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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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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Monroe Home After A Flood

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

When floodwaters come quickly into your home it can cause extensive damage. We are available 24/7 so call us right away.

Flood Damage in Monroe Property Bedroom Needs Fast Cleanup

Getting away for a long weekend is great, coming home to flood damage in your Monroe home is not so great. Even clean water gets demoted to a category three biohazard rating after 48 hours, and once groundwater sits that long in your home, the result is extensive damage from the water.

The longer water sits without cleanup efforts, results in considerable loss from flood damage. When a Monroe homeowner arrives to flood damage, her first call was to her insurance agent and then SERVPRO. The odor of stagnant water permeated the downstairs bedroom from a tree limb breaking a window and caused rainwater to pour in from locally heavy storms.

A minimum of four days had passed since the intense storms, and on arrival, our technicians engaged the following safety practices:
Understood this as Black Water contamination
Used EPA-registered antimicrobial cleaners
Wore personal protection gear (PPE) during cleaning as contact with this type of water has the potential to result in illness.
Tarped over the window to stop any further damage

SERVPRO technicians scoped the room to determine where the water migrated.The mattress in the water damaged bedroom absorbed the majority of the incoming water and was the source of the strong odor. Our moisture detection equipment found water did not reach the subfloor, and the area rug under the bed received a minor amount of water damage.

We advised the homeowner the mattress would require discarding as there are no sanitization treatments for category three biohazards to return it to a level of cleanliness for reuse. The homeowner instructed our certified Flood Damage Restoration Technician to discard the mattress, rug and saturated bedding but was thrilled to find we were able to save and restore her vintage metal bed frame and matching side table through our specialized cleaning methods. We understand the feelings of our clients and always try to salvage their possessions and treasures whenever possible.

Our goal is to take the stress of a home disaster off the property owner as much as possible. After cleaning, drying, and sanitizing the water loss areas in the bedroom, we gave the homeowner our detailed Contents Claim Inventory System that includes all mitigation actions along with photographs to expedite the claims filing process.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 when flood damage affects your property or possessions. We have the equipment and restoration services certifications to handle any type of storm damage, plus we are based locally and We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How Professionals Restore Fire Damaged Homes in West Monroe

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot may look easy to remove, but it takes professionals to correctly remediate the damage.

Why West Monroe Residents should choose Professional Fire Damage Restoration

When materials burn, they release carbon gases alongside monoxides and chemicals that are present in the material. These gases often cause more extensive damage than the flames themselves but are less likely to result in permanent issues. When these gases come into contact with surfaces, they deposit chemicals and carbon, which we refer to as smoke residues. Since different materials burn in different ways, the resulting residues can be oily or dry and can reside on the surface or permeate beneath it. Removal of soiling without further damaging the surface is a precise part of fire restoration and goes a long way in bringing the property back to its preloss condition.

Homeowners with fire damage in West Monroe can benefit from reaching out to a professional restoration service with the correct cleaning agents. Attempting to remove residues may result in spreading them around or cause damage to the surface itself. Even experienced SERVPRO Fire Restoration Technicians (FRT) must conduct a thorough pre-test of materials and smoke types to ensure they use correct chemical cleaning agents.

Synthetic materials, like plastics, are common in a home environment. When these materials combust, they do so slowly, resulting in a cloud of thick smoke and oily deposits on surrounding surfaces. Water-based cleaning agents are ineffective at removing these deposits and can sometimes cause more extensive damage by spreading soot around the surface.  Water-based cleaners can remove the finish or drive residues further into the material. Using an oil-based solvent helps to dissolve the soiling in the solution where it can then be removed alongside the cleaning agent by a SERVPRO technician.

Dislodging stubborn soiling may require mechanical action. Mechanical action utilizes equipment like soda blasters, which we apply to a dry surface. Once the soiling has been sufficiently loosened, wiping with wet-cleaning agents can help to restore the surface to its preloss condition. Since soda blasting is an abrasive cleaning method, your SERVPRO technician may need to refinish the surface after use. In many cases, removing soils results in the reduction of malodors.  We can also use sprays, pellets, and foggers at the end of service to neutralize any odors left behind from smoke or chemical agents.

No two fires are the same, contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 for tailored property restoration.

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We Help You Get Back To Business In Monroe After A Water Damage Disaster

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Overnight the water heater malfunctioned causing two plus inches of water to damage multiple offices and one classroom.

Containment Measures That Ease Commercial Water Removal in Affected Monroe Office

Water spills are not that common in office environments, and when they occur, they might not seem hazardous since the water is likely from a clean source. However, such an incident can lead to considerable financial losses by damaging equipment and building materials within your office. Injuries can also happen, especially when people slip and fall on wet surfaces. You can limit these adverse effects if you take measures to contain the loss.

Stopping the source of the leak is one crucial step in containing the loss. The more water leaks into your Monroe office, the greater the water damage it is likely to cause. If you cannot turn off the mains, you can take other measures like collecting the water at the source point. Use any containers that you can find, whether its buckets or otherwise. You can also use mops or other heavily absorbent materials to create barriers along openings such as doors limiting the areas affected by the spill. Calling a professional restoration company immediately also helps because they can arrive in time to save more items in your office.

There are various types of water damages to many of the contents found in your office, including documents, electronics, and furniture. Some of the losses might even happen during the mitigation process. Moving contents or taking other steps to protect your properties should minimize the chances of damages during the removal processes. Our SERVPRO crews use plastic sheets to cover items or create barriers in case the spill originates from a higher level. We can also move the items to a dry location on or off the loss site.

Extracting the water fast contains it from permeating deeply into materials or evaporating into the air, increasing the humidity levels. Rapid extraction is simpler with the right equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians bring different equipment, including extraction wands with squeegees and portable or truck-mounted water extractors. A water extractor has a pump and vacuum system, enabling it to lift the maximum amount of liquid water even from porous surfaces such as carpets.

To contain a water loss incident and limit your losses in West Monroe, Bawcomville or Richwood, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe. You can reach us at (318) 345-5121 any time.

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Why Do West Monroe Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Restoration Services?

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

From Zipper Lock Barriers to Trailer-Mounted Desiccant Dehumidifiers--SERVPRO Answers the West Monroe Call Fast and Equipped

Turnkey Service: Why SERVPRO Is the West Monroe Community’s Disaster Restoration Industry Leader

Residents of West Monroe who face threats to the comfort, safety, and quiet enjoyment of their home require premium restoration services to relieve worry and stress. We seek and retain employees with diverse backgrounds that complement the skills needed for high-quality restoration as part of the equation. Refining those skills through mastery of Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) coursework is why we can provide solutions for your most challenging disasters.

Water Damage
Plumbing leaks or appliance malfunctions are common reasons why our team of talented and trained technicians arrives to provide water removal in your West Monroe home. Significant quantities of water can invade your residence and damage structural components and contents after a pipe breaks or a pump or hose fails, particularly if the event occurs unnoticed during the workday or overnight. Rapid removal of unwanted water is crucial, followed by efficient structural drying.

Our SERVPRO water restoration crews are highly-skilled and successful in removing water fast, operating the commercial-grade pumps and extractors expertly and using thermal scanning and moisture detection devices to locate pockets of moisture that migrated into building materials and cavities.  If needed, we employ controlled demolition methods such as flood cuts to release water and enhance the action of the air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers we depend on for structural drying.
The modern home contains a myriad of electronics, from “smart” appliances to audio and video equipment and computers to multiple mobile devices. Our IT Coordinator/Trainer is an Electronics Restoration Technician and supports other crew members using the SERVPRO® DryBook™ system, capturing and tracking each step in your restoration project according to industry best practices and standards.

Fire Damage
The water, smoke, soot, charring, and odors left by fire damage in West Monroe create a complicated restoration scenario best managed by SERVPRO’s full-service restoration team. Seamless transitions from the removal of the firefighting chemicals and water to the cleanup of charred materials and soot residues to deodorization using innovative technologies to repair and restoration of damaged structural components avoid the need to subcontract any part of the fire restoration project.

The residues deposited after a fire are highly corrosive and toxic. They drift in the air with the potential to soil surfaces far from the ignition site and to contaminate your HVAC system and ductwork. Our fire restoration crew members hold multiple certifications from the IICRC, including Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) and Odor Control Technician (OCT), and are experienced in duct cleaning. Technicians match cleaning products and techniques with the varying range of soots found in your home, switching out tools, methods, and cleaning agents depending on the characteristics of the coatings.

Odors can linger well after all visible evidence of the fire damage disappears through appropriate restoration. If thorough cleaning, debris disposal, and HEPA-filtered air scrubbers leave a persistent smell, we employ methods like thermal fogging or hydroxyl generation to neutralize odor-bearing particles at the molecular level.

Mold Remediation
Mold damage in West Monroe is more prevalent than you might believe. The spores that cause mold growth are always in the environment, indoors and out. They are tiny, hardly visible, and float on air currents and settle on surfaces. When dry they cause little harm, but when a spore encounters even a small amount of moisture, it absorbs it and begins growing and multiplying into a colony of mold organisms.

Homeowners might notice a leathery or feather-like growth or stain on a surface or smell a distinctive musty smell as first indications of a mold infestation. Mold needs only a surface made of or covered in organic material, moisture, and oxygen to grow. Light is not needed so that it can multiply undetected between walls or above ceilings. When we arrive, we trace the mold back to the source and make arrangements to fix the water problem fueling the mold growth.

SERVPRO mold remediators use a protocol developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during abatement. We locate the mold and then contain the infestation area with physical barriers or negative pressure air scrubbing equipment that seals the area during remediation to prevent spread to unaffected areas. Technicians don personal protective equipment (PPE) for safety and to avoid tracking debris through your home.

We scrape, brush, or use gentle abrasives like soda blasting to remove the mold mechanically. Technicians bag the mold and any materials too contaminated to save for disposal following local hazardous waste regulations. HEPA-filtered vacuums suction up any residues left on floors or other surfaces. An EPA-registered antimicrobial treats the affected area to inhibit future mold damage.

Storm Damage
Fierce winds together with heavy rains and other forms of precipitation can cause severe storm damage to your West Monroe home. The violent disruption can rip holes in roofs, destroy the integrity of siding, break windows and doors, and send water flooding into your dwelling. You need help with securing the building from the elements as well as assessment, mediation, and restoration of flood damage.

SERVPRO is positioned uniquely to assist you will all aspects of recovery from storm damage. Our crew arrives, the chief inspects the scene and devises a plan, and the technicians put the plan in play. We tarp and board up exterior breaches and then begin removing the flood waters.

Flood waters are by definition contaminated, mixed with decaying organic matter, dirt and chemicals, or sewage. Containing the water and disposing of it according to local regulation is part of the protocol. We clean the flood-damaged area and apply EPA-registered disinfectants to inhibit the growth of pathogens.

Building Services
Build back services needed after our remediation procedures are handled by SERVPRO’s sister company, 318 Construction, LLC. Whether your project needs drywall installation after flood cuts, replacement of burned through building materials or mold-infested porous surfaces, or repair of storm damage we can offer reconstruction. Having our team carry on throughout the process permits us to complete a true reconstruction, with no need to halt the project near the end and engage the services of a different contractor.    

When water, fire, mold, or storm damage requires professional restoration services, count on the comprehensive response from SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe. We offer proven professional help from assessment through the rebuilding touches that make it “Like it never even happened” with one call to (318) 345-5121.

How SERVPRO Restores Fire Damaged Hotels in West Monroe

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Is fire damage causing your profits to go up in flames? SERVPRO can restore your business quickly.

Comprehensive Fire Damage Remediation for the West Monroe Hospitality Industry 

When your West Monroe hotel, bed, and breakfast, or inn suffers soot and smoke damage, you need to find reliable help fast. Your employees and guests count on your commitment to providing luxurious and safe accommodations in the Twin Cities of northeastern Louisiana. Our highly qualified team of fire remediation technicians is ready to mobilize immediately after your call. 

Fire damage residues are incredibly toxic, so you require West Monroe’s fire restoration industry leader for comprehensive cleanup. Smoke is simply the airborne, non-combusted remnants of the various materials burned during a fire, and soot is the coating this debris left on walls, floors, furnishings, and more. Modern building materials and fixtures create compounds when they burn that can cause health problems and degrade surfaces. Our project manager assesses the scene and develops a comprehensive project plan. 

SERVPRO’s Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) implement the plan, using research-based strategies taught by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC) to remove the soot and smoke in the affected spaces. If your sprinkler system minimized the spread of the fire, we attempt to contain the damage and restoration working areas so that untouched rooms and common areas can remain open for business. Physical barriers or negative pressure air scrubbers accomplish containment as employed by our professionals. 

We match techniques and products to the types of soot found. Failure to take into consideration the characteristics results in smearing and spreading residues, or the incomplete resolution of the problems. HEPA-filtered vacuums, dry and wet sponges, spray cleaners, and solvents all have their place in fire residue cleanup in the hands of a SERVPRO team. Some residues require agitation or even the use of abrasive tools or infused cleaning products to clear the soot. 

SERVPRO also evaluates the cleaned and disinfected spaces for odor retention. Smoky smells are deal breakers for your guests. Our deodorization specialists use a multiphase protocol to remove, not just cover up, lingering malodors. If necessary, we follow deep cleaning with innovative techniques that neutralize odors at the molecular level like thermal foggers, ozone machines, or hydroxyl generators. 

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe is prepared to resolve fire damage in your hotel or other lodgings fast and thoroughly. Honor your guest’s reservations by calling us for remediation help at (318) 345-5121.

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