Signs of Water Damage
Water damage can be very detrimental to your home or business
The longer you wait after having water damage the more damage you are causing to your home or business. When you have water damage the best thing to do is shut off the water source that is causing the damage. If the damage is coming from something you are unable to cut off, you may need to contact a plumber in your area. Once this is completed, you will want to call the professional here at SERVPRO® of Ascension Parish. No matter how big or small, we will be able to help get it under control. Water damage can be difficult to spot but some signs you can look for in your home and business:
- Water rings on your ceiling or walls
- Soft or sagging on your ceiling or walls
- Wet or soggy carpets
- Warping in your wood flooring
The best thing to do is call an expert right away before the problem gets worse. Our highly trained technicians are waiting for your call. We have our specialized equipment ready to use to get to your emergency mitigated as soon as possible. Don’t wait until the problem gets worse, call our highly trained team at SERVPRO® of Ascension Parish.
Common Plumbing Issues In Older Apartment Complexes
4 Common Plumbing Repairs Needed in Older Apartment Complexes
Older apartment complexes are sometimes notorious for the complexity and obsolescence of their plumbing systems. It's just a fact of life for landlords. Therefore, it takes a bit of ingenuity to manage some of these antiquated systems. For example, units constructed in the time period of the 1970s to the 1990s sometimes still contain polybutylene piping, a material that has grown so out of favor in the plumbing industry that it is no longer recognized in building codes. Here are four common plumbing issues landlords of older rental units may need to face.
1. Clogged Drains. Since this can result in water backing up and flowing onto the floor, it should be addressed fairly quickly. Options for clearing a clogged drain include using a drain snake, employing a plunger, cleaning out the drain trap, and using a chemical cleaner.
2. Blocked Toilets. The methods for clearing a clogged toilet are similar for those fixing a clogged drain. However, since this could involve the overflow of contaminated water, the services of a reputable water remediation company should be considered if raw sewage spills out onto the floor.
3. Poor Plumbing Designs. This often involves the use of improper materials for pipes, such as polybutylene. If not replaced, this type of piping can result in burst pipes and extensive water damage. Poor design can also refer to the actual physical configuration of the pipes and might include an excessive number of twists and turns and elbow joints that impede water flow.
4. Damaged Discharge Lines. This refers to the lines that lead away from the property and join the municipal water lines. Over time, these lines not only age and weaken, but they also are vulnerable to damage from tree roots and other obstructions.
Some plumbing issues in older units are easier to fix, while others, such as the presence of polybutylene pipes, require major renovations. The services of a water restoration company can be a big help with water damage.
SERVPRO of Ascension Parish Restoration of a High School in Lake Charles, LA damaged by Hurricane Laura.
2020 was a very busy (and crazy) year for our Ascension Parish Franchise. We responded in full force to assist our community with COVID-19 response. In the last several months of 2020, several named storms: Hurricane Laura in the and Hurricane Sally kept our staff busy assisting with the cleanup along the Gulf Coast.
SERVPRO of Ascension Parish responded by assisting several large high schools, vacation condo facilities, businesses and more in the time after these storms. Our storm travel team was on the road assisting with mitigation and rebuild of these facilities for several months.
Being on the ground immediately following a storm allows SERVPRO of Ascension Parish to quickly gauge damage, prevent further damage by securing facilities, provide temporary power, begin the drying out process, and removing any debris on site. Once mitigation is completed, we can begin the rebuild process.
We worked hand in hand with insurance companies, adjusters, consultants and the clients to accomplish one goal: opening each businesses as soon as possible.
A special "Thanks" goes out to our SERVPRO of Ascension Parish family for their commitment and dedication to assisting those in need after a storm. This includes our production crews who have spent a month or more away from families, our office staff who are working overtime to support our storm team and ownership who is making sure we are prepared to get the job done.
The 2021 Hurricane Season is not to far off, beginning in June. We will be ready to respond if any community needs our assistance again.
SERVPRO: One Team
When the south-central region of the United States endured below-freezing temperatures for multiple consecutive days last month, thousands of Business Owners and Homeowners turned to one brand to help restore their homes and businesses that were affected by burst pipes and water damage: SERVPRO.
As the temperatures dropped, the number of customers affected by flooding caused burst pipes to quickly increase. By the end of the week, tens of thousands of home and business owners were calling SERVPRO to mitigate the damage.
There’s a reason why during the most historic cold snap in 70 years, residents of the south-central and southwestern part of the United States called SERVPRO. In fact, there are about 1700. These 1700 reasons show up in the form of franchises and crews that have left their home states, some for extended periods of time, to travel with their equipment and assist local franchises in the restoration of these homes and businesses that suffered water damage.
The amazing thing about choosing SERVPRO of Ascension Parish is that our customers don’t just get access to one restoration company, but they partner with a trusted name in the restoration industry that has access to a network of franchises that are willing to come and assist in historic events such as the one we as a region experienced in February of 2021.
So no matter if it’s hurricanes or freezes, SERVPRO of Ascension Parish is always ready to unite forces to help a region restore its communities, living true to the tagline: One Team.
Is Your Business Prepared for a Fire Emergency?
SERVPRO of Ascension Parish working on a Commercial Building Fire in Geismar, LA.
A fire is one of the most unpredictable forces in nature. Knowing how to escape one if it should break out at your Ascension Parish business can be key for reducing injuries to your employees and customers. Even if you have fire safety measures in place, such as ceiling sprinklers and fire extinguisher stations, a contingency plan can be as equally important when a blaze gets too big for you to handle alone. Asking yourself a few questions about your building’s layout and workforce can help you create an effective and viable escape plan.
Where Is Your Company Located?
The location of your business within a building can affect your evacuation plan, so this is a factor you will probably want to consider. Take a quick tour of your office space and note the specifics that might affect your planned route:
- The number of exits
- The floor your company occupies
- The condition of accessible stairwells
If you rent a building, ask your landlord to assist with creating the plan and whether you can modify any exits to make them safer during an evacuation. SERVPRO of Ascension Parish can also assist in putting a plan in place for your business for FREE.
Does the Plan Include Handicapped Routes?
Handicapped employees and customers can have difficulty reaching safety during an evacuation, so it is important to include special considerations for them in your contingency plan. Assign handicapped workers an evacuation partner to assist them in case of an emergency and create at least one route that is wheelchair accessible.
Are All Shifts Aware of the Plan?
If you have more than one shift working at your business, it is important that each understands the details of the evacuation strategy. Call in a fire damage and cleanup service to help you organize a company-wide information meeting on safety so you can perform drills and ensure all of your employees are prepared in case of fire.
Fires can break out without warning, even if your East Baton Rouge business is normally at low risk for such an event. Having an effective contingency plan in place helps to protect your employees and customers while offering you peace of mind as a business owner.
Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge is available 24 hours a day to restore your commercial property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, mold damage or COVID-19 disinfecting of ANY SIZE.
SERVPRO of Ascension Parish sends help to North Louisiana
SERVPRO of Ascension Parish Storm Team on site in North Louisiana.
As a major Winter Storm Warning went into effect early Valentine’s Day weekend, North Louisiana settled in for what was expected to be a long and cold week of record-breaking temperatures. With almost 2 million residents losing power and multiple businesses closed due to dangerous road conditions, the White House had officially declared a state of emergency over Louisiana. Rolling blackouts and empty grocery stores cast an eerie, almost apocalyptic spell over the usually warm and sunny climate the state is known for. Amidst unprecedented times, Winter Storm Uri was as singular in its effects as it was harsh in its weather. Our crews from SERVPRO of Ascension Parish responded to the Storm call to help home and property managers regarding water damages caused by burst pipes. Our trained technicians have slushed through several inches of water to find collapsed ceilings, ruined furniture, and buckled flooring that has forced residents into the homes of friends and neighbors. Though this event was uncommon, this is what we have been trained for. This is what sets SERVPRO apart — when you call us, you get access to over 1700 franchisees who are ready to respond to disasters at this scale. Winter Storm Uri was unprecedented and unlike anything we could have expected, it has also revealed the depth of commitment and strength that flows through the SERVPRO system. There’s a reason why tens of thousands of people have called us to restore the damage from their homes and businesses: because we show up.
SERVPRO Rapid Response
When any business suffers a structural disaster, the speed with which a team of fix-it professionals can begin making repairs is critical. An ability to handle the problem with haste is important to reducing damage. Therefore, having a 24 hour, round-the-clock restoration team available is a huge advantage. Here are some things worth knowing about SERVPRO of Ascension Parish rapid response abilities.
Elements of SERVPRO’s Speediness
Because they are designed with timeliness in mind, you should expect:
- Emergency calls to receive a response within an hour
- Fast site arrivals, a benefit of their more than 1,700 North American locations
- Inspections completed within 4 hours
- Briefings delivered within 8 hours
Whether the problem stems from water, fire, mold or COVID-19, SERVPRO’s fast response makes them a preferred vendor for most insurance agencies. Being always open means repairs can begin even in the middle of the night. That’s the power of SERVPRO’s 24-hour service.
Importance of SERVPRO’s Speediness
Imagine an office in Ascension Parish experiences a broken pipe or natural flooding. The longer it takes to clean up, the greater the level of destruction. Within minutes, water can seep into drywall, carpeting, and filing cabinets. Additionally, computers and other electronic equipment are likely to be ruined.
Within a day, additional issues may surface. Metal can begin to tarnish. Cubicle walls may become compromised and need to be thrown away. A distracting, unpleasant smell could start to develop.
Between two days and a week after the incident, mold may start growing. Wood floors might begin warping. Contaminated water will have probably spread, posing a health risk to employees. The cost of building rehabilitation will have grown exponentially.
Water Damage is just one scenario where the passage of time compounds problems. The same level of increased trouble occurs when delaying action under other scenarios.
Having a 24-hour team available to react to the most common types of office disasters is a true advantage. When calamity strikes at any hour, contact SERVPRO of Ascension Parish for prompt service.
We Are Local!
When you call SERVPRO of Ascension Parish you have the best of both worlds.
Not only are we a large company by name, we’re also local.
SERVPRO of Ascension Parish has served our community for over 28 years!
We have helped countless homeowners and business owners with their restoration needs when it comes to Fire, Water or Mold. With the recent pandemic, SERVPRO of Ascension Parish has worked tirelessly to make sure commercial properties are safe for employees and guests.
How does that benefit you?
- Our Owners and Employees are from the same community as you! We take pride in assisting those in our own areas.
- Having a national brand name and plenty of resources, we can assist on any job no matter the size.
- We sponsor local events and make donations as well to support and strengthen our community.
Being local is like being family so when that water or fire emergency strikes give us a call. We service homes or businesses! We are here to help!
SERVPRO: The Cleaning Experts
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today at SERVPRO of Ascension Parish.