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We Have The Proper Resources To Handle Abbeville Water Removal

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

An air mover set up drying effected areas after a washer leaked This carpet suffered from water damage after a washer leak. Our experts used air movers to dry under the effected areas.

Essential Considerations When Doing Water Removal From Affected Abbeville Homes

Water loss incidents can disorganize your life in many ways, including interfering with your daily routines and leaving piles of debris in your house. Your response to the outcome of such an incident should, therefore, achieve different goals, including restoring order. Considering specific issues when finding a water removal solution can help you achieve the intended goal.

The Speed of Water Removal

Executing fast water removal from your Abbeville property is not just a matter of convenience. When water is left to sit in a property for more than 24 hours, problems like mold can start developing. Materials also continue deteriorating the longer they remain wet. When choosing a solution to deal with the loss, it should address these concerns. Our SERVPRO crews can help expedite the extraction process by using high-speed pumps or truck-mounted water extractors.

Removal that Reaches Hidden Areas

In ideal situations, the spilled water does not breach the surface of materials. However, it is rare for a water loss situation to be ideal. The water soaks into materials or intrudes into concealed areas such as subfloors and wall cavities. Any removal effort should reach all areas, including the concealed ones. Our SERVPRO technicians can perform controlled demolition to open up walls, floors, ceiling, and any other concealed area affected by the flooding. We also have specialized water extraction equipment such and injecti-dry systems and drying mats.

Moisture Management

Even after removing all the standing water, the problems caused by water intrusion can still happen if moisture control is not well executed. For a positive outcome, it is essential to identify all wet areas within the property before starting the drying processes. Our SERVPRO technicians use various moisture detection equipment, including moisture meters, with probes to the level of wetness below the surface of a material to handle water removal. We also use thermal cameras that help identify moisture in concealed areas. After identifying moisture, we make calculations to determine the number and placement drying equipment, such as air movers and dehumidifiers, for optimum results.

When properly planned, water removal in Lafayette, Crowley, and Saint Martinville can achieve the desired goal. Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (337) 269-6332. We have resources to deal with any loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Discuss Why It Is Important To Contact Our Experts After A Flood In Your Abbeville Home

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage due to flooding in house We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster– call today (337) 269-6332.

Why Flood Damage Restoration For Your Abbeville Home Is So Important

As everyone in Abbeville already knows, flooding can easily disrupt a person’s typical lifestyle, create a variety of health risks, and wreak havoc on many building materials and household contents. However, having the ability to restore water-damaged buildings is an invaluable service to both you and your insurance company.

A quality restoration company performs proper drying and restoration services to address flood damage in your Abbeville area home. Restoring water-damaged structures requires the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training, years of experience, and specialized equipment normally unavailable to your everyday homeowner.

Also, keep in mind that if not appropriately resolved, water often causes severe damage that gets worse over time. SERVPRO technicians can help you understand the technical aspects of your flood damage restoration and provide you, and your insurance representative, with the communication necessary to make the situation far less stressful.

At SERVPRO, we use the IICRC’s Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (S500). It presents us with a standard to adhere to when addressing flood damage in your home, with five fundamental principles.

• We provide health and safety procedures for workers and occupants.
• Document all conditions and work procedures.
• Perform damage mitigation to limit losses.
• Implement fast, efficient drying methods.
• Offer both cleaning and repair services.

SERVPRO technicians provide customers with a quick response, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, to prevent further damage. We address many dangers that exist concerning flood damage restoration that can injure you or even take your life. Our team looks for slip, trip, and fall hazards, chemical and environmental hazards, including hazardous materials, structural, and electrical.

Regardless of how secure you think you are, safety should always be your primary concern when dealing with flood damage restoration in your home. Water itself can be dangerous – often containing biohazards that you cannot recognize without special equipment. Always think about how long water remains in your home and the possibility of mold contamination.

Take the time to contact SERVPRO of Lafayette for assistance with all types of flood damage, cleaning, and restoration services throughout the area. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster– call today (337) 269-6332.

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Our Fire Damage Technicians Can Restore Your Lafayette Home

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

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Call Lafayette Fire Damage Cleanup Services After a Fire

Once the flames of a fire are put out in your home, you might realize you have been left with a hefty mess and that your Lafayette home requires fire damage cleanup services. Picture a kitchen fire that gets so out-of-hand that the fire department needs to be brought to your home. After firefighters manage to put the blaze out, you may find yourself surprised by the amount of mess that is left behind. After all, not only has the charred remains of the fire seared your walls and countertops, but water now covers everything inside of your kitchen.

When it comes to the mess left behind, always reach out for professional Lafayette fire damage cleanup services. When you call for reputable professionals, you can rest knowing that the job can get done correctly without any corners skipped. You will not have to worry about mold growth or unpleasant malodors hanging around.

Here at SERVPRO, we understand how overwhelming having a fire inside your home can be. For this reason, from the moment you call us with your fire damage emergency, we dedicate a team to your cause. By the time we finish remediating your home, it is always our goal to leave you happy.

When our techs get into your home, we can immediately begin removing any unsalvageable materials or debris. We may have to take apart the cabinetry of your kitchen and strip down your walls to the underlying wooden frame of your home. However, it is far better to start from the ground up rather than cutting corners.

From there, our techs could begin to remove the excess water using wet/dry vacuums. At this point, we can also begin to remediate the soot left from the fire, using house-made chemical cleaning solutions. Lastly, we can use several devices to limit the malodor in the air, such as thermal foggers or air scrubbers with carbon filters. Once we're finished the remediation, SERVPRO could finish the job off by helping you get in contact with a contractor who can rebuild your kitchen.

If your home is in need of fire damage cleanup services, get help immediately. Reach out to SERVPRO of Lafayette by phoning (337) 269-6332. We're here to help you.

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We Get You Back In Business After A Flood In Lafayette

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial Flood Removal Projects In Lafayette Can Require Deep Extraction Tools

If excessive rains ever plague the Lafayette area, your furniture showroom could suffer damage. If water builds up outside your retail location, it can make its way inside and require you to call in a professional commercial flood removal company such as SERVPRO. Our highly trained team has experience in dealing with businesses after they suffer from storm-related problems. We can return your store to its preloss state, "Like it never even happened."

Any time your furniture store's building materials or contents get wet, it is wise to quickly conduct commercial flood removal inside your Lafayette company's building. Our SERVPRO team provides fast 24/7 service, and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We know that time is of the essence when dealing with your furniture showroom, so we quickly arrive and begin work after your emergency call. The first step we take after we clear the work area of any potential safety hazards is to extract as much water as possible while it is still in its liquid form and has not yet evaporated or soaked into your possessions and structural components.

Our SERVPRO technicians conduct extraction procedures using either a portable or a heavy-duty truck-mounted extractor. We then can attach a variety of tools to the machine's vacuum hose for the different materials we are extracting inside your furniture store. If some of your products like your couches got wet, then we can use a light wand to remove moisture.

If the carpets inside your showroom got saturated as a result of the flood damage, we could use two different deep extraction tools to vacuum up the water inside the carpeting fibers and pad. Some extraction tools are self-propelled by their own independent motors so that they can glide across your floors at a consistent rate. These units use the weight of the operator who stands on the tool to compress the carpet and pad while vacuuming. Stationary units also use the weight of the technician as they are designed so that the operator can stand on it and compress and vacuum one section of carpet at a time.

We know that your furniture store's showroom floor has to look nice and presentable at all times. After you suffer issues from a storm, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (337) 269-6332 any time of the day.

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Fire Damage Lafayette – Can Food Items Be Saved

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

A kitchen that has a cabinet and microwave with fire damage. SERVPRO will be there every step of the way for your Lafayette fire damage, even when it comes to the food.

We can walk you through what to do for your food Items from your Lafayette fire damage.

Kitchen fires can leave a large area charred, covered in soot and adjacent rooms with smoke damage. These types of fires often start with something forgotten on the stove and spread to the cupboards. Quick action by the homeowner and the fireman usually limit significant damage to the kitchen from the fire as well as water or chemicals the firemen used to quell the fire. Homeowners have many questions. For example, canned food items be saved? 

SERVPRO of Lafayette Louisiana responds to all types of fires. Some are catastrophic, while most are contained to the kitchen area and limited to the stove area and adjacent cupboards. Remove food items on the counter exposed to heat or smoke. Food items are contaminated, and no one should consume these items.

What About Food in the Pantry?

Evaluate everything for smoke damage and exposure to heat. Dispose of food items wrapped in plastic containers or cellophane if exposed to heat. Review canned items and make decisions regarding their exposure. Dispose of any cans that are scorched, labels burned off or discolored. Inventory each item before being removed, for insurance purposes.

Can my Dishes Be Saved?

In most cases, dishes and cutlery, pots and pans can be saved. Evaluate each item. For example, pots and pans with ceramic handles may be permanently damaged. The majority of items such as dishware and glassware usually must be cleaned and examined for damage. Replace plastic items exposed to heat.

SERVPRO has a great deal of experience restoring homes after a fire. We can guide the homeowner regarding what can be cleaned and saved. We can also help with the paperwork for insurance claims. Include even relatively small items added to the disposal list. These items can add up. Include these items in insurance claims consistent with your home insurance coverage.

Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (337) 269-6332 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Crowley, Abbeville, Saint Martinville, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How Do I Clean My Belongings After Fire Damage?

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Soot and fire damage all over the walls, bed, and shelving in a bedroom. Our SERVPRO technicians can walk you through cleaning up your belongings after a fire damage in Lafayette.

Cleaning your belongings from your fire damaged items in Lafayette can be tricky.

More often than not, fires happen seemingly out of nothing, and it can take a while to find the culprit.  The fire damage, however, is palpable as soon as the first flame erupts and soot and ashes deposit themselves around every single surface in your home.  As overwhelming as the situation may seem, professional restoration experts can help you clean and disinfect your property, so this fire incident becomes a memory.  Having a team of experts available to meet the specific cleaning needs of each item in your home individually is priceless in preserving your belongings and mitigating your loss.

In Lafayette, SERVPRO is your fire damage expert.  Our trained technicians have access to a wide variety of techniques and products designed specifically for our industry to clean and restore your items after a fire.  All you need to do is call our 24/7 hotline so our Green Fleet may jump into action and begin the cleanup process as soon as possible. 

As a homeowner, you may be tempted to start cleaning as soon as firefighters are out of your house and confirm it is safe for reentry.  However, our SERVPRO technicians can tell you how important it is to use the right cleaning approach for your belongings. Failure to target your cleaning solutions may result in unnecessary loss and damage to some of your possessions.  The clean-up process typically starts with some dry cleaning, when we remove the fine dust settled throughout your house with brushes, vacuums, and sponges. Once this step is complete, we employ wet cleaning techniques for the remaining residue.  In the latter process, we may use spray solutions to wipe away the soot and could follow with foam cleansers to penetrate upholstery and other porous items.  For tougher jobs, we can use abrasive cleaners, always being careful of not damaging the surface.

SERVPRO of Lafayette is your fire cleanup and restoration ally regardless of the size of your job.  Our expertise can help you protect your belongings during the cleanup process and avoid a total loss.  All you need to do is call us at (337) 269-6332 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.” 

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Our Professionals Discuss Water Damage Cleanup Tactics For Your Lafayette Business

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Office space with rows of desks and the floor covered in water “Like it never even happened.”

Fast Commercial Water Damage Cleanup Tactics In Lafayette Businesses

Being closed due to water damage is bad for business, and stressful for business owners who do not know when they can safely reopen, how significant the loss is, and will there be issues afterward?

The key to avoiding secondary issues after commercial water damage in a Lafayette business is a thorough cleanup. Not only the moisture requires removal but also ambient humidity levels need addressing. The increased humidity levels have the potential to ruin stock, and these items necessitate moving to another area of the building to a move-out to a secure storage location.

Safety First
When handling a relatively large water loss in a commercial property, SERVPRO technicians frequently ask for the business to remain closed during mitigation. Wet floors harbor dangers including slip and fall accidents, or the water itself, maybe unsafe if it contains sewage or chemicals. Meticulous testing of the water is done, so technicians know exactly what they are dealing with.

Water Extraction Methods
Consumer-grade wet/dry vacuums and even the equipment the regular cleaning crew possesses is generally not robust enough to pull embedded water out of the structure and contents. SERVPRO technicians have attachments such as weighted extractor heads that push water out of the carpet and upholstered furnishings to speed the drying process.

Fans Do Not Adequately Dry Water Loss Areas
Commercial drying equipment uses the science of psychrometry. Even industrial fans used for cooling commercial properties do not possess the power of an air mover. This machine blows air across the surface and actually causes embedded moisture to rise. Centrifugal air movers can direct strong, focused streams of heated air to wipe moisture from surfaces allowing LGR low grain refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers to capture the water vapor.

Odor Control is Vital
Even a little water odor is off-putting for customers and employees. This is a sign that an excess of moisture remains in the property. Situations often lead to issues with mold. SERVPRO technicians scope the property with advanced moisture-detection equipment before, during, and after to ensure the property is dry and odor-free. They also have numerous applications to eradicate odors at the molecular level if needed.

SERVPRO of Lafayette at (337) 269-6332 assists local properties with commercial water damage. Our professionals are ready 24/7 to restore and repair water loss and make it “Like it never even happened.”

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We Act Fast To Prevent More Problems In Lafayette After A Water Damage Disaster

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Dealing with Stubborn Issues during Water Removal in Your Lafayette Home

Water spills easily from burst pipes, failed appliances, or other incidences. However, the removal process is rarely easy, requiring skills, equipment, and others to accomplish the desired goal. Some situations such as leaks in concealed spaces such as wall cavities or subfloors are harder than usual to address. We offer professional water removal that helps homeowners in Lafayette have peace of mind after such incidents.

Reaching Water inside the Walls

Walls can present a significant challenge to the water removal process in Lafayette homes. Water can find a way into wall cavities in many ways. If a supply pipe in the cavity leaks, the spill is likely to remain confined in the walls. Even water spilled in other areas of the house can filter into the walls, primarily through small openings. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate the situation to determine the best course of action. We can remove the baseboards and punch small holes in wallboards to release water. Such actions work best for un-insulated walls.

Removing Water from Wet Building Materials

Sometimes removing water damage from wall cavities requires a bit of demolition. If the water affects fibrous insulation within the walls, it is essential to remove the wet insulation when extracting the water to ensure no excess moisture remains in the wall space. Our SERVPRO technicians prop open undamaged panels for better access for the wall interiors. We then remove the wet insulation, extract water, and reinstall the panels after drying the area thoroughly.

Removing Water from Subfloors

Water that wicks into floor materials and subfloors can be challenging to deal with. Layers of plywood or OSB subfloors absorb water, which can lead to problems such as swelling. Removing any floor coverings helps ease the process of water removal by eliminating any barriers. However, it might still take many weeks to dry the material properly. Our SERVPRO technicians use LGR dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers to quicken the process.

Water removal helps prevent other severe problems that might occur when there is a spill in your Abbeville, Crowley, or Saint Martinville property. Call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (337) 269-6332 to assist. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Challenges to Restoring Water Damaged Municipal Buildings in Abbeyville

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Your community depends upon the municipal buildings being open. SERVPRO of Lafayette has the experience to quickly restore Lafayette's buildings.

Standing Water Threats to Your Abbeville Municipal Building 

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and that is something that we can show Abbeville municipal properties, businesses, and residences every day. We maintain a 24/7 emergency line to handle all pressing situations as they happen, prepared to spring into action at a moment’s notice when the circumstances demand it. As the management for city property, any emergencies that occur require your fast response and reaction to get addressed appropriately. In many cases, water loss incidents can be among the most damaging of these potential threats. Water can spread quickly throughout the building and affect multiple offices and waiting areas. 

As much as water removal for Abbeville properties might seem straightforward and simple, there are many considerations in choosing the ideal extraction approach. For the sake of getting the building back to full capacity as promptly as possible, many entrust these properties to the fast and experienced response of our SERVPRO team. With a growing inventory of premier recovery equipment, we can address both standing water and the drying to follow while maintaining as minimal of a presence as possible. 

Effective water extraction, when performed immediately upon the arrival of qualified professionals, can protect the installed materials and contents of your damaged areas. While some areas of the building feature low pile carpeting that can get dried and restored quickly with the combined use of our air movers and dehumidifiers, other materials like marble require more intricate approaches. Many assume that because of its finish that marble does not absorb water, but it has a higher porosity than most natural stone used in building construction. 

While it can take some time to prove overly damaging and detrimental to this flooring material, allowing even mild saturation to persist can alter the composition of the marble. In most cases, this can result in cosmetic concerns like discolorations and etching. Our SERVPRO team can utilize our specialized tools like drying mats to slowly draw out the moisture from this material to reduce the possibility of unappealing aesthetic changes or marring. 

Water removal from marble flooring and carpeting in office areas presents a unique challenge for our SERVPRO of Lafayette team when we first arrive. No matter how severe the circumstances, however, you can count on our professionals to help, however, you need it. Give us call today at (337) 269-6332.

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Abbeville House Storm Damaged? Rely on the Professionals from SERVPRO

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Looks Like SERVPRO is Ready to Help Abbeville Homeowners After a Storm or Hurricane

Remediating Flood Damage In Abbeville Homes

Quick access to Highway 90 and I-10 makes Abbeville a good location for transportation and other businesses. However, the Vermilion River running through the middle of town also causes homeowners to suffer through several floods over the years.

To mediate the effects of flood damage in Abbeville homes, SERVPRO restoration technicians work quickly to remove floodwater, debris and then dry the home that returns it to its original condition whenever possible. As an example, a previous flood in a four-bedroom required each technician to use a variety of devices from our equipment inventory, as well as several cleaning agents needed specifically for the contaminated or ‘black’ water present in every flooded home.

Before pulling anything else off the service truck, team members pull on protective gear to spray a strong, anti-microbial agent. They started at every entry point into the home, covering the surface of the standing water and every item that may have been covered by the flooding before it began to recede.

With the health risk mediated, other SERVPRO technicians bring in pumps and other water extraction devices as needed. The pumps are excellent for deeper flooding at least ankle-high. Here, however, the smaller extractors were sufficient. Besides drawing off the water, they also worked well to pull water from the carpet throughout the home and helped protect the wood floor in the living room from cracking or splitting. Since this was ‘black’ water, the team disposed of all carpeting immediately after removing the water.

Next, the team set up a series of exhaust fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers to dry the structure while also cleaning affected furniture and structural property. For items like upholstered fabric, they used a milder cleaner to avoid staining the item or cause the color to run. In the bathroom and kitchen, technicians used a much stronger cleaner, including a sterilant on metal and tile. Flood cuts in the walls to remove ruined sheetrock may be in order. The length of the restoration varies from days to weeks, depending on the circumstances.

For SERVPRO of Lafayette, the result is always to return every home to its pre-flood condition. If your residence has damage from a recent storm, call our office at (337) 269-6332 today to restore your home here or in the communities of Crowley, Saint Martinville, and Ville Platte. We are here to put everything back together after any disaster.

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