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Mardi Gras in Slidell and Surrounding Area

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Krewe of Poseidon Slidell Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in St Tammany Parish is Tuesday, Feb 16, 2021; however, the parades and parties begin early in Jan. This year, the events will take place rain or shine from Jan 9 – Feb 21, 2021. Parking is free, and family-friendly activities are always fun. Catch parades on land as well as on the water sponsored by many groups with the parish.

While various communities in the parish have their parades and fun, many can be found in Slidell leading up to Mardi Gras Day on Feb 16:

  • Mystic Krewe of Perseus - Jan 11
  • Krewe of Bilge – Jan 30
  • Krewe of Poseidon – Jan 30
  • Krewe de Paws of Olde Towne – Feb 6
  • Mystic Krewe of Titans – Feb 6
  • Krewe of Dionysus – Feb 7
  • Krewe of Selene – Feb 12

Every event has a theme. For example, the Krewe of Poseidon theme is, "When you wish upon a star." The parade lineup, time, and location will be announced as the event nears. Last year's parades included bands, showgirls, dance groups, and many more. Be sure and check the website for each parish for information updates regarding COVID cancellations or rescheduling.

SERVPRO of Slidell provides flood damage mitigation services to Slidell Residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (985) 649-1516. We respond 24/7 to help with all your flood damage mitigation needs.

Enjoy Live Entertainment at Slidell’s Cutting Edge Theater

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Theater Enjoy cutting edge performances at The Cutting Edge Theater.

Enjoy Your favorite Celine Dion Hits at the Slidell Cutting Edge Theater.

The Cutting Edge Theater offers dramas, musical plays, musicals, and even Off-Broadway Hits. Shows are presented Friday and Saturday nights. The Theater has implemented social distancing to protect customers as well as the performers. Upcoming Shows include

  • Julia Sings Celine,
  • Ray a Charles Tribute Show,
  • Sweet Potato Queens the Musical,
  • Grease the musical and more.

Julia Sings Celine begins Jan 8th, 2021, for two weekends on Friday and Saturday nights. Julia Anne Ernst attends Loyola University New Orleans and is currently majoring in Vocal Performance and Opera. She has performed over a dozen musical shows, spent two summers in Europe. Julia has won many state and national competitions in pursuit of her goal to become an opera singer. All of this and she is only 18 years old.

In her show, Julia will present many Celine Dion songs in January 2021 at the Cutting Edge Theater in Slidell. The Theater has implemented all of the safety guidelines required. Attendees must wear a mask and adhere to distancing guidelines.

SERVPRO of Slidell provides mold remediation services to Slidell commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (985) 649-1516. We respond 24/7 to help with all your commercial mold remediation needs.

Enjoy Nature at its Best Near Pearl River

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Participate as a Krewe Member During Mardi Gras in the Pearl River Area

Pearl River, part of St Tammany Parish in Louisiana, was initially called "Halloo." The name came from loggers yelling at each other as they harvested logs around the area. The town was founded in 1859 and changed its name to Pearl in 1878 and later on Pearl River in 1888. The town formed around a train station built-in 1886. Pearl River has remained a small town to this day, with approximately 3000 people living in the area.

Some of the interesting and exciting things to do in the area include:

Kayaking near Honey Island

Canoeing on the Bayou

Celebrating Mardi Gras around the parish

Enjoying the local culture – Farmers Markets, Local Entertainment, hunting, fishing, and more

Kayaking Near Honey Island

Imagine kayaking through historic waterways lined with old cypress trees providing a canopy over the water! The Honey Island Swamp has Cypress trees over 400 years old. These trees have been growing in the swamp before the area was settled. Adventure seekers can bring their equipment or take a tour with an experienced guide. Guides take you through the swamp while identifying the local fauna, wildlife, and the swamp's rich history. Many locals moor their houseboats along the river's sandy banks. Tours last approximately 2.5 hours, and patrons can enjoy a cold brew at the Honey Island Swamp House at the end of the tour.

Canoeing on the Bayou

If kayaking is not your style, consider traveling in a flat bottom boat along the bayous with your guide pointing out the local fauna and wildlife. The wetlands are teeming with birds, alligators, turtles, and a host of other animals. Each boat can handle up to six passengers, and guides can take the flat bottom boats into areas that many other tour groups never get to see with more extensive, deeper draft boats.

Look for towering cypress trees, Spanish moss covering the trees and hanging down to the water, birds of all kinds, including woodpeckers, fishing birds, and many migratory birds. There are also bald eagles, deer, wild pigs, turtles, and blue herons. This environment is a photographer's paradise.

Pearl River Wildlife Management Area

Consisting of 35,000 acres of hardwood forests, cypress trees, and marsh, the PRWMA provides hunting, trapping, shooting ranges, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, birding, and photography activities. Hunters and trappers require a license to hunt in the area for everything from deer, waterfowl, wild turkey, and trapping fur-bearing animals such as beaver, muskrat, raccoon, coyote, and bobcats.

Alligator hunting season usually opens in September. Visitors and locals must also be aware of flooding conditions. All roads and hunting are closed when the Pearl River reaches a height of 16.5 feet.

There are many hiking trails suitable for viewing nature, wildlife, and the fauna of the area. There are also biking trails designed for serious cyclists. Check with local authorities for designated areas, conditions, and safe areas before venturing into the Wildlife Management Area.

Celebrating Mardi Gras Around the Parish

The folks in St Tammany Parish, which includes Pearl River, enjoy a family-friendly Mardi Gras every year. There is something to do with parades and celebrations almost every weekend from January 6th until Tuesday, February 16th, Mardi Gras' final day. Schedules and times may be adjusted to accommodate health guidelines from the parish and state authorities.

Many towns in the parish hold parades and use the word "Krewe" to describe their parade theme, as in the Krewe of Poseidon parade held in Slidell on January 30th. The word, Krewe, is described as a social organization putting on a parade and is associated with Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans and across the state of Louisiana.

Parades leading up to Mardi Gras begin on January 11th in Covington, then move to Slidell on January 30th and 31st. Then it is Madisonville's turn on February 5th before moving back to Slidell, Madisonville, and Covington on Feb 6th & 7th. Bush has their parade on the 13th, a party and parade in Covington on the 14th before the finale on Mardi Gras day in Lacombe and Folsom. Pearl River residents have many fun events and activities to choose from around the parish.

Local Activities in Pearl River and St Tammany Parish

With many activities and celebrations in the area, Pearl River residents can always find something to do nearby. For example:

Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival,

Covington Three Rivers Art Festival,

Mardi Gras.

All You Can Eat Crawfish Cook-off in Slidell

Taste of Covington.

Concerts at the Mandeville Trailhead, Abita Opry, or Bayou Jam concerts at Heritage Park in Slidell.

Restoring or Replacing – Which is the Best Approach?

The majority of fire damage is usually contained in one or two rooms. Fires often start in the kitchen, and the fire department can control the fire before it spreads to other home areas. However, smoke and odors and soot may spread throughout the entire home depending on the type of fire – grease fire vs. electrical fires and air currents within the home that carry smoke and soot to other rooms.

SERVPRO's extensive experience and training with fire damage and restoration, including soot, smoke, and odor removal, suggests that restoring all areas of the home vs. replacing:

Saves time and causes less disruption

Reduces the overall cost of restoration

Returns clients to their homes or business faster, reducing the need for temporary housing or business stoppage.

We remove all odor-causing materials, fire retardant materials used by the fire department, remove moisture, and clean all surfaces that have soot or smoke residue on them. Finally, odor removal equipment eliminates smoke odors returning your home to its pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO of Slidell provides fire restoration services to Pearl River residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (985) 649-1516. We respond 24/7 to help with all your fire restoration needs.

Come See the Olde Towne Slidell Community Christmas Parade

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

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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)

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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)

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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.