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Carpet Cleaning and Restoration Services After a Fire in Westfield, IN

November 14th, 2018 · No Comments

carpet-cleaningHaving a fire in your business is hard on your bottom line from both a production and a restoration standpoint. Even if the fire were on a small scale, the lingering smell of smoke could permeate the building. You may think that everything is a loss, from the electronics to the carpeting, but in some cases, the carpets can be successfully cleaned, and the smell of smoke removed. ServiceMaster DSI provides professional carpet cleaning in Westfield, IN, and we may be able to restore your carpet back to pre-loss condition after a fire.

 

Even if the fire were in a different part of the building, you might be able to detect the smell of smoke in other rooms. This is because smoke particles are very tiny, very light, and can travel quickly through the air/heating and ventilating systems. They land on soft furnishings, curtains, and carpeting, and contain molecules of soot that can stain and leave unpleasant odors. With our proprietary cleaning solutions and high-grade commercial carpet-cleaning tools, we can help restore the carpeting, which can help prevent costly replacement.

Our technicians are trained and up to date with the most advanced carpet cleaning techniques. If the carpeting was damaged by water in the firefighting efforts, we can extract excess water, clean, and deodorize the carpeting so you won’t have to worry about a fire odor down months down the road.  Our technicians will:

  • Spot clean any areas that need special attention
  • Analyze the area to be sure the right techniques and cleaning solutions are used for the fiber of the carpeting
  • Extract dirt and debris
  • Deodorize the carpeting, leaving it smelling clean and fresh
  • Extract water and dry the area as quickly as possible

 

If your Westfield, IN, business has had a fire and your carpet is compromised by water, fire, smoke, or soot, we can help you with restoration, and we will work hard to restore your carpeting.  We are available 24/7/365 at (317) 559-2231 to take your call, or you can contact us online.

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Don’t Be Fooled by Fall; Burst Pipes from an Unexpected Freeze Can Cause Water Damage in Indianapolis, IN

November 9th, 2018 · No Comments

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We tend to think of late fall in Indianapolis, IN, as a time when the harsh weather is still weeks away, but the fact is, an unexpected freeze can wreak havoc with the pipes in our homes or businesses. When pipes burst, you are at risk for water damage in your home, which may require water damage restoration services.

Water actually decreases density as it cools (think of how ice floats), and this expansion can put tremendous pressure on your pipes. This is especially true of older homes and businesses that may not have updated plumbing. The expanding water and a combination of areas that are not well heated or well ventilated mean trouble. This is why burst pipes often happen under your kitchen sink or in your basement.

To add insult to injury, the worst damage occurs when you turn on your water unaware that the pipes have burst. The spray from the water can begin to damage your walls, carpeting, and ceiling.

Sudden fall freezes and winter storms that cut off electrical power can be other culprits. If you are going to be away from your home for more than a few days, follow these tips to prevent water damage in your home

 

  • Shut off the water supply
  • Drain any outdoor hoses, if you have not done so already
  • Set your thermostat at no lower than 60 degrees
  • Open cupboard doors under sinks in the bathroom, kitchen, and utility room

 

If water damage occurs from burst pipes or any other sort of flooding, weather event, or appliance malfunction, ServiceMaster DSI in Indianapolis, IN, is available to help. Our trained water damage restoration specialists can be on site quickly to help restore your home or business. We have state-of-the-art extraction and drying methods that can save you thousands of dollars in repairs.

We are available 24/7/365 and can be on site quickly to assist you with water damage restoration. Call us for help at (317) 559-2231.

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Preventing Electrical Fires in the Workplace & Where to Find Fire Damage Restoration Help in Zionsville, IN

November 7th, 2018 · No Comments

fire-damage-restorationWithout electricity, your Zionsville, IN workplace would not be able to thrive. Electricity powers almost everything in our lives, from computers to cell phones to the breakroom coffee pot. However, we too often see fires caused by misuse of extension cords and other electrical cords, leaving businesses struggling to recover from fire damage. The worst part is that oftentimes, these fires could have been prevented.

 

Cords that power our world carry strong and potentially dangerous electrical currents. The fire damage restoration pros at ServiceMaster DSI want to help you keep your business safe. If you must use an extension cord in the workplace, make sure you and your employees follow these rules:

 

  • Do not run electrical cords under rugs or under cubicle wall partitions
  • Do not run electrical cords around doorways secured with staples
  • Use only certified extension cords that have the UL symbol on it, indicating testing by Underwriters Laboratory. These cords have been tested and meet all United States standards
  • Keep cords away from water sources such as sinks, potted plants, and open windows
  • Check cords frequently for wear and tear. Replace cords when they become brittle or if you see any signs of fraying
  • Don’t use indoor cords in an outside area. Outdoor cords are weather sealed while indoor cords are often not
  • Do not overload an electrical outlet or daisy chain power strips to each other
  • Do not plug multiple high-draw appliances into one power strip. This would include items such as microwaves or heaters
  • If possible, rearrange office furniture rather than using extension cords
  • Create an office fire safety checklist for your workplace, ensure that your staff know what to do in case of a fire, and run quarterly drills.

 

Fire damage restoration can be avoided by following safety rules with extension cords. Even a slightly frayed or damaged cord can cause fire damage, and the results can be devastating for your business.

 

ServiceMaster DSI serves Zionsville, IN and the surrounding areas with disaster restoration and we are available to help your business 24/7/365. Our disaster restoration specialists are trained to help in the case of fire, flooding, or any other kind of disaster. We’re available 27/7/365, so contact us at (317) 559-2231 for immediate assistance!

 

 

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Hoarding Hazards and Where to Find Hoarding Cleanup Help in Plainfield, IN

November 1st, 2018 · No Comments

hoarding-cleanupHoarding is a mental illness that mimics many of the symptoms of OCD, and it’s not widely known what causes it. This intricate condition can be very hard for non-sufferers to understand. Hoarding often can lead to a variety of safety and health risks in the home, so cleaning a hoarder’s home can be difficult emotionally, but also dangerous to your health. That’s why ServiceMaster DSI is here to help people in Plainfield, IN with compassionate and professional hoarding cleanup services.

 

Here are some of the challenges and hazards that often come from a hoarding situation:

 

Structural and Environmental Hazards

 

  • Homes are often very dirty and may contain biohazardous materials or ammonia
  • Appliances may be old or broken, making them dangerous to remove
  • Water damage from pipes or broken appliances is often present which can lead to mold growth
  • Utilities or water services are often shut off, making it difficult to clean
  • There may be structural damage such as rotting stairs, floorboards, or ceiling damage, making for a dangerous environment

Health and Safety Risks

  • Whether it be stacks of flammable newspapers or exits being blocked by piles of items, there are often fire hazards present in a hoarder’s home
  • Pests, mildew, mold, dead animals can cause sanitation and health problems
  • Poor ventilation can mean breathing in toxic fumes or microbes
  • Urine and feces may be present
  • Unstable and blocked areas can cause safety issues

 

Social and Emotional Problems for the Hoarder

  • Social isolation and embarrassment
  • Anxiety, paranoia
  • Financial problems and threats of eviction or condemnation
  • Strained relationships with friends and family
  • Resentment, fear, depression, and other emotional struggles

Where to Find Hoarding Cleanup Help

If your friend, family member, or loved one his struggling with hoarding and you’re worried about their health and safety then it’s time for professional hoarding cleanup. We have helped many Plainfield, IN, families reclaim their homes and lives from hoarding. We understand this is an emotional process which is why our technicians are experienced, discreet, and compassionate. To talk with us more about help with hoarding cleanup, contact us at (317) 559-2231 today.

 

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Biohazard Cleanup for Homes and Businesses in Noblesville, IN Require Trained Technicians

October 16th, 2018 · No Comments

blood cleanup

Biohazards are classified as any sort of a disaster that deals with an organism that’s living. Biohazards are extremely dangerous to humans and can cause serious illness and even death, so cleanup should never be attempted by untrained individuals.  ServiceMaster DSI in Noblesville, IN offers trauma cleanup for homeowners and businesses when biohazard cleanup is needed.

There are four levels of biohazards that we deal with. These are ranked in danger order, and generally levels one and two can be handled by cleaning technicians that can clean and deodorize the area to minimize spreading. Levels three and four are more dangerous and require trained biohazard cleanup intervention.

 

  • Level 1 Low-grade infections such as viruses. These biohazards cause sicknesses such as strep throat, flu, and chicken pox
  • Level 2 Bacteria that is not as easily transmitted through human contact like in level one, but still can be dangerous. These are diseases such as Lyme’s disease, measles, and mumps
  • Level 3 Dangerous and potentially fatal, but luckily most have vaccines to prevent them such as SARS, polio, and West Nile Disease
  • Level 4 Dangerous and life-threatening, level 4’s have no known vaccines and are dangerous, exotic, and spread very quickly. They include Congo Fever, Ebola, and Marburg Virus

The biggest danger with biohazards is that you never know if they’re present at a trauma scene. They’re transmitted by blood, bodily fluid, and tissues, and if these items are present at a trauma scene, precautions must be taken as one level or many could be present. A few scenarios where biohazards may be present include:

  • Unattended deaths at homes
  • Accidents at the workplace
  • Suicide
  • Meth lab explosions
  • Sewage backups
  • Car accidents

Every trauma case is different and will require a specific trauma cleanup protocol to make the home or business in Noblesville, IN safe to inhabit. After the authorities are called to secure the scene, your next call should be to us at (317) 559-2231.

Our trained technicians have the most up-to-date knowledge on how to safely capture and remove dangerous biohazards, so please don’t attempt it yourself and risk your health. We’re available 24/7/365 to take your call and quickly be on-site to assist you with trauma cleanup services.

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Fire Damage Restoration in Indianapolis, IN, Can Minimize the Loss of a House Fire

October 1st, 2018 · No Comments

fire damage restorationNo matter what their size, fires in a home are devastating. However, fire damage restoration experts know that different fires need different types of restoration. Some fires cause total devastation and not just fire damage restoration; they also need structural repair and rebuilding. Fires that are more isolated can also wreak more havoc than you might expect. If you have had a house fire in your Indianapolis, IN home, ServiceMaster DSI can help.

Content Pack Out Services

 

When items have been damaged by a fire, the key to saving them or restoring them is acting quickly. We will come in and inventory your belongings, both affected and unaffected, and transport them to a place where restoration can begin. These areas are monitored for safety and climate controlled.

Water Damage Restoration

 

The water that saves your home can also do untold damage. We have extensive experience in removing water from a fire-damaged home. We will extract water, dry structures, and assist in the rebuilding of walls, ceilings, floors, or any other structures within your home that were damaged by fire.

Smoke and Soot Restoration

 

Our trained fire damage restoration specialists will first perform a pre-assessment of the area to determine which surfaces or areas need attention first. Because smoke and soot travels quickly, areas in your home that aren’t directly affected by flames can still suffer from smoke and soot damage.

 

Heirloom Damage Restoration

 

A home is more than a place where we live; it’s a place where our tangible memories are stored. From precious photographs of the family to furniture that has been passed down for generations, we understand that the loss of these items can be devastating. We have the resources and knowledge to help restore important items in your home.

24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Help

Let us focus on the restoration while you begin to rebuild your life. ServiceMaster DSI is your partner in fire damage restoration in Indianapolis, IN, and the surrounding areas. Contact us 24/7/365 for fire damage restoration services at (317) 559-2231.

 

 

 

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Professional Hoarding Cleanup Can Help You Reclaim Your Zionsville, IN, Home

September 28th, 2018 · No Comments

 

hoarding cleanupHoarding isn’t a matter of being lazy or dirty. This difficult and embarrassing condition is complex and hard to understand for the people who are on the outside looking in. It’s more than not being able to throw things out, it’s a condition that is linked closely to OCD. If you have someone you care about in Zionsville, IN that is suffering from compulsive hoarding and you’re worried about their safety in their home, we can help.

 

Hoarding cleanup is more than just coming in and getting rid of all the items in the home that are dangerous. Hoarding homes that are full of clutter are often full of insects, mold, and water damage and can also have structural problems. ServiceMaster DSI can help with any stage of hoarding, providing professional and compassionate hoarding cleanup services.

Cleaning a hoarding home comes with some risk. Our specially trained technicians have the right gear to tackle cleaning without compromising health. Disposing of hoarding items can often include pathogens and biohazardous waste. We urge you to not tackle this job yourself as it could seriously affect your respiratory system and make you quite ill. We’re available 24/7/365 to help with hoarding cleanup.

Sorting through the clutter is only half of the battle, now what to do with all the stuff the hoarder has accumulated? We can assist with pack-out services to donate items that are no longer needed that are in good shape, or to disburse items to family members. Then we can tackle cleaning, deodorizing, and any repair and restoration of any areas of the home that need it.

 

 Hoarding Cleanup Services Offered in Zionsville, IN

  • Water damage restoration
  • Mold damage restoration
  • Safe debris removal, including biohazards and pathogens
  • Animal waste and carcass removal
  • Recycling and donating
  • Help facilitate paperwork required by lawyers, trusts, and government agencies

 

Don’t let embarrassment or shock stop you from helping. We have helped many families in Zionsville, IN get out from under the clutter in hoarding situations from mild to severe. Contact us today for hoarding cleanup at (317) 559-2231.

 

 

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Restoring and Cleaning Carpeting After Flooding in Your Greenwood, IN Business

September 24th, 2018 · No Comments

dirty carpet

A leaking toilet. A water heater gone bad. A sudden rain downpour that overwhelms the ground and the water finds a way into the office. These are all just a few of the scenarios we work with every day when helping Greenwood, IN businesses when water damage saturates their carpeting, necessitating a fast cleanup.

When your business’ carpeting is affected, this can mean sending employees home, losing business, and a general disruption to the office surroundings, not to mention the worry of having to replace the carpeting. There’s another more serious side to this, and that’s the fact that water damage needs to be attended to quickly so that mold doesn’t form on your carpeting.

You may not even realize that there’s water damage to your carpeting until you feel the tell-tale squish under your shoes when walking across the carpeting. Even this small amount of water can be the perfect breeding ground for mold, so it’s very important that the carpet is restored quickly before mold can spread. Mold can cause many health issues, and if the mold growth is very extensive, full replacement of your carpeting may be needed. Contact us as soon as you can to help preserve your carpets and return them to pre-loss conditions.

We’re available 24/7/365 for your carpet cleaning needs for your Greenwood, IN business after water damages your building. We’ll arrive on site, help with any pack-out services needed and then begin the carpet cleaning and restoration. Our company is well versed in all kinds of carpets and fibers, and we have the right equipment to get the job done right. We’ll remove the water, de-humidify the area, and then clean, sanitize, and deodorize the carpeting to be sure that it’s left looking and smelling great.

Attempting to DIY carpet cleaning after a flood can end up costing you so much more in the long run. Very often than not all the moisture is removed correctly and then you’re dealing with sagging carpet that is degrading underneath which can mean moving everything out of the office and installing new carpeting. Let our trained and experienced carpet cleaning experts help with water damage and professional carpet cleaning so you’ll have the best chance of avoiding more cleaning or a replacement. ServiceMaster DSI services all of Greenwood, IN and can help you anytime. Contact us online or by phone anytime at (317) 559-2231.

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Why You Should Hire Water Damage Restoration Specialists in Westfield, IN

September 18th, 2018 · No Comments

flooded living room

Imagine coming home from work or a weekend vacation and finding standing water. Not exactly what everyone dreams about. However, it’s good to know that if you do find yourself staring at unwanted water in your home from a flash flood, storm damage or just an appliance gone bad, we can help you. ServiceMaster DSI provides water damage restoration services 24/7/365 in Westfield, IN.

 

Fast and Professional Water Damage Restoration Experts

We have the right high-tech gear and professional water damage technicians to do the job right the first time. We’ll get to work to extract water and prevent further damage to your carpeting, walls, furniture, and any other structures in your home. Preventing the water from spreading is integral to maintaining the integrity of your home and should be done in precise steps while checking for further damage along the way. We know the right checks and balances to ensure that humidity and moisture levels are remediated correctly.

Preventing the Spread of Dangerous Mold

Mold is an unfortunate but common side effect from water damage. Never attempt to remove mold from your Westfield, IN home because there are serious health risks involved without the right training and equipment. We can find mold and eradicate it from the area with commercial grade disinfectants and deodorizers.

 

Increase Chances of Saving Soft Furnishings

You’ve spent time and money choosing just the right carpeting, area rugs, window coverings and furniture only to find them swimming in water damage. It may seem to the untrained eye that all is lost, but we have successfully restored many soft furnishings. Let our water damage experts do their magic!

Minimizing Water Damage in HVAC or Ductwork

A home can suffer serious damage if water enters the vents or ductwork and is not properly dried. Mold can continue through the system, necessitating costly replacement. Let our water damage experts inspect and remove water and mold damage to make sure your system is not in danger after you think everything has been restored.

Remember, if you ever experience water damage in Westfield, IN, contact us immediately. Leave the restoration to the professionals! Call us anytime at (317) 559-2231.

 

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Common Water Damage Problems in Greenwood, IN Homes

September 6th, 2018 · No Comments

water damage You might be surprised to find out that the most common type of insurance claim in the U.S. is for water damage restoration. Anything from a flood to an appliance that fails, most homeowners in Greenwood, IN will experience some sort of moisture damage in their home over an average 30-year mortgage lifecycle.

If water has invaded your home and you need a fast response, ServiceMaster DSI can help! We’re experienced in many different kinds of water damage restoration and can return your home to its pre-loss condition. We can help with:

 

  1. Leaking Pipes – Water eventually has its way, and even the smallest leak can cause widespread damage. Leaks that are hard to detect such as leaks behind drywall or in hidden spaces may go unnoticed for a long period. If the conditions are right, water damage is almost always accompanied by mold damage. We can help with both of these types of damages in your home.
  2. Basement Flooding – Basements can flood from many different sources. Failed sump pumps, old water heaters that give up, and flood waters from heavy rains; all can cause significant damage.
  3. Burst Pipes – When temperatures plummet here in the Midwest, the pipes in your home can freeze, crack, or split. This is especially true of older homes which we have a lot of in the Greenwood, IN area. Our team of water damage restoration professionals can extract the water and help restore your property.
  4. Appliance Failure – Many of the appliances in your home require water to work. Dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters can all fail. Our technicians can be on site quickly to locate the damage that has occurred, including damage in hidden areas you may not have thought of.
  5. Storm Damage – Heavy rains and flash floods can be a threat to our area when severe weather strikes. We’re on hand day or night, no matter the weather to help you recover from storm damage.

When your home suffers from any kind of water damage, please contact us immediately at (317) 559-2231 or online here for our specialized restoration services.

 

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