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Garden District homes and their flooding problems
Water damage and flooding in south Baton Rouge
If you live in the garden district of South Baton Rouge then you are most likely no stranger to flooding. Your neighborhood has flooded 14 times in the last 5 years. While the city-parish is working towards a better drainage solution you need to have a plan in case you flood again.
SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge has your back. We understand that during a storm your friends and family come first. After you are safe, protecting your largest asset, you home or business, is next. We are the water damage mitigation specialist and can insure that you get the attention you need.
Give us a call if you have any questions or concerns. If you own a business and need an emergency plan we can schedule for a free consultation.
Water Damage Tips and Tricks
Busted pipe in your house or business can cause tremendous water damage
If you suffer water damage at your home or business it is important to attempt to mitigate the damage until a professional restoration company can take over. Your insurance company expects for you to be pro active while waiting on SERVPRO to arrive.
The following are some useful tips and tricks that will show your insurance company that you are working to minimize the damage.
- Turn off the water supply
- Call a plumber if necessary
- If the water is clean (not sewage) shop vac or towel up the standing water
- Place some fans out to create air flow
- Elevate your furniture out of the water
- Create a list of damaged belongings
- Take lots of photos
Just doing these steps will insure that you are trying to help.
If you have any questions or concerns please give SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge a call.
Busted pipe at a local business caused major water damage.
When you encounter water damage at your house or business make sure that you are aware of its potential to create serious problems.
Wallboard and drywall:
These porous materials act like a sponge and become fragile in a flood, and may remain contaminated even after they dry out.
This thick material may not have to be replaced but it takes a very long time to dry. If it is severely cracked or warped, it will need to be replaced.
Foam sheets of insulation just need to be hosed off and dried, but muddy fiberglass batts should be thrown out. Cellulose insulation, made of blown-in treated paper, will need to be removed and replaced.
Furniture and other solid wood items may warp and crack following a flood, but they can usually be saved when dried out completely.
Particle board and laminated wood:
These materials may separate and weaken after getting wet and usually need to be replaced.
Wood studs and framing:
These solid pillars are usually OK if they dry completely. They must be disinfected, but don’t usually have to be replaced. They are most often far from human contact, so risks of harm from any remaining contamination are low.
Most carpets and laminated coverings will have to be thrown out after a flood, especially any with soaked foam rubber backing. A professional cleaner may be able to save small rugs and valuable carpets, which should be removed from the site immediately.
Pipes and electrical wiring:
Floods can float or break pipes and strip electrical wiring. Unless you’re sure you know what you’re doing, work with a contractor if you see damage to these items.
These can be shorted out during floods and can leak harmful and explosive gases into the air. They will need to be cleaned and checked by a professional before use.
Heater and air conditioner units can become flooded, which can damage their internal electrical systems and douse pilot lights. They can also become muddy, and cleaning them will require professional cleaning. In addition, venting systems can flood and become contaminated. If that happens, they must be taken apart and hosed off piece by piece to prevent contamination from being blown through the air.
IF you have any questions or concerns please give SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge a call.
Emergency planning for your Pets
Please take the necessary steps to protect your furry friends.
SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge understands how important your pets are. They are family!
- Know what disasters could affect your area, which could call for an evacuation and when to shelter in place.
- Keep a NOAA Weather Radio tuned to your local emergency station and monitor TV, radio, and follow mobile alert and mobile warnings about severe weather in your area.
- Download the FEMA app, receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States.
Make a Plan
Remember, during a disaster what’s good for you is good for your pet, so get them ready today.
If you leave your pets behind, they may be lost, injured – or worse. Never leave a pet chained outdoors. Plan options include:
- Create a buddy system in case you’re not home. Ask a trusted neighbor to check on your animals.
- Identify shelters. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets.
- Find pet friendly hotels along your evacuation route and keep a list in your pet’s emergency kit.
- Locate boarding facilities or animal hospitals near your evacuation shelter.
- Consider an out-of-town friend or relative
- Locate a veterinarian or animal hospital in the area where you may be seeking temporary shelter, in case your pet needs medical care. Add the contact information to your emergency kit.
- Have your pet microchipped and make sure that you not only keep your address and phone number up-to-date, but that you also include contact info for an emergency contact outside of your immediate area.
- Call your local emergency management office, animal shelter or animal control office to get advice and information.
- If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may need to board your pet. Find out where pet boarding facilities are located.
- Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet's medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current.
- If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in great danger!
Don't get Scammed by "Storm Chasers"
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, it is easy to be tricked by a less than professional repair service. Hiring a “storm chaser” will lead to serious headaches, exorbitant costs, poor workmanship and unfinished work that can leave your home or business in worse condition.
To ensure your home or business is restored by a trustworthy and reliable company after devastating flood damage, SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has compiled a list of key characteristics to help identify “storm chasers.”
“After a flood, home and business owners are in a vulnerable state,” said Pete Duncanson, IICRC Chairman. “Unfortunately, some individuals will take advantage of people’s hardships. These tips will help you identify the warning signs of a flood restoration scam artist.” To help home owners and businesses properly restore their properties following a disaster, the IICRC identifies the following traits of a “storm chaser”:
1. Too-good-to-be-true prices. Often dubious restoration companies will offer low prices to grab your attention, but be wary of surprise costs that will hurt your wallet. Never let the price of the repairs be the sole criterion for choosing a restoration firm.
2. Requesting upfront cash payments. While it can be a regular practice to deposit up to one-third of the estimated price on the day repairs begin, avoid paying in cash or more than the expected payment. Pay by check or credit card, and pay the final amount only after the work is finished and you are happy with the quality of the repairs.
3. A lack of references. References are easy to check and can help you quickly identify if the company is legitimate and provides good service. Research the company online and check feedback on user-review sites such as Angie’s List or Yelp, or ask friends or business contacts if they have had any experience with the firm.
4. High-pressure tactics. Often, a “storm chaser” will arrive uninvited to your door peddling their services. If the contractor is using high-pressure sales tactics, it is best to turn them away politely and shut the door. Technicians should be courteous, thoroughly explain the scope of work and answer all questions. You should never feel pressure to accept their services.
5. Lack of training. Professional cleaning and restoration firms require management and employees to engage in formal training in a variety of cleaning and restoration disciplines, and these educational efforts will be ongoing. Inquire about the formal training and certifications of technicians who will be working in your home or business. Look for organizations that require their technicians to hold certifications from organizations like the IICRC to ensure the work is done correctly.
6. Inability to show credentials. Never hesitate to ask for proof. Ask to see the individual’s certification card, business license and insurance certificate. To verify a company, you can contact the IICRC which is a not-for-profit standards-setting and credentialing body for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industry. Call the IICRC at 1-844-464-4272 to confirm the certification of any company that has contacted you.
Immediately after a storm, a home or business owner should contact their insurance provider for a storm damage assessment by an adjuster. Insurance companies can often provide a list of credible restoration companies.
If you have any other questions or concerns please give SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge a call.
Air Quality after a Fire
SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge can mitigate all types of fire damage in accordance with insurance standards.
After a fire the air quality in your home or business can be very difficult to mitigate. As I’m sure you are aware smoke travels everywhere and if your HVAC system is running it can spread to parts of your home or business that we’re not even affected by the actual file. SERVPRO of Baton Rouge can provide odor control in conjunction with the fire damage cleaning and restoration process. We can provide smoke damage cleaning as well as an O-Zone treatment and the placement of a Hydroxyl generator. Also we will have air scrubbers with carbon filters placed throughout your home or business to further clean the air that is already being deodorized utilizing other methods.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call us.
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South Baton Rouge's Best Sewer Water Cleanup Company
SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge is the areas leading sewer water cleanup company
If your home or business experiences water damage from a sewer backing up it may be the result of flooding, a clogged sewer pipe or even construction. SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge is a company understands the nature of contaminated sewer water and takes every precaution when mitigating the damage.
The most important thing to focus on is water removal, and while this may sound obvious, it can poorly executed if handled the wrong way.
After all of the sewer water has been removed we begin drying the structure out. Time is critical since your building is subject to secondary damage like mold or weaken structural materials.
Once the building is clear of any ongoing water damage and passes or daily monitoring checks when disinfect it. Disinfecting the salvageable structural materials if extremely important since sewer water contains any number of infectious diseases.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call.
SERVPRO of Baton Rouge: a Fire Damage Restoration Company that understands your needs
SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge: fire damage cleanup, smoke and odor mitigation and reconstruction for your house or business
After your house of business has been trough a fire you need a company tha t you can trust. Of all the fire restoration companies in our community, SERVPRO of Baton Rouge is the leader in the industry.
Fire cleanup is a tough task and requires a lot of management and coordination. From the repair of a fire damage house or business to the cleaning of smoke damage we do it all.
Air quality if an issue that can easily be over looked. We make sure to clean your HVAC system including the duct work as well as apply ozone or Hydroxl throughout you house to break down the odor molecules.
Fire cleanup is no small task so make sure to call the SERVPRO of Baton Rouge.
Mold Removal from you House or Business
Black mold removal
SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge is the area's mold removal specialist. We specialize in working with mold inspectors to clean mold from your house or business. Mold treatment is a highly involved service which must be performed in accordance with industry standards. Your family's safety is our primary concern which is why we follow the steps for mold removal to the tee.
Working with mold inspectors is a way in which SERVPRO of Baton Rouge has a level of oversight for the work we do. Their job is to be a check and balance for us before, during and after the remediation process is complete. Also, if reconstruction is required we got you covered.
If you would like more information regarding mold removal please give us a call.
Biohazard Cleanup Services
Bio hazard blood removal, chemical removal or any form of disinfection requires professional attention.
Bio hazard cleanup can mean many things. It can mean that your house or business has a bacterial or viral issue that needs disinfection. It can also mean that there may have been a death where bodily fluids like blood damaged the building and it needs professional bio-recovery treatment. It can also be a situation where chemicals from an accident require a level of cleanup that you are not comfortable with.
Whatever the type of job, you can trust SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge to respond with quickly. The risk of infection is a serious matter if you have immunocompromised family, friends or customers and employees inhabiting the facility.
Many times these types of bio hazard services are covered by your insurance company.
Please call us if you have any questions or concerns.
SERVPRO: "Like it never even happened."
Whether it’s fire damage or water damage SERVPRO South Baton Rouge has your best interest in mind. Our goal is to restore your home or business and our trained team of certified technicians can respond to any size loss, rain or shine. SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge can respond to any size loss at your home or business 24/7. We pride ourselves on being at the cutting edge of technology and maintaining the gold standard when it comes to restoration work.
Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns. Our office would be happy to schedule an appointment with you and get you back to normal ASAP.
SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge, the best in the business!
Restoration work is problem-solving
The key to providing excellent restoration service is being an excellent problem solver. SERVPRO and South Baton Rouge leaves no stone unturned. When we are dispatched on a fire damage or water damage call at your home or business we take all of the critical steps to ensure that your claim and concurrently, the restoration work, is produced in a manner that satisfies industry standards.
This level of detail lends itself to being trained at scoping every aspect of a fire or water loss. When it comes to detail work, SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge understands that more data equals better results.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call our office. Let’s get you scheduled for an appointment at your earliest convenience.
Team work makes the dream work
SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge is part of a National Team designed to handle any size storm event. When a storm occurs and a region of our country is slammed with inclement weather our national support system kicks into action. SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge can respond anywhere in the United States in conjunction with the large loss division at SERVPRO corporate.
We want you to get back to work immediately which is why SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge has a process. We spare no expense in mobilizing to your community. Whether your home or business is affected, is our goal to minimize the time you’re out of your home or interruption of your business operations.
Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or concerns.
Business interruption means a loss of revenue
Business interruption means a loss of revenue, which is why SERVPRO up South Baton Rouge will respond to your fire or water loss anytime of the day 365 days of the year. We want to get you back doing what you do best, which is running your business. Our trained staff can work with your insurance company to quickly get funding approved so that the restoration work progresses smoothly and with as few hick ups as possible.
Your employees also suffer from not being operational. They have families that depend on their income for many of their needs. Making payroll is a crucial function of most businesses.
Once all is said and done if we can get you up and running sooner rather than later then we consider that a win.
Water goes everywhere
While you may not realize it, water goes everywhere. When you have experienced a busted pipe, AC leak, flood of it or any other type of water damage. The materials that make up your home or business will become saturated with water. It is SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge‘s job to remove this water. We are trained to create a moisture map that identifies everywhere that the water migrated. We use state of the art harness, and remove the water from the materials that make up your home or business. Throughout the process we will continuously monitor the moisture levels and develop a drying report that we share with your insurance company to support our results.
If you have any questions or concerns please call our office.
Timing is Everything when it comes to Water Damage
When it comes to water damage timing is everything. To adequately dry your home or business usually requires a game plan laid out in the beginning. SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge understands this and strives to set reasonable expectations, with both you, the property owner, as well as your insurance company.
Typically, for most standard water losses, we lay out scope of action that will get your property dry within 3 to 5 days. This is a realistic expectation and quite doable if the surprises are kept to a minimum.
SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge what's you to be on the same page with us every step of the way.
Call us today if you have any questions or concerns. If you need us to come by your home or business please make sure to schedule an appointment.
Frozen Pipes Can Equal BIG bucks!
Frozen pipes can cause big bucks
South Louisiana is about to experience the colder temps of the year! When cold temperatures happen that can cause pipes to freeze. Frozen Pipes can result in costly repairs to you as a home or business owner. The good news is there are ways to prevent pipes from freezing. Here are some tips for this winter. Frozen pipes are a problem by themselves because they prevent water flow, but even worse, frozen pipes can eventually burst, causing damage and potential flooding. There are ways to protect your pipes from freezing. These include:
- Keeping your house warm - If you are leaving for a period of time, make sure that the heat is kept on at your property. You should inform them that the heat can help prevent pipes from freezing, and if pipes freeze and burst, it can cause a lot of water damage to the property and to their possessions. The heat doesn’t have to be kept as high as you normally would keep it if you were home but keeping it set above 50 degrees Fahrenheit at all times is a good idea. This should provide enough heat to keep the pipes warm and to prevent any water inside from freezing.
- Opening faucets - When temps hit the freezing level it is a good idea to allow faucets to drip. Allowing the faucet to be open like this will relieve pressure in the pipe. If a pipe freezes, it is actually the pressure that is created between the blockage and the faucet that will cause the pipe to burst. With the faucet open you avoid blockage in the pipes.
- Insulation is key - Pipes can be fitted with foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves to help decrease the chances of freezing. This can be an easy solution for pipes that are exposed but can get expensive if walls, floors or ceilings have to be opened in order to properly insulate the pipe. Additional insulation can also be added to walls and ceilings to keep the pipes warm.
Great flooding statistics to keep in mind
Flooded business in Baton Rouge Louisiana
According to the National Weather Service (NOAA). "Approximately 75% of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding." NOAA lists that the most common flood hazards in the United States are:
- Flash Flooding
- River Flooding
- Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
- Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)
- Ice/Debris Jams
- Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
- Dam Breaks/Levee Failure
Unfortunately, even people who do not live in areas that are prone to flooding may become flood victims at some point. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the US, and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).
Here in Baton Rouge, LA, flooding events are unfortunately common, especially during this time of year. The combination of tropical systems, clay heavy soil (slow to absorb water), and a tendency for severe storms (high amount of rainfall in a small-time frame) provides the perfect recipe for flash floods. Flood insurance is a must for most people throughout our metroplex, particularly those that are close to any creeks or rivers. Follow these flood safety tips to keep you and your family safe during a flooding event.
When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge professionals can help! We can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get your home or business back to normal as soon as possible.
SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge professionals are ready to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Protect you business from fires
Popular Baton Rouge restaurant
Most south Louisiana businesses spend a lot of money and time towards many safety topics to help protect the work place. You can preach electrical fire safety at your place of business in Baton Rouge, LA. And practice all you want, but accidents do happen. When an electrical fire first ignites it can start small enough that you can extinguish with a blanket and maybe a fire extinguisher. Be prepared and quick to determine if the fire you are dealing with is able to be put out quickly without risk of injury or damage. Remember that the safety of everyone in the business or dwelling always comes first. If the fire is spreading quickly it can produces dangerous amounts of smoke. Smoke damage can be just as harmful as the fire itself. It can cause deaths, as well as, damage to the business. Smoke inhalation kills more people in home fires than the actual fires do, in most cases. Fire fighters say that if you can not extinguish a fire with in five seconds, call 911 and get out of the work place immediately. Be sure to have an updated evacuation place in place for all employees to follow. After the fire is put out and everyone is accounted for and safe, you can always count on your friendly neighborhood experts at SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge to help you put your life back together.
Emergency Ready Profile for your business
Baton Rouge business post water loss
As many as 50% of Baton Rouge, LA businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
Being prepared for sewer backup in your business
Post sewer backup
When your business in Baton Rouge, LA, experiences damage from a flooded toilet or sewer backup, the sewer cleanup process is a little more intricate than just wiping everything down with disinfectant towelettes. You need to make sure everyone is safe and then call in the SERVPRO professionals. Restoration specialists can dry the area, clean it, and test it to ensure that all harmful microbes and bacteria are gone. Here is what you can expect from this process.
1. Identifying and Repairing Source of Problem
The first thing technicians will probably do is stop any ongoing issues so that the mess does not get larger. Once the flooded toilet has been unclogged or the lines cleared, sewer cleanup can begin.
2. Removing Water and Sewage
The bulk of the water must be removed before anything can be cleaned. Professionals use the proper equipment to remove the water and dispose of it properly.
3. Identifying Salvageable vs. Contaminated Items
After most of the contaminated water is gone, individual items are evaluated. Some may be able to be cleaned and saved, but others will have to be bagged and thrown away. Before discarding any items, make sure you take photos to prove the loss to the insurance adjuster who decides how much your policy covers.
4. Drying and Cleaning
Next, the technicians will finish drying the building with water extraction equipment. They may have to remove parts of the wall or any insulation that was affected by the contaminated water and replace it with clean drywall. Anything that remains must be disinfected with chemicals that have been specially formulated to combat the contaminants in the sewage.
The final step is vital for making sure that the effort from previous steps was effective. Technicians test for contaminants and hopefully declare your building safe.
Once everything has been cleaned and tested, items can be moved back into place. The completion of the sewer cleanup process means you are back in business.
Protect your home from electrical fires
Home electrical fire
Electrical fires cause millions of dollars in damages, while also claiming lives in the process. There are so many possible causes for these types of fires. One of these causes can be faulty wiring through out the house, and overloading connection for more than they were designed for. Improper use of extension cords and power strips can cause a situation. Even something as simple as small animals chewing through wiring in the wall can cause a fire.
You can prevent electrical fires in your Baton Rouge, LA home by following a few safety tips. When purchasing a used heating appliance, make sure the temperature switch will shut down the equipment if the thermostat fails. When doing duct work, make sure you use a licensed professional. Anywhere there is an electric current, there is a chance of a fire. By the time you see or smell smoke, the electrical fire may already be out of control. SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge wants you to stay safe and take action immediately to repair and replace faulty wiring in your home to reduce the risk of an unwarranted situation. Know the signs before the fire even starts.
The most common causes of home fires
Home fire in Baton Rouge La
Fires contribute to millions of dollars’ worth of property damage each year in South Louisiana. Knowing the most common causes of household fires can help your family better prevent these types of damages in your home. According to the NFPA, the leading causes of fires in homes from 2010-2014 were:
- Cooking Equipment - 46% of all fires
- Heating Equipment - 16%
- Electrical Equipment - 9%
- Intentional - 8%
- Smoking Materials - 5%
Almost half of all home fires result from cooking. While that number is concerning, many cooking fires can be prevented through general awareness and by following proper procedures. This is particularly important with the holidays coming up. Here are some tips to help you prevent a fire damage from occurring in your kitchen:
- Never leave your cooking food unattended, especially if you are broiling, frying, or grilling. Use a timer to remind you when you are using a stove or an oven.
- Avoid leaving anything flammable – such as oven mitts, plastic bags, paper towels, or pot holders - close to your stove or oven. You should also not cook when you are wearing loose clothing.
- Install a fire alarm close to your kitchen, and be sure to test it each month.
- Avoid a flammable grease buildup by cleaning regularly, particularly in the oven and on the stove.
- Turn off all cooking appliances when you are not using them, and double check the kitchen prior to going to bed to make sure everything is off.
- To be prepared for any cooking related fires, buy a Class K fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen.
Call SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge for additional information.
Stop the spread of mold
Mold found in a Baton Rouge home
Finding mold growth in your Baton Rouge, LA, home can be an unpleasant surprise. Whether a leaking pipe or water line caused mold to grow or your home recently suffered flooding that allowed fungi to thrive, you now face the challenge of eradicating it. However, to prevent the spread of mold contamination, there are a few steps you can take before a qualified fungus removal and restoration service comes in to treat your home.
1. Avoid Touching the Mold
If you find patches of mold in your home, it is wise to avoid touching them. This can release fungi spores into the air and allow them to settle elsewhere, where they may colonize and grow anew. They may also travel to other parts of your home on your clothing once they break away from their food source, so you may want to close off the room or rooms where mold contamination is present until help arrives.
2. Turn Off Your Air Conditioner
Once you discover you have a mold problem, you may want to shut off your air conditioner. While your HVAC system can be helpful in lowering humidity levels in your home to prevent mold growth, it typically has no effect on growths already present. Turing off your air conditioner can help slow the spread of spores, which travel easily through vents and air ducts.
3. Leave Moldy Items Where They Are
If any clothing, books or furniture in your home have been affected by mold, it is wise to leave them as they are until remediation and restoration technicians arrive. These SERVPRO professionals can advise you on what can be salvaged and give you tips for how to preserve your belongings until they can be treated and cleaned properly.
Preventing mold contamination in your Baton Rouge, LA, home once you discover an infestation can be challenging. However, when you know which steps to take to reduce the spreading of fungi spores, it may be simpler for cleanup technicians to treat and destroy existing mold.
Mold facts 101
Moldy bathroom floor in Baton Rouge
Mold is the name given to over 100,000 filament filled fungi commonly found on organic materials. Fungus spoils food, clears rotting forests, and adds life to the soil in Baton Rouge, LA. Ranging in a variety of colors, including black mold, the colonies all look for food and moisture to survive; however, if moisture is unavailable, the spores can dry out and go into a survival mode that allows them to live until an available source of water appears. Then the spores begin to act like seeds as they are blown around to find a food source and create a new colony. That is why hundreds of spores are found everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.
As one of the earth’s most important outdoor recyclers, the fungi are constantly looking for more food and water as they send out thousands of spores. Because the spores are always on the move, some colonies of mold occasionally find their way indoors. Normally, mold won’t find a home indoors unless the building has a moisture problem or a high level of humidity. Dark colors of green and black mold` are especially fond of damp bathroom and basement walls.
Preventing mold growth is a matter of controlling moisture and condensation indoors. Although this sounds like an easy step, keeping areas dry that are susceptible to high humidity levels can be extremely difficult. Poorly insulated windows or cold-water pipes can be a problem, as can crawl spaces and damp basements. Since warm air contains more moisture than cold air, warm humid conditions can be an open invitation to fungi growth.
If extensive mold colonies are in your building, you may want to contact a professional mold remediation and evaluation team to remove the growth. By addressing the mold cleanup, removing the moisture, and rectifying ventilation issues, the team can provide an area free from microbial fungi and black mold. Most types of fungus have a voracious appetite and can quickly continue to spread if left unchecked.
Saving your personal belongings post-flood
Flooded South Louisiana home
Cleanup after a flood is different than any other type of cleaning. If your home has been hit by a storm, hurricane, or levy break, you know it can be a nightmare. Sifting through personal possessions soaked in filthy black water can be difficult, and while the items may be filled with memories, they can also now carry contaminants. Once content cleaning begins, it can be difficult to know what can be saved and what needs to be discarded. Here are a few simple rules for cleaning up after a deluge.
1. If an item can soak up water, think of it like a sponge filled with potential toxins. This includes clothing, bedding, carpets, and couches.
2. Nonporous surfaces can often be cleaned with a disinfectant. Special care should be taken to remove any possibility of mold or mildew growth.
3. If two surfaces touch on a nonporous item, the possibility of mold or mildew rises astronomically. Think oil paintings in frames, handles on metal cabinets, and plastic drawer bins.
4. Textiles can often be salvaged if they can be washed and dried within 48 hours. There are exceptions to fabric content cleaning, however. It is not recommended that wool, leather, and silk items be washed. Often, wool can shrink, leather may crack or lose its shape, and silk can become brittle after being in a dryer.
5. If you have access to a working bathtub immediately after a flood, you can often save nonporous objects. Soak small items of metal, plastic, or other manufactured materials in a disinfecting solution until you have time to deal with them.
6. Freeze damaged heirloom books, framed pictures, or important papers in plastic bags. This may allow more time to contemplate conservation efforts such as photocopying.
Consider contacting a flood restoration specialist team in Baton Rouge, LA, to help with content cleaning and item removal after a saturating water disaster. Knowledgeable experts can provide drying and dehumidifying equipment and bring in a workforce to assist with cleanup efforts.
Preparing for wind storms
Wind damaged home
If you live in a place prone to windstorms or you know one is coming, then pay close attention to what it takes to prepare. If you currently have a damaged roof or any sign of a roof leak, then your home may not be sound enough to withstand a windstorm. You need to take proper precautions. This may mean repairing any weak areas or covering them so they do not get worse. Here is a list of what you should look out for:
• Broken skylights
• Cracked windows
• Damaged siding
• Missing shingles
A windstorm may cause a variety of problems to your business. On one hand, it may blow off shingles, throw debris at your home or lead to damaged siding. You need to be prepared for just about anything. Not only can the wind cause damage, but the debris the wind brings with it can also. Hard objects can knock shingles off, and large trees may break through your roofing entirely. All of this can lead to a roof leak and further damage.
Once the wind has done its damage, it’s time to pick up the pieces. For any damage done to the roof, tarps can be used to cover gaps created by the missing shingles. These tarps will help keep rain from entering your business while you work on restoration. You want to make sure that you do not have any further water damage. Additionally, you can use plywood to cover the holes on the roof. While repairing the building is one thing, you also want to make sure no other issues arise.
A windstorm can cause costly, extensive damage to your Baton Rouge, LA, business. The best course of action is to reduce the risk wind can cause. Whether you have a roof leak or something more dangerous, don’t let any problems sit until they get worse. In some cases, a professional service may be helpful.
Identifying hail damage
Hail damaged roof
There is no question hail can cause a lot of damage. While some people pay closer attention to their cars or other personal items, others remember how important it is to inspect roofs for further damage. Consider how costly any kind of damage to your roof or ceiling can be. Your business deserves a thorough check by a professional service after a hailstorm.
1. Asphalt Roof Damage
With an asphalt roof, you may find the shingles look shiny after a hailstorm. This is due to hail damage. The roof damage itself will often present as random denting. You may feel the dent is too soft to the touch or you may see a loss of granules. Additionally, the felt may be exposed.
2. Wooden Roofs
Generally, the impacts of hail damage look randomized. You will not usually find a pattern, and you may see split or cracked shingles. When it comes to shingles, they are often an orange or brown color when split. There will often be impact and dent marks over the wood. While roofs can be damaged through other types of weather, it is relatively easy to discern hail damage. Serious splits will have sharp corners and edges rather than the regular wear and tear of a shingle that was damaged over time.
3. Flood Water
Roof damage, especially during rainy seasons will often lead to water damage. Water can seep through the roof and into the attic. If you find wet insulation or mold growth in the attic itself, then you may have a compromised roof. Although it is easier to miss water damage in the attic, you should always check after a large storm.
After hail has caused damage to your South Louisiana business or home, it is important to have it taken care of quickly. This type of damage can only get worse over time. In order to work through mitigation quickly, a restoration company can assess and work through the process with you.
At SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge, we want to make certain you and your family are prepared before the next storm strikes. We urge you to review the following preparedness tips to help safeguard your loved ones in the event of a hurricane:
Design a Family Plan Devise an evacuation plan with your family and chose a designated meeting place in case of separation. It is also worthwhile to conduct practice drills to make certain all family members are familiar with the plan. Create an Emergency Supply Kit This kit should include the following: first aid items, blankets, flashlights, cash, fresh water, nonperishable food items, candles, matches, necessary medication, a radio with batteries, personal hygiene products, baby formula and diapers (if needed), and all important documents should be placed in waterproof document storage bags. Prepare Your Home In anticipation of a hurricane, it is a good idea to prepare the outside of your home from damage caused by wind and debris. Boarding up windows and other glass portions of the home is a good way to prevent breakage. It is important to know that taping windows does not prevent them from breaking. Also, remember to check around your home for hanging tree limbs and shrubs that need to be trimmed. Fill Your Gas Tank It is always a good idea to make sure your car's gas tank is full, just in case an emergency evacuation is ordered. Often times, towns that are in an emergency situation can "shut down," leaving gas stations inoperable. During or after any storm, you can count on SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge to be prepared no matter what the weather brings. Our highly trained staff and state-of-the-art equipment is ready 24/7/365 to help clean-up and restore damaged property, "Like it never even happened."®
Looking for mold in the RIGHT places
Smith Mold Project
A major water loss can be an extremely anxious time. It can take months to get your home or business back to a sense of normalcy. But being over anxious to get back in your home can cause you to miss some major problems that can extend your project drastically.
As seen in the photo, this home suffered a water loss in 2017. Most brick homes, as well as this one, has a moister barrier in the form of black felt paper. This protects the home from moister (condensation) from entering the house. But the same material that protects our homes can also be a devastating dwelling for dangerous mold to thrive in. This home was 100% repaired only to start having mold start showing up on the new walls. This home had to be completely redone.
Make sure your home is properly inspected to ensure this does not happen to you.
Pet Safety Awareness in your Home
"Fire by Feline"
To all of our Feline lovers and their families...Our little furry babies can be so enjoyable and loving. But we urge you be beware of their apatite for electrical cords at times as our customers, Derek and Anya Hudnall, can attest to. Their furry feline chewed the charger cord for a laptop which caused a kitchen fire. Luckily, the fire was extinguished quickly with prompt notification from their properly maintained smoke detectors.Tip For The Day...Regularly inspect your home for damaged cords. If any damage is present, replace immediately! And always remember, SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge is always here to wander your call pertaining to any issue you may have. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. "Like it never even happened."
Facts about Mold: What is required for mold growth?
Mold can pose serious health risks
Mold requires three things to grow:
- Organic food source. (Includes most building materials such as wood, drywall, insulation, etc.)
- Water source. (e.g. flooding, leaks, condensation, etc.)
- High relative humidity (Above 60% is ripe for mold growth. Keep below 50% to be safe.).
Since organic food can be found just about anywhere, the easiest and most effective way to control mold growth is by eliminating any unwanted water sources.
Mold growth can occur in as little as 24-48 hours under the right conditions.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge for all of your restoration needs. We are an emergency service company and a licensed mold remediation company that will work closely with you and your insurance company.
Proper Mitigation After Water Heater Damage
Broken water heaters lead to money spent on resolving the issue, but neglecting to resolve all issues stemming from a leaking water heater can quickly become costly. Left unsolved, water issues can evolve into appliance repairs, wall and flooring replacement and more. By following a few simple steps, you can ensure that you don’t have to pay thousands of dollars extra for your failed water heater.
1. Drying as Top Priority
If you are facing a broken water heater in Baton Rouge, LA your priority should be to clear out the water, then dry the affected areas. Clearing a mess from a damaged water heater can be made easier by using drain pipes and renting vacuum cleaners specially designed for water removal. You may also wish to consider renting an industrial fan to speed air flow through the affected space.
2. Cleaning Is Crucial
Water coming from a leaking water heater is usually classified by insurance specialists as Category 2 water; this kind of water is not terribly dangerous, but it can still cause health issues if the area is not cleaned. Be sure to sanitize the affected areas thoroughly to ensure that mold and other undesirables are not allowed to infect your home.
3. Calling a Professional
Finally, calling a reputable water removal professional can ease your mind and mitigate any lingering concerns. These professionals have the expertise to examine everywhere the leaked water could have affected – including underneath flooring and inside walls. So much potential damage from water issues occurs in invisible places, so it’s important to have a water removal specialist on-site.
If you’re dealing with a leaking water heater, just remember three simple steps: Dry it, clean it, and call a professional. By taking quick action to remediate water issues, you can resolve the problem without breaking the bank.
If you have a water damage from a broken water heater call SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge today at 225-761-9500.
Proper Maintenance Helps Prevent HVAC Water Damages
After a bitter cold January in Baton Rouge, we just experienced the warmest February on record. The warmer temperatures mean that your A/C system is working overtime.
Proper maintenance not only helps your unit run more efficiently, it also helps prevent A/C pan overflows. When working at peak efficiency, an air conditioner can collect 10 to 20 gallons of water daily. The water is suppose to drain off of the condensation coil into a collection pan and then is disposed of automatically into the sewer system. But, if the drain becomes clogged, and the unit produces more water than it can easily handle, the overflow of water can lead to damaged ceiling, walls, and floors.
Now is the time to call your HVAC company of choice to make sure that your A/C is reading for the hot summer. If you experience any water damage, we want you to make SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge Parish your mitigation company of choice. No job is too small or too big, call us today at 225-761-9500.
Emergency Water Damage Tips for the Insured
SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge would like to share some tips of what you can do if you experience a water damage.
Shut off the water source if possible
Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
Hang furs and leather good separately at room temperature
Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.
Please call SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge at 225-761-9500 for all your water damage mitigation needs.
Emergency Fire Damage Tips for the Insured
What To Do After A Fire
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
- Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
- Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
- Change HVAC filter.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
What NOT To Do After A Fire
- Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
- Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
- Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
- Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor
If you experience fire damage to your home, call SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge today at 225-761-9500.
Our new 20' trailer
SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge is proud to showcase our new 20' trailer. This versatile trailer will be used on large commercial jobs, as well as when we travel for storm events, around the country. This trailer will allow us to have an on-site command center. The command center, will house our drying equipment, supplies, and SERVPRO cleaning chemicals. We would like to thank in Brand Imaging Group for creating the graphics, and Geaux Signs in Gonzales, Louisiana for the installing the graphics on the trailer.
SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge is ready for any sized disaster. From a toilet overflow, affecting one room, to a pipe break at a large commercial facility, we are ready and have the expertise to properly mitigate your water, fire, or mold damage. Call us today at 225-761-9500.
The SERVPRO difference
We hope that you never need our services, but in case of fire, water, or mold damage to your home or business, we hope that you would choose us.
Our technicians are highly trained in handling water, fire and mold. All SERVPRO employees are required to pass rigorous training, and are also required to pass a background check. You can be sure that knowledgeable and trustworthy technicians will respond to you loss, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SERVPRO promises to be on-site within 4 hours of notification of your loss. We will brief your adjuster, or other point of contact on the scope of your loss within 8 hours of being on-site. It's not about only being fast to your disaster, it's about having the knowledge to know how to properly handle your loss, so that no secondary damage occurs.
For more information about our services please visit, http://www.SERVPROsouthbatonrouge.com/
Freezing temperatures lead to frozen pipes
We are in the middle of a week long stretch of days where the lows will be in the 20's. Unless adequate preparation was made to prevent your pipes from freezing, you may have had a pipe burst, or will in the next couple of days. The damage a pipe burst can cause can be a few to several thousand dollars. SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge is highly experienced handling this kind of water damage. We serviced our neighbors when we experienced freezing temperatures in 2014, and we have traveled to Texas and assisted there, when they had a freezing temperatures.
If your pipes burst you need to a professional to make sure all salvageable building materials dry to goal before you re-install any drywall or insulation. If the proper steps are not taken this could cause thousands of dollars in secondary damage. Our staff is highly trained, and will make this traumatic event like it never happen. Call us today at 225-761-9500.
SERVPRO Girlfriends' Spa Day Giveaway
Susan Boudreaux, winner of SERVPRO's Spa Day Contest.
SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge would like to congratulate Susan Boudreaux on winning the SERVPRO's Girlfriend's Spa Day Giveaway. Susan won a manicure and pedicure for two at Zaza's Nail Boutique, as well as a gift card for lunch or dinner at Bistro Byronz. Congratulations again to Susan Boudreaux, and we hope you and your friend had a great relaxing day and an awesome meal.
If you would like an opportunity to win future contests we plan on having in 2018, please like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SERVPRO10255/
On our Facebook page you will be able to find posts about do-it-yourself projects, trending news, and helpful insights about what to do and expect if you should have a water, fire, or mold damage to your property. Also, if you are on a mobile device you can call us directly from our Facebook page by clicking on call now button.
OLOL Children's Hospital Mediathon
SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge co-owner, Wilbur McDaniel at the OLOL Mediathon.
On November 17, 2017 SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge sponsored an hour, and matched some funds during Our Lady of the Lake Hospital Mediathon. Wilbur McDaniel, co-owner at SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge spoke about what Our Lake of the Lake Children's Hospital means to him and his family. He has a daughter that has special needs, and having a stand-alone hospital to serve her will help the McDaniel family tremendously. During the two-day mediathon $185,000 was raised. The hospital plans to open in 2019, however they are still 7 million short of their 50 million dollar goal.
SERVPRO of South Baton Rouge is honored to have played a part in making the stand-alone, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital a reality. If you would like to donate or to learn more about the project please visit: https://www.ololchildrens.org/letsbuildamazing