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Contact SERVPRO When Flood Damage in Slidell Causes a Sewer Back-up

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work in living room SERVPRO water damage restoration specialists have the equipment and training for every size of disaster.

Experienced Flood Damage Restoration for your Home

Many dangers can present themselves in your home during a flood. From the risk of electric shock from wet outlets to rushing rainwater, flooding can be a frightening experience. However, one danger that may not be as obvious is sewer backup.

During a flood, your home’s sewer pipes may become plugged with debris and dump dirty water into your home. Removing this water damage from your Slidell home must be handled by an experienced home restoration company, as there are several risks it may pose to those who are not aware of the danger.

  1. Sewage Water May Be Harmful

When flooding causes a sewer to back up, the resulting standing water can be filled with human pathogens, medical waste, and harmful bacteria. Only a certified and experienced home restoration company should handle and remove this water.

  1. It May Contain Caustic Chemicals

When a sewer backup occurs because of severe flood damage, the water may contain cleansers, sewage treatment chemicals, and other caustic products. It is wise to avoid walking in or handling black water, whether it is in your basement or bathroom.

  1. Sewer Gases Can Build

Torrential rainwater can cause septic tanks to overflow or even rupture during a flood. This can release dangerous gases into your home that can cause health effects or increase the risk of fire or explosion. Because sewer gas has a strong odor, you can probably detect it easily. It is wise to leave your home immediately and alert the authorities if you do.

When sewer backup occurs in your Slidell, LA home, it can present several dangers. Only a certified home restoration company should handle removal and cleanup once floodwaters have receded. Visit SERVPRO of Slidell for more information on storm damage or call us at (985) 649-1516.

Slidell Homes, Mold Growth, and SERVPRO to the Rescue

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech in PPE suit SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have IICRC certified training for every phase of mold remediation.

Getting to the Root Cause of Mold Damage in your Slidell Property

After a water spill in the home, interior parts like sheetrock can take on excess moisture. If the saturated sheetrock is not dealt with, it can become a hotbed for bacteria, including mold growth which thrives in warm, humid environments. Although this process occurs out of sight, the proliferation of mold colonies eventually releases a musty odor or begins to appear on walls and ceilings.

Homeowners suffering from mold damage in Slidell homes need professional help to ensure the problem is dealt with at the first sign of discovery. SERVPRO provides technicians with the opportunity to gain IICRC certificates in mold assessment and remediation, which is invaluable to homeowners suffering from fungi issues.

Mold Damage Remediation

When cleaning mold, the first principle is to find the source. Tracing back to the root cause is crucial as it prevents the damage from returning after complete service. As we stated initially, colonies can often reside in wall cavities, ceilings, or underneath floorboards; sheetrock, in particular, is a common culprit. We can remove and replace sections of drywall in the home to access the source and remediate it once and for all.

The removal of mold and thorough drying of the affected area is the first step. What remains is to clear away the mold colonies using abrasive cleaning methods, chemical-based solvents, and anti-microbial treatments. Combining these three aspects helps to ensure that the mold is cleaned and that it does not come back.

Finally, the odor of a fungi infestation can linger long after the colonies themselves have been destroyed. Using air scrubbers alongside industrial-grade water-based foggers, SERVPRO can neutralize odors in your home without using harmful toxins that could be a health risk to you or your family. As an experienced local provider, we have built strong connections with local insurance adjusters. We can help you with your claim by providing an itinerary of services carried out and item damages.

If you notice the symptoms of microbial growth in the home, contact SERVPRO of Slidell immediately at (985) 649-1516.

Does a Slidell Business Need to Close During Commercial Water Removal?

12/24/2021 (Permalink)

ceiling water damage in school Commercial water damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for fast and immediate service.

SERVPRO Techs Work to Get Slidell Businesses With Water Damage Back to Daily Operations as Rapidly as Possible

A frequently asked question in a Slidell business with water damage is, "How soon can I reopen?" SERVPRO technicians approach every water cleanup job with the same goal to save the property owner as much cost for replacement and repair as possible and get the company reopened for daily operations as usual.

Many factors can affect the outcome of a commercial water removal job in a Slidell business property. SERVPRO technicians have the professional equipment to extract any amount of water from within a structure. However, there can be other issues such as: 

The timing of a water cleanup job can have a heavy bearing on the outcome. As the minutes tick by, water degrades; if it already had bacteria from an event such as a toilet backup or groundwater entering the structure, the problem can compound into a hazardous situation.

SERVPRO technicians have professional solutions to treat water to make handling and rendering harmful elements such as bacteria and pathogens inert. The technicians also wear protective gear to ensure they remain safe during the restoration service.

Articles within the business that contact water get inspected for the potential for reuse after drying. The technicians remove furnishings, stock items, and electronic equipment that cannot safely remain on-site during the water removal and drying of the property. If the items cannot be stored in another building area, SERVPRO can set up secure storage until the remediation efforts are complete.

SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 brings professional water removal services to Slidell commercial properties. The experienced, certified technicians are available 24/7 for any size water damage cleanup job.

Why Would I Choose SERVPRO for Fire Damage in My Slidell home?

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

heavy smoke and soot damage on wall Smoke and soot damage are difficult to remove, but our SERVPRO team is trained to restore your fire damaged room.

Restoring a Fire Damaged Property, the Professional Way

Fire damage ranks as the single most significant cause of property damage in the United States. With more than $350 billion each year lost to fire damage, it is the one disaster that can affect just about every property owner at some point in their lives.

Fire Damage Does Not Have to Spell the End of Your Property

With the right fire damage restoration procedures for your Slidell home, it is usually possible to completely restore most properties where the fire has been contained. Modern fire damage restoration techniques may even be used to restore properties that have experienced extensive damage, including widespread soot damage, smoke damage, and ubiquitous and robust smoke smell.

The most important thing to know in the event of fire damage to your property is that a professional restoration company can only carry out the fire damage restoration process. Once the fire department has given you the go-ahead, the first call you should make should always be to your local fire damage restoration company.

Make Sure the Fire Department Signs Off, then Call Your Local Restoration Company

It should be underscored that you should never enter a premises where the fire department has been called to put out a fire without first getting their explicit permission to do so. Even as you reenter, always be mindful of areas where the structure could have been compromised. If possible, you should not enter the residence again until you have called your local restoration company and they have sent an inspector to evaluate the structural integrity of the building.

SERVPRO of Slidell is here to help 24/7 after fire damage. Call us at (985) 649-1516 for help after a fire in your home.

Can SERVPRO Provide Safe and Secure Water Removal and Restoration for My Pearl River Property After a Storm?

11/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used in water damaged room; flooring removed Flooding happens fast and brings contaminants into your home. Our team is always on call to handle any scope of storm damage.

Contaminated Flood Waters Pose Health Risks for Pearl River Homes

Taking care of your Pearl River residence after a disaster can feel overwhelming. With so many of the effects from a situation like flooding requiring the skills of experienced professional restorers, securing this assistance as quickly as possible is critical to getting your home back to its preloss condition promptly. With widespread flooding throughout our service area, many homes and their structural elements fall victim to contaminants or hazards present in the invading water affecting their property.

While overcoming the flood damage in your Pearl River home alone can require professional restoration services, overcoming potential contamination and biohazards pose a greater risk to your property and its occupants. Our SERVPRO professionals have experience in flood damage cleanup and the appropriate safety precautions to take when addressing the pooling water and the debris or substances it might contain.

Our experienced technicians undergo extensive training in the use of personal protective equipment to ensure the safety of our team and the ongoing safety of other non-employees that could be entering or exiting the home during the restoration process. Our process begins with a comprehensive evaluation of the property to determine the full extent of the damage and the equipment necessary to clean, disinfect, restore, and rebuild the house as efficiently as possible.

In these situations, many materials in the affected areas of your home must get removed and replaced. Carpets, their subflooring, and the base of drywall structures often take the brunt of the flood damage. Once the carpets and padding have been removed, our SERVPRO technicians can work efficiently with our air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out these saturated elements and prevent further demolition. Drywall most often has to be removed to the point that it is no longer saturated. The assessment of where flood cuts must be made is decided when our professionals assess the damaged property initially but can be changed as the work continues.

Flood Water Problems, Pearl River

River flooding can affect more than just your lawn. Unfortunately, river flooding can quickly accumulate in your main floor. If you experience river flooding in your area and notice standing floodwater in your building, it's time to get professional help for your river flooding.

Water restoration services may include using a flood pump to remove flood water from your building. Your storm restoration professional may be able to utilize their flood pump to improve the appearance of your building. A flood pump is just the first step your storm restoration expert may take. After the flood pump removes the water from your building, you'll need to ensure you follow all of the appropriate steps for water restoration to avoid further problems.

When flooding affects your home with potential contaminants and excessive water damage, let our SERVPRO of Slidell rapid response team get to work for you. You can reach us anytime at (985) 649-1516.

Should Slidell Businesses Rely on Commercial Water Cleanup Companies?

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

inside bowling alley; water damaged wall ceiling and lanes; SERVPRO restoration equipment being used When floodwaters impacted this business, the owners called SERVPRO. Our team made it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Technicians Have Training and Professional Equipment to Clean Up Water Damage in Slidell Businesses

When a water damage problem such as a pipe break, backup of a sewer line or toilet, or other event happens in a Slidell business, the property owner wants fast action on the cleanup. This water damage is a problem that the regular maintenance staff may not have the equipment to accomplish. Wet/dry vacuums are great for small liquid spills but cannot handle a large amount of cleanup without overheating. SERVPRO technicians can safely remove all types of water from a structure.

Slidell businesses trust SERVPRO for commercial water cleanup because the technicians have a large stock of professional extraction equipment to ensure the best outcome for any size water damage. 

Because the rate at which the water cleanup actions begin can directly impact the amount of loss to a structure and contents, SERVPRO technicians are available around the clock, including weekends and holidays, to serve local property owners. Sometimes business owners err in trying to DIY cleanup water; however, if the water wicks into walls, runs under flooring, or degrades due to slow cleanup, it can create more significant challenges. 

SERVPRO techs can use their scoping equipment to determine where all the water vapor resides behind walls and under floors, so nothing gets left behind. Standard wet-dry vacs cannot match the pulling power found in the professional pumps and other water removal equipment that SERVPRO techs use. Drying equipment is another reason to engage a professional restoration company. The technicians use high-velocity equipment that drastically lowers interior humidity levels while other equipment captures airborne water vapor and ports it off-site for disposal. This cycle dries structures rapidly. 

Other types of drying equipment that the technicians use most often include:

  • InjectiDry system for small spaces
  • Drying mats for floors
  • Self-created tubing to force air onto a targeted area

SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 supports local Slidell business owners with all types of commercial water cleanup services available 24/7.

Where Can Flood Damage Impact Pearl River Homes Most Severely?

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

floodwater in garage Flooded garage and home in Pearl River? No worries, call SERVPRO for extraction, disinfecting, and drying, "Like it never even happened."

Flooding in Pearl River homes can be a destructive event that requires immediate attention from restoration professionals.

Flooding can be an unavoidable circumstance for specific homes and businesses, especially in a state that experiences such violent weather at times of the year. Knowing what areas of a property can be impacted by developing extreme weather conditions, flash flooding, and other concerns can help express the urgency of fast action in a crisis.

Storm Damage to the Attic Space

Attics are often highly damaged after storm and flood damage to Pearl River homes. Powerful weather systems can cripple roofing materials and supporting frameworks, creating vulnerabilities for penetration. While some extraction is often needed, effective drying is what is most important to prepare. We arrive with:

  • Air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Portable heaters
  • Moisture meters

Overwhelming the Basement Level or Crawlspace

While basements are nowhere near as common to Louisiana homes as crawlspaces can be, some homes throughout the community still feature these partial-subterranean levels. If flooding occurs in the area, water pressure can force floodwater into this property level and quickly pool. We have deep extraction tools for both crawlspaces and basement damages.

Flood Damage to the Garage

Detached garages are a common stable of single-family homes in the area. Even with the installation of floor drains, these elements can be quickly overwhelmed by intruding floodwater. Our experienced SERVPRO team must provide adequate water removal and drying approaches to protect this structure and additional high-value items like your vehicles.

Flooding can rapidly develop and be a devastating force for area homes. Knowing what could happen with your property can show the advantages of leaving restoration to experienced professionals like our SERVPRO of Slidell team. Give us a call anytime you need it at (985) 649-1516.

Removing Smoke Odors from Slidell Homes Quickly

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen, appliances Protein fires in a Slidell kitchen can be particularly offensive. Call SERVPRO to clean the air, along with the house, of unwanted odors and debris

Using multiple strategies, our SERVPRO team can deodorize Slidell properties after a fire.

Smoke remediation can indicate many of our professionals' steps to overcome unfavorable conditions after a fire. Area homes can be overwhelmed by soot or even water damage from extinguishment, yet a harsh malodor is one of the largest obstacles to restoring comfortable living conditions.

Identifying Malodors of the Property

The first step in this aspect of fire damage restoration for Slidell homes is determining the focal point of the smell and where specific actions are possible to reduce the severity of harsh odors. Pre-job scoping identifies where deodorization and emergency services are necessary.

Cleaning and Counteracting Strategies

Among the first steps that our SERVPRO team can take is to remove debris and charred/blistered elements from the damaged area that can amplify offensive smells. Even efforts to begin cleaning and clearing soot and smoke residues from materials and surfaces can reduce the severity and presence of overwhelming odors throughout the house.

Deodorization Approaches to Remove Smoke Smells

Once the present smoke odors have been reduced in severity, we can then turn our attention to the final smoke remediation step of removing the harsh smells wherever possible. Deodorization utilizes multiple tools from our recovery inventory, and after much of the counteractant efforts have been successful, these approaches are likely to do well. Some of these tools include:

  • Thermal/ULV Foggers
  • HEPA Air Scrubbers
  • Hydroxyl Machines
  • Ozone Generators

While many possible threatening effects could damage or ruin homes in the area, our fast-responding SERVPRO professionals can help overcome these concerns as soon as we arrive. With conditions like malodors, SERVPRO of Slidell professionals introduce powerful products and equipment to deodorize the house. We are ready to help 24/7 at (985) 649-1516.

Professional Cleanup After Water Damage to Slidell Office Flooring

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Documents
  • Fabrics/Upholstery

Hardwood Flooring

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

Carpeted Floors

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

Engineered Wood Flooring

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

Is Reconstruction Necessary?

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

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

Call Us 24/7 In Slidell After Fire Damage

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Remove the Source

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

Hard Surfaces vs. Absorbent Materials

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

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

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