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The Single Best Strategy to Use for New Orleans Water Damage Revealed

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Determining Total Loss After Water Damage in New Orleans Homes

The way homeowners view a damage site and how our restoration professionals do is very different for every New Orleans home. In many situations, these property owners consider their structures to be total losses after widespread water loss scenarios, but this usually is not the case. With the right response from qualified restoration specialists like our SERVPRO team. Determining the extent of actual loss versus restorable conditions falls to the experience and training of our crew chief and production manager. 

Inspections and assessments can occur before water extraction in New Orleans homes following substantial water damage, but the data is incomplete. Plumbing breaks and appliance failures can leave several inches of standing water that can begin to saturate exposed materials and contents on contact. Reducing the spread and severity of these conditions involves fast and effective extraction approaches, primarily relying on top-tier equipment like our submersible pumps or self-priming trash pumps. 

It is challenging to determine how extensive and costly damages can be to a residence without removing this standing water so that the effects can get cataloged. With SERVPRO DryBook software, we can take atmospheric and surface moisture readings across the entire affected area to monitor progress as drying strategies begin. During this assessment of moisture content and migration, we can catalog belongings, materials, and structural elements that have become irreparably damaged in the water loss event. 

Both our SERVPRO management and our field technicians have to make hundreds of drying decisions for individual items. We can use these determinations to compile an estimation and loss record for insurance purposes. Our team seeks to restore before replacing, so there are many instances in which our efforts with industry-leading equipment and products can bring your belongings or home to preloss condition more cost-efficiently than expected. 

Scoping a job is much more than determining the resources necessary to return a residence to its original state. Our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team can identify total loss and catalog damages to approach the recovery of your home in the fastest and cheapest manner possible. No matter how our team can help, give us a call today at (504) 348-7526.

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Water Removal Solutions for Flooding in New Orleans Homes

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO trucks with trailers in a parking lot Our employees have the tools to remove water from your home

Types of Equipment SERVPRO Uses for Water Removal

Crawlspaces provide numerous advantages for New Orleans homes but can be among the first areas of the property to flood after substantial storm systems pass through. With the strength of weather events making landfall from the Gulf of Mexico, the whole city stays alert to devastating conditions that can allow structural compromises.

The crawlspace of your property can help to limit direct storm flooding in New Orleans houses but requires regular inspections to ensure that the appropriate drainage systems exist. Removing water from the damaged area most often involves the use of multiple extraction tools. Depending on the severity of standing water and the presence of solids in the floodwater to get removed, specific machines are more capable than others.

Electric Submersible Pump 

The electric sump pumps are among the most versatile water removal tools available for flooding and water loss incidents. These units provide a consistent draw of water at a quiet volume. Even with more than a couple feet of standing water in the crawlspace, the electric pump can offer a continual discharge of floodwater down to two inches in depth.

Gas-Powered Trash Pump 

There are many instances in which higher volumes of standing water can compromise available power to the structure. While our SERVPRO team can utilize portable generators for finite electricity in these circumstances, a way to remove a significant draw on available power is with the use of gas-powered pumps. These same tools are ideal for debris and solids present in the water as well, as these larger pumps have a broader discharge hose.  

Truck-Mount Extractor 

High-capacity extractors are ideal for situations where drainage is unusable or unavailable. Potential contaminants can make the use of sanitary sewers impossible in some circumstances, for example. Our most considerable pump in both strength and water removal, the truck-mounted extractor, can also get used against moderate debris and solids.

Flooding is a situation that many homeowners must face throughout their lifetime, and our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team can help. We have cutting-edge equipment and technologies to remove standing water and make losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (504) 348-7526.

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Hey, New Orleans Homeowner! Need Help with Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration? SERVPRO Is Ready to Help!

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO green van parked at job-sit New Orleans Businesses and Homes Benefit from SERVPRO's Fast Response Time and Advanced Equipment to Mitigate Flood Damage

SERVPRO Removes Flood Damage in New Orleans Fast

While there are many precautions in place to protect against flooding in Louisiana, homeowners still have to observe precautions and stay prepared in case of levee breaks and other disasters that can exacerbate floods. Something as simple as clogged gutters can redirect water under your foundation, which can cause damage that requires thousands of dollars to repair.

If clogged gutters or other structural issues lead to circumstances that cause flood damage in your New Orleans home, SERVPRO technicians are available day and night to address the disaster. This IICRC-certified firm is dedicated to providing homeowners with service that puts restoration and safety first to restore your home to a preloss condition whenever possible. SERVPRO technicians and franchise owners alike receive extensive education and certification to ensure that your disaster cleanup is done to code and per the needs of property owners and insurance adjusters.

Service Dedicated to Saving Homes
Your local SERVPRO is happy to be working with first responders in Louisiana and sponsors the annual First Responder Bowl to show gratitude for their services throughout the year. This firm is also a member of the Blue Goose Association, which serves New Orleans by providing aid to parts of the community through volunteer work and monetary contribution. This SERVPRO franchise also operates an emergency rapid response unit for victims of extreme weather events. This group includes project managers and crew chiefs who have 30 years of accumulated experience.

How SERVPRO Can Help
There are several steps technicians follow every time flooding occurs to ensure that they meet the standards expected of them and that all cleanup follows national and local codes. These steps include:

Technicians use a variety of moisture measurement materials, including Thermo hygrometers, infrared cameras, and penetrating and non-penetrating moisture sensors to evaluate the extent of damage and formulate a plan of action.

 SERVPRO can utilize both back-mounted extractors, and large truck-mounted and trash pumps to remove large quantities of water quickly and prepare flood-affected homes for thorough cleaning and drying.

This team uses EPA-registered, OSHA-approved antimicrobial cleaners to exterminate bacteria, mold, and other risks that can come from debris accumulation during floods.

Technicians can set up centrifugal air movers and industrial-grade dehumidifiers to pull moisture off of surfaces and eliminate it from a residence. This is often done in conjunction with controlled demolitions to remove soaked contents and building materials from the affected structure.

SERVPRO works hard to clean up your residence and make repairs with the consent of property owners and insurance adjusters, cooperating with licensed subcontractors as necessary to restore homes.

SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank can ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." You can call (504) 348-7526 for cleanup at any time of the day or night.

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)

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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.