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Who Do Residents Turn to After New Orleans Storm and Flooding?

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

Green Fleet SERVPRO parked New Orleans storm-damaged structures benefit from the might SERVPRO Green Fleet for rapid mitigation, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Local and Nationwide Resources--Why SERVPRO Leads New Orleans Flood Restorers

During storms and flooding in New Orleans, avoid being victimized twice by hiring the wrong water damage restoration firm. Itinerant disaster responders can try to take advantage of your fear and the chaos after an extreme weather event, popping by and offering the help they might not be able to deliver.

Why Is SERVPRO the Solid Choice for Flood Restoration in New Orleans?

Recovering from water damage like leaking roofs from storms and cleaning up after a sewer backup related to overwhelmed municipal sanitary systems is a process, not a task. The city and your neighborhood are in it for the long haul, why SERVPRO’s mortar and brick presence is critical for your home’s water and flood mitigation and remediation. We monitor the same forecasts as you do and are ready with local and ancillary crews of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians riding fully stocked service vehicles.

What Are My Chances for Prompt Water Removal and Drying as One Household Among Many Suffering Flooding?

Our company links to other water disaster resources across the country. We send crews and equipment to help during disasters elsewhere. That collaboration among many reliable restoration firms comes full circle, why SERVPRO can proclaim We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster here in New Orleans. As other SERVPROs respond, our ranks and equipment inventories swell, benefiting residents like you. We are a unit in the SERVPRO National Disaster Recovery Fleets strategically positioned throughout the country.

Will Lingering Problems Undercut Your Choice of Flooding Restoration Resources?

We work diligently to solve the issues in your storm and flood-damaged home. On occasion, additional problems arise, or previously managed challenges recur. Examples might include mold damage or persistent odors. Long after the opportunistic hard-sell salespeople with no ties to New Orleans have moved on, you can reach out to us for questions and additional strategies, why SERVPRO must be the obvious choice for flooding restoration here.

Be treated as a priority during storm-related flooding, why SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank has the community’s trust. Contact us at (504) 348-7526 24/7 for prompt assistance.

Does Professional Smoke and Fire Mitigation Work in New Orleans?

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

charred kitchen range and microwave Rely on SERVPRO to eliminate pungent protein fire odors from your New Orleans mishap. We make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Experts Complete New Orleans House Fire Clean Up Including Protein-Based Soot

Kitchens are vulnerable and in need of smoke and fire mitigation in New Orleans. An unattended stovetop or tipped pan of grease can engulf the heart of your home in heat, smoke, and flames. Even with quick thinking and the help of fire extinguishers, the effect of what seems like a minor and well-controlled blaze leaves it incredibly difficult to remove residues on surfaces and pungent malodors.

Why Are Kitchen Fire Residues So Smelly and Challenging to Clean?

A kitchen fire in New Orleans deposits soot unlike dry or wet soots seen elsewhere. The composition of the smoke and soot in a kitchen fire is essentially dehydrated proteins from the foods and condiments involved. Superheated air currents pick up the tiny, dehydrated particles and spread them throughout a home in the instant after combustion, meaning the protein fire damage is everywhere. As cooking oils and grease heat, they become rancid, a chemical change that creates particularly overwhelming malodors. The greases also mix with the dehydrated food, resulting in a clear varnish-like coating on all affected surfaces.

How Can SERVPRO Help with Kitchen Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration?

Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians are familiar with products, tools, and cleaning methods to loosen the protein-based soot and neutralize the malodors. Tactics include:

  • Using oil-based cleaners (solvents) to emulsify residues, severing the bond with surfaces
  • Increasing dwell time of the cleaning solutions to permit the solvents to break up the oily residues
  • Adding an abrasive to a cleaning product or employing a rough-surfaced tool to agitate the residues, loosening them
  • Employing advanced deodorization methods and tools that work by neutralizing the odor-bearing particles of spoiled food and oils, including thermal fogging, enzyme treatments, and hydroxyl generators

Count on the expertise of SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank to remove tough kitchen fire residues and smells. Call our team at (504) 348-7526 as soon as possible to explore a solution.

Who Offers Hardwood Water Damage Restoration in New Orleans?

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

red hardwood flooring, green walls Why CALL SERVPRO for water damaged hardwood flooring in your New Orleans residence? We offer IICRC certified technicians using advanced equipment

Why SERVPRO? Skills Plus Equipment Equal Water Damage Recovery in New Orleans

In New Orleans, water damage can threaten the integrity of various types of building materials, including hardwood floors. Seeking a way to restore flooring with a minimum of tear-out and other disruption is understandable, but strategies must be research-based and reliable to avoid more expense and chaos if the fix falls short.

Why Does SERVPRO Rely on Methods Developed by the IICRC?

Our technicians master coursework and hands-on training at the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to ensure we follow international best practices. The IICRC approach to water damage restoration in New Orleans relies on psychrometry, the science of drying. Commitment to proven methods is why SERVPRO invests in IICRC training and an inventory of tools and equipment that support our skilled technicians’ efforts.

What Should I Expect from Professional Hardwood Water Removal?

Because moisture migrates, a hardwood floor recovery agenda includes emergency services addressing water damage to nearby walls, cabinets, or ceilings. Assessment of the overall water damage scenario precedes more focused interventions, which is why SERVPRO creates an interrelated plan for water extraction and applied structural drying. When concentrating on the floor, the following are tactics often used:

  • Extraction of as much liquid water as possible -- 1200 times more effective than drying interventions alone
  • Detection of absorbed and trapped water using mapping tools, infrared imaging, and moisture meters -- repeated to monitor progress during water damage remediation of the flooring
  • Use of negative air pressure (suction) systems to pull water from several layers of flooring materials -- floor mats connected to extractors via hoses attach to the hardwood surface, moving throughout the remediation to capture all detected moisture

Highly qualified workers and the best equipment are why SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank succeeds in restoring water-damaged hardwood floors, minimizing demolition and replacement. Call (504) 348-7526 to set up an assessment.

When Your New Orleans Home Is Damaged By A Flood, You Need Our Team At SERVPRO To Help!

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

flood damaged flooring with equipment Storm and flood damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to one. Call now for fast and immediate service.

What To Do When Flooding Affects Your New Orleans House

Often one of the most troublesome things about disasters striking a New Orleans home is how many homeowners remain unprepared for potential emergencies. More than this, these same homeowners are unsure of what needs to happen when a disaster like flooding occurs to return their property to its original condition. Finding and securing reputable professional restoration does not have to be as complicated as it might appear.

Many residents fall into a trap when their New Orleans home experiences flood damage: to let emergency-chasing unprofessional outfits offer assistance. In comparison, their low prices might seem enticing. It is a good sign that if the contractor is not licensed or insured, their craftsmanship and skills in flood cleanup and restoration fall far beneath your expectations and far below the standard that our SERVPRO rapid response team upholds.

What’s The First Call New Orleans Homeowners Should Make After Flooding?

The first call that homeowners want to make when their home gets affected by flooding is to their insurance company. While they do need to get notified about the damage to your property, they are going to require professional assessment and estimations regarding the cost to restore this damage and a calculation of loss. These photographs and documentation are data that our SERVPRO estimator can collect with our initial visit to your home to help expedite the claim approval to begin returning your home to preloss condition.

Another reason that you might want to reach out to our franchise before you make other phone calls in an emergency is the high volume of affected properties throughout our service area. Since much of New Orleans is ten feet or more below sea level, once the water can get into the city, it can wreak havoc on its structures. With flooding scenarios, we have many homes and businesses that get affected simultaneously, so we need to know about all the properties that require our assistance as quickly as possible to delegate resources and personnel.

Flooding can be overwhelming to contend with on your property. Let our experienced SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank flood restoration team help you recover this loss and move forward with a restored property. Give us a call anytime at (504) 348-7526.

Is Mold Growth Avoidable For Residential Properties Close to Water?

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Moisture problems cause mold issues. SERVPRO mold remediation specialists have the equipment for the situation at hand.

SERVPRO Mold Remediation Can Help New Orleans Residents Tackle Moisture Problems and Get Control Over Microbial Growth.

Oceans, gulfs, and lakes surround New Orleans, leading to moisture problems for some homeowners. The presence of moisture in a home can lead to the reproduction of mold spores, forming colonies in as little as 72 hours. The key to controlling the growth of mold spores is not to eliminate them but to correct the latent moisture problem. SERVPRO technicians employ various drying technologies and techniques in residential properties to help reduce a microbial growth issue.

What are Hidden Areas Checked for Mold?

The backside of wallpapers, drywall as well, and paneling can often have hidden mold growth in New Orleans. The underside of carpets or pads can support mold when there is a delamination issue or lack of a vapor barrier. Pipe chases as well as utility tunnels like crawlspaces where water can condensate and provide microbial growth conditions

Is it Easy to Access Hidden Mold Areas?

Many residents in need of mold remediation in New Orleans are unaware of the exact mold source. It is not uncommon for a musty odor to prompt a more extensive inspection of microbial activity. The issue with disturbing wallpaper or drywall to check for mold is that it can lead to mold spores becoming airborne and spreading. Our technicians focus strongly on containment before disturbing potential infestations. Containment could include deploying an air-filtration device or negative air pressure before remediation.

What Issues can Affect Standard Mold Remediation Strategies?

If an industrial hygienist identifies a harmful species of mold. When indications show a massive hidden mold network behind building assemblies. When the chances of mold becoming airborne are high.

Mold recovery can be a complicated procedure but helps to prevent damage to your home and contents. Contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526.

Where Should Property Owners Seek Expert Help With Water Removal in New Orleans?

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

Equipment in room water damage restoration is no DIY project. SERVPRO IICRC certified techs can handle any size disaster.

A Competent Restorer Like SERVPRO Can Perform Water Removal in New Orleans Effectively

Property owners may overlook small water leaks, believing that they will not pose much of a threat. However, mold development can occur, and odors might persist in the home. These damages can be prevented by contacting a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO as soon as possible to assist with the water removal process.

SERVPRO is a leading water removal company in New Orleans, and you should call our team of technicians because we offer a prompt response. Water damage to your property never happens at an opportune time. Each hour that passes without restoration can lead to secondary damage that may be irreversible. As a result, if an emergency occurs in your home, contact our response team immediately to minimize the damage.

Without quick and effective action, water-soaked items can become unsalvageable within no time. Water can hide, and even saturated walls can appear normal until the damage becomes irreversible. With our professional expertise and tools, we can find hidden moisture and take steps to dry it. Our SERVPRO team of restorers is:

SERVPRO restorers will manage any size disaster and return your home to a safe condition. We have cutting-edgeequipment and technology that allows us to go beyond our customers' expectations. To dry and deodorize the building, we can use a heavy-duty venting fan. The equipment brings in bigger volumes of dry air from the outside to accelerate the pace of evaporation. We can also use antimicrobial products to eliminate any microorganisms.

Allowing water damage to affect the structures and contents of your home severely is not wise. For prompt and skilled restoration, contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank today at (504) 348-7526. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Eliminating Storm Water from Crawl Spaces in Gretna Homes

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

crawlspace You want expert assistance when your homes crawl space is flooded. Call SERVPRO, we are here to help!

Extraction and Restoration are Dire Needs After Post-storm Flooding in Gretna. 

Post-storm flooding is not uncommon for Gretna and other communities around New Orleans. With our neighborhoods in the path of some of the worst severe weather events, a suitable solution to likely flooding should be in place, especially for cleaning confined spaces under the house.

Accessing the Confined Space 

While storm damage removal in Gretna homes must begin as quickly as possible, this process starts with evaluating the safest access points to spaces underneath a property. Safety is a constant factor in flood removal and cleanup, from the integrity of impacted building materials to the presence of contaminants.

Ideal Tools for The Limited Space 

Several unique tools can benefit the cleaning and restoration of confined spaces after a flood. Some of these include:

  • Wet Vacuums – Because of their manageable size and attachments, wet vacuums are the ideal choice for water extraction from a crawl space and other confined areas of the house.
  • Low-Profile Centrifugal Air Movers – Air movers are a consistent staple of the drying process for many types of damages that could exist after flooding or water losses. When space is a concern or smaller work areas are engineered with flood cuts, low-profile centrifugal air movers promote fast evaporative drying of the moist environment and materials.

  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers – These machines are ideal for smaller spaces because they can pull out moisture to the unit outside the workspace and exhaust dry air back into the damp confined area to promote further evaporation. 

Can Future Flood Damage Be Prevented? 

Crawl spaces are a common target for flood damage, and many homeowners might assume they are without options. Encapsulation covers all exposed surfaces with polypropylene sheeting and allows for the installation of water diversion and drainage of the affected space to prevent flood recurrences effectively.

Whether it is cleaning up after a flood or helping with encapsulation of this space, our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team can help. We are available 24/7 at (504) 348-7526. 

Is Wet Cleaning Preferred to Remove Soot in New Orleans Homes?

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians Fire damage is not a DIY project you want. Leave it to our skilled professionals at SERVPRO. We will make it look "Like it never even happened."

Multiple Cleaning Processes Make up Fire Restoration in New Orleans Properties. 

Cleaning up after soot damage can involve several tactics and products. Our thorough inspection of the property can show where wet or dry cleaning might be wise choices.

Why Is Wet Cleaning Considered? 

When fire damage cleanup in New Orleans homes is needed, our technicians must often differentiate between all impacted materials to find suitable cleaning practices from one house area to another. We earmark the washable surfaces in your home so we can implement wet cleaning practices.

Wet cleaning features some of our inventory's most potent cleaning products, specifically formulated for surfaces and underlying materials. Often, this approach is needed when moderate or heavy soiling exists, and it is still possible to restore the underlying structural element.

Possible Concerns with Wet Cleaning 

Wet cleaning is not without some possible drawbacks, however. Considerations include:

  • Water Soluble Paint – New paint might not hold up against wet cleaning practices, though the greatest concern is a thick deposit of soot, requiring pre-cleaning with a dry cleaning sponge.
  • Contents and Furniture – Before wet cleaning occurs, contents and furniture must be relocated to the center of the room away from the structure and covered to prevent water or moisture damages.
  • Alternate Cleaning Methods – Dry cleaning is always a possibility as well and can often be more effective in circumstances than the application of wet products. The heart of dry cleaning involves vacuuming, brushing, and chemical sponges.

Cleaning up after soot and smoke damage can be a considerable challenge with the wide range of reactions and damage building materials or contents could experience. We quickly determine the need for dry and wet cleaning in the house to allow our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team the fastest path to it being "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7 at (504) 348-7526. 

When Should You Consider Professional Restorers After New Orleans Flooding?

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

"High water" in flooded street Don't let flood water take over your home, call SERVPRO's certified storm damage technicians for assistance.

Timing is Critical When Restoring and Recovering Flood-damaged New Orleans Homes. 

Knowing when to reach out to experienced restoration professionals can make the difference in the amount of your flood-damaged home that is salvageable. In most cases, you want to secure services to help overcome some of the pitfalls of DIY recovery. 

The Hazards of Post-Flood Conditions 

Before flood damage in New Orleans homes can be mitigated and cleaned up, our experienced SERVPRO team must assess the property for pressing threats that could impact the health and wellbeing of technicians or house occupants. With standing water, some concerns include:

  • Electric Shock – With many contents powered by electricity in a flooded space, the threat of live currents passing through the standing water must be addressed before even extraction and debris removal can get underway.
  • Structural Damage – Flooding can often have a disastrous impact on the structural integrity of exposed building materials. Potential collapse and weakening can lead to severe injury without getting addressed promptly.
  • Contamination – Natural flooding can introduce contaminants and pathogenic threats into the household. Standing water allows these microbes to move to several areas of the property quickly.

Capable Mitigation Equipment 

Mitigating damage and loss after a flood can be critical to protecting what matters most in your home. Unlike the capacities of DIY restoration with limited extraction and drying capabilities, we have hundreds of recovery machines to overcome disasters of all severities.

The Construction Needs After a Flood

Another advantage of choosing professional restorers like our team to overcome flood damage is our general contractor license. We provide various build-back and reconstruction services and actions to remove damaged and vulnerable structural elements and ultimately replace them when restoration nears completion.

The threats present with flood damage should encourage homeowners and business owners to pursue the experience and expertise of our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team. When disasters strike, we mobilize fast to show We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster when you call (504) 348-7526.

Commercial Water Cleanup in Your New Orleans Gift Shop

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

paint peeling off of the walls from water damage Leaks in the wall can be the sign of a bigger problem. Contact our certified SERVPRO team to investigate the extent of the water damage and remediate.

SERVPRO Can Help You Get Your Shop Back in Order After Water Damage Occurs

Anyone in New Orleans is accustomed to flooding and the high humidity environment that can make an impact on your possessions or merchandise. As a business owner, you need to protect your investment and ensure that your business keeps running as smoothly as possible and your merchandise does not get ruined.

Water Damage Restoration Help In New Orleans

Commercial water cleanup in New Orleans can be challenging if you want to keep operating during regular business hours. SERVPRO technicians use techniques and specific procedures for a business that allows it to remain operational during cleanup. They also have an emergency response team that is available to take calls 24 hours a day, every day of the week, understanding the importance of getting help right when you need it.

After you discover a water leak in your wall, you first turn the pipe off to stop the leak, then you must move your merchandise away from the impacted area. Although you have insurance for your business, it is still a hassle to recoup the losses if there is damage to the items you are selling. With this in mind, you can relocate your items to a different part of the store or a higher area.

One of the most crucial restoration components after water damage is to dry the impacted area adequately. This may not be very easy while your shop is operating. However, SERVPRO restoration specialists use their skills to make sure your customers barely notice the restoration taking place right in front of them. Technicians use dehumidifiers to pull the cold, damp moisture out of the air, exhausting back out warm, dry air. Air movers push this warm, dry air across the surface level in your shop and can be strategically placed so that they have a very low profile and hardly ever noticed.

Keeping your shop well ventilated and the HVAC system running through the restoration process is crucial to keep the air circulating throughout the cleanup, drying, and restoration process. Not only does this aid in drying out the moisture in the air and materials, but it also ensures that no musty odors develop. 

Contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526. We make it, "Like it never even happened."