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New Equipment for Commercial Damages

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

For years SERVPRO of Ascension Parish has been delivering fast response and quality service to commercial building owners and property manages in the surrounding areas. 

Our experienced and knowledgeable staff take a priority approach to mitigate the damage left behind by fire or water. 

We are proud to announce our recent addition of our desiccant drying package with generator to our Large Loss division. In addition we have also added a Large Loss and Reconstruction Manager to get you back in business even faster than ever before. 

Give us a call at SERVPRO of Ascension Parish at 225-663-8877 and let one of our qualified SERVPRO First Responder assess your emergency needs. We respond 24 hours a day 7 days a week and are ready to help you in time of need making it "Like it never even happened."

Fire Prevention Tips While Away on Vacation

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is typically a time where we all get to take a break from patterns of day-to-day life.

It’s always nice to have a couple of weeks off to either beat the heat at a cold tourist destination, or even to embrace it on a beautiful beach.

However, no matter how you deal with heat, you don’t want to return from your vacation this summer to discover that a heat of a different kind has destroyed your home.

Fire damage can happen at any time of the year – the extensive fire and smoke damage can destroy your home. While SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge offers emergency restoration services to help rebuild after fire damage, we want to provide some tips that can help you avoid a tragic event this summer.

Tips for Preventing Fire Damage at Home

There are certainly occasions where natural disasters are simply out of our control and really aren’t affected by any precaution we take. However, for those instances where everyday choices can make the difference, we’ve compiled a few tips for preventing fires at your home while traveling this summer.

Neighborhood Watch

You don’t need to have an active Neighborhood Watch to make sure someone’s looking after your home.

Ask one of your trusted neighbors to be on the lookout while you’re away. This can be very helpful for both preventing fires from breaking out, but also for stopping them before they get too out of hand. Even if you’ve taken precautions before leaving, it doesn’t hurt to have someone do a walk through to double check.

In the worst-case scenario, you’ll at least have someone you trust keeping your home in mind and ready to call the fire department. Their watchfulness can make all the difference in how much fire and smoke damage occurs.

Electricity

There’s a strong likelihood that you’re not going to be using any of your home appliances while traveling.

Unplug them.

It’s always proper fire prevention practice to make sure your appliance chords are in a good shape, that they’re being used to manufacture standards, and that your circuits and extension cords aren’t overloaded.

However, while gone, the simplest remedy is to unplug everything that doesn’t need power. A damaged chord can’t cause you issues if it’s not plugged in.

Also, while you may be somewhere taking in the summer sun and clear skies, a thunderstorm could be happening in your city. You can easily prevent a power surge hitting your house and causing a fire by having little-to-know items connected.

This appliance check also includes your water heater. This is another area of your home which should be checked routinely because damage to electrical lines or faulty valves or vents can lead to a major fire hazard.

Additionally, it’s a wise idea to check your house’s main circuit breaker or box. This is a good habit before leaving for the summer, but also for any time of the year. The main box serves as a defense against electrical surges. So, if you see it’s already burnt out, call a specialist right away.

Safety Systems

There is a wide variety of tech and detection services available to monitor your home while away. These are great whenever you’re away from home, especially if you’re gone for an extended period.

If you know you’re going to be traveling extensively, it could be a great idea to invest in a home security system. Wireless systems like these not only can alert you for when a fire breaks out, but can even be automated to the point of calling the fire department on your behalf. 

Investing in a sprinkler system for your home is an obvious plus against preventing fire damage. Check this system before you leave to make sure that it’s functional. A home security system and a helpful neighbor can only do so much, and it may be your sprinklers which save the day.

Enjoy the Heat

SERVPRO of Ascension Parish is here for you with emergency restoration services in the unfortunate event that your home has fire or smoke damage. Routine appliance and safety equipment checks should be a part of keeping your home safe during any time of the year. It’s better to check them now, so you can enjoy your summer later.

If you need assistance with an old or new smoke alarm check or installation, please call SERVPRO of Ascension Parish today at 225-663-8877 and we will see that a proper check or installation is done by our local Red Cross for FREE. 

No Storm Too Big or Too Small

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes it is hard to know what path to take. When it is a widespread disaster it is even harder to figure out which restoration company you can trust. SERVPRO of Ascension Parish is there for you! We have dedicate teams to help you through storm season. 

Whether it is damage due to wind, hail, tornadoes or hurricanes our team is on standby. Our crews can respond quickly and handle a residential customer or a downtown high-rise. 

With over 1700 franchises around the United States, our reach is endless to get you back up and running as quickly as possible. 

Our office team is well versed in covered and non-covered events and can get you the correct information you need when you need it. Our teams document with pictures, daily moisture readings and daily notes ensuring when it is time to send information over to your insurance company we have it. 

Experienced a loss give our teams give us a call.

Is your Company Ready for a Disaster?

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Disasters strike and we have no knowledge of when, where or to what magnitude. All we as business owners can do is prepare for the worst. That is where our SERVPRO of Ascension Parish Commercial team comes in. 

So how exactly can you prepare for a disaster? 

You put plans in place and make the chaos that will happen as organized as possible. 

How can we help? 

Through our Emergency Ready Profiles!! These profiles are a great way to prepare for those unknown emergencies. Our team comes out and meets with your on-site personnel and retrieves information such as water shut off, panel boxes, emergency contact info, etc. Through multiple site visits our crew is then able to put together this profile for your business. 

Our team also has your profile on file so in the event you do not have access to your profile and disaster strikes we have your back. 

Interested in this completely free service. Give our sales team a call at 225-663-8877

FIRES: Getting Rid on the Smell

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

If you have ever experienced a fire you know getting rid of the burnt smell can be harder than it sounds. 

At SERVPRO of Ascension Parish we have the knowledge and ability to make those pesky odors go away. 

Smoke Odor Deodorization Tips: 
Performing fire damage restoration involves both removing the smoke residues and also deodorizing smoke odors. The odors in a smoke-damaged building will be considerably decreased once the affected materials are demolished and removed or cleaned. 

The actual cleaning and deodorization procedures will vary depending on whether the smoke residues are light, medium or heavy. 

Different Categories of Smoke Odor / Damage

Light Smoke Odor Situation - typically only affects a small area and has no structural damage. Smoke residues are typically light and not visible. 

Moderate Smoke Odor - typically smoke residue are on both horizontal and vertical surfaces. Structural damage in the affected area involved burned materials such as cabinets, counter-tops or contents. Odor problems are greater when a fire burns for a longer time or when an increased number of materials burn. Smoke residues are carried further throughout the home. 

Heavy Smoke Odor - typically the entire home is affected by smoke residue. This typically requires almost complete demolition of the interior of the home and sealing of studs to control odor. 

Experienced a fire damage and unsure where to start give our team of specialists a call at 225-663-8877

Smoke Alarms - Life Savers

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level, including the basement. Extra smoke alarms may be needed in large homes.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills with your family. For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.

SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge is a proud supporter of the American Red Cross. Give us a call if you need assistance with a fire damage 225-663-8877.

Our Process - The Water Damage

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Most of us in our lifetime will never deal with a water damage in our home. Of course that is not true for everyone. If you are one of those that has dealt with or are dealing with a water damage our teams take a very structured approach to ensure we get your home to preloss condition as quickly as possible. Our process is broken up into several phases and steps that take us through the entire process from the initial visit to final billing to the insurance carrier. 

Phase 1 consists of Project Initiation this is the initial meeting with the customer explaining our process and taking our required photos and measurements. Following this we move over to Phase 2 which is our Project Plan. This is where our crews collect moisture readings and compile a plan of action. If any necessary approvals are needed our crew would,during this phase, reach out to an insurance adjuster and obtain those additional approvals. Phase 3 then consists of actually performing the plan that was put in place by the water crew chief. The final phase it the project close out. At this phase our crew chief does a final walkthrough with our customer and ensures the job is satisfactory. 

If you ever experience a water loss please call the team at SERVPRO of Ascension Parish at 225-663-8877 to assist. 

Like it never even happened

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO - A Restoration Vendor for Insurance Carriers Nationwide

The Brand You Know and Trust

You can recognize and trust the SERVPRO name... "Like it never even happened."

Serving America Since 1967

Since 1967, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have been assisting client's fire and water damages across the United States. Nearly four decades of experience have culminated in the proven processes, technology, equipment, and products to help ensure IICRC S500 industry standards are met and you are satisfied. 

More Than 1,700 Franchises Nationwide

Today, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals from more than 1,700 Franchises are ready to assist including SERVPRO of Ascension Parish. 

24-Hour Emergency Service

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are committed to providing 24-hour emergency service to help you when it comes to fire, water and mold both in residential and commercial properties. 

Detailed Estimates

You will be provided a detailed estimate that clearly lists all services to be performed. There are no unwelcome surprises with SERVPRO.

Trained, Uniformed Franchise Professionals.. Your "Heroes"

When you call, a trained, uniformed SERVPRO Franchise Professional will arrive at your property with the equipment necessary to help protect the structure and contents. Your concerns will be addressed quickly and professionally to help begin the process of regaining control of your life. 

Call SERVPRO of Ascension Parish today with any questions: 225-663-8877

Why SERVPRO of Ascension Parish? Because we are Certified!

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ascension Parish is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Ascension Parish

SERVPRO of Ascension Parish specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, water damage event or mold restoration. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm.

SERVPRO of Ascension Parish believes in continuous training for all staff members: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, to regular IICRC-industry certification, to weekly in office classes. Rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call the experts at SERVPRO of Ascension Parish at 225-663-8877 for all your water, fire or mold restoration needs.

The SERVPRO ERP: Minimize Business Interruption

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

As a leader in restoration and disaster prevention, the professionals at SERVPRO of Ascension Parish has your business’s best interest at heart.

One of the ways we are looking out for your business is through an Emergency Ready Profile. The creation of an emergency ready profile allows you to work with a qualified SERVPRO of Ascension Parish representative to develop a plan of action for when disaster strikes.

  1. What is it?

An Emergency Ready Profile is a file created for your business that contains an emergency plan of action. This profile allows you to minimize any prolonged business interruption by ensuring that SERVPRO of Ascension Parish is ready and prepared to help with a simple phone call.

2. How Can It Help?

The ERP helps provide you with a level of security that many businesses do not have after experiencing a Fire or Water loss. After one of our reps assess your facility, identifying a line of command, and establishing an emergency profile, you will know that when disaster strikes, a qualified professional has your back and knows just what to do and who to contact.

3. Does It Matter for Your Business?

The research doesn’t lie: After a fire or water loss many businesses — about 50 percent — have to close down. Having an Emergency Ready Profile in place allows SERVPRO of Ascension Parish to take action immediately following a fire or water loss. By taking fast action, you can limit business interruption, meaning that you can get back to doing what you do best as quickly as possible. 

4. How Can You Get Started?

You can get started creating your emergency profile by contacting a SERVPRO of Ascension Parish representative at 225-753-3434. Once you have initiated contact, a representative will reach out to find out the best time to schedule your facility’s free assessment.

An ERP is an excellent way to protect your business and your interests.

Did we mention that it is......FREE!

Call us today at SERVPRO of Ascension Parish today to get started. 225-663-8877.