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How to Succeed With Commercial Water Removal in Monroe

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

broken frozen pipe Whatever the source of the water intrusion in your home, SERVPRO has you covered. Contact our certified team 24/7 365 days a year.

Commercial Water Removal in Monroe 

With I-20 going right through town, Monroe is an excellent stop for travelers going West, East, or just out exploring our beautiful state and local area. Many like to get off the highway and enjoy a meal, snack, or linger over a cup of coffee for a bit. Small bistros and cafes can do excellent business, as long as their doors remain open. 

When a pipe breaks or a freezer fails in a Monroe business, commercial water removal needs to happen quickly. SERVPRO restoration specialists train on an extensive number of tools and devices to meet the multiple needs of a small business, such as repairing bathrooms, clearing customer areas, and returning kitchens to a safe condition for preparing food once more.

They start with two tasks, stopping the source of the water intrusion and removing standing water. Team members can quickly replace broken pipes, cracked connections, and even replace toilets that leak into the business. If there is a major system failure, the team leader recommends bringing in a licensed plumber. 

As repairs continue, other SERVPRO specialists bring in the devices needed to draw out the water and dry the structure. A large pump can remove most of the water, but they also need smaller extractors to get underneath the prep tables, ovens, and other kitchen equipment. 

The extractors are also needed for drawing water off carpeted areas before the glue holding them in place softens and dissolves after soaking in water for too long. The same devices also draw out water from between wood floorboards to prevent splitting and warping. 

These actions eliminate all of the standing water, but there is still the matter of excess moisture trapped in furniture and underneath equipment. To remove it, specialists install fans throughout the building to increase air circulation and direct the damp, inside air outside. For tight spots where the fans cannot reach, they use air movers to direct warm, dry air across damp surfaces to force the moisture into the air where the fans can remove it. 

At SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe, we particularly enjoy supporting local businesses. They are the heart of our community, as well as other towns we service like Bawcomville, Richwood, and Sterling. If you need our help for your café or other business, call us immediately at (318) 345-5121. We are here to help you reopen your doors as quickly as possible. 

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How to Remove Fire and Soot Damage in Monroe

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician vacuuming soot from fire damaged building We have the technology, equipment, and expertise to restore your fire damaged home.

SERVPRO Helps with Heavy Fire and Soot Cleanup in Monroe    

A fire in Monroe damaged a single-family home heavily. The fire started around midday, and by the time fire officials arrived at the scene, thick smoke was blowing from the back of the residence. They punched a hole through one of the walls to access the seat of the fire and controlled it before it could consume the entire house.

Fire and soot cleanup at the Monroe home took up a considerable chunk of the restoration process because of the heavy smoke produced during the fire. Although the densest concentration of residues was close to the seat of the fire, residues had spread all over the house through convectional air currents necessitating cleaning. We prepare our SERVPRO technicians to clean any cleaning challenge that arises when a fire damages property, so we had no problem dealing with the widespread residues.

Smoke can leave different types of residues at the same loss site. At the affected home, we expected a similar outcome since the flames had consumed organic materials such as wood and synthetic ones, including fabrics and plastics. Our SERVPRO technicians tested different surfaces to establish factors such as the depth of the residue layers. We also checked whether the loss was a wet smoke or dry smoke loss situation. Because the fire had smoldered in the early stages, there was a higher presence of wet smoke residues, so we opted for wet cleaning procedures.

Although each loss site is unique, there are hotspots where most residues collect. Some like the ceiling and walls are obvious. Others, such as the interiors of cabinets, which attract smoke due to lower temperatures and ventilation ducts, can be missed. Apart from concealment, such areas may also require special cleaning techniques. For example, the unfinished materials in cabinet interiors make it harder to clean off residues while HVAC systems require disassembly and the use of specialized cleaning equipment. The advanced training our SERVPRO technicians receive helped in identifying and dealing with all problem areas at the affected home.

Soot and other smoke residues readily spread when there is a fire requiring considerable cleaning efforts. Call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 to help with the restoration. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Get Professional SERVPRO Monroe Area Water Loss Services

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Your Guide to Water Damage Services in Monroe

Water damage is a severe problem in our homes. It can result from heavy rains, hurricanes, plumbing problems, or a faulty appliance. Restoring your home into its pre-damaged condition should be your ultimate goal regardless of the source of water or damage extent. Hiring a reputable professional service that understands water damage is highly recommended to minimize losses and prevent any future complications.

 If your home is in Monroe needs water damage services, SERVPRO is an ideal choice. Our technicians are highly motivated, trained, experienced, and certified to provide reliable water removal services. Our crews follow the best practices of the IICRC--the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. We use top-notch equipment to resolve your current water loss problem.

We ensure that related complications like mold and bacteria do not cause havoc in your home because we completely dry all your belongings. To have your problem fixed for good, call us via our hotline. One of the most challenging facets of structural drying is preserving your floors. Fast action is needed if you have drywall or carpeting. The longer you wait, the more the damage, and also minimizing the possibility of preserving your carpet. SERVPRO technicians use truck-mounted pumps, extraction wands, dehumidifiers, and submersible pumps in water extraction.

Complete water extraction and drying the carpet plays a crucial role in preventing damages. If you have hardwood floors, water can seep into the joints and can cause buckling. Our SERVPRO team comes to your home with specialized tools and ready to extract all the moisture. Drying mats and "tenting" can suction moisture to return to standard content levels for the specific type of hardwood flooring. After the water removal specialists have extracted all the water, dehumidifiers and air movers are used to dry out your home further. We understand the need for completing the work quickly to minimize damages and inconveniences. Working closely with the homeowner, we aim to reduce stress and secure the property.

Respond effectively to water damage by using professional restoration services. Contact SERVPRO of Monroe/West Monroe at (318) 345 5121 now. Our techs are always available, and we promise to make your home habitable again.

We Get You Back In Business In Monroe After A Fire

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

A room with all the belongings removed after a fire. Our trained technicians will remove the odor in your property after a fire. We arrive right away to prevent further damage and we are available 24/7.

Experience Helps Restore Commercial Fire Damage in a Monroe Auto Repair Shop

A fire at an auto repair shop left the owner devastated even if it did not consume the entire property thanks to quick action by the fire department after someone in the neighborhood reported smoke coming from the premises. Fires involving automobiles burn hotly because of highly combustive materials like fuel and synthetic car parts. Restoration of such commercial fire damage requires different tactics to achieve the intended outcome.

Among the first steps we had to take to deal with the commercial fire damage affecting the Monroe auto repair shop, was to remove the fire suppressants used by the fire department. The main concern was the fire retardant foam, as well as water left pooling around after the fire was suppressed. Our SERVPRO technicians started the cleanup by removing all visible remnants of the foam from surfaces. Applying a mild detergent and scrubbing off with soft bristle brushes was enough to breakdown the foam. We then flush-rinsed the cleaned areas with a jet of clean water, removing all soap and foam residues.

After dealing with the foam, we could focus on removing standing water to prevent deep moisture migration into subfloors, wall materials, or other areas where it could cause secondary damage. Our SERVPRO crew chief had assigned a truck-mounted water extract and several units of portable extractors at the loss site. The truck-mounted extractor helped remove most of the water pooling on the main floor while the portable units helped in isolated areas.

Dealing with fire residues was another concern since fuel oils and synthetic materials produce vast amounts of smoke. The ceiling and other elevated areas were the main collection points for the soot and other fire residues. Our SERVPRO technicians are highly trained on smoke behavior, so we can anticipate the kind of challenges an incident is likely to pose. At the auto repair shop, we expected considerable fuel oil deposits, which can be hard to remove if left to settle over an extended period. We also expected impinged residues on surfaces, so we prepared accordingly.

Commercial fire damage can be overwhelming. Call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Flood Damage in Your Monroe Home

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Cleaning after Flood Damage in Your Monroe Home

Living near the Ouachita River, residents of Monroe, Louisiana, are no strangers to flooding. Sea level, high river water, and storms can team up together and leave your home with a flooded mess. As the waters recede, they often leave behind sludge and debris that need to be addressed right away.

Taking care of flood damage in Monroe is no easy task and should be taken seriously to mitigate any further damage, such as dangerous mold infestations or rotted out walls. Due to contaminants found on the ground, flood water is black (category 3) water. Typically, occupants need to leave during the contaminant removal process to protect themselves from dangerous bacteria. SERVPRO restoration specialists wear the appropriate personal protective gear like face respirators, including HEPA particulate/organic filters, full-body suits, waterproof boots, and nitrile gloves when exposed to black water. This PPE personal protective equipment is donned according to the contamination level and environment.

The SERVPRO crew chief or project manager helps to establish building containment involving sealing off doorways or openings with 6-mil polyethylene plastic and tension poles. Outside of this containment area, there is typically a decontamination chamber created where workers exit and remove debris. The HVAC system does not run in the contaminated area since the air system could spread particles throughout the home. However, an air filtration device blows clean air into the affected area from outside the building, but the contaminated air cannot go into the unaffected area. This is known as negative pressure.

Technicians remove solid waste, debris, and silt from the affected area, sometimes using shovels or rakes. If there are more than 2 inches of standing water, technicians use a submersible pump to remove it from the home. Typically, however, floodwater recedes, and portable extraction devices remove the excess water from the flooring and other materials within the home. It is essential to understand your local and state regulations regarding the disposal of contaminated water. If using a portable extractor, wastewater is often flushed down the toilet, requiring disinfection later.

SERVPRO restorers sometimes make flood cuts several inches above the damage in the drywall. This is to ensure the removal of contaminants and allows the wall cavities to dry appropriately. Dehumidifiers and high-velocity air movers assist in drying the affected areas after cleaning. They may also be used to keep the relative humidity (RH) down in unaffected areas to limit secondary damage.

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121.

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Water Cleanup In West Monroe

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of West Monroe Can Guide You Through a Water Cleanup In West Monroe

Having children can mean many messes in your home, including ones that leave you needing water cleanup services. However, sometimes the messes are not the kind that needs urgent help. Sometimes, you can afford the clean them yourself, so long as you have a little guidance that can help you prevent further damages from occurring.

Imagine a situation where you discover an overflowed bathtub and consider calling for local West Monroe water cleanup services. However, let's say the finances are a little tight this month, and you can't really afford the service. That is okay because you can still get the help you need and clean up the water yourself.

Here at SERVPRO, we're dedicated to helping you. Even if you can't afford to call us, we can still offer you help in the way of guiding you through a DIY cleanup. In a situation with a spill that you can address immediately, it shouldn't be an issue for you to clean up the water yourself, so long as you have a few tools. However, if the water has been sitting for a significant period of time, you must reach out for professional help, as water damage could have already set in.

The first step to cleaning up the spilled water is to get out your mops and some towels, anything absorbent that can pick up the excess water from your floor. Our SERVPRO techs would use wet/dry vacuums to clean up standing liquid. However, because it is not a practical device for the average person to own, we recommend using what you have.

Once you are sure all of the water is cleaned up, you may think the job is done. However, it is wise to try and ensure that no excess moisture can linger behind. If you have a space heater and a dehumidifier, put them both inside of your bathroom overnight and let them run. They can help ensure that any excess moisture evaporates and can prevent further damages from occurring. If in the next week or so, you notice any signs of water damage, you should reach out to SERVPRO immediately.

If your home needs professional water damage remediation services, get help immediately. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe by dialing (318) 345-5121. Day or night, we're here for you.

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Monroe Home Smells Bad after a House Fire? SERVPRO Can It "Like it never even happened."

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO Van Parked on Street at a Job Site Monroe Property Owners Are Always Relieved to Know that SERVPRO Has Arrived for Fire and Odor Damage Restoration

Versatile Approaches to Fire Damage and Odor Control for Monroe Residents

Fire and Odor Damage Monroe
One of the lasting impacts of a fire in your property is the odor. Evacuating your property in the dead of night is stressful enough; however, taking a comprehensive approach to odor control can be even more challenging. Odor causing particles can suspend in the air, enter surfaces as well as fabrics, and your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Numerous areas can cause the offending odor while locating and neutralizing each one can be unnecessarily time-consuming.

Our technicians specialize in fire damage and odor control here in Monroe. Since odors come from numerous sources, our approach is to use various methods to neutralize them. We may never fully understand which way is effective at controlling odor. However, by following SERVPRO best practices and industry-leading training, we can ensure that the scent no longer remains a problem for you.

Odor control tends to be the last aspect of restoration service. There is little point in applying methods or chemicals to an area that contains odor-causing materials. Charring on contents or structure produces unpleasant smells. Similarly, moisture that we use during the restoration process can make smells more noticeable to the human nose. By prioritizing cleaning, removing debris, and drying the structure, SERVPRO takes the first step toward bringing unpleasant odors back under control.

Our approach to lingering smells is to try and replicate the dispersal of the odor. In a fire, smells typically come from smoke, which billows out from the source of combustion at high pressure and enters small cracks or crevices, like light fittings, in the home. To combat this, SERVPRO can use water-based misting equipment, which produces a smoke-like vapor. These vapors behave in a similar way to smoke, reaching, and neutralizing areas where smoke resides.

Sometimes fabrics or furnishings can absorb soots as well as smoke. To replicate this effect, we can lightly spray furnishing using a hand-held pressure pump. These ensure an equal dispersal of deodorant solvents which absorb into fabrics and other porous materials. By testing on a small area first, we can ensure that these chemicals do not harm the color or fabric of your furnishings.

Odor control needs to be versatile to be effective. We offer many other options for odor control. Contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121.

SERVPRO Uses Mechanical Agitation in Fire Cleanup for West Monroe Residents

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees standing inside a burned out home SERVPRO fire and smoke restoration technicians conduct a thorough inspection of this home after a fire.

West Monroe Fire Cleanup Essentials

Fires are not only frightening but can leave behind significant amounts of staining, soiling, and odor. A blocked chimney or closed flue can result in ash pouring out of your fireplace and onto clean carpets, upholstery as well as furniture. An out of control fire can burn the upper edges of your fireplace and release hot smoke into your home. This smoke can result in staining on the high walls and ceilings of your home. Sifting through the debris and qualifying which items are restorable and which are not, requires an in-depth knowledge of how materials burn and the chemicals they release. Sometimes, resurfacing your home can be a cost-effective option that removes the need for wide-scale replacements.

The job of fire cleanup in your West Monroe is essential to getting your home back to its preloss condition. While some materials may be beyond restoration, there are a great many that respond well to the various cleaning techniques and equipment SERVPRO provides. Our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FRST) conduct thorough inspections of materials left after a fire. We may also pre-test and pre-clean carpets during inspection to ensure that materials respond well to the following cleanup.

At high temperatures, smoke particles can physically bond with surfaces that they come into contact with and require solvents to remove. In high-pressure fires, soot may buildup into thick deposits but remain possible to dislodge. SERVPRO use agitative cleaning equipment to dislodge thick soot and smoke. Agitative cleaning equipment usually using mechanical cleaning to get the job done. We can mobilize water pressure, air pressure, sandblasting and rotating brushes to loosen soiling from materials before applying industrial vacuums to the area to remove soot. 

Different materials suit different methods of agitative cleaning. Water pressure, for example, may satisfy the exterior of your home or unfinished areas like garages. However, for your indoor environment, these may not be suitable. Sandblasting equipment is useful for removing charring from structural elements of the home, leaving behind a smooth finish for repainting. Once the removal of fire debris is complete, SERVPRO restorers can refinish surfaces using wood varnishes and odor retardant paints.

Clearing soot is essential to ensuring that your home completely recovers from fire. Contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121.

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Commercial Water Cleanup In Calhoun

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged office We can help you return your place of business to its preloss state, “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Water Cleanup In Calhoun Often Requires The Use Of Different Extraction Tools

Any building that has plumbing running through it, including your Calhoun furniture store, could suffer from a leak one day. Once a pipe bursts, you may have to conduct commercial water cleanup inside your place of business. Most furniture stores try to create an atmosphere that resembles someone's home. Many decorate their stores with all of their products in rooms that are built like bedrooms and living rooms and contain items like carpets.

Once the carpet inside your store gets saturated, it is wise to call in a professional commercial water cleanup company in Calhoun such as SERVPRO. Once the floors inside your store get wet, other problems could result. When items get damp inside your building, the humidity levels can rise and cause problems with your contents and structural components that did not come into direct contact with moisture. Saturated carpets can also trap moisture inside your subfloor, which can cause mold to grow if not treated promptly.

Our SERVPRO technicians are trained by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification or IICRC program and can utilize several different methods to remove moisture from your contents and building materials. The first procedure we can conduct when arriving at your furniture store is to extract all of the liquid H2O as possible. The more water we can remove while it is a liquid, the easier the applied structural drying or ASD procedures will become.

When removing water from your structure, our SERVPRO team can utilize heavy-duty extractors. The extractors can be either truck-mounted or portable, and they provide the suction power to pull moisture out of carpets and other upholstered items. An extraction tool then gets attached to the extractor that comes into contact with the wet materials.

Since moisture affects items differently, we can use a variety of extraction tools. Agitation can sometimes cause carpet delamination, so we pick the right extraction tool for the job based on the strength of the material. In some situations, heavy extraction tools can be used to compress the carpet and minimize agitation during extraction procedures. When extracting other items such as your couches or recliner chairs you have for sale on your showroom floor, we can use smaller hand-held extraction devices.

If your plumbing ever fails inside your furniture store, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 24/7. We can help you return your place of business to its preloss state, “Like it never even happened.”

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Ultimate Solution for Water Damage After a Scenario in West Monroe

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

burst water pipe with water leaking Regardless whether the water damage started from an inside or outside source, contact SERVPRO for trained and certified technicians to remediate.

How Air Movers Can Help Dry West Monroe Homes 

The equipment to move air and displace moisture is a vital component to the work that West Monroe homes need after a water loss incident. Air movers, for example, can help with evaporation and the drying of surface level moisture. Even though these units can only help a moderate-sized area, we have hundreds of these tools available to ensure that we offer the appropriate number of air movers and dehumidifiers to maximize the efficiency of the drying process. 

Regardless of the severity of the water damage to West Monroe homes, air movers can help to manage moisture and saturation quickly. We have two types of these tools to choose from, including centrifugal and axial. Depending on the needs of your property and the affected materials and contents, we can use a combination of these air movers to meet the demand of your house. Centrifugal units have a more direct approach with higher static pressure, allowing drying to get directed at a specific point. Axials offer a more extensive range of drying but cannot target specific points. 

Centrifugal units have their pros and cons of use, such as their direct drying approach but at the cost of higher power demand. Our SERVPRO professionals must assess the conditions before we deploy drying equipment to determine if a general moisture displacement is better than a focused blast of dry air at a specific spot instead. Scoping the necessary work can determine which areas of the house require which type of air mover. 

As you might expect, these units are most effective when combined with moisture and vapor collecting equipment like our refrigerant dehumidifiers. Finding the balance between evaporative drying and the collection devices can maximize the effectiveness of drying for your household. 

Water loss incidents can be a considerable challenge for area homeowners, but our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe team can help. We have hundreds of air movers and drying equipment to manage loss incidents and make these effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (318) 345-5121.

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