Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire in your Evansville Indiana Home

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

Nobody ever plan on having a fire. We never expect something so terrible to happen. So if and when it does...we aren't typically prepared. If you are reading this and are at home, stop what you are doing and go take pictures of every room in your home and every drawer..this will make it so much easier on you if you you were to have a fire. 

Here is what you can expect when you call SERVPRO of West Evansville after a fire in your home or office. 

1.     Fast Response…Uniformed technicians will arrive on- site usually within four hours of notification.

2.     Convenient Service…we are close to your home here in Evansville Indiana 

3.     Damage Containment…Timely response can mean the difference between restoring property and replacing it.

4.     Extensive Experience…Our business has been a leading provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration for over 40 years. Which is how we train our team and have for the past 8 years!

5.     Vast Resources…Our business has large loss capabilities and can handle any fire or water damage-no matter how big.

Performance that results from the best people, training and resources in the business. We KNOW that we have the best team around. Quality work and the best customer service you will find. 

Here to Help after Home Fires

11/14/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know we can put your home or business back together after a fire? We can! SERVPRO of West Evansville is ready to serve you!

A home fire is one of the most devastating things that can happen to a family. We understand how challenging it can be for families to pick up the pieces and put their lives back together. That is why SERVPRO of West Evansville is here. We want to make a horrible situation a little bit better for you.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

When it comes to a business fire, we understand that your business needs to be shut down for the least amount of days as possible. We know what it takes to run a business. Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

Does your Business have a Plan for a Fire?

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

Do you have a plan? 

Two days after opening, a local restaurant catches on fire affecting all of the surrounding business located in the same strip mall. 

Imagine that is your business that caught on fire or you are one of the surrounding businesses. It's a horrible thought, especially after the shut down of Covid 19. After the panic subsides..think about your plan.

How would your business bounce back? Could your business bounce back? Every business should have a contingency plan, and should regularly update the plan as times change. These are scary questions we know. We've had to ask ourselves the same things.

What would make it even worse if if you do not have a reliable restoration company who do you turn to in your time of need? SERVPRO of West Evansville runs as a 24/7 emergency service company. Which means when you get that dreaded phone call you can lean on us anytime of day. Give us a call, we are here for you.

In the case of the strip mall fire, SERVPRO was notified the morning after the fire. We were able to go into the first building to start the restoration process. After pack-out and then gutting the restaurant we moved to another store next door. A hair salon was only shut down for 2 days while we were able to clean all of their contents and the building that endured smoke damage.

SERVPRO of West Evansville is here to help you after your Evansville Indiana business fire or house fire. We've got your back. 

We are your plan. 

Why SERVPRO of West Evansville is the Fire Damage Company you should Call

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Evansville is a family owned and operated business. Our team is more than just a company or a business, we are a family. We take our jobs seriously and above all else we are trained to serve others and serve them well. 

We know SERVPRO of West Evansville is a better restoration company. But we are writing this blog because we want to give you the facts about us!

1. Our quick response! This is KEY. Quick response=less money you have to spend.  Our first priority here at SERVPRO is restoration. Restoration saves YOU money!  Even if a loss is below the deductible, fast action helps assure the event will stay small.

2. Our rule is to "restore whenever possible, replace only when necessary." This is not always the case with other restoration companies. 

  • Items unaffected by the loss.
  • Restorable items.
  • Items that cannot be restored.
  • Questionable items that need an adjuster's professional opinion  

Give us a call today 812-465-2500 Let SERVPRO of West Evansville serve you! 

Do you have Smoke Damage in your Home?

6/19/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know there are 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 West Evansville 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 – 812-881-7178

Top 3 Reasons for a Garage Fire

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

We bet you didn't know that thousands of garages catch on fire here in the United States every year. 

One of the worst parts about garage fires is that they often lead to house fires.

Check out some of the tips below. We know not all fires are preventable, but we hope these are helpful to possibly prevent a garage fire for you or your family.

  1. Electrical Complications
    • Faulty Circuits
    • Overloaded Outlets
  2. Flammable Liquids (Can spark)
    • Gasoline
    • Paint
    • Paint thinner
    • oil 
  3. Propane Tanks
    • If not stored or sealed correctly 

Here at SERVPRO of West Evansville we would never wish a fire upon anyone, but as always, we are ready to serve someone in need and give others tips on how to hopefully prevent one. Give SERVPRO of West Evansville a call today!

Does your Family have a Fire Escape Plan?

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

fire safety plan with your family in Evansville Indiana Does your family have a plan? Don't wait...make one today.

Do you have a fire escape plan? We know that nobody thinks a fire will ever happen to them, but unfortunately a house fire is a reality for many families. It's an extremely scary reality, but the fact is, it can happen. 

Fire and water damage is what we are known for here at SERVPRO of West Evansville. Wes strive to serve those in and around Evansville Indiana making your damage "Like it never even happened."

We will put your house back together AFTER the fire, but we want to make sure you and your family are as safe as possible and have taken every precaution BEFORE a fire ever happens to you.

This can be a challenging conversation with your family, especially if you have little ones in the home. You don't want to scare them, but you also want to give them confidence on what to do if something like this were to ever happen. 

SERVPRO of West Evansville is dedicated to helping our customers when disaster strikes and helping to make it “Like it never even happened.” We are ready 24/7, 365 at 812-465-2500 to help you. 

House Fire

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Evansville is here to help pick up the pieces after your house fire.

Our fire process will have seven steps start to end. 

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The first step is giving out office a call and speaking with our representative. They will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event and dispatch you to the correct contact.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We will check out your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)


This next step happens almost immediately as we remove the water. We will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from all Surfaces

Our team uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

Our team will clean all of the restorable items. We have multiple cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition.

Step 7: Restoration

This is our final step, getting everything into pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO of West Evansville is trained and ready to take care of a fire in your Evansville Indiana home. We are here to serve you and serve you well. 

A Small Fire can still Cause BIG Damage

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

Before SERVPRO, we were not aware how much damage a small fire could cause. Unfortunately a small fire can affect every room in your home or business with smoke and soot damage. Any fire in your home or business is bad. But trust us when we say "don't try to clean it up on your own." We have equipment that was created to take care of this and we are trained and ready to tackle this problem.  

Smoke and soot damage can be disheartening we know. The good news? SERVPRO of West Evansville understands how disruptive fires can be for you and your entire family. Therefore, we are available 24-hour emergency response, and, under normal circumstances, will have trained, uniformed technicians on site-of a fire damage within four hours to begin emergency services.

Give us a call today, we are ready to serve you and your Evansville Indiana home.

Smoke and Soot Damage in your Home?

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

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 West Evansville 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. 

Questions about our fire damage restoration services? Give SERVPRO of West Evansville a call today!

Have you had a Fire in your Evansville Indiana Home?

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

Most people have heard that you should document all of the items in your home. But very few people do it. The reason is for insurance purposes. If you were to have a fire, you would have pictures and documentation on your items. It would be extremely challenging to try and remember every single item you have in your home. 

As homeowners we put a lot of sentimental value on our personal items. After a major fire damage the thought of replacing everything you love can be overwhelming. SERVPRO of West Evansville has the training to restore your personal items instead of replacing them. But what can you do until help arrives?

Here are some tips on how you can help after a fire damage.

- Limit movement in the house to prevent soot particles from spreading and causing additional damage.

- DO NOT wash any walls or painted services.

- DO NOT shampoo carpet or upholstery.

- DO NOT send clothing to a dry cleaner. With fire damage certain steps need to be taken to ensure that smoke odor does not set into clothing.

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference in restoring your items and replacing them. Call SERVPRO of West Evansville to help with your fire damage. We can't wait to serve you!

Fire Escape Plan in Evansville Indiana?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Do you have a fire escape plan? Many people do not. We feel that it is our job to educate the community on this. 

Unfortunately a house fire is a reality for many families. It's an extremely scary reality, but the fact is, it can happen, and it does happen. 

Here at SERVPRO of West Evansville, we come to your rescue AFTER the fire has occurred in your home or business. But we want to do our part and help you BEFORE an actual fire starts. Homes, offices, and material items can be replaced and/or restored...but not your families lives. For us, the fire escape plan is the most important part. 

This can be a challenging conversation with your family, especially if you have little ones in the home. You don't want to scare them, but you also want to give them confidence on what to do if something like this were to ever happen. So have the conversation, no matter how hard it is. If anything were to ever happen, you will wish you had. 

SERVPRO of West Evansville is dedicated to helping our customers when disaster strikes and helping to make it “Like it never even happened,” we are ready 24/7, 365 at 812-465-2500 to help you. 

Preventing Garage Fires in Evansville Indiana

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

I bet you didn't know that thousands of garage fires occur every year..we didn't know either. So we decided it was time to write a blog post about it to educated others. It is common to have garages attached to home with can increase the chances of a home fire too. Even garages that are not attached could possibly cause a home fire too. Let's investigate causes of garage fire..check them out below.  

  1. Electrical Complications
    • Faulty Circuits
    • Overloaded Outlets
  2. Flammable Liquids (Can spark)
    • Gasoline
    • Paint
    • Paint thinner
    • oil 
  3. Propane Tanks
    • If not stored or sealed correctly 

These are only tips that could possibly help prevent a fire, there is always going to be a chance of fire. Be sure to have your fire alarms tested and batteries changed often.

As always, SERVPRO of West Evansville is always ready to serve you or someone you know in need after a house, garage, or office fire. 

Stay Safe while using Space Heaters

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

As a child, my parents were always hesitant to use space heaters. As an adult, I have adopted the behavior and we do not use them in our home. 

Some homes have no other choice but to use space heaters, we understand that. So we wanted to write a blog to give you some tips for safety while using them.

1. Space heaters can ignite fires if they come into contact with combustible items. Be sure that the heaters should be situated at least 3 feet away from combustible items (curtains, rugs, papers, furniture such as sofas or beds, and clothes).

2. They should also be kept on flat surfaces, and not kept in walkways (to prevent bumping into the heater and knocking it over).

3. Always check to make sure that it has not been damaged in any way (including frayed cords, cracks, loose plugs).

4. Never leave your space heater unattended while it is in use. 

Call SERVPRO of West Evansville for any other fire safety tips!

Have you had a Fire in Evansville Indiana

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

Have you had a fire? We want to be there to help. Even if the fire isn't large, it can still cause thousands of dollars in smoke and soot damage. 

Did you know that smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor?  

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. 

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 SERVPRO of West Evansville today!

Celebrating Local Fire Fighters

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke detector on ceiling with smoke rising around it National Fire Prevention week is October 6-12, while we encourage you to check your smoke detectors regularly during this week it is a great time to

SERVPRO is excited to help celebrate local fire fighters during National Fire Prevention week. National Fire Prevention week is October 6-12, while we encourage you to check your smoke detectors regularly during this week it is a great time to educate and remind your family what to do if a fire would happen in your home. 

Here are some tips to make sure that your house is ready for no matter what happens. 

- Install enough smoke alarms through out your home, and test them monthly and replace the batteries at least once a year. 

- Teach children what smokes alarms sound like and what to do when they hear them.

- Establish escape routes for every room in the house and practice them regularly.

- Teach your household members to STOP, DROP, and ROLL. 

- Keep open flames away from flammable material. 

- Keep areas around the furnace, water heater, outlets, and other potentially hazardous areas clear of combustible materials. 

To learn more about how you can keep your family safe call your local fire department. 

Fire Damage in Indiana? Check out our Blog for other Cities we Serve.

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Evansville does not only clean up after fires in West Evansville. We also proudly serve in Cythiana Indiana, Griffin Indiana, Mt. Vernon Indiana, New Harmony Indiana, Poseyville Indiana, and Wadesville Indiana. Each city is different but each job is done with the same integrity, quality, and determination by our owners and crew. 

SERVPRO of West Evansvilles takes our work seriously and your home even more serious. We hope you never face a fire in your home. Let us serve you if the time does ever come. We will treat your belongings with care and your emotional well being is at the forefront of our minds. We understand and we not only want to be there to put your home back together but also emotionally understanding of your situation. 

Restore Vs. Replace

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

As homeowners we put a lot of sentimental value on our personal items. After a major fire damage the thought of replacing everything you love can be overwhelming. SERVPRO of West Evansville has the training to restore your personal items instead of replacing them. But what can you do until help arrives? Here are some tips on how you can help after a fire damage.

- Limit movement in the house to prevent soot particles from spreading and causing additional damage.

- DO NOT wash any walls or painted services.

- DO NOT shampoo carpet or upholstery.

- DO NOT send clothing to a dry cleaner. With fire damage certain steps need to be taken to ensure that smoke odor does not set into clothing.

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference in restoring your items and replacing them. Call SERVPRO of West Evansville to help with your fire damage. 

"I've had a Fire in my Home."

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

If you have recently had a fire in your home, we are terribly sorry. We know how devastating this can be. We would never promise that we can make everything perfect again, because some things are irreplaceable. But we will give it our all to make such a horrible situation better.

Our crews are extremely sympathetic and sensitive to home and office fires. We are ready to help you get things back to as normal as possible. 

Once the fire department is finished putting the fire out, you may even have water damage on top of the fire damage. We are prepared to help get you and your family through this tough time. We have training not only in cleaning your home after the fire but also your personal belongings. We are quick to restore your home to pre-fire condition. Rest assured, SERVPRO of West Evansville is here. 

Why Should you Call SERVPRO of West Evansville?

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Evansville is a family owned and operated business. We take our jobs seriously and above all else we are trained to serve others. 

We know SERVPRO of West Evansville is a better restoration company. But we are writing this blog because we want to give you the facts about us!

1. Our quick response! This is KEY. Quick response=less money you have to spend.  Our first priority here at SERVPRO is restoration. Restoration saves YOU money!  Even if a loss is below the deductible, fast action helps assure the event will stay small.

2. Our rule is to "restore whenever possible, replace only when necessary." 

  • Items unaffected by the loss.
  • Restorable items.
  • Items that cannot be restored.
  • Questionable items that need an adjuster's professional opinion  

Let SERVPRO of West Evansville serve you!