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How SERVPRO Responds When Monroe Properties Have Mold Damage

9/5/2022 (Permalink)

Containment barrier set up in a hallway of a school with mold damage Containment barriers protect unaffected areas of your Monroe home from mold damage.

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.

Likely but Unexpected Outcomes in Monroe Homes after Water Damage

9/5/2022 (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 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.

Things You Might Save in Your Monroe Home after Fire Damage

9/5/2022 (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.

How Flood Damage Occurs to Monroe Homes During Storms

9/4/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen with furniture floating around After flooding in your home, you want the damage to be dealt with quickly. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for certified technicians and professional equipment.

SERVPRO Prepares for Many Types of Flood Damage

Flooding is an occurrence that many around Monroe have contended with in their home's lifetime, and some in lower-lying areas remain susceptible to this when severe storm systems pass through. Understanding how flooding can occur in your home makes you better prepared to react quickly when these conditions arise to get experienced restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team there to help.

Roof Damage Flooding

Flood damage to Monroe homes can often occur through roof vulnerabilities. Not only does this cause attic flooding, which can be a challenge to restore on its own with the needed roof repairs and confined space to dry, but migration of moisture can also impact the main living areas.

Flash Flooding and Rising Exterior Water

Water entering the home from the ground level outside is a situation many properties have witnessed over the past years. Flash floods are violent and aggressive, overwhelming areas of your home before counteractive measures can be taken. In these situations, extraction must be the first consideration to prevent more of the house from becoming damaged.

Structural Damage from the Outside

External impacts, such as trees falling in your yard and onto the structure, can be an opening for water penetration. Responding professionals will need to cut up the tree and remove it, patch the building, and begin work on cleaning up the flood damage inside.

SERVPRO is Here to Help

We have talented and certified restoration technicians ready to help when disaster strikes. Flooding often impacts multiple homes simultaneously, so we keep our roster of water restoration professionals prepared to mobilize fast with:

  • Extractors
  • Air Movers
  • Carpet Wands
  • Cleaning Products
  • Mold Inhibitors

Flood damage can be a threatening situation for area homes, especially when cleanup and mitigation do not start quickly. Our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe professionals appreciate the urgency of disaster relief, so we are ready to help 24/7 at (318) 345-5121. 

We Have State Of The Art Equipment To Restore Your West Monroe Home

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in a garage of a house Regardless of where the leak starts, team SERVPRO can help with effective water removal and remediation services. We are standing by 24/7.

Water Cleanup West Monroe – Unsalvageable Items

Even a small amount of water can do a great deal of damage. Area rugs, carpeting, throw pillows, books, pictures, various papers/magazines and more are going to be soaked. Furniture may also be exposed to water from a broken window or water seeping through the ceiling.

SERVPRO provides water cleanup services in West Monroe for all types of water damage situations. We have the equipment and know-how to recover and dry your contents to mitigate the damage to your home or business.

Develop a Cleanup Plan

Our SERVPRO crew chief is usually first on the scene. His or her job is to assess the damage and ensure that the site is safe. The crew chief arranges for the appropriate equipment and resources to be deployed to remove the water, recover the contents, dry everything, and restore your home.

Water from plumbing leaks is one of the most common situations we encounter. In these situations, our focus is to remove the moisture using water extractors, dehumidifiers, and air movers. All items with hard surfaces are wiped down and removed to a dry location.

Difficult to Restore Contents

Our team's objective is to return your home to its original condition, “Like it never even happened.” However, contents that are sensitive to water, such as papers and documents, must be handled very carefully. Contaminated water cleanup situations also present additional challenges.

SERVPRO technicians review every water damaged item in your home. A plan is developed to restore those items and discussed with the client. Restoration of documents, pictures, and books to their original condition presents particular challenges. It may be possible to partially restore some of this content with appropriate drying techniques for the client.

While SERVPRO focuses on water cleanup and recovery, our sister company can also handle complete restoration and reconstruction of your home or business. Together we can provide a turnkey operation using our licensed contractors.

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

We Help You Breathe Easier After A Fire In West Monroe

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the walls and counters When your home is facing a fire damage urgency, team SERVPRO can help. Contact us right away for effective services. We are standing by 24/7.

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.

Controlling the Effects of Flood Damage at Your Monroe Premises

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded office with furniture floating around everywhere If your office floods, contact SERVPRO immediately. Our certified technicians will formulate a remediation plan in no time! We are standing by 24/7.

SERVPRO Offers Timely Flood Restoration for Monroe Homes

Property disasters like flooding are considered severe since they cause widespread destruction of materials and items in a commercial establishment. Once an incident strikes your Monroe property, you might focus on resolving flood damage only after it develops. However, you should not dismiss the possibility of reducing the destruction caused by such an incident.

Reducing the ravages of flood damage in your Monroe premises requires abundant knowledge of what destroys materials during a flooding incident. Contamination and exposure to excessive moisture are the main contributors since they cause physical deterioration, chemical changes, and microbial growth. SERVPRO can help you take action to contain such a decline.

Helpful actions during flood restoration 

  • Move-outs
  • Preventive decontamination
  • Controlled demolition 

The contents at your premises are directly vulnerable to flooding or exposure to the compromised environment. The level of destruction from the incident depends on the types of content you have. If you offer accommodation services, beddings and upholstery items would be a major concern since they are unsalvageable once groundwater contaminates them. In other businesses, appliances and stock items are vulnerable. Moving contents from the affected areas helps. Our SERVPRO crews evaluate the situation deciding whether to do a pack-out within the facility or a complete move-out.

Controlling hazardous materials

Floodwaters sweep dangerous substances like biohazards and chemicals into the premises. Exposure to these substances is detrimental to the people patronizing your establishment. Our SERVPRO technicians look for ways to manage such toxic materials. For instance, spraying EPA-registered disinfectants directly into standing or soaked materials helps.

Other useful actions

  • Pressure washing to remove solid wastes like sewage
  • Bagging and sealing contaminated debris for disposal
  • Demolition to remove porous materials

You may need to destroy some materials as part of limiting flooding effects. For example, wet drywall, insulation, carpeting, and other materials need to come off to facilitate proper cleaning and decontamination. When done professionally, the process is called controlled demolition since it is done systemically. Our SERVPRO technicians take precautions such as locating wall studs and vital utilities such as electrical cabling before cutting away the materials.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe makes the necessary plans to control flood damage to property. Call us at (318) 345-5121. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Get Professional SERVPRO Monroe Area Water Loss Services

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment on a truck outside of home Regardless of the scale of the water damage in your home, team SERVPRO has the equipment to remediate. Call our team right away for best results.

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 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 is 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.

Flood Damage in Your Monroe Home

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen and dining room with water covering the floor When flooding affects your home from an external source, team SERVPRO can help with effective water removal. We have the equipment and staff to help.

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, flood water 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.

Production Obstacles for Fire Restoration in Monroe Shops

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged entrance of a store with soot covered doors and debris inside When facing fire damage in your commercial location, team SERVPRO can help. Contact us 24/7 for effective remediation and restoration services.

What Slows Fire Restoration?

Especially in the recovery of businesses like retail shops and boutiques, any slowing of the fire cleanup can be costly to the owners. For this reason, property management needs to understand why certain processes might take longer to complete and how it ultimately helps restoration and recovery to be the most efficient.

Assessing Wares and Inventory

Fire restoration for Monroe shops and retail stores must happen quickly to preserve the owner's investment in the inventory, wares, and structure. One of the earliest mitigation actions is to evaluate impacted items and objects of the shop for correctable damage and determine washable items, ruined contents and if relocation is feasible for some of the affected wares. When choosing the appropriate action, contents are protected in one of three ways:

  • Relocation
  • On-Site Cleaning
  • Off-Site Cleaning and Storage

Detailed Estimations and Loss Tracking

Insurance companies working to approve a damage claim for your business and green light the start of mitigation and restoration need detailed accounts of the damage first. Documentation is a large portion of interfacing with an insurance adjuster for claim approval. The estimation shows the provider what to expect and the needed actions to restore and recover your compromised business.

Focused Early Mitigation

Another slowing obstacle to the fire restoration process is the emergency services that could be necessary. Sometimes, structure fires create volatile environments that could have safety hazards from compromised building materials or concentrated air quality concerns. Early steps can make upcoming restoration more efficient. 

Our SERVPRO Monroe / West Monroe team will take all necessary steps to secure your shop and protect its wares as fast as possible. Because there are many steps and stages to restoration, it is important to recognize the necessity of specific measures that preserve the structure, its contents, or the responding technicians performing the work. Give us a call today at (318) 345-5121.