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Eliminating Storm Water from Crawl Spaces in Gretna Homes

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

crawlspace You want expert assistance when your homes crawl space is flooded. Call SERVPRO, we are here to help!

Extraction and Restoration are Dire Needs After Post-storm Flooding in Gretna. 

Post-storm flooding is not uncommon for Gretna and other communities around New Orleans. With our neighborhoods in the path of some of the worst severe weather events, a suitable solution to likely flooding should be in place, especially for cleaning confined spaces under the house.

Accessing the Confined Space 

While storm damage removal in Gretna homes must begin as quickly as possible, this process starts with evaluating the safest access points to spaces underneath a property. Safety is a constant factor in flood removal and cleanup, from the integrity of impacted building materials to the presence of contaminants.

Ideal Tools for The Limited Space 

Several unique tools can benefit the cleaning and restoration of confined spaces after a flood. Some of these include:

  • Wet Vacuums – Because of their manageable size and attachments, wet vacuums are the ideal choice for water extraction from a crawl space and other confined areas of the house.
  • Low-Profile Centrifugal Air Movers – Air movers are a consistent staple of the drying process for many types of damages that could exist after flooding or water losses. When space is a concern or smaller work areas are engineered with flood cuts, low-profile centrifugal air movers promote fast evaporative drying of the moist environment and materials.

  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers – These machines are ideal for smaller spaces because they can pull out moisture to the unit outside the workspace and exhaust dry air back into the damp confined area to promote further evaporation. 

Can Future Flood Damage Be Prevented? 

Crawl spaces are a common target for flood damage, and many homeowners might assume they are without options. Encapsulation covers all exposed surfaces with polypropylene sheeting and allows for the installation of water diversion and drainage of the affected space to prevent flood recurrences effectively.

Whether it is cleaning up after a flood or helping with encapsulation of this space, our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team can help. We are available 24/7 at (504) 348-7526. 

Is Wet Cleaning Preferred to Remove Soot in New Orleans Homes?

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians Fire damage is not a DIY project you want. Leave it to our skilled professionals at SERVPRO. We will make it look "Like it never even happened."

Multiple Cleaning Processes Make up Fire Restoration in New Orleans Properties. 

Cleaning up after soot damage can involve several tactics and products. Our thorough inspection of the property can show where wet or dry cleaning might be wise choices.

Why Is Wet Cleaning Considered? 

When fire damage cleanup in New Orleans homes is needed, our technicians must often differentiate between all impacted materials to find suitable cleaning practices from one house area to another. We earmark the washable surfaces in your home so we can implement wet cleaning practices.

Wet cleaning features some of our inventory's most potent cleaning products, specifically formulated for surfaces and underlying materials. Often, this approach is needed when moderate or heavy soiling exists, and it is still possible to restore the underlying structural element.

Possible Concerns with Wet Cleaning 

Wet cleaning is not without some possible drawbacks, however. Considerations include:

  • Water Soluble Paint – New paint might not hold up against wet cleaning practices, though the greatest concern is a thick deposit of soot, requiring pre-cleaning with a dry cleaning sponge.
  • Contents and Furniture – Before wet cleaning occurs, contents and furniture must be relocated to the center of the room away from the structure and covered to prevent water or moisture damages.
  • Alternate Cleaning Methods – Dry cleaning is always a possibility as well and can often be more effective in circumstances than the application of wet products. The heart of dry cleaning involves vacuuming, brushing, and chemical sponges.

Cleaning up after soot and smoke damage can be a considerable challenge with the wide range of reactions and damage building materials or contents could experience. We quickly determine the need for dry and wet cleaning in the house to allow our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team the fastest path to it being "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7 at (504) 348-7526. 

When Should You Consider Professional Restorers After New Orleans Flooding?

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

"High water" in flooded street Don't let flood water take over your home, call SERVPRO's certified storm damage technicians for assistance.

Timing is Critical When Restoring and Recovering Flood-damaged New Orleans Homes. 

Knowing when to reach out to experienced restoration professionals can make the difference in the amount of your flood-damaged home that is salvageable. In most cases, you want to secure services to help overcome some of the pitfalls of DIY recovery. 

The Hazards of Post-Flood Conditions 

Before flood damage in New Orleans homes can be mitigated and cleaned up, our experienced SERVPRO team must assess the property for pressing threats that could impact the health and wellbeing of technicians or house occupants. With standing water, some concerns include:

  • Electric Shock – With many contents powered by electricity in a flooded space, the threat of live currents passing through the standing water must be addressed before even extraction and debris removal can get underway.
  • Structural Damage – Flooding can often have a disastrous impact on the structural integrity of exposed building materials. Potential collapse and weakening can lead to severe injury without getting addressed promptly.
  • Contamination – Natural flooding can introduce contaminants and pathogenic threats into the household. Standing water allows these microbes to move to several areas of the property quickly.

Capable Mitigation Equipment 

Mitigating damage and loss after a flood can be critical to protecting what matters most in your home. Unlike the capacities of DIY restoration with limited extraction and drying capabilities, we have hundreds of recovery machines to overcome disasters of all severities.

The Construction Needs After a Flood

Another advantage of choosing professional restorers like our team to overcome flood damage is our general contractor license. We provide various build-back and reconstruction services and actions to remove damaged and vulnerable structural elements and ultimately replace them when restoration nears completion.

The threats present with flood damage should encourage homeowners and business owners to pursue the experience and expertise of our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team. When disasters strike, we mobilize fast to show We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster when you call (504) 348-7526.

Commercial Water Cleanup in Your New Orleans Gift Shop

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

paint peeling off of the walls from water damage Leaks in the wall can be the sign of a bigger problem. Contact our certified SERVPRO team to investigate the extent of the water damage and remediate.

SERVPRO Can Help You Get Your Shop Back in Order After Water Damage Occurs

Anyone in New Orleans is accustomed to flooding and the high humidity environment that can make an impact on your possessions or merchandise. As a business owner, you need to protect your investment and ensure that your business keeps running as smoothly as possible and your merchandise does not get ruined.

Water Damage Restoration Help In New Orleans

Commercial water cleanup in New Orleans can be challenging if you want to keep operating during regular business hours. SERVPRO technicians use techniques and specific procedures for a business that allows it to remain operational during cleanup. They also have an emergency response team that is available to take calls 24 hours a day, every day of the week, understanding the importance of getting help right when you need it.

After you discover a water leak in your wall, you first turn the pipe off to stop the leak, then you must move your merchandise away from the impacted area. Although you have insurance for your business, it is still a hassle to recoup the losses if there is damage to the items you are selling. With this in mind, you can relocate your items to a different part of the store or a higher area.

One of the most crucial restoration components after water damage is to dry the impacted area adequately. This may not be very easy while your shop is operating. However, SERVPRO restoration specialists use their skills to make sure your customers barely notice the restoration taking place right in front of them. Technicians use dehumidifiers to pull the cold, damp moisture out of the air, exhausting back out warm, dry air. Air movers push this warm, dry air across the surface level in your shop and can be strategically placed so that they have a very low profile and hardly ever noticed.

Keeping your shop well ventilated and the HVAC system running through the restoration process is crucial to keep the air circulating throughout the cleanup, drying, and restoration process. Not only does this aid in drying out the moisture in the air and materials, but it also ensures that no musty odors develop. 

Contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

How Does SERVPRO Deal with Residential Water Emergencies in New Orleans?

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

a broken pipe leaking water Quick action must be taken when a burst pipe situation occurs. Call our certified SERVPRO technicians 24/7 to plan the best course of action.

When Pipes Burst in New Orleans Homes, Flooding can Occur Quickly and Spread to Many Areas of the House

Damage to flooring materials and wall systems is often inevitable when water disasters impact New Orleans homes. As quickly as a situation gets out of control, fast response from competent professionals like SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank makes a considerable difference in the ultimate structural damages. A water main bursting in the house can quickly flood lower levels like the basement and impact original hardwood flooring, as you can see.

When water extraction and demolition in New Orleans homes are necessary, we dispatch our professional restoration technicians and in-house contractors. We reacted with practical mitigation steps to this residential property damage because saturated flooring materials can damage the underlying subflooring. The water and electricity services were temporarily severed to provide a safe workspace, requiring creative mitigation and water removal approaches.

Controlled demolition is a practical approach for minimizing further damages. Removing planks allows for more efficient and direct drying, which we worked to accomplish by installing four dehumidification units while submersibles continued to remove standing water from the basement level. Because the electricity was turned off until mitigation made it safe to restore, we ran powered equipment from a trailered generator supplying power to two spider boxes/power stations.

What Materials Must Get Removed and Discarded After Water Damage?

Removing materials through controlled demolition helped this property provide more ideal conditions for whole-house drying and moisture removal. Migrating water from a break or line burst in a home can impact many areas, including:

  • Ceiling
  • Wall
  • Flooring
  • Contents

Placing drying equipment like our air movers and dehumidifiers can help structures after water disasters. Removing flooring can often be necessary when standing water exists because saturation for elements like hardwood begins almost immediately. Give our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team a call today at (504) 348-7526.

How Do New Orleans Business Owners Lessen Downtime Caused by Fire Damage?

10/10/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with soot on the ceiling Fire damage in a commercial setting can certainly slow down anything getting done. Call our SERVPRO team for fast action.

New Orleans SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Preserves Possessions and Lessens Commercial Downtime

Commercial fire damage restoration needs often require fast-acting and specialized care to save New Orleans business owners on repair and replacement costs. This is especially necessary considering the impact that soot and soils can have on structural materials and possessions.

New Orleans SERVPRO fire damage restoration strategies are designed to be implemented 24/7 per the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. SERVPRO’s commercial cleaning services use OSHA-approved antimicrobials to perform cleanup to code.

Removing Soot Soils from Electronics and Appliances

A fire-damaged office or reception area in a commercial facility can entail extensive soot damage to electronic equipment, paper records, and furniture. Soot particles can collect in nooks and crannies in appliances, which can stain materials, affect functionality, and potentially corrode metals or finishes. Fire damage can also collect in vents, spreading unpleasant odors and affecting indoor air quality for clients and employees.

SERVPRO can address these concerns by:

  • Carefully disassembling, cleaning, and reassembling salvageable equipment or calling in a licensed specialist for items that require more technical care
  • Sealing openings with polyethylene sheeting and creating contained, low-pressure environments for easy soot collection with HEPA-filter vacuums
  • SERVPRO furniture cleanup includes manual cleaning with dry cleaning sponges, EPA-registered wet cleaners, alkaline solutions for heavier soils, and abrasion blasting with dry ice to eliminate heavy char on salvageable surfaces

Business owners can call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 to make their properties look and feel “Like it never even happened.”

Who Can I Call for Water Cleanup After a Dishwasher Overflow in New Orleans?

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

dishwasher leak Regardless whether it's faulty plumbing or an aging dishwasher, Team SERVPRO is ready to remediate water damage in your home.

Why SERVPRO for Water Cleanup in New Orleans Homes 

Dishwasher overflows can be both sudden and overwhelming for many New Orleans homeowners to tackle. All it takes is a cracked or loose gasket to pour water all over your kitchen floors. Without fast action, this moisture can affect kitchen tile grout, saturate subfloors, and potentially create a thriving environment for mold.

If a kitchen appliance failure leads to water cleanup for your New Orleans residence, SERVPRO technicians are a phone call away to come start extracting water, drying spaces, and removing odors at any time of the night or day, including holidays and weekends.

How Does SERVPRO Detect Water Damage?

SERVPRO’s moisture measurement tools are varied and sophisticated. Measuring water in and on surfaces is necessary for a variety of mitigation tasks, including:

  • Formulating a plan for structural drying.
  • Calculating placement of air movers and dehumidifiers.
  • Evaluating surfaces during structure and contents drying.
  • Inspecting surfaces after drying has finished ensures that drying goals have been achieved.

A scientific approach to cleanup during every step of the process is necessary for adhering to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards while minimizing potential property losses for homeowners.

How SERVPRO Restores Structures in Your Kitchen

Different surfaces require different treatments to ensure thorough water removal. Drywall and cabinetry may require small holes to facilitate drying inside cavities. Carpeting outside of your kitchen can undergo thorough extraction with rovers, rubber suction pads, or extraction wands.

Technicians can even address hard-to-reach areas like saturated subfloors and leaks behind your dishwasher or cabinetry with portable extraction modalities and EPA-registered antimicrobials. Kitchen tiles may require specialized grout cleaners to remove staining from water damage.

SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank provides mitigation services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster. You can call (504) 348-7526 to have a team at your home within hours.

There Was Only A Small Amount of Fire Damage In My New Orleans Home – Do I Really Need Professional Help?

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

Room with fire damage The situation can feel quite overwhelming when your home is affected by fire damage. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

Soot Damage from Even Small Fires Can Cause Big Damage 

When most people picture a house fire in New Orleans, they think of a home that gets destroyed. But more commonly, small fires occur in a home that can seem minor but still need professional care.

We put the fire out quickly, and it seems like a quick cleanup is all that is needed?

Kitchen fires and fires from faulty appliances and outlets occur more frequently than most people realize. They are often put out quickly and leave little damage, or so it seems. Your paint may not peel, and it may look like no physical damage has occurred. The only thing you see is some soot on items in the room. The fire damage in your New Orleans home may only be from smoke damage but can be extensive even when you cannot see it. Here’s what you should know about soot:

  • Soot is smoke that has settled onto surfaces.
  • It can cause hidden damage.
  • Its tiny particles can quickly spread.
  • It produces an acidic film that can cause worse problems when in contact with skin.
  • Specific chemicals are needed to neutralize soot.
  • If not addressed, it can eat away the material it covers.
  • Causes odors.

Cleaning Up Smoke Damaged Rooms

Because of how soot can get into everything from furniture covers to the corners of the ceiling, you need a professional fire damage company that knows how to do the proper cleaning. SERVPRO’s fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) attack the situation with experience and the best tools. The techs use equipment such as dry sponges, HEPA vacuums, and potent cleaning agents to restore your home to preloss condition.

Contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 for quality fire damage service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

New Orleans Residents Know that Acting Quickly After Flood Damage is Crucial

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

Flood waters by home Storms can bring floodwater and storm damage. The professionals at SERVPRO are always on call to handle your water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Restoration Services to New Orleans Homeowners

Flood damage is not new to New Orleans, but it is always disruptive to its residents. Memories of terrible storms are enough to make all homeowners jump into action as soon as basement flooding cleanup and water removal services are in order. Rather than attempt a do-it-yourself solution, relying on a professionally trained team helps minimize the loss associated with stormwater in your home.

In New Orleans, the premier flood damage restoration team is SERVPRO, and it is ready to help as soon as you need us. Like you, we understand the perils of delaying water damage repairs, which is why we engage in the water damage remediation process as soon as you call us. Equipped with the latest equipment and technology in our industry, we arrive at your home ready to tackle jobs of all sizes. As you will discover, our team provides services beyond water extraction, including some of the following-

  • Documentation of the restoration process and any move-out services. As needed, we are happy to assist in the insurance claim process and coordination with other contractors needing to work in the home.
  • Specialty drying solutions for irreplaceable items such as pictures, electronics, and documents. Occasionally we take those off site for specialized services that can help preserve your most valuable possessions.
  • Drywall replacement, an inspection of ventilation ducts, and disinfecting of your home are part of our process. These steps add a layer of protection against the growth and spread of mold, which is not uncommon after flood damage.

People in New Orleans can count on SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank for help. Call us at (504) 348-7526 following any flooding event, and let us put our expertise to work for you. Our goal is to restore your home to pre-flooding conditions so life may go on as usual.

SERVPRO Wants To Remove Mold From Your New Orleans Home

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on wall SERVPRO will get to the root of your mold problem and work to eliminate and prevent further growth. Call us today for assistance.

Why SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in New Orleans

Mold occurs naturally as one of the aspects that help in the decomposition of organic matter. Despite this, mold development inside or outside your structure is not a good thing because it helps nature break down matter in the same way it can damage your structure. Once you notice signs of an infestation in your New Orleans property, you should begin the remediation process immediately. 

Early removal is the most effective step when doing mold remediation in New Orleans. However, this is easier said than done because mold develops in hidden areas such as crawlspaces, wall cavities, and attics. By the time you notice early signs, the infestation is already developed. We have certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) at SERVPRO who inspect your property to establish the extent of the infestation and come up with the correct response plan. We also check the amount of moisture saturation in the building to help combat future infestations. 

Mold Inspections, Remediations, and Removal

Cleaning mold debris is an essential step in the remediation process. Such debris is not only unsightly but might retain moisture sparking future growth. Cleaning is usually useful when the contamination is light or affects non-porous materials such as glass, metal, and plastics. In cases of extensive contamination affecting porous materials such as drywall, insulation, carpeting, and fabrics, removing the affected material is usually more effective. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on different resources to clean affected areas. We can HEPA vacuum the areas to remove loose debris or damp wipe with professional cleaning agents with antimicrobial properties. 

While removing mold residues and affected materials, spores and other loose debris are released into the air. Care is, therefore, necessary to avoid spreading this debris because it can cause problems in other unaffected parts of the property or complicate the cleanup process unnecessarily. Our SERVPRO technicians control this in different ways. For example, using plastic sheets, we create containment barriers and establish "clean rooms," which prevent debris from spreading. We can also establish negative air pressure in the affected area to eliminate residues from the air. 

Mold remediation is effective when done correctly. Call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 to restore your property. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.