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How SERVPRO Responds When Monroe Properties Have Mold Damage

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

Containment barriers protect unaffected areas of your Monroe home from mold damage. SERVPRO knows Mold--from inspection of your Monroe property to remediation, "Like it never even happened."

Why Is Inspection Essential in Monroe Homes Before Mold Restoration Procedures?

Mold is an insidious problem, especially when it proliferates in hidden areas rather than openly. The response needed to counter such contamination is unique to the affected individual or property. SERVPRO tailors solutions to meet the expectations of the Monroe homeowner while ensuring we address all aspects of mold damage.

Once your Monroe home develops mold damage, the outcome depends on your efforts to remediate the problem. For instance, leaving the contamination unaddressed for long creates the perfect opportunity for it to spread throughout your home. Once we arrive at your property, expediting the remediation is one of SERVPRO's main objectives.

Inspection is crucial for faster remediation because it helps identify:

  • Moisture sources and contamination spread patterns
  • Level of soiling from mold
  • Deterioration levels in materials

It is easier to avail sufficient resources for the job with the right information. For example, if there is an active leak causing water stagnation in open or hidden areas, a restorer can avail appropriate extraction equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians use powerful extractors to remove surface water. Special extractors such as drying mats are necessary for water trapped in concealed areas beneath tiles or wooden floorboards. Otherwise, demolition is required to open up such spaces.

Timing Mold Remediation

An inspection helps improve the scheduling of the different mitigation tasks necessary to combat mold. Remediation involves several procedures. Some can run concurrently, while others have to be scheduled consecutively for the best outcome. For example, cleaning before doing demolition is a waste of effort. You can only plan for a task if you know it is necessary.

Everyday mold remediation tasks:

  • Setting up containment
  • Controlled demolition of materials
  • Cleaning mold colonies and residues
  • Drying and deodorization

Containment is necessary when contamination is significant in one area of your home. Containment takes different forms, including sealing HVAC ducts, setting up plastic sheet barriers, and establishing clean rooms or decontamination areas. The inspection done by our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians helps establish which of these tasks to do or what to omit.

Clean rooms are essentially mold-free zones that you can safely occupy while the rest of the house is undergoing remediation. When our SERVPRO technicians set up barriers isolating the contaminated areas from the rest of the house, we establish negative air pressure to keep all residues within the contained area. We also use manometers to inspect the barrier to ensure airtight seals. We also use an air filtration device with HEPA filters to remove particulate matter that might cause problems in the clean rooms.

After containment, we can do the necessary demolition and cleaning. We make precision cuts to remove drywall, insulation, and other heavily contaminated porous materials during demolition. Cleaning requires a thorough method that does not introduce moisture in the structure. Methods like vacuuming or damp-wiping with antimicrobial detergents are sufficient since mold colonies are usually limited to the surface. If we need to clean semi-porous surfaces such as the solid wood within the structural supports, we can opt for more aggressive alternatives like wire brushing or sanding. The extra effort is necessary since the mold has root-like hyphae that leave it embedded in surfaces.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe can help find the right solutions for your property after mold damage. Call us at (318) 345-5121. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Things You Might Save in Your Monroe Home after Fire Damage

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians removing flooring with fire damage Fire damage restoration includes debris and odor removal from your Monroe home. Call SERVPRO to get the process started.

SERVPRO Evaluates Monroe Homes Recommending the Best Fire Restoration Approaches

A fire has varied impacts on a home. Significant damage to your valuables can demoralize you because you may not know what you can save. Even if insurance can cater for the cost of replacing items lost to a fire in your Monroe home, you might still prefer to keep things that have sentimental value. The materials that makeup items are the main determinants of whether you can save them. Glass and metal items are more likely to be salvageable than wood and fabrics, which deteriorate quickly from heat exposure.

How a Monroe fire damage incident unfolds also determines what can be salvaged or not. When firefighting is timely, damage from flames and heat is contained before spreading over vast areas. Therefore, the main issues are smoke deposits and moisture accumulation. Smoke residues are dark and acidic, so they cause significant soiling and staining. Our SERVPRO technicians help reverse this type of deterioration thorough cleaning and drying.

Salvageable items include:

  • Kitchenware
  • Smoke damaged electronics
  • Lightly charred furniture
  • Glass and metal structural materials

Kitchenware primarily includes glass and ceramic utensils. Exposure to extreme heat conditions can cause cracking. However, the most common effect is deep soiling and staining from the soot accumulating on their surfaces. Even items locked away in cabinets are heavily soiled since smoke driven by convection currents concentrates in colder areas of a property during a fire. Our SERVPRO technicians simplify the restoration of such items using advanced immersion cleaning such as ultrasonic cleaners, eliminating any lingering soot staining, "Like it never even happened." The ultrasonic cleaner has a tank where the soiled items are dipped. The system then produces millions of bubbles and implodes them instantaneously, creating an effective yet non-invasive agitation force that strips away stubborn soils and stains from the surface of items.

Light or Moderate Fire Damage

You can salvage many items with light or moderate damage from heat exposure or residue accumulation. Identifying such damage early and kick-starting restoration procedures in time improves the chances of salvaging them. An example of light damage is an accumulation of smoke residues in electronic items or appliances. Slight charring of furniture items can be light or moderate damage.

Electronics can be saved if not directly affected by the flames. They require a unique restoration approach since their internal components are delicate and can be easily damaged if cleaned with water or if you power the item when the circuit board is caked with soot residues.

Salvaging Electronics Requires

  • Dry cleaning to remove surface residues
  • Damp wiping to clean wet soils or stains
  • Maintaining room temperatures above the dew point

Since soot is essentially carbon, it readily conducts electricity. When its circuit boards are layered with soot residues, powering an item can lead to short circuits and thus permanent damage. Our SERVPRO technicians clean the exteriors and prepare appliances for inspection and cleaning by a third party specializing in this process. Since the air in a home is humid after fire damage, corrosion of internal components is another risk that might leave your electronics unsalvageable. Our SERVPRO technicians set up dehumidifiers to regulate humidity levels or supply heating to prevent cooling to the dew point whereby condensation would occur, leading to rust.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe offers access to specialist skills and advanced technologies, thus improving the chances of salvaging items affected by fire damage. Call us at (318) 345-5121.

Likely but Unexpected Outcomes in Monroe Homes after Water Damage

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in a water damaged home demolished to the studs When responding to water damage incidents in Monroe, our SERVPRO technicians use the proper drying techniques.

What Water Restoration Procedures SERVPRO Takes in Monroe Homes

When you realize a broken pipe or a roof leak in your Monroe home, there are some things to expect. Wet floors, walls, and contents are all typical outcomes. However, water damaging a resilient floor such as tiles or the development of significant physical changes such as carpets stretching beyond the usual dimensions are not the likely expectations you have after water damage incidents. Several other puzzling things can develop in the course of the restoration.

Involving Monroe water damage professionals whenever a water-related incident affects your property is essential since any unusual issue can be dealt with accordingly. SERVPRO also facilitates inspections to reveal hidden problems.

Specific puzzling issues include:

  • Stretched carpets
  • Water penetrating tiled surfaces
  • Gradient moisture leaves materials wetter at the core

Carpets are installed to fit the dimensions of a room perfectly. Therefore, if you notice folds or wrinkles that imply the carpet is suddenly larger after a water intrusion, you may not understand the outcome. Carpets are made from different materials, and moisture exposure causes many problems. One of these issues is reducing their tensile strength by up to 50% when wet. However, stretching does not occur automatically because a carpet is wet. Other actions such as subjecting the carpet to significant physical forces such as heavy foot traffic or dragging heavy furniture or appliances over its surfaces cause such changes. Rigorous drying procedures can also lead to such stretching. Our SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians take various precautions when handling cleaning to avoid adverse outcomes.

When you notice wet structural materials, it is common to consider the wetness as uniform or at least the concentration to be heavier at the surface, where exposure starts, compared to the core of the material. However, sometimes the moisture concentration may defy norms. A moisture gradient can form whereby materials are wetter at the center than at the surface. This pattern can interfere with water restoration procedures since moisture from the core areas keeps replenishing the dried sections as the surfaces dry. Therefore, drying efforts may seem inexplicably unfruitful. Alternatively, you may think that there is minimal moisture because of the dryness close to the surface. Our SERVPRO crews probe wet areas thoroughly before starting restoration. A simple tool like a moisture meter with probes to penetrate porous surfaces helps establish the amount of wetness involved and its spread patterns through a material.

Water Damage in Unexpected Areas

Materials in a house can be broadly categorized as porous and nonporous. When the porous materials absorb moisture, it triggers changes from within, thus leading to damage. Most nonporous materials are resilient to moisture exposure. That is why areas such as bathrooms, laundries, or kitchens where water is constantly used have tiled floors and walls to withstand moisture exposure. However, sometimes water reaches beneath tiles causing significant deterioration. Typical reasons for such penetration include grout deterioration or cracks and gaps between the tiles.

Another standard expectation after water exposure is a high likelihood of reversing damage, especially when action is taken in the early stages. However, for composite materials such as laminated wood, swelling or deterioration of the glues holding the materials together leads to permanent damage.

If there is water beneath tiles, you have to demolish the area to deal with the wetness and remove deteriorated materials. SERVPRO uses advanced technologies to counter these problems by improving extraction, limiting moisture migration, and controlling the drying process.

Some specialized resources for these tasks include:

  • Drying mats
  • Drying chambers
  • Cavity drying equipment

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe is ready to help with any issues after water damage in your property. Call us at (318) 345-5121.

Avoid DIY in Monroe – Opt for Professional Mold Damage Cleanup

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

hallway with poly containment barriers SERVPRO offers skilled technicians using the latest equipment, device, and products for mold damage remediation in Monroe.

SERVPRO Has Mold Damage Assistance for Monroe Residents

There is a lot involved in mold cleanup, which is why this is never a task to tackle as a DIY project. Hiring trained technicians for mold remediation gets the job done faster and eliminates the risk of possible health effects. SERVPRO is available for commercial and residential mold cleanup services so that you can ensure it gets done right the first time.

Why not grab mold cleaning products from the store? SERVPRO wants all area clients to know that mold removal products leave you open to spores getting left behind or moving into unaffected areas of your home. With our mold damage team in Monroe, you will have skilled, IICRC-certified technicians with the training, cleaning products, and equipment to ensure no stone gets left unturned.

Some of the steps that we take to handle mold on the surface may include:

  • Wiping with a cloth damaged with anti-microbial agents and cleaning solutions
  • Vacuuming areas carefully to remove loosened debris (fungal particles and spores)
  • Drying and dehumidification to air out your property
  • Agitation with the help of sanding and wire brushing

When it comes to a mold outbreak, no home or business owner wants to encounter a repeat infestation after cleaning is complete. SERVPRO always puts in extra effort to ensure all areas are free of excess moisture and visible mold. Our team uses moisture meters, sensors, and thermal imaging that tell us where moisture is hidden so we can eliminate it. We also target the root cause of the mold infestation to keep it from recurring.

Why SERVPRO of Monroe/West Monroe when you have mold damage? We strive to ensure your property gets left with our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal of approval. Call us at (318) 345-5121 to schedule our mold remediation service.

Drying Out Flood Damage in West Monroe

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

hardwood floors and walls drying after flooding SERVPRO preserves and restores flood damaged building materials in West Monroe homes.

Techniques for West Monroe Storm Damage Mitigation

Flooding is common in Louisiana, and West Monroe is no exception. Levees break, and there are not enough sandbags in the state to keep water out of your home if enough comes rolling down the street or through your backyard.

SERVPRO cannot prevent flood damage in West Monroe, but our restoration teams can help remove the water and dry out your home. The process needs a professional service since no matter what size your home may be, there are some common issues that many people never consider.

In even the worst flooding, the water recedes after a few days. Many of our neighbors here gave up on wall-to-wall carpeting years ago and rely on area rugs. They are efficient and easy to hang over the fence to dry. The problem that lots of folks forget about is the water that finds its way between the floorboards and hides underneath. The water can eventually rot the wood, causing dips, soft spots, and other problems.

SERVPRO developed a method that finds the source of the water and removes it without disturbing the floor or the homeowner too much. One of our inspectors pulls up a board or two near the wall or where a large piece of furniture usually rests. That gives us access to find the water and then use a hose attached to a pump or an extraction wand to draw it out.

After removing the water, the inspector uses an air content meter to determine the moisture level of the air and the wood of the sub-floor. If either tests high, our IICRC certified team members attach a hose to an air mover and then force warm, dry air into the affected floor space.

Another issue is the space behind the walls. Floodwater can force its way behind drywall or wood paneling and then remain after the rest of it recedes. This water can also rot the wood of the wall framing and soak into other building materials.

Our teams can dry out this space by removing the wallboard at the bottom of an affected section of the wall and then drill several holes behind it. This procedure allows water to drain and gives our techs access to use an air mover to force warm air inside and speed up drying. Once the area tests normal we can have the holes patched and the wallboard replaced.

Drying out these areas requires professional training and equipment. If you are struggling with the results of a flood, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 today. We are here for you.

Faulty Wiring and Monroe Fire Damage

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

fire at electrical outlet on wall SERVPRO is Here to Help when an electrical fire damages your Monroe home

SERVPRO Remediates Fire Damage in Monroe

It is not always easy to tell when the electrical wiring inside your home has been installed incorrectly, but it is essential to understand that a poor job can lead to fire damage. Fires caused by faulty wiring can be dangerous, as they can be burning inside of your walls for hours or even days. When they find a pocket of oxygen, they ignite incredibly fast and have the potential to burn down entire sections of your home. When the blaze is extinguished, it can leave you feeling overwhelmed and anxious. However, the quicker you contact professional restoration help, the better it is for your home.

A blaze breaking out in the bedroom of your Monroe home and causing fire damage can be daunting. Even if caught early, the fire can negatively impact your space in more ways than just burning up the side of your walls and some of your furniture. Fire damage comes hand-in-hand with smoke damage. The clothing, decorations, and bedding inside your bedroom can become stained and odorous. Even if soot never touched them, the smell alone can leave your belongings unsatisfactory.

When you call SERVPRO, we make it our priority to arrive at your home as fast as possible. We understand that successful remediation relies on addressing the damage in a timely fashion before discoloration and other unfortunate factors can set in. SERVPRO techs are IICRC-certified and can arrive at your home with all of the tools that they may need to remediate the fire damage.

Here at SERVPRO, we use tools like hydroxyl generators to address the odorous smell while we work. We can use abrasive, chemical, or lubricative cleaners to remove soot stains. If any drywall was permanently damaged, we can tear it down and clean it up before recommending a contractor to you who can remodel the space.

If faulty wiring inside your bedroom causes a fire, do not hesitate. Dial (318) 345-5121 to contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe. The sooner you call us, the quicker we can get to your home.

The Best Way to Address Commercial Water Damage in Monroe

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Water Drips From Ceiling Water damage in your office or on your factory floor can certainly slow down production. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Efficiently Remediate Water Damage at Your Business Location

Whether you are ready to face a commercial water damage incident or not, when it strikes, you are sure of one thing - your business cannot avoid making losses. With that in mind, you must know the proper steps to take to reduce the time it takes to recover from such disasters when they come calling. If you are a resident of Monroe, we advise you to work with licensed restoration service providers near you.

When addressing commercial water damage in Monroe, there are specialized drying techniques that our SERVPRO technicians use. We know the importance of enhancing airflow when drying structures and, as a result, put in place air movers. For air movers to be efficient, we place them in a clockwise pattern and ensure the inlets are pointing towards the wall and the snouts are touching the wall.

When our SERVPRO technicians are dealing with hard-to-dry locations, there is a need to do ventilation. It is an option when drying walls, but first, we have to remove any baseboards covering the surfaces. Where necessary, we may drill holes in the walls to allow air to move into the cavities. It is essential to let experienced experts do this work so that you do not end up damaging the walls.

Our SERVPRO team also uses dehumidifiers when drying your property. Still, there are significant factors that we consider before setting them up. For instance, we look at the placement of air movers before deciding on their most appropriate position. It is not advisable to let the air from an air mover blow directly into a dehumidifier's back.

In most cases, water can make organic materials rot and emit an unpleasant odor. To address such a situation, we remove the source of the smell and perform deodorization. Some of the deodorants have antimicrobial properties that sterilize surfaces and prevent chances of mold growth.

At SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, whether it's water, fire, mold, or sand storm-related. Call us at (318) 345-5121 at any time of day and get services from a reliable industry leader.

Fire Damage Experts In Monroe Talk About Cleaning Hardwood Furniture

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Chair in Fire To Preserve and Salvage Fire Damaged Furniture in the Monroe Vicinity--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Professional Services for Cleaning Fire & Smoke Damaged Furniture

If a fire starts inside your Monroe home, many items can get burned and have to be removed and replaced. Other things can get severely smoke damaged to the point where they must get discarded as well. However, in many cases, cleaning soot residues and odors left behind from smoke can save items.

Most blazes torch building materials that are near the source, but the smoke created during the burn can cause problems in areas of the house far away from the initial flare-up. In most fire damage cases in Monroe, soot cleaning and deodorization are vital parts of the restoration project. Ceilings, walls, and cabinets are all susceptible to attracting soot and soils that smoke leaves behind in its trail.

Items inside your home, like furniture, also can suffer damage from smoke and soot. Contents that are made of porous materials, such as couches, can be professionally cleaned with specialized detergents. Then, if burnt aromas still exist after cleaning, deodorizing can take place using a small spray bottle for localized problems, an ultra-low volume fogger, or a hydroxyl generator.

Hardwood furniture can also be damaged during a fire in your house by both heat and smoke. If near the source, wood furniture can blister, requiring the items to be refinished. Smoke can stain some wooden furniture pieces that can force them to get refinished or repainted. Water may also damage the furniture, and the drying process must be regulated to avert splitting the legs and supports.

In many scenarios, soot residues can be cleaned off of hardwood furniture using various methods. Dry cleaning with sponges, cloths, or vacuums works well with most types of soot and soils. However, if the soot residue is oily, then wet cleaning works best.

Low alkali surface cleaners and mild detergents explicitly made for hardwood furniture can be used to clean moderate soot damage. Our SERVPRO technicians always clean all hardwood items with grains to prevent scratching. After the cleaners remove the soot residues, an oil-based furniture polish gets applied to restore the wood's natural oils.

Cleaning hardwood furniture items with the correct methods can save pieces from being counted as a loss. If you ever need professional help with cleaning furniture, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 seven days a week.

Unconventional Water Damage to Your West Monroe Home

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Outside view of AC unit in window Window air conditioner units can sometimes fail and bring water into your home. Contact SERVPRO when facing a water damage situation.

Our Technicians Understand that Overflowing Water Can Quickly Start to Cause Damage in Your Home

When you think of all of the things in your West Monroe home that could present a water emergency, many people consider items like the appliances that are water fed like the washing machine or hot water tank. While these are sometimes culprits to this kind of chaos, your air conditioning window units are an even likelier culprit in this humid and often hot environment typical of the area. 

The trouble with window units for your AC in your house is that you might not even be home when the malfunction and subsequent water damage occurs in West Monroe. The condensation and holding of water inside these appliances are pretty standard, and there is not a lot of internal components to keep this same water from pouring into your house. While this might only be a finite amount, it undoubtedly is enough to cause significant problems to your flooring and walls if it does not get caught immediately. 

If you come home to a disaster like this, you might have the instinct to start cleaning up the mess yourself, but these conventional cleaning and drying efforts are likely not going to be enough to address the full scope of the damage. SERVPRO utilizes thermal imagery in our inspections to see the presence of moisture and dampness in areas beyond what our eyes can decipher. 

If the problem gets addressed quickly enough, your water damage could get resolved using specialized equipment like our large drying mats, which penetrate underneath your flooring material to dry the area thoroughly. We have an injectidry system that uses multiple entry points to move air through this space and dry out any lingering moisture for internal wall damages. The objective (beyond merely restoring the damage) of drying these spaces is to prevent compounding damages like mold growth. 

Water damage might present itself in multiple ways throughout your life. Still, there are plenty of instances where professional restoration services are the best call to ensure that the cleanup gets done thoroughly enough. You can always trust in the dedication and experience of SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe to help you through any disaster you face. Give us a call today at (318) 345-5121.

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

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

damaged roof Storm damaged roofs can cause water to enter your home. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective remediation.

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

While West Monroe homeowners do not have to worry about heavy snow weighing down and damaging the roofs of their houses, unfortunately, this does not offer much relief regarding the damage that this structural component of your house gets asked to endure. With massive storm systems passing through the area on a fairly regular basis, your roof takes a very literal beating every time. While these elements are built to last for decades, this does not always mean that they can. 

While no one wants to have to endure the cost or the potential headache of residential contractors competing for roofing repair estimates, this annoyance is not the least of your worries. A compromised roof has a difficult time keeping the elements on the outside of your West Monroe residence, which in turn can result in flood damages to the upper level of your house. Since you likely are not regularly inspecting your roof for vulnerable points, you might not even be aware of a flooding concern until its presence begins to show on the ceilings and walls of the spaces below the attic. 

This discovery should encourage you to reach out to our experienced SERVPRO professionals right away. Our dedicated team can get to work quickly to assess the total reach of the storm damage from the source to where you have noticed its presence in other areas of your home. Sealing up the penetration points on the interior side of the roof can prevent further damage while the restoration process gets underway. 

Our team of technicians can get to work on extraction after the immediate threat of further damage has gotten removed. This process involves often involves portable pumps and wet vacs. Drying mats and our injectidry system allow the spaces in the walls and beneath the attic's flooring to get thoroughly dried. The exposed areas get reached with air movers and dehumidification equipment. 

Working quickly when your home suffers flood damage can help prevent damage to your home's contents and its structural components, making them unsalvageable. You can trust in the experience and dedication of our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe team of restoration specialists to help you overcome this threat and restore the effects this flood has had on your home. Give us a call anytime you need us at (318) 345-5121.