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Overcoming Smoke and Soot Damages in Your Monroe Home

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged room SERVPRO removes the soot, smoke and odors that come with fire damage, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Understands That Recovering From a Fire in Your Home Includes Removing the Lingering Odors

Fires often present multiple damaging effects to homes in Monroe. While there are very few that a homeowner can handle on their own, the majority of these lingering symptoms from a recent disaster like this require professional restoration services to return your house to normal. Regardless of the severity of the fire, cleaning up the damages and bringing your home back to preloss conditions takes expertise and the right equipment. 

Smoke and soot, along with a harsh odor, are fire damage effects typical of Monroe house fires, regardless of their size or destructive force. Fighting these effects is something that our SERVPRO technicians prepare for and get explicitly trained to restore. While many homeowners might believe that counteracting the odor in their homes with a more pungent scent can overcome their issue, deodorization is the only sure way to remove a noxious scent. 

Deodorization After Fire Damage

Deodorization is a process that utilizes several pieces of equipment to accomplish, but primarily, the job falls to our thermal foggers. The chemical compound that they release can get used to treat both the air in the affected areas of your home and affected furniture, textiles, materials, and fabrics. The solution breaks apart smoke molecules in the environment and neutralizes them to leave a scentless area behind to doctor as you see fit. 

Soot Damage Removal

Cleaning up soot damage is another common effect that our SERVPRO technicians get asked to remedy, and there are a few approaches that we use to do it. Soot can often get cleaned from hard surfaces using specialized vacuums or by cleaning the area with a wet or dry sponge. Set in soot might require more aggressive measures. While the goal is to restore these walls to their original condition, sometimes the severity of damage can only allow for restoration to prepare for repainting or resurfacing.

While every home fire might be different between its location and severity, some symptoms are universal to nearly every occurrence. When you are looking for a trusted team to help you overcome the effects of a recent fire in your home, you can rely on SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe. Give us a call anytime you need us at (318) 345-5121.

How Can Monroe Homeowners Get Safe Mold Removal Services?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo over mold Mold spreads quickly when the conditions are right. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the damage in your home.

SERVPRO Mold Removal Specialists Remediate Mold in Monroe with Commercial-Grade Tools

While all buildings and outdoor spaces contain some level of mold, excess moisture in a Monroe home can accelerate growth. Professional mold removal ensures that homeowners do not risk potential health effects from microbial exposure.

SERVPRO professionals are ready to perform mold removal for Monroe homeowners 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These remediation professionals coordinate with property owners and insurers to streamline the claim filing process and provide services per a homeowner’s insurance policy.

SERVPRO Equipment Eliminates Monroe Mold Accumulation

SERVPRO mold remediation specialists have access to a sophisticated suite of inspection and remediation tools for microbial remediation, including the following:

  • Calibrated penetrating and non-penetrating sensors and meters for assessing moisture levels that can indicate the source of microbial contamination
  • EPA-registered fungicides, which can be applied via manual cleaning, agitation, fogging, injection, or spraying
  • HEPA-filter vacuums and air scrubbers to prevent the spread of mold spores and eliminate odor-causing particles
  • Hydroxyl generators, which utilize ultraviolet rays for odor control of salvageable porous items
  • Centrifugal air movers and dehumidification units work together to eliminate moisture and dry humid or water-damaged spaces

Homeowners can call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 for remediation and restoration that makes homes look “Like it never even happened.”

Pop Quiz: Do You Know How to Restore Fire Damage in Monroe Schools?

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Fire damage is bad for business. Call SERVPRO for the fire restoration service, we will be onsite within 4 hours of the initial call.

Why Monroe Schools Trust Our Team for Fire Damages

There is a reason that organizations like the Better Business Bureau and property management firms trust in our expertise and experience in addressing damages to their Monroe structures. With community properties like schools in our region, we understand how important and vital it is to get work started immediately to limit the time students are without a place to go for educational stimulation. With fire damage incidents, multiple symptoms must get addressed quickly to prevent worsening conditions that can prove far more challenging to overcome.

IICRC Trained Fire Damage Restoration Technicians

With fire damage in a Monroe school, we understand the detrimental effect on students and faculty. To address these concerns quickly, our SERVPRO team can utilize the full measure of our growing roster of IICRC-Certified technicians. While we have many employees certified and accredited as Fire & Smoke Restoration and Odor Control Technicians, we also have others with expertise in other helpful areas like cleaning and debris removal.

Working Together for Fire Restoration

Our SERVPRO team has a great deal of experience contending with significant damage situations. As a part of a large loss recovery team, we can address substantial damage like widespread fire effects quickly and confidently. We can pool our resources and personnel with area branches of our brand and other recovery and emergency services to help restore this damaged institution as promptly as possible.

Fast Fire Cleanup Response

As is the case with all emergencies, getting mitigation started immediately is critical to protecting more of the damaged property. With our fast response to fire emergencies, we can work fast to identify the full scope of the damage and what must occur to address the most pressing of hazards and symptoms to get your doors back open as quickly as we can.

With so many students, parents, and faculty depending on a fully functioning school, we take our role in restoration and recovery seriously. Whenever disaster strikes, you can count on our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe professionals to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call 24/7 at (318) 345-5121.

What Is A Rover And How Does It Dry Your Water Damaged Monroe Home?

7/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle and equipment outside job site. Water removal services by SERVPRO are second to none. We use the latest technology in every disaster.

The Equipment We Use to Dry Monroe Homes

Part of the work we do for Monroe homeowners is responding quickly to water damage incidents that affect their property. We are loading up our Green Fleet with the appropriate tools and equipment to make short work of the emergency threatening your home from the moment we get your call. With water damage incidents, we have to work quickly to extract the excess and to dry up the moisture to prevent secondary effects like mold growth from occurring as well.

While drying your water damaged home in Monroe might not seem like a complicated procedure, you should consider how your house is inaccessible or challenging to reach. With wall cavities, subflooring, ceiling spaces, and more, we have to provide our customers with effective drying solutions that work quickly despite the difficulty of accessing these areas. That is where our impressive and industry-leading equipment comes into play.

Extractors for Water Removal

The machines and equipment that we use for all of our restoration work define our team, as it helps save our customers money while providing a polished final product that makes emergencies and disasters “Like it never even happened.” Our process begins with extraction when it is necessary to recover a water damaged property. We have many options, from ROVER weighted extractors, which can pull moisture from carpeting and subflooring to wet-vacs with extraction wands ideal for challenging areas of the property.

Drying Mats to Remove Water Damage

Once this excess gets removed, our SERVPRO technicians can work on the crucial drying portion of the process. To access moisture in wood flooring and concrete surfaces, we can use our drying mats. Our Injectidry system can help to remove the water trapped in wall cavities to prevent lingering moisture here to allow for mold growth. Traditional drying techniques occur with our high-powered air movers and industrial-strength dehumidifiers.

Our equipment is at the heart of the work we do and plays a critical role in recovering a home that suffers from widespread water damages. You can trust our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe rapid response team to arrive quickly with the tools to make a difference fast. Give us a call at (318) 345-5121.

Not Taking Care of Flood Water Cleanup Can be Damaging

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work in home. Water damage of any kind is a job for SERVPRO. Let our trained and experienced techs handle all the work for you.

SERVPRO Techs are Available 24/7 for Monroe Flood Restoration Services

Some types of water damage in Monroe properties, such as a slow leaking pipe, can wait until the next business day after discovery to begin cleanup. However, flood damage needs immediate attention.

Standing water damage in a Monroe home that needs flooding cleanup can cause a host of issues, including:

  • Ruined walls
  • Damaged floors and subfloor
  • Biohazard situation from bacteria-laden water

SERVPRO technicians are available around the clock to come to the property to extract the water and get the structure dried. It does not matter if standing water is part of the problem. The technicians have access to specialized removal equipment, including submersible pumps, and for large-scale extraction, truck-mounted units. The longer the water remains within the structure, the potential for greater damage increases.

One of the key elements SERVPRO techs rely on is their moisture detection equipment. They have several different devices they use to determine if water has wicked into walls or seeped under flooring. Also, they can test the water to determine if any harmful elements are present and require treatment before the water removal services. 

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 can tackle any size flooding cleanup needed in local Monroe properties. The team arrives quickly and works until the damage is "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO for Mold Remediation Services in Monroe

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on ceiling by curtain Mold can grow on any type of organic surface in a Monroe home--For best results--Call SERVPRO for mold remediation

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Remediate Mold Damage

Discovering mold growing in your Monroe home might lead you to question how it developed in the first place. While there are many misguided ideas about how mold growth can occur, the process is quite fundamental. Spores exist in the environment both inside and out of our homes on a microscopic level. To colonize and sit on surfaces in our homes, these spores require a food source via moisture and dampness and organic materials to infiltrate.

Taking care of the mold damage in your Monroe home might also seem like something you could do on your own, but you should know that conventional cleaning methods are virtually ineffective against mold colonies. This is because the cleaning process does not penetrate deeply enough into the organic materials to remove the entire organism thriving inside of it. You are only scratching the surface of the problem.

Trained Mold Inspections, Remediations, and Removal Specialists

Our SERVPRO technicians, on the other hand, get specially trained to combat all varieties of mold and fungal growth to residential and commercial structures. Our team familiarizes themselves with the latest mold remediation methods and the most effective strategies to handle the kind of mold growing in your house. From the moment that our team arrives, we assess the full scope of the damage and utilize negative air chambers and air scrubbers with HEPA filters to isolate this affected area from the possibility of spreading.

Sanding the organic surfaces of the construction materials of your home and structural components can remedy the colonization process, but that is only part of the problem you are facing. Identifying the source of the moisture is a critical element to the remediation process because repairing this damage can prevent recurrences after a short time.

Finding mold inside of your home is nothing that you should attempt to resolve on your own. With the health effects attributed to exposure to fungal organisms, it is always a better and safer choice to trust the certified mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe. You can reach us anytime you need us at (318) 345-5121.

Fire Damage Restoration Involves Specialized Skills

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

soot and water stains stairway from fire Smoke and Fire damage restoration in this stairway in a Monroe home is what SERVPRO does best. Call us for cleanup.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Assess the Damage Left by a Fire and Determine the Most Efficient Remediation Approach

When a fire ignites in your Monroe home, getting your family to safety and calling firefighters to knock out the flames are critical first responses. Fast action ensures no one is harmed and property damage is minimized. Once the scene is stable, it might be tempting to try to manage the cleanup yourself. The characteristics of fire damage done to your home make this decision questionable.

House Fire Clean Up

The charring, residues, and odors lingering after fire damage in Monroe do not respond as one expects to regular cleaning routines, nor is the damage always found where you might expect. The flames are out, but the materials combusted remain in your home as ash, burned surfaces, and soot. The smoke produced by a fire contains gases, liquids, and solids, the particles of each tiny and capable of penetrating deeply into structural components, fixtures, and all manner of personal possessions in your dwelling. Our technicians train extensively to learn how smoke acts during and after fire damage and thus can follow its destructive pathways throughout your home.

Smoke Damage Restoration

Heated air rises, so smoke damage one or more levels up from the fire site is not unexpected. Different materials create smoky residues called soots that vary in adhesion to surfaces. Hot burning wood debris can be ashy and easy to vacuum or brush away while slowly combusting fabrics or plastics release sticky coatings that require specialized cleaners, agitation, abrasive tools or ingredients, or solvents. SERVPRO technicians match the residue to the most efficient removal strategy relying on training and experience.

Unlike regular dirt, fire residues are fast-acting and corrosive agents that can cause harmful reactions to individuals during the cleaning process. SERVPRO technicians follow procedures developed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) when completing fire damage restoration projects. The standards are accepted internationally and represent the fire damage recovery business’s best practices, keeping our technicians and residents safe.

Fire damage restoration must be speedy and comprehensive. If hidden areas are left untouched, the acidic nature of the residues progressively damages structures. SERVPRO’s team of well-qualified fire damage restoration technicians can transform a home from devastation to “Like it never even happened.” Homeowners on their own cannot clean fast enough to prevent ongoing destruction.

If you face fire damage cleanup and restoration, contact the experts at SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe for fast, professional help. Within hours of your call to (318) 345-5121, an experienced manager inspects your home and creates a plan our crew is ready to implement immediately.

What Are the Efficient Water Removal Options for Monroe Businesses?

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

commercial setting, carpets, lgr dehu SERVPRO gets businesses back in bussiness faster with our advanced equipment and our slogan, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Our SERVPRO professionals have powerful extractors to manage standing water in Monroe commercial properties fast

Reducing and ultimately removing water damage from the floors of your business can be a formidable task after a disaster like burst pipes or flooding. Flood restoration and water removal services hinge on powerful tools in our recovery inventory to eliminate surface water concerns before greater damage results.

Truck-Mounted Extractors for Flood Restoration Services

The truck-mounted extractor can be one of the most efficient tools for water mitigation in Monroe businesses, namely because of how many separate extraction processes it can conduct. These powerful water removal devices can effectively manage both standing water concerns and trapped moisture when attached to squeegee wands and carpet wand units.

How Does SERVPRO Clean Up Trapped Water in Carpets?

Water caught in the fibers of the carpets or migrating towards subflooring materials can prove threatening to the entire affected area of the building. Moist conditions like these can lead to damage like delamination that requires short-pile carpets to be removed from tack strips and replaced or dried off-site. To prevent this demolition effort, we have specific extractors designed for carpeted floors, such as:

  • Weighted Extractors
  • Roving Remote-Controlled Weighted Extractors
  • Carpet Wands

Water damage incidents can get out of control in local businesses without prompt extraction and mitigation. Our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe team can help. Call us today at (318) 345-5121.

What Are the First Water Damage Repair Steps for West Monroe Homes?

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

ceiling leak damage fan peeling surface Water damage from a ceiling leak often needs SERVPRO's team for mitigation and repair--West Monroe homeowners always call us

Our Quick Response and Mitigation Strategies Can Prevent and Restore Threatened West Monroe Properties After a Water Damaging Event.

Flooding from a burst pipe or roof leak can be one of the most expensive and devastating disasters you may ever have to face. Worse still, you don’t have time to waste as mold can start developing in as little time as 48-72 hours, irrespective of the water level. That’s why you need to act fast and hire the right professionals for the job. SERVPRO technicians have the experience, equipment, and time to get your home back to its normal state, “Like it never even happened.”

West Monroe Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Our expert technicians utilize high-end cleaning and drying equipment to eliminate the initial threats and protect your home and its contents. Our IICRC-certified SERVPRO professionals and our We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster mentality provide effective water damage removal and repair solutions. We handle every home differently depending on the level of damage but maintain the same process. Some of the critical steps involved in water damage repair in West Monroe include;

  • Inspection and assessment
  • Water extraction from the home
  • Drying and dehumidification
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Odor removal
  • Regular monitoring

Don’t wait until there is nothing to salvage. Act now and dial – (318) 345-5121 to speak to our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe response team.

Flooding in Monroe? Need Some Help?

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

LGR dehu and air movers wood floor drying We restore rather than replace wood flooring in Monroe after a water damaging event whenever possible. SERVPRO has the skills and the equipment.

Monroe Residential Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Flood Water Removal

Flood water intrusion into any building can be incredibly destructive. Immediate action is critical to mitigating the problem within the indoor environment. SERVPRO technicians have the training, skills, equipment, and time to make your home feel like home again.

Why You Need Our Water Damage Repair Services

Whether the water damage in Monroe occurred from a ruptured pipe or a broken appliance, you need water damage repair services that go beyond cleaning and drying. When groundwater floods the carpet, the contaminants may include mud, chemicals, petroleum products, microbes, and more. SERVPRO follows IICRC guidelines and removes and discards carpets since there is the danger of infectious elements still present. Our professionals understand the need for treating and decontaminating materials like drywall, assemblies, and contents, which can cause future problems if left damp. We use advanced water restoration equipment and techniques to detect hidden moisture, dry standing water faster, and thoroughly clean and apply disinfectant to your home. Our water damage restoration process involves;

  • Emergency Contact
  • Damage inspection and assessment
  • Water extraction
  • Controlled demolition when needed
  • Drying and dehumidification
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Restoration

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe combines expertise and the use of sophisticated equipment to deliver exceptional water clean-up services. Call (318) 345-5121 to hire the area’s top flood water damage repair and restoration team.

Monroe Residential Property Owners Need Faster Water Mitigation Services to Save Their Homes

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

LGR dehu with a conduit flex Rely on SERVPRO for advanced equipment like this LGR dehumidifier to dry your Monroe property after completion of the water extraction

SERVPRO Can Help Monroe Residents Save Their Property from Water Damage

For many people, two things come into mind when the name West Monroe is mentioned—Coca-Cola and Delta airlines. West Monroe is a famous city in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, established on 31st March 1807 when the territory of Orleans was divided. It is located in the Ouachita River across the neighboring sister City-Monroe. The two sister cities were formed when Don Juan Filhiol was hired to create Fort Miro—a Spanish presence on the north of Ouachita River. In May 1819, Fort Miro became Monroe to honor the first steamboat to travel up the Ouachita to North of Louisiana and President James Monroe. West Monroe was initially laid out in 1837 but got its name in 1880 from the railroad workers who wanted to name a new city.

One facet about Monroe that makes it appealing for visitors is its deep colorful history. The small city played a huge role in World War II, where Monroe's Selman Field operated as the largest flight navigator school in the nation. It was also home to General Claire Chennault—founder of Flying Tigers that played an integral part in the war. That explains why the city is dotted with so many museums that mark the old city's history.

Biedenharn and Delta Airlines Contributions

Joseph Biedenharn—the first person to bottle Coca-Cola, built his home in West Monroe and was actively involved in the city's development until he died in 1952. His great old mansion was converted into a museum—the Biedenharn Museum and gardens. His daughter, Emy-Lou, also established the Emy-Lou Biedenharn foundation to support Louisiana's artistic and cultural life in 1971. Delta airlines started as an aerial crop dusting organization. It was initially formed in Monroe and was known as Huff Daland Dusters. In 1925, the company was changed to the modern, now known as Delta Airlines.

What to Do and See in Monroe

Whether you are a history enthusiast looking to expand your history knowledge or simply enjoy exploring different cities, Monroe has what you need. Places you can visit:

  • Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Flying Tiger Brewery
  • Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo
  • Biedenharn Museum and Gardens
  • Chennault Aviation and Military Museum
  • Warehouse No 1 Restaurant

What to Do To Mitigate Your Home after Water Damage in Monroe

If you live right in the heart of Monroe, you probably understand how essential water mitigation services can be. Acting quickly can be your first line of defending your property. You also need to hire the right people to save your home and avoid future problems like mold. SERVPRO professionals are experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills. Our philosophy is to act promptly and save customer property and adhere to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We live and work in this city, meaning we're closer to you than you think. We are locally owned and operated to provide faster water damage repair solutions.

SERVPRO Water Damage Repair Process

Our Restoration process involves thorough assessment and evaluation to determine the exact problem and how bad the situation is. The method may include using advanced equipment to remove water and hidden moisture quickly and effectively. We then use dehumidifiers to dry structures and contents, and finally, we clean affected areas using powerful cleaning and sanitizing agents. Here is a list with steps for a typical water damage emergency;

  • Damage inspection and assessment
  • Water removal
  • Drying
  • Cleaning and repair

Standing water can put your health and property at risk. Dial (318) 345-5121 to speak to our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe response team.

Need House Fire Cleanup Assistance in Monroe – Call SERVPRO

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

room in fire damage building; fire debris on floor Fire damage is stressful. SERVPRO has the equipment to restore your home.

Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration and Cleanup in Monroe

The effort involved in cleaning up after a house fire in Monroe can appear to be overwhelming for many residents. Damage from the fire, smoke damage residues, and the fire department's water or chemicals used to quell the fire can involve the entire home, especially smoke odors.

SERVPRO provides house fire cleanup services to Monroe residential and commercial customers. Our services cover every aspect. We bring your residence back to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

Our services include:

  • Removal of fire-damaged contents and structure
  • House fire cleanup of all contents and surfaces
  • Removal of smoke residues and deodorization in all areas affected by smoke odors
  • Emergency repairs to protect your home from the elements
  • Reconstruction and fire restoration 

We work closely with our clients and insurance adjusters. We also respond to your call in four hours or less to control and mitigate the damage. Water and moisture can quickly damage absorbent materials, leading to mold and mildew infestations in less than 24 hours.

Call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe for house fire cleanup services in Monroe and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (318) 345-5121.

Water Damage Repair After Water Leak in West Monroe Homes

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment stacked outside of home SERVPRO is equipped to restore any water damage you might incur.

Need Water Removal Services in West Monroe – Call SERVPRO

Water clean-up after a water leak often involves removing water from carpeting and underpadding. Water may have seeped from adjacent rooms such as kitchens or bathrooms where the original leak occurred and soaked the carpets, underpadding, and even the subfloor.

SERVPRO provides water damage repair and water cleanup to West Monroe Homes. We take safety very seriously for our employees and especially our clients. For example, floating carpeting and underpadding improves the time it takes to dry the carpet. Dry air is blown under the carpeting to absorb moisture and then dried using dehumidifiers.

While the drying operation is taking place, we implement the following safety procedures to avoid injuries:

  • Avoid walking on floated carpets to prevent tripping
  • Cover tack strips with foam strips to prevent injuries
  • Tack strips can cause tetanus and other diseases

Once everything is dried, our team will reinstall the carpet and padding as part of our water damage restoration service. Fast drying and action by SERVPRO can reduce the possibility of carpet delamination requiring replacement.

Call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe for water damage repair services in West Monroe and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (318) 345-5121.

Need Help with Your Fire Damaged Home in West Monroe – Call SERVPRO

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

smoke damaged hallway; walls and ceiling Often, not everything is a total loss after a fire. SERVPRO has the tools and cleaners to restore your home.

Water & Fire Damage Restoration in West Monroe Residences

West Monroe and the city of Monroe are sister cities separated by the Ouachita River. They are also referred to as the twin cities of northeast Louisiana. West Monroe has a population of approximately 13,000, while Monroe’s population is 48,000. The municipality of West Monroe was officially recognized in 1859. Today, West Monroe and the general area west of the Ouachita River overall is identified as a vibrant, clean, growing, friendly area, a small-town atmosphere, and many of the amenities and features of a larger city.

The attractions and activities West Monroe residents and visitors enjoy include:

  • Kiroli Park
  • Landry Vineyards
  • Restoration Park
  • Antique Alley
  • Ouachita Brewing Company
  • Excalibur Family Fun Center

Across the river in Monroe, residents also enjoy

  • Biedenharn Museum & Gardens
  • Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Chennault Aviation and Military Museum
  • Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo
  • Masur Museum of Art

Kiroli Park

Kiroli Park in West Monroe covers150 acres and offers several playgrounds, a conservatory, tennis courts, a dog park, picnic areas, gardens, hiking trails, and fishing ponds. There is a suspension bridge, an observation tower, a covered bridge, and several elevated walkways.

The park also has a lodge that is used for indoor functions. It comes with two fireplaces, central air, and heat, as well as a fully equipped kitchen. Visitors can rent one of several picnic shelters for birthday parties and other celebrations.

There is also a dog park, one for large dogs and one for smaller dogs, 25 pounds and less. There is a pavilion and also a pond with a waterfall for the dogs to enjoy. There is a daily admission as well as an annual membership available.

Landry Vineyards

Landry Vineyards was established in 1999. They offer tastings and tours, a shopping area to purchase Landry wines, and they organize family-friendly concerts with fun for all ages. During the current health situation, interested clients should check for opening hours and scheduled events.

Restoration Park

Restoration Park trail runs for 2.4 kilometers in a loop around a small lake. There is moderate traffic on this trail. It is considered suitable for all skill levels. Dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash.

Antique Alley

Antique Alley is located on the Ouachita Riverbank in the old Cotton Port Historic District near downtown West Monroe. There are antique malls, boutiques, restaurants, B&Bs, specialty shops, and places to meet and hold organized events.

Fire Damage Restoration or Replacement?

After a fire in their home, many clients assume that everything needs replacing because of fire and smoke damage. They are concerned about the cost and whether their insurance company will cover everything.

SERVPRO’s experience with fire damage in homes in West Monroe and surrounding areas is that it is less costly to apply fire damage restoration techniques to as many items as possible, including repainting structural surfaces, reupholster furniture and refinish wood products.

SERVPRO works with our clients and their insurance adjuster to complete all:

  • Smoke damage
  • Fire damage restoration
  • House fire clean up

Call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe for fire damage cleanup services in Monroe and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (318) 345-5121.

Looking for Help After a Water Leak in Your Business?

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

the wall of a room getting worked on after water damage Did a recent water leak affect your business? Call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe for knowledgeable technicians and the tools to get the job done.

SERVPRO Conducts Water Damage Repair for West Monroe Businesses

When you are a small business owner, it is crucial that you do not lose work days due to unforeseen circumstances. The professionals at SERVPRO understand the importance of getting back to business ASAP.

Our trained technicians at SERVPRO can conduct water damage repair for your West Monroe business. One of the significant components of restoration is adequately drying the impacted areas. SERVPRO dries with as low of a profile as possible to keep your storefront or office running smoothly.

Our technicians:

  • Strategically place air movers and dehumidifiers for optimal drying while out of the way of your customers.
  • Use drying mats to lay on top of existing flooring to blow warm, dry air so that the floors adequately. Customers can walk on the drying mats, creating another low-profile solution. 

For 24/7 assistance for your business following a water leak, contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

Recovering after a Monroe Flood

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO appliances working to fix a flood damaged room Flooding can be quite overwhelming. SERVPRO can help with both remediation services and filing your insurance claim.

SERVPRO Restores Flood-Damaged Monroe Homes

A thousand things may go through your mind after your Monroe home experiences a flood. The overwhelming task of recovering after a flood does not need to be tackled on your own. Professionals like the team at SERVPRO can help set your mind at ease and prioritize tasks while restoring your home.

Our trained emergency response team can assist in repairing flood damage in your Monroe home. SERVPRO takes action to ensure your family's safety and well-being while working on your home after a flood.

Our technicians take the following steps:

  • Set a staging area as a work area to ensure a safe space to work on restoring items.
  • Make sure residents and workers are all safe.
  • Establish engineering controls.
  • Remove water and materials requiring disposal.
  • Begin the drying and humidity control process.
  • Clean and decontaminate salvageable items.
  • Dispose of unsalvageable items. 

For 24/7 assistance following a flood, contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Looking to Repair Your Monroe Home Following a Fire?

3/7/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with soot covering everything and debris everywhere Regardless whether the fire damage was minor or extensive, team SERVPRO can help. Contact our certified technicians for services.

SERVPRO Plays an Instrumental Role in Fire Damage Restoration in Monroe

Monroe is the parish seat of Ouachita Parish. It is a small city of approximately 50,000 people in Northern Louisiana. West Monroe, across the Ouachita River, is called Monroe's twin city. West Monroe has a smaller population of fewer than 15,000 people. Fort Miro was the first name of the town which then became Monroe after the steamboat James Monroe. Interestingly enough, the steamboat was named after James Monroe, the fifth president, so the city was indirectly named after him as well.

In 1913, Joseph Biedenharn moved to Monroe. Biedenharn was the first bottler of Coca-Cola, which revolutionized the soda industry. He began bottling in 1894 but moved his business operation to Monroe. With Biendenharn's ingenuity, Coca-Cola made its way into more rural areas. Before bottling, candy shops clerks manually mixed Coca-Cola at the soda fountain. Early distribution of Coca-Cola into rural areas required careful transportation of the bottles holding carbonated beverages by horse and carriage.

Biedenharn was an entrepreneur and businessman. According to family legend, Biedenharn family members bought candy stores that did not sell Coca-Cola simply to promote the product. Another one of his more famous ventures was founding Delta Air Lines with his son, then known as Delta Dusters. Biedenharn was a city commissioner in Monroe and was personally responsible for paving the roads for the city.

Biedenharn's home and gardens are now open to the public under the name. The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens is open to the public. One of the standing exhibits is Coca-Cola memorabilia. Included is a Model-T delivery truck, signs, and bottles that showcase its progression. Bottles range from 1899 to 1981. The bottles in the exhibit are from various parts of the world and showcase varying designs. There are even several bottles carrying the Biedenharn name.

Other Features of the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens of Monroe include:

  • The historic home is filled with family relics and artifacts from the time.
  • Formal English Gardens
  • A Bible Museum stemming from Emy-Lou Biedenharn's personal collection, including Bibles from the 1400s and 1600s. 
  • Other rotating exhibits

Repairs and Restoration after a Fire in Monroe

Historical buildings in cities like Monroe have a greater risk for extensive damage from a fire. When a fire occurs, it is essential to seek professional assistance to ensure proper fire damage restoration in Monroe. Older buildings often have porous and unfinished surfaces.

Technicians clean the following surfaces:

  • Unsealed wood requires a dry cleaning sponge for light residues and heavier soils clean with denatured alcohol. 
  • Plaster surfaces require a very gentle touch or may need replacement if too fragile. 
  • Acoustical Tiled walls should be pre-cleaned with a dry sponge and then clean with peroxide.
  • Concrete and masonry require a variety of cleaning techniques and products depending on the porosity of the surface.

For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

Why is Containment Vital During Mold Remediation?

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SERVPRO Helps Reduce Spore Spread

Many homeowners have discovered that mold can be hard to deal with. You think you have got rid of it, and then it comes back. This is because mold spores are tiny and can quickly spread throughout your home.

If you need mold remediation in West Monroe, SERVPRO is here to help. Although we cannot eradicate spores because they are present in nature, we can take steps to prevent them from spreading.

During containment we:

  • Set up thick plastic sheeting around the affected area
  • Seal off all ducts and vents
  • Use negative air machines or air scrubbers to suck in mold spores
  • Make sure our staff have a staging area so they can move between containment and the rest of your home without increasing the risk of mold spreading
  • Give staff appropriate disposable PPE

Containment means fewer spores escaping into the rest of your home, which reduces the risk of a recurrence. We combine containment with a thorough cleaning and drying for maximum effect.

If you need a mold remediation service you can trust, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121.

What Happens to Food During Restaurant Water Restoration?

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SERVPRO Helps Restaurateurs Clean Up After Water Damage

No one wants to deal with water damage in their restaurant, but unfortunately, it is not always possible to avoid it. A broken pipe, a sudden storm, or a malfunctioning roof sprinkler can all wreak havoc.

If you need water restoration in your Monroe restaurant, you are most likely worried about your food stocks. Unfortunately, it is not possible to save fresh food that is flood-damaged. It is sometimes possible to rescue canned food – but only if you are one hundred percent certain that the can is intact and the contents are not compromised.

Although you may have to dispose of food, SERVPRO can help with other aspects of water damage cleanup:

  • Spot cleaning dining chair upholstery to get rid of water stains
  • Drying wooden furniture or floors to prevent warping
  • Replacing damaged insulation, carpets, or wallpaper
  • Monitoring moisture levels to prevent mold growth
  • Deodorizing your eatery to leave it smelling fresh

The quicker you contact us, the faster action we can take. Do not delay – if you need help with water restoration, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121.

What Are the Main Threats of Freezing Pipes for Monroe Homes?

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Freezing temperatures can potentially damage area homes in several ways.

With severe weather conditions expected to impact Monroe in the coming days, residents should stay prepared for damages resulting from these freezing conditions. While frozen pipes that can burst are among the most considerable concerns, ice dams on the roof can lead to leaks, and growing icicles can put stress on eaves and gutters.

Are Frozen Pipes a Hazard for Monroe Homes?

Frozen pipes in Monroe homes can quickly become a devastating situation leading to significant water damage. These conditions can separate plumbing at connections and fixtures. Severe temperature drops can impact houses and businesses by targeting inadequately insulated portions of the plumbing. In many situations, the most vulnerable pieces of pipe are those transitioning from the outside service line to the pipe network inside of your residence.

How Can Standing Water Get Removed?

When pipes burst or separate, it could result in the loss of several hundred or thousand gallons of water in the immediate area. While accessible spaces can be more readily extracted and cleaned, structural cavities can prove more challenging to reach. Standing water is the initial threat to overcome, and this involves several leading water removal tools and instruments in our recovery inventory, including:

  • Self-priming trash pumps
  • Electrical submersible pumps
  • Truck-mount extractors

Can You Prevent Burst Pipes?

There are methods for preventing or reducing the probability of burst pipes and frozen plumbing moving forward. While our SERVPRO professionals can show We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, an inspection of visible lines can often identify where insulation is lacking.

No matter how damaging burst pipes and freezing might be for your home, our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe team is waiting to help. We understand how important it is to start mitigation fast, so we are ready 24/7 at (318) 345-5121.

Do You Need Flood Damage Help in Monroe?

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SERVPRO is Here for Monroe Residents Whatever the Weather

Monroe is a bustling town of 48,815 residents that has a long and exciting history. The town was formerly known as Fort Miro but adopted the name Monroe in honor of a steamship. The steam-powered paddle-wheeler James Monroe sailed into the town in the first half of the nineteenth century and changed its fortunes. This event was so striking in the residents' minds that they changed the town's name in honor of it. Today you can see a mural of James Monroe at the entrance to the community library.

Monroe is also the place where coca-cola was first bottled – before that, shop staff had to mix the drink individually at the fountain.

If you visit Monroe, you will be delighted by the wide range of things to see and do. The city is big enough to have all the amenities you need but small enough to explore easily. Popular attractions include:

  • Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo, where you can view over 500 animals. This crowd-pleaser is popular with families. Kids will relish the chance to get up close and personal with kangaroos, hippos, swans, peacocks, and much more. There is a boat ride to take you to the exhibits that you won't see from the footpaths, including the primate exhibit.
  • Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum gives kids the chance to get hands-on with history. They can learn about the White House, role play as a secret service agent, learn what it is like to work as a chef, be a doctor in the hospital, and much more.
  • Biedenharn Museum and Gardens is a beautiful historic home from 1913. It was the home of Joseph Biedenharm, who gets credit as the first man to bottle Coca Cola. The house includes a Coca Cola museum full of memorabilia, and next door, you will find a museum of bibles and a stunning garden known as the Leong Garden.
  • Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum is a small museum built-in 1984 to celebrate African-American heritage in the area. The museum focuses primarily on local artists and often exhibits their work, in addition to running a year-round program of educational events.

If you want to do some shopping while you are in Monroe, be sure to stop by Pecanland Mall. The mall features six anchor stores: Dick's Sporting Goods, Belk, Dillard's, JCPenney, Stein Mart, and Burlington Coat Factory.

There is also a nice large food court, and a ten screen cinema, for when you need to get some refreshment and take the weight off your feet.

Flood Damage is a Real Risk in Monroe

Residents of Monroe know how deadly storms can be. In 2020, a rain-wrapped tornado touched down in Monroe and caused extensive damage:

  • Decimated twenty-three homes
  • Caused extensive damage to an art museum
  • Destroyed a metal hangar at the airport
  • Snapped trees and closed roads

In the aftermath of a storm, SERVPRO is here to help. We offer swift remediation, including securing your home and evacuating water, drying your home and your belongings, and spot-cleaning damaged upholstery. Our teams do not leave until restoration is complete - "Like it never even happened."

If you need swift flood damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121.

Livening Up Evening Plans in Monroe

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Monroe Residents Enjoy Fun, Games, and Motorcycles

Flying Tiger Brewery on North 2nd Street in Monroe is partnering with Warhawk Harley-Davidson for Bike Night. This event, which takes place on January 21, strives to liven up the evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Flying Tiger Brewery is well-known for its dedication to serving high-quality, unique craft brews and honoring active-duty military and veterans alike.

Entry is free and open to the public. Attractions expected at Bike Night include:

  • Games
  • Food trucks
  • Prize giveaways
  • A live DJ

Warhawk Harley-Davidson, much like The Flying Tiger, is another local business invested in providing the community with quality products and services for their motorcycles and accessories. This dealership, formerly known as Bleu Bayou Harley-Davidson until March 2019, has a store located on Frontage Road, just off of I-20.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe is only a phone call away from rendering water cleanup services for Monroe homeowners at (318) 345-5121.

Supporting Youth Baseball in West Monroe

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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West Monroe Locals are Invited to the Deep South Baseball Tournament

Perfect Game is hosting its tenth annual MLK Championship Deep South Baseball Tournament at the Sterlington Sports Complex from January 15 through January 18, 2021. Monroe parents, teachers, and students alike are encouraged to support their local teams during this annual youth baseball event.

Tournament rules for teams include:

  • Entrants must be part of the graduating class of 2022 or younger or born after May 3, 2003
  • Teams must book housing only through a provided link on the Perfect Game website
  • Registration fees are $1,250.00
  • No coolers are allowed
  • Players can only use wood bats

A $25.00 tournament pass allows individuals entry to every game in the tournament. $10.00 daily passes are also available. Seniors and military members can obtain day passes for $5.00 each. Children 14 and younger receive free entry.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe provides fire restoration for West Monroe homeowners any time of the day or night when they call (318) 345-5121.

Protecting the Monroe Community After Disaster Strikes

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe Ensures That Homes and Businesses Return to a Clean and Safe Condition

Monroe, Louisiana, is a city of over 47,000 residents as of 2019, with a history that extends back to the American Civil War. The entirety of the Monroe Metropolitan area contains several parishes, including Union and Ouachita. It is estimated to have more than 170,000 residents.

Monroe’s beginnings are tied closely to New Orleans’s fall during the American Civil War, which prompted Confederate soldiers to establish Monroe and Opelousas training camps. However, locals reportedly held strong pro-Union sentiments. Monroe was also a haven for refugees fleeing from the war, especially during the months leading up to Ulysses S. Grant’s siege on Vicksburg, Mississippi.

The city’s name originated from a steam-powered ship, the James Monroe, named in honor of the fifth United States President. Today, locals and visitors can find depictions of this steam ship at the Monroe Library. Monroe is also considered one of the “twin cities” located in northeastern Louisiana, the other being nearby West Monroe. The official motto is, “One City, One Future.”

Some of Monroe’s most prominent employers outside of municipal government, primary and secondary education, and local healthcare services include:

  • JPMorgan Chase
  • The University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
  • CenturyLink
  • Walmart Stores, Inc.

Journalism in Monroe: The News-Star

The News-Star is nearing 130 years of offering journalistic services to the community. Its beginnings can be traced back to the evening newspaper publication The Monroe Evening News before merging with The Daily Star to publish The Monroe News-Star as an afternoon newspaper in 1909.

Robert Wilson Ewing, I purchased several Louisiana newspapers while publishing the New Orleans Daily States, including The Shreveport Times, the now-defunct Monroe Morning World and The News-Star, the latter of which had become a morning newspaper. Media giant Gannett would eventually acquire both Monroe publications from the Ewing estate in 1977. In 1980, The News-Star and the Morning World were consolidated to form The News-Star-World, later renamed The News-Star.

Two sons of Robert Ewing I, John D. Ewing and Robert Ewing, III, did their part to maintain The News-Star, including serving in executive positions.

Related news publications for the Monroe area include:

  • The Ouachita Citizen, which reports weekly for the Ouachita Parish region, which includes Sterlington and Richwood as well as Monroe and West Monroe
  • African-American-owned weekly news publications The Monroe Dispatch and The Monroe Free Press, both of which were founded between 1969 and 1975

Monroe’s Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo

Monroe’s zoo is an 80-acre zoological and horticultural sanctuary that is home to over 500 animals. The zoo got its start as Bernstein Park Zoo, named initially for Mayor Arnold Bernstein, who served the community from 1919 to 1937. Most of the zoo’s development can be credited to Mayor Jack Howard. His campaigns focused heavily on its development and the construction of municipal buildings like the Civic Center and the new Monroe City Hall.

In 2013, the zoo remodeled its food preparation area for the animals and added new primate pens at the behest of the United States Department of Agriculture and has remained in compliance with regulations since. After making these additions, new acquisitions included a male lion and a revamped lion exhibit.

Notable exhibits include:

  • Boat rides for observing local fauna and animals on nearby islands
  • The “Down-under” exhibit, which focuses on Australian species
  • Primate exhibits with baboons, gibbons, and many other species
  • An interactive feeding area for sheep, goats, miniature cows, and horses
  • Indoor exhibitions like a reptile house and a greenhouse

The Monroe Zoo’s annual events vary from Boo at the Zoo to the Easter Eggstravaganza, all of which focus on safe and educational family-oriented fun. Overall, visitors can find over 200 species of animals as well as a 27-acre garden.

In 2020, the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo made efforts to take exhibitions online while adhering to local public safety regulations.

The Zoo is well-known for its volunteer opportunities, outreach programs, and a membership service that allows free entry to several other zoos around the United States.

What Does SERVPRO’s Flood Extraction Process Entail?

SERVPRO technicians flood damage in Monroe with necessary swiftness to minimize property loss for homeowners while optimizing savings on repair and replacement costs where possible. When ground floods have affected electrical power in residential properties, these professionals can provide power sources, such as generators, to render necessary services.

While properties rarely have standing water after a flood, it is crucial to address excess moisture and debris first to prevent mold growth and further structural damage. Several tools are available to SERVPRO professionals for removing floodwaters, including portable extractors, gas-powered submersible pumps, and truck-mounted units that can lift hundreds of gallons of water in one sitting.

While these tools can vary in scope and application, they generally have three systems in common:

  • This system is the primary form of extraction for most water damage situations, including flooding.
  • The heater system aids in sanitation by heating to between 180 degrees Fahrenheit and 212 to 220 degrees, depending on the device. This capability is essential for curbing microbial contamination
  • When standing water is present, the pump system is crucial for its removal to a treated sewer or other authorized disposal areas

When SERVPRO technicians clean restorable items like furniture and carpeting in a typical water damage scenario, all three of these systems are used. However, many of the items used in all three are considered losses after a flood due to blackwater contaminants.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe can ensure that your home looks and feels, “Like it never even happened.” Homeowners can contact their local restoration team 24/7, including all holidays, at (318) 345-5121.

A Day at the Zoo Full of Christmas Celebrations for Monroe Residents

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Monroe Residents Enjoy Christmas Entertainment and Gifts While Exploring the Zoo

In the days leading up to Christmas, there are various things you can do to keep yourselves entertained as you wait for the big day. For Monroe residents, spending a day at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo can be a great way to have a good time with family and friends. You can attend the "Jungle Bells" as it is popularly known, on December 19, 2020, from 9 AM to 3 PM. The event was held first in 2017 and is organized annually by the Guerriero and Guerriero law firm as part of their community outreach programs.

The main attractions at the event include:

  • Free zoo admission for all those who show up for the experience
  • Various forms of Christmas entertainment including snow machines and a Santa Claus so that families can take photos
  • Giveaways such as bicycles and activity stations such as stock-making station and screen printing

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe helps business managers with stormwater removal from their Monroe premises, minimizing downtime. Call us at (318) 345-5121 whenever there is a problem at your facility.

Open Wagon Rides through the Lights in West Monroe

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Enjoy a Fun-Filled Evening in the Streets of West Monroe Exploring Light Displays

One of the enjoyable ways to spend your evenings during the festive season is watching light displays in various properties. However, you may not know where to find the best displays in West Monroe or have people to accompany you as you enjoy such displays. One way to overcome these setbacks is to join the Open Wagon Rides Through the Lights, organized by Landry Vineyards. People hitch a ride in the back of an open, truck-drawn, wooden wagon.

Some of the notable aspects of the event include:

  • A 30-minute ride beginning at 5 PM
  • The rides are done Fridays and Saturdays each week. You can book a place for the next event on 11th or 12th December 2020
  • The ride begins at Alley Park

Landry Vineyards is renowned for producing quality Louisiana Wines, which are available in over 450 stores all over the state.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe helps with water cleanup and drying of West Monroe properties affected by any type of water intrusion. You can reach our support staff at (318) 345-5121 at any time.

Professional Cleanup and Restoration of Fire Damaged Properties in Monroe

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Avails Enough Resources to Help Restore Monroe Residences Damaged by Fire

Monroe, which is tucked away at the northern edge of Louisiana, is readily accessible through the I-20 highway or the Union Pacific railroad. The Monroe Regional Airport is about 15 minutes from the downtown area, completing the transport infrastructure for people visiting or leaving the area. The situation was different when French pioneers established a trading post in 1791 since boat travel through the river was the most convenient means of transport. The area was generally known as the Prairie of Canoes. Monroe was chosen after a steamboat, The James Monroe, reached the area in 1819, underpinning the importance of river travel at the time.

Over the years, Monroe has gained popularity for various reasons, including the abundance of natural gas in the early 1900s. A discovery well was drilled in 1916, although at the time, there was little use for the resource apart from lighting flambeaux to illuminate the paths of night travelers. The shadow-casting lighting method led to the wastage of the precious commodity that would have served the state for over sixty years. A gas pool was developed stretching over 500 square miles. It was estimated to contain approximately 6.5 trillion cubic feet of gas, earning the city the title of the World's natural gas capital. However, in Texas, the Panhandle Pool discovered in 1918 dwarfed the Monroe pool since it covered over 1.35 million acres. 

The city also played an essential role in the development of other popular things such as:

  • The bottling and franchised distribution of soda. Although Coca-Cola was created in Atlanta by Dr. John S. Permberton in 1886, it was only available as a fountain drink. Joseph Biedenharn, who was already bottling soda water, thought of doing the same with Coca-Cola, obtained a franchise, and later bought a bottling plant in Monroe to ramp up production.
  • The Biedenharn family is also associated with the development of largescale crop-dusting. In 1925 they bought an existing business and added 18 planes to the fleet, making it the largest in the private sector. That business evolved to Delta Air Lines.

Places of Interest in Monroe

For a city with a couple of historic contributions to various aspects of development, one can expect to find an infrastructural footprint. Some of the exciting locations that fit this bill and welcome visitors include:

  • The Masur Museum of Art, a Tudor style family house designed by Clarence Edward Slagle. It was completed in 1914, and The Masur's acquired the house during The Great Depression and donated it to the city in 1963 under the agreement that it becomes a museum of fine art.
  • The Chennault Aviation & Military Museum honors all veterans and soldiers from WWI to Iraqi freedom and tells the story of how a crop-dusting business evolved to become an established commercial airline. The museum is set up in the only remaining class of the Selman Field Navigation School, which was the most prominent navigation school in the United States during World War Two. There are over 11,000 artifacts at the facility, including restored aircraft. 
  • The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens keeps the story of Joe Biedenharn, the Coca-Cola bottler, alive. It is located next to the Ouachita River and features Coca-Cola memorabilia in the museum section. There is also a bible museum section that features biblical literature and a collection of bibles. The ELsong botanical garden has various settings, including the Musical Grotto, Four Seasons Garden, and Oriental Garden.

Visitors might also enjoy spending time at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, an 80-acre zoological park with over 500 animals. Some of the top activity areas at the park include boat rides down the river, a petting zoo, and a splash pad for kids. 

The Great Fire of 1871

Even with its steady development, Monroe has also had some significant setbacks. On December 31st, 1871, a major fire incident happened and was not extinguished until New Year's Day 1872. The fire affected the town's wealthiest section, burning over 60 buildings resulting in over $650,000 worth of property damage. The fire, which was discovered at 11 PM, started in the upper story at the S.W. Sanders Saloon and spread quickly to other buildings in the area because of strong winds that were blowing that night. Incidentally, the more infamous Chicago fire also happened in 1871, affecting many areas, including a street named Monroe. 

Another fire that started in a backroom store at the corner of Hart and Desiard streets ravaged the city in March 1882. During those days, the fire engine was horse-drawn, and an unruly horse delayed arrival at the loss site by several minutes even though the alarm had been raised in time. However, the fire was contained in time, resulting in damages estimated at $32,000. The fires prompted the establishment of a robust fire department, starting with a volunteer group of neighbors, which later developed into the modern firefighting department.

How Does SERVPRO Help with Fire Damage Restoration in Monroe Properties?

As firefighting methods have improved over the years, the same has happened with fire restoration techniques. SERVPRO is one of the premier restoration companies that keeps up with the changing trends to guarantee Monroe property owners the best chances of restoring properties to their preloss state.

Restoration of fire-damaged properties mostly involves cleaning affected materials since it is the most cost-effective solution, unlike replacement or resurfacing. SERVPRO technicians undergo regular training and IICRC certification to ensure they are acquainted with the correct cleaning approaches for maximum effectiveness and safety of the occupants. Our technicians pay attention to various aspects like:

  • Tracing the spread patterns of soot and other residues to ensure the cleaning effort reaches all affected areas
  • The use of readily biodegradable cleaning products, ensuring the home is safe for the occupants after the cleaning process is over.
  • Correct moisture management during cleaning to avoid over saturation of materials or retention of moisture with the building 

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe helps with fire damage restoration for all types of losses in Monroe. Call us at (318) 345-5121 when the need arises.   

Come Meet Santa at His Christmas Village Near West Monroe.

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Santa’s Christmas Village Returns to the West Monroe Area on November 21st.

Once again, Christmas is in the air, and parents are in search of fun seasonal activities for their children. Most times, this requires scheduling and taking your kids around town to different venues. Fortunately, there’s a better, more convenient way to entertain your children. Santa’s Christmas Village, a place where kids can participate in all the traditional seasonal activities in one place, returns to the West Monroe area on November 21st. Some of the holiday fun they can engage in there includes:



Visiting Santa

Watching a holiday movie

Making their own Christmas ornaments

Decorating Christmas cookies

Playing in a model train village

Ice skating

Sliding down Mount Sneaux



The village is at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum and operates daily from November 21st to December 23rd.

As parents of local children, the technicians of SERVPRO of Monroe/West Monroe understand how important holiday activities are for kids. In being flood water removal experts, they are also always ready to help when water-related disasters strike. Contact us at (318) 345-5121 if you ever need assistance.



Enjoy a Festive Drive-Through Christmas Light Display Near Monroe.

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Get into the Holiday Spirit in Monroe with the Candy Cane Lane Drive-Through.

As the holidays rapidly approach, we are all looking for new ways to enjoy them.  Everyone wants to find the best seasonal activities to experience with their family and friends.  One favorite Christmastime tradition of Monroe residents has always been walking or driving around and looking at holiday light displays.  A newer take on this tradition is the Candy Cane Lane Drive-Through, which allows you to conveniently see many professional light displays all in one place, from the warmth of your car.  The impressive mile-long drive-through boasts over a million colorful lights.  With all that said, here are some important things to remember before coming:



Candy Cane Lane is open every night from November 13th through January 2nd

The lane is located at 170 Highway 151 North in Calhoun

Trailers are not permitted

Cars and trucks over thirty feet long must be approved before entering



The professionals at SERVPRO of Monroe/West Monroe enjoy the holiday season as much as our neighbors do.  Also, as a local mold remediation company serving area businesses, we are always here to help when problems arise.  If you ever need remediation work done, call us at (318) 345-5121.

Water Damage Restoration in Monroe

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

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Monroe Residents Often Need Water Damage Restoration Services.

Monroe, the largest city in northern Louisiana and the eighth-largest in the state, has a relatively long history dating back to well before the establishment of the American Republic. Officially, though, it only received its current name in 1819. In that year, the small town was renamed in honor of the then-current U.S. president James Monroe. As a result of its long and storied history, Louisiana’s eighth-largest city is home to more than a few old mansions and numerous other time-weathered residences. Tourists from all around flock to see the more famous of these.

The Famous Stately Mansions of Monroe

Some of the more notable fine homes in and around town date back to the 1800s. These antique residences feature a wide variety of architectural styles and embody the culturally and stylistically diverse nature of our community. A few of the prominent homes in our area included on the National Register of Historic Places are:



Logtown Plantation, designed in the Federal Stick style, was built in the first decades of the 1800s and is situated on the Ouachita River to the south of Monroe. It was the home of Don Juan Filhiol, the builder of what later became our city.

Bosco Plantation House, a Greek Revival mansion constructed during the early 1800s and located south of town at 279 Pipes Lane.

Mulberry Grove, constructed in the first part of the 1800s and now integrated into the brick mansion Layton Castle. It can be found at 1133 S. Grand St. in Monroe.

Lower Pargoud, a Greek Revival residence built in town around the 1850s at 2111 S. Grand St.

Roland M. Filhiol House, a fine example of Queen Anne architecture and Eastlake style erected in the late 1800s at 111 Stone Ave.

Harvey House, a late 19th century home in the Italianate architectural style located at 608 Grammont St.



All of these historic marvels remind us of our city’s pioneering roots west of the Mississippi, as well as its growing reputation throughout the 1800s as an important regional industrial and commercial hub.

A City of Old Homes – A Potential Minefield of Hidden Issues for Homeowners

It is important to remember that Monroe is not only home to several famous antique residences but is also filled with numerous older common homes. As a settlement that has prospered for more than a hundred years, it, of course, contains many houses that are older than fifty years old. Such houses, as you can imagine, typically suffer from certain age-related problems. These issues range in severity from nuisance to being potentially catastrophic and include:



Old damaged or poorly maintained roofs that leak

Drainage systems that are clogged or otherwise no longer function

Leaky damaged pipes throughout the home

Sewage system problems

Faulty aged electrical networks that may cause fires

Dry rot, termite-related damage, or other structural deterioration



While older houses are often more visually appealing than their newer counterparts, exhibiting a bounty of distinguished sophistication, they are usually a minefield of hidden issues like those noted above.

The Trouble an Old Leaky Roof or Pipe Can Cause

Although seemingly minor concerns, roofs, and pipes with small, slow leaks can mean big trouble over time. These problems pose a serious and more probable threat to purchasers of older homes. With that said, there are some telltale signs indicative of leak-related water damage that can help you address them early. Some of these signs are:



Discoloration of surfaces and mold or mildew growths

Musty odors

Deteriorated plaster or drywall

Dry rotted materials

Warped walls or ceilings

Floor buckling and other abnormalities



Always keep an eye out for all of these indicators so that you can either address water-related issues as soon as possible or simply avoid buying a residence with them.

Living in a quaint historical city can be an everyday treat for the senses, but this luxury does not come without its negatives. Year-round, residents and tourists alike can enjoy the diverse architectural styles to be found in our small city. They can see residences dating to every period in the 19th and 20th centuries and observe the differing designs of each. However, while tourists can simply enjoy the sights and leave, many residents have to stay and deal with the difficulties of maintaining older homes. Residents are continually faced with the seemingly impossible task of locating and properly addressing the age-related issues of their houses. This can be both an expensive and time-consuming prospect.    

Luckily, there are local, high-quality water damage restoration companies like SERVPRO of Monroe/West Monroe that can help area homeowners properly maintain their properties. Our highly trained, experienced, and well-equipped technicians are skilled in locating and remediating all kinds of water-related damage. They can likely resolve whatever situation you may have.

How Does SERVPRO Restore Water-Damaged Homes?

Armed with all the latest training and tools of the remediation trade, SERVPRO professionals can successfully restore most water-damaged residences. They take various innovative measures and employ an arsenal of cutting edge gear to do this. Some of the things our technicians do to clean up and restore your property are:



Removing any standing water from your residence with powerful wet vacs and extractors, if necessary

Drying out interior air, structural elements, and contents with air movers, high-velocity fans, and dehumidifiers

Employing Injectidry systems and floor pads to dry out subflooring, areas behind walls and ceilings, and other obstructed spaces

Using state-of-the-art foggers to treat affected materials and air with disinfectants and deodorants approved by the EPA.

Sanding down warped or buckling flooring

Reconstructing destroyed structural elements and rooms



Most times, these expert methods prevent further water-related problems and rapidly return your home to its pre-damage state.

As fellow neighbors of this small historical community, the professionals at SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe want to help you overcome whatever water damage you may have. So, if you ever want to have your residence inspected or need remediation work done, do not hesitate to call us at (318) 345-5121.



How Can Property Owners Restore a West Monroe Property Affected By Fire Damage?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

burned ceiling covered in soot Restoring your home after fire damage requires a well trained team. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation and mitigation services.

Homeowners Can Hire an Experienced and Certified Firm Like SERVPRO to Perform Fire Restoration in their West Monroe Homes.

After a devastating fire, most property owners are left confused about where to begin. However, one has to take action fast since the secondary damages of fire begin immediately. After the unfortunate incident happens, contact SERVPRO technicians in West Monroe to help you get your property back to its preloss state safely and speedily.

What credentials should homeowners look for when hiring a restorer?

When hiring a restoration firm, ask it to provide you with credentials to determine if it can handle the fire damage in your West Monroe residence. A reliable restorer should have certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), which indicates that the restorer has the expertise to conduct fire restoration.

Our team of restorers is licensed and accredited. We have gone through thorough training in restoration, and we have decades of experience. We use approved and advanced techniques during restoration to achieve the best outcome.

Do you work with the property owner’s insurance company?

At SERVPRO, we aim to make the restoration process hassle-free for our customers. We offer a content claim inventory service (CCIS) that provides a precise and detailed list of the items in a home. Our technicians can take an inventory of the contents in your home and this includes taking photos and barcoding in some cases. With such a list, making insurance claims is easier.

What do you look for as you inspect for damage?

The success of the restoration process depends on the intensity of the damage and the techniques we use. During the inspection, we look out for several things, including:

  • Pre Existing damage
  • Heat damage
  • Water damage
  • Smoke residues

How do you handle ruined artwork?

Artwork ranges from extremely valuable fine art to inexpensive framed pictures. Valuable art requires a trained conservator. We can subcontract a reliable conservator to restore your fine art.

Do you have to remove glue down the carpet?

That depends on the intensity of the damage on the carpet. If the firefighters used lots of water to combat the flames, we can clean and dry your carpet using portable extractors with a vacuum, heater, and a pump. Since water mixes with smoke residues causing discoloration, our restorers can use natural fabric brightener mixed with shampoo super concentrate when cleaning the carpet.

Fire damage can affect your property and lifestyle significantly. SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 for help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why Should Only Restoration Technicians Handle Fire Debris?

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire SERVPRO has the experienced technicians with the equipment and expertise your home needs after a fire mishap. Give us a call right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Carefully Remove and Dispose of Debris from Your Monroe Home During the Fire Cleanup Process.

After a house fire, the debris, soot, lost contents, and mess from water extinguishing the flames become overwhelming. While your initial thought may be to start poking through the debris and tossing items, your best bet is to have skilled restoration technicians come in to handle this cleanup. SERVPRO has years of experience and understands that many things are salvageable with care and the right methods. Once you call us to your Monroe home, you can count on our crew to get started quickly so that your home will be back to preloss condition, just “Like it never even happened.”

Why Should I Call SERVPRO?

With any job involving fire cleanup in Monroe, you need to remove debris quickly and get to work on cleaning corrosive soot and smoke residue. We understand best practices for removal, how to sort items, and where to bring all of the debris to be disposed of according to local guidelines. We have a team of specialists made up of:

  • Fire and smoke restoration technicians
  • Odor control technicians
  • Water damage restoration technicians
  • Upholstery and fabric cleaning technicians

Prompt removal of debris during the cleanup allows us to eliminate a significant amount of odor-causing matter. When a homeowner tries to tackle fire cleanup with DIY methods alone, the cleaning usually only passes visual inspection. There are hidden molecules that settle in nooks and crannies that must get addressed carefully. Otherwise, malodors creep up over time and create a constant reminder of the fire that took place. We utilize powerful HEPA filtration tools, air scrubbers, thermal fogging equipment, and EPA-registered cleaning agents and deodorizers that help us to reach our cleanup goals.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster at SERVPRO of Monroe/West Monroe, which means we can be on-site and ready to work within hours of your call. If you need assistance with professional fire cleanup, call us at (318) 345-5121 for 24-hour emergency service.

What Should We Focus On When Planning Restoration in Water Damaged Business Premises?

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

corridor in hotel with dehumidifiers Swift water damage mitigation to grocery stores and hotels in the Monroe area needed? Call SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO Helps Bulk Grocery Stores in Monroe Complete Water Restoration with Minimal Interruption to Daily Operations

The disruption from a water-related incident might have a severe impact on your business, extending beyond the cost of fixing the areas damaged by the water. For example, you might be forced to close down all operations, whether it is in-shop purchases, curbside collections, or even deliveries, since the water intrusion can interrupt several aspects of your daily operations. SERVPRO understands that Monroe bulk grocery suppliers like you need to resume operations as fast as possible for the benefit of your customers.

Why do water spills lead to extensive business disruption?

Precisely understanding the problems caused by the spilled water is crucial for successful water restoration at your Monroe grocery store. If you are lucky, restoration might only require removing standing water on floors and other surfaces. However, most incidents involved other issues beyond water stagnation, including:

  • Deterioration in parts of the structure like floors, walls, and ceilings
  • Damage to electronic equipment
  • Compromised electrical circuits
  • Damage to utilities such as lighting and heating

Addressing the moisture issues from the spilled water and the other problems that arise from the incident is crucial for the restoration to be successful. Unlike handling the situation on your own whereby you might only realize there are other problems, halfway through the restoration process, involving a professional team ensures anticipation of some problems allowing the formulation of solutions beforehand.

How can a restorer anticipate water damage complications?

The water restoration process requires a skillful approach to ensure a positive outcome. Skills play a significant role in many aspects apart from the physical removal of the water in an inundated property. During training, our SERVPRO water restoration technicians are informed of the likely outcomes after water intrusion into business premises. Through handling such occurrences, our technicians also get first-hand experience of the issues that come up. We can therefore use the accumulated wealth of knowledge to tell you what challenges you are likely to face when your store is affected and find solutions that deal with the issue, "Like it never even happened."

Apart from the general experiences, we also tap into the information you already have about the incident. For instance, when you call us, our customer care representatives try to find out:

  • The source of the water spill
  • The duration the water flows into your commercial property
  • The general layout and materials in your store

We also send an advance team of technicians to your premises to conduct an initial physical inspection of the damage. During such an inspection, useful information such as the approximate amount of water released into the building, the types of materials left wet, and the level of wetness in such materials is identified. This information helps determine how long it might take to extract water, dry wet materials, or demolish some sections if the damage is beyond repair.

Is it possible for restoration to minimize disruptions to business operations?

With the scope of damage and the desires of the business operator established, finding solutions that deal with the operation interruptions is possible. Our SERVPRO technicians prioritize:

  • Moisture management
  • Access to functional areas
  • Addressing material deterioration

Removing any standing water within the premises in good time is the primary factor in moisture management since it stops penetration into materials or migration into cavities. We follow the best practices of the IICRC to ensure rapid and effective results. In a property such as your bulk grocery store with vast surfaces where spilled water accumulates, high-efficiency water extractors are necessary. Our technicians use a wide variety of fast action pumps, including portable and truck-mounted extractors. Since issues with power supply can delay water removal, we have both electric and gasoline-powered portable extractors.

Drying wet materials is also crucial to complete the moisture management process. Moisture can remain in porous and semi-porous building materials, contents, and even in the air. One effective way our SERVPRO technicians use to manage the moisture is by manipulating air movements. We use air movers to produce high-velocity air currents that enhance evaporation, thus drying materials faster.

Although the steps taken to counter the effects of water might be useful, they do not work instantly. One way to minimize the inconvenience your customers endure is by providing limited access to the facility. Our technicians identify usable areas then set up temporary barriers to isolate them from affected areas. We also set up safety warnings such as slippery floor signs to avert accidents when customers visit your premises.

When SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe helps manage water loss incidents, it is easier to focus on approaches that lead to better outcomes. Call us at (318) 345-5121 to help.

Who Needs a Mold Damage Company in Monroe with the Right Equipment?

9/26/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on ceiling If you need help with mold damage, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121.

Monroe Homeowners Need Effective Mold Damage Remediation

Keeping on top of home care in your Monroe home is an ongoing challenge. It seems like there is always a maintenance task to take care of. Thrifty homeowners want to carry out as many jobs themselves as possible, but sometimes you need extra help.
There are some tell-tale signs of mold damage in your Monroe home:

    •    Patches of mold growing in damp areas – patches might be black, deep green, gray, brown, or even pinkish
    •    Watermarks and stains on ceilings and walls
    •    A distinctive moldy smell that does not go away

It is a good idea to call SERVPRO as soon as you notice any signs of mold. The fungus can quickly spread, so it is better to deal with it quickly.

I was under the impression that cleaning mold just meant wiping it away?
It is a common misconception that wiping mold with a cleaning solution or some bleach is enough to fix the problem. However, that is not true. Cleaners and especially bleach can add moisture, which helps fungus to thrive. The mold might come back worse than before.

There is also the problem of microscopic mold spores escaping from the colony and becoming airborne. Once they come loose, spores can travel through your home and find new places to grow.

What equipment does SERVPRO use to remediate mold damage?
We train our technicians to use the best industry-standard equipment in the fight against mold. Our arsenal includes:

    •    Moisture meters, moisture probes, thermo-hygrometers, and thermal imaging for building up a clear picture of the extent of moisture in the affected area
    •    Air movers, fans, portable heaters, and dehumidifiers for drying out the room once mold remediation is complete
    •    HEPA filters to pull mold spores from the air and prevent them from re-entering your home
    •    Air scrubbers, carbon filters, odor eating pellets, and wet fogging machines to deodorize your home and leaving it smelling good
    •    Media blasting machines for basements, attics, and crawl spaces

Using the right equipment means better results and decreases the likelihood of mold regrowth.

If you need help with mold damage, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121.

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What Precautions Should Homeowners Take Before Returning Home After Flood Damage In Monroe?

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Has the Necessary Resources to Enter Your Monroe Property Safely, Addressing Any Challenges You Might Face   

The intensity of a storm in Monroe can make you feel helpless. Even after the storm clears, you still need to take precautions before venturing into the property since there are considerable risks involved. Involving a professional team like SERVPRO can help simplify the reoccupation of your house after flooding.  

What typical dangers should I expect after flood damage at my Monroe house?   

  • Risk of fire when operating appliances  
  • Health risks from contamination  
  • Structural hazards   

When the floodwater inundates your Monroe property, it affects most of the contents, including your appliances. Having such appliances checked by an electrician before turning them on is crucial since they might short-circuit, leading to fires. Although our SERVPRO technicians cannot fix your equipment, we can help take steps that protect them from extreme damage, including:  

  • Moving them to minimize exposure to water  
  • Keeping items in a heated area to prevent cooling to the dew point  
  • Covering them with plastic sheets or other protective materials   

How can I avoid health risks and other hazards?

Health risks arise because of the contaminants dissolved in the floodwaters. Damaged structural materials can also present risks of physical injuries. Wearing protective gear before entering the property is the ideal way to overcome hazards. Our SERVPRO technicians are equipped with a wide range of safety gear to address all possible risks, including:   

  • Non-contact voltage detectors, GFCI, and circuit analyzers for electrical issues  
  • Hard hats and rubber boots to protect against sharp or falling objects 
  • Rubber gloves and bodysuits for protection against contaminants   

Taking the right precautions guarantees safety when entering the flood-damaged property. Call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 to send a fully kitted team to your property. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Do I Know if the Floodwater in My Home is Contaminated?

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

flooded room with green recliners and a coffee table Regardless of how flooding made its way into your living space, team SERVPRO can help. Call right away for water removal efforts.

SERVPRO technicians can test and remove flooding in your Monroe home

When flood water enters your Monroe home, it brings a distinctive, musty odor. However, there is no way to ascertain if the water contains contaminants visually, and groundwater can contain a host of them, including sewage, chemicals, bacteria, and pathogenic elements. SERVPRO technicians have access to equipment and the training to scope the work-site through the use of:   

  • Inspection cameras and borescopes to look within cavities for contamination without the need to remove structural pieces  
  • Luminometers test surfaces for organic contamination  
  • The use of a local, certified industrial hygienist (IH)

How Can Flood Damage Get Cleaned Safely?  

SERVPRO technicians use a wide array of extraction equipment to clean up flood damage in Monroe properties. They test the water on arrival to determine the extent of the existing contaminants or harmful elements in the water and apply the appropriate water treatments to make it safer to handle during the mitigation process. 

The amount of water on-site can determine, in part, the type of removal equipment that the techs choose to use. Frequently, the flood water recedes before the cleanup starts; however, elevated moisture levels remain under flooring, behind walls, and migrate downward once in the home. The techs use their moisture detection equipment such as:   

  • Penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters
  • Infrared cameras to locate water within the property without opening walls 
  • Thermo-Hygrometers to measure water vapor in the air

When chemicals, pathogens, or sewage are present in the water in the home, the techs adhere to the highest safety standards and wear head to toe protective gear. This type of water damage needs disposal as a biohazard, and the techs observe local regulations to make sure they work within municipal guidelines.

What is a Controlled Demolition?  

Flood Water in your Monroe home can be one of the most destructive events that can happen, and unfortunately, if the water shows through testing to contain contaminants, anything that absorbs the water requires disposal. Typical things that need removal in this way are sheetrock that wicks moisture into walls or ceilings on lower floors where the flood water enters the home. The techs try to remove the least amount necessary by measuring just over the waterline by several inches and cutting above it.

Although carpet usually has restoration potential after exposure to water damage that begins cleanup within 24-hours. The absorption of floodwater generally renders the carpet without the possibility of reuse in the home. There is no way to bring it to a sanitized level after exposure to contaminants such as harmful bacteria or sewage so that it can remain in the home. The techs extract the water and cut the carpet into strips for disposal.

SERVPRO technicians may be able to restore hardwood flooring on a case by case basis. Determinants for restoration include the materials used in making the floorboards, the length of time the boards got exposed to water and if warping, cupping or crowning has occurred.  After extraction, the techs use a combination of air mats and air movers to force the boards.

Under all types of flooring, there can be a subfloor or concrete slab substrate. When seepage from flood water occurs, the carpet, tile, or wood floorboards require removal to dry the area underneath.

Prevention of Mold  

The techs undergo extensive training in mold remediation and know the early warning signs of a mold infestation. During the cleanup and restoration services from floodwater, they keep a careful watch on the structure for signs that spores have germinated and spread. The techs have access to professional-grade antimicrobial cleaning solutions to wipe down surfaces and discourage mold growth.  

In situations where colonies established themselves due to the presence of high moisture conditions from the floodwater, the techs can dry the mold and remove it using manual methods such as scrapers and hand vacuums fitted with HEPA filtration. For large-scale removal, particularly on wood beams and studs, the use of soda or ice blasting is beneficial. Afterward, the use of a sealant ensures no return of the problem.  

Final Steps For Restoration  

Before the needed repairs can happen, the property needs to get verified as dry through the use of the scoping equipment as well as odor-free. SERVPRO techs have a diverse selection of odor control methods depending on the level of scent control needed. It is not uncommon for a multi-layered approach to get used to ensure that both airborne and embedded odors get eradicated. 

When flood damage is the problem, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121. The certified, trained technicians arrive promptly and are available 24/7 to handle any amount of floodwater in your home.

After My Monroe House fire, Can I Salvage my HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) System?

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Air vent with soot on it. Let SERVPRO cover all the bases when it comes to your Monroe fire damage.

SERVPRO Restoration Technicians Clean and Restore Ducting and HVAC Systems

Charred furniture, strong odors, and thick smoke residue dusted throughout your Monroe home are alarming after-shocks from the fire. It is crucial to begin repairs right away; however, it is also essential to assess hidden damage and detect soot and smoke odor hiding in out-of-the-way-places such as your HVAC system.

If There Is No Visible Damage, Do Technicians Still Need to Clean the Ducting?

Yes, Technicians Clear Debris from Ducting and Seal in Odors to Mitigate Further Damage 

Part of the fire-damage found in your Monroe home may be hiding in your ducting. Imagine finishing a restoration project, only to smell smoke or see soot in the air, bringing you back to square one. As a standard component of repairs after a fire, it is essential to inspect and clean the HVAC system immediately to determine the air quality within your home.

How Do SERVPRO Technicians Address Smoke Residue Inside Ducts?

  • First, technicians make sure the system is off and not circulating contaminants throughout your home.
  • Technicians clean the HVAC system by blowing and vacuuming debris and smoke residue.
  • After adequate cleaning, technicians may seal the ducting to create a protective coating on the surface, effectively stifling any remaining odor.

What Equipment and Products Are Beneficial in Sealing and Cleaning the HVAC System?

  • Duct cleaning systems like the Nikro PDC 4000 include a rotary brush for cleaning and a discharge hose to remove waste easily.
  • After cleaning, technicians may use a ULV (ultra-low-volume) fogger to mist Duct Sealer inside the ducts to create a flexible film that seals the surface to contain odors.

For prompt 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

Who Cleans Up Commercial Water Damage in Monroe?

8/16/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking from the floor above into a bucket Water damage can seep into hard to get places and without professional help mold might start growing. Call SERVPRO for professional help.

The trained, certified team members of SERVPRO bring years of experience and advanced equipment to handle any size commercial water damage situation in Monroe

When the aftermath of a plumbing issue, toilet backup, or other issue happens in your commercial property, you need to get going on the cleanup as soon as possible. The equipment that your regular janitorial crew uses to maintain your building may be inadequate for the type of cleanup and drying that the mitigation of water damage requires. Mainly when the issue is groundwater or a sewage backup into the property, repairs to the walls, floor, and replacement to some articles that absorbed the water can occur. It is crucial to use the services of a restoration services company that understands cleanup, sometimes also means prepping for repairs.

What are Flood Cuts and Why Do Commercial Water Restoration Companies Rely on Them?

It may seem counterproductive to remove wet sheetrock rather than dry it, but this is a standard method used by commercial water restoration companies to lessen the damage from excessive moisture at your Monroe property. The process for a flood cut is:  

  • The technicians locate the waterline within the sheetrock
  • Measuring several inches over the waterline, the wet building materials get cut off
  • This action opens up the interior wall cavity for drying
  • To repair, a replacement piece of sheetrock gets fitted into the space and sealed in place with joint compound

The clean cuts make any repairs needed after the fact simple. This attention to removing the least amount of building materials possible during the cleanup helps property owners keep the overall costs down for the restoration from water damage.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 serves the area with cleanup and remediation of damage from water, fire, mold, or biohazard issues in local properties. They remain the premier choice among commercial water restoration companies for any size job.

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Water Damage Remediation Services Near Me

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

living room with water puddling on f,oor When water invades your home, call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Can Provide Water Damage Mitigation to Your West Monroe Apartment! 

The last thing anyone wants to deal with in their West Monroe apartment is water damage. Many people who live in cities chose to buy condos instead of a house. Considering more and more people are trying to do away with cars and use public transportation, it makes sense for those people to also look for homes within the heart of a city.  

Finding water damage in your West Monroe apartment can be startling and overwhelming, but it's essential to remain calm. Imagine a situation upon which you wake one morning due to the feeling of water droplets on your face. As you investigate, you realize the apartment over yours has had a significant water loss, and now the damage is trickling into your home.  

What Are the First Things I Should Do During a Situation Like This?  

Should you ever find yourself in the middle of water damage, try to remain calm. Living in an apartment building, the first thing you should do is: 

  • Contact the Superintendent of your building; they can turn the water off 
  • Get in touch with a professional restoration company like SERVPRO
  • While waiting, you could lay down some towels to absorb the water dripping from your ceiling 

Here at SERVPRO, we arrive swiftly no matter the time or day. As soon as we take your call, we can begin to assemble a team of water damage restoration technicians (WRT) to send to your home.  

How Can SERVPRO Remove the Water from My Ceiling?  

Our SERVPRO technicians have a lot of experience remediating water damage. To remove the excess moisture from your property, we can:  

  • Remove ceiling tiles and dispose of any too damaged for reuse 
  • Use wet/dry vacuums and extractors to expel small puddles of water
  • Use air movers, air blasting tubes, and dehumidifiers to help ensure excess moisture is dried  

We use advanced technology to remediate water damage. Trust our technicians to locate the excess moisture on your property and restore it to its preloss state.  

If you think you need water damage technicians in your home, call today! Speak with SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe by dialing (318) 345-5121. We're always here to help you. 

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Can My Hardwood Floors Be Saved After Kitchen Flooding?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

section of water damaged hardwood floor When water damages your flooring, call SERVPRO for fast remediation.

SERVPRO Can Return Hardwood Floors in Your Bawcomville Home to Their Natural Beauty with Immediate Mitigation  

Kitchen flooding in Bawcomville is a common occurrence, whether from a dishwasher overflowing or a pipe bursting. If you have hardwood floors, it can ruin your floors if not dealt with immediately.  

Will I need to replace my hardwood flooring? 

Hardwood floors bring beauty and warmth to a home. They are also very durable and easy to care for, but they do not like moisture. Flooding in your kitchen causes your wood floors to absorb moisture like a sponge. Getting help within the first twenty-four hours is vital for repairing water damage to floors in your Bawcomville residence. If left untreated, you end up dealing with: 

  • Cupping – moisture causes wood to depress in the center
  • Crowning – moisture pushes wood upward in the center
  • Buckling – A result of the above. Lifts the floorboards from the subflooring
  • Mold 

Restoration Instead of Replacement 

Genuine hardwood floors, meaning a single layer of wood, can be repaired and restored if handled professionally and quickly. Wood is susceptible to water damage and also pulls moisture from the air. Even when the wooden floorboards look dry, moisture hides underneath or gets trapped in the wood. Our team will mitigate the water damage by: 

  • Moisture meters – determining where and how much moisture 
  • Centrifugal air movers – pulls air from above and below the flooring
  • Dehumidifiers – desiccant silica gel may be used 
  • Sanding and refinishing 

Your lovely hardwood flooring isn’t subject to costly replacement with water mitigation action by our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) trained technicians. Having professionals clean and restore your home from water damage saves you time and money, and makes your insurance company happy. 

For service that will leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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What are the Most Common Reasons a Home Needs Fire Damage Cleanup?

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

"Fire" We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO brings professional equipment to Bawcomville homes for the best outcome from any type of fire loss 

The most common cause of house fires happens in the kitchen. With the most typical scenario being someone cooking with oil gets distracted, and the pan overheats and catches on fire. This problem can get elevated if water gets thrown on the hot grease. The hot oil causes water to turn immediately into steam, and as it expands, it quickly feeds and spreads the flames. Other frequently seen causes of home fires in Bawcomville include:

  • Furnace malfunctions
  • Smoking in bedrooms
  • Faulty electrical systems
  • Unattended candles 
  • Children playing with matches or lighters

What is the Best Cleaner to Use for Fire Damage Cleanup?

Unfortunately, when it comes to fire damage cleanup in Bawcomville properties, there is not a one-cleaner-fits-all solution. The residues left behind by a fire can get placed in two main categories: dry or wet. While dry is one of the easier types of smoke damage types to get off surfaces, it cannot get mixed with liquid cleaning agents initially, or it can get driven deeper into surfaces and, in some cases, render formerly cleanable items unrestorable. Wet smoke smears easily and can be difficult to remove without the use of cleaning solutions with solvents in them. Because different materials react in diverse ways to various solutions, SERVPRO technicians test every surfaces before cleaning to ensure the right method gets chosen for both the type of corrective action needed and the surface getting wiped.

How Restorable are the Walls and Ceilings Post-Fire? 

Seeing the walls and ceilings in your home after a fire can be disheartening. The blackened smoke damage can appear to coat surfaces and may look difficult to remove. SERVPRO technicians have two choices when it comes to these surfaces. First, whenever possible, they use their professional cleaning agents to lift away the smoke residues and leave the surface clean. However, in some situations, the soot gets driven into the surface due to the hot air expanding during the fire. When that scenario occurs, the use of a sealant to seal off the odorous soot preps the walls and ceilings for priming and painting.  

Soot-Covered Furnishings May Have Restoration Potential

Many factors determine whether or not hardwood furnishings can get cleaned for reuse. First and foremost, if they are actually wood. Pressed wood and other composites generally react badly to the extreme temperatures of a fire and even worse when they come into contact with the water used to extinguish it. Other considerations are:

  • If there is charring or unrepairable damage to the furniture
  • The length of time exposed to water
  • How quickly the restoration efforts began

SERVPRO has specially formulated cleaners for all types of wood and can remove even greasy wet smoke residues from hardwood furnishings. In some cases, the item may require refinishing afterward, but the surface will be clean and prepped for it. 

Can Carpet Get Restored After a Fire Loss?

Much like furnishings, the carpet may have cleaning potential. SERVPRO technicians inspect it to see evidence of fiber melting, water damage, and other problems. If the carpet has the potential for restoration and reuse, the techs can use their deep cleaning methods, such as their steam cleaning units that pull away dirt and soot and without leaving cleaning residues behind.  

Window Treatments and Other Fabric Items 

When clothing or window treatments get affected by smoke damage, and they do not require dry cleaning, the techs have access to robust Esporta washing systems that can return the items to the food-grade level of cleanliness after just one wash. Things that have the potential to shrink or bleed when they come into contact with water will need alternative methods of cleaning.

Odor Control Methods are a Must After Fire Loss

Before any type of repairs or rebuilding can happen within the loss areas, odor control applications need to happen. The technicians may use multiple methods to ensure that any remaining fire odors within the home get eradicated. They have light modes such as time-release gel pellets for on-going odor control or stouter practices such as thermal fogging or hydroxyl generators that actually change the soot particles at the molecular level and eliminate their ability to produce odors. Thermal fogging is particularly useful when applied to objects with deeply embedded odors as the heated fog penetrates porous objects in the same manner as the hot air did during the fire. This enables the solvent to reach and neutralize odors within things. 

When you need fast and efficient fire damage cleanup for your home and contents, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121. The certified technicians arrive quickly and make the loss to your home, "Like it never even happened."

A Burst Fire Sprinkler Head Has Led to Water Damage in My Monroe Hotel, Who Can Help?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO to Perform Water Cleanup in Your Monroe Hotel

A burst fire sprinkler head can lead to extensive damage to your Monroe hotel. The rooms that are either occupied or reserved could be affected, and this can lead to disruption of business. Apart from the guest rooms, water from an overhead sprinkler can also affect other areas such as the fitness center, office, and hallways.

What are the immediate repercussions of water damage in a hotel?

Water can ruin the building materials and contents in a hotel. That’s why you need quick water cleanup in your Monroe hotel. Since water flows downwards, the ceilings, walls, and floors can sustain damage. Water can ruin different types of floors, including vinyl, tile, wood, and carpeting. Water can also interfere with the working of electrical wiring, and this can lead to fire hazards. You can face the prospect of losing revenue if you have to relocate guests to area hotels.

How can SERVPRO help?

Shortly after receiving your call, we can arrive at your hotel and start extracting water from all the affected areas. We often use electric submersible pumps to remove the water. These pumps eliminate suction lift limitations, and they offer quiet operation. Once we complete the water removal process, we can start the drying process using air moving and dehumidifying equipment. Our objective would be to make as many rooms as possible ready for occupancy.

At times, water damage makes it necessary to perform some demolition work. Our technicians can perform controlled demolition and preserve as many structures as possible. For instance, we can carefully remove drywall at base height and peel wallpaper from drywall to remove damp insulation and dry all affected materials.

How do you ensure the safety of guests and other occupants?

The safety and comfort of the guest and other occupants in a hotel are our priority throughout the restoration process. We can secure all work areas to prevent slip, trip, and fall hazards from wet surfaces, and power cables. Our team also wears personal protective equipment (PPE) to stay safe. Apart from PPE, we also use other pieces of safety equipment such as:

    •    Non-contact voltage detectors
    •    Portable ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI)
    •    Circuit analyzers

Our SERVPRO team can clean the work site daily to ensure that your guests are as comfortable as possible while the work is in progress. To determine if the affected areas are dry, we can use infrared cameras, penetrating, and non-penetrating moisture meters to check for moisture. We have the expertise required to restore your hotel to its preloss state.

When you need professionals to clean up your hotel after water damage, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121. We can make the water loss seem, “Like it never even happened.”

What is the Best Way to Dry Out a Wet Garage?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

sandbags stacked to prevent flooding at garage doors When water breaks through the sandbags at your Monroe home's garage--Call SERVPRO for extraction and restoration

SERVPRO has the professional equipment to extract the water and dry out quickly a Monroe garage

It can be overwhelming to see standing water in your garage, and the problem can get amplified in the case of an attached garage where the water can easily penetrate the rest of your Monroe home. The cleanup of the water needs to begin quickly, or the loss can increase.

What Tools Do I Need for Water Cleanup in My Garage?

A pipe break in a Monroe garage can need water cleanup on a significant scale rapidly. Unless you have environmental monitoring in the area, it is likely a pipe break that occurs after the household goes to sleep can gush all night. The concrete substrate that makes up most garage floors allows water to pool, and the majority of garages have no set drainage beyond through the garage door. The problems can mount quickly, including:

  • Items stored on the ground or bottom shelves get water exposure
  • Anything in a cardboard box gets saturated
  • Water can wick rapidly into sheetrock
  • Appliances like washers and dryers may become damaged

SERVPRO Brings the Right Equipment Every Time

Extracting and drying a garage often means moving out items to another area for drying. Many homeowners use this time to consider new ways to get organized in their garage and use shelving with the lowest levels a couple of inches off the ground to avoid this scenario in the future. The exaction equipment makes quick work of removing the water, and the air movers assist in pulling any remaining embedded moisture out of the concrete floor.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 can handle any size water cleanup needed in local properties. The technicians are available 24/7 and arrive quickly to return properties to their preloss condition.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Monroe, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe today at (318) 345-5121 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Is There a Service That Can Perform Pandemic Cleaning for a Monroe Essential Business?

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Professionals Apply Approved Disinfection Materials To Maintain Public Health

Essential businesses in Monroe can contain a wealth of touchpoints that can put workers and customers at risk. Door handles, elevator buttons, railings, counter-tops, and even the concrete beneath your feet can spread a virus without proper cleaning and or without the means to properly apply a disinfectant.

Did you know that SERVPRO's pandemic cleanup for businesses extends to every step of the cleaning process?

  • Customers in Monroe are provided with new nitrile gloves to sign agreements on mobile devices.
  • All tools are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before arriving on your property.
  • Technicians wear extensive amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE), including N-100 respirators and disposable suits as required for the specific job being performed.
  • For extra precaution when needed, we know how to contain areas to prevent viral spread properly using advanced equipment and technology.
  • SERVPRO observes U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for viral mitigation.

For Your Peace of Mind

Before SERVPRO begins the mitigation process, technicians go over cleanup needs. We make sure to address any concerns you may have regarding cleaning measures at your property. We can assure you that the specialty cleanup services performed by our trained and experienced professionals will provide an added safeguard for people who use your service and give both you and the public additional peace of mind.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe stands behind our promise to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (318) 345-5121 for services that start today.

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Why Are There So Many Different Cleaning Methods After a Fire in Monroe?

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Techs Have Extensive Training in Restoration of Monroe Properties After a Fire

A single fire can burn with low or high intensity and leave behind varying levels of charring and different types of smoke residues. The contents of the home damaged by the fire loss also contribute to the various types of clean up needed that get left behind. It is never one-size-fits-all, and a single method or cleaning agent will not work for every issue.

How Do I Remove Fire Damage From Walls and Furnishings?
There are numerous ways the DIY fire damage cleanup in Monroe properties can go wrong. A professional fire loss cleanup involves multiple applications of cleaning solutions and methods. Plus, soot has the potential to be an irritant, and protective clothing should get worn when removing fire loss items or cleaning smoke damage. SERVPRO technicians bring everything needed in their green service vans to restore a home, and even one gutted from fire loss.

Methods for Stopping Soot Spread
Airborne soot particles may be large enough to be visible or so tiny the human eye cannot see. Upon arrival, one of the first actions SERVPRO techs perform is the creation of containment of the loss area. The barrier to other areas of the home may take the form of a negative air chamber collecting particulate matter and porting it away or the placement of heavy gauge plastic over interior doorways and vents. Air scrubbers, with a labyrinth of HEPA filtration, also typically run during mitigation to improve the air quality.

How Do I Remove Soot From Walls After a Small Fire?
It is vital to test residues on every surface before cleaning. Commonly seen residues include:
    •    Dry smoke - powdery and pick up easily with dry cleaning sponges.
    •    Wet smoke - Smears easily, often looks wet and, in most cases, needs a carefully chosen cleaner with a solvent base to release the grip on a surface.
    •    Protein residues - these are vaporized fats from cooking fires, and although nearly invisible, they are pungent and need handling akin to wet smoke cleaning to remove it thoroughly.

Furniture Blackened with Soot May Not Be a Loss
The finish of your hardwood furnishings affects how they react to heat exposure. Finishes may range from varnish, shellacs, paint, or waxes. This is the top layer of protection and, in some cases, can be the saving factor for a treasured piece of furniture. Signs that the furniture may not have restoration potential include heavy charring resulting in blistering of the wood due to the item's proximity to the fire. A damaged finish that allowed smoke to penetrate, resulting in permanent staining, can also leave the furniture a loss.

Unfinished furnishings are porous, and as the hot air expands during a fire it pushes smoke residue and odors, The loss can get further compounded if water gets used to extinguish the fire as moisture can wind up inside the furniture. When chalky or gray areas appear on wood furniture, that is typically the staining left behind by water. The use of water-based cleaning products on this type of furniture has the potential to cause further damage and stains. That is why a single piece may need multiple cleaning agents. Unfinished wood gets typically found on finished furniture:
    •    Backings
    •    Interiors and bottoms of drawers
    •    Tops of bookshelves

Cleaning Hardwood Furniture
SERVPRO technicians test the residues to determine the best cleaning agent for the job. The goal of the techs is to clean and restore the furniture and save the homeowner the cost and pain of finding a replacement. The careful use of alkaline agents, followed by oil-based cleaners, assists in restoring the natural oils to the wood. After the smoke discolorations get removed, the furniture may need refinishing for a full restoration.

Odor Removal Actions After a Fire
There are so many areas that need help after a fire loss in a residential property. If any structural elements in the home required removal, the eradication of fire odors needs to happen before any rebuilding can occur. When the techs remove the smoke residues, there may still be odorous soot present within the paint. This gets handled with the application of a sealant to prep the wall for priming and painting. The techs also have access to a diverse array of odor control methods to neutralize any remaining odors.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 has the experience and advanced equipment to restore your home from any size fire damage. The certified technicians are available 24/7 to assist local property owners, call now.

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What Equipment is Used to Remove Water From My House After a Flood?

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is stocked with equipment to repair and restore your home quickly. Call us today!

Rely on SERVPRO to Get the Water Out After Suffering Flood Damage

Floods can produce several levels of water damage, and different types of equipment are required to remove it. You should consult with a knowledgeable expert who has access to the right tools for the job.

What is the Most Important Step in the Water Removal Process After a Flood?

Extraction is critical in eliminating moisture from your Monroe home. Removing excess water with extraction equipment speeds up the drying process, and choosing the right extraction equipment is just as important.  

What extraction equipment is typically used?

o Extraction units

o Light wands

o Deep extraction tools

o Self-priming trash pumps

o High-pressure pumps

o Electric submersible pumps

What is the advantage of starting with an extraction unit?

These units can either be portable or mounted on trucks. Their strength is versatility; portables can be used effectively in different areas, while truck-mounted units offer more powerful suction.

What do light wands do?

Also known as “carpet wands,” these units are often used by SERVPRO professionals for initial water removal. They can also extract water from glued-down rugs or carpets where stationary water has already been removed.

How do deep extraction tools work?

These extractors rely on weight to compress the carpet and the pad to squeeze out water and remove it through a vacuum system. Self-propelled tools are powered by an independent motor, while stationary extractors use the weight provided by the operator to initiate the removal process.

What is the role of pumps in water removal?

Pumps are used to remove a larger volume of water in different conditions. Multiple factors determine the pump choice, including the type and amount of fluid present and whether the suction lift is required. The most common choice is electric submersible pumps because they eliminate the need for a lift and can be operated quietly and continuously.

Call on SERVPRO of Monroe/West Monroe to use the right equipment for water removal after a flood. Contact us at (318)231-4003 for an assessment.

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Water Cleanup Services In Monroe

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

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In Monroe, Water Cleanup Services are Needed for Many Reasons

There are many reasons Monroe residents and business owners may require water cleanup services.  These could result from artificial internal sources or acts of nature. Whatever the cause, help is available.

Standing water can have many sources in this small southern city. It is for this reason, water cleanup in Monroe is often necessary. Over time, normal component deterioration eventually compromises your home or business’ plumbing and water tanks. It is also possible that vandals or mischievous children might turn on taps or sabotage your pipe networks in some way. Another, but not uncommon, way a water emergency may occur is by natural disaster. As a low-lying city surrounded by water and prone to the effects of hurricanes, Monroe often experiences severe flooding. Related heavy rains and storm runoff quickly inundate basements and ground floors.

As for internal plumbing issues, these can have many unexpected causes. One area apartment landlord recently found out that misbehaving teenagers can do a lot of damage. These hoodlums turned on faucets and broke some piping in his complex’s basement laundry room. By the time he discovered the vandalism, the basement had filled with several inches of water.

The owner contacted SERVPRO, a water removal business he had used in the past, to perform the cleanup. After shutting off the water, company technicians used an industrial-strength truck-mounted extractor and a submersible pump to quickly remove the water from his building. SERVPRO then used dehumidifiers and air blowers to reduce the room’s moisture to normal levels.

If ever faced with such a water emergency, remember these important tips:

    •    Turn off the water source, if possible
    •    Do not enter inundated rooms
    •    Shut off power to affected areas
    •    Don't try to remove standing water with your household vacuum cleaner
    •    Remove moisture-sensitive items like computer equipment, if you can do it without stepping in standing water

After you have taken the necessary precautions, call a water removal service you trust. If you need assistance, you can always call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121.

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Can My Furniture and Personal Belongings Be Cleaned After a House Fire in Monroe?

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home There are many things to consider when dealing with the aftermath of a fire. Contact SERVPRO for excellent help during this hard time.

SERVPRO Fire Restoration Crews Hold Multiple Certifications in Key Cleaning Disciplines to Meet the Needs of Our Monroe Neighbors

The emotional toll of a Monroe fire is often at its most poignant when heirlooms and beloved, one of a kind items seem past hope of cleaning. Not only are homeowners and their families saddened by the damage done to treasured articles, but also the disruption and expense of replacing smoke and soot compromised property are considerable burdens on your finances and time. 

How Do I Find a Company that Can Restore Both My Home and Its Contents?

Fire damage in Monroe homes knows few boundaries, with building materials and a vast array of contents at risk for ruin. Our mission is to make it “Like it never even happened,” across all aspects of loss for our customers. Fulfilling the mission means committing to cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing the physical space you and your family rely upon for shelter and comfort. It also includes showing concern for and working hard to restore the broad range of furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions that also suffered harm from the heat, smoke, and soot during and after the fire. We handle the restoration of both types of property loss. They are interrelated, and we strive to reduce the stress and frustration you feel under these unusual and challenging circumstances.

Should I Allow a Pack-Out of My Personal Property?

One of the ways SERVPRO delivers on the promise to assess and restore the contents of your home might include the recommendation of a move-out of furniture, window coverings, rugs, linens, clothing, books, pictures, documents, electronics, toys, and other damaged personal property. At a time of great upheaval and experience of feelings of significant loss, it can be unsettling to agree to have the bulk of your possessions packed up and taken away. We have compelling reasons, or we would not be suggesting this option. At all times in the process, we are open to discussing your questions and concerns. Our employees also help with the physical labor and transport, taking those concerns off your plate. 

What Are the Benefits of Restoration Efforts Off-Site?

Our production facility has available many cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing resources. Specially trained technicians who focus on bringing tarnished, soiled, and malodorous articles back to their original appearance and function await your property to demonstrate their skills. We can assess each item away from the hustle and bustle of the water removal, residue cleaning, and deodorization occurring inside your house. Clearing out the contents usually allows the mitigation and remediation procedures in your home to progress in a more streamlined manner. Some of the direct advantages we offer for contents restoration include:

  • Industrial grade laundry facilities for textiles and soft items
  • Access to dry cleaning experts familiar with fire damage challenges in Monroe
  • Immersion cleaning facilities 
  • Ultrasonic cleaning equipment, operated by certified technicians
  • Space to create smaller cleaning, drying, and deodorizing chambers for furniture and other items 
  • Resources like freeze-drying technology to dry out books, pictures, and documents soaked by firefighting fluids
  • Connections to experts who can evaluate and recommend restoration strategies for soiled and wet computers, televisions, mobile devices, and other electronics

Will My Property Be Safe and Secure?

We use a detailed paper and computerized system that keeps track of every article packed out. The Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) uses a combination of conventional lists, barcoding, and digital photography to provide a record of your packed-out property. As each item moves through assessment towards restoration, we provide documentation of its condition and the results of our interventions. Once we complete the processing of an item, we store it in anticipation of being returned to your home after the structure is ready. Our warehouse is climate controlled, and your items are kept apart from other customers. If you need specific items before your house is ready, we can locate and return them to you. 

Will My Insurance Pay for Contents Cleaning?

Although we cannot make specific promises, we have significant experience in working with insurance carriers during many different restoration projects. Your insurance company might have recommended that you consider reaching out to SERVPRO as your fire damage restoration partner in Monroe. Using the CCIS permits us to keep both our customers and their insurance companies in the loop as we assess the damage of contents and make plans for remediation. The amounts your insurance accepts and pays depends on contractual language and applicable law. Our documentation can provide support for your claim submissions. 

The team of managers and technicians at SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe prepare to support you after a fire loss with both your structural and contents concerns. Call us at (318) 345-5121 to consult with our experts who pledge to help you with skill and compassion.

Avoid Delays When Dealing With Flooding and Storm Damage in Monroe

4/5/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home If flooding has devastated your area, no doubt that your home has been affected as well. Contact SERVPRO for effective water removal and restoration.

Eliminating The Effects of Flood Damage in Monroe

Although Monroe is far enough north to almost be in Razorback country, flooding is still a problem thanks to the closeness of the Black and D’Arbonne Bayous and Wildlife Refuges. Heavy rains can send hundreds of gallons of water into a home in a matter of hours, and even minutes in some cases.

The water in this type of Monroe flood damage is either category 2 (gray water) or category 3 (black water). Both require extensive efforts by SERVPRO restoration teams to properly clean the home and property and return it to the owner in a safe condition.

Neither type of water is actually gray or black. The colors refer to the level and type of contaminants. Both contain dirt and waste products, which can cause sickness if swallowed and force disposal of contaminated property after they absorb it. Blackwater though, also contains animal and human waste, along with everything else the water picked up before carrying it into the home. The only way to eliminate these threats is with two methods: removal and disposal of affected personal property, and sterilizing the surfaces of everything else.

Getting the water out of the home quickly is the first step. Even water with no contaminants (clean water), if left in place for 24 hours, absorbs enough dirt, debris, and chemicals like carpet cleaners to become gray water. Another 24 to 48 hours later, and the flood can be classified as black water. That is why SERVPRO response teams arrive on-site with a full complement of pumps and extractors to get started immediately.

After spraying every now exposed surface with an antibacterial agent, our technicians carefully remove contaminated items like carpets, carpet pads, curtains, paper, and even clothing. If a furniture item has exposed wood, they may have to dispose of it as well. For property with treated wood, glass, metal, and marble surfaces, wipe down and clean them off using more antibacterial cleaners.

In some cases, team members can treat items like upholstered furniture and return it to the homeowner. They use sprayers and injectors to force cleaning agents into the fabric to counteract and remove the contaminants.

For SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe, removing flood damage effects means we are supporting our neighbors and family here and in other local communities like Bawcomville, Richwood, and Sterling. To learn more about how our teams can take care of you and your home, contact us today at (318) 345-5121. 

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How to Succeed With Commercial Water Removal in Monroe

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

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

Commercial Water Removal in Monroe 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Remove Fire and Soot Damage in Monroe

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Helps with Heavy Fire and Soot Cleanup in Monroe    

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

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

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

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

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

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Get Professional SERVPRO Monroe Area Water Loss Services

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

trailer and large desiccant dehumidifiers Monroe Properties Benefit from the Advanced SERVPRO Drying Equipment and Power -- from a Bungalow to a High-Rise Building

Your Guide to Water Damage Services in Monroe

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

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

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

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

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

We Get You Back In Business In Monroe After A Fire

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Flood Damage in Your Monroe Home

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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

Cleaning after Flood Damage in Your Monroe Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Water Cleanup In West Monroe

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

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

Versatile Approaches to Fire Damage and Odor Control for Monroe Residents

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

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

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO Uses Mechanical Agitation in Fire Cleanup for West Monroe Residents

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

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

West Monroe Fire Cleanup Essentials

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

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

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

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

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

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Commercial Water Cleanup In Calhoun

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ultimate Solution for Water Damage After a Scenario in West Monroe

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

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

How Air Movers Can Help Dry West Monroe Homes 

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Our equipment sitting inside a garage drying water damage after a heater started leaking A leaking water heater in the attic caused damage to this property. We had the equipment to start restoration right away.

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 teams 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. Restoral 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.

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Could You Be Making a Mistake When You Don’t Hire an Experienced Flood Damage Remediation Company in Bawcomville?

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

flooded residential kitchen Water removal is key when dealing with a flood damage situation. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Air Movers Play A Role in Recovery of Bawcomville Properties

Flooding and other water loss incidents require our rapid drying solutions, especially when construction materials and contents of your Bawcomville home can get preserved. While we have multiple options along these lines, the most common element used for drying and recovering saturated elements is an air mover. Based on the severity and spread of the effects in your home, multiple air moving units might be necessary.

As challenging as Bawcomville flood damage can seem, our professionals have effective strategies to begin vital mitigation work quickly. We have ready trailers stocked with the equipment we need for all water loss incidents, and much of these same tools help us to address flooding of all types in homes and apartments through the area. With hundreds of air movers in our facility, we can always meet the demand of our current project and offer effective drying solutions that can get started with our initial visit to your damaged property.

Our SERVPRO crew chief and other management oversee the inspection and assessment of your flooded property and determine the necessary equipment. Extraction tools are often the first consideration, but when it comes to the areas that require drying, a determination must get made as to how many air movers can dry out the saturated elements. Because of their ability to displace moisture in materials like drywall, many units are often necessary for every restoration project.

With an idea of how many machines are necessary inputted into the SERVPRO DryBook software which maintains a timeline of progress, the management and field technicians on site must determine the best placement of these tools. For damaged areas like the drywall, air movers get placed within inches of the wall, allowing a concentrated blast of heated air to the damaged portions of the sheetrock.

Air movers are one of the many tools that our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe water restoration and flood recovery specialists use to bring your home back to preloss condition. As overwhelming as these circumstances might seem, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (318) 345-5121.

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Our Water Damage Experts Can Save Your Home In Bawcomville

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage ceiling When water damage threatens your home or possessions, contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121.

Top Reasons Bawcomville Homeowners Should Outsource Water Damage Cleanup

Even a little water damage to a residence can leave an assortment of issues to clean up. For example, a pipe with a 1/8-inch crack has the potential to pour 250 gallons of water into a home in a single day.

When water damage hits your Bawcomville home, it may be tempting to clean it up yourself. In some cases, it will work out okay, and in others, if you miss any water or you have damaged building materials, you can leave yourself open for mold, foul odors and a host of other problems that could be costly.

Reasons you should outsource the water cleanup include:

    •    Water is heavy, and if you clean it up yourself, there is a risk of injury. A single gallon of clean water weighs in at 8.34-pounds. The average consumer-size wet/dry vac holds approximately three to five gallons of dirty water. Imagine repeatedly needing to empty 25 to 42 pounds of water over and over.

    •    Potential for contaminants. Depending on the type of water loss and how long before cleanup started makes a difference in the category of water ranging from category one to a category three biohazard.

    •    Water migrates. It is easy to overlook the hidden areas of water. SERVPRO uses moisture detection equipment that allows us to see within walls and under flooring to ensure our technicians miss nothing during the water extraction.

You need professional equipment to dry a property effectively. SERVPRO does not use fans, we use air movers to dry the property, and we also set drying goals to ensure the humidity levels are too low for airborne mold spores to germinate and set up home.

Our technicians work hard to limit loss. We inspect each water-affected item and determine the restorability potential through our proprietary cleaning methods. Also, we maintain communications with both property owners and their adjusters to be sure that any actions are within the scope of coverage and agreed to before performing the activities.

When water damage threatens your home or possessions, contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121. Our trained, certified technicians arrive on-site within an hour and make your water loss “Like it never even happened.”

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How to Make The Best Out of Fire Damage Remediation in Your Richwood Residence 

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

The key to successful fire damage remediation is finding the right company. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Fire Damage Restoration And Cleaning For Richwood Neighborhoods

As an incorporated community, Richwood may only be 45 years old, but it has always had an important part in the history of our Parish. Preserving the homes that makeup part of that history is very important to not just the homeowners, but to everyone in our town. 

Stopping and restoring fire damage in Richwood homes means taking quick action. That is why SERVPRO maintains a 24/7 call center to ensure as rapid a response as possible. Management has a certified training program that turns out fully qualified Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians, or FSRTs who can begin cleaning the home immediately. 

Since most home fires do not destroy most of the structure, much of our efforts center around cleaning. Wherever possible, and allowed by the insurance company, we work carefully to keep every bit of interior structure, roof, and other parts of area homes intact. It may be easier to pull down a living room wall and replace it, but to maintain a home, our technicians can also remove only beams and crosspieces too compromised to remain in place and then clean everything else.

Each SERVPRO response team can access a local, extensive inventory of cleaners to remove the smoke residues left behind after a fire. Quick removal is important since surfaces like paint, wood, ceiling tiles, and even carpets can rapidly absorb them. Quickly eliminating them removes not just the physical damage like pitting in countertops, but also the odors which the residues generate as well. 

Usually, removing the residues eliminates the odors. Hotter burning fires, however, can generate a cloud of particles small enough to penetrate deeply into the wood, plastic, and drywall panels. In these cases, response team members use a fogger device and a deodorizing agent to generate a cloud that can penetrate as deeply the smoke to bind with and eliminate the odors. 

At SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe, this is how we take care of our neighbors and our local history. If you need us after a fire in your home here, or in other communities like Bawcomville, Calhoun, and Sterlington, contact us at (318) 345-5121 as quickly as possible so we can help you take care of your home as well. 

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Are you Walking on Water Damaged Hardwood Floors in Monroe?

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

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How Hardwood Gets Dried After Monroe Water Damage 

Hardwood is one of the most enduring and aesthetically appealing flooring options for many Monroe homes. With the possibility of a water loss incident existing nearly continually for all area residents, having a plan in place to protect these more expensive flooring options is critical. It is essential for effective mitigation and drying efforts to begin as promptly as possible, which is why choosing professional restoration after water damage might be an ideal choice. 

Water damage in Monroe homes varies based on the source of these effects and what materials exist in the path of the moving water. It is the priority of our SERVPRO professionals to perform a thorough and detailed inspection for every loss situation immediately upon arrival. This assessment delegates machinery and personnel to specific areas and damages within the property, ensuring that every phase of recovery is as efficient as another. 

Water damage to hardwood floors presents unique obstacles for our experienced SERVPRO professionals, beginning with the threat of full saturation. Once moisture has moved beyond the flooring planks to subflooring and supports, the only access to dampness and saturation exist in specialized equipment like our drying mats. We always have a restore before replacement mentality, ensuring that all flooring types and exposed materials get dried thoroughly in place rather than relying on contractors to reinstall removed portions of flooring. 

Drying mats slowly draw out moisture from exposed planking, careful to stop at the leveling point where moisture content returns to the acceptable parameters. Especially with hardwood, it is vital to maintain a balance of healthy moisture within the planks to promote pliability and a longer lifespan. A wild swing to one side of the spectrum or the other is equally damaging to this flooring material. 

With hardwood being a popular flooring option for both older construction in the area and new homes getting built, you need a team of professionals that can handle restoration when these elements become exposed to water damages. Our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe team can help 24/7 by calling (318) 345-5121.

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Monroe Home After A Flood

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

When floodwaters come quickly into your home it can cause extensive damage. We are available 24/7 so call us right away.

Flood Damage in Monroe Property Bedroom Needs Fast Cleanup

Getting away for a long weekend is great, coming home to flood damage in your Monroe home is not so great. Even clean water gets demoted to a category three biohazard rating after 48 hours, and once groundwater sits that long in your home, the result is extensive damage from the water.

The longer water sits without cleanup efforts, results in considerable loss from flood damage. When a Monroe homeowner arrives to flood damage, her first call was to her insurance agent and then SERVPRO. The odor of stagnant water permeated the downstairs bedroom from a tree limb breaking a window and caused rainwater to pour in from locally heavy storms.

A minimum of four days had passed since the intense storms, and on arrival, our technicians engaged the following safety practices:
Understood this as Black Water contamination
Used EPA-registered antimicrobial cleaners
Wore personal protection gear (PPE) during cleaning as contact with this type of water has the potential to result in illness.
Tarped over the window to stop any further damage

SERVPRO technicians scoped the room to determine where the water migrated.The mattress in the water damaged bedroom absorbed the majority of the incoming water and was the source of the strong odor. Our moisture detection equipment found water did not reach the subfloor, and the area rug under the bed received a minor amount of water damage.

We advised the homeowner the mattress would require discarding as there are no sanitization treatments for category three biohazards to return it to a level of cleanliness for reuse. The homeowner instructed our certified Flood Damage Restoration Technician to discard the mattress, rug and saturated bedding but was thrilled to find we were able to save and restore her vintage metal bed frame and matching side table through our specialized cleaning methods. We understand the feelings of our clients and always try to salvage their possessions and treasures whenever possible.

Our goal is to take the stress of a home disaster off the property owner as much as possible. After cleaning, drying, and sanitizing the water loss areas in the bedroom, we gave the homeowner our detailed Contents Claim Inventory System that includes all mitigation actions along with photographs to expedite the claims filing process.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 when flood damage affects your property or possessions. We have the equipment and restoration services certifications to handle any type of storm damage, plus we are based locally and We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How Professionals Restore Fire Damaged Homes in West Monroe

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot may look easy to remove, but it takes professionals to correctly remediate the damage.

Why West Monroe Residents should choose Professional Fire Damage Restoration

When materials burn, they release carbon gases alongside monoxides and chemicals that are present in the material. These gases often cause more extensive damage than the flames themselves but are less likely to result in permanent issues. When these gases come into contact with surfaces, they deposit chemicals and carbon, which we refer to as smoke residues. Since different materials burn in different ways, the resulting residues can be oily or dry and can reside on the surface or permeate beneath it. Removal of soiling without further damaging the surface is a precise part of fire restoration and goes a long way in bringing the property back to its preloss condition.

Homeowners with fire damage in West Monroe can benefit from reaching out to a professional restoration service with the correct cleaning agents. Attempting to remove residues may result in spreading them around or cause damage to the surface itself. Even experienced SERVPRO Fire Restoration Technicians (FRT) must conduct a thorough pre-test of materials and smoke types to ensure they use correct chemical cleaning agents.

Synthetic materials, like plastics, are common in a home environment. When these materials combust, they do so slowly, resulting in a cloud of thick smoke and oily deposits on surrounding surfaces. Water-based cleaning agents are ineffective at removing these deposits and can sometimes cause more extensive damage by spreading soot around the surface.  Water-based cleaners can remove the finish or drive residues further into the material. Using an oil-based solvent helps to dissolve the soiling in the solution where it can then be removed alongside the cleaning agent by a SERVPRO technician.

Dislodging stubborn soiling may require mechanical action. Mechanical action utilizes equipment like soda blasters, which we apply to a dry surface. Once the soiling has been sufficiently loosened, wiping with wet-cleaning agents can help to restore the surface to its preloss condition. Since soda blasting is an abrasive cleaning method, your SERVPRO technician may need to refinish the surface after use. In many cases, removing soils results in the reduction of malodors.  We can also use sprays, pellets, and foggers at the end of service to neutralize any odors left behind from smoke or chemical agents.

No two fires are the same, contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 for tailored property restoration.

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We Help You Get Back To Business In Monroe After A Water Damage Disaster

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Overnight the water heater malfunctioned causing two plus inches of water to damage multiple offices and one classroom.

Containment Measures That Ease Commercial Water Removal in Affected Monroe Office

Water spills are not that common in office environments, and when they occur, they might not seem hazardous since the water is likely from a clean source. However, such an incident can lead to considerable financial losses by damaging equipment and building materials within your office. Injuries can also happen, especially when people slip and fall on wet surfaces. You can limit these adverse effects if you take measures to contain the loss.

Stopping the source of the leak is one crucial step in containing the loss. The more water leaks into your Monroe office, the greater the water damage it is likely to cause. If you cannot turn off the mains, you can take other measures like collecting the water at the source point. Use any containers that you can find, whether its buckets or otherwise. You can also use mops or other heavily absorbent materials to create barriers along openings such as doors limiting the areas affected by the spill. Calling a professional restoration company immediately also helps because they can arrive in time to save more items in your office.

There are various types of water damages to many of the contents found in your office, including documents, electronics, and furniture. Some of the losses might even happen during the mitigation process. Moving contents or taking other steps to protect your properties should minimize the chances of damages during the removal processes. Our SERVPRO crews use plastic sheets to cover items or create barriers in case the spill originates from a higher level. We can also move the items to a dry location on or off the loss site.

Extracting the water fast contains it from permeating deeply into materials or evaporating into the air, increasing the humidity levels. Rapid extraction is simpler with the right equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians bring different equipment, including extraction wands with squeegees and portable or truck-mounted water extractors. A water extractor has a pump and vacuum system, enabling it to lift the maximum amount of liquid water even from porous surfaces such as carpets.

To contain a water loss incident and limit your losses in West Monroe, Bawcomville or Richwood, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe. You can reach us at (318) 345-5121 any time.

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Why Do West Monroe Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Restoration Services?

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

From Zipper Lock Barriers to Trailer-Mounted Desiccant Dehumidifiers--SERVPRO Answers the West Monroe Call Fast and Equipped

Turnkey Service: Why SERVPRO Is the West Monroe Community’s Disaster Restoration Industry Leader

Residents of West Monroe who face threats to the comfort, safety, and quiet enjoyment of their home require premium restoration services to relieve worry and stress. We seek and retain employees with diverse backgrounds that complement the skills needed for high-quality restoration as part of the equation. Refining those skills through mastery of Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) coursework is why we can provide solutions for your most challenging disasters.

Water Damage
Plumbing leaks or appliance malfunctions are common reasons why our team of talented and trained technicians arrives to provide water removal in your West Monroe home. Significant quantities of water can invade your residence and damage structural components and contents after a pipe breaks or a pump or hose fails, particularly if the event occurs unnoticed during the workday or overnight. Rapid removal of unwanted water is crucial, followed by efficient structural drying.

Our SERVPRO water restoration crews are highly-skilled and successful in removing water fast, operating the commercial-grade pumps and extractors expertly and using thermal scanning and moisture detection devices to locate pockets of moisture that migrated into building materials and cavities.  If needed, we employ controlled demolition methods such as flood cuts to release water and enhance the action of the air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers we depend on for structural drying.
 
The modern home contains a myriad of electronics, from “smart” appliances to audio and video equipment and computers to multiple mobile devices. Our IT Coordinator/Trainer is an Electronics Restoration Technician and supports other crew members using the SERVPRO® DryBook™ system, capturing and tracking each step in your restoration project according to industry best practices and standards.

Fire Damage
The water, smoke, soot, charring, and odors left by fire damage in West Monroe create a complicated restoration scenario best managed by SERVPRO’s full-service restoration team. Seamless transitions from the removal of the firefighting chemicals and water to the cleanup of charred materials and soot residues to deodorization using innovative technologies to repair and restoration of damaged structural components avoid the need to subcontract any part of the fire restoration project.

The residues deposited after a fire are highly corrosive and toxic. They drift in the air with the potential to soil surfaces far from the ignition site and to contaminate your HVAC system and ductwork. Our fire restoration crew members hold multiple certifications from the IICRC, including Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) and Odor Control Technician (OCT), and are experienced in duct cleaning. Technicians match cleaning products and techniques with the varying range of soots found in your home, switching out tools, methods, and cleaning agents depending on the characteristics of the coatings.

Odors can linger well after all visible evidence of the fire damage disappears through appropriate restoration. If thorough cleaning, debris disposal, and HEPA-filtered air scrubbers leave a persistent smell, we employ methods like thermal fogging or hydroxyl generation to neutralize odor-bearing particles at the molecular level.

Mold Remediation
Mold damage in West Monroe is more prevalent than you might believe. The spores that cause mold growth are always in the environment, indoors and out. They are tiny, hardly visible, and float on air currents and settle on surfaces. When dry they cause little harm, but when a spore encounters even a small amount of moisture, it absorbs it and begins growing and multiplying into a colony of mold organisms.

Homeowners might notice a leathery or feather-like growth or stain on a surface or smell a distinctive musty smell as first indications of a mold infestation. Mold needs only a surface made of or covered in organic material, moisture, and oxygen to grow. Light is not needed so that it can multiply undetected between walls or above ceilings. When we arrive, we trace the mold back to the source and make arrangements to fix the water problem fueling the mold growth.

SERVPRO mold remediators use a protocol developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during abatement. We locate the mold and then contain the infestation area with physical barriers or negative pressure air scrubbing equipment that seals the area during remediation to prevent spread to unaffected areas. Technicians don personal protective equipment (PPE) for safety and to avoid tracking debris through your home.

We scrape, brush, or use gentle abrasives like soda blasting to remove the mold mechanically. Technicians bag the mold and any materials too contaminated to save for disposal following local hazardous waste regulations. HEPA-filtered vacuums suction up any residues left on floors or other surfaces. An EPA-registered antimicrobial treats the affected area to inhibit future mold damage.

Storm Damage
Fierce winds together with heavy rains and other forms of precipitation can cause severe storm damage to your West Monroe home. The violent disruption can rip holes in roofs, destroy the integrity of siding, break windows and doors, and send water flooding into your dwelling. You need help with securing the building from the elements as well as assessment, mediation, and restoration of flood damage.

SERVPRO is positioned uniquely to assist you will all aspects of recovery from storm damage. Our crew arrives, the chief inspects the scene and devises a plan, and the technicians put the plan in play. We tarp and board up exterior breaches and then begin removing the flood waters.

Flood waters are by definition contaminated, mixed with decaying organic matter, dirt and chemicals, or sewage. Containing the water and disposing of it according to local regulation is part of the protocol. We clean the flood-damaged area and apply EPA-registered disinfectants to inhibit the growth of pathogens.

Building Services
Build back services needed after our remediation procedures are handled by SERVPRO’s sister company, 318 Construction, LLC. Whether your project needs drywall installation after flood cuts, replacement of burned through building materials or mold-infested porous surfaces, or repair of storm damage we can offer reconstruction. Having our team carry on throughout the process permits us to complete a true reconstruction, with no need to halt the project near the end and engage the services of a different contractor.    

When water, fire, mold, or storm damage requires professional restoration services, count on the comprehensive response from SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe. We offer proven professional help from assessment through the rebuilding touches that make it “Like it never even happened” with one call to (318) 345-5121.

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Did the Recent Storms Cause Your West Monroe Home to Flood?

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO was on the ground within hours of the recent tornadoes. Did you know we provide emergency board up services to help prevent further damage?

Flood Damage in West Monroe Necessitates the Services of a Professional Restoration Company

Considering the many damaging tornadoes, storms, and heavy rain that our region has suffered from recently, it reminds us of the phenomenal destruction flooding may cause to homes. Flooding typically leaves homeowners with the challenge of cleaning up and replacing or repairing damaged structures.  

Being flooded is an awful experience with costly and long-term consequences for everybody concerned. Therefore, using flood damage repair services in West Monroe is imperative. The water damage remediation specialists from SERVPRO can assist you to clean up, dry, and sanitize your home after a flooding incident. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.  

Floodwater can ruin your home if you do not clean it up quickly. It can stagnate, corrode, and ruin the flooring, walls, and your possessions. Floodwater many also come from waterways like rivers, creeks, and bayous, bringing mud and silt from the runoff that can cause sanitation problems when the water recedes. This water can also come through the sewer system and bring all the bacterial and sanitary problems associated with sewer water. We have the equipment and expertise to remove black water and disinfect your home to prevent health issues.  

Our crews can use powerful portable or truck-mounted pumps to extract water from the floors. After removing stagnant water from your property, we can use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the wet areas. Dehumidifiers are of great help in eliminating moisture, particularly in the closed off spaces like crawl spaces and basements.  

After your home has flooded, it may be necessary to remove certain kinds of flooring like carpet, tile, and vinyl flooring. Carpeted floors, in particular, hold large amounts of water and provide bacteria with a place to breed. Our SERVPRO crews can remove the carpet flooring, discard, and replace it. If your home has hardwood flooring, we can test it to determine how much moisture is in the slab. We can use the injectidry tool to eliminate water and moisture from the flooring. This tool can also extract water from walls and ceilings to accelerate the drying process.  

When floodwaters have entered your home, SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe can help you with cleanup and repairs. We combine advanced equipment and techniques with a caring attitude. You can reach us on our emergency hotline at (318) 345-5121.

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We Have The Experience Necessary To Handle Your Monroe Fire Damage Restoration

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

We restored this home after firefighters opened up a hole in the wall to assure that there were no burning embers hidden within the wall.

Cleanup of Fire Damage in Your Monroe Home

Many of the common causes for fire in your Monroe living room can be easily prevented if you pay attention to some basic safety rules. There are some things you can do to help assure that your home remains a safe living environment for you and your family.

No matter how big or small fire damage is in your Monroe Home, it is a scary event to occur. Plus, you now have to deal with cleaning up the fire damage. Instead of trying to figure things out for yourself, leave the job to the professionals at SERVPRO. As an experienced remediation company, we have the training and tools that are needed to restore your home. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Plus, we treat each case with care, as the individuals you are.

You should first check any sockets, electrical outlets, or extension cords to ensure they are not overloaded. Do not run extension cords under carpeting and make sure they aren’t looped over nails or other sharp objects which could make them fray. Lamps should have the proper wattage bulbs in them and keep enough space around stereo equipment and TVs so that air can flow and cool these devices down.

If the fire in your home was reasonably small, SERVPRO technicians could be dealing with minor fire damage. With this level of damage, the smoke residues might have only affected certain areas or rooms. The amount of smoke residues is light to moderate, and to restore your home, we may use dry cleaning and wet cleaning of the walls, ceilings, floors, and contents. A few areas might need to be repainted, and only minimal things need replacement.

Another thing you can do is to check any upholstered furniture that you have in the living room. Modern furniture manufactured after 1988 is required to be resistant to ignition from matches and burning cigarettes. Of course, keep any lighters and matches away from children and educate them on the dangers of these items and how they must be carefully used. Also, do not leave burning cigarettes unattended and put any smoking materials out before you go to sleep.

Keep candles away from furniture, curtains, or anything else that is flammable. Set candles away from open windows and use the proper candleholders. Do not ever leave a lit candle unattended.

SERVPRO of Monroe/West Monroe wants to help you and your family get back to normal life after fire damage in your home in Richwood, Sterlington, or Calhoun. Give us a call right away at (318) 345-5121 once the flames are out, so no time is wasted in restoring your residence.

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Is Moisture Damage Being Stored in Your Monroe Attic?

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Check your attic for signs of moisture damage.

Attic Moisture Damage for Your Monroe Home

With so many homes throughout the Greater Monroe area with livable attic space, water penetration from vulnerabilities in the roof or soffit of the house can cause many problems. Even if you can quickly identify a problem as it exists, addressing these effects must happen quickly by competent professionals like our team. The technicians of our water recovery unit all have accreditations from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as both Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD). 

Our extensive training for water damage recovery in Monroe is just the beginning to what our professionals can offer your home. We understand how quickly even moisture damage can spread throughout the attic, affecting various materials and contents within this area, so we move quickly to set up containment and to get mitigation work started right away. Our SERVPRO team has effective tools and equipment to begin addressing the primary damaging elements within the house, starting with the saturation. 

Moisture content is not something that many homeowners or even skilled professionals can determine without sophisticated equipment like our readers and detection devices. With approaches like thermal imagery, our technicians can identify moisture pockets even behind walls and other building materials. 

Rapid drying solutions are critical for any variety of water damage that exists in homes throughout our service area. We utilize multiple types of dehumidifiers and air movers, all of which have the strength and effectiveness to quickly reduce humidity and moisture content levels in even large spaces like open attic areas. In some cases, our SERVPRO team might need to address moisture damage directly through the use of our Injecti-Dry System, which can get directed through walls and ceilings to where the dampness gets found. 

We know how important it is to respond to even moisture damage quickly, as these effects can spread to new areas and allow for secondary effects like mold growth to develop. Whenever dampness finds a path to your attic space, give our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe team a call at (318) 345-5121.

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We Respond Fast To Your Monroe Home Flood Damage Restoration Needs

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to handle all your flood damage restoration needs, call us right away to prevent further damage.

How to Handle Flood Damage in Your Monroe Residence After River Flooding Occurs

Flooding is a destructive and common problem that homeowners face. It can occur when a river overflows its banks. This commonly happens when rains increase the flow. Failing to clean up your home promptly can lead to damage to its structure and contents, electrical issues, and mold growth.

The drywall in your home can swell and disintegrate within hours of the flood, causing bacterial odor to spread all over. It is therefore crucial to hire professionals who can assist you to deal with the flood damage in your Monroe residence. The professionals at SERVPRO can respond fast to your call and come to our property ready to clean up and dry it. We can arrive at your residence at any time of the day or night, thoroughly assess the destruction and then begin the remediation process to protect your home from additional damage.

We can remove the water using sophisticated equipment like submersible pumps. We use these pumps if the level of water standing in a structure is two or more inches deep. If your home does not have a lot of standing water, we can use wet/dry vacuums to extract it.

Flood waters contain microorganisms and therefore, it is necessary to remove most porous building materials and replace them. Our SERVPRO technicians remove and discard carpets, mattresses, and upholstered furniture contaminated by flood water. We can restore metal, solid wood, and plastic furniture.

We also use different dehumidifiers like low grain refrigerant, desiccant, and refrigerant dehumidifiers to dry all the affected areas. These devices remove any excess moisture in the air, which can contribute to mold growth. We also use air movers of different sizes to move large volumes of air quickly throughout the flooded areas. Air movers promote fast drying of the affected surfaces while offering excellent air circulation throughout the home.

We also use air scrubbers to remove unpleasant odors and other particles from the air. Air scrubbers are ideal for eliminating unpleasant scents linked to water damage. We also have the expertise and equipment to clean and restore possessions like linens, books, clothing, and documents.

If your home has sustained flood damage, contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and can restore your home to its preloss condition quickly.

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Proof That SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Remediation Services in Monroe Are Exactly What You Are Looking For

4/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage can include debris and odor removal, plus much more. Call SERVPRO to get the process of fire damage remediation started.

How We Help Families Avoid the Expense of a Hotel Stay after Fire Damage to Their Home in Monroe

Not all disasters require the occupants to leave the place where the incident took place. Sometimes, a family in Monroe can continue to live in their home. Safe conditions remain a necessity, and SERVPRO can help ensure that any changes happen quickly. Doing so helps reduce costs and stress.

After your home in Monroe sustains damage from a fire, SERVPRO can send professionals out to examine the severity of the damage. Many small fires result in loss to isolated areas that a family can avoid using or entering during the restoration process. This can allow them to stay in their home instead of seeking alternative, albeit temporary, shelter.

When your family faces a choice between the temporary loss of their home or the relatively minor inconvenience of avoiding areas affected by fire damage, having some control over your options can give you a sense of direction and hope. Our specialists want to provide as many options as possible, helping to reduce stress and feelings of uncertainty.

After making sure that your home contains adequate undamaged space for your family, including crucial areas such as the kitchen and bathroom, SERVPRO specialists start the work needed to make things safe and comfortable for you and your family. Staying out of areas that did receive substantial amounts of smoke and fire damage keeps you safe while eliminating the chances that soot gets transferred to non-contaminated areas.

We often board up areas with broken windows using tension between interior beams and exterior particle boards, among other precautionary measures. In the areas that your family intends to live in during the restoration process, we clean soot residues from walls, ceilings, fixtures, doors, and belongings. We also ensure that the electrical, air, and plumbing systems work correctly for you.

If odors seem noticeable inside the area you intend to occupy until we complete the restoration work, we have several options that we know work well at eliminating odors from fire damage. Much of the smell that starts after a fire come from soot, and removing the residue during our cleaning services reduces this, but we also know that soot hides. Fogging takes a short period, as do other odor control methods. We can also use injectable scents that freshen up carpeting or gel-packs that we safely tuck into inaccessible locations.

After fire damage threatens to displace your family, call us, SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe, at (318) 345-5121. We can quickly assess the damage and discuss staying in your Claiborn, Sterlington, or Richmond residence, saving you from unnecessary hardship.

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A Simple Plan for West Monroe Water Damage Remediation

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage commonly affects bathrooms. Should your home's bathroom have excess water, contact team SERVPRO for water removal.

When Bathrooms Get Overly Wet, Cabinetry can Sustain Water Damage in West Monroe

SERVPRO's goal after any event that involves water damage is to make everything “Like it never even happened.” again, as quickly as possible. This cuts down on interruptions to our customers' daily routines and helps keep things running smoothly.

The places where you store things inside your home's bathroom can also sustain water damage in West Monroe. This can come from a slow leak in plumbing fixtures or from a broken pipe that suddenly drenches everything in the area. Cabinets notoriously hold water behind their structures, between their backs an the wall, allowing any present microbes to multiply quickly. SERVPRO specialists can help prevent secondary water damage by mitigating the situation rapidly.

Because we partner with our customers during the restoration of water damage, we include them in the decisions we need to make. One of these involves making small changes in the structures, including the backs of cabinetry. We use similar techniques to when we need to dry out the interior of walls and ceilings. Whenever we make such changes, we do so in as small and insignificant manner as possible.

To dry the area inside enclosed areas, we often must drill holes to allow air to pass through. Before doing this, however, we inform our customers that our equipment requires such alterations. We also advise the homeowner of the steps we plan to take afterward, to hide these places. Under cabinetry, these holes do not create a significant blemish, but patching them up after we finish prevents future problems.

While the holes remain open, we use flexible tubing to force air into the area. This rapidly dries the area and removes the water. Getting the interior of the cabinet dry also happens, and keeps cabinet drawers and doors from losing their finishes. Warping of more fragile wood products saves our customers significant amounts of money, an additional benefit of working with IICRC-certified water damage restoration specialists.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe is here to help when plumbing in your Bawcomville, Calhoun, or Sterlington home fails and causes problems for you. Call us at (318) 345-5121, so we can start with water damage mitigation and prevention services that protect your home from more extensive problems.

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We Can Help Restore Your Monroe Shop To Pre-Damage Condition After A Water Damage Disaster

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Give our skilled specialists a call 24/7 at (318) 345-5121.

Water Removal And Cleanup Of Flooded Carpets In Your Monroe Shop

Every facet of the appearance of your Monroe shop gets designed to appeal to the customers coming into your business to browse your wares. The upkeep and maintenance of this aesthetic appeal are vital to encourage the right look and feel for the concept you have created for the boutique. When disasters like flooding occur, you need professionals that can arrive quickly to help preserve elements of your shop’s appearance that you have invested in, like the carpeted floors throughout the main floor.

In instances where flooding occurs from a broken window or damage to the exterior of your building that allows water penetration, you might only need flood cleanup to get Monroe your shop ready for customers again. To prevent costlier restoration, it is vital to get our SERVPRO professionals to your business as quickly as possible. With our effective mitigation tactics, our team can work to protect areas like your carpeting from becoming too badly damaged to preserve with cleaning and drying efforts.

From the time that our skilled professionals arrive at your shop, we work quickly to establish the full extent of the damage to your building and the steps necessary to restore it entirely. With saturated carpeting, we must begin extraction and drying efforts as quickly as possible. Carpets can heavily saturate in a brief period, soaking through to the subflooring. Our SERVPRO professionals often utilize our remote-controlled weighted extractor to begin forcing this water to the surface for removal by the onboard vacuum.

With the bulk of the water removed from the carpeting, we can pull up the edges of this flooring material and place our mobile air mover units in between the carpet and subflooring to dry both simultaneously. The objective is to dry both as thoroughly and quickly as possible, so our team may use multiple air mover units simultaneously to achieve the desired result.

Protecting the aesthetic appeal and function of your shop is challenging when you face flood damage effects. Our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe rapid response team can help. Give our skilled specialists a call 24/7 at (318) 345-5121.

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Why Professional Remediation is Necessary For Richwood Flooding

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe is always available to handle your water damage restoration needs.

The Challenges of Richwood Home Restoration After a Flood

While it might be customary for many Richwood homeowners to want to do their part in returning their damaged property to normal, this is not always practical or possible. After substantially damaging situations like floods, not only are there structural concerns to contend with that allowed the disaster into your home, but also the effects of the high volume of water on the property as well. With the full measure of all of the damage that your home could sustain during the ordeal, it is a wise decision to seek the experience and advanced equipment of our professional restoration team.

Many hurdles exist when overcoming flood damage in your Richwood home. From the initial inspection and damage assessment through the early mitigation tactics that ultimately save both time and money, homeowners lack the experience and professional equipment to perform these tasks alone. Our SERVPRO team can respond any time of the day to emergencies like floods with effective mitigation strategies that help later restoration efforts go more smoothly.

One of the most significant challenges that face our professionals when they first arrive at your flood-damaged home is the widespread effects of the flooding. If we did not get called immediately, saturation of exposed materials could lead to structural weaknesses and degradation, making even the assessment of the property a potentially dangerous task. Our team has a wide array of personal protective equipment and ongoing safety training to keep us safe while we assess the spread of the damage and what can get done immediately to preserve and protect unexposed areas of your home.

Another concern that should keep inexperienced homeowners from attempting cleanup and debris removal on their own is the need to extract and dry damaged areas thoroughly. Our production vehicles get stocked with our advanced equipment that can quickly remove excess water from flooring, but also an assortment of efficient drying machines and tools like air movers, drying mats, and dehumidifiers that can work to reduce overall moisture content in exposed materials to preserve them when possible.

Flooding can pose some challenges to a homeowner, but our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe rapid response team can help. To make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” give us a call today at (318) 345-5121. 

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Struggling to Revive Your Bawcomville Home After Fire Damage?

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Believe it or not your home can come back from this. Call SERVPRO today for fire damage restoration help.

Salvaging your Possessions after Fire Damage in your Bawcomville Home

Property fires are frequent but rarely catastrophic. Despite beginning in one area of the home, smoke from burning materials can quickly spread throughout. Smoke travels into clean air moving upwards. As it does so, residues in the smoke are deposited onto clean surfaces resulting in soiling. These residues can also cool and drop onto possessions in the form of soot. In the majority of cases, possessions suffer light soiling and can be restored effectively using professional cleaning methods.

Expensive possessions to replace after fire damage in Bawcomville properties could be your blinds and mattresses. SERVPRO works with a restore over replace method to ensure your replacement expenses are kept as low as possible. We achieve this by training our technicians in a wide variety of cleaning techniques that can restore items you may think are non-salvageable.

Different cleaning methods are a requirement when it comes to restoring possessions and using the wrong ones can exacerbate damages. A common concern for homeowners is upholstery, fabrics or mattresses which are porous. Porous materials can shrink using wet cleaning, absorb soot deeper into the fabric or cause color bleeding. SERVPRO use a foam cleaning solution to ensure this does not happen thereby increasing the chances of restoring furnishings to preloss conditions.

For materials that can sustain full immersion in cleaning SERVPRO can use advanced ultrasonic cleaning equipment. This method can be exceptionally useful in restoring blinds or other solid items. Ultrasonic immersion cleaners use soundwaves to agitate solvents. These soundwaves create bubbles which then actively remove soot from surfaces by creating high-pressure and temperature conditions around the item.

It is not always possible to salvage everything after a fire. However, by using the latest equipment and techniques, SERVPRO is confident we can provide an impressive restoration service that mitigates losses and prevents expensive replacements. Items that cannot be salvaged can be packed up and disposed of by your technician in line with federal and state laws.

To restore your possessions to preloss conditions, contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 today.

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Why Odor Removal is Important After Water Damage in Monroe

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can leave unpleasant odors. Trust the SERVPRO Brand to remove the unpleasant odors.

Odor Control is Essential to Water Removal Services here in Monroe

One of the less considered issues caused by a water spill at home is unpleasant odors. Remediation of your property is usually a quick process using local technicians and pumping equipment. Afterward, chemical-based cleaning solutions can be applied to ensure the property does not develop secondary damages like mold or mildew growth. However, these chemicals can mask odors which appear once the home returns to its normal condition. Dealing with odors as well as the spill itself is why you should seek professional, qualified restoration experts to deal with the problem.

Many services offering water removal in Monroe can assist with the initial phase of getting the water out of the property as quickly as possible. SERVPRO offers a thorough solution that can involve technicians with certificates in odor control from the IICRC. These qualifications can be a vital part of getting your home back to its preloss condition rather than merely limiting damages.

Technicians with experience know that the key to removing odor is to tackle it at the source. That source could be obvious like raw sewage or less evident like hidden mold, pet litter or water with bacteria. It is not always possible to find the source of an odor, so the only safe method is to tackle it in multiple ways to guarantee a clean, healthy home environment.

We use more than one deodorizer to ensure we can combat unpleasant smells efficiently after water removal. Sometimes masking agents, made up from time release beads, can help to cover up an unpleasant odor. However, these fail to address the source, so SERVPRO Franchise professionals use them in combination with pairing agents; products that join with odor particles causing them to drop onto surfaces where they are cleaned away.

SERVPRO Franchise professionals can also deploy air-scrubbers which remove moisture from the surrounding air. Fitted with HEPA filters, these are capable of filtering out offensive smells or odors from a variety of sources. Usually, with water damages, it is necessary to use them in conjunction with dehumidifiers. Finally, a clean sweep with disinfectants and sanitizers can be beneficial in preventing secondary mold or mildew buildup. It is normal to have odors present in water damages; we are capable of removing both water and odor with the first time of asking.

If you need a comprehensive solution to property damages, contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121.

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Is Water Creeping Into Your Monroe Crawlspace?

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is stocked with water extraction equipment.

Effective Water Removal for Monroe Crawlspaces

Monroe homes can experience many natural disasters and potential hazards from groundwater sources throughout their lives, but knowing how to handle these emergencies as they occur can be the difference between costly repairs and affordable restoration. With areas like your crawlspace, reducing moisture and extracting pooling water can help to protect your home above this area from structural weaknesses and secondary effects like mold growth.

A problem with the need for water removal services for your Monroe crawlspace is that many homeowners do not understand what this crucial area of their property requires. Without ever getting down and inspecting it on your own, you can remain oblivious to pooling water, lingering dampness, and even extensive mold growth. Our SERVPRO Franchise professionals offer a fast response with industry-leading equipment designed to extract excess water quickly from this affected area of your house.

With water removal equipment that we have stocked on our Green Fleet of service vehicles, we can approach every extraction job with efficiency and effectiveness. Our truck-mounted and gas-powered pumps offer the fastest extraction of all of our equipment, but there are other options such as portable sump pumps and extraction wands that can help to provide more focused attention to specific problem areas.

After the water has gotten extracted and drying efforts for this area of your property has begun, our SERVPRO team can work on providing the customer with effective long-term solutions to avoid pooling water recurring in this area. From crawlspace encapsulation which covers all exposed areas with thick plastic sheeting to equipment installation like sump pumps or permanent dehumidifiers, our team can help you to prevent this same threat to your home from happening again.

Your crawlspace serves an essential role for your house, so make sure that it gets the attention that it needs to last and protect your property. Give our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe water restoration specialists a call anytime that your crawlspace can use our industry-leading equipment and experience at (318) 345-5121.

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The Definitive Guide to West Monroe Commercial Flood Damage Remediation

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Paint shops can fall prey to flooding and subsequent flood damage. Contact SERVPRO should your paint business have excess water.

Steps that Help in Restoration of Commercial Flood Damage in West Monroe

If your paint shop in West Monroe floods, your biggest worry is likely to be whether it will have adverse effects on your business. Losing your stock or your clients are two extreme outcomes because even if damages extend to the structure, your insurer or the building owner is likely to cover those costs. Despite this reprieve, you must handle flooding incidents properly to ensure that your business remains afloat. We offer IICRC certified restoration services that should help restore normal operations in your business.
 
Stock can be damaged in different ways after flood damage in West Monroe. Since paint is mostly packaged in cans and other waterproof materials, the water is less likely to affect it. However, if the packaging is affected, it might diminish the value or appeal of the product. Long-term water exposure can lead to rusting in metallic containers while labels might peel off from plastic containers. Our SERVPRO technicians work fast to remove water from affected areas preventing these problems. We use different equipment including pumps if the water is over 2 inches deep, truck-mounted water extractors and dry-wet vacs.
 
Floodwaters spread soils, silt, and other debris indiscriminately over the affected areas. Proper cleanup is necessary to restore sanitary conditions. Thorough cleaning is especially crucial where the water affects items that you sell to your clients. Our SERVPRO technicians utilize different techniques including using power washers to remove grime and other soils. We also use various cleaning agents with disinfectant and antimicrobial properties to help restore sanitary conditions.
 
Drying a property affected by flooding is a vital restoration step. Traces of moisture in materials or high levels of humidity in the affected environment can have adverse effects including mold development and deterioration of materials through rotting, rusting or warping. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on their ASD, Applied Structural Drying experiences to dry your shop. Among the processes involved include, detecting the level of water absorption in different materials using moisture sensors and assessing relative humidity in and outside the shop using thermo-hygrometers. We then dry any excess moisture using air movers and dehumidifiers.
 
Restoring your flood-damaged paint shop in Monroe, Bawcomville and Richwood is simpler with help from SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe. You can reach us at (318) 345-5121 any time.

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Eliminate Mold In Your West Monroe Home

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Removing Mold Quickly from Your West Monroe Home

Upon the discovery of mold or microbial growth in your West Monroe home, you often want to find out the most efficient method of removal to ensure that your home does not suffer worse damages and the occupants of that house are no longer at risk for potential health effects. For as overwhelming as this organism can be, the right response to the situation can have trained professionals like ours there quickly with the tools and equipment to make a difference fast.

While you might understand what this growth is, many homeowners do not fully understand the mold damage in West Monroe can result from allowing the organism to spread. That is what makes containment strategies so vital, and from the moment that our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians arrive at your home, we work quickly on identifying the spread of the colonization and effective containment solutions to keep the situation from getting worse.

Our response team is available 24/7 to help every customer to protect their homes against this devastating organism that can spread quickly throughout the property. Removal is effective for preventing further damage and protecting the occupants of the house, and there are many ways that our highly-trained technicians can go about this. From sanding to soda blasting, we have modern techniques to protect structural elements like studs and framing, but damaged materials like drywall and carpeting often need replacement.

The equipment available to our SERVPRO team on site helps to quickly remove affected materials and works to clean up the air where mold spore activity is at its greatest. Equipment like our air scrubbers and ozone machines can help to provide a cleaner breathing environment for technicians involved in demolition and remediation.

Finding the right team to help you overcome and eliminate mold colonization throughout your property is easier than you might think. Our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe team gets comprised of highly-trained and certified technicians ready and able to help at a moment’s notice. Please give us a call anytime you need us at (318) 345-5121.

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Our Experts Will Restore Your Monroe Home After A Flood

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Our experts will restore your home with care after a flood.

SERVPRO - Flood Water Extraction Methods To Restore Monroe Homes

As the seat of our parish, Monroe is a little better known than other nearby communities. Unfortunately, like much of Louisiana, our town is also known for its flooding after a major storm.

Professional flood water extraction from Monroe homes requires more than just a large pump to draw out the water. SERVPRO restoration teams understand that it contains soil and other contaminants that pose a health risk to residents, as well as themselves.

To reduce that risk, our technicians spray the surface of standing water and any property that the water covered with an anti-bacterial agent. It kills any bacteria or mold on the surface so they can bring in the equipment needed for water removal and extraction.

SERVPRO team members begin with a commercial grade pump to draw out the standing water, which is the bulk of the flood problem. Since there are still contaminants in the water, they have to direct it all into the nearest sewer opening. If the sewer is blocked or otherwise unusable from the flood, technicians pump everything into a tank truck for disposal.

After team members remove the bulk of the flood water, they concentrate on drawing out the remaining amount from carpets, floors, and walls. Technicians use extraction wands and other devices to pull out water from between and underneath carpet layers, and from between floorboards. As with the standing water, everything they draw out, they dispose of through the sewer or into a tank truck.

While team members can use an anti-bacterial spray to help clean floorboards, there is no method we use that can guarantee 100% that carpets are safe to keep in the home. Team leaders always recommend disposal for every carpet affected by a flood.

When drywall panels and wood floor trim soaked up flood water, our teams can extract it with air movers and dehumidifiers to draw it out of the material. Once they finish this extraction procedure, and if the drywall or trim did not warp or start to crumble in place, they spray the affected surfaces once more with an anti-bacterial agent as part of cleaning them.

Whether you live off I-20 or 165, SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe is here for you. Handling floods and other disasters for our neighbors is what we do best. If you have had any flooding recently, call us today at (318) 345-5121 to start the removal and restoration process.

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Eliminate The Damage To Your West Monroe Home After A Fire Call

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Act Fast and Call SERVPRO when a fire hits your home.

Why SERVPRO Fire Odor Control West Monroe

House fires are always destructive. No matter the size, they leave the homeowner overwhelmed trying to piece their lives back together. Not only do you have to deal with burnt valuables and damaged electronics, but your home also needs repairs. Apart from damage to your valuables and belongings, you also have the unpleasant smoke odor to remove.

Fire damage in your West Monroe home leaves unpleasant odors deep-rooted in your curtains, furniture fabric, carpets, and rugs. To get rid of the unpleasant smoke and other odors, you need the help of certified fire odor control experts.

Why choose SERVPRO specialists?

IICRC certified 

SERVPRO fire odor control specialists are IICRC certified. What this means is that they have undergone rigorous training in fire damage and deodorization. Not only that, they have passed the qualification exams, and now proudly wear the IICRC certified badge. By hiring an IICRC technician, you get to benefit from high-quality services. Also, we get the job done right the first time.

Well equipped
Identifying and eliminating smoke odor in your home can be difficult without specialized equipment. At SERVPRO, we have specialized equipment that enables us to identify and eliminate the offensive odors from your home. Some of the equipment we use includes ozone, ultra-low volume foggers, and thermal foggers. By using the odor removing equipment, we ensure that we can leave your home smelling fresh.

Competitive rates
As a locally owned company with national resources, we offer competitive rates to our customers in need of fire odor control in their homes. We adopt a competitive pricing strategy and offer free quotes.

Fast emergency response time

In case of a fire in your home, getting in touch with the local fire department saves your home and belongings. Calling your insurance adjuster should be the next. As an expert, he or she takes time to assess the damage and evidence provided to fast-track the claims process.

Last but not least, call SERVPRO fire odor control technicians. As IICRC certified experts, we offer unrivaled emergency response time. As such, we remove the unpleasant stench in your home fast to ensure you and your family move into a pleasant and odorless home. 

At SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. We can put an end to the unpleasant smell in your home. For timely fire odor control services, call our emergency 24/7 line at (318) 345-5121.

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Some of the Biggest Problems With Fire Damage Surface Cleanup in Your West Monroe Home

12/15/2018 (Permalink)

When fire affects a small or large portion of the home, results can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO immediately for effective remediation services.

Important Steps Professionals Help You Take after Fire Damage in West Monroe

Fire incidents can happen any time ruining the structure and its contents in different ways. While a significant percentage of the damages happen during the fire, it is possible to ruin the structure further during restoration. A certified FSRT, Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician, understands how such unnecessary damages can happen and can, therefore, advise or take steps to protect your property. Our professional restoration services have helped many Monroe West property owners recover after fire incidents.
 
In the aftermath of fire damage in West Monroe, you might try to do cleanup in a bid to restore your property to its preloss state. Attempting to wash walls, carpets, upholstered furniture, and other soot-covered surfaces might seem like a good idea, but you might only worsen the situation because such action might cause the residues to set. Instead, our SERVPRO technicians advise property owners to cover surfaces such as carpets and upholstery with old linens or colorfast towels for protection should they feel the need to take action before professional help arrives.
 
There is a need to protect appliances in the affected areas. Turning on electronic appliances before cleaning and examining them can cause damages because the residues that filter into them can be conductive thus leading to short-circuits. If there is a freezer or fridge with food items, you should remove them because if left in place with the electricity switched off they are likely to cause bad odor.
 
Fire damaged fabrics require unique cleaning efforts not just the regular dry cleaning because the wrong approach can turn residues into stains. Our SERVPRO technicians can help with such cleanup or recommend the right cleaners. We also help you to prevent corrosion of surfaces by fire residues. Materials commonly affected include fiberglass, plastics, finished surfaces on furniture and surfaces with iron or chrome trim. We can do this by pre-cleaning these areas and coating them lubricant, which helps protect them until full restoration is done.
 
A lot needs to be done after fire damage, so having a professional by your side helps. Call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe to provide the necessary assistance. You can reach us at (318) 345-5121 any time.
 
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Contending With Mold In Sterlington Requires A Quick Response From Trained Microbial Remediation Technicians

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

As the organism spreads and grows, the colony feeds on the organic materials and degrades them to the point of failure.

How High Humidity Can Lead To Mold In Your Sterlington Church

While Sterlington residents might not be strangers to the probability of high humidity situations throughout the year, lingering moisture in buildings can produce serious consequences for property owners that do not manage this dampness. Your church might not get the steady traffic every day to make a note of areas that are persistently damp for several days, which can ultimately result in microbial or fungal growth. Contending with this condition requires a fast response from trained professionals like our applied microbial remediation technicians.

One of the crucial aspects to remember about mold damage in your Sterlington church is that this situation can potentially cause health effects, especially to those in your congregation or staff that already battle respiratory conditions. Resolving the situation quickly is critical for the safety of these individuals, but also the structural integrity of the building as well. Mold can spread quickly, affecting multiple surfaces and materials in a brief period.

As the organism spreads and grows, the colony feeds on the organic materials and degrades them to the point of failure. Materials like drywall are particularly susceptible. Limiting the spread of the organism is an essential component of the remediation strategy for our SERVPRO professionals on site. We bring in equipment like our negative air chambers and air scrubbers to help limit the spread of active spores to new areas of the property to begin our mold removal efforts.

While strategies like soda blasting and sanding can prove effective for mold colony removal, our SERVPRO technicians also use antimicrobial solution to remove newly forming colonies on surfaces and prevent the organism from spreading to new spots within the isolated area.

We intend to provide immediate service to every one of our customers that experience mold growth on their property. With so many people that depend on your church every week, let our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe applied microbial remediation technicians help you to remove this threat and get back to the way things should be. Give us a call today at (318) 345-5121.

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Drenched Belongings after a West Monroe Tropical Storm? Call SERVPRO for a Full Recovery

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Quantity and Quality Equipment for Flood Restoration Equipment in West Monroe

Why SERVPRO Suggests Pack Outs In Some Flood Damage Scenarios In West Monroe

Flooding is a frightening and chaotic situation to West Monroe residents. Trying to manage many different priorities during the flood mitigation process adds to the stress for both homeowners and the flood restoration crews. Moving furnishings and personal possessions out of the flooded areas have several positive effects. Finding a flood damage restoration company comfortable with a significant move in addition to attending to water removal, cleaning, sanitizing, and structural drying is crucial.

West Monroe property owners may overreact to visual evidence of flood damage to stored items, including documents and heirlooms. The strengths of IICRC-trained technicians are the broad range of strategies mastered. Our commitment to initial and continuing training for our crews is why SERVPRO can surprise customers with the positive results of water damage cleanup and odor elimination completed on scores of household goods and personal treasures.

The inventory SERVPRO employees create as we pack up and evaluate your possessions helps when your insurance company considers your claims. Be aware that not all policies include flood damage, but if your contract allows, our documentation supports your request for coverage.

As our production technicians work through your packed out possessions at our warehouse, the crews back at your home have room to remove water, clean up the debris and residues that are always part of flooding, and sanitize the areas. The full-spectrum recovery and restoration service offerings are reasons why SERVPRO is an excellent choice for a complicated flood damage recovery.

Among our team members are experts in many different flood restoration disciplines. Our crew gets a chance to shine while rescuing items you thought were lost. For example, we have access to freeze-drying techniques that rejuvenate documents and pictures. Clothing and linens, and even those precious stuffed animals children mourn, recover function and appearance when we utilize special washing techniques and equipment. Our team is the answer to why SERVPRO delivers success even with tough tasks and odors.

When the heartbreak of flood damage inflicts its stress and frustration on community member, SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe comes to the rescue. Contact us at (318) 345-5121 for a swift and sure response both inside your home and for packed out items.

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

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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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Calhoun's Commercial Water Damage Experts Tell How to Calculate Optimal Drying Times

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Dehumidifiers Stand Ready to Treat a Water Loss in Calhoun

Water Loss Is Mitigated with Swift SERVPRO Service in Calhoun Retail Centers

If pipes break inside your Calhoun retail building complex, you might start your day with calls from tenants saying their business locations are flooding. Water pouring into a structure overnight can create excessive damage. We at SERVPRO know that keeping your tenants happy helps your company stay operating. We work closely with you and all of the occupants of your complex and formulate a work plan that impedes business at your tenants' stores as little as possible.

As soon as we arrive at your shopping center, we begin by making sure everything at the affected site is safe for our workers, your tenants, and their employees. The next step to mitigating your Calhoun rental property's commercial water damage is to extract water from any wet materials including carpet and upholstery. During the extraction phase, our SERVPRO technicians use specialized extractors that have a stronger pull than your typical vacuum. We block off one small section at a time and try our best not to block foot traffic inside your shopping complex.
 
After any excessive moisture present in carpet or upholstered furniture gets sucked up, we begin the rapid structural drying stage. When drying out structural components, time is critical, and moisture levels should be dropped as quick as humanly possible. To speed up nature's natural evaporation process within a 48 hour period so that mold cannot form, we use industrially advanced equipment and techniques. Our SERVPRO experts utilize scientific principles to create an environment that allows for speedy moisture removal.
 
Drying time is reduced by using dehumidification and air moving systems. When positioning air movers, we place them so that they create airflow across all wet surfaces. We then balance the number of air movers with dehumidifiers to keep humidity low and conditions ideal for accelerated drying.
 
If there are too few air movers compared to dehumidifiers, then the drying process will not go as quickly as it could. If there are too many air movers in relation to dehumidifiers, then secondary problems can occur when the fans push the wet air to unaffected areas in the building. If you ever hear about a pipe break inside your retail complex, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Avoiding The Risks Of Flood Damages In Your Richwood Home

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Flood damages should incite an immediate response from a homeowner.

The Risks Of Flood Damage

As a resident in Richwood, you are familiar with the kind of disastrous weather that rears its ugly head throughout the spring and summer months every year. While your home was built to withstand a lot of this onslaught of high winds and torrential rainfall, even the smallest of vulnerabilities over time can lead to catastrophic failure at the worst possible time.

If your roof loses shingles or suffers a hole from falling debris or tree limbs, water can flow into your home instead of running to the gutter system surrounding it. Within a brief period, this invading water can saturate through the attic space of your Richwood home and lead to even more extensive flood damages throughout the second or first floor of your house.

In these unfortunate circumstances, you need to act quickly. The faster that our SERVPRO professionals can react to the problem that you experience, the better we can manage the damage. Mitigation can save you money and time spent in intricate restoration work, not to mention that it can help us to prevent further damages throughout the house as well.

Our SERVPRO technicians can also help you to avoid the risks associated with a flooded house. Extraction and drying efforts are critical in the restoration of this damage, and failure to do this adequately leads to weakened materials and mold growth.

Often in flooding situations, materials get oversaturated and begin to be too heavy to remain where they should be. Ceiling materials and framework are among the areas most susceptible to this kind of failure, but it can also occur with flooring and walls as well. This really illustrates the importance of skilled and experienced professionals working to restore the damage in your home, as it can often be challenging to determine when materials are most at risk of falling or breaking.

Flood damages should incite an immediate response from a homeowner. The faster our professionals get to work, the faster you get a restored home returned to you. Give our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe water damage restoration technicians a call today at (318) 345-5121.

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Tips to Prevent Your Dryer from Causing Fire Damages to Your Calhoun Home

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Dryers can be very helpful when running a household but they can also be the point of origin for a fire. Contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Team SERVPRO Remediates Fire Damage as Well as Offers Helpful Suggestions to Prevent a Recurrence

Dryers can be a welcomed appliance to your Calhoun residence. These machines help you to quickly and efficiently dry out the clothes that you have washed and take a lot of the work out of the process. However, they are not without their share of hazards. Without using them properly and safely, your dryer can be a potential fire hazard for your home.

Many homeowners do not think about the possibility of an appliance being a fire hazard at all, let alone one as seemingly basic as a dryer. Improper usage or a failure to follow safety precautions standard to every dryer can lead to such an unfortunate occurrence. To avoid fire damages in your Calhoun house originating from your drying appliance, you just need to educate yourself on this appliance a little further. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to overcome these damages, but they can often get avoided altogether.

The first thing that you should consider is the soiling of the clothes that you are placing into the dryer in the first place. A common misconception about washing machines is their ability to remove contaminants and chemicals from fabrics entirely, and this can lead to traumatic occurrences. A good example of this would be flammable liquids like gasoline or diesel fuel spilled on a pair of pants. With the likelihood of static electricity and sparks from denim tumbling through the dryer, the soiled material can ignite.

Another condition that ultimately requires SERVPRO fire damage restoration is overloaded electrical wiring. Most appliances of this size require a 220-volt connection, often with a special outlet to suit your dryer specifically. Improper wiring or inadequate power to the appliance can overload its motor, causing combustions. Ensure that your appliance has adequate power and is grounded through the breaker box in your residence.

While the dryer in your home might seem like a simple piece of machinery, there are some things that you need to know to use it safely. If you can follow these guidelines, you can often avoid a fire originating from this appliance. If you have already experienced fire damages in your home, contact our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe restoration technicians today at (318) 345-5121.

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SERVPRO - Remediating Mold Damage To Monroe Homes

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Some Mold Remediation Jobs in the Monroe Area Are Larger Than Others--SERVPRO Handles Them All

Information About and Remediation Steps for Mold Cleanup

Fire or water damage is usually easy to see in a Monroe home. The disaster most homeowners never realize until it is widespread throughout their residence is mold.
 
To stop and remediate mold damage effects in Monroe, SERVPRO uses the five-step procedures in the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) Mold Remediation Standard. It protects the residence as technicians clean and remove mold, and reduces the risk of further infestations occurring after our team completes each task.
 
First, technicians reduce mold exposure. They isolate the affected areas by sealing all entrances and access points with plastic sheeting. This step also includes sealing the air and heating vents to prevent contaminating them and to block accidentally spreading mold spores to untouched parts of the home.
 
As technicians begin, the team leader documents every action. He includes all work, to include the results of the initial inspection and testing of each room in the home. The results he matches to industry standards for safe levels and uses them to measure progress during the task and to ensure his team accomplishes each procedure correctly. This step is highly dependent upon the degree of the mold infestation.
 
Now, SERVPRO specialists control the mold contamination at its source. They establish negative air pressure to draw mold spores and particles out of the air as team members demolish structural property too infested to clean.
 
Next, they remove the mold. Spores drawn out by negative air pressure are usually forced outside of the home, but can also be captured using a vacuum with a special, HEPA filter. This High-Efficiency Particulate Air (Arrestance) filter can trap particles as small as 0.3 microns. Putting this size in perspective, a human hair diameter is 50 microns, and the human eye cannot see anything smaller than 40 microns without magnification lenses. Technicians wipe down spores that settled onto a surface with a damp or dry cloth. They allow time for spores disturbed by cleaning to settle and then repeat wiping and vacuuming until the air content is back to a safe level.
 
After removing the mold, technicians lower the humidity. Mold spores remain dormant and harmless without enough moisture. To remove the threat of a returning infestation, team members set up dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air and use a combination of air movers and exhaust fans to force excess moisture out of the structural property and blow it out of the home. Then an antimicrobial agent can be sprayed or fogged into the affected areas.
 
Mold is a silent and unimpressive looking disaster, but it can still cost homeowners thousands of dollars in remediation expenses. If you see or suspect a mold problem in your home, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121.

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Water Damage Experts Out Of West Monroe Talk About Specialty Drying Situations

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

If water ever leaks into your home in West Monroe, the moisture left behind can give you a headache.

Water Damage Experts Talk About Specialty Drying Situations

If water ever leaks into your home in West Monroe, the moisture left behind can give you a headache. Depending on how long it leaks, water can spread and accumulate throughout the house. When some types of structural components become saturated, they can fall apart and must be replaced. If organic building materials or contents stay wet for more than 48 hours fungal development can occur.

Since mold can cause health effects, drying out wet organic substances quickly after a leak becomes our SERVPRO technicians' top priority. To reduce moisture levels after water damage in West Monroe, we typically use a combination of extraction and rapid drying techniques. Depending on how many things got wet and the source of the leak, we utilize various techniques unique to each situation.

Air movers and dehumidifiers get set up inside most houses that suffer a leak. A combination of the two systems helps reduce moisture levels during just about any restoration project. The two types of drying equipment help speed up the natural evaporation process and reduce indoor humidity levels.

However, sometimes certain materials inside a building require individual, specialized attention. Things like drywall, hardwood floors, and acoustic ceiling tiles can be tricky to dry. When dealing with specific types of materials, our SERVPRO restoration crew has several different tools and methods at their disposal.

Some structures contain multiple layers of drywall that can extend drying time. Single layer drywall can usually be dried out in five to seven days whereas more than one layer can take as long as ten to fourteen days to completely dry. In these situations, our SERVPRO mitigation team monitors the drywall material's moisture levels every day and sometimes drill holes into the wall to increase air circulation inside the sheetrock.

Houses with acoustic ceiling tiles pose additional problems when they get wet. These tiles are typically easier to replace than to dry. Often, replacement is required due to water stains. However, removing moisture from these types of ceilings is possible and works better when the tiles are temporarily removed from the ceiling.

After moisture levels return to preloss conditions, the cleaning and reconstruction processes are the final steps. Ceiling tiles get reinstalled, and any holes drilled into walls get patched up. For 24 hour assistance with wet building components, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121.

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Choosing Professional Restoration For Your Water Damaged West Monroe Retail Store

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

If any part of your business is affected by water damage, rely on the professionals at S

Water damage restoration for your business

Running your own business comes with a handful of challenges that you seemingly regularly work to overcome. Natural disasters and unforeseen events occurring within the building of your business pose another threat that you cannot ever adequately prepare for, leaving you contending with varying degrees of damage to your West Monroe retail store. In cases of even low-end water loss incidents, choosing the right professional assistance can make the process run much more smoothly.

Regardless of the cause of the water damages to your West Monroe store, you instantly get preoccupied with how to restore the damage and get your store back to the way it was. Fortunately, when you choose the right professional restorers, this does not have to be the daunting task that it could have been.

As a business owner, you often get fixated on the cost of the work that needs to get done and how these unfortunate circumstances are going to affect profits in the months to come. While in many instances of water damage your doors have to be closed for a period to allow for restoration work to occur, the time it takes to do it yourself vs. professional restoration is rarely close. In fact, with the experience and equipment available to our SERVPRO professionals, restoration work often takes much less time than it could have for a business owner to work on the damage themselves.

Another critical thing to consider when choosing SERVPRO over any of the alternatives at your disposal is the quality of the work that we do. In instances of water damage throughout your retail store, lingering moisture and dampness from improper cleaning can allow for much more severe occurrences like mold and fungal growth in your store.

When water damage threatens your business, it does not just stop with the structure itself. All of the stock and contents of your business are at the mercy of this moisture and wetness, causing irreparable damages that can cost you even more. Trust in our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe technicians to respond rapidly and get right to work on correcting the situation you face. Give us a call anytime you require assistance at (318) 345-5121.

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Fast Action Amid Flood Damage To Your Monroe Residence

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Monroe Flooding, with the Right SERVPRO Equipment, Gets Dried Out Fast

Rely on SERVPRO for Rapid Water Extraction after Storm Damage

As many homeowners in the Monroe area know, severe weather can strike the region any time of the year. While multiple homes became reinforced in construction to handle the taxing force of many of these systems, these solutions have rarely been foolproof, especially after the house ages for a while. Over time, mortar in the joints of blockwork commonly used for the construction of foundations and basement walls degrades and weakens. This degradation eventually allows water on the outside of the house, even apart from literal flooding in the region, to find its way into the lowest levels of your home.

While this might not be an entirely surprising scenario to many homeowners, flood damage in your Monroe home is something that you should work to take care of immediately. Not only does pooling water weaken structural components as it stands, but it can also cause irreparable damage to anything you might store in the basement or contents of this affected area.

From the moment that our SERVPRO team arrives at your home, our priority is working on sealing up the vulnerable areas which have allowed the water to push through the walls. Often this process gets accomplished with the use of hydraulic cement. Once the water penetration gets resolved, our professionals can get to work on extraction. Under severe situations, the homeowner may need to hire a structural engineer to scope out the proper repair plan.

The extraction and drying process is often the most critical to the restoration process. Extraction typically uses portable pumps and wet-vacs. Significant volumes of water could require a pump truck from our SERVPRO fleet. Drying is often a combined effort of air movers and dehumidification equipment. Often specialized tools are also necessary to access and dry areas beneath the floors, or inside of wall cavities.

While many of the homeowners in the region are not unfamiliar with the possibility of flooding, it is not something that anyone wants to experience in their own house. Our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe water damage restoration technicians can help you to overcome all of the obstacles between the current condition and a fully restored home quickly, whenever possible. Give us a call 24/7 at (318) 345-5121

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Faulty Wiring Can Cause Dangerous Fires to Spread Inside of Your Monroe Home

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

This home had multiple areas of the home damaged by a fire. The team at SERVPRO removed the damaged material and cleaned the damaged structure.

Once the flames are out, call SERVPRO for remediation of your fire damage

It is not always easy to tell when the electrical wiring inside of your home has been installed incorrectly, but it is essential to understand that a poor job can lead to fire damage. In fact, fires caused by faulty wiring are some of the most dangerous fires that can happen, 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 of your bedroom can become stained and odorous. Even if soot never touched them, the smell alone can leave your belongings in an unsatisfactory state.

When you call SERVPRO, we make it our priority to arrive at your home as fast as possible. We understand that successful remediation is reliant 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 of your bedroom causes a fire, do not allow yourself to 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.

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Mold Remediation For Your Monroe Home

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Monroe Structures, Mold Remediation, and the Answer--SERVPRO

Monroe Properties Benefit When SERVPRO Provides Mold Removal and Antimicrobial Applications

Microbial growth in your Monroe home is alarming to see and can be an even more significant challenge to remove. Many homeowners believe that some household cleaners and traditional cleaning approaches can remove mold colonies from their home, but in truth, these efforts merely scratch the surface of the present problem. Remediation is the practical approach, though this requires professional assistance.

When you begin to notice the mold damages in your Monroe house, you can become confident that there is much more to this colony below the surface than what you can see. Conventional cleaning methods are only suitable for removing the very top layer of mold growth, but they fail to remove the entire organism from where it has dug in.

Our SERVPRO professionals understand mold growth, primarily because they have gotten specially trained to combat all varieties of mold and contend with the effects that the colony causes in a home or business. This training can allow our team to understand what equipment is necessary to overcome any obstacles in removing the mold colonies and restoring the damage that has occurred to the structural integrity or contents of your house.

Removal of the colonies can happen in a multitude of ways. The industry standard is to utilize practices like soda blasting and sanding to penetrate beyond the outer layer of the material the colony seats on to completely remove the hyphae. During this removal, your air circulation appliances in the house must get turned off to prevent mold spores from circulating to new areas of your house. When a controlled demolition is required to discard non-salvageable materials, they are disposed of according to EPA, OSHA, and local codes.

Finally, finding the source of the moisture that allowed the mold growth to occur is another task our SERVPRO technicians undertake. We work to ensure that the area gets dried thoroughly and that the right steps get taken to prevent recurrences by sealing up the source of the moisture or encouraging the continued use of dehumidification equipment.

Ultimately, remediation is something that can help you to remove the mold growing in your home and allow you to breathe comfortably in your house once again. You can trust our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe mold remediation technicians to arrive quickly and work efficiently in removing this problem. Give us a call 24/7 at (318) 345-5121.

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When Your Return Home From Vacation Leads To The Need For Water Removal In Your West Monroe Home

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage to this home required removal of drywall and flooring to dry the area thoroughly.

Water Removal for those unforeseen surprises

Imagine going on a vacation away from your West Monroe home only to come back and discover substantial water damage widespread throughout the house. Something as fundamental as a supply hose to your washing machine loosening slightly could all but flood your home over an extended period, leaving you in desperate need of professional assistance from certified and reputable restorers.

No matter what has caused this disastrous damage to your house while you were away, you no doubt require water removal services for your West Monroe residence. Fortunately, our SERVPRO professionals have the unique training, expertise, and equipment to help you overcome every hurdle on your way back to a fully restored home.

Our team arrives quickly from the time that you call to prevent the situation from getting any worse than it already is. Our initial approach is to inspect the entire home for the full extent of the damage that you face and to determine the personnel and equipment necessary to restore these areas of your house.

As you might have guessed, the work begins with extraction. With substantial damages, we dispatch a truck mounted pump from our SERVPRO fleet to quickly remove the water from all of the affected areas of your home. Spot extractions proceed from there in areas inaccessible to the larger pump.

Drying the area is a critical component of this process, especially if compounding damage like mold growth has not yet begun from the persistent moisture. Removal of this dampness and moisture falls primarily on air movers and dehumidifiers. Specific specialized equipment might also be necessary for constricted space or areas that the air mover cannot penetrate.

The need for water removal is something that most homeowners do not prepare for, but fortunately, our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe restoration specialists do. We can answer quickly to your call and dispatch our emergency response team to get your home back to the way it should be. Give us a call whenever you need us at (318) 345-5121.

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Keep Your Business Operating During Mold Damage Remediation In Monroe

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Remediates Mold in Monroe Commercial Buildings

SERVPRO Provides Industry-Leading Equipment for Mold Cleanup

Mold growth and damage are of concern in your Monroe business for more than one reason. You need to answer to local health authorities and the worries of your staff. Customers find the visible growth and odor repelling. Mold remediation is the recommended solution, and our abatement crews are experienced and well-trained.
 
Fast action on your part goes a long way to managing the mold damage in your Monroe business. Decide to rely on our mold remediation services rather than tasking your staff or a general cleaning company with the job. Years of experience, up to date knowledge of industry standards, and state of the art equipment permit us to remediate the situation quickly, often allowing any unaffected spaces in the business to remain open for operation and customer service. Mindful planning is critical to your company’s short and long-term future, as closures for disaster remediation can result in a permanent reduction in or even a complete loss of your business.
 
SERVPRO wastes no time when we arrive for a mold remediation job. Our employees scope out the extent of the mold damage, rarely depending on testing or charging extra to “find” the microbial infestation as the damage is typically evident. We set up containment zones using physical barriers and negative pressure air scrubbers to filter and exhaust the moldy debris outside of the building and away from areas not as yet compromised. Our team members practice EPA approved industry safety techniques, containing then removing the mold wearing personal protective gear.
 
Depending on how entrenched the mold colonies are, SERVPRO crews sponge, scrape, or blast the mold off and out of surfaces. A practical yet primarily non-damaging approach is soda blasting, using the finely granular sodium bicarbonate to power off the mold. We bag and properly dispose of all mold and cleaning residues, occasionally removing a porous surface if heavily infiltrated with the mold hyphae. Vacuuming with HEPA-equipped industrial-strength suction tools removes lingering bits of mold and the cleaning products. The crew uses EPA registered antimicrobial products in a spray, fog, or other application to inhibit the return of mold growth.
 
Call in the mold remediation experts of SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe when you suspect mold damage is a problem in your commercial building. Call (318) 345-5121 to schedule an evaluation and set up a mold abatement plan.

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Drying Out Flood Damage In West Monroe

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

This shows the removal of flooring and wallboard after flood damage

Techniques used by SERVPRO technicians after flood damage

Flooding is common to 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 stop 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 which 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 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 test 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 there after the rest of it recedes. This water can also rot the wood of the wall framing and soak into other building material.

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

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Fire Damage Experts In Monroe Talk About Cleaning Hardwood Furniture

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

To Preserve and Salvage Fire Damaged Furniture in the Monroe Vicinity--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Professional Services for Cleaning Fire & Smoke Damaged Furniture

If a fire starts inside your Monroe home, many items can get burned and have to be removed and replaced. Other things can get severely smoke damaged to the point where they must get discarded as well. However, in many cases, cleaning soot residues and odors left behind from smoke can save items.

Most blazes torch building materials that are near the source but the smoke created during the burn can cause problems in areas of the house far away from the initial flare-up. In most fire damage cases in Monroe, soot cleaning and deodorization are vital parts of the restoration project. Ceilings, walls, and cabinets are all susceptible to attracting soot and soils that smoke leaves behind in its trail.
 
Items inside your home like furniture also can suffer damage from smoke and soot. Contents that are made of porous materials such as couches can be professionally cleaned with specialized detergents. Then, if burnt aromas still exist after cleaning, deodorizing can take place using a small spray bottle for localized problems, an ultra-low volume fogger or a hydroxyl generator.
 
Hardwood furniture can also be damaged during a fire in your house by both heat and smoke. If near the source wood furniture can blister, requiring the items to be refinished. Smoke can stain some wooden furniture pieces that can force them to get refinished or repainted. Water may also damage the furniture, and the drying process must be regulated to avert splitting the legs and supports.
 
In many scenarios, soot residues can be cleaned off of hardwood furniture using various methods. Dry cleaning with sponges, cloths, or vacuums works well with most types of soot and soils. However, if the soot residue is oily, then wet cleaning works best.
 
Low alkali surface cleaners and mild detergents explicitly made for hardwood furniture can be used to clean moderate soot damage. Our SERVPRO technicians always clean all hardwood items with the grains to prevent scratching. After the cleaners remove the soot residues, an oil-based furniture polish gets applied to restore the wood's natural oils.
 
Cleaning hardwood furniture items with the correct methods can save pieces from being counted as a loss. If you ever need professional help with cleaning furniture, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 seven days a week.

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Working To Quickly Remediate The Mold In Your Monroe Residence

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage hidden by drywall was removed to properly contain and dispose of damaged materials.

Our SERVPRO team can remove mold damage from you home and assess the cause to prevent future outbreaks

For mold to seat onto surfaces and contents in your home, it only requires the spores to encounter warmth and moisture. Most Monroe homeowners can attest to the humid heat that affects the area throughout the spring and summer months, leaving a distinct possibility to meet the conditions for mold growth without having a water incident or dampness in your home to trigger it. While typically these humid conditions generate mold in homes that are not temperature regulated, this is not always the case.

Mold damages in your Monroe home pose more than just a threat to the structural integrity of the construction of your house. The presence of fungal growth has gotten attributed to possible health effects for those occupants of your house that get exposed. With this in mind, it is crucial to handle these situations as soon as they get brought to your attention.

Our SERVPRO team can respond quickly to your call and get to work immediately in assessing the damage in the affected areas and sectioning off the damage from the rest of the house to prevent the spread of active spores. This isolation gets accomplished typically with air scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters. These filters trap microscopic spores in the environment and prevent their migration to new areas while remediation is underway.

While removal is a critical component of the remediation process, assessing the source of the problem is often equally as essential. To avoid this same occurrence happening again in the immediate future, our SERVPRO technicians might recommend the continued use of dehumidification equipment in susceptible areas of your house to prevent conditions which allow mold growth.

Dealing with mold in your home is nothing that any homeowner should have to deal with on their own. With the potential health effects and general ineffectiveness of conventional cleaning methods to remove colonies, trust our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe team of applied microbial remediation technicians to help you overcome the damages to your home efficiently. We are available 24/7 at (318) 345-5121.

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Water Removal Experts In West Monroe Explain Dehumidifiers

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Recommends Maintaining About 55% Humidity in Your West Monroe Home to Prevent the Need for Silica Gel in Dehumidifiers

SERVPRO's Industry Leading Equipment Extracts Moisture from Properties in the West Monroe Area

If excessive moisture ever gets into your home in West Monroe, rapid drying is essential to reduce the extent of the damage. If materials stay wet they can lose their structural integrity and microbes can develop inside the house. Water first gets removed with specialized extraction equipment before drying takes place.
 
Once all water possible gets extracted out of the interior of the building, drying equipment gets set up to remove the remainder of the moisture. The amount of dehumidifiers and air movers used during water removal in West Monroe varies depending on the specific situation. The size of the affected area and the amount of water that entered the house all play significant roles in determining what equipment is needed.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians place air movers in the affected region to create an air flow that replaces moist air evaporating off of wet surfaces with warmer, drier air. Dehumidifiers then get set up to pull the moisture out of the air and dispense it into a container in liquid form. The dehumidifiers also exhaust the dry air out so that the air movers can use the hot, dry air in their counterclockwise airflow.
 
SERVPRO uses two types of dehumidification systems that pull water out of the air using two different methods. Refrigerant dehumidifiers use cold metal coils to drop air to its dew point such as when water forms around a pitcher of cold lemonade during a hot day. The moist air enters the dehumidifier and gets pushed along coils that are 20 to 30 degrees below the dew point temperature. The water vapor hits the cold coils, condenses and falls into a collection tray. The air then passes through a warm coil that heats it up before exhausting out of the machine.
 
Desiccant dehumidifiers use a more straightforward method of removing moisture from the air and get used during specialty drying situations. Desiccant dehumidifiers pull air across a silica gel that works as a drying agent. The air is then heated up and pumped back through the gel so that it does not get saturated.
 
The type of dehumidifiers used varies based on the drying requirements of each project. If you ever need professional help with rapid structural drying, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121 any time of the day.

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The Best Way to Address Commercial Water Damage in Monroe

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

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 right 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 that are covering the surfaces. Where necessary, we may drill holes on 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 use dehumidifiers when drying your property, but there are significant factors that we put into consideration 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 to 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 is water, fire, mold, sand storm-related. Call us at (318) 345-5121 at any time of the day and get services from a reliable industry leader.

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Flood Damage can Leave Behind Unwanted Smells in West Monroe Properties

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Even if flooding comes from an inside source like a loose water hose on your washer, your best bet is to contact SERVPRO to dry out your home.

Team SERVPRO Understands that Dealing With Flooding Often Includes Remediating Odors That are Left Behind

Flooding happens a great deal over the Spring months but any time of the year can also see this happen to homeowners in the West Monroe area. Flooding can keep homeowners from living in their properties because of the health risks caused by the water.
 
When a home dries out, and the majority of flood damage in West Monroe no longer poses a problem, smells can remain. These odors can come from moisture that damaged materials after the restoration work concluded, or from debris that remained undetected and hence, unremoved.
 
SERVPRO's technicians can help you and your family rid your home of these persistent smells with the use of different meter readers. Moisture helps odors dissipate into the air from wherever their source comes. This might include debris that washed in and now slowly decomposes. We can remove this and deodorize the area.
 
We use different types of deodorization techniques and methods, depending on the exact circumstances. At times, a combination of two or more works best because of the nature of the materials producing odor. When materials leach odors out from flood damage, gel packs placed inside the area affected can solve the problem. When silt filled with biological matter from nearby streams causes the problem, chemical-based agents can provide more thorough relief instead.
 
When flooding lasted a short time and came from relatively clean water sources, perhaps a misplaced hose from the backyard or another type of overflow, carpets can still stay smelly, even if properly cleaned. Injections of deodorizing scents can help make matters much more pleasant in your home. Our goal stays the same, no matter what type of flood damage your home sustains - bring it back to preloss condition so your family can return home "Like it never even happened" and resume your normal lives.
 
SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe serves Bawcomville, Calhoun, and Richwood area families, helping mitigate the problems of flood damage and other disasters. Call us at (318) 345-5121 for help during times of crisis, so your family suffers less and recovers faster.

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The Basics of Mold Damage Remediation in Monroe

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO follows EPA guidelines to ensure to safely remove mold damage and return your home to its pre loss condition.

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 almost 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 plumbing or a roof that goes unnoticed. Condensation or unmopped spills can give mold a boost. Even high humidity in excess of 60 percent support 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 EPA 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 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 structure) have not infiltrated porous surfaces too profoundly, building materials restore well using these methods. Other options include soda blasting, similar to sand blasting but with sodium bicarbonate. SERVPRO employees then bag and dispose of the moldy materials following local hazardous waste rules.

The crew removes 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 awakened and fed 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.

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Prevent Permanent Harm with Professional Commercial Flood Damage Mitigation Preparation in Monroe

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Save time and help minimize flood damage by setting up an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile with SERVPRO.

Plan Ahead with SERVPRO and Minimize the Damage

In addition to the expense and irritation of coping with flooding in your Monroe business, you can risk losing customers or even the company itself if you cannot recover quickly enough. Working with an established and reputable restoration company to remediate the damage goes a long way to get your business back on its feet.

When seasonal storms cause the sewer systems in Ouachita Parish to backup, your Monroe business can experience flood damage. Depending on your circumstances, the flooding could be just a minor inconvenience or might bring your business to a halt. Increase the odds of landing on your feet after a flood by working with us to develop a plan to manage any disaster.

SERVPRO crafted a set of tools to assist business owners who want to be prepared for a catastrophic event like a flood. We offer to assess your physical plan in-person, making recommendations that can minimize damage and loss if you do experience a water loss. An experienced employee walks through your property, noting vulnerabilities and strengths. You then use a mobile app to create a personalized profile for our use. Together the assessment and profile result in a concise mobile, online strategy, and Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP).

In your Profile, you indicate you want SERVPRO to respond to an emergency flooding or other situation. You can nominate members of your management team or other employees or trusted family or friends to make decisions if you are unavailable during the crisis. The ERP includes a blueprint of your business layout, names of critical contractors or vendors who could help us with systems and machinery, and the location of utility shutoffs, during our recovery efforts.

The SERVPRO ERP allows a business owner to indicate priorities regarding areas of the business to restore first or documents or records to inventory and pack out. Take the opportunity to work with our IICRC certified technicians on ideas that can keep at least a portion of your business open during the crisis and recovery so that your clientele does not lose confidence in your products or services during the flooding restoration process.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe is ready to work with you to recover from a flooding event. Take our service to another level by developing an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile. Call (318) 345-5121 to get the process started.

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Unconventional Water Damage to Your West Monroe Home

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Window air conditioner units can sometimes fail and bring water into your home. Contact SERVPRO when facing a water damage situation.

Our Technicians Understand that Overflowing Water Can Quickly Start to Cause Damage in Your Home

When you think of all of the things in your West Monroe home that could present a water emergency, many people consider things like the appliances that are water fed like the washing machine or hot water tank. While these are sometimes culprits to this kind of chaos, an even likelier culprit in this humid and often hot environment typical of the area is your air conditioning window units.
 
The trouble with window units for your AC in your  house is, you might not even be home when the malfunction and subsequent water damage in West Monroe occurs. The condensation and holding of water inside these appliances are pretty standard, and there is not a lot of internal components to keep this same water from pouring into your house. While this might only be a finite amount, it undoubtedly is enough to cause significant problems to your flooring and walls if it does not get caught immediately.
 
If you come home to a disaster like this, you might have the instinct to start cleaning up the mess yourself, but these conventional cleaning and drying efforts are likely not going to be enough to address the full scope of the damage. SERVPRO utilizes thermal imagery in our inspections to see the presence of moisture and dampness in areas beyond what our eyes can decipher.
 
If the problem gets addressed quickly enough, your water damage could get resolved with the use of specialized equipment like our large drying mats which penetrate underneath your flooring material to dry the area thoroughly. For internal wall damages, we have an injectidry system which uses multiple entry points to move air through this space and dry out any lingering moisture. The objective (beyond merely restoring the damage) of drying these spaces is to prevent compounding damages like mold growth.
 
Water damages might present itself in multiple ways throughout your life, but there are plenty of instances where professional restoration services are the best call to ensure that the cleanup gets done thoroughly enough. You can always trust in the dedication and experience of SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe to help you through any disaster you face. Give us a call today at (318) 345-5121.
 
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Storm Damage to Your Roof Can Lead To Flood Damages In Your West Monroe Home

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

West Monroe Homes and Damaged Roofs Often Mean a Call to SERVPRO for Storm Cleanup and Dryup

Water Intrusions Via Storm Water Can Cause Massive Damage--Reach Out to SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

While West Monroe homeowners do not have to worry about heavy snow weighing down and damaging the roofs of their houses, unfortunately, this does not offer much relief regarding the damage that this structural component of your house gets asked to endure. With massive storm systems passing through the area on a fairly regular basis, your roof takes a very literal beating every time. While these elements are built to last for decades, this does not always mean that they can.
 
While no one wants to have to endure the cost or the potential headache of residential contractors competing for roofing repair estimates, this annoyance is not the least of your worries. A compromised roof is one that has a difficult time keeping the elements on the outside of your West Monroe residence, which in turn can result in flood damages to the upper level of your house. Since you likely are not regularly inspecting your roof for vulnerable points, you might not even be aware of a flooding concern until its presence begins to show on the ceilings and walls of the spaces below the attic.
 
This discovery should encourage you to reach out to our experienced SERVPRO professionals right away. Our dedicated team can get to work quickly to assess the full reach of the damage from the source to where you have noticed its presence in other areas of your home. Sealing up the penetration points on the interior side of the roof can prevent further damage while the restoration process gets underway.
 
Our team of technicians can get to work on extraction after the immediate threat of further damage has gotten removed. This process involves often involves portable pumps and wet vacs. Drying mats and our injectidry system allow the spaces in the walls and beneath the flooring of the attic to get thoroughly dried. The exposed areas get reached with air movers and dehumidification equipment.
 
Working quickly when your home suffers flood damage can help to prevent damage to the contents of your home and its structural components, making them unsalvageable. You can trust in the experience and dedication of our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe team of restoration specialists to help you overcome this threat and restore the effects of this flood has had on your home. Give us a call anytime you need us at (318) 345-5121.

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Water Damage: The Science of Drying - Part II

12/24/2015 (Permalink)

A Hygrometer reads humidity levels providing important information when answering "Is It Drying," and "Is It Dry."

When the expert water technicians from SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe begin drying your home after a water disaster, we have already answered two very important questions:  “What is Wet” and “How Wet Is It.” We have discussed these questions in an earlier post.  The answers to those questions allow us to develop a specific plan of action to begin the drying process.  That plan tells us how much temporary drying equipment is needed in the affected areas and where that equipment needs to be installed.  

Once drying equipment is installed and operating, the next phase of drying your home begins.  Like the initial assessment, there are two questions that must be properly answered before our job is complete.  Those questions are, “Is It Drying?” and “Is It Dry?”

Under ideal circumstances, drying your home can take several days.  The different materials impacted by water damage in your home have unique drying characteristics.  The metering equipment that tells us what is wet also tells us how much these materials have dried.  Proper drying techniques include temperature management, air movement and dehumidification.  Temperature (heat) brings moisture to the surface.  Air movement removes (evaporates) moisture from the surface.  Dehumidification removes the evaporated moisture from the air while supplying a sufficient amount of dry heated air to keep the cycle going.  This on-going process lets us answer the question, “Is It Drying.”

The final question, “Is It Dry,” is answered when moisture and other measurements taken from the areas initially impacted by the water damage closely match the readings from areas that remained dry.  In our initial assessment, and throughout the drying process, we take moisture measurements from an area within your home that was unaffected by the water leak and use those measurements as our “drying standard.”  In its simplest terms, when our wet-area measurements closely match the dry-area measurements, we can conclude your home is dry.

At SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe, we provide emergency water disaster services.  These are the questions we know how to answer to get your home dry and keep your environment safe.  We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (318) 345-5121.  We know how to properly assess water damages and develop and execute a plan of action in our efforts to make your loss “Like It Never Even Happened.”

Water Damage: The Science of Drying - Part I

12/24/2015 (Permalink)

A Moisture Meter helps determine water concentration levels. It is one of the tools we use to determine "What is Wet" and "How Wet Is It."

When the expert water technicians from SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe enter your home after a water disaster, we have two very important questions that we must answer before drying equipment is installed.  The first question is “What is Wet?”  The question sounds simple enough but the answer is often more complicated.  Standing water is obvious but it almost always means that hidden cavities of water exist that must also be found.  These hidden areas can be found under cabinets or laminated flooring.  Water can also seep under tile floors or hardwoods.  Beyond the floors, water often rests inside walls and insulation and can move to adjoining rooms.  Determining “What is Wet” is one of the most important questions we must answer.

The second question in our damage assessment is “How Wet Is It?”  Water found under cabinets or inside walls can cause extensive damage if left untreated.  Wood will warp, wet sheetrock will lose its strength and insulation can absorb large amounts of water.  To answer the question “How Wet Is It,” we use sophisticated metering equipment that can measure moisture levels in areas that are out of site.  We may also use a special camera capable of reading temperature variations within walls or ceilings or even in the foundation to answer this critical question.

At SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe, we provide emergency water disaster services.  These are some of the questions we know how to answer to get your home dry and keep your environment safe.  We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (318) 345-5121.  We know how to properly assess water damages and answering these critical questions lets us develop and execute a plan of action in our efforts to make your loss “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Concerns in an Historic Structure

12/24/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe on the site of historic Washington Plaza in Monroe, LA. Insert shows extent of water damage.

Washington Plaza is an historic structure in downtown Monroe.  It is a picturesque and popular location for business professionals with office spaces, restaurants and other amenities.  It is not only a work destination for Monroe’s professional community, it is also a destination for entertaining clients and guests.

A recent work-week began as anything but normal.  On Monday, December 14, 2015, workers arrived to find 40-plus offices flooded with up to three inches of water.  A supply line in the boiler room had ruptured. 

Water losses in commercial properties present unique challenges to restoration companies.  Interior brick and mortar walls are part of the charm identified with Washington Plaza but drying those materials requires an expert team of restoration specialists with adequate and proper equipment. 

SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe answered the call that Monday morning and had removed the obvious water by that afternoon so additional drying could begin.  Special attention was given to the unique aspects of the building while at the same time, recognizing that businesses needed to get back to normal as quickly as possible without additional delay or interruptions.

We specialize in recognizing the needs of our customers, whether they call us from their places or work or from their homes. SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe has served and been a part of this community for 20 years.  It’s our home too.

Water Damage Emergency Services Within a Large Corporation

12/24/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe Crews at CenturyLink Corporate Headquarters

CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States with its corporate headquarters located in Monroe.  For more than a half-century, CenturyLink has enjoyed exceptional growth and with that growth, it has expanded its contingency plans for every type of emergency that can impact its operations and its customers.

When a sprinkler line ruptured in its Monroe Headquarters in the pre-dawn hours of December 13, 2015, an emergency response plan was put into action that included calling SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe for help.  A full team of SERVPRO® emergency response technicians was on site and extracting water in just over two hours after the initial call.  A total of 25-thousand square feet of office space was impacted but by mid-morning, SERVRO® had removed all the obvious water and had installed drying equipment to remove what remained. 

Because CenturyLink had an emergency response plan in place long before the emergency, its team knew what to do during those critical early moments and who to call for expert help.  After four days, the building was dry, the emergency equipment was removed and a major disaster was averted.

SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe is ready to respond to water damage in your home or business regardless of the size of the loss.  We thank CenturyLink for allowing us to help and for its rapid – and planned – response.  You don’t have to be a telecommunications giant to have an emergency plan in place.  We can help you create a plan for your business at no charge.  To find out more, call us at (318) 345-5121 or follow this link.

Calvin Blunt: SERVPRO® Quality

12/4/2015 (Permalink)

Calvin Blunt, SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe Water Crew Chief, with his newly equipped service van.

Calvin Blunt, crew chief at SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe, is a valuable leader in our team of expert water mitigation and fire restoration technicians.  When we receive a call about water damage, like a flooded home or business, a ruptured water supply line, or other types of water damages, we do our best to put Calvin on the job.

In recognition of his years of experience, his professional training and his outstanding reputation for providing excellent customer service, we have presented Calvin with his own water damage response van.  In his lead role in water mitigation claims, Calvin will take this custom-equipped van to every claim he works.  It has been supplied with the latest electronic tools for determining the extent of the water damage and is also equipped with sufficient equipment to remove damaged items and begin the process of drying the home or business.

While we are happy to present Calvin with this special SERVPRO® van, we are equally excited for the customers of SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe in every part of Northeast Louisiana and Southeast Arkansas.  We want our customers to have the best, and with Calvin on the job, we know that is exactly what they will get.

Electronics Restoration Saves $$$

12/3/2015 (Permalink)

Restoring fire-damaged large-screen television in the Electronics Restoration cleaning room at SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe

At SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe, our Electronics Restoration Division offers professional electronics evaluation and restoration services designed to reduce growing claims cost associated with today's electronics-laden households.

From drying water-impacted and water damaged devises, to cleaning and deodorizing electronics affected by fire damage, smoke damage and soot, to evaluation of AC-powered items following a lightening strike or power surge, our ElectroClean™ certified restoration specialists can handle all of your electronics restoration needs.

Our three-tier data recovery system allows us to recover and preserve valuable data from damaged computers and damaged laptops.  With automated inventory, adjuster and pricing reports, our specialized inventory control system enables us to maintain meaningful communication with customers and insurance claims professionals.

A member of the Certified Electronics Restoration Network, SERVPRO® of Monroe/West Monroe's proprietary restoration techniques and equipment allows us to satisfy our customer's electronics restoration needs at an impressive 92.7% success rate at a cost that averages 20.3% of the replacement cost.

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