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Storm Damage to Your Roof Can Lead To Flood Damages In Your West Monroe Home

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage to Your Roof Can Lead To Flood Damages In Your West Monroe Home West Monroe Homes and Damaged Roofs Often Mean a Call to SERVPRO for Storm Cleanup and Dryup

Water Intrusions Via Storm Water Can Cause Massive Damage--Reach Out to SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

While West Monroe homeowners do not have to worry about heavy snow weighing down and damaging the roofs of their houses, unfortunately, this does not offer much relief regarding the damage that this structural component of your house gets asked to endure. With massive storm systems passing through the area on a fairly regular basis, your roof takes a very literal beating every time. While these elements are built to last for decades, this does not always mean that they can.
 
While no one wants to have to endure the cost or the potential headache of residential contractors competing for roofing repair estimates, this annoyance is not the least of your worries. A compromised roof is one that has a difficult time keeping the elements on the outside of your West Monroe residence, which in turn can result in flood damages to the upper level of your house. Since you likely are not regularly inspecting your roof for vulnerable points, you might not even be aware of a flooding concern until its presence begins to show on the ceilings and walls of the spaces below the attic.
 
This discovery should encourage you to reach out to our experienced SERVPRO professionals right away. Our dedicated team can get to work quickly to assess the full reach of the damage from the source to where you have noticed its presence in other areas of your home. Sealing up the penetration points on the interior side of the roof can prevent further damage while the restoration process gets underway.
 
Our team of technicians can get to work on extraction after the immediate threat of further damage has gotten removed. This process involves often involves portable pumps and wet vacs. Drying mats and our injectidry system allow the spaces in the walls and beneath the flooring of the attic to get thoroughly dried. The exposed areas get reached with air movers and dehumidification equipment.
 
Working quickly when your home suffers flood damage can help to prevent damage to the contents of your home and its structural components, making them unsalvageable. You can trust in the experience and dedication of our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe team of restoration specialists to help you overcome this threat and restore the effects of this flood has had on your home. Give us a call anytime you need us at (318) 345-5121.

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Keep Your Monroe Home Safe with Mold Remediation Services

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Keep Your Monroe Home Safe with Mold Remediation Services Cleaning mold damage on your own is ineffective, contact SERVPRO to thoroughly remove mold from your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Remediate Mold Damage

Discovering mold growing in your Monroe home might lead you to question how it developed in the first place. While there are many misguided ideas about how mold growth can occur, the process is quite fundamental. Spores exist in the environment both inside and out of our homes on a microscopic level. To colonize and seat on surfaces in our homes, these spores require a food source via moisture and dampness as well as organic materials to infiltrate.

Taking care of the mold damage in your Monroe home might also seem like something that you could do on your own, but you should know that conventional cleaning methods are virtually ineffective against mold colonies. The reason for this is that the cleaning process does not penetrate deeply enough into the organic materials to remove the entire organism thriving inside of it. You are only scratching the surface of the problem.

Our SERVPRO technicians, on the other hand, get specially trained to combat all varieties of mold and fungal growth to residential and commercial structures. Our team familiarizes themselves with the latest methods of mold remediation, and the most effective strategies to handle the kind of mold growing in your house. From the moment that our team arrives, we assess the full scope of the damage and utilize negative air chambers and air scrubbers with HEPA filters to isolate this affected area from the possibility of spreading.

Sanding the organic surfaces of the construction materials of your home and structural components can remedy the colonization process, but that is only part of the problem that you are facing. Identifying the source of the moisture is a critical element to the remediation process because repairing this damage can prevent recurrences after a short time.

Finding mold inside of your home is nothing that you should attempt to resolve on your own. With the health effects attributed to exposure to fungal organisms, it is always a better and safer choice to trust the certified mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe. You can reach us anytime you need us at (318) 345-5121.

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Fire Damage Restoration Involves Specialized Skills

4/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Involves Specialized Skills Having a fire in your home is devastating and can leave behind a great deal of damage. Contact SERVPRO immediately after fire is put out.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Assess the Damage Left By a Fire and Determine the Most Efficient Remediation Approach


When a fire ignites in your Monroe home getting your family to safety and calling firefighters to knock out the flames are critical first responses. Fast action ensures no one is harmed and property damage is minimized. Once the scene is stable, it might be tempting to try to manage the cleanup yourself. The characteristics of fire damage done to your home make this decision questionable.
 
The charring, residues, and odors lingering after fire damage in Monroe do not respond as one expects to regular cleaning routines, nor is the damage always found where you might expect. The flames are out, but the materials combusted remain in your home as ash, burned surfaces, and soot. The smoke produced by a fire contains gases, liquids, and solids, the particles of each tiny and capable of penetrating deeply into structural components, fixtures, and all manner of personal possessions in your dwelling. Our technicians train extensively to learn how smoke acts during and after a fire, and thus can follow its destructive pathways throughout your home.
 
Heated air rises, so smoke damage one or more levels up from the site of the fire is not unexpected. Different materials create smoky residues called soots that vary in adhesion to surfaces. Hot burning wood debris can be ashy and easy to vacuum or brush away while slowly combusting fabrics or plastics release sticky coatings that require specialized cleaners, agitation, abrasive tools or ingredients, or solvents. SERVPRO technicians match the residue to the most efficient removal strategy relying on training and experience.
 
Unlike regular dirt, fire residues are fast-acting and corrosive agents that can cause harmful reactions to individuals during the cleaning process. SERVPRO technicians follow procedures developed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) when completing fire damage restoration projects. The standards are accepted internationally and represent the fire damage recovery business’s best practices, keeping our technicians and residents safe.
 
Fire damage restoration must be speedy and comprehensive. If hidden areas are left untouched, the acidic nature of the residues progressively damages structures. SERVPRO’s team of well-qualified fire damage restoration technicians can transform a home from devastation to “Like it never even happened” swiftly. Homeowners on their own cannot clean fast enough to prevent ongoing destruction.
 
If you face fire damage cleanup and restoration contact the experts at SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe for fast, professional help. Within hours of your call to (318) 345-5121, an experienced manager inspects your home and creates a plan our crew is ready to implement immediately.

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Aging Appliances Can Cause Water Damage To Your Monroe Residence

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Aging Appliances Can Cause Water Damage To Your Monroe Residence Don't Dispair from a Leaking Appliance in Monroe, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Water Removal

Monroe Homes and Fast SERVPRO Water Leakage Mitigation

You might be able to think of multiple issues that could affect your Monroe home, but one of the most common threats that homeowners face is the possibility of a water emergency. The real trouble with this possibility is that it can come from several different sources and impact your house in disastrous ways.
 
Aging appliances are a typical culprit for water damage to your Monroe residence. While you might diligently service your appliances to work as well as they can, aging machines run a risk of breaking down and malfunctioning. When an appliance like a washing machine or your water heater breaks in a specific way, it can allow water to pass through unabated and overflow onto the floor in this region of your home.
 
Until you recognize the problem and successfully shut down the appropriate valve to stop water flow to the appliance, high volumes can potentially pass through and find their way to the floors of your home. Our SERVPRO team can work quickly to assess the scope of the damage that you face, and make a tailored restoration plan specific to the needs of the current situation.
 
With appliance failures, extraction is often a typical first step of the restoration process. Utilizing both portable pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands, our SERVPRO technicians can remove virtually all of the pooled water on the floors of the affected areas of your home. Drying is a critical component to restoring the damage, and this process utilizes large air movers, dehumidification equipment, and specialty tools like drying mats to penetrate below the flooring to ensure the area is thoroughly dry.
 
While our SERVPRO professionals work to preserve the flooring of your home as much as possible, sometimes the water has damaged this material too much for salvaging. In these cases, we remove the irreparably damaged portions of flooring and prepare the area for reinstallation of new materials.
 
You cannot always account for when a water-fed appliance has aged enough to break down. Fortunately, with SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe, you do not have to contend with the resulting water damage on your own. Call anytime 24/7 you need us at (318) 345-5121.

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Water Damage: The Science of Drying - Part II

12/24/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage:  The Science of Drying - Part II A Hygrometer reads humidity levels providing important information when answering "Is It Drying," and "Is It Dry."

When the expert water technicians from SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe begin drying your home after a water disaster, we have already answered two very important questions:  “What is Wet” and “How Wet Is It.” We have discussed these questions in an earlier post.  The answers to those questions allow us to develop a specific plan of action to begin the drying process.  That plan tells us how much temporary drying equipment is needed in the affected areas and where that equipment needs to be installed.  

Once drying equipment is installed and operating, the next phase of drying your home begins.  Like the initial assessment, there are two questions that must be properly answered before our job is complete.  Those questions are, “Is It Drying?” and “Is It Dry?”

Under ideal circumstances, drying your home can take several days.  The different materials impacted by water damage in your home have unique drying characteristics.  The metering equipment that tells us what is wet also tells us how much these materials have dried.  Proper drying techniques include temperature management, air movement and dehumidification.  Temperature (heat) brings moisture to the surface.  Air movement removes (evaporates) moisture from the surface.  Dehumidification removes the evaporated moisture from the air while supplying a sufficient amount of dry heated air to keep the cycle going.  This on-going process lets us answer the question, “Is It Drying.”

The final question, “Is It Dry,” is answered when moisture and other measurements taken from the areas initially impacted by the water damage closely match the readings from areas that remained dry.  In our initial assessment, and throughout the drying process, we take moisture measurements from an area within your home that was unaffected by the water leak and use those measurements as our “drying standard.”  In its simplest terms, when our wet-area measurements closely match the dry-area measurements, we can conclude your home is dry.

At SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe, we provide emergency water disaster services.  These are the questions we know how to answer to get your home dry and keep your environment safe.  We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (318) 345-5121.  We know how to properly assess water damages and develop and execute a plan of action in our efforts to make your loss “Like It Never Even Happened.”

Water Damage: The Science of Drying - Part I

12/24/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage:  The Science of Drying - Part I A Moisture Meter helps determine water concentration levels. It is one of the tools we use to determine "What is Wet" and "How Wet Is It."

When the expert water technicians from SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe enter your home after a water disaster, we have two very important questions that we must answer before drying equipment is installed.  The first question is “What is Wet?”  The question sounds simple enough but the answer is often more complicated.  Standing water is obvious but it almost always means that hidden cavities of water exist that must also be found.  These hidden areas can be found under cabinets or laminated flooring.  Water can also seep under tile floors or hardwoods.  Beyond the floors, water often rests inside walls and insulation and can move to adjoining rooms.  Determining “What is Wet” is one of the most important questions we must answer.

The second question in our damage assessment is “How Wet Is It?”  Water found under cabinets or inside walls can cause extensive damage if left untreated.  Wood will warp, wet sheetrock will lose its strength and insulation can absorb large amounts of water.  To answer the question “How Wet Is It,” we use sophisticated metering equipment that can measure moisture levels in areas that are out of site.  We may also use a special camera capable of reading temperature variations within walls or ceilings or even in the foundation to answer this critical question.

At SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe, we provide emergency water disaster services.  These are some of the questions we know how to answer to get your home dry and keep your environment safe.  We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (318) 345-5121.  We know how to properly assess water damages and answering these critical questions lets us develop and execute a plan of action in our efforts to make your loss “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Concerns in an Historic Structure

12/24/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Concerns in an Historic Structure SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe on the site of historic Washington Plaza in Monroe, LA. Insert shows extent of water damage.

Washington Plaza is an historic structure in downtown Monroe.  It is a picturesque and popular location for business professionals with office spaces, restaurants and other amenities.  It is not only a work destination for Monroe’s professional community, it is also a destination for entertaining clients and guests.

A recent work-week began as anything but normal.  On Monday, December 14, 2015, workers arrived to find 40-plus offices flooded with up to three inches of water.  A supply line in the boiler room had ruptured. 

Water losses in commercial properties present unique challenges to restoration companies.  Interior brick and mortar walls are part of the charm identified with Washington Plaza but drying those materials requires an expert team of restoration specialists with adequate and proper equipment. 

SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe answered the call that Monday morning and had removed the obvious water by that afternoon so additional drying could begin.  Special attention was given to the unique aspects of the building while at the same time, recognizing that businesses needed to get back to normal as quickly as possible without additional delay or interruptions.

We specialize in recognizing the needs of our customers, whether they call us from their places or work or from their homes. SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe has served and been a part of this community for 20 years.  It’s our home too.

Water Damage Emergency Services Within a Large Corporation

12/24/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Emergency Services Within a Large Corporation SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe Crews at CenturyLink Corporate Headquarters

CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States with its corporate headquarters located in Monroe.  For more than a half-century, CenturyLink has enjoyed exceptional growth and with that growth, it has expanded its contingency plans for every type of emergency that can impact its operations and its customers.

When a sprinkler line ruptured in its Monroe Headquarters in the pre-dawn hours of December 13, 2015, an emergency response plan was put into action that included calling SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe for help.  A full team of SERVPRO® emergency response technicians was on site and extracting water in just over two hours after the initial call.  A total of 25-thousand square feet of office space was impacted but by mid-morning, SERVRO® had removed all the obvious water and had installed drying equipment to remove what remained. 

Because CenturyLink had an emergency response plan in place long before the emergency, its team knew what to do during those critical early moments and who to call for expert help.  After four days, the building was dry, the emergency equipment was removed and a major disaster was averted.

SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe is ready to respond to water damage in your home or business regardless of the size of the loss.  We thank CenturyLink for allowing us to help and for its rapid – and planned – response.  You don’t have to be a telecommunications giant to have an emergency plan in place.  We can help you create a plan for your business at no charge.  To find out more, call us at (318) 345-5121 or follow this link.

Calvin Blunt: SERVPRO® Quality

12/4/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Calvin Blunt:  SERVPRO® Quality Calvin Blunt, SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe Water Crew Chief, with his newly equipped service van.

Calvin Blunt, crew chief at SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe, is a valuable leader in our team of expert water mitigation and fire restoration technicians.  When we receive a call about water damage, like a flooded home or business, a ruptured water supply line, or other types of water damages, we do our best to put Calvin on the job.

In recognition of his years of experience, his professional training and his outstanding reputation for providing excellent customer service, we have presented Calvin with his own water damage response van.  In his lead role in water mitigation claims, Calvin will take this custom-equipped van to every claim he works.  It has been supplied with the latest electronic tools for determining the extent of the water damage and is also equipped with sufficient equipment to remove damaged items and begin the process of drying the home or business.

While we are happy to present Calvin with this special SERVPRO® van, we are equally excited for the customers of SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe in every part of Northeast Louisiana and Southeast Arkansas.  We want our customers to have the best, and with Calvin on the job, we know that is exactly what they will get.

Electronics Restoration Saves $$$

12/3/2015 (Permalink)

Cleaning Electronics Restoration Saves $$$ Restoring fire-damaged large-screen television in the Electronics Restoration cleaning room at SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe

At SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe, our Electronics Restoration Division offers professional electronics evaluation and restoration services designed to reduce growing claims cost associated with today's electronics-laden households.

From drying water-impacted and water damaged devises, to cleaning and deodorizing electronics affected by fire damage, smoke damage and soot, to evaluation of AC-powered items following a lightening strike or power surge, our ElectroClean™ certified restoration specialists can handle all of your electronics restoration needs.

Our three-tier data recovery system allows us to recover and preserve valuable data from damaged computers and damaged laptops.  With automated inventory, adjuster and pricing reports, our specialized inventory control system enables us to maintain meaningful communication with customers and insurance claims professionals.

A member of the Certified Electronics Restoration Network, SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe's proprietary restoration techniques and equipment allows us to satisfy our customer's electronics restoration needs at an impressive 92.7% success rate at a cost that averages 20.3% of the replacement cost.