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What to Avoid When Dealing With Fire Damage in Slidell

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

soot damaged walls Tough soot stains need to be handled by professionals. Contact SERVPRO right away for effective remediation measures.

Cleaning Walls and Ceilings from Soots and Fire Damage in Slidell

While fires can damage almost all materials, it is likely that a contained property fire only causes harm to some regions of the home and not all of them. Typically fires rise upward with the most significant harm coming closer to the flames and temperature. Smoke plumes can also cause a large amount of soiling on upper walls and ceilings, which, while not impacting the structure, can cause odor or pierce below the surface resulting in permanent stains. 

There are many different aspects to consider when taking on fire damage in your Slidell home. One of the core considerations for any restorer is to avoid spreading damages around or causing further harm to an already damaged property.  Soots, smoke residues, odors, and ashes can spread by foot traffic, on equipment, or in the presence of moisture. SERVPRO organizes the area before wall or ceiling work takes place by setting up covering for floors and carpets. Anywhere that you might need to travel during the restoration, whether to pick up tools or exit the area, should be safeguarded against soil spreading. 

While wet cleaning areas walls and ceilings may seem like a no brainer, these steps can be counter-intuitive without proper testing of materials. Dry soot can sit atop the surface and may appear like a stain. However, these soots are not bonded and respond better to dry cleaning methods using sponges or dusters. Vacuuming may also be an effective method to remove unbonded soots or residues from your walls. SERVPRO technicians conduct dry cleaning first because moisture can set soots into surfaces and make them more challenging to clean. 

A great deal of mitigation and cleaning work can be done prior to introducing moisture to the affected area. However, some heavy-set soot may be oily, stubborn, or tough to remove. Abrasively cleaning the affected area using steel wool pads can be useful. Still, you should only apply these to areas where the surface needs to be refinished as they can damage finishes, varnishes, or paintwork. When SERVPRO tackles tough soiling, we may use water or oil-based solvents to dissolve soot particles that are bonded with a wall or ceiling surface. 

Tackling fire restoration by yourself can be a challenge. You can always contact SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516.

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How SERVPRO Cares for Your Belongings During Water Damage Restoration in Slidell

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Water damaged floor.  Flooring material removed for drying process This home experienced water damage to the baseboards. We removed the flooring and tied the curtains so their dye would not bleed.

Addressing Customer Concerns During Water Damage Restoration in Slidell

Water damage incidents can result in widespread damages around the affected Slidell property, depending on how much water spills or how long it takes to start the restoration process. Restoration teams view the damage from a unilateral position, such as the value of the affected items or the physical traits of such materials. The homeowner may have a different perspective on the loss.

When addressing water damage incidents in Slidell, our SERVPRO crew chiefs listen to the homeowners' concerns and record them, right from arrival and throughout the restoration process. In many cases, concerns center on:

  • The effect on structural materials
  • The fate of Personal Belongings
  • The time needed to complete restoration
  • The cost of restoration

Water can have adverse effects on structural supports such as frames or other installations such as floors and subfloors, especially if traces of moisture are left unaddressed during the restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians check how far the water migration reaches immediately after arriving at the loss site. We use both penetrative and non-penetrative moisture meters allowing us to inspect any section of the property without causing additional water damage. We record this information of our use during restoration and relay it to the homeowner to alleviate any fears that they might have.

Personal belongings may have sentimental value, so the homeowner may not be willing to let go. Our SERVPRO technicians go the extra mile to ensure any highly valued items are salvageable where possible. For instance, we freeze items made of paper, such as books, to limit the spread of damages. For electronics, we ensure they do not cool down to the dew point to prevent rust, which can ruin them permanently.

Taking too long to complete the restoration of damages creates unnecessary inconveniences. Not knowing how long the process is even worse since it creates uncertainty. Our crews have extensive experience dealing with a wide range of loss situations so we can give realistic estimates of how long the process might take.

Many concerns can arise when there is a water loss in your property. Call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 to help manage any situation, "Like it never even happened."

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Why We Are The Best Choice In Slidell After A Water Loss

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Two of our air movers drying the carpet in this home We have the state of the art equipment necessary to restore your home right away to prevent further damage. Call us right away we are here 24/7.

Why Slidell Residents can contact us for Water Damage Restoration in Loft Spaces

Water Damage Slidell

Over a long period, your home may become worn out and suffer from withstanding the elements all year round. These areas of wear may include your roofing materials and the sealants or materials used to prevent rainwater from entering. These situations can be as tricky to spot as they are to stop since we spend little time inspecting our loft spaces. Sometimes damages that occur in the summer months do not become apparent until the winter with increases in rainfall, resulting in water concerns. 

A loft space that suffers from water damage in your Slidell home may be unnoticeable for several weeks or months. Insulation can absorb large amounts of rainwater, which, while creating a mold risk, means that the interior of your home is unaffected by water issues for some time. However, eventually, water issues in your attic begin to manifest in the upper stories of your home with common signs, including discoloration or the yellowing and cracking of wallpaper. If you notice any of these signs, you should ring SERVPRO immediately to discuss restoration options. 

Our water damage restoration technicians are adequately equipped to deal with any water emergency you may face. We can enter lofts and remove any affected insulation to limit the chances of microbial growth immediately. We may also decide to use portable extraction wands to remove moisture from small spaces like those found in your loft. Portable storage tanks can hold up to 40 gallons of moisture before they need emptying. 

Storage spaces in your home are often closed systems. Closed systems are areas of the home that do not have options for natural ventilation by opening windows, for example. SERVPRO technicians can use portable heaters alongside artificial air movers and dehumidification equipment. The combination of all three devices can encourage evaporation and reduce the amount of time it takes to dry the affected space thoroughly. Sheetrock that is removed from your attic can be reinstalled, or we can carry out the replacement of the affected materials inexpensively. 

For thorough water restoration in areas of your home with restrictive access, contact SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516.

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SERVPRO Removes Moisture from Carpeting in Slidell Homes--"Like it never even happened."

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

hallway with a beige water-damaged carpet and walls SERVPRO Says that Prompt Water Extraction Can Save Carpets in Slidell Living Rooms and Hallways from the Trash Heap

Drying Carpeting 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 losses.

Starting the restoration process soon after you notice water in your home can reduce your losses. 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.

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.

Water Cleanup Services In Pearl River

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Destroying Bacteria, Fungi, and Viruses with Pearl River Water Cleanup Services

When water is inside your residence, it immediately begins to decay. Throughout 72 hours, water can degrade to grey contamination levels, which can include fungi, rot, or bacteria. Past the 72 hour limit, and there is a real risk of degradation to black water. This decay can present a problem for homeowners. Failure to thoroughly clean and decontaminate a structure can lead to smaller pockets of degradation, which over-time can lead to secondary issues like mold growth.

The best way to avoid repeat insurance claims is by hiring professionals in water cleanup serving the Pearl River area. Decontamination is only complete once all signs of moisture are gone, and treatment of the affected area with solvents is carried out. At SERVPRO, our restoration trucks feature a full range of cleaning products that are suitable for all kinds of materials found in a healthy home environment.

We act responsibly when applying cleaning solvents to ensure that no further harm results. Responsible application of cleaning products includes testing before use. SERVPRO technicians usually select a small surface area to try on contents or fabrics, ensuring that there is no adverse effect. Only when we are convinced, there is no potential harm of using a solvent do we apply it to larger areas.

Two essential cleaning solvents are disinfectants and anti-microbial. We use hand-held pressure sprays to cover the surface area quickly and efficiently. Disinfectants destroy harmful bacteria as well as viruses. Anti-microbial treatments are specifically designed to prevent microbial growth from occurring. Putting in place these guards is essential to ensuring that there are no secondary losses.

In some situations, your contents may benefit from a combination of solvent and machine cleaning. SERVPRO technicians can use extraction units to distribute powders as well as solutions onto fabrics or upholstery. Running over the affected area with a rotary machine can ensure the complete removal of any residual contaminants.

Do not expose your home to the risk of secondary damages. Contact SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 today.

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The Importance of Storm Damage Remediation in Slidell

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

water damage after flooding in house with furniture floating Keep yourself and your family safe by contacting SERVPRO in times of flooding.  Call right away for best results.

Understanding Containment Systems Used to Recover from Flood Damage in Slidell

Flood waters contain hazardous waste, frightening to Slidell homeowners concerned about their family's health. We inspect for contaminants and devise a plan including containment strategies for the safety of you and your loved ones and our crews. Here are some of the hazards we guard against with containment systems and what those containment systems might look like in your home.

Flood Water Hazards that Require Containment Systems

When flood damage occurs in Slidell, a broad range of contaminants enters your home. As building materials become damaged additional concerns can surface.

  • Sewage contains fecal and bloodborne pathogens, including bacteria and viruses.
  • Industrial waste picked up by overland flooding contains chemicals, asbestos, lead, and other harmful substances.
  • Landscaping and roadway chemicals suspend or dissolve into floodwaters.
  • Dirt, mud, and silt build up inside your home, consisting of many harmful substances in addition to mucking up and soiling surfaces. 
  • Deteriorating materials inside your home might contain asbestos, lead, and other biohazards.

Basic Safety Considerations

Expect the SERVPRO flood damage mitigation and remediation plan to recommend that occupants stay clear of the affected spaces. We prepare by spraying an EPA-registered disinfectant on waste materials and surfaces. Our crews wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) including:

  • Respirators
  • Chemical resistant gloves
  • Rubber boots
  • Splash goggles
  • Full bodysuits

Examples of Residential Containment Systems

To stop contamination from spreading into non-affected areas and protect occupants and workers, SERVPRO  constructs containment systems under The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)  levels of containment:

  • Source containment -- used for minimal contamination. Removing, wrapping, and properly disposing of materials is sufficient.
  • Local or mini containment -- used for moderate contamination. Building a small enclosure with 6-mil polyethylene around a PVC frame large enough for one worker to remove, wrap and bag, and pass contaminated items out of the containment area for lawful disposal is appropriate and minimally disruptive.
  • Full-scale containment -- used in extreme contamination circumstances, including the flooding of significant spaces in a home. A combination of the following could be employed:
  • Construction of a contained work area of any size with 6-mil polyethylene.
  • A contained, smaller space adjacent as a floor-to-ceiling wrapped decontamination area for workers, equipment, and bagged waste. 
  • An equipment room to store contaminated tools and workers’ clothing.
  • An uncontaminated room to clean contents. 
  • A clean room for uncontaminated items and clothing.
  • A load-out area to store bagged waste. 

Any of these systems can include one or more negative pressure air scrubbers to pass airborne particles through HEPA filters and vent to the outside. 

Count on the flood damage containment experts SERVPRO of Slidell to keep you and your family safe during recovery from a flooding incident. Call us day or night at (985) 649-1516.

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We're Faster To Any Size Disaster In Pearl River

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Air movers stacked on a concrete floor We pulled up the carpets and used air movers to dry under the effected areas when it suffered from water damage after a washer leak.

Dealing With Water Cleanup in Pearl River

Having a toilet overflow from your bathroom into other areas of your home requires specific cleanup precautions. You cannot assume that water coming from a toilet is clean water. Even water without any solid matter coming from a toilet, it is still gray water (category 2). If there is waste or sewage backup, the water is considered black water (category 3) and is unsanitary and possibly disease-carrying. If untreated, you may face health risks from the wastewater.

If you need gray or black water cleanup in your Pearl River home, the trained professionals at SERVPRO understand how to effectively clean and sanitize impacted areas so that you do not have to worry about potential illness or disease. Not only do they use industrial-grade specially formulated cleaners, but they also use OSHA compliant personal protective equipment when cleaning contaminated water. This includes respirators, splash goggles, gloves, and even full-body suits when necessary.

When clearing wastewater using specialized extraction equipment, technicians usually dispose of it in a sewer line depending on local and state ordinances. If no sewer line is available, technicians dump the water at a licensed wastewater treatment facility. Improper disposal not only exposes other members of the community to unsanitary water, but there may be significant penalties from environmental agencies.

SERVPRO focuses on the water damage cleanup, so you do not have to deal with contaminants by creating an individualized plan for your particular situation. Technicians use disinfectants that kill about 99% of the organisms found in gray and black water. They also use biocides and fungicides before and after the work to ensure a clean environment.

The goal is always restoration rather than replacement; however, in some cases, removal and replacement may be required. For a semi-minor toilet spill, technicians use source containment by removing contaminated materials such as unsalvageable carpet by wrapping them up in polyethylene or putting them in plastic bags. If needed, technicians test the impacted environment to ensure that there are normal levels of indoor organisms.

Contact SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 24/7 for prompt service. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How SERVPRO Dries Water Damage in Pearl River

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying water damaged carpet This office suffered water damage. We have a variety of equipment at our disposal to dry your carpeting.

Water Cleanup in Pearl River Using Specialized Portable Extractors

Any time you find wet carpet inside your home in Pearl River, the problems can get worse if they do not get treated right away. If water cleanup does not get conducted promptly, secondary damage like raised humidity levels or mold can cause you more issues down the road. If the humidity inside your house rises, places previously unaffected could start to show signs of moisture damage.

Whenever carpets get wet, seeking professional assistance from a restoration company such as SERVPRO can help save you a dilemma and money in the long run. We can use specialized techniques and equipment during any water cleanup project in Pearl River. We can utilize various forms of advanced technology to help prevent secondary damage from developing. Other points that set us apart from other restoration professionals is the wide variety of equipment and restoration techniques that we have at our disposal.

For example, before starting to extract moisture from your saturated carpets, our SERVPRO technicians first assess the situation to figure out the best type of equipment to use. In many cases, we can utilize a truck-mounted extractor to pull moisture out of your contents and building materials. But, in other cases, it is more effective to use a portable extractor.

Portable extractors are easier to use and are ideal for tight places. The main components of extractors are a heater, pump, and vacuum system. We can use these machines to clean and extract both carpet and upholstered items.

Other features our portable extractors have, include a variable heat control. This function is mostly used during carpet cleaning when using hot water to loosen up soils. We adjust the temperature of the water to as hot as 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

The unit also comes with a solution pump and solution tank. The tank holds the water-based detergents, and the pump sprays it out of the tank when conducting carpet cleaning procedures. The machine's vacuum system also has a wastewater tank attached to it to store the moisture extracted from your carpets or the excessive dirty detergents used during carpet cleaning.

For fast 24/7 service from our highly trained team, call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 as soon as you notice a moisture-related problem because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Follows Mold Remediation Protocols when Servicing Pearl River Industrial and Commercial Sites

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

mold in a petri dish growing Mold Remediation Needed in Pearl River? Don't Hesitate--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Disinfecting

Commercial Mold Damage Pearl River – Avoiding Repeat Mold Contamination

Mold contamination can affect building materials, commercial products, equipment, and even employee health at Pearl River 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 avoided.

SERVPRO has been providing commercial mold damage mitigation and restoration in the Pearl River area since 1999. We also provide water damage and storm damage restoration services. Our team is highly trained. We follow a tried and true 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, to your contents and employee health. 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. 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 Abita Springs, Lacombe, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Call Us 24/7 In Pear River After A Fire

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Rows of our drying equipment and air movers in a room ready to be used We can respond quickly with professional drying equipment along with dehumidifiers, air movers and other equipment for your fire damage restoration.

Pear River 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 Pear River 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 (904) 721-2230 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Abita Springs, Lacombe, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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