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SERVPRO of East Evansville Smoke and Soot Cleanup

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

A House Fire Can Leave Behind A Prevalent Odor In Your Evansville Home.

Anyone that's ever experienced a house fire can attest, smoke and soot can be very invasive and get into unseen areas within a home.  

Facts about Smoke and Soot:

  • 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.

Three 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 East Evansville 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:

1. Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

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

2. Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

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

3. 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

When we go into these situations we inspect and assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. Each situation varies as does our approach. 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 812-471-3132

Hurricane Florence

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Here to Help®

Hurricane Florence has made landfall causing significant flooding and wind destruction in North and South Carolina. In addition to the 90 local Franchises in the Hurricane Florence affected areas, SERVPRO also has a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country. Our designated Disaster Recovery Teams have been deployed to the affected areas bringing hundreds of crews from across the nation to help.

You Can Help By Making a Donation Today!

The American Red Cross is working around the clock along the East Coast to help the thousands of people whose lives have been affected by Hurricane Florence.

Click HERE to make a donation

Evansville's Highland Baseball Club

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Evansville Congratulates the Highland Baseball Club!

It was great to seeing Indiana represented again on the national stage this weekend. The Highland Baseball Club was selected from over 900 teams to play Saturday at Volunteer Stadium in the Challenger Exhibition at the Little League World Series. 

The game kicked off with Highland player Allie Shanks singing the national anthem. The kids had a lot of fun and everyone was involved. Even baseball Hall of Fame inductee Vladimir Guerrero was in attendance. He threw out the first pitch, gave players for both teams their medals and even filled in as third base coach. 

The team received a hero's welcome back from the Evansville Police Department, Evansville Fire Department, Vanderburgh County Sheriff, Indiana State Police, Scott Township Fire Department and fans from all over. 

We are so proud of you. You represented us well. 

If you missed the game they are showing it again 9/2 on Channel 9, WNIN.   

New Albany Little League

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Congratulations and great job by the New Albany Little League team.

New Castle was the last team from Indiana to make it to the Little League world series. The kids from New Albany were just one game away.

The team came up short over the weekend against a team from Grosse Pointe, Michigan in the Great Lakes Region. Their only two losses came at the hands of the same team. They couldn't overcome the pitching and the game was stopped in the fourth inning because of the 10-0 rule to stop teams from running up the score. Hundreds of fans of the team were able to make the drive to see them play at Grand Park in Westfield just North of Indy. I actually stayed in Evansville and watched it on TV. They fell short but they played hard and had fun.        

They represented Southern Indiana well!

Winchester House

8/9/2018 (Permalink)


SERVPRO of East Evansville is a proud supporter of Volunteers of America and we share in their goal of helping to heal our communities.

Their Fresh Start program provides free residential addiction treatment for mothers who are pregnant or involved with the Indiana Department of Child Services. The program allows mothers and children to remain together in a structured and secure facility. The program is provided at no cost to the mother and insurance coverage is not required. The program accept referrals from mothers who live anywhere in the state of Indiana. 

Volunteers of America offers behavioral health, residential corrections and support services for veteran families here in Evansville. To learn more about the impact Volunteers of America or The Fresh Start program is having in our community visit: www.voain.org/news.

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges 

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage at commercial properties in Evansville are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

About SERVPRO of East Evansville 

SERVPRO of East Evansville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. 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.  

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.

SERVPRO of East Evansville provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration services to Vanderburgh and surrounding counties.

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Evansville is always here to help.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of East Evansville provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of East Evansville arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 - (812) 471-3132

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of East Evansville 

SERVPRO of East Evansville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. 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.

SERVPRO of East Evansville is Hiring!

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Looking for a great place to work?

SERVPRO of East Evansville is currently hiring Crew Chiefs, Lead Production Technicians & Production Technicians. Construction experience preferred but if you enjoy hands on work and are eager to learn, we can train you. Learn more about these and other opportunities by visiting the careers tab on our website: http://www.SERVPROeastevansville.com/careers  

Minimum requirements for this position:

  • Must have a professional appearance and great attitude.
  • A valid driver license with a reasonable driving record.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check with no felony convictions or misdemeanors involving violence or theft.
  • Must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Because we provide 24-hour emergency services, must be willing to be on call, as needed.
  • Some night and weekend work is required.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a GED certificate.

    Learn more by calling (812) 471-3132 or email resume: SERVPRO8469@gmail.com 

When Storms of Floods hit Evansville, Indiana, SERVPRO of East Evansville is ready!

5/11/2016 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Evansville, Indiana.

SERVPRO of East Evansville specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the tri-state area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 812-471-3132

Duct Cleaning

3/21/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO of East Evansville specializes in duct cleaning services?  Our owner, PJ Schitter, is NADCA certified and ready to answer any questions you may have. 

Contact us today at 812-471-3132 so we can set up your duct cleaning appointment today! 

Storm and Water Damage Tips

2/19/2016 (Permalink)

We are always here to help!

Homeowners should:

Safely turn the home’s water main off if running water inside the house is the source of the problem.

Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items. 

Remove and prop up wet upholstery and pillow cushions for even drying.

Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

Turn air conditioning on the maximum drying (in summer).

Remove Oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpeting.

Remove valuable paintings and art objects to a safe, dry place.

Open and place luggage in sunlight to dry, if possible.

Gather loose items, toys, etc. from floors.

Homeowners should not:

Leave wet fabrics in place. Dry fabrics as soon as possible and hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

Leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.

Use your household vacuum to remove water.

Use televisions or other household appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.

Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

If water damage has resulted in exposure to sewage and other harmful waste:

Stay out of the affected areas.

Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.

Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.

Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage system damage.

Do not:

Attempt cleanup of any kind.

Touch or handle items that might be contaminated with bodily fluids.

Eat, drink, smoke, apply cosmetics or handle contact lenses in affected areas.

Also note that OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical examination for anyone encountering a hazardous waste problem and suggests contacting your local health department or physician.

Provided by SERVPRO of East Evansville (812) 471-3132

Freezing Pipes

1/12/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Evansville is always here to help!

As winter settles in, freezing pipes becomes a concern for many home owners. 

Here are two simple steps you can follow to help prevent water damage from occurring due to a pipe freeze:

1.  Open all cabinet doors where plumbing is located.  (For example, the cabinet under your kitchen sink.)

2.  Run a slow trickle of water through the faucet.

Remember, the first 48 hours of any water loss are the most important.  If you do experience a broken pipe, contact us at 812-471-3132. 

Happy Holidays!

12/7/2015 (Permalink)

Happy Holidays!

SERVPRO of East Evansville was excited to participate in the annual Tri State Association of Insurance Adjusters’ Christmas party on Friday, December 4th. We had a wonderful time meeting new and old friends from the area. 

We would like to wish everyone a very safe and happy Holidays!     

Testimonials from SERVPRO of East Evansville's Happy Customers

11/25/2015 (Permalink)

Customer satisfaction is our number one priority!

SERVPRO of East Evansville strives every day to ensure that our quality of work is up to the highest standard and we are always happy to get positive feedback from our customers.

Here are some recent quotes from real customers:

"SERVPRO of East Evansville has been great! They had open communication with us during the clean-up of our home, and we always knew what was going on. We would definitely use them again." -Sara (Robards, Kentucky)

"Exceptional, professional service. Willing to put in whatever hours necessary to complete the job to your satisfaction. Would, and will, recommend this company to anyone affected by an in-home water leak." -Teran (Evansville, Indiana)

"SERVPRO of East Evansville worked quickly to get my home back to live-in condition. They were always available when I had a question." -Jane (Newburgh, Indiana)

If water damage threatens your home or office call us at (812)471-3132.  We are here to help and care for not only your home or office, but for you as an individual.  Our ultimate goal is to help make it a little less stressful on you. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

11/23/2015 (Permalink)

Happy Thanksgiving!

SERVPRO of East Evansville would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!  We are so thankful this season for all of our amazing customers. 

Please contact us at 812-471-3132 for all of your restoration needs this Holiday season. 

SERVPRO of East Evansville is an IICRC Certified Firm

11/20/2015 (Permalink)

Our IICRC Firm Certification

SERVPRO of East Evansville is an IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified firm.  The IICRC sets the gold standards for the Cleaning and Remediation industry, of which SERVPRO is an industry leader. The following is from the IICRC official website (http://www.iicrc.org).

”IICRC Certified Firms have earned the right to display the cleantrust logo as a symbol of quality. In order to achieve IICRC-certified status, firms must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise.

"IICRC Certified Firms must:

"• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

"• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

"• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

"• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

"• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

"The IICRC actively pursues relationships with fiber producers, carpet and fabric mills, furnishing manufacturers and retailers, and others affiliated with the industry. The use of IICRC-certified service professionals is specified in leading manufacturers’ maintenance brochures and warranties.”

SERVPRO of East Evansville is honored to be among the select organizations to receive this certification. We will continue to offer the same standard of excellence that you expect from a SERVPRO Franchise.

SERVPRO of East Evansville is Hiring!

11/20/2015 (Permalink)

We are hiring!

SERVPRO of East Evansville is currently hiring a Production Manager and Crew Chief.

The requirements for this position:

  • Must have a professional appearance and great attitude.
  • A valid driver license with a reasonable driving record.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check with no felony convictions or misdemeanors involving violence or theft.
  • Must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Because we provide 24-hour emergency services, must be willing to be on call, as needed.
  • Some night and weekend work is required.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a GED certificate.

    Please call 812-471-3132 for more information or email your resume to SERVPRO8469@gmail.com

Happy Birthday SERVPRO of East Evansville

11/19/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Evansville's is celebrating their 17th Birthday!

SERVPRO of East Evansville is celebrating its 17 years of serving the tristate area!  Located in Evansville, Indiana, this local Franchise is ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for all of your restoration needs.  Call us at 812-471-3132 for more information.  We are always here to help!

SERVPRO of East Evansville is Ready to Serve YOU

11/19/2015 (Permalink)

Our building, located at 8117 Burch Park Drive, Evansville, Indiana.

SERVPRO of East Evansville provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in the Evansville and the surrounding tri-state areas.  We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (812) 471-3132

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we has the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Holiday Fire Safety

11/13/2015 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, on average, there is an 183% increase in fire incidents on Thanksgiving Day.

Fire Safety Tips

Every year millions of families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving meals in their homes.  What many of us do not think about is fire safety during our gatherings.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries.  Here are some safety tips that I found in SERVPRO's November issue of Restoration Newsline provided by the American Red Cross:

  • NEVER leave cooking food unattended!
  • Check food regularly while cooking and always remain in the home.
  • Keep children away from the cooking area.
  • Keep all flammable items-pot holders, wood utensils, and paper or plastic goods-away from the stove.
  • Make sure to not wear loose fitting clothing while cooking.
  • Always clean kitchen surfaces to prevent grease build up.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
  • Make sure all appliances are turned off when finished cooking.
  • SERVPRO of East Evansville wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

    Cold Weather is Coming-Are You Ready?

    11/2/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO has highly trained professionals on call ready to dry out your home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

    Is your home ready for winter?

    Making sure your home is properly secure for winter is the best way to prevent water damage in the future.  In the winter months, pipe breaks and leaks make your home more susceptible to water damage. 

    Helpful Tips

    Here are some handy tips that we found on the American Red Cross website:

    Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.

    Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.

    When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.

    Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.

    If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

    What do I do if a pipe bursts?

    Should you need assistance at your home for water damage, SERVPRO is here to help!  While you wait for us to arrive, here are some helpful guidelines to keep in mind:

    Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.

    Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

    Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.

    Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

    Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.

    Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.

    Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.

    Gather loose items from floors.

    Mold Lurking

    10/14/2015 (Permalink)

    Call SERVPRO® for all of your mold remediation needs!

    Could mold be growing in your home? 

    If you have had prior water damage, your home may be at risk for mold growth.  According to the Center for Disease Control, mold growth in your home may cause an increased risk of allergies.  If mold is seen or smelled, you should contact a mold remediation professional to come inspect your home immediately.

    What can you do?
    SERVPRO® of East Evansville offers home inspections to determine if mold is present.  If mold is found, we can determine what remediation needs to be performed to rid your home of the nuisance.

    Please remember:
    As the weather changes, you may start to see the presence of mold in your home.  If you need help, please contact our specialist at 812-471-3132.  We are always here to help!

    Preventing Flood Damage

    2/11/2015 (Permalink)

    Our Disaster Recovery Team is ready when you need us!

    Have you ever wondered what you can do as a homeowner to help prevent damage to your home during a flood?

    There are several things to consider when you experience water damage, as well as some flood terms to help you keep informed.  Here are those terms:

    Flood Watch- Flooding is possible.  Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or a local television station for information.

    Flash Flood Warning- A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.

    Flash Flood Watch- Flash flooding is possible.  Be prepared to move to higher ground, listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or a local television station for information.

    Flood Warning- Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate do so immediately.

    To help prevent flooding in your home, follow these simple instructions:

    Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk.

    Consider installing "check valves" to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.

    If feasible, construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building and seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds. 

    Above all else make sure your family has an emergency action plan prepared. 

    Build an emergency kit that contains blankets, flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food items, bottled water, and any necessary daily medications.

    Form a family communication packet that includes local emergency phone numbers, as well as a safe meeting place in the event of an evacuation.

    For any of your water damage needs in Evansville, Indiana please do not hesitate in calling us.  We are always here to help!