Recent Water Damage Posts

Respect the Process

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Like many complex things in life, a process can enhance results and limit confusion. If you suffered from water damage and hired a water mitigation company then you should be aware that your insurance company needs the process to be clear and precise. This is why we stress the need to respect the process.

SERVPRO of Central East Baton Rouge didn't invent the process but we did perfect it. Our highly trained technicians will walk you through each aspect of the mitigation process. This level of transparency extends towards your insurance company so that all parties are on the same page. 

It is very important that you, as the customer, respect the process so that we can perform our duties in accordance with industry standards. 

If you want the best, each and every time, call SERVPRO of Central East Baton Rouge.

Water goes everywhere, but, so do we.

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

When a water emergency strikes it can cause many issues. The problem is that water is so invasive that it can travel throughout you home or business, uninhibited. It will go under baseboards and into wall cavities, making the insulation of the exterior walls wet. It will get under your flooring and cause them to bow and buckle. If it gets high enough it can affect furniture and electronics.

The solution is SERVPRO of Central East Baton Rouge. We go everywhere too. We chase the water and create a moisture map, set up the necessary conditions to dry out your home or business and communicate the details with your insurance company. 

Water damage is tricky but we have many tools and decades of knowledge. 

Trust the professionals, we are HERE TO HELP!

Water damage can strike anytime

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Many people think they don't have to worry about broken pipes in the summer but that really isn't the case. Before leaving for that vacation you might want to turn off your water and drain the pipes just like you would in the winter.

There are many reasons for a broken pipe in the summer. Here are a few:

Invasive tree roots.

Extended wet/dry spells ( this can make the ground shift and the extra pressure of this movement can cause problems with buried pipes).

Rust in Metal Pipes.

Wear and old age.

Hard Water.

Clogs.

Substandard repairs.

When a pipe burst; if you can, turn off the water supply at the main cut off valve when a pipe breaks.

Drain the water by running cold water in the sink and flushing the toilets.

Of course call SERVPRO of Central East Baton Rouge to help get your property dried out.

We are a 24/7 emergency service provider.

Frozen Pipes Can Equal BIG bucks!

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes can equal big bucks

South Louisiana is about to experience the coldest temperatures of the year! When cold temperatures happen that can cause pipes to freeze. Frozen pipes can result in costly repairs to you as a home or business owner. The good news is there are ways to prevent pipes from freezing. Here are some tips for this winter. Frozen pipes are a problem by themselves because they prevent water flow, but even worse, frozen pipes can eventually burst, causing damage and potential flooding. There are ways to protect your pipes from freezing. These include:

  1. Keeping your house warm - If you are leaving for a period of time, make sure that the heat is kept on at your property. You should inform them that the heat can help prevent pipes from freezing, and if pipes freeze and burst, it can cause a lot of water damage to the property and to their possessions. The heat doesn’t have to be kept as high as you normally would keep it if you were home but keeping it set above 50 degrees Fahrenheit at all times is a good idea. This should provide enough heat to keep the pipes warm and to prevent any water inside from freezing.
  2. Opening faucets - When temps hit the freezing level it is a good idea to allow faucets to drip. Allowing the faucet to be open like this will relieve pressure in the pipe. If a pipe freezes, it is actually the pressure that is created between the blockage and the faucet that will cause the pipe to burst. With the faucet open you avoid blockage in the pipes.
  3. Insulation is key - Pipes can be fitted with foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves to help decrease the chances of freezing. This can be an easy solution for pipes that are exposed but can get expensive if walls, floors or ceilings have to be opened in order to properly insulate the pipe. Additional insulation can also be added to walls and ceilings to keep the pipes warm.

Proper Mitigation After Water Heater Damage

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Broken water heaters lead to money spent on resolving the issue, but neglecting to resolve all issues stemming from a leaking water heater can quickly become costly. Left unsolved, water issues can evolve into appliance repairs, wall and flooring replacement and more. By following a few simple steps, you can ensure that you don’t have to pay thousands of dollars extra for your failed water heater.

1. Drying as Top Priority

If you are facing a broken water heater in Baton Rouge, LA your priority should be to clear out the water, then dry the affected areas. Clearing a mess from a damaged water heater can be made easier by using drain pipes and renting vacuum cleaners specially designed for water removal. You may also wish to consider renting an industrial fan to speed air flow through the affected space.

2. Cleaning Is Crucial

Water coming from a leaking water heater is usually classified by insurance specialists as Category 2 water; this kind of water is not terribly dangerous, but it can still cause health issues if the area is not cleaned. Be sure to sanitize the affected areas thoroughly to ensure that mold and other undesirables are not allowed to infect your home.

3. Calling a Professional

Finally, calling a reputable water removal professional can ease your mind and mitigate any lingering concerns. These professionals have the expertise to examine everywhere the leaked water could have affected – including underneath flooring and inside walls. So much potential damage from water issues occurs in invisible places, so it’s important to have a water removal specialist on-site.

If you’re dealing with a leaking water heater, just remember three simple steps: Dry it, clean it, and call a professional. By taking quick action to remediate water issues, you can resolve the problem without breaking the bank.

If you have a water damage from a broken water heater call SERVPRO of Central East Baton Rouge today at 225-275-7445

Proper Maintenance Helps Prevent HVAC Water Damages

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

After a bitter cold January in Baton Rouge, we just experienced the warmest February on record. The warmer temperatures mean that your A/C system is working overtime.

Proper maintenance not only helps your unit run more efficiently, it also helps prevent A/C pan overflows. When working at peak efficiency, an air conditioner can collect 10 to 20 gallons of water daily. The water is suppose to drain off of the condensation coil into a collection pan and then is disposed of automatically into the sewer system. But, if the drain becomes clogged, and the unit produces more water than it can easily handle, the overflow of water can lead to damaged ceiling, walls, and floors.

Now is the time to call your HVAC company of choice to make sure that your A/C is reading for the hot summer. If you experience any water damage, we want you to make SERVPRO of Central East Baton Rouge Parish your mitigation company of choice. No job is too small or too big, call us today at 225-275-7445

Emergency Water Damage Tips for the Insured

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central East Baton Rouge Parish would like to share some tips of what you can do if you experience a water damage.

Shut off the water source if possible

Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.

Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.

Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.

Hang furs and leather good separately at room temperature

Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.

Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.

Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.

Please call SERVPRO of Central East Baton Rouge at 225-275-7445 for all your water damage mitigation needs.

Freezing temperatures can lead to frozen pipes

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

We are in the middle of a week long stretch of days where the lows will be in the 20's. Unless adequate preparation was made to prevent your pipes from freezing, you may have had a pipe burst, or will in the next couple of days. The damage a pipe burst can cause can be a few to several thousand dollars. SERVPRO of Central East Baton Rouge Parish is highly experienced handling this kind of water damage. We serviced our neighbors when we experienced freezing temperatures in 2014, and we have traveled to Texas and assisted there, when they had a freezing temperatures. 

If your pipes burst you need to a professional to make sure all salvageable building materials dry to goal before you re-install any drywall or insulation. If the proper steps are not taken this could cause thousands of dollars in secondary damage. Our staff is highly trained, and will make this traumatic event like it never happen. Call us today at 225-275-7445.  

Professional water damage restoration and mold remediation services in Baton Rouge

11/10/2016 (Permalink)

It has been three months since the Great Flood of 2016, and homeowners are still in the rebuilding phase of their lives and homes. Since over 100,000 homes were affected by the flooded it is almost impossible for one to either not be affected by the flood or not know someone who was.

Homeowners had a lot of questions about what they needed to do to correctly dry out their home. Some learned that their is more to drying out a home than leaving the windows open and letting it air dry, or just placing box fans. SERVPRO of Central East Baton Rouge Parish has a team of technicians who are highly trained in psychrometrics, the science of drying. Coupled with this knowledge SERVPRO technicians use drying equipment, dehumidifiers, wall cavity, and floor mat drying systems, and axial, and centrifugal air movers, to correctly dry your home or business.

Because most homeowners weren't trained in psychrometics there homes weren't dried correctly and they had another problem, mold. In addition to being highly trained in water damage restoration. The technicians are also trained in mold remediation.  We will work with an industrial hygienist to determine the type of mold you have, and the best course of action to remediated the mold. Upon completion of our services the industrial hygienist will perform a clearance test. The test will give you the assurance that the remediation process was a success.  

So if water, mold, or fire damage happens to your home, call SERVPRO of Central East Baton Rouge Parish at 225-275-7445. You can be confident that a team of highly trained service professionals will respond quickly to your needs.