Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Home or Business and Minimize the Damage after a Fire
Fires in a home or business can be dangerous and frightening at the same time. Acting quickly is key to salvaging your residential or commercial property and belongings. Getting out quickly and calling your local fire department is the best way to minimize structural damage. Also, contacting fire damage restoration specialists right away is the best way to restore the affected area. Plus, calling professionals can help save many of your belongings that were not lost in the fire.
SERVPRO technicians are experienced in fire damage cleanup in Alexandria. They arrive at your home or business ready to conduct a full inspection. Luckily, the firemen put out the fire rather quickly. Thankfully, damage to the structure and to most of the belongings is minimal. However, it is unfortunate that there is much smoke in the attic and soot on the walls, floor, and ceiling. Our technicians are trained to remove unsalvageable items such as burned-out boxes, charred furniture and clothing. Saved items are cleaned, sanitized and preserved.
We suggest that you do not wash or wipe down the walls, floor or ceiling. Leave that to our expert fire damage team. Also, try not to turn on the lights or ceiling fans because the electrical wiring may be damaged. We also suggest that if any clothing has smoke damage that you allow us to clean them for you because normal laundering or dry cleaning will not eliminate strong smoke odors. You can rely on us to thoroughly inspect the entire attic to determine the level of damage, which includes fire, smoke and soot damage. SERVPRO technicians can perform minor repairs such as boarding a missing window to protect the affected area of the home. For big carpenter jobs, we call a general contractor.
Our certified SERVPRO team is well experienced in fire damage restoration. Industrial air scrubbers, fans, and fogging equipment quickly remove offensive smoke odors. Also, industrial cleansers wash soot and dirt from the walls, floors, and ceiling. Items affected by the fire are cleaned with our powerful and effective odor removal products that neutralize and fully remove pungent and lingering smoke odors.
When possible, SERVPRO of Alexandria can restore your fire damaged home to its preloss condition. It is our goal to make you feel “Like it never even happened.” Contact us 24/7 at (318) 427-7511.
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Infection Control, Biohazard Cleanup
Infection control of bio-hazardous materials at your business does not have to be complicated. The goal is to minimize exposure risk and limit liability. Whether it's C diff, Staph, MRSA or any other blood borne pathogen, viral or bacterial outbreak there is only one way to handle it. The one question to ask yourself is: "can an acquired infection be traced back to my business?" If the answer is yes then give SERVPRO of Alexandria a call: 318-427-7511
Unseen Dangers of Flood Damage in a Alexandria Home
Alexandria Flooding Gets Cleanup Help from SERVPRO (Natchitoches, Marksville, Pineville, Winnfield, Ball)
Stormwater Cleanup and Restoration is a Hallmark of SERVPRO Expertise
When something avoids making itself known, either because of its size or surroundings, many people tend to forget that it exists. During a flood in central Louisiana, hidden dangers such as pathogens or jagged, splintered building materials can stay underwater and out of sight but still present and able to injury people.
Alexandria homes sustaining flood damage extraction often harbor such hidden dangers. Because inexperience in such situations can cause costly and possible life-threatening mistakes, restoring your own home can place you or others in harm's way. SERVPRO employees wear personal protective equipment for both large and microscopic hazards while they carry out the restorative work your flooded home requires.
Our other specialized equipment focuses on getting your home dry, and back to a safe, clean condition again. Both help protect both your home and your family from harm. Restoring your residence to a dry state keeps microbial populations under control much more efficiently, and the elimination of any pathogens significantly reduces the risk of your family members contracting any water-borne diseases.
Removing standing water with the use of our large pump trucks happens relatively quickly, from hours to several days. Soggy floors get even more attention from our crew members when we use handheld vacuum extraction units. When we remove the majority of water from carpets and padding, we can more easily roll them up and remove these from your home.
Flooding causes substantial amounts of silt and other debris to become deposited in the fibers and padding. These foreign substances not only make it almost impossible for carpeting ever to become thoroughly dry or completely clean. Odor-causing bacteria can remain an ongoing risk and ever-present reminder of the flood, as well. More cost-effective and safer, new carpeting and padding can make your home like new again.
However, we must dry other components of your home. Walls can absorb substantial moisture during a flood. We remove saturated drywall and twelve inches above the highest watermark to ensure we remove any traces of water that traveled internally via wicking.
Other facets of restoring your home after flooding include sanitizing all surfaces. We remove your furniture so we can wipe down all the surfaces, inside drawers and all shelves, wiping the corners to ensure no debris remains behind to cause harm or let mold grow. Foodstuffs contaminated by flood waters can cause serious health problems if consumed, even when cooked. This happens many times because some bacteria can resist heat, remain viable, and then infect people. The floodwaters may have also carried inorganic matter that could be hazardous to contact to ingest.
For problems with flood damage that affect your home, call SERVPRO of Alexandria at our local number, (318) 427-7511, any day of the year, 24-hours a day. We are always ready to answer your questions and work with you in making your home safe again after this or any other disaster.
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Don't Be Too Hasty With Mold Damage In Alexandria
An improper response to mold damage in your Alexandria home could spread the infestation further and create a much more substantial problem.
Mold Damage In Your Home
While it is true that some types of mold damage in Alexandria can cause ill health effects to residents of the affected building over time, that does not mean you should panic as soon as you find signs of growth. Panicking only creates more problems as you look to handle the problem in a hasty or unprepared fashion and could even worsen the problem if you select an incorrect approach.
What Can Go Wrong?
An improper response to mold damage in your Minneapolis home could spread the infestation further and create a much more substantial problem. Some homeowners attempt to sanitize and clean up mold themselves, thinking the problem to be more minute than it really is. However, without specialized equipment, spores may only be spread around the home on board your cleaning supplies. Even if you do manage to eliminate any visible patches of growth, there may be other problem areas around the home that can continue to spread and grow. Only through advanced detection technology such as those used by SERVPRO of Alexandria employees can the true extent of mold growth be found out.
What Do I Do?
If the colony is large, you may want to leave the house temporarily. We can help with move-outs in these circumstances. No matter the size, color, or species of mold you find, the most important thing to do is to call a qualified restoration company like SERVPRO to take care of the matter. Uncertified contractors and handymen rarely have the tools and training available to handle mold growth safely and could create the same problems that may result from you attempting to take on the problem alone. Our representatives arrive on the site within hours of your first call and can start the process of recovery with professionalism, speed, and cost-effectiveness.
SERVPRO of Alexandria provides professional mold damage remediation services on a 24/7 basis and is always available to respond to your call for help. Contact us at (318) 427-7511.
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Restore Water Damage Caused by Your Alexandria Home's HVAC System
Your HVAC Unit can cause vast amounts of water damage to your home, call SERVPRO for expert and speedy restoration services.
SERVPRO Detects and Remediates Hidden Water Damage in Your Home
Your home’s ventilation system can cause significant water damage if not maintained properly over the years. Clogged drains, frozen evaporator coils, and broken connections lead to clogs, leaks, corrosion, rot, and even mold. Some of these problems are obvious right away while others remain hidden for months or years at a time.
You can help prevent water damage in your Alexandria area home’s ventilation system by changing your filters at least once a month. However, problems may already exist that require professional attention, which is where your local restoration company comes in handy. We make qualified personnel, advanced equipment, and a vast network of resources available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to correct issues plaguing your property.
SERVPRO’s IICRC-industry certified technicians can check for leaks in your condensation lines and the relative humidity level in your home. We can also check for broken or improperly installed drain lines and help you avoid costly damage from slow leaks. Our technicians can help you determine whether installing additional drainage or a float switch reduces the risk of water overflow in your system or if you need professional help repairing HVAC components like ductwork, grills, registers, and thermostat controls.
SERVPRO technicians have access to infrared moisture detectors and hygrometers that help locate hidden pockets of moisture, and return moisture levels to normal, faster. Our advanced water removal equipment such as hand-held or truck-mounted water extractors, dehumidifiers, air-movers, and a variety of attachments help us remove higher volumes, making the entire restoration process faster than ever before.
Your local SERVPRO believes in protecting every member of our local community, by keeping you safe during emergency situations and providing you with quality restoration services you can trust. Whether you have problems in your home or business, we can provide you with the answers needed to keep you moving forward.
Contact SERVPRO of Alexandria, Pineville and Ball for access to trained professionals who understand how to protect your property from both seen and unseen dangers throughout the year. Receive quality cleanup and restoration services from a company that can handle emergency situations of any size, throughout Alexandria, Pineville and Ball today. (318) 427-7511.
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What to Do When a Fire Has Left Behind Damage in Your Alexandria Property
Fire and smoke can not only discolor but damage the structure of your home. Contact SERVPRO after a fire for expert remediation and clean up.
SERVPRO Technicians Employ Proper Techniques to Remediate Fire Damage in Your Home
From the first blaze onwards, the fire damage that is left behind can be dizzying. The trouble with a fire occurring is that it can cause multiple types of damage to your property and not only structural damage. While it can be overwhelming to learn that fire can cause such extensive damage, it is fortunate that help is nearby to take care of the damage for you.
We are close by, and we understand how to help. Our skilled technicians know how to identify the correct solution to the fire damage left on your Alexandria property. We arrive within hours on the scene and start the mitigation process in your home. After all, the quicker the damage is seen to might just reduce further loss and therefore the cost associated with it.
Structural damage is one of the most prominent impacts of a fire, but a less apparent effect is the extent that smoke can damage items all over your home. Smoke carries soot with it, and that soot attaches itself to everything that it can reach. It can cause an unpleasant odor, discolor your belongings, and ruin them in extreme cases. Truthfully, smoke damage can impact many of your belongings, including that of clothes, curtains, carpets, artwork, and electronics.
However, depending on the extent of the damage, our SERVPRO of Alexandria technicians might be able to restore these items by employing multiple cleaning techniques. If an item is salvageable, we can revive it through restoration, and then return it to you in its preloss condition after thorough cleaning. We can employ these same techniques to the smoke damage in your home that has left behind discoloration, odors, and greasy soot. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, SERVPRO can accomplish a successful cleaning and restoration.
If a fire occurs on your property, do not wait. 24/7, you can call SERVPRO of Alexandria at (318) 427-7511 to receive the help you need. Let us come and restore your home to its preloss condition.
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How To Identify Roof Hail Damage
Roof damage from hail
There is no question hail can cause a lot of damage. While some people pay closer attention to their cars or other personal items, others remember how important it is to inspect roofs for further damage. Consider how costly any kind of damage to your roof or ceiling can be. Your business deserves a thorough check by a professional service after a hailstorm.
1. Asphalt Roof Damage
With an asphalt roof, you may find the shingles look shiny after a hailstorm. This is due to hail damage. The roof damage itself will often present as random denting. You may feel the dent is too soft to the touch or you may see a loss of granules. Additionally, the felt may be exposed.
2. Wooden Roofs
Generally, the impacts of hail damage look randomized. You will not usually find a pattern, and you may see split or cracked shingles. When it comes to shingles, they are often an orange or brown color when split. There will often be impact and dent marks over the wood. While roofs can be damaged through other types of weather, it is relatively easy to discern hail damage. Serious splits will have sharp corners and edges rather than the regular wear and tear of a shingle that was damaged over time.
3. Flood Water
Roof damage, especially during rainy seasons will often lead to water damage. Water can seep through the roof and into the attic. If you find wet insulation or mold growth in the attic itself, then you may have a compromised roof. Although it is easier to miss water damage in the attic, you should always check after a large storm.
After hail has caused damage to your central Louisiana business or home, it is important to have it taken care of quickly. This type of damage can only get worse over time. In order to work through mitigation quickly, a restoration company can assess and work through the process with you.
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Some Prevention Tips For Burst Pipes While On Vacation
Broken pipes can be difficult to fix, and the damage can be costly. It’s best to keep this issue from ever happening. If you’re traveling out of town for an extended period of time, specifically during the winter, there are several steps you can take to prevent your home from being flooded:
• Don’t turn down the heat too far. If you keep the heat on, even if you turn it lower than if you were home, it can keep your pipes warm enough to prevent them from freezing.
• Keep the water running. You don’t have to run the water on full. If you allow the faucet to drip, this helps relieve the pressure in your water system, possibly eliminating water pipe repair.
• Wrap the pipes. If you wrap pipes, especially those that are exposed, with towels or blankets, it provides extra insulation against the elements.
Keep an Eye on Your Alexandria Home From a Distance
If you’re going to be gone for several days, especially during the coldest parts of winter, it’s not a bad idea to have a neighbor, family member or friend stop by the house once in a while. This can be just a quick peek inside to verify there is no flooding or a broken pipe, or checking the thermostat to make sure plenty of warm air is circulating in your empty home.
You can also use video cameras that you can view from your phone or computer to check on your home. This won’t prevent a pipe from bursting, but it can allow you to at least get a professional there to do a water pipe repair sooner and prevent further damage. Call us right away!
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SERVPRO of Alexandria teams up with the Salvation Army
Serving gumbo at the Salvation Army of Alexandria.
SERVPRO of Alexandria makes time to give back the our community. While we specialize in fire and water damage we take great strides to lend a helping hand in our community. Giving back in one form or another is what SERVPRO of Alexandria stands for.
Craig with the Salvation Army of Alexandria was extremely gracious as he allowed us into his kitchen and world. We purchased the ingredients and he cooked the food. The menu consisted of gumbo and cake. The people that were served could not have been happier and went as far as to shake the hands of our employees. All and all, it was a wonderful experience that we will definitely be apart of for years to come.
Helping those less fortunate than ourselves doesn't always mean mitigating water or fire damage in their homes. #salvationArmy #heroReady #community
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Frozen Pipes: Prevention and Treatment
With the colder weather officially upon us, now is an excellent time to learn more about how to avoid frozen pipes, and the subsequent water damage that can occur if those pipes expand and burst. Though frozen pipes are a common occurrence, they are highly preventable.
SERVPRO of Alexandria offers the following tips for preventing frozen pipes and mitigating potential damage that they can cause.
- Insulate all the exposed pipes in your home. Especially where they may be unheated, such as the basement, attic, garage, crawl space, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
- Keep the temperature the same during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower temperatures in the evening, you can prevent a costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
- Close any inside values that supply water outdoors and open the outside value to properly drain excess water that may be in the pipes.
- In drastically cold temperatures, let your faucet trickle. While you may be concerned about wasting water, running water is less likely to freeze.
- Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Keep outside valves open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing it to break.
- If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
Found a Frozen Pipe? Thaw It Out:
- If you turn on a faucet and only a few drips come out, suspect a frozen pipe. Typically, frozen pipes are found along exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
- Make sure the faucet remains on while treating the pipes, as the flowing water will help to melt the ice within the pipe.
- Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer, or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, or other open flame device.
- Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze too.
Should you experience a loss resulting from water damage, turn off the water supply as soon as possible, and call SERVPRO of Alexandria immediately. The longer you wait to call, the greater the chance of mold growth and unrecoverable property. SERVPRO of Alexandria professionals have the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects that water damage can have.
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