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Our Professionals Are Available 24/7 To Handle Your Monroe Water Damage

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment inside a home drying the floor after water damage struck We have the state-of-the-art water inspection, extraction, and drying equipment to return your home to pre-damage.

Animals Can Cause Water-Damaged Monroe Crawlspaces

Crawlspaces are a vital part of the construction and function of your Monroe home. After substantial water loss incidents, or worse yet natural flooding threats that are common to the region during the rainier season spanning from June to September. Drying out this affected area after any loss incident requires experience and efficiency, as lingering moisture beneath the main floor of your home can lead to mold and microbial threats within 48 hours. 

Because this space beneath your property is the hub for your utilities, plumbing breaches can require water removal in Monroe crawlspaces. As so many connections come together underneath the house to the main supply line headed out to the service tap in the municipalities main line underground, several unforeseen circumstances can damage your pipes to the point of a full separation or steady leak. 

Animals are a common concern with crawlspaces, especially areas where access to this space beneath the household is open. While you might think that snakes and rats are the most common animals to find their way into the crawlspace, you also have to contend with squirrels, raccoons, groundhogs, and other creatures. Once rodents and other animals make nests or homes out of portions of your crawlspace, it can be challenging to get rid of them, and they can cause many problems to your plumbing. 

Many animals, especially those in rodent families, chew on pipes to prevent their teeth from overgrowing and to access water when it is challenging to find it otherwise. Once through a portion of your plumbing, water loss can happen quickly. Our SERVPRO team has a dedicated water removal division to deal with drying out this affected area after extraction. We can utilize our high-velocity air movers, desiccant dehumidifiers, and even use mold inhibitor solutions on the exposed framework, supports, and flooring above. 

Understanding the substantial risk that exists with an open crawlspace beneath your home, it is essential to find lasting solutions that can prevent nesting creatures and reduce damage to your plumbing as well. Give our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe team a call to make any water loss scenario “Like it never even happened.” You can reach us 24/7 at (318) 345-5121.

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Keys to Success with Fire Damage Remediation in Your Monroe Home

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

inside of room burnt by fire Don’t let fire damage destroy your Monroe home. Call SERPVRO to mitigate damages a fire might have done.

Monroe Residents Combating Fire Damage

Making the right decisions after a fire occurs in your Monroe home involves dealing with the odors that exist long after the flames subside. You need access to a restoration company that can supply you with the personnel, equipment, and resources necessary to make it happen.

With that said, we have everything you need, along with experienced technicians, to make recovering from fire damage in your Monroe area home better than you might think possible. We provide quality cleanup and restoration services throughout our local community, offering solutions designed to adjust to your needs.

The first step to deodorization that SERVPRO uses involves removing the source of the odor. In some cases, effective deodorization requires the use of multiple methods, since one deodorant may not work on all odors that exist. We have specific production guidelines for three deodorization processes: dry fogging (thermal or hot fogging), wet fogging, and activated oxygen.

SERVPRO uses a variety of machinery, including direct sprayers, ULV foggers, thermal foggers, venting box fans, and air scrubbers, as well as safety equipment when dispersing a fog or gaseous deodorant. Our technicians clear everyone out of the area while using personal protective equipment (PPE) such as respirators, gloves, eye protection, and protective clothing to keep everyone safe. Some chemicals used during your deodorization service require following state or local guidelines for disposal. 

The use of activated oxygen (ozone) should not occur in damp environments. Ozone reacts with moisture, causing a bleaching action to occur. It can also react to rubber, such as seals on your refrigerator or freezer. So, technicians need to take adequate precautions or use alternative deodorization methods if carpets or upholstery remain damp after cleaning. 

Deodorization agents used for thermal fogging are solvent-based and flammable. We contain or eliminate all sources of flash or ignition, such as pilot lights on your stove or water heater, before performing services. Fog can also set off fire or security alarms, which makes turning them off or contacting appropriate agencies before operation a must.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe stands ready to assist whenever necessary. Regardless of the time, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, we are available to provide expert fire damage restoration services to you, call today. (318) 345-5121

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We Help You Breathe Easier After A Fire In West Monroe

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

A room cleared out of belongings and with a odor sealing application being used We removed all of the belongings out of the room and then performed an odor sealer application to remove the burning smell after a fire in this home.

Are Thermal Foggers the Choice for Fire Odors in West Monroe?

While most homeowners would not consider odors after a fire loss incident in their West Monroe home to be the most challenging effects, once many of the areas have gotten cleaned and restored, a lingering odor can make comfortable living impossible. While there are many options for deodorization after a fire loss incident, our thermal fogging machines are a popular choice for many reasons. As typical of a choice as these options might be, they are not the only option available to our SERVPRO team.

With the multiple layers of fire damage present in West Monroe homes following a loss incident, aspects like harsh odors often get pushed to the side to address more pressing concerns like structural damages, soot residues, and other air quality concerns. Permeation is one of the hardest aspects of odor removal to address because smoke can get trapped in cooling structural elements and construction materials during extinguishment.

One of the advantages of choosing thermal fogging is that these units are portable, allowing our SERVPRO team to provide the appropriate levels of concentrated deodorizing agents to the areas that need them without a taxing set up and moving procedure. We can start with the highest concentration of deodorizing fog in the origin points of the fire and in areas where the combustion was the most extreme, and work out using less and less of the odor removing solution after fire damage.

Because of its gaseous delivery system, permeation can occur again without needing to replicate the temperatures that widened the pores of the damaged materials and contents of the home. This fog can penetrate damaged elements and neutralize even trapped smoke odors on contact, becoming a permanent solution to the threat.

While odors are rarely the most hazardous effect of a fire loss incident, they are an essential hurdle to overcome in returning a property to preloss condition. We have many options for deodorization, and our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe can use thermal fogging to help you breathe easier after a fire. Give us a call today at (318) 345-5121.

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Is Mold Becoming Part of Your West Monroe Shop's Inventory?

10/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growning on wall andc ceiling Don't let mold take over your shop. Cal SERVPRO for effective remediation.

Addressing Mold Damage Quickly for Small West Monroe Shops 

Southern architecture gets accentuated in the sandwiched shops sprawling through West Monroe. When these structures are affected by water loss incidents and flooding that can occur in the region, these shops can experience mold damage. Protecting your investment in the building and the inventory of your business involves securing the professionals of our SERVPRO team as promptly as possible, as we have an entire division of qualified remediation technicians accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) 

With the charm of a small shop, you do not have much space to work with regarding the displays of your wares and products, but it can also mean that mold damage in West Monroe stores can spread faster and more thoroughly. It is essential for business owners to seek out the experience of our restoration specialists as promptly as possible because we can help your small shop in multiple ways. 

When our team first arrives at your shop, we can work to remove at-risk items and contents from the shop to a safe location nearby or our SERVPRO facility. The protection of your goods can save you money and can ensure that there is less of a delay in getting your doors back open once remediation efforts complete within the shop. 

Many of these buildings originated at the turn of the century. How mold gets removed from the organic surfaces is vital to preserving original construction materials. Our professionals can utilize approaches like soda or dry ice blasting that can eliminate surface mold and uproot the entire hyphae of the organism seated in the material, often without damaging the substrate of the hosting material at all. 

Protecting your small shop can be a considerable challenge due to its limited space and how quickly situations like mold growth can spread throughout a structure. Our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe team has effective remediation strategies that can help to get your doors back open again as quickly as possible. Give us a call today at (318) 345-5121. 

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We Have State Of The Art Equipment To Rid Your Richwood Home Of Mold Damage

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

One of our technicians working on restoring the walls in a home after water and mold damaged them We arrived quickly and began the restoration process right away in this home when the owner discovered water and mold damage.

Why Highly Trained Teams from SERVPRO Offer Long-term Solutions to Mold Damage Problems in Richwood 

Mold is a common problem considering spores occur freely in the air. Mold can also fester unnoticed in concealed areas of your Richwood home for a long time before discovery. Left undisturbed, the root-like hyphae from mold penetrate deep into organic materials as mold colonies seek nutrients causing significant deterioration. Mold issues can also keep recurring, which is why it is crucial to seek long-term results when such a problem develops.

Every time there is a flare-up of mold damage in your Richwood home, it signifies an unaddressed moisture problem since it is the main driving force. If the mold develops after a water loss incident, it means the drying process is not done completely. Our SERVPRO team includes WRT, Water Restoration Technicians, who use advanced equipment to find wet areas in hidden sections of the property. Apart from locating moisture, the equipment also minimizes the level of demolition needed. They include:

  • Thermal cameras
  • Borescopes
  • Manometers
  • Penetrating Moisture Meters

The solution to mold damage depends on the growth extent and the materials affected, among other things. Substantial growth on porous materials cannot be reversed through cleaning or use of antimicrobial agents because the hyphae penetrate deep into the materials. Removing such materials is the only way to deal with the issue properly. Controlled demolition is also essential when growth spreads over expansive areas of your home. Our SERVPRO team includes AMRT, Applied Mold Remediation Technicians, who apply their expertise throughout the removal process, including creating containment and using negative air pressure around the areas we demolish.

One of the telltale signs of mold development is patches on surfaces such as walls and ceilings. After cleaning and removing some building materials, there is a need to refinish all affected surfaces to restore the preloss state of your home. Our SERVPRO technicians can repaint or apply other finishes. We also ensure to match the new and old finishes.

Problems with mold can linger. Call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe to help with remediation. You can reach us at (318) 345-5121 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Have State Of The Art Equipment To Restore Your West Monroe Home

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Our equipment sitting inside a garage drying water damage after a heater started leaking A leaking water heater in the attic caused damage to this property. We had the equipment to start restoration right away.

Water Cleanup West Monroe – Unsalvageable Items

Even a small amount of water can do a great deal of damage. Area rugs, carpeting, throw pillows, books, pictures, various papers/magazines and more are going to be soaked. Furniture may also be exposed to water from a broken window or water seeping through the ceiling.

SERVPRO provides water cleanup services in West Monroe for all types of water damage situations. We have the equipment and know-how to recover and dry your contents to mitigate the damage to your home or business.

Develop a Cleanup Plan

Our SERVPRO crew chief is usually first on the scene. His or her job is to assess the damage and ensure that the site is safe. The crew chief arranges for the appropriate equipment and resources to be deployed to remove the water, recover the contents, dry everything, and restore your home.

Water from plumbing leaks is one of the most common situations we encounter. In these situations, our focus is to remove the moisture using water extractors, dehumidifiers, and air movers. All items with hard surfaces are wiped down and removed to a dry location.

Difficult to Restore Contents

Our teams objective is to return your home to its original condition, “Like it never even happened.” However, contents that are sensitive to water, such as papers and documents, must be handled very carefully. Contaminated water cleanup situations also present additional challenges.

SERVPRO technicians review every water damaged item in your home. A plan is developed to restore those items and discussed with the client. Restoral of documents, pictures, and books to their original condition presents particular challenges. It may be possible to partially restore some of this content with appropriate drying techniques for the client.

While SERVPRO focuses on water cleanup and recovery, our sister company can also handle complete restoration and reconstruction of your home or business. Together we can provide a turnkey operation using our licensed contractors.

Call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 for 24/7 serve. We serve the towns of Bawcomville, Richwood, Sterlington, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Could You Be Making a Mistake When You Don’t Hire an Experienced Flood Damage Remediation Company in Bawcomville?

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

flooded residential kitchen Water removal is key when dealing with a flood damage situation. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Air Movers Play A Role in Recovery of Bawcomville Properties

Flooding and other water loss incidents require our rapid drying solutions, especially when construction materials and contents of your Bawcomville home can get preserved. While we have multiple options along these lines, the most common element used for drying and recovering saturated elements is an air mover. Based on the severity and spread of the effects in your home, multiple air moving units might be necessary.

As challenging as Bawcomville flood damage can seem, our professionals have effective strategies to begin vital mitigation work quickly. We have ready trailers stocked with the equipment we need for all water loss incidents, and much of these same tools help us to address flooding of all types in homes and apartments through the area. With hundreds of air movers in our facility, we can always meet the demand of our current project and offer effective drying solutions that can get started with our initial visit to your damaged property.

Our SERVPRO crew chief and other management oversee the inspection and assessment of your flooded property and determine the necessary equipment. Extraction tools are often the first consideration, but when it comes to the areas that require drying, a determination must get made as to how many air movers can dry out the saturated elements. Because of their ability to displace moisture in materials like drywall, many units are often necessary for every restoration project.

With an idea of how many machines are necessary inputted into the SERVPRO DryBook software which maintains a timeline of progress, the management and field technicians on site must determine the best placement of these tools. For damaged areas like the drywall, air movers get placed within inches of the wall, allowing a concentrated blast of heated air to the damaged portions of the sheetrock.

Air movers are one of the many tools that our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe water restoration and flood recovery specialists use to bring your home back to preloss condition. As overwhelming as these circumstances might seem, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (318) 345-5121.

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Our Water Damage Experts Can Save Your Home In Bawcomville

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage ceiling When water damage threatens your home or possessions, contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121.

Top Reasons Bawcomville Homeowners Should Outsource Water Damage Cleanup

Even a little water damage to a residence can leave an assortment of issues to clean up. For example, a pipe with a 1/8-inch crack has the potential to pour 250 gallons of water into a home in a single day.

When water damage hits your Bawcomville home, it may be tempting to clean it up yourself. In some cases, it will work out okay, and in others, if you miss any water or you have damaged building materials, you can leave yourself open for mold, foul odors and a host of other problems that could be costly.

Reasons you should outsource the water cleanup include:

    •    Water is heavy, and if you clean it up yourself, there is a risk of injury. A single gallon of clean water weighs in at 8.34-pounds. The average consumer-size wet/dry vac holds approximately three to five gallons of dirty water. Imagine repeatedly needing to empty 25 to 42 pounds of water over and over.

    •    Potential for contaminants. Depending on the type of water loss and how long before cleanup started makes a difference in the category of water ranging from category one to a category three biohazard.

    •    Water migrates. It is easy to overlook the hidden areas of water. SERVPRO uses moisture detection equipment that allows us to see within walls and under flooring to ensure our technicians miss nothing during the water extraction.

You need professional equipment to dry a property effectively. SERVPRO does not use fans, we use air movers to dry the property, and we also set drying goals to ensure the humidity levels are too low for airborne mold spores to germinate and set up home.

Our technicians work hard to limit loss. We inspect each water-affected item and determine the restorability potential through our proprietary cleaning methods. Also, we maintain communications with both property owners and their adjusters to be sure that any actions are within the scope of coverage and agreed to before performing the activities.

When water damage threatens your home or possessions, contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121. Our trained, certified technicians arrive on-site within an hour and make your water loss “Like it never even happened.”

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How to Make The Best Out of Fire Damage Remediation in Your Richwood Residence 

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

The key to successful fire damage remediation is finding the right company. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Fire Damage Restoration And Cleaning For Richwood Neighborhoods

As an incorporated community, Richwood may only be 45 years old, but it has always had an important part in the history of our Parish. Preserving the homes that makeup part of that history is very important to not just the homeowners, but to everyone in our town. 

Stopping and restoring fire damage in Richwood homes means taking quick action. That is why SERVPRO maintains a 24/7 call center to ensure as rapid a response as possible. Management has a certified training program that turns out fully qualified Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians, or FSRTs who can begin cleaning the home immediately. 

Since most home fires do not destroy most of the structure, much of our efforts center around cleaning. Wherever possible, and allowed by the insurance company, we work carefully to keep every bit of interior structure, roof, and other parts of area homes intact. It may be easier to pull down a living room wall and replace it, but to maintain a home, our technicians can also remove only beams and crosspieces too compromised to remain in place and then clean everything else.

Each SERVPRO response team can access a local, extensive inventory of cleaners to remove the smoke residues left behind after a fire. Quick removal is important since surfaces like paint, wood, ceiling tiles, and even carpets can rapidly absorb them. Quickly eliminating them removes not just the physical damage like pitting in countertops, but also the odors which the residues generate as well. 

Usually, removing the residues eliminates the odors. Hotter burning fires, however, can generate a cloud of particles small enough to penetrate deeply into the wood, plastic, and drywall panels. In these cases, response team members use a fogger device and a deodorizing agent to generate a cloud that can penetrate as deeply the smoke to bind with and eliminate the odors. 

At SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe, this is how we take care of our neighbors and our local history. If you need us after a fire in your home here, or in other communities like Bawcomville, Calhoun, and Sterlington, contact us at (318) 345-5121 as quickly as possible so we can help you take care of your home as well. 

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Are you Walking on Water Damaged Hardwood Floors in Monroe?

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let water ruin your hardwood floors. Call SERVPRO today!

How Hardwood Gets Dried After Monroe Water Damage 

Hardwood is one of the most enduring and aesthetically appealing flooring options for many Monroe homes. With the possibility of a water loss incident existing nearly continually for all area residents, having a plan in place to protect these more expensive flooring options is critical. It is essential for effective mitigation and drying efforts to begin as promptly as possible, which is why choosing professional restoration after water damage might be an ideal choice. 

Water damage in Monroe homes varies based on the source of these effects and what materials exist in the path of the moving water. It is the priority of our SERVPRO professionals to perform a thorough and detailed inspection for every loss situation immediately upon arrival. This assessment delegates machinery and personnel to specific areas and damages within the property, ensuring that every phase of recovery is as efficient as another. 

Water damage to hardwood floors presents unique obstacles for our experienced SERVPRO professionals, beginning with the threat of full saturation. Once moisture has moved beyond the flooring planks to subflooring and supports, the only access to dampness and saturation exist in specialized equipment like our drying mats. We always have a restore before replacement mentality, ensuring that all flooring types and exposed materials get dried thoroughly in place rather than relying on contractors to reinstall removed portions of flooring. 

Drying mats slowly draw out moisture from exposed planking, careful to stop at the leveling point where moisture content returns to the acceptable parameters. Especially with hardwood, it is vital to maintain a balance of healthy moisture within the planks to promote pliability and a longer lifespan. A wild swing to one side of the spectrum or the other is equally damaging to this flooring material. 

With hardwood being a popular flooring option for both older construction in the area and new homes getting built, you need a team of professionals that can handle restoration when these elements become exposed to water damages. Our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe team can help 24/7 by calling (318) 345-5121.

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