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Did Recent Storms Leave You Rattled and Your New Orleans Home Flooded?

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Did Recent Storms Leave You Rattled and Your New Orleans Home Flooded? Storms can cause windows to crash bringing water into your home. SERVPRO is ready 24/7 to come to your rescue and dry your home!

Contact SERVPRO When Flood Damage Impacts Your New Orleans Home  

Flood damage can run any homeowner for their money. It can hit suddenly, and floodwaters can quickly overrun your home. For this reason, you need to act fast when combating flood damage; the quicker you react, the less time the excess water has to do damage to your home.  

The storm that caused flood damage to your New Orleans home had been broadcasted about on the news. However, it wasn't supposed to reach Louisiana according to the weather experts. When it reached the Gulf of Mexico, the hurricane unexpectedly regained speed and power from warm updrafts. Strong once more, the storm raged on until it hit your city hard and fast.  

Even though one of your reinforced windows failed, and allowed water inside, minimal damage occurred because the others held up. Using quick thinking, you put a table up against the window, trying to lessen the amount of water getting inside. Finally, you called for the professional help from SERVPRO.  

Your dining room ended up flooded with a few centimeters of water, a relatively small volume compared to what it could have been. Here at SERVPRO, we understand how time-sensitive water-based damage can be, and we understand how devastating flooding can feel for you, the homeowner. For this reason, we always hurry to arrive at your home as soon as possible after the call. We know that the quicker the floodwater removal occurs from your home, the better it is for the longevity of the structure.  

Our water damage restoration technicians (WRT) are highly trained and always come to your home outfitted with advanced technology. SERVPRO can start by removing the floodwaters from your home using industry-grade wet/dry vacuums and rover-mounted extractors. Both are designed to pull water out of your home as soon as possible.  

Our technicians can remove the table you used to stop the water and send it to our facility to be adequately dried. After removing the soaked carpeting, we can focus on drying the base of the floor underneath, using tools like dehumidifiers, flood drying mats, heaters, and ventilation fans. Once the moisture levels have been brought down, we can install new carpeting and then return your dining table to you.  

If you find yourself in need of professional flood damage remediation services, don't wait. Get in touch with SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank by dialing (504) 348-7526. No matter the time or the emergency, we're here for you. 

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A Fire Can Destroy Your Home In New Orleans Within Minutes

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A Fire Can Destroy Your Home In New Orleans Within Minutes If you need a second opinion or the expertise of our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team, give us a call anytime at (504) 348-7526.

The Reality Of DIY Fire Cleanup In Your New Orleans Residence

Fire damage is never something that inexperienced or unprepared individuals should attempt to restore in compromised New Orleans homes. There is a significant push for homeowners to save money, and perceived time, by working to clean up and restore fire loss effects and other disasters on their own. The alternative being pursuing the experience and fast response of professional technicians like our SERVPRO team to help in a more traditional sense. This approach is feasible, provided that the homeowner has a good idea of the immediate risks and obstacles that must get overcome to accomplish this restoration.

Compared to the extensive inventory of advanced recovery tools and products that our SERVPRO team has, homeowners addressing fire cleanup in New Orleans properties already start at a disadvantage. Damage assessment and debris removal in your house after a fire loss incident involve entering the property at a point when many of the vulnerabilities are still unclear and unknown. You cannot rush this portion of the recovery process, as it could lead to structural failures and injuries.

Having the right personal protective equipment is the first essential consideration that DIY enthusiasts need to make before entering their home again after a fire. With the severity of specific potential conditions that could exist in the environment, it is recommended that you have more than paper masks – but instead use half or full-face respirators that take cartridges. These are available at home improvement locations.

Cleaning up after fire losses involves specialty tools and products that you can also often find at home improvement locations. Chemical sponges, for example, can help to remove thin layers of residue and soot debris without staining the surface beneath. Because of its limited use, often not exceeding 50 square feet, you must purchase multiple units for widespread conditions.

Our professionals strive to provide every client with a cost-effective and efficient approach to fire loss recovery, but also want to make sure above all that area homeowners are approaching recovery and restoration safely. If you need a second opinion or the expertise of our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team, give us a call anytime at (504) 348-7526.

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After A Disaster In Your New Orleans Home, You Need To Call The Professionals At SERVPRO!

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO After A Disaster In Your New Orleans Home, You Need To Call The Professionals At SERVPRO! Contact us at (504) 348-7526, and we will make your home disaster “Like it never even happened.”

How SERVPRO Helps New Orleans Homeowners Bounce Back From Disaster Through Restoration Services

New Orleans homeowners know damage from fire, water, mold, and storms is a year-round threat. While there are appropriate measures property owners take to diminish the danger from fire and internal water loss issues such as pipe breaks and appliance failures, there is little that can be done to stop potential damage from hurricanes and flash flooding once the groundwater enters the home. None of those issues should be self-cleanup events; it is imperative to involve professional measures to ensure additional damages do not arise from foul odors or mold, requiring a further cost to mitigate.

The two most common rooms in New Orleans homes with water damage are the kitchen and bathroom. Anywhere there are supply lines, water pipes, or appliances that use water such as your washing machine or dishwasher, the potential to need water cleanup exists.

SERVPRO team members undergo extensive training to become certified as Water Restoration Technicians. This knowledge gives them the expertise to apply the correct equipment and techniques to lessen water loss for property owners. We spend extra time using our portable pumps, weighted extraction wands to remove as much excess moisture as possible from all affected areas, including within the walls and under floors. This action assists in lowering the drying time and the less time building materials and possession spend exposed to water, the higher the chance for recovery through restoration.

Wet carpeting and rugs, in many cases, have restoration potential with the assistance of our Carpet Cleaning Technicians. We have equipment such as weighted extraction wands to push water out of carpet and padding and specialized drying techniques that save the cost of replacement through our restoration services.

Using our air movers, we dry wet areas quickly. Then follow up with a thorough hand cleaning using our professional-grade disinfectant and antimicrobial solutions to eliminate the stale odors water damage sometimes leaves behind.

When fire damage happens in a New Orleans property, there are different levels of challenges for our technicians to address depending on the kind of fire. Scorching fires tend to leave a dry powdery residue that is not difficult to clean up, but the tradeoff is there is often more damage due to the high temperatures of the fire. When substances with plastic and rubber compositions burn, the temperatures are lower, and they leave behind thick residues that smear easily and require careful washing to prevent other damage such as driving in the soot into surfaces from improper cleaning.

SERVPRO Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians know there are cases where the best outcome that can occur from a fire is to get the property ready for reconstruction after the completion of fire cleanup efforts. Our training includes controlled demolition techniques for safely cutting away charred building materials and leaving undamaged sheetrock and wood behind for mitigation and prep for rebuilding the structure.

Once fire debris removal occurs, and we have completed any drying and air quality improvements such as running air scrubbers to capture airborne soot particles, we move on to odor control. Smoke damage is equal parts unpleasant and unhealthy to reside with and should have professional fire damage cleanup. As hot air expands during a fire, it can drive soot into porous objects that no amount of surface cleaning helps, only specialized equipment eradicates these deeply rooted odors.

Our technicians have multiple options when it comes to fire odor removal in a home. We have gel pellets that overtake bad odors and robust applications such as hydroxyl generators that utilize the power of UV rays to destroy odor-causing particles at the molecular level.

Using the term mold removal in New Orleans homes is inaccurate. Mold occurs naturally, and full removal of all airborne spores is not possible. However, the conditions that cause the spores to germinate and turn into colonies require addressing, so the infestations do not reoccur in the future. Our technicians determine the cause and give the homeowner recommendations for repairs needed to halt situations such as inadequate ventilation trapping humid air or a slow leak feeding mold colonies.

In many cases, mold odor is the first clue there is a problem in a home. Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians can reduce the effects of mold in a home to near-zero through our proprietary methods. We use containment techniques to stop the spread of spores during remediation and then follow up with thorough cleaning using HEPA filtration. After the removal and cleaning of the colonies, we clean surfaces with our antimicrobial solutions and apply a sealer over areas when needed to ensure the spores do not set up home again.

Storm damage is something New Orleans homeowners know comes with living in this area of Louisiana. Statistics show hurricanes make landfall in this area every 2.8 years on average. With these massive storms come flooding, high winds, and property damage.

When homeowners call SERVPRO to mitigate flood damage in a home, we arrive as quickly as possible to remove water from the house. If the home has flooded from groundwater, we ask that the residents do not come into contact with the water as you do not know what is in it until the completion of water testing for contaminants and toxins. In flooding situations, there is nowhere for the water to drain off to when the storm drains are over capacity, and when permissible, we port away water to the sewer system during flood water removal.

We have a lot of different water extraction equipment to give homeowners the best chance for saving as much of their home and contents as possible through speedy flood cleanup. Some standard equipment we use:

    •    Submersible pumps that work in deep water situations to perform water extraction quickly.
    •    Portable pumps allow multiple technicians to remove water at once.
    •    Truck-mounted units remove thousands of gallons of water from residential or commercial properties.
    •    Rovers are ride-on machines that use the weight of the technician to push water out of carpeting and other areas for fast extraction.

We tarp over damaged roofing or windows as needed during mitigation from storm or wind damage. Carpeting and furnishings may have restoration potential depending on the type of water loss they have incurred. Groundwater carries a rating as a category three biohazard, and the restoration of saturated carpeting to sanitary conditions suitable for use in a home is not possible. Other types of storm damage to the carpet and upholstered furniture may have restoration potential on a case-by-case basis. After thoroughly drying, we clean and disinfect the property, so it has hygienic levels for habitation.

Why SERVPRO? Our technicians undergo intensive training and continue their education as the restoration services industry evolves with new technology and procedures. We work with both homeowners and adjusters to make the insurance claims process less stressful and provide our Contents Claims Inventory System to document the restoration process step by step with detailed reports and photographs.

The SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank emergency response team is available to assist you 24/7 with any needed restoration services caused by damage from fire, water, mold, or storm. Contact us at (504) 348-7526, and we will make your home disaster “Like it never even happened.”

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Are Flood Barriers For Your Home In New Orleans Beneficial?

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are Flood Barriers For Your Home In New Orleans Beneficial? Give us a call anytime at (504) 348-7526.

Do Flood Barriers Work For Your New Orleans Home?

It can be a considerable challenge to prepare for flooding in your New Orleans home. While many products and time-honored traditions have helped others in the past or claim to be the next greatest innovation, flood barriers have become a staple purchased by many area homeowners looking to reduce the impact rising floodwaters have on their property. The question becomes: do these solutions work to prevent the water from reaching the house?

Something that most property owners should recognize is the force of these natural disasters, and how flood damage affects New Orleans homes swiftly and severely on occasion. In these situations, like the breaking of a levee, there is little time to establish these barriers or even more conventional approaches like blocking off entryways with sandbags and other water diversion tactics. At SERVPRO, we know how unexpected these disasters can be, so you may not have the opportunity to see if the barriers work or not depending on the circumstances.

In other instances, property owners can have more than a day to establish the right barrier system for their home, as lower lying areas are waiting for water to crest above a certain level at nearby bodies of water. This wait is an ideal opportunity to install the thick sheeting and fence posts around your home. When the floodwaters do begin to rise to a level where you have installed these barriers, you can dramatically reduce the flow that gets through to potentially prevent any floodwater from reaching the interior of your house.

These barriers work much like the edges of a pool liner and get constructed of similar durable material. Because of the excess tucked in towards the property and held tightly in place for the full proximity of the makeshift fence, even a higher volume of water pushing against it can often still get held back from intruding floods.

While many homeowners throughout the area have already seen the benefit in barrier systems and other preventive measures for potential flooding, our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team is here when you need us after disasters strike. Give us a call anytime at (504) 348-7526.

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How to Dry Water Damaged Structural Components of Your New Orleans Home

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Dry Water Damaged Structural Components of Your New Orleans Home We remove water damaged carpet and padding and any other water damaged materials.

Water Damage Teams in New Orleans Talk About Problems With Drying Exterior Walls

Plumbing failures happen quite often in New Orleans, and a small crack inside one of your water pipes can spill hundreds of gallons of H2O into your house in a short period. Once moisture starts to leak into the interior of your home, many of your contents and building materials can become the victim of water damage. In some more extreme situations, saturated building materials must be removed and replaced. Whenever our SERVPRO technicians mitigate water damage in any building, we work towards drying out and saving materials as opposed to removing and replacing them.  

The applied structural drying or ASD process can save you and your insurance company money during the restoration process. Also, when mitigating water damage in New Orleans, our SERVPRO team knows that drying out items can cause less disturbance to the building's occupants than tearing down walls does. However, if building materials lose their structural integrity once they get saturated, then the replacement of items is necessary.  

During many plumbing failure situations, many items such as your carpet and drywall become water damaged. Our water restoration technicians or WRTs at SERVPRO can usually dry out these items using air movers to circulate the air in the building and dehumidifiers to remove the moisture from the air. However, some building materials such as exterior walls can be challenging to dry out.  

Most exterior walls include a layer of insulation. The insulation is installed to trap heat inside a structure, but it can also work as a barrier to prevent air from getting pushed into exterior walls. In some situations, when insulation gets wet, the R-value drops and the material must get removed.  

However, when dealing with fiberglass insulation air can get pushed through the material, and exterior walls can be dried and saved. In some situations, our technicians drill holes on the bottom and top of your drywall so that air can circulate inside your wall cavities and dry out your exterior walls.  

If your house ever suffers from a plumbing failure, it is wise to call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 as soon as you notice you have a problem.

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Crucial Steps for Restoration of Homes Hit by Flood Damage in New Orleans

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Crucial Steps for Restoration of Homes Hit by Flood Damage in New Orleans Not only do we have the experience to handle all flood damage scenarios, but we also have the equipment to get the job done.

SERVPRO is Here To Help If Flood Damage Strikes Your Home

Whether flooding occurs after severe weather events such as storms or regular occurrences like torrential downpours, the resulting damages can be severe. In some cases, it might even seem impossible to restore your New Orleans home to its preloss state. Breaking down the process into stages helps minimize the burden faced. The process is also less stressful when you involve a professional team.

Soiling of contents and materials is one common aspect in many incidents of flood damage in New Orleans. It can result from sewage backup or floodwaters dumping silt, mud, and other debris inside the structure. The soils also contain different types of contamination, including chemicals such as pesticides, fuel oils, and even industrial wastes if the incident affects vast areas. It is easier for our SERVPRO technicians to deal with such soils because we have the necessary PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, including rubber gloves, boots, and full body suits. We can, therefore, wade into the flooded sections to start cleaning immediately without risk.

Flooding causes structural damage in different ways. The water permeates through different materials such as drywall, insulation, and even wooden framing, compromising their structural integrity. Flowing water and other dynamics such as strong winds pushing against the structure can also cause physical damage. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate the entire structure to determine the full extent of damages. We then tear down badly damaged section and replace the affected materials, eliminating traces of the damage "Like it never even happened."

Pungent odors that persist even after cleaning up soiled areas can make a restored house uninhabitable. Finding the source of the odor and neutralizing it through deodorization should eliminate the problem. Through OCT, Odor Control Technician training, our SERVPRO technicians gain different deodorization skills that help us deal with any odor. We can use masking agents, usually available in the form of time-release beads, to provide a sweet scent if we expect the odor to disappear naturally. We also use methods such as fogging, which atomize deodorizing agents allowing them to reach deeply embedded odor particles and neutralize them.

To manage flood situations better, call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank to help. You can reach us anytime at (504) 348-7526.

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Don’t Tackle Fire Damage Remediation In Your New Orleans Home Alone

6/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don’t Tackle Fire Damage Remediation In Your New Orleans Home Alone Soot and smoke remnants can quickly take over your home. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for fire damage remediation assistance.

Cleaning Wet Smoke Damages from Your New Orleans Home

The lingering symptoms following a fire in your New Orleans residence can be more than just challenging to live with, but they can be hazardous to the health of those exposed. With situations like smoke damage, these conditions can spread far from the initial ignition site, affecting a larger area and preventing families from moving on from the disaster. With multiple types of smoke damage and residues that can move throughout the property, you need a team of professionals with the experience, the equipment, and the advanced cleaning agents to address these concerns appropriately.

Wet smoke is a very hazardous fire damage effect for your New Orleans home and one that can be overly challenging for homeowners and property managers to handle on their own. Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive training to become Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and Odor Control Technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. With this experience in the niche of fire recovery, our professionals have the education to determine the type of smoke damage present and the best approach to restore the appearance in your house.

While dry smoke comes from hotter fires that move quickly, wet smoke comes from the opposite. Instead of burning up structural elements and contents within the property quickly and thoroughly, wet smoke develops from fires that take time to move from one room to the next, smoldering rather than burning with more intense heat. A cooler fire produces a thick residue that coats everything in its path, and that can stain your belongings, walls, and other damaged areas of the house without the appropriate equipment, products, and approaches.

The SERVPRO professionals dispatched to your address have training in cleaning wet smoke damages, including the use of chemical sponges and high-powered HEPA vacuums. We also have advanced, commercial-grade cleansers and disinfection products that can help to protect surfaces from staining.

Many effects require your immediate attention when recovering a fire loss incident in your home. Our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank professionals are available 24/7 to help you through every phase of recovery by calling (504) 348-7526.

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We Take Extra Steps When Caring For Your Belongings In New Orleans After A Flood Damage Disaster

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We Take Extra Steps When Caring For Your Belongings In New Orleans After A Flood Damage Disaster Dehumidifiers are one of the pieces of equipment we use when dealing with damage due to moisture after flood damage.

SERVPRO Takes Care When Cleaning Flood Damaged Materials in New Orleans

Not every part of your home can be dried and cleaned through our heavy-duty industrial methods of reversing flood damage. Some objects, such as delicate fabrics or furniture pieces, must be cleaned by hand with one of several specialty cleaning solutions. SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians (WRTs) work fast, but we take care to never cause additional damage to your belongings through hasty and inappropriate drying and cleaning techniques. Here are a few ways we take extra steps to care for your home and belongings.


Cleaning Expensive Fabrics

Most articles of clothing caught in flood damage in your New Orleans home can be put through one of our industrial Esporta washing and drying machines, but some garments and fabrics may be too delicate for these treatments. In these circumstances, your WRT consults our experts and guidebooks on how to restore each item individually. Some objects may be hand-washed with soapy water, while others may require special types of dry cleaning to remove soaked-in particles that can change the appearance, texture, and smell of fabrics. Through individual care, most fabric objects can be restored to the way they appeared before the disaster - Like it never even happened.

Restoring Furniture Pieces

Restoring flood-damaged furniture can be a tricky task, as improper cleaning may lead to color bleed, warped fabrics, or potential mold growth. By separating sheets, pillows, and pieces from one another, we can both dry your furniture safely and stop their colors from blending. We then apply antimicrobial and other cleaning agents through sponges and rags to hand-wash your furniture and restore its original appearance.


Handling Electronics

Most electronic devices require a specialist to dry and restore after a flood. However, removing and handling electric appliances and devices can pose a severe hazard without taking appropriate safety precautions. SERVPRO WRTs have the personal protective equipment necessary to remove water-damaged electronics from your home safely and without damaging them any further.


Miscellaneous Items

Small objects such as silverware, toys, decorations, and other non-hazardous and non-porous belongings can be sent through an ultrasonic immersion tank. These tanks can clean and sanitize your belongings very quickly without causing damage even to most breakable items.

SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank is a local expert in flood damage mitigation and restoration. For safe and inexpensive help with recovering from a flood, call us 24/7 at (504) 348-7526.

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Let the Professionals Take Care of Your Commercial Flood Damage in New Orleans

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Let the Professionals Take Care of Your Commercial Flood Damage in New Orleans Flood damage can cause serious damage to your New Orleans property. Contact SERVPRO today for all remediation assistance needs.

The Threats of Flooding for New Orleans Hospitals

There are multiple medical facilities, hospitals, and special care centers throughout New Orleans and its surrounding communities. When disasters like flooding occur, these scenarios can be particularly devastating to these businesses, as so many patients depend on the availability of these facilities. Also, the literal effects of the disaster can wreak havoc on contents, equipment, and structural elements within the building itself, which makes it all the more important that professional restoration technicians like ours respond to the situation as promptly as possible.

Medical facilities offer patients a place for treatment, safety, and healing throughout New Orleans, but flood damage can devastate these buildings and their contents. In many cases, severe weather systems that can come in from the Gulf of Mexico can be violent enough to cause structural damage to hospitals and clinics, which can allow vulnerabilities to exist for runoff and direct water exposure to penetrate and exploit. Our SERVPRO professionals can help with a fast response amid these emergencies to offer effective mitigation and emergency construction solutions.

No area of a modern hospital can easily withstand excessive water penetration and pooling. From the high-end diagnostic equipment and machines in various rooms and levels of the facility to basic monitoring equipment and televisions in the rooms, each area of the building represents a unique investment that floodwater can quickly destroy.

Not only are there thousands, and possibly even millions, of dollars invested in state-of-the-art equipment throughout the facility, but property owners and management bodies also must address affected patients and staff. With areas shut down or running at a lower capacity, it is imperative to get the hospital back to a full-service location. Our experienced SERVPRO team has the equipment for fast extractions, drying, and cleanup.

There are many risks associated with flooding around area hospitals and medical centers, but with the fast response of our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank large loss recovery team, we can make flooding effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (504) 348-7526.

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Our Technicians Have The Necessary Equipment To Restore Your New Orleans Property

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Technicians Have The Necessary Equipment To Restore Your New Orleans Property The carpet suffered from water damage after a washer leak. The carpet was pulled up and air movers were used to dry under the effected areas.

SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage in New Orleans Rental Property

One of the worst kinds of water damage to have in a property is the kind you were not told about before it became a bigger problem. Unfortunately, the tenants in rental properties sometimes ignore leaking pipes or poor ventilation until the results affect them directly.

SERVPRO remediated water damage to a New Orleans rental property that had a laundry room with a long term leaking supply line behind a washing machine. The tenants ignored the warping drywall and growing musty odor. The landlord discovered it when they moved out. After completing the repairs on the supply line, his next call was to us.

After removal of the damaged drywall, our technicians used thermal moisture detectors; the technician found the moisture wicked in the wall space covered a more substantial area then it appeared visually. Weep holes help warm air circulate and speed the drying process of a dampened wall cavity.

Lowering humidity below 45% inhibits the growth of mold, which unfortunately tends to set up home in areas of the house where moisture excesses occur and are not addressed. Any time our technicians deal with a water loss issue, we conduct a thorough inspection for mold or the potential for mold growth.

During the drying process, SERVPRO air movers pull moisture to the surfaces to allow complete drying of saturated building materials, dehumidifiers such as our specialized desiccant models capture and port out the water vapor. We use unique configurations that fit over baseboards and force air behind wall cavities to ensure all damp areas are thoroughly dried. A piece of advanced equipment called the injecti-dry is a valuable tool in the drying process.

Once the laundry room meets established drying goals, our technicians clean and disinfect the entire area to ensure it is sanitary and ready for new tenants. After a water loss, a residual odor sometimes remains. We can rectify this with multiple applications as necessary to neutralize any musty smells. Two reliable methods are ULV fogging that can quickly eliminate odors and our Hydroxyl generators that can remove odors at the molecular level.

SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank proudly serves our local area for mitigating water damage. Call our emergency response team at (504) 348-7526 for immediate help with your water loss problem. We can make it "Like it never even happened."

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