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Commercial Large Loss

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

work trucks in a parking lot Call SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge if your business suffers from water damage, fire damage or needs mold remediation.

Whether your business suffers from water damage, fire damage or needs mold remediation SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge understands that disaster relief is no easy job. It takes a team of dedicated individuals willing to go the extra mile at a moments notice. 

Our commercial division is a segment of our team dedicated to large loss recovery. Many times when these types of losses occur we know we will be on the job for weeks or even months and so our chain of command needs to be prepared and ready to dedicate themselves solely to the job for the duration.

This is what sets us apart from the competition, we have cultivated a workplace atmosphere and energy that inspires our team to always give their best effort. We are consistently training and learning from our experiences and passing this knowledge onto our new team members and to other recovery teams that we may work with when a large-loss is on the line.

In a large-loss nothing is more important than the client and the job at hand, we are here to lead the way to recovery.

Stop Cooking Fires Before They Happen 

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

grease fire Fire damage this winter can ruin your holiday.

SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge is here to educate the community on ways to prevent fire damage.

The NFPA reports that fires involving cooking equipment account for about 45% of home fires. The outcome of these fires results in $1.1 billion in property damage and 430 civilian deaths every year. And as we know, fires in the winter months are scarily common. 

To prevent your building from becoming part of those statistics, remind your tenants to:

  • Never leave cooking equipment unattended - This might sound obvious, but I'm sure all of us can remember a time when we put something in the oven or were cooking on the stove and got distracted in another room. It's no surprise that leaving equipment unattended in the kitchen is the number one cause of residential fires. 

Remind tenants to turn off the oven or stove top if they have to leave the kitchen. Even if they plan on being in the room while their food is cooking, it's always a good idea to set a timer. 

  • Clean cooking equipment regularly - Grease and food particle build up in or on the surface of cooking equipment can catch fire. Ask tenants to keep cooking areas safe and clean by wiping down any scraps and grease. 
  • Keep flammable material away from heat sources - This includes loose fitting clothing, plastic and paper packaging, potholders, towels, etc. 
  • Check cooking appliances before going to sleep - Remind your tenants to check that cooking appliances are shut off before they retire for the night or leaving the building.
  • Never smoke inside - Smoking inside is a great way to set off fire alarms and light the building on fire (not to mention that it disturbs other tenants and the chemicals can cling to walls and other surfaces). Kindly remind tenants that there is absolutely no smoking inside the building. Period. 

Hoilday's with clean air quality

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

dirty air duct Dirty air ducts can result in poor air quality.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner you are probably expecting family to visit your home or business. Wouldn't it be great if your duct work was clean and devoid of airborne particulates like mold spores, dead skin cells and dust mites? Well, SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge is here to help. We use state of the art duct cleaning equipment to insure that your air quality is breathable for even the youngest or oldest of your family to breath.

You should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if:

-There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. There are several important points to understand concerning mold detection in heating and cooling systems:

  • Many sections of your heating and cooling system may not be accessible for a visible inspection, so ask the service provider to show you any mold they say exists.
  • You should be aware that although a substance may look like mold, a positive determination of whether it is mold or not can be made only by an expert and may require laboratory analysis for final confirmation. For about $50, some microbiology laboratories can tell you whether a sample sent to them on a clear strip of sticky household tape is mold or simply a substance that resembles it.
  • If you have insulated air ducts and the insulation gets wet or moldy it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed and replaced.
  • If the conditions causing the mold growth in the first place are not corrected, mold growth will recur.
  • -Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects)

    -Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers. Give SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge a call today and we can get you scheduled!

    Preparing your home or business for a Winter Storm

    11/6/2019 (Permalink)

    winter storm graphic Water damage and fire damage from winter storms can be a disaster if you ignore the signs.

    Part of SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge's community involvement is to educate the public on tips to prevent water damage and fire damage during this winter season. The following are best practices to insure that you do not risk damage to your property:

    Weatherproof your home.
    • Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze.
    • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
    • Insulate walls and attic.
    • Install storm or thermal-pane windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
    • Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structure during a storm.
    Have your chimney or flue inspected each year.

    If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for emergency heating, have your chimney or flue inspected each year. Ask your local fire department to recommend an inspector or find one online.

    Install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector.
    • If you’ll be using a fireplace, wood stove, or kerosene heater, install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. Test them monthly and replace batteries twice a year.
    • Keep a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher nearby.
    • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside.
    • Each winter season have your furnace system and vent checked by a qualified technician to ensure they are functioning properly.

    How to Protect Pipes From Freezing

    11/5/2019 (Permalink)

    busted pipe A busted pipe can cause significant water damage.

    SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge understands the water damage that can occur when you have a busted pipe. This winter, make sure that you take the necessary steps to prevent this.

    Before the onset of cold weather, protect your pipes from freezing by following these recommendations:

    • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
    • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
    • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
    • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
    • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
    • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.

    Winter holiday fire facts

    11/4/2019 (Permalink)

    turkey fryer Fire damage can ruin your holiday.

    SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge wants your holiday experience to be safe. Please learn and follow these tips:

    • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in more than two of every five (44%) home Christmas tree fires.

    • Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room. Five percent were chimney or flue fires. One-fifth (21%) of the decoration fires started in the kitchen.Fifteen percent started in the living room, family room or den.

    • Almost three of every five (57%) December home decoration fires were started by candles, compared to one-third (32%) in January to November.

    • See more statistics on winter holiday fires.

    Here are some Tips for Holiday Entertaining

    • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
    • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
    • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
    • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
    • Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.
    • Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.

    Having an emergency plan in place is crucial to getting back to work quickly

    10/22/2019 (Permalink)

    Emergency Ready Plan graphic Whether your business suffers water damage, fire damage or mold damage an Emergency Ready Plan can minimize business interruption.

    An Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) is free service the SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge provides for your business in the event that you suffer water damage, fire damage or mold damage. We understand that if you suffer a disaster of this nature that business interruption have have a tremendous effect of the lives of your employees and customers. 

    Our free ERP will give you critical information that you need to minimize the time that you are not generating revenue. We identify where each of your shut off valves are located, who to call and the proper steps to follow so that the mitigation process can begin without delay.

    We then package this information in a shareable digital app so that your decision makers (managers) can react accordingly.

    Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

    Contact List following a fire

    8/13/2019 (Permalink)

    It can be overwhelming seeing the damages that fire has caused to your home and belongings but timing is essential in fire damage restoration and you need to act fast to mitigate your home. 

    Companies the you want to contact:

    Restoration contractor: The longer you let your home sit in soot and water damage, the further the damage. This is why it is crucial to start the fire restoration process right away. After speaking to a reputable fire restoration company they will be able to develop a custom action plan to restore your home.  An expert will be dispatched  to your home to review the damage, get a clean up plan in place and save as much of your belongings as possible. 

    Insurance Company: Contact your insurance company and alert them of the situation at hand.  They will be able to shed a little light on this dark situation by informing you of the next steps you need to take. With their guidance, you will be able to navigate the first initial steps of your fire damage claims. In addition, they will be able to inform you of the best practices you should take such as making a list and taking pictures of damaged items for documentation. 

    Utility and Lending Companies: Paying your bills and living expenses in addition to paying to having your home and belonging restored can be financially exhausting. Utility and lending companies realize this and they know the hardship a family can face in the event of disaster such as a house fire. Contact them, explain your situation, and see if they offer any hardship programs that would lower your payments or stop them completely until you get back on your feet.

    Physician: Do you or a family member rely on daily medication to stay healthy? Depending on the extent of the fire damage or the origin of it, retrieving medication may not be possible. Contact your family physician and request to have your medication filled at your nearest pharmacy. 

    Child’s School: If you have a child in school you may want to contact the school and alert them of the situation at hand. If the fire damage deems your home unlivable you may need to stay with a family member and their home can be too far from the school. Teachers and principles are understanding of the difficulties a child and family faces in the event of a disaster and may allow them to do class work at home.

    Call SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge if you have any questions or concerns.

    Your Home can be severely damaged by Smoke

    8/13/2019 (Permalink)

    After you have been cleared to re-enter your home or business it is important to keep an eye out for structural damage. A licensed inspector may be needed to evaluate the building to make sure that it is safe. Ceilings can collapse, causing injury or even death. Concrete can expand from the heat of a fire leading to an unsound foundation.

    Make sure to take lots of pictures of the structure and of your damaged contents. Fabric, leather and wood will all have telltale signs. Check everything for charring. If it passes your inspection then give it the old smell test to check for smoke odor.

    Your walls and ceilings may be discolored from the intense heat, charring and soot. If your HVAC system was running during the fire you may want to thoroughly check rooms that were seemingly not affected by the blaze. The soot could have traveled through your duct work to other rooms.

    If you have any questions or concerns please call SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge.

    How can homeowners remove odors and restore their homes on their own?

    8/8/2019 (Permalink)

    Prep SpacThey should start by removing all materials from the area. Some people only recommend removing items that suffered fire damage, but a homeowner must keep in mind that total restoration starts by reducing exposure of clean items to lingering smoke. Also, if one area is burnt and another nearby one is fine, a homeowner should seal off damaged sections so that odors do not contaminate materials in untouched areas.

    Purify the Air Throughout the cleaning and restoration process, a homeowner must set up one or more air purifying devices that contain activated carbon filters to absorb odors. Boxes of baking soda placed throughout the damaged area can also help. SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge can provide Hydroxyl Generators, Ozone and air scrubbers with carbon filters.

    Remove All Debris Cleaning up ash and soot isn't an easy task. Creosote creates difficult-to-remove oily stains. Water-based cleaning solutions make a mess that's even harder to remove, and moisture promotes bacteria and mold growth in badly deteriorated materials. A homeowner must start to remove ash and soot odors by rubbing surfaces from the ceiling down toward the floor with a dry soot eraser sponge. Afterward, they should then sweep up remaining particles with a broom and dustbin and finally a vacuum. Application of a liquid solvent with a sponge is necessary to remove stains. To remove lingering odors, a homeowner must use liquid deodorizer spray.

    Restore the Home The final part of the process for smoke removal and returning a space to its former physical state is total restoration. If necessary, a homeowner must repair or replace structural materials, furniture, and appliances. Once they complete this portion of the restoration process, they merely need to replace decorative items to make the area comfortable and welcoming once again. Air purifiers should no longer be necessary unless the homeowner uses them to reduce allergy-related dust, pollen and pet dander and odors unrelated to a fire. Homeowners can't solve every smoke-based fire damage scenario on their own. If smoke odor doesn't dissipate or the fire affected a large area or caused extensive damage, they should invest in help from a professional restorer. If something does happen, call our team at SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge. We expertly and quickly handle total reconstruction jobs, including smoke removal and structural rebuilds and repairs. We're also available 24/7 for emergency restorations.