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Types of Water Damage Caused by Dirty Water

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Types of Water Damage Caused by Dirty Water

Many people look at water in a home or water in a business in the same way. Whether caused by a supply line break, another pipe break or flooding, they think that all the water they see is exactly the same. A restoration company that specializes in flood damage can help those owners understand that there is both clean water and dirty water. Knowing what dirty water is and the types of water damage it can do can help owners know whether to call for restoration or mitigation help.

What is Dirty Water?

Before starting the water cleanup process and using any type of drying method in a flooded home, the restoration company will first determine if the water is dirty or clean. Dirty water is any type of water with contaminants. A good example of dirty water is the water in a home or the water in a business seen after a supply line break. With a supply line break, that water can mix with sewage and run off from the sewer lines.

Drying Methods

Working with restoration and mitigation professionals is especially important when doing dirty water cleanup because the drying methods used on other jobs are potentially dangerous. The fans usually used to reduce the effects of water damage can spread the dirty water around the house or business and damage other parts of the building. Those fans can also allow mold spores to spread faster than they otherwise would. Water cleanup professionals will use other drying methods to dry items in the building.

No Spreading

With ordinary flood damage, restoration experts can walk around the home without worrying about spreading contaminants from one room to the next. They cannot do the same thing when working in a flooded home with dirty water. The water in a home that builds up after a pipe break may contain particles of feces and other particles that are easy to spread. Mitigation professionals will wear gear to protect their bodies and faces and work in just one room at a time. They can even change clothing before moving to another room.

Removal of Contaminated Objects

One thing that property owners may not think about when dealing with water in a business or water in a home is what to do with any contaminated objects. Anything that comes into contact with that dirty water becomes a potential hazard. This includes clothing, furniture, stuffed animals, books and food in the kitchen. Any food left out in the open during a pipe break is now dirty. Flood damage professionals will identify the contaminated objects and throw those objects out in a safe manner that prevents others from coming into contact with or using those items. This is especially important after a flood leaves behind water in a business because the owner will not want anyone to use their discards.

Water Type

While examining a flooded home, restoration company techs will identify the type of water in the home. Dirty water sometimes goes by the name of black water because the water can mix with oil or other liquids and develop a dark black sheen. A pipe break or a supply line break is an example of black water. Gray water usually comes from appliances like dishwashers and washing machines and can both cause flood damage and be dangerous. As owners cannot identify clean water from gray or black water, they need to call in professionals who can.

Restoration and mitigation professionals have a deep understanding of water damage. They know which drying methods they can use in a flooded home based on the top of water that puddles on the ground. These professionals also know how to handle different types of water damage and which water cleanup methods work the best. An honest restoration company can cleanup that damage in as little time as possible. Visit http://www.SERVPROslidell.com for more information on water damage.

The Wisdom of Hiring Experts in Fire Restoration Services

9/12/2017 (Permalink)


The Wisdom of Hiring Experts in Fire Restoration Services

Fire in business premises can wreak havoc on a company. Even though commercial buildings have safety measures like a fire hose, fire suppression, and fire sprinkler system, they may not be enough to contain the fire damage. Imagine the consequences of losing even half of the inventory, the soot damage to a commercial building, and the downtime of waiting for the firefighter then the cleanup to be complete.

Without professionals to handle the smoke damage and other consequences of the fire, a business may never be ready to get back to normal. Regardless of how small the incident is, one should never belittle the after effects and get an expert to conduct a proper analysis immediately the firefighter service is done. A professional fire restoration company is a necessary investment for several reasons.

Systematic Fire Damage Cleanup

When the fire truck has left the scene, and the destruction manifests itself, a business owner may feel overwhelmed with no idea of where to start. One plus point of working with a fire restoration company is that technicians have a process for cleaning up after an electrical fire, utility room fire, or any other kind of accident. When the safety of workers and equipment is at stake, companies cannot wing their way through commercial fire damage restoration. Fire damage experts begin with inspections, which include evaluating the structural soundness of the building to determine the degree of restoration needed. They will look at the soot damage and smoke damage, proceed with the cleanup followed by the required repairs. A methodical approach to fixing commercial fire damage reduces the time technicians spend on the process.

Focus on the Business

Just because a building is not safe to work in any more or half the stock is gone doesn’t mean a company should stop providing services. One reaction to recovering from commercial fire damage is to keep the essential operations going. With a professional fire restoration team handling the cleanup and clearing the soot damage, employees are left free to cater to customer needs. It may be necessary to outsource some functions, but that offers an opportunity to maintain the client base until the experts can a restore the place of business after an electrical fire.

Improve Fire Preventative Measures

Fires in commercial buildings can be a result of any number of things. A utility room fire can be caused by improper storage of flammable liquids. An electrical fire may be due to faulty electrical equipment. A firefighter can point out some of the fire risks a building is exposed to like a worn out fire hose or outdated fire suppression and fire sprinkler system. Restoration technicians can advise how to improve safety measures like upgrading the fire suppression and fire sprinkler system, installing a new fire hose, or making a commercial building more accessible to a fire truck.

Minimize Damage and Costs

Failure to get a professional restoration service can aggravate the damage that an enterprise suffers after a utility room fire or electrical fire. Soot damage and smoke damage are some of the most dangerous elements to watch out for after the fire truck and firefighter have cleared the premises. Even after the fire dies, smoke lingers in a building and seeps into every corner the longer it stays without removal. Soot, ash, and smoke will ruin upholstery, carpeting, flooring, and walls. Fire damage cleanup companies use advanced techniques, tools, and products to fix different types of damages. Effective restoration after commercial fire damage ensures that problems don’t arise later which may cost more money to repair.

Once the fire truck has cleared the location of a commercial fire damage, the next call should be to fire restoration experts. Besides cleaning up the soot and smoke, technicians will guarantee the building adheres to safety standards by ensuring that the fire suppression, fire hose, and fire sprinkler system are up to code. Whether it’s a factory or utility room fire, experienced restoration experts can deal with the smoke damage, carpet cleaning, and repairs.
Visit http://www.SERVPROslidell.com for more information on fire damage.

Is it Time to Call a Professional Storm Damage Company? Here's How to Tell

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Is it Time to Call a Professional Storm Damage Company? Here's How to Tell

Dealing with flooding, storm damage, roof damage, wind damage, or standing ground water can be a nightmare. After sinking time, money, and energy into creating the perfect business, the last thing you want to find after a storm is ground water or a roof leak. Unfortunately, many businesses find that after a period of flooding in their area, storm damage to their building can be quite difficult to manage. They may discover roof damage or a roof leak, or even standing ground water in the building. Fortunately, a professional storm damage repair company can help. Here's how to determine it's time to call a professional.

Flood Water

River flooding can affect more than just your lawn. Unfortunately, river flooding can quickly accumulate in your basement or even your main floor. If you experience river flooding in your area and notice standing flood water in your building, it's time to get professional help for your river flooding.

Water restoration services may include using a flood pump to remove flood water from your building. Your storm restoration professional may be able to utilize their flood pump to improve the appearance of your building. A flood pump is just the first step your storm restoration expert may take. After the flood pump removes the water from your building, you'll need to ensure you follow all of the appropriate steps for water restoration to avoid further problems.

Hurricane Damage

Hurricane damage can include flooding, wind damage, roof damage, and roof leaks. Roof repair is one of the most common issues you'll face after a hurricane. It doesn't take much to cause damage to your roof, and roof repair is an essential part of home restoration after hurricane damage. If you notice flooding in your home or business, ground water, flood water, wind damage, or a roof leak, it's time to get professional help. A roof leak is especially important to fix quickly. Roof damage and wind damage on the exterior of your home can lead to further problems down the line, including mold growth, and should be addressed quickly.

Ice Damage

Unfortunately, wind damage and river flooding aren't the only problems facing home and business owners. Even if you've faced a recent roof repair, keep in mind that storm restoration can include managing ice damming and frozen pipes. Ice damming occurs when ice freezes at the edge of your roof and the water can't drain. An ice dam can cause incredible roof repair issues. An ice dam is something many home restoration professionals are ready to deal with. Ice damming can happen whether you've dealt with an ice dam before or not. If you want to minimize the home restoration required on your building, make sure you understand ice damming and talk with your storm restoration expert on how to avoid an ice dam.

Hail Damage

Dealing with hurricane damage, ice damage, and frozen pipes is tricky enough, but hail damage is also a problem your home restoration expert can help with. Hail damage can cause a variety of problems and often accompanies frozen pipes and ice damage. Ice damage, hail damage, and frozen pipes can affect both the interior and exterior of your house, so talk with a professional who understands storm remediation.

Whether you've been dealing with water restoration or another problem facing your home and business, it's time to talk with someone who can help you with storm remediation. This includes assessing the damage done to your house and creating a plan for recovery and storm remediation. Never feel like you have to face the challenges of storm damage alone. The right professional can help your business quickly recover from physical damage with water restoration and storm remediation. Visit http://www.SERVPROslidell.com for more information on storm damage.

Here We Grow Again

3/3/2016 (Permalink)

Community Here We Grow Again Always on the go to make it.... Like it never happened.

Here We Grow Again

We are currently hiring a Project Estimator.

Do you love helping people through difficult situations?

Then, don’t miss your chance to join our Franchise as a new Administrative Assistant. In this position you will be making a difference each and every day. We have a sincere drive towards the goal of helping make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened”!

We’re seeking someone who is great on the phone, who has excellent analytical skills, and who is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment. Our idea of the ultimate candidate is one who is proactive, is experienced, truly enjoys providing superior service, and loves taking ownership. Are you highly dependable and excited about routinely exceeding expectations? Then you may be our perfect hero!

As a valued SERVPRO® Franchise employee, you will receive a competitive pay rate with opportunity to learn and grow.

Primary Responsibilities

·         Provide excellent customer service

·         Send out email and written correspondence

·         Complete internal job file quality reviews

·         Meet crucial deadlines

·         Prepare estimates and billing invoices

·         Participate in coordinating crew and job scheduling

·         Assist other departments, as needed

Position Requirements

·         2+ year(s) of administrative or office-related experience

·         Experience with billing, quality assurance, and scheduling in the service industry a plus

·         Proficiency using Xactimate® or the demonstrated ability to quickly learn the software

·         Polite, confident, and excellent customer service skills, including listening and questioning skills

·         Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail

·         Minimum of HSD/GED preferred

·         Ability to successfully complete a background check subject to applicable law

 See our currect ad on LinkedIn as well...

Pay Rate

Competitive pay based on experience.

TO APPLY:  E-mail your resume, along with salary history, to:  tmurphy@SERVPROslidell.com

                                SERVPRO® of Slidell and SERVPRO® of The New Orleans West Bank are an EOE M/F/D/V employer

What Do You Do When Your Business Has Smoke Damage From Someone Else's Fire?

1/27/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Do You Do When Your Business Has Smoke Damage From Someone Else's Fire? Six alarm fire on Canal St, New Orleans Louisiana.

It's eight in the morning on a Wednesday, you are trying to get to work, but traffic is making you late, then you hear on the radio "...a six alarm fire has broken out on Canal St, fire department is on the scene suppressing the fire..." Now you think to yourself, "Oh great, now I'm going to be late to work, but I know it wasn't my building because I wasn't notified and my smoke detectors didn't go off".  Then you arrive to discover the lobby of your business is clouded lightly with smoke, your building smells, and your furniture and inventory have a layer of soot.  What do you do?

Call SERVPRO of Slidell to clean up the mess.  Our friendly staff is available 24/7 to help you get your business back running.  We specialize in restoring your property to get you back to what you do best.

  • Smoke odor in your Office?  Let us deodorize your building and bring back your clients.
  • Soot on your shelves?  Our staff can quickly clean your surfaces of soot to make your office shine like new.
  • Smoke stains on your walls?  Let us restore your office back to when it was freshly painted.
  • With SERVPRO of Slidell at your side, it will be “Like it never even happened”.