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When New Orleans Mold Damage Should Be Removed

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps with Efficient Remediation of Mold Damage in New Orleans

Environmental moisture is something property owners in New Orleans have learned to manage and contend with, including installing dehumidifiers in susceptible properties. When mold results from moist conditions, it is imperative to get professional assistance to begin remediation and cleanup before the situation gets worse.

Flooding and Mold Damage

New Orleans mold damage is more common than many property owners in the parish might think. While flooding is a typical threat to the region and its houses, these are not the only contributing conditions that can facilitate mold growth. Colonies can be supported by persistent moisture in a residence from high humidity, unresolved water damage, flooding, and dozens of other causes.

Where is Mold Colonizing?

It might not necessarily be easy to find mold in your home, even if it is likely that some degree of damage exists. Physical signs can point to active colonization, which can help you narrow the organism's location and get the appropriate restoration professionals moving to help. Symptoms of colonization include:

  • Spotting
  • Malodors
  • Moist Areas

Utilizing Surface Treatment Solutions

The first type of remediation possible for homes and businesses with mold damage is surface treatments with antimicrobial products. There are several types of sporicidal and biocide chemicals in our supply. Applying these products can eliminate these surface spores when mold has not penetrated beyond the surface. These chemicals also serve as an inhibitor on building materials yet to be impacted by mold colonies.

Abrasive Cleaning 

The next potential remediation solution from surface cleaning is more aggressive and abrasive, introducing stronger chemicals and mechanical action or high-pressure delivery systems to destroy surface mold. Beyond antimicrobial products, additional remediation methods include:

  • Sanding
  • Soda/Media Blasting
  • Material Removal

How Threatening Are Airborne Odors?

Malodors can be a significant threat to the property and its occupants after damage incidents. This is a substantial obstacle to restoring comfortable living conditions, so the need for cleaning and deodorization by AMRT-Certified technicians is apparent. Odors themselves are rarely physically threatening the house's occupants, but removing the offensive odor is necessary to return to pre-mold conditions. We have multiple deodorizing products and equipment to help.

What Are the Objectives for Mold Damage Repairs?

Repairs are often necessary after damage to your home from mold organisms, so having a qualified team with a contractor license can significantly benefit these actions to be completed quickly and correctly. Some of the common needs include:

  • Replacing discarded materials 

Controlled demolition can often be a necessary remediation approach, but that must be remedied later by replacing discarded building materials and contents.

  • Repairing damaged plumbing

Plumbing systems are often a considerable contributor to mold growth and development conditions. Leaks and ruptures produce damp and moist environments that impact multiple organic materials surrounding it. We can repair this utility to restore water service and prevent hazardous moisture.

  • Preventing recurrences 

Another one of the contributing advantages of a contractor license is performing the necessary work to prevent mold recurrences. Our team can take the required steps to avoid future humid or wet conditions, replacing structural vulnerabilities to replacing portions of compromised plumbing.

Mold damage in New Orleans homes can be a threatening situation for the property and its occupants without swift action. With AMRT-Certified technicians of our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team ready to mobilize quickly, we can be there fast to help when mold gets discovered. Give us a call now at (504) 248-7526.

Restoring New Orleans Water Damage Rapidly

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

water damage equipment on a kitchen subfloor We have powerful drying and extraction equipment to restore water damage in your New Orleans home. Call us today!

SERVPRO Has Several Fast Water Damage Solutions for New Orleans Homes

Representing a city of nearly 400,000 and its sprawling general region, disasters like plumbing leaks, burst pipes, and appliance failures happen every day. Restoring properties to preloss conditions is a product of several mitigating and recovery steps to clean, dry, and repair the residence. We are ready to help in this venture 24/7 to ensure that emergency services are started as soon as possible.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

New Orleans water damage appears in many forms, from broken plumbing to flooding, so restoration professionals responding need to be prepared for anything. IICRC–Certified Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) make up the bulk of our restoration roster, ensuring that there are always professionals ready and able to respond whenever disasters strike. True to our slogan, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We keep vehicles in our fleet continually stocked for water mitigation with:

  • Extractors
  • Air Movers
  • Heaters
  • Cleaning Products
  • Vacuums
  • Deodorizers

Emergency Services 

Emergency services describe the series of actions taken even before much of the mitigation for the property begins. The fast arrival of our SERVPRO team with our contractor license allows us to make the work area safer for the WRT-Certified technicians arriving to mitigate loss. Emergency services can include:

  • Content Relocation
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Utility Repairs
  • Extraction

Tools of Effective Water Removal

Water mitigation typically hinges most directly on the actions taken to remove standing water on the property's floors. Depending on the severity of the pooling and the impact on nearby materials and contents, several extraction devices are necessary to complete this mitigation phase, including:

  • Pumps 

Truck-mount extractors, trash pumps, and electric submersible pumps are powerful and consistent extraction choices for substantial pooling concerns. Many of the units in our supply can discharge hundreds of gallons of water per minute, allowing us to manage excessive standing water threats in a structure quickly.

  • Vacuums

Wet vacuums are among the most versatile pieces of water damage restoration equipment in our inventory. These are lightweight, portable, and can be used with several attachments and extensions for specific purposes. Vacuums are used when standing water is shallower than a couple of inches or the work area is challenging to access. 

  • Specialty Tools 

While the bulk of this workload is managed by combining vacuums and pumps from our supply, specific devices and machines help in particular extraction cases. Carpet wands, for example, are a powerful extraction machine for fibers of the carpet and the respective padding underneath.

Thorough Drying Solutions

It is crucial to provide efficient drying with any restoration project involving water damage. Thorough production of this recovery phase is a priority, as missing moisture pockets or mismanaging water exposure can result in more significant secondary effects like structural degradation or microbial development. This process rests on the placement and number of air movers deployed throughout the damaged area. Placed several feet apart, axial and centrifugal styles of air mover force airflow against damp surfaces for effective drying.

Will Your Home Need Build-Back Services?

Water damage repairs are a common need for many homes and businesses. Understanding the structural impact of moisture and standing water on your residence can show where these build-back services and reconstruction steps are necessary. Often, water impacts building elements where pooling moisture can remain for greater lengths of time, such as:

  • Around Plumbing
  • Wall Systems
  • Ceiling Assemblies
  • Flooring

Our professionals can mobilize fast with effective water removal, drying, and cleanup tools when addressing water damage in New Orleans homes. Trust our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team when your property suffers a loss to make it "Like it never even happened." Call now at (504) 348-7526.

New Orleans Fire Damage Restoration and Mitigation Services

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

living room ceiling with fire damage Fire damage can encompass both soot and lingering odors. Make sure to contact SERVPRO in New Orleans for remediation services.

Fire Damage in New Orleans Properties is Addressed with Several Approaches

Because of how urgent the situation becomes when fire loss incidents occur and impact your home or business, it is essential to have experienced professionals capable of providing each of the necessary steps to return the structure to preloss condition. Ultimately, the fire restoration process can consist of four main stages. These include:

  • Emergency Services – the earliest stage where actions are taken to protect the property from harm and occupants from unsafe conditions
  • Mitigation – a subsequent stage where early actions are taken to slow the progression of loss effects with measures such as content relocation and air quality improvement.
  • Restoration/Cleaning – an involved stage of recovery where focused efforts are pointed at surface damage like soot deposits and smoke residues. 
  • Repairs and Reconstruction – this is among the final stages of recovery, and one where we replace any missing building materials and repair damages caused to utilities and the structure.

Fire damage in New Orleans properties can be a formidable presence, especially if there was a delay in contacting restoration services to help. As a preferred vendor for insurance work in the region, we are a trusted name to complete needed damage documentation and evidence, detailed estimations, and any other pertinent information to get damage claims approved rapidly.

What Are Emergency Services?

Emergency services describe the combination of early steps to mitigate damage before even the job scoping phase. This initial effort prioritizes specific actions to protect the property and its contents from further irreparable harm. This typically utilizes our contractor license to complete controlled demolition in compromised areas and temporary construction solutions for exposed vulnerabilities of your property.

Mitigation of Fire Damage Losses

Unlike emergency services, mitigation happens after claims work has already begun and the scope of the restoration process has been detailed. In these actions, SERVPRO professionals prioritize eliminating additional threats that impact the responding technicians, house occupants, or other third parties involved in getting life back to normal after a disaster. Mitigation can include:

  • Water Removal
  • Content Relocation
  • Air Quality Improvement

Cleaning Up After Fire Damage

The most severe obstacle to a property’s preloss condition is often the widespread soot damage in the structure. Smoke remediation is a complicated portion of fire recovery and restoration, involving specific practices and effective cleaning products from our supply. Some of the usual restorative actions we take include:

  • Soot Removal – Soot and smoke removal are vital, requiring solvents, detergents, abrasive cleaning, and more approaches to managing threats.
  • Carpet Cleaning – Carpets can be heavily damaged by residues, smoke, and soot particles. We have bonnet cleaning and other equipment for hot water extraction that restores the vibrancy of this flooring while removing set-in soils.
  • Odor Removal – Malodors are an offensive byproduct of combustion and one that can infiltrate porous surfaces and contents. We have efficient deodorization products and equipment to help. 

Does SERVPRO Complete Repairs? 

Fires often require some repair or reconstruction, and with our contractor license, we can complete these build-back services as necessary. With hundreds of thousands living in New Orleans alone, it is vital to seamlessly transition to the next phase of post-fire damage recovery to return your home to preloss condition as quickly as possible. We seamlessly transition to the reconstruction phase after restoration.

When contending with fire damage in New Orleans homes and businesses, we are a trusted vendor for insurance work and a knowledgeable contractor to help get your property back to its original state before the disaster. Give our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team a call to help when you need it at (504) 348-7526.

Ways to Combat Water Damage in New Orleans Properties

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

a washing machine with a puddle of water beneath if from it leaking When your washing machine fails, a large amount of water can quickly end up on your floors. Call our SERVPRO team right away for water removal.

SERVPRO Simplifies Water Restoration in New Orleans

Introducing significant amounts of water inside your house can leave severe physical damage. Water can accumulate from accidents or negligence. Roof leaks, burst pipes, and appliance damage are the most common direct sources of water damage. After such incidents, taking timely and correct action should help restore your New Orleans home to its preloss state.

Water damage in your New Orleans home can affect different areas, including structural materials, utility installations, and single items such as appliances. When creating a response plan, you have to factor in all the aspects to address all issues comprehensively. SERVPRO handles everything professionally, creating unique advantages, including using sophisticated equipment to fix seemingly minor issues.

Commonly affected areas

  • Electrical systems
  • Carpets
  • Fabrics such as clothes
  • Structural materials like floorboards

Water readily accumulates on the floors where it seems into carpets and floorboards. Although these materials are designed to withstand some moisture exposure, some conditions can damage them. For example, dragging heavy objects or walking on wet carpets can cause delamination or tear the material. SERVPRO restoration technicians may not need to move large items since we have handy extractors with long hoses. Alternatively, we detach the carpets and roll them away.

Utilities damaged by water

Suppose water finds a way into air ducts or electrical cables. In that case, severe problems like shorting can develop, or you might end with minor yet long-term issues such as deteriorating indoor air quality. In most cases, moisture accumulation in air ducts leads to mold growth, causing the HVAC system to circulate fine debris all over the house. Our SERVPRO crews take different actions to restore damaged utilities, including disassembling switches and light fixtures to drain water. Air conditioning systems may require more work.

Actions that address moisture in HVAC units

  • Finding and sealing any gaps in the air ducts
  • Vacuuming to remove debris or mold colonies
  • Dehumidification to dry the system

SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank adapts to any situation presented by water damage. Call us at (504) 348-7526 for assistance. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We Have State Of The Art Equipment To Handle Different Types Of Water Removal Issues In New Orleans

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment working in a hall to remediate water damage Effective drying equipment is critical when facing water damage at your home and business. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate the water damage.

Crucial Factors that Might Affect Water Removal in Your New Orleans Home

Water spills can happen any time, whether from leaking pipes or faulty appliances. When such incidents happen, removing water from the building fast is essential to prevent other pressing issues. Faster removal also means the house can be safe for habitation within a reasonable period, so you do not need to incur unwanted costs such as seeking alternative accommodation. We offer professional water removal services that can help you get the results you expect.

The Category of the Water Loss

The primary process of water removal from affected New Orleans homes is not complicated because it only takes equipment to lift the standing water followed by a drying phase to deal with moisture remnants. However, some prevailing factors during an incident can complicate the process leading to delays. The type of water involved is one such factor. Clean water is easy to deal with because it only requires extraction and drying. Other forms of water loss such as gray water may involve debris dissolved in the water preventing full utilization of extraction equipment.

The Kind of Materials Involved

The materials present in the area affected by the spill can also affect the removal process. Porous materials such as carpets absorb and hold water. Removal might take several passes with an extraction tool or even require removal of the carpet first. The situation is different on a hard floor such as concrete or tiles where the water forms pools allowing straightforward extraction. Our SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians have different types of equipment to handle water removal from different materials, including:

  • Squeegee wand extractors for hard surfaces
  • Water Claws for extraction from carpets
  • Injecti-dry systems for concealed areas
  • Sub-surface spot lifting tools

Level of Accessibility

While most of the spilled water may spread across rooms or other open surfaces where extraction is easy, sometimes it might reach concealed areas. Removing water from such areas is difficult and can prolong the entire process. Attics, wall cavities, and cabinets are a few examples of areas where extraction might be tricky. Our SERVPRO technicians make flood cuts, drill weep holes, or use other approaches to ease removal.

Expediting water removal prevents many problems that develop due to stagnation. Call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank to assist. You can reach us at (504) 348-7526 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Advanced Equipment and Products Our Tools of the Trade for SERVPRO Technicians to Mitigate Storm Damage in New Orleans

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks parked in a driveway with equipment in their trailers Our fleet can arrive quickly with equipment to mitigate the storm damage in your home. Contact our technicians 24/7 - 365 days a year.

Flood Damage Technicians from New Orleans Point Out How Chemicals Are Used In The Industry

Ever since New Orleans suffered from the tragedies of Hurricane Katrina, the area has recently avoided most big hurricanes and tropical storms. However, that does not mean that your neighborhood is immune to flood damage caused by stormy weather. Experts say that there are still conditions present that can create more big storms in the Atlantic Ocean for the 2022 hurricane season.

Even if one of these three big storm systems heading towards the country does not strike New Orleans and cause flood damage, the side effects from the storm can still create conditions that put your property at risk. High-speed winds and excessive amounts of rainfall can both be quite catastrophic. If water builds up outside your house, it can make its way into the interior of your home. The danger of a burst levee is always on the minds of our local residents. If the contents in your residence ever get wet as a result of a storm, it is sensible to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO.

As soon as our technicians arrive at your residence, we assess the situation and figure out the best way to mitigate problems quickly. Our SERVPRO team has at their disposal industrially advanced equipment and proven techniques that aid us in providing prompt restoration services. As a part of the tools and equipment we use during mitigation, we also use a variety of chemical products to help us return your home to the way it was before the storm hit, "Like it never even happened."

When working towards restoring your house after it suffered from weather-related issues, we usually implement specialized chemicals to prevent hazards and secondary damage. Any moisture coming into your structure from the outside could be contaminated. Therefore, we can use disinfectants such as phenolics, chlorines, and quaternary compounds to sanitize affected areas by killing harmful bacteria, fungi, and parasites. If muddy water leaks into your home from the ground after a flooding situation, the project is treated the same as if it was a sewage leak and the entire affected area can need to get disinfected. Typically, after a flooding event, we apply another chemical--an antimicrobial--to thwart the development of mold colonies.

Luckily, you never have to wonder about what to do after your home in Belle Chase, Harvey or Westwego suffers from the wrath of a violent storm because our team of experts is here for you and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. All you have to do is call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526, and we are available 24/7.

Keeping Your New Orleans Shop Open After Water Damage

5/1/2022 (Permalink)

pipe rupture, spurting water Let SERVPRO keep your doors open after water damages your New Orleans shop, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Rapid Water Removal & New Orleans Commerce Continues

Plumbing has grown to be an amazing development over the past century, but it has also been known to cause some problems for New Orleans properties and shops. Many buildings throughout the quarter and city-regions have been here for many decades, part of revitalization and refurbishments after unfortunate flooding. However, the plumbing continues to age and does not always do so gracefully.

What about the plumbing in a building you lease to run your small New Orleans shop when water damage happens? You are often responsible for taking care of it yourself. Knowing the right team to call when water damage occurs can ultimately save you time and money and help your shop to either remain open if it is not too severe or reopen quickly after our experienced SERVPRO professionals have finished restoring and repairing the damages

Often aging plumbing can wear in certain points where scaling and mineral deposits within the pipes have worn the metal thin. While this does not always lead to a full separation of the joints, it can allow for a steady leak that can spread quickly throughout the wall cavities. This situation is where advanced equipment can make a difference quickly for your building.

Our team arrives with leak detection gear that can help deduce the precise location of the pipe damage and expose this area for a fast repair. While ultimately, this is an indication that the entire plumbing system is in jeopardy, taking care of the immediate problem can help initially. We can also utilize thermal imagery to determine moisture pocket locations to find the ideal locations to set up drying equipment like our air movers and dehumidifiers to effectively remove moisture quickly.

Protecting your shop and its stock has to be your primary priority when encountering water damage in your building. Give our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank rapid response team a call today at (504) 348-7526.

Smoke & Fire Damage in Gretna Electronics

5/1/2022 (Permalink)

smoking laptop Trust SERVPRO for fire damage cleanup in your Gretna home and securing electronic components.

Get Your Electronics Cleaned After a Fire

House fires can damage many different things, from clothing and bedding to important papers and documents. Fire cleanup services can go a long way toward helping your New Orleans, LA, family recover from the aftermath of a fire. These services can be essential because they can help restore your most important items to good working order.

When it comes to fire-damaged electronics in your Gretna home, there are three crucial points to keep in mind:

  • Smoke can damage electronics.
    • Cleaning electronics should be part of the cleanup process.
    • Professional restoration services can help restore them.

Smoke Can Harm Electronics

Electronics are frequently damaged in fires resulting from the smoke. Smoke damage has the potential to disrupt electronics due to the accumulation of fine particulate matter that makes up smoke. All this particulate matter can disrupt tiny moving parts as well as the connections between different wires and components. Sensitive microchips are often damaged beyond repair.

Important Devices Can Be Rescued

Your household probably depends on a variety of electronic devices to keep it running smoothly. This can include kitchen appliances, entertainment devices, communication devices, cleaning appliances, and security devices. You may not even realize just how many electronic items are used in your household until it comes time to assess their damage. Working with an experienced team of professional fire remediation service providers can be an excellent way to recover the function of potentially most electronics. Our techs can only clean the exterior of electronic gear to mitigate fire damage and extensive corrosion. We can provide a third party for interior cleaning and repairs.

Getting Back to Normal

Smoke can be quite dangerous to electronics because it can prevent them from working correctly, and in some cases, can lead to further problems.

After a fire in New Orleans, you can work with the professional fire cleanup services provided by SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank to recover your electronics’ functionality. Call us 24/7 at (504) 348-7526.

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

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

Tech Removing Carpet 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 pretty 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, building materials and many of your contents 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, 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, replacing 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 air in the building and dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air. However, some building materials like 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 getting pushed into exterior walls. When insulation gets wet, the R-value drops, and the material must get removed.  

However, while working with fiberglass insulation, the air is 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.

Sanitizing After Flood Damage to a New Orleans Business

4/15/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment in Commercial Building For any type of Storm Damage to your property you can count on SERVPRO to help.

SERVPRO Flood Mitigation Addresses Water and Debris with OSHA-Approved Solutions

Springtime is one of the most prolific seasons for flooding in New Orleans due to heavy thunderstorms, especially later in the season. Flood damage is costly and brings in sanitation concerns in the form of chemical runoff, sewage, and even pests, making repair and replacement even riskier for commercial property owners.

Flood damage restoration from New Orleans SERVPRO technicians allows property owners to access emergency remediation services 24 hours a day. This firm's training keeps technicians and staff up-to-date on restoration industry standards as established by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and can reduce business downtime.

Remediating Flood Damage with OSHA-approved Biocide Solutions

Sanitation is a must after flooding to save structures and assets from loss. Depending on the extent of flooding, SERVPRO techs may:

  •   Spray surfaces with EPA-registered antimicrobial solutions before performing extraction
  •   Manually remove solid debris that contaminates affected spaces
  •   Extract standing water with truck-mounted units and gas-powered submersible sump pumps

These processes eliminate the most pressing risks to safety after a flood. While flood situations rarely retain standing water, they can occur. When necessary, SERVPRO can provide power sources when a facility's electricity has been compromised by floodwater or debris. 

After extracting water, sanitizing affected spaces, and applying flood cuts, SERVPRO dries affected rooms with air movers and dehumidifiers. They may also deploy HEPA-filter air scrubbers to address mold and other odor-causing microbes for ease of collection. 

After the facility has been cleaned, dried, and sanitized, technicians focus on performing necessary rebuilding services. These tasks may include reinstalling drywall or flooring and moving restorable contents of the business back into the property after cleanup. 

SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank cleans up disasters until they look "Like it never even happened." Business owners can call (504) 348-7526 to start the process.