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Learn The Most Important Step To Take After Water Damage In Lafayette

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Learn The Most Important Step To Take After Water Damage In Lafayette Our technicians have the right equipment to handle rapid drying to avoid more damage from occurring. Call our team today we are available 24/7.

How Calling SERVPRO Early Saves Money On Water Damage Restorations in Lafayette

You should never hesitate to call a professional damage mitigation service after your home in Lafayette takes on water damage. Time is of the essence when handling floods and other water disasters in the home, and the faster a company like SERVPRO can arrive on the scene to handle the situation, the less time and money it should take to restore your home later on. Here is a quick overview of what you can expect from a fast call to and response from SERVPRO. 


Rapid Drying

One of the most important steps in dealing with water damage to a Lafayette home is to remove any excess water and dry out the affected area. By removing water quickly, we can stop damages that happen over time from progressing any further and stop many of the most severe problems from arising. When we arrive quickly, we can immediately begin extracting any standing water in the building and bring in air movers to create powerful air currents that dry out your home to industrial standards of speed and thoroughness.

Preventative Measures

While all SERVPRO technicians are trained to handle mold infestations if they begin to grow in your home, we can often avoid those problems entirely through the use of preventative measures such as sanitization through UV ray projectors and anti-mold agents. In some cases, we may also be able to identify structural deficiencies and correct them before they become more serious problems.

Early Restorations

Sometimes, especially in cases of light to moderate damage, we can begin restorative processes almost immediately after the drying process finishes, or even while it remains ongoing. Starting restorations early allows us to minimize the time and resources used during this critical step in the recovery process, saving you money and reducing the length of time we spend in your home.

SERVPRO of Lafayette knows just how challenging it can be to handle a water damage crisis on your own. Call us for help 24/7 at (337) 269-6332.

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Flood Damage Can Spell Big Trouble For Acoustic Ceiling Tiles In Your Lafayette Property

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Flood Damage Can Spell Big Trouble For Acoustic Ceiling Tiles In Your Lafayette Property If a roof leak in your office complex ever causes your acoustic ceiling tiles to get wet or crumble, call SERVPRO of Lafayette 24/7.

Commercial Flood Damage Experts In Lafayette Discuss Problems With Acoustic Ceiling Tiles

Most office complexes in Lafayette are built with acoustic ceiling tiles that make up the interior ceiling. If the roof ever leaks after a storm, commercial flood damage could result. Once ceiling tiles inside your office complex come into contact with water they can start to deteriorate. Once the tiles get saturated, they can lose their structural integrity and crumble and fall off from their metal tracks. If any building materials inside your office ever get wet, it is wise to call in a professional commercial flood damage restoration company such as SERVPRO.

Over time the materials that make up the roof of your office complex can weaken and start to leak in moisture after a severe thunderstorm. If the amount of water is excessive, your commercial flood damage project in Lafayette can get worse if the issues do not get treated right away. Whenever moisture comes into the building from the ceiling, it can negatively affect your walls, carpets and other materials as it follows gravity and goes from your ceiling to your floor. If moisture stays inside your ceiling cavity for more than 48 hours, mold can develop on organic substances making up your roof's structure.

In many situations when acoustic ceiling tiles get wet, our SERVPRO technicians remove the tiles to be able to dry out other materials above the tiles. Acoustic ceiling tiles can be dried out if they did not get saturated and have not started to crumble. However, tiles are often replaced when they get wet due to the fact that they are rather inexpensive to replace. Removing ceiling tiles also allows a port of entry so that our technicians can set up fans that push air into the ceiling cavity and dry it out.

In some situations, our crew also removes and replaces the metal frames the tiles sit on if they have received moisture damage. If a roof leak in your office complex ever causes your acoustic ceiling tiles to get wet or crumble, call SERVPRO of Lafayette at (337) 269-6332 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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Crawlspaces, Flooding, and Mold Growth Solutions and Information for Lafayette Area Homeowners

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Crawlspaces, Flooding, and Mold Growth Solutions and Information for Lafayette Area Homeowners YEP!! There’s Mold in that Lafayette Crawlspace—Better Call SERVPRO for Remediation

Removing Mold Growth in Your Lafayette Crawlspace, SERVPRO Can Help

Crawlspaces provide access to utilities and help to protect your Lafayette home from the threat of flooding that seems a persistent concern throughout the area. As vital as these areas are for the construction and stability of your home, they are often poorly managed by homeowners and not given the attention and upkeep required to keep them in top form and prevent damaging effects that could permeate through the flooring and into the home itself.

Moisture is a common concern for this area of your Lafayette property, and without efficient removal, can lead to a need for mold removal in the crawlspace and beyond. While your crawlspace has gotten partially designed to keep your home out of the line of fire of even moderate flooding throughout the region, dampness and moisture are common elements in these spaces that require removal and effective continued solutions to prevent conditions that can allow for the growth of mold. Our SERVPRO® professionals can help.

Mold growing in this area might not feel like a pressing concern to many homeowners, but the spread of mold is deliberate and fast, affecting areas above this crawlspace quickly once the organism begins to affect many surfaces below the flooring. Given that much of your home’s construction is wood-based, including the beams and supports, mold can easily spread to this organic material and erode and decompose these elements as it feeds and grows.

Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly at the first sign of mold growth to offer both effective containment solutions and fast mold removal efforts for the affected materials where colonies have formed. We can also offer lasting strategies like crawlspace encapsulation that can help to keep this area of your home free from moisture and dampness, effectively preventing recurrences of mold growth for the future.

Mold growth is a common step to follow persistent moisture in the crawlspace of your home. Let our SERVPRO of Lafayette mold remediation specialists help you to remove this organism and restore the damage it has caused. Give us a call today at (337) 269-6332.

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Call Our Experts When Your Carpet In Your Lafayette Home Suffers Water Damage

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Call Our Experts When Your Carpet In Your Lafayette Home Suffers Water Damage Standing water in your property can affect your carpet adversely thus the need for a proper response.

Approaches That Help Save Your Carpet After Water Damage In Lafayette

When water spills in your home, it can damage several contents. However, the carpet endures most of these damages because it is located on the floor where the water pools. Another reason has to do with the material. Carpet materials lose up to 50% of their normal strength when wet. They also tend to stain easily from dyes released from other materials or rust from metal stands in furniture. Despite these challenges, it is possible to save carpets after water spill incidents in Lafayette.

Stains are the biggest threat during incidents of water damage in Lafayette because they occur quickly. Drying the carpet before removing the stain can set the stain thus ruining the carpet permanently. Our SERVPRO technicians combat stains in different ways. Our experts remove items like area rugs, draperies, and books lying on the carpet to minimize chances of stain transfer. For the stains already formed, we remove them while the carpet is still wet. We use different professional cleaning agents, which dissolve or dissipate the stain. We do not use chlorine based bleach on rust stains because it sets them.

Since carpets are not as strong as usual when wet, limiting the amount of physical exertion involved during restorative cleaning and drying helps. Actions like dragging heavy furniture over the wet carpet can cause unnecessary damage. Sometimes our SERVPRO technicians opt to dry the carpet in-place preventing damages that occur during removal and reinstallation or when moving furniture items. Drying a carpet in-place presents many challenges so we do thorough evaluation including using moisture detection to guarantee success.

Leaving moisture traces especially on the bottom of carpet can cause problems in future like mold development. Our SERVPRO crews use special techniques such as floating the carpet to remove moisture from the bottom. The process involves placing an air mover under the carpet. We use moderate speeds to prevent stretching. Attaching it to a tack strip prevents flapping which can lead to delaminating.

Standing water in your property can affect your carpet adversely thus the need for a proper response. Call SERVPRO of Lafayette to help you respond correctly and save your home. You can reach us at (337) 269-6332 any time.

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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.