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Come See the Olde Towne Slidell Community Christmas Parade

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles If your home is affected by a fire this holiday season, you can depend on our SERVPRO technicians to restore your home "Like it never even happened."

Slidell Residents are Encouraged to Take a Spot on the Banquet with Their Families

Come early and set up a spot to see the Christmas Parade that begins at 4:30 PM on December 5, 2020. There is no admission fee. Free parking is on nearby streets. The parade will start at the City Hall in Olde Towne Slidell and travel to Griffith Park. You can call (985) 646-4375 for more information.

  • Your family can expect to see colorful Christmas floats from major businesses in town. 
  • Individuals dressed as well-known Christmas characters also plan on making an appearance.
  • Cameras and cell phones to take photos and videos are welcome!

The Holidays also Signify an Increase in House Fires

At SERVPRO of Slidell, we want to assure the community that we are always available to help families get their homes and their lives back to normal after disasters strike, including fire. Call (985) 649-1516 24/7, including holidays, for fast and professional service.

Remember to Put the Pearl River - Honey Island Swamp Museum and Research Center on Your Family’s Winter To-Do List

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

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You can Help Teach Out-of-Town Relatives about Pearl River’s History and Culture.

Open most Saturdays from 11 AM to 3 PM; the Museum contains different artifacts, both original and replicas designed to educate. People can learn more about an animal’s appearance when they see what it looked like during its lifetime. Local craftspeople make other items using old techniques passed down from one generation to the next. Membership costs only $10 a year. You can call (985) 863-5040 to confirm the Museum is open before visiting. Patrons can handle some items while we keep others safely in glass cases. 

Visitors also see exhibits of

  • Documents, 
  • books, 
  • postcards, 
  • photos, 
  • maps, and 
  • other items that fill our museum.

SERVPRO of Slidell protects local homes after plumbing breaks, or flooding occurs with the latest in water removal techniques. Call us at (985) 649-1516 – we know how to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Tourism in Slidell Remains Rich and Vibrant because of Our Region’s Diverse and Complex Ecosystem

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

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The Health of the Water in Our Swamp, Bayous, and the Pearl River Plays a Crucial Role in Slidell’s Economy

Many factors affect the condition of our waterways. Too little rain from Mississippi means saline levels increase. Changes in saline levels can affect any newly germinated fauna by either stunted growth or plant death. Without new plants, younger animals, including newly hatched alligators, have no place to hide as they grow large enough to move into more open waters. 

The lack of newer plants also affects the insect population, which greatly affects the smaller-sized animals that live near the shores of the Pearl River and along bayous in the swamp. The wild boar, eagles, kingfishers, snakes, rodents, and other animals all depend on each other’s survival and vitality.

Saline levels are only one of the many variables that play a part in how healthy our swampland is at any given time. Other things that can affect the water include

  • Hurricanes, especially when they cause oil and gas to leak from any sized container,
  • Boat traffic, particularly those leaking fuel or speeding in posted areas,
  • Home maintenance and littering.

While there is nothing we can do about hurricanes, we can stay vigilant about only storing fuel and oil in containers with tightly fitting caps and lids. The same goes for insecticides and other chemicals that can cause problems for the environment. Even small amounts of gas or oil left in metal containers can leak if exposed to rain or damp conditions. Small amounts do accumulate, and rain pushes this into the bayou’s water. Draining such containers and then recycling them is a much better approach.

The Start of the Tourist Industry 

Annie Miller, a Black Bayou native, started the environmental awareness that helps protect our region today. Also referred to as Alligator Annie, this wise Louisiana lady started the tours that continue raising awareness of ecology, as well as helping keep the local economy strong. She knew different alligators and gave them names, to which they responded. Tour guides continue this practice and they know where favorite alligators like to warm up in some sun rays. 

Not only did Annie start the first tour boat business in the area, but she also trapped animals for sale to zoos and conservatories. She never trapped too many, which would leave areas devoid of adequate wildlife, but instead made sure that there were sufficient snakes and other species to continue breeding. Without the animals living abundantly in our swamp and bayous, our tour industry suffers alongside the wildlife. 

One thing about alligators in the area that many might not realize is that the smaller-sized ones can climb up trees that lean a bit. It is quite unusual and rarely seen, but happens when the ground does not provide enough surface for sunning themselves. They do not do this to land on people passing underneath or to hunt as a kingfisher might. However, they rarely climb back down the way they came up the tree. Instead, they slide off and enter the water below.

Keeping Boats in Good Condition Pays Off and Protects Our Environment

Slow-moving boats require ongoing maintenance to keep oil leaks from occurring. Part of the maintenance boats require also keeps them in pristine condition. Tourists dislike getting into a swampy-feeling boat, even if the tour involves entering the swamp. 

Cleaning out any water splashed inside, rain, and mud not only keeps things clean and reduces odors, but it keeps things safer, too. Despite their constant use on the water, boats can sustain water damage. Preventative care costs much less and requires only a small amount of effort compared to the cost of repairs. 

Both Negative and Positive Activities can Damage the Swamp

Maintaining your home near the water, both inside and around your lawn, often requires chemicals to clean, de-rust, and refinish different items. Soaps and detergents can affect the water not only as a soap but also in that it can cloud the water. Changing the pH balance can also harm the ecosystem. 

When people go on tours of the swamp and bayous, it is important that no littering happens. Finding bottles and other floating pieces of litter when you are out on the water might not happen often, but removing it can help protect our waterways and the living things that make it home.

Protect Your Slidell Property from Water Damage with Timely and Expert Water Damage Repair 

SERVPRO Living in an area with a large percentage of land that is covered by water spells flooding eventually, and in some cases, multiple times. Flooding is not the only time a home might sustain water damage, but SERVPRO of Slidell is always available to help restore property damaged by the worst disasters.

 A dripping faucet can become very irritating as it repeatedly pings into the sink or tub. That same amount of water can end up damaging your house’s interior when a pipe develops a pinhole or your washing machine’s hose starts to wiggle loose. It might seem like very little, but a cup left in the sink under a dripping faucet fills up rather quickly.

Sometimes a small amount of water dripping into materials like carpet, flooring underlay, lower portions of drywall, or even concrete causes more damage than a sudden and larger accident. This is because 

  • Small leaks often remain unnoticed for a long period,
  • The extra time that such leaks go undetected allows them to spread farther and damage a larger area, and
  • Dormant microbes can activate and begin destroying fibrous materials.

Different materials require different approaches, just as the different kinds of damage require specific restoration methods.

SERVPRO of Slidell trains our employees in water damage repair and mitigation. They understand how important your home and belongings are to you and your family. A quick call to our 24-hour emergency services line, (985) 649-1516, starts the restoration process.

Do Some Window Shopping in Slidell

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Exercise and Socialization within Slidell’s Antique District Can also Give You Gift Ideas

Because of current health concerns, the Christmas Market might not happen at the end of November this year. However, normal activities continue unabated, and locals are encouraged to visit one of Slidell’s better-known attractions. We have many treasures throughout the Antique District, and like window-shopping, vehicle parking is always free.

In addition to antique shops, we also have other places enjoyed by both residents of Slidell and tourists who come to visit. Don’t forget to look for these gems:

  • Vintage fabrics to thrill your Grandmother or create a unique project,
  • Local artists’ handmade goods, including jewelry and décor,
  • Green Oaks Apothecary, when just visiting can seem like an aromatherapy session,
  • A large number of eateries, cafes, bars, and snack shops to feed your cravings.

SERVPRO of Slidell understands the devastation a fire can cause, especially to valuable antiques, which is why We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call (985) 649-1516 for experienced service that matches your needs.

What Are Best Practices for Mitigating Commercial Water Damage?

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

clothing store; clothing items displayed Don't let water damage interfere with your business. Call SERVPRO to remediate the issue.

Skilled Technicians Best Handle Water Mitigation – Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Pearl River Business After an Incident 

Water infiltrating a Pearl River office, storefront, auto body shop, or any other business can turn into a rather tricky situation. Immediate response is necessary to restore your business to preloss condition and to scale back the severity of the damage. If your business suffers water damage on any level, calling in our technicians' expertise at SERVPRO ensures you get the prompt, reliable restoration you deserve. Even if your business place includes an in-house janitorial staff, nothing measures up to our industrial-grade equipment, immense manpower, and proven techniques. 

What Makes Professional Techniques Different? 

You know that you want your business up and running at all times possible. Calling in experts for water mitigation in Pearl River ensures that you limit the costs and severity of the water incident at hand. We come out to your business as soon as possible to assess the water damage to begin cleanup and restoration efforts. We utilize specialized equipment to remove thousands of gallons of standing water, followed by rapid drying to surpass anything that DIY methods could ever achieve. 

Will All Water Get Removed? 

Water migration remains a viable concern with any water damage incident in your commercial space. Because the water travels along the path of least resistance to move into dry areas, it is vital that our skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) carefully follow the path to eradicate hidden pockets of moisture. The inability to remove moisture such as this brings the potential for secondary damage to your structure, contents, and building materials. We consider each case carefully and work to inhibit mold and mildew growth and the cost involved in immense material ruin. In some instances, boreholes in ceilings or walls become necessary to facilitate drying. These, as well as flood cuts, help to improve airflow and speed up drying. 

What Makes SERVPRO's Equipment Different? 

  • The Green Fleet comes equipped with tools and technology to achieve all water removal, drying, and sanitization goals. Once we arrive at your business, we get to work quickly using equipment such as: 
  • Truck-mounted and portable extractors for removing water from carpeting, floors, and upholstered furnishing throughout your commercial space. 
  • Powerful air movers that speed evaporation and ramp up drying in and around the loss zone. 
  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers that remove vapors from the interior air, thus restoring relative humidity levels. 

We Have a Dehumidifier, Can We Use It? 

You can always carefully set up a dehumidifier until SERVPRO arrives to put our action plan in place. The equipment we have surpasses the performance ability of non-commercial units, and we follow a unique formula that lets us know how many air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers are required to get the best result. Throughout the project, we can move or adjust these units accordingly to achieve or exceed our goals. This equipment includes: 

  • Refrigerant dehumidifiers –Often used during the beginning water cleanup phase while humidity levels are high.
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers –Optimal for use when structural materials are damp, yet other porous elements are beginning to dry. 

All Moisture Gets Addressed 

Our technicians go through thorough training, including techniques to locate and handle all moisture, and we understand that anything left behind poses a potential problem. We bring special equipment to each Pearl River Water Damage Restoration job including: 

  • Moisture sensors, detectors, and meters to locate moisture in all nooks and crannies that may otherwise make it challenging to detect with the naked eye.
  • Inspection cameras and borescopes discover wetness in tight spaces and walls, which help find moisture without ceiling tile and wallboard removal. 

How Long Does Water Mitigation Take? 

We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, meaning we arrive within hours of your initial call. The length of time that it takes depends on a broad range of factors, including the location of the water loss incident, the amount of water, and the materials impacted. We do whatever possible to restore your business and not have extended shut down or mold onset, leading to potential health effects. 

Each project concludes with a thorough cleaning and disinfecting, which helps inhibit microbial growth and foul, musty odors. We stock our trucks with high-quality EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectants. Everything gets treated as we clean to ensure there is no lingering reminder of the incident. Your place of business will be Certified: SERVPRO Clean once we are all done, "Like it never even happened." 

With one phone call to SERVPRO of Slidell, we will have a crew at your business to get started with professional water mitigation efforts. You can reach us seven days a week, 24 hours a day by calling (985) 649-1516.

Will the Cost Estimate SERVPRO Provides For Me Be Consistent and Affordable?

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

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As A Homeowner, Water Damage Restoration Services in Pearl River Should Be Affordable and Trustworthy.

Your family’s Pearl River home means the world to each of your loved ones, and it is heartbreaking when a water loss occurs and results in overwhelming damage. During these difficult times we are all facing, it is imperative that you can trust the service company you call to get the help you need fast. But it is also just as important that any estimate given for services rendered remains consistent and that it not only aptly fits the need at hand but does not break your bank account. Worse yet, the prospect of outrageous, sub-standard service can pressure you into cutting corners and trying to do the job yourself.

First, water damage to your Pearl River home must be given attention as soon as possible to get the very best results. SERVPRO considers immediate response to your call our highest priority, and that is why We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Once our technicians arrive, they will assess the damage to your home from every perspective and provide you with a thorough rundown of exactly what needs to be done to get things back to normal for you and your family. The results of that assessment will allow us to provide you with an appropriate cost estimate.

The cost estimate will include the following itemizations, so you can clearly see what you are getting for the price:

A fast, thorough, and professional assessment of all forms of damage to your home, which is free of charge

Documentation of all findings (including damage done to personal property)

An itemized breakdown of what restorative steps need to be taken

Your cost estimate and an approximation of the time needed for the restoration process

But How Do I Know We Can Trust the Estimate Given?

While extenuating circumstances sometimes interfere with these things, you can rest assured that we will do all we can to stick to the given estimate, and if you are submitting a claim through your insurance, we can work directly with them to eliminate as much stress as possible for you. Not only that, if our techs find they need to do more than estimated, you will be consulted for approval before the work is done. Knowing what is happening to your home is so important, especially when it directly affects your pocketbook. We understand that perfectly, and we proceed only with your full approval.

When it comes to water damage restoration, speed and affordability are vital. SERVPRO of Slidell will be with you through it all, and before you know it, things will be “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (985) 649-1516 for a fast, trustworthy restoration experience.

Need Help Managing Flash Floods in Slidell?

10/10/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home “Like it never even happened.”

Flash Flood Damage Can Be Devastating. SERVPRO Can Secure and Restore your Home in Slidell.

Are move-outs necessary following flash flooding?
When flash flooding affects your Slidell home, there is a strong chance of harmful substances being brought in with floodwaters. Biohazardous waste could include dirt, sewage, debris, and viruses. These are commonly associated with flash floods because the water travels several miles, picking up biohazardous substances along the way. If your home is unsafe, your insurance provider may recommend that you temporarily relocate. SERVPRO can transport your possessions from the house to a separate storage facility. Here, we can perform restoration work, including ultrasonic and immersion cleaning, to ensure that your possessions return to a preloss condition.

How are items packed out during flood damage move-outs?
- Crew chiefs carefully inspect and inventory your possessions
- Removal vans pack up items with extra-care taken by using blankets or soft wrap for fragile items
- Once your home is restored, technicians can return possessions to their original rooms

Is my home secure during a temporary relocation from flooding?
It is understandable to be worried about the effects of flood damage in your Slidell home. Especially when a move out has taken place at short notice. Our technicians can secure the structure of your home and prep it for restoration. These duties could include boarding up broken entryways or windows to prevent looting. We can also drain the property, clean and deodorize to provide a safe working space for restoration work to begin. Finally, technical aspects like providing power, lighting, and warning signage can assist workers in the property to allow for extensive restoration.

What happens to a flooded property during restoration?
- Valuable items are removed for safe storage
- Power is restored, and the property is drained of standing water
- A drying procedure is set up during the restoration phase

If you are temporarily relocated due to flash flooding, contact SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516.

Who Can Homeowners Rely on to Locate Mold and Perform Remediation?

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on wall and ceiling Lots of scenarios can cause mold growth, like improper installation of an A/C unit.

Pearl River Residents Need Mold Inspection and Remediation They Can Count On - Why SERVPRO is the Local Firm at the Top of the List 

It can be hard to feel confident that a suspected mold issue in your Pearl River home warrants and will receive the appropriate attention of a mold remediation company. If you have never needed to address mold growth in damage, you might feel intimidated and worry that you could be taken advantage of by unscrupulous mold removal companies. We are a trusted provider of disaster recovery services, and our reputation is why you can feel confident we pledge to manage your mold inquiry with integrity. 

How Can Professionals Find the Mold You Fear Hides in Your Home? 

When we arrive to evaluate a potential microbial infestation, we carefully listen. When you share your observations, we try our best to make sure our mold inspection scopes your Pearl River dwelling accurately. Although we can arrange for mold testing, that expense is often unnecessary as our technicians are well trained and experienced with household mold issues. Signs of mold growth can include:  

  • Staining 
  • Visible views of feathery or leathery growth common to molds
  • Musty smells
  • Damp and crumbling structural components that indicate water damage 

Why Does SERVPRO Follow the EPA Mold Remediation Protocol? 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed a successful mold remediation process through careful research, employing established scientific findings. The straightforward and flexible protocol is why SERVPRO can eradicate mold growth found during an inspection. Inhibiting the second round of mold damage requires we eliminate the moisture that feeds the microbial organisms as well as following the EPA recommendations: 

  • Locate the mold
  • Contain the space -- usually with the help of heavy-duty plastic sheets and negative pressure air scrubbing technology
  • Use mechanical strategies to remove the mold -- brushes, scrapers, and soda or dry ice blasting
  • Clean up, bag, and dispose of the loosened moldy debris lawfully 
  • Apply EPA-antimicrobials to kill any remaining molds and inhibit a recurrence 

The care and integrity our team takes to inspect for and remediate mold damage are why SERVPRO of Slidell gets high marks from local homeowners. To schedule a thorough inspection and discuss mold remediation in your home, call us at (985) 649-1516.

Is There a Straightforward Way to Sort Through Materials During Fire Restoration at Slidell Homes?

9/13/2020 (Permalink)

charred debris and mess in a living room, round table SERVPRO Restores Fire Damaged in Homes in Slidell, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Can Help You Plan the Restoration Process Correctly, Simplifying Sorting, and Other Major Steps

Although fires are highly destructive, they do not consume all the materials and contents in the affected building in all incidents. Therefore, the recovery process involves the restoration of various items that are still useful. Restoration presents many challenges. Even the simplest aspects, such as sorting through debris to find useful materials, might not be as easy as you would expect. SERVPRO helps in many ways when Slidell homeowners need restoration services.

Which fire damage situations present the best restoration chances? 

Fire restoration at your Slidell property is likely to be easier if the main issue is the accumulation of smoke residues on surfaces. In such a case, cleaning and other straightforward procedures can deliver the results you expect. The effects smoke has on various surfaces can be categorized differently and includes: 

  • Settled smoke residues 
  • Chemical changes such as yellowing or staining 
  • Deterioration of the surface such as corrosion by soot 

Our SERVPRO technicians can help you restore the damage caused by exposure to smoke residues making it, “Like it never even happened.” 

Removing settled residues is possible, although the approach required to get the right outcome might differ. Our technicians use both dry and wet cleaning methods depending on the condition of the affected materials or the residues. Typical dry-cleaning methods include vacuuming and wiping with cleaning sponges, while wet cleaning can range from spraying cleaning solutions on a surface to immersing an entire item in the cleaning solution.

Which other damage categories leave room for restoration? 

  • Charring and other slight deterioration from heat action 
  • Heavy odor 
  • Deterioration from moisture accumulation 

Apart from fixing issues caused by smoke, it is also possible to restore other types of damages such as charring, bad smell as well as the effects of moisture that materials absorb during the firefighting process. Restoring such damages requires more elaborate procedures compared to cleaning. For instance, to fix scorched wooden furniture, there is a need to strip off the charred layer before refinishing. The method chosen for stripping off the affected layer needs to be strong enough to remove all traces of charring but mild enough not to damage the item irreversibly. 

Our SERVPRO technicians use various abrasive methods, including sanding. We can also use specialized techniques such as dry ice or soda blasting since they are highly effective, yet they do not damage the underlying materials.

Now that I know what to restore, where do I start? 

After moving items, the mess left at your property, tearing down construction materials, and soiling various things during the firefighting process can make it challenging to decide where to begin the restoration. Various approaches can help ease the challenge, including: 

  • Separating salvageable and questionable items 
  • Content moveout to an external storage facility 
  • Creating exclusion zones  
  • Safe handling of the damaged materials 

While some forms of damage to items are readily restorable, others might take several steps. You might also discover that the damage is too extensive to restore after you have already started the process. For instance, wet smoke residues are known to cause irreversible soiling. Instead of treating everything the same, you can separate into groups of the readily salvageable items and those that need further evaluation.

In the aftermath of a fire incident, your usually neat home is likely to be in disarray. One disadvantage of this is the lack of space to carry out various restoration processes. One way to address this problem is to do a moveout. Our SERVPRO technicians can help prepare your valuables for the moveout by grouping and packing them in boxes.

Executing restorative procedures can spread soils and other wastes from one section of the property to another, thus affecting items or building materials untouched by the initial fire. Sometimes, the spreading is subtle, and you only realize there is a problem when damage is done. Our technicians take various precautions to ensure safe handling of contents to avoid spreading soils. We can also create barriers to separate the affected areas from the rest of the property. We usually use plastic sheets to construct such barriers, thus keeping demolition dust, soot, and other fine particles from spreading widely. When demolition construction materials, we use trash cans or heavy-duty plastic bags to hold the wastes, thus keeping the loss site organized.

Renovating your Pearl River, Abita Springs, or Lacombe home after a fire can be more challenging if the loss site remains in disarray. Call SERVPRO of Slidell to help keep everything organized. You can reach us at (985) 649-1516. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

A Burst Pipe in My Second Floor Bathroom Caused Water Damage. How Do I Restore My Slidell Home?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

A bathroom with SERVPRO equipment on the floor.  Let SERVPRO come in and help restore your flooded Slidell bathroom.

Contact SERVPRO Technicians in Slidell to Mitigate the Water Damage in Your Property.

Water can flow into various surfaces in your Slidell home, especially if it is from high grounds. After 24 hours, the moisture can trigger mold growth, causing health effects to your family. Also, the humidity affects the structure’s stability if not handled on time by certified professionals.

Where do the experts begin?

At SERVPRO, we can begin mitigating the water damage in your Slidell property by inspecting the affected area thoroughly. We have advanced equipment that helps us determine moisture levels on surfaces and hi-tech tools that aid in the reinstallation processes without causing more damage. Since water can travel into hard to reach areas and other confined places such as wall cavities, we can use a thermal imaging camera during the inspection. The equipment helps us to pinpoint areas where we should concentrate on during the drying process. 

How do restorers dry hard to reach areas?

SERVPRO technicians understand that moisture in hard-to-reach areas can cause mold growth and odors if we do not remove it. Therefore, we do our best to dry the hard to reach areas completely using state-of-the-art equipment and innovative techniques. Some hard-to-reach areas such as ductwork, ceiling, and behind drywall can be expensive to repair if demolished. Since our primary aim is to reduce damage, we can drill small holes into your ceiling or drywall to access the moisture. We can use structural cavity drying equipment attached to air movers to direct dry air into the confined area.

Should I dispose of damaged contents?

Our technicians can help you separate the salvageable items from those damaged beyond repair. Contents such as wood veneer furniture and carpets submerged in water for over 48 hours can be difficult to salvage. We can dispose of such items professionally to avoid further damage. We take pictures of the damaged items before disposal so you can include them in your insurance claim. 

How about the odors persisting in my property?

Odor can linger in your property depending on:

  • The water source
  • The number of days the water stood in your property
  • Surfaces that seeped the water

We can restore fresh air into your property using various techniques depending on the intensity of the odor. For instance, our technicians can use the Vaportek unit to clean the air in the affected area. The system distributes its molecules into the air to neutralize odor molecules upon contact.

SERVPRO of Slidell offers effective water removal services to our customers. Contact us today at (985) 649-1516. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.