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Disaster Restoration Services During a Plainfield, IN, Blizzard

March 8th, 2018 · No Comments

icicles on roofThis time of year, the idea of cozying up to a fire and watching the snow outside might seem delightful! After all, a light, fluffy snowfall adds to the ambiance of the holidays here in Plainfield, IN. However, blizzards are another story and can spell trouble for area homes and businesses.

The National Weather Service defines a blizzard as the following:

  • Large amounts of snow that fall in three hours or less
  • Significant blowing and low visibility (1/4 mile or less)
  • Winds more than 35 mph

When a blizzard hits, it can cause severe damage including roof damage, burst pipes, and structural damage to your home. ServiceMaster DSI can help with damages sustained to your home after a blizzard. We offer:

  • Board up services
  • Water damage remediation
  • Tarping services
  • Mold and mildew remediation
  • Carpet and upholstery restoration

Blizzard Preparedness 

Luckily, we now live in an age that we have plenty of warning when a blizzard is on the way. While no one wants to think about having to call for disaster restoration services, it’s a good practice to have names and numbers handy if you do.

  • Have the name of your insurance agent handy in your cell phone as well as our disaster restoration number: ServiceMaster DSI of Plainfield, IN (317) 559-2231
  • Install apps on your phone that update you with weather conditions
  • Charge up portable cell phone chargers
  • Make arrangements in advance for family and pets if the utilities go out for long periods

The Insurance Information Institute reports that winter storms and blizzards are historically the third most significant cause of catastrophic losses behind hurricanes and tornados. If your Plainfield, IN home or business sustains severe damages due to winter weather, it’s a stressful time. A roof cave-in can lead to water damage, soaked carpets and upholstery, and even mold damage. Don’t delay in calling in the experts.

We are available anytime day or night, no matter what the disaster. Contact us at (317) 559-2231.

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Animal Hoarding Cleanup in Noblesville, IN

March 6th, 2018 · No Comments

dog with puppies

Hoarding animals is a psychological disorder that is difficult to understand. The hoarder often believes that they’re loving and taking care of the animals when they’re neglected and even abused. Dealing with the denial can be very difficult and finding the right company in Noblesville, IN, for hoarding cleanup is very important for both the hoarder and the animals that need to find the right home.

Inherent Risks of Animal Hoarding

The number of the pets is not as much the issue as how long it takes for the hoarder to get overwhelmed with their care. It only takes a few pets that aren’t being fed and cared for to cause a problem in a home. These pets often suffer from not having enough living space and not having veterinary care.
Unsanitary conditions occur quickly when fecal matter and urine aren’t cleaned up in the home. This leads to unsafe air quality conditions that can especially affect children and the elderly as well as anyone with an immune system disorder. Pests that are attracted to the unclean area can also spread disease, compounding the unsafe conditions. Since people who hoard animals often hoard inanimate objects as well, the home can be decimated with pests, feces, mold, and other biohazards.

Our Hoarding Cleanup Services

 If you suspect a loved one or someone you know has become an animal hoarder, we can assist with the following services:

  • Removal of the animals
  • Trash and biohazard cleanup
  • Removal of biohazards
  • Decontamination and deodorizing
  • Deep cleaning
  • House reconstruction

Our trained technicians can help with hoarding cleanup in Noblesville, IN, and the surrounding area. We understand this is a difficult situation and that you want the best for the animals and your loved one. Because each hoarding cleanup situation is so unique, we provide customized quotes, so you can better understand each step of the process. Contact us today at (317) 559-2231.

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5 Steps for Addressing Unattended Death Cleanup in Greenwood, IN

March 1st, 2018 · No Comments

Can you ever be fully prepared for the loss of a loved one and an unattended death? Probably not, but we hope this information guides you through the process so you don’t feel overwhelmed. If you don’t know where to start, ServiceMaster DSI can help.

  1. Contact your local authorities. Even if the death was from natural causes, an unattended death should be reported.
  2. Contact a funeral home or make other transportation arrangements for the body. It’s up to the family of the deceased to follow the wishes of the deceased for cremation or burial. A death that’s discovered, even just a few hours after the passing, can have biohazards and other critical issues that need to be dealt with.
  3. Reach out and ask for help. Now’s not the time to take on calling every family member and friend. Contact the people closest to them and ask for help. It can also be helpful to have a friend or family member reach out on social media to contact people you might not have thought of.
  4. Contact us for trauma scene cleanup in Greenwood, IN. The scene of an unattended death can be painful and disturbing. Our trained technicians can be on site quickly to provide compassionate trauma scene cleanup with the utmost professionalism. We’re available anytime, day or night.
  5. Contact your insurance agent. They can help you begin to process the claims that may be necessary for taking care of the funeral arrangements.

Never try to clean up a human body after an unattended death. Don’t remove items, clothing, or personal belongings. The human body begins to decompose almost immediately after death, and pathogens and other biohazards may be present without you even realizing it. Don’t risk your health at such a difficult time. Contact ServiceMaster DSI in Greenwood, IN, for trauma cleanup services at (317) 559-2231.




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Carpet Cleaning Services for Water Damaged Carpets in Westfield, IN

February 22nd, 2018 · No Comments

carpet cleaningWater damage can have a variety of causes. It may be burst pipes from a winter freeze in Westfield, IN, or it could be substantial rains or sewer backups. In any case, massive amounts of water in your home can cause severe damage to your carpeting. Since carpeting can be one of the most expensive soft coverings in the home, ServiceMaster DSI provides professional carpet cleaning services to help restore carpeting after water damage.

Think about spilling a large glass of milk on your carpeting. The liquid seeps into the fibers of the carpet, into the padding, and then perhaps into the subfloor. Even if you try to draw the liquid out, some will remain. Because milk contains proteins, they begin to sour and then mold begins to form. Soon you have a real mess underneath your carpeting. Now imagine that with gallons and gallons of water in your carpeting. It’s not enough to just dry out the area; you need a professional carpeting cleaning company to restore the carpeting and prevent further damage.

We start with water removal, but it goes much further than that to restore your carpeting. The room needs to have the climate controlled so that the water in the air is also stabilized. We can provide dehumidification, removal of water, and then deep deodorization of the area to remove water and efficiently clean the carpeting.

With our fast, 24/7 service it means that you don’t have to worry about mold taking over your home. Contact us quickly, and we’ll be on site ready to remove the water and get to work. Don’t bother with DIY methods that could exacerbate the problem and allow water damage to spread. Avoid additional damage to your home by calling in the experts from ServiceMaster DSI as soon as possible.

Our friendly, trained, and professional carpet cleaning technicians can help with water damage restoration, carpeting cleaning, and getting your home back to pre-loss condition, but don’t delay calling us. The sooner, the better! Contact us in Westfield, IN,   at (317) 559-2231.

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Debris and Rubble Removal in Zionsville, IN

February 13th, 2018 · No Comments

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Any sort of disaster, man-made or natural, can cause devastation in a matter of minutes. You’ve heard it said before, in the space of a few seconds, your whole life can change. Ask anyone who’s ever had their home or business



decimated by a tornado, flood, or explosion due to gasses or other substances; the effect is sobering, and the debris cleanup can seem insurmountable.

These types of disasters require help from experienced people to be safe, and fortunately, when it happens in Zionsville IN, ServiceMaster DSI can help. Our crews are specially trained to help you with large-scale debris and rubble removal. We can help with:

  • Concrete removal
  • Fallen trees and branches
  • Drywall removal
  • Wood or structural items
  • Broken glass
  • Appliance removal
  • Damaged property disposal

Items that are exceptionally large and unwieldy may need to be disposed of in ways that don’t break any county or state laws. Biohazardous materials can also be an issue, but we can help with all of that. We can haul away anything that you need to be moved and make sure that they’re disposed of the right way.

While the debris is cleared away, we’re also able to provide pack out services, temporary fencing, and temporary electric services as well. We’ll work with local and state authorities as well as with your insurance agency to help bring your home, business, or facility in Zionsville, IN, back to pre-loss condition.

If you need help with debris removal, don’t wait. Contact us at (317) 559-2231, and we’ll be on site quickly to help.

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HVAC System Failures Can Cause Water Damage in Facilities in Indianapolis, IN

February 12th, 2018 · No Comments

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The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in a facility is one of the most extensive parts of a building in Indianapolis, IN. If it malfunctions, it can cause extensive damage and cost you time and money. To keep the HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently, ServiceMaster DSI offers the following tips.

Change HVAC filters
If the HVAC unit is working too hard, it can be overworked, causing freezing on the evaporator coils. When this happens, water damage can occur. This problem can be caused by air filters that are excessively dirty which results in restricted air flow. Filters should be changed by the manufacturer’s specification, most being once a month. Use high-quality HEPA air filters for best results.

Check the Drainage

Excess water should flow to a proper disposal drain. In some cases, large units will have a condensation pump or a safety float switch to help drain the water at an even rate. Water flow backups are the main source of water damage in businesses.

Algae Inhibitors

Algae buildup in water lines and drain lines can cause severe damage. Commercial algaecides are available to flush out lines and drains to prevent this. Check with the HVAC manufacturer as to how often they should be used. Preventing algae can also reduce the presence of mold, which can also cause damage to your building and require mold remediation services.

Have the HVAC Professionally Inspected

The HVAC is the heart of your building and is expensive to replace. Regularly scheduled maintenance of the system is critical to preventing costly repairs and preventing water damage to your building.

If your HVAC system fails and causes water damage in your Indianapolis, IN facility, we can help. Our trained technicians can be on site quickly to conduct water damage restoration anytime day or night. Contact us immediately at (317) 559-2231.

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Animal Hoarding Creates Dangerous Cleanup Conditions in Plainfield, IN

January 26th, 2018 · No Comments

animal species in line

Compulsive hoarding and animals don’t always go hand in hand, but in the cases where it does, the situation in the home can be quite dire. Hoarding is a very complicated mental health issue, and dealing with a loved one who hoards animals can be tough. When the home has become unsafe and unsanitary, ServiceMaster DSI can help. We provide professional, discreet hoarding cleanup in Plainfield, IN.

Hoarders often feel the need to gather as many of an item as they can, and frequently suffer a sense of isolation. This makes pets the perfect answer. However, this desire to feel appreciated and loved turns into hoarding when they have more pets than can safely live in the space. If the pets urinate or defecate in the home and it’s not cleaned correctly, the high level of ammonia can reach unsafe levels. Bacteria, pathogens, and biohazards may be present as well. In many homes that have animal hoarding, there’s usually a serious pest and insect infestation that requires immediate attention.

Cleaning up a home that has an animal hoarding problem takes skilled and sympathetic technicians. ServiceMaster DSI can help with hoarding cleanup including:

  • Sorting through the home to save and salvage items
  • Donating items that are useful
  • Removal and safe disposal of biohazardous materials
  • Mold remediation
  • Disinfecting and sanitizing the home
  • Repair of any structural damage

Animal hoarding is a challenging situation. We know that it’s hard to see loved ones suffering and animals that need to find placement. Our technicians are skilled in hoarding cleanup and have the compassion needed at a stressful time for family members. If you’ve discovered an animal hoarding situation in Plainfield, IN, please don’t be too embarrassed to contact us. We can help with any level of hoarding cleanup and work to restore the home to pre-loss condition. Contact us at (317) 559-2231.

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Contact the Pros for Trauma Cleanup After Hazardous Spills in Noblesville, IN

January 22nd, 2018 · No Comments

biohazard bag

Even with rigorous inspections and safety checks, industrial spills can happen in facilities in Noblesville, IN. Chemical contamination, biohazards, and hazardous waste are all examples of trauma cleanup that shouldn’t be attempted by untrained individuals. When your facility has an industrial accident, contact ServiceMaster DSI for help.

When chemicals and hazardous waste is involved, cleanup must be done with the right protective clothing and equipment. The potentially dangerous materials engaged in industrial spills may be:

Debris: Debris from areas that harbor chemicals may be hazardous. Even if the debris is not itself toxic, it can pose dangers when removing it from the building. Our technicians can remove any debris and dispose of it correctly.

Biohazards and Pathogens: Chemicals and bodily fluids are considered biohazardous materials which threaten the health of humans and animals. Bodily fluids in particular can carry pathogens, making them a serious threat that should only be treated by trained professionals. If these materials are present in your facility, contact our trauma cleanup professionals to clean the area and make it safe to use again.

Chemical Waste: Volatile and toxic chemicals can contaminate not only the environment, but they can also cause illness and even death to humans. Some of these chemicals can cause reactions such as explosions or toxic fumes and should never be attempted. If you suspect a chemical waste spill in your facility, exit the building at once. Don’t attempt to remove any items, and contact authorities immediately.

For more information about industrial hazardous materials and our trauma cleanup in Noblesville, IN, contact ServiceMaster DSI at (317) 559-2231.

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Wet Basements and Carpet Cleaning Services in Greenwood, IN

January 17th, 2018 · No Comments


carpet drying machinesRenovated basements in Greenwood, IN, are very common. Wanting to make use of every area of their home, thrifty Midwesterners have turned what would be empty storage space into playrooms for kids, “man-caves” for dad to watch the game, or even workout or crafting rooms. There’s probably nothing more disheartening than to go downstairs expecting a little rest and relaxation and to have your socks squish on wet carpet. You’ve got water damage, and your carpeting is taking the brunt of it.  What do you do?

Assess the Amount of Damage

If the amount of water you’re dealing with takes up more than a square foot, you’re going to need some help. Not only are you dealing with water getting into your basement, but you’re also dealing with water damage to your foundation, and potentially mold in the carpeting. Mold can form very quickly, even in cold months. Don’t leave it to “deal with it later.” That can end up costing you much more in the long run. We can help you with water damage restoration and will safely and efficiently clean carpets that are water damaged.

Remove Items from the Area if You Can Do So Safely

If you have furniture or items that are sitting in an area where the carpet is dry, remove them from the area. If you have to pass over saturated carpet or puddles of water, then leave them for us to handle. The more you walk across your carpeting, the more damage you may be causing to the fibers and the padding underneath.

ServiceMaster On the Scene

When our trained carpet cleaning technicians arrive, they can help with moving any furniture on the damaged carpeting and then begin the water extraction. If structural damage has occured, we can assist with that as well. We’ll use state-of-the-art equipment to safely remove as much water as we can, assess if there’s any mold damage to be dealt with, and then begin the carpet cleaning process. We always aim to save the existing carpeting if possible, but if the damages are beyond a good carpet cleaning, we can help with pack out services.

We know that dealing with wet, soggy carpets is nobody’s idea of fun. Our technicians will do everything they can to help clean your carpets and get them back to pre-loss condition quickly. For help with water damage restoration and professional carpet cleaning services in Greenwood, IN, contact us at (317) 559-2231.

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Remove Autumn Leaves to Prevent Water Damage in Your Westfield, IN, Home

December 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

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Autumn is now officially over in Westfield, IN, and old man winter is on his way. Have you removed the fallen leaves from your yard and roof? It’s so tempting to just leave them there and deal with them in the spring when the weather is nicer, but by not removing them you significantly increase the likelihood of water damage.

Leaves Clog Gutters

 It can be very disheartening to homeowners when they find out that something as simple as cleaning their gutters could have saved them from water damage restoration services. The hole in most gutters leading to the downspout is only about 2-3 inches in diameter, so it’s easy to get clogged. The water that overflows when you have a clog then travels down the length of your house and into your foundation, and that’s bad news. Over time, even a trickle can damage your foundation, leading to water damage, mold damage, and even structural damage to the home. Don’t ignore this effective chore every fall when you begin to winterize your home!

Fallen Leaves Prevent Groundwater From Evaporating

When rain or snow falls, the moisture that gathers into your yard is called groundwater. When leaves are on top of that groundwater, it makes it difficult for the water to evaporate underneath them. So, what happens to that water? It starts looking for the path of least resistance, which just could be your home’s foundation. Once water penetrates your foundation, water damage can occur in your basement or around your foundation. So, get out there and get those leaves off your lawn before the snow flies.

Water damage is never pleasant to deal with, but it’s even more unpleasant when the cause could have been prevented with a few hours of work. ServiceMaster DSI deals with all kinds of water damage restoration in Westfield, IN, from slight to severe. While water damage isn’t anything a homeowner wishes for, it’s good to know that if you do have problems, we can be there quickly to help you.  Contact us anytime, day or night at (317) 559-2231.

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