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Professional Cleanup After Water Damage to Slidell Office Flooring

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

small office, drying wood flooring SERVPRO can restore water damaged wood flooring in Slidell area offices and commercial spaces

Addressing trapped and standing water can protect sensitive building materials in Slidell offices.

Before much of the area's flooring can be dried, cleaned, and restored, certain mitigation tasks are necessary for local offices. Content relocation is critical for damaged businesses, as this can protect many vital materials and items before restoration begins, such as:

  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Documents
  • Fabrics/Upholstery

Hardwood Flooring

A mark of skilled water restoration companies for Slidell businesses is managing multiple flooring types when water damage exists. Our SERVPRO team can quickly identify the necessary drying tools and extraction equipment to manage hardwood flooring concerns. Absorption might be delayed with a finish or varnish on hardwood, but it can be devastating to the material once this penetration occurs. We utilize drying mats and squeegee wands to manage surface water and trapped moisture concerns.

Carpeted Floors

Low-pile carpeting is common in office buildings. Traditional extraction can help with any pooling or puddling, but the trapped moisture creates the biggest concerns. We have weighted extractors and hot water extraction cleaning measures to protect the thin carpet layer and the padding underneath before irreparable harm occurs.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Popular flooring material for lobbies and offices is engineered wood. This plank flooring option leaves multiple moisture penetration points with plank seams. After surface water gets resolved, we must utilize drying mats to pull trapped moisture in the floors before warping and distortion result. Fortunately engineered wood is constructed to resist warping.

Is Reconstruction Necessary?

With a general contractor license, our SERVPRO team must assess where reconstruction and demolition of these flooring materials might be needed to provide a faster and more cost-efficient path to restoration.

Many types of materials can become damaged by water in area businesses and commercial facilities. Our SERVPRO of Slidell team can help in large loss scenarios when you call (985) 649-1516.

Call Us 24/7 In Slidell After Fire Damage

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

burnt toaster; charring and melted plastic Even small fires can produce lingering smoke odors. SERVPRO can remove the damage and the odors left behind.

Slidell Fire Odor Control – The Kitchen Fire is Out, Now What

Whether you put out the fire yourself or the fireman quickly doused the fire in your kitchen, there is a good chance that odors from the fire can remain. There may be several different odors depending on what was burning and how quickly the fire was put out. For example, there may be odors from burned food, grease, plastic, and more that permeates your home. The odors might even be limited to your kitchen or may have spread to other portions of the house.

SERVPRO has been active in the Slidell area since 1999, dealing with fire odor control, water damage, flood, and storm damage issues. We can call on other franchises for assistance as needed to ensure we have sufficient human resources and technical skills to meet any situation.

Remove the Source

The first step in dealing with odors is always to remove the primary source of the odor. If there is a charred pot on the stove, for example, it needs to be removed from the home. Removing odors follows a procedure that SERVPRO has perfected over the years. We identify the cause of the odor and treat it accordingly. There may be several types of odors that need different treatment.

Hard Surfaces vs. Absorbent Materials

Hard surfaces such as stove tops and counters may have significant concentrations of odor-producing material. These surfaces can be cleaned by thoroughly wiping the surfaces. Remove any residue that was deposited. SERVPRO cleans cabinets, walls, vent hoods, and filters and ceilings. All must be washed and cleaned. In some situations, walls may need to be painted to seal in the odors.

Fabrics may need to be removed and sent out for cleaning. There are a variety of products and equipment that can be used for fire odor control and to remove odors from carpets and furniture. SERVPRO selects the appropriate method based on the type of fire, causing the smell and the concentration or residue. Our technicians are trained to deal with all of these situations. We can return your home to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Abita Springs, Lacombe, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Removes Water Damage from Carpeting in Slidell Homes

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged carpet; SERVPRO drying equipment being used Water soaked carpet needs immediate attention to prevent further damage.

Drying Carpet After Water Damage in Your Slidell Home, and Why It Matters

For most people living in Slidell, carpeting is valuable because it offers a comfortable place to walk on, sit, and give rooms an overall warmer feeling.  However, it is one of the items that are susceptible to sustaining significant water damage because it is porous and absorbent. Usually, the easiest way out of your water damage problem is to call a service provider that caters to these issues.

When there is water damage in your Slidell home, you can call SERVPRO franchise professionals to deal with it. We offer the necessary expertise and equipment to remove water from carpets and other structures in your home. If left untreated, water and moisture can wreak havoc in your home and lead to financial burden.

Starting the restoration process soon after you notice water in your home can reduce your damages. Our technicians can remove water from your carpeting using wet/dry vacuums or pumps. After extracting the water, our team can use equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the carpet. Drying involves the removal of the remaining moisture from the carpet fibers so they can return to their normal texture and appearance. Drying keeps the fibers from attracting and holding additional soils. Mold infestations are also less likely when carpet fibers are not damp.

Your carpet may feel dry when you touch it, but the subfloors and padding may still be damp.  We can monitor the drying process consistently to determine when this procedure is complete. To check whether your property is completely dry, our technicians can use penetrating and non-penetrating moisture sensors.

Levels of Water Damage

In many cases involving category one water damage, it is possible to restore the carpet. However, sometimes, it is not possible to salvage carpeting because of the following reasons:

  • Loss of adhesion – This can occur because of the age of the carpet or prolonged exposure to water.
  • Delamination – It happens when the backing separates from carpet fibers.
  • Carpeting covers wood flooring – We can remove it to dry and salvage the wood flooring.
  • Permanent stains.

Generally, restorers avoid removing carpets on the stairs because of safety reasons. Exposed staples or tack strips are dangerous. However, in some situations, it is vital to remove carpeting from stairs to prevent damage to hardwood steps. Our SERVPRO crew can use different carpet tools to remove the carpet safely. We can also install a new carpet after restoring the hardwood steps.

After a water intrusion incident in your home, SERVPRO of Slidell can help you to bring things back to normal. Call us at (985) 649-1516 for quick and effective restoration services in Pearl River, Abita Springs, and Lacombe.

Fire Damage Restoration When You Need It, 24/7 in Slidell

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

Inside fire damaged home; debris on floor; smoke and soot on wall Often homes are not total losses after fires, but require lots of cleanup and restoration. Your SERVPRO team is always available.

SERVPRO Helps Slidell Residents with Fire Damage Restoration and Clean Up ASAP!

While you may never expect a fire in your Slidell property, these are events that happen at a moment’s notice. SERVPRO understands how frightening and overwhelmed you may feel, so we always offer care and support throughout the restoration process. It is vital to immediately contact our team to arrive, begin assessments, and move forward with planning your house fire cleanup. With our proven methods and focus on details, we will restore your home to pre-fire condition fast.

There are many moving parts involved with any fire damage restoration project in Slidell, meaning you need a crew of fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) that understand the process and know how to adjust accordingly. At SERVPRO, we follow an action plan and adjust as we go to achieve our fire restoration goals as quickly as possible.

When area residents call us to their fire damaged homes, we will:

  • Assess each area of your property carefully to determine structural integrity, safety, and the type of soot and smoke for cleanup.
  • Perform board-up and tarping services as needed to protect the interior of your home from the elements, vandals, intruders, and wildlife.
  • Initiate water removals and water damage repair to address water left behind from the emergency responders dousing the flames.
  • Carefully remove and dispose of all charred debris and unsalvageable contents and materials onsite.
  • Pack-out services are available to move contents for further cleaning or storage during the restoration process.
  • Detailed odor control and cleaning to ensure no foul odors or corrosive soot residue gets left behind.

SERVPRO of Slidell offers precision fire damage restoration and assistance with your insurance claims to make your life easier. Contact us by calling (985) 649-1516, and we can send a crew out as soon as possible.

Water Damaged Cabinets in Your Slidell Kitchen

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen remodel Call SERVPRO at the first sign of water damage in your home to avoid additional damages.

Undetected Leaks Can Result in Unexpected Water Damage in Your Slidell Home

Long-running drips can go unnoticed for weeks or longer in your Slidell kitchen. While you might not find that the affected area is a devastating amount, the impact that this could have on your cabinetry in the kitchen might be irreparable. Restoration is often complicated for common cabinet materials like particleboard, as these exposed surfaces can swell and distort.

Particle Board Cabinets 

Particle Board cabinets are a traditional choice in affordable shelving for kitchens but can experience the worst of water damage in Slidell homes. As our SERVPRO team often operates on a restore before replacement mentality, we still thoroughly inspect affected units to ensure that we cannot utilize evaporative drying techniques and restore the structural element where it is installed. This drying is only feasible when the cabinets show no sign of warping or distortion in the areas that have gotten exposed to water migration. Any swelling or disfiguration indicates structural compromise, and so our in-house contractors must use controlled demolition strategies to remove the saturated shelving.

Hardwood Cabinets 

Unlike particleboard, which is often cheaper to remove and reinstall than to dry, hardwood cabinets are often the opposite. It is critical to attempt to dry these units whenever possible to limit the costs of replacement pieces. Because these cabinets often have a lower permeance level, it takes longer for saturation to occur. When water does penetrate the finished surface, there is often still time to evaporate the moisture with centrifugal air movers pointed directly at the affected point.

Drying Other Affected Materials

Because leaking fixtures can go unnoticed for some time, drywall and even wood flooring can be structurally compromised or entirely deteriorated. Assessments of the damage can determine whether drying is feasible or if more controlled demolition and later build back is necessary to restore these effects.

With a team of in-house contractors, our SERVPRO of Slidell professionals can meet the demands of saturated materials with effective drying solutions or reconstruction. No matter what your kitchen needs after prolonged water damage, we can make it, “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (985) 649-1516.

SERVPRO Follows Mold Remediation Protocols when Servicing Slidell Industrial and Commercial Sites

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo over mold SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle every level of mold damage, Including the odors that come with it. Call us today, we are always available.

Commercial Mold Damage Slidell – Avoiding Repeat Mold Contamination

Mold contamination can affect building materials, commercial products, and equipment at Slidell buildings. Once mold sets in, it can be difficult to remove unless specific steps are taken to remove the source, control the humidity level, and clean the area. Mold is everywhere; however, we can control mold, and further contamination is avoided.

SERVPRO has been providing commercial mold damage mitigation and restoration in the Slidell area since 1999. We also provide water damage and storm damage restoration services. Our team is highly trained. We follow a tried and proper protocol for treating mold to meet client needs and returning their businesses and homes to their original condition whenever possible.

Mold Removal

Once mold contamination has affected an area of your business, it is essential to act quickly to limit the damage to the structure and your contents. SERVPRO can establish negative pressure areas and block all intakes to the HVAC system to avoid spreading the mold further within the building space. We can clean all hard surfaces, although some porous surfaces cannot always be cleaned. Some non-salvageable items must be removed and disposed of following mold remediation guidelines. Depending on the level of contamination, this can include drywall, fabrics, carpeting, insulation, and the contents in the contaminated area.

Cleaning disturbs mold spores. SERVPRO establishes a negative pressure area in the rooms to be cleaned to prevent the further spread of mold spores. We clean from the top down and in the direction of the airflow. This approach ensures the spores and dust settle to the floor.

Preventing Repeat Mold Contamination

After cleaning the area, restoration can begin. Replace all of the non-porous items. However, mold loves high humidity and moisture. Eliminating these conditions can prevent further contamination of cleaned areas. If there is a source of moisture, either remove it or control it to reduce the contribution of humidity. Maintain humidity at 45% or lower using AC and dehumidifiers.

Your employees should find the indoor air quality much improved, and your commercial space could avoid mold contamination in the future.

Call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Slidell, Pearl River, and the surrounding areas as well. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Should Homeowners in Slidell Choose Water Restoration Companies?

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technician Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include water damage. SERVPRO is here to help!

Training, Experience, and Cutting Edge Equipment Make SERVPRO the Go-to Company for Slidell Residential Water Restoration

When scanning frantically among Slidell water restoration companies, the last thing you want is to learn the ropes with your contractor. Water mitigation, removal, and remediation delivered by highly qualified technicians with many restorations under their belts lead to optimum results. SERVPRO takes our pledge to make it “Like it never even happened,” very seriously.

Does It Matter How Slidell Water Damage Recovery Companies Obtain Their Training?

The foundation of any successful water damage restoration is understanding psychrometry -- drying science -- and intelligently choosing a broad range of strategies to achieve appropriate structural drying goals. The international authority on all structural and contents restoration is the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). SERVPRO managers and work crews master the basics and add to their knowledge base over the years by recertifying and taking advanced coursework from the IICRC.

Does It Matter If Slidell Water Damage Restoration Companies Send Experienced Crews to Your Crisis?

Coursework from the IICRC forms the basis of SERVPRO’s expertise. Still, nothing better prepares our work crews for your specific water clean up situation than hands-on experience during previous projects. Our crews have seen it all, including responding to water damage from or during:

  • Burst pipes
  • Leaking roofs from storms
  • Overland and waterway flood restoration
  • Sewage cleanup

Does It Matter if Slidell Water Damage Repairs and Removal Services Are Local?

Your chances of a full recovery from residential water damage increase exponentially the more rapidly your chosen restoration company responds. SERVPRO is ready 24/7 to roll out scalable work crews outfitted with the most efficient and durable water extraction and structural drying equipment available. We are your neighbors, members of the Slidell community, on the job fast and with proven methods to get your household back to normal. 

Since your choice of water restoration companies matters, SERVPRO of Slidell is at the top of the list. Contact us at (985) 649-1516, and let us show you what training, experience, and community commitment can do.

Our Advanced Equipment Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Pearl River

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

Fire and soot damage around a hot water heater. Fire damage can hide in so many crevices in a home. Let SERVPRO of Slidell help you out.

Why Sophisticated Equipment Help SERVPRO Fix Fire Damage Efficiently

Widespread damages can happen after a fire, whether it is a small grease fire in the kitchen or a more significant blaze. Fires cause damages through heat action, smoke deposits, and searing from the flames. Restoring the property after an incident, therefore, requires different approaches, including cleaning and refinishing affected materials. We offer professional restoration services and rely on sophisticated equipment to deal with any damage “Like it never even happened.”

Wet Cleaning Methods

Removing the deposits from different materials after fire damage in Pearl River is a challenging undertaking. Air currents drive soot and other deposits deep into materials. The heat from the fire also opens up pores in the materials, thus allowing the residues to penetrate further. Our SERVPRO technicians use sophisticated equipment to ease removal. For example, we can apply wet cleaning procedures on upholstery items because they are more effective than dry cleaning. We rely on Upholstery Cleaning Machines to achieve this goal. The machine offers better agitation than hand washing. It also rinses and vacuums dissolved and emulsified soils.

Soda Blasting or Dry Ice Blasting

Flames scorch materials or surfaces, ruining their visual appeal. In many cases, the solution is to replace the items. However, restoring them can reduce the costs involved. Our SERVPRO technicians combine their FSRT, Fire, and Smoke Restoration skills using advanced equipment to restore materials with superficial damage. We use soda blasting or dry ice blasting machines to remove charred materials and soot without damaging the underlying material, which is better than relying on abrasive cleaning methods.

Smoke and Fire Damage Odors

Fires leave bad smells in the affected properties even after removing charred items and cleaning soot and other fire residues. Taking specific deodorization steps helps restore the property to its preloss state. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on different deodorization equipment, including Hydroxyl generators, foggers, and Ozone generators, which work in different ways to neutralize foul odors. Ozone generators work by oxidizing odor particles while foggers vaporize deodorizing agents allowing them to combine with odor particles destroying them.

Dealing with fire damage is manageable with help from SERVPRO of Slidell. Call us at (985) 649-1516 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Slidell Roof Damage Needs Immediate Help to Mitigate Storm Damage

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

A roof with a blue tarp over it. SERVPRO of Slidell is prepared for whatever it takes to get your home secure after storm damage.

Flood Water Removal Technicians Discuss Problems with Lightning

When a thunderstorm blows into Slidell, there is always a possibility something terrible could happen to your house. In addition, wind and rain can cause you to have to conduct extensive flood water removal. However, these two elements are not the only instance that could occur; lightning can also become a problem during a storm. During thunderstorms, lightning is a common occurrence, but usually, the strikes stay high in the sky. However, in some cases, the lightning bolts can get close to the earth and strike your house, forcing you to call in a professional flood water removal company such as SERVPRO because we can provide fast 24/7 service. 

Lightning bolts can bring with them quite a force sometimes, and they could blast off your roofing materials and create a hole in your structure. If the interior of your house gets exposed during the storm, there is a good chance you may need help from our SERVPRO technicians for the flood water removal project in Slidell. Lightning strikes can create big holes in your roof. When a significant gap in your roof opens during a rainstorm, water can quickly pour into your attic. If the hole goes unrepaired throughout the storm, moisture can go from your attic to your living area.

Why SERVPRO for Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages

Water pouring into your living room and bedrooms coming from above can be a disaster. Lightning can cause much more damage than just fires. Any rainwater that enters from the outdoors is immediately labeled as greywater, meaning contamination. However, once the grey rainwater comes into contact with your attic and insulation, it changes categories and gets classified as black. Category three contamination can contain pathogens, viruses, or fecal droppings from rodents.

If black water coming from your ceiling floods out your living area, there is a good possibility that many of your contents and building materials got ruined and must be removed. SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians with the skills to restore your home to its preloss condition whenever possible, "Like it never even happened."

If lightning ever blows a hole into your roof or exterior wall, call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 to get help from our highly trained team 24 hours a day.

Can Fire Damage Restoration Services in Slidell Assist with Appliances?

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

A burnt oven with soot and fire damage. SERVPRO of Slidell can cover all your bases after a fire damage.

SERVPRO of Slidell Has Qualified Fire Damage Restoration Professionals that Can Clean and Restore Appliances with Smoke Residues.

A property fire can occur due to malfunctioning electrics, or an unattended stove ignited animal fats and grease. The result is usually a room, or rooms, coated into smoke residues, unpleasant odors, and the possibility of charring to surfaces, structure, and belongings. SERVPRO technicians are qualified to help with:

  • Fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Smoke damage

One particular area of concern for fire damage restoration professionals in Slidell can be appliances. Washing machines, ovens, and refrigerators can all be adversely affected by the fire. Sometimes the impact of odors can permeate through an appliance, while heat can cause the finish to show signs of damage. Lacquer finishes commonly used on metal appliances can melt under the extreme temperatures created by a fire. 

  • Rotary cleaning machines can operate at thousands of revolutions per minute. These are frequently used to polish surfaces or dislodge soot from finishes. 
  • Using a metal polish can often restore the fire-damaged appliance to a preloss condition by shining and addressing surface-level damage. 
  • Technicians can inspect appliances for functionality and recommend reliable subcontractors should they require mechanical or electronic repair.

Most appliances do not require replacement following a fire. Contact SERVPRO of Slidell for fire damage restoration at (985) 649-1516.