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When New Orleans Mold Damage Should Be Removed

9/5/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee setting up a containment barrier in a mold damaged room SERVPRO will get to the root of the mold problem in your New Orleans home and work to eliminate and prevent further growth. Call us today!

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

9/5/2022 (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

9/5/2022 (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.

Fire Damage Restoration in New Orleans Homes Assisted by SERVPRO

9/4/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the furniture and debris on the floor If fire damage affects your home, it needs to be dealt with professionally. Our SERVPRO technicians will make it “Like it never even happened.”

New Orleans Fire Damage Is More than What Meets the Eyes

Fire causes smoke damage or scorches surfaces, but in the worst-case scenario, it can result in structural instability and roof or wall collapse. A small fire can damage your New Orleans home much more than you can imagine. Even when no rebuilding is required, there is probably extensive smoke damage to fix in the interior. Also, you must clean structural components and home contents to remove the grime without damaging the materials.

When undertaking a fire damage restoration project in New Orleans homes, it is important to have the utility supplies assessed. These include gas, water, and electricity. It is critical not to attempt to reconnect or repair them yourself due to the associated risk. SERVPRO technicians can assess the damage extent and determine whether you need specialized contractors to facilitate repairs. This makes your property safe and enables repairs to be made.

Essential steps for effective restoration

  • Cleaning soot from surfaces and contents
  • Removing smoke odor from HVAC system and attics
  • Removing debris

As the smoke travels through the ventilation system in a home, it deposits soot. Soot is a powdery slick substance that sticks on and discolors fabrics and surfaces, leaving behind a nasty smell. If not removed quickly, its acidic properties can further damage materials or affect indoor air quality.

How to remove smoke odor

Smoke odor removal requires more than just airing the house. SERVPRO crews remove burned items determining what is salvageable and what should be discarded. Our teams remove draperies and clothing for cleaning since fabrics soak up smoke like a sponge. We wash or dry clean according to the directions on the label for clothing, blankets, drapes, pillows, linens, furniture covers, area rugs, and anything else made of woven material.

Equipment that facilitates odor removal

  • Ozone generators
  • Photocatalytic Oxidizer
  • Air filtration devices

Teams from SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank facilitate fire damage restoration by assessing the damage and cleaning the building and its contents. You can reach us at (504) 348-7526. We're Are Faster To Any Size Disaster.

After A Disaster In Your New Orleans Home, You Need To Call The Professionals At SERVPRO!

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

a magnifying glass looking at the mold growing on a wall Finding mold in patches throughout your home can be nerve wracking. Call our team to assess the extent of the infestation and start the remediation.

How SERVPRO Helps New Orleans Homeowners Bounce Back From Disaster Through Restoration Services

New Orleans homeowners know damage from fire, water, mold, and storms is a year-round threat. While there are appropriate measures property owners take to diminish the danger from fire and internal water loss issues such as pipe breaks and appliance failures, there is little that can be done to stop potential damage from hurricanes and flash flooding once the groundwater enters the home. None of those issues should be self-cleanup events; it is imperative to involve professional measures to ensure additional damages do not arise from foul odors or mold, requiring a further cost to mitigate.

The two most common rooms in New Orleans homes with water damage are the kitchen and bathroom. Anywhere there are supply lines, water pipes, or appliances that use water such as your washing machine or dishwasher, the potential to need water cleanup exists.

SERVPRO team members undergo extensive training to become certified as Water Restoration Technicians. This knowledge gives them the expertise to apply the correct equipment and techniques to lessen water loss for property owners. We spend extra time using our portable pumps, weighted extraction wands to remove as much excess moisture as possible from all affected areas, including within the walls and under floors. This action assists in lowering the drying time and the less time building materials and possessions spend exposed to water, the higher the chance for recovery through restoration.

Wet carpeting and rugs, in many cases, have restoration potential with the assistance of our Carpet Cleaning Technicians. We have equipment such as weighted extraction wands to push water out of carpet and padding and specialized drying techniques that save the cost of replacement through our restoration services.

Using our air movers, we dry wet areas quickly. Then follow up with a thorough hand cleaning using our professional-grade disinfectant and antimicrobial solutions to eliminate the stale odors water damage sometimes leaves behind.

When fire damage happens in a New Orleans property, there are different levels of challenges for our technicians to address depending on the kind of fire. Scorching fires tend to leave a dry powdery residue that is not difficult to clean up, but the tradeoff is there is often more damage due to the high temperatures of the fire. When substances with plastic and rubber compositions burn, the temperatures are lower, and they leave behind thick residues that smear easily and require careful washing to prevent other damage such as driving in the soot into surfaces from improper cleaning.

SERVPRO Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians know there are cases where the best outcome that can occur from a fire is to get the property ready for reconstruction after the completion of fire cleanup efforts. Our training includes controlled demolition techniques for safely cutting away charred building materials and leaving undamaged sheetrock and wood behind for mitigation and prep for rebuilding the structure.

Once fire debris removal occurs, and we have completed any drying and air quality improvements such as running air scrubbers to capture airborne soot particles, we move on to odor control. Smoke damage is equal parts unpleasant and unhealthy to reside with and should have professional fire damage cleanup. As hot air expands during a fire, it can drive soot into porous objects that no amount of surface cleaning helps, only specialized equipment eradicates these deeply rooted odors.

Our technicians have multiple options when it comes to fire odor removal in a home. We have gel pellets that overtake bad odors and robust applications such as hydroxyl generators that utilize the power of UV rays to destroy odor-causing particles at the molecular level.

Using the term mold removal in New Orleans homes is inaccurate. Mold occurs naturally, and full removal of all airborne spores is not possible. However, the conditions that cause the spores to germinate and turn into colonies require addressing, so the infestations do not reoccur in the future. Our technicians determine the cause and give the homeowner recommendations for repairs needed to halt situations such as inadequate ventilation trapping humid air or a slow leak feeding mold colonies.

In many cases, mold odor is the first clue there is a problem in a home. Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians can reduce the effects of mold in a home to near-zero through our proprietary methods. We use containment techniques to stop the spread of spores during remediation and then follow up with thorough cleaning using HEPA filtration. After the removal and cleaning of the colonies, we clean surfaces with our antimicrobial solutions and apply a sealer over areas when needed to ensure the spores do not set up home again.

Storm damage is something New Orleans homeowners know comes with living in this area of Louisiana. Statistics show hurricanes make landfall in this area every 2.8 years on average. With these massive storms come flooding, high winds, and property damage.

When homeowners call SERVPRO to mitigate flood damage in a home, we arrive as quickly as possible to remove water from the house. If the home has flooded from groundwater, we ask that the residents do not come into contact with the water as you do not know what is in it until the completion of water testing for contaminants and toxins. In flooding situations, there is nowhere for the water to drain off to when the storm drains are over capacity, and when permissible, we port away water to the sewer system during flood water removal.

We have a lot of different water extraction equipment to give homeowners the best chance for saving as much of their home and contents as possible through speedy flood cleanup. Some standard equipment we use:

  •   Submersible pumps that work in deep water situations to perform water extraction quickly.
  •   Portable pumps allow multiple technicians to remove water at once.
  •   Truck-mounted units remove thousands of gallons of water from residential or commercial properties.
  •   Rovers are ride-on machines that use the weight of the technician to push water out of carpeting and other areas for fast extraction.

We tarp over damaged roofing or windows as needed during mitigation from storm or wind damage. Carpeting and furnishings may have restoration potential depending on the type of water loss they have incurred. Groundwater carries a rating as a category three biohazard, and the restoration of saturated carpeting to sanitary conditions suitable for use in a home is not possible. Other types of storm damage to the carpet and upholstered furniture may have restoration potential on a case-by-case basis. After thoroughly drying, we clean and disinfect the property, so it has hygienic levels for habitation.

Why SERVPRO? Our technicians undergo intensive training and continue their education as the restoration services industry evolves with new technology and procedures. We work with both homeowners and adjusters to make the insurance claims process less stressful and provide our Contents Claims Inventory System to document the restoration process step by step with detailed reports and photographs.

The SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank emergency response team is available to assist you 24/7 with any needed restoration services caused by damage from fire, water, mold, or storm. Contact us at (504) 348-7526, and we will make your home disaster “Like it never even happened.”

How to Choose Extraction Equipment for Water Damage in New Orleans

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

a room full of SERVPRO equipment Regardless of the type or extent of the emergency, team SERVPRO has the right equipment for the task. Contact us right away to assess your property.

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 on 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. 

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.

Removing Soot in New Orleans Warehouse Fire Damage Restoration

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged building with soot covering the walls and floor If a fire occurs in your warehouse, it needs to be remediated quickly. SERVPRO has professionals ready to provide effective services. Call us 24/7.

Fire Damage Restoration for Your Warehouse

There are many warehouses and production facilities throughout the Parish, making disasters to these structures a likelihood that SERVPRO professionals must stay prepared to face. Our team can quickly evaluate the condition of commercial properties and utilize our Large Loss equipment to help. 

The Threat of Soot Damages to Wares

Fire damage restoration for New Orleans production facilities and warehouses often focuses on the earliest efforts to remove soot and smoke residues. Soot is a corrosive presence on equipment, surfaces, and wares in the building. It is important to work fast to manage these concerns with effective cleaning, air filtration, and repairs.

Equipment Needed for Inaccessible Areas

Soot is rarely only in the easy-to-reach portions of the building. The turbidity of the fire damage situation forces smoke solids upwards, caking them to the ceiling, rafters, beams, and other construction elements far above the work floor. Cleaning these residues requires powerful restoration agents but will also need equipment to get IICRC-certified technicians to the damaged portions of the building to do the work, such as:

  • Ladders
  • Scissor lifts
  • Manlifts 
  • Raised platforms

Why Should You Consider Our ERP Plan?

SERVPRO has a program called the Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP) that designates our services to help when disasters strike. You list your chain of command for restoration decisions, insurance information, key points about the building and severing utilities, and more. The objective is to reduce time wasted when restoration work should have already started. The program is free and easy to complete in a convenient app form.

Fires in the city's commercial properties rely on our Large Loss response team to clean and restore. With how fast warehouses can be soot damaged or structurally compromised, having an experienced team to help in all facets of recovery is a valuable asset. Give our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team a call to help or to set up your Emergency READY Profile at (504) 348-7526.

Always Call Expert Flood Damage Technicians in New Orleans

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

a broken copper pipe that is leaking water When a burst pipe causes flooding in your home, you need a company that is available to quickly be on the scene and help with remediation.

New Orleans Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Flood Damage Restoration

Water emergencies like flooding never wait until regular business hours to occur. Because flooding from storms or burst pipes can happen anytime, you need trusted professionals to handle your water removal services and drying. SERVPRO is a trusted name in the industry, and our locally owned and operated franchise features IICRC-certified water restoration technicians. We get there fast to limit the loss and bring your property back to pre-flood condition. “Like it never even happened.”

Why does 24-hour emergency response for flood damage matter in New Orleans? The longer that water sits and pools, the more hazardous it becomes. The timeline for the water damage is as follows:

  • Within minutes of flooding – Water moves through the home, saturating building materials, carpeting, furnishings, and personal belongings.
  • Within the first 24 hours – Musty odors may develop, drywall takes on water and breaks down, inks and dyes from particular contents can stain and spread, and wood furnishings may crack after swelling.
  • Within 48 hours to a week – Important building elements like studs, windows, and doorframes warp. Mildew and mold colonize. Paint can bubble and peel while flooring warps and swells. At this time, severe contamination is possible.
  • After a week – Structural integrity is highly questionable, mold has taken hold and the cost and time for restoration multiply. Replacing contaminated building materials or the need for total reconstruction is a real possibility.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

We arrive quickly to begin the assessment so that specialized cleanup can begin. Our crew wears PPE, selects the best equipment for water removal services and drying, then makes sure all surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. 

SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank is the team you need to call whenever you require help with flood damage. Reach us by dialing (504) 348-7526 or requesting help online at your earliest convenience.

How Can Homeowners Eliminate Mold From their Homes?

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

a corner of a room with mold covering the ceiling Quick action is required before the mold infestation spreads. Contact team SERVPRO right away to investigate the situation and remediate the damage.

Property Owners Can Hire SERVPRO Professionals to Deal With Mold Damage in their New Orleans Homes

Mold is difficult to remove and is a health hazard. Dealing with the mold damage in a timely manner is essential. If you notice a mold problem in your New Orleans property, hire SERVPRO restoration specialists to remove the mold and restore your home to its normal condition.

Our team of highly trained technicians has decades of experience and the right equipment and products to handle mold damage in your New Orleans residence effectively. We have gone through advanced training, which enables us to:

  • Utilize standard approved work practices and display professionalism
  • Use efficient containment techniques
  • Implement engineering controls
  • Take appropriate safety measures

When you contract SERVPRO restorers for your mold restoration needs, you are hiring quality, efficiency, and transparency at a pocket-friendly price.

Our mold damage restoration services

When we get to the affected property, we contain the area with mold using polythene paper to limit the spread of mold spores to unaffected areas. Since mold growth is caused by high moisture levels, we dry the affected area to avoid further mold growth. 

Mold spores can spread and settle on any surface, including your HVAC system. If the duct system is not cleaned properly, the mold spores can contaminate the air. We can use duct cleaning systems, which include a vacuum that pulls the contaminants and an effective filtering system to eliminate the mold. 

Do not let mold damage lead to costly damages. Contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank for effective mold remediation services at (504) 348-7526.

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

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with soot covering the walls Fire and subsequent soot damage needs professional attention. Call our IICRC certified technicians to take a look and start the remediation process.

Simple Steps to Protect Your New Orleans Home from Fire Loss

One of the statements that can be a burden on 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.