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Start on the Storm Damage Cleanup

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

The storm damage cleanup is going to take a while. If there is hurricane damage, this might include broken windows, a roof leak, and other types of roof repair. There might also be hail damage, which can lead to even more roof damage.

A flood pump will likely be needed to deal with all of the flood water. It’s common for flooding to take place after a storm. The water restoration will involve getting rid of the water as well as drying all of the materials that can be salvaged from the flooding.

Other cleanup might be breaking up an ice dam, replacing frozen pipes, and more. If ice damming and frozen pipes remain for too long, the ice damage will lead to other problems. Those problems will also be expensive if a homeowner waits too long to deal with the ice damage.

The Professionals Know Mold

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

When you believe there is mold in your home it is important to call the professionals. Mold can be difficult to find but once identified the Certified Mold Remediation experts from SERVPRO of Livingston Parish can help you with the cleaning and disinfecting of your home.

Let the Professionals Work Their Magic

An expert in interior environmental services has special tools to inspect for molds. Air quality testers gather samples from your home. A lab analyzes results to provide information about the extent of an infestation. Mold testing might also include thermographic imaging.

Professional mold remediation experts also have the tools and expertise to trap molds and eliminate them. We use containment and personal protective equipment to keep mold from spreading during its eradication and disposal.

Visit www.SERVPROsouthlivingstonparish.com for more information on mold.

Calling a Reputable Company for Mitigation

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

How to Get Water Cleanup and Mitigation Done

In order to get water cleanup done, you're going to need to hire a restoration company that can come in and handle the flood damage for you. They do all of the drying for you when it concerns water in your home. If you have water in your business, restoration can be done by the same type of company. You may want to hire the pros to handle a pipe break or supply line break if this has become an issue for you. A flooded home should be restored as soon as possible to prevent further issues from surfacing.

How to Hire a Restoration Company

The best way to hire a professional company to handle water in your home is by finding one that has a lot of experience. These companies should ideally have a lot of experience cleaning up water in a business or any type of water in a home. They can also find and fix a supply line break or pipe break that you might currently have. In many cases, the reason for water in a business is because of a pipe break. If you have a supply line break, you might want to contact a professional plumber to handle the issue for you.

Visit http://www.SERVPROsouthlivingstonparish.com/water-damage-restoration for more information on water damage.

Restoring Your Livingston Commercial Property

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Livingston commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of South Livingston

SERVPRO of Livingston specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

The Calm After the Storm: Addressing Water Damage

5/26/2018 (Permalink)

Not every location on the map is going to be prone to flooding, but most properties can have minor leaks here and there. Whether your Livingston, LA, home has suffered water damage from the elements or has an incessant leaky roof, addressing matters appropriately can be crucial. The following three tips can help you navigate this common homeowner's burden.

1. Remove Excess Water

Amidst the stress and hurdles of planning water cleanup, it is easy for homeowners to forget the basics. If you are waiting for the judgment of a professional, in the meantime, you can remove any excess water from the area with various materials. Furniture and lamps love to collect water underneath bases, so ensure that you have blotted moisture from all the tricky spots.

2. Protect Your Belongings

Fabrics and other materials are another commonly overlooked part of the house after water damage. Because these items can easily bleed onto other materials, it is important to collect them and hang them somewhere dry. Wet upholstery, cushions and books can soak up water and transfer dyes to unwanted areas. Ceilings can also become unstable, so watch out for damage in those areas, as well.

3. Turn On Air Conditioning

In warmer weather, you can turn on your air conditioning to help dry damaged areas. Even if you plan on consulting the pros for aspects such as broken pipes, you can take proactive steps by airing out all items in the home. Even a light circulation running through the house can work wonders during water cleanup.

There is rarely a simple way of looking at a water damage problem, as such damage can affect the most unexpected spots. Removing furniture and other items from your home can become incredibly exhausting, yet by looking to some simple and effective steps, you – and your home –no longer have to be victims of water's wrath.

Visit us at http://www.SERVPROsouthlivingstonparish.com for more information. 

Home Safety

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

With spring break just around the corner, it is imperative that you and your home stay safe should you have to vacate due to vacations and the like. Mother Nature can strike at any time and the professionals at SERVPRO of South Livingston Parish are ready to respond 24/7. Here are a few tips on how to ensure your home's safety.

          Tips to prevent water damage:

  • Turn off the water supply line
  • Check for cracks in pipes
  • Inspect the hot water heater for rust or a tear in the line
  • Check for wet dry wall that is “hanging” or “dripping”

Tips on preventing mold from growing after water damage:

  • Do not attempt to dry water with a vacuum cleaner or fan
  • If mold has grown, do not attempt to remove the mold as it could lead to the growth of more mold and illness to you
  • Mold can grow within 24 of water damage

The professionals at SERVPRO of South Livingston Parish will be ready for any call at any time of the day. Have any questions or have damage in your home, call us at (225) 667-2220.

Keep Your Restaurant Free of Mold

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth is a part of life, but it shouldn’t be a part of your restaurant. As a food service provider in South Louisiana you’ve already got your hands full with your business. Here are some tips to help you prevent mold from taking over.

Store Food Properly To Prevent the Spread of Mold

Mold ruins food and drives up your inventory costs. Spores are always floating in the air, and they settle on anything left out in the open. For this reason you should always:

• Store food in sealed containers
• Keep items covered
• Clean storage areas routinely to eliminate spores

Mold spores can grow on any organic surfaces, on the counter, and even in your cooler and freezer.

Adhere to Cleaning Standards

Getting rid of dirt and dust is the best way to reduce the risk of mold growth, but there’s a catch. What do you do with all the scrub pads, towels, and mop heads?
These materials typically remain damp for long periods of time. When left out, the moisture on these items contributes to high humidity. Throw out used sponges and mops regularly, and keep plenty of extra dry towels on hand.

Dehumidify the Building

Make use of vents in your kitchen when cooking. Food is full of moisture. When you cook it, excess water vapor releases into the air. In high volumes this vapor increases humidity levels and contributes to mold growth. Keep air circulating through the food prep area, and use the ventilation system while you are cooking.

Seek Professional Help

A mold infestation and water damage can shut your business down during renovations. The cost is often higher than just the repair expenses and lost revenues. Your reputation matters, and customers associate mold with dirt and filth.

A professional mold remediation company can help you identify trouble spots before they advance too far. Schedule regular inspections and address issues right away. Repair leaky pipes, and clear drains to prevent further contamination whenever possible. Visit http://www.SERVPROsouthlivingstonparish.com for more information on mold.

Choosing Professional Water Removal for Your Louisiana Home

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Choosing Professional Water Removal for Your Louisiana Home If your home requires water removal, it is important to call on the professionals at SERVPRO.

Call on SERVPRO When Your Home Requires Water Removal Services

While there are all kinds of things that require your attention to maintain your Louisiana home, there are some issues and problems that arise that might just be outside of your wheelhouse. With significant water damage, sometimes the best solution for both your house and your finances is to opt for professional restoration services. Not only does the job get completed more expediently this way, but at a professional quality that people cannot replicate with standard cleaning practices.

This need is even more significant when your Louisiana home requires water removal services. A requirement like this indicates that the water damage is substantial enough where extraction plays a critical role in restoration. Fortunately for you, our experienced SERVPRO professionals have the tools and expertise to handle even the most severe of water damage situations, and can successfully restore your home back to preloss conditions while simultaneously working to minimize further damage to other areas of your home.

Our initial assessment of your home upon arrival is critical to understand the full reaches of the water damage and what areas require water removal and restoration efforts. If you are not aware of the source of the water damage itself, this is also something that our experienced SERVPRO professionals work to locate so that the problem can get repaired while our team is still working on the restoration of your home.

Since extraction is the namesake of water removal services, it might benefit you to understand our process better so that you can know what to expect should you need it in the future. With significant pooled water, our IICRC certified professionals might decide to utilize a pump truck from our fleet of vehicles to quickly extract the water from the affected area. For more involved (and harder to reach) places, our technicians often opt to use wet vacuums with extraction wands and portable pumps.

You might never want to need water removal services for your home, but if you do, our SERVPRO of South Livingston team is here to help. With our experience and equipment, we can help you to clean up the mess and live comfortably in your home once again. Give us a call today at (225) 667-2220.

The Basics of Business Interruption Insurance

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

As a business owner, you already know the importance of insurance. From liability insurance to car insurance and beyond, these plans are part of your everyday operations and allow you to conduct business in your establishment with confidence. Despite this reliance on insurance, many business owners in South Louisiana are unaware of one of the most beneficial coverage options out there: business interruption insurance. It has a lot to offer, such as:

• Compensating you for business lost during a rebuild
• Covering operating expenses (electricity, water, etc.) when your building is unusable
• Pricing based on present risks in your particular business

Keeping Your Doors Open

The main point of this type of insurance is keeping your doors open while you’re undergoing a rebuild after a fire, flooding or other disaster has occurred. As you know, a closed business makes no money, and with no profit, it could be impossible to keep your business open long enough to see the repairs finished. By compensating you based on your business’s normal income and taking care of operational costs, this service is designed to make sustaining a damaged business easier until you can open the doors again.

Pricing

Business interruption insurance typically isn’t sold on its own. Instead, it will be included in a packaged deal with another type of insurance you purchase for your place of business. Much like your other coverage options, the price for this addition depends largely on what type of business you own. For example, a restaurant or any other business with a higher risk for fire damage will have a higher cost than a dentistry, just as businesses located in known flood zones will make higher payments than those that aren’t.

Adding this insurance option to your policy might cost you a little more at first, but if you ever need to undergo an emergency rebuild it could very well save your business. Visit http://www.SERVPROsouthlivingston.com for more information on commercial storm damage. 

Commercial Water Damage

4/7/2018 (Permalink)

Restoring Your South Louisiana Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

Flooding and water damage events at South Louisiana commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of South Livingston 

SERVPRO of South Livingtson specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.