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Water Damage in your Bedford, IN Home Or Business

4/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can strike at any time of the day, that's why the Professionals at SERVPRO are on call 24-7 for your emergencies. From homes, apartments to commercial structures, no water is too big or too small for SERVPRO to handle.  With state of the art water extraction equipment to industrial strength fans and dehumidification equipment we have the equipment to get you dry in no time.  

We are also able to take care of some water damages with the use of the newest technology without having to remove flooring or walls through a unique process. Our trained staff has been thoroughly educated on knowing the signs of water damage as well as the best and least invasive ways possible to remove the water. 

If you have any questions, or have had water damage,  please contact your local office at 812-824-2027.

Preparing for Spring Storms

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

How To Prepare For Spring Storms

Spring time weather always brings a lot of uncertainty with regard to severe weather. It's always critical to have an emergency plan in place for those storms and the damage they may cause. 

Having a proper emergency plan in place helps to allow family members know where to go or where to be located, if following a storm communications are knocked out. It is also important to safely store non-perishable food items and plenty of fresh water.

If you have any damage following the storm, call SERVPRO to get them onsite as soon as possible. From board-ups, roof coverings and water mitigation we’ll get to work as quickly as possible. 

If you have any questions please contact your local office at 812-824-2027 and find out more on how SERVPRO can help you weather the storm.

What To Do When Your Home In Bloomington, IN Has Mold

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

You’ve just found mold inside your Bloomington, IN home, now what do you do? Call the professionals at SERVPRO.

Your local SERVPRO office is staffed with knowledgeable, trained and certified associates ready and able to help. It's critical to observe and locate the causes of mold growth in a home and to act quickly to remediate the cause. 

In areas where water is more used and even in areas where damp cool air might meet warmer air inside your home to damp crawl space are all suspect for mold growth. If you’ve had prior leaks that were not fixed correctly and treated for mold might also create mold in your home.

If you have any questions please contact your local office at 812-824-2027 and find out more on how SERVPRO  can handle your mold issues.

What To Do When Your Home In Bloomington, IN Has Mold

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

You’ve just found mold inside your Bloomington, IN home, now what do you do? Call the professionals at SERVPRO.

Your local SERVPRO office is staffed with knowledgeable, trained and certified associates ready and able to help. It's critical to observe and locate the causes of mold growth in a home and to act quickly to remediate the cause. 

In areas where water is more used and even in areas where damp cool air might meet warmer air inside your home to damp crawl space are all suspect for mold growth. If you’ve had prior leaks that were not fixed correctly and treated for mold might also create mold in your home.

If you have any questions please contact your local office at 812-824-2027 and find out more on how SERVPRO  can handle your mold issues.

How To Tell If Your Water Heater Is Failing

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Its something we never really check on yet we depend on it every day. It's our water heater. We've recently seen several calls for water and even mold remediation after a water heater failure.  

From a lack of hot water, small leaks and even a whole house full of water, there are several ways to know before it goes:

  • From no hot water or inconsistent hot water availability
  • You notice any water around the water heater
  • Reduction of hot water flow
  • Odd odors or discolored water
  • Any sounds out of the ordinary
  • Older water heater units

Unfortunately what we see the most is large amounts of water into the home from a failed water heater. 

It's not only the water that is the concern, it's the chance of mold forming in those areas as well.

Spring Showers Bring....

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

Spring showers bring basement flooding....or is it May flowers? Either way with winter out of the way and those heavy showers hitting we're seeing an influx of flooded basements. In some instances we can prevent those pesky showers from coming into our homes:

1. Making sure all gutters are clear of debris and that all downspouts from the gutters are extended beyond the foundation. Although they may not be pretty, during these heavy spring rains its beneficial to get them as far away from the home as possible. Doing this will help keep water from trying to flow back into the basement.

2. Test sump pumps. Easiest way is to take a 5-gallon bucket and fill up the sump well. Ensure the sump pump is able to pump the well water level down. Also be sure that the sump pump is clear of any obstacles so that the float or lift is able to activate the pump. 

3. Also for those in low lying areas, check your crawlspace to ensure that there is no standing water in your crawlspace. Standing water in your crawlspace invites unwanted mold to begin forming in an along the foundation walls and floor joists.

For any water damage that does occur, don't hesitate to call your local SERVPRO office today at 812-824-2027

What To Look For To Prevent Roof Leaks

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

You might have noticed water on your ceiling after a heavy rain or from snow melt. Though most homeowners aren’t roofers or in the roofing business, there are a few ways to inspect your roof before leaks happen. 

  1. Inspect flashing - Inspect areas around where any plumbing vents, attic vents or chimneys extend above the roof. Check around those areas to also ensure any sealants around those areas are free of damage or cracks.
  2. Check for holes - Easier said than done on some roofs. Falling limbs or branches can puncture roofs after a storm. It's always a best practice to inspect your roof after any limb or branch falls on it.
  3. Check for missing or damaged shingles on your roof.

Water is always tricky in how it travels, so even though you might see where it's damaging your sheetrock from inside your home, the water may have found a different access point to get in. 

The best tip is to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Bloomington if that water makes it into your home. They have all the right tools to inspect and correct damage from water leaks and make sure mold won’t form.

Can My Contents Be Cleaned After A Fire?

2/27/2021 (Permalink)

Depending on the severity of a home or business fire, it is surprising to find that contents can be salvaged after a fire. Your local SERVPRO of Bloomington has all the knowledge and proper cleaning methods to save your items. 

We utilize one of the best washing systems to clean soft contents, items such as clothing, stuffed animals, purses and shoes. This washing system is able to take the tough stains and harmful toxic odors from soft contents to restore them to like new condition without using harmful chemicals or abrasive cleaning methods.  We are also able to clean hard surface items such as cabinets, dressers, cabinets and countertops using SERVPRO’s specialty cleaning agents. 

With SERVPRO of Bloomington our focus is on the ability to restore items instead of replacing them as it adds unnecessary expense to the insurance claim and it gives you your home back to the way it was. Our goal is to always get you back into your home quickly and to make it, "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Fire Water Mold Damage

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Damage can come in any form, from natural disasters, flooding, fires to mold damage, no one gets your business back going quicker than SERVPRO. We know the importance of getting your business back up and running as time is money. Put your trust in the company that can best serve you and has the equipment and know how to get it done correctly the first time. 

From small business, shopping malls, Universities to large factories there is no job too large or too small for your local SERVPRO to handle.  Quicker to any disaster than the rest, we place great pride in utilizing a trusted process for each fire, water or mold damage that we encounter. With specialized equipment and trained staff we are always prepared.

Want to know more about how SERVPRO can help? Call us today at 812-824-2027

Why Choose SERVPRO

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO of Bloomington is family owned and operated with a focus and mindset of helping those in Monroe, Lawrence, Owen, Green and Martin Counties. We treat every customer like family and dedicate ourselves to making sure the job is done right. 

It’s the best of both worlds, locally owned and operated with the support and technological improvements through our corporate affiliation. What advantages does that bring that sets us apart from our competition? It gives us nearly unlimited resources to be able to handle any job big or small. We have the ability to mobilize a workforce to handle any size emergency or disaster to help those in need get back to normal. It also gives us the equipment needed to ensure every job is treated the same and gets the effective treatment it needs as quickly as possible. 

A nationally known restoration company with the local service you know and trust. Give the professionals a call at SERVPRO at 812-824-2027 to make it, "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage In Your Home

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

When is a good time to inspect your water system in your household? Well it's pretty common that no one really checks in on it until after there is an issue with it. In some cases it's pretty difficult to be able to inspect every linear foot of your water pipes, but there are a few ways to check. 

Pay close attention to your water bill as it may show excessive water usage or above normal usage

Unusual water found in or around your crawl space

Damp floors or water seeping up from the floor

Mold forming inside your home around baseboards or around cabinets

Check on water heaters, and consider replacing if old 

Best thing to do once you discover water in your home or business? Call the professionals at SERVPRO for a free damage estimate  and inspection at 812-824-2027 to get the water extracted from your home.

Freezing Temperatures and Frozen Pipes

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

With the latest round of freezing cold temperatures in addition to freezing rain, sleet and snow its important to be prepared for the changing conditions. Its also important to recognize and prepare your home or business during these weather events. The most difficult part of these cold temperatures is that you may not see water damage until temps warm back up. These conditions are extremely tough on the exterior but can do more damage inside with freezing pipes. 

Once temperatures begin to rise it will be critical to inspect for any leaks inside or under your home or business. As soon as you see water be sure to shut off the water and call SERVPRO of Bloomington at 812-824-2027  to get your home or business fully inspected and dried. Its important to address the issue as soon as possible before damage is done to the structure or mold begins for form.

Post Fire Damage Safety

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

In some circumstances it may seem simple to take care of the damage after a fire damages your home. Its always worth calling your local SERVPRO office to have them look at the damage. The Professionals at SERVPRO have years of experience in handling fire damage claims. Its this expertise that can make sure your home or business is move in ready on completion of the job. 

The dangers of not knowing exactly how to handle smoke and soot damage is that it can get into cracks and crevices you don't realize. If you don't take care of the smoke and soot damage correctly the first time, it can cause issues down the road. Just covering up the issue isn't the solution either as it can cause breathing issues as it continues to emit harmful odors. 

Call the professionals at SERVPRO at 812-824-2027 immediately after your fire. We offer free estimates as well as work with any Insurance company. 

Commercial Emergency Ready Profile

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bloomington is proud to offer our Commercial Emergency Ready Profile for free to our local businesses in the area!

What is the Emergency Ready Profile (ERP)? The ERP is a program to help get your business ready for whatever can happen in an emergency situation. This program can help you locate the nearest shut off for utilities that can be the difference in saving your business from a disaster. The ERP not only does that but it also allows you to safely store names and phone numbers of essential people you may need to call including your local SERVPRO office. In the world of business time is money and no one gets to a disaster faster than SERVPRO.

The ERP is free, upon completion of the ERP you will receive a paper copy as well as an interactive app for your mobile device all for free.  Please contact us today for more details on how this program can benefit your business at 812-824-2027

The benefits of Air Filtration in your home.

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

HEPA FILTRATION

Did you know that Air filtration is a great way to keep harmful impurities that affect your health away from your family. Using an air purifier has numerous benefits as well, but you need to know which one is best capable of removing noxious (harmful, poisonous, or unpleasant) mold spores. Find out which types  of air purifiers are most effective at accomplishing a clean and healthy environment.

Air Purification Health Benefits

Besides removing mold spores and floating fungal particles, air purifiers generate atmospheres that are:

  • Clean
  • Odorless
  • Dustless
  • Free From Pet Dander

HVAC attachments reduce the burden placed upon your device, subsequently extending its life.
Although most purifiers can achieve the above objectives with ease, not all are as effective at eliminating mold spores. Making the right choice of air filtration is crucial if you want to keep your Bloomington Indiana home free from a situation requiring the services of a mold removal specialist.

Styles of Air Purification
Assuming your primary goal is to remove aerial fungi, one of your best options is a purifier that includes a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter. These filters are able to remove 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns or larger and machines equipped with a HEPA filter can dramatically improve your home’s air quality. Be certain to regularly change you HEPA filter on a regularly scheduled basis, as failure to do so can result in captured spores escaping.
Your other superior choice is a Photo Electrochemical Oxidizer. Using light activation to destroy air particles, an oxidizer is capable of actually eradicating airborne offenders instead of merely trapping them.
Many other systems exist, but none are better than either of the above selections. Photocatalytic oxidizers, for instance, can expunge some organic molecules, but they are highly inefficient. Ozone generators flood your residence with this peculiar-smelling form of oxygen on purpose, a bad idea for those with certain sensitivities. Carbon filter purifiers, which trap gasses, are totally incapable of removing fungus spores.
Keep your residence in St. Louis clear of mold growth through the use of effective air filtration, making sure that whichever model you pick is capable of handling the job.

How We Respond When You Need SERVPRO of Bloomington

11/22/2020 (Permalink)

How can we help you?

When You Need a Rapid Response to Your Damage, We Respond Immediately

SERVPRO of Bloomington knows that when you call our company, you may be feeling overwhelmed, confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through the crisis you have just endured. SERVPRO has specific fire, water and smoke damage training and the expertise to help you through your dilemma. We specialize in fire, water, smoke and storm damage cleanup and restoration. In fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect When You Call

When you call, our friendly representative will ask several questions regarding the type of damage you have incurred. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring with us when we deploy, including how many trained SERVPRO restoration specialists that may be needed for your particular situation.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information including your phone number and email address
  • Your insurance carrier (if applicable)
  • Has a claim been turned in?
  • Name of Adjuster (if assigned)
  • The street address of your home or business
  • When did the damage occur?
  • What caused the damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity and water available (on-site)?
  • Is there standing water (if applicable)?
  • What year was the home or business built?

About SERVPRO of Bloomington

SERVPRO of Bloomington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Bloomington can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Bloomington.

What is an Ozone Generator?

11/22/2020 (Permalink)

Ozone Generators

If you have ever had a fire on your property and had SERVPRO come out to restore, you will know what an ozone generator is. For those who have not, an ozone generator is a machine that charges the air around it creating O3 out of the O2 molecules we breathe.

What We Use Ozone For

The primary function that we use an ozone generator for is the eliminate odors, especially odors caused by fires. We can use this technique of odor removal in many different cases such as, clothing, furniture, and entire rooms no matter the size. While the odor removal works great, there is a downside to using ozone in excess.

Precautions to Ozone

As stated earlier, ozone is different from the air we breathe. This reaction makes O3 poisonous if it is ingested in excess. This is why we close off the area that is being deodorized during the process. You can trust that we take every precaution necessary to keep our customers and employees safe.

If you experience a fire loss, give SERVPRO of Bloomington a call at (812) 824-2027.

TEAM WOLFE has the equipment and resources to restore your business!

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Services

When it comes to the restoration field, there have been a extraordinary advances made in technology & techniques used in our industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of Bloomington Professionals to restore your commercial property or retail business back to it's preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

Here are some of the unique tools we have to restore your property:

  • An infrared camera may be used to identify hidden water locations for the thorough removal of moister that are hidden from the naked eye.
  • Sensitive moisture meters/detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation,
  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water from events like floods. 
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.
  • High-speed air movers causes moisture to evaporate at a faster pace.
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.
  • Trailer mounted generators and desiccants (Large Commercial Air Dryer) to provide power and large scale drying capabilities.
  • Air scrubbers to filter the air.
  • The use of Thermal foggers and deodorization agents to make your business smell fantastic!

You can count on SERVPRO of Bloomington to serve you at the highest level so you can put your commercial business back in order and get you back to do best, serving your customers!

SERVPRO Commercial Biohazard Trauma Scene Cleanup

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians in personal protective equipment (PPE)

Accidents and trauma scenes rank among the most stressful events a a business can encounter. If the situation involves traumatic injuries, you and your employees endure anxiety, grief, fear, and a host of other emotions. Health risks associated with exposure to pathogens carried by blood and other bodily fluids are of great concern, not to mention the liability of properly cleaning up the scene. OSHA regulations demand adherence to specific research-based protocols to ensure safety during cleanup and to provide a thoroughly disinfected environment for your business operations.

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster

The need for biohazard/trauma scene in a commercial building can encompass everything from simple human error or equipment malfunction to criminal activity. an event like a trauma scene requires immediate assistance. Our biohazard cleanup crews are available 24/7, with the appropriate training, skills, experience, and resources to respond fast and efficiently.

Biohazard & Trauma Scene Cleanup Best Practices

Specially trained and certified technicians must respond to a trauma or crime site leaving the cleanup to contracted or in-house janitorial & maintenance teams that could jeopardize their health, both physical and emotional. Containment of the affected area and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the cleanup process are required. We observe local rules concerning biohazard disposal for safety and to ensure that your business does not face sanctions. SERVPRO technicians complete comprehensive training and our products, protocols, and equipment exceed expectations.

Transferability of Skills

Often the areas contaminated in a commercial building has porous building materials. To be sure we remove all blood and fluids, intensive flushing and/or removal of building materials is critical. SERVPRO’s proven proficiency in containment processes and removal of contamination permits us to eradicate biohazards safely and completely. Our crews are experts in disinfection and structural drying, as well.

Care and Compassion

SERVPRO employees are acutely aware of the need to balance speedy and biohazard & trauma scenes with sensitivity for the ordeal experienced by those touched by the tragedy. We work hard to respond with respect and compassion in the aftermath of a devastating event. Taking care of the details helps streamline the process.

SERVPRO provides proper cleaning, application of EPA-registered disinfectants, and lawful biohazard disposal, after a severe trauma event at your business. Count on a fast and discreet response when you call SERVPRO of Bloomington at (812) 824-2027.

Complimentary Emergency Ready Profile

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Mobile App

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

Did you know that SERVPRO of Bloomington offers complementary SERVPRO Emergency READY Profiles for your business? A Emergency Ready Profile can help you minimize business interruptions by having an immediate plan of action in the event a catastrophe strikes your business. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility. This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost. 
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed. 
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action. 
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Bloomington as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by. 
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money. 
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

This Is A FREE Service To Your Company courtesy of TEAM WOLFE!

It's Candle Fire Season!

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

A diffuser is a much safer alternative to burning candles

Be Cautious When Using Candles

Yes, that soft light and aromatic fragrances that fill the room from a lit candle can be an easy way to create the atmosphere that you want in your home. However, candles can also become a safety hazard if they are not used properly. Candle fires are common, but the following tips can help you avoid them.

1. Don’t Leave Burning Candles Unattended:
It may seem like an annoyance to extinguish a candle every time you leave the room. However, leaving it burning could result in a candle fire if something gets too close to the flame or if it burns too low. It is best to blow out candles before going to bed at night, even if the candle is in the same room you sleep in..

2. Keep Them Away From Flammable Items:
When you are using a candle, you should be sure to have the area free of flammable objects. This can include papers as well as fabrics such as curtains and bedding. These types of items should be at least a foot away from any candles that are in use. Flammable liquids should be kept even further away.

3. Keep Them Out of Reach of Pets and Children:
Both children and pets often come with an excess of energy and curiosity. For this reason, it can be easy for them to inadvertently start a candle fire. Keep burning candles in an area that are not within reach of a child or pet, especially unsupervised!

4. Use an Alternative:
Perhaps the easiest way to prevent a is simply not to use candles at all. There are a variety of other ways that you can achieve a more relaxing home environment. If you are only interested in adding a nice scent to your home, a wax warmer is a great option. One great option is a diffuser. Diffusers are a great alternative to candles and make you house smell fantastic!


While these tips can help you prevent an emergency, accidents can still occur. Whether it is small or large, fires often require smoke cleanup and some repairs. If this happens, a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO can help return your home to its preloss condition making it "Like it never even happened."

Cleaning Contents After a Fire

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

soot damaged chair SERVPRO restored
  •  Make Sure It's Safe To Start

Your first concern in every fire damage restoration disaster is safety.  SERVPRO takes steps to make sure all workers entering your home or business after a fire are safe. It is important that the structure is safe before the evaluation and restoration process begins.

Also, keep in mind that, after a fire, indoor air contains floating smoke and soot particles. Smoke/soot particles are Products of Incomplete Combustion (PIC). These are carcinogens and are dangerous. When cleaning up smoke/soot, it is important to wear a respirator, such as an N-95 or N-100. Using gloves and other protective clothing will also protect against soot exposure. Ventilation is key to letting the contaminants in the air outside.

  • Evaluating Damaged Contents

The next step is to determine which items should be cleaned and where, as well as which items to discard. Cost and antique value are key consideration factors. SERVPRO inspects the affected items as quickly as possible, as soot can produce further damage or corrode contents and appliances in a matter of hours or days, depending on the material.

In many cases, contents that have been damaged directly by the fire or by excessive heat should not be discarded until inspected. SERVPRO knows how to clean smoke damage from salvageable items like this antique chair (pictured).

Most textile goods like draperies and bedding will be taken to our laundry division or dry-cleaning facility. Other contents that can be restored, such as furniture, may be cleaned within the home or sent to our facility.

Food items must be treated with caution. Any open items should be thrown away. Unopened items in original packaging that were away from the heat can be considered safe. If there is any doubt, throw the items away.

Keep in mind that melted or discolored plastic items can’t be restored, only cleaned.

  •  Inventory Of Your Contents

If a “pack out” (removing contents out of the structure where damage occurred) is necessary, our SERVPRO technicians will keep careful records for items taken, location of the items, and condition of the items when removed. In other cases, we may determine that conditions allow for cleaning and storing the contents within the home, or perhaps a garage if property has one. An inventory of all discarded items is essential to receiving monetary reimbursement when filing an insurance claim.

  •  Contents Cleaning

SERVPRO will perform testing to determine the appropriate product to clean your contents. Today’s restoration professionals will use environmentally friendly products for all cleaning and restoration processes. This is an important consideration when choosing a restoration company.

SERVPRO begins to remove soot from each restorable item — either in the home or at our facility. The cleaning method depends on the item, such as furniture, kitchen utensils, dishes, toys, clothing, bedding, draperies, and more.

  • Removing Odors

Pungent odors come with smoke/soot damage. After the cleaning process, most of the smoke odor will be eliminated. Yet, if there is still a small odor, we may add an additional step to the restoration process. This could include ozone or hydroxyl deodorizing. Learn more about processes: ODOR REMOVAL

  • For Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration, Call SERVPRO of Bloomington at (812) 824-2027

When the contents of a home or business are damaged by smoke/soot, mitigating the fire damage, cleaning, and restoring the contents to its preloss condition is a job for restoration professionals. SERVPRO technicians know how to clean smoke damage from contents quickly, ethically and professionally. When you call us, we’ll mitigate the loss and restore your property using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques.

Have You Checked Your Gutter System Lately?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

Clogged Gutters

Now that we are well into the fall season, SERVPRO of Bloomington wants to remind homeowners about an important functioning item we tend to overlooked each year, your gutters.
Although you may not think about it, the state of your gutters can affect many other areas of your family's property, which includes your roof and foundation. If your gutters fail to function they way they are intended to do they can wreck havoc on your home or business . The most common problem that homeowners face with their gutters is that they fail to drain or channel excess rainwater far enough away from your foundation. That excess water can back up under your home's foundation or into your basement. If rain water doesn't travel through your gutters freely, it's most likely because the gutters are clogged with leaves or debris. This is especially common during this season when trees are dropping their leaves. If you have clogged gutters it can often lead to costly foundation repairs that can cost thousands of dollars. Having your gutters regularly cleaned (at least once or twice a year) can prevent a major water damage from happening to your property.

if you are concerned about your gutters not functioning property, SERVPRO of Bloomington encourages you to have them inspected by a qualified company to avoid any future water damage from gutters that are clogged.

When water backs up into your basement our foundation, it very well may be a gutter system that is not functioning properly. Be sure and call the cleanup team that is "Faster To Any Size Disaster" in the event water damage strikes your home or business. 

Holiday Weekend!

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Labor Dayis a day to rest from the work place and enjoy some down time. A long standing tradition that many spend a lot of time planning and preparing for. Backyard barbecues and family gatherings , camping trips and vacations are frequently planned for this holiday! There are however many things that get overlooked in preparation for the time away on these trips that can cause the weekend to end badly. Preparing your residence might take a few extra steps but is always a good idea. Before you head out on your vacation, take a few minutes to safe guard your home. The following steps can help insure your return to be a pleasant one. Unplugging unnecessary appliances to prevent possible fires is top of the list. Fires spread rapidly and you will not be there to stop it. Unplugging appliances that can get hot or just simply short out should always be done before you leave. Turning off water is also a good idea. Shut off valves to sinks and showers can prevent water damage from pipes going bad and can save you a fortune! Leaving a light on such as a low wattage lamp visible to the outside can give the appearance of someone home is also a nice deterrent to possible problems. Whenever possible, ask a neighbor to keep an eye out for strangers possibly hanging around your property while you’re gone. These are all little steps but can make a huge difference in your return home.

We here at SERVPRO hope you have a safe and happy holiday!

Spring Time Inspection

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

As spring is getting closer, more rain seems likely so it might be a great time to inspect your gutters to see if they might need some maintenance. Gutters full of debris can cause a lot of water damage. You should inspect them frequently. If they are full and clogging the downspouts, the overflow of water could be going in all the wrong places such as your walls. Water damage can become a major issue if not handled quickly. Checking things such as the guttering and outdoor water spickets can help prevent huge problems as well as prevent huge expenses. Regular maintenance is key to preventing water damage on the outside. For people with outdoor pools and fountains, checking all hoses and connectors is a great idea and should be a part of your spring time inspection as well! We can't always prevent all types of water damage but the ones we can will help to minimize the possibility! Take a little time now for your own peace of mind! We see a lot of water damage at SERVPRO that could have been prevented! Create your own spring time inspection list and enjoy your spring! 

Fire Prevention

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire due to burning candle

This fire started because a candle was left burning unsupervised. Fire prevention is the best way to prevent disasters like this one. Here is some measures you might take to prevent this from happening to you. 

  • Kitchen fires – Most are caused by leaving items unattended on the stove or oven when cooking. You can prevent them by being more watchful of the stove and not allowing things to distract you from paying attention or outright forgetting that you are cooking. Set a reminder or alarm to remind you that something needs checked if you are multitasking. When you are busy, it is easy to forget just how long something has been cooking.  
  • Heaters – Many people use heaters for extra warmth. You should always be very careful of the positioning of these heaters. Some get very hot and can easily cause fire to items close to it. Always make sure there is ample space all around your heat sources. Always have them clean and always have them maintained properly. Make sure you get your furnace cleaned and checked every year as well. Proper maintenance can prevent a disaster! 
  • Electrical Equipment – Always make sure your power cords to your appliances are in good condition. Bare wires and loss plugs can cause a fire. Make sure you are using extension cords for temporary use or if necessary, for longer time, make sure you have a high-quality heavy-duty extension cord. Cheaply made extension cords are not meant for long time use. Surge protectors are also very helpful but make sure they are high quality and made for the intended use. It is always good to check your outlets regularly also for any damages. A broken one is never a good idea. 
  • Smoking – Smoking in or around the house has been a huge source of fires. Leaving a lit cigarette unattended or falling asleep with a cigarette should always be a main concern. Most all house fires caused from smoking could have been prevented. Always make sure your cigarette is firmly seated in the tray and never have one lit when you are at risk of falling asleep. Furthermore, do not leave matches or lighters in reach of young children who might play with them. Lit candles should always be supervised as well.
  •  Faulty Wiring – Older wiring in older homes might not be safe. Safety precautions have changed a lot when it comes to safe wiring. Older homes are more likely to have worn and frayed wiring and are more likely to spark and catch fire. One should always get the wiring checked by a certified electrician to ensure safety. Dealing with electrical issues should be handled by trained professionals only! 

One should always practice safety by making sure all smoke detectors are checked and all fire extinguishers are in perfect working order at all times. Be smart and be safe!

Bloomington Home Show 2019

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Tammy and Marie 2019 Bloomington HomeShow!

At the Bloomington Home Show this year, we were able to meet a lot of individuals. There was a very nice turn out and I believe it was a huge success. We met members of so many different companies from the Monroe County area and learned a lot. Though the list is too many to mention here, there were representatives from many businesses such as Lindsay Schnarr with State Farm Insurance, Hazen Insurance, Shelter, Taylor Insurance, Southside Rentals, Aqua Pro Pools, Bender Lumber, Stoll’s Cabinets, Newhouse Construction, Well’s Lawncare, Koontz Construction, Carpets Plus, Sam’s Club, Williams Brothers Health Care, Black Lumber, RCV Roofing as well as Owen County State Bank, I.U. Credit Union, German American Bank and Express Employment. That is just some of the businesses there. Many other businesses participated as well. There was a lot of really nice door prizes. There was also some excellent food to be had from Chick-Fil-A, Great White Smoke, Red Frazier Bidon and La Pablano.  I would also like to thank Tommy D's for the best cup of coffee!! We look forward to another great year and next year’s Bloomington Home Show!

Working with the damaged area

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Portion of Train Town!!!!

We have seen a lot of different situations and each has its own plan to correct the issue. In this case, we have water damage at a residence due to flooding. The residence has an extremely detailed and in depth train community. The entire setup of train and the town are up on stilts. Extracting the area with an RX20 was not an option due to all the legs from the train town every few feet. It was not possible to get more than a wand in between the legs, and it would have been almost impossible to relocate the entire setup. Our technician had to do some seriously planning. He used a a special mix of our fans and the dehumidifiers set to not disturb the client's hard work. Although complicated, we at SERVPRO kept the client and their town right on track!

Flooding in Monroe County

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Salvation Army

Our team spent Saturday at the Salvation Army. The Severe flooding happening in Monroe County has taken quite a toll on the area. The flooding hit so many places here and in the surrounding area. We have been very busy. SERVPRO, we are here when you need us!!

Trunk Or Treat

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Come join us on the 26th of October at Johnny's Junction for the annual Trunk Or Treat. Enjoy a safe place for your little one to trick or treat!!  Lots of friends, family, and of course good things o eat!

Is it any wonder ?

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

Can you say Water damage? We can.

Here in Indiana, the weather is a huge issue in the winter.

General Information

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

Category: Water Damage

Photo Caption: SERVPRO of Monroe, Lawrence, Owen, Greene and Martin counties provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in our 5 counties

SERVPRO  is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 812-275-2244
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

Your name and contact information
Your insurance information (if applicable)
The street address of the water-damaged home or business
When did the flooding or water damage occur?
What caused the water damage (if known)?
Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Monroe, Lawrence, Owen, Greene and Martin Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke,water damage event, sewer backups and vandalism. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

We are IICRC certified and perform background checks on all employees

 

restoration and clean up

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

A water main break caused this picture shows the mess left behind after all water had receded. SERVPRO of Bloomington, Indiana was called in to clean up the aftermath! The owner was thrilled she said "This basement  never looked this good in the 24 years I've owned the  Property". The flooded basement caused us to be in a upside down situation and your company has been such a life saver.

 

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