Recent Water Damage Posts

BLACK WATER

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Black Water Caused by Sewer Backup Potentially harmful bacteria entering your home? Call your SERVPRO of East Evansville Professionals at (812) 471-3132 for immediate service.

Black water is water that is highly contaminated and filled with fungi,bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water containing this potentially harmful bacteria can affect your health, the health of your family and the value of your home. Black water is typically caused by toilet overflows, sewage backups, flooding, or any other type of natural disaster. These dark intrusions introduce more than nasty, smelly messes. These biohazardous damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into your home, as well as the moisture necessary to support their growth. Your SERVPRO of East Evansville Professional understands how disruptive black water damages can be for your entire family. By responding quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services SERVPRO of East Evansville professionals can help you regain control quickly, while drying, deodorizing, and protecting your home and belongings. Let us help protect you, call SERVPRO of East Evansville at (812) 471-3132, for your biohazard cleaning services.

What SERVPRO of East Evansville Will Do For You

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Emergency SERVPRO of East Evansville professionals identify the source and type of water damage, which determines the proper course of action.

When it comes to water damage, SERVPRO of East Evansville are the professionals to call on! Our professionals take several steps to ensure your water damage is under control.  It’s up to you to take the first step:

  • Initial Emergency Contact: We are available 24 hours a day, if you have an emergency, call us right away! SERVPRO of East Evansville is available for you, at (812) 471-3132.
  • Inspection and Damage Assessment: When we arrive on scene, we will do a detailed inspection of the damage. We will inform you of the personalized plan for your water damage.
  • Moisture Extraction:  If necessary, we will bring in pumps to extract excess water, and reduce drying time to prevent further cost to you.
  • Assets: We will protect your assets by moving them to a dry area or setting them up and away from the water to reduce the damage. We also offer document drying for any valuable papers you want to restore.
  • Dehumidifying and Drying: Once the excess water has been removed, we will place specialized drying equipment to control temperatures and humidity speeding up drying times to ensure minimization of secondary water damage or possible mold growth.
  • Cleaning: We will clean the salvaged areas to prepare for the restoration process to begin.

SERVPRO of East Evansville professionals are committed to providing top quality, and professional water mitigation services for you!

Faster to your Evansville Indiana Water Damage Event

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

Faster to Any Disaster: SERVPRO vehicle on the way. SERVPRO of East Evansville provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Vanderburgh County and surrounding counties.

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 SERVPRO of East Evansville 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 risks to occupants.

Sump Pump Failure

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

Sump Pump Diagram When your sump pump fails, call SERVPROof East Evansville at (812)-471-3132. We are " Here to Help!"

SERVPRO of East Evansville knows, when a sump pumps fails, it’s often during a heavy rain period. This is due when the pump is working overtime to remove all the excess water that’s trying to seep in from outside. After a sump pump failure, water begins to leak through the foundation, basement walls, or any cracks in the cement. The water will pool in the lowest spots on the floor of the basement. It will start gradually rising if more water is able to come in. So what do you do at that point? 

Call SERVPRO of East Evansville Professionals at (812) 471-3132. Our professionals have the knowledge and skills to...

  1. Quickly extract water from flooded basements with commercial pumps
  2. Move items out of the basement to prevent damage
  3. Remove damaged materials such as drywall to prevent mold growth
  4. Quickly dry the moisture with commercial fans and dehumidifiers
  5. Dry or Remove soaked carpet
  6. Take moisture readings to ensure all moisture is removed

A sump pump is a relatively inexpensive water mitigation system. But like any piece of equipment in your home, it will eventually fail which can result in flooding, water backups, or water damage to your basement. If you’re in a flood prone area or don’t want to worry about what might happen if your sump pump fails, consider getting a basement water pump as an emergency backup for your sump pump, to help prevent future damage.

Is your home ready for winter?

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Frozen Fountain Frozen fountain in the depths of winter.

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.  We here at SERVPRO of East Evansville want to provide some helpful tips to help prepare your home for the upcoming witnter months. In the winter months, pipe breaks and leaks make your home more susceptible to water damage. If you are in need of winter water damage assistance call us immediately at (812)-471-3132. Read on for tips to prevent winter water damage in the future.

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.

Water Damage Restoration Process

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the expertise and equipment to efficiently restore your property to pre-water damage condition. They use a scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup that emphasizes and specializes in monitoring and documenting the drying process from beginning to end.

Every water damage event is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same.

Begin the Process

"Stay Calm and Call On" our SERVPRO of East Evansville specialists asap at (812) 471-3132. They will guide you through several questions to assess the water damage event. This will help the SERVPRO Professional respond to your water emergency more quickly and efficiently. We have proudly responded to our Evansville IN, Newburgh IN, and Henderson KY families for many years. This critical initial contact is an important part of a fast, and effective restoration.

Inspect

The SERVPRO Professional will carefully inspect your property’s water damage. They will determine the type of water damage and the areas affected. This information will then be used to create an effective plan of action that will result in a successful restoration.

Water Removal

The SERVPRO of East Evansville Professionals start the water removal process as soon as possible to minimize further damage and to help prevent mold growth. Typically, hundreds or thousands of gallons of water are removed using our powerful pumps and vacuums during this water removal process.

Dry and Dehumidify

SERVPRO Professionals use specialized equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. They will use their proficient knowledge of this equipment along with scientific drying methods to draw the remaining water and moisture from your property.

Clean and Sanitize

SERVPRO Professionals can clean restorable items like furniture, clothing, and personal items using a number of specialized cleaning techniques. They also sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Restored!

The SERVPRO Professional takes pride and care in restoring your home or business back to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction. In any restoration process our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Preventing Flood damage

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

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!

Hydrostatic Pressure?

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

What is Hydrostatic Pressure?

You know that weird feeling in your ears when you swim to the bottom of a deep pool? If you swim down just a few feet you’ll start noticing a change. The deeper you go under water the greater the pressure pushing on your ears is. That’s from the Hydrostatic Pressure.

Hydrostatic pressure is exerted due to the force of gravity. Hydrostatic pressure increases in proportion to depth when weight from fluid is flowing downward from above.

When we are talking about basements Hydrostatic pressure can be best described as the consistent force of water pressure being pushed against basement walls.

Fluid Pressure & the Depth

In other words, the deeper the foundation of your basement is, along with how wet the soil conditions are; you’re at a greater risk for structural damage. The lower you go, the more pressurized the conditions become

Hydrostatic pressure is the outward and downward pressure by standing water. In this case, it’s your basement walls. The pull of gravity up against standing water is relentless; it’s causing water to push extremely hard against your basement walls and anything restricting its flow. Water is a dense substance, but it is capable of generating serious hydrostatic pressure when a large quantity of it is stopped from its intended downhill course.

Here at SERVPRO of east Evansville we see this all the time. We want to help you by making you aware of Hydrostatic Pressure. What it is, what it’s capable of and ways to help keep your basement a little safer from flooding caused by Hydrostatic Pressure.

Hydrostatic Pressure Relief;

  • Sump Pumps
  • Outside Drain Tile
  • Dig a Trench Around your home to footer level (Usually 6 to 9 feet deep)
  • Drainage System or a French Drain

Frozen pipe tips

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Frequent targets of frozen pipes often seen in the Tri-State Area:  

  • Pipes directly exposed to severe cold
  • Outdoor hose 
  • Swimming pool supply line
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas
  • Pipes in basements, crawl spaces, garages
  • Pipes that run along exterior walls
  • Water sprinkler supply lines

 Tips to protect and prevent frozen pipes:

  • Remove or drains lines not in use
  • Avoid anti freeze in lines and follow manufacturers instructions
  • Consider adding insulation in basements, attics, crawl spaces or garages
  • Keep garage door shut whenever possible
  • Open cabinets to allow heat to circulate around plumbing
  • Running water, even a small trickle helps reduce freezing
  • Avoid lowering the thermostat overnight
  • Continue heating your home or business if you are away for travel or extended periods

 Keys to thawing frozen pipes:

  • If water trickles when turned on it's a sign of freezing in pipes. Allow trickle to continue even if slow running it will help with thawing.
  • Apply low heat to pipe by wrapping an electric blanket or using a hair dryer on low setting.
  • Wrapping hot towels around pipes will help with thawing
  • Avoid applying high heat or open flame
  • If one pipe is frozen suspect others may be and investigate

 If you are unable to find where the frozen pipe is located or if the thawing process is unsuccessful call a licensed plumber. If frozen pipes causes water damage at your home or business call a certified water technicians at SERVPRO of East Evansville at 812-471-3132. 

SERVPRO of East Evansville 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

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

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 812-471-3132

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

What to Expect

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

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of 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 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.

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. 

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. 

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.