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6 Signs That Indicate Water Damage

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Signs of Water Damage in Ascension Parish Ascension Parish Water Damage Signs

When it comes to most expensive disasters to a home or business Water Damage can absolutely be one of the highest on that list. Water damage untreated and undetected can lead to microbial growth, mold spore development, major structural damage and eventually severe health effects for the inhabitants of that property. Today in this blog we are going to talk about 6 different signs that may indicate the presence of water damage in the walls and the need for remediation or restoration on the property.

Many homeowners in South Louisiana have been through many major storms and major hurricanes over the years and they have a good idea of how to spot water damage and early trouble before it becomes a major problem. On the other hand many people may have no idea about water damage and the problems that it can cause.

The 6 Signs That Indicate Water Damage In Your Walls

When it comes to water damage inside your property there are usually a number of clues that indicate as much pretty early on in the water intrusion, in this blog we are going to discuss 6 of them that should send up red flags to a homeowners or property manager that there is moisture inside the walls and something going on that needs to be addressed fairly quickly. Many of these signs may be very noticeable to the common person unless you know what to look for and specifically what you are looking at. Some of the more common things that can pop up and indicate a problem are thing like cracks in the grout, drywall softness or cracking, nail pops, obvious structural damage, buckled cailings, buckled floors and very distinct moldy smells are all very common signals that there is an absolute moisture issue somewhere on the property. The secret is to know exactly what to look for so that you can get to work on addressing the small things which may lead to bigger things in the walls behind, the floors below or the ceilings above and with these discoveries the opportunity to hopefully nop it in the bud and mitigate any further damage.

  • Bubbles in the paint on the wall.

The first major sign that moisture has found its way into your walls and into your home is the presence of bubbling under or around various patches of affected paint or peeling paint areas. When paint begins to bubble it is usually a sign of water buildup behind that paint in the drywall that forces the paint to expand and grow and in turn bubble. When the water collects in these spaces and crevices it pushes the paint outward and begins the bubbling process due to water collection. You never know how much water is actually behind these bubbles so we do not condone you popping these bubbles until a professional is onsite who can clean up the water safely and effectively.

  • Walls and Door Casings Warping

When doors, door casings and walls begin to warp inside a property it usually an indicator of excessive moisture somewhere. Warping tends to occur when water gets inside the wood, wood frames and walls and begins expanding. When drywall gets wet it begins expanding and this excessive pressure can in turn warp and ruin the doors and door frames making it hard to open and close the doors. This problem can often lead to more extensive structural damage as time goes on.

  • Softened, Cracked and Warped Drywall

Softened drywall is an often-overlooked indicator of more serious problems. Moisture and water that get behind the wall cause the backside of the drywall to soften and even become mushy. Look for soft spots or wet spots in the drywall and gently press into them. If the drywall depresses, there is most likely water damage.

  • The Presence of Microbials, Mildew and Mold on your walls

Mold growth can form quickly when moisture is consistently present in the air. It’s not always easily detected, but if visible, mold can present itself in many different colors, including black, green, or blue. When mold is present, you might also see condensation or water stains that are darker than the rest of the wall. This could mean the water damage is worse than you think.

  • Wet, Musty or Mildewed Odors

A musty smell is an easy alert that something is amiss. The distinct smell can let you know about hidden water damage that your eyes cannot see. Follow your nose to locate the affected wall and look for any water leakage around the area. If you are unable to locate the water damage yourself, that doesn’t mean it’s not there.

  • Higher than Normal Water Bills

If all else fails – follow the money. An unexpected increase in a home water bill can be a big red flag that a hidden leak may be wreaking havoc on your home. Pay attention to your water bills each month, so you notice any discrepancies. A water bill increasing unexpectedly could mean hidden water damage in walls.

Water Damage in Walls Can Lead to Very Serious Structural Damage if Left Untreated

Water damage isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation. The damage can occur in numerous ways, including heavy rain, leaking or burst pipes, etc. And the water damage cleanup is also unique to each house and its structural problems. How long the water leak goes undetected can have an effect on how much water damage you’ll have to deal with and what kind of repair costs you might expect.

Each situation involving water damage can be different, but the signs aren’t as unique and, unfortunately, are often missed. If left unaddressed, the problem will only worsen, and cost more money and time with repair work.

What Do You Do If You Detect Water/Moisture In Your Walls?

Knowing what to look for is the first step, but what do you do when you suspect or even find water damage in your walls? You should reach out to professionals immediately to help with water mitigation and any serious damage. Putting it off or trying to handle the water damage yourself can lead to bigger problems. It doesn’t take long for a small leak to become a more serious problem.

At SERVPRO of Ascension Parish our professional technicians are on call 24/7 to help with any water damage needs. Our experts work efficiently and effectively to find the source and address the problem. Don’t hesitate, contact us today at (225) 753-3434

Sewage Backup Can Shut Down Your Business FAST!!!

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

Sewage Backup in Ascension Parish Ascension Parish Sewage Backup

A sewage backup at your business or residence is no laughing matter and can be a very serious health and safety situation as well for everyone on the property. Of all the different types of water damage out there a sewage leak is one of the most difficult, dangerous and hazardous to all involved. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) raw sewage can pose some very serious health effects to people due to the presence of such things as Giardia, Legionella and many other toxic compounds that can pose potential serious health effects.

Anyone experiencing a sewage backup in their home, business or facility should call a professional cleaning and restoration company like SERVPRO of Ascension Parish. When it comes to a water loss involving sewage we recommend that ONLY professionals try to clean it up due to the inherent risk of health and safety due to the nature of the water loss.

Sewage is classified as what category of water loss?

All sweage backups, sewage leaks and sewage spills are considered to be category 3 water damage, category 3 water is considered black water due to the danger of the contaminates found inside the water and the risk they propose to anyone in the general vicinity of the loss. Category 3 water or black water is widely considered to be the most dangerous and most harmful category of water and the one that presents the most inherent risk to the techs and clients onsite.

How can you catch Sewage Backup early?

When it comes to sewage backup the first sign of problems is actually not visual in nature. The first sign of a sewage backup is actually the smell that is emitted from the plumbing system. The gases within the sewage well up and expand and begin releasing fumes that are a tell tale sign that sewage backup is on the way. Once the backup becomes visual with black water it can look very different depending on the situation. Most sewage back up will come out in the form of dark murky water with a very unpleasant odor. This black water is very dangerous and can impose severe health effects if contact is made and can even cause some health effects from breathing the fumes in at the site.

The Where, Why and How of Sewage Backups

Sewage backups mainly occur in areas that have a high number and proximity to sewage lines like bathrooms, basements, kitchens and laundry rooms. These locations have the highest probability of a black water backup due to the presence of the lines in their spaces. There are a variety of different reasons for sewage backups including blockage in the cities main sanitary line, old sewer pipes, tree roots.

Category 3 / Sewage Cleanup Services

If you are someone you know is experiencing a black water or sewage back-up please call the professionals to clean it up. These things can be dangerous and can cause severe health effects. SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge can handle all of your Emergency Services when it comes to category 3 water cleanup scenarios. Give us a call at (225)753-3434.

SERVPRO of Ascension Parish, your Storm Damage Experts!

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Ascension Parish Strom Damage Strom Damage in Ascension Parish

Storm damage and severe weather damage in south Louisiana can cause irrevocable problems for homes, business, facilities and properties in the south. At SERVPRO we understand that as someone affected by these untimely events you are looking for a company that can get the you repair’s, clean-up, water damage mitigation and reconstruction back to preloss conditions with as little headache as possible.

SERVPRO has been providing our service for well over 50 years throughout the United States to people, companies and municipalities alike with the highest of integrity and quality of service. SERVPRO gets boots on the ground to provide specialized emergency cleanup, water restoration services and storm damage mitigation to get your property back up and running in the least amount of time possible. Our company works closely with your insurance company and adjusters on losses of all types and sizes to provide exactly what is needed and covered by your insurance policy. We are the professionals when it comes to storm damage losses in the south.

SERVPRO of Ascension Parish offers the following services:

Emergency Readiness Plan

Priority Service Agreements

24/7 emergency storm response services

Emergency Roof Tarping and Board Up Services

Storm damage estimates

Water damage Mitigation

Wind damage repair

Tree and brush Removal

Structural Assessments and Stabilization

Complete Reconstruction services

Insurance claim assistance with all providers

We cannot predict the weather but we can provide you with an accurate breakdown of your building and property with an Emergency Readiness Plan which outlines all of the significant factors of the facility including water main, electrical man, gas shutoff, safety concerns, emergency contact persons, insurance policy, insurance contact and all other significant information so that SERVPRO can remediate emergencies as quickly and as efficiently as possible. For more information about our company and our services or to schedule an ERP for your facility please give us a call at (225)753-3434.

I have Storm Damage! What is the Process?

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

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In south Louisiana terrible weather which causes Storm damage is a pretty common occurrence whether it's Hurricane season or not and this storm damage can wreak havoc on properties, homes, buildings and vegetation. With storm damage comes high winds which in turn cause wind damage that can loosen or blow of roofing shingles and massively affect the health of your roof. The roof is a key element of any structure and when it gets compromised then moisture can penetrate the structure causing wood and other building materials to be affected. These affects are rotting, swelling, warping and destruction of these building materials. When these things start to happen the ceiling will become compromised and then a whole litany of problems can follow this problem. Storm Damage brings high winds, hail, rain and lightening and these things can exasperate the problem. For these reasons SERVPRO offers Storm Damage remediation 24, 7, 365 and we come in when nobody else will answer the phone and we get you back to your where you were before the storm, "Like it never even happened."

The storm damage restoration process is pretty simple and usually follows these specific key stages of the process.

Step 1: Initial Inspection

It does not matter if it’s a business, residential or facility property the initial inspection is one of the most important aspects of the process. SERVPRO will send its storm damage experts to do a thorough examination of the interior, exterior, roofing and grounds of the property. This extensive inspection will help the SERVPRO professional discover and identify the extent of the damage, the source of the water intrusion and any other safety elements or important notes that need to be documented for the client and the insurance provider. When the initial inspection is completed the SERVPRO storm technicians will be able to create an initial scope of work for the project that will be discussed with the point of contact and the insurance adjuster on the claim.

Step 2: The Work Begins

Once the scope of work needed to remediate the issues on the property have been agreed upon by the clint, the adjuster and SERVPRO it is now time for the work to begin. The type and level of work will vary with each project sometimes requiring pumps & water extractors. Then there are times when the visible and standing water have already left the building and some light demo is necessary before placing dehumidifiers, fans and air scrubbers into the space. For larger loss projects things like desiccants, DX units and generators may be necessary. Regardless of the situation needed by the client at hand SERVPRO can handle any job large or small when it comes to storm damage or water damage.

Step 3: The Work is Completed

Once the team has remediated all of the affected areas, removed all of the water and cleaned all of the affected areas professionally the technicians will remove all of the equipment from the property and make it like nothing ever happened. SERVPRO will create a report full of pictures, explanations, videos, daily reports, equipment logs, drying logs and a time line to submit to the insurance company for approval.

As you can see, when anyone suffers from storm damage due to natural disasters, the storm damage restoration process is something the SERVPRO experts can handle quickly and easily.

If you've recently suffered from storm damage and are looking for storm damage repair or water damage cleanup, contact the specialists at SERVPRO of Ascension Parish today to help restore your home, (225)753-3434

Think Like the Pro’s when it comes to Fire Damage

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Ascension Parish Fire Before and After Fire before and after from SERVPRO of Ascension Parish

Fire Damage is an absolute catastrophe for everyone involved in the fire. When its your home your left looking at a heap of black and charred rubble. Its unimaginable. You cannot comprehend the devastation. You want to start looking through everything to see what you can save and what you can salvage from this horrible experience. Your trying to find something to help you stay positive in this.

Fire damage Pro’s see the exact same loss but they see it through very different eyes.

All you see is the damage, fire pro’s see the potential restoration. You see your home before but they see the potential afterward.

When a person observes the burnt pieces of their homes they are seeing what they have lost. They see the burnt window panes, the charred appliances, the blackened walls and the smoot soaked mattress.

Just for a second try and see it like the pro’s see it. The professional fire damage restoration teams see the proteins, the synthetic materials and the natural materials.

As a pro, we see soot, we see protein and we see what and how we can fix it.

Whereas you see the burned-up parts of your stove, SERVPRO’s fire damage pros are looking at proteins. We’re looking for a greasy, yellowish, brownish substance that’s hard to see to the naked eye but puts off a strong smell. It looks like it’s sticky if you can see it. That’s protein residue. Protein burns slowly, which gives more time for the smell to penetrate your cabinets, floor boards, and duct work. It can also damage your paints and varnish.

You’ll be tempted to clean it; but PLEASE don’t. You don’t have the right chemicals for the job. If you don’t clean it correctly it can absolutely cause secondary damage or worse it can cause things that may be salvageable to be rendered non-salvageable.

SERVPRO fire damage pros have far more tools at their disposal so that they can clean the fire related chemicals in a way that removes the potentiality of secondary damage from incurring.

Fire Damage: You See Black; We See Natural Substances

When you’re looking at what’s left over from the fire, you’ll see a big heap with a few random objects peppered in that oddly survived. Maybe you’ll see your dining room table, an antique dresser or remnants of your favorite book. You’ll feel weird, like you can’t make sense of what happened.

SERVPRO’s fire damage pros don’t see it that way. They’re looking for natural substances. When you burn paper or wood, one of the byproducts is residue and odor. When natural substances like paper or wood burn they grey and black and feels like powder. Individual smoke particles are about the size of .004 microns. To put that in perspective it’s far smaller than a speck of glitter.

Every tiny particle can produce an odor and because they’re so tiny, when they’re trapped in the tiny cavities in your dining room table or your antique dresser, you’ll be able to smell it. But smoke damage doesn’t only happen where you can see it. Smoke can seep past the drywall and stick to the frame of your home.

You’ll be tempted to jump in and start cleaning, but don’t. You’ll want to grab a sponge and start scrubbing. Don’t. Instead, let a SERVPRO fire damage pro handle the problem. If you start cleaning and you don’t do it correctly, you won’t fix the problem, you’ll make it worse.

Why? When you have soot and fire damage, you’re dealing with a chemical reaction. A SERVPRO fire damage pro will first do an emergency pre-cleaning to halt the damage. Then, SERVPRO fire damage pros may clean up the odor with ozone. Ozone, an olfactory desensitizer, works by generating the molecule ozone. That’s 03. This molecule is reactive, and in a process called oxidation, the extra oxygen atom attached itself to other molecules and the pungent smell is eliminated.

You see devastation; SERVPRO’s fire damage pros see chemistry.

Fire Damage: You See Melted Computers; We See Synthetics

When you’re looking at the damage, you’re seeing all the memories you had like, perhaps, the first computer you built or an old DVD that mysteriously survived the blaze.

SERVPRO’s fire damage pros see synthetics.

When oil based materials burn—like your carpet, draperies, or the first computer you built—they’ll leave behind a thick, black residue. It will smear when you touch it. The problem with synthetic damage is that when it burns it starts a chain of chemical reactions. This means you need the right chemicals to solve the problem and it needs to be immediately addressed. If you don’t know what you’re doing, and you don’t have the proper chemicals to clean it, you’re going to make your problem worse.

In the end, when you’re looking at your fire damage, you’ll see so many things: you’ll see memories that burned with property, you’ll see melted bits of plastic that once housed your family photos and you’ll see devastation.

But when you call a fire damage professional, it’s our desire that you see something far more. Yes, we want you to see the synthetics, the natural materials and the proteins. But we also want you to see something far greater than that: hope.

Fire Damage: SERVPRO Restores Your Property and Your Life

Ultimately, when you’re dealing with fire damage it’s critical to call an experienced fire damage professional as soon as possible. You can’t do this alone. But we can help you restore your property and your life.

Get 24/7 Fire Damage Help with SERVPRO at (225)753-3434

It's not Spiderman it's Soot Webs!!!

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke Webs in Ascension Parish Ascension Parish Spiderman Visit

Soot and smoke from all types of fires can cause significant and profound damage to your home, office or property. Smoke and soot damage is a real challenge to clean up and remediate from all of the various nooks and crannies that those little black spiderwebs can hide in. The phenomenon of Soot webs looks like maybe a Fire Spiderman came through your house and shot some crazy webs but in reality those soot webs are from an accumulation of heavy smoke that can gradually cause these unique spiderweb looking soot webs in the corners and far reaches of your property.

What in the world are these Black Spiderwebs otherwise know as soot webs?

Well in all reality it is not a Spiderman character shooting those webs but instead it is caused when the fire consumes oxygen and then the particles in the air from soot cling to that oxygen and make long smoke/soot strands that float around the room through the air until the are blown into the corners of the room and make what looks like spiderwebs. These crazy soot webs actually rise due to the heat and the HVAC systems will push them to joists, corners, and different places in small spots. These are not burned spiderwebs and they are not dangerous but they do require someone well trained to clean them up properly so they don’t cause any secondary damage by spreading chemicals and soot throughout the area.

                How to get Soot Webs, Smoke and Fire Cleaned Up

Many people suffer from fires throughout the year or their neighbor suffers from fire and the smoke from their event can even transition into your home or property and it can be crucial to find a professional fire damage expert to clean it up. When building materials like wood, plastic, drywall, metal nails and personal objects burn they release smoke, soot and odor throughout the property and those things travel through the air and can land on anything and the chemical reaction from that soot and smoke can damage areas of the property that were not even near the fire. It is crucial to not try and wipe anything off without calling a professional to clean the smoke and soot up properly.

Call SERVPRO of Ascension Parish for Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup

The process of cleaning your home, property of business after a major fire or smoke event can be very difficult for an untrained person and can almost feel like your never going to figure it out. SERVPRO has been in business for over 50 years cleaning fire damaged properties. If your in the need for a Fire Clean up please give us a call at SERVPRO of Ascension Parish at (225)753-3434

What do the words “Standard of Care” mean when it comes Commercial Water Damage Restoration?

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Ascension Parish Commercial Water Loss Commercial Restoration in Ascension Parish

Commercial Restoration can be a very specific and detail oriented business. All commercial projects com loaded with many different shifting and complicated variables like source of water, Affected building materials, date of water intrusion, water category and class as well as the type of business that you are dealing with.  Following the guidelines for the proper industry Standard of Care provides a project template key metrics for an optimal outcome for our commercial water damage restoration customers. SERVPRO of Ascension Parish is committed to following and documenting the proper Standard of Care throughout the entire commercial water damage restoration project. At SERVPRO of Ascension Parish we will get your property back in order "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Standard for “Standard of Care”

The standard of care in the Commercial Restoration industry is pretty easy to find through the IICRC. The Standard of Care in Commercial Water Damage (S550) is a procedural industry standard for performing water damage restoration in commercial, industrial institutional, and complex residential structures, systems and furniture, fixtures and equipment. The Standard of Care is determined and updated by the restoration industry governing body, the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification)

Why is Water Damage Restoration Standard of Care Important?

Following the Standard of Care matters on commercial water damage restoration projects because SERVPRO of Ascension Parish is committed to providing the industry’s optimal efficiency and outcome for every customer in every circumstance. Choosing SERVPRO of Ascension Parish as your restoration contractor ensures that your loss will be mitigated according to the highest industry standards, saving you time and money against recurring or secondary loss such as structural instability or microbial growth. Following the Standard of Care for commercial water damage restoration gets you back in business and protects your structure, customers, employees, and reputation.

Furthermore, should the loss be an insurance claim, the carrier will expect and require adherence to the Standard of Care in order to consider the claim.  Accurate documentation includes detailed photographs of the loss and the progress, the Advanced Record of Drying Conditions Report, Inspection Report (updated daily during the drying period).

Standard of Care  – a professional company will provide documentation and proof of work.

As a valued commercial ERP (Emergency Response Program) customer, you are presented with your Standard of Care Packet following the successful mitigation of the loss. Your representative will review this packet with you in a debriefing conversation. The document is for your records in case a question arises or should you decide to sell the property. The Standard of Care Restoration Packet includes photographs of the loss, the drying documents, the work authorization, and any other documents specific to your loss and industry.

Standard of Care – Your Goal is Our Goal

The Standard of Care in commercial water damage restoration is sophisticated and can be complicated to execute successfully, but choosing SERVPRO of Ascension Parish for your commercial water loss makes it easy for you. You call us… we take care of the details for you.

For more information on our Commercial Water Damage services please contact SERVPRO of Ascension Parish at 225-753-3434  or contact us to get started on an Emergency Response Plan for your business.

Commercial Water Damage….your first call is always SERVPRO

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Ascension Parish Large Loss - crew standing in front of office Large Loss of Ascension Parish

As a Property Manager, Facility Manager or Director of Large Properties when a large water loss strikes it can be daunting as to who to call first. Y9u may feel overwhelmed and confused during these situations especially as you watch the water flow into your property without any idea how to stop it or how to fix it. These types of emergencies can be dramatic and emotional for any manager. Watching your facility flood can be heart wrenching as the walls, furniture and desks become saturated. Business operations will cease and when you and your staff can get everything back to normal is a complete mystery.

What do you do? Who do you call? Who is going to help you? These are all pertinent questions but let’s start with the first step….Shut Off The Water at the water main. This will save hundreds and thousands of gallons of water from flooding your facility. It is literally one of the most important things you can do at this point. Essentially, stop the bleeding. Next step, take all the pictures and videos that you can stomach. When it comes to these claim’s documentation is your best friend so document, document, document.

What next? Who can you call? Can they handle a job of this magnitude? Will they be able to get there immediately so as to avoid any secondary damage to the property in question. Most Restoration companies won’t be able to come out until the next day and then much more damage will have already occurred. It is essential that any facility manager or property manager have a Commercial Restoration contact to call when this happens who can get out there ASAP and help get things under control. SERVPRO offers access to this service to all of our Emergency Ready Plan customers.

Lets Break It Down:

Within the first hour water will find the path of least resistance and saturate everything in its path. Stains and finishes will release from furniture and could cause long term and permanent damage to flooring and carpets. All paper goods will become unsalvageable due to saturation. From one to 24 Hours drywall begins to swell and tear apart, metal surfaces begin to tarnish due to moisture, all laminated furniture begins to split or swell and then crack apart.

Between 48 hours and a week mold, mildew and other contaminants will begin to grow on all surfaces and spread throughout the property. Metal begins to rust, corrode and pit mark due to the moisture in the air. All wet furniture will begin to warp and sway and then show signs of mold on the surface. Paint throughout the facility will begin to blister and peel away from the structure. Windows, doors, casings, and studs begin to swell and warp. Wood flooring begins to swell, warp, or buckle. Persons with respiratory concerns or compromised immune systems could experience distress or a heightened sensitivity to allergens from microbial growth.

After one week of water damage and saturation all claim costs and reconstruction time and cost increases due to more extensive restoration. Structural safety and health concerns may pose serious hazards to occupants

The fact of the matter is that SERVPRO of Ascension Parish is Your First Call for Commercial Water Damage Restoration

At SERVPRO of Ascension Parish we’re here to help you 24/7/365. Your phone call will be answered by a live person who will connect you to a commercial project manager in minutes. It’s a good feeling to speak to a restoration professional who will dispatch an emergency water mitigation crew to help right away. The crew is onsite with a guaranteed arrival time of 2 hours (it’s usually within the hour). The emergency crew responds with water mitigation response trucks and trailers loaded with equipment and also brings years of commercial restoration experience to stop the water damage by extracting water, moving and protecting your contents from harm, and placing water mitigation equipment such as commercial air handlers and dehumidifiers. You may need large loss restoration equipment such as the SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss trailer which is a water removal system that can handle large drying spaces and has a custom setup unique to your space.

Along with the water mitigation crew, your commercial restoration project manager will arrive to assess the loss and to help you develop your emergency business continuity plan so that vital operations remain intact during the loss and reconstruction. Your project manager also serves as your liaison with your insurance company, should you need to file a claim. When your building is dry, your project manager will lead the reconstruction team to perform any needed repairs, all while keeping you and your team apprised of timelines and details.

All of these measures are available and deployed simply by making SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge your first call for commercial water damage restoration…(225)753-3434.

SERVPRO of Ascension Parish comes to the Aid of Delgado Community College

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

Delgado and Servpro of Ascension Parish Project Coordinator Tim Credeur and Delgado Baseball Coach Joe Scheuermann

On August 29th 2021 many people in Southern Louisiana were dramatically affected by Hurricane Ida and the devastation it left in its path throughout the state of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region. Thousand of homes, businesses, institutions and state properties were severely affected by the rain fall, wind damage and hurricane force storm surge that swept throughout the state and local principalities. One of the major institutions that was affected by Hurricane Ida was the 100 year old institution of Delgado Community College which has 8 separate campuses around the New Orleans and south Louisiana region.

Delgado Community College is one of the largest technical and trade colleges in the south and is responsible for putting more young people into the workforce than almost any other institution in South Louisiana. The project coordinator Tim Credeur was dedicated to get the campuses back up and running as soon as possible due to the needs of the kids enrolled and the incredible work that the teachers and faculty are doing building the Louisiana economy with the workforce of the future.

The Main Campus sustained some water damage to its main building due to roof failures. This building was originally donated to the University by Isaac Delgado in 1921. Isaac Delgado was a businessman and sugar dealer who migrated to New Orleans from Jamaica in the late nineteenth century. He was a very successful businessman and through these efforts became a charitable philanthropist who became a significant benefactor in the areas of the arts, medicine and education throughout the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan area.

The SERVPRO of Ascension Parish Storm Team work to remediate multiple buildings on all 8 campuses including the baseball field. Our teams worked tirelessly to get the college back up and running and get those students back in their classrooms. The faculty and students were blown away with the professionalism and sped that the team worked in getting the campus back up and operational in weeks. For any questions or concerns please give us a call at (225)753-3434

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium calls on SERVPRO following Hurricane IDA

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro of Ascension Parish at LUMCON LUMCON calls in SERVPRO of Ascension Parish following Hurricane Ida

On August 29th much of the coastal regions of south Louisiana took major damage but the area known as Cocodrie, LA took some of the worst damage in the state’s history by taking the category 4 hurricane straight on. In Cocodrie, La there is a place called the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and it looks like a real live space station on earth. LUMCON as it is known is actually a research laboratory that uses education and outreach to enable the next generation of marine scientists and ocean literate citizens. LUMCON also builds and expands collaborations among marine scientists across Louisiana by removing barriers and providing tools that bolster scientific investigation. LUMCON is a Louisiana state treasure to say the very least and at SERVPRO of Ascension Parish we were honored and privileged to get the call from them to help them restore their facility after such a devastating loss.

          I turned out that LUMCON had very formidable structures and engineering to minimize the affect of major hurricanes and storms but one of those preventative measure failed and that was the storm shudders. During Hurricane Ida the storm shudders in front of many of the windows failed to prevent the wind and water from entering the building through various seams in the building. The result was a large intrusion of water in various spots throughout the facility which caused major water damage to the dorm rooms, living areas and laboratory facilities as well.

          Project Manger Louis Bergeron was brought in to identify and interpret the damage and then help build a scope of work to remediate all non-salvageable building materials and then dry the remainder of the building. Mr. Bergeron worked with a labor staff of 85 individuals to not only get out all of the damaged materials but clean and dry-out out the remaining portions of the facility to IICRC standards. The project was one for the record books and was completed in record time and with the highest level of professionalism and craftsmanship. LUMCON will be back good as new after the reconstruction process is completed in early 2022. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please let us know at SERVPRO of Ascension Parish (225)753-3434.