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Hurricane Party after Sterlington Flooding? Invite SERVPRO for Cleanup of Red Cups, Paper Plates, and Water Removal

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Party after Sterlington Flooding? Invite SERVPRO for Cleanup of Red Cups, Paper Plates, and Water Removal SERVPRO's Green Equipment Dries Out Post Hurricane Party Flooding and Mess in the Sterlington Area

Wind or Not, Steady Rains can Bring Flood Damage to Sterlington

Recently, hurricane Gordon was downgraded to a tropical depression, and while it did not hit us directly in Sterlington, our weather often reflects such events. Many reports stated that Gordon's winds were lower than a hurricane's but not by much, resulting in the change in its categorization.
 
Even with the reduced wind velocity pushing such storms into the Sterlington area, flood damage can happen to your home. The Red Cross encourages everyone, regardless of their location, to prepare for disasters, especially those most likely to affect them, during National Preparedness Month. Those in lower areas and valleys, near creeks, streams, lakes, and ponds, or where recent construction took place should know how to prepare for flooding that can damage their homes and other property. Others who reside in higher areas can also experience flooding. Our residents in the State of Louisiana are all too familiar with flooding from natural disaster.
 
SERVPRO employees can help mitigate flood damage after it happens with the latest in technology, expert skills, and hard work, but reducing the possibility of such damage from occurring in the first place falls on the individual family. Preparing for disasters may seem ineffective or a bother, but doing so can save property while also reducing the chances of injury. Preparing by getting things ready and practicing what to do during September helps our communities, also, by focusing on the issue together. Of course, being ready to deal with a flood during the entire hurricane season is prudent.
 
Moving more valuable items to higher elevations can help prevent their loss. Filling sandbags can also help keep floodwater from entering your home. When rain plays a role in flooding your home, making sure your gutters and downspouts drain correctly can help prevent flooding issues not related to contaminated groundwater.
 
If flood damage becomes an issue for your home in Claiborn, Bawcomville, of Calhoun, call us, SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121. We are always here, available to answer your call and respond to your emergency.

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Mold Growth can Damage the Structure of Your Monroe Home

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Growth can Damage the Structure of Your Monroe Home When a mold infestation starts to degrade the structural components in your home, your best recourse is to contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Team SERVPRO Offers Remediation to Contain the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Remediation is a term that many Monroe homeowners might not be entirely familiar with, let alone know exactly when they might need it for their residence. The more that you can understand about instances like mold and microbial growth in your home, the better able you become to appreciate the need for specific tools and approaches to removing this presence that could detrimentally affect your house and its occupants simultaneously.

Mold damages in Monroe might not seem like something that you need to take care of right away, but your home is not built to withstand the kind of destruction that an active colony can produce. From the moment that mold spores seat and spread throughout organic materials in your home, the integrity of these surfaces and materials begins to degrade, ultimately failing entirely.

Remediation is a service that our SERVPRO team offers to homes and businesses throughout the area to overcome the effects of mold damage and to remove the active colony from the property. This process is intricate and involved, which is why our technicians undergo extensive training and preparation in this particular niche to provide the most efficient and highest quality service to the clients that we serve.

Remediation involves removal of the mold colony, whether that is partly through the tear out of overly damaged (unsalvageable) materials in the affected area or through more concise approaches such as sanding or soda blasting surfaces to affect the deepest reaches of the hyphae. This process also focuses on reducing the possibility of this situation happening again by identifying moisture sources and providing solutions to avoid this persistent dampness moving forward.

Your home has not gotten constructed to withstand the damaging effects of mold growth. This presence in your house can spread quickly and affect not only the integrity and strength of construction materials but also potentially present health effects to the occupants of your residence. Trust our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe remediation technicians to arrive quickly and help you overcome this intruder in your house. Give us a call today at (318) 345-5121.

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Addressing The Different Types Of Soot Particles During Fire Damage Restoration In Calhoun

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Addressing The Different Types Of Soot Particles During Fire Damage Restoration In Calhoun When a fire damage incident takes place on your property, different types of smoke residues result.

Addressing The Different Types Of Soot Particles

When a fire damage incident takes place on your property, different types of smoke residues result. Some kinds of smoke particles are difficult to clean when compared to other types. The most common types of soot residues that we encounter when attending to such events in Calhoun are wet soot residues, dry soot particles, protein soot residues and fuel oil soot particles.

Our SERVPRO technicians have a good understanding of the various stages of combustion and kind of fire damage they cause on your Calhoun property. Most fires generate both dry and wet smoke - with the production of the two being in different proportions. Since we end up with different kinds of residues, we have to use several cleaning techniques during the restoration process. From experience, it is easier to clean dry smoke than wet smoke. The amount of oxygen present during combustion, the items the fire burns as well as the combustion rate determines whether soot particles are dry or wet.

The rate of combustion is faster when there is sufficient oxygen and such incidents product dry smoke. On the other hand, the production of wet smoke occurs in slow-burning incidents where the quantities of oxygen are low. In most cases, natural items such as paper, natural fibers, wood, and cork produce dry smoke while synthetic materials such as foam rubber, and plastics produce wet smoke.

Dry soot particles do not heavily stain surfaces and carry few deposits. It means our SERVPRO team uses less aggressive cleaning methods during the restoration process. There are a lot of aerosols and deposits in wet smoke, which means it moves slowly and has sufficient time to penetrate into enclosed areas such as crevices – something which is unlikely to happen during a faster burning fire. It is difficult to restore items after exposure to this type of smoke.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe has the expertise and training to handle your residential and commercial restoration needs. Call us at (318) 345-5121 and benefit from our industry proven cleaning and restoration services.

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Monroe Church and Water Loss Mitigation

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Monroe Church and Water Loss Mitigation SERVPRO's Swift Service Mitigates Water Damage in a Monroe Church

SERVPRO Responds Rapidly for Water Damaging Events to Commercial Properties

Each water loss event in a large building has its unique problems that must be solved. Monroe is well known for suffering water damage from flooding, but the problem could also start from above.

When the roof leaked in this Monroe area church during a storm, large amounts of water entered, and gravity took over. As the rainwater sought its lowest level, it traveled down several stories within various wall cavities. Our SERVPRO ASD applied structural drying team arrived the same day of the water intrusion incident within hours of the discovery. Our experience as members of a SERVPRO National Disaster Recovery Team means that we have in our Green Fleet an extensive array of industry-leading equipment and specially formulated cleaning and sanitizing products. Moreover, the "know how" to optimize their effectiveness.

A thorough, but rapid inspection and assessment, allowed us to uncover hidden pockets of water and moisture within the cavities of this high-wall stairwell. Our crew used FLIR infrared thermal imaging cameras to outline the damp areas along with penetrating and non-penetrating moisture sensors. We can use blue painters' tape as a guide for the treatment area. A swift setup and activation can considerably mitigate the water damage resulting in salvaging the building materials and eliminating even a partially, controlled demolition.

Shown in the photo with the insert is an innovative approach to rapidly removing the unwanted moisture and water. The large green device is an LGR low grain refrigerant dehumidifier. The green hoses, housed within a clear poly flat-lay, are forcing dry exhaust air from the device into the cavities while some of the hoses are redirecting the water vapor out. The grey garbage bucket is collecting the extracted water and moisture. We removed the baseboards and drilled holes to allow moist air to exit while the low profile air mover increased the evaporation rate to dry this essential wooden sill plate that anchors the wall studs. We monitored the Relative Humidity, and finally, the Specific Humidity along with achieving our drying goals for the moisture content of the water damaged materials compared to the baseline measurements. Our creativity quickly dried the building elements, prevented a costly demolition and rebuild while preventing the potential for mold growth.

You can rely on SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe to meet and beat your expectation for water, fire, and mold problems in your commercial or residential structure. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, 24/7 by calling (318) 345-5121.

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Restoring Your Items and Structural Materials after a Water Damage Experience in Bawcomville

8/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring Your Items and Structural Materials after a Water Damage Experience in Bawcomville Water damage can happen as a result of many possible causes. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate the damage in your home.

Team SERVPRO Takes an Assessment of the Water Damage in Your Home Before Commencing the Remediation Process

A water damage experience can affect your property in many ways. The type of materials that are in contact with the moisture determine the kind of damage we need to address. For instance, when the water comes into contact with the insulation of your home, its insulation power may lessen and force us to do the removal. The scenario might be different if your Bawcomville home has fiberglass insulation - which in some cases might be easy to dry and reinstall.
 
We are going to look at how we handle various materials areas during water damage restoration in Bawcomville. Our SERVPRO technicians understand that Rockwool and cellulose insulations can mat after getting exposed to moisture. Additionally, the metal component of the Rockwool insulation may rust. There is a need to remove the two types of insulation after a water event. Vapor barriers around the insulation may also slow the drying process and increase chances of mold growth.
 
It is also a challenge to dry the wet wall cavities. The introduction of ventilation, drilling holes, and removing baseboards can speed up the drying process. Where necessary, our SERVPRO technicians may force air through the holes to increase the speed of evaporation. If there is too much moisture in the cavities, we might be forced to remove some sections of the drywall. We use moisture meters when checking whether there is water in the walls.
 
Through wet vacuuming, our SERVPRO technicians can remove damp debris and excess water. By using a HEPA-filtered vacuum, we can clean dry your items and at the same time capture any present fungal spores with the help of the high-efficiency filtration. We usually dispose of such content in sealable plastic bags. By using water or detergent, we can wipe hard surfaces such as desks, metal filing cabinets, wood furnishings, and bookcases.
 
SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe is highly experienced and uses advanced cleaning and restoration equipment when working on your property. Call us at (318) 345-5121 when you need to work with a trusted industry leader.

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Calhoun's Commercial Water Damage Experts Tell How to Calculate Optimal Drying Times

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Calhoun's Commercial Water Damage Experts Tell How to Calculate Optimal Drying Times SERVPRO's Dehumidifiers Stand Ready to Treat a Water Loss in Calhoun

Water Loss Is Mitigated with Swift SERVPRO Service in Calhoun Retail Centers

If pipes break inside your Calhoun retail building complex, you might start your day with calls from tenants saying their business locations are flooding. Water pouring into a structure overnight can create excessive damage. We at SERVPRO know that keeping your tenants happy helps your company stay operating. We work closely with you and all of the occupants of your complex and formulate a work plan that impedes business at your tenants' stores as little as possible.

As soon as we arrive at your shopping center, we begin by making sure everything at the affected site is safe for our workers, your tenants, and their employees. The next step to mitigating your Calhoun rental property's commercial water damage is to extract water from any wet materials including carpet and upholstery. During the extraction phase, our SERVPRO technicians use specialized extractors that have a stronger pull than your typical vacuum. We block off one small section at a time and try our best not to block foot traffic inside your shopping complex.
 
After any excessive moisture present in carpet or upholstered furniture gets sucked up, we begin the rapid structural drying stage. When drying out structural components, time is critical, and moisture levels should be dropped as quick as humanly possible. To speed up nature's natural evaporation process within a 48 hour period so that mold cannot form, we use industrially advanced equipment and techniques. Our SERVPRO experts utilize scientific principles to create an environment that allows for speedy moisture removal.
 
Drying time is reduced by using dehumidification and air moving systems. When positioning air movers, we place them so that they create airflow across all wet surfaces. We then balance the number of air movers with dehumidifiers to keep humidity low and conditions ideal for accelerated drying.
 
If there are too few air movers compared to dehumidifiers, then the drying process will not go as quickly as it could. If there are too many air movers in relation to dehumidifiers, then secondary problems can occur when the fans push the wet air to unaffected areas in the building. If you ever hear about a pipe break inside your retail complex, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Avoiding The Risks Of Flood Damages In Your Richwood Home

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Avoiding The Risks Of Flood Damages In Your Richwood Home Flood damages should incite an immediate response from a homeowner.

The Risks Of Flood Damage

As a resident in Richwood, you are familiar with the kind of disastrous weather that rears its ugly head throughout the spring and summer months every year. While your home was built to withstand a lot of this onslaught of high winds and torrential rainfall, even the smallest of vulnerabilities over time can lead to catastrophic failure at the worst possible time.

If your roof loses shingles or suffers a hole from falling debris or tree limbs, water can flow into your home instead of running to the gutter system surrounding it. Within a brief period, this invading water can saturate through the attic space of your Richwood home and lead to even more extensive flood damages throughout the second or first floor of your house.

In these unfortunate circumstances, you need to act quickly. The faster that our SERVPRO professionals can react to the problem that you experience, the better we can manage the damage. Mitigation can save you money and time spent in intricate restoration work, not to mention that it can help us to prevent further damages throughout the house as well.

Our SERVPRO technicians can also help you to avoid the risks associated with a flooded house. Extraction and drying efforts are critical in the restoration of this damage, and failure to do this adequately leads to weakened materials and mold growth.

Often in flooding situations, materials get oversaturated and begin to be too heavy to remain where they should be. Ceiling materials and framework are among the areas most susceptible to this kind of failure, but it can also occur with flooring and walls as well. This really illustrates the importance of skilled and experienced professionals working to restore the damage in your home, as it can often be challenging to determine when materials are most at risk of falling or breaking.

Flood damages should incite an immediate response from a homeowner. The faster our professionals get to work, the faster you get a restored home returned to you. Give our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe water damage restoration technicians a call today at (318) 345-5121.

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Tips to Prevent Your Dryer from Causing Fire Damages to Your Calhoun Home

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips to Prevent Your Dryer from Causing Fire Damages to Your Calhoun Home Dryers can be very helpful when running a household but they can also be the point of origin for a fire. Contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Team SERVPRO Remediates Fire Damage as Well as Offers Helpful Suggestions to Prevent a Recurrence

Dryers can be a welcomed appliance to your Calhoun residence. These machines help you to quickly and efficiently dry out the clothes that you have washed and take a lot of the work out of the process. However, they are not without their share of hazards. Without using them properly and safely, your dryer can be a potential fire hazard for your home.

Many homeowners do not think about the possibility of an appliance being a fire hazard at all, let alone one as seemingly basic as a dryer. Improper usage or a failure to follow safety precautions standard to every dryer can lead to such an unfortunate occurrence. To avoid fire damages in your Calhoun house originating from your drying appliance, you just need to educate yourself on this appliance a little further. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to overcome these damages, but they can often get avoided altogether.

The first thing that you should consider is the soiling of the clothes that you are placing into the dryer in the first place. A common misconception about washing machines is their ability to remove contaminants and chemicals from fabrics entirely, and this can lead to traumatic occurrences. A good example of this would be flammable liquids like gasoline or diesel fuel spilled on a pair of pants. With the likelihood of static electricity and sparks from denim tumbling through the dryer, the soiled material can ignite.

Another condition that ultimately requires SERVPRO fire damage restoration is overloaded electrical wiring. Most appliances of this size require a 220-volt connection, often with a special outlet to suit your dryer specifically. Improper wiring or inadequate power to the appliance can overload its motor, causing combustions. Ensure that your appliance has adequate power and is grounded through the breaker box in your residence.

While the dryer in your home might seem like a simple piece of machinery, there are some things that you need to know to use it safely. If you can follow these guidelines, you can often avoid a fire originating from this appliance. If you have already experienced fire damages in your home, contact our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe restoration technicians today at (318) 345-5121.

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SERVPRO - Remediating Mold Damage To Monroe Homes

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO - Remediating Mold Damage To Monroe Homes Some Mold Remediation Jobs in the Monroe Area Are Larger Than Others--SERVPRO Handles Them All

Information About and Remediation Steps for Mold Cleanup

Fire or water damage is usually easy to see in a Monroe home. The disaster most homeowners never realize until it is widespread throughout their residence is mold.
 
To stop and remediate mold damage effects in Monroe, SERVPRO uses the five-step procedures in the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) Mold Remediation Standard. It protects the residence as technicians clean and remove mold, and reduces the risk of further infestations occurring after our team completes each task.
 
First, technicians reduce mold exposure. They isolate the affected areas by sealing all entrances and access points with plastic sheeting. This step also includes sealing the air and heating vents to prevent contaminating them and to block accidentally spreading mold spores to untouched parts of the home.
 
As technicians begin, the team leader documents every action. He includes all work, to include the results of the initial inspection and testing of each room in the home. The results he matches to industry standards for safe levels and uses them to measure progress during the task and to ensure his team accomplishes each procedure correctly. This step is highly dependent upon the degree of the mold infestation.
 
Now, SERVPRO specialists control the mold contamination at its source. They establish negative air pressure to draw mold spores and particles out of the air as team members demolish structural property too infested to clean.
 
Next, they remove the mold. Spores drawn out by negative air pressure are usually forced outside of the home, but can also be captured using a vacuum with a special, HEPA filter. This High-Efficiency Particulate Air (Arrestance) filter can trap particles as small as 0.3 microns. Putting this size in perspective, a human hair diameter is 50 microns, and the human eye cannot see anything smaller than 40 microns without magnification lenses. Technicians wipe down spores that settled onto a surface with a damp or dry cloth. They allow time for spores disturbed by cleaning to settle and then repeat wiping and vacuuming until the air content is back to a safe level.
 
After removing the mold, technicians lower the humidity. Mold spores remain dormant and harmless without enough moisture. To remove the threat of a returning infestation, team members set up dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air and use a combination of air movers and exhaust fans to force excess moisture out of the structural property and blow it out of the home. Then an antimicrobial agent can be sprayed or fogged into the affected areas.
 
Mold is a silent and unimpressive looking disaster, but it can still cost homeowners thousands of dollars in remediation expenses. If you see or suspect a mold problem in your home, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121.

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Water Damage Experts Out Of West Monroe Talk About Specialty Drying Situations

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Experts Out Of West Monroe Talk About Specialty Drying Situations If water ever leaks into your home in West Monroe, the moisture left behind can give you a headache.

Water Damage Experts Talk About Specialty Drying Situations

If water ever leaks into your home in West Monroe, the moisture left behind can give you a headache. Depending on how long it leaks, water can spread and accumulate throughout the house. When some types of structural components become saturated, they can fall apart and must be replaced. If organic building materials or contents stay wet for more than 48 hours fungal development can occur.

Since mold can cause health effects, drying out wet organic substances quickly after a leak becomes our SERVPRO technicians' top priority. To reduce moisture levels after water damage in West Monroe, we typically use a combination of extraction and rapid drying techniques. Depending on how many things got wet and the source of the leak, we utilize various techniques unique to each situation.

Air movers and dehumidifiers get set up inside most houses that suffer a leak. A combination of the two systems helps reduce moisture levels during just about any restoration project. The two types of drying equipment help speed up the natural evaporation process and reduce indoor humidity levels.

However, sometimes certain materials inside a building require individual, specialized attention. Things like drywall, hardwood floors, and acoustic ceiling tiles can be tricky to dry. When dealing with specific types of materials, our SERVPRO restoration crew has several different tools and methods at their disposal.

Some structures contain multiple layers of drywall that can extend drying time. Single layer drywall can usually be dried out in five to seven days whereas more than one layer can take as long as ten to fourteen days to completely dry. In these situations, our SERVPRO mitigation team monitors the drywall material's moisture levels every day and sometimes drill holes into the wall to increase air circulation inside the sheetrock.

Houses with acoustic ceiling tiles pose additional problems when they get wet. These tiles are typically easier to replace than to dry. Often, replacement is required due to water stains. However, removing moisture from these types of ceilings is possible and works better when the tiles are temporarily removed from the ceiling.

After moisture levels return to preloss conditions, the cleaning and reconstruction processes are the final steps. Ceiling tiles get reinstalled, and any holes drilled into walls get patched up. For 24 hour assistance with wet building components, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121.

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