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Late Summer Storms and Lightning Damage: Fire Damage Restoration in Plainfield, IN

August 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

Late summer in Plainfield, IN, can be a tumultuous time. When warm air clashes with cool air, we can be in for quite a light show when thunderstorms come rolling in. While some people love the rumble of thunder and the power of a storm, it’s important to remember lightning strikes can be dangerous and cause fire damage. Late afternoon and early evening are the most common times that storms move through the area.

Homes and businesses damaged by lighting that require fire damage restoration are not as common as fires started by other sources such as kitchen accidents, smoking, or faulty wiring. However, the damage can be just as severe. An average of 23,000 lightning strikes causes fire damage in the United States every year, causing millions of dollars in damages to homes and businesses.

If a storm is coming your way in Plainfield, IN, here are some actions you can take:

  • Unplug and stay off electronic equipment
  • Stay well away from windows and doors
  • Seek shelter in a basement or in a door frame
  • If you’re swimming outdoors when a storm comes, leave the water immediately
  • If you’re outside and suddenly feel your hair beginning to stand on end on your arms or head, this is a sign that a lightning strike is near. Squat down on the balls of your feet. The goal is to make yourself as small as possible with an as little connection to the ground as possible. Cover your ears. After the strike seek medical attention, even if you feel okay.

When lighting causes a fire, there can be as much damage from firefighting efforts due to the water used to extinguish the blaze. ServiceMaster DSI provides fire and water damage restoration services to return your home or business back to pre-loss condition as soon as possible. We’re available 24/7/365 for any and all restoration needs after a lightning strike in Plainfield, IN. Contact us at (317) 559-2231.

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Commercial Carpet Cleaning After a Fire or Flood by ServiceMaster DSI in Noblesville, IN

August 9th, 2017 · No Comments

When a major incident like a fire or flood affects your Noblesville, IN, business the downtime can be a major stressor on your economic bottom line. We know that the faster the building is restored, the faster you and your employees can get back to work. When you’re managing a business, no matter how big or how small, your desire is to get back to normal after a disaster and get back to work. ServiceMaster DSI works to help small and large businesses remediate fire and flood damage to restore the building to pre-loss conditions.

In many cases, the significant loss in the building is the carpeting. Because it covers such a vast area of the building, fire or flood could mean total replacement if the carpeting isn’t cleaned properly. In some cases, we have been able to restore carpeting in a commercial building after a disaster, saving companies thousands of dollars.

Water Damage: If your building has suffered water damage from either a natural or man-made disaster, we can extract the water and clean the carpet with our high-grade commercial cleaners.

Soot: Because soot is made up of the many chemicals present when items burn in a fire, it’s extremely caustic and can cause damage to the carpet if not removed correctly.  With traditional carpeting cleaning methods, the power drive vacuum process would make the situation worse, as it would drive the soot into the fiber of the carpet. Our methods safely extract and remove the soot.

Smoke: When fire burns, the heat expands everything, including the carpet fibers. Even if you think the carpeting was not affected by the fire, months later when the weather warms you might be surprised to smell smoke again. That’s because the smoke molecules in the fiber of the carpet are being re-released. Not only is it unpleasant, but it can also be a stress trigger for people involved in the fire. Our carpet cleaning methods mean the smoke and the odors left behind are removed from the fibers and the carpeting.
When your commercial building in Noblesville, IN, needs carpet cleaning services after a fire or flood, contact ServiceMaster DSI at (317) 559-2231.

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Water Damage Restoration Do’s and Don’ts in Greenwood, IN

August 4th, 2017 · No Comments

Homes, businesses, and buildings throughout Greenwood, IN, are affected by water damage every single day. Once you’ve discovered water damage, the time to act is now. Every moment that water damage lingers, the more likelihood there is for serious damage to the structure of the property. Water damage can be caused by mother nature in the form of rain, floods, and high humidity, or by man-made disasters such as burst or leaky pipes and water heaters or washing machines that break or overflow. Failure to remove the water damage quickly can result in structural damage and even cause a threat to health if mold damage occurs because of the water damage. ServiceMaster DSI provides water damage restoration services to remove flood waters from homes and businesses in Greenwood, IN, and the surrounding area.

Our quick response time means that we can help limit the damage caused to your property. We’re available 24/7/365 and ready to provide water damage restoration for significant losses in commercial, residential, healthcare, and government offices. With the name of ServiceMaster behind us, you know you’ll be getting the top of the line care. In fact, we’ve been restoring homes and businesses in Greenwood, IN for over 30 years.

We use the most advanced tools and techniques available in the industry that thoroughly dry your property and items affected by water damage. We’re also equipped to provide any content cleaning and pack out services required.

Important Things You Should Not Do When You Find Water Damage

  • Do not attempt to remove water with a household vacuum cleaner
  • Do not use electrical appliances, including computers
  • Do not try to pass through water to turn off electricity
  • Do not lift carpet
  • Do not wait to call for professional water damage restoration help. Bacteria and mold can form within hours and make a bad situation dangerous
  • Never attempt to remediate a sewage backup. The biohazards present can cause sickness and even death. Only a trained water damage restoration specialist should attempt this cleanup

If your home, business, or commercial property in Greenwood, IN, has sustained water damage, contact us anytime, day or night, at (317) 559-2231.

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Fire Damage Restoration Can’t Wait for Homes Affected in Westfield, IN

August 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

A fire in a home is heartbreaking and devastating. It threatens our sense of security, and the psychological after-effects of a fire can be long reaching. ServiceMaster DSI offers full-service professional fire damage restoration in Westfield, IN so you can get back into your cleaned and restored home quickly and begin the healing process.

After a fire, starting the cleanup process as soon as possible will help reduce the amount of fire damage restoration needed. ServiceMaster DSI provides professional fire damage restoration services in Westfield, IN for homes that have suffered smoke damage, fire damage, and water damage.

Smoke is the first thing we tackle in a home because it can continue to cause damage to the home and the contents after the fire is extinguished. The longer smoke remains in a home or on the objects in the home, the better the chance it cannot be remediated. When a fire burns, smoke will permeate walls, furniture, clothing, and anything else it touches. Smoke is particulate matter that is extremely small, and it can attach itself to objects and continue to interact with paper, wood, and textiles. Each item in your home needs to be inspected by a trained fire damage restoration specialist to remove odor and stop further damage, or it may be irreversible.

Our technicians can clean items on-site, but if the home is compromised so much that work needs to be done off-site, we offer pack out services so we can clean and restore your items in a safe location and return them after the home is completely restored.

A large part of our jobs as professional fire damage restoration specialists is deodorizing the home. During a house fire, the heat can open up the pores on paint, woodwork, and drywall, allowing those small particulates of smoke and soot in.  If left untreated, or not done properly, your home will smell like smoke for a very long time, which can be very upsetting for victims of a house fire. Our proprietary methods include thermal fogging, ozone machines, and other sources of activated carbon which neutralize the smoke odor.

If your home has been affected by a serious house fire, make sure to call us quickly to prevent further loss.  We’re available 24/7/365 for Westfield, IN and the surrounding area at (317) 559-2231.

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Stay Safe and Be Aware of Severe Storms and Tornadoes in Indianapolis, IN

July 26th, 2017 · No Comments

We can experience a great variance of weather during the summer months in Indiana. Because of our location, cool, dry air from Canada crosses the Great Lakes and clashes with hot, humid Indianapolis summer air. When these conditions meet, we can find ourselves with severe weather. Fortunately, we are very aware of these unstable weather patterns, so we seek shelter if a rainstorm suddenly turns severe or tornadic.

The rule of thumb is that if the National Weather Service issues a severe weather warning in Indianapolis, IN, take heed and appropriate action. Shelter should be taken in storm cellars or basements as high winds can cause damage and easily toss objects about. Never go out into a storm to attempt to save or secure property. The force of a strong summer storm can approach hurricane levels and be very dangerous. Stay indoors in a sheltered area until the all clear is given.

Hail can do tremendous damage to roofs, and the storms that bring large, damaging hail often generate high winds that can cause damage to outbuildings, homes, and industrial complexes. If the ground is quickly soaked, the runoff may not be containable, and water damage may occur. If water begins to flood the basement or lower level of your home, disconnect all power sources if you can do so safely.

If the building you’re in is struck by lightning and sustains damage of any kind, leave the building as soon as you can and get to safety. Fire can occur with lightning strikes, and it can move very quickly. If you suspect the building has been struck by lightning, even if there are no signs of damage, it’s best to get out as soon as you can.

After the storm is over be mindful about power lines that may be down, and if you see one, call local authorities immediately. Never attempt to move any debris yourself. ServiceMaster DSI can quickly be onsite to your Indianapolis, IN home or business, and we have disaster restoration crews that are dedicated and trained in disaster restoration services. For help with any type of storm damage, 24/7/365, please contact us immediately at (317) 559-2231.

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Biohazard Cleanup vs. Natural Disaster Cleanup in Zionsville, IN

July 24th, 2017 · No Comments

When a severe storm or tornado passes through Zionsville, IN, the damage it can wreak can be anywhere from a minor annoyance to a major, costly cleanup. Tree limbs, branches, broken glass, and the like should be removed carefully, but when a biohazard is present, that changes the game. A trained trauma cleanup specialist, like ServiceMaster DSI, should be contacted immediately to help remediate the biohazardous material as soon as possible.

When removing debris you must take precautions, such as wearing gloves and eye protection, and dispose of the trash properly. This heavy-duty lifting is certainly not an easy job, and care must be taken to not get hurt. Biohazards, however, are a different story all-together, because just being in proximity of them can be a risk to your health and safety. Biohazards are defined as materials that can contain pathogens or viruses that pass easily from one host to another. By simply being near a biohazard you can be at risk and not even know it.

What’s classified as a biohazard?

  • Blood
  • Feces
  • Vomit
  • Saliva
  • Brain matter
  • Chemical spills
  • Sewage
  • Anything deemed as toxic

Following a disaster, it’s very important that biohazard cleanup is done quickly by trained professionals. Mishandling of a biohazardous material can make people seriously ill, and in some cases, be fatal. Also, biohazard cleaning has strict cleaning, sanitizing, and disposal protocol that must be followed. Many people have no idea how to stay safe or know the right places to dispose of biohazards.

If you’ve been affected by a disaster and you suspect biohazards are present, or if you encounter biohazards during a natural disaster cleanup, avoid them and contact us at (317) 559-2231. We specialize in trauma and biohazard clean up and removal in Zionsville, IN.


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Crime Scene Cleanup Responsibilities in Plainfield, IN

July 18th, 2017 · No Comments

If you were in a situation where a loved one was killed or committed suicide did you know that you could potentially be responsible for cleanup after the body is removed? If you’re a landlord in Plainfield, IN and you have a tenant who dies and has no next of kin, do you realize that cleanup is your responsibility? How about if you’re a business owner and an employee is hurt and dies in your building? Also, your responsibility.

These are all deeply disturbing facts because when facing the trauma of the death of another human being, very few of us are equipped to emotionally deal with having to clean up bodily fluids and tissues. Not to mention the risk this poses to your health if you do so.

Fortunately, ServiceMaster DSI provides trauma cleanup services in Plainfield, IN and the surrounding areas in the event of:

  • Homicides
  • Suicides
  • Natural deaths
  • Industrial accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Drug-related accidents

Crime scenes require special attention to detail, and that’s why ServiceMaster DSI is the most trusted name in the business when it comes to cleaning and restoring an area where trauma cleanup is needed.

Because biohazards are often present, professional care is needed to clean and dispose of any items used to clean in accordance with the rules of both state and local governments. We take care of all the cleanup, removal, transportation, and disposal of biohazardous waste such as blood, feces, urine, and human brain matter.

Very often trauma cleanup will be covered under your insurance policies, so it makes sense to bring in our expertise when you need it most. We’ll work quickly and with the utmost compassion to restore your home, business, or property in Plainfield, IN, to pre-loss conditions. Contact us for trauma clean up at (317) 559-2231.

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Large Scale Water Damage in your Noblesville, IN Home

July 11th, 2017 · No Comments

If you come home and find water in the basement of your Noblesville, IN home, it can be overwhelming to figure out what exactly you should do next. For that reason, ServiceMaster DSI has developed a point-by-point plan to assist you from your first call through the final stages of the water damage restoration process.

  1. If your electricity is still on, contact the electric company to shut off your power if you can’t safely reach the main switch. Never wade through water to get to it!
  2. Contact your insurance company to find out what your policy covers. If you have a copy of your insurance, check the declarations page to find out the coverage that you have, including deductibles and claim filing deadlines.
  3. Contact us at (317) 559-2231if you’re in the Noblesville, IN or greater Indianapolis, IN area. We know that disasters don’t care if it’s a holiday or weekend, so our crews are available 24/7/365 to help.
  4. Take photos of the damage as long as you can safely enter those areas.
  5. Do not remove or throw away any items until a claims adjuster has been on site to assess the damage.
  6. Some of the services you may need could include water extraction, drying services, pack-out services, board-up services, mold remediation, and restoration and reconstruction. No matter what services you need, we’ll provide written estimates for every stage in the process.
  7. Keep detailed notes of every person you speak with, and every receipt for lodging or meals if you’re displaced from your home for a period of time.
  8. Rest easy. While it’s certainly stressful and difficult to have to go through the water damage restoration process, when you partner with us, you’ve hired the best-of-the-best. We know water damage restoration inside and out and will work tirelessly to restore your home to its pre-loss condition.

When faced with flooding or water damage of any kind in Noblesville, IN, ServiceMaster DSI is the certified, trained, and experienced water damage restoration company you can turn to. Contact us at (317) 559-2231.

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Professional and Reliable Fire Damage Restoration by ServiceMaster DSI in Greenwood, IN

June 26th, 2017 · No Comments

When the fire is out and the authorities have given the “all clear,” your fire damage restoration journey has just begun. While no one wants to have to think about having to deal with the aftermath of a house fire, ServiceMaster DSI believes that having the right company on the scene can make the difference in how quickly you can get your life and your home back. We’re the area’s leading water and fire damage restoration specialists, and we are here to help you with our trained, professional technicians in Greenwood, IN.

Emergency response. We are available every single day of the year and every hour of the day. When you place your call to us your fire damage restoration process will begin immediately. From that point, we become your trusted partner in restoring your home.

Assessment of damage. We’ll inspect the entire structure to find out the damage not only from the fire but from smoke, soot, odor, and structural damage as well. Because firefighting efforts also use water to douse the flames, we can assist if there’s any water damage to the home.

Securing the home. It’s important to begin restoration as quickly as possible to prevent any further damage. We can provide tarping, board up services, fences, barriers, and auxiliary lighting to prevent people or animals from entering the structure during the crucial restoration period.

Cleaning, deodorizing, and disinfecting. We have the most advanced equipment and training to clean any item in the home. Professional grade dryers, odor removing foggers, and industrial air scrubbers, along with tested techniques, will be employed by our technicians in a timely manner to prevent further damage.

Rebuilding and restoration. In this final phase, we can do both major and minor construction such as structural walls, joists, and drywall if necessary.

If your home in Greenwood, IN has suffered serious fire damage, contact ServiceMaster DSI at (317) 559-2231.

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Choosing a Disaster Restoration Company in Westfield, IN

June 20th, 2017 · No Comments

Making decisions about your home or business after a disaster or catastrophic event can be difficult. Emotions are often high after a disaster strikes, and hiring a damage mitigation service can be a daunting prospect. The following are some important qualifications you should consider when hiring a disaster restoration specialist in Westfield, IN.

Experience matters.
Your service provider should have extensive experience with the kind of disaster your home or business has suffered. If it’s a flood, tornado damage, or fire damage, you want someone who has the right tools and people for the job. ServiceMaster DSI has over 400 employees and has been serving the greater Indianapolis, IN area since 1974. Our team knows disaster restoration, and we’ll be on site quickly to assess the damage and work with local police and fire authorities as well as your insurance companies. You won’t find a more dedicated or knowledgeable crew.

Resources available.
ServiceMaster DSI is part of a network of disaster restoration providers that are highly trained and immediately available for you 24/7/365. Because of our relationship with these providers we have immediate access to some of the best specialists throughout the country in water damage, fire damage, or industrial accidents. What takes other companies weeks we can often provide in days because we have the training, skilled technicians, and power of the respected ServiceMaster name on our door.

We can provide:

  • Emergency Power/Lighting
  • Water Extraction
  • Board-Up and Temporary Roofing
  • Smoke and Fire Restoration
  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Dehumidification and Moisture Control
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning
  • Decontamination and Cleaning
  • Odor Control
  • Debris Removal
  • Mold/Microbial Remediation
  • Corrosion Control
  • Machinery/Industrial Equipment Restoration
  • Electronics and Telecommunications Recovery
  • Documents, Books, Media, and Vital Records Recovery
  • Reconstruction
  • Project Management and Consulting
  • Pre-Loss Planning

If you have questions about our services or need help due to a disaster or catastrophic event at your home or business in Westfield, IN, contact us at (317) 559-2231.

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