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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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Leave New Orleans Fire and Smoke Cleanup and Restoration to SERVPRO

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for Your New Orleans House Fire, We Can Help

How to Restore Your Home After Fire Damage in New Orleans

Facing fire damage can be an incredibly intense experience. The chances are that you have a lot of emotions surrounding the fire in your home or fire in your business. You might feel angry, frustrated, or even scared. These emotions are a natural part of recovering from a fire in your business or your home.

Many adults experience smoke damage, soot damage, and commercial fire damage to their New Orleans properties, but aren't quite sure what to do after the fire is over. After all, how can you know what to do in a situation like this? Most people do not typically discuss your options for fire damage restoration, but there are a few things you can do to restore your home after it's been damaged by a fire. Before you board up your property, we suggest you call SERVPRO, this is what you need to know.

First off, understand that fire damage restoration can take time. When you're working on fire cleanup, it's important that you have patience. Fire damage restoration isn't going to happen overnight. It shouldn't. When you have a fire in your home or a fire in your business, you need to make sure you have proper fire damage restoration performed by a restoration company who understands exactly what it takes to repair a damaged building that has experienced fire damage, soot damage, or smoke damage. Before you board up your house or board up your building, make sure you take a deep breath and calmly assess the situation. Do you really want to board up your property? Alternatively, do you want to contact a restoration company who can help restore your property to its former glory? A little bit of patience can go a long way. Start thinking about SERVPRO.

It's also important that you understand the impact fire damage can have on your property. After you experience a fire in your home or a fire in your business, you can likely see visible soot damage or smoke damage. This can appear as yellow stains on your walls. You may even notice a strong smoke smell as a result of the smoke damage to your property. The right fire cleanup will be able to help you restore your home to its former appearance, but you need to seek help from a restoration company as quickly as possible. A smoke smell and commercial fire damage aren't things you want to deal with on your own. Fire damage can impact the way your home looks visually, but it can also impact the structure of your home. This is another reason you need help with fire cleanup after commercial fire damage.

Finally, understand that the right restoration company can help you save the foundation and structure of your home or building. Commercial fire damage that includes soot damage or a smoke odor can be an incredibly overwhelming experience. Even after the fire has been put out, even experiencing the smoke smell can bring back memories of the fire. SERVPRO provides advanced equipment for the elimination of malodors. Some individuals can suffer from Phantosmia, the apparent lingering odors when none exist.

The right company will be able to assess the damage and help you create a plan for moving forward with everything you're dealing with. All you have to do is pick up the phone and reach out to SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank. (504) 348-7526

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Flooding, New Orleans Commercial Building Content Cleaning, and Help from SERVPRO

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Don't Duck getting Your New Orleans Office Cleaned and Dried--Save Your Equipment and Records by Calling SERVPRO

Stormwater Removal and Restoring Businesses in New Orleans

Once the flood waters that invaded your commercial building have been extracted, it’s time to see which of your belongings and building contents can be salvaged and which will have to be thrown away and replaced.

With items that require discarding during content cleaning, insurance companies in New Orleans, LA might be able to help with damage caused by Black Water. SERVPRO can also help with the claims paperwork to lessen your burden during this stressful time.

Food

All food in metal cans or retort pouches can most likely be safe to consume if they’re undamaged. Before opening them, be sure to wash, rinse and disinfect items. Regarding utensils, anything made of wood that was exposed to flood water will need to be thrown out. Anything metal can be washed off and sanitized. We provide specific disinfectants to kill pathogens and microbes.

Furnishings and Carpets

Since carpets are porous, it’s best you go ahead and throw them out if they’re flooded since they can easily attract mold and mildew. Anything else you have in your building that’s porous should probably be thrown out. Carpets and rugs that are a little damp might be salvageable, but you’ll want to have them professionally cleaned. Upholstered furniture soaked through with flood water should be thrown out during content cleaning. SERVPRO recommends that all porous materials like sheetrock be partially demolished and removed. We always remove carpets exposed to Black Water; this also speeds up the drying process.

Electronics

Some electronics that might need to be restored include:

Computers
DVD players
Television sets
Laptops
Printers
That being said, it’s essential you act as quickly as possible when it comes to restoring electronics. You’ll also want to refrain from using your electronics until they can be looked over by a professional technician.

Work With Your Insurance Agent

No matter, if you’re dealing with porous or nonporous items, electronics or furniture, all contents, should be noted and reported to your insurance company. Items you had to throw out might be covered, and there are likely other ways your insurance carrier can help get you back in business. Your insurance adjuster and your SERVPRO supervisor can work out equitable details.

Time is of the essence when it comes to content cleaning after a flood. Work with the experts from SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank to mitigate black water damage and reduce financial fallout. We can help 24/7 by calling (504) 348-7526.

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How Smoke from Fire Damage in Slidell Can Affect your Electronics

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

If smoke has damaged your electronics, contact SERVPRO for help restoring them.

Get Your Electronics Cleaned After a Fire

House fires can damage many different things, from clothing and bedding to important papers and documents. Fire cleanup services can go a long way toward helping your New Orleans, LA, family recover from the aftermath of a fire. These services can be essential because they can help restore your most important items to good working order.

When it comes to fire damage electronics in your Slidell home, there are three crucial points to keep in mind:

• Smoke can damage electronics.
• Cleaning electronics should be part of the cleanup process.
• Professional restoration services can help restore them.

Smoke Can Harm Electronics

Electronics are frequently damaged in fires as a result of the smoke. Smoke damage has the potential to disrupt electronics due to the accumulation of fine particulate matter that makes up smoke. All this particulate matter can disrupt tiny moving parts as well as the connections between different wires and components. Smoke damage remediation can be part of your family’s recovery following the experience of a house fire.

Important Devices Can Be Rescued

Your household probably depends on a variety of electronic devices to keep it running smoothly. This can include kitchen appliances, entertainment devices, communication devices, cleaning appliances, and security devices. You may not even realize just how many electronic items are used in your household until it comes time to assess their damage. Working with an experienced team of professional fire remediation service providers can be an excellent way to recover the function of potentially most electronics. Having your electronics working again may help your family return to your normal routine after fire cleanup with even greater speed.

Getting Back to Normal

Smoke can be quite dangerous to electronics because it can prevent them from working correctly, and in some cases, can lead to further problems.

After a fire in New Orleans, you can work with the professional fire cleanup services provided by SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank to recover your electronics’ functionality. Call us 24/7 at (504) 348-7526.

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How to Tackle Water Damage in Your New Orleans Home

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Don't handle this mess alone. Call SERVPRO for all your water damage needs.

Protecting the Carpets in Your Water-Damaged New Orleans Home

While you have no control over the spread of water loss incidents throughout your New Orleans home, you can plan to reach out to professional restorers that have the equipment and expertise to help. Our team has state-of-the-art equipment that can remove moisture and dampness from saturated elements and materials, often preserving them from demolition and necessary replacement. This effective mitigation and restoration in an emergency begin with a homeowner that reaches out to our professionals quickly.

Protecting areas like your carpeting can be a priority when facing water damage in your New Orleans home. Many homeowners have invested a great deal of money into the installation and upkeep of the carpets in their home, and widespread irreparable damage can prove a costly and often unnecessary expense. With our fast response in emergencies, our SERVPRO technicians can focus our mitigation efforts on drying out saturated carpets to save our customer’s money and time.

From the time that our technicians first arrive at your home, we begin our assessment of the damage with thermal imagery and moisture detection. While the source of the water damage has likely been shut off by this point, assessing the point of this damage and repairing it when necessary is an important step to ensuring that mitigation and restoration work is effective. Protecting your carpets often begins with the use of our weighted extraction system. This remote-controlled ROVER forces moisture from the carpet and subflooring to the surface for extraction by the high-powered onboard vacuum.

Once most of this moisture and dampness has gotten removed through weighted extraction, our SERVPRO professionals can float the carpets to ensure that they get dried thoroughly. This process involves uninstalling this flooring from the edges of the room and setting up our air movers to run between the carpet and the subflooring. Once the area gets dried, we can use our premier carpet cleaning equipment to provide a polished finished product.

While many steps make up restoration of your water-damaged home, these processes cannot begin without reaching out to our certified professionals. You can reach our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank rapid response team 24/7 at (504) 348-7526.

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SERVPRO Restores New Orlean's Homes After Flood Damage

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

When you find yourself trying to handle flood damage know you are not alone we are available 24/7 so call us right away.

Severe Weather Can Flood Crawlspaces in New Orleans Homes

Nestled against the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans residents are all too familiar with the severe weather systems that can make landfall in the city and wreak havoc on structures and levees. Flooding is a common result, even with many of the safeguards that both the city and homeowners have installed. Many of the homes throughout the area have crawlspaces both to protect them from rising floodwaters and to provide access to necessary utilities, junctions, and shutoffs. When flooding occurs, it is important to remedy the pooling water in this area of your property immediately.

While it might not seem like a pressing concern to have a flooded crawlspace in your New Orleans home, the effects in this area of your property can quickly spread to affect the rest of the house. Our SERVPRO professionals have effective extraction equipment and drying tools that can help to limit the potential exposure to vital construction components like beams and supports. The faster that our team can get to work on eliminating the moisture in this area, the less likely these materials become weakened through saturation and secondary effects like mold growth.

From the time that our professionals arrive at your home, we unload all of our extraction equipment first to eliminate the excess water pooling in this area. For severe exposure, we can utilize truck-mounted pumps that we have on our production trucks for fast removal to make way for the drying efforts to come. While there are many tools that our SERVPRO technicians can use to dry out this damaged area of your home, we rely most heavily on our high-velocity air movers and our dehumidifiers to reduce humidity and moisture levels far below acceptable parameters without damaging the wood structural components in the process.

Flooded crawlspaces can cause several damaging effects to the main floor of your home if not taken care of immediately. Let our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank rapid response team help to protect your property and your investment against these effects by calling (504) 348-7526.

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SERVPRO Explains Mold Remediation Equipment and Methods to New Orleans Property Owners

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says--Call Us for Mold Remediation in New Orleans

What You Should Know About Fixing Mold Damage in New Orleans To Save Your Home

Mold changes from a mere nuisance to a real problem if left unaddressed over long periods. Mold is a naturally occurring organism that helps in the natural decay processes. For mold colonies to develop, some factors like sufficient moisture, warmth, oxygen supply, and an organic food source must be present. Mold uses most organic materials as a food source so any time there is a spike in moisture levels, the risk of mold development increases. We offer remediation services that can help save your home from severe damages.
 
While mold damage in New Orleans homes is easy to spot if it develops on open surfaces such as walls and ceilings, it rarely starts developing in such areas. Mold is likely to proliferate in concealed areas such as wall cavities and crawl spaces because of moisture retention and limited monitoring. Presence of a musty smell in a house is one of the signs of mold infestation signaling the need for further investigation. Our SERVPRO technicians can help with evaluation. We have FLIR thermal cameras than help pinpoint moisture issues in concealed areas. We can also make test cuts on walls or ceiling to check for mold presence.
 
Different approaches can be useful in dealing with mold issues. The choice method mostly depends on the level of growth. Since the hyphae penetrate deep into organic materials in search of food, it might not be possible to save porous materials when heavily infested. In such cases, our SERVPRO technicians perform a controlled demolition to remove the porous materials. We create exclusions zones with plastic sheets or use negative air pressure machines next to the areas we demolish to prevent spreading mold debris to unaffected areas.
 
For light infestations or those that affect non-porous materials, cleaning is a practical solution. Cleaning solutions range from simple approaches like damp wiping the area to sophisticated ones like soda blasting. Our SERVPRO technicians are well-versed with all approaches allowing us to select one that presents the most benefits to you.
 
The complexities of mold remediation in Houma, Terrytown and Morgan City are more straightforward to navigate with help from a professional. Call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank to help save your home. You can reach us at (504) 348-7526 any day.

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How Professionals Remove Water From Your New Orleans Property

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is loaded with water extraction equipment.

SERVPRO - Professional Water Removal for New Orleans Homes

For a New Orleans home to flood, it does not need a levee to break or even for it to rain. Many of the water issues can come from innocuous sources like a split water hose to a dishwasher or when a shut-off valve fails to perform as designed.  

In each case, water removal is still crucial for New Orleans homes. SERVPRO Franchise professionals understand that even a small amount of water can adversely affect floors, carpets, and walls if not quickly taken out of the home.  

For large amounts of water, our team members start with pumps and other extraction devices. Our commercial pumps can remove the majority of the water in a day or two, depending on the size of the home. This initial action stops much of the damage and prevents any further issues from happening.  

Next, technicians use other devices to draw water off floors and out of carpets. For closets and other small areas, they use extraction wands. They can adjust the vacuum rate on these portable devices to quickly remove the water without causing secondary damage to carpet fibers or wood floorboards.  

In living rooms and other large areas, team members use extractors that move slowly under their power while a SERVPRO Franchise professionals ride on or walks behind to monitor the results and adjust accordingly. If there is a pad underneath, our personnel detach the carpet from the floor, roll it up and remove the soaked, foam rubber pad for disposal.  

As specialists finish the carpets and floors, other team members examine the walls for damage. Drywall panels are excellent material for interior walls, but they can soak up an incredible amount of water in a short period. Even just an inch or two of flooding can cause panels to crack and crumble. If there are no visible signs yet, they can use a combination of air movers and exhaust fans to force warm air across the surface, pushing out moisture into the air and push it outside the home.  

Since there is often some water behind the walls, team members remove the floor trim and drill several small holes into affected panels behind it. That allows water to drain, and then other specialists insert a hose attached to an air mover to force warm, dry air into the wall cavity to dry the panels and the wall framing.  

At SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank, our task is to return every flooded home to its owner in a dry condition and safe to live in once more. It is not a simple or even a quick process in some cases, but we ensure the owner understands everything we do to place her, and her family, back into their residence as quickly as possible. If you need us, call (504) 348-7526 today to get started.

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Your New Orleans Café Is In The Safe Hands Of Our Experts After A Flood

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Get back in the kitchen fast after flooding when SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank helps devise an ERP for your popular café.

Keep Your Customers’ Confidence After Flood Damages Your New Orleans Café

Enjoying fine dining available at your New Orleans café is much more to the taste of your guests than finding a different bistro because your kitchen flooded. Restaurant owners in NOLA who prepare for a water loss are ahead of the game when disaster strikes. Avoid joining the nearly 50 percent of businesses that go under when flooding or other damage occurs. Contact us to plan for a problem we both hope will never happen.

Commercial flood damage to your New Orleans café can happen during severe weather or after a water supply line break. Work with us to prepare for a catastrophe. When we collaborate your priorities are known, and our experts can help you avoid common mistakes that increase your café’s exposure to high water.

SERVPRO invites commercial customers to develop an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) long before flood waters lap at your doorstep. We send an experienced project manager to inspect and evaluate your business layout and discuss your normal operations. During the assessment expect suggestions that help you eliminate vulnerabilities and limit the risks your inventory, equipment, and fixtures face if flooding occurs.

We encourage you to complete a personalized profile on our mobile app as an addendum to the Emergency Ready Plan we draft after the assessment. Take the opportunity to share information about the vendors and contractors who helped you grow your café into a thriving business. Designate key employees or partners to act on your behalf if you are away or unavailable when flooding strikes. Make sure to designate SERVPRO as your preferred restoration company so we can begin flood mitigation right away.

Develop with us a plan to keep at least a portion of the café open during a flood. Our fast response and your understanding of what our flood damage abatement efforts mean to your daily business activities allow us to support your need to feed the fans of your cooking. When your loyal customers see your partnership with SERVPRO during your troubles, their confidence will not waver, and your tables will soon fill again with hungry diners.

Get back in the kitchen fast after flooding when SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank helps devise an ERP for your popular café. One call to (504) 348-7526 refers us to the digital document that turns the tide when flood waters threaten.

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SERVPRO Can Save You Time And Money In New Orleans

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

This copper pipe burst and caused water to start leaking out, when something like this happens and causes water damage in your shop call our team.

Keeping Your New Orleans Shop Open After Water Damage

Plumbing has grown to be an amazing development over the past century, but it has also been known to cause some problems for New Orleans properties and shops. Many of the buildings throughout the quarters and regions of the city have been here for many decades, parts of revitalization and refurbishments over the many times that the area has had to rebuild throughout the years on account of substantial storm systems. The plumbing continues to age, however, and does not always do so gracefully.

While you might not give much thought to the plumbing in a building you lease to run your small New Orleans shop, when water damage happens, you are often responsible for taking care of it yourself. Knowing the right team to call when water damage occurs can ultimately save you time and money, and help your shop to either remain open if it is not too severe or to reopen quickly after our experienced SERVPRO professionals have finished restoring and repairing the damages.

Often aging plumbing can begin to wear in certain points where scaling and mineral deposits within the pipes have worn the metal thin. While this does not always lead to a full separation of the joints, it can allow for a steady leak that can spread quickly throughout the wall cavities. This situation is where advanced equipment can make a difference quickly for your building.

Our team arrives with leak detection gear that can help to deduce the precise location of the pipe damage and expose this area for a fast repair. While ultimately this is an indication that the entire plumbing system is in jeopardy, taking care of the immediate problem can help initially. We can also utilize thermal imagery to determine moisture pocket locations to find the ideal locations to set up drying equipment like our air movers and dehumidifiers to effectively remove moisture quickly.

Protecting your shop and its stock has to be your primary priority when you encounter water damage in your building. Give our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank rapid response team a call today at (504) 348-7526.

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SERVPRO Offers New Orleans Property Owners a Positive Fire Damage Cleanup Experience

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Make Sure You Have Fire Insurance for Your New Orleans Home

Insurance Claims and Fire Damage to Your Home in New Orleans

To say that fire damage to a home is traumatic is an understatement. Safety considerations aside, having your home ravaged by flames, firefighters dousing it in water and chemicals to stop the spread of the fire, and then possibly being displaced is an experience like no other. Even though well-meaning friends and family can be of incredible support, it is vital that you reach out to the experts when considering your next steps in recovering your home from disaster.
 
If there is fire damage to your home in New Orleans, you can do well by calling our SERVPRO team as soon as the emergency is under control. Our team is in place and ready to take action around the clock, as we recognize that disaster can strike at any time. With our thorough training process, our FSRT fire and smoke restoration technicians can arrive and assess the areas of immediate need and identify the medium and long-range consequences the fire may have on your home. Even more important, our team's expertise can be of great assistance as you contact your insurance and file a claim.
 
Most homeowners seek to file a claim as soon as a disaster happens. SERVPRO suggests to immediately contact your insurer to dispatch an adjuster to evaluate the fire damage. We work with many agencies and companies to coordinate a comprehensive cleanup and restoration service. Your adjuster provides a budget after documenting the damage to the structure and your contents. We also take photos and use the Xactimate software program to itemize the equipment used and the work performed, all within the budget. Our estimator has a large amount of experience, and this can expedite the agreed upon terms and move the service along. The faster we can begin, the less damage secondary damage will occur. We understand the scope of a significant fire damaging event, and we strive to reduce your stress, and eventually make you feel "Like it never even happened."

Reaching out to SERVPRO of the New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 is not only convenient, but a smart decision to protect your home and finances.

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Leaks Do Not Stand A Chance Against Our Team Of Water Damage Specialists In New Orleans

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Once the water has seeped through the drywall, there can already be multiple issues happening from warping wood to mold growth.

Water Damage Caused By In-Wall Leaks In New Orleans

It started with a small drip when the seal of a pipe failed. The drip happened everytime the water was used, and it slowly destroyed the interior wall causing water damage before it was even noticed. Once the water has seeped through the drywall announcing the problem, there can already be multiple issues happening from warping wood to mold growth. SERVPRO can work with you to reverse this situation in the most expedient manner possible.

As soon as the leak is repaired, SERVPRO can go to work for you cleaning up the water damage in your New Orleans home. Beginning at the source and moving outward, our technicians will carefully inspect the walls, floors, and because carpet padding can spread water, carpeted areas to determine the scale of the damage from the leak.

Water-stained walls sometimes make the problem look worse than it actually is. Your SERVPRO technician can ascertain how serious the leak is and quickly devise the fastest course of action to mitigate initial and prevent secondary damage to your home. This can include removal of objects and possessions affected by water and unsalvageable building materials. Our team can create a customized drying plan that will remove water and handle any residual dampness in the wall area, inhibit the growth of harmful mold and keep your restoration expenses down.

Using air movers is one way our team can effectively dry the room quickly. Correct placement of the air mover in the room is crucial to expediting the removal of residual moisture and drying the walls, floors, and objects as fast as possible.

When you notice a leak, the clock starts ticking to mitigate the consequences on your property. Water damage needs to be addressed quickly. The highly-trained technicians of SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank are ready to assist you to stop leaks and reduce the damage caused by water in your home with our state-of-the-art equipment and drying techniques. Call us at (504) 348-7526 to reach our 24-hour service line.

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SERVPRO Wants To Remove Mold From Your New Orleans Home

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

When you find mold in your home call SERVPRO for immediate attention and restoration.

How to Carry Out 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 the same way it helps nature break down matter is 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 tends to develop 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 AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians at SERVPRO who inspect your property to establish the extent of the infestation and come up with the right response plan. We also check the amount of moisture saturation in the building to help combat future infestations.
 
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 if it 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.
 
During removal of 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 they 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 prevents 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.

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Why a Damage and Risk Assessment are Priority Number One After a Fire in Your New Orleans Home

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

After the flames are extinguished, damage and risk assessments are vital to the restoration of your property.

Damage and Risk Assessment After a Fire in New Orleans Homes

After a disaster impacts your New Orleans home, you might have a difficult time accessing the property for damage assessment on your own. Additionally, many homeowners lack the training and restoration industry skills to determine what can get saved and what has become irreparably damaged. After a structure fire occurs, for example, there are many points of your property that might require demolition and reconstruction and even some contents and materials that can get preserved with the right attention and concentrated restoration efforts from our experienced team.

Once fire damage has occurred in your New Orleans property, it is often unsafe for untrained individuals to enter the premises without a thorough inspection and risk assessment. Our SERVPRO team has extensive training in identifying potential hazards and working quickly to make it safer for our technicians in your house and other individuals that might need access to the home as well such as your insurance adjuster.

Among the chief concerns of our professionals arriving at a fire-damaged property is structural failures and collapse. Our estimator and other trained technicians can safely assess the integrity of the structural components to determine what areas require immediate demolition to keep our team safe as they begin the mitigation process to remove affected contents from the property and work to restore indoor air quality.

This damage assessment of the property is a vital component that your insurance company requires when you file a claim. Our estimator can comprise documentation and photographic evidence of the work required to restore the home completely, along with an estimated cost of the work to get done. With our fast response to emergencies, homeowners should call our SERVPRO team first so that they get prepared with the right information to expedite the claims approval process.

After a fire occurs in your home, you cannot safely assess the damage and determine the necessary work to restore the property on your own. Our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank rapid response team can arrive quickly to begin our mitigation work and the necessary steps to help you secure your claim. Give us a call anytime you need us at (504) 348-7526.

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When Your New Orleans Home Is Damaged By A Flood, You Need Our Team At SERVPRO To Help!

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Often one of the most troublesome things about disasters striking a home is how many homeowners remain unprepared for potential emergencies.

What To Do When Flooding Affects Your New Orleans House

Often one of the most troublesome things about disasters striking a New Orleans home is how many homeowners remain unprepared for potential emergencies. More than this, these same homeowners are unsure of what needs to happen when a disaster like flooding occurs to return their property to its original condition. Finding and securing reputable professional restoration does not have to be as complicated as it might appear.

A trap that many residents fall into when their New Orleans home experiences flood damage is to let emergency-chasing unprofessional outfits offer assistance. While their low prices might seem enticing, it is a good sign that if the contractor is not licensed or insured, their craftsmanship and skills in flood cleanup and restoration fall far beneath your expectations and far below the standard that our SERVPRO rapid response team upholds.

The first call that homeowners want to make when their home gets affected by flooding is to their insurance company. While they do need to get notified about the damage to your property, they are going to require professional assessment and estimations regarding the cost to restore this damage and a calculation of loss. These photographs and documentation are data that our SERVPRO estimator can collect with our initial visit to your home to help expedite the claim approval to begin returning your home to preloss condition.

Another reason that you might want to reach out to our franchise before you make other phone calls in the emergency is the high volume of affected properties throughout our service area. Since much of New Orleans is ten feet or more below sea level, once the water can get into the city, it can wreak havoc on its structures. With flooding scenarios, we have many homes and businesses that get affected simultaneously, so we need to know about all the properties that require our assistance as quickly as possible to delegate resources and personnel.

Flooding can be overwhelming to contend with on your property. Let our experienced SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank flood restoration team help you recover this loss and move forward with a restored property. Give us a call anytime at (504) 348-7526.

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Why SERVPRO is the Trusted Choice to Remediate Your Water Damaged New Orleans Property

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Because of its location and environment, New Orleans home owners often experience the effects of water damage.

Experience to Handle Widespread Water Damage in New Orleans Homes

From appliance failure to plumbing supply line breaks, loss incidents and the harmful effects of water on your New Orleans property requires experience and dedication to overcome. Even with smaller-scale incidents, entirely removing the moisture is a challenge that many homeowners do not get prepared to face. Instead, they rely on the expertise and advanced equipment available to our franchise to help make the situation “Like it never even happened.”

Our technicians can understand how water damage can affect your New Orleans property, communicate with you to determine what matters most to you, and prioritize our efforts to protect these items and areas. We have effective mitigation strategies to preserve the contents of your property and limit the amount of degradation that construction elements like carpeting and flooring materials, drywall, furniture, and other areas experience when they become saturated.

There is a finite timeline that exists to salvage affected construction materials that have become saturated by the source of the water loss incident in your home. This timeline is what makes our emergency response to your situation so critical, as we can have our experienced technicians in route to your address a short time after you call, no matter what time of the day the disaster occurs.

With the advanced equipment available to our SERVPRO professionals, we can work to remove the excess moisture and dampness affecting your property fast. Our air movers force highly-heated air through saturated materials to vaporize the dampness and force that moisture into the environment. Our dehumidification equipment collects this moisture in a tray to get emptied or sends it directly out of the property via a discharge hose.

Water damage affects many homeowners throughout their home’s lifespan, but knowing how to resolve these situations effectively can prevent costly reconstruction and even prevent mold growth and other harmful scenarios. Our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank water restoration specialists are available 24/7 to provide the full measure of our extensive training and experience to restore your home fast. Give us a call today at (504) 348-7526.

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5 Ways to Prevent a House Fire

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Include working smoke detectors in your Mcdonoghville,LA home

Most people in Mcdonoghville,LA, know that fire preparation can go a long way to mitigating loss in an emergency. However, most emergency plans focus on what to do after a fire starts and not before. Here are five helpful tips you can use in your home to help prevent a home fire from starting in the first place.

1. Always Monitor Open Heat Sources

This includes fireplaces, stoves, candles, grills, and cigarettes. Keep the area around these sources clear for at least three feet.

2. Turn Off Heat Sources When Done

Basic fire safety practices include always turning off a heat source when not in use. For example, check to ensure your stove is all the way off or that grill ashes are properly snuffed. Always put cigarettes out in an ashtray and dose in water before disposal.

3. Don’t Use Broken Electronics

Broken electronics or frayed power cords can start a fire as easily as an open flame. Good fire preparation practices include looking over your electronic equipment and repairing or replacing any damaged devices appropriately.

4. Ensure Your Fire Extinguishers Work

It is recommended that a fire extinguisher is kept in the home. It is also important to ensure that the extinguisher is in working order, and that you know how to properly use it.

5. Make Sure Your Home Includes Working Smoke Detectors

Experts recommend having a detector on every level of your home including inside and outside of bedrooms, and in the kitchen. Local fire ordinances may include specific recommendations they want you to follow. It’s also suggested that batteries be replaced twice a year, and that the detectors themselves be tested to ensure functionality.

Awareness and fire safety are some of the best ways you can protect your home. Actively taking steps to ensure any electronics are in good working condition, and not leaving stoves, candles or other heat sources unattended are great ways to help protect your home. In the event the worst should happen despite your best fire preparation steps, a fire damage professional can help with restoration and smoke odor removal.

Getting Rid of Odors After Flooding

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Air scrubber helping remove moisture from a Terrytown,LA office

After the water is gone and sometimes after the property has been repaired, flood damage can leave one hard to handle effect in the form of a stale, musty odor. The remaining musty smell is unsavory to deal with, but it could also be a bad sign that your flood cleanup efforts aren’t quite done. Such smells often indicate subtle remaining moisture from black water or even sewage loss that can lead to mold growth. If you are dealing with the aftermath of flood water damage in Terrytown,LA, here are a few tips to get rid of musty smells.

Get Rid of the Moisture

Getting rid of a mildew smell in your carpet often comes down to simply ensuring the source of the water damage smell has been fully removed. Mold remediation experts can help by inspecting for lingering leaks and mold issues. Once you ensure everything is dry and water damaged carpeting is removed, you’re ready to move to the next steps.

Drying and Treating

Once the immediate water damage and mold issues are addressed, you’ll want to :

  • Treat the carpet with a cleaning solution. A homemade one involves mixing a cup of vinegar and two cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray it onto the carpet lightly, being sure not to oversaturate and trigger mold growth.
  • Pour baking soda over the treated areas. Baking soda is known for absorbing odors. Let it sit on the area overnight then vacuum it up.
  • Clean the air. Your circulating air can be cleaned just like a saturated item. Try some homemade deodorization by placing bowls of white vinegar or clean cat litter around the effected space. Both are known for lifting odors.

If you’ve tried it all and find mold growth and smells still lingering, it may be time to call in the experts at your local flood remediation company to help you get the fresh, clean-smelling space you had before.

How to Prepare for an Adjuster’s Visit After Water Damage

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage in a utility closet in New Orleans,LA

Returning your home in New Orleans,LA to its previous state after it has sustained water damage can seem overwhelming. In order to replace and repair damaged items and parts of your home, a home adjuster will need to make an assessment to verify what has been damaged. There are several steps you can take to make an adjuster’s visit easier.

1. Speak with Your Insurance Company

In order to have an adjuster come to your home, you must first inform your insurance company of the damage that has occurred. Your company can advise you what type of insurance you have and what sort of damage is covered under your policy. Additionally, speaking with your insurance company will give you the chance to ask questions you may have about deadlines to file a claim and what to do next.

2. Complete and Compile Paperwork

To make an insurance claim, there are various documents that must be completed. Although every company will have different forms that must be filled out, you will need to have a list of what has been damaged in your home. If your home is structurally damaged, ask contractors to assess the damage and provide you with an estimated cost to fix the damage. Any documentation you can provide to your insurance will help you be properly reimbursed.

3. Make Needed Repairs

If there are repairs that truly need to be made to your home immediately, you don’t have to wait for an adjuster to arrive before making the necessary repairs. Instead, make sure you have thoroughly documented the damage prior to starting the restoration process. Without spending excessively or fixing superficial issues, make the repairs that will keep your home safe.

After your home has been damaged by water, it’s important to appropriately prepare for a home adjuster to visit. While preparing for an adjuster, make sure to contact professionals in water cleanup in order to restore your home.

Spring Brings Thaw, Rain and Water Damage

10/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water mitigation equipment in Mcdonoghville, LA

Water mitigation specialists in Mcdonoghville, LA, have learned that they are in high demand during a spring thaw. This is due to multiple weather-related problems that come about at this time and impact plumbing systems in a negative way, causing leaking and flooding. Here is a look at some common spring water problems and what you can do to prevent them from being huge disasters:

1. Pipe failures

A frozen pipe can crack or burst, and the low temperatures may make the damage go unnoticed until the thaw. Prevent problems a season ahead of time by doing proper winter readiness. This involves shutting off water to outside faucets. Also, increase inspections of pipes in your building as spring begins, so you can look for signs of leaks and catch problems before they become major flooding.

2. Basement floods.

When the ground is still frozen and the rains start falling, storm water can’t percolate down to the water table as usual. This leads to a lot of basement flooding. While you can’t prevent rain or a spring flood, you can make sure your building’s drainage system and sump pump are in good working order. Test your pump before the spring rains start coming.

3. Roof leaks.

Water that gets trapped on your roof will go through a cycle of thaw and refreeze, causing a large problem that can’t drain and leads to leaks and structure damage. Before winter, make sure to have your roof drainage system inspected and cleaned, including gutters and downspouts.

If you do encounter an unfortunate spring flood or have a burst pipe that causes damage in your building, you can make your life easier by relying on a professional water mitigation company to handle all aspects of the damage. Professionals help you recover more quickly by providing the right experience and equipment to get the job done efficiently, enabling you to get back to business sooner.

Understand and Prevent Bathroom Mold

9/22/2018 (Permalink)

Wall affected by mold in New Orleans, LA

Like it or not, drifting mold spores are all around you in New Orleans, LA. The damp, humid environment of your bathroom practically sends out a personalized invitation to the spores. Once it starts to grow, you notice unsightly black spots on your grout, walls or ceiling. If you have water damage in your bathroom, the mold growth may be faster and more significant.

Mold Prevention Techniques

Mold spreads at an alarming rate. Preventing spores from attaching in the first place is your best line of defense.

  • Stagnant, humid air encourages mold growth.
  • Use proper ventilation and air circulation in the bathroom as a preventative measure.
  • Consider using a dehumidifier or a small air conditioning window unit.

Some easy ways to increase air movement are running the exhaust fan or opening a window during and after a shower. Constant moisture on surfaces is an ideal breeding ground for mold. If you have ongoing water damage in the bathroom, such as a leaking toilet or pipe, address the problem immediately. Reduce the amount of moisture on shower walls by wiping the interior with a dry towel or squeegee after use. For shower curtains, use a liner that is mildew resistant, and wash or replace the liner at the first sign of a problem. Replace caulk when moisture becomes trapped inside.

Mold Remediation Steps

When preventative methods do not work, take steps to remediate the problem. For mildew on shower grout, clean the area with a household cleaner, vinegar solution or bleach. Do not attempt to clean mold that is extensive or has spread to the drywall, ceiling or other parts of the bathroom. Oftentimes in these instances there is more mold than is visible. Mold remediation experts use specialized equipment and containment procedures to safely remediate and restore the space.

Water damage, excessive moisture and lack of ventilation all create the perfect environment for bathroom mold at your home in New Orleans, LA. Take preventative steps in your bathroom so that mold does not form. If you already have mold, immediately take measures to eliminate the problem.

Common Causes of Sewage Backup

9/22/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded basement in Terrytown, LA

A flooded basement is an unpleasant mess for any homeowner, especially if the culprit is a sewage backup. Understanding the common causes of this issue can help you take proactive steps to avoid the disaster in your Terrytown,LA, home.

A Clogged Line

A clogged sewer or water line can result in significant flooding, and there are several situations that can cause a clog:

  • Grease buildup along the pipe’s surface
  • Tree root infiltration
  • Broken or damaged pipes
  • The presence of debris including paper towels, disposable wipes and feminine hygiene products

To reduce the risks of your basement flooding and pipes backing up, you can take the following initiatives:

  • Wipe grease from pots and pans with a paper towel or pour it into a can that you can dispose of in the trash
  • Avoid planting trees or shrubs near sewage and water lines
  • Never flush paper towels, wipes, diapers, tampons or feminine napkins down the toilet

Because sewage lines are a shared amenity, being conscientious about how you discard waste and manage foliage can benefit the entire system and spare your neighbors the anguish of a flooded basement and messy sewage cleanup.

Excessive Rain Water

Significant rainfall can also have a detrimental impact on your community’s sewer system. If the system becomes overwhelmed with excessive rainwater, it can cause a backup inside your basement. To combat this dilemma, you can install a one-way floor drain or a backwater valve. Both devices are efficient flood deterrent tools that can restrict water from flowing back into your basement.

Professional Assistance

You can take proactive steps to reduce the risks of a flooded basement and backed-up pipes. However, if you have concerns about your home’s pipes or sewer line, don’t hesitate to contact a licensed plumber for advice and assistance. If flooding does occur, a local cleanup and restoration team can help you efficiently evaluate the damage, clean up the destruction and restore your basement.

How To Operate Your Business During a Power Outage: 3 Tips

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Generators can be used for power outages in your New Orleans business

When storms pound New Orleans, LA, they can affect your business. One of the most common issues is a loss of power, especially during thunder and wind storms. Dealing with a power outage can be frustrating, but there are a few strategies you can use to continue daily operations when bad weather tries to interrupt them.

1. Be Prepared With a Generator

Having a portable generator on hand can help you keep your business operating during a storm. This can be especially useful when you have a store full of customers. A generator can keep the lights, heat or air conditioner on. If you own a restaurant, a generator can keep your fridge and freezers running to avoid food spoilage.

2. Find Nearby Wi-Fi

If you own a small business, you can move your operations to a nearby café or coffee shop to take advantage of free Wi-Fi services. Consider using the downtime to hold a meeting there or catch up on invoices. You can also contact a storm damage and cleanup service from your laptop if your phone service is down and you do not have access to a cell phone.

3. Connect at Home

If a power outage forces you to temporarily shut down your building, you can save time by working from home and connecting with your employees from there. Have your social media manager work on new infographics and inform your followers of the temporary closure. Your content writers and bloggers can write from home and send you their articles via email. While this is not the most ideal way to operate, it may help you avoid a complete shutdown until the power returns.

When strong storms cause a power outage in New Orleans, LA, it can be frustrating for you as a business owner. However, being prepared and having an outage plan in place may prevent a loss of time and money.

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What You Should Know About Fire Extinguishers

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are convenient when the need arises, but only if you know how to use them. If you’ve never held an extinguisher before, this article can give you a general knowledge of how to use one along with a few handy tips that can help you during a disaster.

How the Extinguisher Works

The extinguisher is basically a giant hairspray can. Depending on the solid, liquid, or gas used in the extinguisher, you can properly put out the flames. Whichever substance is in the can gets propelled out of the extinguisher with the help of a high-pressure chemical. The three types of fire extinguishers include the following:

• Dry chemical extinguishers - Foam or dry powder spews out and smothers the fire.
• Water extinguishers - Water gets pushed out and removes the heat from the flames.
• Carbon dioxide extinguishers - The gas expands, cools, and overpowers the heat.

Extinguishers are also classified by the kinds of fires that are dealt with. There are five different kinds that are used for specific fires.

How To Use a Fire Extinguisher

These handheld machines were made to be simple. Be sure to choose the right extinguisher for the fire, and then pull the pin in the handle. Move the nozzle and aim at the bottom of the flames and slowly pull the lever. Move the nozzle slowly back and forth to fully extinguish the fire.

When You Should Call the Fire Department

Not every fire should be put out with an extinguisher. If the fire is taller than you, it’s time to evacuate and call 911. Be sure to activate the fire alarm and help others escape the building safely.

Not every building will have the right fire extinguisher for the situation. If a kitchen fire is grease-based, your extinguisher may not be the right one to put it out. As a precaution, learn about the different classes of extinguishers and which ones your business in New Orleans, LA, owns. By doing this, you can prevent fire damage and protect your employees from serious injury or harm.

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Prepare the Inside of Your Home To Avoid Water Damage

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Take preventative action in your home to avoid water damage

Finding water in the home is an unfortunately common occurrence, but you can still take steps to try to avoid it. Here are some things you can do in New Orleans, LA, to prevent broken pipes and other typical water damage issues.

Tips and Tricks To Prevent Plumbing Problems

Use this checklist to take preventative action in your home. Some of these suggestions are helpful habits to incorporate into your day-to-day life. Others only need to be done once or twice a year.

• Instead of pouring grease down the drain, pour it into a can or jar to either upcycle or dispose of when full.

• Don’t use chemicals to unclog drains. The same ingredients that help to eat away at your drain blockage can also chew through your pipes. Instead, use some type of drain snake or augur for your pipe cleanup.

• Look up at your ceilings and even go up to your attic. Look down at the floor near your water sources such as sinks, toilets, and bathtubs. Take note if any of these areas are prone to moisture or water in your home.

• Keep up with the maintenance for your major appliances such as sump pumps, dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators, and water heaters. Slow leaks can sometimes do as much damage overall as a broken pipe.

• Pay attention to your average water bill. If it starts to climb or abruptly rises without reason, check for a leak. This is an easy way to be alerted to potential issues where you can take preemptive action prior to a full pipe cleanup.

What Now?

Even after preparing for water in home spaces, it is possible that something unforeseen can happen. When water damage happens, don’t fret. Consult your local restoration specialists and refer to the tips and tricks checklist to see if there is further preparation that can be done to avoid future issues.

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The Unintentional Skylight: Mitigating Roof Damage After a Storm

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Tree damage after a storm leaving a large hole in the roof

The storm is over, and there is a moment of relief before you realize that your living room has a new skylight, courtesy of your neighbor’s intrusive maple. Overwhelmed, it is easy to write off the incident, walk away, and let your homeowner’s policy take care of the mess. You have protection against wind damage and roof damage, so why not?

The problem is that insurance companies may not cover damage that occurs after a storm, meaning that if any further damage occurs because of a gaping hole in your ceiling and that dangling tree limb, you could be liable. Therefore, it is up to you to prevent further damage, or to mitigate that damage. There are three steps to follow after a storm has caused damage: remove debris, clean and dry the damaged area, and cover/protect the area to prevent further damage.

1. Remove Debris

It is important to remove debris after a storm to prevent both further roof damage and potential physical injury. For instance, the weight of a heavy tree limb can continue to put pressure on a compromised roof, opening a hole further or collapsing the roof altogether. By removing the tree limb, you mitigate the risk of further damage to both the roof and yourself.

2. Clean and Dry the Damaged Area

Water damage can cause many problems, including mold, which is why it is important to clean and dry damaged areas thoroughly. After major storms, it can take insurance adjusters weeks or more to review your case, and that is not time you can afford to waste.

3. Cover and Protect To Prevent Further Damage

After removing debris and cleaning the damaged areas, it is important to cover any openings to protect the inside of your home. The most cost-effective option is to use either tarps or plywood to cover exposed areas. There are local restoration specialists in the Slidell, LA, area that can help with large or dangerous mitigation jobs.

Storms can be frightening, and their aftermath devastating. Nevertheless, most insurance companies require homeowners to mitigate further home and roof damage by taking the above steps, so be safe and be prepared.

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Tips for Making a Claim After a Fire

7/22/2018 (Permalink)

This damage was caused by a fire starting in the attic of the home

When a fire damages your home in Slidell, LA, you may not be in the right frame of mind for making good decisions. The decisions you make regarding your fire insurance claim, however, can affect how much of the fire restoration is covered by your insurer. Here are three tips to help you think through the process rationally and hopefully get the settlement you need to restore your home.

1. Call Insurance Company

One of the first calls you make after a fire has ravaged your home is to the insurance company. Timely reporting is essential to getting your claim processed and approved. As soon as the company receives your call, an assessor can be sent to review the damage and substantiate your claim.

2. Call Professional Restorers

After a fire, your home is likely permeated with the odor of smoke and soot damage. Firefighters probably had to use a lot of water to put out the fire, resulting in water damage as well. Certified fire restoration specialists offer both smoke cleaning and water damage remediation to fix the problems in your home. They often offer board-up services to secure the house during the restoration process, and they can give you an estimate on what the repairs are going to cost, which can back up your claim with the insurance company.

3. Don't Touch Anything

Once you have made the necessary calls and the waiting begins, you may be tempted to start cleaning up the damage yourself. Fight the urge to do so. The insurance agent that comes to assess the damage needs to see it as it is, and without the knowledge and skills of the specialists, you may cause more damage. While you wait, it is a good idea to take pictures of the damage as long as it is safe to do so.

You may feel powerless when your home suffers fire damage. By calling the appropriate professionals and waiting on their guidance, however, you can speed up the fire restoration process.

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Expand Your Knowledge on Tax Relief for Fire and Storm Damage

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

You built your business in West Bank, LA, from the ground up. You prepared it with disaster contingency plans, but all the planning in the world won't stop nature. Of course, you make the repairs and you hire restoration specialists to do the cleanup, but did you know that everyone’s favorite uncle, Uncle Sam, can help you with a little financial relief from fire or storm damage?

  1. Determine if you have a casualty loss, as defined by the IRS. A casualty loss occurs when property is damaged from unexpected events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and fires. You need to provide proof that you own the property and that the loss was due to a casualty event, as well as the date of the event.
  2. Determine if you have disaster area losses. Sometimes events, such as hurricanes or wildfires, cause damage in places that are then declared federal disaster areas. The IRS website lists information on special tax relief for storm damage in these areas. The IRS often provides filing extensions or even allows taxpayers to file an amended return for the year preceding the disaster, which often results in a refund.
  3. Calculate your casualty loss. The tax deductible casualty loss is the lesser of the decrease in fair market value (FMV) or the adjusted basis of your property, minus any insurance reimbursements. Instead of getting an appraisal on your property, you can use the amount of money you spent on restoration costs to determine the FMV. Think of the restoration costs as the amount you must spend fixing up your property to get it back to its condition as it was just before the event occurred. When using cleanup costs as a factor, it is important that the work actually be completed.

Casualty losses for business property are not required to be reduced by the same rules as those used on personal property. Be sure to consult IRS Publication 547 and Form 4684 for detailed rules and examples for determining your loss from storm damage.

3 Reasons to Replace Polybutylene Pipes

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Broken Pipe in the West Bank of New Orleans.

Polybutylene pipes were a popular plumbing solution from the 1970s through the 1990s. In fact, millions of buildings had them installed during this time. Unfortunately, they’ve since been shown to be unreliable and prone to leaks and failure. If your West Bank, LA, business is in a building with this type of plumbing, there are a few reasons you should consider replacing it.

1. It’s a Matter of Time

When this piping was first unveiled in the 1970s, it was seen as the future of plumbing. The plastic resin pipes are lower cost and easier to install compared to traditional copper pipes. Over time, however, the plastic degrades, which makes it prone to cracks. Leaks can be extremely costly to businesses, as water damage leads to lost work time and possible closures.

2. It Isn’t Up to Code

There are no regulations that mandate the replacement of polybutylene piping. Still, because there have been so many issues, it is no longer accepted by building codes in the United States and Canada. If it is not good enough for today’s building codes, it might be a good idea to replace the plastic pipes.

3. It Can Fail for Multiple Reasons

While there is not a confirmed scientific reason for the massive failure of these pipes, there are a couple of possibilities. The first is that the chemicals used to treat water in the United States, such as chlorine, degrade the plumbing over time. Some people also attribute the failure to faulty installation, but this cannot be accurately assessed without looking at the entire system.

If your business has polybutylene pipes, it may only be a matter of time before leaks start. A licensed plumbing expert can evaluate the age, material and quality of your building’s pipes. Replacing the pipes with a more reliable solution can save your business time and money in the long run.

How To Prevent Home Flooding

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in New Orleans home.

For many homeowners, stormy weather, sewer backups, broken pipes, and the flood that follows are inevitable nuisances. And when water damage is added into the mix, that nuisance can become a budget-breaking disaster. While there are plenty of great services in West Bank, New Orleans, that help homes recover, and insurance coverage may take care of some water damage, it’s always better to be preemptive with home maintenance. With these three practices, anyone can prevent most water damage.

1. Have Regular Plumbing Checkups

Taking a few hours for an inspection of a home’s plumbing is a great way to ensure its fidelity. It is unnecessary to call in a professional, especially if there aren’t any previous signs of leakage. However, if there are signs, it’s vital to call in someone to fix the broken pipe. Catching the problem in its early stages is the best way to prevent a serious flood. This step is particularly important in winter when pipes tend to freeze.

2. Examine Nearby Sewer Systems

Sewer backups, becoming more common in recent years, are something else a homeowner needs to keep an eye on. Contacting the local officials in New Orleans, LA, is a good way to learn more information about the septic system a home is based upon. Ensure that the system up to code, and make sure it is clear of debris or refuse.

3. Be Aware of the Environment

A great way for a homeowner to care for his or her property is paying attention to the environment. Tree roots, when left to their own devices, can tear apart metal pipes. In the event of cold weather, the water within pipes can freeze. A broken washing machine can cause flooding in a laundry room, and an unsealed basement can become a lagoon after heavy rain. Keeping an eye on all of this can prevent water damage.

To sum it all up, a home flood, and the water damage that follows, can be prevented by simple home maintenance. Still, if there are concerns, contact a professional. We're Here to Help.

How To Find Mold Lurking Behind Walls

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Damage lurking behind walls and on flooring

Whether you're the owner of a big leaky warehouse, an apartment building, or another rental property in Slidell, LA, it's essential to ensure areas used frequently by people are mold-free to maintain a healthy environment as well as structural integrity. Even with no visible signs, mold may still be lurking behind walls or in the floors. Have you noticed a mold smell—that familiar musty scent found in many basements and attics? Gasses called microbial volatile organic compounds are released by mold, causing this familiar fungus smell.

If you suspect there is mold in your building, it's better to take care of the mold now before it has time to spread and cause further harm. Here are some ways to determine where moisture might be leaking in and how bad the damage may already be.

1. Utilize Scent-Detecting Dogs

Believe it or not, some dogs are trained to track mold smell. However, they cannot tell you the quantity or what species is present. Air samples may still need to be collected and sent to a lab to determine how dangerous the situation really is.

2. Remove Drywall

If you're gutting a building, you'll already be removing drywall. Even so, a visual inspection of drywall is not very accurate, as mold isn't always visible to the naked eye. If you detect mildew smell in your home, contact a professional to avoid unnecessary cuts in your walls or spreading of spores.

3. Use a Thermal Camera

Using a thermal camera is the most efficient and cost-effective strategy. Having thermal images taken and interpreted in Slidell, LA, can save you a lot of time and hassle while giving you a complete overview of the entire building. These cameras can "see" moisture through walls and floors because it has a lower temperature than the building materials.

Mold might seem like a headache, but it can be managed. Utilizing these methods, you can get that mold smell out of your life in no time!

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Fire Preparation Tips Every Business Owner Needs To Know

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Every business should have a Fire Evacuation Plan

A commercial fire can wreak havoc not just on a business's property, but on a business's revenue as well. Fire damage often involves three types of damage: fire, smoke and water damage. For this reason, fire restoration efforts often take much longer than other types of restoration labors—and cost three times as much. Fortunately, you can take measures to prevent such a huge financial hit with the right fire preparation efforts. Here are a few steps you can take to minimize damage and losses:

• Perform a disaster risk analysis.
• Devise and practice emergency and recovery plans.
• Invest in the right coverage.
• Back up important files.
• Take inventory.

Perform a Risk Analysis

If you don't know your risk, you cannot adequately prepare for it. For instance, if you live in a fire prone area, fortifying your building against flooding and earthquakes may not save you. Disaster preparation only works if you prepare for the right kind of disaster. In addition to protecting your building against the right kinds of disaster, you should also assess how each type of disaster would impact your business and what you can do to mitigate the costs.

Develop a Fire Preparation Plan

Safety should be your utmost concern, even above cost. In addition to taking measures to protect your building, you should also implement a plan that will ensure all building occupants can exit easily and safely in the event of an actual fire. Assign roles to capable and willing employees and hold drills to ensure that everyone knows how to respond in the event of a real emergency.

Invest in the Right Coverage

You can do everything in your power to prevent a fire, but that doesn't necessarily mean one won't happen. If a fire does result in a full or partial loss, the cost can be great to your business. The right coverage can help shoulder the financial burden and even reimburse you for losses that stem from business interruption.

If you don't have a fire preparation plan, it's time to build one. Talk to your New Orleans, LA, fire restoration team about the elements of a sound safety plan.

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How Does Mold Remediation Work?

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Find a Mold Remediation Specialist for your mold or mildew loss to assess your home or business

Once you’ve found mold in your home, your first instinct may be to just throw everything out and destroy everything contaminated. Yet you can still salvage some of your mold-contaminated belongings; more importantly, you can address the mold problem to stop its spread, and prevent further damage to your New Orleans, LA home from black mold and other pollutants.

The Mold Remediation Process

Mold remediation is a multi-step process, and only the beginning of a constant and diligent defense against reoccurrences of mold. For mold remediation, you must:

• Identify the source of the infestation. Water damage and continued leakage is generally behind most mold issues, as well as condensation and humidity. Find the source and address it.


• Use detergent and water to scrub any contaminated surfaces. This can work on non-porous surfaces to clean and kill the mold. Make sure to empty the bucket of soapy water somewhere outside, far from your house.


• If you’ve experienced a flood, dry out anything wet. Curtains, upholstered furniture, and other wet items should be taken out into the sun to air out and prevent mold growth. Dry the interior of your home as much as possible.


• Tear out and dispose of porous materials. Once your carpet has been infested with mold, there’s little saving it. Other items such as sponges, cardboard boxes, and fabrics may also be non-salvageable. You might even need to have sections of your drywall torn out if the mold is deep in your walls.


• Ensure containment. Use air purifiers and mold deterrents to isolate the infestation and prevent it from spreading further.


• Disinfect the area. Once you’ve scrubbed the mold up, make sure to use a safe disinfectant to appropriately clean the surfaces affected and ensure no contaminants remain.


• Find a mold remediation specialist. While these are initial steps you can take to immediately contain and control the damage, only a mold remediation specialist can truly assess the extent of your mold infestation and the steps needed to eliminate it.

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Protect Your Family and Home from a Fire

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Protecting your family with fire detectors is a must

A home fire can happen in an instant. One occurs in the U.S. every 86 seconds, according to National Fire Protection Association data. Prevention is the best way to protect your family and your home in New Orlean, LA.

What Are the Leading Causes of Home Fires?

Knowing the primary fire causes can help safeguard your treasures:

1. Did you leave cooking unattended? On the list of causes for home fires, cooking takes the lead. Be especially careful when you are frying; always stay nearby, as this type of cooking is the likeliest to start a fire.

2. Is that heater getting too hot? Portable and stationary heating units are the second most common causes for fires. Keep all heating units a safe distance away from other objects in a room and on stable surfaces (per the units’ instructions).

3. Should an electrician be doing that? You want to reconsider fixing something yourself when it comes to electrical issues. Fires caused by lighting equipment or electrical distribution are ranked third.

4. Is arson an issue? Help protect your family from home fire cause number four by checking your environment. Reduce hiding places around your home, keep your gardens watered and make sure no flammable liquids (e.g. a mower gas container) are left outside.

5. Are you sure you placed that cigarette on the nightstand? Keep ashtrays available in each room and point them out to your guests who smoke. Move nightstands and tables where cigarettes will be placed away from the couch, bed, curtains and other fabrics. Taking these precautions will help prevent your family becoming a part of the fifth cause for and number one reason for deaths by home fires: smoking.

Even when you take precautions, a home fire can still occur. Ensure that your family is equipped with a fire extinguisher, smoke detector and escape plan. Include in your plan what professional you should call to assess the fire damage and do the fire cleaning. Taking time for prevention and planning can go a long way, so if a fire does happen, you and those you value most will be ready.

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The Guessing Game of Mold

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage in your commercial building can be dangerous to you and your employees

You might not want to admit that they've appeared, but those unsightly spots on the ceiling of your commercial building in New Orleans, LA, could actually be sign that you have a mold problem. What's more, tile mold could have taken up roost in your building long before you owned the property. So how can you address this tricky situation?

Know What To Watch For

Probably the first sign of infestation that you came across, tile discoloration is typically a red flag in indoor mold growth. Warped tiles are another sign that you may be dealing with a pesky fungal intruder. Whether it's water leaking from higher places or a humidity issue drawn out over time, tiles usually shouldn't look like they've been mossed over with mildew.

Beware of the Damp

When you add moisture to the equation, it could only be a matter of time before mold spores begin to spread. Water damage and moisture in general can affect the following locations in particular:

• Underneath grouting
• Leaky pipes
• Behind sinks

If your tile mold problem becomes overwhelming, there's always the option of calling in the help of a mold remediation specialist to address the hard parts.

Don't Delay

As with many moldy situations, it is usually a wise choice to go ahead and tackle the issue right away. You can also begin looking at tile replacements in the process. Bringing in the help of professionals with tile reinstallation can help ensure that you finish it correctly the first time around. The longer you wait to address the issue, the longer your company's building is host to that annoying mold growth.

Though it may be burdensome at times, combating mold is an important step in keeping your commercial building a clean one. All indoor areas can be prone to tile mold, but with enough time and effort, you can wipe out the mess and reclaim your space.

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4 Ways Flooded Electronics Can Be Damaged

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water can ruin electronics in your home or business

Flooded electronics are usually all too common in Bridge City, LA and as technology continues to improve at lightning speed, the problem of water-damaged electronics may not be diminishing. With the intricacy of the makeup of electronics, it can be difficult to assess what exactly is wrong when an electronic is flooded and what to do. The first question to address is what exactly does water do to your electronic equipment? Here are four ways your laptop and computer to iPad and Bluetooth player can be damaged with flooding.

1. Water Can Damage Functioning

First, water can introduce contaminants into an electronic that can damage functioning. These contaminants can include various chemicals, oil, sewage or other particles, which can cause damage to materials within the electronic or affect the operation of components within it.

2. Water Can Reduce Lubrication

Next, water often affects lubrication of mechanisms, which can affect performance. Flooded electronics generally don’t operate in the same way as dry electronics, because the water can wash away the lubricating agent.

3. Water Can Cause Corrosion

Also, water can corrode certain materials, such as metal, adhesives and plastic, which may cause electronic damage. Certain chemicals and debris, such as salt, can deteriorate materials that are essential to the performance of an item, such as hard drives or circuit boards.

4. Water Can Ruin Insulation

Finally, water may affect insulation of different components within flooded electronics. It is typically imperative that the various components of a device be properly insulated to remain compartmentalized and function correctly.

What To Do To Restore Electronics

Each electronic is different; therefore, the electronic damage can be different. This is why it’s usually important to not just troubleshoot on your own, but to talk with the manufacturer to determine the best course of action. The manufacturer or professional restoration expert is often the best adviser on whether a product should be replaced, cleaned in a specific way or air dried. Then, you can be on your way to restoring your electronics.

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What Not To Do After a Flood: 3 Actions To Avoid

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Flood Waters and flood areas during severe storms can be dangerous

Flooding in New Orleans, LA, can create a variety of dangers for you and your family. When flooding first occurs, you may not be sure how to keep everyone safe until help arrives. However, remembering a few storm tips and knowing what not to do can keep you and your family out of harm’s way.

1. Avoid Contact With Flood Waters

Even still flood waters can present a danger due to their contamination levels. This can be especially true if your neighborhood has experienced sewer backup. Because the water may contain human feces, urine and chemicals from household appliances, it is important to not allow your children to play in standing water, even if it does not look dirty. Move your family to high ground until a storm damage and water removal company can drain flood waters from your home and yard.

2. Do Not Use Appliances or Electronics

The risk of electric shock can be severe inside a flooded home. Even if your neighborhood has power, electric lines and transformers may still be malfunctioning. Avoid trying to plug or unplug any electronic items or trying to operate your home’s circuit panels. This can result in serious injury or even death if your system has been exposed to water.

3. Do Not Drive Through Deep Water

Leaving a flooded area can help you and your family stay safe; however, floods can present dangers on the road as well. If you encounter a flooded street, do not try to drive through the water. It may be deeper than you know, and it only takes a few inches of water to cause a car’s tires to lose contact with the road. Reverse course and find another route around the storm damage until you can reach a safe haven.

Flooding in New Orleans, LA, can be frightening, especially when help has not yet arrived. However, keeping a few storm tips in mind may allow you to act with confidence when it comes to protecting your loved ones.

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What Is the Difference Between Mold Removal and Remediation?

3/24/2018 (Permalink)

Drywall removed affected with Mold

As a homeowner, one of the greatest challenges you might encounter in your New Orleans, LA, home is how to get rid of mold. Black mold and other types of fungi can be caused by a variety of issues, most of which are related to water problems around your residence. A mold cleanup and remediation company can help you remove this substance from your home; however, knowing the difference between removal and remediation can give you greater peace of mind as your dwelling is being treated.

Remediation Must Come First

Before mold specialists can perform mold cleanup, they need to discover what is causing it. They may inspect a variety of spaces to look for water leaks:

" Under kitchen and bathroom sinks
" In basements
" Around outdoor water lines

Mold remediation can help your techs discover the source of mold growth so they can target it for removal later.

Air Cleansing

The second step mold techs may take in remediation is to purify the air while they work on containing any mold they discover. Using filtration machines with HEPA filters can help trap mold spores in the air, which may slow any spreading. It may help you breathe easier too, as mold can create an unpleasant smell.

Mold Removal

Once mold is identified, it can be removed. Whether your techs are dealing with black mold or some other strain, they have the know-how to dismantle and pull out damaged building materials, including insulation and drywall. They can also advise you about replacing these items and whether any items stored in affected areas will need cleaning and restoration.

Discovering you have a mold problem in your New Orleans, LA, home can be disconcerting, particularly in the case of black mold. However, when you understand the difference between mold removal and remediation, you can feel more confident about the steps for your home's treatment.

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Preventing Frozen Pipes, the Right Way

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Loss to living room after a Pipe Break

Even though spring has begun to blossom away, those chilly winter nights in New Orleans, LA, can still be prominent. One common maintenance issue homeowners can have during colder weather involves frozen pipes. The following three tips discuss some ways to avoid pipe problems when ice is in the forecast.

1. Ice Alert

Scientifically put, water expands when it is at freezing levels. Metal and plastic pipes could face serious pressure when the water inside them freezes, causing them to break. Pipes that are prone to freeze frequently include ones that are exposed to the cold elements, pipes that run along outside walls and pipes in unheated indoor areas. Watch out for these vulnerable locations that can quickly cause an issue.

2. Cooler Areas

Many homeowners wouldn't think twice about a lowered thermostat or a minor leak, but such aspects can become a concern when they contribute to frozen pipes. A thermostat set at too low of a temperature can result in your pipes freezing – especially when temperatures plummet at night. Sealing leaks can help you prevent cold air from coming inside, which could also play a role in pipe complications.

3. Freeze Prevention

Another common factor that can lead to a water line repair involves your faucets. During colder evenings, you can leave a faucet trickling lightly to keep water flowing. Faucets against outside walls are notorious for getting too cold. If you plan on leaving your home for an extended period of time, having a friend check on your home to ensure no pipes have frozen is another wise step.

Even if you don't live in a cold climate, chilly weather can bring on all sorts of pipe problems. When frozen pipes have already happened, a professional can take a close inspection to see what action might be necessary. Once you've kept your pipes in line, both your water and your life can get back to their regular flow.

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What You Should Understand About Mitigation and Restoration

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Loss

If you’re preparing your business to deal with emergencies such as floods, fires, and other potential problems, you should take the time to ensure you know about the services you’ll need in the aftermath, specifically mitigation and restoration. While these two services are often performed in close proximity to one another, they are not the same thing. These are the main differences:

• Mitigation is completed before restoration can commence.
• Restoration is often a much lengtheir process than mitigation efforts.
• However, both may be completed by your chosen flood cleanup company.

Mitigation

Mitigation consists of efforts made by your restoration company to prevent further damage from occurring to your building in the aftermath of a disaster. For example, after a flood, a flood cleanup company in New Orleans, LA, will often dry out carpets and personal belongings before getting to work on actual repairs. This is so that standing water and waterlogged carpets won’t cause further damage to floors, walls and other parts of your business premises while restoration is underway later.

Restoration

Restoration can only be done after mitigation is complete, during which your restoration company removes damaged materials from your building and replaces them entirely. While mitigation work is to prevent further damage, restoration gets rid of materials and belongings that could not be saved and helps to get your business back to normal. Depending on the amount of work that needs to be done, this step can take weeks.

Of course, none of this is possible without selecting a reliable cleanup company to take care of your business. The best way to ensure you’ll have the services you need on hand when you need them the most is to contract a company for your business. This means professionals will be at your business as soon as possible when flooding, fire or storm damage does occur, so you’ll experience less downtime and can get business booming again in no time.

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How To Get the Smell of Burned Popcorn Out of the Microwave

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

There are numerous fire hazards in an office break room. Fortunately, most employees know how to use these items properly. However, as a business owner, you may eventually discover someone accidentally burned popcorn in the break room. It is usually not a big deal, but it can leave behind an unpleasant odor. Before you try smoke cleanup services in New Orleans, LA, you should try to eliminate the stench on your own.

1. Use a Bowl Filled With White Vinegar and Water

Using one tablespoon of white vinegar and one-half cup of water, you may be able to get rid of the smell. Microwave this bowl for between four and five minutes. Next, leave it in there for an additional 15 minutes. The steam should be able to loosen the residue. You can wipe the inside of the microwave down with a towel afterward.

2. Try Citruses

In the event white vinegar does not work, you may be able to remove the smell of burned popcorn with citruses. Place two lemon or orange slices inside of a bowl along with water and microwave it for another four minutes. Make sure to keep a close eye on this to ensure the peels do not burn. They should not, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

3. Use Baking Soda

If all else fails, then you should leave a box of baking soda inside the microwave overnight. Hopefully this should neutralize the odor and will work wonder in building deodorization. If you truly cannot get the stench out, then you may want to get a new microwave if you can afford it and if this one was old anyway.

The odor of burned popcorn can really be overpowering and can prevent people from doing their jobs efficiently. You can keep the break room a safe place by informing employees of how they should act and how to use appliances in the room.

What Happens When the Estimator Arrives?

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

When the restoration company inspector arrives, they will take a full survey of the extent of the fire in the home or fire in the business.

They will note what portions of the structure have merely suffered smoke damage, soot damage and a pervasive smoke smell. They will also note what portions of the structure need to be completely replaced.

Next, the restoration team will arrive to begin mitigating the effects of the fire in the home or fire in the business. Using special air tools that can spray sodium bicarbonate at high speeds, they will begin the elimination of smoke damage and soot damage from all surfaces. This may involve the removal of nearly all cupboards, drywall and paint from any rooms affected. If the damage is limited to smoke damage and soot damage, the room will probably be able to be restored with a minimum of material replacement. But if the fire in the home or fire in the business has caused a great deal of structural damage to a room, a complete reconstruction may be necessary.

The next step in the fire cleanup process will be to encapsulate the smoke smell using special paint. The heavy, latex-based paint is specially designed to cover up areas that have absorbed smoke, trapping the molecules within the materials and eliminating the smoke smell.

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24 Hour Availability

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Dehumidifiers and air movers drying a restaurant water damage.

Water Damage in Commercial Building

When a facility suffers a pipe burst don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Wesbank. We are 24 hours a day to mitigate your loss.

In this image you can see we were using several types of drying equipment. The reason we place drying equipment in water damaged structures is to make sure that the water evaporates quickly to prevent secondary damage. Secondary damage is any damage that happens after the initial damage.

  • Mold Growth
  • High Humidity
  • Bad Odor

The worst of the secondary damage is mold. Mold loves moisture and can grow very quickly. That is why we use equipment like fans, air movers, dehumidifiers, and HEPA filtered air scrubbers to prevent making the drying process quicker.

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What Is Mold Containment?

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Have you been struggling with outbreaks of mold in New Orleans, LA? If the infestation is more than surface deep, you need professional mold cleanup services. Mold contamination often goes much deeper than you can detect, and mold spores of an active colony spread rapidly. 

Professional Remediation 

A company specializing in mold cleanup follows approved processes to get rid of your mold problem:

  • Thorough inspection of the property
  • Mold containment 
  • HEPA filters 
  • Removal of contaminated materials
  • Cleanup and sanitization of the area
  • Restoration work

One of the most critical and overlooked steps in the remediation process is the containment phase.

The Importance of Containment

Mold spores are microscopic, and just the slightest breeze sends them floating away. It’s impossible to stop them all, but containment procedures greatly reduce the spread.

Mold cleanup activities kick up a lot of dust. Without containment, mold spores thrown into the air settle in new areas and form new colonies. Mold can take hold and spread roots in as little as 24 hours.

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Two Types of Containment for Mold Remediation

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For smaller jobs, a limited containment strategy is adequate. Polyethylene sheets seal off access to the infected area. A fan exhausts air from the room through a tube creating negative pressure. The fan creates a condition where molds cannot leave the region, and crews safely perform their work. 

For large projects where infestations extend through whole sides of buildings, a full containment system is necessary. Two layers of Polyethylene sheets seal the work zone, and all air vents and ducts are also sealed. Negative pressure keeps the area secure and traps the mold where crews can clean it. 

Failure to Contain Mold

You may have attempted to clean up mold yourself and found recurring infestations. You need properly trained remediation experts to help you. Equipped with the right containment apparatus, they are more likely to stop the spread of new molds while also cleaning the infected areas.

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Causes of Basement Floods and Tips for Removing Water

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There aren’t many bigger headaches for homeowners in New Orleans, LA than unwanted moisture, especially when the problem is severe enough to result in pooled water. Flooding ranks among the most serious threats to any home, compromising property, possessions and even the health of those who live within. Adding to the challenge is the fact that most families do not possess the type of equipment (such as a trash pump) needed to handle this type of disaster, one of the biggest reasons that professional cleanup services have become a necessity. Whether the issue stems from a failed sump pump or another source, it’s essential to begin recovery sooner than later.

Common Causes of Flooding

Many homes with basements depend on equipment such as sump pumps to keep water from accumulating inside. Problems can arise when these pumps fail, however, or when situations such as power outages prevent them from performing as intended. When failure of this nature occurs, flooding is a definite risk. Other common sources of excess moisture in the home include

• Insufficient water reduction near the home during rainstorms (often caused by issues such as clogged gutters);
• Septic drainage problems, such as sewage overflowing from backed-up main lines;
• Problems within a home’s water supply lines and/or water heater.

Removal and Resolution

Just because you don’t own a trash pump doesn’t mean you can’t salvage a bad situation. Professional service providers may employ portable extraction equipment, such as a sump pump running on a generator, or even utilize heavy-duty truck mounted units depending on the location and severity of the flooding. Tools like industrial fans and dehumidifiers are often brought in afterward to continue drying the area while inhibiting mold growth, unwanted odors and other negative effects. In any floodwater situation in New Orleans, LA it’s essential to initiate the recovery process quickly in order to mitigate potential damage as much as possible.
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When It Comes to Treating Water Damage, Speed Is Crucial

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Discovering water damage in your home is stressful. You know it means hours of cleanup and restoration, and you may just not want to deal with it right away. After all, it’s already damaged, right? But what you may not realize is that failure to act quickly after a pipe burst can lead to costly secondary damages such as mold growth and humidity damage.

The Crucial First Day

The first 24 hours after a water damage incident are crucial to the cleanup process. Any water left standing after 24 hours runs the risk of developing mold and other harmful bacteria. The first step in any water damage recovery should be to get rid of as much water as you can as quickly as possible.

Some cleanup and restoration companies in New Orleans, LA offer 24-hour emergency services to help you start the process right away. In the meantime, you can attempt to sop up standing water with a wet vacuum, mop, or even old towels. It’s important to contact a qualified cleanup company, rather than try to handle the pipe burst cleanup yourself, as you may not realize exactly how far the damage can extend. A cleanup company will be sure to correct any and all possible hazards from the affected area.

Even if the water has already been sitting for more than a day by the time you’ve found it, restoration companies often offer mold cleanup as well. You should still deal with it as soon as possible to avoid extending the damage.

Humidity Damage

Even if you manage to avoid mold growth, any remaining water can cause trouble as it evaporates through humidity damage. Extreme humidity can cause warping of wood or drywall and even damage electronics or musical instruments being stored in the space. A cleanup company can help you to avoid this by setting up dehumidifiers to capture any water vapor in the air as the affected area dries.

Don’t let frustration with a pipe burst prevent you from dealing with the damage quickly. Those first 24 hours are crucial to the cleanup process. Cleaning up right away can prevent costly and hazardous secondary damage.
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Cleaning the HVAC System of Your Business

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It’s getting cold outside, which means it’s time to start using your heater.  It also means now is a perfect time to maintain those air ducts.  Throughout the year, especially here in Louisiana, your HVAC system is constantly working, but when is the last time you worked for it?  Our HVAC systems work year round in Louisiana and that constant use can create a mess where you can’t see it, in your air ducts. Some simple maintenance can help your HVAC system work more efficiently saving you money while making your house cleaner.

Benefits of Cleaning your air ducts

                Improved air quality:  By cleaning the ducts in your HVAC system you remove any dust and allergens that could be circulated through your home by the air conditioner.

                Increased airflow:  By cleaning your air ducts it makes it easier for air to circulate and flow through your home.  This reduces the amount of energy needed to heat and cool your home, saving you money.

Hurricane and Hail Damage

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Hurricane damage can include wind damage and roof damage. Additionally, hurricane damage can include a roof leak, standing ground water, and intense flooding. If you have a hurricane in your area, make sure you check for roof damage and a roof leak. You may notice flooding and ground water in your home, but the evidence of a roof leak could be more discreet and may present itself as stains on your ceiling. A roof leak is something you shouldn't ignore. Always contact a professional as soon as you realize you may need a roof repair.??Hail damage may also require a roof repair. Roof damage can occur when hail hits your roof during a particularly bad storm. In addition to a roof repair, hail damage can require siding repair for your home, as well. Hail damage is easy to notice because it causes such visible marks. Hail damage presents immediately after a storm and may be accompanied by ice damage and wind damage and typically requires roof repair.?

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River Flooding and Pumps

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Flooding is a major issue that requires a flood pump. Flooding can occur when you have frozen pipes break. If you experience ice damage in your home, frozen pipes can break and create standing flood water in your home. Flood water can lead to other issues in your home, including mold growth. Make sure you contact a storm restoration professional to assist in water restoration with a flood pump after you notice flood water in your home.

River flooding also can impact both the interior and exterior of your home and also requires water restoration via a flood pump. River flooding occurs after periods of extreme rain and lead to ground water standing outside of your home, as well as flood water inside your home. A flood pump can help with river flooding. A water restoration expert can properly handle a flood pump to remove ground water from your house.

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Ice Damming and Roof Repair

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Ice damage can occur with ice damming. Ice damming occurs when an ice dam forms on the roof of your house. Typically, an ice dam forms near or in your gutters. An ice dam can cause incredible damage to your home. While most homeowners are concerned about frozen pipes, not all realize just how much ice damage can occur with ice damming. Storm restoration is essential after ice damming. If you notice an ice dam beginning to form, don't wait to get help for it.

Steps of Storm Damage Repair

Whether you have frozen pipes or flooding, water restoration is an essential part of storm remediation. Contact a storm restoration expert who can perform home restoration on your property after a storm. A home restoration expert will work with you to restore your house to its previous state. Home restoration may involve a number of steps for storm remediation. For example, your home restoration company may advise you have a roof repair as part of storm remediation. They may also recommend using a flood pump as part of storm remediation. The goal is to fix your home as quickly and efficiently as possible so you can continue living your life after the storm. Visit http://www.SERVPROtheneworleanswestbank.com for more information on storm damage.

Inspecting for Common Types of Water Damage

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Inspecting for Common Types of Water Damage

Once the water stops flowing, the restoration company can do a thorough inspection and look for any common signs of water damage. Most damage seen in a flooded home is around the source of the leak. Very rarely will that flood damage spread to other areas of the home. For a pipe that breaks inside the wall, they may need to remove the drywall to check out the space between the walls. They may need to check inside the floors too.

Pumping Out Water

When a pipe break leads to a flooded home, mitigation and restoration experts must use extraction methods to remove the standing water in a business or home. The most common extraction method is the use of a flood pump. These are the same pumps used in homes after hurricane season. Depending on the amount of flood damage and the amount of water in the home, they may use multiple pumps rather than a single pump.

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Drying Water in your Business

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Whether they see water in a business, the restoration company professionals will use drying methods to remove any water left behind by the pump. This pump can only remove the water that it touches or identifies in the room. Water cleanup restoration professionals will often set up and turn on the pump at night and let it run all night. They can then use restoration and drying methods to remove water in a business. Though using fans is one of the best ways to dry out that water, the methods used will depend on whether your flooded business has flood damage caused by clean or dirty water.

Determining whether the water in a business is dirty or clean is just one thing mitigation experts can do after you suffer a supply line break. The restoration company they work for can send equipment out to your business to help with the water cleanup process. Those tools can stop the flow of water moving towards the supply line break, kill any mold growing in the business and take care of water damage hidden deep inside the business.

Mitigation and restoration help is also suitable for water in a business. A commercial building owner can lose thousands of dollars a day during the water cleanup process, which is why a restoration company will act quickly and take steps to finish the job just as quickly. These mitigation companies can reduce flood damage in a flooded business after a supply line break or pipe break. Visit http://www.SERVPROtheneworleanswestbank.com for more information on water damage.

Emergency Contact and Damage Assessment

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Emergency Fire Damage Contact

Most of the commercial fire damage companies have full-time services of fire suppression which allows the affected residents to contact them in case of industrial fires or if they require an immediate relief. Fire restoration Services are available if there is a fire outbreak in homes or business as they already have fire hoses and fire trucks for easy transportation and therefore property owners should have contacts of soot damage companies. All service providers providing fire restoration services should have a reliable water sprinkler system, a fire truck and fire hoses.

Damage Assessment.

Once you are through contacting the fire restoration team, you should assess the situation as soon as possible. Soot injury or smoke damage increases due to the water present in the properties. Firefighters will only arrange how to take rational actions after they have assessed the extent of soot damage or smoke damage. Actions taken by the fire fighters depends on the magnitude of the smoke damage or the soot damage as this will allow them to calculate the total amount it will cost for a complete fire suppression in business or any utility room fire. Their fire trucks should also be equipped with enough fire hoses to make their work more successful.

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Commercial Fire Cleanup Process

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Commercial fire damage companies analyze all possible ways in which the fire and smoke
damage might have used to escalate the problem. To avoid left over smoke smell, for instance, technicians will take care of ceiling tiles and underneath false floors. Once removed they will also use a thermal fogger to deodorize areas that cannot be cleaned.

Fire cleanup process.
In this step, commercial fire damage team carries out the cleaning process of the soot damage or the smoke damage. In most cases, utility room fire or explosion in business leaves the room stained, dirty and with smoke smell. Fire damage restoration process should be conducted thoroughly in this step. All electrical faults caused by electrical fire require maintenance after fire suppression. Stagnant water should be removed and the sanitized after fire restoration.. In this process, all items that are damaged requires disposal, and every smoke smell elimination conducted.

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Restoration After a Fire Loss

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Fire loss restoration.

Every property items destroyed by fire harm should be repaired and restored. For instance, it is the electrical fire, all sockets and electrical appliances should be replaced to avoid future losses. Commercial Fire damage companies assist in renovating of properties to ensure that owners get back to their normal life. They should also advise the property owners on how to avoid future fire outbreaks in homes or businesses. Automatic fire sprinkler system is very efficient, and they are reliable for fire protection in buildings. Also, they should equip them with fire hoses in case of a future utility room fire outbreaks which assist in fire suppression. Firefighters in restoration companies should also help property owners in getting the best soot and smoke damage detectors for getting fire alerts early.

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The Mold Cleanup Process

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Finding Mold in Your Home

If you do discover mold in your home, don’t panic; a total demolition is not necessary. Focus your mold remediation efforts on the problem area where moisture is prevalent and visible mold is growing. The problem needs to be dealt with at its source, and the water needs to be eliminated.

After all visible mold has been effectively removed and moisture management systems have been put in place, the air needs to be cleaned. Remediation specialists have equipment specially designed to help remove airborne mold spores, such as HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters.

Proper safety gear should always be used. This includes a high-quality, high-filtration face mask, gloves and sometimes a full protective suit. Mold professionals will seal off the area during mold cleanup to help prevent the spread of black mold to other areas. They use negative air containment to pull fresh air into the area and push contaminated air out. In most cases, they also use antimicrobial chemicals.

Discovering mold in your home can be scary and disheartening. Trust professionals to come in make sure the job is done right. Visit http://www.SERVPROtheneworleanswestbank.com for more information on mold.

How can its growth be stopped?

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While the spores that grow into mold are always present, indoor mold, like black mold, requires moisture to grow. This means controlling the level of the humidity in your house can help stop mold growth.

How can it be cleaned?

Mold can spread quickly if left unattended. For the reason, you should strive to clean up any mold you find as quickly as possible. Because this fungus can be a little tricky, it’s usually suggested you hire a professional cleanup and restoration service.
Where does mold hide? Because mold grows in warm, damp area, it may not always be out in the open. Look for this fungus behind wall paper, in crawlspaces, in attics, around pips, inside ductwork and underneath carpets.

If you have a black mold problem in your New Orleans home, you have a lot to learn about this potentially devastating fungus. Working with experts can help make your interaction with mold less stressful.
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What is a Category 1 water damage?

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Category 1 - This category is also known as the “clean water” damage.

If you home has suffered a Category 1 water loss then the source of the problem uses clean water. Examples of a clean water source would be your water heater or broken pipe.

Cleanup of a Category 1 water damage is the least invasive and least time consuming.

Restoration technicians will use either a truck mounted extractor or a portable extractor to remove the water from carpets and pads. Some will even lift the carpet out of the way and remove the pad all together since it acts as a sponge.
The next step will be to remove your baseboards and drill holes about 16 inches apart to provide airflow behind the drywall. These will be covered up by the baseboards when finished.
Lastly, air movers and dehumidifiers are arranged in a pattern that will increase evaporation and dehumidification.

Understanding the Science Behind Molds and Mold Remediation

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Mold Remediation

There is no such thing as mold removal, at least not in its entirety. Mold spores are everywhere just waiting for the right conditions to grow. That is why black mold can never be fully removed. Professional mold remediation specialists in New Orleans, LA understand the science behind this fungus and can help restore your home.

The Remediation of Mold

If you are already aware of a mold problem, you do not need to have your home inspected or tested; you already know the problem exists. All visible mold needs to be addressed, regardless of what kind of mold you are dealing with.

There are five principles of successful remediation projects:

Safety
Assessment
Contamination control
Source removal
Moisture removal

The basic principles apply whether you are dealing with black mold or some other variety.

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Quick Guide to Mold

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Quick Guide to Mold

As a homeowner in New Orleans, LA you may have a lot of questions about mold. Black mold is known for causing damage to structures, but how does it grow? Can you completely eliminate spores from your home through mold cleanup? Is an elimination of a moisture problem enough to stop mold? Find the answers to these common questions below and get your more technical queries answered by remediation experts.

How does it grow? Mold needs a warm, moist environment to thrive. The spores of the fungus land on damp surfaces in your home and start to spread quickly. Indoor mold should be avoided, but the fungus that grows outdoors actually helps break down dead organic matter.

Can all spores be eliminated? It is impossible to get rid of all mold spores. The air and dust in your home is filled with spores so small the naked eye can’t see them. It’s completely normal for these spores to exist.
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Cleaning up Your Contents After a Flood

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning up Your Contents After a Flood

Once you’ve taken care of the flood water that previously invaded your commercial building, it’s time to see which of your belongings and building contents can be salvaged and which will have to be thrown away and replaced. With anything that has to be thrown out during content cleaning, insurance companies in New Orleans, LA might be able to help with damage caused by black water.

Food

All food in metal cans or retort pouches will most likely be safe to consume if they’re undamaged. Before opening them, be sure to wash, rinse and disinfect items. Regarding utensils, anything made of wood that was exposed to flood water will need to be thrown out. Anything metal can be washed off and sanitized.

Furnishings and Carpets

Since carpets are porous, it’s best you go ahead and throw them out if they’re flooded since they can easily attract mold and mildew. In fact, anything else you have in your building that’s porous should probably be thrown out. Carpets and rugs that are a little damp might be salvageable, but you’ll want to have them professionally cleaned. Upholstered furniture soaked through with flood water should be thrown out during content cleaning.

Electronics

Some electronics that might need to be restored include:

Computers
DVD players
Television sets
Laptops

That being said, it’s essential you act as quickly as possible when it comes to restoring electronics. You’ll also want to refrain from using your electronics until they can be looked over by a professional technician.

Work With Your Insurance Agent

No matter if you’re dealing with porous or nonporous items, electronics or furniture, all contents should be noted and reported to your insurance company. Items you had to throw out might be covered, and there are likely other ways your insurance carrier can help get you back in business.

Time is of the essence when it comes to content cleaning after a flood. Work with experts to mitigate black water damage and a financial fallout. Visit http://www.SERVPROtheneworleanswestbank.com for more information on flood damage.

Reopening a Business After Commercial Fire Damage

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Reopening a Business After Commercial Fire Damage

A fire can cause all kinds of headaches for a business owner such as soot damage and smoke damage. When confronting commercial fire damage from an electrical fire, any business owner may understandably feel the prospect of opening again is quite daunting. Many spaces inside of the business may have been damaged during the course of a utility room fire. Additional fire damage can happen when a firefighter comes to the property with a fire hose from a large fire truck to put out the flames. During the course of the efforts of the firefighter and additional helpers on the fire truck, there can be all kinds of serious soot and smoke damage to the property. The firefighter next to the fire truck may need to break open one or more windows to get the fire hose inside and help put out the electrical fire. A firefighter with a a fire truck may also need to head deep inside of the property with the fire hose as a utility room fire may be isolated from the rest of the space. It's important to start with fire restoration efforts as soon as possible in the aftermath of commercial fire damage. Such fire restoration plans should also include a timeline for reopening the business.

Clearing Out Damage

Clearing out commercial fire damage may take several kinds of efforts. The fire sprinkler system may not yet be turned off. The fire sprinkler system used as part of any former fire suppression plans may also be leaking water in many spaces. Any plan to open up the space after commercial fire damage from a utility room fire or other kinds of fires should be able removing what has suffered from smoke damage or soot damage as soon as possible. Fire suppression methods of all kinds such as fire sprinkler system and a fire hose may have caused additional damage. The business owner needs to see what specifically has fire damage or soot damage. They need to hire professional fire restoration experts who can examine every corner after a utility room fire and determine why a fire suppression method such as a fire sprinkler system did not work well enough to stop the fire. It's important to think about what can be cleaned out and what cannot.

The Electricity

For many business owners, one of the most important parts of their business is the electrical system. An electrical fire can damage the electricity in the space. The electrical fire can also harm wires that run through the space further so it's hard for any electricity to be turned on. Getting this system turned on again is often important as it can help with further fire suppression efforts. An effective fire restoration company can help with this process, allowing the business owner to think about when they can have power running again. This kind of help is vitally important when think about how to cope with fire damage and how to reopen a business again.

Getting Ready to Welcome Clients

When in the process of working with a professional to get rid of smoke damage and fire damage, it helps to think about plans for reopening the space. A professional company can offer soot damage cleanup that fully removes all of the soot from the space including in the interior walls. Such companies can also help make sure the entire area is truly safe to enter again. The business owner along with the clients needs to feel safe knowing they can conduct business there even after a serious and dangerous fire. It is important to feel confidence in any company hired to help. A good company can help the business owner be assured they can fully welcome guests, clients, employees and everyone else into the space easily even after a prolonged period of fire in many parts of the business.
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How a Storm Restoration Company Can Restore Your House After A Storm

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How a Storm Restoration Company Can Restore Your House After A Storm

Are you the victim of storm damage to your home, whether in the form of hurricane damage, wind damage, river flooding damage, or hail damage? You need to get started as soon as possible with the process of storm remediation. A home restoration, storm restoration, or water restoration company can help you out with that.

The first thing to do is to call the home restoration, storm restoration, or water restoration company as soon as possible. Do this before entering your home yourself. There may be dangerous broken pieces of glass, the flood water may carry an electrical current, the ground water may be contaminated, the structure of your home may be unsafe, and there may be other hazards.

The restoration company will look at the damage before developing a plan. They will assess the extent of the damage and see what needs to be done. They will look at the extent of the flooding. They will create a strategy and an action plan for the restoration of your house.

The home restoration and storm restoration company will likely start with removing all the ground water from your home that was brought in by the flooding. They will use flood pumps to pump out the flood water and ground water. The flood water and ground water will leave moisture behind, however, so flood pumps will not be enough. However, the water restoration company will use special equipment in addition to the flood pumps, which work similarly to flood pumps, to pump out all the water that was brought in by the flooding.

The next step that the home restoration and storm restoration company will move on to, after dealing with the river flooding, is dealing with the roof damage and making roof repairs, an important part of the process of storm remediation. This is because roof damage and roof leaks can lead to even more flood water entering your home when it rains. It is imperative to get those roof leaks fixed and to do roof repairs as soon as possible. Besides rain flooding, other things that lead to roof leaks, hail damage, hurricane damage, and wind damage. Roof damage and roof leak repair may need take place before water damage repair. This is because roof repair will prevent more water from entering your home.

After dealing with the river flooding and doing roof repair to take care of the roof damage, the water restoration company will move on to the next step of the process of hurricane damage repair, hail damage repair, storm damage repair, and storm remediation. If it was a winter storm and there was ice damage, ice dams, or frozen pipes, they will take care of it next. They will replace the frozen pipes so that they do not burst and cause more ice damage. If the frozen pipes have burst, they will replace those frozen pipes with new pipes.

The home restoration and storm restoration service will also renovate your home, also a crucial part in the process of storm damage repair and storm remediation. They will repair the structure, including the walls, the ceiling, and the floor. They will make sure that it is safe and sound, and perfectly okay to live in. They will replace broken parts of the walls, ceiling, and floor that were weakened by wind damage. They will replace windows that were shattered when the wind damage, hurricane damage, or hail damage occurred. They will repaint the inside of your home, and they will perhaps even add new wallpaper. They will be able to make new renovations that will make your home look more beautiful than before the river flooding and storm damage occurred.
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What a Water Damage Company Can Do After a Pipe Break

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What a Water Damage Company Can Do After a Pipe Break

There are few things worse than discovering a pipe break in the middle of the night. The only thing worse might be not finding that broken pipe until the following morning. As the water moves through the pipe, it doesn't distinguish between a crack or hole and its usual access point. It will keep flowing through that pipe and spilling out until you shut off the water and fix the pipe. Before trying to deal with the water cleanup and drying on your own, you can find out what a restoration and mitigation company will do about the water in a home or the water in a business that they see.

Controlling the Flow of Water

The first thing that a restoration company can do after a pipe break is find a way to control the flow of water. They can do this in one of two ways. If it's a supply line break that provides water to your toilet or an appliance, a technician can simply turn the shut off valve and stop the water. With broken pipes inside the walls, the tech will check the basement for the whole house water shut off valve. This usually sits on the front of the house and near the street. Turning this know shuts off all water to the house.

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How To Effectively Handle Fire Loss

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How To Effectively Handle Fire Loss

Fire is a destructive thing when it is uncontrolled. It is also dangerous when is not contained. In every year, a high number of people face the disastrous impact of fire loss in their businesses and their homes. Fire loss may occur as a result of so many reasons, example electrical fire, and natural causes like weather conditions, arson, and human negligence among many other reasons. Whatever the cause of the fire, the consequences can be stressful and traumatizing to home or business owners. In such cases, fire sprinkler system is necessary since water droplets rapidly absorb heat and converts to steam which suffocates the fire. However, it is highly unsafe to have fire sprinkler systems in case of electrical fires as there are chances of electrical shock.

In a business set-up, fire accident may occur without warning, and one may not necessarily know the outcomes of loss. Fire tragedy in a business or utility room fire can be so destructive and therefore requires the involvement of professional fire damage restoration. For transportation of firefighters, companies have fire trucks to any incident scene. They are also fitted with enough fire hoses and sufficient fire sprinkler systems when attending a fire tragedy. Quick intervention to a fire damage ensures that residents go back to their normal daily activities.

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Help! My House Has Storm Damage!

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Help! My House Has Storm Damage!

If you live in an area that has recently experienced river flooding, hurricane damage, and storm damage, you aren't alone. Many homeowners experience storm damage at some point, and while it's a stressful experience, there are several things you can do to minimize storm damage to your home and to quickly perform storm restoration after sustained hurricane damage, ice damage, river flooding, or wind damage. Here's what you need to know.

Types of Storm Damage

First off, understand that there are many types of problems you may face as a homeowner. While you might think of wind damage or roof damage as some of the most common problems, there are several other issues you may experience.

  • Roof Damage
  • Ice Damming
  • Hail Damage
  • Flood Damage

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