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How Mold Damage Affects Slidell Homes and Their Contents

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

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

Mold Damage Restoration from SERVPRO Saves Slidell Properties from Costly Repairs

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

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

How Mold Eats Away at Surfaces

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

Mold can also exist in such surfaces and areas as:

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

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

How SERVPRO Training Prepares Technicians and Staff for Mold Mitigation

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

Education units for technicians cover:

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

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

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

Franchise owners are educated in:

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

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

These sources include:

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

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

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

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

Water Damage's Impact on Slidell Home Structures

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Slidell Residential Water Disasters

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

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

How Water Damage can Affect Residential Structures

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

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

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

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

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

Effective Sanitation and Water Removal with SERVPRO Tools

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Prevent Costly Fire Damage Repairs in Slidell

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What Factors Exacerbate Fire Damage Repairs?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Solutions for Flood Removal in Confined Spaces of Slidell Homes

9/18/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

  • Board Up
  • Tarping
  • Water Removal
  • Content relocation

Cleaning Up Damaged Attics

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

Crawlspace Flood Damage Cleanup

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

Microbial and Pathogenic Threats

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

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

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

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

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

Fire Damage Restoration for Our Slidell Neighbors

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

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

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

? Repairing Fire Damaged Homes

? Fire Damage Restoration

? House Fire Clean Up

? Smoke Remediation

? Water & Fire Damage Restorations

? Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Clean Up

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

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

Rapid Water Removal After Overnight Commercial Equipment Failure

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

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

Count on a Timely Response from the Experts at SERVPRO

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

What Additional Steps Are Needed Following Emergency Extraction?

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

Why Is Tracing Water Migration Critical?

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

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

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

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

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

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Necessary Documentation for Water Damage Repair in Slidell Homes

7/24/2022 (Permalink)

a water damaged ceiling where the paint is peeling off Whether you are facing water damage to the ceiling or the walls of your home, team SERVPRO can help. Contact us for effective remediation services.

SERVPRO Crew Chiefs Oversee Slidell Water Restoration

With water stagnating on the floors of your Slidell home and soaked contents at risk of staining, rusting, or developing mold, documentation may be the last thing in your mind. The process might be too far gone when you realize the need to write things down or take photographic evidence. Involving a professional in cases of water damage ensures that any necessary documentation is done.

Just like the step-by-step water damage repair processes your Slidell home needs, documentation with diverse information requirements about the property and the loss is also gradual. SERVPRO considers proper record keeping a critical aspect of repairing damaged properties.

Essential records

  • Release for belongings disposal 
  • Contents inspection report
  • Processed wood release
  • Contents inventory worksheet

Although water repair is meant to fix the deterioration caused by moisture exposure and other problems, it is impossible to fix everything. For instance, if a wet carpet delaminates, drying and other restoration procedures cannot save it. You must remove all the items deemed unsalvageable. A signed release by the insurance adjuster approving the disposal prevents problems later. Our SERVPRO IICRC-certified crew chiefs also prepare a contents inspection report in case of any differences regarding cleaned and restored contents.

Damage during the repair process

While most of the water damage develops immediately or soon after water exposure, it is also possible for issues to build up during restoration. The main challenge with such matters is who bears responsibility, especially when a third party is helping you with the repair.

Manufactured wood items are one category that is easily damaged during restoration processes or transportation to a storage facility from the affected area. A processed wood release document offers clarity, especially regarding responsibility for secondary damages. Also, an inventory worksheet is essential before relocating items if there is a move-out to facilitate extensive water damage repairs.

Reasons for move-outs

  • Limiting moisture exposure for items
  • Specialized cleaning and other restoration procedures
  • Creating room for cleanup and repairs

SERVPRO of Slidell takes all actions necessary to facilitate water damage repair, eliminating traces of the problem "Like it never even happened." Call us at (985) 649-1516.

Is a Plumbing Leak Causing you to Walk on Water Instead of Hardwood in Slidell?

7/24/2022 (Permalink)

a water damaged hardwood floor that has warped floor boards Quick action can possibly save your water damaged floor. Call SERVPRO to assess the situation and remediate the damage. Our technicians are here.

Removing Water Damage from Wood Floors in Your Slidell Area Home

Every instance of water intrusion occurring in the Slidell area is different. If it weren’t, we would never need to differentiate between materials. We would always understand what to do, long before anyone even called our office. It makes sense to contact a trained professional for help returning your home to normal after an event occurs.   

Since homeowners have an abundance of flooring options for their homes these days, it makes sense that technicians understand how water damage in Slidell affects different materials. They also need to practice the process involved in removing it from different materials, so that you receive optimal results.  

Wood, for instance, contains 10% moisture content within its natural structure on average throughout North America. Adding more or removing too much can have a drastic impact on wood's appearance. SERVPRO technicians learn how to adjust moisture levels in your wood floor, quickly returning water damaged flooring to a quality pre-water damage condition, "Like it never even happened."

Too much water often leads to warping, buckling, cupping, crowning, cracks, and splits in wood floors installed in your home. However, many of these defects often return to normal after removing excess water. At SERVPRO, we understand that the effects of moisture on your wood floor often depend on how fast moisture permeates the type of wood used in its construction and how much exposure it endures. The extraction of water at a  steady pace allows the planks to often revert to an undamaged appearance.  

Particleboard, plywood, and oriented strand board (OSB) can withstand some exposure. However, when left unattended for too long, plywood can delaminate, particleboard and OSB can disintegrate. In general, of these materials, plywood is the most durable. Although, all of them can swell, warp, and buckle after exposure.  

SERVPRO restoration services can often save you from paying costly replacement fees. Our highly trained staff and technicians with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Take the time to place your initial call for help to receive access to the quality water damage restoration services you deserve. 

Contact SERVPRO of Slidell today for more information or to begin your water damage restoration as soon as possible. We have access to all of the resources, personnel, and equipment needed to tackle any size job. (985) 649-1516

What to Avoid When Dealing With Fire Damage in Slidell

7/24/2022 (Permalink)

a soot covered ceiling Most fire damage situations include soot stained walls. Don’t despair. Contact team SERVPRO day or night for certified technicians and equipment.

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.