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How Long Do Businesses in Slidell Take to Re-open after Water Intrusion?

8/16/2020 (Permalink)

water overflowing from sink in a bathroom Flooding at your business can cause you to close until repairs can be made. Contact SERVPRO for quick water damage remediation services.

SERVPRO One of the Leading Commercial Water Restoration Companies for Slidell Businesses.

When should I close business with water intrusions?

Water intrusion can become a health & safety concern at your Slidell business without proper care and investigation. If a toilet or washing area of your business floods, you may need to ask yourself whether it is possible to work around the issue, or would it be better to temporarily close to giving the issue your full attention. SERVPRO commercial teams can either work around your business hours and provide a speedy solution should temporary closure be necessary. On receiving your call, a qualified crew chief can arrive on-site within four hours of notification of loss to perform the inspection, mitigation, and restoration. We understand how closure can affect revenues, working hard to complete jobs on time and budget.

What are the necessary steps for water recovery for businesses?

Commercial water restoration companies working in your Slidell business are to return the property to a sanitary condition. We can use industrial-strength pumping equipment to remove any residual moisture from the property. Some of this equipment, such as high-pressure pumps, is powerful enough to transport water twenty-five feet away from the property or uphill. Once water removal is complete, we can thoroughly disinfect and deodorize the affected area to ensure your business remains welcoming to both customers and staff. At the end of service, our crew chiefs can conduct a detailed walkthrough with you to explain any work done.

What should I do when water intrusion occurs?

  • Isolate the affected area and inform staff/ customers
  • Shut off the water supply and/ or electricity
  • Contact a commercial restoration company from the local area

If your business suffers the ill effects of water intrusion, contact SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649- 1516 now.

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How Can I Protect My Slidell Business from Weather-Related Water Leaks?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged wall If you ever need your business inspected for leaks or damage, you can call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 for assistance.

Routine Maintenance and Professional Inspections Help Protect Slidell Businesses from Leaks Caused by Storms

While Slidell’s geographic location makes it especially prone to weather-related water issues, you can take some relatively simple preventative measures to substantially reduce the chances of them affecting your commercial site. Since damaged roofs and clogged drainage systems are often the sources of structure-penetrating rainwaters, you must always ensure these are in good working condition. Routinely check your roofs for holes or missing tiles and your drainage networks for blockages. Repair all discovered issues promptly. Also, whenever storms approach, remember to trim all tree branches that could potentially fall on your roofs, causing leaks and clogging gutters. Finally, be sure to have your business periodically inspected for leaks by a reputable professional service.

What is at Stake When Your Business is Impacted by Damaging Rainwaters?

Experienced Slidell water cleanup services like SERVPRO understand that much more is on the line when a business is impacted by a rainwater leak. Unlike homeowners affected by such problems, business owners have many more concerns to worry about, including:

    •    Minimizing operational downtime in order to limit financial losses
    •    Servicing customers/clients promptly
    •    Protecting valuable inventories necessary for conducting business
    •    Maintaining essential business records and documentation
    •    Safeguarding the health and welfare of employees
    •    Economically supporting their local communities

These considerations make fast, effective water cleanup a must for commercial firms. Fortunately, SERVPRO has all the newest, most powerful tools to meet these business needs.

How Can SERVPRO Detect Unseen Water Leaks During an Inspection?

Whenever possible, catching problems before they become serious concerns is always preferable to cleaning up accumulated issues later. This smart mindset is what drives our inspection services.  SERVPRO technicians are trained in finding hidden water sources well before they make themselves readily known. They also possess all the latest high-tech equipment necessary to locate them, including:

    •    Moisture sensors that can identify items and areas affected by excess moisture
    •    Moisture meters to precisely measure levels of moisture in impacted materials
    •    Infrared cameras that can see through baseboards, walls, and ceilings to locate leak sources

Our experts, using these tools, can often locate and remediate your property’s issue quickly, saving you precious time and money.

How Does SERVPRO Clean Up Water from Substantial Leaks?

SERVPRO technicians are skilled at cleaning up commercial sites that have suffered large leaks.  They also employ highly specialized equipment to do this. Some of these advanced industrial-grade tools are:

    •    Truck-mounted extractors that can rapidly remove feet of standing water
    •    Low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers that can remove large amounts of moisture from commercial structures via condensation
    •    Massive desiccant dehumidifiers to rapidly extract water vapor from large businesses  
    •    Microbe-eliminating and deodorizing foggers to treat all impacted surfaces and areas with EPA-approved chemical agents

This powerful equipment makes our commercial water cleanup efforts much more effective, efficient, and time-saving. These results are especially important for commercial enterprises since their survival depends on how quickly they can remediate water issues and return to their operations.

Slidell businesses, located in a region infamous for its powerful tropical storms, face increased risks of suffering storm-related leaks and rainwater damage. Strong storms could entirely blow roofs off buildings, make tree limbs drop on structures and cause large leaks, turn ordinary objects into window or wall-penetrating projectiles, and clog roof drainage systems with an assortment of wind-blown debris. Whenever any of this impacts your business, it is likely to do significant injury to your property and bring your operations to a grinding halt.

Rainwater entering your commercial building could result in numerous horrendous outcomes. It could form large pools of standing water that might stagnate if not quickly removed. These pools, over time, facilitate the growth of harmful and odorous bacteria and fungi. Additionally, rainwater damage could undermine the structural integrity of your buildings and necessitate substantial reconstructions. Your valuable inventories and irreplaceable business documents are also at risk when water enters your buildings. Also, the longer storm-related leaks keep your business closed, the greater the negative impact is on customers, employees, and the local community.

It is for all of the previously mentioned reasons that you should remain vigilant when it comes to water leak risks. You should research local water removal options prior to the arrival of storms and before you ever experience the disastrous effects of storm-related leaks. Keep up to date on your property maintenance and have your commercial site periodically inspected for storm-related damage. Whenever issues are found, have them fixed as soon as possible. Also, if you ever do experience a water leak and standing water, act quickly to have the situation resolved.

If you ever need your business inspected for leaks or damage, you can call SERVPRO of Slidell at (985) 649-1516 for assistance.

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

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

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

Efficient Water Cleanup Tools for Your Pearl River Franchise.

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Who Offers Rapid Water Removal After Overnight Commercial Equipment Failure?

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Hallway with puddles of water Business owners have to deal with many things which may include water damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

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

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

What Additional Steps Are Needed Following Emergency Extraction?

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

Why Is Tracing Water Migration Critical?

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

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

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

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

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Commercial Flood Damage In Slidell

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

Commercial Mold Damage Pearl River – Avoiding Repeat Mold Contamination

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

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

Mold Removal

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

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

Preventing Repeat Mold Contamination

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

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

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

Document Recovery and Electronic Restoration In Slidell

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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When Your Pearl River Business Suffers Flood Damage

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

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

Commercial Flood Damage Pearl River – Maintaining Operations While Restoration Begins

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

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

Establish Dry Work Zones

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

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

Equipment Staging Areas Improves Efficiency

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

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

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

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

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

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

Commercial Fire Damage Remediation For Pearl River Restaurants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

Efficient Water Cleanup Tools for Your Pearl River Franchise

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about the community of Pearl River click here.

Cleaning Up Your Contents After a Flood

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

Gather Supplies

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

  • Rubber gloves
  • Mops
  • Sponges and cleaner
  • Buckets

Get Rid of the Water

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

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

Dry Things Out

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

Disinfect Your Items

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

Dispose of Damaged Goods

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

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

4 Steps to Stop a Flushing Toilet

10/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Drying Equipment in Slidell, LA

4 Steps to Stop a Flushing Toilet

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

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

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

Commercial Generator Basics

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

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

Fuel Types

Here are the primary fuel types for commercial generators:

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

Functional Basics

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

Troubleshooting a Generator

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

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

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

How Commercial Fire Sprinkler's Work: The Basics

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial buildings need fire sprinkler systems for any potential building fires

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

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

How a Fire Suppression System Works

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

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

Misconceptions Regarding Sprinkler Systems

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

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

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

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Building a Reliable First Aid Kit for Your Business

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

3 Tips for Maintaining Your Building’s Fire Sprinklers

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

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

1. Hire a Professional to Inspect Everything

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

2. Maintain Inspection Records

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

3. Utilize Visual Communication

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

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

Using a Restoration Company After Water Damage

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

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

What Does a Restoration Company Do?

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

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

When Is the Best Time To Call?

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

Restoring your home after a water damage incident can be stressful, but a restoration or sewer cleanup company can help streamline the process and get everything back to normal. If you call right away, you can avoid most secondary damage, and with emergency services, you can get your pipe burst cleanup started right away.
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Hurricane Damage

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Damage

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

Hail Damage

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

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

Business Focus Fire Damage Cleanup

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Focus on the Business

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

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

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

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Improving Fire Preventative Measures

12/21/2017 (Permalink)


How to Improve Fire Preventative Measures

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

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

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

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Maintaining Good Air Quality in Your Commercial Building

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

How do I keep my building's air fresh?

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

Tips to keeping good air quality:

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

Commercial Fire Damaged Needs to Handled By Professionals

11/5/2017 (Permalink)


Commercial Fire Damaged Needs to Handled By Professionals

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

Soot Damage

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

Smoke Damage

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

Other Kinds of Damage

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