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Smoke and Soot

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vincennes is here to explain more about smoke and soot.

First of all, it is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. If you have a fire in your home it might not go all through your home, but the smoke and soot will. 

Our team here at SERVPRO of Vincennes knows all there is to know about smoke damage. Our 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.

Did you Know there are 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 Vincennes 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.

SERVPRO of Vincennes is proudly serving those with smoke and soot damage in Vincennes, IN, Washington, IN, Princeton, IN, Bicknell, IN, Freelandville, IN, Odon, IN, Petersburg, IN, Oakland City, IN, Fort Branch, IN, and Haubstadt, IN. 

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 812-895-0581

Are you prepared for a storm? Let us help.

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

With technology today, we can usually predict when a large storm is going to hit. Here are some helpful tips to prepare you and your loved ones for a storm. Harvey and Irma victims were thankfully give enough time to evacuate. These tips can help large and small storms.

  1. Tune into your local weather radio station, TV channel, or app.

  1. Depending on the type of storm, you must evaluate your situation.

  • Your location matters. You need to find a safe place that offers shelter.

  1. Create an emergency plan.

  • Know where you are going (locate fast exit points or where to stay)

  • Memorize emergency phone numbers

  1. Prepare an emergency kit. Each kit should include:

  • Flashlights

  • Batteries

  • Non perishable foods

  • Water bottles

  • Blankets

  • First Aid Kit (essential medications)

  1. Prepare your home.

  • Make sure your insurance is adequate

  • Learn how to safely turn off your power, gas, and water

  • Remove tree branches or other dangers close to your home

  • Check your roof and gutters clear

After hurricane Harvey and Irma we saw that preparation is key. Water and fuel became items that were not available like they normally would have been. Plan for disasters with your family, and if you ever need help, give SERVPRO of Vincennes a call. We are proudly serving Vincennes, IN, Washington, IN, Princeton, IN, Bicknell, IN, Freelandville, IN, Odon, IN, Petersburg, IN, Oakland City, IN, Fort Branch, IN, and Haubstadt, IN. 

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. SERVPRO of Vincennes have specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage.

Water damage can be classified by the three types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Vincennes professionals will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the water encountered.

The three types of contaminated water:

  • Category 1: "Clean Water"
    • Water from a clean source like a broken water line.
    • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3.
  • Category 2: "Gray Water"
    • Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort of illness.
    • May contain bacteria and viruses.
    • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated.
  • Category 3. "Black Water"
    • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes.
    • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup.

We Will Communicate With You!

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

You will know what is happening with your facility every step of the way. From the first telephone call within the first hour following damage notification, until the job is complete, SERVPRO of Vincennes professionals are dedicated to effectively communicating with property owners and managers.

You will be aware of job status and the progress toward project completion. Jobs are documented with itemized estimates, digital photographs, signed work authorization forms and regular progress reports. SERVPRO of Vincennes professionals utilize technology developed for documenting insurance claims, electronically collect and store project information which is accessible to you via a secure e-mail link 24-hours a day.

Upon project completion, a signed customer satisfaction form is the final piece of information needed for the job to officially be done. The customer satisfaction for is something we take very seriously. We strive to do the best work and be the best in our industry. Therefore, we need your input. This keeps us in check with our goals.

Do you Have a Flooded Basement in Vincennes, Indiana?

8/14/2017 (Permalink)

Have you ever walked down your basement stairs to find a basement full of water?

We hope this never happens to you. But if it does. SERVPRO of Vincennes knows how to help you. Our team is a group of trained professionals that will be there for you every step of the way. 

Your first step is to call SERVPRO of Vincennes at 812-895-0581. We will take down your information and get to your residence as soon as possible. The sooner you call us, and the sooner we arrive, the sooner we can extract the water from your basement. This will make the entire process much quicker and less expensive. 

Nobody wants to walk down their stairs and here a big splash. Let SERVPRO of Vincennes take care of the water in your basement today. 

Fire Damage Restoration Process

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the "typical" fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact- The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO National Call Center, which staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event and dispatch you to the correct contact.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment- Our team will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service- Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, our SERVPRO team can board  up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)- The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from all Surfaces- Our team uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing- Our team will clean all of the restorable items. We have multiple cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition.  

Step 7: Restoration-This is our final step, getting everything into pre-fire condition.

MOLD IN YOUR BASEMENT? WE CAN HELP.

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Did You Know?

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. We are here to help and serve you making your home as safe as we possibly can.

Call SERVPRO of Vincennes at 812-895-0581 for mold removal services!

Timing is Everything

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water leaks within a business can seep into flooring, carpets, baseboards and walls while moving throughout the structure, potentially creating mildew and staining walls.

Quick action is critical in avoiding costly repairs and expensive downtime. The faster you call SERVPRO of Vincennes, the faster we can get there, and the cheaper it will be for you.

Our SERVPRO of Vincennes team understands that a water damage event can not only disrupt your facility, but it can also interrupt day-to-day business functions- possible closing the business and ultimately affecting your revenues. Our goal is to get in there and take care of your facilities damage as quickly as we can.

Even small fires must be addressed quickly in order to limit secondary damage and to lessen business interruption.

By arriving quickly, mitigating the damage to the structure and contents, and providing effective cleanup and restoration services. SERVPRO of Vincennes will help you reopen the doors as soon as possible.

No Storm is Too Large!

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. 

Past Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO is prepared for the unpredictable. Call on us.

Who do I call for Mold? Call SERVPRO of Vincennes

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can be extremely scary because it is hard to differentiate between the different types, and it can be extremely dangerous. Mold clean up can be expensive and labor intensive, each and every situation is different and unique in its own way. Which is why you should trust professionals in the field.

 

Here at SERVPRO of Vincennes we care about you and your family. Let us come look at your mold and give you an estimate. There is a cost for an estimate from one of our SERVPRO professionals however, that estimate fee will be applied to your final bill for the mold remediation. To begin the mold remediation process please look at the following step:

 

Step 1 : Emergency Contact (SERVPRO of Vincennes 812-895-0581)

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

Step 3: Mold Containment

Step 4: Air filtration

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Material

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Step 7: Restoration