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Likely but Unexpected Outcomes in Monroe Homes after Water Damage

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

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

What Water Restoration Procedures SERVPRO Takes in Monroe Homes

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

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

Specific puzzling issues include:

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

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

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

Water Damage in Unexpected Areas

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

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

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

Some specialized resources for these tasks include:

  • Drying mats
  • Drying chambers
  • Cavity drying equipment

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

Things You Might Save in Your Monroe Home after Fire Damage

6/2/2022 (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 through 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 SERVPRO Responds When Monroe Properties Have Mold Damage

6/2/2022 (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 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.

Conducting Commercial Water Restoration in Monroe

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

stacked air movers in a green van Need water removal and drying in your Monroe office? SERVPRO appears to have the equipment to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Helps with Water Damage in Monroe Offices

Anytime a water line breaks inside your office complex, the outcome can be disastrous. For example, if a pipe break occurs on any floor other than the ground level, the water will follow gravity and get any building materials or contents wet that it touches on the way to the ground. If a leak occurs on a second or third floor, it could mean that all of the offices below the break could suffer water damage from the ceiling down to your flooring.

When our SERVPRO technicians conduct commercial water restoration in Monroe businesses, we know that time is of the essence. If all of the moisture is not removed from your office complex within two days, secondary issues, including mold growth, can add to the total damage caused by the pipe break. Whenever water enters your office, it can quickly start soaking into your contents and building materials and evaporate into the air, raising your relative humidity levels. Therefore, since removing H2O while still in liquid form is much quicker, we can start your project with extraction procedures.
 
Our SERVPRO team can utilize either a heavy-duty truck-mounted extractor or a portable unit that can get into hard-to-access places in your office complex. We can also use various extraction tools depending on the surface of your floors. For example, for thick, shaggy carpets, we can use a weighted extraction unit that the operator stands on while riding. Or, we can use a handheld extraction tool for furniture or tight places like closets.
 
Other services offered during commercial water remediation:
 
·   Water Cleanup
·   Cleaning after a Sewage Backup
·   Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
·   Restorative Carpet Cleaning

Call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 to keep your business in business.

Addressing The Different Types of Soot Particles During Fire Damage Restoration in Monroe

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

smoke billowing from a brick building Smoke and soot cleanup needed following a fire in a Monroe home? Don't DIY, get the experts from SERVPRO, "Like it never even happened."

Monroe Fire Damage Cleanup

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 such events in Monroe 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 the kind of fire damage they cause on your Monroe 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 produce 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.

The Basics of Mold Damage Remediation in Monroe

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Acts Fast to Remove Mold Colonies and Prevent Future Mold Growth

Mold growth in your Monroe home need not lead to panic. Respond quickly when you suspect mold is a problem by engaging the services of a skilled and experienced remediation firm. We use proven protocols developed by the Environmental Protection Agency for the best results, and we can recommend strategies to inhibit mold damage in the future.

Mold damage in Monroe stems from the intersection of two agents -- mold spores and moisture. Mold spores are present both outdoors and indoors at all times. Homeowners do not notice them as they are minuscule, invisible to the unaided eye. Without exposure to moisture, mold spores cause virtually no problems.

SERVPRO knows that when a spore encounters and absorbs water its life cycle begins, and your home may become infested with mold colonies. Within only 24 to 48 hours a musty smell and the beginnings of feathery or leathery growths emerge. The water is often from a small leak in the plumbing or a roof that goes unnoticed. Condensation or unmopped spills can give mold a boost. Even high humidity in excess of 60 percent supports some strains of mold in their growth and multiplication.

When we assess your need for remediation, we first locate the mold colonies and then contain the area. Following the IICRC guidelines, we use physical barriers such as heavy-duty plastic sheeting as well as advanced technology such as air scrubbers that employ negative pressure to direct the air in contaminated spaces through vents and filters. Our employees don personal protective equipment (PPE) to begin the removal process.

We use EPA registered disinfectants to treat affected areas, and sponge or scrape the mold off surfaces. If the hyphae (mold root-like structures) have not infiltrated porous surfaces too deeply, building materials restore well using these methods. Other options include soda blasting, similar to sandblasting but with sodium bicarbonate. SERVPRO employees then bag and dispose of the moldy materials following local hazardous waste rules.

The crew removes the remaining residues with HEPA filtered vacuums. In some cases, thermal or ULV fogging with antimicrobials helps clear the air of lingering spores and tiny contaminated particles. Our SERVPRO team has received certification in the use of these essential tools for mold remediation.

Our efforts take care of the current mold overgrowth. Managing mold issues in the future requires eliminating the moisture that activated the spores. SERVPRO can help identify potential moisture issues. We advise you to take the steps needed to remedy these problems by yourself or through the work of a contractor.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe is your resource for highly qualified mold remediation services in our community. Call (318) 345-5121 as soon as you suspect mold is a problem to schedule a consultation.

Avoid DIY in Monroe – Opt for Professional Mold Damage Cleanup

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Has Mold Damage Assistance for Monroe Residents

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drying Out Flood Damage in West Monroe

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

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

Techniques for West Monroe Storm Damage Mitigation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faulty Wiring and Monroe Fire Damage

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Remediates Fire Damage in Monroe

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

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

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

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

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

The Best Way to Address Commercial Water Damage in Monroe

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Technicians Efficiently Remediate Water Damage at Your Business Location

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

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

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

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

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

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