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Taking the Right Actions after a Mold Damage Experience in New Orleans

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Taking the Right Actions after a Mold Damage Experience in New Orleans Our SERVPRO team can inspect and assess the mold damage and come up with a plan to quickly remediate the damage.

What Are The Correct Steps To Take When You Find Mold Damage in Your Home?

Indoor accumulation of water may lead to mold damage, a situation which can damage your property or lead to health effects. It is possible to prevent or minimize indoor mold growth. However, that is possible if you actively maintain, inspect, and correct your structure for water intrusion challenges. Since not everyone has the skills and tools to do such procedures, you can work with professionals to immediately dry and manage your water-damaged contents in New Orleans.

Our SERVPRO technicians use the right PPE when dealing with mold damage incidents in New Orleans. For instance, when the area with the contamination is so large - over 100 square feet - we have to follow the OSHA respiratory protection standards. We wear appropriate eye protection, gloves, half-face elastomeric respirators fitted with P-100 filters, and body coveralls with foot and head coverings.

During the remediation process, we avoid the use of work practices which are likely to generate excessive dust and use dust suppression methods. For instance, we can use a vacuum fitted with a HEPA filter during dust generation or use HEPA vacuum-shrouded tools. Before removing the mold spores, we can gently mist the surface using a detergent solution.

Our SERVPRO team cleans materials that have the mold contamination using detergents with anti-microbial abilities. If we come across permanently damaged items, we put them in sealed plastic bags and clean the outside of the bags using a damp cloth dipped in a detergent solution. We can also HEPA-vacuum the bags within the work area before taking them out.

Regardless of the level of mold contamination, our SERVPRO technicians always communicate with the occupants of the affects buildings. Communication presents us an opportunity of letting them know about our remediation measures and the duration the process is likely to take. We readily provide copies of all inspection reports upon request and perform group meetings before and after the work to disclose plans and results.

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SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview is Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is related to water, fire, mold damage. Call us at (504) 468-3046 and work with a trusted industry leader during this stressing time.

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Appropriate Cleaning Methods to Restore Your New Orleans Property After Fire Damage

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Appropriate Cleaning Methods to Restore Your New Orleans Property After Fire Damage Fire damage can leave a residue on many types of surfaces. SERVPRO technicians have many efficient techniques to remove certain residues.

SERVPRO Technicians Use the Most Effective Techniques to Clean Residues After a Fire 

Fire damage incidents require immediate action to avoid ending up with the need to refinish or replace your items - which are more costly options. Fires consume several items, and that means the use of several restoration methods is necessary. We are going to look at some of the methods that we use when restoring items after such incidents take place in New Orleans.
 
If our SERVPRO technicians discover the fire damage event in New Orleans left behind light-to-medium particles, then dry cleaning can be an option. We usually use this technique when residues are non-greasy, and when we need to do pre-cleaning as a way of removing the excess residues before introducing wet cleaning methods. During this cleaning method, we can use vacuuming or dry cleaning sponges to remove surface dust.
 
To remove moderate to heavy particles from surfaces, our SERVPRO technicians use a wet cleaning procedure. During this process, we thoroughly saturate the item we are cleaning using a cleaning agent or water. Since the particles we are dealing with are somehow heavier, the process is a little bit aggressive. Spray and wipe is a form of wet cleaning whereby we use a spray bottle to apply the cleaning product. We use the technique when it is necessary to control the cleaning product, in cases where saturation may cause more damage.
 
In some cases, upholstery fabrics can shrink, or its dyes fade after direct exposure to a cleaning agent. We avoid such, our SERVPRO team derives some foam from a cleaning agent and use it to do the cleaning in a method known as foam cleaning. The method is efficient when we are dealing with delicate materials that have light residues.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians can also use abrasive cleaning when there is a strong bond between the residues and the surface. When agitating the residues, we are careful not to leave scratches on the surface by applying a sufficient amount of the cleaning product so that there is enough lubrication.
 
SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview has the right training and expertise to handle fire, water, storm, and mold damage disasters. Call us at (504) 468-3046 for a stress-free restoration process irrespective of the size of the disaster.
 
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Professional Mitigation Services Include Water Cleanup after a Disaster in New Orleans

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Professional Mitigation Services Include Water Cleanup after a Disaster in New Orleans We have strategically placed our equipment throughout this room that had water damage.

From storms to pipes, SERVPRO can clean up water from your home

Its closeness to the Atlantic means New Orleans gets doused with rain and other wet weather, including hurricanes, quite often. Homeowners and businesses can expect many of these events to push water into their homes, warehouses, and buildings occasionally. Getting the water out quickly can help prevent many subsequent problems from developing.

When your property in New Orleans gets waterlogged from terrible weather conditions or an internal water leak, water cleanup services should start immediately. SERVPRO’s team of restoration experts and technicians can help ensure that this happens efficiently. After removing any visible water, we begin cleaning up the affected area by using smaller extraction units.

While clean water from leaks often does not cause hazardous conditions from pathogens and other biological hazards, it can happen when water sits for too long a period. A handful of pathogens can multiply rapidly whenever conditions favor their proliferation. From storms and flooding incidents, water covering your building or home’s floor most likely does contain health hazards.

However, we must first reinstate dry conditions before we can eradicate any pathogens. Wet conditions can significantly diminish the effect of our antimicrobial agents. SERVPRO teams quickly dry out a damp home with the use of air movers and air scrubbers. Our air scrubbers contain HEPA filters to remove airborne microbes, such as mold spores and viruses. This helps immensely in keeping mold and mildew damage from occurring and causing problems in the future.

Once we finish the water cleanup process and we restore your home “Like it never even happened,” life can get back to normal for you and your family. SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview wants to help families in the River Ridge and Jefferson areas recover from disasters stemming from both weather disasters and those that happen because of broken water pipes that create disastrous leaks in your plumbing. Call us at (504) 468-3046 so we can help restore your home quickly and get things back to normal again.

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Fire Damage In Kenner Retail Center Requires Speedy Restoration

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage In Kenner Retail Center Requires Speedy Restoration SERVPRO Says--Not All Kenner Mall Fire Sales Are Good

Preserving Your Shop from Smoke Effects--Call SERVPRO

The city of Kenner features a number of shopping centers between the airport and Lake Pontchartrain. A fire in a retail space within a shopping mall can damage other stores in the center as well. Arranging for a fast response by a reliable smoke and fire recovery company is critical whether yours is the store that hosted the fire damage or is a neighboring space that sustained smoke and water harm because of the nearby catastrophe.
 
Fre damage to one Kenner store can spread to adjoining properties. When this happens to a business you own in a multi-unit shopping center, it is vital for you to hire a restoration company just as soon as the proprietor of the shop where the fire started.
 
The type of “secondhand smoke” and soot damage your business endures causes immediate, progressive, and expensive deterioration. Water and chemicals used to extinguish a fire might migrate into your spaces as well. SERVPRO crews help you recover from the damage to structural components and contents. We also assist in documenting the damage and the steps we take to make it “Like it never even happened” to ensure coverage from your insurance company, and perhaps from the carrier for the center or the other store.
 
SERVPRO fire damage restoration begins with water damage mitigation, extracting the water and drying out your store. Then we turn our attention to cleaning the sooty residues from surfaces. Depending on how thoroughly the materials burned in the neighboring space the soot can be light and ashy, thick and sticky, or firmly adherent like a coating of varnish or lacquer. Our technicians complete advanced training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to be ready to identify the types of soot involved and to match the appropriate products and tools to the particular issues in your scenario.
 
Loose soot vacuums or blots away with dry sponges. “Wet,” sticky soot from slow fabric or electrical burns may need cleansers with wetting agents and surfactants that loosen the grime to be rinsed or wiped off of surfaces. Protein or grease fires produce smoke that deposits as an almost impenetrable layer, requiring SERVPRO crews to employ solvents and abrasive tools in removal.
 
Lingering smoke odors can be very objectionable to customers, so SERVPRO crews also offer effective solutions for the smells following fire damage. If thorough cleaning does not eliminate smoky smells, we move on to thermal fogging or oxygenation systems like hydroxyl generators to neutralize the odor-bearing particles at a molecular level.
 
SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview is ready to help your business recover from secondary fire damage when an adjacent retail space has a fire. Contact us at (504) 468-3046 day or night to get the restoration process moving.

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Why Hire Professionals To Remediate Mold Damage In New Orleans

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Hire Professionals To Remediate Mold Damage In New Orleans Contact SERVPRO if you find any signs of mold damage in your home for proper remediation.

Our crews have the tools to remediate mold damage in your home

The warm and humid climate of New Orleans provides a welcoming environment for mold spores to grow. Homeowners must be vigilant to control the circumstances that encourage mold damage. If your best efforts fall short and fungal growth results, engaging our highly-qualified mold remediation team is the smart move.

During a New Orleans summer excessive moisture often increases inside, fueling mold damage as spores settle on an organic surface, absorb available water in liquid or vapor form, and begin to multiply. Mold does not require light to grow, so if the conditions are right colonies can develop between walls, under floors, in cabinets, and above ceilings. Our technicians are well-trained in mold damage scenarios, educated in Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols. We trace the sources and locations of mold outbreaks using this research-based coursework and our extensive experience with microbial problems.

SERVPRO designs a mold remediation plan that keeps your home’s residents and our crew safe from the effects spores and the mycotoxins produced by some strains of mold may have on susceptible individuals. We contain the affected area, employing physical barriers such as heavy plastic sheeting and advanced technologies like negative pressure air scrubbers. The goal is to create work and clean zones during remediation, avoiding the transfer of moldy materials into areas of your home that show no mold growth or damage. Managing this complex system appropriately without qualified teams of remediators is highly improbable.

The zones created also permit us to be very deliberate about the removal of mold and debris, space by space. SERVPRO uses industry best practices, scraping the mold off surfaces and adding more aggressive yet non-destructive methods like soda blasting to ensure removal of all particles of the outbreak. HEPA filtered vacuums suction away moldy residues and our technicians apply EPA registered antimicrobials to inhibit future fungal growth. Let our professionals remediate and advise on controlling the moisture that underlies a mold challenge.

When your home shows signs of mold damage, including visible colonies and the unmistakable musty smell that signals a problem, SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview has the crews, equipment, and products to abate an infestation. Call (504) 468-3046 to schedule an evaluation as soon as you suspect mold growth.

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The Right Restoration Team For Flood Damages In Your New Orleans Home

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Right Restoration Team For Flood Damages In Your New Orleans Home New Orleans Often Gets Storm Damage Relief with the Help of SERVPRO

For New Orleans Properties, SERVPRO Can Mitigate Flood Effects with a Rapid Response

If there is one thing that homeowners in the New Orleans area can count on, it is the ever-present possibility of severe weather. With the often extreme conditions that come with some of the larger systems, circumstances can quickly lean towards conceding for natural disasters to occur. With that in mind, a homeowner should always have the right provisions in place to prevent these disasters from entering their home and creating damage of their own.

Unfortunately, most people do not realize that their New Orleans home is susceptible to flood damages until they have breached the exterior walls and found their way inside. If this occurs, your best bet is to contact SERVPRO immediately so that our rapid response team can get to your home quickly. Preventing damage that could otherwise get avoided is a priority of our team at this time.

Once our technicians arrive at your home, we survey the damage to see what equipment is necessary and the personnel that is a requirement to restore your home. In this process, areas that have allowed water to penetrate the exterior of your home get sealed up to prevent further penetration while the restoration is underway.

Another service provided by our SERVPRO professionals involves moving items, furniture and other contents of your home out of the affected areas to prevent irreparable damage. In many cases, these items must get removed from your home entirely until the restoration completes and the water and lingering moisture have gotten removed. The professionals would then move your contents back to the original positions inside your house, making it even more like the flooding never occurred in the first place. "Like it never even happened."

You cannot always prevent flood damages, even when all of the right steps get taken. Fortunately, this is not something that you have to face on your own. You can always count on the rapid response of our SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview water damage restoration specialists. You can reach us anytime you need us at (504) 468-3046.

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Reasons To HIre Professionals For Fire Damage Recovery In New Orleans

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Reasons To HIre Professionals For Fire Damage Recovery In New Orleans Each surface is evaluated before a cleaning strategy is employed by SERVPRO to restore as many items as possible.

Rely on the trained professionals at SERVPRO after fire damage

Cleaning up after a fire event in your New Orleans home is not comparable to any other type of household task. The soiling, air quality issues, and progressive damage to structural materials, and the contents of your home can be extreme and permanent if those managing the jobs fail to observe the proper protocols or to use appropriate equipment, and products. Our fire and smoke damage specialists have the training, tools, and experience to restore your damaged premises fast.

Speedy assessment, planning, and implementation of the plan’s designated steps are crucial when restoring fire damage in New Orleans. Our well-qualified team arrives ready to start immediately, handling post-fire tasks with confidence. Many times the first job is water removal and structural drying in response to the firefighting efforts. Managing the water is necessary to avoid slip and fall and electrical shock risks efficiently resolved with truck-mounted pumps and water extractors.

The soot left on surfaces after a fire varies depending upon characteristics of the materials burned during the event. SERVPRO employees evaluate the coatings, matching cleaning techniques and products to the residues. Care must be taken during cleanup as the byproducts of a fire can be toxic as well as challenging to eradicate entirely from surfaces. Ordinary cleaning approaches can fail to remove the soiling or set and spread stains.

Fire residues are highly acidic and corrosive, causing progressive deterioration. Smoke and soot particles remaining embedded in the building materials or contents etch glass, tarnish metal, discolor plastics, and degrade fabrics and carpeting. SERVPRO experts are trained and familiar with the restoration industry best practices through courses sponsored by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our crews have the preparation to remove all traces of smoke and soot damage, returning your home and its contents to pre-fire condition.

When faced with visible fire damage to personal possessions many homeowners believe the articles are ruined. Our SERVPRO restoration technicians often transform seemingly destroyed items back to their original appearance and function. Taking advantage of our specialized skills and experience can result in more of your treasured heirlooms, important documents, and household goods and furnishings being returned to you “Like it never even happened.”

One of the most frustrating parts of fire damage restoration is the odors that can linger even after thorough cleaning. SERVPRO employs methods and equipment that neutralize the odor-bearing particles, airborne and ground into surfaces and furnishings. We recreate the environment that developed the smells through thermal fogging or utilizing advanced technology like hydroxyl generators that chemically change the molecules that carry the smell to a non-noxious form.

SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview prepares our employees to respond quickly and efficiently to your fire damage scenario. Call (504) 468-3046 anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to arrange for a fire restoration assessment and plan.

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New Orleans' Water Removal Team Discusses Equipment And Drying Procedures

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage New Orleans' Water Removal Team Discusses Equipment And Drying Procedures SERVPRO Proudly Helps New Orleans Residents with Water Removal and Restoration Services

SERVPRO Technicians Are Highly Skilled in the Water Removal and Drying Processes to Protect New Orleans Properties

Whenever water enters your home in New Orleans, many of your possessions and structural materials are at risk of undergoing extensive damage. Excessive moisture can ruin the carpet and weaken the structural strength of wooden materials. Wet organic materials like paper and wood are food sources for mold and can be affected if given enough time and the right temperature.
 
When preventing microbial growth resulting from a broken pipe or malfunctioning appliance, moisture levels must return to preloss conditions within 48 hours. The water removal process in New Orleans first involves extraction, then rapid structural drying. Using specialized equipment, our SERVPRO technicians utilize the two methods and drop moisture levels quicker than conventional companies can do.
 
The most drenched areas of the building get worked on first, after the source of the water has been fixed. If there is two inches or more of standing water inside the house, then a submersible pump sucks up the water and pumps it into a sewage drain. Next, depending on the type of affected material, our SERVPRO technicians use different extraction tools.
 
Some extraction wands are designed to remove water from flat non-porous surfaces like wood floors. For cleaning saturated carpet and pad, a weighted extraction tool can be used to compress the carpet and increase the effectiveness of the extraction process. We can also provide a Rover, a mobile SERVPRO technician driven device. The equipment uses the weight of the operator standing on top of it to squeeze the soft fibers in the carpet to pull out as much moisture as possible. For cleaning pieces of furniture and other items containing upholstery, a smaller handheld wand can be implemented.
 
After extraction is complete, the drying stage begins. During the dry-out step, we use equipment to create an environment that speeds up evaporation. Air movers get placed around the wet region and are positioned so that they hit wet surfaces at a 45-degree angle and push air in a counterclockwise motion. Dehumidification systems are then placed in the room to pull moisture out of the air and exhaust hot air out for the air movers to use. These step of the water damage and restoration service may take many days, depending on the severity of the water intrusion, time left untreated, temperature, and the structure involved.
 
Moisture levels get monitored each day the equipment is set up. We utilize infrared cameras, thermal hygrometers, and regular moisture meters to know when we have achieved our baselines needed for correct moisture content levels. Once the levels reach what they were before the loss, we remove our equipment. If you ever need assistance with water-related issues, contact SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview at (504) 468-3046 24/7.

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Cleaning Fire Damage From New Orleans Homes

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Fire Damage From New Orleans Homes Immersion cleaning can be used to clean items with substantial soot damage

Cleaning methods employed by SERVPRO certified technicians

Cleaning and restoring homes and offices following a flood is almost routine for New Orleans. Cleaning property and putting everything back together again after a fire is an entirely different set of problems.

Fortunately, SERVPRO has the solutions for New Orleans fire damage. Our restoration teams train extensively to remove smoke and root residues and return both structural and personal property to its original condition.

When smoke from a fire leaves behind light, non-greasy residues, technicians use Dry Wiping to remove them. Tools include sponges, dusting cloths, and feather dusters. If the residue layer is thick, they have the option to use vacuums to remove the bulk of the residue and then wipe down the surfaces.

If the residue is a little heavier and sticky, our restoration teams use Wet Wiping. They start by adding water to the sponges or cleaning cloths. In some cases, they saturate the surface with water before wiping. For thicker layers of the sticky residue, technicians mix in a cleaning agent to break them up before wiping them off the surface.

When saturation might damage an item, SERVPRO technicians use Spray and Wipe. They apply the cleaning agent/water mix with a spray bottle. This cleaning method is very effective on fabrics to prevent the color from running.

If even less moisture is needed, our specialists use Foam Cleaning. Here they use a pump-up sprayer to inject air into the cleaning agent. It allows them to apply a more substantial amount of cleaner without using much water, which is important for upholstered furniture to prevent fabric shrinkage.

For rough surfaces like rock or marble, our teams use Abrasive Cleaning methods. They apply a thicker cleaning agent with steel wool or a wire brush to ensure all of the residue releases from the affected surface.

Finally, there is Immersion Cleaning for very heavy smoke and soot residues. Technicians lower property with heavy residues into a tank filled with a concentrated cleaning solution. Then, they use sound waves to generate bubbles and force them across or through surfaces. This agitation process works very well and does not require any additional hand scrubbing.

If you are attempting to remove fire damage in your home, contact SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview at (504) 468-3046 to schedule an appointment. We are to return your home to its safe, pre-fire condition.

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High-Efficiency Water Removal For Your Business In New Orleans

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial High-Efficiency Water Removal For Your Business In New Orleans SERVPRO Techs Go to Great Lengths to Remove Water from Your New Orleans Commercial Site

Minimal Disruptions to Your New Orleans Commercial Work Place Thanks to SERVPRO's Professional Approach to Water Extraction

A broad range of reasons can underlie your New Orleans company’s need for water removal. Regardless of the source of the water, it must be removed fast to avoid the progressive deterioration, and possible secondary damage moisture infåçlicts upon the structural materials, fixtures, and contents of your commercial property. We have the high-efficiency equipment and skilled technicians to complete the job.

Often when water removal is necessary for a New Orleans business the power in the building is unavailable at least temporarily. The risk of shock when machinery and electronics stand in water is concerning, but pumping and extraction tools require a power source. Our service vehicles feature truck mounted extractors and gas-powered pumps to get right to work on pulling the water out of every space in your commercial building using generators we deliver to your building.
 
Our technicians train to make educated determinations about the characteristics of the water removed. We drain clean water from broken pipes and recent rains through the sewer system or outside the building. If the water contains contaminants such as sewer back up or chemicals, local regulations may require SERVPRO to contain and dispose of the liquid following hazardous waste procedures.
 
SERVPRO technicians also ensure that no water remains behind after our removal efforts through our use of sensitive moisture meters and infrared scanners. Finding all the water in every recess and crevice is critical to restoring the space thoroughly. If any water lingers more than 24 to 48 hours, microbial growth is possible. Soaked drywall often can be salvaged if the standing water is extracted quickly and the area dried, but each hour of waiting increases the probability that sections of building materials may need to be removed and replaced.
 
As we methodically work through the affected spaces, our trained crews decide if some materials are so damaged they removal is necessary. Flood cuts are employed to halt progressive damage to walls by SERVPRO employees when indicated. We can limit continuing harm by cutting the drywall above the watermark to stop additional water from wicking up. The cut also permits our industrial air movers to circulate warmed air between the studs to ensure the framing and remaining drywall expanses dry out evenly.
 
Trust SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview with your commercial water removal tasks. Our full-service water damage restoration team is a call away at (504) 468-3046.

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