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Restore Water Damage Caused by Your Alexandria Home's HVAC System

4/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 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.

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

Some Prevention Tips For Burst Pipes While On Vacation

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

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!

SERVPRO of Alexandria is open 24/7/365. Call us today: 318-427-7511

SERVPRO of Alexandria teams up with the Salvation Army

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Community 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

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

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. 

Visit www.SERVPROalexandriala.com for more information on water damage restoration.

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After the Flood - Then What?

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

After the Flood - Then What?

Nobody expected that the bayou could rise that far. It never had before. Now, the house is a muddy mess of debris, water and extensive damage. For some people, moving would be the first thought that came to mind. However, others want to stay in their homes, repair the water damage, and live on in the house they love.

Flood damage is more than just the standing water left after the bayou or creek recedes. It's ruined carpets and furniture, wet plaster and more. Water in the home or business is just the start of the problems. Without proper clean-up and sanitizing, mold can grow, floor damage can be permanent and drywall can be ruined. It is imperative to immediately start the restoration process to help limit the damage and mounting costs. A call to a professional water mitigation company should be the first step taken by a home owner after flooding occurs.

Water cleanup begins with bringing in equipment to extract the water in the home. Pumps and specialized vacuums are used to suck up the water. Restoration is a process. Once the puddles have been cleared, the next step will begin. The water damage will be in the walls, floors and furnishings. Drying is imperative to help stop the damage and to prevent mold from growing.

Fans, dehumidifiers and other equipment will be brought in to help dry out the water in walls and moisture from furnishings and floors. Thoroughly drying water in the home will save thousands of dollars worth of damage later.

Restoration from the devastation of flood damage is not an easy process. A professional service should be called to handle the process so that it is done correctly. For instance, not many individuals would know that after the water in their business is removed or the water in their home is dried, more steps are still necessary. Sanitizing the surfaces, furnishings and anything else the water touched should be done.

Water in the business or home could have left a foul odor. Professionals can remove the lingering odors left even after the water cleanup. Mitigation professionals know how to use fogging equipment and industrial air scrubbers to help remove the last traces of the water damage.

After the restoration process of water cleanup, drying, sanitizing and odor elimination, there is still one last step in the water damage mitigation process - repairs. Water in a business can damage walls, carpeting and flooring. Drywall may need to be replaced. Electrical outlets and wiring should be checked for damage. Water in a business may have warped sub-flooring, damaged floor joists and wrecked major appliances. Time is money, so flood damage needs to be taken care of as quickly as possible. Quick yet thorough mitigation will get a business back up and running after flood damage has occurred.

Storms, floods and even appliance malfunctions like a dishwasher overflow can cause homes and businesses the headaches of having to deal with the water cleanup process. Nobody wants to go through it, but when it happens a person shouldn't go through it alone. Professionals who know how to deal with the devastation left behind are the best option for a quick, safe restoration. Since professional water damage restoration companies have the equipment and training to handle cleaning, drying and even rebuilding homes and businesses, they should be the first choice for mitigation.

Sure, the damage is devastating and overwhelming. Of course, nobody wants to go through flooding and the after-effects. The reality is that these occurrences can and do happen every day. The good news is that there are people specifically trained to restore homes and businesses to their pre-flood conditions.
Visit www.SERVPROalexandriala.com for more information on water damage.

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Always be prepared before a hurricane strikes

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Alexandria, we want to make certain you and your family are prepared before the next storm strikes. We urge you to review the following preparedness tips to help safeguard your loved ones in the event of a hurricane:
Design a Family Plan Devise an evacuation plan with your family and chose a designated meeting place in case of separation. It is also worthwhile to conduct practice drills to make certain all family members are familiar with the plan. Create an Emergency Supply Kit This kit should include the following: first aid items, blankets, flashlights, cash, fresh water, nonperishable food items, candles, matches, necessary medication, a radio with batteries, personal hygiene products, baby formula and diapers (if needed), and all important documents should be placed in waterproof document storage bags. Prepare Your Home In anticipation of a hurricane, it is a good idea to prepare the outside of your home from damage caused by wind and debris. Boarding up windows and other glass portions of the home is a good way to prevent breakage.  It is important to know that taping windows does not prevent them from breaking. Also, remember to check around your home for hanging tree limbs and shrubs that need to be trimmed. Fill Your Gas Tank It is always a good idea to make sure your car's gas tank is full, just in case an emergency evacuation is ordered.  Often times, towns that are in an emergency situation can "shut down," leaving gas stations inoperable. During or after any storm, you can count on SERVPRO of Alexandria to be prepared no matter what the weather brings. Our highly trained staff and state-of-the-art equipment is ready 24/7/365 to help clean-up and restore damaged property, "Like it never even happened."®

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High Humidity And Mold Damage In Alexandria, Pineville and Ball

2/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation High Humidity And Mold Damage In Alexandria, Pineville and Ball Molds need moisture to grow, and SERVPRO knows a remediation job is not complete until the source is found and eliminated.

High Humidity And Mold Damage

Unintended consequences of modern building methods used in areas like Alexandria, Pineville or Ball may include damage to structures and contents. Tightly sealed windows, doors, and other building materials help conserve energy. Lack of adequate ventilation in homes built since the 1970s lets moisture build, contributing to mold growth. Once established, the mold colonies need professional remediation.

If you notice an “off” or musty smell in your central Louisiana home, would it surprise you that mold damage could be the cause? In our climate, both building materials and the systems we use to heat and cool must handle extremes of temperature and humidity. Moisture levels and temperatures that get out of balance support the growth of fungal colonies out of the many mold spores always in our environment. Standard cleaning methods are inadequate to control a mold infestation. Our expert mold remediation crews contain and remove mold growth, and then sanitize the affected areas to inhibit future outbreaks.

Molds need moisture to grow, and SERVPRO of Alexandria knows a remediation job is not complete until the source is found and eliminated. In a central Louisiana home, high humidity levels can be the culprit. When ambient humidity rises above 60 percent, some species of mold absorb that airborne moisture and multiply. During our summers, the air is often sticky, and if air conditioning or dehumidifiers are not used consistently, mold takes advantage of the water vapor.

Winters also pose the risk of high interior humidity as our HVAC systems or freestanding humidifiers run constantly to battle the dryness of the heated air. Parents run humidifiers when children struggle with allergies or upper respiratory infections, often making things worse if mold develops and its byproducts irritate susceptible individuals. Consult a healthcare provider if you're worried about a mold and health status connection.

SERVPRO of Alexandria crew members test for humidity levels and seek for other hidden pockets of moisture when we respond to a mold event. All technicians work with you to reduce home humidity to safe levels between 30 and 50 percent. Calibration of the humidifier in your HVAC system may be a solution, and if mold has developed in the ductwork, we offer cleaning, sealing, and disinfection of those spaces.

The reduction or elimination of other humidifying events also helps, including running bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans, checking dryer vents for obstructions, and deemphasizing the use of room humidifiers. SERVPRO employees train in advanced water removal and drying techniques. Should our meters and scanners reveal water behind a wall, beneath a cabinet, or in any other area we deal with it. Water issues must be resolved to avoid mold problems in the future.

SERVPRO of Alexandria has the experience and training to remediate mold damage in your home. Call (318) 427-7511 to start development of a plan to assess the issues and address the problem professionally.

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There is No Need to Panic after Experiencing Water Damage in Alexandria

2/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Uses Professional Grade Equipment When Restoring Your Home after Water Damage

Without experience in water damage restoration, it is hard to determine what you need to replace and what is salvageable after the unfortunate incident takes place. You also need an expert to control the damage and perform removal and cleanup activities on your Alexandria, Pineville or Ball property. It is equally important to understand some of the procedures that professionals perform when restoring your property.

One of the first steps that our SERVPRO technicians carry out when mitigating water damage on your Alexandria property is identifying the extent of the damage. When determining the level of wetness and tracking the moisture levels, the team uses specialized tools such as moisture sensors, thermo-hygrometers, and moisture meters. Once we find the wet areas, the next step is to dry them to their preloss condition.

It means water removal is a crucial procedure towards making the restoration a success. Our IICRC certified technicians may use extractors to remove the water. In most cases, we use pumps when there is standing water in the area. Portable extractors are useful when removing water from areas with limited access; otherwise, we employ the truck mounted ones when the site is so big. Apart from water removal, these devices can clean carpets and upholstery.

Whether we are performing deodorization to neutralize the smells or using dehumidifiers to increase the rate of evaporation, observing safety measures is so important. As a result, our SERVPRO of Alexandria team puts on the necessary safety gear and advise our clients to stay away from the site to avoid any probable injury. We also work towards preventing possible hazards by addressing any sagging wet ceilings and turning off electrical circuits that are likely to short circuit.

SERVPRO of Alexandria aims at making your property appear as if there was no water damage with the use of the state of the art equipment and techniques. Call us at (318) 427-7511 when faced with any size of disaster and leave the rest to us.