips for Indianapolis Businesses

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Tornado Safety Tips for Indianapolis Businesses Tornado Safety Tips for Indianapolis Businesses

With the recent tornadoes that have struck central Indiana, the importance of knowing what to do in the event of a tornado at work has become a harsh reality for some. Tornadoes can pop up out of nowhere and quickly do a lot of damage to homes and businesses. In this blog post, we will focus on what to do if a tornado is barrelling toward your workplace. While somewhat similar to tornado safety tips for homes, there are some distinct differences when trying to stay safe from a tornado in many businesses.

More Windows. More Flying Glass.

Many of today’s modern offices are covered in glass windows. While floor to ceiling glass windows provide great views from your office, they’re also a huge risk to your life if a tornado should hit your building. Due to the plentitude of glass windows in most offices, it’s important to have an emergency plan of where to seek cover is there is a tornado warning in your area. Safe areas to seek cover may include fire escape stairwells, internal offices, lower level floors, closets, and/or basements. It’s important to read your office’s emergency plan and know exactly where to go to seek cover.

Stay Alert. Listen to Warnings and Watches.

You can listen to the severe weather reports on your computer, your smartphone, your radio, or a television. While all of these may work, it’s always best to have a backup weather radio with batteries. The reason is that the cable could go out, the power could go out, and/or cell coverage could drop during severe storms and tornadoes. It’s also important to know the difference between a warning and a watch. A tornado watch means that a tornado is possible and to stay alert and tuned in to weather updates. A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted in person or by radar. If the tornado warning is near your office, you and your coworkers need to seek shelter immediately.

Plan Ahead If Disaster Strikes.

Not only is it a good idea to have a battery-powered weather radio, but it’s also a good idea to store other items in a preparedness kit. Items should include flashlights if the power should go out, first aid kit in case anyone is injured from flying debris, and finally, water and some snack bars or food in the event that you may be trapped or isolated for a while. If you work in a large business where there are several areas to seek shelter, you want to make sure each area has the preparedness kits.

After the Tornado Hits.

Traversing your workplace after a tornado hits can be the most dangerous time if you aren’t aware of your surroundings. If a tornado strikes your workplace, a lot of damage can occur and a lot of dangers can appear from that damage. The first step is to not leave the shelter until you can confirm that the tornado and damaging winds have passed. Sometimes it is just better to wait in place until fire and rescue have arrived. If you do leave the shelter, do not walk through any flooded areas as you could be electrocuted from damaged electrical lines and equipment. Be careful about stepping on broken glass and debris. Broken glass and debris with nails could easily puncture many office shoes. If you smell gas from a broken gas line, it’s important to quickly and safely evacuate the vicinity.

Account for Every Employee and Visitor

Once everyone has been given the all clear and can leave the safety of the shelters, it’s important to have a checklist of all employees and guests that were in the building prior to the tornado occurring. A designated person or persons should ensure that everyone is accounted for and safe. If someone is missing, you need to inform the fire and rescue teams of missing coworkers and guests. It’s also a good idea to inform your work staff to not leave the area until they have been accounted for.

If Your Business Should Suffer Tornado or Storm Damage, Contact the Professionals

Tornadoes can cause minor to extreme damage to businesses Some tornadoes can tear off roofs while others can knock down walls and even buildings. That is why it is so important to be prepared with the right emergency plans, the right tools, and the right steps for you and your work staff to follow. If a tornado or storm should hit your business, call the commercial storm restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West. They have the tools and the know-how to clean up any size disaster and help you get back to business quickly. Whether it’s the middle of the night or the weekend or anytime in between, contact SERVPRO of Indianapolis West for your Indianapolis commercial storm clean up and disaster recovery.

Spring Storm Restoration Service In Indianapolis

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spring Storm Restoration Service In Indianapolis We can help when water invades your property.

Springtime Rain Can Be A Pain

With all this rain recently in Indianapolis and more on its way, sump pumps are being overworked and overwhelmed. Some pumps seem to be working correctly but still allow water to back up in the basement or crawlspace. If you have standing water (flooding) in your basement, disconnect the main electrical switch, call a professional or your local fire department to help you. If you are in doubt about the electrical safety of your basement, it's best to stay out of it! Remember, "SAFETY FIRST!" 

Certified Training To Get The Job Done Right

Call SERVPRO of Indianapolis West and our Certified Water Restoration Technicians will make it "Like it never even happened." The water removal and water cleanup process are completed by our highly-trained technicians who will document the drying process, and this validates that your property was dried thoroughly and accurately. We're routinely called to homes and business all across Indianapolis to clean up after a flood has occurred. We feel like we've seen just about everything and can handle any Fire or Water Restoration job that comes our way. When Indianapolis experiences heavy rains and strong storms, SERVPRO of Indianapolis West has the training and experience to return your home or business to its preloss condition. Our highly trained crews have the specialized equipment and resources to handle the job, large or small, residential and commercial. 

One Call Away To Save The Day

When water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. Day or night, Indianapolis residents and business owners can expect us to respond immediately to your water emergency. Our office is strategically located in Indianapolis, and that gives us the ability to act fast and arrive "Faster to Any Size Disaster."

Call us, SERVPRO of Indianapolis West, we always have a live SERVPRO representative to help answer your questions and dispatch a crew 24/7 for emergency services. 317-243-3149

Commercial Fire Prevention Tips for Your Indianapolis Workplace Part 1

4/28/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Prevention Tips for Your Indianapolis Workplace Part 1 Commercial Fire Prevention Tips for Your Indianapolis Workplace Part 1

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 72% of all structure fires occurred in home structures in 2017. While home fires are the most common, fire in commercial structures are still prevalent. In 2017, there were 120,000 non-residential structure fires with 18,000 occurring in stores and offices. With this many fires occurring in workplaces, it’s important to take some steps to keep your business safe. Below we cover some of the top things you can do to keep your office and your staff safe from fire.

#1 Keep Electrical Power Panels Accessible

In the event of a fire, you may need to cut the power to prevent further damage and risk of an electrical shock especially if it is an electrical fire. Does your staff know where the power control panel is? Is it easy to reach or is it hidden behind boxes in a storage closet? If it isn’t easy to reach, move boxes and obstructions out of the way so it can be quickly accessed.

#2 Keep Exits and Stairways Clear

Stairways seem like the perfect place to store mop buckets, equipment,  and boxes that you don’t need anytime soon. Stairways also happen to be the worst place to store anything. In the event of a fire, your staff needs to be able to freely and quickly exit out of your building through the use of stairways, exit doors, and exit pathways. If boxes are blocking them or they trip over a mop bucket, this could spell disaster. Keep these areas clear and make sure your staff does the same.

#3 Keep the Office Clutter-Free

In the previous tip, we talked about the clutter in the exits and stairways, but clutter anywhere in an office can be a bad thing. If a fire should start in your office, it needs fuel to grow. One of the most common materials in an office, paper, is the perfect fuel. Try keeping your desks and storage rooms clear of non-essential documents. If you do have papers that you need to keep, store them in metal desk drawers or file cabinets as these will help reduce the risk of them fueling a fire. Paper file boxes stacked to the ceiling in an office closet or storage room is the perfect fuel that can turn a small fire into a major disaster in an office.

#4 Proper Disposal of Oily Rags and Materials

This fire risk is more common in industrial and mechanical businesses where the staff is using rags to wipe away oil and residue from machines and themselves. If you are working around flammable chemicals and oils and using rags to wipe off the residues, make sure that you have proper metal containers to collect the rags and dispose of them in a safe manner on a regular basis. It’s also important to have a fire extinguisher nearby in case a fire occurs in the waste receptacle.

#5 Keep All Electrical Equipment Maintained and Clean

Have you ever taken a look at the back of your television or computer and have seen all the dust? That dust can easily combust if the television or computer overheats. Dust doesn’t just occur in your home, it occurs in your office too. That is why it’s important to regularly clean and remove any excess dust on your computers, monitors, machines, appliances, and other electrical equipment. In some businesses where there is excessive dust, you may have to clean the electrical equipment more often. You can help reduce the dust by having your air ducts cleaned and changing out the air filters on a more regular basis.

#6 Keep the Mechanical Rooms Clear

If your office has a mechanical room where the HVAC system, furnace, generator, sprinkler valves, fire pumps, and/or other building mechanical systems are located, do not use it as a storage room. The mechanical room should be clean and clear of any debris or items that are not part of the mechanical systems. These systems do have a high risk of overheating and sparking a fire. Don’t help by storing paper boxes and garbage or flammable chemicals in the mechanical room.

If You Should Suffer a Fire, Contact the Professionals

The above tips are just a few of many that you should follow and be aware of to reduce the risk of a fire happening in your office. Even if a fire should occur, following these tips can help to reduce the overall damage that could occur by limiting fire hazards. You can’t prevent fires from occurring completely but you can make the risk much lower. If you should suffer from a fire at your office, store, shop, or other commercial space; give the fire damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West a call. You can also contact them for any water or mold damage also. They have the knowledge and equipment to handle any size disaster. They’re available any time and any day when fire, water and storm disasters strike.

Commercial Fire Prevention Tips for Your Indianapolis Workplace Part 2

4/28/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Prevention Tips for Your Indianapolis Workplace Part 2 Commercial Fire Prevention Tips for Your Indianapolis Workplace Part 2

In the previous blog, we covered 6 tips that you could follow to prevent a fire from occurring at your Indianapolis business. In this blog, we will continue with more tips that you can follow that may help to prevent a fire or reduce the fire damage that could occur at your business. Below we will continue with further tips you can follow to help reduce the risk of a fire occurring in your business.

#1 Safely Store Flammable Chemicals

If you are working with flammable liquids and chemicals, it’s important to always read the Material Safety Data Sheet to understand flammability and fire hazards of the liquid. When storing flammable liquids, you need to be sure that the area and/or room where they are stored has adequate ventilation. In many situations, the vapors of the chemicals can be more dangerous and flammable than the actual liquid. You may also want to look into flammable chemical storage cabinets to keep them away from any fire that may occur. It’s also important to provide proper handling equipment for your staff who will be using the flammable liquids.

#2 Properly Outfit Smoking Areas

If your company allows smoking on the grounds, it’s important to provide proper smoking receptacles for discarded cigarettes. Discarded cigarette butts are one of the leading causes of fires outside a business. Not only should proper receptacle be used but they should be emptied on a regular basis. You also want to instruct your employees on ensuring that they fully extinguish their cigarette butts before disposing to reduce any fires in the receptacle.

#3 Practice Evacuation Drills

When was the last time your company practiced a fire drill? Or has your business ever practiced a fire drill? It’s recommended for businesses to have at least two fire drills a year. While most adults know what to do if a fire occurs, it’s still important to practice and teach your staff so they what to do, how to exit, and where to go during a fire. Part of practicing fire and emergency evacuation drills is also knowing what numbers to call and when the fire alarm pull stations need to be pulled.

#4 Keep Your Fire Extinguishers Maintained

If the fire is small, it may be able to be extinguished with a fire extinguisher. To combat these small fires, you obviously need fire extinguishers that are easy to get to and are ready to be used. It’s also a good idea to train your employees on the locations of the fire extinguishers, how to use them, and when they should use them and when they shouldn’t. It’s also important and the law to have the extinguishers regularly checked and maintained.

#5 Comply With All Fire Codes

Your local fire marshal should be able to help you understand the local fire codes. They’ll also be able to tell you what you need to do to stay compliant. Following the fire codes are probably the best tip you can follow to prevent fires from occurring in your business. Fire codes ensure that your office building has the right fire protection equipment in place to keep your business and your employees safe. Fiire codes can also change over the years which is why it’s important to stay on top of them through your fire marshal.

#6 Educate Your Employees

Following all these tips won’t help prevent fires at your company if your employees don’t follow them. It’s important to take the time to educate and teach your employees about how they can do their part to reduce fire risks and improve the safety of the workplace. They need to know what to do, what not to do, what increases the risk of fire, and ultimately what to do if a fire occurs. By properly educating yourself and your staff on these fire prevention tips, you can greatly reduce the risk of fire and/or the damage a fire can cause.

If You Should Suffer a Fire, Contact the Professionals

You can’t completely eliminate the risk of a fire occurring in your office but you can take steps to greatly reduce the risk. If you should, unfortunately, experience a fire at your business, there is one last tip that you can follow to help clean up and restore all the damage the fire occurred. That tip is to call the fire damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West. They have the expertise and know-how to handle fire, water, mold, and storm damage to businesses of all sizes. Whether you need help during the day or during the night, on a weekday or a weekend, they are ready to help with the cleanup and restoration.

5 Reasons To Call SERVPRO This Spring

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage 5 Reasons To Call SERVPRO This Spring Our Hero's will make Springtime floods "Like it never even happened."

With the rainy Spring season upon us, many homes and businesses will be the unlikely victims of water damage. Some may experience flooding in low lying areas while others may experience leaky roofs or windows or flooded basements. While there are many ways for water to creep into your home, there’s one sure choice when it comes to choosing someone to remove it. With one call to SERVPRO of Indianapolis West at any time and any day, we can be at your home and business Faster To Any Size Disaster removing the water and restoring any damage that it may have caused. Why is SERVPRO of Indianapolis West the best choice in the Indianapolis area when it comes to water damage restoration? Here are the top five reasons why you should give them a call the next time you experience water damage: 

#1 IICRC Certified Professionals

 The IICRC is the leading, independent, non-profit, certification and standard-setting body in the cleaning, inspection, and restoration industry. When choosing water damage, mold remediation, and fire and smoke restoration company, be sure to ask if they are IICRC certified.At SERVPRO of Indianapolis West, Our Team holds IICRC certifications in water removal technician (WRT), applied structural drying (AST), mold remediation technician, and lead paint remediation. The team also participates in ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility. 

#2 Ready for Any Emergency 24/7

 A disaster can strike at any time and any day which is why SERVPRO of Indianapolis West is ready to answer your call 24/7. With water damage, time is of the essence, and it’s important to start the process of removing the water quickly before it can cause further damage or lead to mold growth. SERVPRO of Indianapolis West realizes that every water damage situation is an emergency which is why they are ready to help out whether it’s day or night. 

#3 Known and Trusted for Over 50 Years

 SERVPRO has been around for over 50 years. That’s 50 years of industry experience and know-how in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry. When you call SERVPRO of Indianapolis West, you can trust that they have the skills and the expertise to handle any emergency no matter how big or how small. There are not many fire and water restoration companies that can say they’ve been around as long. 

#4 Advanced Equipment

 Treatments and TechniquesWith that 50 years of experience comes 50 years of learning the best techniques and the right treatments to cleaning and restoring business and homes from fire and water damage.
Along with the best treatments and techniques come some of the most advanced equipment in the industry. Trust and reliability and excellent results come from 50 years of experience dealing with every disaster imaginable. 

#5 Experts at More Than Just Water Damage

 Many times, water damage isn’t the only thing that a homeowner or business owner is experiencing. If the water damage has been happening over some time, there could be underlying mold damage. If a home or business experience a fire, there could be water damage from the fire department and sprinkler system. If the water isn’t removed completely, there could be water damage and mold growth. Luckily, SERVPRO of Indianapolis West can handle all of those quickly and professionally. Call the Experts for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration
If you should, unfortunately, experience water damage to your business or home, call the experts at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West. They have the expertise, the knowledge, the equipment, and the know-how to remove the water and restore your home or business. Contact SERVPRO of Indianapolis West online or call them at 317-243-3149.

Springtime Check List

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Springtime Check List "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." -Benjamin Franklin

Springtime is upon us in Indiana. It’s time to start thinking about planting some flowers and getting your lawn mower ready to start the long mowing season. There are lots to look forward to in the Springtime, but there are also lots of things that need to be done to make sure your home is up for the season. Below we cover five things to check in your home to make sure it is free of water damage and mold damage - and ready for Springtime. 

#1 Check Your HVAC System

 As the warm weather approaches, you need to make sure your air conditioner is ready. The first thing to check and most likely replace is the air filter. The air filter catches allergens and reduces the buildup of dust in your home’s air ducts. It would help if you also made sure that there is no standing water or dirty air coils where mold can grow and then be pushed through the air ducts.  

#2 Check Around Your Windows & Doors

 During the winter, water can seep into cracks around your windows and doors and freeze. The frozen water will expand causing tiny cracks to grow to allow more water to enter into your home. Check around the outside and inside of all your windows and doors. Look for cracked or missing caulking. If you find any cracks where water could enter your home, be sure to caulk or seal the holes. 

#3 Check Your Roof for Damage

 When it’s nice out and your roof is dry, if you're comfortable climb up there and do an inspection, or call a qualified specialist to help you. Check to make sure your gutters are clear. Otherwise, water could run over the gutters and cause water to enter through your foundation and into your basement. Also, check to make sure there are no missing shingles. If you have exhaust pipes or chimneys, check around them to make sure they are sealed and there are no signs of cracking. 

#4 Check Attics, Basements and Crawl Spaces for Mold

 As the ground thaws out from the Winter, water will find its way into your crawl spaces and basements. If you have any roof damage, it could seep into your attics. Make sure to check all these areas for any signs of water. This could be standing water or water stains. If your basement or crawl space smells musty, then you may want to get a dehumidifier to remove the excess moisture from the area before it leads to mold growth. If you do find mold growth or water that you can’t remove, then call the professionals at SERVPRO of Indianapolis West to help remediate the mold damage. 

#5 Check Exposed Water Pipes

 If you have water pipes in your basement or crawl space that you can see, make sure to check them for any drips around the joints and connections. During the Winter, these pipes could have frozen causing the plumbing to expand and crack. Even a small drip can lead to extensive water damage and mold growth. It’s also a good idea to check any external faucets for cracks or leaks. If you find any sign of leaks, make sure to have it fixed before it leads to even worse damage. 

Enjoy a Stress-Free Spring

 While you can’t ultimately reduce the risk of water damage to your home, you can lower the risk by following the five steps mentioned above. If you should experience water damage or find mold growth when inspecting your home, contact SERVPRO of Indianapolis West online or call them at 317-243-3149 to help clean up the damage and restore your home.