What Are Some Effects of Fire Damage in a House?
Just because fire missed direct contact with something doesn't mean it escaped fire damage.
Fire damage is a lot more common than anyone would like it to be. However, other than the fire itself, there is a lot more damage that happens from the event from elements such as smooth, soot, ash, stains, and odors. Preventing the fire in the first place is always advisable, but in case a fire breaks out, it is important to know how to deal quickly with the other problems that come with it.
Fire, out in the open, is hot, but when you have a fire inside a building with different materials burning simultaneously, it can get extremely hot. In fact, it is hot enough to burn durable materials such as steel and even glass. When firefighters use high-pressure water to put a fire out, the pressure of the water also breaks and damages a lot of things, and most materials cannot withstand the sudden change in temperature.
These problems combined can cause major structural damage in the building, especially if the fire has been burning for extended periods of time. Other than the belongings, the walls, floor, and roof need to be inspected to ensure they are safe to use before the reconstruction process begins.
The other main problem is smoke. Different fires yield different smoke. Considering how many things are burning in the house fire, it's hard to say what the exact chemical composition of the smoke will be. In any case, these particles will pollute the air, becoming a health hazard for humans and animals.
Even in areas where there is no apparent fire damage or visible smoke, the air can still be polluted because of the chemicals from the smoke. This is why it is important that you have the air quality in the building, and even the buildings surrounding the site, inspected before people may enter. Contact with such air can lead to various breathing problems, red eyes, nausea, and cognitive problems.
Soot is often confused with ash, but they are two distinct things. Soot is a tiny and light particle with an oily nature. Because of its size and density, it can easily float around with the smoke and reach other areas of the home. It has the typical smell of burnt carbon, which can contaminate otherwise unaffected areas. Inhaling this substance is possible since it is present in the air and can lead to all kinds of breathing-related problems. Getting soot on your skin can lead to irritation and redness and, in extreme cases, can even result in the development of cancer because of exposure.
Small fires can be put out with an extinguisher, but larger fires will nearly always require water. It is counterintuitive, but water damage is a major problem in house fires. There are two ways that this can happen.
First, the water discharged by the sprinkler system or water used by firehouses to put out the fire will also start damaging the property.
As it collects, it will dampen and damage floors, walls, and belongings.
Second, as the fire rages, it will heat pipes in the plumbing, which can cause them to explode and leak water into the facility. Again, this will lead to all kinds of water damage, including corrosion and rust.
If these issues are left untreated, they can lead to the development of mold, fungus, and other pests from too much water.
If you have experienced a fire, you must know there is a lot more that will be done than just putting the fire out. Ideally, you should have an expert look at your property and give you an in-depth evaluation of the entire structure. Then you should hire some experts to help you with the reconstruction process.
If you have suffered fire damage in your home, contacting a professional restoration company like SERVPRO is important. We have the experience and equipment necessary to restore your home back to its pre-fire condition.
Slow Pipe Leak vs. Burst Pipe and the Damage They Cause
Leaking pipes, no matter the size, should be cause for some alarm.
Any type of water leak or flood can devastate to a home, so it's important to be prepared for them. Nothing should be ignored, from major problems like burst pipes to minor problems like pipe leaks that are frequently dismissed; they can pose serious risks and significantly damage your home.
A slow pipe leak is just as damaging as a burst pipe because both can have severe structural, financial, and health consequences. These issues should be addressed immediately to protect your home, family, and other possessions.
Slow Pipe Leak vs Burst Pipe
A slow pipe leak can cause as much, if not more, damage than a burst pipe. Slow pipe leaks can go undetected for a long time, causing significant damage to your home.
A burst pipe can cause flooding in minutes, but slowly leaking pipes can go undetected for weeks, months, or even years. The unawareness of this water damage makes it so dangerous. It can cause structural damage to your home's walls and ceiling, which can be fatal in the event of an accident.
A slow pipe leak can also be hazardous to one's health because the damp areas created by water seepage can encourage mold growth, a type of fungus that can spread quickly if not treated on time.
Mold growth can cause mild health problems like runny nose, cough, eye irritation, headache, wheezing, sneezing, sore throat, etc., or more serious ones like aspergillosis, sporotrichosis, lung irritation, histoplasmosis, etc. People with pre-existing illnesses such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, etc., are more prone to its effects.
Burst pipes, leaking pipes, and poorly fitted appliances can lead to water damage, which can be disastrous to a property.
With a burst pipe, the signs are obvious and instantaneous, like flooding, but for slow pipe leaks, discovering it immediately is difficult, and you may notice it much later after it has damaged your home, destroyed your belongings, and affected your and your family's health.
However, there are a few warning signs you can look out for detecting slow pipe leaks in your home. They include the following:
Increased Utility Bill on Water Usage
The simplest way to detect a slow pipe leak is to check your water bill or meter. Consciously observing your water bill can alert you to a potential pipe leak, and you can then look for other signs and prepare to prevent further damage.
Wall and Ceiling Deterioration
Check for cracks in your walls or ceilings, distorted, deformed, or bowed panels, wobbling wallpaper, lifting edges, etc. These signs indicate that your plasterboard has absorbed a significant amount of moisture due to water seepage from the leaking pipe; it should be replaced immediately.
A Drop in Water Pressure
A drop in your home's water pressure is another sign of a pipe leak. When there's a leak, the water pressure in other parts of your home may drop. If you notice this, try to look around and if you can't find it, call a professional.
Poorly fitted washing machines and dishwashers can also cause water leaks. If they're not installed properly, water may leak out and affect nearby areas. Puddles forming around vinyl flooring, warping or buckling of real or laminated wood, and water or salt marks on adjacent walls are warning signs.
If you notice any of these leak signs, fix the problem immediately to avoid further damage. You may be tempted to believe that a minor leak isn't a big deal and that it's easy to rectify. However, minor leaks can quickly escalate into larger problems and plumbing issues. The sooner it's repaired, the safer your home or company will be.
If you suspect a slow pipe leak, please call SERVPRO at (225) 753-3434 for assistance. We're here to help!
Help! The Storm Knocked Down a Tree onto My House!
If you see downed trees, limbs, and other debris, don't panic. There are people who will know what to do.
Home accidents caused by events such as floods, hurricanes, storms, etc., can be very upsetting, and they are often hardly avoidable, no matter how much effort is put into preventing them. In such cases, you should take all necessary precautions to prevent further damage to your home, and if done correctly, you can have your home looking brand new in no time.
Disasters and home accidents should not be allowed to linger for too long, as this could exacerbate the problem and cause additional damage.
Do Not Panic.
The last thing you should do in this scenario is panic or fret. Such emotions should not be allowed to rule at this time because they destroy all forms of logical thinking and reasoning.
You want to be in the right frame of mind to think properly and make the right decisions. This includes ensuring the safety of your family, securing your pets, preventing potential gas accidents by turning off your gas pipe, turning off your power source to avoid a short circuit that could cause a fire outbreak or an explosion, and closing your water source to prevent indoor flooding in case there is a broken pipe that leads indoors.
These can cause large-scale accidents if not addressed immediately; avoid panicking and spring into action. Be relaxed, and do the same for those around you to keep them from acting irrationally or unreasonably.
Contacting a Storm Damage Restoration Company
The next step is to contact a storm damage restoration company. Cases like this are usually dangerous and delicate, and experts and professionals should handle them. Contacting a professional will allow you to have your home remediated in a timely manner.
Aside from that, contacting a restoration company helps you identify aspects of your home with cases that could trigger a larger accident. Experts with years of experience will ensure that all other possibilities of further damage are prevented, allowing them to work fast on the already damaged part, assess the level of destruction, and develop a plan to meet your needs.
Another concern is selecting the right storm damage restoration company; with so many options available, how does one know which to choose amid such a crisis? Here are a few things to think about when deciding on the best storm restoration company to work with.
Look for licensed and insured companies: Make sure the company you choose is licensed to prove they're certified and insured.
Ensure that the company has experience restoring homes after a storm: Be well-informed, check the company's track record, and ensure that they have successfully restored the homes of others.
Determine the company's reputation: Finally, ensure that the firm has a good reputation and is well known for handling such cases thoroughly and effectively.
What can you expect from a company once you've decided on one? Here are some services they should provide:
- Damage assessment
- Action plan development
- Water removal and drying
- Repair and restoration of damaged property
When a storm knocks a tree onto your home, contact the right expert for the job. Do not be worried or concerned. If you live in an area prone to natural disasters like storms, floods, and hurricanes, keep the contact information of a reputable damage restoration company on hand as a preventive measure. This will always ensure the safety of your property.
Contact SERVPRO at (225) 753-3434, and we'll help you get your home back to normal. We are experts in disaster restoration and have the experience and resources required to handle any situation. We'll work quickly to assess the damage and devise a plan of action that meets your needs and budget. So don't put it off any longer; call us right away!"
When we get the call, SERVPRO shows up FLEET STYLE!
SERVPRO EBR shows up in a Fleet!
Recently a very prominent apartment complex had a very large and potentially costly accident. There was a small fire in one unit on the 4th floor and subsequently the fire extinguishers in the entire building turned on and flooded a good percentage of the building with residents still in their units. SERVPRO received the call and quickly took action to get to the scene loaded up and ready to help.
In only 30 minutes we have multiple box trucks, trailers and numerous technicians onsite extracting water and placing drying equipment throughout the apartment complex so as to minimize any demolition needed for the owners and save as much time and money as possible for all of the parties involved. SERVPRO's qick and decisive action in this situation saved the aprtment complex thousands of dollars in possible repair cost as well as salvaged numerous pieces of furniture and personal effects for many of the residents of the apartments.
Water restoration can be a very difficult and expensive project but this can be absolutely minimized if a qualified team of professionals can get to the jobsite quickly and begin working immediately. Water damage is a little bit like compound interest but in a bad way. The longer the water sits the more extensive the damage and the damage just compounds over time. At SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge our crews are always ready 24/7/365 to answer the call for our customers and clients who need our help.
To make this process easier we offer a free ERP (Emergency Readiness Plan) to our contracted clients. An ERP is a full walk through of your facility with one of our trained specialists to determine potential hazards, identify water mains, power mains, gas mains, safety hazards, insurance providers and all other details that are specific to your business or building. With an ERP in place our team can show up to your property and begin working in the quickest and most efficient manner possible and utilize this FREE online app to minimize time and therefore dramatically decrease the cost of any emergency that your property many face.
If your interested in an ERP for your facility please give SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge a call today to book a meeting with one of our commercial specialists. Give us a call at (225) 753-3434
People Choose SERVPRO because of PROFESSIONALISM!
Many clients bring us special gifts due to our speed and professionalism!
People choose SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge due to Professionalism. Our teams strive to not only provide the most elite level of Emergency Management for our clients but we do it in the most professional manner possible and with a smile. We know that we cannot build a business from one job but we can build a business by showing up and giving our best effort to each and every loss that comes into our system. Very often we are giving incredible treats and thank you's from our clients due to our efforts and dedication on the job. Check out these 3 reasons Why SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge stands above the crowd when it comes to restoration and helping you family in emergency situations.
The first reason that SERVPRO stands above our competitors is that we promise that if we don't answer the phone when you call, we will give you a call back in less than one hour. Thats right less than one hour. Our technicians and team or standing by to respond to your needs in less than 1 hour.
The second reason that SERVPRO stands above the competition is that we have a firm committment to respond to your home or business within 4 hours of talking to you. We will get whatever equipment is needed to mitigate your emergency and we will have techs onsite working for you in less that 4 hours to solve your emergency related problems.
The final reason that SERVPRO stands above the competition is that we will provide a full Initial Loss Report to you the client detailing the problem and the solutions we have decided upon in less than 8 hours from the time of the call. This means we will make sure that you as a client understand the big picture problem and our strategy to solve it for you and your business in less than 8 hours.
The SERVPRO 1-4-8 Service Response Guidline is our standard of doing business and realistically we beat those numbers 99% of the time because we are dedicated to you and to our work. That is one of the main reasons so many people trust the SERVPRO name when it comes to emergency services that they need handled for their family or business. It is also probably why clients give us so many cookies and gifts as well!
If your in need give us a call at SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge at (225)753-3434
Why SERVPRO...Community Involvement!
Drake in the Community
SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge is synonymous with the word community. We work with local schools, universities, churches and government bodies to have a positive and lasting effect on the local Baton Rouge community. Recently SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge utilized its box trucks to drive around the city of Baton Rouge and collect large boxes of donated non-perishable food items for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. A couple times per week Drake and another person would pick up all of the supplies from local stops like schools and libraries and then drop them off at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for distribution throughout the community.
These donations were used within our community to help those less fortunate during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to have a wonderful meal. As a company we are here to also use our time and resources to help those in the community that we believe need an extra hand, especially during times like the holidays. During the pickups and deliveries our teams met many different wonderful people who were donating to the community and we spoke with them about the holidays and the spirit of giving.
SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge has always been a partner in the Baton Rouge community for those less fortunate. The owner of SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge, Darren and Tiffinie Burychka, have always had a heart for the community of Baton Rouge and have used their business as a tool to give back through various charitable practices including food drives, school drives, support for the local food banks and donations to various organization within the community that lend themselves to supporting the community.
The employees at SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge have always been eager to held with any of the various opportunities to serve that have presented themselves. For more information please give SERVPRO of East Baton rouge a call at (225)753-3434
The SERVPRO of EBR team relaxing at a Saints Game.
Last year in 2021 the state of Louisiana was hit very hard by Hurricane Ida and many other storms and the team at SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge was pushed to the absolute max. Some of team members were on the road for storm work away from their family for up to 8 weeks. During that time those individuals were working 7 days per week and up 16 hours per day to restore a number of very devastated properties throughout the New Orleans, Houma and Thibodeaux region. Our company saw record numbers of people affected by these water losses and we as team came together to give our everything to help restore all of our clients families and homes back to their pre-storm condition.
Louisiana as a whole took a major hit. SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge was called upon by the State of Louisiana to mitigate and restore many different state run properties that were significantly affected during the Hurricane season. Our team was trusted to get the job done in some very dire circumstances and SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge not only pulled through with shining colors. Our teams mitigated huge losses like all 8 campuses of Delgado Community College, NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts), Chabert Hospital, LUMCON (Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium) and many more as well. Our teams completed the jobs with rave reviews and we saved hundreds of thousands of dollars for these properties and the state of Louisiana.
After the dust settled and we all had a chance to catch our breath the Burychka's took everyone to a much needed New Orleans Saints game to rest, relax and fellowship with one another. These moments are what create such a special team of people who are willing to go head long into the storm and find a way to help people. We are SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge and we are a TEAM!
VA Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA
SERVPRO as a company has always been a huge supporter of the US Military and Veterans. SERVPRO corporate has a cooperative effort and program in place to hire veterans as Restoration Technicians and Crew Chiefs throughout the company when they get our of the service. Ex military personal make great employees due to their attention to detail, their focus on job related tasks and their discipline to get any job done that they encounter.
As SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge we have plenty of ex-military on staff including Production Manager Tom Winnfield, Job File coordinator Jayla Richardson and Large Loss Manager Tim Credeur. All of those individuals bring a level of professionalism and work ethic to the team that is rarely matched.
SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge was recently contacted to do some mitigation and reconstruction work at the local Baton Rouge Veteran Affairs Hospital and jumped at the chance to help a facility that offers so much care and concern to our US veterans. The building needed some waterproofing and some water damage mitigation that was handled pretty quickly by our water loss professionals. Our teams removed some water damaged walls and other various building materials and cleaned all of the remaining studs and spaces until the reconstruction came onsite and got everything looking and smelling as good as new.
The tram did such a good job that the owners of the facility asked us back to handle some light reconstruction and expansion projects for them in various wings of the hospital. Whether it is a residential project, commercial project or government project SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge is always on board to offer its services, but especially to our Veterans and the facilities that need for care and comfort. SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge is proud to partner and work with the VA Hospital in Baton Rouge to restore services and see our hero's treated as the hero's they are.
If you have any questions or needs please feel free to contact us at anytime at SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge by giving us a call at (225)753-3434.
Why SERVPRO? Consistent Team Training
Servpr of EBR owner Darren Burychka leading a Team Training evolution at the company warehouse.
At SERVPRO of Baton Rouge our Fridays mornings are always the same...all team members on deck for TRAINING. That's right, ALL TEAM MEMBERS. Our entire team gets together to focus on training for various aspects of the Restoration and Reconstruction Industry. The industry we work in changes every single day, we see new new challenges, new situations, new technologies and new procedures. As a team we believe that unless your learning on a regular basis, you will absolutely fall behind and struggle in the future.
SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge / Ascension parish senior management staff makes it a point to gather every employee under our roof for a weekly detailed training on various topics. In the picture you can clearly see SERVPRO EBR owner Darren Burychka leading the team in a training about these cool new drying pads that can be used to blow hot air into difficult areas and salvage building materials or flooring materials that would have been otherwise impossible to dry without this new technology. Our team meets to address new situations, discuss past projects and find creative and intelligent ways to improve our skills and abilities in the field.
Our team has a firm grip on the science or restoration and reconstruction specifically due to the focus of training. Our team is always willing to learn and grow and go above and beyond so that we can transmit that knowledge to our projects and save our clients both time and money. SERVPRO is a national brand that has been a staple in this industry for almost a century but the secret to our success is consistent and timely training that educates and empowers our workforce with the knowledge and skills to make key decisions in the moment onsite at a project.
SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge / Ascension Parish stands head and shoulders above our competition in technical abilities and in our profressionalism onsite. The majority of the credit for this goes back to our commitment to training and education. If your looking for the most educated and professional team of restoration and reconstruction specialists in south Louisiana look no further. Give us a call today so that we can help you solve any disaster you can imagine.
6 Signs That Indicate Water Damage
Signs of Water Damage in East Baton Rouge
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 East Baton Rouge 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