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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)

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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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We Proudly Serve Monroe With Flood Damage Restoration

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

A television being packed out in a home We provided a pack out of the household items so that remediation and restoration could take place in this home.

Flood Damage Monroe – Dealing with Contamination

Flooding in homes and businesses after a storm can cause catastrophic damage. Flying debris punctures windows, walls, and roofs allowing rainwater to penetrate the building. Floodwaters can rise quickly, washing over sandbags and through open doors carrying debris and contaminants into your home or business. These events can be very stressful for everyone involved.

SERVPRO has been providing flood damage in the Monroe area since 1999. We understand how important it is to respond quickly to calls for help and mitigate the damage as quickly as possible. One of the first assessments by our technicians is to ensure it is safe to enter the building. We also determine whether the debris and water are contaminated. The response requires quite different approaches to these situations.

Non-Contaminated Rain Water

The initial response includes boarding up any holes and broken windows to prevent additional water from entering the building. We can also remove any debris that may have blown in and assess the overall damage.

Since the rainwater is generally not contaminated, SERVPRO can focus on extracting the water, removing the moisture, and drying the structure as well as the furniture and other items in the building.

Our mitigation and restoration may include large truck-mounted water extractors followed by portable extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers. All items are dried and stored in a staging area on the premises, or at our storage facility.

Contaminated Flood Water

In addition to boarding up entry points, our team must follow IICRC processes to remove and clean contaminated items if possible. Fabrics, carpeting, and drywall typically must be removed and disposed of. Hard surface items can be cleaned and restored. We can maintain a record of all items removed for insurance claim purposes and reviewed with the client at every step in the process.

Many different sources can cause contamination. External sources can cause contamination brought into the building by the floodwaters. Existing asbestos in the building or lead in paints that have been disturbed can also be sources of contamination. SERVPRO can assess the level and type of contamination before preparing the appropriate plan to restore your building and keep you safe.

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

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

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

Animals Can Cause Water-Damaged Monroe Crawlspaces

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

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

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

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

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

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Keys to Success with Fire Damage Remediation in Your Monroe Home

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

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

Monroe Residents Combating Fire Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We Help You Breathe Easier After A Fire In West Monroe

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Addressing Mold Damage Quickly for Small West Monroe Shops 

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

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

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

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

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

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