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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.

What to Expect During a Leaking Roof Repair

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Heavy rain and sudden torrential sudden downpours can cause a roof leak at your Las Vegas, Nevada business. This issue can cause damage to electrical systems and inventory. Calling in a professional restoration company to repair the leak and replace any damaged parts can help you prevent other costly repairs or a prolonged closure. As the owner of your business, knowing what to expect during a roof repair process can help you avoid unexpected delays and get back to running your company as soon as possible.

The Leak Is Assessed

Before restoration specialists can fix a leaking roof, they will need to assess the area and discover what is causing the leak, such as:
• Missing shingles
• Damaged flashing
• Poor drainage

Once the issue is targeted, it can be isolated and contained to prevent any further damage. This mitigation can be helpful, especially if the leak is in an area that may damage expensive equipment.

Removal of Damaged Materials

A roof leak can cause materials to become water damaged to the point where they must be removed. Torn shingles or worn tar paper may be torn out and replaced with new materials. Your restoration specialists may recommend certain types of materials or drainage systems that can prevent further problems in the future.

Drying and Cleaning

Before new materials are brought in, restoration professionals will likely re-assess your damaged roof and use special machinery to dry and disinfect the area. This can help discourage mold growth or unpleasant musty smells from seeping into the building. Once the area is completely dry, restoration technicians can refit the damaged area with new materials, including any sections of the interior ceiling that may have been affected by the leak.

When a roof leak causes trouble at your South Louisiana business, it can be troublesome for you, your employees and your customers. However, when you know what to expect when restoration experts get to work on your roof, you can make an effective plan for getting back to business. Visit  http://www.SERVPROsouthlivingstonparish.com for more information on commercial storm damage.

Smoke Damage is as Dangerous as Fire Damage

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

In a typical house fire, more damage is caused by smoke than by the actual flames.  During a fire, the materials that burn produce toxic smoke that is actually filled with microscopic particles known as soot.  These tiny particles become charged from the extreme heat and migrate to cooler air found in other parts of the house.  Because this smoke is often extremely hot, it can cause additional damage away from the actual source of the fire by melting plastics, scorching fabrics and textiles and spreading toxic gasses that will literally kill any living thing in its path.  That’s why smoke alarms throughout your home are critical to saving lives.

The Department of Homeland Security says, “In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames. Most deadly fires occur in the home when people are asleep. If you wake up to a fire, you won't have time to grab valuables because fire spreads too quickly and the smoke is too thick. There is only time to escape.”

At SERVPRO® of South Livingston, our trained specialists know how to restore your belongings after a house fire.  We hope you never need our services but if you do, we will help you determine what can be restored and what needs to be replaced.  Restoring smoke and fire damaged items costs less than replacing them.  Having your belongings restored, especially items of sentimental value, helps most families recover from the trauma of a fire more quickly than otherwise possible.

Again, we hope you never need these expert services but if you do, call us at (225) 667-2220 or visit us on the web at SERVPRO of South Livingston.  

How Can SERVPRO Restore Soft Contents?

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Can SERVPRO Restore Soft Contents? The most advanced technology in textile cleaning and restoration.

We recently took on a new department, and it is TEXTILE CLEANING & RESTORATION.

What does this mean for you? No more subcontracting out textiles, we are now your one stop shop! We are now the home to the Esporta Wash System.  We provide full service Textile Cleaning & Restoration.

Esporta’s proprietary technology is the most effective washing system available today. Types of damages we can restore are contaminated water & sewage, heavy smoke & soot, mold, and bio waste contaminated goods. We restore what used to be considered “non restorable.” With the Esporta System we can restore, leather goods of all kinds, household items of all kinds, sports equipment, and specialty items like pillows, stuffed animals, purses, shoes and so much more. To give you an idea of just how amazing this system is, laboratory testing has verified that the Esporta Wash System can restore to Food Grade Clean by removing 99% of contaminants. By utilizing the Esporta Wash System we provide you with a simpler and faster claim settlement process in addition to restoring soft goods. Our cleaning technicians are Esporta trained and certified.

Flood Facts

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.

There is always potential for flood damage no matter where you live. According to the American Red Cross floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather related disaster. The American Red Cross offers these flood safety tips:

-Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.

-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are riding rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

-Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

If a flood occurs and affects you, call SERVPRO of South Livingston. Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage. We are faster to ANY size disaster. Let us help you get your life back in order.

Call the flood experts - (225) 667-2220

House Fire Season

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage House Fire Season This was an electric fire that started in a bedroom closet. The family was not home at the time and no one was harmed.

We often hear about a particular time of the year as being the season for house fires, cleaning house fire disasters are on the rise from that month forward.  It is usually associated with colder weather when we start to use more home heating.  When it comes to your home, however, there is no season for a fire.  It can strike at any time.  The sad fact is that 2,500 people will be killed in fires over the next year.  13,000 people will suffer serious injuries related to fires and the loss of property - in terms of real dollars - will be more than $7 Billion!

SERVPRO of South Livingston provides expert restoration services if you have experienced a house fire.  If that is your situation now, please call (225) 667-2220 so we can begin restoring your home.  The residue left from a fire, known as soot, presents hidden dangers if not properly removed from your home and your possessions.  Soot is acidic in nature and within hours to days, it will begin to decay or even destroy whatever surface it comes in contact with.

Our homes are a collection of different types of materials, all of which represent unique risks once they have been exposed to the heat from a fire.  The structure itself is composed of wood and sheetrock.  Electrical wiring is wrapped with plastics and rubber.  Insulation is found in attics and behind walls.  Floors are made of wooden materials that have been coated with chemicals to preserve their beauty, or covered with synthetic materials found in carpets.  Each presents its own set of risks.  The water used to extinguish the fire also presents a different set of problems for furniture that comes in contact with it and personal belongings left on floors. 

SERVPRO of South Livingston technicians are trained to determine what can be salvaged and what needs to be discarded.  Each home contains items of sentimental value like pictures and heirlooms.  Until help arrives, pictures need to be removed from glass frames as quickly as possible so they can dry unless they have become stuck to the glass.  Valuable items like jewelry, weapons, ammunition, financial papers and other personal items should be removed from the home for safe keeping. 

Our restoration specialists treat the damaged contents of your home with the utmost respect and care.  Once cleaned and restored, we will safely store your property until your home is ready for your return.  Our job is to make your loss "Like it never even happened." 

We have helped hundreds of families recover from house fire damages all over South Louisiana. To learn more, visit us on the web at www.SERVPROsouthlivingstonparish.com or give us a call at (225) 667-2220.