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Come See the Olde Towne Slidell Community Christmas Parade

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

The Holidays also Signify an Increase in House Fires

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

Do Some Window Shopping in Slidell

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO green pickup truck parked Shop Slidell for please and call SERVPRO for fire damage cleanup and restoration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/13/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Which fire damage situations present the best restoration chances? 

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

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

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

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

Which other damage categories leave room for restoration? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do I Need to Replace My Fixtures After A Fire?

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Person holding home You can trust that your home is in good hands with the experienced technicians at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Cleans and Restores All Areas of Your Pearl River Home.

Dealing with the ramifications of a fire in your Pearl River property can be stressful and challenging, especially when smoke residue tends to find a way on to almost every surface in your home. Cleaning is an essential component in the repair process, and doing so quickly helps mitigate further damage. Our trained restoration specialists may need to remove your personal belongings to best clean your home. However, fixtures and other structural elements also need thorough cleaning.  

Does SERVPRO Remove the Fixtures to Clean Them?

Technicians Restore Structural Elements in Your Home.

Cleaning everything in your fire-damaged Pearl River house is crucial for a complete restoration. An often-overlooked part of your home is the fixtures like lighting, faucets, and doorknobs. Typically, our fire restoration team can clean fixtures without having to relocate them from your house. One exception may be intricately designed chandeliers since they may need detailed, precise cleaning and are very delicate. After cleaning, our team also makes sure that moving components work properly through the use of silicone spray.

How Do Technicians Clean Lighting Fixtures?

  • They are usually cleaned with the ceiling.
  • Carefully around and behind fixtures to remove all residue. 
  • Hand, steam, or submerge clean delicate fixtures.

How Do Technicians Clean Bathroom and Kitchen Fixtures?

  • Identify the level of residue.
  • The technicians usually wet clean using the appropriate type of cleaning product for the material in question. 
  • After cleaning, fixtures may require a lubricating silicone spray such as WD-40  to restore appropriate movement.

For 24/7 assistance in restoring your home after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516. We make it, "Like it never even happened." 

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My Home Has Extensive Fire Damage. Who Can Help Me to Restore It?

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Small Model home on fire Call our experts after you experience a fire disaster, we have training in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery & fabric cleaning.

Contact SERVPRO Technicians to Handle the Fire Damage in Your Slidell Property

Beginning the fire restoration process within the first 48 hours after the fire is crucial because it helps prevent costly repairs. After the initial responders play their role, seek help from SERVPRO professionals to begin the restoration process in your Slidell home.

Why should I hire your company?

We have a team of skilled, licensed, and certified technicians who can handle the fire damage in your Slidell property regardless of its severity. We provide our customers with a full restoration service, including pack-out services, water mitigation, content cleaning, deodorization, and rebuilding of the affected areas. We have advanced fire restoration equipment and products that help our technicians restore our customers’ homes quickly and effectively. 

How do you clean the smoke residues?

Our team cleans surfaces and items to preloss condition, meaning that we remove all the effects of fire damage. Our restorers determine which items can be salvaged and which ones need to be replaced. We can remove smoke residues from the exterior and interior surfaces of your house. Some of the products we can use to clean your residence include:

Dry cleaning sponges to remove smoke residues from surfaces.

General surface cleaners – They are detergent cleaners that are ideal for use on all washable and painted surfaces.

Vacuuming devices to remove particulate soiling and light debris.

Compressed air to eliminate loose particulate residues.

Brushes – We can use soft brushes to eliminate some loose residues on delicate surfaces and wire brushes to remove residues from hardy surfaces.

What do pack-out services involve?

The longer the salvageable contents of a home sit in the affected area, the lower the chances of salvaging them. Therefore, we can move the contents to a secured storage location for thorough cleaning and restoration. We handle the valuable belongings with care throughout the move-out, restoration, and move-back process. Our technicians can do everything possible to restore your valuable items since we understand how important they are.

Can you remove the soot from my furniture?

Furniture attracts soot and smoke residues easily. If ignored for over 24 hours, the residues can discolor the surface. We use unique approved products to clean the soot and smoke residues on surfaces that cannot withstand aggressive cleaning. Our SERVPRO technicians can use natural fabric brightener mixed with shampoo super concentrate to clean stains caused by the residues. Before our technicians leave a property, we ensure that it is safe for inhabitation.

SERVPRO of Slidell has the knowledge, resources, and equipment to restore your property to its pre-misfortune condition. Talk to us today at (985) 649-1516. 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)

Blazing fire with a black background. Fires ruin properties in different ways, but proper cleanup can help restore many items.

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)

Roof of a home with a fire blazing. SERVPRO will inspect and restore your home after a fire leaving you and your family feeling safe.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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.

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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.

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.

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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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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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