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Water Damage's Impact on Slidell Home Structures

1/19/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying a water damaged bathroom Call SERVPRO at the first sign of water damage in your Slidell home to avoid additional damages.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Slidell Residential Water Disasters

Property damage caused by water totals an average of $20 billion per year for United States homeowners. While Slidell property owners can take measures like installing moisture sensors and maintaining plumbing, many water damage incidents are unforeseen accidents that can happen without warning. Fortunately, professional assistance is available at any time of the day or night to minimize potential damages.

Water damage cleanup for Slidell homeowners is available at SERVPRO 24/7. Restoration from highly-trained technicians takes care of water damage and performs necessary repairs. These services can include patching up drywall and fixing damaged flooring and baseboards.

How Water Damage can Affect Residential Structures

Moisture can be highly damaging on its own. Still, two of the most challenging aspects of cleanup are water's ability to carry in other contaminants and the potential for mold growth due to the damage mentioned above.

In as little as one week, moisture damage can do the following:

  • Make drywall warp, crack, and eventually crumble. Ceilings may sag and ultimately collapse without intervention
  • Cause furniture finishes to spread stains that may not be removable if they have been allowed to set
  • Warp furniture frames and potentially rust components like nails or the backs of upholstery tacks
  • Damage flooring that relies on adhesives to stay in place
  • Generate excess mold growth in as little as 24 hours after exposure

While homeowners can hypothetically take care of some of the water themselves, moisture that has been left for more than a week may be considered a potential biohazard.

Restoration technicians are well-equipped to remove water at the source with commercial-grade equipment and perform mold mitigation where needed. Leaving these tasks to the pros can mitigate damages more quickly and thoroughly, especially in situations where the source of the damage is difficult to clean with consumer-grade solutions.

Effective Sanitation and Water Removal with SERVPRO Tools

SERVPRO's multi-pronged approach to moisture cleanup entails a variety of strategies that address many of the complexities of water cleanup, including:

  • Are mold or bacterial odors present?
  • Is the scope of the damage milder or more severe?
  • How much damage did structural materials and contents suffer?
  • Is demolition necessary for mitigation or repairs? If so, can these materials be repaired, reinstalled, or replaced?
  • Are furnishings or other belongings affected, and can they be restored?

Unless items like antiques, collectibles, or specialized electronic devices need servicing, SERVPRO professionals can often restore these items with careful manual cleaning, application EPA-registered biocides, and drying solutions. Papers and books can also be dried, typically through sublimation to halt further water damage.

Drying is a multi-step process that relies on extraction tools to pull up most excess water before positioning dehumidifiers and air movers around the property. The placement of air movers is crucial for effectively drying walls, floors, and ceilings efficiently in tandem with the dehumidifier.

Odor control can be implemented after drying and sanitation with the help of multiple tools, including SERVPRO odor counteractant beads, scented granules, time-release pellets, and ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers which can release water- or solvent-based deodorizing fog.

Before and after deodorization, SERVPRO technicians run high-powered box fans which circulate over 3,000 cubic feet of air per minute at least 40 times. This process ensures that contaminants and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are not a risk and that air quality in the home is as clean as possible.

Residents can call (985) 649-1516 for "Like it never even happened" mitigation and rebuilding services from SERVPRO of Slidell.

How to Prevent Costly Fire Damage Repairs in Slidell

1/19/2023 (Permalink)

Kitchen cabinets and microwave with fire damage SERVPRO's certified technicians are ready and available to assist in Slidell with fire damages 24/7.

Slidell SERVPRO Fire Mitigation Techs Restore Damaged Property with 24-Hour Service

Residential structure fires can be an overwhelming experience for any Slidell homeowner. These disasters often leave behind debris and soot, but the damage can spread unpleasant odors and hard-to-remove residues from burnt oils, plastics, and chemicals. Soot can also get trapped in appliances, ventilation ducts, and electrical components, potentially compromising these items and creating even more costly repair considerations over time without fast-acting cleanup.

SERVPRO fire damage restoration professionals in Slidell are trained to remediate smoke and soot residues and fire suppression-related damage. This firm’s dedication to thorough training ensures that properties receive care consistent with their insurance coverage and Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards.

What Factors Exacerbate Fire Damage Repairs?

While flame-resistant structural materials, like gypsum board, treated plywood, and intumescent paint, can go a long way toward reducing the impact and spread of a fire, these measures themselves do not prevent these disasters from occurring at all. Even with thorough preparation and steps taken to lessen the risk, fires can happen regardless.

  • Fire suppression solutions like home extinguishers and kitchen range hood extinguishers can address common sources of residential structure fires.
  • Regular HVAC cleaning and maintenance can minimize the amount of material soot can cling to or that flames can burn.
  • Having faulty electrical wiring, motors, and other components serviced when defective or failing can greatly minimize ignition risk, especially in attics or any room that uses an exhaust fan.
  • If a small kitchen fire breaks out, homeowners are advised to avoid using water to put it out, potentially spreading flames, mainly if oils are involved. Instead, baking soda or salt is often sufficient for smothering these minor flare-ups.

After a fire, Slidell home occupants are encouraged to contact their insurer as soon as possible. Typically, homeowners do not have to wait on an adjuster to inspect the property before calling an IICRC-certified restoration team like SERVPRO.

SERVPRO’s Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup Process for Residential Structures

The key to successful smoke and soot mitigation is the ability to remediate the main factors that exacerbate fire damage, including:

  • Unsalvageable debris that can contribute to stains and odors
  • Water damage and residues from suppression efforts
  • Creosote, soot deposits, and filmy protein soils can all attract dirt and create unpleasant odors
  • HVAC fire damage, which can spread soot particles and residues throughout the home without proper treatment
  • Charring on structural materials, fixtures, and furnishings, as well as soot on metals that can eventually corrode them

Air movers and dehumidifiers can dry residual moisture. During cleanup, containment procedures like sealing doorways, windows, and ductwork before lowering air pressure prevent soot particles from traveling outside the damaged area.

Manual cleaning with such tools as dry cleaning sponges, alkaline cleaners, and OSHA-approved antimicrobials can remove light to moderate soils. Heavy-duty cleaning and partial odor control are achievable with such tools as soda ash or dry ice blasting, ultrasonic cleaning, and ozone or hydroxyl generators. Thermal fogging provides widespread deodorization with powerful solvents that eliminate smoke odors at the particle level.

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and respond with 24/7 mitigation services. Homeowners can call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 to begin the restoration process.

How Mold Damage Affects Slidell Homes and Their Contents

1/19/2023 (Permalink)

Mold damage on the corner area of a white wall Mold can hide under various surfaces or be visible. Are there signs of mold growth in your Slidell home? Call SERVPRO!

Mold Damage Restoration from SERVPRO Saves Slidell Properties from Costly Repairs

Mold damage can set in quickly and often without Slidell homeowners' knowledge. These microbes can start eating away at surfaces and producing spores in as little as 24 hours. Even with DIY cleanup methods, these spores can spread easily, settling into nooks and crannies where they can continue to feed off household materials and reproduce by releasing spores.

SERVPRO mold damage cleanup for Slidell property owners utilizes high-tech solutions and science-backed approaches to disaster remediation. Technicians clean structural materials, furniture, and belongings alike and perform the rebuilding and repair services necessary to return a residence to a safe, comfortable state.

How Mold Eats Away at Surfaces

Mold's growth process is closely tied to how much it can eat and the amount of humidity and warmth where it lives. Visible stains and damage are caused by microbes releasing digestive enzymes that wear down surfaces searching for edible organic material. Drywall is made of paperboard and gypsum, and wood wall framing and baseboards are among the most common places for microbes to hide.

Mold can also exist in such surfaces and areas as:

  • Upholstery fabrics and drapes
  • Insulation
  • Food storage
  • Bathrooms, particularly those with loosened caulk and seals
  • Around leaky supply lines, plumbing, and other water damage sources

SERVPRO professionals can remediate the damage and the circumstances that create it, which mold could exacerbate. Homeowners are advised to avoid performing cleanup on their own to ensure that they do not unintentionally spread microbes to other spaces.

How SERVPRO Training Prepares Technicians and Staff for Mold Mitigation

SERVPRO's extensive training and education resources provide restoration technicians with the essential knowledge necessary to restore affected homes to a pre-damage state.

Education units for technicians cover:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

After completing these units and the required Crew Training, restoration pros are ready to remediate a variety of home disasters. SERVPRO e-Learning modules allow technicians and non-restoration staff to expand their knowledge base while staying up-to-date on restoration industry protocols as laid out by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Franchise owners undergo thorough SERVPRO training via hands-on Initial Franchise Training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility. One of this facility's most unique features is the SERVPRO Corporate Training House, which allows for realistic disaster mitigation scenarios to be mitigated and restored.

Franchise owners are educated in:

  • Fire & Water Damage Restoration
  • Mold Mitigation
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Educational courses and seminars, both credit and noncredit, are also available to SERVPRO staff and professionals in industries related to residential disaster restoration. These can include insurance agents, claims adjusters, and real estate professionals.

These sources include:

  • The noncredit Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Contol
  • Fire & Water Damage Restoration units

These comprehensive resources allow individuals and SERVPRO professionals to better prepare for a disaster and assist the community in providing more effective home restoration when damage does occur.

SERVPRO's learning resources, industrial-grade mold mitigation technologies, and 24-hour availability ensure that emergency-response restoration services meet a consistently high standard for homeowners and their families.

Property owners can call (985) 649-1516 for restoration services from SERVPRO of Slidell. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster and prepared to respond to structural damage concerns seven days a week.

Businesses in Slidell Trust SERVPRO with Water Mitigation

1/18/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment for water damage This is just some of the equipment we have available to dry your commercial and residential properties.

SERVPRO Saves Time and Cost of Water Mitigation for Slidell Businesses 

Water mitigation of your Slidell commercial property by professionals like SERVPRO aims to reduce the extent of the loss. Mitigation services involve:

  • Removing excess water from the property.
  • Drying.
  • Deodorizing the structure to return the property to its preloss condition as quickly as possible. 

Every water mitigation situation in Slidell commercial properties is different, and SERVPRO uses an individualized approach to increase the efficiency of the process. Our IICRC-certified techs thoroughly evaluate the extent and scope of the damage before finalizing the restoration strategy. 

Why is Dehumidification an Essential Step in Water Damage Restoration?

When water intrudes your Slidell commercial property, it can either accumulate as free water or be absorbed into porous building materials. While the techs use pumps to extract the standing water, the absorbed moisture is much more difficult to remove. 

The hidden, absorbed water continues to damage the structural components, and techs must remove it as quickly as possible to prevent permanent damage. SERVPRO techs use dehumidification to facilitate the drying of the structure by creating optimal drying conditions. 

As dehumidification removes the water from drying air, the equilibrium shifts and water evaporates out of the wet materials. SERVPRO uses several pieces of equipment to remove the excess moisture from the air to create ideal drying conditions. Some essential types of dehumidifiers we use in commercial properties include-

  • Refrigerant dehumidifiers 
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers 
  • Low grain dehumidifiers
  • Direct expansion units

When are Desiccant Dehumidifiers Used?

While about 80% of water restoration jobs are served best by refrigerant dehumidifiers, desiccant dehumidifiers are necessary when the air temperature is below 500F. Techs use desiccant dehumidifiers to dry dense materials having low permeability and porosity. 

Call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 for a water mitigation service you can trust. 

Handing Fabrics during Water Damage Restoration in Slidell Homes

12/20/2022 (Permalink)

Flooring with Water Damage Call SERVPRO today if you need help with professional water damage restoration.

Water Damage Repair in Slidell Is Easier With SERVPRO

Textiles are part and parcel of every property, whether used within structural areas such as room dividers or in contents like carpets and furniture. With their porous nature, any exposure to moisture has an impact since absorption is almost instantaneous. Proper handling of fabrics is essential when doing water damage restoration.

Fabrics can be spoiled by the moisture exposure or the actions you take during water damage restoration at your Slidell property. Therefore, taking action is enough only if the approach is appropriate. SERVPRO has professional water restoration technicians who are well-trained to understand the problems that affect fabrics and the best restoration approaches.

Common Problems Affecting Textiles:

  • Stretching
  • Staining
  • Discoloration
  • Deep soiling

Each problem has a different causative factor and might be aggravated when you attempt restoration, leading to irreversible outcomes. For instance, stretching is a common problem with carpets. Actions such as excessive folding, rough handling during removal, and cleaning or circulating air beneath the carpet to facilitate in-place drying can leave you with a stretched carpet. Too much stretching can also lead to delamination, permanently damaging the material. Our SERVPRO technicians avoid such outcomes by exercising caution during removal. We also use appropriate tools such as knee kickers and carpet awls.

Color Changes in Fabrics

The appealing look of your fabric items can be gone forever when the color changes. Such a change can be localized in an area as an ugly stain or widespread as discoloration, especially if the fabric is colorfast. Combating stains is mostly about timing since once the problem develops, it is challenging to reverse.  

Timely Actions That Prevent Stains:

  • Separating colorfast items from upholstery
  • Removing furniture from wet carpets
  • Avoiding dragging items over carpeted

How you execute restoration also matters. For instance, our SERVPRO technicians avoid high pressure and temperatures when cleaning upholstery items. We also use gentle yet effective cleaning agents to deal with soiled fabrics.

SERVPRO of Slidell takes every possible step to ensure that water restoration saves your textile items from moisture exposure “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (985) 649-1516.

Remediating Mold Damage in Slidell

11/16/2022 (Permalink)

LGR dehu MAX 250 SERVPRO says--reducing humidity with an LGR dehumidifier can help mitigate mold infestations and prevent their return. Call us for help.

How SERVPRO of Slidell Uses Local Mold Remediation Technicians

Microbes are ever present in water and home environments. Microscopic in size, these organisms can reproduce rapidly with sufficient supplies of water, temperature, and organic matter. The materials used to build the interior structure of your home represent food sources for microbes. Indoor heating, combined with a recent water intrusion event, can lead to mold infestations that require professional remediation to remove.

SERVPRO is a licensed mold remediator that can help you with:

  • Microbial infestations
  • Mold Remediation
  • Mold removal

Remediating mold damage in Slidell involves the removal of infested materials and careful containment of affected areas. However, the true test of whether an infestation is remediated correctly is by observing whether it returns. Microbes require water to grow, so protecting a home from infestation long-term relies on drying materials and correcting the moisture problem at the source. Conventional drying methods, such as venting fans or air movers, can be problematic in remediation because excessive airflow spreads microbes around the home and to unaffected areas.

Passive drying equipment with limited airflow or a vacuum component is ideal for drying infested properties

  • Low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers (LGRs) with limited airflow can help to dry the internal structure without spreading spores.
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers can re-establish the natural moisture levels of wet, dense materials such as structural framing or floorboards.
  • Monitoring internal humidity and material moisture content throughout remediation is essential to prevent the mold from returning to the home.

The presence of microbial infestation makes a home unsanitary, while regularly removing mold colonies is unlikely to address the source of the problem and can get expensive over time. SERVPRO is a licensed remediator that uses EPA-registered antimicrobial chemicals, industry-standard equipment, and expert technicians to ensure that your home returns to a preloss condition following mold infestations.

To get your home back to its normal condition, contact SERVPRO of Slidell, quoting mold damage remediation at (985) 649-1516.

Solutions for Flood Removal in Confined Spaces of Slidell Homes

9/18/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded crawlspace with water halfway up the walls Removing water from small spaces is a job for the professionals. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for remediation services for your home. We are standing by.

 Slidell homes can have flooded areas challenging for SERVPRO professionals to clean and restore. 

Flooding can be challenging enough to resolve without being in a difficult area to clean and restore. When confined spaces become a home for flood damage, our team must arrive quickly with emergency services to prevent the situation getting worse, such as:

  • Board Up
  • Tarping
  • Water Removal
  • Content relocation

Cleaning Up Damaged Attics

Flood damage in Slidell homes varies considerably based on the cause of the water damage and where the house becomes vulnerable. In some situations, attics can be the victim of flood damage when roof damages allow for moisture penetration through shingles, slate, and underlayment materials. Fast action by our SERVPRO team can prevent the migration of this moisture to living spaces beneath the attic.

Crawlspace Flood Damage Cleanup

The crawlspace beneath many local beachfront properties and throughout Slidell can become a mostly unseen flood damage threat. Given that the clearance is rarely more than 4 feet, the area earns its name and complicates flood water removal and cleanup. To reach this damaged area, our professionals rely on various extraction tools like our wet vacuums and truck-mount pumps. Our general contractor license also allows us to provide crawl space encapsulation services to avoid flood damage recurrences moving forward.

Microbial and Pathogenic Threats

Beyond the damage that water itself can do after hours or days of exposure, natural flooding also presents other hazards for the property. Viral and bacterial pathogens are present in flash flooding concerns that impact crawlspaces and the main living levels of homes in the area. Unresolved moisture can promote mold growth too, after only a few days. 

Confined spaces impacted by flood damage present unique obstacles for even seasoned and experienced restoration professionals like our SERVPRO of Slidell team. Providing site-specific tools and machines to overcome standing water and other potential threats is a fast approach to mitigating possible loss. We are available 24/7 at (985) 649-1516.

SERVPRO Can Assistance with Complications Created by Smoke Damage in Your Slidell Home

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

flames at an electrical outlet SERVPRO says check appliances and do not overload circuits to help protect your Slidell home from fire damage.

Fire Damage Restoration for Our Slidell Neighbors

Most people know that even though it does not happen to you every day, having a fire ignite inside your house is possible. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, a home fire occurs in the United States every 93 seconds. Cooking mishaps and smoking are the most common causes of structural blazes, but electrical issues are also at the top of the list. Since pretty much all of the appliances in your house use electricity, one could malfunction and cause flames to ignite.

Even a minor blaze could require you to call in professionals for fire damage restoration in Slidell. Once combustion occurs, the flames can quickly spread, consuming your building materials and contents as fuel. Some partially combusted particles will then get released into the air. Once the smoke particles hit cooler surfaces like your ceilings and walls, soot residues can form. 

Since the smoke coming from the blaze can cause residues and foul odors, it is wise to call a professional company like SERVPRO for help. Our highly trained team provides fast, 24/7 service, and we can assist you in the following ways:

? Repairing Fire Damaged Homes

? Fire Damage Restoration

? House Fire Clean Up

? Smoke Remediation

? Water & Fire Damage Restorations

? Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Clean Up

Whenever an appliance has an electrical short, and a fire ignites, the issues with smoke can become your biggest problem. We inspect and scope your building before beginning any restoration. We can use a wipe test to see what surfaces contain smoke residues and which methods will work best to clean them.

If you ever suffer from a fire created by a broken appliance, call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516. 

Rapid Water Removal After Overnight Commercial Equipment Failure

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

flooded corridor in a hotel SERVPRO says We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster to keep your commercial business in Slidell open following water damage.

Count on a Timely Response from the Experts at SERVPRO

When employees at a local firm arrived to find hallways swimming with water, our crew got moving quickly to help. A water heater valve malfunctioned, sending hundreds of gallons of fluids flooding throughout the facility. Our crew initiated mitigation action immediately, removing the visible standing water using our high-efficiency truck-mounted extractors.

What Additional Steps Are Needed Following Emergency Extraction?

Fluid migration is a significant concern during water removal at any Slidell business. Particularly when a supply line continuously pumps water for hours, as in this mechanical failure case, the quantity and pressure are likely to force water through cracks and permeable materials. Building cavities, subfloors, and structural elements with open cells like cinder blocks are vulnerable to water incursion that can remain hidden unless trained technicians perform moisture detection and release strategies.

Why Is Tracing Water Migration Critical?

If pooled water remains in cavities, a structure risks progressive deterioration. Water is a corrosive substance, capable of breaking down drywall, oxidizing metals, swelling and weakening wooden framing, and destroying the integrity of subfloors and ceilings. The window for inhibiting the proliferation of fungal infestation is short, with mold colonies frequently taking hold within 24 to 48 hours without thorough water extraction and adequate structural drying.

How do Professional Water Remediators Gain Access to Trapped Water and Absorbed Moisture? 

SERVPRO knows the potential for permanent damage is significant if we fail to locate hidden water. Effective drying also requires access to warm air movement and dehumidification to address wet materials and spaces. Controlled demolition techniques are useful, opening up areas where our experience and detection tools suggest water lurks, soaking insulation, and structures. Flood cuts provide the access needed, removing the lowest two feet of exterior drywall in selected locations. 

Rapid water removal and adherence to restoration industry best practices are how SERVPRO of Slidell delivers successful outcomes for our commercial customers. Call (985) 649-1516 24/7. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Kitchen Clutter Can Be a Fire Hazard in Pearl River Kitchens

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

burned kitchen, removed stove showing electric SERVPRO advice: Keep an ABC type fire extinguisher under your kitchen sink to mitigate fire damage in your Pearl River residence.

Allowing Clutter to Build in Your Pearl River Kitchen Can Lead to Fire Damage 

Many people find themselves extremely busy and choose to forgo cleaning in favor of sleep; however, clutter can make fire damage more likely. For this reason, it is always crucial to keep your cooking space tidy and organized. 

Consider a situation where fire damage strikes your Pearl River kitchen. An empty cereal box, some paper grocery bags, and several pieces of food packaging are left on your counter. The pile grows with each meal. As you cook, a grease fire starts and splatters. 

The splatter hits the clutter, and soon it is up in flames. Unfortunately, before you manage to grab the extinguisher and snuff the small fire out, it burns through the clutter and stains your white cabinetry. In this situation, immediately calling for professional help is the best thing you can do for your home. 

Here at SERVPRO, we train our fire and smoke damage remediation technicians to handle big and small fire losses. We use advanced technology and are always available because we understand that accidents are not on a schedule. When you call SERVPRO for help, we always try to get a professional team of technicians to your home within hours of speaking to you. 

Once we arrive at your apartment, our technicians can immediately get to work. Fire damage can leave behind an intense malodor. Setting up an air scrubber, equipped with a HEPA filter is one of the first things our SERVPRO techs can do to combat the odor. While we work to remove the smoke residue from your countertop and cupboards, the air scrubber can remove the particles from the air which are causing the unpleasant smell. 

While setting up the air scrubber, other team members can begin to remediate the stains in your kitchen. Our techs can use a special cleaning agent made from organic components designed to break down greasy soot. It may take several applications of the cleaner, but our technicians do not mind. After all, at SERVPRO, we always try to leave you feeling "Like it never even happened." 

If your home has suffered fire damage, get help now. Speak with SERVPRO of Slidell by dialing (985) 649-1516. We're open 24/7.