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

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO is Here To Help If Flood Damage Strikes Your Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/16/2019 (Permalink)

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

Cleaning Wet Smoke Damages from Your New Orleans Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Takes Care When Cleaning Flood Damaged Materials in New Orleans

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


Cleaning Expensive Fabrics

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

Restoring Furniture Pieces

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


Handling Electronics

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


Miscellaneous Items

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

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

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

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

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

The Threats of Flooding for New Orleans Hospitals

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage in New Orleans Rental Property

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Orleans Bars, SERVPRO, and Water Recovery Fast!

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial New Orleans Bars, SERVPRO, and Water Recovery Fast! SERVPRO"s Faster Water Removal and Cleanup Keeps the Music Playing in Your New Orleans Bar

A Plumbing Leak Can Cause Water Damage Inside of Your New Orleans Pub  

Having a leaky sink causes water damage inside of your establishment is never something that any business owner wants to deal with. However, when misfortunate does strike, it is essential for you to strike faster. Getting immediate help can mean the difference between an inexpensive cleanup and complete water damage remediation. Sadly, the leak inside of your pub's bathroom went unnoticed for a couple of days, as the sinks are built into a counter and were leaking water onto the floorboards directly underneath.

Upon finding the water damage inside of your New Orleans pub, you knew to reach out for help right away, which helped prevent the damage from accelerating any further. Leaving water damage can cause even more problems, as excess moisture can feed airborne mold spores, which are omnipresent. A dark and damp place is an excellent place for mold damage to form.
 
SERVPRO works around your schedule; your hours are our hours. Whenever you need our services, we can be available, day or night. Having a pub without a working restroom can lead customers to leave faster than they naturally would, and therefore can equal a loss of business. SERVPRO knows how essential foot traffic is, which is why we work around the clock, efficiently, and swiftly, to ensure that the damage is dried as quickly as possible.
 
When SERVPRO arrives, our IICRC-certified technicians can immediately get to work. We can dismantle the counter top and remove it, allowing us access to the floor underneath. From there, we can set up advanced technological drying equipment, designed to remediate water damage swiftly. To address the moisture in your wooden flooring, we can use drying mats to create an intense drying environment, which pulls the moisture right out of your floors.
 
Additionally, we can set up desiccant dehumidifiers, axial fans, and air movers, to dry out the countertops made to house your sinks. Lastly, SERVPRO can use thermal imaging technology to ensure that there are no pockets of water in your walls or underneath your floor. Once finished, we can return your business to you in its pre-damaged state.
 
When water damage interrupts the flow of your business, never hesitate. Communicate with SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank by calling the number (504) 348-7526. Whenever the time, we're open for you.

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Our Specialists Explain Our Method For Restoring Your Hardwood Floors In New Orleans

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Specialists Explain Our Method For Restoring Your Hardwood Floors In New Orleans If you ever suffer from wet hardwood floors after a water leak, call SERVPRO at (504) 348-7526 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Water Removal Technicians In New Orleans Explain Hardwood Floor Restoration Methods

If moisture ever gets into your New Orleans home, it usually will head directly to your floor. During most water removal projects, the floor is a major area where restoration work gets completed. Once moisture starts to spread, it can soak deep into materials that are porous and ones that are not as permeable such as hardwood floors. Wooden floors are made to repel moisture, but if the situation is severe, the flooring materials can get saturated. Any time you notice that your floor gets wet, it is a good idea to call in a professional water removal company such as SERVPRO.

Problems like saturated hardwood floors require professional attention to be saved. If water removal inside your New Orleans residence is not conducted right away, several issues can occur over time. Our SERVPRO technicians provide fast, 24/7 service to any building in our region. Our technicians are located nearby allowing us to arrive at your house quickly after you notify us.

Our highly trained team at SERVPRO is IICRC certified and experienced in restoring moisture-related damage in many different scenarios. Our technicians are trained to utilize specialized equipment to mitigate structural issues. Our experience allows us to choose the best techniques and methods during your specific restoration project.

We also utilize a wide array of advanced technology to help us get the job done in a sufficient period. For example, when working with wet hardwood floors, we take extra measures to remove moisture from the flooring materials quickly. In minor situations, we can dry out wooden floors by setting up air movers and dehumidifiers in the affected area. If the water has soaked deeply into the floor, then we can utilize hardwood floor drying mats to push air deep into the wooden flooring.

Drying out wood floors promptly can prevent them from cupping or buckling. If you ever suffer from wet hardwood floors after a water leak, call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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We Clear And Clean Out Every New Orleans West Bank Home After Fire Damage, Call Today

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Clear And Clean Out Every New Orleans West Bank Home After Fire Damage, Call Today Our certified technicians know exactly how to handle any size fire damage disaster in your home. Call us right away, we are available 24/7.

SERVPRO - Fire Damage Removal And Cleaning In New Orleans Homes

New Orleans residents do not usually think of fire when it comes to a disaster. Flood water in the attic yes, but not scorched roof tiles, burned support beams, and smoke residue covering everything else.

Removal of property from a New Orleans home depends on the type of fire damage the personal and structural items suffered. SERVPRO technicians determine if the cause was the heat and flames, smoke residues, or as a result of the effects to extinguish the fire. Each type of damage also falls into three levels or categories of damage: Minor, Medium, and Major.

With Minor damage, there is little need for removal. The fire was small, quickly extinguished, and restricted primarily to a single room in the home like the kitchen. Only small items like dish towels and perhaps the pot or pan where the fire started must be disposed of and replaced. Most of the restoration involves light cleaning of residue covered counters, cabinets, and floors.

When there is Medium damage, SERVPRO technicians remove more property since the fire was larger, spread into other parts of the home, and took longer to extinguish. Larger items like furniture and drywall panels are physically damaged and require disposal. Cleaning requires stronger chemicals and tools like scrub brushes. Odors are very noticeable and require further cleaning to eliminate them.

Major fire damage is exactly that. Items near the origin of the fire are severely burnt and need immediate removal and disposal. In addition to drywall, structural supports like wall and ceiling framing also suffer physical damage. Smoke residues are so thick that some items cannot be completely cleaned and requires replacement. Odors can be so strong that eliminating them can be more expensive than replacement.

Not every removal of property means disposal, however. Team members can move undamaged items or those that only need cleaning to a container on the property, or to temporary storage to protect them while repairs are underway. If items like blinds and some upholstered chairs have very heavy residues, it is necessary to remove them to our office for specialized, immersion cleaning.

Our goal at SERVPRO of The New Orleans West Bank is to clear out and clean out every home as quickly as possible. The sooner we can finish, the sooner you and your family can return to your home and start getting your lives back to where they were before the fire. For more information about what we can do for you, call us at (504) 348-7526 today.

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The Solution To Your Water Damage Issue In Your New Orleans Home Is Our Crew At SERVPRO!

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Solution To Your Water Damage Issue In Your New Orleans Home Is Our Crew At SERVPRO! Water damage is a New Orleans homeowner's worst nightmare.

Speed And Quality Are Why SERVPRO Is The Solution To Water Damage Mitigation In New Orleans

New Orleans water losses must be addressed immediately, preventing homeowners from taking a leisurely approach to choosing a contractor. Within 24 to 48 hours, unmitigated moisture can encourage significant mold colony growth. The porous, cellulose-based building materials common in modern construction absorb water readily and deteriorate fast, why our rapid response is critical to delivering success under challenging circumstances.

Water damage is a New Orleans homeowner's worst nightmare. Our humid climate, season storms, and presence of fresh or seawater from all sides increase the risk of accelerated damage from any water loss. Impressively fast response times, highly-qualified technicians, and the most up to date equipment is why we get the call when water intrudes.

From the moment we arrive you see why SERVPRO is a water mitigation industry leader. Our crew lead assesses the scenario with an experienced and practical eye, swiftly devising a plan that our crew implements fast. There is no wait for necessary equipment as our service vehicles are stocked with the pumps and wanted water extractors needed. IICRC-trained technicians use technologically advanced thermal scanners and moisture meters to locate hidden water and establish baseline levels for the drying efforts to come.

Once we extract all standing water, our crew creates a perimeter of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to pull absorbed moisture out of porous building materials. Wetness moves to the dry, warmer air and is then absorbed or condensed for permanent removal via our desiccant or evaporative dehumidifiers. As the process continues our highly-qualified technicians adjust the positioning of the equipment for efficiency. The dedication our employees brings to each job is why SERVPRO projects start up fast, run smoothly, and cross the finish line successfully.

As the moisture levels normalize we check for any signs of mold growth and use EPA registered antimicrobials to sanitize the affected area to inhibit any future infestation. Clean, dry, and sanitized is our goal to welcome you back “Like it never even happened.” After our employees wrap up the job, you understand why SERVPRO is the go-to restoration company for your community.

Customer satisfaction with response times and results is why SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank should be on your speed dial. Call our crew at (504) 348-7526.

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SERVPRO Provides to New Orleans Property Owners Biohazardous Cleanups and Restorations

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Provides to New Orleans Property Owners Biohazardous Cleanups and Restorations Sewer Backup in New Orleans? Call SERVPRO for a Safe Cleanup and Restoration

How To Handle Cleaning Up After a Sewer Backup in New Orleans

Water damage is challenging enough when you are dealing with a burst or broken pipe, but it gets even more challenging when you are grappling with a sewer backup. Black Water requires special methods for a safe and secure cleanup.

Cleaning up after a flooded toilet or another major sewer malfunction in New Orleans, LA means not only drying the area and cleaning the affected home furnishings and belongings but also disinfecting all the affected areas. That’s why it is essential to work with a professional sewer cleanup service like SERVPRO that has the tools to handle the job.

Discovering the Problem

1. Turn off the water to the toilet or other appliance affected by the sewage backup.
2. Contact the cleanup service and your insurance carrier.
3. Keep pets and kids clear of the affected areas.
4. Contact repair services to fix the cause of the backup.

Any cleanup that requires thorough disinfection as part of its process presents a strong risk to well-being from unprotected exposure. We advise that you make sure to minimize any human exposure to the affected areas of your home until after you have gotten professional help with sewer cleanup following the accident. Our SERVPRO crew dons PPE personal protective equipment before we begin the treatment.

Using Sewer Backup Cleaning Specialists

Water damage and restoration companies carry certifications that tell you what kinds of emergencies they are certified to handle. When you are dealing with a flooded toilet or a sewer that has backed up, you need to find a company whose employees are certified to deal with sewage and other biohazards. That way, you know they can apply the proper disinfectant cleaning protocols during your cleanup.

Repairing Your Plumbing

You may need to line up a plumbing service in addition to your cleaning service, but not always. If you do need a plumber, make sure you let the cleaning crew finish, so any contaminated areas are disinfected. When sewer cleanup goes first, the repair can be completed more quickly and efficiently.

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