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Ready for Disasters to Come That Require Flood Water Removal for New Orleans

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

A ground view looking up at a balcony with ferns and a pink brink building. SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank is here for their city and property damage always. Call them today.

We have the right tools and techniques to manage threats up to the size of Hurricane Katrina. 

The city of New Orleans is no stranger to devastation and disaster, especially with elements like flooding. Despite the alluring heritage and culture of the city, along with the substantial efforts of engineers and educated designers, this threat persists. NOLA had to rebuild from the ground up in many of its populated areas when Hurricane Katrina hit, which posed a considerable danger to many residents. Many homeowners relied on the fast and knowledgeable response of competent restoration specialists and general contractors like our SERVPRO team can offer. Despite the possibilities of flooding for many property owners in years past, there is an unmistakable allure of the city that makes it worth the risks involved.

Hurricane Katrina's Impact on New Orleans Properties 

In late August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina would become one of the most powerful hurricanes from the Atlantic to make landfall in the United States in history. With winds recorded up to 175 mph, structures in the path of this storm stood little chance against the battering conditions. Flooding would be one of the most devastating forces incurred by the residents here in the city, however. Much of this would result from a failure of the levee system.

At one point, 80% of the city was impacted by flooding. This devastation would affect the city's communication and transportation functionality, which made evacuations and unified efforts challenging. In many ways, the city is still rebuilding more than 15 years later in the aftermath of one of history's most destructive forces. In total, the damage was estimated and 125 billion dollars, tying it with 2017's Hurricane Harvey.

How Levees Work and Additions That Better Protect the City

Levees and these systems are created from earth embankments, concrete, or steel walls intended to hold back floodwaters. These systems are only effective when the pumps involved are working to keep intruding water at a manageable level. There are two primary types of levees installed around the city; some to keep back any rising water from the Mississippi River and others to prevent overflows of Lake Pontchartrain when hurricanes and other massive storms swell the water levels.  

The Army Corps of Engineers has worked tirelessly over the past decade to install and repair aging levees around New Orleans. There are more adequate defenses now than what existed in 2005 when facing the devastating Katrina storm making landfall off the Gulf of Mexico. In total, there are close to 200 miles of levee and about 100 miles of flood wall that make up the East Bank System and West Bank System protecting New Orleans from the dangers of the Mississippi River during prolonged flooding possibilities.  

Why is New Orleans Continually at Risk for Flooding Moving Forward? 

Perhaps one of the most considerable risks that New Orleans residents face as time progress is the city's positioning itself. Because of where the municipality was constructed, there is little that engineers can do to stop the steady sinking of NOLA, estimated at around a centimeter every year. After a specific amount of time, defense systems intended to protect the city at its current height become obsolete and require reconfiguration and reinstallation to adequately protect the residents.

The knowledge about New Orleans' sinking keeps city engineers working steadily to continue developing effective strategies to prevent catastrophic losses as were experienced during Hurricane Katrina. Even the science of flood removal has evolved to be more efficient and cost-effective, helping our SERVPRO team to offer more help during an emergency to multiple homes and businesses simultaneously.

Reimagined Pump Systems Improve the Flood Response of the City 

Along with the money spent to fortify existing levees and install rocks and other measures to prevent erosion, the Army Corps of Engineers also installed new hardware in the city's drainage pump stations. In total, there are 24 pump stations designed to reduce the severities of rain or flood water by dispersing it through outfall canals that force water out without allowing water to enter through this same path. The West Closure Complex has the largest drainage pump station globally, providing a suitable defense against the forces of nature against a once-vulnerable New Orleans.

Removing Flood Water from New Orleans Homes and Businesses 

Floodwater removal in New Orleans homes involves an assortment of leading equipment and extractors in our recovery inventory. Many have trusted the fast response and knowledgeable efforts of our SERVPRO team to reach flooded residences quickly and begin vital mitigation. Reducing loss in a home or business falls mostly to water removal actions taken to eliminate standing water to uncover exposed surfaces and contents that require discarding or thorough cleaning.

Much like the drainage pumps designed to remove trapped water in the city through outfalls, our extractors work to pull standing water from flooring and relocate it to nearby drains. Depending on the severity of the flooding, namely the depth of the surface water, various extractors can efficiently recover the property. Among the most common of these options for natural flooding situations are:

  • Wet Vacuums
  • Self-Priming Trash Pumps
  • Truck-Mounted Extractors

Debris and solids are a common concern with standing and pooling water after flooding. The presence of these particles and decaying organic matter can have multiple adverse effects on your home, including introducing bacteria and odors. Extraction can often resolve a majority of small matter through a 3-4" discharge and intake hose. Larger matter can get removed when the muck-out cleaning process occurs, and our general contracting division gets to work on the often extensive controlled demolition necessary to protect the framework and prevent the spread of bacteria and contaminants.  

Flooding is a common occurrence through individual parishes of New Orleans and can be an emergency our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team must respond to quickly. We have a growing roster of experienced technicians available 24/7 to help. Give us a call at (504) 348-7526.

New Orleans Residents Deserve an Escape from the Stresses of the 2020 Holiday Season

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Dinner and a movie banner Enjoy a night out for dinner and a movie at the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute.

Relax and Enjoy Dinner and a Movie December 18, 2020, at the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI)

Embrace your inner foodie with a full-service two-course dinner, enhanced by a cocktail or non-alcoholic beverage, followed by a screening of 2009’s Nora Ephron-produced film Julia & Julie. Please select your party’s preferred seating from among our spacious, socially-distanced sections, all with clear views of the screen. COVID-19 protocols will be observed.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, and dinner is served at 7:00 pm:

Menu

Salade Niçoise

Seasonal Cassoulet with Crispy Bread Crumbs 

Vegetarian adaptations available

Event sponsor Roulaison Distilling provides a sumptuous cocktail, or alcohol-free option. 

A cashless bar will offer additional cocktails and treats.

Date And Time: Friday, December 18, 2020

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM 

Location: NOCHI

725 Howard Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70130

Tickets are $45. Purchase at Eventbrite New Orleans webpage.

Rely on the water extraction experts at SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank if your home experiences plumbing, roof, or other leaking. Contact the team at  (504) 348-7526 for a prompt response.

Enjoy That Festive Holiday Glow in New Orleans

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Celebrate the Greenway Supernova this December, a Light Enhanced Art Exhibit at New Orleans Greenway Plaza

Join The Friends of Lafitte Greenway, teamed with NORD and LUNA Fete, for a glorious illuminated art exhibition. Located at the former old Brake Tag Station, the new Greenway Plaza is a covered, open community space New Orleans residents embrace enthusiastically. 

Support Greenway programs and enhancements when attending the Supernova through free-will donations. Receive "doubluminary" tokens for your contributions, redeemable at participating businesses December through January 15, 2021. Learn more about the "Star Business" program to aid local endeavors struggling during the pandemic and Supernova's corporate and foundation supporters by visiting the Lafitte Greenway website.

Location: Greenway Plaza on the Lafitte Greenway

Dates: Wednesdays through Sundays

Beginning December 9 until December 20, 2020

Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Free of charge, but donations are strongly encouraged to benefit the Lafitte Greenway.

Masks and safe social distancing are required. 

Find unparalleled support for your retail shop's mold removal needs from the remediation experts at SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank. Call (504) 348-7526 for an assessment now.

How Can New Orleans Restaurants Recover from Fire Damage?

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

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New Orleans Chefs Find a Fast Track Back to the Kitchen When SERVPRO Offers Professional Restaurant Fire Cleanup

Many colorful events and traditions make New Orleans an intriguing and festive city in which to live, visit, and, perhaps most iconically, dine. What are the historical forces in play that give NOLA its reputation as one of the world's most ideal places to enjoy a variety of both classical and innovative food experiences that define the Big Easy cuisine? 

What Are the Foundations of the Foods Served Today in New Orleans?

Food historians realize that an area's cuisine can reach back hundreds of years, if not millennia. For example, long before the Creole and Cajun influences that are ubiquitous today in New Orleans, Indigenous people hunted, farmed, fished, and thrived in the region. Because of experiences they had as trappers in "New France," part of what is now Canada and the United States north and east of New Orleans, New Orleans's founders, the Le Moyne brothers, chose to learn in 1718 how to eat in an area foreign to them from earlier populations. As common in human history, the colonizing French took careful note of what the Chitimacha, Atakapa, Caddo, Choctaw, Houma, Natchez, and Tunica inhabiting proto-New Orleans chose to nurture and gather for food. The original inhabitants were doing the following, among other things, to provide food stores:

  • Cultivating oysters
  • Hunting and preserving bison (precursor of Cajun tasso)
  • Growing tomatoes and pecans
  • Making file out of sassafras
  • Eating opportunistically -- alligator and crawfish (crayfish)

Why Is Eating What the Land Already Provides Important to the Evolution of New Orleans Cuisine?

Essentially, the first citizens of New Orleans were locavores, anticipating a movement 300 years in the making. Developing a cuisine reliant upon the fruits, vegetables, and protein sources naturally available ensures a menu of food unlike that found elsewhere. Although routinely imitated in other regions now, the Creole and Cajun cooking found in New Orleans dining venues was unique and became indistinguishable from other features that make the city a one-of-a-kind experience.

What Were Other Elements that Shaped New Orleans' Food Culture?

After its founding by French trappers in the early 1700s, it was not long until France ceded the city to Spain. France lost the French and Indian War in the Western Hemisphere, giving up New Orleans in the Treaty of Paris. From 1763 until 1803, the city's cooks absorbed Spanish influences, including a robust interest in exotic spices and a love of rice. Meanwhile, various wars and skirmishes occurred among the Spanish, the French, and the young United States:

  • The American Revolution
  • The French Revolution
  • The Quasi-War

Napoleon Bonaparte forced Spain to return Louisiana, including New Orleans, to France through the secret Treaty of San Ildefonso in 1802. President Thomas Jefferson worked to establish US control of the lands, now again in the hands of the French, negotiating the Louisiana Purchase, signed on April 30, 1803.

What About the Influence of African Foods and Cooking Traditions?

African chattel slaves arrived in Louisiana with the French in 1710, after capture as plunder during the War of the Spanish Succession. After the founding of New Orleans, more than 2,000 Africans were forced to New Orleans between 1717–1721. The enslaved Africans were familiar with rice horticulture and the successful raising of a rich variety of other foodstuffs. This background enhanced the local options and brought different ways to prepare meats, fish, and vegetables, still representative of how food is made in NOLA today. 

What Are the Differences Between Creole and Cajun Cuisine?

People who identify as Creole often trace their heritage to the founding of New Orleans by both recent French and Spanish settlers. Indigenous peoples and enslaved Africans and their descendants are also part of the Creole community. Typically they are associated with the city itself. Conversely, those who consider their background Cajun have roots in the Acadia region of Canada. They traveled to rural Louisiana near New Orleans after British settlers pressured them out. 

  • In general, Creole cooking replicates elements of fine French cuisine:
    • Butter-based roux
    • Preeminence of creamy sauces and soups
    • The use of tomatoes and spices that would have been expensive during colonization
    • An emphasis on fish and seafood
  • Conversely, Cajun cooking features:
    • Oil-based and darker roux
    • One pot, rustic meals
    • Heavy use of meats, especially salted and preserved meats

Note: both cuisines rely on sauteed onions, celery, and green pepper, the "holy trinity" similar to the French mirepoix of onions, celery, and carrots. 

Are There Other Elements and Food Traditions Rounding Out New Orleans Cuisine?

New Orleans grew into an important shipping center, with commodities like coffee, tropical fruits, and spices passing through and enriching the food scene. Labor shortages after the Civil War encouraged immigration from Italy, China, and the Philippines. Vietnamese immigration swelled in the 1970s after the fall of Saigon. All of these groups brought foods that added to the robust restaurant scene already in place featuring Creole and Cajun foods. After Hurricane Katrina, rather than disappearing in the rain, winds, and destruction, New Orleans cuisine resurrected, determined to fold together the many food-related traditions found nowhere else on earth.

Can NOLA Restaurants Arise from the Ashes After a Kitchen Fire?

When your New Orleans restaurant suffers a kitchen fire, you need a professional response that gets your crew cooking the distinctive NOLA cuisine you are known for again with minimal downtime. Fast response from highly-trained professional technicians is essential. Do not rely on your own staff or cleaning company to deal with the lingering smoke, residues, and odors.

What Should Restaurateurs Look for in a Fire Recovery Company?

When you need fire cleanup in your New Orleans restaurant, SERVPRO meets your needs for a company and technicians that are

  • Trained through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
  • Ready to respond immediately
  • Equipped with state of the art equipment, including curated innovations that improve response
  • Experienced in commercial fire damage mitigation, remediation, and restoration 

Call on the SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank to deliver comprehensive fire cleanup services for your restaurant. We are poised to help 24/7 after your call to (504) 348-7526.

Experience the Paranormal in True New Orleans Fashion

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

An above gravesite. These tours really are a unique part of New Orleans history.

As a city rooted in superstitions, haunted tours add a historical twist on classic ghost stories rooted here in New Orleans.

The Haunted History Tours company has been serving up slices of the paranormal for eager tourists and locals alike day and night for years. You can learn about the legends and ghastly misfortunes of those unlucky enough to die in the French Quarter or take a guided tour through cemeteries loaded with towering mausoleums and stories to give you the shivers.

With a history of satisfied customers dating back more than 20 years, this iconic tour circuit has been mentioned and applauded on many media outlets such as A&E, SyFy Channel, the Travel Channel, and the History Channel. Visit the website to book your spot and find out where your preferred tour departs. Just be on the lookout for spirits.

Don’t let your home feel like the damp, dark crypts you might see throughout the historical tour. Our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team can help give you a clean, dry home whenever an issue arises. Call us today at (504) 348-7526. 

Make a Toast to the Wettest City in America During the 1920s: New Orleans

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks in a parking lot SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank will always gather for for a history lesson.

Learn a little about ' The Noble Experiment' and how it impacted life in New Orleans while appreciating a cocktail or two. 

Nothing says ironic like having a drink or two while discussing the ultimately failed experiment of prohibition in America. In no place was prohibition more fought and more defied than in New Orleans, and that is why lawmakers of the time considered it the Wettest City in America. 

Join Elizabeth Pearce and cocktail experts from Sazerac House on November 11th, from 5-6 PM, for the Drink & Learn: Prohibition event. They walk you through a virtual history lesson and get some lasting knowledge about a delicious cocktail created during this period. While you can read ahead about the ingredients you will need, you are also encouraged to purchase a kit with a curbside pickup before the event to benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. 

Whether you cause a flare up with your cooking wine or leave a candle unattended, you can count on our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team for thorough fire restoration for New Orleans homes.

Has Flood Recovery Efforts Changed Since Hurricane Katrina Hit New Orleans?

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

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After natural disasters like hurricanes, the vulnerabilities of the infrastructure for cities like New Orleans can get exposed. 

Flooding is not a new concept to those living in New Orleans and its surrounding areas. Because of the placement of many structures beneath sea level and in otherwise low-lying regions, severe weather events can continually threaten homes and businesses throughout the city. Even crawl space flooding can directly impact structures and must get resolved as soon as possible through the efforts of competent restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team. Standing water always has the potential to compromise the structural integrity of the building. It can also allow for more severe hazards like bacterial pathogens, viral microbes, and mold growth to spread.

The Initial Impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans 

In what was known as the single worst engineering disaster since the tragedy of Chernobyl, the Federal levee system designed to protect New Orleans and its surrounding areas failed catastrophically on August 29th, 2005. In total, the Category 1 winds, along with the torrential rainfall, allowed for 23 breaches in the drainage canal. While flooding did not happen all at once, more than 80% of the city was compromised within two days.

Thousands upon thousands were displaced from their homes, and many died in unprecedented circumstances. It was fortunate that the city had developed successful evacuation protocols and measures before this terrible event, as an estimated 80-90 percent of the city's population were able to get away from the parish safely before the hurricane initially struck the area in late August. For those individuals that could not make it out, a large number took shelter in the Superdome that typically hosts our Saints on Sundays and Monday nights.

Building Back the City 

As you might expect, the release of tens of billions of gallons of floodwater can have a widespread and disastrous impact on everything the water touches. Thousands pledged their support and their resources to build back The Big Easy, knowing that with more than 200,000 homes suffering water damage, this was something that initially seemed insurmountable. Restoration companies like our SERVPRO team contributed time and effort to help damaged homes and businesses after the hurricane. Reconstruction efforts relied extensively on volunteer efforts and the ongoing financial support of government agencies, including:

  • The American Red Cross
  • Southern Baptist Convention
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Catholic Charities
  • Build Now

To many, the city of New Orleans is still working to clean up the messes that Hurricane Katrina left in her wake. Restoring the original population before the disaster is the ultimate goal and remains a significant motivator in the placement and pace of new developments and remodeling efforts.  

Preserving Our Heritage and Traditions 

After Katrina, many residents worried that the feel and culture of New Orleans might be lost forever. Because the city dates back into the early 1700s, the influence of several cultures and a unique blend of Creole heritage was at stake. City officials knew that by shutting down annual festivals and events that were the community's trademarks, they risked a more significant economic fallout. Therefore, Mardi Gras and the Voodoo Experience were never shut down.

As a city, even in the throes of rebuilding and reconstruction after one of the country's worst natural disasters in our lifetime, managed to still provide a venue for the NBA All-Star Game in 2008, Super Bowl XLVII in 2012, and resumed seasons for our professional sports teams like New Orleans Saints and Pelicans as soon as facilities became usable again.

Why Is NOLA at Flood Risk? 

With much of the area sitting below sea level, even with a complex system of levees and drains, heavy rainfall attributes to the potential flooding scenarios that threaten the site in every season of the year. With a magnetism of The Big Easy for severe weather events, it does not take much for the conditions to get met to allow for flash flooding and naturally rising water conditions from the higher number of creeks, streams, and marshy areas in and around the city.

To this day, structural engineers continue to develop advanced strategies to protect the city better and prevent the next large-scale catastrophe like Katrina. However, little can be done to avoid the immediate effects of the storm itself on structures. Except for the French Quarter, the Garden District, and a handful of other prominent locations throughout the city, all lower-lying areas can experience flooding after steady rains. Our SERVPRO professionals are ready to help when these situations arise.  

Reliable Storm Removal Services When You Need It

With most of the city constructed in lower-lying elevations, residents from the West Bank to the downtown are susceptible to flooding scenarios like a need for storm removal in crawl spaces of New Orleans residences. Property owners have come to expect a fast and knowledgeable response from restoration professionals, and with our preparedness for emergencies, our SERVPRO team can meet this demand.

We prioritize mitigation efforts that your property needs after a flood, even in the crawlspace, as these situations can promote more hazardous conditions for the residence. There are multiple tools designed to remove any standing water that might exist. Eliminating this pooling can decrease moisture content that permits the growth and spread of microbial threats or weakens the structural integrity of joists, subflooring, and supports for the property. High-pressure pumps can be an ideal choice for extraction in crawl spaces and other areas with accessibility issues.

Crawlspace encapsulation is another possibility that many homeowners have considered after recurring flood concerns impact the property. Our general contractors work to install drainage and water removal equipment permanently. Also, we cover exposed surfaces with thick 12mm poly-sheeting as a protective barrier for any future water penetration into the area.

Flood recovery and storm removal services must happen quickly after emergencies, and our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team can show that We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call today at (504) 348-7526.

Is Mold Growth Avoidable For Residential Properties Close to Water?

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on walls Mold easily grows in properties close to water. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold damage.

SERVPRO Mold Remediation Can Help New Orleans Residents Tackle Moisture Problems and Get Control Over Microbial Growth.

Are waterside properties susceptible to mold?

Oceans, gulfs, and lakes surround New Orleans, leading to moisture problems for some homeowners. The presence of moisture in a home can lead to the reproduction of mold spores, forming colonies in as little as 72 hours. The key to controlling the growth of mold spores is not to eliminate them but to correct the latent moisture problem. SERVPRO technicians employ various drying technologies and techniques in residential properties to help reduce a microbial growth issue.

What are hidden areas checked for mold?

The backside of wallpapers, drywall as well, as paneling which can often have hidden mold growth

The underside of carpets or pads which can support mold when there is a delamination issue or lack of a vapor barrier

Pipe chases as well as utility tunnels like crawlspaces where water can condensate and provide microbial growth conditions

Is it easy to access hidden mold areas?

Many residents in need of mold remediation in their New Orleans are unaware of the exact mold source. It is not uncommon for a musty odor to prompt a more extensive inspection of microbial activity. The issue with disturbing wallpaper or drywall to check for mold is that it can lead to mold spores becoming airborne and spreading. Our technicians focus strongly on containment before disturbing potential infestations. Containment could include deploying an air-filtration device or negative air pressure before remediation. 

What issues can affect standard mold remediation strategies?

If an industrial hygienist identifies an incredibly toxic species of mold

When indications show a massive hidden mold network behind building assemblies

When the chances of mold becoming airborne are high, or if individuals in the property are sensitive to mold toxins

Mold recovery can be a complicated procedure but helps to prevent damage to your home and contents. Contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526.

Is it Safe to Enter a Wet Property?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

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New Orleans Residents Choose SERVPRO to Return their Homes to a Safe Condition after Water Intrusion. Our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) Can Enter and Secure your Property.

Why are wet properties dangerous?

Performing restoration work in New Orleans can present many different hazards that both residents and technicians need to be aware of, including electrical hazards, structural deficiencies, and slip, trip, and fall hazards. A wet structure is likely to be full of small dangers requiring special precautions to avoid personal injury or further damage the resident. Restoring power to a property, for example, could lead to an electrical fault or fire without exercising the proper safety precautions. SERVPRO is adept at assessing a property with water intrusion and restoring a safe environment.

What kind of dangers are there in a damaged property?

  • Wet or weakened structural components like staircases, light fittings, and ceilings
  • Damages to the electrical wiring as well as potential electrical currents being conducted by water
  • Slippery flooring or hidden obstacles that could lead to falls and personal injury

When is it safe to return electricity to a wet property?

Water conducts electrical currents, so water restoration professionals in New Orleans take extra -care before resetting power.  Creating a safe environment first involves a careful assessment of the power distribution channel. It is vital to shut off all circuit breakers via this box in an emergency to avoid causing electrical damage, especially when water migrates into wall cavities or crawl spaces. SERVPRO technicians may opt to use external power with an industrial generator to run equipment until the building is completely dry before resetting the power. 

What steps make a wet property electrically safe?

  • Shutting off all circuit breakers via the power distribution panel
  • Posting clear signage and lockout tags on the power distribution panel to prevent reactivation of circuitry
  • Use of ground fault circuit interrupters when using electrical equipment within the property

A wet property could be dangerous. For secure restoration, contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans West Bank at (504) 348-7526.

Does Flooding Cause Permanent Losses to Homes and Contents?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Dark storm Clouds Are you ready for this weekend's coming storm? Call SERVPRO for fast, effective remediation.

Flood Damage Can Be Devastating for New Orleans Homeowners. SERVPRO is a Local Restoration Service that Can Return your Home to its Pre-loss Condition

Why does flooding occur during storms?

Violent weather events that hit New Orleans frequently result in flooding for the residents. Flooding can be attributed to many causes, but the damage to infrastructure and heavy rainfall is one of the primary reasons for neighborhood flooding. Residents can combat flooding by ensuring that their sump pumps and drainage are well-maintained throughout the year. Equally, installing flood bricks can help to reduce the destruction a storm can have on your home. After the event, using a professional restoration service can help mitigate the losses typically associated with flooding, clean your house, restoring, or removing damaged materials. You can contact SERVPRO twenty-four-hours a day in an emergency to arrange a flood inspection.

What is standard flood mitigation?

When a home suffers flood damage in New Orleans, the most critical action to take is mitigation. Mitigation involves reducing the number of losses that are occurring in the property. Switching off mainline electricity is an example of emergency mitigation because it reduces the likelihood of electrical fire or permanent wiring damage. Our technicians can perform essential mitigation duties like boarding up the structure, removing standing water levels, and drying the property to prevent your home from suffering permanent harm. These are known methods, proven to reduce the number of losses that homeowners suffer during emergencies. They are also useful at prepping a property for in-depth restoration by allowing workers to operate safely and sanitary.

How do technicians prepare a flooded property for restoration?

  • Establishing a safe source of electricity for equipment use
  • Clearing the property of contamination, debris, and standing water
  • Providing temporary lighting for general construction and restoration 

What are floodwater extractors?

Extraction units are essential to proper flood damage restoration in your New Orleans property. These equipment are available in small portable systems or as part of a large truck-mount. A property with multi-level damages can benefit from portable extractors allowing technicians to operate on all floors. Truck-mounted extractors have larger storage tanks, longer runtime, and a more powerful vacuum system. Portable extractors may need temporary generators to provide electricity, whereas a truck-mount is self-sufficient, running from the truck. Stocking a combination of these two types of extractors helps ensure that SERVPRO technicians can begin mitigating flood losses quickly on arrival.

Can water extractors be used on carpets?

Carpet fibers are highly porous, meaning they can absorb large quantities of floodwater and contamination. Drying carpets quickly is essential to the mitigation process as it prevents mold growth and the deterioration of fibers. SERVPRO technicians use light wands to extract water from glue-down carpets. These wands can also be useful after a weighted extraction tool has removed most water from a carpeted surface. A light rod can allow technicians to dry a carpeted floor without removing the carpet or pad, increasing efficiency in some situations.

What are deep extraction tools?

  • Self-propelled extractors automatically move across carpets, compressing both the rug and pad
  • Stationary extractors can squeeze out moisture from 200 square inches of carpet in ten to fifteen seconds
  • weighted extraction tools use either the weight of the technician or construction weight to draw water from thicker carpet fibers

Can carpets return to normal conditions after flooding?

Fibers can be up to 50% weaker when wet, making permanent damage relatively high. Equally, a contaminated water intrusion event can make carpets non-salvageable. For some carpeting, it is possible to return them to their preloss condition after water intrusion. SERVPRO technicians can pre-condition the carpet then clean it using hot-water extraction. A buffering tool like a rotary machine can help fluff out carpet fibers to return them to a good condition. When restoring carpets, it is vital to consider how much time and how expensive it is to repair them rather than replace them. Often, thin glue down carpets are replaceable with the minimum expense, which can aid an efficient restoration process.

What can emergency lighting be brought into a flood-damaged home?

  • Stand lights are powerful, inexpensive, and portable, making them ideal for directional lighting.
  • Wobble lighting is very resilient but can be limited for task working.
  • String lights can stretch up to 100 ft in length and are ideal for creating safe, lit pathways in the home. 

Flooding from a storm can be a debilitating experience. To protect your home and contents from further damage, contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526.

What Appliances Cause Household Flooding in New Orleans the Most?

9/26/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up Photo Of Flooded Floor In Kitchen From Water Leak Contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 for quality water damage repair service.

Three Main Appliances Are Often the Cause of Water Intrusion In New Orleans

Water heaters, the HVAC system, and bathtubs overflowing are all common reasons homes in New Orleans experience water damage. Appliances are another main reason for problems. Many times the problem starts small, an unnoticed drip, for example. Then before you know it, your home has water pouring out everywhere.

What Are the Three Appliances That Are Most Susceptible?
Refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers are appliances that can cause serious problems. When these household essentials break down, it can send gallons of water surging into your home. SERVPRO provides water damage repair to New Orleans residences when that happens. But there are certain things you can do to prevent situations such as this from happening.
    •    Washing Machines – Burst supply lines constitute a significant risk with washers. Check hoses often for pinholes, cracks, or wetness on the line regularly. If you do need to replace your line, consider braided stainless steel hoses. An automatic shutoff valve is a good idea, as well.
    •    Dishwashers – Supply lines can spring a leak, or the dishwasher can back up. Make sure your drain gate gets cleaned frequently. Check hoses and connections often to make sure there are no small problems that need addressing. Use the recommended detergent for your dishwasher.
    •    Refrigerators with Automatic Ice Makers – This is another typical source of water damage in homes. The problem is often the copper water line that supplies water to the ice maker. It can develop leaks or even come unattached. Check the valve connection occasionally. Make sure the line isn’t crimped, and be careful when moving the fridge.

Hidden Water Damage
If appliances cause water spills in your home, that is an obvious problem you can see. Small leaks can cause hidden water damage, as can broader issues that are not dealt with properly. Moisture can seep into the subflooring, tile, and behind walls. SERVPRO understands what harm water can do. We are water damage repair experts with professional technicians that have years of experience. We are available to mitigate any water damage you experience.

Contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 for quality water damage repair service.

How Can I Dry Commercial Premises After Flooding?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

paint on ceiling peeling and bubbling after water damage This building suffered extensive water damage when a fire sprinkler system malfunctioned. We were able to dry the damage and restore the building.

SERVPRO Establish Proper Drying Techniques to Help New Orleans Businesses with Commercial Flood Damage 

How can I dry a business quickly? 

We understand that temporary closure to your New Orleans business can be frustrating and expensive. Our team works with premises managers to ensure that drying property is as efficient as possible, allowing you to re-open faster. When materials become wet, evaporating moisture can form a layer of saturated, humid air above the surface. This layer can slow down drying times as water on, or surfaces have nowhere to go. SERVPRO technicians can combat this vapor barrier by ensuring air circulation remains consistent throughout your business premises. We achieve this primarily by placing air-movers in the property with precise entry and exit spaces. 

How do I place the air - movers? 

  • Use enough air-moves to create air circulation across surfaces
  • Balance air-moving equipment with dehumidification
  • Allow entry and exit points 

How can I set up an efficient drying situation? 

A property with commercial flood damage in New Orleans is likely to require a significant number of air-movers. However, the exact number depends upon the situation. If floodwaters have primarily affected floors, we can use less air-moving equipment. On the other hand, if there is visible wetness on walls or ceilings and fittings, carpets, and furniture, the number of air-movers must increase exponentially. SERVPRO technicians can create a circular airflow by placing air-movers at a 45-degree angle. Circular airflow can help to dry the upper areas of a property. Generally, we use one air-mover per 10 to 16 feet along walls. 

How do I balance air-movers and dehumidifiers? 

  • A low number of air-movers to dehumidifiers can slow drying
  • Too many air-movers can spread moist air causing secondary damage
  • A balanced drying system ensures dehumidifiers capture any moisture in the air 

Re-opening a business after flooding is a time-sensitive issue. Contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans West Bank at (504) 348-7526. 

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How Can Burned Walls Get Fixed in My New Orleans Home?

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

Living Room On Fire SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank has the equipment and extensive training to handle any size fire cleanup and restoration needed to fix your home.

SERVPRO technicians can restore your New Orleans home safely from any size fire damage

Anything that got charred from the flames has no potential for reuse, generally. However, if the walls or ceilings are discolored but not damaged from the smoke, they may remain in place and receive applications to seal in any odors. After a fire occurs in a New Orleans area home, there are often multiple levels of restoration services needed, such as:
    •    Removal of burned building materials and articles using controlled demo techniques
    •    Extraction of water or cleanup of fire retardant chemicals
    •    Cleaning of smoke damage off the interior and contents

What Should I Expect During Fire Cleanup and Restoration Services?
When you need fire cleanup and restoration to your New Orleans home, there are numerous considerations before the SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site. First and foremost, do not enter the property unless the first responders have said it is safe to do so. If there are items you need or paperwork, wait until the technicians arrive, and the crew chief will be glad to assist you in whatever you need.

Depending on the size of the fire in the house, one of the first things that usually happens is containment around the work area. The technicians do this to avoid any cross-contamination of soot throughout the home. Airborne soot particulates can range in sizes from just large enough to be seen to microscopic. The biggest problem with soot is it not only brings odors wherever it is, but it is also a potential irritant for humans and pets to come into contact with.

SERVPRO techs adhere to the highest safety measures during the restoration services. In cases where the fire damaged the exterior of the home, temporary repairs may get made such as:
    •    Tarping over flame-damaged roofing  
    •    Placement of boards over broken windows or doors
    •    Security tape around the perimeter to keep unauthorized persons off-site.

What Happens to Charred Walls and Ceilings?
Sometimes what gets mistaken for charring is actually a heavy layer of soot. On a case by case basis, SERVPRO techs test the surface to determine the best cleaning method. Walls and ceilings constructed from sheetrock tend to buckle rapidly after exposure to heat and water. The techs first attempt to clean the surface, and if that is not successful, the techs only remove the damaged portion to make the repairs easier. Sagging ceilings can present a danger for falling, and generally get removed through controlled demolition actions. Any insulation within the walls gets collected using a vacuum with a special bag fitting.

When soot is clinging to the framework of a home, it is not feasible to wet the wood to clean it off as this can drive the soot more deeply into the grain. However, methods such as soda blasting can remove the residue and leave the framework with a lightly sanded finish and ready for sealant.

As stated, some surfaces can absorb wet cleaning solutions and, therefore, methods such as using dry cleaning sponges to lift away the residues work to prevent further damage. This attention to detail is one of the many ways the techs save items from disposal and clean them for reuse.

How Do Smoke Odors Get Removed?
The techs scope the home and determine the areas that need odor control applications. Anywhere soot particles are, there are odors. The techs use air quality improvement methods during the restoration services, such as air-scrubbers, to reduce the amounts of airborne particulate. Once the work gets completed for disposal of ruined building materials and articles in the home, the work to remove all reminders of the fire due to the scent of smoke begins.

For airborne odors, the use of hydroxyl generators is often enough to capture and neutralize any remaining smoke odors. This method is safe for use around people and pets. However, in porous materials ranging from carpet to upholstered furnishings and other items that can absorb scents, the use of thermal fogging is the answer. As the tech moves through the house, disbursing the solvent heated to a fog state, it penetrates and eradicates all odors, never to return. During the application of the fogger, all residents, pets, and plants should get removed from the premises.

Washable items do not require disposal if they smell like smoke. The techs have access to the powerful Esporta Washing System, and it can remove all traces of the fire damage odors in just a single-use.

SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 has the equipment and extensive training to handle any size fire cleanup and restoration needed to your home and contents.

Three Things Gym Owners Should Ask Mold Removal Companies

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

green SERVPRO van parked at job site SERVPRO Provides Vehicles Stocked with Advanced Equipment and Products and Technicians to Remediate Mold Damage in New Orleans Commercial Sites

How New Orleans Gym Owners Can Choose Trustworthy Mold Removal Companies?

If you run a gym in New Orleans, you know that high standards of health and hygiene are vitally important. Therefore, you must be careful when choosing contractors to help maintain your business premises.

Why would a New Orleans gym need mold removal companies? Because sometimes with even high cleaning standards, mold can still grow. The microscopic spores can flourish anywhere with moisture, oxygen, and a food source to sustain them.

Can I just clean the mold myself?

SERVPRO does not recommend cleaning the mold yourself. Home concoctions and remedies are not as effective as professional cleaning, and some of them (such as using bleach) can even make the problem worse. It is far better to call in experts who know the best way to handle mold infestations and spores so that you can focus on your gym business.

Here are three questions to ask mold removal companies.

  1. Do you have specially trained mold technicians?

You want to know that the people you hire have the knowledge you need. Each SERVPRO franchise has several mold remediations experts. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification accredited technicians:

  • Undergo thorough training at each branch
  • Specialize in remediating mold growth
  • Use the latest industry-standard equipment
  1. Will your team use proper containment?

Containment means:

  • Surrounding the affected area with plastic sheeting
  • Taping up all ducts, vents, doors, seams and anywhere else mold spores could escape
  • Setting up a second decontamination area if necessary (this is not needed in every case) as a staging area
  • Setting up air scrubbers or negative air machines to remove particles from the air

Containment helps prevent the spread of mold spores to other parts of your gym and is a vital factor for effective mold remediation. SERVPRO technicians use containment when dealing with fungi.

  1. What happens after mold remediation?

As a business owner, you know the importance of good customer safety and service, and you want to receive excellent customer reviews. Ask your mold remediation company about their follow up process.

Our team will check in with you after a week to make sure you are happy with your mold cleanup, and to answer any further concerns.

For help with mold abatement, call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526. We can work off-hours.

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

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

main pipe burst and flooded downstairs Placing drying equipment like our air movers and dehumidifiers can help structures after water disasters.

When pipes burst in New Orleans homes, flooding can occur quickly and spread to many areas of the house.

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

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

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

What Materials Must Get Removed and Discarded After Water Losses?

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

    •    Ceiling
    •    Wall
    •    Flooring
    •    Contents

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

How Can I Prevent Washer and Dryer Fire Damage?

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

washer and dryer damaged by fire SERVPRO wants to help you prevent fire incidents by taking precautionary measures to avoid a possible catastrophe.

New Orleans Homeowners Take Steps To Reduce Fire Damage Risks.

New Orleans homeowners know how convenient it is to have a washer and dryer in the home. Those who have previously lived in an apartment with a laundry room, or had to make laundromat trips, know it is more convenient to wash your clothes in your own home.

However, washers and dryers present a fire damage risk to New Orleans homes. This is something that people do not always consider because they are appliances used to soak garments and dry them again. When people think of a home appliance fire, they most likely think of an accident with a stovetop, or perhaps of a laptop overheating and causing a spark. 

When appropriately used, washers and dryers are safe for the home. However, it is good to take extra precautions to prevent them from becoming a fire damage risk.

What can I do to keep my washer safe?

There are some simple steps you can take to keep your washer safe from fires:

Do not overload your washer – follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how many clothes to add at a time

Make sure your appliance is properly grounded and connected – SERVPRO recommends getting a professional installation wherever possible

Keep up with washer maintenance – check out everything from the seals to the connectors regularly

Be careful if washing clothes that have come into contact with flammable liquids like gasoline – make sure they are completely dry before washing them

What precautions should I take with my dryer?

You should ensure your dryer is connected correctly and grounded, and perform regular maintenance checks on it, just as you do with your washer. Besides, it is a good idea to:

Always use a lint filter and clean the filter regularly

Only dry the suggested amount at a time

Do not dry clothes that are not suitable for tumble drying and never, dry clothes drenched in flammable liquids

Make sure the vent pipe is not obstructed in any way

These simple maintenance tasks and guidelines are easy to follow and can help prevent the stress and cost of fire damage. Be sure that all appliance users follow the directions, and that your family agrees on who is responsible for ongoing maintenance checks.

Is there anything else I can do to make my appliances safer?

If possible, try to store your appliances away from other sources of fire, and from flammable materials. For example, if you store your washer or dryer in the laundry room, do not place flammable liquids beside it. It is also essential to read the manufacturer’s instructions. Many people shove the instruction manual in a drawer, but it is good to familiarize yourself with it.

How can SERVPRO help if something goes wrong?

Sometimes even with the best of intentions, a fire breaks out. In the event of a blaze, SERVPRO of New Orleans is here to help. We aim to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

We recommend that as soon as the blaze is extinguished, you call SERVPRO. Our technicians will arrive with all the equipment needed to tackle the fire cleanup process.

We start by pumping out any excess water from fire fighting efforts. We bring a range of water extraction equipment, including freestanding extractors, rotary extractors, and extraction wands. Untreated damp areas can lead to mold, which is why we begin with water extraction.

We assess the damage to your property, and our SERVPRO team draws up a restoration plan to get your home like new again.

Can my appliance be saved or should I dispose of it?

In most cases, saving fire-damaged appliances is not possible. However, we are here to advise you not only about your machine but also about any other items damaged in the fire. In many cases, it is possible to save personal effects and furnishings if we take action quickly enough.

What about cleaning after fire damage?

After extraction, we move on to cleaning your home. We use mechanical and chemical cleaning techniques to scrub soot particles from soft furnishings, floors, drywall, drapes, metal, and carpet. Depending on the size of the blaze, it is likely that even if we cannot save the appliance, we can save some items caught in the fire, using thorough cleaning.

When our team has finished cleaning your home, we will deodorize it using a range of air movers, air scrubbers, deodorizing chemicals, ozone machines, and fogging machines as needed. This final step leaves your home smelling fresh once more.

If you are worried about fire damage in your home, do not hesitate. Call SERVPRO of New Orleans at (504) 348-7526.

Customer satisfaction is a vital part of our services. You will receive a call from your file manager a week after our visit, to give you the chance to ask any follow-up questions or air any concerns you may have.

What is the Ideal Extractor for Flooded New Orleans Homes?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

interior flooding Our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team can respond quickly to these emergencies when you call (504) 348-7526.

With dozens of water removal tools available, the choice in what extractor gets used can have a dramatic impact on restoration efficiency in New Orleans.

Multiple considerations must occur before choosing a specific extractor pump after a flood loss in your New Orleans home or business. Severe weather conditions can threaten the city numerous times throughout the year, but most prevalently during hurricane seasons. Natural flooding can be among the most challenging hurdles to overcome with water removal, specifically because of debris and solids within the pool. Our SERVPRO professionals have a fast response to these scenarios, helping to employ several extraction tools to minimize the spread and severity of loss effects.

While there are multiple avenues of flood damage in New Orleans homes that must get considered and addressed when our technicians first arrive, standing water becomes one of the most threatening conditions. Not only can surface water allows for the absorption into porous materials, but it can also amplify the possibility of secondary conditions like bacterial spread or microbial growth. Often extraction in your home comes down to multiple units, including:

    •    Wet Vacuums
    •    Portable Extractors
    •    Truck-Mount Extractors

What Can Self-Priming Trash Pumps Accomplish?

There are specific extractors designed to engage water with solids and debris without falter. Trash pumps operate on gas power, making them ideal for flood loss situations where power availability might be minimal. Because of their high function with slurry and debris, these pumps are less effective when lift is necessary. Many homes around the city are single-story structures, so self-priming trash pumps can be useful tools to move 10,000 to 60,000 gallons of water per hour from all compromised areas.

Flooding can be a substantial challenge for your home, especially when you live in our area of Louisiana where levees can break, and homes can experience flooding several times every year. Our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team can respond quickly to these emergencies when you call (504) 348-7526.

It Was Only A Small Fire In My New Orleans Home – Do I really Need Professional Help?

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

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

Soot from Even Small Fires Can Cause Big Damage – SERVPRO Cleans & Restores Your New Orleans Home “Like it never even happened.”

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

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

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

    •    Soot is smoke that has settled onto surfaces.
    •    It can cause hidden damage.
    •    Its tiny particles can quickly spread.
    •    It produces an acidic film that can cause worse problems when in contact with skin.
    •    Specific chemicals are needed to neutralize soot.
    •    If left untreated, it can eat away at the material it covers.
    •    Causes odors.

Cleaning Up Smoke Damaged Rooms

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

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

Who Do I Call to Clean Up Flood Damage in My New Orleans Bar?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

flood damage in a business office with chairs overturned from the water Flood damage can put a business in a terrible situation. Contact SERVPRO to get flood damage remediation services for your business.

Our SERVPRO professionals are ready to respond quickly to flooding threats that affect your business to keep restoration as short as possible. 

With a staggering 42 flood events in the past two decades at the time that this gets written, New Orleansproperty owners have seen a fair share of severe loss scenarios. As much as the levees help to keep much of the flooding out of the city, considering that much of the area is below sea level, these structures can only do so much against the raw power of nature. When your bar falls victim to the rising waters after a flood loss, it is vital to know who to call to get the situation started restoring as soon as possible.

Cleaning and recovering after flood damage to your New Orleans bar involves handing the control over to competent professionals like our SERVPRO team. We have a fast response to these emergencies. With so many widespread flooding scenarios since we first opened our doors, we are among the most experienced teams in the area for extraction, drying, and post-flood cleanup. With your bar, it is essential first to understand how bad the situation has become by the time you contact our restoration team.

How Bad is the Damage?

Flooding scenarios in New Orleans can get out of control quickly. With the immense pressure of natural flooding, especially when several feet of standing water have entered the bar, areas that you would not normally consider at risk can become problem areas quickly. To fully understand how damaging this situation has grown, we must first assess the damage through a job scoping process conducted by our project manager. Understanding the spread and severity of flood loss effects ensures that we have the right tools and personnel on-site to help. Damage assessments and preliminary evaluations seek to discover:

  • The extent of the damage 
  • Where water damage exists
  • Affected materials
  • Damage contents
  • Potential contamination 

What is the Best Extraction Tool?

Wood is one of the primary materials used to construct your bar. From the plank flooring to the booths, chairs, stools, and other structural elements, wood is almost everywhere in the building. While this provides a specific look and feel to your establishment, it also can become a potential problem when restoration gets underway. The cellulose in wood encourages an almost immediate absorption of water when materials become exposed to natural flooding. Protecting areas that have not yet been impacted by moving water is the focal point of our response to these emergencies. This effort requires numerous extraction tools from our recovery inventory, including:

  • Truck-Mounted Extractor – This is one of the largest extraction units available to our team. This massive unit can remove water at 300PSI, which is often ideal one several feet of standing water exists throughout the bar.
  • Gas-Powered Trash Pump – Solids are often present in flood-damaged properties, making extraction of standing water a potential problem. Trash pumps have a larger intake and discharge line, making it easier to remove water and debris.
  • Electric Submersible Pump – With flooding scenarios where waste is not a factor, submersible pumps can be an excellent choice. Depending on the model, we can move thousands of gallons of water over a brief period.
  • Wet Vacuum – When standing water is under two inches in depth, wet vacuums can be a good choice for removal. These units do not need to maintain a prime, so they can finish the job that submersibles start.

How Can I Get the Bar Cleaned Out?

There are many areas of your bar that are going to fall under the primary heading of contamination after a blackwater natural flooding event. There is too considerable of a risk that floodwater encountered bacteria and other threats in its path to your building. That is why we begin with muck-out and debris removal to clear out the heaps of sediment, solids, and silt that get brought into the structure. Our restoration professionals must then fixate on what techniques and mitigation solutions can expose lightly damaged areas of the property that can get preserved with drying and cleaning. Primarily, cleaning fixates on:

  • Muck-Out
  • Content Management
  • Disinfection

With a team of in-house contractors available 24/7 along with our restorers, we can offer cost-effective and efficient solutions for both restoration and reconstruction. With so many businesses that never reopen after the traumatic flood events of New Orleans, our SERVPRO team can work to ensure that you are not one of them.

Give our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team a call anytime you need us at (504) 348-7526.

What Do I Do About Water Leaks Damaging My Kitchen?

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Leaking plumbing under a kitchen sink Water drips lead to water damage in a New Orleans kitchen cabinet. Don't Wait! Call SERVPRO

Savvy New Orleans Homeowners Use SERVPRO for Water Removal

It is easy to ignore a slow dripping leak under the kitchen sink from the supply line to the dishwasher. It frequently seems like only a humidity slick at the bottom of the cabinet. It is not a lot of water, so a homeowner might think that simply wiping up the spill is sufficient. New Orleans homeowners know, however, that any type of water damage requires investigation and action.

What Are Some of the Real Problems When a Water Leak Occurs in Your New Orleans Kitchen?

Wiping up a spill from a leaking pipe rarely resolves water seepage problems.  The hidden drip grows. The water quietly pools under the sink, becomes a puddle, and flows onto the linoleum kitchen floor.  Only after you slip on the slick in front of the sink, do you open the cabinet door.  There you discover a large puddle and a very wet back wall inside the cabinet. You decide it is now time to call SERVPRO, a nationwide company with 50 plus years’ expertise in water extraction and water removal

How Is the Damp Wall Behind the Sink and in the Cabinet Dried?

SERVPRO’s certified technicians can ensure that the moisture content of the walls and cabinets are restored to standard levels. The team can take measurements with moisture meters and infrared cameras. They can utilize a variety of equipment to get rid of the water and dry out walls and floors, thus preventing potential secondary water damage.  This equipment may include:                                                                                                                           

  • Light wands and wet/vacs
  • Squeegees and mops
  • Air movers to expedite evaporation
  • Dehumidifiers to capture the water vapor

Removal and extraction by these experts make it seem, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank is available 24/7 to mitigate water damage to your home.  Contact us at (504) 348-7526 for help

How Do I Reduce Fire Risk in My New Orleans Craft Brewery?

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Fire flame background SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank ensures that disaster-affected businesses look, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Teams Can Remove Commercial Fire Damage from New Orleans Facilities

New Orleans craft brewery owners should know that there has been an average of two US craft brewery fires a month since December 2018. While beer and other low alcohol content beverages are not very flammable, the presence of heat, electronics, and dust can create the perfect environment for a fire to ignite.

If a manufacturing-related disaster necessitates commercial fire damage restoration for your New Orleans business, SERVPRO technicians are trained in fire damage mitigation techniques. Both technicians and franchise owners are knowledgeable about best practices for handling fire damage, including cleanup for fire suppression efforts.

What Do Brewery Insurance Companies Recommend for Fire Safety?

    •    Make sure that boilers and kettles are separated from your facilities with a commercial-grade fire break.
    •    Ensure that dust from grain milling is kept in a contained area to prevent dust explosions.
    •    Ventilation is key to preserving safety as well as indoor air quality.
    •    Make sure smoke alarms, fire monitors, and sprinkler systems are operational and to code. Have a system prepared for easy relaying of fire alerts to your local fire department.

How Does SERVPRO Eliminate Fire Damage Residues from My Business?

SERVPRO technicians focus first on removing unsalvageable debris to lessen the spread of soils and odors before focusing on cleaning of surfaces and structures. Technicians start with dry cleaning light residue accumulation before mitigating heavier soiling with an alkaline cleaning agent.

Machinery and electronics require extensive cleaning to prevent soot residues from becoming acidic in the presence of moisture. To prevent this corrosion, SERVPRO can assist you in finding a licensed brewery maintenance specialist.

SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank ensures that disaster-affected businesses look, “Like it never even happened.” Call (504) 348-7526 to begin the mitigation process.

Can I Clean My Flood-Damaged Home Myself?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Home in flood water After your home suffers flood damage, you need a team of professionals to assist you with cleanup. Call SERVPRO right away! We are always available.

Floodwaters Almost Always Contain Hazardous Contaminants, So Flood-Damaged Homes in New Orleans Should Only Be Cleaned and Remediated by Trained Professionals.

As New Orleans residents know, much of the area is below sea level and prone to flooding. High average year-round rainfalls, coupled with the effects of seasonal tropical storms and hurricanes, only exacerbate the city’s risk of flooding. In fact, just fifteen years ago, “The Big Easy” was the site of one of the most costly hurricanes in U.S. history when Hurricane Katrina passed through. The storm killed well over a thousand people and did tens of billions of dollars in damage. Area flood damage cleaning and remediation services, like SERVPRO, are well-equipped to handle these extreme storm-related clean-ups.       

What Exactly Makes Floodwaters So Dangerous to Clean Up?

New Orleans flood damage clean-up companies classify floodwaters as “black water,” or water that is unsanitary. These waters flow overland, picking up all kinds of contaminants like:

Hazardous chemicals

Dead bodies

Human waste

Soils containing harmful elements

Most of these materials carry disease-causing microbes or toxic compounds, which makes them extremely harmful to humans. Floodwaters are so dangerous that those removing it from homes must wear professional-grade personal protective equipment (PPE). Therefore, homeowners with flood-damaged homes should not try to clean and remediate their residences on their own.

What Gear Does SERVPRO Technicians Use to Remove Floodwaters and Restore My Home?

As previously noted, special equipment is necessary when dealing with flood damage. This equipment comes in the form of PPE, specialized remediation tools, and chemical treatment agents. Some of this gear includes:

Full-body suits, boots, rubber gloves, protective eyewear, and respirators with P100 vapor cartridges

Truck-mounted and portable water extractors, submersible pumps, desiccant, and refrigerant dehumidifiers, high-powered box fans and air movers, injectidry systems, and thermal and ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers

EPA-approved antimicrobials (that kill fungi, viruses, and bacteria), agents that attach to troublesome particles and remove them from the air, chemicals that reduce humidity and stop or slow microbial growth

These professional-grade resources enable SERVPRO technicians to safely and effectively deal with almost any kind of flood damage imaginable.

How Does SERVPRO Clean and Restore Flood-Damaged Homes?

Trained and experienced in cleaning up after floods, SERVPRO’s experts follow a time-tested procedure to sanitize and repair your residence. This process involves:

Removing standing water with extractors and submersible pumps

Pressure washing damaged structural elements and spraying EPA-approved disinfectants on affected surfaces when entering your house

Cleaning up and appropriately discarding any floodwater debris

Evaluating structural elements and contents for salvageability (porous materials cannot be salvaged and must be professionally disposed of)

Disposing of impacted carpeting and padding

Putting into place a network of dehumidifiers, air movers, and injectidry systems to dry your home’s interiors, even the most difficult-to-access areas

 Using state-of-the-art foggers to inject commercial-grade disinfectants, antifungals, and deodorants into all parts of your home

After we complete our work, your home should look like it never even experienced the effects of flooding.

Considering the nature of New Orleans and its long history of being severely impacted by storm waters, residents should be well-prepared for the likelihood that one-day such issues could impact their properties. Always pay attention to weather forecasts and properly prepare before all predicted severe storms. Remain alert and be pro-active when it seems like the threat of flooding is present. Before any storm, you should make sure your roof and drainage system are clean and in good working order. If threats are severe enough and call for it, you should shut off your utilities to prevent further damage after flooding, repair and seal any foundation issues, board up all windows and openings with plywood, and strategically place sandbags around your house to divert floodwaters.

With all that said, sometimes you simply cannot avoid suffering flood damage. When you do experience the effects of a flood, it is important to remain calm, but also to act fast to resolve the resulting problems. Remember, though; you should never attempt to remediate the effects of flooding yourself. Floodwaters usually contain various contaminants, like human waste and toxic chemicals, that could endanger your health. Moreover, it often takes experienced experts to determine what can be saved and what should be discarded. Keeping beloved items and furnishings that have been impacted by floodwaters could be harmful to your health. Therefore, you need professional assistance from trained and experienced professionals, like SERVPRO, to safely handle flood damage.                

Stay alert and always adequately prepare for potential flooding. If floodwaters ever impact you, contact a professional service to help you. If you ever need assistance cleaning and restoring your flood-damaged home, contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526.  

Is It Possible to Remove These Awful Odors After a Fire?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Improves Air Quality in Your New Orleans Home While Also Deodorizing After Fire Damage

Even with the smallest fire in your home, the destruction can be immense. Along with the damage comes soot and smoke residue that settles throughout various spaces in your home. Calling SERVPRO for fire restoration helps ensure that odors are gone and that your interior is  “Like it never even happened.” All you need to do is give us a phone call, and we send a team to your location in as little as four hours so that we can get started.

What Do You Use to Eradicate Smoke Odors?

We have a broad range of EPA-registered agents and industrial-strength equipment that allows us to execute prompt, reliable restoration of your fire damage in New Orleans. When we get started, some of the tools that we use include:

  •   Thermal Fogging Equipment
  •   Hydroxyl Generators
  •   Ozone Generators

How Do Ozone Generators Work?

An ozone generator is an excellent tool to use for deodorization after a fire loss. They work by splitting oxygen molecules into single atoms so that they can bond with untouched oxygen compounds. This forms a new molecular structure that shares the molecules that make up oxygen, making it easier for them to bond with odor molecules and then neutralize them.

It is important to note that ozone generators are not always ideal in all situations. They are best used in an empty home so that the breathable air alteration is in no way dangerous to family members or pets. Our team uses them for deodorization if the fire has displaced your family, otherwise, we utilize alternative deodorization methods.

Do you need help removing tough odors after fire damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 to have a team deployed 24/7 for emergency service.

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

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in home SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank provides mitigation services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Technicians Handle Water Cleanup in New Orleans Homes 24/7

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

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

How Does SERVPRO Detect Water Damage?

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

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

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

How SERVPRO Restores Structures in Your Kitchen

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

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

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

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in New Orleans, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank today at (504) 348-7526 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Seeking Experienced Restoration Technician

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

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Job Description

SERVPRO is immediately hiring Experienced Water and Fire Restoration Technician / Remediation Technician.

We're seeking a restoration technician who is comfortable working hard in challenging situations, meeting new people, with excellent communication skills, and who is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self- motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment.

BENEFITS of Working at SERVPRO:

Benefits for the Technician position include (but are not limited to):

  • Competitive compensation
  • Overtime after 40 hours/week
  • Bonus pay for on-call response
  • Unlimited resources to education of field
  • We will pay for your certifications & education

REQUIREMENTS of Water Remediation Technician:

Requirements for the Water Damage Technician position include:

  • Interior demolition experience
  • Organized persons with positive attitude;
  • Good communication skills with ability to work as a team;
  • Ability to follow detailed instructions, including adhering to safety requirements and the SERVPRO job process
  • Respectful of others, including co-workers and customers;
  • Dependable and on-time;
  • Driver's license and clean driving record;
  • Ability to lift heavy objects and in good physical health;
  • Willing to undergo random drug screening and a background check;
  • Availability on rotating schedule for on-call emergency response after hours and on weekends, with overtime and bonus pay ;
  • A sense of urgency to respond quickly to people who are in need of the services we offer.

Regardless of prior experience, all employees will undergo the proper training for safety and techniques used in the work in both residential and commercial settings, including:

  • Fire damage restoration, including cleaning walls, floors, furniture, and interior contents;
  • Water damage restoration, including pump outs, water extraction, dehumidification, and drying;
  • Mold remediation, including, demolition, cleaning

SERVPRO specializes in disaster cleanup. We are family owned and operated company. As the premier provider of these services we are seeking highly motivated water damage technicians to perform water/ fire damage mitigation & clean up, among many other services we offer. This is a full time position for hard working Water Damage Technicians who will be working with Crew Chiefs and fellow Water Damage Technicians to recover/ restore personal property.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: Depending on Experience

Email Resume to jdierking@SERVPROslidell.com

Cleaning Up Flooding In My New Orleans Property- Where To Start?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

A neighborhood with standing water. When it comes to storm related water damage, SERVPRO knows best.

Start by calling SERVPRO when it comes to your flood damage New Orleans.

Flooding in Louisiana is a common issue. To recoup as much of the losses as possible, shut off the source of the flooding, turn off electricity at the mains, and evacuate the property. Contacting your insurance provider and arranging professional restoration services here in New Orleans can help you recover losses quickly.

How does flooding occur and who is responsible?

Most floods are the result of natural forces. Homeowners with flood damage in New Orleans tend to be the victims of storm fallout and other natural sources. However, some property flooding may occur from internal plumbing issues. The source of flooding can be relevant to some insurance providers, so you should ensure you have coverage for both internal and external causes. It is frequently up to the homeowner to arrange for a restoration company who can then work with your insurance adjuster to bring the home back to its original condition. 

How can I reduce the damages of a nearby road overflow?

Road overflows can occur when drainage or sewer systems become overloaded. The resulting water can reach your private property causing substantial harm. Reporting the issue to the local council can help your property's recovery because the source of water can be shut off. In the meantime, you may want to focus your efforts on blocking water intrusion. You can achieve this by sealing doorways or other entry points as well as moving items to the upper level. 

What can emergency mitigation procedures help to prevent permanent losses during a flood?

- Shutting off or neutralizing the source of water entering the property

- Sealing or blocking potential points of entry into the home

- Extracting of large bodies of water in an efficient manner

- Securing the property against unlawful trespass

- In some situations, pre-cleaning of property materials like carpeting can be beneficial and prevent soiling from settling into materials

- Moving furniture out of harm's way including blocking furniture to raise it above the standing water level

How can I tell if my home is suffering structural flood damage or could potentially collapse?

Tell-tale signs of severe flooding issues may include sagging of ceilings or floors in the property. There may also be signs of significant stress in jointing, although we may need to demolish sections of drywall to assess the framework in your home correctly. Waterlogging can occur when standing water migrates below floors but becomes trapped inside the cavity. The additional weight and water pressure can exert a massive amount of pressure, which can lead to structural collapse. SERVPRO technicians inspect the subfloor thoroughly during scoping inspections to ensure that water is extracted from these pressure points. 

How can you help to reduce the damage to my contents?

While the structure may be the immediate concern in flood restoration, we also pay close attention to your possessions. In severely affected properties, SERVPRO can enact a pack out or move out procedure. Move-outs involve gathering data on the condition of all your possessions before professionally moving them to a secure storage facility. At our storage facility, we can then perform advanced restoration on possessions.

What are external contents restoration services available for severely flooded homes?

- Dry cleaning of sensitive fabrics or materials in the home

- Special restoration services, including document drying, electronic restoration services, mechanical washing, and immersion cleaning.

- Deodorization as well as disinfecting of fabrics

- Appropriate drying of all items to prevent mold growth or other microbial issues

How can you protect my home from secondary damages after flooding?

Preventing secondary harm after a flood relies on making sure that structural restoration is thorough. Many building materials in the home are porous and can absorb harmful floodwaters. Our technicians can perform controlled demolition of building materials such as areas of drywall exposed to floodwater. By ventilating the cavities behind drywall, we can eliminate the conditions needed for microbial bacteria to grow. Using air-moving equipment as well as taking regular moisture content analysis, we can ensure that cavities are appropriately dry before re-installation of clean building materials.

What are the stages of flood restoration?

- Emergency mitigation to reduce or prevent further damages including water extraction, building board-ups, and inspections

- Cleaning and disinfecting the affected area 

- Setting up a drying procedure to prevent mold growth and return your home to a habitable condition

- Deodorizing the property thoroughly using misters, foggers, pellets and spray-on deodorants

- Treating the property with anti-microbial chemicals

- Performing restoration on the property to return it to its preloss condition

Flooding can occur rapidly and often be beyond the homeowner's control. Using a specialist restoration service can help to save you losses in the short, medium, and long-term. Our technicians are experienced practitioners of water restoration with the correct equipment to ensure we complete our work on time and budget. 

If your property falls victim to road overflow or storm-related flooding, contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526.

How Do I Make Sure My Home is s Clean After a Water Spill?

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood and mold growth Water damage leads to mold growth. Be sure and check for leaks within your home.

SERVPRO Restoration Professionals Thoroughly Disinfect Your New Orleans Home  

New Orleans residents are no strangers to dealing with cleaning after water damage. Between the humid climate and flooding, a bathroom water leak does not pose a significant problem if dealt with immediately. With any water damage, the longer you wait, the more problematic it may become. We understand that technicians must use proper antimicrobials to sanitize and disinfect your home. 

Do Specialists Keep Mold from Growing?  

SERVPRO Technicians Use Appropriate Cleaning Techniques and Products to Ensure Cleanliness 

Water cleanup in your New Orleans home does not merely involve a bucket and mop. It is vital with bathroom leaks to identify the type of water and determine the best way to clean the area. Although gray and black water is more likely to grow mold, even clean water can grow mold when the conditions are right. Antimicrobial cleaners such as fungistats and mildewstats limit or stop microorganisms from growing. 

What are the Categories of Water? 

  • Category 1: Clean water like tap water
  • Category 2: Gray water like urine overflow from a commode or dirty dishwater 
  • Category 3: Blackwater may have feces, chemicals, or flood water 

What Conditions Foster Mold Growth? 

  • Moisture: Mold thrives in a moist environment with humidity over 65%; for this reason, it is best to lower humidity levels under 60% quickly.
  • Food Source: Mold uses organic materials such as wood, drywall, natural fibers, and even dirt as food.
  • Temperature: Mold grows in a variety of temperatures, typically from 68 degrees to 86 degrees, although it can grow in colder or warmer temperatures.

Always consider the possibility of long-term adverse effects if spilled water is allowed to soak into the organic matter within your home. Especially, undetected leaks that continue to accumulate. The degradation of fixtures and content compounds by introducing microbial growth, reducing the health and safety of your family. Our team can not only remove water and moisture but also inspect to ensure that your home does not allow further damage from unwanted water leaks and drips.  

For 24/7 help with water cleanup, contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526. 

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Is My Property Endangered by Pathogens after Flooding?

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

air movers drying flooded closet New Orleans homeowners rely on SERVPRO for sanitizing and disinfecting after storm damages.

Floodwater in New Orleans Brings Organisms and Waste into Your Home

The rise in bodies of water around your New Orleans home can be a threat to your health. As soon as water overflows and floods your basement or garage, you should assume that bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens are now in your home, and you must disinfect as quickly as possible. A professional team is your best option in getting rid of any biohazard.

Who can help?

When flood removal assistance in New Orleans are needed, we are at your service. At SERVPRO, we focus on being available to you around the clock and bring our expertise and knowledge into your home. Many homeowners make the mistake of relying on store-bought cleaners, even though they can be insufficient to control the growth of microorganisms.

Can I save my furniture after a flood?

Our SERVPRO team can help you sort through your furniture and belongings and make a decision regarding what to keep and what to discard. Generally speaking, any porous surfaces that absorb water and bacteria quickly, such as upholstery, carpets, and textiles, may need to be removed from your home. Despite our professional approach, these items may allow bacteria to reproduce and disseminate throughout your home. Other surfaces may be safe once we apply industry best practices to sanitize them. Some of the tools and techniques in our war chest include-

  • Cleaning and disinfecting solutions approved by the EPA
  • PPE-personal protective equipment to safeguard workers and occupants
  • Containment barriers to help prevent cross-contamination

Our technicians know the importance of extracting floodwaters in your home and following the removal with appropriate disinfecting and sanitizing treatment. We strongly advise that you allow us to apply the necessary products to help protect you and your loved ones from health hazards.

SERVPRO of The New Orleans West Bank is your partner after a flood. Call us at (504) 348-7526 and let us work with you in keeping your home safe. Together, we can leave it "Like it never even happened."

Debris Removal And Cleaning In New Orleans

4/12/2020 (Permalink)

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How Do You Clean a Fire-Damaged New Orleans House?

SERVPRO professionals can help you through nearly all phases of emergency debris removal and cleaning your New Orleans residence after a fire.

Cleaning up after a fire loss in New Orleans can feel overwhelming and stressful, especially when you are not sure what services your renter or home insurance might cover. Despite how challenging it might initially feel, our SERVPRO professionals can help you to understand what processes are necessary to return your home to its preloss condition as efficiently as possible. With both fire restoration professionals and cleaning technicians responding to these emergencies, we can offer the most reliable and cost-effective solutions.

Who is Responsible for Fire Debris Removal in My House?
Removing debris is one of the first steps of fire cleanup in New Orleans homes following our response to the disaster. This service often occurs even before the full scoping of the job to determine the extent of damage in your residence. Our professionals utilize shoveling, dry vacuuming, and wet vacuuming to remove loose sediment and particulates from the floors. There are multiple benefits to clearing piles of ash and debris from the house.

One of the first advantages that come from addressing fire debris in the house immediately is better identifying damages and problem areas that exist. Debris and rubbish after a fire can conceal structural damages and other concerns, which can make starting restoration hazardous. We prioritize this initial cleaning procedure to gain a better perspective on the work that your home needs. Debris removal can also reduce the severity of soot and odor threats throughout the house, making these conditions easier to manage in later recovery stages.

Most home insurance plans offer some degree of coverage for this debris removal service. Even if plans can vary significantly after this initial effort, it is universally understood that fire debris removal can improve the efficiency and safety of restoration efforts to follow. Our SERVPRO team can help you to find out the specifics of your coverage and role in affording restoration practices needed to make losses “Like it never even happened.”

How Do You Get Rid of Soot and Residues on Walls?

    •    Agitative Cleaning
    •    Abrasive Cleaning
    •    Potent Chemical Agents

One of the most substantial hurdles in both safety and cleaning in New Orleans homes is soot and residue removal from surfaces and contents. Agitative cleaning practices can help to reduce the severity of layers of residue and soot on surfaces. From light agitating like feather dusting to harsher agitative cleaning practices like scrubbing with steel wool, each case is unique and requires assessment by our responding technicians. The appropriate practice can be the difference in replacing damaged surfaces and cleaning/restoring them.

Abrasive cleaning is another level up from the preliminary results that agitative cleaning accomplishes. With soot threats, especially, many cleaning practices are ineffective, and in many cases, can mar or stain surfaces. Abrasive cleaning approaches like media and soda blasting can eliminate soot residues on specific surfaces without harming the underlying material. Some surfaces cannot withstand the pressurized blasts of water or air for cleaning, so this is another assessment that our responding SERVPRO team must make on-site.

Oily soils and other smoke residues can be another challenge that our cleaning technicians face when we begin restoring damaged surfaces in your home. We have potent cleaning and chemical agents that can clear much of these residues through reactions like emulsion.

Does Cleaning Remove Smoke Odors from My New Orleans Home?

    •    Cleaning Residues
    •    Dry Cleaning
    •    Deodorization

Cleaning can have a direct result on the severity of smoke and burning odors in your New Orleans home after a fire. Cleaning residues, for example, can lessen the severity of these effects in the immediate area. Abrasive cleaning for soot removal, such as soda blasting, can also help to reduce trapped odors in the underlying materials noticeably.

Many fabrics and soft materials in a residence can succumb to odor damage by allowing smoke to get trapped in fibers. Dry cleaning can improve both the appearance of areas like drapes, carpeting, and upholstery, but also noticeably reduce the severity of odor damage as well. Deodorization practices are often still necessary to remove these smells altogether from the damaged areas. However, these initial cleaning practices can help to make this phase more efficient and direct.

Removing odors often falls into the hands of our SERVPRO professionals after fire loss incidents as part of the comprehensive restoration package we provide. We have multiple tools that can help to remove harsh scents from the environment and what has become trapped in porous materials in the residence. We can primarily lean on thermal fogging, hydroxyl machines, and ozone generators to neutralize odor compounds wherever they get discovered.

Do Restoration Companies Help with Post-Construction Cleaning?

    •    Controlled Demolition & Build Back
    •    Post-Construction Cleaning
    •    Seamless Transitions Between Restoration and Reconstruction

Because we offer a full-service approach to restoration and recovery, including reconstruction and build back for New Orleans homes after fire losses, our cleaning technicians also address the cleaning needs before and after construction completes. In many ways, the bulk of this necessary cleaning occurs during the controlled demolition phase to prepare the area for the reconstruction and repairs that your home needs.

After reinstalling removed structural elements, our professionals can get to work on the final cleaning that your property needs before our work officially ends. With cleaning being such a vital effort in every recovery job that we undertake, this final cleaning effort after construction encompasses any area that could have become affected by the dust and debris that residential contracting can produce.

One of the advantages to all of these qualified technicians and contractors being in-house is the fast transition between mitigation and reconstruction. Not only does this allow for a more streamlined approach to restoration as a whole, but it also helps in the upkeep and cleaning of your property throughout each phase.

No matter how damaging fire losses can be to homes and businesses in the area, our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank technicians can help with efficient cleaning and restoration solutions. Give our experts a call anytime at (504) 348-7526.

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Professional Tips on Restoring Flood Damage in New Orleans

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

outside view of flood damaged ranch house. When flood waters enter your home, call SERVPRO. We are always ready to take your call.

Extricating Flood Damage from a New Orleans Ranch Home 

Louisiana, like other states surrounding the Gulf of Mexico, is subject to a high risk of flooding due to low land elevation, frequent rainfall, and ground floods that can do thousands of dollars in damage to homes. Homeowners must be careful when navigating floodwaters to avoid sickness or injury from debris, waste, pests, and chemicals that might be in floodwaters. On top of that, felled power lines and water-damaged electrical systems can mean that residents must take extra care to avoid wet areas of their homes.  

If your New Orleans single-story home needs flood damage mitigation that can respond quickly, the IICRC-certified crews at SERVPRO have extensive experience in flood damage removal, sanitation, and reconstruction. This comprehensive service seeks to return your home to a clean, safe, preloss condition while minimizing your restoration costs and streamlining your insurance claim filing needs.  

Tips for Planning a Rain Garden 

  • Keep the garden sloped away from nearby structures. The ideal distance is at least 10 feet away from your home, and the location should hold water before it reaches sidewalks, sewers, or roads. 
  • The location should make use of at least one downspout. Two or more downspouts on their own can mitigate as much as 50% of water runoff in a natural disaster.
  • The ideal rain garden sizing depends on your home, but plan for 100 to 300 square feet in an area with soil that drains or can have well-draining soil implemented. 
  • This location should have at least six hours of sunlight exposure per day and should be away from complex tree root systems or plumbing on your property. 

SERVPRO's Reconstruction Services

After flooding has affected your home, you may need a significant amount of reconstruction for your property. SERVPRO restoration technicians handle a wide variety of reconstruction tasks, including installing new carpet and pad, implementing new drywall, and repairing damaged wall joists and subflooring. If repair needs in your home require a specialist to examine them, such as antique restoration or electronics repair, SERVPRO can aid you in finding a licensed professional.  

SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank brings emergency-response crews to your home "Like it never even happened." Call (504) 348-7526 for comprehensive mitigation and restoration service. 

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Post-Water Damage in New Orleans Home

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home Give us a call anytime that you need us at (504) 348-7526.

Cleaning Products Used Post-Water Damage in New Orleans Homes

Cleaning up after water loss incidents can be a considerable undertaking for homeowners after a disaster in their New Orleans home. Because many of these same property owners have already entrusted their properties to the experience of our SERVPRO team, we can offer this post-water damage cleaning for your property as part of the total restoration package we provide. Using premier cleaning products that each offer different advantages can allow us to choose the ideal approach for restoring your damaged residence.

Choosing the right product to begin water cleanup in New Orleans homes depends on several factors. Scoping the work to get done and continual monitoring of the progress can help to determine the best use of our resources and products to clean and recover your damaged residence. Ultimately, the choice in the most capable cleaning agents comes down to:

    •    Location of the occupants of the residence during the cleaning phase
    •    The severity of residues and potential contaminants
    •    Cleaning action necessary (i.e., the emulsion of soils, neutralizing odors, wiping surfaces clean)

Chlorines
Much like the iodine-based disinfectants that used to be an everyday staple of disaster recovery efforts like flooding, chlorines can offer the same elimination and removal of harmful microorganisms without the threat of staining materials yellow. Chlorine-based cleansers have a harsh odor and can irritate those directly exposed.

Quaternary Compounds
Ammonium-based quaternary compounds are one of the more popular disinfectants that our SERVPRO professionals use because they have a naturally pleasant odor and can get used as a foundational tool to neutralize lingering scents after the disaster.

Botanicals
When relocation is not happening in any capacity after a water loss incident, botanicals can be a very non-offensive approach to cleaning and restoring the affected areas.

Using the criteria listed, we can choose among several categories of cleansers to find the best product for the restoration required. No matter what your home needs, our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team can help. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (504) 348-7526.

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Commercial Water Cleanup in Your New Orleans Gift Shop

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

"Gift shop" Call SERVPRO for your water cleanup needs. We will have you back to business as usual in no time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Commercial Fire Damage In Your New Orleans Property

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

grocery store after damage When your business suffers a disaster, you can call (504) 348-7526 for fast-acting service.

Removing Commercial Fire Damage from a New Orleans Grocer

Fire damage in any business is distressing for a variety of reasons, particularly in a retail setting. Not only are there plenty of structural components that need cleanup and potential replacement, but inventory, which is often made of flammable packaging or contents, can spread fires even faster. The losses incurred can be overwhelming for business owners without some help from reliable, fast-working professionals.

If your New Orleans grocery store needs commercial fire damage cleanup that can come when you need it, SERVPRO is a phone call away from providing precisely that. SERVPRO restoration technicians receive a thorough education in fire damage mitigation and restoration techniques to minimize losses while preserving safety and cleanliness that is compliant with local, state, and federal business regulations. SERVPRO can also aid you in the claims filing process by taking a comprehensive inventory of damages with electronic records.

Factors That Determine Commercial Fire Premiums
    •    Building materials. The construction of your building and its current condition all influence your premium. Newer facilities and recent upgrades to HVAC and electrical components can also lower the cost of insuring your business.
    •    Inherent risk. The reason people come into your business can also affect your costs. Restaurants are well-known for having higher risks, while small niche retailers typically have a low risk of fire hazards.
    •    Protection measures. Fire alarms, sprinkler systems, fireproofing measures and having a fire hydrant or station nearby can lower your premiums.
    •    Proximity to risk. Criminal activity in the area, as well as the frequency of accidents and natural disasters, all have a bearing on your premium. Think about your location, especially if you are near businesses with higher fire risks, such as an oil refinery.

How SERVPRO Restores Your Business
Electrical fires are a frequent cause of grocery store fires, which can lead to the proliferation of odors and soot on surfaces. While inventory in the affected area may need to be removed, in many cases, the structure can be salvaged.

Technicians work from ceiling to floor, starting with dry cleaning measures and the removal of loose, dry soot deposits. Alkaline or acid cleaners may be used to address more substantial damage depending on the extent. Blast media, like ground corn cobs or soda ash, can address heavy charring on surfaces that respond little to other cleaning methods.

SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank can leave your facilities looking “Like it never even happened.” When your business suffers a disaster, you can call (504) 348-7526 for fast-acting service.

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Why We Are The Best Choice In New Orleans After A Water Loss

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Our tenting technique being used to port away moisture Our technicians set up a specialized drying method known as “tenting” where plastic is used to capture the moisture.

Returning your New Orleans Home to Sanitary Conditions after Water Damage

Water Damage New Orleans

Returning to your home after a holiday away to find water in the property can be a traumatic experience. Among the most severe restoration cases, we deal with are those with contaminated water. Contamination can occur even when the original supply of water into the property is a clean one, such as a split pipe. The reason contamination occurs is because all types of water contain microbes, which are living organisms that can degrade water quality commonly referred to as stagnation. A large body of clean water, contamination category one, can degrade into category two or three in as little as seventy-two hours without care and attention.

We recommend that homeowners enlist professional water damage restoration services here in New Orleans when dealing with contamination in water. A category two contamination site requires demolition and removal of many items in the home to return it to a sanitary condition. Flooring, for example, requires the removal of carpet pads as well as the temporary removal of carpets themselves for cleaning in category two water damage emergencies. In category three water emergencies, the carpet itself must be replaced by SERVPRO technicians.

Other smaller areas of your home may require controlled demolitions. SERVPRO technicians can remove baseboards as well as the trim surrounding doors and windows. We may also need to assess drywall, which might be possible to salvage in some category two cases. One advantage of removing drywall is that it allows our technicians to expose materials that may otherwise be hidden by stairs, flooring, or wall bases.

Exposing materials inside walls can often lead to restoration rather than replace. By removing the physical barrier from the wall, cavities can often be dried out using equipment such as air-movers or dehumidification. Sometimes exposure to natural air currents can be beneficial in dissipating unpleasant odors as well as thoroughly drying insulation or other materials that have become wet. These steps can be an essential part of mitigating against secondary harm, such as malodor and mold growth.

Water degradation can make your home an unsafe environment. To return it to a sanitary condition, contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526.

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Must Have Resources for Fire Damage Remediation in New Orleans

2/16/2020 (Permalink)

smoke coming out of window Regardless of the room, fire damage can affect many parts of your home. Contact SERVPRO today for efficient fire damage remediation services.

Cleaning up Fire Damage in Your New Orleans Home

Even the smallest of kitchen fires can cause long-lasting smoke odors and residue if not cleaned right away using the proper equipment and procedures. In older homes with many nooks and crannies in neighborhoods like the Garden District or Gentilly, it may be even more challenging to deal with the lasting impact of a kitchen fire.

If you experience fire damage in New Orleans, you may require professional assistance to restore your home to its preloss condition. It is not always as simple as wiping down the walls and washing all the clothes in your closet. 

After ensuring the structure of your home is safe through inspection and boarding up walls if necessary, although unlikely in a small kitchen fire, SERVPRO restoration specialists assess the materials within your home to determine the appropriate cleaning methods. They also remove any contents such as upholstered furniture or clothing requiring deodorization and cleaning. 

Smoke residue can cause unexpected damage such as corroding finished surfaces, fiberglass, or Formica countertops if left unattended for too long. Any metal surfaces containing iron such as chrome trim, faucets or hardware, should be wiped off as quickly as possible to slow down any corroding that may occur. In addition to pre-cleaning by wiping the smoke residue off, coating it with lubricant may further protect the surface. 

Then, for surface cleaning, SERVPRO restorers may use detergent cleaners such as Wall and All Surface Cleaner (#351) for painted and washable surfaces. Heavy-duty alkaline solutions containing ammonia such as Industrial Cleaner (#357) are great for removing heavy grease and hard-to-remove soil most likely found at the source of the kitchen fire, for example under the range hood. It's important to note that you should not use this type of heavy-duty cleaner on any metal, enamel paint, or highly polished surfaces as the ammonia content may cause irreversible damage. 

Additional types of cleaners after a fire include liquid creme cleaners such as Stain Scrub (#110)  used to clean, polish, and deodorize hard surfaces, and strong acid cleaners such as Stone and Porcelain Cleaner (#355) to remove soot and smoke from stone and brick. It is essential to understand which of these chemical cleaning agents may react with each other before use. For example, acid cleaners should not come too close to cleaners containing bleach because a toxic chlorine gas could release, causing harm if inhaled. 

For prompt assistance cleaning your home and restoring it to preloss condition, contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How to Guide: Water Damage Remediation Essentials for Beginners in New Orleans

2/16/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking from a ceiling Responding quickly to water damage in your home can produce great results. Don't delay, contact SERVPRO right away.

Clear Understanding of Cleaning Agents That Helps Resolve Water Damage Incidents In New Orleans 

When water damage affects property, various challenges emerge, the main one being soiling of materials in the areas affected by the incident. The soiling can happen immediately the water spill occurs, or later as people interact with the wet areas, especially by walking around or moving items.

When cleaning areas affected by a water damage incident in New Orleans homes, the goal is to remove soils efficiently and fast, as well as to prevent immediate re-soiling. The use of detergents helps achieve these goals. However, detergents differ in many ways, so there is a need to choose the right one to get the desired results. Our SERVPRO technicians receive in-depth training on how soap and detergents work, so we are better placed to make choices to match the conditions at your loss site.

Regular soaps are made from a process that creates a reaction between animal fats, an alkali, and water, producing a hydrocarbon chain that dissolves other hydrocarbons such as grease and oil. However, some drawbacks can develop from a poorly managed cleaning process. For instance, if not rinsed properly, soap leaves a greasy residue that leads to faster re-soiling of cleaned areas. Our SERVPRO technicians spare no effort when rinsing areas cleaned with soap to minimize the chances of re-soiling.

When cleaning an area, factors such as the presence of mineral ions like magnesium or calcium in water can limit the effectiveness of the process. The ions combine with the cleaning agent forming scum, which stops the cleaning action. Our SERVPRO technicians overcome this challenge easily by using synthetic detergents, which have varied electrostatic states that limit the chances of scum formation. Alternatively, we also use water softeners, which limit the action of mineral ions in water, thus improving the cleaning process.

Cleaning is a crucial part of resolving water damage incidents. Call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Where Did the Water Leak in Your New Orleans Home Originate?

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Flooring removed from water damaged bathroom A slow leaking pipe behind the wall caused water damage to this bathroom. We have the equipment to locate the source of the leak and dry your home.

New Orleans Property Needs Water Extraction from Mystery Source 

Water damage in a home is not always easy to pinpoint the origin point. The downside is that the situation continues to get worse until the source gets stopped.  

When a New Orleans home needed water extraction, the homeowner was unable to tell the SERVPRO techs where the water soaking the wall and carpet originated. The techs used their moisture detection equipment and determined the water came from a leaking shower pan in an upstairs bathroom that was running behind wallpaper and collecting in the carpet.  

Why SERVPRO?

The certified technicians have extensive training in diagnosing and rehabilitating properties and contents from all types of water damage using the teachings of The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), widely considered the gold standard for the restoration industry.  

Two Floors of Damage

Because the water loss encompassed two floors. The technicians performed extraction above and below. The homeowner brought in a plumber to repair the shower pan, which required removal. With it lifted out, the technicians set up drying equipment to ensure the area dried before the reinstallation of a new pan.  

Controlled Demolition is Part of Restoration

The sheetrock behind the wallpapered wall downstairs required removal along with the insulation as it was too damaged for restoration. SERVPRO technicians carefully scoped the carpet to determine the scale of the water loss and cut away the water-damaged carpet and padding for disposal as they found mold under the padding.  

Cleaning and Mold Treatment

Once the areas dried, SERVPRO techs used their professional-quality cleaners to leave the affected surfaces sanitized. The application of an antimicrobial sealant around the shower pan area, the opened wall cavity, and where the techs removed the carpet inhibited the return and growth of mold colonies before the homeowner had the repairs made.  

SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 is available 24/7 to handle water extraction in your home. With their equipment and expertise, they restore your property to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." 

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Repairing Water Damage in a New Orleans Home

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Leaking Pipe Our SERVPRO teams are always available. Call us any time for service at (504) 348-7526.

Thorough Water Damage Restoration in Your New Orleans Home Can Prevent Further Damage

As many homeowners are aware, water damage can strike anywhere at any time. All it takes is a single 1/8" pipe leak to pour hundreds of gallons of water a day into your home. Worse still, this damage can even affect water-resistant materials like fiberglass insulation by reducing their effectiveness through long-term moisture exposure.

If your New Orleans residence has suffered water damage, certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to come to your home and mitigate disaster at a moment's notice. This experienced team has handled everything from appliance failures and pipe leaks to storm damage and flooding that has affected homes all across the community. SERVPRO is dedicated to restoring homes when feasible and working closely with homeowners and insurance adjusters to return homes to their preloss conditions. Many insurers have us at the top of their lists as preferred vendors.

SERVPRO's Dedication to Education

SERVPRO provides a wide variety of options for continual education on top of mandatory training and certification programs for staff, technicians, and franchise owners. E-learning modules are designed to be self-paced and comprehensive so that teams can expand their disaster mitigation knowledge more effectively. On top of that, real estate and insurance professionals can benefit from SERVPRO's credit and non-credit courses and seminars on disaster mitigation. By offering CE Continuing Education courses, we take pride in improving the experiences of our local communities.

How SERVPRO Removes Water Damage

If an exterior wall in your home suffered water damage, technicians could get straight to work on evaluating the extent of the damage with moisture assessment and measurement tools like infrared cameras and hygrometers. Once a plan of action is established, these experts can drill holes or make small cutouts to facilitate ventilation. Depending on the placement of the pipe leak, holes may need to be drilled in the ceiling, or ventilation may need to be implemented in the flooring to address saturated subfloors. 

Materials like water affected insulation can be removed with specialized vacuums and dried separately from the structure. Fiberglass can often be restored with careful drying and cleanup, but organic insulation solutions like cellulose and cotton may require disposal due to mold or other contaminants. The economic feasibility of restoring or replacing is of prime consideration.

SERVPRO of New Orleans Westbank wants to keep your home looking, "Like it never even happened." When a spill or a disaster strikes your home, call (504) 348-7526 today.

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

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

woman on couch phoning for water damage help Don’t delay, call SERVPRO for effective water extraction and water damage remediation help right away.

Determining Total Loss After Water Damage in New Orleans Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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Water Removal Solutions for Flooding in New Orleans Homes

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

Types of Equipment SERVPRO Uses for Water Removal

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

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

Electric Submersible Pump 

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

Gas-Powered Trash Pump 

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

Truck-Mount Extractor 

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

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

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

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Removes Flood Damage in New Orleans Fast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Avoid Delays When Dealing With Water Damage in Your New Orleans Home

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

washing machine in flooded area When your washing machine supply line breaks, the area can quickly become flooded. Contact SERVPRO for efficient water removal services.

SERVPRO Water Damage Cleanup Methods Lessen Drying Time in New Orleans Properties

Did you know the average service life of a washing machine supply line is just over eight years? After that, cracks or wear may cause the line to break and leave water damage in the home.

When New Orleans homes have water damage from washing machine supply line breaks, SERVPRO gets to work within hours of the initial call. The technicians know the quicker they begin restoration efforts can lessen the amount of loss for the homeowner as the water has less time to migrate and penetrate the structure.

Thorough Extraction Lessens Drying Time

SERVPRO technicians spend extra time. For a water loss event, the size of a washing machine can leave, they would use portable pumps, and if carpeted areas of the home received damage, a rover ride-on unit assists in carpet cleanup. Weighted extractor heads used in conjunction with the pumps work to push the water out of the padding. This helps with their goal to limit disruption in the home during cleanup by extracting water from and drying the carpet in place.

Specialized Techniques for In-Place Drying of Carpet

When carpet and padding dry in place, SERVPRO technicians carefully monitor the drying process. This practice ensures that the carpet gets dried completely and inhibits both foul odors and mold as issues to deal with after the fact.

The technicians often use a drying method known as "floating." In this application, the technicians loosen one side of the carpet only and set up air movers to deliver air underneath drying the carpet from the bottom up. As the moisture rises, the dehumidifying equipment captures it and ports it away.

Mold and Odor Control Treatments After Drying

Both pungent scents and mold have the potential to occur after a water loss at the residence. The technicians proactively treat any areas for odors using mild to robust methods depending on the odor level. Antimicrobial cleaners assist in limiting the ability of mold to establish colonies post-cleanup and drying.

When you have water damage in your home, contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank (504) 348-7526. The technicians are available 24/7 to make the water loss "Like it never even happened."

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Stop Flooding Damages --Including Mold--with Rapid SERVPRO Service to New Orleans Buildings

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Green Van Parked at Job Site SERVPRO, Fast on the Scene, Mitigates Flood Damage at New Orleans Commercial Properties

Commercial Flood Damage New Orleans – Fast Cleanup and Drying Avoids Mold Infestation

There is not much that can be accomplished to stop flood damage from tornadoes, hurricanes, and flash flooding once groundwater enters your business. With adequate warning, a well-established emergency plan implemented in time can protect some valuables, employees, and customers.

SERVPRO has operated in the New Orleans area providing commercial flood damage services, mitigation, and restoration to both business and residential customers for the past fifteen years. Our experience has shown that professional cleaning and restoration can return your business to full operation much more quickly and at lower overall cost than attempting to self clean your business after a flood.

Fast Cleanup and Drying

SERVPRO deploys the right equipment and the correct techniques to reduce the damage from floodwaters. We use submersible pumps, weighted extractors, or hand-operated wands to remove moisture from difficult to access areas. Contaminated carpeting may need to be removed, and perhaps flood cuts in walls are made to remove wet drywall as well as expose potential cavities filled with water.

Avoid Mold Infestations

Mold is everywhere, and with the right conditions, an infestation can set in and grow. Moisture and warmth in closed areas are excellent breeding grounds for mold colonies to become established. Many clients run into trouble utilizing a self-clean up approach. Moisture inside walls and under carpets or other crevices are missed on the initial cleanup. Once a colony of mold is established, clients notice a musty smelling odor. The source may be difficult to find and eliminate. You may need to close your business a second time to deal with the mold.

Trained SERVPRO mold mitigation experts can assist in removing any chance for mold to grow and avoid business shutdowns multiple times. (From the initial flood and later to remove mold colonies). We use infrared cameras, penetrating, and non-penetrating moisture meters, thermos-hydrometers, manometers when negative air pressure solutions are used. Also, inspection cameras and borescopes are used to reach difficult areas. Luminometers are used to test for organic material.

Our objective is to return your commercial space to you, "Like it never even happened."

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How SERVPRO Cleans Fire Damage in Houma

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Light Soiling After Fires in Houma Homes 

Soils and sediments are common obstacles our SERVPRO professionals must face after fire loss incidents in Houma homes. As challenging as these scenarios might often be, we have effective strategies utilizing various mechanical actions that can loosen smoke residues through the production of friction. For light soiling of surfaces and contents in your home, we have many practices deemed safe for application on almost every damaged area. 

Cleaning up fire damage in Houma properties requires patience and following specific steps to ensure that surfaces do not become stained, smeared, or marred due to the acidic nature of specific particulates. Soot specifically can be damaging to many materials, and this steadily worsens the longer that the residue can remain to cling to the surface. Here are some of the standard tools and practices for loosening up light soiling. 

Brushes - For hard surfaces and decorative materials and contents throughout a household, we can use many different sizes of soft paintbrushes to whisk away surface residues gently. 

Feather Dusters - As light-duty, as you might consider feather dusters to be, they are a gentle brushing action that can help to remove the excess fire damage residues from specific surfaces like hard-surface furniture.

Compressed Air - Many surfaces and contents can benefit from a direct blast of compressed air. A regulated shot of air can loosen soot and remove particulates. We must be careful to gauge the severity of the damage against the type of affected material to avoid damaging your personal belongings or making final cleaning efforts more challenging. 

Vacuum - HEPA-filtered vacuums can remove more substantial deposits of soot and smoke residues from surfaces like walls and ceilings. In specific situations, we can utilize attachments like the cleaning brush to loosen set-in soot residues further. 

Light soiling is a common obstacle for our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank fire restoration professionals the farther you move away from the ignition point. With many tools and strategies for loosening sediment and residues, we can clean up surfaces to make fire damage losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (504) 348-7526. 

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How SERVPRO Remediates Commercial Mold Damage in New Orleans

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on ceiling and wall by doorframe Mold can colonize and spread quickly. Call us today for commercial mold remediation.

Remedying Commercial Mold Damage in a New Orleans Office 

Small leaks and openings that allow water into a building are enough to cause extensive damage without proper remediation. When a local insurance broker, for example, experiences commercial mold damage in its offices, the cause can be something as small as wet building materials, flooding, or inconsistent maintenance schedules. However, these factors can create conditions that allow mold to thrive. 

If your New Orleans business has commercial mold damage, you can count on SERVPRO to get to work quickly on remedying the mold situation in your facilities. Technicians take care to use tried-and-true methods in conjunction with OSHA-approved, EPA-registered disinfectants, to ensure that we restore your building to a pre-mold condition. This team knows that disasters do not occur on a 9-to-5 schedule, so commercial mitigation services are available 24/7.  

Signs of Mold in Your Office Space 

Mold resides in all buildings in some form. However, concentrations of certain types of spores can be very toxic, and these can be especially unpleasant for people with compromised immune systems or those who are allergic to mold. You may hear employees discuss the following symptoms, which can indicate mold proliferation in your building: 

  • Frequent eye, nose, throat troubles
  • Skin irritation
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

Employees may also note a musty or moldy smell in parts of the building. If you notice these signs yourself or hear about them from employees, take action right away to remedy the issue. 

How SERVPRO Contains Mold 

When mold colonizes in a space, it can spread very quickly under the right conditions. When SERVPRO comes to your office, the focus before cleaning is on containing proliferation to maximize safety. Barriers made of plastic sheeting may be used to contain mold-affected spaces during the mold remediation process, and industrial-grade equipment can establish negative pressure in the area. HVAC openings in the affected space may be sealed to prevent mold from spreading through vents. While cleaning, SERVPRO technicians set aside separate areas for cleaning and disinfecting equipment.  

Not only do these practices prevent mold from spreading to other parts of your building, but they help maximize safety and respiratory health for both employees and technicians. 

SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank Strives to leave your commercial facility looking, "Like it never even happened." you can call (504) 348-7526 for reliable disaster cleanup services 365 days a year. 

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How to Choose Extraction Equipment for Water Damage in New Orleans

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

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The Best Extraction for Each Emergency in New Orleans Homes 

Choosing the correct equipment for the job has always been a staple of what makes our SERVPRO professionals so efficient in water restoration and recovery of New Orleans homes. Because of how hazardous lingering moisture can be, and the secondary effects that can result, addressing extraction concerns is a vital first step in getting a property back to preloss condition as promptly as possible. 

There are several steps between the initial contact with our offices to our technicians arriving at your New Orleans home for water extraction and drying efforts. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster,which begins with our ability to mobilize quickly following that first contact and be in route promptly with our inventory of extraction and drying equipment. We have several tiers of extraction tools that we can choose from, each having its advantages for the specific situation. 

  • Wet Vacs / Extraction Wands   

These options are ideal for confined spaces or extraction needs for properties several stories from the ground level. With many massive apartment structures throughout The New Orleans Westbank, these are a portable and lightweight avenue for implementing focused water removal to get the residence ready for drying. 

  • Pumps 

We have electric and gas-powered pumps, each of which also has its classifications and uses in homes and businesses affected by substantial water loss incidents. Our SERVPRO professionals lean heavily on sump pumps for standing water exceeding 2 inches in depth, as this machine provides a continual draw of the water to a nearby drain or the outside of the property. 

  • Engine-Driven Extractor Truck 

This unit is the highest capacity and strongest that our team has available, and it runs off of the fuel and engine of this service vehicle in the Green Fleet. We can utilize this option for widespread and severe water removal needs, which can often result during flash floods or substantial water loss incidents with separated plumbing. 

No matter what level of standing water your home must endure, you can trust that our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team has the tools to help. Give us a call anytime at (504) 348-7526. 

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New Orleans, House Fires and Bad Smells, and a SERVPRO Solution

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

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Eliminating Smoky Odors After Fire Damage In Your New Orleans Home

Getting rid of odors is one of the most challenging elements of fire damage mitigation. This is because smoke seeps into upholstery, carpeting, clothing, and even wood, making it a pervasive smell. Experienced SERVPRO technicians employ a variety of cleaning methods and procedures to eliminate damaging odors.

Types of Odors
The type of odor from the fire damage in your New Orleans home determines what products or equipment is used to get rid of it. The surface that has been blackened by smoke also needs to be taken into consideration. For example, wood that has been penetrated by smoke molecules needs a solvent-based counteractant to mask the scent slowly.

Deodorant pellets absorb stubborn smells like a sponge which quickly freshen up a room. Water-based misters deodorize the air itself, using chemicals that can penetrate most surfaces to start breaking odor down at the molecular level. While the cleanup is in process, HVAC units should be turned off, and ducts closed. Eventually, after the cleaning agents break down the smells, the vents and fans in your home are turned back on to start exhausting the stench and bringing in the fresh air.

Sanitization and Cleaning
While the air and porous surfaces are being deodorized, the fire damage done to your furniture and belongings is assessed. Materials such as upholstery are uniquely affected by fire and smoke, and cannot be cleaned with water-based solutions. Dyes from the pattern may bleed in water. Related materials, such as rugs and dense fabrics, should also be kept away from water. SERVPRO specialists recommend foam cleaning agents and detergents, which not only eliminate unsavory odors but introduce pleasant ones into the room.

Any personal items or plants that are a part of the fire-damaged area need to be cleaned. Items that are ruined beyond repair are double bagged and disposed of swiftly. A combination of airing and cleaning can lift smoky smells from smaller items.

Eliminate smoke and odor before the effects of fire damage set in. Contact SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 for fast and efficient fire damage restoration.

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Advanced Equipment and Products Our Tools of the Trade for SERVPRO Technicians to Mitigate Storm Damage in New Orleans

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO trucks with attached service trailers The SERVPRO Green Fleet Trucks Are Stocked with Equipment and Cleaning Products Ready for the New Orleans Storm A'Comin'

Flood Damage Technicians from New Orleans Point Out How Chemicals Are Used In The Industry

Ever since New Orleans suffered from the tragedies of Hurricane Katrina, the area has recently avoided most big hurricanes and tropical storms. However, that does not mean that your neighborhood is immune to flood damage caused by stormy weather. Experts say that there are still conditions present that can create more big storms in the Atlantic Ocean for the 2019 hurricane season.

Even if one of these three big storm systems heading towards the country does not strike New Orleans and cause flood damage, the side effects from the storm can still create conditions that put your property at risk. High-speed winds and excessive amounts of rainfall can both be quite catastrophic. If water builds up outside your house, it can make its way into the interior of your home. The danger of a burst levee is always on the minds of our local residents. If contents in your residence ever get wet as a result of a storm, it is sensible to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO.

As soon as our technicians arrive at your residence, we assess the situation and figure out the best way to mitigate problems quickly. Our SERVPRO team has at their disposal industrially advanced equipment and proven techniques that aid us in providing prompt restoration services. As a part of the tools and equipment we use during mitigation, we also use a variety of chemical products to help us return your home to the way it was before the storm hit, "Like it never even happened."

When working towards restoring your house after it suffered from weather-related issues, we usually implement specialized chemicals to prevent health hazards and secondary damage. Any moisture coming into your structure from the outside could be contaminated. Therefore, we can use disinfectants such as phenolics, chlorines, and quaternary compounds to sanitize affected areas by killing harmful bacteria, fungi, and parasites. If muddy water leaks into your home from the ground after a flooding situation, the project is treated the same as if it was a sewage leak and the entire affected area can need to get disinfected. Typically, after a flooding event, we apply another chemical--an antimicrobial--to thwart the development of mold colonies.

Luckily, you never have to wonder about what to do after your home in Belle Chase, Harvey or Westwego suffers from the wrath of a violent storm because our team of experts is here for you and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. All you have to do is call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526, and we are available 24/7.

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

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged Kitchen Regardless of the room in which the fire occurred, calling SERVPRO will make it "Like it never even happened." Call right away.

Simple Steps to Protect Your New Orleans Home from Fire Loss

One of the statements that can be a bur in the side of New Orleans homeowners after a fire loss incident is: “If you had an emergency plan, the damage might not have been so severe.” While it might not always get worded precisely that way, the reality is that hindsight is indeed 20/20. Preparedness for disasters can help you to experience less loss overall, and get you back into your home more quickly following the incident.

Many homeowners might not know where to begin on preparing for emergencies to ultimately reduce fire damage in their New Orleans residence. This process begins with the formulation of an escape plan from your home in the event of a fire. These disasters can vary in severity, but they rarely offer extended time for property owners to scavenge through the residence for all of the keepsakes and belongings too treasured to lose. While you cannot live your life focused on your readiness for these fire loss scenarios, there are some tips that can help you when the stress of the crisis is upon you.

Make Your Phone Calls

Reaching out to first responders is what triggers the sequence of events leading to the restoration of your home. While it is a common belief that the next call should be to your insurance provider, in truth, you can benefit your home much more to reach out to our SERVPRO team before then. We can arrive following the extinguishment of the fire and get started immediately on assessments, debris removal, and other mitigation tasks while you and our management team sort through details with the insurance provider.

Have Irreparable Belongings Ready to Go

One way that you can help to reduce the loss of items that you cannot replace is to have them ready to vacate the premises when you do. By keeping photographs in a mobile storage container, for example, you can have a higher probability of getting this out with you.

Shut Off Utilities

Shutting off the utilities in your home can help in two distinct ways. One, you are preventing further catastrophe and damage by disabling circulatory appliances like the HVAC unit. Also, you can prevent damage to the components of your plumbing, electric, and natural gas services.

Fire losses can be a stressful situation, but you can take steps to reduce their impact on your home. Give our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team a call when you are ready for our professional restoration and recovery solutions at (504) 348-7526.

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SERVPRO Offers State of the Art Methods and Equipment for Water Damaged Documents and Structures in the New Orleans Area

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Blue Book Connected to a Hanger for Drying Don't Hang Your Books and Documents for Drying in the New Orleans Area--Call SERVPRO for Professional Restoration

Document Drying in New Orleans Municipal Buildings

From the public records archives in various districts throughout the city of New Orleans to the deeds and blueprints for various structures built across the skyline, many sensitive and original documents need protection. When disasters like water damage occur, these items become at risk for deterioration and degradation, or the very least become illegible to those that might need them in the future. Our team of professionals has the experience to help.

Water damage in New Orleans municipal buildings requires a fast response from trained professionals like our SERVPRO team. We have experience through our years of service in The Westbank and our extensive training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD.) If you have already worked with our team in the past, we have likely encouraged the use of our mobile Emergency READY Profile Program app that helps to delegate critical data about your ready plan during a crisis.
 
Documents that become exposed to spreading water loss incidents can instantly begin absorbing moisture from the moment of contact. Protecting these filings and other contents of the office spaces and storage areas fall to the capable hands of our SERVPRO professionals. Not only can we employ time-saving drying strategies with broader area solutions like high-velocity air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers, but we also have a division trained explicitly for recovery needs like document drying.
 
We have a mobile freeze-drying unit which combines a vacuum to flash-freezing documents. This combination of actions can remove moisture from the documents salvaged from the building and prevent further degradation, deterioration, or ink bleeding. Our SERVPRO professionals can also ensure the protection and safekeeping of this information as to return it immediately to your care upon recovery. Sounds complicated? Look up lyophilization for a broader explanation.
 
When your municipal building becomes threatened by a water loss incident, your records and files also remain at risk until the situation gets resolved. You can trust in the experience of our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank restorers to help however you need it. Give us a call at (504) 348-7526.

We Have State Of The Art Equipment To Handle Differenct Types Of Water Removal Issues In New Orleans

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Air movers drying wet carpet We use air movers to dry flooring and content. Every water loss is different so we have trained technicians to meet your criteria. Call us right away.

Crucial Factors that Might Affect Water Removal in Your New Orleans Home

Water spills can happen any time, whether from leaking pipes or faulty appliances. When such incidents happen, removing water from the building fast is essential to prevent other pressing issues. Faster removal also means the house can be safe for habitation within a reasonable period, so you do not need to incur unwanted costs such as seeking alternative accommodation. We offer professional water removal services that can help you get the results you expect.

The Category of the Water Loss

The primary process of water removal from affected New Orleans homes is not complicated because it only takes equipment to lift the standing water followed by a drying phase to deal with moisture remnants. However, some prevailing factors during an incident can complicate the process leading to delays. The type of water involved is one such factor. Clean water is easy to deal with because it only requires extraction and drying. Other forms of water loss such as gray water may involve debris dissolved in the water preventing full utilization of extraction equipment.

The Kind of Materials Involved

The materials present in the area affected by the spill can also affect the removal process. Porous materials such as carpets absorb and hold water. Removal might take several passes with an extraction tool or even require removal of the carpet first. The situation is different on a hard floor such as concrete or tiles where the water forms pools allowing straightforward extraction. Our SERVPRO technicians have different types of equipment to handle water removal from different materials, including:

  • Squeegee wand extractors for hard surfaces
  • Water Claws for extraction from carpets
  • Injecti-dry systems for concealed areas
  • Sub-surface spot lifting tools

Level of Accessibility

While most of the spilled water may spread across rooms or other open surfaces where extraction is easy, sometimes it might reach concealed areas. Removing water from such areas is difficult and can prolong the entire process. Attics, wall cavities, and cabinets are a few examples of areas where extraction might be tricky. Our SERVPRO technicians make flood cuts, drill weep holes, or use other approaches to ease removal.

Expediting water removal prevents many problems that develop due to stagnation. Call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank to assist. You can reach us at (504) 348-7526 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Are Prepared To Handle Any Size Flood Damage In New Orleans

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

Flood Cut on lower wall by red ceramic tile floor We have the techniques and state of the art equipment necessary to remove flood damage from your property.

We scope the property and take immediate action in New Orleans

Extreme weather events that cause commercial flood damage are not unusual in this part of Louisiana. We have weathered severe flooding from both Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey with numerous tropical storms and intense storms bringing flash flooding in between. When water loss happens, fast action is the key to minimizing damage. 

Commercial flood damage consumes properties in New Orleans quickly. Frequently seen issues are: 

  • Water exposure causes sheetrock to buckle and warp
  • The adhesive on floor tiles delaminates
  • Subflooring becomes saturated and may require removal
  • Contaminants in groundwater including sewage may compound cleanup efforts

When groundwater enters a business, it is unsafe to operate until the premises are dried and disinfected. We scope the property to discover all areas of water migration and get to work extracting the flood damage. We also test the water to determine the nature of any contaminants, including sewage. SERVPRO technicians remove the water doing many passes to pull all the moisture possible out of the flooring. If carpeting is present and saturated by groundwater, it will require removal as restoration is not possible through cleaning.

We dry furnishings in place whenever possible by raising them on blocks to limit the disruption to the business. When this is not an option, we also offer a pack-out service where we remove furnishings, papers, and stock for any needed restoration and secure storage at our location. We photograph and notate each item and its location, so when we move the pieces back into the property, SERVPRO technicians replace them in their original spots. 

After thoroughly drying and disinfection of the property, we inspect for any lingering water odors and treat to inhibit mold growth as needed. If we need to neutralize any scents, our technicians choose the best method for the level of odor control required.

SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank can handle any size of commercial flood damage. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 by calling (504) 348-7526, and we make the water loss in your property "Like it never even happened."

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Did Recent Storms Leave You Rattled and Your New Orleans Home Flooded?

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storms can cause windows to crash bringing water into your home. SERVPRO is ready 24/7 to come to your rescue and dry your home!

Contact SERVPRO When Flood Damage Impacts Your New Orleans Home  

Flood damage can run any homeowner for their money. It can hit suddenly, and floodwaters can quickly overrun your home. For this reason, you need to act fast when combating flood damage; the quicker you react, the less time the excess water has to do damage to your home.  

The storm that caused flood damage to your New Orleans home had been broadcasted about on the news. However, it wasn't supposed to reach Louisiana according to the weather experts. When it reached the Gulf of Mexico, the hurricane unexpectedly regained speed and power from warm updrafts. Strong once more, the storm raged on until it hit your city hard and fast.  

Even though one of your reinforced windows failed, and allowed water inside, minimal damage occurred because the others held up. Using quick thinking, you put a table up against the window, trying to lessen the amount of water getting inside. Finally, you called for the professional help from SERVPRO.  

Your dining room ended up flooded with a few centimeters of water, a relatively small volume compared to what it could have been. Here at SERVPRO, we understand how time-sensitive water-based damage can be, and we understand how devastating flooding can feel for you, the homeowner. For this reason, we always hurry to arrive at your home as soon as possible after the call. We know that the quicker the floodwater removal occurs from your home, the better it is for the longevity of the structure.  

Our water damage restoration technicians (WRT) are highly trained and always come to your home outfitted with advanced technology. SERVPRO can start by removing the floodwaters from your home using industry-grade wet/dry vacuums and rover-mounted extractors. Both are designed to pull water out of your home as soon as possible.  

Our technicians can remove the table you used to stop the water and send it to our facility to be adequately dried. After removing the soaked carpeting, we can focus on drying the base of the floor underneath, using tools like dehumidifiers, flood drying mats, heaters, and ventilation fans. Once the moisture levels have been brought down, we can install new carpeting and then return your dining table to you.  

If you find yourself in need of professional flood damage remediation services, don't wait. Get in touch with SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank by dialing (504) 348-7526. No matter the time or the emergency, we're here for you. 

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A Fire Can Destroy Your Home In New Orleans Within Minutes

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

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The Reality Of DIY Fire Cleanup In Your New Orleans Residence

Fire damage is never something that inexperienced or unprepared individuals should attempt to restore in compromised New Orleans homes. There is a significant push for homeowners to save money, and perceived time, by working to clean up and restore fire loss effects and other disasters on their own. The alternative being pursuing the experience and fast response of professional technicians like our SERVPRO team to help in a more traditional sense. This approach is feasible, provided that the homeowner has a good idea of the immediate risks and obstacles that must get overcome to accomplish this restoration.

Compared to the extensive inventory of advanced recovery tools and products that our SERVPRO team has, homeowners addressing fire cleanup in New Orleans properties already start at a disadvantage. Damage assessment and debris removal in your house after a fire loss incident involve entering the property at a point when many of the vulnerabilities are still unclear and unknown. You cannot rush this portion of the recovery process, as it could lead to structural failures and injuries.

Having the right personal protective equipment is the first essential consideration that DIY enthusiasts need to make before entering their home again after a fire. With the severity of specific potential conditions that could exist in the environment, it is recommended that you have more than paper masks – but instead use half or full-face respirators that take cartridges. These are available at home improvement locations.

Cleaning up after fire losses involves specialty tools and products that you can also often find at home improvement locations. Chemical sponges, for example, can help to remove thin layers of residue and soot debris without staining the surface beneath. Because of its limited use, often not exceeding 50 square feet, you must purchase multiple units for widespread conditions.

Our professionals strive to provide every client with a cost-effective and efficient approach to fire loss recovery, but also want to make sure above all that area homeowners are approaching recovery and restoration safely. If you need a second opinion or the expertise of our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team, give us a call anytime at (504) 348-7526.

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

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Are Flood Barriers For Your Home In New Orleans Beneficial?

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Do Flood Barriers Work For Your New Orleans Home?

It can be a considerable challenge to prepare for flooding in your New Orleans home. While many products and time-honored traditions have helped others in the past or claim to be the next greatest innovation, flood barriers have become a staple purchased by many area homeowners looking to reduce the impact rising floodwaters have on their property. The question becomes: do these solutions work to prevent the water from reaching the house?

Something that most property owners should recognize is the force of these natural disasters, and how flood damage affects New Orleans homes swiftly and severely on occasion. In these situations, like the breaking of a levee, there is little time to establish these barriers or even more conventional approaches like blocking off entryways with sandbags and other water diversion tactics. At SERVPRO, we know how unexpected these disasters can be, so you may not have the opportunity to see if the barriers work or not depending on the circumstances.

In other instances, property owners can have more than a day to establish the right barrier system for their home, as lower lying areas are waiting for water to crest above a certain level at nearby bodies of water. This wait is an ideal opportunity to install the thick sheeting and fence posts around your home. When the floodwaters do begin to rise to a level where you have installed these barriers, you can dramatically reduce the flow that gets through to potentially prevent any floodwater from reaching the interior of your house.

These barriers work much like the edges of a pool liner and get constructed of similar durable material. Because of the excess tucked in towards the property and held tightly in place for the full proximity of the makeshift fence, even a higher volume of water pushing against it can often still get held back from intruding floods.

While many homeowners throughout the area have already seen the benefit in barrier systems and other preventive measures for potential flooding, our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank team is here when you need us after disasters strike. Give us a call anytime at (504) 348-7526.

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How to Dry Water Damaged Structural Components of Your New Orleans Home

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

We remove water damaged carpet and padding and any other water damaged materials.

Water Damage Teams in New Orleans Talk About Problems With Drying Exterior Walls

Plumbing failures happen quite often in New Orleans, and a small crack inside one of your water pipes can spill hundreds of gallons of H2O into your house in a short period. Once moisture starts to leak into the interior of your home, many of your contents and building materials can become the victim of water damage. In some more extreme situations, saturated building materials must be removed and replaced. Whenever our SERVPRO technicians mitigate water damage in any building, we work towards drying out and saving materials as opposed to removing and replacing them.  

The applied structural drying or ASD process can save you and your insurance company money during the restoration process. Also, when mitigating water damage in New Orleans, our SERVPRO team knows that drying out items can cause less disturbance to the building's occupants than tearing down walls does. However, if building materials lose their structural integrity once they get saturated, then the replacement of items is necessary.  

During many plumbing failure situations, many items such as your carpet and drywall become water damaged. Our water restoration technicians or WRTs at SERVPRO can usually dry out these items using air movers to circulate the air in the building and dehumidifiers to remove the moisture from the air. However, some building materials such as exterior walls can be challenging to dry out.  

Most exterior walls include a layer of insulation. The insulation is installed to trap heat inside a structure, but it can also work as a barrier to prevent air from getting pushed into exterior walls. In some situations, when insulation gets wet, the R-value drops and the material must get removed.  

However, when dealing with fiberglass insulation air can get pushed through the material, and exterior walls can be dried and saved. In some situations, our technicians drill holes on the bottom and top of your drywall so that air can circulate inside your wall cavities and dry out your exterior walls.  

If your house ever suffers from a plumbing failure, it is wise to call SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank at (504) 348-7526 as soon as you notice you have a problem.

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

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Not only do we have the experience to handle all flood damage scenarios, but we also have the equipment to get the job done.

SERVPRO is Here To Help If Flood Damage Strikes Your Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/16/2019 (Permalink)

Soot and smoke remnants can quickly take over your home. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for fire damage remediation assistance.

Cleaning Wet Smoke Damages from Your New Orleans Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

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)

SERVPRO equipment on the floor of a room. 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

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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!

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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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