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Is Flood Restoration Dangerous in My Slidell Home?

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded home Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include water damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Despite the experience of our qualified professionals, there are risks and hazards associated with restoring a flood-damaged home. 

There is always a temptation to pursue DIY cleaning and recovery for your Slidell home after flood losses, though with how rapidly water damage can migrate throughout the residence, many of these same property owners do not realize how extensive and widespread the costs can become. In addition to the concerns about inadequate water removal and drying, lingering flood effects in your residence can lead to more direct health hazards and risks.

Because there are so many degrees and levels of flood damage in Slidell homes after these disasters, recovery often must occur in several stages. Each of these phases posits its specific risks and potential hazards, so it is always advisable to lean on the expertise and fast response of our SERVPRO team to help. We have accredited technicians with endorsements from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA), and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA.)

What Should I Do Before Help Arrives? 

There are always steps that you can take to lessen the impact of flood damage in your home before our experienced technicians arrive. While the bulk of the restoration and recovery efforts accomplished by our SERVPRO professionals, there are only a few steps that homeowners can take in the hours leading up to our arrival. It is only advisable to pursue these potential steps when it is safe to do so. Some of the things that you can do to help make mitigation and restoration more efficient when our team gets to your home include:

  • Content Recovery – Because standing water can be such a substantial threat to your home, any of the contents exposed to this pooling can become irreparably damaged without relocating them to safer places in the house. 
  • Shut Off Utilities – It is always advisable to consider what utilities are live in your home before you vacate the premises. If possible, you can sever specific services entering the property like your water to prevent worsening conditions if active flooding were to damage plumbing, conduit, or other receptacles. 
  • Get Everyone Out – In some situations, whether you can complete other items on this shortlist or not, you should prioritize getting everyone in the house to safety. There are specific health hazards that could impact your family if you do not act quickly. 

What Dangers Exist During Flooding? 

You should appreciate that with any disaster that affects your home, from fires to flooding, there are specific health hazards and risks that exist until the damage gets restored. With flooding, there are a few particular conditions that could begin that threaten the health of those exposed or could cause injuries or worse. Even when flood damage remains concentrated to a specific area of your home, some of the active threats that could exist include:

  • Electric Shock – Shock hazards are one of the most common threats when flooding exceeds several inches in depth. When water levels rise to live outlet receptacles and other powered electronics, it could send a current through the standing water that could injure unprotected restoration professionals or occupants of the house. 
  • Fall Hazards – As you might expect, any depth of flooding in your home could come with some degree of threat of slipping and falling. In natural flooding scenarios, mud and silt can add to the possibility of falls. 
  • Debris – Many natural flooding scenarios introduce debris, mud, and contaminants into the house's affected areas.
  • Animal Infestations – Natural flooding disasters can allow bugs, snakes, and other animals into your property with the rising and rushing waters. 

How Can SERVPRO Manage Contamination? 

Contaminants are a continual threat when natural flooding scenarios exist. In these situations, our SERVPRO professionals must consider the disaster to be a blackwater, Category 3 loss events. This classification illustrates a likelihood that floodwater encountered some form of contamination, from sewage and bacteria through viral pathogens. Some of the options for managing these potential contaminants include:

  • Containment
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Antibacterial Treatment

While flooding can be destructive enough on its own, natural flooding presents a more significant loss scenario that must get immediately addressed. Our SERVPRO of Slidell team can help with a rapid response that ensures we can install containment barriers to reduce the spread and severity of loss effects. Through extraction and drying, our professionals can work to make flood losses "Like it never even happened." Give us a call anytime you need us at (985) 649-1516.

A Storm Has Caused Flooding in My Basement. What Should I Do?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Rubber ducks floating in flooded basement Flooding quickly causes flood damage. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Hire SERVPRO Technicians to Handle the Storm Flood Damage in Your Slidell Home

A storm can bring flood water into your home’s basement. A flooded basement can breed various health hazards and cause costly damages if not restored on time. Act immediately by seeking help from professionals to prevent further flood damage in your Slidell property.

Why call SERVPRO for flood damage restoration?

We have teams of skilled, highly trained technicians who have mastered effective techniques for handling storm flood damage in affected Slidell homes. Our staff has access to state-of-the-art equipment that enables us to manage flood damage of any magnitude. The advanced equipment also helps us hasten the restoration process to minimize damage. Our team is available 24-hours, seven days a week. We also work closely with our customers’ insurance companies to help settle claims quickly. 

Do I need to call an electrician?

At SERVPRO, we put safety first for not only our staff but also our customers. It is not recommended to venture into the flooded basement since it can pose an electrical danger to you and your family. Switching off the power supply in the property is critical since all electrical appliances or electronics in contact with the floodwater are hazardous. You can switch off the main power supply and call an electrician to examine your electrical system for electrical hazards.

How can you restore my property?

Before we start to restore your property, we check if there are hazards like structural damage. We check surfaces and areas like walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs for possible dangers. All water restoration projects are unique. A building provides variables that could change with the project. Some include:

 Type of building materials

 The electrical system

 Hazardous materials in the home

The water loss also provides variables like:

 The length of time the floodwater has been in your property

 Hazardous substances in the water

 The presence of mold

Our team can resolve safety hazards before we proceed with the flood restoration project.

With the high-water levels in my basement, how can you hasten the drying process? 

The drying process is an essential part of flood damage restoration. We can use a self-priming trash pump to extract the water. The equipment is efficient in floodwater removal since it can pass solids. We can then use air movers and dehumidifiers to remove moisture.

Our technicians can also use portable electric heaters to dry the basement. The equipment speeds up the evaporation process, especially from wood materials. However, direct heating of some materials can affect them negatively. We can use sandbags to contain the heat against the materials and contents we are drying.

With the right equipment and decades of experience, SERVPRO of Slidell can handle the storm flood damage in your property to make it, "Like it never even happened." Call us at 985) 649-1516. 

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How Can I Get Water Damage Out of My Living Room Carpet?

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

lgr dehumidifer in a hallway Advanced drying equipment like an LGR low grain refrigerant dehumidifier, can salvage water-damaged carpets in Slidell Properties

SERVPRO Technicians Use Restoration Industry Best Practices to Remove Water Damage from Slidell Residences

Whether water damage comes from a pipe leak, appliance failure, or fixture overflow, even small amounts of water can create more significant problems without fast action. Carpeting and subfloors are particularly vulnerable to mold growth in Slidell, including structural damage, and unpleasant odors.

When water damage affects your Slidell home, SERVPRO technicians are available to render disaster mitigation services day and night to return your home to a preloss condition.

What Can I Do to Reduce the Risk of Mold Growth in Water-Damaged Carpet?

-    Keep nooks and crannies clean. Any surfaces that water damage contacts require sanitation to prevent mold risk. This includes walls and baseboards.
-    Steam clean your flooring. Steam cleaning is an effective way to sanitize carpets. Padding may require replacement, however, especially if it has detached from the carpet.
-    Inspect furniture. If your flooring has water damage, furniture may have also gotten wet. Move and inspect area rugs and upholstery to assess the scope of damage and sanitize the area.

How Does SERVPRO Restore Carpets?

SERVPRO techs take a systematic approach to carpet restoration to minimize loss to your home.
-    Water extraction, whether with rovers, suction pads, or extraction wands, is thorough while preventing the separation of carpet and pad.
-    Carpeting can be pulled up and tented to dry both above and below the surface.
-    Technicians can erect polyethylene drying chambers to accelerate small-scale drying in large areas like a living room with an open floor plan.
-    If water damage creates odors in your carpet, technicians can use injection systems, sprayers, and EPA-registered antimicrobials to remove odor-causing particles.

SERVPRO of Slidell has the tools and training needed to keep disaster-affected homes looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (985) 649-1516 to begin the mitigation process.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Slidell, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Slidell today at (985) 649-1516 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Seeking Experienced Restoration Technician

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

male employee holding a hose with a caption that says "Now Hiring for multiple positions" Now Hiring!

Job Description

SERVPRO is immediately hiring Experienced Water and Fire Restoration Technician / Remediation Technician.

We're seeking a restoration technician who is comfortable working hard in challenging situations, meeting new people, with excellent communication skills, and who is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self- motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment.

BENEFITS of Working at SERVPRO:

Benefits for the Technician position include (but are not limited to):

  • Competitive compensation
  • Overtime after 40 hours/week
  • Bonus pay for on-call response
  • Unlimited resources to education of field
  • We will pay for your certifications & education

REQUIREMENTS of Water Remediation Technician:

Requirements for the Water Damage Technician position include:

  • Interior demolition experience
  • Organized persons with positive attitude;
  • Good communication skills with ability to work as a team;
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions, including adhering to safety requirements and the SERVPRO job process
  • Respectful of others, including co-workers and customers;
  • Dependable and on-time;
  • Driver's license and clean driving record;
  • Ability to lift heavy objects and in good physical health;
  • Willing to undergo random drug screening and a background check;
  • Availability on rotating schedule for on-call emergency response after hours and on weekends, with overtime and bonus pay ;
  • A sense of urgency to respond quickly to people who are in need of the services we offer.

Regardless of prior experience, all employees will undergo the proper training for safety and techniques used in the work in both residential and commercial settings, including:

  • Fire damage restoration, including cleaning walls, floors, furniture, and interior contents;
  • Water damage restoration, including pump outs, water extraction, dehumidification, and drying;
  • Mold remediation, including, demolition, cleaning

SERVPRO specializes in disaster cleanup. We are family owned and operated company. As the premier provider of these services we are seeking highly motivated water damage technicians to perform water/ fire damage mitigation & clean up, among many other services we offer. This is a full time position for hard working Water Damage Technicians who will be working with Crew Chiefs and fellow Water Damage Technicians to recover/ restore personal property.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: Depending on Experience

Email Resume to jdierking@SERVPROslidell.com

Do I Need Quick Water Removal After My Slidell Home Floods?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

standing water in hallway Water damage happens. SERVPRO is always available to dry and restore your home.

To Preserve Your Residence After a Flood, Call SERVPRO Water Restoration Technicians to Clear and Dry Your Home Rapidly

Residential water issues that begin inside a home are usually the result of a ruptured pipe, broken water heater, or a failed kitchen appliance. Often, the amount of water appears to be a minor issue and can be handled with a water-vac and maybe setting up a couple of fans. Unfortunately, steps like these are just the beginning, and time is crucial to preserve as much of your home as possible. 

What does SERVPRO do that is so important?

Professional water removal in Slidell homes requires specialized skills. SERVPRO extensively trains Water Restoration Technicians (WRTs) to include the following: 

  • Quickly remove standing water covering carpets and other floorings to stop continuing damage. This action also helps to eliminate the threat of bacteria or mold growing and expanding throughout the home.
  • Drawing out trapped water to eliminate puddles or pools underneath the flooring, behind walls, and above ceilings, if the leak was in the attic or a second-floor bathroom. Removing trapped water is especially important since even a small amount of water can rot support structures and grow a mold colony. Our WRTs can carefully remove water and mold without damaging the flooring or other property in the home.
  • Dry the home. With the water removed, natural evaporation can start. While that may be fine after mopping up a small spill in the kitchen, water does not convert to vapor fast enough to prevent damage to floors and walls. WRTs augment the natural process to increase drying without damaging structural and personal property. 

Is SERVPRO equipment really that better than what I can rent or buy at a DIY store? 

Our technicians use industrial-grade equipment designed specifically for water removal. These are a few of the items used to return each home to a dry, safe condition: 

  • Pumps – For deep or extensive flooding in large areas like living rooms, our technicians use them. Our office maintains an inventory of pumps that include machines small enough to clear an apartment by themselves to truck-mounted pumps we use on large homes, apartment buildings, and businesses.
  • Extraction Wands – Our water removal teams use these smaller devices when the water level is an inch or less. They are also easier to use in tight spaces like closets and narrow hallways. Technicians can adjust the speed of these wands, making them safer when drawing water out of carpets.
  • Dehumidifiers – With the water removed, there is still moisture in the air and trapped in the personal and structural property like chairs, sofas, drywall, and wall framing. These devices, depending on the level of moisture, can draw out 20 gallons every 24 hours.
  • Generators – In most cases, our teams plug into a nearby electrical outlet for power. If the water rose high enough to compromise an outlet, it is safer for us to bring in an alternate power supply. Our generators range in size from one small enough to hide behind a shrub to large power plants needed for continuous, 24-hour operations. 

Can you save my carpets?

If the water our teams remove is clean, the answer is yes. After removing the water, WRTs lift the carpets, roll them up, and remove the pads, which rapidly deteriorate when they get wet. Technicians next place an air mover at one end to force warm air under each carpet, drying it and the floor underneath. At the opposite end, they place an exhaust fan to draw out moisture and damp air, so the dehumidifier captures it. After drying, team members lay down a new pad and stretch the carpet back in place. 

Can you get rid of the musty odor I smell? 

Cleaning and drying the carpets often removes the source for the musty odor characteristic after a home flood. If an odor lingers, specialists can use a chemical cleaner that masks the odor until it dissipates. If the odor penetrated deeply into an item, they would use a fogger with a cleaning agent that generates a cloud of particles to bind with and neutralize the odor.

Is that the end of it? 

In nearly all cases, yes. After these actions, the SERVPRO team leader explains each step taken and happily returns a dry, clean, and safe home to the owner. If an odor or other issue occurs after that, we return to fix it at no additional charge. 

No matter where the water comes from, or how much it affects your home, SERVPRO of Slidell is here for you. For more details on what our restoration teams can do for you and your home, contact us today at (985) 649-1516. 

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Can SERVPRO Help Me Get Back To Business In Pearl River After Water Damage?

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment lined up and down a wall in a commercial business. Our experts have the right equipment to restore your Pearl River Franchise after water damage.

Efficient Water Cleanup Tools for Your Pearl River Franchise.

Franchise restaurants throughout Pearl River offer a set look and feel that customers from all over the country can become familiar with and expect when they arrive. Upkeep and quality of the food output become constant monitoring points, both of which can become adversely affected by a water loss incident inside of the building. While your custodial staff can work to clean up many of the spills and unfortunate incidents that affect your restaurant, substantial cleaning jobs often require the skills and expertise of our restoration team. 

When it comes to water cleanup for your Pearl River franchise restaurant, the pressure is on to get your doors back open to the hungry public as efficiently as possible. Even more than family owned and operated eateries throughout the area, a closed location can damage the brand name for the franchise and affect business on a larger scale, so you are under a finite schedule to take care of the situation fully. Our SERVPRO rapid response team can help with our fast arrival and our advanced equipment to help restore the building efficiently. 

Regardless of what has caused the water loss incident, responding to the situation quickly is critical to preventing the water damage from getting worse. With tile flooring in many of the kitchen areas and dining areas of franchise restaurants, it does not take long for water to penetrate grouted joints and affect the concrete or subflooring material beneath. We can arrive quickly to begin cleanup with traditional implements like mops and wet-vacs with extraction wands. 

Drying up the area fully can help to prevent secondary effects like mold growth from occurring, and these situations could be damaging to the business. We set up equipment such as our high-powered air movers and dehumidifiers through key points in the affected area of your restaurant and monitor our progress with moisture removal with our thermal imagery cameras. 

Recovering from a water loss incident in your restaurant is something that could be efficient and cost-effective. You can reach our SERVPRO of Slidell rapid response team to secure the full measure of our advanced equipment and extensive training in water restoration by calling (985) 649-1516.

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

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

A home with an active fire burning in the home. When a fire affects your Slidell home contact SERVPRO.

Restoring a Fire Damaged Property the Professional Way.

Fire damage ranks as the single largest cause of property damage and loss 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 the fire damage restoration process can only be carried out by a professional restoration company. 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 emphasized 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 property 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.

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How Will SERVPRO Restore My Carpets After Water Damage in My Slidell home?

4/25/2020 (Permalink)

A rug on hardwood flooring. SERVPRO has the expertise to restore flooring after a flood. Call them today!

This Is Restoring Your Water-Damaged Carpets in Your Slidell Home.

Many damaging situations for your Slidell home only affect specific areas. Even when the circumstances get limited to just affecting a material like the carpets, several steps must get taken immediately to preserve this flooring before the effects of water damage render it unsalvageable. Our franchise has a team available 24/7 to help you overcome any damaging effect of a water loss incident.

When you look to protect and restore water-damaged carpeting in your Slidell home, you need to find professional restoration technicians that you can trust to do the job correctly. Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive training to acquire our IICRC certifications in water restoration, which includes modern tactics and the use of advanced technology designed to save our customer’s time and money.

From the moment that our experts arrive at your address, we begin with a quick assessment of the property to determine if the carpet is the only affected area and the best approach to dry out this damage as fast as possible. We understand that you invested your money into making your home exactly how you wanted it to be, so we work to preserve all of the affected materials before we suggest alternative methods like removal and replacement.

With water damaged carpeting, our SERVPRO professionals often must use our industry-leading equipment to dry out the damage. By pulling up the edges of the carpeting, our technicians can access the underside of the material with our powerful air movers. We can “float” the carpet as we call it, forcing dry, heated air underneath the material to push moisture and dampness into the environment to get collected by our industrial-strength dehumidifiers.

We also offer premier cleaning services designed to improve the look and feel of your carpet beyond drying up the water damage. These deep cleaning methods range in equipment and tactics based on the style of carpet you have from long fibers to short pile varieties.

Water-damaged carpets can be a breeding ground for mold and microbial growth without the appropriate drying steps. Give our SERVPRO of Slidell response team a call today at (985) 649-1516.

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

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

A large SERVPRO truck and trailer in a parking lot with standing water. Pearl River Properties Receive Extensive Professional Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration from SERVPRO

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 pre loss 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 alone can require professional restoration services for your Pearl River home, 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 thorough assessment 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 gotten removed, our SERVPRO technicians can work efficiently with our air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out these saturated elements to prevent further demolition. Drywall often must get removed to the point that it is no longer saturated, and the assessment of where flood cuts must get made gets 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 basement or even your main floor. If you experience river flooding in your area and notice standing flood water 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.

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When A Flood Causes Major Damage To My Pearl River Commercial Property Can I Call SERVPRO?

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

A white background with the words " WE CAN HELP" written in black, with a green circle drawn around the words. If you ever need moisture removed from your furniture warehouse, call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 24/7.

Pearl River's Commercial Flood Damage Technicians Talk About Problems With Flooring Materials, and How We Can Help You. 

When a severe thunderstorm comes into your Pearl River neighborhood, it can cause problems with businesses as well as residential properties. If rainwater gets into your furniture warehouse, it can save you time and money to call in a professional commercial flood damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. When the rain comes down hard enough, there are several different ways it can find its way into your building. High-speed winds can cause windows to break and rainwater to enter. Groundwater can also come in from below your warehouse and cause extensive commercial flood damage to your company's property.

If water enters your warehouse due to flooding or groundwater seepage, then the first items to get ruined can be your flooring materials. If you call in a professional commercial flood damage company in Pearl River like SERVPRO, we can help save you and your insurance company money in the long run. In many situations, we can extract and dry out the moisture so that building materials like your flooring do not have to be removed. We can accomplish this by utilizing specialized equipment that is designed specifically for each type of flooring inside your warehouse. For hard non-porous materials such as wood or tile, we can use specialized extraction tools that can help remove the moisture while it is in its liquid form.

Once we remove as much water as we can when it is in liquid form including any standing water present, we begin the rapid structural drying process. In some cases, we utilize specialty drying equipment to dry out certain kinds of flooring materials. For hard floors that are composed of wood or tile, we set up specialized drying mats that push air deep into the wood or grout.

While the air movers and drying equipment creates air flow, we set up dehumidifiers that lower indoor relative humidity levels. We know that excessive humidity can ruin products inside your warehouse, so in some cases, we set up extra devices to pull moisture out of your contents that are made out of porous materials. If you ever need moisture removed from your furniture warehouse, call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 24/7.

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Can SERVPRO Restore My Slidell Home After A Storm?

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

Water on the floor of a home. Don’t let your Slidell home be taken down by the storm. Let SERVPRO help you.

SERVPRO Can and Will Assist You Through Your Slidell Storm Damage. 

Recovering from a disaster in your Slidell home often takes more than conventional cleaning approaches. With situations like flooding in your house, professional restoration is often required to overcome the widespread effects and offer efficient extraction and drying techniques designed to preserve affected elements as readily as possible. Our advanced equipment can help to provide effective removal of excess water and a thorough drying to prevent worsening conditions like mold and microbial growth. 

Our rapid response team focuses on providing efficient flood water extraction for your Slidell property that attempts to limit the considerable saturation and exposure that can ruin structural elements and contents within your home. Our SERVPRO technicians can react to the situation quickly, offering both a thorough assessment of the damage and what it takes to restore it as well as the equipment and expertise to accomplish these tasks. 

The Green Fleet, our caravan of restoration vehicles responding to disasters in our area, comes equipped with extensive options to make extraction as fast as possible. For severe pooling and flooding throughout your property, we have gas-powered and truck-mounted pumps. These devices can quickly remove the excess water and leave limited areas for more concentrated extraction efforts. 

For carpeting, extraction can get accomplished with advanced tools like our ROVER machine. This portable and remote-controlled weighted extractor can get used throughout all of the carpeted areas of your home to force volumes of water to the service for extraction and removal.

Portable pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wants also help to remove pooling water and flooding in areas that are less accessible with our larger pump options.

Our SERVPRO technicians can remove portions of overly saturated drywall and similar materials to provide easier access to the damaged area for removal after a storm. Our professionals can work quickly to extract flood water from your damaged home. We strive to have the industry-leading equipment to make flood recovery as efficient as possible. 

Give our SERVPRO of Slidell water restoration specialists a call whenever you need us at (985) 649-1516.

Who Offers Rapid Water Removal After Overnight Commercial Equipment Failure?

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

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Count on a Timely Response from the Experts at SERVPRO--We Support All Slidell Businesses

When employees at a local firm arrived to find hallways swimming with water, our crew got moving quickly to help. A hot 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 case of mechanical failure, both the quantity and pressure is likely to force water through cracks and permeable materials. Building cavities, subfloors, and structural elements with open cells like cinder blocks are all 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 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 for 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.

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What are the Beneficial Tips That Will Help My Fire Cleanup Process In Slidell?

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Useful Actions That Help With Your Fire Cleanup In Slidell.

A fire leaves several wastes including partly burnt materials from the structure or the contents within. Cleanup, therefore, requires several actions. Some of these actions remove wastes from the site while the other actions help restore the affected materials. We have IICRC certified FSRT, Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians who can handle the process fast but effectively.

When doing fire cleanup in Slidell, it is essential to account for all the contents that were in the premises before the fire. From a casual look of items covered in smoke, it is easy to throw away useful items in the process of debris removal. Our SERVPRO team uses an electronic CCIS, Content Claim Inventory Service, which helps keep track of items based on whether they are salvageable or not. We can also use it to group items room by room.

Restorative cleaning helps save contents or parts of the structure damaged by heat and smoke from the fire instead of replacing them. There are several reasons why restoration may be the preferred choice including saving costs and preserving sentimental value. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect the affected areas to determine the extent of the damage since extensive levels of damage cannot be reversed through restorative cleaning. We use regular abrasive action such as wire brushing or specialized techniques such as soda blasting to clean the affected surfaces.

Smoke damages reach most corners of the property during a fire. This happens because convectional currents drive the smoke. In this process, hot air displaces cooler air, so as long as the fire burns, the smoke keeps moving. The residues left vary depending on the type of material burnt. The intensity of the fire might also affect the cleaning efforts because scorching temperatures open up pores on surfaces driving smoke residues deeper. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on the chemical action of professional cleaning agents, which dissolves, bleaches, emulsifies or oxidizes residues. We also use mechanical agitation to remove smoke residues from the affected property.

SERVPRO Will Minimize Damage and Costs For Slidell. 

Failure to get a professional restoration service can aggravate the damage that an enterprise suffers after a utility room fire or electrical fire. Soot damage and smoke damage are some of the most dangerous elements to watch out for after the fire truck and firefighter have cleared the premises. Even after the fire dies, smoke lingers in a building and seeps into every corner the longer it stays without removal. Soot, ash, and smoke will ruin upholstery, carpeting, flooring, and walls. Fire damage cleanup companies use advanced techniques, tools, and products to fix different types of damages. Effective restoration after commercial fire damage ensures that problems don’t arise later which may cost more money to repair.

Once the fire truck has cleared the location of a commercial fire damage, the next call should be to fire restoration experts. Besides cleaning up the soot and smoke, technicians will guarantee the building adheres to safety standards by ensuring that the fire suppression, fire hose, and fire sprinkler system are up to code. Whether it’s a factory or utility room fire, experienced restoration experts can deal with the smoke damage, carpet cleaning, and repairs.

Fires ruin properties in different ways, but proper cleanup can help restore many items. Call SERVPRO of Slidell to assist you. You can reach us at (985) 649-1516 any time.

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What Can You Do To Restore My Pearl River Home After A Fire?

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

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This is What To Expect From SERVPRO When It Comes To Your Pearl River Fire Damage Restoration Services.

A fire in your Pearl River home demands fast and appropriate action. Professional restoration gears toward delivering assistance quickly and meticulously, based on research and industry best practices. The issues raised after a fire vary with each scenario, but the basic outline of necessary tasks is predictable. Our talented technicians have the training, tools, and experience to transform a sooty mess to “Like it never even happened.”

Getting your family to safety is your priority when fire damages your Pearl River home. Firefighters take on the job of subduing the flames, allowing you to survey the damage only after they issue an all-clear. Walking into what seems like the ruins of your house is an emotional, overwhelming experience. Our seasoned fire restoration managers and crews help you organize a productive response, delivering high-quality remediation and restoration services.

SERVPRO starts with a comprehensive inspection of the fire site, but also includes an evaluation of all spaces in the premises. Fire damage, including smoke, soot, and their odors, can spread widely through a building even if the blaze occurred in a seemingly confined space. Concerns the layperson rarely considers, such as the damage done by water and chemical extinguishers, also need addressing.

Water removal and drying are, perhaps surprisingly, job one. Slip and fall and electrical shock issues require his order, and the damage unmitigated water incursions do equals or exceed the harm done by the fire. SERVPRO technicians are certified to handle water as well as fire remediation, easily swinging from managing moisture to handling fire cleanup.

We assess soot and its characteristics in each affected space, matching the cleaning products and tools to the debris found. Depending on the different fuels consumed by the fire during the crisis a house might present everything from loose, ashy soot to thick, sticky residues to nearly invisible but tenacious protein coatings. SERVPRO crews pack service vehicles for every cleaning combination, including a range of cleansers, applicators, and scrubbers and HEPA-filtered vacuums.

Lingering odors often provide SERVPRO with our final challenge during fire restoration. Our crews use a protocol that removes the source, cleans the affected areas, and employs more advanced equipment and deodorizers as necessary. Your home’s odor issues might respond best to thermal fogging, hydroxyl generation, enzymatic approaches, or a combination. Trust us to find the correct balance of options to eliminate, not cover up, the stench.

SERVPRO of Slidell is your full-service provider of fire damage related cleanup, restoration, and odor elimination. Call us at (985) 649-1516 just as soon as the fire marshal releases your property.

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Can A Small Roof Leak Cause Big Trouble For My Pearl River Home?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

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A Small Roof Leak Can Turn Into Big Water Cleanup In Pearl River.

Getting away for a weekend is fantastic. When you come home to a water cleanup job with wet spots in your ceiling, the feeling is not so fantastic. Finding the source of the roof leak is crucial as leaving it unchecked can lead to mold and a sagging, weakened ceiling and other secondary damage.

Water damage in your Pearl River home needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. It is crucial that the source of the water leak is repaired, so the problem does not continue. When you contact SERVPRO, our technicians are available to come onsite 24-hours a day, including weekends and holidays. We know the longer the water remains in your home, the more secondary damage that can be occurring. That is why during the initial phone call, the technician determines the scale of the water that requires removal so we can get started as fast as possible on remediation efforts by having the correct equipment for the scope of work to be done.

Our goal is always to restore rather than replace. However, water damaged drywall often needs to be replaced. Our technicians are trained to carefully remove warped and damaged building materials so complete drying can happen to the affected areas before restoration efforts can occur. To speed up the drying process, air movers can be positioned to effectively drive moist air up and out, while a dehumidifier lowers the vapor levels to ensure complete dryness.

If water dripping from the ceiling has affected carpeting, SERVPRO has carpet clamps that are used in tandem with the air movers to effectively lift and blow air under the carpet and allow it to dry in place. When the area appears dry, it is evaluated with moisture detectors and thermal imagery to ensure the areas are dry and no areas remain that can harbor mold growth.

SERVPRO of Slidell is available to assist you with water cleanup in your home 24/7. Contact us at (985) 649-1516 and start the process of turning around the water damage “Like it never even happened.”

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Who Has The Most Effective Equipment to Handle Water Damage in Slidell?

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO that's who! Water Cleanup Procedures For Slidell Homes.

Many Slidell residents enjoy life close to the picturesque West Pearl River year-round. Access is easy, and the activities are extensive. Despite that, water also causes millions in costs to many area homes regarding not just physical damage, but in cleaning up the residences as well. Much of this damage often comes from failed plumbing like broken pipes or a failing dishwasher and not from the flooding that makes the national news.

Effective water cleanup in Slidell homes requires much more than mops and buckets. SERVPRO technicians have a large inventory of equipment and cleaning agents to return each structure to a clean, safe condition, ready for occupation once more.

After water extraction from the home, our restoration teams begin drying the residence. They set up fans to increase air circulation and dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air inside the home. If the water sat long enough to be absorbed by the drywall panels making up the interior walls, specialists would install air movers that use warm, dry air to force moisture out of the panels and dry them in place.

Since the water came from a plumbing issue (excluding toilets), it is considered to be clean or free of contaminants. That allows SERVPRO team members the option of trying to restore the carpet if the owner wants it instead of removing the water and disposing of it and the carpet pad.

They start with an extractor to draw out as much water as possible and then lift and roll the carpet to remove the pad underneath it. Before reattaching it, team members roll the carpet out and then use air movers and exhaust fans to dry it and the floor underneath. They finish by installing a new pad and then stretching the carpet back in place.

An additional concern is that there are soil and other contaminants trapped in the carpet. While they do not force the need for disposal, adding water creates mud or sludge that further damages the carpet. When needed, team members use a commercial grade cleaner and a shampoo machine to agitate the carpet without damaging it and then draw out the dirty water to leave a carpet safe for residents to walk on again.

Some Of Our Ways To Remove Hidden Water Damage From Inside Your Slidell Walls.

Long after the broken water pipe repair is completed and the flood water is gone, your home may still be under attack. While the flood water spread across the floor and splashed against your home’s walls, the moisture was probably seeping into the home’’s structure. Our professional water removal team will quickly eliminate the standing water, and move to the liquid sitting inside the walls that's probably still there. Furthermore, the swelling wood may still be sucking up water, and the insulation is probably still feeding liquid to the sheetrock and subfloors. Here are some ways we remove hidden water damage from inside your walls.

  1. Ventilate as soon as the flood waters are gone. Ask your professional water removal team to use industrial fans when possible.
  2. Completely remove baseboards and use cutouts in plasterboard to allow air to flow. If the flood water did not reach above the baseboard trim, small, slotted holes may suffice.
  3. Remove wet insulation. All moisture should be removed to prevent mold, including the wet insulation inside walls.
  4. Remove door trim and paneling. If flood water was from a broken supply line or burst pipe, the swelling wood trim and paneling can probably be dried and reused.
  5. If the flood waters were more than eight inches deep, cut the wallboard two to three inches above the flood line and discard. Water frequently causes the gypsum to crumble and the paper backing material to ripple.
  6. Dry the inside of plasterboard walls completely. Depending on the area’s humidity, this could take a month or more.
  7. Replace insulation and plasterboard with new products. Flood-resistant insulation can be a good replacement choice.
  8. Install new baseboard trim. You can also re-install the door trim and paneling.

Once the swelling wood and warped plasterboard have been removed and the foundation is completely dry, your home in Slidell, can be fully restored to its pre-flood state. By taking the time to make sure there is no hidden water damage inside your walls, you can be sure your home remains mold free.

For SERVPRO of Slidell, our goal is to quickly return every home to its owners in a clean, safe condition. If you have had any water incident in your home, call (985) 649-1516 today to schedule a visit from one of our inspectors. We are here for you.

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How Kitchen Clutter can be a Fire Hazard in Pearl River Kitchens

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen. Many home fires each year begin in the kitchen, like in this home. Never leave cooking unattended and call SERVPRO should a fire occur.

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 left on your counter. With each meal, you add a little more to the pile. As you cook, a grease fire starts and splatters. 

The splatter hits the clutter, and soon it is up in flames as well. 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 fire losses, both big and small. We use advanced technology, and we 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 members of our team can begin to remediate the stains in your kitchen. Our techs can use a special cleaning agent that is made from organic components and designed to break down greasy soot. It may take more than one application 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. 

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Water-Damaged Cabinets in Your Slidell Kitchen

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Water leak Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include water damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Undetected Leaks Can Result in Unexpected Water Loss in Your Slidell Home

Long-running drips can go unnoticed for weeks or longer in your Slidell kitchen. While you might not find that the affected area is a devastating amount, the impact that this could have on your cabinetry in the kitchen might be irreparable. Restoration is often complicated for common cabinet materials like particleboard, as these exposed surfaces can swell and distort.

Particleboard Cabinets 

Particleboard cabinets are a traditional choice in affordable shelving for kitchens but can experience the worst of water damage in Slidell homes. As our SERVPRO team often operates on a restore before replacement mentality, we do still thoroughly inspect affected units to ensure that we cannot utilize evaporative drying techniques and restore the structural element where it is installed. This drying is only feasible when the cabinets show no sign of warping or distortion in the areas that have gotten exposed to water migration. Any swelling or disfiguration indicates structural compromise, and so our in-house contractors must use controlled demolition strategies to remove the saturated shelving.

Hardwood Cabinets 

Unlike particleboard, which is often cheaper to remove and reinstall than to dry, hardwood cabinets are often the opposite. It is critical to attempt to dry these units whenever possible to limit the costs of replacement pieces. Because these cabinets often have a lower permeance level, it takes longer for saturation to occur. When water does penetrate the finished surface, there is often still time to evaporate the moisture with centrifugal air movers pointed directly at the affected point.

Drying Other Affected Materials

Because leaking fixtures can go unnoticed for some time, drywall and even wood flooring can be structurally compromised or entirely deteriorated. Assessments of the damage can determine whether drying is feasible or if more controlled demolition and later build back is necessary to restore these effects.

With a team of in-house contractors, our SERVPRO of Slidell professionals can meet the demands of saturated materials with effective drying solutions or reconstruction. No matter what your kitchen needs after prolonged water damage, we can make it, “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (985) 649-1516.

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Commercial Flood Damage In Slidell

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Commercial Flood Damage In Slidell Could Be Caused By High-Speed Winds

This year has already brought about severe weather in regions near the Slidell area. Tornadoes have ravished Tennessee, and the entire region has seen their fair share of high-speed winds and rainfall that could cause your bar and grill to suffer from extensive commercial flood damage. Rain and wind can combine to become a deadly force that can cause problems with all types of structures, including your place of business.

When the wind gets strong enough, it can blow foreign objects like rocks or other outside debris into the windows of your saloon. Commercial flood damage in Slidell often gets caused by debris becoming airborne and flying into a window of your pub. Once the interior of your building gets exposed due to a hole in the structure, the rain can then pour into your bar and cause you more problems. If moisture gets inside your building, it can saturate your contents and building materials and ruin the structural integrity of several items. The presence of moisture can also cause secondary issues, including mold growth, which can cause health effects.

Whenever a storm with vicious winds hits your saloon, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Whenever your structural components, tables, chairs, or other items inside your pub get wet, several problems can occur. Time is of the essence when it comes to any moisture-related issues because the issues can become much worse over time.

Whenever our SERVPRO technicians respond to an emergency call at your business, we know that we need to restore your saloon to the way it used to be as quickly as possible. If windows in your bar got broken during the storm, we can board them up and keep moisture from entering your structure. Once we know that your building is secure from the outdoor elements, we can then begin working towards repairing all of the problems the storm caused. Mitigation efforts we take can include removing all moisture with extraction and drying methods as well as repairing anything inside your pub that broke as a result of the storm.

If you ever have high-speed windows destroy your bar and grill's building, call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 24/7. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Flood Damage In Pearl River

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home “Like it never even happened.”

Common Issues for Homeowners With Flood Damage in Pearl River

Flood damage has the potential to destroy property in a short period, mainly when storm surges occur in this area of the state. When the groundwater enters a home, so does everything it encountered on the way.

When SERVPRO techs handle flood damage in Pearl River properties, one of the first actions they perform is testing the water, so they know any hazards present and can deal with them.

Why SERVPRO?
The professional equipment the technicians have access to make the difference because flood loss needs more than wet/dry vacs and fans to restore the property. The techs have extensive training for the restoration of all types of building materials and home contents walloped by groundwater. In many cases, homeowners find items they thought were a loss had restoration potential through the advanced cleaning methods.

Advanced Moisture Detection Equipment
The technicians know that although a single area of the home may look wet; however, other places in the home may have the effects. The water migrates rapidly and can wick into sheetrock and seep into the subfloor, and neither of those issues is visible without help from the various types of moisture detecting technology the techs utilize.

Standing Water is Not the Issue
One of the biggest issues with groundwater is even though the SERVPRO technicians arrive within four hours, the water has already found its way into the building materials and appears receded.

Flooring Often Requires Removal
Whether it is to dry a subfloor or simply a loss from groundwater exposure, the flooring takes the brunt of most flood damage, and there are only a few types with the potential for reuse after cleaning. Various makes of tile sometimes have the potential for sanitization and reuse, if the grout seal is in place, it may dry in place. Carpet is almost always a loss as it does not have restoration potential after absorbing groundwater. Hardwood flooring has varying outcomes depending on the length of exposure, the type of hardwood and drying methods used all play a role in the restorability factors.

SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 for fast action with flood damage in local properties The technicians have the training and equipment to make the loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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Ultimate Solution for Water Damage in Slidell

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

overflowing toilet Whether it's the supply line or the toilet overflows, contact SERVPRO for water damage remediation in you bathroom. We are available 24/7.

Water Damage from Supply Line in Slidell Bathroom

Two main types of water damage come from a toilet. One is a clean water spill from a supply line, and the other is a sewage-filled mess from the bowl or sewer line. 

A homeowner in Slidell with water damage needed cleanup from water gushing from around the toilet. The water ran from the bathroom out into the carpeted hallway, and he assumed the carpet would be a loss. The homeowner turned off the water at the main shutoff for the house and put down towels to absorb as much water as possible until SERVPRO arrived.

Why SERVPRO?

The certified technicians handle every job they do with both professionalism and compassion. They know they are seeing homeowners on one of their worst days due to the damage to their houses, and the techs work hard using their state-of-the-art equipment and advanced cleaning methods to save as much as possible on every job. 

Extraction and Drying

After scoping the water loss area, the techs found the water did not seep under the tile in the bathroom or under the sink. Since it was a supply line break to the toilet, they could extract the water using weighted head attachments and dry it in place. The techs used a technique known as "floating" the carpet to ensure the padding dried completely. 

Monitoring the Drying Process

Measurements get taken in other areas of the home to determine what the baseline indoor humidity levels are at to set a drying goal for the bathroom. To avoid additional damages from incomplete drying of the structure, the technicians carefully monitor air moisture levels while the drying equipment does its job. The use of both air movers and dehumidifiers assists with rapidly bringing down the ambient humidity and dries the loss area quickly. 

Cleaning and Deodorization

Water has its own unique musty odor, and the techs use their exclusive cleaning formulas to wipe down all water loss affected surfaces. This action ensures there are no residual odors remaining within the bathroom or hallway once the restoration services complete.

SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 restores homes with water damage of any size and makes the water loss, "Like it never even happened."

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What to Avoid When Dealing With Fire Damage in Slidell

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

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

Cleaning Walls and Ceilings from Soots and Fire Damage in Slidell

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

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

Addressing Customer Concerns During Water Damage Restoration in Slidell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

Water Damage Slidell

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

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

Drying Carpeting After Water Damage in Your Slidell Home, and Why It Matters

For most people living in Slidell, carpeting is valuable because it offers a comfortable place to walk on, sit, and give rooms an overall warmer feeling.  However, it is one of the items that are susceptible to sustaining significant water damage because it is porous and absorbent. Usually, the easiest way out of your water damage problem is to call a service provider that caters to these issues.

When there is water damage in your Slidell home, you can call SERVPRO franchise professionals to deal with it. We offer the necessary expertise and equipment to remove water from carpets and other structures in your home. If left untreated, water and moisture can wreak havoc in your home and lead to financial losses.

Starting the restoration process soon after you notice water in your home can reduce your losses. Our technicians can remove water from your carpeting using wet/dry vacuums or pumps. After extracting the water, our team can use equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the carpet. Drying involves the removal of the remaining moisture from the carpet fibers so they can return to their normal texture and appearance. Drying keeps the fibers from attracting and holding additional soils. Mold infestations are also less likely when carpet fibers are not damp.

Your carpet may feel dry when you touch it, but the subfloors and padding may still be damp.  We can monitor the drying process consistently to determine when this procedure is complete. To check whether your property is completely dry, our technicians can use penetrating and non-penetrating moisture sensors.

In many cases involving category one water damage, it is possible to restore the carpet. However, sometimes, it is not possible to salvage carpeting because of the following reasons:

  • Loss of adhesion – This can occur because of the age of the carpet or prolonged exposure to water.
  • Delamination – It happens when the backing separates from carpet fibers.
  • Carpeting covers wood flooring – We can remove it to dry and salvage the wood flooring.
  • Permanent stains.

Generally, restorers avoid removing carpets on the stairs because of safety reasons. Exposed staples or tack strips are dangerous. However, in some situations, it is vital to remove carpeting from stairs to prevent damage to hardwood steps. Our SERVPRO crew can use different carpet tools to remove the carpet safely. We can also install a new carpet after restoring the hardwood steps.

After a water intrusion incident in your home, SERVPRO of Slidell can help you to bring things back to normal. Call us at (985) 649-1516 for quick and effective restoration services in Pearl River, Abita Springs, and Lacombe.

Water Cleanup Services In Pearl River

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property Contact SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Importance of Storm Damage Remediation in Slidell

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

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

Understanding Containment Systems Used to Recover from Flood Damage in Slidell

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

Flood Water Hazards that Require Containment Systems

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

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

Basic Safety Considerations

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

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

Examples of Residential Containment Systems

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

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

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

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

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We're Faster To Any Size Disaster In Pearl River

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

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

Dealing With Water Cleanup in Pearl River

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How SERVPRO Dries Water Damage in Pearl River

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

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

Water Cleanup in Pearl River Using Specialized Portable Extractors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

Commercial Mold Damage Pearl River – Avoiding Repeat Mold Contamination

Mold contamination can affect building materials, commercial products, equipment, and even employee health at Pearl River buildings. Once mold sets in, it can be difficult to remove unless specific steps are taken to remove the source, control the humidity level, and clean the area. Mold is everywhere; however, we can control mold, and further contamination avoided.

SERVPRO has been providing commercial mold damage mitigation and restoration in the Pearl River area since 1999. We also provide water damage and storm damage restoration services. Our team is highly trained. We follow a tried and true protocol for treating mold to meet client needs and returning their businesses and homes to their original condition, whenever possible.

Mold Removal

Once mold contamination has affected an area of your business, it is essential to act quickly to limit the damage to the structure, to your contents and employee health. SERVPRO can establish negative pressure areas and block all intakes to the HVAC system to avoid spreading the mold further within the building space. We can clean all hard surfaces. Porous surfaces cannot always be cleaned. Some non-salvageable items must be removed and disposed of following mold remediation guidelines. Depending on the level of contamination, this can include drywall, fabrics, carpeting, insulation, and the contents in the contaminated area.

Cleaning disturbs mold spores. SERVPRO establishes a negative pressure area in the rooms to be cleaned to prevent the further spread of mold spores. We clean from the top down and in the direction of the airflow. This approach ensures the spores and dust settle to the floor.

Preventing Repeat Mold Contamination

After cleaning the area, restoration can begin. Replace all of the non-porous items. However, mold loves high humidity and moisture. Eliminating these conditions can prevent further contamination of cleaned areas. If there is a source of moisture, either remove it or control it to reduce the contribution of humidity. Maintain humidity at 45% or lower using AC and dehumidifiers.

Your employees should find the indoor air quality much improved, and your commercial space could avoid mold contamination in the future.

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

Call Us 24/7 In Pear River After A Fire

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

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

Pear River Fire Odor Control – The Kitchen Fire is Out, Now What

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

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

Remove the Source

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

Hard Surfaces vs. Absorbent Materials

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

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

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

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Document Recovery and Electronic Restoration In Slidell

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in office causing damage If your agency is the victim of a flash flood, contact SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516.

Specialist Document Recovery and Electronic Restoration for Commercial Flood Damage in Slidell

An agency can hold relevant client documents as well as various electronic devices at any given time. Which is why flash flooding can be a serious concern that requires immediate action and specialist restoration. Our service incorporates the latest technology into our nationally accredited technicians to ensure that you can salvage as much technical information and hardware as possible.

We have successfully run commercial flood damage restoration here in Slidell for our business clients. Our rapid response units are on-call to help businesses in a time of need. Our rapid response team differs from our residential technicians as an experienced crew chief leads each team with direct water restoration technician (WRT) qualifications.

On arrival, a crew chief can immediately assess the type of water contamination in your business — these grades from clean water to infectious waste like raw sewage and human pathogens. SERVPRO is a fully-licensed biohazard restoration firm. We are capable of dealing with any water emergency and can respond quickly to your call, bringing with us Personal Protective Equipment and a full-range of cleaning agents.

If you have special requirements, you can speak directly with our crew chief at any time during service. Valuable business documentation can often be freeze-dried by SERVPRO on-site before being transported to a dedicated facility to either vacuum or thermal vacuum freeze. These procedures are incapable of reversing existing damage but can prevent further harm to the document and be returned in a usable state.

Electronics like computers, printers, or scanning equipment can be held above the dew-point using heaters and dehumidifiers in a closed drying tent or cleanroom. This service can be vital in maintaining the functionality of hard-drives and other digital storage. SERVPRO does not carry out electronic restoration, but we can mitigate against further damage while electronic restoration teams are brought in.

SERVPRO has a contact list of trusted third-parties for specialist restoration. We can arrange for a callout on your behalf and include all documentation in a package for you to hand over to your claims adjuster as part of our stress-free claims process.

If your agency is the victim of a flash flood, contact SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516.

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We Are Available 24/7 For All Your Pearl River Fire Damage Restoration Needs

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

A roof of a home damaged by a fire Our team is well trained and equipped to handle a situation like this, so if you have fire damage, call us!

Complete Restoration after Fire Damage in Pearl River Includes Drying, Cleaning, and Deodorization

Lit candles during the fall and winter holidays play a role in creating a warm and inviting environment in many homes around Pearl River. During the excitement of entertaining family and other guests, often after long absences, accidents might happen involving one of the candles. Fire can get out of control quickly, especially if natural materials like pine boughs or wispy decorative fabrics ignite.

When decorations or other items in a home in Pearl River ignite, causing fire damage, SERVPRO does more than clean things up for the homeowner. We also dry the area doused with water and deodorize smoke smells coming from the charred items' smoke. 

Because smoke can linger inside a home and pollute the air, we work with at least one air scrubber running. After testing to locate any damp areas, we know where to set up and direct air movers that dry these areas. We position the air scrubbers downwind, per se, to collect smoke, airborne soot, and any dust we generate as we restore your property.

Smoke might look like a gas, but it is really made of microscopic particles that can penetrate into the pores and openings of otherwise unaffected materials like wood trim, carpeting, and brick. SERVPRO's Fire Damage and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) use different methods to get surfaces cleared away of soot. 

Depending on the type of soot, we use different methods. Pine and many other plants contain a lot of oils ad resins that can make cleaning it up challenging. We use special cleaning agents that cut through the bonds when we encounter this. We also use ultrasonic technology to clean many items at our facility.

Inaccessible areas can also harbor smoke deposits, or soot. Cleaning accessible areas and having our building services department replace charred walls and ceilings eliminates much of the soot that causes strong and constant odors. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) uses fogging as a way to bind soot so it can no longer cause odors.

We work on your home and its contents in teams to ensure that we provide you with a dry, clean,and odor-free residence as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Slidell is Faster To Any Size Disaster near Abita Springs and Lacombe. After fire damage ruins your house, call us at our local number, (985) 649-1516, 24/7.

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Do You Know How to Restore Flood Damage in Slidell? SERVPRO Does!

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles parked in driveway and street of home they are restoring.  Flooding on sidewalk and ground in front of home SERVPRO has a fast response time so that we an effectively restore your home.

Professional Flood Damage Cleaning And Restoration In Slidell

Surrounded by lakes, streams, and even more water, Slidell residents are used to seeing it somewhere, every day. Even with that, many area homes suffer more from failing dishwashers, split hoses, and other, broken, plumbing.

Unlike a water intrusion from a split pipe, however, Slidell flood damage contains outside water which contains contaminants like soil, trash, lawn fertilizers, and worse. SERVPRO restoration teams train extensively to not only remove this dirty water but also to return the home and its contents to a clean, livable condition. In some homes, depending on the flood level, that means everything from the roof to the sub-floor.

More than once last year, our personnel cleaned two-story flood damaged homes. While the multiple floors did not change our methods, one house in particular provided for an interesting range of tasks. On the lower level, carpets covered everything except the kitchen and bath. The second floor, however, was strictly wood flooring with throw rugs for warmth and linoleum in the two bathrooms.

For the rugs and carpets, the contaminated water made them non-restorable, so our SERVPRO team members removed and disposed of all of them. In the upstairs bathrooms, the water receded quickly enough that it did not soften the glue holding the linoleum in place. Thorough cleaning with a strong sterilant agent made it and the wood flooring safe to walk on again.

Downstairs was different though. The water remained overnight and all of the next day, loosening the linoleum and allowed air bubbles to form. It also soaked the wood flooring, causing some of the slats to begin to swell. Technicians first cleaned everything with the same sterilant and then used air movers to force warm air over it all to dry out the slats and soften the glue so other team members could flatten out the linoleum, eliminating the air bubbles.

In addition to removal and cleanup, our office also provides or supervises a wide range of restoration and other services needed to return each home to its original condition, or better than it was before the flood. Among them are:

  • Packing and move out of the property to facilitate removal and cleanup
  • Temporary warehouse space for property
  • Generator power
  • Electrical repair
  • Dry cleaning of soaked, stained or otherwise damaged clothing

At SERVPRO of Slidell, we strive to provide all of these services, and more, to each homeowner here, Abita Springs, Lacombe, and Pearl River. If this is the level of professional service you want for your residence, call us today at (985) 649-1516 to schedule an initial visit and get started on the restoration process. We are here for you. 

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Do You Have the Necessary Equipment to Restore Your Flood Damaged Home in Slidell?

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded street; water going into yards It's always flood season in Louisiana. SERVPRO has the equipment and expertise to restore your home!

Equipment that Helps Ease Restoration of Flood Damage in Affected Slidell Homes

Floods cause a wide range of problems necessitating thorough cleaning and controlled demolition. Such tasks can be tedious, but access to the right equipment can help ease their completion. We offer professional restoration of flood damage and equip our crews with a wide range of tools to handle any task.

Moving contents often happens in the process of restoring flood damage in affected Slidell homes. Some contents, such as furniture are heavy or bulky, making it hard to move them conveniently. Lifting such deadweight can also lead to injuries. Our SERVPRO technicians have access to different moving equipment. Hand trucks are handy in moving appliances, furniture, and appliances within the home. The trucks are available in different sizes and configurations, making them efficient for all types of moving tasks. We also have forklifts, which are useful during move-outs.

Flooding leaves properties heavily soiled with sludge, mud, and silt among other wastes. Cleaning requires different forces, including temperature and agitation, to be efficient. It is not easy to achieve the intended results without the right equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians use a wide range of equipment, including power washers and pressure sprayers. Pressure sprayers dispense the cleaning products at up to 50 psi, making them perfect for applying disinfectants and anti-microbial agents. Power washers can dispense cleaning products at up to 2500 psi, making them perfect for removing stubborn soils from surfaces. We have different varieties, including those that use cold or hot water.

Drying excess moisture from the flooding as well as the cleaning process is crucial to ensure other problems such as mold do not develop in the home afterward. Dehumidifiers play a significant role in the drying process. However, there are different types of dehumidifiers, and some might not be suitable for the conditions at your home. Our SERVPRO technicians have access to a wide range of dehumidifiers, including desiccant and refrigerant varieties. The LGR variety is best for job sites where temperatures are above 50°F.

Having the right tools can simplify the restoration of flood damage in Pearl River, Abita Springs, and Lacombe. Call SERVPRO of Slidell to assist. You can reach us at (985) 649-1516 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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What are the Best Ways to Eliminate Smoke in Your Fire Damaged Home

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Surveying inside of fire damaged home No matter the size of the fire, SERVPRO of Slidell can restore your home.

Removing Smoke Odors from Your Pearl River Home After Fire Damage Requires Expertise

Fires are one of the worst accidents that can occur in a home. They not only ruin household items and structural materials irreversibly and quickly but also result in several additional hazards. Examples include water damage resulting from fire-extinguishing efforts, unpleasant odors, and soot damage.

It can take hours of cleaning to restore your Pearl River home after fire damage. You need to deal with the repulsive smoke odor that lingers after a fire accident. Eliminating the smoke odor is daunting because the smoke particles embed in different porous materials like clothing, draperies, upholstered furniture, and carpeting. Some steps to you can take to deal with the smoke scents include:

Remove all items affected by the smoke scent

You can wash things like drapes, carpets, clothes, and bed covers to remove the smoke smell. Before you clean them, take them out or at least separate them from other items.

Air out your home

Open the windows and place fans in your home for a few hours. The ventilation process helps blow away most smoke particles lingering inside your home. You can set the fans near open spaces, so they draw in the fresh air more efficiently.

Removing stubborn smoke odors requires effort and specialized equipment. For the best results, you can contact SERVPRO franchise professionals to assist you in eliminating the odors. It is not always possible to identify what is causing the smell or which deodorization method can counteract a particular source of the scent. Therefore, we often use multiple procedures that involve different professional products and equipment to remove unpleasant odors.

Our technicians can use deodorant granules or pellets to eliminate the scents. These products work by absorbing odors. Their main active ingredient is a material referred to as fuller’s earth, and it acts as a sponge to absorb and hold the smells. We can apply them to a specific area or the whole house. Some equipment we can use to remove smoke odors include:

  • Low Volume (ULV) misters
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Air scrubbers
  • Photocatalytic oxidizers
  • Injection Devices

Our SERVPRO Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can also ensure effective restoration of your home by eliminating the troubling reminders of smoke, soot and odor damage from at-risk items like tile, chrome, aluminum, brass, porcelain, upholstery, fabrics and carpets.

If your home has lingering smoke odors after a fire, give SERVPRO of Slidell a call at (985) 649-1516 for more information. Our team is professionally trained and can help you neutralize the odor to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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When Your Pearl River Business Suffers Flood Damage

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

house with vehicles parked in front; mature trees Being near a river offers many advantages for homeowners and businesses, but when the water rises, damage occurs.

Commercial Flood Damage Pearl River – Maintaining Operations While Restoration Begins

Storms with high winds, heavy rain, and even hail can do a great deal of damage within minutes. Commercial businesses can be out of commission for days or even weeks. Often the client wants to find an approach that allows them to continue business operations. Often the client wants to find an approach that allows them to continue business operations during this period, while restoration on their premises occurs.

SERVPRO of Slidell understands commercial flood damage challenges in Pearl River and how important it is to help clients maintain their business operations. Clients need fast response teams, solutions to help them recover, and flexibility to help them maintain business operations. We can meet that challenge!

Establish Dry Work Zones

Our crew can initially assess the damage and deal with broken windows or damaged roof structures to prevent additional damage. We can move the equipment needed to maintain operations to a dry area where possible. Everything is cleaned and dried before moving. The client can assemble his team to temporarily maintain operations for his or her business in this area.

SERVPRO team members can focus on efficiently removing debris and water from the affected area.  After completing cleaning and decontamination, restoration can begin in those areas as prioritized by the client

Equipment Staging Areas Improves Efficiency

Various equipment and products are needed to clean and restore damage from floods and storms properly. Anytime we can bring everything we need closer to the actual damage; it improves efficiency. We can reduce the time taken to restore the commercial office, "Like it never even happened."

Working with the client, SERVPRO can set up a staging area close to the actual work site. Equipment, tools, cleaning products, and restoration materials can be placed in the staging area to facilitate their use. Our objective is to restore your office space as quickly as possible to enable operations to return to normal. We understand how important it is to meet your customer's needs.

Call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 for 24/7 serve. We serve Abita Springs, Lacombe, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We have the resources to respond to significant storm damage situations.

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Uh Oh! Water Damage in Pearl River? Now What?

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO vehicles on the street in front of a home. Water damage in your Pearl River home? Better call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO in Pearl River can get you back to normal in no time.

We all get distracted from time to time in our Pearl River home. You go to the store to get milk and come home with everything BUT milk. After a long day at work, you yearn for a hot bubble bath. The faucet is on, you pour in the bubbles, and that is when it hits you. You forgot to pick up the package on the front porch. What’s inside is so enticing that you are oblivious to the bath water running upstairs. Uh Oh. 

For those of us living in Pearl River, water damage is complicated even further by the constant presence of heat and humidity. An accident like this can go from bad to worse in a matter of hours. The longer the water remains, the deeper it seeps into your floor joists, walls, and ceiling. Mold, rotted wood, electrical issues, weakened floors, and crumbling ceilings are just some of the fallouts SERVPRO can help you prevent. On-call and available 24/7, our professionals respond any time of day or night. The quicker you make the call, the less hassle you may have and the more money you can save.

When water accumulates on a linoleum floor, it can find its way to  fill up above the room below. From there, it seeps through the space around the hole in your ceiling where the light fixture hangs. But what you do not see is what can cause problems. We use moisture sensors and thermal imaging cameras to locate the hidden water. Individual meters tell us how wet the area is and how much humidity is in the air. SERVPRO’s state of the art equipment determines the best drying method to use so our team can bring your home back from the brink. Our skilled technicians, many of whom are certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) have the experience, equipment, and know-how to mitigate the issue quickly. Restoration can be swift or it may be time-consuming. Reconstruction and renovations are time-consuming and costly. 

Events like water damage happen to the best of us. Our highly-experienced and empathetic professionals can make you feel, “Like it never even happened.” So next time you have an “uh oh” moment, remember it pays to act quickly! Call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516.

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The Untold Secret To Flood Damage Remediation in Your Pearl River Business

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let flood damage take over your business. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Commercial Flood Damage Pearl River – Open for Business after the Flood

When storms bring torrential downpours, there is often flooding of streets, homes and commercial buildings. The recent storm flooded our client's business office during the night and prevented him from opening his shop the next day. Many residents and businesses were recovering from flooding, however for a business to not open means no customers and no revenue. His office sustained almost 2 inches of water throughout most of the building. Fortunately, all of his files, computers, and other essential items were above the waterline.

SERVPRO of Pearl River responded to this commercial flood damage event immediately. We understand how important it is for a business to be open and providing customer service. Our team, along with the client's employees, quickly began removing the computers, files, and other essential items to a dry area. The local area Wi-Fi network was still working, providing data communications throughout the building. The client was able to re-connect their computers and re-routed voice calls to cell phones. Although temporary, the office was operational within hours taking calls and placing orders.

SERVPRO technicians removed all of the mud and debris that had penetrated the office area. Hard surfaces were cleaned and dried. Desks and chairs were thoroughly cleaned and moved to a dry area. We also removed the carpet and underpad. The cement floor was steam cleaned to remove all remaining water, dirt, and contamination from the flood.

Our team checked the walls for high moisture levels. After a thorough cleaning and drying the office was ready for new carpeting along with electrical circuit installation since all connections and wiring had been contaminated. The business client appreciated how quickly the office was up and running even temporarily! Especially with the help of our team members and his employees. The client only lost a few hours of office time due to the flooding. The customer recovered from the flood damage quickly and moved back into their permanent office within a few weeks.

Call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 for 24/7 service. We serve Abita Springs, Lacombe, and surrounding areas. We help commercial clients respond quickly to flood damage. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Get You Back In Business After A Flood In Pearl River

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

We can respond quickly with professional drying equipment, dehumidifiers, air movers and other state of the art equipment. Call us right away.

Commercial Flood Damage Pearl River – Open for Business after the Flood

When storms bring torrential downpours, there is often flooding of streets, homes and commercial buildings. The recent storm flooded our client's business office during the night and prevented him from opening his shop the next day. Many residents and businesses were recovering from flooding, however for a business to not open means no customers and no revenue. His office sustained almost 2 inches of water throughout most of the building. Fortunately, all of his files, computers, and other essential items were above the waterline.

SERVPRO of Pearl River responded to this commercial flood damage event immediately. We understand how important it is for a business to be open and providing customer service. Our team, along with the client's employees, quickly began removing the computers, files, and other essential items to a dry area. The local area Wi-Fi network was still working, providing data communications throughout the building. The client was able to re-connect their computers and re-routed voice calls to cell phones. Although temporary, the office was operational within hours taking calls and placing orders.

SERVPRO technicians removed all of the mud and debris that had penetrated the office area. Hard surfaces were cleaned and dried. Desks and chairs were thoroughly cleaned and moved to a dry area. We also removed the carpet and underpad. The cement floor was steam cleaned to remove all remaining water, dirt, and contamination from the flood damage.

Our team checked the walls for high moisture levels. After a thorough cleaning and drying the office was ready for new carpeting along with electrical circuit installation since all connections and wiring had been contaminated. The business client appreciated how quickly the office was up and running even temporarily! Especially with the help of our team members and his employees. The client only lost a few hours of office time due to the flooding. The customer recovered from the flood damage quickly and moved back into their permeant office within a few weeks.

Call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 for 24/7 service. We serve Abita Springs, Lacombe, and surrounding areas. We help commercial clients respond quickly to flood damage. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Gives Tips of How to Restore Fire Damage in Slidell

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Slidell was able to help this homeowner restore their home. It needed a complete gut and rebuild..

Guidelines on Handling Fire Damage in Your Slidell Home 

A fire can start in your house because of inadequate wiring or electrical equipment with a frayed or loose cord. Dealing with a fire is devastating and emotionally draining. After such an incident, you must determine what to repair or replace. It hurts to sift through memories. Before making any move, you need to know the right steps to deal with fire and smoke damage. 

After a fire damages your Slidell residence, the priority is returning it to its pre-incident condition quickly so you can start living normally again. You can enter your house after a fire marshal declares it is safe to do so, but beware of damaged structures that could be unstable such as stairs. Avoid leaning or putting your full weight on them. It is also crucial to wear heavy-duty gloves and respiratory protection before spending time in a fire-damaged house. 

Taking images of the damages right away is also vital since they can help you and your insurance firm throughout the claims filing process. If possible, take pictures of the area where the fire started and all the affected structures and contents. It is also important to call SERVPRO franchise professionals to help you clean up your home. We offer emergency services. Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician (FSRT) can arrive at your property quickly when you contact us to begin the remediation process. 

We assess the extent of destruction in a home by looking at how far the soot and smoke have traveled and note how badly the flames affected the walls, furniture, cabinets, and other items. By understanding the extent of the damage, our technicians can take the right steps to restore your fire damaged home. 

Our technicians can prevent the destruction from worsening. For instance, if the fire burned a hole in your roof, rainwater could come through the ceiling. Our technicians can use roof tarps to prevent water from entering your property. Firefighting efforts may cause water damage to your house. The fire could also have created a pipe or water tank to burst. We can remove the water using equipment like: 

  • Wet/dry vacuums 
  • Air movers 
  • Dehumidifiers 

Our SERVPRO technicians can also check for moisture in flooring, walls, carpeting, and your possessions using moisture meters and moisture sensors.  We then can dry all items out effectively.  Smoke and soot damage often causes a building to appear stained and dark. Our technicians can clean up the soot, dust, and smoke using feather dusters, vacuums, brushes, dry cleaning sponges or compressed air. We use these tools to produce friction that agitates and loosens smoke residues. We also have access to chemical cleaning additives known as counteractants, which break down smoke at the molecular level to eradicate the odor. 

If a fire has occurred in your home, call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 to help you with the clean-up efforts. We have the tools and expertise to deal with the destruction, making it appear “Like it never even happened.” 

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Slidell Property Owners Know Whom to Call for Cleanup and Restoration---SERVPRO

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians On the Water to Another Restoration Service for a Slidell Homeowner

Floods, Fires, Mold, Odors in Slidell?  If You Wish for, "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO Has the Solutions

The need for restoration services in Slidell homes happens in numerous ways. Storm damage from the intense storms and hurricanes that roar through the area. Fire damage and water damage often occur with no warning and require fast cleanup to avoid secondary issues such as mold, foul odors or weakening of building materials.   

The statistics for the potential for fire damage in Slidell homes is concerning. Did you know an average of five fires can occur in a residential property during its service life?  

SERVPRO team members have certifications as Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and know time is the enemy for fire and smoke damage mitigation. The more time that passes between the event and the fire debris cleanup, the more chance of soot spreading, odors, and mold to develop.
Although the order of cleaning up and restoration tends to run in the same order for the best outcome on each job, our fire damage restoration methods are never a one-size-fits-all project. We test smoke residue to determine what type of damage we are mitigating so we can choose the best cleaning method.  

Depending on the level of fire loss, we perform controlled demolition when needed on charred building materials as they contribute nothing but odor. We examine each item for the restoration potential and remove nothing without the approval of the property owner or adjuster. We assist homeowners whenever possible by providing detailed reports called Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS) that include before and after photos of the property and content that have undergone fire restoration to speed the insurance claims process along.  

There are cases where the best outcome for fire damage is to prepare the property for reconstruction. That entails removal of all charred and unrestorable items as well as full-scale odor control to give the contractors a clean slate for rebuilding.  

SERVPRO handles water damage in Slidell homes. Broken pipes and appliance failures are among the most frequent reasons for needing water extraction from a residential or commercial property. Water has different ratings as it "ages" in a water spill event. For example, a simple supply line break might age like this:  

    Clean Water-rates as a category one biohazard, meaning it has little to no contaminants and requires no special cleanup safety gear.  

    Gray Water-rates as a category two biohazard and can contain bacteria or chemicals such as laundry or dishwasher soap. Common sources include toilet tanks, dishwashers and standing clean water older than 24-hours.

    Black Water-rates as a category three biohazard and because it may contain bacteria, chemicals, or sewage, avoiding direct contact is a priority. Our technicians wear full-body protective gear when handling this type of water. Clean water that remains unmitigated for over 48-hours carries this designation.

Unless it is a category-three event in the home, in many cases, our certified Carpet Cleaning Technicians can save the carpet using techniques such as drying it in place with our air movers and "floating." This method is where the air blows above and below, drying it thoroughly. We can also remove, dry and disinfect the carpet and rugs in-plant when drying in place is not possible.

After the completion of water removal and drying efforts, our technicians thoroughly disinfect all water affected surfaces to return the home to sanitary living standards for the residents.   

The need for mold remediation happens in many ways in Slidell homes. SERVPRO team members possess extensive training and certification as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT.) The cleanup of mold damage requires more than removing the visible colonies. It is vital to eliminate the conditions that make it favorable for mold growth in the home.  

When our AMRT's scope the premises for mold, we determine the reasons why. The reasons why infestations occur drills down to three elements mold needs to exist. Excessive moisture or high humidity, temperatures over 70-degrees, and something organic to consume, wood and paper are favorite foods for mold colonies, like the cardboard that sandwiches sheetrock panels.

One by one, our technicians eliminate the favorable conditions and assist the homeowner in identifying the issue such as an inefficient exhaust fan trapping moisture in the attic or a slow leak within the wall cavity. Since airborne mold spores occur naturally both indoors and outdoors, the key to avoiding infestations is in ensuring conditions are not right for activation of the spores.

We put up containment where we find colonies in preparation for mold remediation; this halts the spread of spores to other areas of the home. After drying and lowering indoor humidity below 45%, careful elimination using mold abatement methods such as soda blasting and removing mold colony debris with hand vacuums with HEPA filters. In some cases, we apply an antimicrobial sealer over the areas where colony abatement took place to ensure the mold does not return.

In Slidell, storm damage often comes on fast and strong. Hurricanes, tropical storms and heavy rains fed by the Gulf of Mexico all contribute to the need for restoration services in this area of Louisiana.  

It is crucial that flood water removal and drying occur as quickly as possible. Because water tends to migrate rapidly, it can wind up wicked into sheetrock and in subflooring in a short time. SERVPRO technicians use state-of-the-art technical equipment for finding deeply embedded moisture, and we have specialized equipment for extracting moisture to make the drying phase of water cleanup go even faster.

SERVPRO technicians undergo training in the restoration sciences through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification that teaches the best practices for all levels of a home and commercial cleanup. One of the most important certifications is the Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD). Using the basics from both physics and psychrometry, our technicians know airflow is used for more than merely drying surfaces. High-velocity blowers called air movers force air at such high speeds; it lifts embedded moisture out of porous objects allowing for thorough drying.  

When possible, we try to disrupt the home as little as possible during flood water cleanup and dry furnishing in place. If not, we can do a coordinated pack-out and remove contents to secure storage in our facility or an on-site secure pod storage unit.

Why SERVPRO? Our technicians serve the local Slidell area for needed restoration services using the most advanced technology in the restoration industry. As new best practices and equipment advances are made, we stay on top of them to deliver the highest quality job to each client, every time.

Call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 when you need assistance with water or storm damage, fire damage, or mold remediation. Our technicians are available 24/7 to come to your residence, and because we are local, We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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After A Flood In Slidell Call Our Experts For Help!

7/6/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 for a professional solution.

Flood Damage Removal And Limiting Secondary Losses For Properties In Slidell

A burst water pipe can release 102 gallons of water into your home every hour. If you are absent from the property when the pipe bursts, you can often return to your home that is flooded throughout the first floor. If the burst pipe is located on the second or third floor, ceilings may be significantly weakened as well as possible electrical hazards. In this scenario, you need to contact a professional restorer immediately to significantly reduce the likelihood of permanent damage.

Our experts perform tasks for flood damage removal in Slidell that are geared toward shifting large quantities of water from a property rapidly. The longer water sits, the more likely it's to weaken structure, contents, or flooring. SERVPRO technicians are available on call should an emergency occur outside of regular work hours, and we can arrange a service with you via our twenty four hour call line.

Shifting large amounts of water in a small amount of time requires industrial equipment. In the first phase, we pump it out and into a nearby sewer point using submersible gas-powered pumps. However, once the standing water level drops below two inches, gas pumps can become ineffective. At this stage, we bring in portable extraction units that use vacuum power to draw remaining moisture into 60 to 80-gallon tanks.

The first phase involves removing excess quantities of water. In the second phase, we adopt a more tailored approach. Hard floors made of concrete or wood can absorb moisture over time. This causes two problems. Wooden floors are likely to warp or buckle with excess moisture. Concrete floors may imbibe water causing fissures over time or damp issues that can result in mold growth. The primary means of drawing water that has been absorbed into surfaces is by encouraging evaporation. Rapid air-movers or desiccant dehumidifiers can be useful in drawing out moisture and preventing secondary problems.

Water that enters your property can cause both primary and secondary problems. Contact SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 for a professional solution.

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

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water can cause hardwood to buckle and warp. SERVPRO of Slidell knows to how dry hardwood fast.

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

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Our Trained Technicians Are Ready To Restore Your Pearl River Home After Flood Damage

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Storms caused significant damage to our area. We were able to remove debris from some of the structures that were damaged. Call us right away.

SERVPRO - Eliminating Flood Damage Effects In Pearl River

For Pearl River residents, storms are nearly a routine part of life. Most merely make the rivers rise a bit and maybe force animals to move from one part of the nearby Wildlife Management Area to another. The stronger storms, as we all know, can cause far more and longer lasting problems.

Everyone who has been through a massive storm knows that one of the more difficult aspects to remediating flood damage in Pearl River is the smell. SERVPRO response teams know that with floodwater, the possible sources could be soil, sewage, garbage, animal waste, and carcasses, along with the mildew and moisture left behind when it starts to recede.

These different sources cause various odors and require a variety of methods to combat all of them. Often, it takes more than one method to eliminate them all.

Often, team members start with Masking Agents. These are pleasant odors they used to block the foul or malodors initially. Technicians set them out as time release beads to make a work environment easier to operate in or cover mild odors until they dissipate.

If the malodors are in the air system, team members use Filtration and Absorption Agents. The activated charcoal absorbs moisture, humidity, and even some oils, trapping and eliminating the malodors contained in them.

When malodors are a result of mildew and fungus, it takes Disinfectants and Sanitizers to get rid of them. SERVPRO technicians spray them directly onto surfaces using a hand pump or power sprayer. They also help eliminate the growth of mold spores.

For stronger malodors, team members use Pairing Agents to eliminate them. They disperse them using a fogger device so the particles pair with the malodors, causing them to fall out of the air for cleaning and flood damage removal.

The final method is to use is Ozone Gas. Technicians use an ozone generator that creates a cloud of particles which can penetrate surfaces as far as the original malodor particles. The altered oxygen combines with the malodors, changing their molecular structure, and neutralized them. It is necessary to remove all residents, pets, and plants from the home before turning on the device.

At SERVPRO of Slidell, we want to return our neighbors to their homes as quickly and safely as we can complete work. If you have a lingering malodor or any other type of flood damage in your home, call us today at (985) 649-1516 to begin the restoration process.

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Fast Action Is Required When Your Home In Pearl River Suffers Fire Damage

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

We have the expertise, supplies, and equipment to make the damage seem “Like it never even happened.”

Seeking Fire Damage Cleanup Services In Pearl River Quickly Is Essential

Fires can cause emotional distress and a devastating loss. The aftermath can be traumatic because you are faced with the reality of damage to your home and possessions. After a fire, using fire damage repair services makes it easier to get your life back to normal.

Fire damage in Pearl River homes is not limited only to charring of building materials and belongings. It is likely for water damage to occur because of the efforts to put out the fire. Fire odors may also linger in a home for days, weeks, or months. There may also be exposed electrical wires, broken plumbing, and debris that can be safety hazards for the residents of a home.

When you work with SERVPRO fire restoration professionals, you can save most of your possessions, making it unnecessary to replace them. We use different cleaning and restoration methods suitable for the current condition of fire or smoke-damaged items and surfaces. If upholstered furniture has smoke damage, we can pre-clean the dry residues to keep them from absorbing into the fabric. For a moderate or light level of soot, we can use dry cleaning methods like vacuuming or applying dry solvents to clean the upholstery and prevent issues associated with wet cleaning like bleeding, browning, or shrinking.

Smoke residues may also settle and adhere to the fabric that covers mattresses and box springs. Since mattress fabrics are usually colorfast, our crew can use wet cleaning methods like hot water extraction to eliminate the residues. We can also clean smoke residues from unsealed wood, commonly found in paneling and kitchen cabinets. If the residues are light, we use dry cleaning sponges, and if they are heavy, we use denatured alcohol to remove them.

Once we eliminate the residues of a fire, our SERVPRO team can eliminate the smoke smell from your home using air scrubbers, ventilation fans, or hydroxyl machines. We can also make it easier for you to file an insurance claim by doing an inventory of the fire-damaged items.

When in need of fire damage cleanup and restoration services in Slidell and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 for help at any time. We have the expertise, supplies, and equipment to make the damage seem “Like it never even happened.”

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How Moisture Affects Your Slidell Home After A Water Loss Incident

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Is more water lurking behind your water damaged wall? Call SERVPRO of Slidell to remove the water and thoroughly dry your home.

Addressing Widespread Moisture in Your Slidell Home

The effects of a water loss incident within your Slidell residence can spread too quickly for homeowners to contain or slow. In these situations, widespread moisture can become a severe threat to the property, and addressing this concern requires specialized equipment and techniques from trained Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) like ours. With extensive training and hands-on experience, our professionals can quickly address this hazardous situation for your home. 

Moisture and similar water damage in Slidell rarely stay out in the areas where our advanced drying tools can remove and restore it in your property. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that a situation has gotten resolved without an accurate assessment of wall cavities, flooring, ceiling spaces, and other inaccessible areas that can hold on to water after a loss incident. Our SERVPRO professionals have unique training with advanced equipment to remove this moisture and to restore the effect saturation has on certain materials, surfaces, and contents of your house. 

We know how widespread moisture and dampness can spread beyond the source of a water loss incident so we can utilize our sophisticated detection equipment and thermal imagery to determine the location of moisture pockets and saturation. With these devices, our SERVPRO team can note where focused drying efforts can maximize results, and when materials have become too severely damaged to preserve. In these situations, controlled demolition can remove only the oversaturated portions of building materials to ensure reconstruction and renovation is quick and cost-effective. 

Our professionals arrive with many air mover units and desiccant dehumidifiers. By setting up these machines in multiple locations throughout the home, we can begin to address all of the moisture and dampness concerns throughout the property, continually monitored by our infrared and thermal imagery cameras. 

One of the most dangerous aspects of water loss recovery is the knowledge that many homeowners feel like the problem has gotten corrected without understanding the scope of the situation. Our SERVPRO of Slidell professionals can help with experience and industry-leading equipment. Give us a call anytime at (985) 649-1516 to make water loss effects “Like it never even happened.”

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When A Fire Causes Damage To Your Pearl River Restaurant You Need Our Help!

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

In the restaurant industry, kitchen fires can play havoc with your expected revenues because they can force temporary closures.

Commercial Fire Damage Remediation For Pearl River Restaurants

One of the unique challenges facing a property manager is unforeseen emergencies. In the restaurant industry, kitchen fires can play havoc with your expected revenues because they can force temporary closures. This is especially acute during the busy periods of the year when even short-term closure can have a significant impact on loss of revenue. We operate a commercial response unit with highly trained technicians to help property managers keep closure to a minimum.

The cause of commercial fire damage in Pearl River restaurants can often be due to a blocked ventilation system. These fires tend to be tricky to resolve without professional help because the systems themselves are complex. SERVPRO has trained, and licensed air duct technicians who can help to assess and adequately remediate an issue and are available on call should a problem occur outside of regular working hours.

Soot and smoke deposits can affect the functionality of ovens, or other kitchen appliances as well as presenting a health and safety concern. SERVPRO crew chiefs can arrive onsite and pressure wash appliances to ensure the problem is resolved quickly. With a full range of chemical cleaning agents at our disposal, we are also capable of removing stubborn deposits without needing to replace items or appliances.

A restaurant fire can usually be contained in the kitchen. However, the odor that comes with the burning of animal fats can easily travel into seating areas. The most effective method of removing an odor is by mimicking the way that odor spreads. In the case of fires, the odor spreads through the smoke, which can enter ventilation ducts or other challenging to reach areas.

SERVPRO use industrial thermal fogging equipment that vaporizes deodorant solvents. Since vapor behaves similarly to smoke, our deodorants can also enter ventilation ducts and neutralize odor. Where there are cavities beneath fittings or appliances, we can place pellets to help mask an odor until it dissipates naturally over time.

Our commercial team is ready to help, contact SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516.

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We Are Ready To Restore Your Slidell Home With Our Proven Techniques

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage effected the carpet in this home after a washer leak. We pulled the carpet up and air movers were used to dry under the effected areas .

Restoring your wooden items After a Water Damage Experience in Slidell

The wetness that results from water damage events may cause unnecessary damage to your contents and interior finishes. It means acting quickly and letting professionals restore your property can reduce the additional damage. Never opt for permanent repairs until your Slidell property is thoroughly dry. Let us look at some of the restorative techniques we put in place when attending to such situations.

Water damage may make subfloors in your Slidell property to swell or separate. Where possible, our SERVPRO technicians replace the affected layers or sections to prevent further buckling of the underlying coverings. Before we can install new coverings, we check for warping and make sure the subflooring is thoroughly dry. Space heaters, air movers, and dehumidifiers are part of the tools that we use to speed up the drying process.

In instances where wooden floors have already experienced swelling, our SERVPRO technicians prevent buckling by carefully removing the affected boards. If we are dealing with sheet flooring and we notice that the water has penetrated the loose areas, we remove the whole sheet. Usually, cleaning and drying the floors is necessary before any repair or replacement work can begin.

Spotting is another challenge that furniture which has microfiber coverings experiences. It occurs when the fabrics develop patches or water lines. We have the experience and tested techniques of restoring furnishings which have experienced water spotting. You can also call us to address the color bleeds that leave stains on walls and flooring. Wood can create conditions for mold growth when the water is not extracted as soon as possible. That is why we immediately dry your furnishings. By doing that, we may prevent odors and unsightly stains from developing.

At SERVPRO of Slidell, we're Faster to Any Size Disaster whether it is storm, mold, fire or water damage related. Our goal is to return your commercial or residential property to its former conditions by using proven techniques. You can learn more about our restoration work by calling (985) 649-1516.

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We Will Help You Open Your Pearl River Salon's Doors Again

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Our technicians are trained, equipped, and are always ready for whatever happens. We are available 24/7 so call us right away.

What to Do When an Electrical Fire Causes Damage to Your Pearl River Salon

Running a successful salon depends entirely on your daily foot traffic, but that system has become endangered now that fire damage has impacted your business. An electrical fire broke out near the back of your store and impacted two stations, where it burned through product, stained the walls, and damaged the furniture. Fortunately, the fire-extinguishment sprinkler system in your store put out the flames before they could spread even further, through the use of suffocating powder.

However, while the flames may have been extinguished inside of your Pearl River salon, the fire damage still remains behind. The damage in your store has altogether halted your business, as your store smells heavily of burnt product and there is damage out in the open for your customers to see. To open your doors again, so that foot traffic is restored to your business, it is essential for you to reach out for professional help as soon as possible.

Here at SERVPRO, we understand how valuable your time is. There is a significant difference between being able to come to your location immediately and being able to come only when an opening presents itself. For this reason, SERVPRO works around your schedule. Day or night, weekend or weekday, our doors are open, and we always make an effort to arrive at your location as soon as possible.

Once we arrive at your salon, SERVPRO can immediately get to work and clean up the burnt products from the area the fire struck. Our goal is to remove anything that cannot be kept or remediated so that it is out of the way. From there, we can begin the remediating the furniture, which was burned, as well as the scorch marks on the tile walls, by using a lubricative cleaning solution to remove the grime. Once the majority of the damage has been remediated, SERVPRO can focus on the malodor in the Salon. We can use ozone machines to neutralize the very particles in that air, which carry the scent.

If you find your business in urgent need of fire damage remediation services, never wait. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Slidell by calling (985) 649-1516. No matter the time, we're open for you.

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Our Advanced Equipment Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Pearl

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Sophisticated Equipment Help SERVPRO Fix Fire Damage In Pearl Efficiently

Widespread damages can happen after a fire whether it is a small grease fire in the kitchen or a bigger blaze. Fires cause damages through heat action, smoke deposits and searing from the flames. Restoring the property after an incident, therefore, requires different approaches including cleaning and refinishing affected materials. We offer professional restoration services and rely on sophisticated equipment to deal with any damage “Like it never even happened.”

Removing the deposits from different materials after fire damage in Pearl is a tough undertaking. Air currents drive soot and other deposits deep into materials. Heat from the fire also opens up pores in the materials thus allowing the deposits to penetrate further. Our SERVPRO technicians use sophisticated equipment to ease removal. For example, we can apply wet cleaning procedures on upholstery items because they are more effective than dry cleaning. We rely on Upholstery Cleaning Machines to achieve this goal. The machine offers better agitation than hand washing. It also rinses and vacuums dissolved and emulsified soils.

Flames scorch materials or surfaces ruining their visual appeal. In many cases, the solution is to replace the items. However, restoring them can reduce the costs involved. Our SERVPRO technicians combine their FSRT, Fire and Smoke Restoration skills with the use of advanced equipment to restore materials with superficial damage. We use soda blasting or dry ice blasting machines to remove charred materials and soot without damaging the underlying material, which is better than relying on abrasive cleaning methods.

Fires leave bad smells in the affected properties even after removing charred items and cleaning soot and other fire residues. Taking specific deodorization steps helps restore the property to its preloss state. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on different deodorization equipment including Hydroxyl generators, foggers, and Ozone generators, which work in different ways to neutralize bad odors. Ozone generators work by oxidizing odor particles while foggers vaporize deodorizing agents allowing them to combine with odor particles destroying them.

Dealing with fire damage is manageable with help from SERVPRO of Slidell. Call us at (985) 649-1516 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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What Can You Do About Fire Damage Remediation in Pearl River Right Now

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage residues can permeate the household items in your home. Contact SERVPRO for effective removal services.

SERVPRO - Restoring Pearl River Homes With Fire Damage

Located right on I-59, Pearl River is a great place for residents who enjoy the grace of a small town, but still want the benefits of nearby, larger communities. Regardless of where any Louisiana native lives though, the threat of a house fire is common to us all.

Fire damage to a Pearl River home can run from minor smoke damage to a major loss of structure like half the roof and the support beams underneath it. Much of what SERVPRO does to restore a home usually involves a combination of demolition and removal, cleaning, and restoration of structural property.

To start, we remove any items physically damaged by the heat and flames and dispose of them. If that includes ceiling tiles, floorboards, and paneling, our crews can quickly tear out these building materials with minimal effect on the rest of the home.

As crew members remove the damaged items, one of our inspectors examines the exposed sub-floor, wall framing, and overhead supports. Usually, there is minor physical damage, but smoke and soot residues cover everything.

SERVPRO technicians use an extensive inventory of cleaning agents designed to remove residues safely. That includes wood, fabric, marble, metal, and even glass without scratching or otherwise harming the surface of the item crew members work to restore.

When the residues penetrate deeply into an item, our personnel use an ozone generator to break down and remove the odors. The device generates ozone gas which can penetrate as deeply as the odor. The gas reacts with the odor causing particles, changing them and eliminating the odor.

After removing the odors and residues, crew members quickly get to work on the restoration. Our professionals can quickly lay new flooring, replace ceiling tiles, and hang new paneling. If desired by the homeowner, we can even apply a new coat of paint to make the house a home again.

If you have had any fire damage at all, contact SERVPRO of Slidell for a thorough inspection of your home to determine what the long-term risks might be. Call us at (985) 649-1516 today.

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Steps to Take After Water Damage in Your Slidell Home

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

If a leaking pipe is causing water damage to your home, contact SERVPRO today.

Cleaning Up Water Damage After a Burst or Broken Pipe

Every homeowner winds up with a water accident sooner or later. If it is not a broken pipe or a water heater that gives out, it could be a leaky seal or backed up sump pump. That is just the nature of homeownership.

When you are cleaning up after a plumbing emergency that left water damage in your home in Pearl River, LA it is important to understand the steps you need to take to get yourself back on your feet again quickly.

1. Shut Off Your Water Main. Before you bother calling for a plumber to fix the pipe itself, make sure you turn off the water. This can stop incoming water and allow for cleanup if the problem is a plumbing emergency.

2. Contact Your Insurance Company. Most insurance companies cover cleaning services and repair for water damage from plumbing accidents. Your regular plan deductible will apply. Major carriers often preauthorize cleanup services to streamline billing, so give your carrier’s claims line a quick call.

3. Contact a Cleaning Service. Residential water damage cleanup involves removing the water in home areas and dry cleaning the carpet, furniture, and other items in the area. If you have multiple phone lines in your household, calling for a cleaning service in Pearl River, LA on one line while a family member contacts your insurance company can speed up the entire process.

4. Remove Dry Items. Once you know that help is on the way, it’s time to take dry and unaffected items out of the water damaged areas of the home. That way, the cleanup crew can more easily get to the affected belongings in your home.

5. Contact a Plumber. Cleaning services are not usually plumbing services, so if you have experienced a plumbing emergency, you will need to call for a plumber to fix the problem before turning your water back on.

Remember, while it is essential to take care of the broken pipe quickly, water in home living areas continues to do damage until it is properly cleaned up. That is why it is important to contact a dry cleaning service right away.

Water can damage your home in many ways. Call SERVPRO of Slidell to aid you after water damages your home. (985) 649-1516 can reach us 24/7.


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Will Your Insurance Cover Mold Damages to your home in Slidell?

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

If mold damages your property, contact SERVPRO for help.

Understanding Mold damage and Insurance

Fungus growth is typical in Slidell, LA, and mold damage can interrupt your business. Will your commercial insurance cover the expense? The answer depends on your policy and the circumstances.

Understand Commercial Mold Insurance Basics

There are several different types of insurance that business owners should carry in case of mold damage in Slidell. Each is applicable in various circumstances:

• Liability – Might cover another’s mold remediation expenses if you are at fault
• Property Damage – Pays to repair mold damages to your property
• Worker’s Compensation – Covers the costs of mold-related illnesses for employees


Mold coverage and claims are tricky. Fungus growth is a naturally occurring phenomenon. Insurance providers have become reluctant to cover claims related to mold infestations in situations when claimants ignored their responsibility to perform proper maintenance and repairs.

Check Your Policy

If your policy dates back far enough, you may already have adequate insurance, but it is possible your insurance company added mold damage to the list of exclusions. Additional mold insurance may be required.

If you do carry mold insurance, you still have a responsibility to care for the property and keep it maintained. Insurance providers do not want to pay for unnecessary repairs. Failure to have your location inspected regularly or refusal to repair known leaks in the plumbing may disqualify a claim.

Know the Differences in Claims

If you have discovered excessive fungus growth around your place of business, you may file a primary claim. Essentially, you seek costs for yourself directly related to your situation. An adjuster looks at the case, and your insurance company determines if the claim has merit.

In some instances, you may need to file a third-party liability claim. If you are a landlord or are responsible for a property in some way, tenants may sue for damages related to mold. Your insurance policy could cover some of the costs of your legal expenses or pay mold related expenses for your clients.

Get Your Business Inspected

Regular inspections identify mold, point out trouble spots, and keep your insurance policy in good standing. A professional mold remediation company helps you maintain your property and reduces the risk of infestation.

SERVPRO of Slidell is Here to Help with mold damage found in your home or business. Call us today at (985) 649-1516.

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

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

When flood damage invades your home contact SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

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 Is Toxic

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.

2. 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.

3. Sewer Gases Can Build

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

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 flood waters have receded. Visit SERVPRO of Slidell for more information on storm damage or call us at (985) 649-1516.

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Storms Punching Holes in Your Slidell Roof Need Immediate Help to Mitigate the Damage--Call SERVPRO

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Need Help for Storm Damage in Slidell? SERVPRO is Fast As Lightning

Flood Water Removal Technicians in Slidell Discuss Problems with Lightning

When a thunderstorm blows into Slidell, there is always a possibility something bad could happen to your house. Wind and rain can cause you to have to conduct extensive flood water removal. However, these two elements are not the only instance that could take place; lightning can also become a problem during a storm. During thunderstorms, lightning is a common occurrence, but usually, the strikes stay high in the sky. However, in some cases, the lightning bolts can get close to the earth and strike your house forcing you to call in a professional flood water removal company such as SERVPRO because we can provide fast 24/7 service.
 
Lightning bolts can bring with them quite a force sometimes, and they could blast off your roofing materials and create a hole in your structure. If the interior of your house gets exposed during the storm, there is a good chance you will need the help from our SERVPRO technicians for the flood water removal project in Slidell. Lightning strikes can create big holes in your roof. When a large gap in your roof opens during a rainstorm, water can quickly pour into your attic. If the hole goes unrepaired throughout the storm, moisture can go from your attic to your living area.
 
Water pouring into your living room and bedrooms coming from above can be a disaster. Lightning can cause much more damage than just fires. Any rainwater that enters from the outdoors is immediately labeled as grey water meaning there is a chance of contamination. However, once the grey rainwater comes into contact with your attic and insulation, it changes categories and gets classified as black. Category three contamination can contain pathogens, viruses, and in this case, fecal droppings from rodents.
 
If black water coming from your ceiling floods out your living area, there is a good possibility that many of your contents and building materials got ruined and must be removed. SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians with the skills to restore your home to its preloss condition, whenever possible, "Like it never even happened."

If lightning ever blows a hole into your roof or exterior wall, call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 to get help from our highly trained team 24 hours a day.

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SERVPRO Follows Protocols for Treatment after Flooding in Slidell

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

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Fast Extraction for Slidell Homes After a Flood

When flooding occurs in your home, it can be a traumatic experience just getting your family safely away from your house. When it comes time to clean up the mess and restore the damage that has occurred, there is little that a homeowner can do to remedy the situation on their own. Trained restoration technicians like ours can respond quickly to emergencies like this with fast extraction equipment that gives our customers efficient and effective mitigation when it counts.
 
While there are many potential causes of this damage in your Slidell home, floodwater extraction must occur over several steps. The recovery process begins with our SERVPRO technicians working to remove excess water from the exposed areas of your home. For pack outs, drying efforts, and debris removal, the first step is efficient extraction that opens up the ability of our professionals to perform these other critical tasks.
 
From the time that our professionals arrive at your damaged address, many areas of your home have likely already become affected by the spreading floodwater. With the threat of contamination that often comes with natural flooding scenarios, extraction can reveal even more saturated materials and structural elements that ultimately require removal and reconstruction to restore your property fully.
 
We have many pieces of equipment ideal for removing pooling water from the premises. For severe damages, we can set up the truck-mounted pump from our production vehicles that roll out to your address to remove water from your home at a rate of 300 psi. For tighter areas that are more challenging to access, tools like wet-vacs with extraction wands can help to finish the water removal. Once the excess has gotten removed, our SERVPRO professionals can get to work on removing damaged construction materials, protecting your belongings with our pack-out process, and beginning vital drying efforts.
 
Flooding is something that you cannot adequately prepare for, and something that affects every home differently. No matter the damage that occurs to your home from a flood, our SERVPRO of Slidell team can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (985) 649-1516.

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Slidell Homes Have the Ideal Conditions for Mold Growth

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can hide under various surfaces. Are there signs of mold growth in your home?

Experienced Mold Remediation For Slidell Homes

Here in Slidell, water is a daily part of life. It’s as much of an artery for our community as I90 when it comes to commerce and just getting around the city or having fun out on Lake Pontchartrain for some of us. Unfortunately, water can bring problems like flooding and mold.  

Mold removal and remediation need to be accomplished quickly when Slidell homes become infested. SERVPRO Franchise professionals understand that immediate disposal of infested structural and personal property, along with the active mold spores, stops the threat of mold and dramatically reduces the risk of future infestations.  

With the threat eliminated, restoration teams can begin the process of returning each home to its original, clean condition. Team members can replace support structures like wall framing and then hang new sheetrock or other types of drywall and wall paneling.  

In some places, remediation means cleaning out mold in a manner to prevent loss of property. For mold, the spread in attics or sub-flooring, SERVPRO SERVPRO Franchise professionals can use soda blasting to safely remove mold on the surface and even spores that penetrated it.  

Similar to sandblasting, our technicians use compressed air to project sodium bicarbonate in a high-pressure stream to clean wood support structures in minutes compared to the hours it takes to scrape beams by hand. The only drawback is that the expended soda also contains spores and dust which presents a hazard. Our personnel don protective masks and full protective suits when needed to prevent eye injury and skin exposure.  

After completing the process, other team members bring in commercial grade vacuums to capture and remove the expanded material. Once they remove the last of it, they go over the cleaned surfaces again, this time with specialized HEPA filters designed to catch even a single mold spore off of surfaces.  

At SERVPRO of Slidell, we want to return owners and residents to their homes as quickly as we can safely do so. If you have or believe there is mold in your home, call us at (985) 649-1516 today. We are here for you.

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SERVPRO Will Help You Get Back To Business In Pearl River After Water Damage

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Our experts have the right equipment to restore your Pearl River Franchise after water damage.

Efficient Water Cleanup Tools for Your Pearl River Franchise

Franchise restaurants throughout Pearl River offer a set look and feel that customers from all over the country can become familiar with and expect when they arrive. Upkeep and quality of the food output become constant monitoring points, both of which can become adversely affected by a water loss incident inside of the building. While your custodial staff can work to clean up many of the spills and unfortunate incidents that affect your restaurant, substantial cleaning jobs often require the skills and expertise of our restoration team. 

When it comes to water cleanup for your Pearl River franchise restaurant, the pressure is on to get your doors back open to the hungry public as efficiently as possible. Even more than family owned and operated eateries throughout the area, a closed location can damage the brand name for the franchise and affect business on a larger scale, so you are under a finite schedule to take care of the situation fully. Our SERVPRO rapid response team can help with our fast arrival and our advanced equipment to help restore the building efficiently. 

Regardless of what has caused the water loss incident, responding to the situation quickly is critical to preventing the water damage from getting worse. With tile flooring in many of the kitchen areas and dining areas of franchise restaurants, it does not take long for water to penetrate grouted joints and affect the concrete or subflooring material beneath. We can arrive quickly to begin cleanup with traditional implements like mops and wet-vacs with extraction wands. 

Drying up the area fully can help to prevent secondary effects like mold growth from occurring, and these situations could be damaging to the business. We set up equipment such as our high-powered air movers and dehumidifiers through key points in the affected area of your restaurant and monitor our progress with moisture removal with our thermal imagery cameras. 

Recovering from a water loss incident in your restaurant is something that could be efficient and cost-effective. You can reach our SERVPRO of Slidell rapid response team to secure the full measure of our advanced equipment and extensive training in water restoration by calling (985) 649-1516.

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Slidell Homes, Mold Growth, and SERVPRO to the Rescue

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Slidell Homes with High Humidity Invite Large Mold Infestations--Call SERVPRO for 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 at the time, they 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.

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 service is complete. As we stated at the beginning, 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. The combination of these three aspects helps to ensure that the mold is not only cleaned but also 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 and 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.

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5 Candle Alternatives You Should Know About

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Put your candle in a holder were it can collect the wax

Across the country one of the many house fires start from an unattended open flame such as a candle. This includes many fires in Slidell,LA. Fortunately, for those who love the look and feel of a lit candle, or some of the many wonderful scents these come in, there are various candle alternatives available. Here are five you may want to consider.

1. Flameless Candles

One of the best ways to avoid a candle fire is by using candles that don’t have a flame at all. These are often battery operated, however, they’re programmed to mimic the flickering light effect many people enjoy.

2. Flameless Lantern

A lantern traditionally is a candle placed within a shade. Nowadays many are designed without the candle part of the equation. These can still provide the warm look of candle light, and some even flicker, however they use a battery or wall plug instead of open flame.

3. Warming Bases

If what you love is the scent of warm wax, a warming base may be your go-to option for candle alternatives. These bases use a lamp or warming plate to heat the wax and provide you with scent, without a flame.

4. Plug-in Air Fresheners

Many air fresheners come in the same scents as many candles. Plug-in fresheners can even mimic the look and feel of a candle but don’t carry the same risk of candle fire.

5. Heatless Fresheners

heatless options for keeping your room fresh could include a variety of air freshener styles. Many come in sprays that contain the same scents as candles. Others include forms of potpourri and oil diffusers.

These are all great candle alternatives you can include in your home, and while some do use batteries or a wall outlet, none carry the same fire risk as leaving an open flame unattended. Remember, in the unfortunate event your do end up with fire or smoke damage in your home, a Slidell,LA, fire damage professional may be able to help.

Cleaning Up Your Contents After a Flood

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Air scrubber on a water loss in a Pearl River,LA commercial facility

Water inside your property can be a headache, and cleaning up can be an even bigger one. Where do you start? Whether you haven’t found the right water remediation company in Pearl River,LA or prefer to handle content cleaning yourself, here are some key ways to effectively clean after water damage.

Gather Supplies

There are a few items you will want to gather and keep handy as soon as you get started. These include:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Mops
  • Sponges and cleaner
  • Buckets

Get Rid of the Water

Whether your property has had an inch of water or several feet, it can be a breeding ground for mold, which can ruin personal item as well as property. This makes early water removal and content cleaning vital.

Flood water is considered black water, so it’s best to have professionals remove this. If you can’t wait, the old-fashioned way of water removal works. Once you’ve turned off all electricity to the area, use buckets, mops, and towels to soak up as much water as possible.

Dry Things Out

Once you’ve gotten everything initially dry, use a dehumidifier and fan to remove whatever moisture remains. Opening windows can also help you dry the area out quickly, before mold or insects take hold.

Disinfect Your Items

When everything’s dried, use a disinfectant to remove any bacteria that the water may have carried inside. Wipe down walls, wood and non-upholstered furniture. Prevent mold growth by applying antimicrobials.

Dispose of Damaged Goods

Non-porous materials can be saved but porous materials may have to be thrown away. These can include electronics, paper and other delicate items. Organize those items into piles and take them to recycling centers when possible.

Flood content cleaning can be hard work, but it’s necessary. Use these tips to get your space back to normal, or better yet, call a remediation company to make things like new.

What You Shouldn’t Do After Your Home Sustains Water Damage

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Heavy water damage due to a broken pipe in a Slidell,LA home

When your home in Slidell,LA has been damaged by water, you may be tempted to start repairs immediately without making a thorough assessment of the area. With water in home as a result of a floods, a broken pipe or clogged lines, you need to know what measurements you should avoid.

1. Enter an Unsafe Home

If your home has been majorly impacted by flooding, structural damage could make your home unsafe to enter. Though you certainly want to stop further damage from occurring in your home, putting yourself at risk by going into your home if it is unsafe is not a risk worth taking. If you don’t know if you should go into your home, be safe and wait.

2. Leave Important Documents

If you know that it’s safe to go into your home after a broken pipe, flood, or other cause has resulted in water damage in your home, you may want to start grabbing items at random to remove them from your home. However, it’s important to prioritize removing documents with personal or sensitive information so they are not damaged or lost. Having these documents can save you time and frustration in the future.

3. Try Cleaning Without the Correct Tools or Equipment

Seeing the damage that water has caused in your home firsthand can leave you wanting to start the cleanup process straight away. Although you should do what you can to remove water from your home quickly, entering your home without wearing water-proof boots or handling items without gloves can be dangerous. Instead of inefficiently cleaning your home and putting yourself at risk due to rushing, take the time to prepare yourself before cleaning.


If you’ve experienced water damage from anything from a broken pipe or flooding, knowing what you shouldn’t do after water damage has occurred is important. To get your home safely cleaned and renewed, speak with water removal professionals.

4 Steps to Stop a Flushing Toilet

10/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Drying Equipment in Slidell, LA

4 Steps to Stop a Flushing Toilet

You probably have some high-volume toilets in your building in Slidell,LA, that use a flushometer to control the flushing function. When you have a toilet that won’t stop flushing, you have a serious risk for a toilet overflow. You can take care of this problem right away, here is how to fix a commercial toilet that won’t stop flushing in 4 easy steps:

  1. Turn off the water supply.You can prevent a toilet flood by turning off the water supply to the individual toilet using a flat-head screwdriver. You will find the right location on the pipe that is coming out of the wall and perpendicular to the vertical pipe coming out of the toilet.
  2. Unscrew the cap from the pipe extending over the back of the toilet. Since the water is off, take a large wrench to loosen the cap at the top of the pipe that extends vertically above the toilet. By using paper between the wrench and the metal, you can avoid scratching the chrome.
  3. Remove the gasket and clean it. Now you will see a rubber gasket. It is usually to reason for the problem because sediment prevents it from functioning well. Be sure to clean the tiny hole because it is critical for the function of the flushometer.
  4. Put it all together and test. After replacing the gasket, tighten the cap and turn on the water supply. Flush and wait to see if you managed to stop a toilet from overflowing today. If it continues to flow, turn off the supply valve again to prevent a toilet overflow while you buy a replacement gasket.

Now you know how to prevent endless gallons of “black water” from flooding your building due to a toilet overflow. At least you can rely on professionals to help with the proper cleanup including disinfecting, removal and replacement of damaged materials.

Why You Should Consider Adding Water Backup Coverage to Your Insurance Policy

9/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water loss on bathroom in Pearl River, LA

An overflowing toilet or sewer backup can create significant damage inside your Pearl River,LA, home, and completing repairs can be costly. To safeguard your financial security, you should review your homeowner’s insurance policy and ensure you are properly covered from unforeseen events such as water backup.

Risk Minimization

To minimize your risk of a water backup in the first place, you can take several precautionary measures:

  • Install a one-way floor drain plug or a backwater valve to restrict water flow
  • Avoid pouring greasy residue down sink drains
  • Never flush feminine hygiene products or paper towels down the toilet
  • Plants trees and shrubs away from your home’s sewer and water lines

Coverage Gap

Most insurance policies will not cover damage resulting from overflowing sewage unless you add this specific coverage to your policy. Without coverage, you will likely have to pay out-of-pocket to complete necessary repairs and replace damaged items. A call to your insurance company can potentially save you money in the long run.

An Additional Benefit of Coverage

In addition to helping you restore your home and belongings, water and sewer backup coverage offers an additional benefit. If the damage makes the home temporarily uninhabitable, you may be able to file a Loss of Use claim. As a result, your insurance company may pay for a hotel or other living expenses until you can safely return to your residence.

Claim Filing Tips

In the event you need to make a water backup claim, make sure you maintain accurate records. To process your claim, your insurance agent may ask for the following items:

  • Photos of the damaged area before the flood to verify the home’s prior condition
  • Video or photographic evidence of the destruction
  • Receipts for completed repairs and cleaning bills
  • Documented value of damaged possessions

A Worthwhile Investment

A sewer backup or overflowing toilet can happen to anyone. Verifying your home insurance coverage in advance is a wise action that can provide peace of mind and alleviate the financial strain of the cleanup and restoration process.

How To Contain Mold in Your Home

9/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold remediation equipment in Slidell, LA

Surprisingly, there are benefits to mold in Slidell,LA. Outdoors, mold breaks down organic materials that collect on the ground. Problems arise when airborne spores land in a warm, damp indoor environment. Since mold spreads quickly, take steps to avoid mold contamination in unaffected rooms in your house.

Homeowner Steps

When you suspect mold growth in your home, take action immediately to discourage further mold contamination:

  • Turn off fans, heating and air conditioning to reduce the spread of spores through the air.
  • Stay away from moldy areas. Do not touch or clean the mold. Disturbing the mold increases the chance of additional contamination.
  • Fix the source of the moisture problem to prevent spores settling in to other habitable areas.
  • Contact a mold remediation specialist trained in proper containment techniques.

Professional Steps

Mold experts typically assess the situation and then immediately begin to contain the problem:

  • The room or area that holds the mold infestation is physically sealed off from the rest of the house. Specialists usually use plastic and polyethylene sheeting to enclose the space during remediation efforts. Vents, doors, pipes, outlets and any other sources of air out of the space are typically sealed as well.
  • Negative air pressure is utilized to hold the mold spores in the contained space. Experts often achieve this by using a negative air machine. This specialized equipment maintains lower pressure within the contained area compared to the rest of your home. During remediation efforts as spores are dislodged, the negative pressure prevents them from traveling outside of the enclosed work zone.

Discovery of mold at your home in Slidell,LA, is a problem. Properly contain the mold to prevent the problem from turning into an entire house disaster. Without containment, mold contamination can occur anywhere airborne spores travel. Before help arrives, stay away from the mold and cut off its air supply to reduce spreading. Professional mold remediation specialists then use specialized techniques to contain the area throughout the remediation process.

3 Facts About Business Interruption Insurance

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Sprinklers can protect your business after a fire to quickly put the fire out

There are many ways you can protect your Slidell, LA, business, from installing fire sprinklers to investing in a top-notch security package, However, if your building should suffer serious destruction as the result of storm damage and you must rebuild, this could cost you thousands of dollars in down time. Business interruption insurance can prevent this type of loss, but before you sign off on a policy, it is wise to understand how this type of coverage protects you, your employees and your business.

1. It Differs From Property Coverage

Insurance that covers an interruption in business is not the same as a policy you might buy to protect your property. Instead, this coverage protects you against monetary loss in case of a closure. Depending on the type of policy you buy, you will be compensated for the money you would have made and utility expenses for your closed business as repairs begin.

2. It Does Not Cover All Repair Expenses

Business interruption insurance is designed to help you recover quickly from a major disaster. However, it is important for you to understand that it may not cover all your expenses. For example, if you need to call in a storm damage and restoration company as a part of your recovery, this type of insurance will probably not cover the cost of their services. It is wise to review your policy before you sign it so you have a comprehensive understanding of your coverage.

3. There May Be a Waiting Period

If your business has suffered the kind of damage that requires you to rebuild, you may have to wait several days for your new insurance to kick in. This usually takes no more than 48 hours; however, every case is different, so you may want to contact your provider right away to inquire about how long you have to wait for coverage to begin.

When your Slidell, LA, business suffers severe damage and you need to rebuild, business interruption insurance can help you recover quickly. Learning as much as you can about this type of coverage before you need to use it may allow you to use it to its fullest potential.

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3 Key Points When Creating a Fire Escape Plan

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Escape plans are key to keeping your business safe

Fires can affect anything, including businesses and companies. To prevent injuries, damage, and confusion, an escape plan is important to have. Not only should companies take time to create a fire escape plan that can protect their employees, but they should also practice it often. If you are thinking about creating an emergency escape plan that best helps your employees, here are three key points you should consider incorporating.

1. Know Your Location

A fire escape plan in Slidell, LA, will likely be different than a plan in a city across the world. To minimize problems and confusion, know the area around you and keep in mind potential shelters and meetings places. Once employees have escaped, you’ll want to count them and make sure that everyone escaped safely. Find a location where everyone can securely assemble.

Depending on your building, evacuation may be tricky. If your business is in a high-rise building, be sure to identify all the exits and routes. Don’t forget to inform your employees about these evacuation routes.

2. Assign Roles

Confusion and chaos can cause a lot of trouble when a fire occurs. Assign leadership roles to people who can handle the situation in a calm and wise manner. These people can help guide and direct the rest of your employees.

3. Keep Your Employees in Mind

In a fire, your main priority should be the people. Make sure you have an evacuation plan that can help all your employees and visitors, especially those who are disabled or unable to understand English. These procedures should be clear and simple to comprehend.

A fire escape plan is a vital part of the evacuation process. Be sure to update the plan often and inform your employees of the procedures and escape routes. Once everyone has successfully escaped the building, you can focus on getting the building restoration help that you may need.

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Oh No, a Flooded Basement! Here’s How to Fix It

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

A sump pump will help remove water from your Slidell basement incase of flooding

A basement flood is nerve-wracking and can seriously damage your home’s foundation. The basement is also often a main attraction for homeowners and their families to spend time in. While it might seem like the end of the world, you can fix a flooded basement.

You will need the following tools:

? A submersible pump with a generator
? An extension cord
? Nylon rope
? A garden or sump hose

1. Shut Off Electricity and Gas

Never enter a flooded basement, due to the risk of electrocution. If the service panel or circuit breaker is not located in the basement, go ahead and turn it off. Otherwise, call an electrician.

2. Determine the Cause of the Flood

This step can help avoid another basement flood. A plumber can fix a burst pipe; water stop cement fixes leaks in the walls; unclogging and rinsing gutters and downspouts prevents overflow, and some sort of drainage system helps prevent drain and storm sewer backups.

3. Get the Water Out

Secure the pump with rope and lower it down from the stairs above. Two pumps at the same time can remove the water even faster. Follow these steps to pump out the water:

? Attach the extension cord to the pump cord.
? Wrap the cords around something up high to keep them from getting wet.
? Attach a garden or sump hose to the top of the pump.
? Position the end of the hose away from the house to drain into a gutter or storm sewer.
? Tie the rope around the top of the pump and lower it into the basement.
? Start the generator and plug the extension cord into it to start the pump.

4. Talk to Professionals

Ask about insurance coverage. Keep in mind that any electrical or gas items probably cannot be salvaged. However, restoration professionals offer cleaning and drying services to help you cut down on replacing damaged items.

A basement flood in Slidell, LA, can be devastating, but it doesn’t have to ruin your home. By following these steps, you can get your basement back into shape.

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How To Keep Your Sump Pump Happy

7/22/2018 (Permalink)

Keep regular maintenance on your sump pump incase of storm damage

While you know it's important to periodically test your fire extinguisher, replace your smoke detector batteries and winterize your HVAC system, a vital part of home safety maintenance may slip past your radar. Have you thought about your sump pump lately? Taking care of a pump might seem intimidating, but a few easy steps can help keep your pump in good operating condition.

1. Examine your pump. If you haven't performed pump maintenance for a while, start by walking around the pump area. An offensive odor can signal the presence of bacteria in the basin trap. To eliminate the smell, try using a mixture of two parts bleach to 10 parts water. Pour this solution into the basin and repeat until the odor is gone.

2. Clear the basin. Check whether your pump is clean and does not contain foreign objects. Scoop out items such as gravel, toys, pet hair or other debris from the basin. It also helps to remove any water, dirt or random objects on the floor surrounding the pump area.

3. Run a performance test. Switch the sump pump on to see if it pulls water out of the pit area. The pit can be dry during normal operation. In this case, fill the drain with water before the test. To check performance, it may be worthwhile to calendar a monthly reminder. If heavy rains or flood conditions are predicted, you may want to test your pump as soon as possible.

4. Schedule an inspection. An annual examination by a professional inspection service can help ensure your pump is sound and working smoothly. An expert can detect issues before they become major problems.

A well-maintained sump pump is a valuable front-line defense against water damage to your home in Slidell, LA. By performing a few simple steps, you can strengthen your home's umbrella of protection. It's a good thing to do for a rainy day!

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Cleaning Smoke Damage in Your Home

7/21/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning supplies for cleaning smoke damage in your home or business

Smoke is the product of soot, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. Combined with the potentially harmful chemicals of whatever material is burning, smoke damage can affect the air quality of your home and render damage on physical structures, making cleanup a necessary and immediate need for the safety of your home and health of all dwelling inside.

Materials You Will Need

Smoke cleaning can be a difficult process and even the smallest of impacted areas will need extensive attention to remove the smoke and soot damage left behind. For an effective cleaning, you’ll need several materials:

• Dry-cleaning (chemical) sponge
• Bucket of hot water
• Vinegar
• Rubbing alcohol
• Degreaser or commercial soot remover
• Vacuum
• Clean rags, sponge

With tools in hand, it’s time to enthusiastically and vigorously clean.

Steps You Will Take

As quickly as a fire spreads, the process for cleanup is comparatively slow and methodic.

1. Ventilate: Turn off your HVAC system to avert the spread of smoke and soot. Circulate fresh air into the smoke damaged area by opening windows and turning on fans.


2. Protect: The irritants contained in smoke and soot can be risky to inhale or contact with bare skin. Wear protective gear and consider a respirator mask if there are significant levels of soot to be cleaned. Protect clean items by removing them from the room or covering with plastic sheets.


3. Vacuum: Remove loose soot particles by vacuuming the area with an upholstery attachment on a powerful shop-vac.


4. Wipe down: Use the dry-cleaning sponge before any soot cleaner or water touches the damaged area. This chemicals in the sponge work to remove layers of soot, and should only be used in a wiping motion, never scrubbing.


5. Clean: Using your preferred liquid cleaner, wipe every surface in the room with a wet rag. Follow with a diluted solution of two tablespoons of degreaser and one gallon of hot water, ensuring you use a clean rag and/or clean solution as soon as either appear murky from the soot deposits.

Smoke damage can be an invasive problem worthy of professional cleanup. Keep the number for your local Slidell, LA, restoration company nearby for when the aforementioned materials just aren’t enough.

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Commercial Generator Basics

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Many business owners and employees have experienced it or know of someone who has: that sickening silence quickly followed by primal panic when the power suddenly goes out. Sometimes this is simply a minor inconvenience as your utility company quickly restores your business’s electricity and power; however, getting power back quickly is often not the case for many people, especially those living in more rural areas. This is why commercial generators are a necessity for so many businesses. Generator sizes and run times vary greatly, so here are some of the basics of how they operate and common problems that arise with them.

Fuel Types

Here are the primary fuel types for commercial generators:

• Natural gas – The most common fuel type. It is provided by the fuel company and does not require a tank.
• Diesel – Often in the form of “24-hour” fuel tanks
• Liquid propane (LP)

Functional Basics

In its most basic form, a generator consists of a magnetic field and a copper conductor. Working on the principle of electromagnetic induction, it basically transfers and converts mechanical energy from the generator’s combustion engine into electrical energy via the copper conductor. It does not actually “create” energy; instead, it functions similarly to a water pump in that it channels and directs the electricity. The engine operates very similarly to common combustion engines powered by common fuel types.

Troubleshooting a Generator

Like any other piece of machinery, problems can and do occur, though many issues are minor and can be minimized with a regular maintenance schedule. Here are some of the most common generator problems in Slidell, LA:

• High-fuel-level alarm
• Out of fuel
• Coolant, oil, or fuel leaks
• Low-coolant-temperature alarms
• Block heater
• Low-coolant-level alarm/Shutdown

Generator benefits can provide a great sense of security and peace of mind by keeping your business operating during emergencies and for any other reason. Knowing the basics can help keep the electricity flowing.

Commercial Bathroom Maintenance

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

A clean, efficient bathroom at your commercial property in Slidell, LA, keeps your clients, customers and tenants happy. There are few things as off-putting as a clogged toilet, toilet overflow or raw sewage in a public restroom. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to properly maintain the lavatory, prevent flooding and avoid water damage repairs.

How Do I Prevent a Clogged Toilet?

In your commercial bathroom, you can help protect the toilets and safeguard your sewage system by doing the following:

  • Place signs in the restrooms instructing people what should and should not be flushed down the toilets. For example, toilet paper is appropriate to flush, but paper towels and feminine products are best thrown in the garbage.
  • Consider the type of toilet paper in the restrooms at your property. Choose a thinner, more biodegradable type of paper. This is less likely to cause a clog if large amounts are flushed, and gentler on your septic system.
  • One of the simplest methods of prevention is supplying the restrooms with garbage cans. Trash containers should be located in the stalls and also near where paper towels are available. The containers should be emptied on a regular schedule.

What Actions Do I Take After a Toilet Overflow?

Sometimes regardless of preventative measures, accidents happen. As soon as you are notified of a problem, take the following actions to decrease the likelihood of further water damage:

  • Turn off the water source to the offending toilet.
  • Immediately call a water restoration company to assess the situation. If the water is contaminated, special antibacterial cleaning measures need to be taken to disinfect the area. As needed, the space will be dried and restored.
  • Contact your commercial insurance agent, as water damage may be covered by your policy.

Bathroom maintenance is an important part of owning a commercial property in Slidell, LA. By following a few easy steps, a clogged toilet resulting in water damage can often be avoided. If this were to occur, however, get immediate help from a water restoration expert.

Keeping Mold From Being an Unwelcome Guest at Your Restaurant

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Preventing Mold from growing in your Slidell Resturant

If you work in the food service industry, you may be quite familiar with how uncomfortable working in a too-hot kitchen in Slidell, LA, can be. But while your physical discomfort may be bothersome, the food that you’re preparing can potentially suffer far worse. Kitchens play host to an abundance of warm, moist air as it is, and when that hot air merges with an occasional blast of cool air coming in to the kitchen from an air-conditioned dining area or a back door, the condensation that ultimately forms can quickly lead to mold growth on your food.

Keeping Food Mold-Free

Mold growth can occur quickly under the right conditions. Taking these steps can help prevent mold from contaminating the food in your work kitchen:

1. Properly launder all kitchen towels, sponges, and dishcloths on a regular basis. Keeping these items dry and well ventilated prior to laundering will help prevent mold and mildew from forming.

2. Take special care to clean wood cooking tools. Wooden kitchen tools in particular are at high risk for developing mold. Make sure that these tools are properly washed and thoroughly dried, preferably in a spot where there is plenty of air circulation (and light, if possible).

3. Keep your refrigerator clean. Cleaning the place where the food will be stored will help cut down on the risk of mold. A solution of one to two tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in a quart of warm water is an effective cleaner for the fridge.

4. Carefully inspect any food you buy. Fresh produce should be examined closely for any bruising, pits or dents, which will indicate damage during shipping and/or potential rotting on the inside. Choose firm, evenly colored produce with a relatively smooth surface and a fresh smell. Similarly, check fresh meats, poultry and jarred food items for any signs of mold.

5. Store food properly. Protect your food from any airborne mold spores by keeping it tightly covered with plastic wrap. Cover and refrigerate perishable foods and ensure that they do not sit out at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Consume leftovers within 3-4 days.

Utilizing a Proper Ventilation System for Mold Prevention

When managing an area with high humidity such as a restaurant kitchen or bakery, it is imperative to have an adequate ventilation system to keep air cool and circulating. Since experts recommend keeping the relative humidity level to below 40 percent, more than one HVAC unit in a commercial kitchen – one in the front and one in the back – is a wise choice. Also, be sure to maintain all gaskets and vents, keeping them clean and free of any dust or debris. Taking this approach, in addition to employing efficient exhaust hoods and fans, help prevent food spoilage as well as overheated conditions for kitchen workers. If water damage has already occurred in the walls or ceiling, you may want to enlist the help of a specialist to remove any resulting mold.

Keeping your kitchen in Slidell, LA, free of mold growth is a continual process, but following these tips will help ensure that your workspace remains as clean and effective as possible.

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How Commercial Fire Sprinkler's Work: The Basics

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial buildings need fire sprinkler systems for any potential building fires

If you've ever looked up at the ceiling of a commercial building and wondered how a tiny fire sprinkler can help stop a fire, you're not alone. Commercial fire sprinklers are small and unimposing, but they are actually a huge help. If you're not convinced, consider these quick facts:

• Fire sprinklers are backed by piping that is filled with water, so that the sprinklers are always "on call," so to speak.
• Sprinklers often respond quicker than any fire department ever could, and thereby make it easier for occupants to evacuate safely.
• Sprinklers can help control or limit the amount of toxic smoke that develops in a building.
• Commercial sprinklers spray more than 25 gallons of water per minute.

How a Fire Suppression System Works

A sprinkler system becomes activated as soon as the temperature near the sprinkler rises to a certain degree. The water that has been sitting in the pipelines, waiting for release, gushes out as soon as the fire sprinkler opens up, spewing water so forcefully on the flames that, in most cases, they're extinguished immediately. Though heat activates a sprinkler, smoke does not, which is a good thing, as smoke often travels to areas of a building that are not affected by or at risk of a fire. If an errant sprinkler does go off, it can significantly add to your fire sprinkler cleanup efforts.

Because sprinklers respond immediately, they can help contain an inferno and even extinguish it entirely. This can not only reduce the amount of property damage, but it can also save lives.

Misconceptions Regarding Sprinkler Systems

A lot of people are hesitant to install fire sprinklers in their buildings because of a few unprecedented misconceptions. Some such misconceptions include the following:

• Fire sprinklers are prone to accidental activation.
• Smoke often activates sprinklers.
• All of a building's sprinklers activate at once.

The above misconceptions are dangerous, as they prevent building owners from investing in the necessary safety equipment. Don't be fooled by such myths, and talk to your Slidell, LA, fire restoration team about the benefits of a fire sprinkler system, how they actually work and why your building needs one.

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A Quick Primer on Mold

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can grow quickly so getting a jump on it is important for clean up procedures and keeping mold from spreading

You may be familiar with the presence of mold in your home, but without truly understanding what mold is and how it thrives, it can be difficult to prevent or eradicate it. Black mold in particular is extremely pernicious and persistent, and even mold cleanup might not be enough to clear it from your Slidell, LA home. Let’s break down what mold is, and why it’s so hard to eliminate.

Mold Is a Fungus

That’s right, the same type of growth as mushrooms – but unless you know proper methods for making moldy cheese, mold isn’t safe to eat. Here are a few things you need to know about black mold:

• It grows where there’s moisture to feed it and organic matter to infest
• Like other fungi, it grows from spores – and you’re typically surrounded by invisible mold spores in your environment
• Mold isn’t always visible to the naked eye, and can take root in hidden crevices
• It’s impossible to wholly eliminate mold from your environment due to the prevalence of atmospheric spores
• Mold can come in many colors, including green, white, yellow, and black, but it’s almost always a fuzzy, thick growth
• Mold can often be easily recognized by an extremely strong, musty smell

So How Can I Get Rid of Mold?

As mentioned above, it’s impossible to wholly eradicate microscopic mold spores in the air – but you can control mold to keep it from growing past the spore stage. Keep moisture in your environment under control by addressing any leaks, flooding, or other sources of water damage. Use a dehumidifier to cut down on heavy moisture in the air. Check your appliances for leaks or condensation issues. Get an air purifier to cut down on the number of spores in the air. If you fear you have a problem, it may be helpful to consult with a mold remediation specialist for additional assistance.

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Clothes Dryers as Fire Hazards

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning your dryer vent is important to reduce the chances of a fire in your Slidell, LA home

The clothes dryer is one of the greatest home appliances ever invented. You throw in wet clothes, turn some knobs, wait a while and soon your clothes are dry. The only maintenance you need to perform is to clean the lint trap after the cycle is complete. This last step helps keep your dryer running efficiently; however, this alone does not eliminate the risk of a lint fire.

All About Lint

The mystery of the missing socks and where the dryer puts them is still with us. For lint, however, there is no mystery. The trap captures most of the lint. What the trap misses accumulates inside the body of the dryer and the vent hose that leads outdoors. It is this accumulation that sets the stage for a dryer fire.

The Right Time To Clean Your Dryer Vents

If you sense that your clothes are taking longer to dry, it is time. Even if the drying time seems OK, it is still a good idea to clean the vent hose periodically. Heavily used dryers should be cleaned more often, while lightly used dryers need cleaning less often. The task may seem a bit intimidating but it is certainly easier than dealing with the effects of a lint fire.

Steps for Cleaning a Dryer Vent

• Pull the dryer away from the wall.
• Remove the vent hose from the dryer.
• Clean both the dryer exhaust and vent hose where they come together.
• Scrub the entire length of the vent hose with a tool specifically designed for this purpose. It is basically a brush and a long flexible handle.
• Reattach the vent hose and push the dryer back into position.

After a Dryer Fire

A lint fire can occur even if you are careful. Before picking out that shiny new dryer, you need to deal with the fire damage. For this you can call on the services of restoration specialists in Slidell, LA, to get your life back to normal as quickly as possible.

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Mold: The Bathroom Villain

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Bathroom Mold Remediation

No matter the type of property, most Jamestown,NY, business owners can agree that preventing mold in the building is a pesky part of the job. This diverse fungus is capable of settling in long-term, potentially inflicting a significant amount of damage on the building you work so hard to keep clean. There are a few helpful tips you can use when approaching a mildew clean up in your building's bathrooms.

1. Become a Mold Watchdog

Even if you have to bring in the help of professionals, there are some actions you can take first to help your company's bathroom stay in tip-top shape. When it comes to this particular type of moisture-prone room, mold can pop up behind sinks, on wallpaper, and on ceilings. Bathroom mold can hang around for extensive periods of time, too, making it important that you search carefully so that no spores get overlooked.

2. Use Permeable Wallcoverings

Regardless of whether you have your eye on a new interior design for your company's bathroom, you may be dealing with a mildew problem if the room contains impermeable materials on the walls. Materials such as vinyl wallcoverings can easily trap moisture in. Mold can also break down drywall over time, so it's vital that you go about your mildew clean up the right way.

3. Keep Windows Secure

If there is one big takeaway to mildew prevention in your building, it is to always make sure to apply proper caulking to windows. Moisture from outside can quickly seep into unsealed openings, allowing condensation to perpetually reside within. Say goodbye to bathroom mold by checking the sealing on all windows.

There are other steps you can take to get a foul fungal intruder out of your building's bathrooms, but the above three can get you started. The mildew clean up process can help you get that unpleasant bathroom villain behind you, so you can devote your time to the actual job at hand.

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Why and How To Create a Business Continuity Plan

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Loss

A wide variety of vulnerabilities in your business may lead to loss of income and customer loyalty when a disaster occurs. A business continuity plan, also referred to as an emergency response plan, is a technique you may use to identify and prepare for potential problems, keeping your activities running with the least disruption possible.

5 Steps To Create a Plan

To make the process easier, the creation process is broken down into five steps. Consider each part with your business’s needs.

1. Business Impact Analysis: This is a questionnaire that allows you and your managers to assess potential emergencies and the materials required to deal with them. Preparation, distribution and evaluation of results are usually necessary elements of this first step in your business continuity plan.


2. Recovery Strategies: These are plans that allow you to analyze resource needs, the gaps between the required resources and those currently available, managerial choices of strategies to be used and action on those decisions.


3. Plan Development: This is the laying out of the actual emergency response plan, the arrangement of teams to implement recovery from the disaster, production of documentation and approval by management.


4. Training: This is the preparation of the team responsible for continuity actions.


5. Testing and Exercises: This is the creation of training and evaluation materials, which are then tried and implemented.

Value of the Plan for Your Business

An emergency response plan provides a clear, deliberate and well-thought-out way to deal with potential disasters at your business facility. Employees and management should be trained in the procedures that should make a crucial difference in the rapid recovery of your business.

Guidance in Developing Your Plan

There are online materials that provide detailed information on how to create your business continuity plan. Some of these materials are aimed at specific types of emergency services available in Pearl River, LA, such as IT repair or commercial water damage mitigation.

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3 Safety Tips for First Responders at a Flood Site

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Severe flooding and flood waters can be deceptive

Flooding in Slidell, LA, can endanger the lives of many people. However, as a first responder, you have the ability and opportunity to help them escape their flooded homes and cars and get them to safety. This can make you a vital part of any flood rescue team. However, it is also important to keep yourself safe, and there are a few safety tips you may want to keep in mind as you work a flood site.

1. Be Aware of Water Strength

Flood waters can be extremely deceptive. Even if they do not appear fast moving, deeper waters may have a swift undertow. It only takes a few inches of water to knock you off your feet, and once floods gain momentum, they have the power to sweep you away with them. Approach flooded areas carefully and do not underestimate the strength flood waters can possess.

2. Protect Yourself Against Bacteria

Floodwaters may contain a variety of pathogens that can make you ill, so it is important that you protect yourself as you perform flood response. If you must make contact with flood waters, wear protective gear, including a face mask, and avoid touching the water with your bare hands. If safety conditions allow, let a storm damage and water cleanup company mitigate the worst of the flooding to give you and your team a safe place to park your vehicles and help the injured.

3. Get Immunized

Receiving immunizations before becoming a first responder is one of the most effective ways to keep yourself safe. Diseases such as tetanus and hepatitis B can be possible threats at a flood site because of the debris and contaminants the water might carry. Immunizations can defend you against such dangerous illnesses and help you feel more confident as you work flood sites.

Being a first responder to flooding in Slidell, LA, can mean a great deal to the residents who need medical attention during and after the disaster. Knowing how to stay safe at a flood site can keep you present and focused so you can provide people with as much help as they need.

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What You Should Know About Mold Insurance Before a Flood

3/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Damage found in Kitchen

One of the most common causes of fungus growth in a home is flooding, and when mold growth affects your Slidel, LA, property, you may find yourself dealing with many problems. Not only can mold spread quickly, it also creates an unpleasant, dirty smell that might permeate more than one room. You may believe that your homeowner's policy covers mold; however, knowing the facts can prevent unpleasant surprises later, especially after a flood.

What Types of Floods Are Covered?

In many cases, a general homeowner's insurance policy does not cover all types of flooding. You may need a separate policy to cover more than one circumstance, including the following:

" Flooding from nature
" Plumbing mishaps
" Flooding from spring thawing

Some basic policies may cover plumbing floods, but if you failed to maintain your pipes, your mold insurance provider may refuse to cover your losses. Remember to wrap your pipes in cold weather and check your plumbing for leaks at least a few times a year.

How Can You Cover Insurance Gaps?

You may find that while your insurance might cover water damage caused by a plumbing flood, you do not have any type of mold coverage. This could leave considerable gaps in your homeowners' policy, especially if the area you live in is prone to flooding. Ask your insurance agent about what kind of mold insurance the company offers and if there are any caps you need to know about before you sign up.

Can You Prevent Mold?

While mold itself is difficult to prevent, you can take steps to prevent indoor flooding. Have your plumbing inspected, chase down leaks under cabinets and in your basement, and have a mold cleanup and remediation company come in to inspect the perimeter of your home. Stopping flooding before it starts can be the most effective mold insurance coverage of all.

When mold encroaches on your Slidel, LA, home, it can be a stressful experience. However, knowing the facts about mold prevention and insurance coverage, including what types of fungus growth are covered, can help protect your property.

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What Goes Into a Toilet Replacement?

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Toilet Repair in Slidel Home

Oftentimes, a leaking toilet or other water-related issue can occur when you least expect it. It is easy for these minor problems to result in major headaches. Many Slidel, LA, homeowners are aware that such issues can be common, yet they can become overwhelmed at the steps involved in repairing the faulty system. The three pointers below help clarify the main steps professionals take during a toilet repair.

1. Leaky Systems

An old home can be especially vulnerable, mainly because it likely has an old toilet. Even if your home is relatively new, a pesky water problem can occur with any system. Usually, homeowners can spot leaks by tightening the bolts of the toilet; when this approach doesn't prove successful, the next step might be removing the toilet altogether.

2. Simple Steps

Of course, discovering that you need to replace a toilet is likely not the most exciting part of your agenda, but professionals generally complete replacements in a few steps. First, they go to the shutoff valve to cut off water. After removing the lid, it is important that as much water drains from the leaking toilet as possible. Professionals then disconnect the water supply tube and remove bolts that fasten the toilet to the floor.

3. Trusty Toilets

Once professionals remove the faulty toilet altogether, they can begin installing the new system. They may need to apply a pipe-joint compound to the fittings before getting the new toilet in place. After setting the toilet down on a wax gasket, the toilet can be refastened to the floor. Lastly, professionals may check to ensure the toilet is aligned with the wall of the bathroom.

Whether your Slidel, LA, home has been loved for decades or is fresh off the market, a leaking toilet can become quite the nuisance. By updating your knowledge on the steps involved in a toilet replacement, you can have peace of mind that the problem gets addressed quickly and effectively.

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Building a Reliable First Aid Kit for Your Business

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Slidel

Having a first aid kit on hand in your business at all times is a must. However, that doesn’t mean you can stick with any old kit that you find lying around. In order to meet legal standards in Slidel, LA, as defined by OSHA, your kit must include a number of specific items, including:

1. 4x4” gauze pads
2. 2 larger gauze pads, each measuring 8x10”
3. Adhesive bandages in a box
4. 2” wide packaged gauze roll
5. 2 triangular bandages
6. Wound-cleaning supplies, such as moist towelettes in sealed packages
7. A pair of scissors
8. A blanket (at least one)
9. Tweezers
10. Adhesive tape
11. A pair of latex gloves (consider non-latex alternatives as well, in case one of your employees is allergic to latex materials)
12. Resuscitation equipment such as a pocket mask
13. 2 elastic wraps
14. A simple splint
15. A thorough set of directions on calling for and requesting the assistance of emergency services

Furthermore, you’ll need more than one of these emergency kits to keep your workplace up to OSHA’s code. The 15-item first aid kit highlighted above is built to accommodate two to three people, meaning you’ll need several more kits on hand if you have significantly more employees. Furthermore, each kit is placed on a per-workspace basis. If you have multiple operations occurring across your commercial spaces, you’ll require more kits regardless of how many employees you have working in each space at any given time.

Your employees are what keep your business moving forward year round, and you should be ready and able to offer them the care they require in the event of an emergency. Building a proper, OSHA-approved first aid kit may not completely solve every emergency situation, but it helps to set standards and build a good foundation for workplace safety for years to come.

Should I have Board Up Services?

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

The board up of the home or business

Another important part of the fire cleanup process that is often overlooked is the board up. Even if you feel you can handle the board up yourself, it is always best to get a team of fire cleanup professionals on scene to carry out this crucial task.

Once there is a fire in a home or fire in a business, it is absolutely imperative to make sure that no water is allowed to seep in or directly enter through holes in the roof. Many structures that have experienced only minor fire damage to roofs have been subsequently destroyed by water entering the property. A well-executed board up will prevent this.

Commercial fire damage

Commercial fire damage has its own, unique fire cleanup implications. Commercial fire damage can often affect expensive equipment and business inventories. With prompt action by professionals, office equipment, such as copiers and computers, can often be saved. Even more than damage to homes, commercial fire damage requires the swift intervention of professionals to ensure good outcomes.

Visit http://www.SERVPROslidell.com for more information on fire damage.

3 Tips for Maintaining Your Building’s Fire Sprinklers

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

In the event a fire breaks out in your building, you will be thankful if you have a fire sprinkler in place to suppress the flames. A good system can significantly reduce the amount of damage your property in Slidell, LA, experiences. The last thing you want is for this fire suppression system to fail on you when you need it most. That requires you to schedule routine maintenance to keep everything in excellent working condition.

1. Hire a Professional to Inspect Everything

Part of regular maintenance should involve having someone come out to look at the sprinkler valves and head. One thing the expert will look at is whether the valve is in the closed position. In this manner, the sprinkler will not work as it should, and poses more of a hazard than a benefit. You may not know what to look for, which is why it is preferable to have a professional inspect your fire sprinkler.

2. Maintain Inspection Records

You are not done even if a professional tells you your building’s sprinklers are in good working condition. You should maintain records of the last time someone came out and when someone needs to come out again. These records are extra helpful because you will be able to show you reduced liability by keeping up with the latest sprinkler standards.

3. Utilize Visual Communication

It is paramount for your sprinklers to remain unobstructed at all times. You can accomplish this by using visual cues to let employees know where they are located. Without knowing where sprinklers are, someone may inadvertently stack boxes or other supplies in a way that would prevent them from suppressing a fire in the event of an emergency.

You can worry about the fire sprinkler cleanup after the fact. For now, you just need to make sure you will benefit from your fire sprinkler in case flames ever enter your building.

Clearing Away the Smell of Smoke

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

A house fire has the potential to cause many different types of damage. The fire itself can damage the structure of a home as well as the following items:

• Furniture
• Clothing
• Electronics
• Home décor
• Other important home goods

However, homeowners in Slidell, LA, who have experienced a house fire may be unprepared for the task of cleaning smoke damage. This is typically an unexpected part of the problems caused by a fire, but it can be considerable. The smoke odor can linger for days or even weeks following a fire, and can frustrate the abilities of a homeowner to clean it on his or her own. For this reason, smoke cleaning and professional odor remediation may be required.

Experience Makes a Difference

Homeowners in Slidell, LA, are generally entirely willing to try to handle smoke cleaning on their own. However, the extent to which smoke spreads can make the task all but impossible to take care of individually. Many surfaces could have been affected by the smoke. Everything from curtains and drapery to furniture and bedding may need to be treated. This is where the experience and tools of experts really can come in handy.

The Right Equipment Can Be Key

Expert smoke cleaners can bring a range of specialized equipment to each job. This is just part of the reason why working with them can be so valuable. Thermal foggers, ozone machines, and special air filtration devices are typically available to be used to eradicate the smell of smoke from a home and a family’s belongings. These devices are usually applied strategically to maximize their benefit; the results help make a home livable again.

Fixing damage from smoke may only compound the devastation from a house fire. However, it is often possible to save items with professional smoke cleaning that are both important, such as children’s stuffed animals and baby clothes, and practical, such as couches, clothing, and rugs.

Using a Restoration Company After Water Damage

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

When your home suffers water damage, whether it’s from a broken pipe, a sewer overflow, or flooding from heavy storms, it can wreak havoc. Unfortunately, soaking up the water is only half the battle. When your home or property are damaged, you’ll need to call a restoration company to help you complete the pipe burst cleanup and restore your property to its former glory.

What Does a Restoration Company Do?

After a water damage incident such as a flooded toilet or broken pipe, a restoration company can come to help you return your home to normal. They typically offer both cleaning and repair services for a complete restoration of the affected area of your home. They can provide a number of services:

? Extracting water and pipe burst cleanup
? Applying disinfectant to avoid potentially harmful microorganism and mold infestations
? Setting up fans and dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process
? Replacing or repairing drywall, carpet, or other porous surfaces that may have been affected
? Helping you take preventative measures to avoid future damage

When Is the Best Time To Call?

When you have water damage to clean up, you should contact a restoration or sewer cleanup company as soon as possible to make the cleaning and repair process easiest. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to see secondary damage, such as mold or warping, in the affected area. Many restoration companies in Slidell, LA offer 24-hour emergency services, so you can get help as soon as you discover the damage.

Restoring your home after a water damage incident can be stressful, but a restoration or sewer cleanup company can help streamline the process and get everything back to normal. If you call right away, you can avoid most secondary damage, and with emergency services, you can get your pipe burst cleanup started right away.
Visit http://www.SERVPROslidell.com for more information on water damage.

Hurricane Damage

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Damage

Hurricane damage can include flooding, wind damage, roof damage, and roof leaks. Roof repair is one of the most common issues you'll face after a hurricane. It doesn't take much to cause damage to your roof, and roof repair is an essential part of home restoration after hurricane damage. If you notice flooding in your home or business, ground water, flood water, wind damage, or a roof leak, it's time to get professional help. A roof leak is especially important to fix quickly. Roof damage and wind damage on the exterior of your home can lead to further problems down the line, including mold growth, and should be addressed quickly.

Hail Damage

Dealing with hurricane damage, ice damage, and frozen pipes is tricky enough, but hail damage is also a problem your home restoration expert can help with. Hail damage can cause a variety of problems and often accompanies frozen pipes and ice damage. Ice damage, hail damage, and frozen pipes can affect both the interior and exterior of your house, so talk with a professional who understands storm remediation.

Whether you've been dealing with water restoration or another problem facing your home and business, it's time to talk with someone who can help you with storm remediation. This includes assessing the damage done to your house and creating a plan for recovery and storm remediation. Never feel like you have to face the challenges of storm damage alone. The right professional can help your business quickly recover from physical damage with water restoration and storm remediation.

Ice Damage and Frozen Pipes

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Ice Damage
Unfortunately, wind damage and river flooding aren't the only problems facing home and business owners. Even if you've faced a recent roof repair, keep in mind that storm restoration can include managing ice damming and frozen pipes. Ice damming occurs when ice freezes at the edge of your roof and the water can't drain. An ice dam can cause incredible roof repair issues. An ice dam is something many home restoration professionals are ready to deal with. Ice damming can happen whether you've dealt with an ice dam before or not. If you want to minimize the home restoration required on your building, make sure you understand ice damming and talk with your storm restoration expert on how to avoid an ice dam.

Visit http://www.SERVPROslidell.com for more information on storm damage.I

Fire Damage Cleanup

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Systematic Fire Damage Cleanup

When the fire truck has left the scene, and the destruction manifests itself, a business owner may feel overwhelmed with no idea of where to start. One plus point of working with a fire restoration company is that technicians have a process for cleaning up after an electrical fire, utility room fire, or any other kind of accident. When the safety of workers and equipment is at stake, companies cannot wing their way through commercial fire damage restoration. Fire damage experts begin with inspections, which include evaluating the structural soundness of the building to determine the degree of restoration needed. They will look at the soot damage and smoke damage, proceed with the cleanup followed by the required repairs. A methodical approach to fixing commercial fire damage reduces the time technicians spend on the process.

Visit http://www.SERVPROslidell.com for more information on fire damage.

Business Focus Fire Damage Cleanup

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Focus on the Business

Just because a building is not safe to work in any more or half the stock is gone doesn’t mean a company should stop providing services. One reaction to recovering from commercial fire damage is to keep the essential operations going. With a professional fire restoration team handling the cleanup and clearing the soot damage, employees are left free to cater to customer needs. Thinking outside the office on how employees can take care of clients.

  • Work from home
  • Rent a workspace pod
  • Relocate workers to another site

It may be necessary to outsource some functions, but that offers an opportunity to maintain the client base until the experts can a restore the place of business after an electrical fire.

Visit http://www.SERVPROslidell.com for more information on fire damage.

Improving Fire Preventative Measures

12/21/2017 (Permalink)


How to Improve Fire Preventative Measures

Fires in commercial buildings can be a result of any number of things. A utility room fire can be caused by improper storage of flammable liquids. An electrical fire may be due to faulty electrical equipment.

A firefighter can point out some of the fire risks a building is exposed to like a worn out fire hose or outdated fire suppression and fire sprinkler system. Check fire sprinklers and fire extinguishers on a monthly basis.

Restoration technicians can advise how to improve safety measures like upgrading the fire suppression and fire sprinkler system, installing a new fire hose, or making a commercial building more accessible to a fire truck.

Visit http://www.SERVPROslidell.com for more information on fire damage.

Dirty water and Drying Methods

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

What is Dirty Water?

Before starting the water cleanup process and using any type of drying method in a flooded home, the restoration company will first determine if the water is dirty or clean. Dirty water is any type of water with contaminants. A good example of dirty water is the water in a home or the water in a business seen after a supply line break. With a supply line break, that water can mix with sewage and run off from the sewer lines.

Drying Methods

Working with restoration and mitigation professionals is especially important when doing dirty water cleanup because the drying methods used on other jobs are potentially dangerous. The fans usually used to reduce the effects of water damage can spread the dirty water around the house or business and damage other parts of the building. Those fans can also allow mold spores to spread faster than they otherwise would. Water cleanup professionals will use other drying methods to dry items in the building.

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Flood Water and Contamination

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

No Spreading Contamination

With ordinary flood damage, restoration experts can walk around the home without worrying about spreading contaminants from one room to the next. They cannot do the same thing when working in a flooded home with dirty water. The water in a home that builds up after a pipe break may contain particles of feces and other particles that are easy to spread. Mitigation professionals will wear gear to protect their bodies and faces and work in just one room at a time. They can even change clothing before moving to another room.

Removal of Contaminated Objects

One thing that property owners may not think about when dealing with water in a business or water in a home is what to do with any contaminated objects. Anything that comes into contact with that dirty water becomes a potential hazard. This includes clothing, furniture, stuffed animals, books and food in the kitchen. Any food left out in the open during a pipe break is now dirty. Flood damage professionals will identify the contaminated objects and throw those objects out in a safe manner that prevents others from coming into contact with or using those items. This is especially important after a flood leaves behind water in a business because the owner will not want anyone to use their discards.

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Category Three Water Damage

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Types for Flooding

While examining a flooded home, restoration company techs will identify the type of water in the home. Dirty water sometimes goes by the name of black water because the water can mix with oil or other liquids and develop a dark black sheen. A pipe break or a supply line break is an example of black water. Gray water usually comes from appliances like dishwashers and washing machines and can both cause flood damage and be dangerous. As owners cannot identify clean water from gray or black water, they need to call in professionals who can.

Restoration and mitigation professionals have a deep understanding of water damage. They know which drying methods they can use in a flooded home based on the top of water that puddles on the ground. These professionals also know how to handle different types of water damage and which water cleanup methods work the best. An honest restoration company can cleanup that damage in as little time as possible.Visit http://www.SERVPROslidell.com for more information on fire damage.

Water Damage and Black Mold

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Turn Off Your Home’s Water

Water damage is a major cause of mold growth, so if this is what is causing the current mold you are battling, turn off your water. This is especially important if a leak is present. Before turning the water back on, have the leak fixed and ensure that a professional plumber looks at the rest of your system to ensure it is in good condition.

Finding Black Mold

Make sure that black mold is something that you are constantly aware of. You want to actively work to ensure that you are preventing it from occurring and spreading. Should you notice it in your home, immediately work to engage in mold cleanup.

Visit http://www.SERVPROslidell.com for more information on mold.

Preventing Mold Growth

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Ways to Prevent Mold Growth

Luckily, there are things that you can do that can help prevent mold growth. First, if you notice any signs of water damage or a moisture problem, act immediately. The longer you wait with having the issue fixed, the worse it will get. Have your home’s systems inspected regularly in order to prevent damage in the first place. Second, control the level of humidity in your house. With a dehumidifier you can keep the relative humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. Third, there is nothing you can do about natural disasters, but what you can do though is reach out to a restoration company as soon as you’re able to return home to start the cleanup process early.

Be sure to keep in mind these facts at all times. If you should ever have to deal with a moisture problem or black mold, contact local experts in water and mold restoration immediately to get the mold cleanup process going.
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Maintaining Good Air Quality in Your Commercial Building

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

How do I keep my building's air fresh?

Commercial buildings can get stuffy these days. Not very many people open windows and buildings are becoming more air tight. The only way fresh air comes into a building is through the HVAC system.

Tips to keeping good air quality:

  1. Change filters every three to six months - once used up they will allow particles through.
  2. Run the fan on good days - when the AC or Heat are not needed run the fan to keep fresh air in the building.
  3. Clean vents in bathrooms - humidity builds up in bathrooms and proper ventilation will keep mold from growing.
  4. Dusting and vacuuming - regular dusting and vacuuming keeps odors and particles from getting caught in the filters.
  5. Decorate with plants - the extra clean oxygen from plants freshens the air and are appealing to the eye.

Reasons for Mold Growth and How to Prevent It

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Reasons for Mold Growth and How to Prevent It

Most people will probably agree that dealing with mold growth in a house in Slidell, LA is everything but fun. What factors can lead to the growth of black mold and how can you prevent it in the first place?

Reasons for Mold Growth

There are various reasons why mold has the chance to grow. First, be aware though that mold spores are a natural occurrence and you have to create a specific environment in order for it to grow. Mold thrives in moist and wet environments due to:

Water damage
High humidity level
Natural disasters

Aspects that can be responsible for water damage are things like broken pipes, a leaking roof, unsealed windows, a leaking water tank and a cracked foundation. Especially broken pipes can be difficult to notice as it takes some time until the issue becomes apparent. Furthermore, a humidity level over 60 percent is concerning and even more of a problem if water damage is already present. Tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding are often times responsible for the growth of black mold as it can take some time until excess moisture and standing water can be cleaned up after a disaster.

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Quick Tips To Prevent Mold Growth and Damage

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Quick Tips To Prevent Mold Growth and Damage

When you are dealing with black mold in Slidell, LA it is important to know that the spores can be spread via airflow. Knowing how to prevent moisture problems and the spread of the spores is basic information all homeowners should have.

Turn Off Your HVAC System

Turning off your HVAC system is a fast way to help stop the growth of mold. Of course, you do not want to leave it off for weeks at a time. Have your air ducts cleaned so that the spores are removed as promptly as possible so that you can turn it back on. Remember that controlling your indoor climate is important to keeping your risk of mold reduced.

Reduce Humidity

Black mold needs moisture to grow, and humidity can also help it along. Because of this, it is imperative that you work to reduce humidity levels. Place a dehumidifier in your home where the mold is present. You also want to ensure that you have proper air circulation and ventilation in this area.

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Cleaning Up Your Contents After a Flood

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Up Your Contents After a Flood

Whether a flood is caused by heavy rain, tidal surges or a sewer blockage, it can leave your business in Slidell, LA crippled. During the time of high waters, you may have to abandon your commercial property until the proper authorities have deemed it safe to return. Even after the flood, grey or black water has receded, you’ll be left with lots of cleanup. You can either do this yourself or work in tandem with a professional restoration company to help you figure out which contents of yours can be saved and how to go about content cleaning.

Take Time to Assess

After the water has been removed from your building, you will have to assess each piece of content on its own. Some may be too waterlogged or mold ridden to save because of the porous material used to create it. In these cases, your only option may be to throw away the content and replace it at a later date.

Other pieces may only need a little tender love and care to be brought back to former glory. Content made of non-porous material is more likely to be saved. However, even some of these pieces could be beyond repair by the time you get back into your building.

Start Content Cleaning

Once you have figured out what is worth saving, you need to start your long journey of cleaning your company’s possessions. The following steps may help you through this process:

Use proper personal protective equipment, including gloves, goggles and masks.
Rinse off black water by using a fresh water source.
Give the items time to dry by hanging them in the sun.
Hand or machine wash items based on their make.

These four steps can help you start the process of cleaning. However, more complex items could require more preparation before the actual cleaning stage is able to take place.

Find Help

Removing water and mold from your premises in City, State, can be a long and grueling process. When you turn to the help of a professional restoration service for content cleaning, you take advantage of superior knowledge and equipment that may speed up your recovery. Visit http://www.SERVPROslidell.com for more information on flood damage.

Commercial Fire Damaged Needs to Handled By Professionals

11/5/2017 (Permalink)


Commercial Fire Damaged Needs to Handled By Professionals

When commercial fire damage strikes, many business owners are often utterly shocked. While fire suppression methods such as a fire sprinkler system are commonly used to help combat an electrical fire or utility room fire, such efforts may not work. Many rooms in the business can have soot damage and smoke damage. The fire suppression methods to squelch the electrical fire may not have worked. Commercial fire damage may have spread from a small utility room fire to other areas of the business. In that case, it is best to seek professional fire restoration help as soon as possible. Professionals such as a firefighter can help put out the initial flames with their fire hose. Other professionals need to be called in as well after the fire damage has taken place. A professional restoration company can offer many varied services after the fire truck has left the grounds of the business.

Soot Damage

Soot is the remains of a fire. Soot damage can happen as the firefighter is putting out the fire with the fire hose. A fire truck can also bring soot across many places. The firefighter and fire hose along with the fire truck may drag lots of soot from an electrical fire into other areas of the business. Soot is highly dangerous. It can also cling to the fire truck and wind up on varied outdoor spaces including the business owner's car. A professional fire restoration company can help with soot damage to all areas of the property. A fire sprinkler system may also have spread soot to other parts of the property as well. The fire sprinkler system may have gone off and caused water with soot particles to spread into many different areas in the business. A professional company dedicated to fire restoration efforts can come inside and clean out all spaces that have such fire damage.

Smoke Damage

Smoke damage from a utility room fire is common. An electrical fire may have caused problems that spread smoke from a single room to other areas including common areas where important business takes place. The utility room fire may have started smoke that gets into other areas as well. It's important to consult with a fire restoration company in order to assess the extent of the smoke damage in the entire space. A fire sprinkler system may have helped put out the fire when it started but there can be other areas that have fire damage that is not obvious even after a complete walk through. Commercial fire damage from smoke needs professionals who know how best to react to it.

Other Kinds of Damage

While fire suppression methods can be effective at helping put out the fire, such fire suppression methods can cause additional damage. Commercial fire damage may also include water damage after water was used all over the space to get rid of the fire. Some fires require the use of extensive chemicals to be put out. In that case, such chemicals can leave dangerous traces of chemicals on many surfaces inside of the space. These chemicals need to cleaned up by a professional service. They should not be left in the space after the fire. A professional service can clean up every single area that was touched in some way by these chemicals and make sure that no traces remain anywhere. They can also point out that some items in the space may be too damaged by the chemicals and will need be cleaned again or thrown out entirely in order to be safe. Many other kinds of other damage can linger after the fire is no longer burning. It's best to work closely with professionals to make sure the entire space is completely free of all fire damage.
Visit http://www.SERVPROslidell.com for more information on commercial fire damage.

Professional Storm Damage Restoration after Brutal, Strong Hurricanes

11/5/2017 (Permalink)


Professional Storm Damage Restoration after Brutal, Strong Hurricanes

Severe wind damage can occur in your home without warning and wreck havoc on real estate property. Typically, hurricane damage and wind damage fell trees. The sheer brute force of storm damage leaves behind ripped off roofs, frozen pipes, or ruined siding.

Emergency Crews for River Flooding, Storm Remediation, and Roof Repair

When you suffer storm damage, urgent home restoration and storm remediation is necessary to mitigate against secondary destruction to building structures. It is likely that the hail and wind damage will affect drywall, ceilings, and attic insulation. The first step the storm restoration technicians embark on is using tarping and board up exercises to stop any roof leak that leads to further water damage, rot on ceilings, and mold growth. 24-hour hurricane damage response team can provide a temporary relief and roof repair especially the flooding caused by roof leak until a comprehensive structural damage, and roof repair happen.

Features needing Storm Restoration

Water restoration services using a water pump become essential after hurricane damage. The potential for flooding in homes because the ground water level rises is real always. Flood water sometimes enters houses when ice dams form on the destroyed roof. Luckily, water restoration experts using a flood pump and dehumidifiers can ensure the storm remediation includes the removal of flood water.

Flooding is one of the consequences of storm damage. Water restoration that rely on a flood pump must extend to sealing any roof leak and the points through which flood water can get inside your house. A flood pump is crucial in the water restoration exercise if your home suffers the effects of river flooding.

How Home Restoration and Storm Remediation. Experts can Help

Tropical storms and hurricane damage technicians are quite helpful during the home restoration process in several ways.

• Devise ways that prevent future indoor water damage river flooding.

• Help in roof damage repairs caused by wind damage.

• Foolproof the basement against ground water damage.

• Offer skilled water restoration services.

• Spot the problematic plumbing systems especially any frozen pipes.

• Replace frozen pipes and remove ice dams.

Roof Damage Repair and Storm Restoration

Wind damage may cause a roof leak. The failure to repair the roof damage can result in flooding as rainwater will slowly seep into your home. You need to consult a roof damage repair professional to look into the areas allowing ice damming. If the hail damage happens during winter, consult a storm damage company immediately because the damage will eventually lead to high-cost roof repair. Quick repairs of a roof leak ensure successful storm remediation.

Flooding in Homes after Flood Water Runs Wild

Water damage is never an issue you should ignore. Using a high-capacity flood pump to rid of the flood water from buildings suffering storm damage is an important step in home restoration. During the it storm restoration efforts, will help to build barriers around the home to prevent further flood water getting into your house again. You must also discuss with the storm remediation staff how to stop the effects of flooding or ground water that runs wild from causing water damage in future.

Devastating Effects of Hail Damage

Hail damage happens because the formation of hails stones forcefully hit your house and contribute to extensive roof damage or a leaf leak on several house cover spots. When thunderstorms make the temperatures to decrease and water droplets to freeze, heavy hailstorms can form. The low temperatures are one of the factors why ice dams build up on the roof.
Visit http://www.SERVPROslidell.com for more information on storm damage.

Types of Water Damage Caused by Dirty Water

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Types of Water Damage Caused by Dirty Water

Many people look at water in a home or water in a business in the same way. Whether caused by a supply line break, another pipe break or flooding, they think that all the water they see is exactly the same. A restoration company that specializes in flood damage can help those owners understand that there is both clean water and dirty water. Knowing what dirty water is and the types of water damage it can do can help owners know whether to call for restoration or mitigation help.

The three categories of water damage are: Category 1 (clean water); Category 2 (grey water); and Category 3 (black water)

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The Wisdom of Hiring Experts in Fire Restoration Services

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

The Wisdom of Hiring Experts in Fire Restoration Services

Fire in business premises can wreak havoc on a company. Even though commercial buildings have safety measures like a fire hose, fire suppression, and fire sprinkler system, they may not be enough to contain the fire damage. Imagine the consequences of losing even half of the inventory, the soot damage to a commercial building, and the downtime of waiting for the firefighter then the cleanup to be complete.

Without professionals to handle the smoke damage and other consequences of the fire, a business may never be ready to get back to normal. Regardless of how small the incident is, one should never belittle the after effects and get an expert to conduct a proper analysis immediately the firefighter service is done. A professional fire restoration company is a necessary investment for several reasons.

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Is it Time to Call a Professional Storm Damage Company? Here's How to Tell

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Is it Time to Call a Professional Storm Damage Company? Here's How to Tell

Dealing with flooding, storm damage, roof damage, wind damage, or standing ground water can be a nightmare. After sinking time, money, and energy into creating the perfect business, the last thing you want to find after a storm is ground water or a roof leak. Unfortunately, many businesses find that after a period of flooding in their area, storm damage to their building can be quite difficult to manage.

They may discover roof damage or a roof leak, or even standing ground water in the building. Fortunately, a professional storm damage repair company can help. A professional can take your company from ruins to preloss conditions after the storm.

Visit http://www.SERVPROslidell.com for more information on storm damage.

Here We Grow Again

3/3/2016 (Permalink)

Always on the go to make it.... Like it never happened.

Here We Grow Again

We are currently hiring a Project Estimator.

Do you love helping people through difficult situations?

Then, don’t miss your chance to join our Franchise as a new Administrative Assistant. In this position you will be making a difference each and every day. We have a sincere drive towards the goal of helping make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened”!

We’re seeking someone who is great on the phone, who has excellent analytical skills, and who is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment. Our idea of the ultimate candidate is one who is proactive, is experienced, truly enjoys providing superior service, and loves taking ownership. Are you highly dependable and excited about routinely exceeding expectations? Then you may be our perfect hero!

As a valued SERVPRO® Franchise employee, you will receive a competitive pay rate with opportunity to learn and grow.

Primary Responsibilities

·         Provide excellent customer service

·         Send out email and written correspondence

·         Complete internal job file quality reviews

·         Meet crucial deadlines

·         Prepare estimates and billing invoices

·         Participate in coordinating crew and job scheduling

·         Assist other departments, as needed

Position Requirements

·         2+ year(s) of administrative or office-related experience

·         Experience with billing, quality assurance, and scheduling in the service industry a plus

·         Proficiency using Xactimate® or the demonstrated ability to quickly learn the software

·         Polite, confident, and excellent customer service skills, including listening and questioning skills

·         Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail

·         Minimum of HSD/GED preferred

·         Ability to successfully complete a background check subject to applicable law

 See our currect ad on LinkedIn as well...

Pay Rate

Competitive pay based on experience.

TO APPLY:  E-mail your resume, along with salary history, to:  tmurphy@SERVPROslidell.com

                                SERVPRO® of Slidell and SERVPRO® of The New Orleans West Bank are an EOE M/F/D/V employer

What Do You Do When Your Business Has Smoke Damage From Someone Else's Fire?

1/27/2016 (Permalink)

Six alarm fire on Canal St, New Orleans Louisiana.

It's eight in the morning on a Wednesday, you are trying to get to work, but traffic is making you late, then you hear on the radio "...a six alarm fire has broken out on Canal St, fire department is on the scene suppressing the fire..." Now you think to yourself, "Oh great, now I'm going to be late to work, but I know it wasn't my building because I wasn't notified and my smoke detectors didn't go off".  Then you arrive to discover the lobby of your business is clouded lightly with smoke, your building smells, and your furniture and inventory have a layer of soot.  What do you do?

Call SERVPRO of Slidell to clean up the mess.  Our friendly staff is available 24/7 to help you get your business back running.  We specialize in restoring your property to get you back to what you do best.

  • Smoke odor in your Office?  Let us deodorize your building and bring back your clients.
  • Soot on your shelves?  Our staff can quickly clean your surfaces of soot to make your office shine like new.
  • Smoke stains on your walls?  Let us restore your office back to when it was freshly painted.
  • With SERVPRO of Slidell at your side, it will be “Like it never even happened”.

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