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Water Damage Baton Rouge – Part #1

 

ufwd_circle_rgb_lores United Fire & Water – 4117 Rhoda Dr – Baton Rouge LA, 70816

 

United Fire & Water Damage of Louisiana, LLC is a CERTIFIED CONTINUING EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR – WATER DAMAGE #101 & MOLD REMEDIATION

  • LOUISIANA REAL ESTATE COMMISSION
  • LOUISIANA STATE BOARD OF CONTRACTORS
  • LOUISIANA STATE BOARD OF INSURANCE

ATTENDEES FOR CE INCLUDE PROFFESSIONALS FROM FACILITY MAINTENANCE DEPARTMETS AT LSU, ENTERGY, WHITNEY BANK, CAPITAL ONE BANK, THE ADVOCATE, AND FEMA. WE HAVE HAD PROFFESSIONAL ENGINEERS, ARCHITECTS, BUILDERS, REAL ESTATE AGENTS, INSURANCE ADJUSTERS AND PRODUCERS ATTEND.

Classroom 2 Flood Room

     Classroom                                                             Floodroom

Our day to day services include:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation – LA State Lic #250487
  • Indoor Air Quality Testing
  • Mold Sampling
  • Odor Control

 

For Real Estate and Insurance Professionals our services include:

  • Free Estimating & Project Consultation Services for Real Estate and Insurance Agents, Adjusters and Insured.
  • Continuing Education

 

For Property Management  and Facility Maintenance Professionals our services include:

  • Preferred Service Provider Program
  • Planned response
  • Pre positioned and discounted pricing on restoration services
  • Defined Response times
  • Continuing Education

 

States that we have been called into to for catastrophic response include:

  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Arizona
  • Texas
  • Alabama
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • New York

 

Our primary area of service is the Greater Baton Rouge area and we generally have a response time of 60 minutes or less in this area. If you have had water damage Baton Rouge residents – call THE local experts!

We also service the Greater New Orleans and Lafayette areas with less frequency, and our emergency response times for those areas are in the 2 hour range.

We also provide Catastrophic Response Services for the entire Gulf Coast Region. We typically can be on scene within 24 hours of the roads being passable


 

Section #1 – Water Damage

Water Damage

United Fire & Water Damage of LA, LLC does water and fire damage restoration work.

What does that mean??

What is the difference between reconstruction and restoration?

What’s the difference between a general contractor and a restoration contractor??

ANYONE EVER HAD WATER OR FIRE DAMAGE IN THEIR HOME OR BUSINESS?

What was your experience like?

Did you have items like flooring removed and then replaced?

Were some items RESTORED?

United Fire & Water has a fleet of specialized equipment that we use to restore certain items, in certain restoration circumstances.

Equipment

If we have a fresh water incident we typically can restore EVERYTHING that got wet.

What does this mean? It means that we can save thousands of dollars and lots of the headaches associated with demo and reconstruction. That’s what a restoration contractor does – restoration contractors are paid to save items that might otherwise be discarded.

Before we have a conversation about different classes and categories of water damage… lets talk about CAT 1 water, which is a loss that involves fresh water.


Rapid Structural Drying **

In the early years of the restorative drying industry we were mostly concerned about drying carpet and carpet cushion.

In the early to mid-1980s, our industry underwent a significant paradigm shift. We began to recognize there was much more to be concerned about when a building suffers a traumatic intrusion of unwanted water.

Rapid structural drying addresses the issues we find in a CAT 1 water loss by quickly drying the wet structure.

We do this as a “professional restoration” company.

Traditional general contractors will typically remove and replace many items that (with todays technology and the proper training) ARE RESTORABLE

Our goal is to “restore” as much of the damaged structure as possible.

Rapid structural drying will reduce cost in CAT 1 water loss

This process eliminates any need to remove and then replace wet carpet and pad, baseboard, shoe molding etc. in a CAT 1 water loss

Lets talk about what is required to dry out materials as opposed to removing and replacing any items that got wet.

Lets also discuss the difference in cost.

And how about lost revenue. Does it take longer to remove items and rebuild a structure? Or to restore those same items?

Rapid structural drying typically reduces the time it takes to close a claim by not including any type of reconstruction

This ensures that the property / business / apartment / home is in a livable condition more quickly

Giving the owner less down time and greater income / productivity


 

The Principles Of Drying…

Principle 1: Physical Removal Of Water 

I assume that you took a shower this morning – correct? What was the first thing that you did after stepping out of the shower? You grabbed a towel right? You grabbed a towel and you dried yourself off – you “removed the excess moisture” from your body.

In the restoration industry the towel in drying yourself off is the extraction process – where we physically remove the water from a structure. We do this with truck mounted and portable extraction equipment.

Removal of water in the liquid state is 500 times more efficient than changing liquid to vapor with air movers and removing the vapor with dehumidification.

Specialty tools have been designed to remove maximum amount of water out of carpets and cushions such as the Hydro-X Extreme, RX20 or the Water Claw.

These tools typically require more time, so expect a higher line item charge for water extraction, but they can reduce the number of equipment rental days due to their efficiency.

In many cases, removing carpet cushion or other structural items like baseboard and sheetrock may not be necessary using Rapid Structural Drying techniques.

 

Water Extraction - United Fire and Water              Toweling off


 

Principle 2: Evaporation

So, you have towel dried yourself. Are you still wet though? How about your hair? Is your hair still wet? Of course it is…. you cant completely dry your hair with a towel. So whats next? The blow drier…. you are going to “promote evaporation” by using a blow drier.

 

Blow Dry

 

In the restoration industry we use high velocity air movers to promote evaporation and to dry out the remaining wet materials, like carpet and pad, drywall, baseboards, etc.

Over the last few years, new types of air movers have been introduced that provide much higher air movement at lower amperage and are specifically designed for Rapid Structural Drying.

DriEaz                 Phoenix


 

Principle 3: Balanced Evaporation & Dehumidification

We just used the blow drier to dry our hair. What happened to that moisture that was in your hair? Did it go into the air in the bathroom? Did this make the bathroom really humid, and damp? This seems like it might be an issue…. who here has seen the dingy bathroom with mold and mildew all over the place?? Could this bathroom be a result of high moisture content / humidity?

So what is the third step in “getting your body dried off?”

Ventilation – or in the restoration world – dehumidification.

Dehumidification? …..That sounds expensive. Dehumidification is the mechanical equivalent to ventilation – and it can be expensive. Not as expensive as the mold problem you’ll have on your hands if the property is not dried out thoroughly though.

But Kevin –  what if the air outside is really dry?? Cant I use the outside air to ventilate and dry out my water damaged property? Yes – we can use ventilation too… but that means leaving doors and windows open to the world. And I like my stuff, so I dont typically leave my home wide open.

And if even if I could leave the doors and windows wide open – what if it’s really humid outside (like it is here in Baton Rouge today) – can I use wet air to get a humid bathroom dried out?

So we typically use dehumidifiers to balance evaporation. In other words, the moisture being put into the air from the air movers has to be taken out of the air, or secondary damage may occur.

Desiccant         Vent                                   Phoenix Dehu


 

Principle 4: Temperature Control

Last…. when you used the blow drier to get your hair dried out – what was the temperature of the air? Was it hot? Do you think the heat made a difference?

heat

Anyone here own a fish tank? How often do you need to add water to the tank? Once every couple of weeks perhaps?

Anyone here ever boil water on their stove? How often do you need to add water? About every 15 minutes or so – correct?

Does heat play a role in evaporation – I think so!!!

Maintaining proper temperature is critical in drying a structure quickly. Warm air holds more moisture than cool air; therefore, warm air will increase the rate of evaporation.

 

Stay tuned for Part #2 of our series on Water Damage 

United Fire & Water Damage of LA, LLC

4117 Rhoda Dr

Baton Rouge LA, 70816

225.755.7923

www.unitedfireandwater.com