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Can My Documents Be Saved After a Flood in Monroe?

10/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment Storm and flood damage restoration is no DIY project. SERVPRO techs are trained and experienced in all phases of storm damage remediation.

SERVPRO Has Document Restoration Experts on Hand to Restore Important Documentation from Water Damage in Monroe

It can be devastating if you have experienced a storm that has caused water loss in your home and ruined paperwork, books, pictures, or other documentation. If you live in Monroe and are dealing with this issue, you may think everything is lost. A SERVPRO emergency mitigation team will rescue and restore everything they can.

Do I Need to Throw Everything Away?

To save as much as possible from flood damage in Monroe, immediate mitigation is crucial. Many people believe that documents and papers cannot be restored, but that is a false assumption. Here are some of the types of content SERVPRO can restore:

  •   Photographs – including negatives, film, and microfiche
  •   Paper documents – including files and manuscripts
  •   Books & magazines
  •   Maps and blueprints
  •   X-rays
  •   Parchment

Restoring Your Important Documents and Memories

When flood damage occurs, it can mean more than just waterlogged papers. The documents can become contaminated with viruses, bacteria, chemicals, or other harmful contaminants. Our professional Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) technicians take the steps needed to ensure proper handling and restoration of essential documents and memento. This process includes the following:

  • Assessing what type of cleaning needs accomplishing for the items exposed to flood damage.
  • Gamma Irradiation for sterilizing.
  • Vacuum freeze-drying – this is done immediately and stops further damage. It is approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA).
  • Air drying and dehumidification.
  • Digitizing documents using a computerized inventory system can be the best option depending on volume and damage.
  • Rejacketing, deodorizing, and other processes as needed.

Papers, books, pictures are never fully restored to preloss condition, but we make it our goal to “Like it never even happened.” Contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 for quality document restoration and storm damage repair. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Does Recovery from Water Damage in West Monroe Need to Be So Complicated?

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

EPA- stamp of approval Water damage restoration by SERVPRO is the way to go. We use EPA-registered biocides for all water damage restoration services.

SERVPRO Commits Not Only to Following Best Practices But Also to Share Clear Communications with Our Customers For Their Water Damage Needs. 

It is natural for a West Monroe homeowner to be anxious that water damage is managed appropriately and impatient that professional mitigation and remediation take far more time than hoped. No one wants their day-to-day life upended. Still, the answer to significant water damage is not a simple fix. Instead, the process, intricacy, intensity, and length are determined by the specific circumstances of the loss. Many steps are involved, and all are necessary. We are committed to sharing the details of the water loss restoration with every customer. Count on us to explain how each phase, step, and task fits into the overall agenda and provide honest answers to your questions and concerns.

Why Do Professionals Assess, Test, and Measure Before Beginning the Work I Need to be Done?

West Monroe residents seeking water damage restoration might be surprised that workers do not immediately dig in, starting the tasks they must know so well. Instead, the project manager evaluates the site’s safety, putting in place safety controls before giving the green light to the water damage crews. Additionally, the crew chief directs the use of sensitive detection and metering devices to outline the extent of the water incursion and the compromised building materials' moisture levels.

Why Do Professional Restoration Companies Complete a Safety Assessment?

SERVPRO must proceed from the premise that every water damage scenario is unique and presents hazards we might expect but cannot be sure how they manifest. Typical safety hazards at a job site include:

  •   Slip, trip, and fall concerns
  •   Chemical contamination of fluids
  •   Heavily involved areas can be in confined spaces with only one exit, low ceilings, cramped quarters, and unexpected substances or items that can spell danger
  •   Environmental dangers like
  •   Live electricity (shock or electrocution)
  •   Hazardous materials (lead-based painted surfaces, uncontained asbestos)
  •   Biohazards (infectious waste and molds)
  •   Structural hazards (trapped water threatening to collapse walls or ceilings, weakened or damaged floors, stairs, and more)

Why Do We Assess and Test Before Water Damage Restoration?

Our crews need accurate information about precisely where the water hides and how much moisture building materials have absorbed. If we skip or shortchange this step, we risk leaving the water behind to deteriorate structural components. We also then lack the data needed to devise appropriate drying goals and to monitor the drying process. If our technicians do not make the effort to isolate water hidden in building cavities, we put your family and our crew in harm's way if a ceiling or wall full of water caves in.

Why Do Water Damage Restoration Crews Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

Safety protocols must be observed, and include the use of PPE for managers and technicians in many water damage restoration situations. Boots and hard hats protect from slipping and overhead hazards. Goggles and breathing apparatuses shield eyes and prevent airborne contaminants from inhalation. The use of PPE and robing and disrobing practices in a specified area also protects your loved ones from the debris our workers might otherwise track through your home.

What Can I Expect Now That the Crew Is Set for Water Damage Restoration?

Water Extraction

Our service vehicles await with pumps for water deeper than two inches and truck-mounted extractors for residual amounts. If we need to suction liquids from confined areas, portable backpack extractors extend our reach.

Controlled Demolition

If moisture detection located hidden caches of water, we might choose to employ limited removal of building materials to access the water and wet building cavities. These carefully planned actions usually repair easily after the water damage remediates. Release of the water and opening of spaces for more effective drying is needed to prevent secondary damage. Limited and controlled demolition can include:

  •   Cut or drill holes in walls or mortar joints
  •   Removal of baseboards, paneling, and beadboard
  •   Flood cuts, which remove wall material from stud to stud, several inches above the waterline

Applied Structural Drying

A balance of air movement, temperature manipulation, and dehumidification returns structural components to normal moisture levels. Commercial grade equipment operated by our skilled workers rapidly dries the affected spaces, crucial to our restoration goal of “Like it never even happened.”

Navigating the road to water damage restoration with SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe ensures a speedy and successful result with no shortcuts. Call us at (318) 345-5121 to schedule your assessment.

How Challenging Are Fire Odors to Remove in Monroe Restaurants?

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Here To Help Commercial fire damage restoration by SERVPRO is second to none. We are here to help.

Lingering smoke and fire odors in Monroe businesses get removed with careful strategies. 

Many things can go wrong in your restaurant's kitchen or dining area to cause a fire. We understand the urgency of these situations and have a team of professionals ready to respond fast to help with cleanup and odor removal. 

Kitchen Flare-ups and Cleaning Solutions

Fire damage restoration for Monroe restaurants often means a combination of many mitigative strategies happening simultaneously. While our SERVPRO team can reduce the damage and the spread of protein residues and soot after a kitchen flare-up, we must also overcome the harsh odors that these disastrous events can produce. 

Odor Counteractant Options for Restaurants

Reducing the severity of harsh smells present in the property after a kitchen flare-up can also be critical. These efforts are instrumental in helping deodorization to take less time and be less invasive. Counteractant products often involve the strategic placement of absorbing granules and beads where airflow is most consistent. In addition, thermal and ULV foggers can limit the strength of trapped smells. 

Clearing or Sealing Harsh Odors to Pre-Loss Condition 

The final step in removing harsh odors from the property after a kitchen fire is to neutralize what scent is left, however possible. Open-air smells from smoke and charring are challenging, but it can be even more complicated to overcome trapped odors in porous materials like drywall and wood furniture. These restoration needs rely on several powerful tools and products, such as:

  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Ozone machines
  • HEPA air scrubbers 
  • Odor-sealing primers 

A large portion of successful fire restoration services that we provide is restoring the affected property to the preloss condition. In this case, that means removing harsh odors and noxious smells that get generated after kitchen fires in the restaurant. Our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe team can help with efficient deodorization solutions when you call (318) 345-5121.

What Makes Smoke Residues a Threat in Monroe Homes After Fire Damage?

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

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With Many Surfaces and Contents Affected by Migrating Smoke Residue and Soiling, Our SERVPRO Professionals Can Help With Cleaning and Restoring These Areas. 

Smoke can become one of the most problematic obstacles for our responding technicians to overcome in Monroe homes after a fire loss. Understanding the sciences behind the creation and dispersal smoke damage throughout the property can help you appreciate your need for professional restoration as soon as extinguishment is completed. Because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, many residents have looked to our experience and quick arrival to limit the spread and severity of fire loss effects.

As challenging as fire damage in Monroe homes and businesses can become, each of these situations must be approached carefully to recover damaged contents, structural elements, and other valuables. Smoke damage can leave residues on surfaces and contents, which can vary in consistency and thickness to impact how easily our technicians can remove these coatings. After a careful inspection in the initial phases of job scoping by our project manager, we can best determine the ideal approaches to remove smoke residues on multiple services. 

When Is Smoke Damage Created? 

The decomposition of burning materials creates smoke. Specific structural elements and items can cause a higher volume or spread of this smoke production. These different materials also determine the composition of the smoke itself. For example, burning organic compounds can release carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide, which can be damaging to occupants of the house or even our responding technicians without the appropriate personal protective equipment. Smoke typically consists of a collection of:

  • Solid Particles 
  • Aerosols
  • Gases
  • Suspended Particulates

What Characteristics Exist in Smoke Damages? 

There are reasons that there are multiple ways of removing smoke damage from a house after a fire. There are varying characteristics from the production of smoke that must get addressed individually to ensure that the full threat has gotten resolved. Understanding the variances in composition or smoke damage can be beneficial for the necessary tasks to eradicate this threat. To help you appreciate which methods work the best for removing smoke damage and residues, it is important to 1st understand the significantly challenging characteristics of smoke. These include: 

Gases: Gas is the invisible element of smoke damage, but also can be one of the most physically compromising to those exposed. Gaseous byproducts generated during combustion can immediately threaten those attempting to vacate the house before extinguishment takes place.

Smoke particles: Particles of smoke are microscopic and usually consist of carbon. The presence of these particles makes smoke damage visible to the occupants of the house and our responding technicians. Each of these particles can vary in size between .1 to 4 microns in size. Its substantially small size can make it threatening to the human respiratory system if inhaled.

Aerosols: Aerosols are another threat that exists in spreading smoke conditions after a fire. Much like solid particles circulating in the smoke, aerosols get generated from the presence of liquid and extremely fine solid matter suspended in the gas.

What Are Different Types of Smoke Residues? 

Many homeowners do not realize that residues from smoke can vary from one house and fire to another. Depending on numerous factors, including the heat of the blaze and the materials affected, various residues can provide challenges for our SERVPRO technicians. Understanding the types of smoke residues can ensure that our technicians choose the right method of removal and restoration for the affected materials and surfaces of your property. The primary examples of smoke residues include: 

  • Dry Smoke
  • Wet Smoke 
  • Protein Smoke 
  • Fuel Oil Smoke 

What Methods Are Best for Removing Smoke Effects? 

Depending on the type of smoke damage that exists, there are multiple tactics to remove residues and particles from surfaces and contents in the house. In most situations, wipe cleaning, in multiplication, and soda blasting are among the top choices for surface recovery when the underlying material has not become too compromised to protect. Our technicians must be careful to prevent any staining or smearing of wet spoke residues and other coatings to avoid unnecessary tear-out and reconstruction whenever possible. 

Fire losses can be a widespread threat that impacts more than the immediate area around the combustion site. With experienced technicians and adequate equipment, our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe team can help whenever you call (318) 345-5121.

What Is Muck-Out Cleaning After Flood Damage in Monroe?

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

storm debris When storm water and debris become a problem for your Monroe home, call the experts at SERVPRO for help.

Clearing Debris, Mud, and Other Potential Contaminants From Your Monroe Home Can Reduce Threatening Conditions For Your Property.

Flooding can leave your Monroe home in disarray. Natural flooding invites debris, mud, and other contaminants into your house that must get addressed along with countless other damages. With flooding scenarios, it is vital for this cleaning and recovery effort to begin as soon as possible. Migrating water can have detrimental effects on structural cavities and exposed materials, especially when contamination is a threat.

Understanding the severity of the situation can allow our professionals to address flood damage in Monroe properties in distinct stages. The removal of debris, mud, and other solids that have entered the home through natural flooding can have multiple benefits for the property overall. Some of the reasons that we conduct this muck-out cleaning during the emergency services phase of recovery include:

  • Identify Structural Vulnerabilities
  • Reduce Present Bacteria
  • More Efficient Drying
  • Reduce Odors

What Cleaning Practices Can Protect Exposed Surfaces?

Removing the debris in the house is often insufficient to address contamination concerns that can often arise with natural flooding. These situations are deemed blackwater events, which assume that standing water in your home has encountered some contaminant level to make conditions hazardous to those exposed.

Addressing these concerns of contamination often requires efforts like controlled demolition to discard overly saturated or exposed materials and contents. Once the structural framework becomes visible and evaluated, we can focus on cleaning and protecting these areas from contamination and bacteria through surface cleaning approaches with our potent EPA-approved products.

Flooding is a situation that can get out of control quickly without the appropriate mitigation and restoration processes starting swiftly. For natural flooding scenarios, this often means muck-out cleaning. Give our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe team a call anytime you need us at (318) 345-5121.

How to Handle Commercial Water Damage in Monroe

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo over water Water can wreak havoc in your property. Call the experts at SERVPRO today for assistance.

SERVPRO Can Help You to Perform Commercial Water Damage Repair in Monroe

Water damage such as broken pipes, plumbing leaks, and appliance malfunctions can lead to unexpected damage in your business. Getting it cleaned up and back to its original condition is a priority. SERVPRO is ready to help you at a moment’s notice. 

When performing commercial water damage restoration in your Monroe restaurant, we can minimize interruptions and do everything to keep doors open during the remediation process. Fast repair helps prevent loss of earnings. Before our SERVPRO team arrives, you can assess any potential hazards and building damage. Doing this can help our contractors prepare by knowing the water removal equipment to bring. 

Stagnant water can spread quickly from one room to the other and ruin many things in its path. Soaked wooden structures can split or warp, and mold can grow in affected areas. We usually use powerful portable extractors, which can access restricted areas. After extracting the water, we pump it directly to a treated sewer. Our SERVPRO team can remove salvageable and unsalvageable items. Once we get things under control, we can clean and dry your ruined contents and building structures. 

Our technicians can document and monitor the drying conditions of the affected area regularly. We write down the readings for temperature, relative humidity, and moisture content. We write them down and evaluate them to determine if drying conditions are being met. If necessary, we can move dehumidifiers and air movers to create better drying conditions. We monitor the air that the dehumidifiers are exhausting using thermos-hygrometers. Our SERVPRO team then monitors the moisture levels until drying is complete. When content moisture measurements indicate that we have reached our drying goals, we consider the building dry and proceed to remove the drying equipment. 

If you need commercial water removal services, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Aging Appliances Can Cause Water Damage To Your Monroe Residence

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Woman with washing machine When your old appliances leave you dealing with water damage in your home, Call the experts at SERVPRO for help.

Monroe Homes and Fast SERVPRO Water Damage 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 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 you face and make a tailored restoration plan specific to the needs of the current situation. 

Water Removal Services

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. 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, 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 to reinstall 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.

Overcoming Smoke and Soot Damages in Your Monroe Home

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged room SERVPRO removes the soot, smoke and odors that come with fire damage, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Understands That Recovering From a Fire in Your Home Includes Removing the Lingering Odors

Fires often present multiple damaging effects to homes in Monroe. While there are very few that a homeowner can handle on their own, the majority of these lingering symptoms from a recent disaster like this require professional restoration services to return your house to normal. Regardless of the severity of the fire, cleaning up the damages and bringing your home back to preloss conditions takes expertise and the right equipment. 

Smoke and soot, along with a harsh odor, are fire damage effects typical of Monroe house fires, regardless of their size or destructive force. Fighting these effects is something that our SERVPRO technicians prepare for and get explicitly trained to restore. While many homeowners might believe that counteracting the odor in their homes with a more pungent scent can overcome their issue, deodorization is the only sure way to remove a noxious scent. 

Deodorization After Fire Damage

Deodorization is a process that utilizes several pieces of equipment to accomplish, but primarily, the job falls to our thermal foggers. The chemical compound that they release can get used to treat both the air in the affected areas of your home and affected furniture, textiles, materials, and fabrics. The solution breaks apart smoke molecules in the environment and neutralizes them to leave a scentless area behind to doctor as you see fit. 

Soot Damage Removal

Cleaning up soot damage is another common effect that our SERVPRO technicians get asked to remedy, and there are a few approaches that we use to do it. Soot can often get cleaned from hard surfaces using specialized vacuums or by cleaning the area with a wet or dry sponge. Set in soot might require more aggressive measures. While the goal is to restore these walls to their original condition, sometimes the severity of damage can only allow for restoration to prepare for repainting or resurfacing.

While every home fire might be different between its location and severity, some symptoms are universal to nearly every occurrence. When you are looking for a trusted team to help you overcome the effects of a recent fire in your home, you can rely on SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe. Give us a call anytime you need us at (318) 345-5121.

How Can Monroe Homeowners Get Safe Mold Removal Services?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo over mold Mold spreads quickly when the conditions are right. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the damage in your home.

SERVPRO Mold Removal Specialists Remediate Mold in Monroe with Commercial-Grade Tools

While all buildings and outdoor spaces contain some level of mold, excess moisture in a Monroe home can accelerate growth. Professional mold removal ensures that homeowners do not risk potential health effects from microbial exposure.

SERVPRO professionals are ready to perform mold removal for Monroe homeowners 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These remediation professionals coordinate with property owners and insurers to streamline the claim filing process and provide services per a homeowner’s insurance policy.

SERVPRO Equipment Eliminates Monroe Mold Accumulation

SERVPRO mold remediation specialists have access to a sophisticated suite of inspection and remediation tools for microbial remediation, including the following:

  • Calibrated penetrating and non-penetrating sensors and meters for assessing moisture levels that can indicate the source of microbial contamination
  • EPA-registered fungicides, which can be applied via manual cleaning, agitation, fogging, injection, or spraying
  • HEPA-filter vacuums and air scrubbers to prevent the spread of mold spores and eliminate odor-causing particles
  • Hydroxyl generators, which utilize ultraviolet rays for odor control of salvageable porous items
  • Centrifugal air movers and dehumidification units work together to eliminate moisture and dry humid or water-damaged spaces

Homeowners can call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 for remediation and restoration that makes homes look “Like it never even happened.”

Pop Quiz: Do You Know How to Restore Fire Damage in Monroe Schools?

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Fire damage is bad for business. Call SERVPRO for the fire restoration service, we will be onsite within 4 hours of the initial call.

Why Monroe Schools Trust Our Team for Fire Damages

There is a reason that organizations like the Better Business Bureau and property management firms trust in our expertise and experience in addressing damages to their Monroe structures. With community properties like schools in our region, we understand how important and vital it is to get work started immediately to limit the time students are without a place to go for educational stimulation. With fire damage incidents, multiple symptoms must get addressed quickly to prevent worsening conditions that can prove far more challenging to overcome.

IICRC Trained Fire Damage Restoration Technicians

With fire damage in a Monroe school, we understand the detrimental effect on students and faculty. To address these concerns quickly, our SERVPRO team can utilize the full measure of our growing roster of IICRC-Certified technicians. While we have many employees certified and accredited as Fire & Smoke Restoration and Odor Control Technicians, we also have others with expertise in other helpful areas like cleaning and debris removal.

Working Together for Fire Restoration

Our SERVPRO team has a great deal of experience contending with significant damage situations. As a part of a large loss recovery team, we can address substantial damage like widespread fire effects quickly and confidently. We can pool our resources and personnel with area branches of our brand and other recovery and emergency services to help restore this damaged institution as promptly as possible.

Fast Fire Cleanup Response

As is the case with all emergencies, getting mitigation started immediately is critical to protecting more of the damaged property. With our fast response to fire emergencies, we can work fast to identify the full scope of the damage and what must occur to address the most pressing of hazards and symptoms to get your doors back open as quickly as we can.

With so many students, parents, and faculty depending on a fully functioning school, we take our role in restoration and recovery seriously. Whenever disaster strikes, you can count on our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe professionals to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call 24/7 at (318) 345-5121.