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Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration Services

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damages could be the most devastating incident you can ever experience. Being a stressful time for you, we believe that all you need is a professional service to help you recover to your usual self again. Our restoration company will always be here to meet all your needs as regards any incident related to the fire. We will always empathize with you, hence provide you with services that will give you satisfaction.

Our restoration company in Tangipahoa Parish has competent staff who are thoroughly trained to meet any of your need. We have the most modern and specialized fire restoration equipment and techniques that will always meet the needs of your home at any time of the year.

Our specialized services are tailored to meet any smoke and fire damages in your home. We, therefore provide various cleaning procedures for the multiple materials burnt.

Our restoration process includes:

  • Emergency Contact
  • Inspection of the related incident
  • Fire Damage Assessment
  • Board and Roof tarp services (if any)
  • In cases where water damage has been experienced, we provide water removal and drying services
  • Cleaning off smoke and soot off all affected surfaces
  • Overall cleaning and repair services
  • Finally, we give restoration service

Why You Need Us?

  • We've always cared for our client's property like our own.
  • We ensure convenient services all through the yea; 24/7
  • We act quicker to any fire-related incident; to lessen and limit further damages and reduces potential loses as well
  • We can deal with any size of fire and smoke incident experienced
  • Our company is specialized in fire and water-related damages; hence we assure you the most reliable and quality services
  • Our fire and smoke restoration technicians have the required skills and capacity to meet your needs.
  • We have odor our control technicians
  • Our fabric cleaning technicians provide satisfaction
  • Our Restoration technicians are qualified to meet all your concerns

Fire Damage Dos and Don'ts

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Dos and Don'ts SERVPRO of Hammond

Let these Dos and Don'ts guide you to help reduce damage and increase the chance of a successful restoration in the event of a fire.

Do:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into the carpet and avoid tracking.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from the metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trip, and appliances.
  • If heat is off during winter, poor RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Remove soot particles from plants with a damp cloth.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system. 
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Don't:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Hammond.
  • Don't attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs, or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Hammond.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. They may be contaminated.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures in the ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damage and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

When fire and water damage take control of your life, let SERVPRO of Hammond help you take it back.

Call 985-542-7388.

Smoke & Soot Cleanup

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke & Soot Cleanup SERVPRO of Hammond

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to developing a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Hammond will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises, therefore, smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

How Storm Damage Restoration Professionals Can Help You

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Storm Damage Restoration Professionals Can Help You SERVPRO of Hammond

How Storm Damage Restoration Professionals Can Help You

If you're dealing with storm damage, hail damage, hurricane damage, flood water or river flooding, it is imperative to get professional assistance as soon as possible. You need to act fast and hire a home restoration company that has a well established history of providing excellent service to home owners whose homes have suffered storm damage or hurricane damage.

Storm, flooding and river flooding can cause tremendous damage to a residential property in various ways. Wind damage, hail damage, wind damage, flood damage, ice dam, ice damage, ice damming, roof damage, frozen pipes, roof leak and problems associated with flooding, river flooding and ground water can be extremely difficult to deal with.

If the storm is too severe, the frozen pipes and hail damage could result in huge repair costs. Roof repair, ice damage and storm restoration are best left to restoration professionals.

If your home has suffered a lot of damage due to a storm risk of storm, it is imperative to get professional assistance as soon as possible, to check for ice dam, frozen pipes, ice damming, roof leak, ice damage, wind damage and to provide storm remediation. Hurricane damage and other problems caused by natural disasters should be prevented whenever possible. Roof repair after roof damage is a job for trained technicians who have great expertise in roof damage, roof repair or replacement and storm remediation.

Roof repair after storm damage is often recommended in order to protect your home from leaks and prevent additional roof damage. When there is roof leak water can flow into the insulation.

The cost of home restoration can be quite high but they will do a good job of restoring your home to its pre-damage condition. If you ask, they may be able to use materials that will save you money and lower the cost of home restoration or storm remediation.

Having flood water or ground water in your home can be frustrating and disruptive and should be handled properly by a team of well-trained  technicians. Depending on the severity of the storm, water restoration professionals may unblock the drains to allow the flow of the flood water. They may use flood pump to remove excess water from the property.

You need a flood pump in a flooding or flood water situation. You can use buckets to remove the water from the property. However, a flood pump can get rid of the excess
water faster and more effectively. A flood pump will certainly expedite the water removal process and also protect the floor from further damage.

Many storm restoration or home restoration professionals use flood pump when then dealing with flooding, river flooding, ground water or flood water situations. The capacity and size of the flood pump needed will depend on the extent of flood damage or ground water.

It is also crucial to dry the affected area during the water restoration service. Water restoration technicians will examine the pipes to look for any damage, frozen pipes or leaks. They will take appropriate steps to ensure that ground water or flood water do not seep through the wooden floor.

Storm restoration also involves other processes, including ice damming and it can effectively be handled by home restoration experts. An ice dam is a structure designed to regulate the flow of water as it melts from ice. An ice dam can be installed in order to prevent prevent the water from draining off your roof. As an important storm restoration process, ice damming requires the expertise of a storm restoration professional.

Roof damage, ice damage and roof leak are some of the issues homeowners deal with after a storm damage, hurricane damage, hail damage or wind damage.

Considering that the tornadoes and winds can have a devastating impact on your home, you should hire water restoration professionals to evaluate your roof's condition and provide the necessary or appropriate reinforcement.

Common Mistakes You're Making with Your "Small" Water Damage

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Common Mistakes You're Making with Your "Small" Water Damage SERVPRO of Hammond

When finding themselves in the midst of a water damage event, many people immediately react by jumping in and cleaning up the mess. Beginning the restoration process as soon as possible is important, but starting before you have taken the necessary steps or know exactly what you are doing could actually make things worse in the end. To help avoid these mishaps, a few of the most common mistakes in water damage clean up are listed below. The most critical mistake to not make is failing to hire a professional restoration company to do the dirty work for you. SERVPRO of Hammond is your local expert to help you navigate the “waters”.

Mistake #1- Not Having the Job Done RIGHT the First Time

Adopting the “do it yourself” approach when it comes to water damage clean-up is often the go-to mindset. However, this is usually a more difficult process than people think. It can be a long process and following the proper procedures is very important. For example, if you neglect to begin airing out your home by opening up windows and doors for ventilation and using fans to dry things out as soon as possible, the damage will eventually be worse.

Mistake #2- Not Being Completely Thorough

As mentioned above, the water damage restoration process done right requires that you be very thorough. Cutting corners and major shortcuts will not make a big difference and can actually cause more damage. It is better to have the job done right up front, but it will not happen overnight. To ensure all the water is removed and mold will not begin to grow on and in your walls, ceilings, and carpet, you will want to make sure your contractor is certified to do the work needed in an appropriate time frame.

Mistake #3- Waiting Too Long

It can be tempting to put off dealing with flooding or water damage when it’s just a small incident, especially when life is hectic. Even minor flooding can lead to major damage in the long run. The water seeps into walls and flooring over time when not dried properly and can cause structural damage and mold growth. It’s not worth the risk to procrastinate. It could save you a lot of time, heartache, and money in the long run.

Mistake #4- Not Involving a Certified Restoration Company

Trying to tackle the water damage restoration process on your own is great undertaking. Having it done right the first time requires the proper expertise, the right equipment, and enough time to be as thorough as required. Though it may seem like you have the time and resources to clean it up, you will soon realize the process is more involved than originally thought. Should you ever find yourself in a situation where your home or business has been compromised by flooding or water damage, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Hammond.

Do You Know What To Do When a Flood Happens?

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Do You Know What To Do When a Flood Happens? SERVPRO of Hammond

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along with city streets, in the mountains, near a river, or even in the desert—there is always a potential for flood damage. Fema.gov reports in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. Just because you haven’t experienced a flood in the past does not mean you won’t in the future. In fact, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas, and even just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost you up to $27,000.*

According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. The American Red Cross offers the following flood safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon 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 rising 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 does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO® of Hammond at 985-542-7388. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. The SERVPRO® System is prepared to handle any sized disaster. When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO® of Hammond will help you take it back.

When It Floods: What To Do and What To Avoid

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage When It Floods: What To Do and What To Avoid SERVPRO of Hammond

When your home in Tangipahoa Parish floods, whether from a storm or a broken pipe, your first instinct is probably to start getting rid of water and cleaning up. To makes sure the repair process goes smoothly, however, there are a few steps you should follow. The first priorities are safety and documentation, and then you can call flood restoration specialists to lead in the cleanup efforts.

Safety First

Water in the home can render it temporarily uninhabitable, so there are a few things to look for when you return:

• Damage to water, sewer or power lines
• Warped surfaces, such as floors or walls
• Damaged foundation
• Visible cracks or holes in any part of your home’s structure

Try to avoid wading in standing water, as it could be electrically charged. Just in case, it is a good idea to wear knee-high rubber boots to absorb possible shocks. Even if the water looks clean, avoid contact with your skin, as it could be contaminated, especially if you suspect it might have come from a broken pipe or sewer line.

Document Damage

Your insurance adjuster is going to need to know the extent of the damage. Be vigilant about keeping your cell phone charged so you can take pictures for the report. Avoid cleaning before you document the damage, or your settlement could be smaller because the problem will seem smaller than it actually is. Once you have adequate documentation, call your insurer. The earlier you file a claim, the sooner you can get the money for repairs or reimbursement.

Cleanup

Rather than attempt to clean up the water yourself, it is a good idea to hire a professional. Experienced restoration specialists can help locate the cause of the problem, whether the flooding came from groundwater or a broken pipe. They also know how to overcome water damage so that you do not experience mold or mildew problems later. 

When your home in Tangipahoa Parish experiences flooding, it is natural to want to put it behind you quickly. With the proper process, however, you can be assured that the resolution is complete. Visit www.SERVPROHammond.com for more information on water damage. 

Sources of Outside Water Damage

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sources of Outside Water Damage SERVPRO of Hammond

There are many ways that water can infiltrate your home, often when you least expect it. It will destroy everything in its path and take over your entire world. In addition to increased stress levels, unexpected water damage can cause displacement for you and your family. Only a certified and insured restoration company should be trusted to mitigate the damage to your home. SERVPRO of Hammond is your local resource to get your home back in working order.

Water damage can occur from both interior and exterior sources. Below are some ways you can help prevent water damage inside your home that comes from outside sources.

Roof

  • Ensure that shingles, flashings or tiles on your roof aren’t missing, broken, cracked, curled or damaged in other ways.
  • Cut tree limbs that hang above your roof so they don’t cling to shingles and trap moisture.
  • Make sure the vents, flues, chimneys, air conditioners, and evaporative coolers are properly installed and in good shape.
  • Check for leaks around rooftop air-conditioning units, vents for exhaust or plumbing, or other specialized equipment.

Gutters and Downspouts

  • Clear gutters and downspouts from leaves, twigs, and other debris. Also, check that they are in good condition so that water can flow freely. You can do this by installing metal screens to help prevent clogging.
  • Ensure downspouts direct water at least five feet away from your home’s foundation. This helps direct water away from the foundation. Downspout extensions can be added if needed.

Doors and Windows

  • Install window well covers to help prevent water and debris from getting trapped and causing water to eventually seep into your basement.
  • Check for leaks near the corners of your doors and windows. Signs of leaks include peeling paint, paint discoloration or swollen frames.
  • Installing overhangs or awnings above exterior doors and windows protects them from the sun, rain, and snow.
  • Check for a tight fit on closed doors and windows. Any cracks between the sash and frame Close your doors and windows to check for a tight fit. Repair or replace damaged flashing or weather-stripping.

Walls

  • Check for and repair cracked or broken siding boards, bricks, stone or another masonry, and structural sheathing.
  • Remove any shrubs and other landscaping features from along the walls, and avoid directing water towards the house when irrigating the garden and plants to prevent excessive water near the foundation.
  • Seal any openings from wiring, plumbing, phone, cable, and heating and air conditioning lines with foam or caulk. Repair any damaged or unpainted wood surrounding these openings.
  • Termites can eat wood, plaster, and even metal siding causing holes and compromising structural integrity. Check for signs of termite activity on the walls and the wooden structures around your foundation.
  • Ensure that the exhaust vent doors properly open and close.

Following these steps can help protect your home from exterior water damage. If water does happen to sneak into your home, make sure to have SERVPRO of Hammond on speed dial 985-542-7388. We’ll be there to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Restoring Your Tangipahoa Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Tangipahoa 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 Hammond

SERVPRO of Hammond 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.

Are your Commercial Ducts in a Row?

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

A building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) and subsequent ducts are the key component to air quality. HVAC and duct cleanliness have a direct impact on the functionality of the equipment as well, a clean system ought to function at maximum capacity. If your system is clean and properly functioning, it should provide you with positive indoor air quality and a lower monthly cost of running your HVAC system.

You can keep your commercial ducts in a row by changing the filters within the system regularly - it is recommended to change them every 90 days. Check any connections for damage. If you can see any damage to the connections, wires, or motors then the damage needs to be repaired immediately in order to keep your HVAC system safe and properly functioning.

You should annually inspect your HVAC system and ducts to see if there is visible mold, a surplus of dust and/or debris, and rodent infestation. Signs of a rodent infestation would be feces and odors in your system or noises occurring in the system. If your HVAC system and ducts have any of these signs then it is time to call in the professionals. SERVPRO of Hammond has highly trained cleanup and restoration technicians that will provide you with a free estimate for your HVAC system and ductwork.

If you notice that your system isn’t working as well as it normally does such as an increase in electrical bill costs or the system is running more often than usual then it may be time for a cleaning as well. If your system is regularly providing you with maintenance issues such as improper temperature or humidity issues, these may be signs or symptoms of your HVAC system needing a checkup.

SERVPRO of Hammond understands the significance of a properly functioning HVAC and duct system. We want to help you do all you can to maintain your system. When you are in need of professional cleanup and restoration of your commercial ducts call SERVPRO of Hammond 985-542-7388 for a free estimate.