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How Our Water Damage Restoration Process Can Restore Your West Monroe Home To Pre-Damage Condition

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Our Water Damage Restoration Process Can Restore Your West Monroe Home To Pre-Damage Condition When water saturates hardwood flooring, the fibers swell, and permanent damage can follow.

Take It To The Mat When Water Damages Your West Monroe Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors have been a desirable feature in West Monroe homes for the nearly 200 years this Ouachita Parish community has been inhabited. Beautiful and durable, wood floors continue to be a top choice of architects, home designers, and homeowners. When water saturates hardwood flooring, the fibers swell, and permanent damage can follow. Our professional water removal equipment and techniques can reduce or eliminate the effects if applied to your scenario quickly.

When water damage affects your hardwood floors in West Monroe, the result can be one or more of the following issues -- warping, buckling, cupping, or crowning. Depending on the penetration direction of the water, the hardwood planks change dimension as water infiltrates. The wood becomes distorted, crowded in placement, and even lifts off the subfloor in extreme cases. Advanced drying strategies can halt the progression of wavy, ill-fitting sections.

The first step SERVPRO takes when water threatens a hardwood floor is a thorough extraction of surface water. Our wanded, truck-mounted extractors suction standing water off and even pull moisture from below the surface planks. Our IICRC trained technicians take moisture level readings to establish baselines for drying goals, making sure to sample the subfloor layers as well to ensure excess moisture does not migrate from a wet lower level up into the surface-dried hardwood.

Heavy-duty drying mats are an effective solution to pull moisture from several layers of flooring. Technicians attach the flat, plastic mats to areas of the floor with tape, sealing the edges. Hoses connect the mats to a negative air pressure extraction system. When the pressure engages, it sucks residual water into containment tanks for disposal. SERVPRO employees periodically use moisture meters to gauge the drying progress.

We also consider drying from beneath the subfloor when that layer is exposed. For example, we might position air movers and heaters in a basement below a wet hardwood floor in a living or dining room. More than one method might be used to hasten the drying process.

Let SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe bring 21st-century water damage mitigation technology to lovely hardwood floors installed recently or dating back many decades. Call (318) 345-5121 to schedule an assessment by one of our experienced project managers after a water loss.

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The Biggest Problems With West Monroe Flood Damage Lie Below the Water Surface

11/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Biggest Problems With West Monroe Flood Damage Lie Below the Water Surface Facing flood damages can be overwhelming. Contact team SERVPRO when your home is flooded for efficient remediation services.

Why Flood Damage Mitigation and Restoration Work Includes New Flooring in West Monroe

Invading floodwater covers your West Monroe home's floors, just like it covers the ground outside in your neighborhood. However, the ground suffers very little when compared to the damage your flooring materials sustain.
When a residence in West Monroe experiences flood damage, the flooring in the home goes through many detrimental changes. Carpeting becomes saturated with silt and other small-sized debris particles, including microbes, wood swells because of its tight-fitting construction, tiles loosen as their backing glue disintegrates, and linoleum also suffers wherever water seeps underneath through the smallest openings. Areas of crawlspaces and other open areas can become so saturated with water that it leaks through, affecting floor beams and joists.
SERVPRO can help mitigate the damage and stop it from progressing further. Restoration work requires us to work quickly and steadily to prevent water from spreading from one area to another. While one of our teams is working on removing soaked materials, another team is busy setting up drying equipment. Other technicians work with our detection equipment so we can keep accurate records of the progress made on your home's restoration. We also train employees to specifically take inventory of soiled belongings and to record accurate inventory information as they box these items up for cleaning and deodorization.
Flood damage renders most flooring types in such ruined condition that restoration becomes futile. We remove these, so the installation of new flooring becomes possible. These damaged materials hold water in the underlay, preventing thorough drying, an essential requirement for the proper installation of new flooring. Just as we check other areas of your home to ensure their moisture content readings match industry standards, we also examine the floor in several locations. To speed this up, we use large air movers, heaters, and desiccant machines. We also implement air scrubbers to reduce the number of microbes in the air, helping prevent mold infestations.
We can discuss with you the available options for new flooring and point out options that sustain less damage in similar situations. This is particularly helpful to families who live in floodplains and other low-lying areas that might experience flooding again. Flooding can happen at any time, and previous flooding never means it cannot happen again.
SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe responds Faster To Any Size Disaster, including flood damage, to those in Claiborn, Sterlington, and Bawcomville. Call us at (318) 353-4343, so we can help you in the mitigation and restoration of your home.

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Don't Touch Mold! Call The SERVPRO Heroes To Come To The Rescue!

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Don't Touch Mold! Call The SERVPRO Heroes To Come To The Rescue! Mold is something you don't want to tackle on your own. Our team is available 24/7 to assist with mold remediation services.

Never Get Stuck When Mold Damage Strikes your Monroe Home, Learn Your Options

Nothing is standard when it comes to mold damage remediation since different sites have different contamination levels. If it is a small section of your business premises that have the contamination, we have to contain the area to ensure the spores do not disperse to uncontaminated areas. If air vents are supplying and returning from the site, we have to block them. Putting the site under negative pressure can also limit the movement of spores in your Monroe property. 

The type of material or surface the mold is growing on determines the remediation technique we use to remove the mold contamination from your Monroe home. If our SERVPRO technicians notice there is active mold on porous items such as insulation, carpeting, fabrics, and drywall, we have to remove the material from the site. If carpets and some of your upholstered furniture are not extremely contaminated, we may perform steam cleaning with the aim of cleaning them. We do not perform wet vacuuming on porous items since some mold fragments can remain within the item.

The type of material or surface the mold is growing on determines the mold damage remediation technique we use to remove the contamination. We can damp-wipe nonporous materials such as metals, glass, and plastics using a disinfectant. If the mold is not firmly attached to such items, we can clean them using HEPA vacuuming.

Our SERVPRO team can scrub wooden floors and use a wood floor cleaner when cleaning wooden floors. Some of the methods we use when cleaning semi-porous materials such as concrete and wood include wire brushing, damp wiping, and sanding. Wood that has undergone rotting weakens and should be removed and replaced. Once we complete cleaning, we give the mold spores time to settle before we can repeat the cleaning process. Also, cleaning takes place from the upper parts of a structure towards its bottom parts.

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SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe responds Faster to Any Size Disaster and make your property "Like it never even happened." We are always available to respond to your concerns, call us at (318) 353-8948 to know your options.

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Revealed: Understanding the High Tech Equipment That Team SERVPRO Uses to Remediate Damage After a Monroe Fire

10/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Revealed: Understanding the High Tech Equipment That Team SERVPRO Uses to Remediate Damage After a Monroe Fire Contact SERVPRO after the firefighters leave so we can begin the remediation process right away. Our response time is critical to the great results.

Using Advanced Equipment to Remove Smoke and Soot after Fire Damage in Monroe Properties

When an area of your house catches fire, the initial blaze can often be contained. So long as flammable materials the spread of flames has a minimal impact. Unfortunately, when materials combust, they release carbon, toxins, and residues into the surrounding air in the form of smoke. Smoke is tricky to contain and can spread rapidly into other areas of the house depositing residues on furnishings, walls, ceilings, and surfaces.

Restoration jobs for properties with fire damage in Monroe are focused on the removal of soot and smoke residues rather than a structural replacement. Only in severe house-fires would is extensive remodeling required. Moderate fires, which are more common, require remediation, cleaning, deodorizing and re-painting. Services that SERVPRO has been delivering for decades.

Removing soils and residues is not merely a case of scrubbing away. There are four aspects which influence how effective a cleaning solution can be. Temperature, agitation (scrubbing), chemical (sanitizers) and time (foams, soaking). There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and a SERVPRO technician conducts a pre-test of soiled materials to learn which methods are most effective in each case.

If it is clear that a material is not going to respond well to basic cleaning methods, we can bring in advanced equipment to help finish the job. Soda blasting can be applied to crevices where thick layers of soot have built up and would otherwise be impossible to remove. For soiled valuables, we can use ultrasonic cleaning equipment to restore them faultlessly.

Ultrasonic tanks use high-frequency sound to create millions of bubbles inside a cleaning tank. Items are fully submerged inside the tank which causes the bubbles to burst on contact produce extremely high temperatures and pressure. Ultrasonic cleaning is incredibly effective at restoring precious metals and other high-density items. SERVPRO has access to a range of equipment to help restore your items rather than replace them.

Cleaning soot and smoke residues by yourself can spread smoke around causing further damage. Contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe for a professional restoration.

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Our Specialized Drying Techniques Will Restore Your Water Damaged Bawcomville Home To Pre-Damage Condition

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Specialized Drying Techniques Will Restore Your Water Damaged Bawcomville Home To Pre-Damage Condition When responding to water damage incidents in Bawcomville, our SERVPRO technicians use the right drying techniques.

Drying Techniques That Speed Up Water Damage Restoration In Your Bawcomville Property

Hazards such as water damage threaten our property, lives, and homeland at large. The National Preparedness Month offers us the perfect chance to focus our attention towards preparing our communities, businesses, and homes for such disasters and at the same time honor those who sacrifice by offering aid and responding to disasters and crises. Residents of Bawcomville can get ready for potential disasters by coming up with a response plan, acquiring a disaster supply kit, having emergency savings and taking the alerts seriously.

When responding to water damage incidents in Bawcomville, our SERVPRO technicians use the right drying techniques. Most drying procedures take airflow as a valuable tool. To enhance the circulation of air in a structure, we have to set up air movers. Setting up these devices is not enough, their correct positioning counts a lot. For instance, when an air mover directly blows air into a surface, the air bounces back and forces the moisture into the area.

Our SERVPRO technicians ensure the air movers are directing the air into the wall at a 45-degree angle. By doing that, the air that bounces off the surfaces carries much moisture and gets replaced by drier air. During the setup, the snouts should touch the wall with the inlets pointing towards the wet surface. We also evenly place air movers in a clockwise pattern within the structure.

When drying drop ceilings in a structure, our SERVPRO technicians open a few panels and then direct dry air into the open sections. We have also to remove baseboards when drying walls if they have water inside. If necessary, we drill holes on one side of the wall and blow air into them to speed up the drying process. During this step, we are careful not to cause any damage to the walls when removing baseboards and making the holes.

At SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is on your residential or commercial property. To access our 24-hour emergency services, call us at (318) 370-3199 and learn more.

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Hurricane Party after Sterlington Flooding? Invite SERVPRO for Cleanup of Red Cups, Paper Plates, and Water Removal

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Party after Sterlington Flooding? Invite SERVPRO for Cleanup of Red Cups, Paper Plates, and Water Removal SERVPRO's Green Equipment Dries Out Post Hurricane Party Flooding and Mess in the Sterlington Area

Wind or Not, Steady Rains can Bring Flood Damage to Sterlington

Recently, hurricane Gordon was downgraded to a tropical depression, and while it did not hit us directly in Sterlington, our weather often reflects such events. Many reports stated that Gordon's winds were lower than a hurricane's but not by much, resulting in the change in its categorization.
Even with the reduced wind velocity pushing such storms into the Sterlington area, flood damage can happen to your home. The Red Cross encourages everyone, regardless of their location, to prepare for disasters, especially those most likely to affect them, during National Preparedness Month. Those in lower areas and valleys, near creeks, streams, lakes, and ponds, or where recent construction took place should know how to prepare for flooding that can damage their homes and other property. Others who reside in higher areas can also experience flooding. Our residents in the State of Louisiana are all too familiar with flooding from natural disaster.
SERVPRO employees can help mitigate flood damage after it happens with the latest in technology, expert skills, and hard work, but reducing the possibility of such damage from occurring in the first place falls on the individual family. Preparing for disasters may seem ineffective or a bother, but doing so can save property while also reducing the chances of injury. Preparing by getting things ready and practicing what to do during September helps our communities, also, by focusing on the issue together. Of course, being ready to deal with a flood during the entire hurricane season is prudent.
Moving more valuable items to higher elevations can help prevent their loss. Filling sandbags can also help keep floodwater from entering your home. When rain plays a role in flooding your home, making sure your gutters and downspouts drain correctly can help prevent flooding issues not related to contaminated groundwater.
If flood damage becomes an issue for your home in Claiborn, Bawcomville, of Calhoun, call us, SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121. We are always here, available to answer your call and respond to your emergency.

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Mold Growth can Damage the Structure of Your Monroe Home

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Growth can Damage the Structure of Your Monroe Home When a mold infestation starts to degrade the structural components in your home, your best recourse is to contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Team SERVPRO Offers Remediation to Contain the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Remediation is a term that many Monroe homeowners might not be entirely familiar with, let alone know exactly when they might need it for their residence. The more that you can understand about instances like mold and microbial growth in your home, the better able you become to appreciate the need for specific tools and approaches to removing this presence that could detrimentally affect your house and its occupants simultaneously.

Mold damages in Monroe might not seem like something that you need to take care of right away, but your home is not built to withstand the kind of destruction that an active colony can produce. From the moment that mold spores seat and spread throughout organic materials in your home, the integrity of these surfaces and materials begins to degrade, ultimately failing entirely.

Remediation is a service that our SERVPRO team offers to homes and businesses throughout the area to overcome the effects of mold damage and to remove the active colony from the property. This process is intricate and involved, which is why our technicians undergo extensive training and preparation in this particular niche to provide the most efficient and highest quality service to the clients that we serve.

Remediation involves removal of the mold colony, whether that is partly through the tear out of overly damaged (unsalvageable) materials in the affected area or through more concise approaches such as sanding or soda blasting surfaces to affect the deepest reaches of the hyphae. This process also focuses on reducing the possibility of this situation happening again by identifying moisture sources and providing solutions to avoid this persistent dampness moving forward.

Your home has not gotten constructed to withstand the damaging effects of mold growth. This presence in your house can spread quickly and affect not only the integrity and strength of construction materials but also potentially present health effects to the occupants of your residence. Trust our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe remediation technicians to arrive quickly and help you overcome this intruder in your house. Give us a call today at (318) 345-5121.

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Addressing The Different Types Of Soot Particles During Fire Damage Restoration In Calhoun

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Addressing The Different Types Of Soot Particles During Fire Damage Restoration In Calhoun When a fire damage incident takes place on your property, different types of smoke residues result.

Addressing The Different Types Of Soot Particles

When a fire damage incident takes place on your property, different types of smoke residues result. Some kinds of smoke particles are difficult to clean when compared to other types. The most common types of soot residues that we encounter when attending to such events in Calhoun are wet soot residues, dry soot particles, protein soot residues and fuel oil soot particles.

Our SERVPRO technicians have a good understanding of the various stages of combustion and kind of fire damage they cause on your Calhoun property. Most fires generate both dry and wet smoke - with the production of the two being in different proportions. Since we end up with different kinds of residues, we have to use several cleaning techniques during the restoration process. From experience, it is easier to clean dry smoke than wet smoke. The amount of oxygen present during combustion, the items the fire burns as well as the combustion rate determines whether soot particles are dry or wet.

The rate of combustion is faster when there is sufficient oxygen and such incidents product dry smoke. On the other hand, the production of wet smoke occurs in slow-burning incidents where the quantities of oxygen are low. In most cases, natural items such as paper, natural fibers, wood, and cork produce dry smoke while synthetic materials such as foam rubber, and plastics produce wet smoke.

Dry soot particles do not heavily stain surfaces and carry few deposits. It means our SERVPRO team uses less aggressive cleaning methods during the restoration process. There are a lot of aerosols and deposits in wet smoke, which means it moves slowly and has sufficient time to penetrate into enclosed areas such as crevices – something which is unlikely to happen during a faster burning fire. It is difficult to restore items after exposure to this type of smoke.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe has the expertise and training to handle your residential and commercial restoration needs. Call us at (318) 345-5121 and benefit from our industry proven cleaning and restoration services.

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Monroe Church and Water Loss Mitigation

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Monroe Church and Water Loss Mitigation SERVPRO's Swift Service Mitigates Water Damage in a Monroe Church

SERVPRO Responds Rapidly for Water Damaging Events to Commercial Properties

Each water loss event in a large building has its unique problems that must be solved. Monroe is well known for suffering water damage from flooding, but the problem could also start from above.

When the roof leaked in this Monroe area church during a storm, large amounts of water entered, and gravity took over. As the rainwater sought its lowest level, it traveled down several stories within various wall cavities. Our SERVPRO ASD applied structural drying team arrived the same day of the water intrusion incident within hours of the discovery. Our experience as members of a SERVPRO National Disaster Recovery Team means that we have in our Green Fleet an extensive array of industry-leading equipment and specially formulated cleaning and sanitizing products. Moreover, the "know how" to optimize their effectiveness.

A thorough, but rapid inspection and assessment, allowed us to uncover hidden pockets of water and moisture within the cavities of this high-wall stairwell. Our crew used FLIR infrared thermal imaging cameras to outline the damp areas along with penetrating and non-penetrating moisture sensors. We can use blue painters' tape as a guide for the treatment area. A swift setup and activation can considerably mitigate the water damage resulting in salvaging the building materials and eliminating even a partially, controlled demolition.

Shown in the photo with the insert is an innovative approach to rapidly removing the unwanted moisture and water. The large green device is an LGR low grain refrigerant dehumidifier. The green hoses, housed within a clear poly flat-lay, are forcing dry exhaust air from the device into the cavities while some of the hoses are redirecting the water vapor out. The grey garbage bucket is collecting the extracted water and moisture. We removed the baseboards and drilled holes to allow moist air to exit while the low profile air mover increased the evaporation rate to dry this essential wooden sill plate that anchors the wall studs. We monitored the Relative Humidity, and finally, the Specific Humidity along with achieving our drying goals for the moisture content of the water damaged materials compared to the baseline measurements. Our creativity quickly dried the building elements, prevented a costly demolition and rebuild while preventing the potential for mold growth.

You can rely on SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe to meet and beat your expectation for water, fire, and mold problems in your commercial or residential structure. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, 24/7 by calling (318) 345-5121.

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Restoring Your Items and Structural Materials after a Water Damage Experience in Bawcomville

8/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring Your Items and Structural Materials after a Water Damage Experience in Bawcomville Water damage can happen as a result of many possible causes. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate the damage in your home.

Team SERVPRO Takes an Assessment of the Water Damage in Your Home Before Commencing the Remediation Process

A water damage experience can affect your property in many ways. The type of materials that are in contact with the moisture determine the kind of damage we need to address. For instance, when the water comes into contact with the insulation of your home, its insulation power may lessen and force us to do the removal. The scenario might be different if your Bawcomville home has fiberglass insulation - which in some cases might be easy to dry and reinstall.
We are going to look at how we handle various materials areas during water damage restoration in Bawcomville. Our SERVPRO technicians understand that Rockwool and cellulose insulations can mat after getting exposed to moisture. Additionally, the metal component of the Rockwool insulation may rust. There is a need to remove the two types of insulation after a water event. Vapor barriers around the insulation may also slow the drying process and increase chances of mold growth.
It is also a challenge to dry the wet wall cavities. The introduction of ventilation, drilling holes, and removing baseboards can speed up the drying process. Where necessary, our SERVPRO technicians may force air through the holes to increase the speed of evaporation. If there is too much moisture in the cavities, we might be forced to remove some sections of the drywall. We use moisture meters when checking whether there is water in the walls.
Through wet vacuuming, our SERVPRO technicians can remove damp debris and excess water. By using a HEPA-filtered vacuum, we can clean dry your items and at the same time capture any present fungal spores with the help of the high-efficiency filtration. We usually dispose of such content in sealable plastic bags. By using water or detergent, we can wipe hard surfaces such as desks, metal filing cabinets, wood furnishings, and bookcases.
SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe is highly experienced and uses advanced cleaning and restoration equipment when working on your property. Call us at (318) 345-5121 when you need to work with a trusted industry leader.

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