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How Damaging is Flooding in a Crawlspace?
SERVPRO Says We Should Encapsulate this Pearl River Crawlspace to Mitigate Flood Damage. I Like that Idea!
When the space beneath your main floor becomes compromised by flooding, it could have destructive consequences for your entire Pearl River residence.
Many homeowners mistakenly believe that because their Pearl River properties do not have a basement that they are better protected from flooding. In truth, crawlspaces can be equally damaged and compromised by these disasters, especially conditions where the ebbing of the floodwater is not immediate. Understanding how your crawlspace can become damaged from the presence of flooding is critical to appreciating the need for professional flood restoration companies like our SERVPRO of Slidell team.
Flood damage in Pearl River crawlspaces does not always happen immediately. Prolonged exposure of standing water on structural elements and persistent moisture concerns can lead to destructive effects like deterioration and mold. The initial mitigation actions that our SERVPRO professionals can take are designed to protect and preserve exposed elements and prevent costlier damages from occurring.
- Subflooring – The underside of the house's main floor is often directly exposed in this crawlspace as an access point for service shutoffs for water, gas, and other utilities. Persistent moisture or direct water exposure can absorb into joists and the OSB board.
- Supports – The supports for the house can also be directly exposed to standing water during flooding, which can lead to deterioration.
- Microbial Growth – Persistent moisture concerns often facilitate mold growth. If dampness does not get addressed promptly, mold colonization can spread into the house through flooring materials.
What Can Prevent Crawlspace Flood Damage?
With a team of in-house contractors capable of providing long-term flood protection, the advisable approach is crawlspace encapsulation. This process covers all exposed structural surfaces with plastic sheeting to prevent exposure to moisture/water. The installation of water diversion tools like sump pumps prevent floodwater from lingering in this area as well.
From flood removal to crawlspace encapsulation, you can count on our experienced SERVPRO of Slidell team to help after a disaster. Give us a call today at (985) 649-1516.
Is Flood Restoration Dangerous in My Slidell 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:
- 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?
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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Do I Need Quick Water Removal After My Slidell Home Floods?
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 Provide Safe and Secure Water Removal and Restoration For My Pearl River Property After a Storm?
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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Can SERVPRO Restore My Slidell Home After A Storm?
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.
The Importance of Storm Damage Remediation in Slidell
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:
- 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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Do You Know How to Restore Flood Damage in Slidell? SERVPRO Does!
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?
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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We Get You Back In Business After A Flood In Pearl River
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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After A Flood In Slidell Call Our Experts For Help!
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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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Our Trained Technicians Are Ready To Restore Your Pearl River Home After Flood Damage
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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SERVPRO Follows Protocols for Treatment after Flooding in Slidell
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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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Why You Should Consider Adding Water Backup Coverage to Your Insurance Policy
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.
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
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.
3 Facts About Business Interruption Insurance
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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How To Keep Your Sump Pump Happy
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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3 Safety Tips for First Responders at a Flood Site
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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Flood Water and Contamination
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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Cleaning Up Your Contents After a Flood
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.
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.
Professional Storm Damage Restoration after Brutal, Strong Hurricanes
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.
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Is it Time to Call a Professional Storm Damage Company? Here's How to Tell
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.
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