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How Flooding Damages Your Lafayette Crawlspace

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Flooding Damages Your Lafayette Crawlspace Inspect your crawlspace often for signs of moisture.

Drying Out Your Flooded Lafayette Crawlspace

Crawlspaces are everyday staples to Lafayette home construction, yet, many homeowners do not understand the possible threats that this open area beneath their property could present. With severe weather systems common throughout the area in many points of the year, flooding becomes a distinct possibility. One of the first places affected by this rising water throughout the region are the crawlspaces beneath homes throughout our service area.

These designed areas beneath your home serve a specific purpose both to potentially keep flood damage in Lafayette to the crawlspace area, but also to provide access to plumbing and other utilities beneath the main flooring. When these areas become flooded though, many homeowners might overlook this as less of a concern since it did not directly affect the living areas. However, a flooded crawlspace can cause dangerous situations with your home over just a brief period.

Higher volumes of water can present a situation of excessive moisture against flooring supports, the flooring materials themselves, and other structural elements exposed in the crawlspace beneath your home. Pooling water can saturate beams, columns, and piers supporting the house and wick up to reach materials used to construct the home.

Another potential concern for pooling water in the crawlspace is providing the right environment for mold spores to seat and colonize against surfaces. As these materials become saturated, they can begin to decompose and erode, eventually leading to structural failures. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to extract excess water from this area of the property to actively prevent this occurrence.

Our SERVPRO professionals can offer homeowners options like crawlspace encapsulation as well. This approach covers all exposed materials with thick plastic sheeting and often involves the installation of water diversion equipment like sump pumps to keep the area clean and dry even in flooding situations.

Caring for the crawlspace of your home is something that many homeowners fail to do. Our SERVPRO of Lafayette water restoration technicians can help to provide effective extraction and drying of flooded crawlspaces and work to restore any damage your home might have experienced. Give us a call today at (337) 269-6332.

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Lafayette Occupants, House Fires, and the Benefit of SERVPRO's IAQ Service

1/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Lafayette Occupants, House Fires, and the Benefit of SERVPRO's IAQ Service SERVPRO Says: Smoke Alarms Can Save Lives in Lafayette

Air Quality Improvements After a Fire in Your Lafayette Home

After an emergency in your Lafayette home, you might not be able to immediately return to assess damages on your own for the possibility of hazardous conditions like poor air quality. Even though the fire has gotten extinguished, the lingering effects could potentially threaten those without the appropriate training and personal protective equipment. Our team of professionals can arrive quickly to help address these concerns and help mitigate other losses in your home as well.

Airborne hazards and fire odor control are chief concerns for both Lafayette homeowners and our SERVPRO professionals that arrive at the scene shortly after the first responders leave. While much of this preliminary stage is assessing the full scope of the damage to sate the needs of the insurance provider that offers coverage for your home, we can also begin the steps necessary to overcome potentially hazardous conditions, noxious odors, and debris or particulates circulating in the environment.

Cleaning up the atmosphere throughout the fire-damaged house, improving indoor air quality, requires several pieces of equipment strategically placed throughout the property. Our air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators can both get used in this situation, as they both trap particulates, debris, and smoke residue as small as 0.3 microns. The longer these machines run, the cleaner the air within the home becomes.

Overcoming lingering foul odors from the fire is another concern for our SERVPRO professionals because it can make restoration work challenging for our technicians and others that could be in the house throughout this process. Often the best approach to permanently eliminating or substantially reducing odors present after a fire is with the use of our thermal foggers. These machines release a dense chemical compound that neutralizes foul odor molecules on contact.

While odors and environmental hazards might not be as blatant to see as severe structural concerns, they are a point to get addressed as promptly as possible. Our SERVPRO of Lafayette fire restoration specialists have the tools and expertise to overcome all hurdles we encounter in returning your property to pre-fire condition. Give us a call today at (337) 269-6332.

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Don't Let Water Cause Significant Damage To Your Lafayette School

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Don't Let Water Cause Significant Damage To Your Lafayette School Give our SERVPRO of Lafayette rapid response team a call and put our advanced technology and extensive training to work for you.

Extraction And Mold Prevention In Water-Damaged Lafayette Schools

Many scenarios could leave your Lafayette high school contending with varying degrees of damages. While this often attributes to little more than vandalism, situations like water damage require an immediate response to prevent widespread concerns for the property. Leaks in the plumbing or compromised roofs that affect specific areas of the school can allow water damage to spread quickly throughout the facility after everyone has left for the day or the weekend. With a little time, water can move from room to room, affecting multiple materials and saturating many construction elements.

Your custodial staff at the school can handle small-scale water situations, but when water damage affects your Lafayette high school, it becomes a situation that requires skilled technicians with training in mitigation and loss prevention. Our SERVPRO team can arrive quickly to the school to begin assessing the full spread of the water damage and what must occur to successfully dry out all of the affected materials and prevent the situation from getting worse.

With pooling water scenarios, our wet-vacs and extraction wants can help to quickly remove the standing water and allow our team to assess with moisture detection equipment where to place our drying machines for the greatest effect. We set up air movers and dehumidifiers through all of the affected portions of the school to begin forcing moisture out of materials and the environment to preserve structural elements as much as possible.

Also, our SERVPRO team must be mindful of the possibility of mold growth in damp areas of the property where water damage has lingered for a few days. We can set up containment areas for any portion of the property that already shows clear signs of mold growth, but spray other surfaces, contents, and materials with antimicrobial solution to make it uninhabitable for spreading fungal spores.

With water damage in your school, you must get the situation resolved as quickly as possible to not disrupt the schedule of your students and staff more than necessary. Give our SERVPRO of Lafayette rapid response team a call and put our advanced technology and extensive training to work for you. You can reach us 24/7 at (337) 269-6332.

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SERVPRO in Lafayette Provides Full Service After Fire Damage to Your Property

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO in Lafayette Provides Full Service After Fire Damage to Your Property Fire Damaged Home in Lafayette? Call SERVPRO for Restoration--"Like it never even happened."

Rebuilding and Restoration after a Fire in Your Lafayette Home

Some disasters that affect your Lafayette home offer little hope of a fast restoration and recovery. Instead, situations like fires pose a great risk to homeowners and the occupants of the household until substantial work occurs to the property to return it to preloss condition. With widespread structural damages and effects throughout the inside of the property, you need a team with the experience and the skill sets to restore and rebuild all of the damage to your house, not only a portion of it.

Not all of the restoration companies in the area can offer efficient restoration solutions to Lafayette homeowners contending with fire loss. Our SERVPRO rapid response team offers real-time mitigation solutions designed to protect the contents and the structure of your home as much as possible and to work efficiently to begin returning the damaged portions to their original condition. Part of this process hinges on our licensed contracting division within our franchise, which helps us to provide comprehensive support to our customers from the initial inspection through entire reconstructions of leveled properties.

Our licensed SERVPRO contractors have the experience to assess which areas of your home have gotten too badly damaged to restore. We can use controlled demolition techniques on the fire-damaged structural elements of the property to remove only what cannot get saved. Along with our mitigation and restoration tactics, our licensed contractors work to efficiently replace the removed materials to minimize our impact on your life in this traumatic time to get you back into your home quickly.

The technicians on site also work to restore the immediate threats to your property before this reconstruction begins, such as extracting water from extinguishing efforts and working to improve indoor air quality to remove harmful odors, contaminants, and limit mold spore activity.

Our team is available 24/7 to offer our comprehensive solutions including emergency mitigation, restoration, and reconstruction for customers affected by fires. You can depend on our SERVPRO of Lafayette IICRC-certified technicians to arrive quickly to protect your property as much as possible. Give us a call anytime you need us at (337) 269-6332.

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Did You Know How Quickly Standing Water can Damage Your Lafayette Home?

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Did You Know How Quickly Standing Water can Damage Your Lafayette Home? Stagnant water can destroy both the structure and the contents of your home. Plus it can facilitate mold. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Immediate Recovery for Water Damage in Lafayette Homes

When disaster strikes your Lafayette home, it can be challenging to see how quickly construction elements and furniture can become adversely affected. With water loss incidents, these elements begin to absorb the spreading water almost immediately, saturating through the material. Often only after a single day, elements like drywall can begin to swell and bloat, distorting the material to the point where it can no longer get salvaged by even the advanced techniques of our restoration team.

Among the gravest of concerns for Lafayette homeowners facing water damage in their home is the spread of this damage throughout the property. Many situations can remain isolated and localized with the right preventative actions by experienced technicians at an early stage. If allowed to persist, the cost and time to restore your home continue to grow. Our SERVPRO professionals have proven mitigation tactics to limit the spread of this damage and to assess and preserve construction materials that have already become saturated.

What makes our franchise a wise decision in the face of an emergency like this is our highly-trained technicians. You want a team of technicians with the experience and knowledge to protect the damaged materials and contents of your home right away. The extensive training required to obtain IICRC certification in water restoration and continued educational opportunities provide our customers with skilled professionals able to save them money and time with restoration work.

Our SERVPRO team is also available 24 hours a day to help you avoid the possibility of allowing substantial damage to occur to drywall, flooring, and other materials throughout your property. With a fast response like our trained technicians provide, we can put our advanced technology to work to begin removing the moisture from the affected areas, effectively preserving many of the at-risk surfaces and preventing secondary effects like mold growth from starting.  

Water damage can occur from several sources, but overcoming it requires skill and fast response time. Our SERVPRO of Lafayette emergency response team is available 24/7 to help you clean up the mess. Give us a call today at (337) 269-6332.

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Fire Extinguisher 101

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Ensuring your home has at least one working fire extinguisher is one of the first steps toward fire preparedness in Lafayette,LA. However, these important tools can come in a variety of styles. Here are a few tips for choosing the right extinguisher for your home.

1. Consider the Chemical Rating

Many extinguishers include an A, B or C rating to help you know which home fire type it is rated for. The A rating is used for dry combustible materials such as paper or wood, while the B rating indicates effectiveness against flammable liquids. Both of these ratings should have a numeral after the letter. These numbers indicate the effectiveness level with higher numbers being more effective than lower. The C rating indicates that the extinguisher materials are non-conductive, and may be used in the event of an electrical fire. There is no numeral indicator for C ratings.

2. Look at the Valve Type

There are two types of valves your fire extinguisher may come with. A plastic valve indicates the extinguisher is disposable and will need to be replaced after time or use. A metal valve is used for refilling the tank when the pressure gets low over an extended period of time, or after use. Most extinguishers include a gauge to help you determine when a refill may be necessary. 

3. Keep the Size in Mind

Extinguishers can come in a variety of sizes. The size you choose may depend on the location it is intended for. Large extinguishers should be kept in areas where a fire may grow quickly, while small to medium extinguishers are best for quick grab situations. In all cases you should know how to properly use your fire extinguisher and follow proper fire safety protocols.

Whatever type of fire extinguisher you choose, remember to read the instructions for its use. It’s also important to keep your extinguisher in working order by checking the pressure and age readings, and having your extinguisher refilled or replaced when needed. If you do have a home fire, a fire damage professional can help with any repairs or smoke odor removal.

What to Expect from Storm Remediation

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What to Expect from Storm Remediation Technician setting up drying equipment due to a water loss in a Lafayette,LA commercial facility

There’s much more to repairing extensive flood damage than just removing standing water and letting a room dry. There’s tear out repair, disinfecting and much more. Whether you’re hiring a storm remediation expert or doing things yourself, here’s a handy checklist to know what steps should be taken to get your Lafayette,LA, property back in top shape.

More Than a Bucket Brigade

It’s important to know that flood and storm restoration involves much more than simply vacuuming water out. Proper remediation involves several steps such as:

  • Extraction
  • Removal
  • Disinfection
  • Deodorization

Extraction and Removal

This is the first and most obvious step of flood or storm remediation. Powerful pumps and vacuums must be employed and hundreds or thousands of gallons of water removed from your property quickly. Once the water’s gone, any wet materials should be taken out. This may include a tear out if there is insulation located behind the wall that could have absorbed some of the moisture.

Drying and Disinfection

Ensuring all moisture is dried is a critical part of preventing mold, mildew and odors. Use of heavy duty industrial fans is recommended to expedite the process. Opening windows and using dehumidifiers is another way to remove moisture. Once surfaces are dry, nonporous items must be carefully wiped down with disinfectants and antimicrobials to deter the growth of mold.

Restoration and Deodorization

Once all the moisture and water damage-affected materials are gone, it’s time to install new drywall and use natural baking soda and other odor lifters to clear the air and get your property looking like nothing ever happened.

Submersible pumps, tear outs, industrial dehumidifiers and more mean flood and storm cleanup is a big job. If your business is facing the aftermath of a flood, make it easy on yourself by contacting a flood remediation company. They have the know-how and experience to make thing right quickly and efficiently.

How to Make a Water Damage Claim

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Make a Water Damage Claim Steps damaged by water in Lafayette,LA home

When your home has been damaged by water in Lafayette,LA, you may not know how to make an insurance claim. With so much on your mind, uncertainty about the process of making a claim can add to your stress. However, there are several steps that can make the entire process easier for you.

1. Check Your Policy

It’s important to understand what your policy does and does not cover. For example, your insurance will likely cover the cost of less severe water damage as a result of a pipe burst, but many standard insurance policies don’t cover the cost of a flood, though flood insurance can be purchased additionally. Once you are aware of what your policy will cover, you can prepare yourself financially.

2. Document the Damage

Once you can safely enter your home or the area of your home that has been damaged, it’s important to document what has been damaged. As you make your insurance claim, include any receipts, photographs and lists that document items or areas that have sustained damage. Documenting what has been damaged will allow your insurance company to make a more accurate assessment and therefore will ensure you are appropriately compensated for your losses.

3. Have an Assessment

In addition to documenting what items have been damaged in your home, having a claim adjuster visit your home can give you a better idea of the monetary cost of the damage. Adjusters can inform you about the estimated costs of things you may not know how to account for, such as structural damage to your home. If your insurance does not automatically send an adjuster, you can request to have one visit your home.

Once you’ve made your insurance claim, the restoration process can begin. In order to have your home fully restored in a quick and safe manner, reach out to professionals in water damage restoration.

3 Urgent Steps for Drying a Building

10/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Urgent Steps for Drying a Building Water loss from leak of an air conditioning in Lafayette, LA

Managing a commercial building in Lafayette,LA, requires that you be an expert at special projects; a storm flood or a pipe burst are examples that require an urgent response. If one of these issues should occur in your building, here are water damage tips you can use right away to dry your building while you wait for professional help.

1. Stop the Source of Water

If you are experiencing a leaky pipe, stopping the water’s source may be as simple as closing a supply valve. In other situations, you may be dependent on local flooding to stop before you can do any mitigation, but you can help prevent further water damage by tarping roof leaks or broken windows.

2. Remove Water

Most flood damage comes from exposure, which means that variables like temperature and time are factors. Exposure to water may cause structural damage, warping, or mold growth on porous materials. Since time plays such a role in preventing additional damage, the best cleaning tips generally include removing all water as soon as possible. This may mean pumping large volumes of water, wet vacuuming or just mopping and wiping.

3. Dry Building Materials

It may seem that all the water has been removed, but it can be hidden in walls and absorbed in materials. Flood damage tips include drying building materials by opening windows, using fans and running the air conditioner. It’s great if you can start this step before professional help arrives, but you can count on the recovery team to make sure drying is thorough. They may do things like remove baseboards, drill drain holes in the walls, and remove wet insulation and carpet pads.

You won’t have to do all of this work alone, since expert water removal and restoration specialists bring in specialized equipment to help remove water and monitor moisture levels throughout your building. This professional expertise will get your building ready for your occupants and enable you to get back to your many other special projects. These damage tips can help you keep things together until the professionals arrive.

Key Flood Safety Precautions for First Responders

9/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Key Flood Safety Precautions for First Responders Storm debris in Lafayette, LA

Floods are destructive disasters that can endanger the welfare of everyone in their path and often require extensive cleanup and restoration efforts. Because flood water can carry debris and contaminated materials, every first responder dispatched to the scene should take several safety precautions to protect himself from harm.

Get Immunized

A flood response team may be exposed to a variety of contaminants that make them susceptible to infection. Immunizations are a crucial proactive measure that can alleviate this risk. For this reason, fire fighters, police officers and paramedics should be up-to-date on their tetanus and Hepatitis B vaccines.

Wear Protective Gear

To reduce exposure to contaminated water, emergency response personnel should wear several pieces of protective gear:

  • Chemical resistant suit or overalls
  • Boots
  • Plastic or rubber gloves
  • Protective eyewear

In addition, anyone working inside a flooded area should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. An N-95 mask is also recommended for personnel entering mold-contaminated buildings.

Wash Hands and Clothing

While working, every first responder should avoid touching his face with contaminated gloves and promptly wash his hands after removing soiled gear or handling debris. He should also thoroughly cleanse his hands before eating or drinking.

Promptly removing and washing contaminated clothing is also vital. It’s also important to take precaution and avoid contaminating clean areas with soiled gear.

Be Aware of Utilities

To stay safe, a flood response team must remain alert and vigilant. Damaged utilities are hazardous and pose a significant challenge. Personnel should, for example, avoid downed power lines or risk electric shock.

Control Traffic

Diverting traffic away from flooded roadways is another important safety measure that protects the public and diminishes the need for dangerous water rescues. To efficiently block dangerous streets, authorities need to efficiently communicate traffic control plans and ensure signs, cones and barricades are readily accessible.

Respond Safely and Efficiently

Like any other community, Lafayette,LA, is not immune from floods. When disaster strikes, a first responder team quickly jumps into action to protect and save lives, often working under extremely dangerous conditions. Following established safety protocols is crucial and helps the team successfully accomplish their mission.