Recent Fire Damage Posts

Helping Plainfield Homeowners with Their Fire Damage Claims

9/14/2022 (Permalink)

A kitchen on fire with the words "fire damage can happen at any moment" on top of it SERVPRO helps stressed Plainfield homeowners with their fire damage insurance claims. We can help.

24/7 SERVPRO Fire Mitigation Can Restore Homes

A small fire can cost Plainfield homeowners an average of $3,500 to $5,000. More extensive repairs, like kitchen cabinet replacement or rebuilding rooms, can skyrocket costs to $50,000 or more. These repairs can balloon further without adequate fire damage restoration and repair from trained professionals. Solutions could become especially costly if the damage were not addressed within the first 48 hours after fire suppression.

SERVPRO fire damage remediation specialists help Plainfield homeowners save time and money by adhering to restoration industry best practices, focusing on repair over replacement. While some materials may be more cost-effective to replace, SERVPRO techs can respond quickly and minimize downtime to make a property clean and livable.

Speaking with Insurance Agents About Home Fire Damage Claims

It can be overwhelming to contact an insurer after a sudden disaster occurs. However, it is a necessary step for returning to a clean, comfortable home with repairs covered by a home insurance policy.

Consider contacting the insurance company about the following after fire damage occurs:

  • First and foremost: report the incident as soon as possible. This step should be a property owner's first contact with their agent. The faster this contact is made, the more quickly a claim can be successfully filed and paid out
  • After a fire, residents needing temporary housing should contact the insurer about what is covered under their policy and where to go. However, this is not guaranteed. Some policy terms may only cover food or other partial reimbursement costs 
  • Homeowners may be curious whether selling the home would be more efficient. If damages are minor, it is advisable to keep the house and make repairs. In cases like structure fires in homes that were already in some state of disrepair before the disaster, selling may be a good idea for homes whose insurance does not cover all the repair costs needed for the property

Homeowners are not limited to using the fire restoration companies that insurers recommend. They also do not have to wait until an adjuster has examined the property to call a trusted firm of their choosing. SERVPRO inventory logging practices can assist significantly with claims filing while also providing documentation for mitigation and repairs.

How SERVPRO Addresses Different Fire and Smoke Damage Soils 

Fire restoration technicians at SERVPRO can deploy multiple solutions for soot and smoke damage soils, which often feature numerous types of soils.

  • Pungent protein residues from kitchen fires are removable with commercial-grade enzyme digesters, which can convert these greasy materials into water-soluble residues free of malodors
  • Dry clumps and layers of soot can often be manually dislodged and gently treated with dry cleaning solutions like Crumbly Cleaner, which 
  • Meanwhile, wet soot deposits typically require wet cleaning with specialized, EPA-registered solutions for successful removal without smearing. These sticky residues often come from burnt rubbers, plastics, and other petroleum products. Moderate to heavy soot may require alkaline cleaners rather than mild detergents
  • Charring on materials like salvageable wood can be remediated with gentle yet effective abrasion cleaning. Blast media like soda ash also has deodorizing properties

SERVPRO can also implement moisture remediation for fire suppression, odor control with thermal foggers, and containment measures for collecting soot with HEPA filter vacuums. HVAC cleaning and duct sealing prevent smoke damage particles from spreading in the home during restoration.

Homeowners can contact the SERVPRO of Hendricks County crew at (317) 838-0100 for "Like it never even happened" restoration services.

Fire Damage Deodorization with Thermal Fogging in Avon

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

Tiny Wood House On Fire If you find yourself in need of assistance with fire damage remediation, call SERVPRO at (317) 838-0100

Does SERVPRO Use Thermal Fogging to Deodorize After Fire Damage in Avon?

Fires can cause significant damage to homes in Avon, including damage by the actual fire, water and chemicals used to extinguish fire, the smoke residues that cover everything, and the smoke odors in your home. Many of our customers have questions about removing the odors and whether they need to take safety precautions when applying thermal fogging.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration to consumers in Avon and the surrounding area. We are onsite less than four hours from your call to assess the situation and initiate cleanup after the fire. We manage the secondary damage from long exposure to water, chemicals, and smoke residues. Our team lead can address all your questions, including those about thermal fogging to remove odors from smoke residues.

Once the contents and structure damaged by the fire, including controlled demolition activity if needed, are completed, we clean all surfaces to remove residues. Everything is washed and cleaned, including walls, appliances, floors, and furniture. Many of our clients are concerned about odors from the fire, which is where thermal fogging is introduced to neutralize any odors.

Clients should not enter their homes while thermal fogging is underway. SERVPRO posts warning signs at all entrances and notify the local fire department and security monitoring companies to avoid false alarms. Thermal fogging can look like smoke. We also extinguish all pilot lights and disconnect any electrical devices that might produce a spark. SERVPRO installs high-capacity air movers to ventilate the space before allowing clients and pets to re-enter the home; once the odors have been neutralized,

SERVPRO provides extensive fire restoration services in your area:

  • House fire cleanup
  • Smoke damage restoration
  • Water and fire damage repair and restoration

Call SERVPRO of Hendricks County for fire damage restoration services. We provide service to Avon and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (317) 838-0100.

Call the Fire Restoration Professionals at SERVPRO in Plainfield

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

Electrical Outlet With Fire Damage The first step to resolving fire damage is calling your local trained professionals at SERVPRO of Hendricks County.

SERVPRO Checks for Hazardous Materials During Fire Restoration in Plainfield



A fire in your Plainfield home or commercial building can produce hazardous chemicals from compounds burned during the fire, as well as release lead and asbestos into your home. In addition to all of the damage, which is overwhelming, your home may be a threat to your health and welfare.

SERVPRO provides fire restoration services to Plainfield and surrounding areas to residents and business people. Our experience has shown that a variety of chemicals are often released during a fire whenever plastics and other contents are exposed to heat and flames.

Our team can be onsite in less than four hours from your call. We assess the situation for all hazards, including chemicals, slip and fall conditions, exposure to live electrical wires, and other risks specific to the site. Our cleanup and restoration recommendations include keeping everyone safe, our employees, your family, and the contractors we employ onsite to help with restoration.

We remove all the damaged contents and structure, water and chemicals used to quell the fire, and smoke residue and odors before beginning the restoration of your home. We aim to return your home or business to its original condition, “Like it never even happened.” Our building services team includes all the tradespeople and specialists typically needed to restore a home. We can save time and money by returning your family home as soon as possible after a catastrophic fire event.

SERVPRO provides the following services to our clients:

  • House fire clean up
  • Fire and smoke damage restoration
  • Smoke damage and smoke residue removal

Call SERVPRO of Hendricks County for fire restoration services. We provide service to Plainfield and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (317) 838-0100.

Deodorization to Help Fire Damage Mitigation in Plainfield

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO here to help sign When your Plainfield is in need of fire damage restoration, you need the services of SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Aids with Fire Cleanup in Plainfield

Most people know that if a fire breaks out in your house, your contents and building materials are at risk of being consumed by the flames as the blaze spreads throughout your structure. However, fires (even small blazes) can cause other issues besides just burning items in your home. For example, the smoke from the blaze can harden when it touches cooler surfaces like your walls and ceiling and turn into soot residues. Smoke particles can also penetrate non-porous items like upholstered furniture, carpets, or curtains and cause unpleasant aromas to linger.

When our SERVPRO technicians tackle a fire damage situation in Plainfield, we know that problems created by smoke can sometimes become a larger part of the project than removing burnt materials. Luckily, our crews are all certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) program and have vast experience in dealing with various fire-related scenarios.

The first thing we can do is complete a thorough inspection of your building. We can first determine where the smoke went in your house. Then we can perform wipe tests on affected surfaces to see what type of soot is present and decide which methods will work best to clean your soiled items.

If foul aromas are still present after all soot residues have been removed, we can take further deodorization steps. For example, we can use Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) or thermal foggers that break down deodorants into microscopic particles to mimick how smoke moves throughout a structure. In other situations, we can use an ozone generator to neutralize malodor particles.

Services we can provide after you suffer from a fire

  • Structural Deodorization
  • Smoke Mitigation
  • Fire Debris Removal
  • Content Cleaning

If you ever have a fire break out that sends smoke throughout your house, call SERVPRO of Hendricks County at (317) 838-0100.

Debris Removal During Fire Damage Restoration in Avon

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fire sign Fire damage restoration for your Avon home should be handled by SERVPRO. We are ready at a moment's notice.

SERVPRO Can Help with Fire Cleanup in Avon

When a fire ignites, it can quickly spread throughout your home by consuming your building materials and contents as fuel. Depending on how long the blaze burns, the fire could destroy sections of your structure. In some situations, the smoke from a fire causes the most damage, but in more severe cases, several items in your house could get burnt.

When dealing with fire damage in Avon, our SERVPRO technicians have the necessary experience to deal with issues, whether they are major or minor. During the more severe blazes, we start by assessing your building for safety issues. Fire can cause many problems that can make the work area unsafe, including fall and trip hazards or electrical issues. Once we mitigate potential threats, we can start our inspection process.

SERVPRO can provide the following to return your home to its preloss state, “Like it never even happened.”

  • Fire Damage Debris Removal
  • Fire Clean-Up
  • Content Pack-Ins and Pack-Outs
  • Smoke Remediation
  • Content Cleaning
  • Structural Deodorization
  • Water and Fire Damage Restorations

If building materials inside your dwelling, such as your drywall or ceiling, get burnt, we may have to remove the charred items by placing them in sealed plastic bags. In some situations, we can set up a containment chamber with an air scrubber attached to it to remove soot particles from the air and keep them from spreading to unaffected areas of your house. If charring on your wood studs or trusses is only present on the surface, then we can sand and seal the surface instead of removing and replacing the items.

If you ever have a major fire break out that torches more than one room of your house, call SERVPRO of Hendricks County at (317) 838-0100.

Let SERVPRO of Hendricks County make it “Like it never even happened.”

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

Dispose of These Items Following a Fire

A fire can be a devastating experience, even if your Avon, Indiana home remains intact. Smoke and fire damage leave a mess for you to deal with, and it is overwhelming to decide what can be salvaged and what must be thrown away. You may be inclined to hold onto sentimental items or try to salvage food exposed to smoke, but here are some tips to help you decide what can stay and what you need to throw away.

Non-Perishable Food

Food safety after a fire is a serious issue. Non-perishable food exposed to high heat, smoke and firefighting chemicals should be discarded. It may seem obvious that opened canisters and items stored in permeable containers, such as cardboard and plastic, need to be trashed, but food in sealed cans and jars also need to go. Extreme heat can activate bacteria causing food to spoil even if the container is intact. Toxic fumes also have a way of permeating jars and aluminum cans, causing contamination. Throw away any food you even remotely suspect has been in a compromising situation.

Perishable Food

Sometimes perishable food can be salvaged even if the power went out. If it was well sealed in the refrigerator or freezer, it could be safe for about four hours. Inspect all food, but don’t make any assumptions. If the inside of the fridge smells smoky or you see soot, the food is bad. If food has an odor or a funny taste, get rid of it. 

Cosmetics and Medicine

Make sure to inspect your medicine cabinet and makeup bag. Look for obvious signs of damage. If bottles are warped, melted or charred, dispose of them. Look for any signs of heat, soot, fire extinguisher dust or other suspect damage.

Clothing

With the proper cleaning, most textiles (clothes, curtains, bedding, etc.) can be recovered. Throw away anything that is burned. This is especially true if you are considering a young child’s clothing or bedding.

If dealing with your home’s contents after a fire is too much, hire a fire restoration company in Avon, Indiana to take care of it for you. Visit  https://www.SERVPROofhendrickscounty.com/ for more information on fire damage.

CALL us at SERVPRO of Hendricks County 317-838-0100

Smoke and Soot Cleanup In Brownsburg

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Dryer Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Brownsburg Home.
 

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Hendricks County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises, therefore, smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 317-838-0100

Water or Smoke Damage & Your Belongings Can Be Trusted With SERVPRO

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Truck With Boxes Let our SERVPRO Professionals provide the Calm in your Chaos

CONTENTS RESTORATION

SERVPRO of Hendricks County Professionals specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. SERVPRO Professionals utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

MOVE-OUTS/PACK-OUTS

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Hendricks County  Professionals can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, they will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

CALL SERVPRO of Hendricks County 317-839-0100

SERVPRO Team of Brownsburg, Indiana Is Highly Trained & Ready To Help

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Clock With 24 7 Available 24/7 SERVPRO of Hendricks County will make your home "Like it never even happened."

We can all agree that abrupt flames and smoke pouring out of your home is a terrifying experience. SERVPRO of Hendricks County would like to give you examples of the Do's and Dont's after and during a residential fire.  

Do's

  • Escape first, then call for help
  • Develop a home fire escape plan and designate a meeting place outside. 
  • Make sure every family member knows two ways to escape from every room. 
  • Practice feeling your way out with your eyes closed. 
  • Remember to routinely practice a home escape plan with your family.
  • Keep escape routes clear.
  • If your home has sustained flood or water damage, and you can safely get to the main breaker or fuse box, trun off the power. 
  • If there is a fire hydrant near your home, keep it clear of debris for easy access by the fire department.
  • In the case you receive burn injuries pour cold water on the affected part of the body.

Dont's

  • Never stand up in a fire, always crawl low under the smoe and try to keep your mouth covered. Never return to a burning building for any reason.
  • Never go back into a burning building for any reason. If someone is missing, tell the firefighters. 
  • Never run cords under rugs or carpets where heat might build up or damage to a cord may go unnoticed.
  • Never overload electrical circuits by using multi-plug.
  • Do not hide any information concerning hazards in the premises make them known to all.
  • Do not crowd the fire accident site as it may create issues with fire fighting and rescue operations. 
  • Do not ever hesitate to call fire services in times of emergency however minor the fire may be. 

SERVPRO of Hendricks County is "Faster to any Size Disaster." We are available for 24/7 for all of you fire restoration needs.

4th Of July Celebrations Are Fun, But Can Be Dangerous Too

6/13/2021 (Permalink)

 

Don’t we all enjoy the festivities and events over the Fourth of July? We love watching the beautiful fireworks that are celebrated all over the USA. Did you know that many fires take place due to the hazards of mishandling fireworks? 

Many Plainfield, Indiana homeowners like to have their own firework displays and these can quite often get out of control. 

As you enjoy your Fourth of July celebrations, rest assured we are a phone call away at SERVPRO of Hendricks County and operate 24/7 to take care of all your emergencies.  

Our professional team of technicians at SERVPRO is experienced and ready to respond quickly to return your property to “Like it never even happened."


Call us at:
SERVPRO of Hendricks County
317-838-0100

SERVPRO Tip - How To Be Safe While Using Your Backyard Fire Pit

6/13/2021 (Permalink)

Matches Tips on keeping you and your family safe while using the backyard fire pit.
 

SERVPRO of Hendricks County would like to provide our communities with fire pit safety tip as the holiday and summer nights are approaching. On a cool summer night. Its always a good time sitting around the fire pit with family and friends. 

Backyard fires infuse outdoor gatherings with joy and even romance. With that being said it can also be an unpredictable destructive force.

Basics of backyard fire safety

  • Check the wind conditions for your local weather
  • Build the fire in the open away from trees and structures
  • Use only recommended fire starters not gasoline
  • Keep children, pets, and chairs away from the fire pit
  • Wear tight fitted clothing
  • Do not leave the fire unattended
  • Keep a fire extinguisher close by 
  • Make sure the fire is completely extinguished before leaving

Other suggestions would be to install a screen around the fire pit. Keep water and a shovel nearby. If having alcoholic beverages drink responsibly. 

SERVPRO of Hendricks County

317-838-0100

When Fires Happen - SERVPRO Is Ready To Respond & Help

6/13/2021 (Permalink)

House Fire Lightning strikes can happen to your Plainfield, IN home.
 

Residential fires can be some of the most difficult situations we at SERVPRO encounter. Not because our crew is not prepared for the event, but because of the personal loss of a home and possessions is an extremely painful situation for the owners.  Our crew is prepared for this and sympathizes with the anguish and emotional distress each and every homeowner feels after such a disaster. Losing your home in a fire includes loosing many other things of value such as photo albums, important documents, and treasured objects.

Our SERVPRO of Hendricks County technicians are trained to move quickly understanding that every moment saved at the onset of disaster recovery increases the chance of successful mitigation exponentially. SERVPRO provides pack out of your contents and we carefully attempt to salvage any items that can be restored and store them in our warehouse to be properly cleaned and dried. After the structural damage has been reviewed, we then begin the cleaning process, being careful to protect any undamaged areas of the home before we start. Once the property is clean, we can begin drying and assessing the damage.  Our trained crew includes carpenters and other subcontractors that can help to expedite the recovery process and get you back in your home faster. Our goal is to return you to your home “Like it never even happened." 

Call us at 317-838-0100.

When fire strikes your home, SERVPRO is here for you!

6/5/2021 (Permalink)

House fires endanger everyone in the home and even small fires that are put out quickly often result in thousands of dollars of damage. Having a proper insurance policy is essential to help mitigate the financial losses associated.

The 7 Most Common Causes of House Fires

  • Cooking-Related Fires
  • Heating Appliances
  • Electrical Fires
  • Smoking
  • Candles
  • Chemical Fires
  • Christmas Trees

Here are some Tips to help Prevent House Fires

  • Test your smoke alarms regularly
  • Inspect all of your heating sources
  • Keep Your Stove and Oven Clean
  • Don't leave your kitchen while cooking
  • Always Check Your Dryer
  • Maintain all Cords
  • Properly Store Flammable Products
  • Practice Caution with Candles
  • Be careful with your fireplace (if applicable)
  • Keep Fire Extinguishers Around

There is nothing more devastating than losing everything you own to house fires. Your home is like a member of your family. Let SERVPRO make it "Like it never even happened."

317-784-3008

Ask The Experts: What all does fire restoration entail?

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Cleanup & Restoration

What would you do if...

You receive a call from a client today with a fire loss?

You have a fire loss on one of your properties?

You have a fire at your own personal property?

Some statistics...

Fire claims spike during the months of November - February.

On average, Fire causes over $12.4 billion in property damage annualy.

Top 5 Causes of Fire loss:
Cooking equipment
Heating equipment
Intentional
Electrical distribution & lighting equipment
Smoking materials

After the fire is out...

You need a company "Like SERVPRO"
Industry research from 2016 by Buntin Group found that SERVPRO Brand is becoming synonymous with the services provided!

Why not a Contractor?

Mitigate, clean, & restore FIRST! Then repair and rebuild.

SERVPRO of Hendricks County can handle it all -One Stop Shop.

By the way...

WE DO BOARDUP!
Many times, the home or building must be secured immediately BEFORE anything else.

SO contact us today! We are faster to any disaster and are here to get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Fire can strike at any time, and SERVPRO is here for you when it does!

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

Everyone is well aware that fire can cause serious damage to their home or commercial property. However, what many homeowners don’t realize is the fact that damage may be much more extensive and go much deeper than what it seems like on the surface. In just minutes, a fire can take over an entire home, burn through the walls, and get into areas that you cannot see.

Once the fire is extinguished, the toxic smoke may leave behind a residue that has to be removed. If you try to clean this alone, it may result in you inhaling carcinogens that are harmful to your body. This is why it is essential to get in touch with professional fire damage restoration services right away.

If You Wait It Can Harm the Process 

After the flames have been extinguished, it is essential to get to work right away with fire damage restoration. Before you can go back home or reenter a commercial property, all aspects and signs of the property need to be removed. You can’t return until all soot and smoke damage, along with the impact of the flames, have been removed.

The longer you wait to call for service, the more challenging it will be to clean up the home or building and get back to “normal” life. With the help of the professionals, you can feel confident that your home is cleaned and restored quickly. This also helps to ensure you are back living in the home or using the building quickly. When you contact the professionals, you will also see they can make a huge difference in the loss you experience. They know how to handle the issues after a fire and make sure your home is properly cared for.

It is crucial that you focus on the safety of you and your family first, or the people who use the building, regardless of if it is an apartment building or retail store. Don’t go back into the building or home after the fire until it has been deemed as being livable. You should avoid breathing in any toxic fumes from a fire that may have a long-term impact on you, your family, or your pets.

Find Immediate and Emergency Fire Damage Restoration Assistance

When you call the professionals for fire damage restoration services, you can feel confident that a professional and experienced team will come to your location, ready to provide you the services you need. Remember, you should never wait to call for service when a fire has occurred. The longer you wait, the worse the issue will become.

Fire can strike at any time. If you are the victim of this, it is essential that you call for help right away. The sooner you can get someone to your property, the more likely they will be able to mitigate the issues and damage that may otherwise occur. 

So if disaster strikes, give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage in Plainfield, IN

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

When calling into your local SERVPRO of Hendricks County be prepared to answer the frequently asked questions pertaining to your particular fire damage. 

  • Is water damage present from extinguishing the fire?
  • What was the source of the fire? Has that been determined?
  • What is the extent of the damage?
  • How bad is the odor?
  • Is a board up required?
  • Are the water and electricity available?
  • Are there any personal injuries?
  • How many rooms were affected by the fire?

SERVPRO of Hendricks County has all the certified technicians needed to get your home back to "Like it never even happened." We are available by phone 24/7!

Contact us today to learn if we are the right solution for you! 317-838-0100 We are faster to any size disaster. 

Smoke and Soot Cleanup in Plainfield, Indiana

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

What to after the fire? Cleanup SERVPRO of Hendricks County smoke and soot cleanup.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Hendricks County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises, therefore, smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 317-838-0100

The Aftermath of a Fire in Plainfield, Indiana

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Expect  a fast and efficient response from SERVPRO after a home or business fire in Plainfield .

SERVPRO of Hendricks County has trained IICRC certified technicians and top of the line equipment to get your home or business back to "Like it never even happened." 

All the items that could be repaired after a fire are salvaged and taken to our facility for specialized repair. Other items that require cleaning such as carpets could also be taken for proper fire cleanup. Often after a fire there is significant soot damage that results from the burning items, which cause ash and dust on the walls, ceilings, and in the vents. The smoke smell is absorbed in all the porous items throughout the building. We can help by deodorizing and performing a thorough cleaning of the structure. 

Call SERVPRO of Hendricks County we have professionals available 24/7 for your fire restoration needs. 

317-838-0100

Blazing Heat in Brownsburg

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hendricks County has the skilled technicians you need to call upon after a fire ruptures in your home. With the holidays approaching us we would like to provide you with some safety tips for your home during the holiday season. 

  • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Working alarms save lives.
  • Home escape plans. Make and practice your plan and share it with guests.
  • Cooking. Someone should be in the kitchen at all times keeping an eye on the food when the stovetop is in use.
  • Candles. More candle fires happen in December than any other time.
  • Electrical fire safety. Never plug one extension cord into another. Cords are for temporary use only.
  • Space heaters. Keep space heaters three feet away from anything that can burn. 
  • Christmas tree care. Water daily, place away from sources of heat and fire, dispose of them promptly.
  • Matches and lighters. Keep matches and lighters out of the sight or reach of children.

Here at SERVPRO we have witnessed the aftermath of a fire. Keep in mind these safety tips and put a plan in place before your holiday get together!

SERVPRO of Hendricks County

317-838-0100

https://www.SERVPROofhendrickscounty.com/

Providing Pack Outs in Avon, IN

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Choose SERVPRO of Hendricks County!

What is a pack-out?

Restoring and protecting contents after a disaster is done through the pack-out process.

Our pack-out process involves photographing every content put into each box along with a label. We then take them back to our warehouse where they are cleaned and restored to their preloss condition. Contents are separated into two categories. salvageable and unsalvageable. 

After your items are restored and the repairs in your home are complete, SERVPRO will then perform a pack back. Note that items are not returned until the job is completed. This can take some patience. 

A fire in your home can be a traumatic experience. Trust the professional team at SERVPRO of Hendricks County will put your fears to rest. Call us today at 317-838-0100

https://www.SERVPROofhendrickscounty.com/fire-cleanup

Firework Safety In Hendricks County

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Happy 4th of July!!!

With the Fourth of July approaching quickly, SERVPRO of Hendricks County would like to provide safety tips for you and your family.

· Kids should never play with fireworks. Things like firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers are just too dangerous. If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800°F (982°C) — hot enough to melt gold.
· Never try to make your own fireworks.
· Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.
· Steer clear of others setting off fireworks. They can backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction.
· Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even as a joke.
· Don't hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting. Wear eye protection, and don't carry fireworks in your pocket — the friction could set them off.
· Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush and leaves and flammable substances. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that local fire departments respond to more 50,000 fires caused by fireworks each year.
· Light one firework at a time (not in glass or metal containers), and never relight a dud.
· Don't allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
· Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can.
· Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be very frightened or stressed by the Fourth of July and other big celebrations. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they'll run loose or get injured.

Are You Prepared for a Home or Business Fire?

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Repair Process

What happens after your home or business fire

If you have never had a fire in your business or home, it is important to be prepared because no one is immune from it. Fire in a home or business can be caused by a variety of things. Many business or homes have been destroyed by fire damage, not because fire suppression did not take place, but because the owners did not know what to do after the fire.
The fire department responds promptly to help put out the fire. Their work most likely will cause damage such as breaking through doors and windows to access the fire areas. Water will also be pumped into the building, causing floods all over the floor.

What next after the fire department efforts

After the fire has been put out, it is when you will realize the extent of the fire damage and that caused by the firefighters. Fire damage, soot damage, the smoke damage, smoke smell and water damage are evident. Fire damage restoration effort must begin immediately, or more damage could occur.

Professional fire damage restoration

Once the fire has been put out, you must not wait for long before starting to put things in order. Using a good fire restoration company, you will be able to get professionals who are trained and experienced in handling fire cleanup services. They first begin by assessing the level of fire damage. They board up the windows and doors that had broken by the firefighters. The importance of boarding up is to keep off intruders who could access and steal your items.

What to expect from the professional fire restoration company

When hiring SERVPRO of Hendricks County, you can be assured of their services. These professionals use a plan to do the fire cleanup and prevent further damage that could be caused by water or the restoration process. All the items that could be repaired are salvaged and taken to their facility for specialized repair. Other items that require cleaning such as carpets could also be taken up for proper fire cleanup.
Flood water is drained from the rooms and soot damage, and smoke damage is handled effectively. Often fire damage leads to soot damage that results from the burning items, which cause ash and dust on the walls and vents. It has to be cleaned up to remove the dust and ash, which will allow for the repainting of the walls. You will also need to clean up smoke damage because the smoke smell is absorbed in all the porous items in the building. This smoke smell is cleaned up through deodorization and other methods.

The importance of using SERVPRO of Hendricks County fire cleanup services

Hiring a professional fire damage restoration is essential because it ensures effective removal of soot damage, smoke smell, smoke damage, board up services and fire damage restoration. Finding the right fire restoration company would ensure a speedy restoration and allow you to go back to your normal life. It is important to seek the help of professionals in matters that you cannot handle on your own such as commercial fire damage because it could save you time and money.
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https://www.SERVPROofhendrickscounty.com/ for more information on fire damage.

Why Smoke Damaged Homes Demand Residential Fire Restoration Why Smoke Damaged Homes Demand Residential Fire Restoration Most people who live through

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Why Hendricks County Smoke Damaged Homes Demand Residential Fire Restoration

Most people who live through fires know that they'll have to deal with fire damage. What you may not know is that in addition to getting rid of lingering smoke odors and cleaning soot from walls, you might have to make significant structural improvements.

The Reality of Being Rescued

When firefighters come to extinguish blazes, they often have to take extraordinary actions to prevent the spread of flames. Your rescuers might break down your doors or cut holes in your roof or walls. The water they use to put out the fire can soak building materials like drywall, wood and plaster, which may weaken their structural integrity.

The Aftermath of a Blaze

Homes ravaged by fires are often left wide open to the elements. To stop rain, snow, debris and other elements from entering holes and worsening your fire damage, you may have to

Put boards over windows and doors to prevent trespassing,
Install temporary construction materials, such as sheeting, to keep wildlife out, and
Make major replacements to damaged structural members, such as beams.

Getting on the Road to Restoration in a Smoke Damaged Home

Even if your property only sustains what looks like minor cosmetic harm, the lingering smoke odors can last for years. Cleaning soot from walls might seem like something you can do on your own, but the microscopic contaminants that you miss can make your smoke damaged home uninhabitable. Talking to a professional is the best way to recreate a healthy living space.
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Every Second Counts in Brownsburg, Indiana

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO of Hendricks County make it “Like it never even happened”.

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here are this year’s key campaign messages:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Have you contacted your local fire department? See how you can get involved with them and your community to prevent house fires. Sometimes they will have events or give out smoke detectors for your home. Don't think this could never happen to you because it easily could. We don't have control over everything in our homes! Be safe and have a plan!

CALL us at SERVPRO of Hendricks County 317-838-0100

What would you do?

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Cleanup & Restoration

What would you do if...

You receive a call from a client today with a fire loss?

You have a fire loss on one of your properties?

You have a fire at your own personal property?

Some statistics...

Fire claims spike during the months of November - February.

On average, Fire causes over $12.4 billion in property damage annualy.

Top 5 Causes of Fire loss:
Cooking equipment
Heating equipment
Intentional
Electrical distribution & lighting equipment
Smoking materials

After the fire is out...

You need a company "Like SERVPRO"
Industry research from 2016 by Buntin Group found that SERVPRO Brand is becoming synonymous with the services provided!

Why not a Contractor?

Mitigate, clean, & restore FIRST! Then repair and rebuild.

SERVPRO of Hendricks County can handle it all -One Stop Shop.

By the way...

WE DO BOARDUP!
Many times, the home or building must be secured immediately BEFORE anything else.

Call SERVPRO of Hendricks County at      317-838-0100.

Fireplace Safety

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fireplace Safety

  • Fireplaces should not be used as furnaces. Use a fireplace for a short-duration fire — no longer than five hours.
  • Keep the glass open to allow air to be drawn up to cool the chimney, but keep the screen closed to prevent sparks from jumping onto the carpeting.
  • Never leave a fire unattended when children are in the house. Adults, even if near, should not allow children to play near or with fire tools and equipment.
  • Open a window when using the fireplace to prevent the room from becoming smoky. The air coming in from the window will go up the chimney.
  • Before making a fire, open the glass doors, pull aside the screen curtains, and place the kindling, newspaper and logs inside. Next, open the damper and a window. The window needs to be open only a few inches. You can check to make sure the smoke will go up the chimney properly by lighting a match, quickly blowing it out and watching the smoke to see whether it's going up and out.
  • Keep a nonflammable rug (available at fireplace-supply stores) in front of the fireplace so that sparks won't melt or otherwise damage your carpeting.
  • Use fireplace tools to handle burning logs. Never use your hands.
  • Use a chimney cap to prevent water damage, to keep animals from nesting and to keep debris from blocking the chimney and causing carbon monoxide to flow into the house. Use a spark arrester to help prevent sparks from flying out, which could start a fire on the roof or lawn.
  • Glass doors may develop tough stains from flames and heat. To clean them, make sure the glass doors are cool, then scrape off any thick gunk deposits with a razor blade. Add a squirt of liquid dishwashing detergent to a bucket of warm water, or add a cup of vinegar to a gallon of water. Spray or sponge the cleaner on, and then wipe it away with newspaper (which is lint-free). Another option is to buy glass cleaner at a fireplace store.
  • Fireplace coals can remain hot enough to start a fire for up to three days, so always wait at least that long before removing the ashes. At that point, close the damper to prevent cold air in the flue from stirring up excess dust while you're removing the ashes. Be sure to wear a dust mask and open a window in the same room as the fireplace to prevent negative air pressure. Use a shovel to scoop the ashes into a metal container. Store the container far from combustible materials and surfaces and wood floors.
  • Never use a vacuum to clean up ashes, because live coals may remain in those ashes.
  • Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the chimney when necessary. Have him show you how to check it yourself, too. The chimney should be checked at least once a year or after about 80 fires.
  • Shine brass fireplace utensils with Worcestershire sauce and a toothbrush.
  • Clean the firebox (the area where the logs burn) at least once a week during the months you use it, when ash builds up. Leave about an inch of ash because it acts as insulation, allowing the coals to heat faster and retain the heat easier. Keep the firebox completely clean during the months when the fireplace is not in use.
  • To clean an exterior slate hearth, wash, dry and coat it with lemon oil every six weeks to make it shine. For cleaning exterior brick hearths, buy a brick cleaner at a fireplace shop.

 via HGTV.com