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Avoid Delays When Dealing With Water Damage in Your New Orleans Home

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

washing machine in flooded area When your washing machine supply line breaks, the area can quickly become flooded. Contact SERVPRO for efficient water removal services.

SERVPRO Water Damage Cleanup Methods Lessen Drying Time in New Orleans Properties

Did you know the average service life of a washing machine supply line is just over eight years? After that, cracks or wear may cause the line to break and leave water damage in the home.

When New Orleans homes have water damage from washing machine supply line breaks, SERVPRO gets to work within hours of the initial call. The technicians know the quicker they begin restoration efforts can lessen the amount of loss for the homeowner as the water has less time to migrate and penetrate the structure.

Thorough Extraction Lessens Drying Time

SERVPRO technicians spend extra time. For a water loss event, the size of a washing machine can leave, they would use portable pumps, and if carpeted areas of the home received damage, a rover ride-on unit assists in carpet cleanup. Weighted extractor heads used in conjunction with the pumps work to push the water out of the padding. This helps with their goal to limit disruption in the home during cleanup by extracting water from and drying the carpet in place.

Specialized Techniques for In-Place Drying of Carpet

When carpet and padding dry in place, SERVPRO technicians carefully monitor the drying process. This practice ensures that the carpet gets dried completely and inhibits both foul odors and mold as issues to deal with after the fact.

The technicians often use a drying method known as "floating." In this application, the technicians loosen one side of the carpet only and set up air movers to deliver air underneath drying the carpet from the bottom up. As the moisture rises, the dehumidifying equipment captures it and ports it away.

Mold and Odor Control Treatments After Drying

Both pungent scents and mold have the potential to occur after a water loss at the residence. The technicians proactively treat any areas for odors using mild to robust methods depending on the odor level. Antimicrobial cleaners assist in limiting the ability of mold to establish colonies post-cleanup and drying.

When you have water damage in your home, contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank (504) 348-7526. The technicians are available 24/7 to make the water loss "Like it never even happened."

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Stop Flooding Damages --Including Mold--with Rapid SERVPRO Service to New Orleans Buildings

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Green Van Parked at Job Site SERVPRO, Fast on the Scene, Mitigates Flood Damage at New Orleans Commercial Properties

Commercial Flood Damage New Orleans – Fast Cleanup and Drying Avoids Mold Infestation

There is not much that can be accomplished to stop flood damage from tornadoes, hurricanes, and flash flooding once groundwater enters your business. With adequate warning, a well-established emergency plan implemented in time can protect some valuables, employees, and customers.

SERVPRO has operated in the New Orleans area providing commercial flood damage services, mitigation, and restoration to both business and residential customers for the past fifteen years. Our experience has shown that professional cleaning and restoration can return your business to full operation much more quickly and at lower overall cost than attempting to self clean your business after a flood.

Fast Cleanup and Drying

SERVPRO deploys the right equipment and the correct techniques to reduce the damage from floodwaters. We use submersible pumps, weighted extractors, or hand-operated wands to remove moisture from difficult to access areas. Contaminated carpeting may need to be removed, and perhaps flood cuts in walls are made to remove wet drywall as well as expose potential cavities filled with water.

Avoid Mold Infestations

Mold is everywhere, and with the right conditions, an infestation can set in and grow. Moisture and warmth in closed areas are excellent breeding grounds for mold colonies to become established. Many clients run into trouble utilizing a self-clean up approach. Moisture inside walls and under carpets or other crevices are missed on the initial cleanup. Once a colony of mold is established, clients notice a musty smelling odor. The source may be difficult to find and eliminate. You may need to close your business a second time to deal with the mold.

Trained SERVPRO mold mitigation experts can assist in removing any chance for mold to grow and avoid business shutdowns multiple times. (From the initial flood and later to remove mold colonies). We use infrared cameras, penetrating, and non-penetrating moisture meters, thermos-hydrometers, manometers when negative air pressure solutions are used. Also, inspection cameras and borescopes are used to reach difficult areas. Luminometers are used to test for organic material.

Our objective is to return your commercial space to you, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Belle Chase, Harvey, Terrytown, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How SERVPRO Cleans Fire Damage in Houma

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Light Soiling After Fires in Houma Homes 

Soils and sediments are common obstacles our SERVPRO professionals must face after fire loss incidents in Houma homes. As challenging as these scenarios might often be, we have effective strategies utilizing various mechanical actions that can loosen smoke residues through the production of friction. For light soiling of surfaces and contents in your home, we have many practices deemed safe for application on almost every damaged area. 

Cleaning up fire damage in Houma properties requires patience and following specific steps to ensure that surfaces do not become stained, smeared, or marred due to the acidic nature of specific particulates. Soot specifically can be damaging to many materials, and this steadily worsens the longer that the residue can remain to cling to the surface. Here are some of the standard tools and practices for loosening up light soiling. 

Brushes - For hard surfaces and decorative materials and contents throughout a household, we can use many different sizes of soft paintbrushes to whisk away surface residues gently. 

Feather Dusters - As light-duty, as you might consider feather dusters to be, they are a gentle brushing action that can help to remove the excess fire damage residues from specific surfaces like hard-surface furniture.

Compressed Air - Many surfaces and contents can benefit from a direct blast of compressed air. A regulated shot of air can loosen soot and remove particulates. We must be careful to gauge the severity of the damage against the type of affected material to avoid damaging your personal belongings or making final cleaning efforts more challenging. 

Vacuum - HEPA-filtered vacuums can remove more substantial deposits of soot and smoke residues from surfaces like walls and ceilings. In specific situations, we can utilize attachments like the cleaning brush to loosen set-in soot residues further. 

Light soiling is a common obstacle for our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank fire restoration professionals the farther you move away from the ignition point. With many tools and strategies for loosening sediment and residues, we can clean up surfaces to make fire damage losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (504) 348-7526. 

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How SERVPRO Remediates Commercial Mold Damage in New Orleans

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on ceiling and wall by doorframe Mold can colonize and spread quickly. Call us today for commercial mold remediation.

Remedying Commercial Mold Damage in a New Orleans Office 

Small leaks and openings that allow water into a building are enough to cause extensive damage without proper remediation. When a local insurance broker, for example, experiences commercial mold damage in its offices, the cause can be something as small as wet building materials, flooding, or inconsistent maintenance schedules. However, these factors can create conditions that allow mold to thrive. 

If your New Orleans business has commercial mold damage, you can count on SERVPRO to get to work quickly on remedying the mold situation in your facilities. Technicians take care to use tried-and-true methods in conjunction with OSHA-approved, EPA-registered disinfectants, to ensure that we restore your building to a pre-mold condition. This team knows that disasters do not occur on a 9-to-5 schedule, so commercial mitigation services are available 24/7.  

Signs of Mold in Your Office Space 

Mold resides in all buildings in some form. However, concentrations of certain types of spores can be very toxic, and these can be especially unpleasant for people with compromised immune systems or those who are allergic to mold. You may hear employees discuss the following symptoms, which can indicate mold proliferation in your building: 

  • Frequent eye, nose, throat troubles
  • Skin irritation
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

Employees may also note a musty or moldy smell in parts of the building. If you notice these signs yourself or hear about them from employees, take action right away to remedy the issue. 

How SERVPRO Contains Mold 

When mold colonizes in a space, it can spread very quickly under the right conditions. When SERVPRO comes to your office, the focus before cleaning is on containing proliferation to maximize safety. Barriers made of plastic sheeting may be used to contain mold-affected spaces during the mold remediation process, and industrial-grade equipment can establish negative pressure in the area. HVAC openings in the affected space may be sealed to prevent mold from spreading through vents. While cleaning, SERVPRO technicians set aside separate areas for cleaning and disinfecting equipment.  

Not only do these practices prevent mold from spreading to other parts of your building, but they help maximize safety and respiratory health for both employees and technicians. 

SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank Strives to leave your commercial facility looking, "Like it never even happened." you can call (504) 348-7526 for reliable disaster cleanup services 365 days a year. 

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How to Choose Extraction Equipment for Water Damage in New Orleans

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

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The Best Extraction for Each Emergency in New Orleans Homes 

Choosing the correct equipment for the job has always been a staple of what makes our SERVPRO professionals so efficient in water restoration and recovery of New Orleans homes. Because of how hazardous lingering moisture can be, and the secondary effects that can result, addressing extraction concerns is a vital first step in getting a property back to preloss condition as promptly as possible. 

There are several steps between the initial contact with our offices to our technicians arriving at your New Orleans home for water extraction and drying efforts. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster,which begins with our ability to mobilize quickly following that first contact and be in route promptly with our inventory of extraction and drying equipment. We have several tiers of extraction tools that we can choose from, each having its advantages for the specific situation. 

  • Wet Vacs / Extraction Wands   

These options are ideal for confined spaces or extraction needs for properties several stories from the ground level. With many massive apartment structures throughout The New Orleans Westbank, these are a portable and lightweight avenue for implementing focused water removal to get the residence ready for drying. 

  • Pumps 

We have electric and gas-powered pumps, each of which also has its classifications and uses in homes and businesses affected by substantial water loss incidents. Our SERVPRO professionals lean heavily on sump pumps for standing water exceeding 2 inches in depth, as this machine provides a continual draw of the water to a nearby drain or the outside of the property. 

  • Engine-Driven Extractor Truck 

This unit is the highest capacity and strongest that our team has available, and it runs off of the fuel and engine of this service vehicle in the Green Fleet. We can utilize this option for widespread and severe water removal needs, which can often result during flash floods or substantial water loss incidents with separated plumbing. 

No matter what level of standing water your home must endure, you can trust that our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team has the tools to help. Give us a call anytime at (504) 348-7526. 

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New Orleans, House Fires and Bad Smells, and a SERVPRO Solution

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Firemen Hanging out by a Fire Truck in front of the FireHouse And the Firemen Ask: How did SERVPRO get here to this New Orleans House Fire BEFORE We Did??

Eliminating Smoky Odors After Fire Damage In Your New Orleans Home

Getting rid of odors is one of the most challenging elements of fire damage mitigation. This is because smoke seeps into upholstery, carpeting, clothing, and even wood, making it a pervasive smell. Experienced SERVPRO technicians employ a variety of cleaning methods and procedures to eliminate damaging odors.

Types of Odors
The type of odor from the fire damage in your New Orleans home determines what products or equipment is used to get rid of it. The surface that has been blackened by smoke also needs to be taken into consideration. For example, wood that has been penetrated by smoke molecules needs a solvent-based counteractant to mask the scent slowly.

Deodorant pellets absorb stubborn smells like a sponge which quickly freshen up a room. Water-based misters deodorize the air itself, using chemicals that can penetrate most surfaces to start breaking odor down at the molecular level. While the cleanup is in process, HVAC units should be turned off, and ducts closed. Eventually, after the cleaning agents break down the smells, the vents and fans in your home are turned back on to start exhausting the stench and bringing in the fresh air.

Sanitization and Cleaning
While the air and porous surfaces are being deodorized, the fire damage done to your furniture and belongings is assessed. Materials such as upholstery are uniquely affected by fire and smoke, and cannot be cleaned with water-based solutions. Dyes from the pattern may bleed in water. Related materials, such as rugs and dense fabrics, should also be kept away from water. SERVPRO specialists recommend foam cleaning agents and detergents, which not only eliminate unsavory odors but introduce pleasant ones into the room.

Any personal items or plants that are a part of the fire-damaged area need to be cleaned. Items that are ruined beyond repair are double bagged and disposed of swiftly. A combination of airing and cleaning can lift smoky smells from smaller items.

Eliminate smoke and odor before the effects of fire damage set in. Contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 for fast and efficient fire damage restoration.

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

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO trucks with attached service trailers The SERVPRO Green Fleet Trucks Are Stocked with Equipment and Cleaning Products Ready for the New Orleans Storm A'Comin'

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 2019 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 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 health 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.

Secrets to Getting Rid of Fire Damage in Your New Orleans Home Fast

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged Kitchen Regardless of the room in which the fire occurred, calling SERVPRO will make it "Like it never even happened." Call right away.

Simple Steps to Protect Your New Orleans Home from Fire Loss

One of the statements that can be a bur in the side of New Orleans homeowners after a fire loss incident is: “If you had an emergency plan, the damage might not have been so severe.” While it might not always get worded precisely that way, the reality is that hindsight is indeed 20/20. Preparedness for disasters can help you to experience less loss overall, and get you back into your home more quickly following the incident.

Many homeowners might not know where to begin on preparing for emergencies to ultimately reduce fire damage in their New Orleans residence. This process begins with the formulation of an escape plan from your home in the event of a fire. These disasters can vary in severity, but they rarely offer extended time for property owners to scavenge through the residence for all of the keepsakes and belongings too treasured to lose. While you cannot live your life focused on your readiness for these fire loss scenarios, there are some tips that can help you when the stress of the crisis is upon you.

Make Your Phone Calls

Reaching out to first responders is what triggers the sequence of events leading to the restoration of your home. While it is a common belief that the next call should be to your insurance provider, in truth, you can benefit your home much more to reach out to our SERVPRO team before then. We can arrive following the extinguishment of the fire and get started immediately on assessments, debris removal, and other mitigation tasks while you and our management team sort through details with the insurance provider.

Have Irreparable Belongings Ready to Go

One way that you can help to reduce the loss of items that you cannot replace is to have them ready to vacate the premises when you do. By keeping photographs in a mobile storage container, for example, you can have a higher probability of getting this out with you.

Shut Off Utilities

Shutting off the utilities in your home can help in two distinct ways. One, you are preventing further catastrophe and damage by disabling circulatory appliances like the HVAC unit. Also, you can prevent damage to the components of your plumbing, electric, and natural gas services.

Fire losses can be a stressful situation, but you can take steps to reduce their impact on your home. Give our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team a call when you are ready for our professional restoration and recovery solutions at (504) 348-7526.

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SERVPRO Offers State of the Art Methods and Equipment for Water Damaged Documents and Structures in the New Orleans Area

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Blue Book Connected to a Hanger for Drying Don't Hang Your Books and Documents for Drying in the New Orleans Area--Call SERVPRO for Professional Restoration

Document Drying in New Orleans Municipal Buildings

From the public records archives in various districts throughout the city of New Orleans to the deeds and blueprints for various structures built across the skyline, many sensitive and original documents need protection. When disasters like water damage occur, these items become at risk for deterioration and degradation, or the very least become illegible to those that might need them in the future. Our team of professionals has the experience to help.

Water damage in New Orleans municipal buildings requires a fast response from trained professionals like our SERVPRO team. We have experience through our years of service in The Westbank and our extensive training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD.) If you have already worked with our team in the past, we have likely encouraged the use of our mobile Emergency READY Profile Program app that helps to delegate critical data about your ready plan during a crisis.
 
Documents that become exposed to spreading water loss incidents can instantly begin absorbing moisture from the moment of contact. Protecting these filings and other contents of the office spaces and storage areas fall to the capable hands of our SERVPRO professionals. Not only can we employ time-saving drying strategies with broader area solutions like high-velocity air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers, but we also have a division trained explicitly for recovery needs like document drying.
 
We have a mobile freeze-drying unit which combines a vacuum to flash-freezing documents. This combination of actions can remove moisture from the documents salvaged from the building and prevent further degradation, deterioration, or ink bleeding. Our SERVPRO professionals can also ensure the protection and safekeeping of this information as to return it immediately to your care upon recovery. Sounds complicated? Look up lyophilization for a broader explanation.
 
When your municipal building becomes threatened by a water loss incident, your records and files also remain at risk until the situation gets resolved. You can trust in the experience of our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank restorers to help however you need it. Give us a call at (504) 348-7526.

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

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Air movers drying wet carpet We use air movers to dry flooring and content. Every water loss is different so we have trained technicians to meet your criteria. Call us right away.

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 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.

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