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Let us do an Emergency Ready Profile for your business

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO of Central East Baton Rouge Parish offers a free service for you business? It is called an Emergency Ready Profile and its benefits are wide ranging.

Simply put, it outlines critical systems and information in the case of an emergency like fire damage, water damage, storm or flood damage, etc...

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.

What it contains:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

What To Look for in a Fire Restoration Company

7/5/2020 (Permalink)

Before and after picture of a Subway Restaurant after fire damage Fire restoration in Monticello, LA

What To Look for in a Fire Restoration Company

When choosing a fire damage restoration specialist to restore your business after a fire, you will want to make sure you choose the best company available. Many types of damage can occur after a fire, including smoke, heat, and water. Making sure the company you choose offers everything you need will simplify and streamline your experience. Knowing the general services you need will help you choose a company that offers them all.

1. Emergency Services
The best fire damage restoration companies offer emergency services, meaning you don't have to wait days or weeks for help. Instead, they usually arrive on site within 24 hours and begin steps to avoid further damage. They will assess the damage, develop a plan, and apply emergency methods until official work can begin. For example, a commercial fire can leave open access to the outside. A tarp or board may be applied over the area to safeguard the interior from the elements or looters.

2. Clean Up
After a fire, you may have so much damage that you hardly recognize your property. Items might be covered in soot and ashes, things may have fallen to the ground, and carpeting could be ruined. During the cleanup process, professionals will salvage what they can and remove what cannot be restored. Some belongings may be taken offsite to undergo specialized cleaning processes.

3. Restoration
During this stage, your building will start to look like its old self. Carpets will be cleaned or replaced, walls rebuilt and painted, and damaged cabinets will be repaired or replaced. Smoke cleanup may be done using ozone machines, air filtration devices, or thermal foggers.
Fire damage restoration involves more than just a cleanup crew. You need a team of experts to clean, disinfect, deodorize, and restore your building to its previous condition. By using a professional restoration company in Monticello, LA, you can have your business back to normal as quickly as possible.

What To Know About Home Fire Alarms

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

A person putting a battery in a fire alarm. Installing a fire alarm can help protect your home and family by alerting you in time to leave the residence and call the fire department.

If a fire occurs at your Baton Rouge, LA, home a fire damage restoration service can help with cleanup, repairs, and smoke damage removal, but having an alarm can help mitigate the damage from the start. When you install a fire alarm in your home, it’s important to do so correctly, so that this tool can alert you in time to evacuate and call emergency personnel to put the flames out. Here are three things you should know to get the best use out of your alarm.

1. Where to Install Them

It’s recommended to install alarms in each bedroom, outside the bedrooms in spaces such as a shared hallway, and in the kitchen. You may also wish to place an alarm in work areas that use machinery such as the garage.

2. How Many To Have

You can calculate the number of alarms you need by counting the number of bedrooms and floors in your home. There should be a minimum of one fire alarm per floor. Add to that the other installation locations and you will know the recommended number of units for your home.

3. When To Replace Them

Many manufacturers recommend that the alarm unit be replaced every eight to ten years depending on the model. You should also replace the unit if you feel like it’s not functioning correctly. You can test the unit by pressing the test button and listening for the alarm sound.

Installing a fire alarm can help protect your home and family by alerting you in time to leave the residence and call the fire department. It’s best to install them in each bedroom and the kitchen and to have at least one per floor. Batteries should be replaced annually and the alarm should be replaced as indicated by the manufacturer. Remember, if your home does suffer fire damage, a restoration service can help.

Is Medicine and Food OK to Keep After a Fire?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Fire alarm on wall. SERVPRO of Central East Baton Rouge Parish is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Once the house fire is over in Baton Rouge, LA, there’s a lot to do. You should make sure everyone’s safe, make arrangements for your pets (they’ll need a lot of comforts right now), and notify your insurance company. If the fire was structural, you may need a local fire restoration company to come in immediately and tarp up the exposed areas. Then you’ll have to sort out what you can keep and what must be discarded.

What Must You Throw Away?
The most important consideration is safety: is the item safe as is or can it be restored to pre-fire condition? Regardless, there are four categories that should always be discarded if exposed to smoke or heat greater than room temperature:

All perishable food
Some non-perishable food

So, Always Throw Away Food?
Most perishable food will readily absorb smoke and the toxic materials within, so go ahead and throw it all away. Non-perishable food, such as canned items, may be better able to withstand heat, depending on the packaging. If it’s sealed in non-porous material, such as metal or glass, and hasn’t been exposed to high heat, you may be able to keep it.

Can Medicine Ever Be Salvaged?
Not if exposed to high heat or smoke. Even a brief excursion above 100 degrees can alter the complex chemical formula in medicines. Prolonged temperatures above 80 degrees will also degrade medicine, so unless the pills were far away from the action, toss them.

Why Must Cosmetics Be Discarded?
Just like medicine, most quality cosmetics are engineered to be healthier for the body and skin. They can have complex and harmful chemical changes when exposed to high heat. If they’re expensive, some homeowner’s insurance policies will cover them as personal property. Either way, they won’t look, smell or feel the same if they were significantly impacted by the fire.

Ideally, call a local fire damage restoration company as soon as possible. They can help with insurance information and start cleaning up the mess as soon as possible. SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Flood Cuts Can Help Salvage a Flooded Home

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo. When it comes to your home, you want to ensure that flooding doesn’t leave long-term effects.

When flooding happens in your Baton Rouge, LA, home, additional cleanup, and restoration are required. If it flooding from a hurricane, storm, or overflowing bodies of water, it likely means that sewage and debris with microorganisms are mixed in with the water. To reduce contamination to non-affected areas of the home, a flood cut is often needed.

What Is a Flood Cut?
To help reduce the amount of drywall and insulation that a professional flood and water remediation expert will have to tear out, they often use a flood cut. First, it is to understand the way water and walls work.

Drywall quickly absorbs water, creating a welcoming environment for mold to grow.
Once saturated, it can become too heavy for the fixtures holding it in place, thus making it sag.
After wet drywall dries, it loses its integrity and can crumble.

A flood cut is a method to reduce the spread of water and salvage walls and insulation. It also allows for the detection of hidden moisture behind walls. The process involves removing at least 12 inches above where the floodwater level was at. In some cases, up to 4 feet will be removed to make repairs easier since drywall sheets typically come 4-foot-by-8-foot sections.

Is a Flood Cut Always Necessary?
While any flooding can lead to mold, not all types of flooding will require a flood cut. Along with helping reduce the number of repairs, a flood cut’s main purpose is to limit the potential spread of contaminants. If the excess water was due to a pipe burst or leak, it is considered clean water that is not harmful. Depending on the amount of flooding and situation, holes may be drilled to detect extra moisture. If the damaged wall has insulation, it will likely result in needing a flood cut regardless of the water source.

When it comes to your home, you want to ensure that flooding doesn’t leave long-term effects. Getting the right help and taking extra measures to remove damaged materials are keys to your home returning to normal.

What To Expect From a Disaster Recovery Team

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

What To Expect From a Disaster Recovery Team

In the event of an emergency, you can use all the help you can get. If an incident such as a flood or severe storm affects your office, professional restoration teams can clean up the mess and restore your building. Not all disaster recovery companies will meet your needs. The best companies can provide relief, regardless of the size and scale of the emergency.

Prompt Response
Time is of the essence when it comes to dealing with a disaster in Zachary, LA. The faster the pros can get to you, the less likely your building will suffer irreparable damage. Reliable cleanup companies will do the following:

  • Respond to your call and return your message within an hour
  • Arrive at your building to assess the damage the same day that you call
  • Complete the work in a timely manner

Remove the Water
If your property suffers flooding from storm damage, the disaster recovery crews begin by extracting all water from the interior. Technicians use industrial-strength machinery to remove water from the furniture, floors, and all other surfaces.

Dry and Sanitize
Technicians also use high-powered fans and dehumidifiers to completely dry the entire area. Potent chemicals also kill bacteria and reduce the risk of mildew and mold growth.

Rebuild and Restore
Storm response shouldn't end with removing the water and cleaning your office. The best companies also have the skills and training to rebuild and replace materials such as flooring, drywall, and roofing.

Call for Reinforcements
Disaster response teams can enlist the help of other technicians. At SERVPRO, local franchises can ask the corporate office for additional supplies and equipment. This allows the company to tackle even widespread emergencies and get your building back into proper, safe working order.
For all your disaster recovery needs, call the team at SERVPRO today. No incident is too challenging for these skilled professionals. You can get the peace of mind you need.

The Pros and Cons of Using Drain Cleaners

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Drain cleaner ads, water pipe detergent with clear pipes section in 3d illustration Pouring a drain cleaner down the drain

The Pros and Cons of Using Drain Cleaners

When water begins to drain slowly, it is a sign of trouble. Without some plan of action, the problem usually gets worse until you are faced with a clogged drain. It is one of the more common plumbing issues you are likely to encounter in Baton Rouge, LA. You have a few broad options for clearing the drain:

  • Hiring a plumbing contractor
  • Using mechanical means such as a drain snake or manually clearing the pipe
  • Pouring a drain cleaner down the drain

Depending on the problem, the first option might be overkill and could cost a bit of money. The second option requires a little bit of knowledge and a few tools, but it often works fine. The third option seems quick and easy, but is it really good for your pipes and your overall plumbing system?

The Dangers of Drain Cleaners
In some circumstances, using chemicals to clear a clogged drain might be appropriate. However, they should be used sparingly and it is a good idea to be aware of their disadvantages. In some instances, especially with fats, oils, and grease (FOG), the chemicals may clear the clog only to have it move further down the plumbing, where it could cause another blockage. Harsh chemicals can also be harmful to the environment, as they end up in lakes, rivers, and streams. Also, the use of a chemical drain cleaner poses a small risk to the user, as inhaling the vapors and getting it on your skin can cause irritation.

The Benefits of Water Damage Mitigation
If a plumbing problem causes water damage to your home, the services of a water remediation company may be beneficial. Trained technicians can handle everything from a water spill caused by a clogged drain to a large sewage backup. Sewage cleaning requires special skills and equipment that most homeowners do not have. Quickly taking care of water damage, whatever its source, prevents expensive damage to your home and removes unsanitary conditions.

4 Ways to Include Pets in Fire Safety

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Dog sitting on a carpet bottom of the picture it says FIRE TIP Consider placing a pet fire safety sticker in a window

When a fire emergency happens in your Baker, LA, home, the safety everyone in the house is imperative. For people who have pets, they are also important family members but not always as easy to get out of a burning house. When it comes to pet safety, including them in the family’s evacuation plan increases the chances of everyone getting out safely. As you establish an evacuation plan, there are a number of things to consider. Along with the basics for the humans in the home, consider including these pet preparation tips as part of it.

Fire Prevention

Pets can be curious creatures, which can lead to them starting an accidental fire. If they love cozying up to the fireplace, place a gate around it to keep embers away. When burning candles, do it an area that a pet will not be able to knock over. The same goes for space heaters. Electrical cords should also be out of reach to avoid being mistaken as a chew toy.

Home Alone
People aren’t always home when a fire emergency breaks out. If a pet is home alone, you want fire responders to know that a loved family member is inside. Consider placing a pet fire safety sticker in a window.

Escape Route
This ties in with the human element of a fire safety plan. Identify potential exits, as well as a safe place to meet. Designate a person to be in charge of locating pets during an evacuation. Be sure to know your pet's favorite hiding spots.

The After Effects
Depending on the damage to your home, it could result in a long cleanup process with the help of fire and smoke remediation and restoration experts. During that time, it may be necessary to find somewhere else to stay. Establish a place to stay that allows pets before disaster strikes.
While hopefully, a fire emergency won’t be something you have to worry about, being prepared ahead of time can help keep all family members safe.

4 Steps To Keep Water From Harming Your Home or Business

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo. Shoring up your defenses could protect your home or business from the damaging effects of water.

In the wrong place, water can cause a lot of damage to the contents and structure of a building. Not all water damage can be foreseen or prevented, but much of it can be avoided or minimized with smart precautions or attention to maintenance issues. To avoid water in your home or business in Baton Rouge, LA, consider these worthwhile measures.

1.Keep Current on Maintenance. Plumbing issues can spread water throughout your building. A broken pipe is a bad news, especially if the water in the pipe is contaminated. At the first sign of a leak, a licensed plumbing contractor should be called to look at the situation. It is possible a small problem can be fixed before it causes major damage.

2. Work With SERVPRO of Central East Baton Rouge Parish. A professional disaster response franchise can help your company before and after damaging a water or fire event. Contact before a disaster allows the company to become familiar with your home or facility and to respond more effectively. Technicians might also recommend steps to take to reduce your vulnerability to storms or plumbing malfunctions. After the water in your home or business causes damage, a qualified team can restore the building to good condition.

3. Tackle a Pipe Cleanup. If the unexpected does happen, it's good to seek out the services of a team that can handle a variety of problems. The SERVPRO name has been a leader in the cleaning and restoration industry for over 50 years. The company can clean up the results of a busted pipe "Like it never even happened."

4. Look for Weakness. Rampant water will find a weakness in your defenses and allow water in your home or business to create damage. Look for cracks in the foundation, a sagging roof, clogged storm drains, or pooling water after a storm. Shoring up your defenses could protect your home or business from the damaging effects of water.

What To Do After Category 3 Water Damage

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water on floor. If your home is exposed to black water damage, contact a professional immediately.

Water damage in your home can not only be costly, but harmful to your health. This is because there are different sources of water that can enter your home and cause damage. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to minimize water damage in your home. Here are some tips for how to clean your home after black water damage.

1. Understand Categories of Water Damage
If you don’t know what category 3 water is, keep reading. If you want to be knowledgeable about what has happened in your home, it’s helpful to know that there are three categories of water:

Category 1 – is typically referred to as clean water because it doesn’t pose any threats to your health.
Category 2 – known as greywater. This category includes water from sources such as a dishwasher or washing machine.
Category 3 – this is the most unsanitary category because it includes black water or water that has harmful bacteria. Sources include sewage, ground surface water, and seawater.

2. Contact Professionals
When dealing with sewage cleanup, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. A water damage expert has the tools and expertise to safely handle your emergency situation. A general water restoration process includes inspection and damage assessment, water removal, drying and dehumidification, and cleaning and sanitizing.

3. Annually Inspect all Water Sources in Home
One of the best ways to prevent any future problems is to annually inspect all water sources in your Baton Rouge, LA, home. This includes any pipe fittings and water hoses. Check under the sink, the dishwasher, washing machine, behind the fridge, and around water softeners. Any area that has the potential for water leaks should be inspected to ensure proper operation.

If your home is exposed to black water damage, contact a professional immediately. They will have the right equipment and training to help you clean your home.