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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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Why You Need Professional Help When A Flood Damages Your New Orleans Home

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why You Need Professional Help When A Flood Damages Your New Orleans Home If your home gets caught in a flood, count on SERVPRO for assistance.

Whether it is a small or large flooding event we are here to help restore your home

When water floods into your New Orleans house, you may be tempted to try to manage the problem yourself. Water issues are common in our area, and you might feel the problem requires just a wet vac and some time for the water to recede. The quantity of water involved, the speed needed to remove and dry, and the potential for secondary damage makes professional restoration services the best choice.

Flood damage needs immediate attention in your New Orleans home. Every hour that water remains in your dwelling increases the risk of permanent harm to the structural strength of the foundation, supporting walls, and every building material under your roof. Drywall begins to crumble, paneling and flooring warps and buckles, woodwork swells and pulls away from its fastenings, and ceilings sag. The number of vulnerabilities in the average home post-flooding overwhelms the ability of the property owner to manage them quickly enough to avoid irreparable damage. Our crews can attend to a variety of flood-related issues concurrently.

The amount of water inside your home can exceed hundreds to thousands of gallons. Our professional grade submersible pumps and high-efficiency water extractors are essential equipment for such a severe scenario. SERVPRO sends technicians to IICRC sanctioned courses to learn best industry practices when operating these powerful tools. As we remove the flood waters, we also use instruments to monitor moisture levels and ensure we find hidden pockets of water with infrared scanners. It is crucial to eradicate all standing water and begin the structural drying process fast to prevent further harm.

Within 24 to 48 hours, microbes including molds and pathogens found in tainted flood water proliferate if moisture levels remain high in the flood-affected areas. SERVPRO service vehicles carry multiple air movers and desiccant or refrigerator coil dehumidifiers to reduce airborne water vapor rapidly. As the ambient humidity drops, the air movers continue to blow across damp structures, encouraging building material saturation levels to lower because the moisture naturally moves from wet structures to the air as it becomes drier.

These processes continue until all the visible water is gone and the moisture levels fall to normal counts. Cleaning and sanitizing with EPA registered antimicrobials help bring the flooded spaces back to preloss condition. The SERVPRO team can work round the clock if necessary to achieve desired drying goals and apply disinfectants, switching out technicians to get the job completed. Homeowners eventually must take breaks from these crucial tasks and are also managing activities of daily living for themselves and their family.

SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview counts flood damage recovery as one of our core services, and offer assistance with insurance claims as a matter of course. Contact us at (504) 468-3046 for professional water removal and drying if your home experiences flooding from any cause.

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Water Cleanup Risks In New Orleans

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Cleanup Risks In New Orleans New Orleans Water Removal and the Expertise of SERVPRO

Identifying and Removing Potentially Contaminated Water Is a SERVPRO Cornerstone Service

New Orleans floods, a lot. It is almost a normal part of our lives here, so cleaning up from water in our homes is a regular occurrence for residents and restoration services.
 
Performing a water cleanup in New Orleans takes much than just a large Water-Vac and a push broom, however. SERVPRO teams have to identify the category of water that floods a home to determine the cleaning method and what precautions they need to take to keep our technicians and the homeowner safe.
 
Category One is Clean Water. It does not contain waste products. Burst pipes, leaking faucets, and some failing appliances are the usual sources of clean water. Natural disasters can damage roofs and expose homes to rain and snow. This category presents minimal health risks during removal and requires no special requirements for cleanup. If the water flowed over the soil before entering the home, however, it is not considered clean water. As a caveat, if rainwater intruding through the attic soaks through insulation and items, it is not clean water.
 
Category Two is Gray Water. It is water that was used but does not contain human waste. This category includes water from an overflowing washer that drops detergent-filled water on the floor. An overflowing toilet with no solid waste also is included in this category. Gray water is not a vector for spreading disease, but people can become sick by touching it, drinking it, or walking through it without protective footwear. Carpet soaked in gray water needs thorough cleaning for restoration and furniture needs to be sprayed or wiped down with an anti-bacterial cleaner.
 
Category Three is Black Water. This unsanitary water often contains human waste and presents a health threat to anyone who comes in contact with it. SERVPRO technicians wear protective gear while removing it from each home. Before starting removal, our teams also spray the surfaces with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal cleaners to reduce the risk. They treat all floodwater as Black Water since it is impossible to know what it traveled through before it entered a home. Team leaders dispose of carpets soaked in Black Water and only recommend attempting to clean high-value rugs since technicians can lift them from the floor and soaked them in a biocide solution that kills all living organisms.

SERVPRO cannot emphasize enough the need for grappling with floods differently than from a water line leak. Safety first, and we are proud to help our neighbors.
 
If you are dealing with water intrusion in your home, contact SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview to determine the category of the threat to your home and family. Call us today at (504) 468-3046.

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Technicians In New Orelans Discuss Mold Damage

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Technicians In New Orelans Discuss Mold Damage No matter the severity of the mold damage, our SERVPRO crew can clean and remediate the issue.

Our SERVPRO Team Can Remediate Mold in New Orleans Properties 

If moisture stays inside a building in New Orleans for too long, fungi can develop. Mold can cause health effects with some people, making remediation a necessity. Once a fungus forms, spores coming from it can spread throughout the structure, affecting other regions of the home.

Whenever mitigating fungal issues, extra measures get taken to keep spores from spreading to other areas of the home. Mold damage projects in New Orleans begin with a containment chamber getting set up around the affected region. Thick plastic is used to keep dust created by the restoration process from becoming airborne.

Once the plastic containment is set up, a hole gets cut in the side, and an air scrubber gets placed at the hole. The air scrubber provides negative air pressure inside the chamber to suck up any spores or dust coming from the affected area. Any particles that enter the scrubber pass through a HEPA filter before the air gets exhausted out.

In the affected region, our SERVPRO technicians work on removing materials contaminated with mold. Some fungi get easily wiped away with a dry sponge. If the dry sponge does not remove the contamination, it can be scraped off if the hyphae have not grown deep down into the material.

If the hyphae created by the mold have gone deep into the affected material, then other methods must get taken to remove the fungi. One technique often used to remove contamination from surfaces is soda blasting. Soda blasting is similar to sandblasting but uses sodium bicarbonate to remove mold from surfaces. In other scenarios, a fungus gets sanded off of the affected materials.

During the restoration process, anti-microbial chemicals get sprayed throughout the region that helps suppress the spread of spores. After the mold is scraped or sanded off the affected material, a HEPA vacuum gets used to suck up the dust and spores created by the removal process. After the dust gets removed, all material gets sprayed with an anti-microbial sealant paint to prevent future growth.

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All material removed inside the containment chamber gets put into sealed plastic bags and disposed of properly. For help removing a fungus, call SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview at (504) 468-3046 any day of the week.

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Let Our SERVPRO Team Simplify Fire Restoration to Your Kenner Residence

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Let Our SERVPRO Team Simplify Fire Restoration to Your Kenner Residence SERVPRO always keeps you informed during the restoration process to ensure everything is getting done to your expectations.

SERVPRO Can Help Make the Fire Damage Restoration Process Easier on You

Fires are not entirely uncommon to Kenner homes, but each one presents a unique look at the same kinds of effects for professional restorers. Finding a way to overcome the specific issues that make comfortable living a challenge in your home is a hurdle for any restorer to overcome, and much of that comes with going the extra mile for the customers and clients. One way of doing this is keeping an open dialogue with the homeowner to ensure that needs and milestones are getting met throughout the restoration process.

While you might not ever get prepared for fire damages to your Kenner residence, SERVPRO is always here to help you through every piece of restoring the house back to preloss conditions. As was mentioned above, our team works hard to keep an open dialogue with every customer and client we serve to ensure that things are getting done to their specific specs and expectations, addressing the most pressing and property damaging elements before other restoration tasks occur.

Another step forward towards making your life a little more comfortable through this challenging time is our ability to work directly with insurance adjusters for your home to coordinate the work needing to get completed with the claim getting filed. Ultimately, our goal is to make this process as streamlined as possible for you, as this time in your life is trying enough as it is. It is also beneficial to have experts in the restoration field negotiate this battle for you in getting your claim pushed through because we have a credible reputation as a leading company in this niche of business.

While fire damages might occur in different ways from house to house in the area, fighting their effects and getting the fire damage restoration process does not have to be a drawn out and involved ordeal. Trust the experienced technicians we have at SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview to help you clean up the mess and get your house back to the way it should be. We can be reached anytime at (504) 468-3046.

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When Water Floods Your New Orleans Sewing Room

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Water Floods Your New Orleans Sewing Room Water Damage Restoration and Cleanup in New Orleans? Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Mitigates Damage in New Orleans Properties with a Fast Arrival for Water Removal and Cleanup

When your home is in need of professional water removal services, storms are one of the leading causes. An intense storm can cause a flood, and that flood can carry debris among its rushing waters. In these situations, it is easy for one of the windows of your home to crack or completely break. Of course, a broken pipe can also cause a large water loss. Unfortunately, water rushing into your basement hobby room is one of the last things you would ever want to happen when it comes to expensive fabric and tools. It is a comfort thought to know that qualified help is nearby to help.

Our technicians can arrive at your New Orleans home to begin the water removal as soon possible. We know that leaving water sitting inside of your home for extended periods is never good. When exposed to water, the electrical equipment in your sewing room can short out, even your sewing machine. The fabrics in your room can discolor and stain because of the water absorption.
 
SERVPRO uses advanced tools to take the water out of your home as quickly as possible. Our techs are trained to use powerful industrial-quality wet/dry vacuums and portable pumps. If the amount of water is excessive, we can use truck-mounted tools to handle the extra gallons of water.
 
After removing the water, our SERVPRO technicians can help you go through the equipment in your sewing room. Water damage does not lead to the massive loss of belongings, typically. Our team can pack-out your fabrics for cleaning and to remove any stains. This option is available if you deem the value of these materials is worth the added expense. If any of your belongings are lost to the damage, SERVPRO can help you create an inventory of what you have lost to claim with your insurance company. This CCIS--Contents Claim Inventory Service demonstrates our aim of meeting all of our customer's expectations, and then some.
 
Do not wait when you find water damage that is in need of removal inside of your home. Communicate with SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview at (504) 468-3046. We strive to arrive quickly.

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Commercial Water Damage Methods in River Ridge

4/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Methods in River Ridge When your busy shop faces water damage, time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO, and we will arrive quickly to start drying out your business.

Drying Out Services are Needed Right Away When Water Floods Your Shop

If a pipe breaks and water starts to leak into your auto shop in River Ridge, building materials and contents are at risk. Water can flow into all areas of your shop and damage multiple types of flooring. Most automobile repair shops have hard surface floors, but there might be tile in one room and concrete in the central area.
 
The longer moisture stays inside a building, the higher chance there is for items to sustain damage. SERVPRO's commercial water damage technicians in River Ridge have different types of equipment to extract and dry moisture out of the various types of materials. Depending on each situation we use a combination of methods and tools to mitigate moisture problems.
 
If concrete is painted, it may flake or blister requiring repainting. Concrete floors are porous so water can wick up leaving behind chalk-like calcium deposits on the surface. These can get brushed off, but if the leak is continuous, the deposits can return.
 
Asphalt tiles stay adhered to concrete pretty well even in water damage scenarios. At times the glue can break down and leave behind white, chalky deposits. These deposits can usually be cleaned without much effort.
 
Vinyl tile is not as durable and does not adhere as well to concrete as asphalt tile does. Vinyl tile can become loose when saturated with water. Vinyl tiles become loose when water flows on top of the concrete underneath the tiles. In most cases, vinyl tiling gets removed and replaced because it is relatively inexpensive.
 
Whenever your business gets damaged, we know it can take a toll on your company's revenues. We always take measures to ensure that your business does not get negatively affected during the restoration process. Many times the drying and extraction procedures take place when your business is closed.
 
Hard surface floors are usually quickly dried out and treated when damaged by moisture. Hardwood floors are made to withstand water but can still get warped if they stay wet for too long. Any time water causes a problem with your auto shop call SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview at (504) 468-3046 24/7.

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Restoring Flood Damaged Property in Elmwood

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Flood Damaged Property in Elmwood SERVPRO determines the restoration process after flood damage for each item in your home according to the IICRC guidelines.

SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Save and Restore Flood Damaged Items in Your Home

Elmwood, like much of our part of Louisiana, is faced with hard choices after each hurricane or other, extreme weather event. Our history goes back many generations, so hanging on to keepsakes and valuable furniture is a matter of restoring or throwing out over a century worth of events and memories in just one rocking chair. That makes it much more than just cashing an insurance check and going to the furniture store.

Making these types of flood damage decisions for your Elmwood home is not easy, so SERVPRO is here to help. Our restoration company has extensive experience in analyzing wood and other furniture damage and can provide you with the best information to decide on keeping an item or throwing it out. Our inspectors also work closely with insurance companies to make sure both parties understand what is needed and that you get everything possible.

For us, the simplest way to make any needed determinations is to follow the guidelines laid out by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). These help our inspectors determine the extent of damage, which provides a solid estimate of what it costs to restore each item. Most insurance companies use these guidelines as well to make their determination to pay for replacement or restoration.

Take that rocking chair as an example. If the flood water only rose up the legs for a few hours, then the damage is minor. Our inspector immediately understands this and puts the restoration crew to work. They use air movers and dehumidifiers to draw out moisture from the wood and help circulate dry, warm air around the item. The procedure is a fairly small cost and most insurance companies sign off on the work immediately. The only replacement may be the need for a new coat of varnish.

If the rocking chair was soaked overnight, then there may be swelling and splitting of the wood. This level of damage requires more labor hours to monitor and repair. If the joints swelled enough to split both pieces of wood, then the repair cost may be more than the insurance company wishes to pay.

SERVPRO technicians may be able to repair this amount of damage, but our teams only do so after explaining the procedures and the cost. If there is major damage, our inspectors recommend the owner use a professional furniture repair service.

At SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview, we want to help you preserve as much of your property and history as possible. If you are dealing with flooding problems, call us at (504) 468-3046 today.

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Why You Need Professional Mold Remediation for Your Elmwood Residence

4/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why You Need Professional Mold Remediation for Your Elmwood Residence When you see or smell mold, it is time to contact SERVPRO to investigate the extent of the damage and remediate.

Team SERVPRO Investigates and Remediates a Mold Infestation in Your Home

Many Elmwood homeowners do not fully understand the simplicity with which mold can grow in their homes, so it does not allow for any urgency with preventing it from happening. With the annual warmer temperatures you expect to experience, combined with the humidity, the only thing that spores in the environment lack to seat and thrive into colonies are organic surfaces (like wood and drywall).
 
Mold damages to your Elmwood home might not seem alarming to several homeowners, but there is cause for concern. The primary concern you should have are the direct links between potential health effects and the exposure to mold growing in a home. Secondly, these colonies can erode away and ruin structural components of your home to the point of requiring replacement throughout the remediation process.
 
Many are firmly in the camp that DIY methods and conventional cleaning approaches offer the same kind of result as professional remediation services you might find with SERVPRO. This belief is not the truth. As the organism grows, it seats deeper and deeper into the surface it is growing on. Your cleaning methods are only going to take off surface mold, without removing the entire hyphae, allowing for reoccurrence after a short period.
 
Even with our equipment and experience, there are many instances where the mold damage is too ingrained and widespread to remove and remediate. Instead, these structural components and construction materials must get removed for new materials to get installed in their place.
 
Identifying the source of the moisture can help our SERVPRO professionals repair any water sources to the affected area, or encourage the continued use of dehumidification equipment to keep moisture from collecting in the environment. While we work to remove the mold present in the area and dry out the food source which allows it to thrive, failure to maintain dryness only allows the problem to return.
 
Mold in your home does not have to be something that you have to deal with on your own. Trust in the IICRC certified mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview. You can reach our team 24/7 just by calling (504) 468-3046.
 
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Removing Water In Harahan Businesses After Mishaps

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Removing Water In Harahan Businesses After Mishaps SERVPRO Provides Industry Leading Pumps for Water Extraction in Harahan Commercial Buildings

SERVPRO Cleans Up and Restores Retail and Offices After Water Damage Quickly

With the Mississippi as our southern city border, Harahan residents are very familiar with storms and floods. Most damage to businesses though comes from less impressive sources like a broken toilet or a ruptured water line.

With that in mind, commercial water damage to Harahan businesses becomes a fairly common problem. That is no comfort to the souvenir shop owner who opens her front door to find water suddenly splashing over her shoes. SERVPRO understands this and works to remove water and restore every business back to its pre-damage state, "Like it never even happened."
 
Our technicians start with removing the water. While we use a commercial pump in many cases, for a smaller shop with a split water line, we often go directly to water extraction wands. These are commercial versions of the water-vac many people have in their garage or janitor’s closet. We can adjust the vacuum speed to match the level of water and prevent damaging wood floors under the flooding. If the shop’s power is unavailable, we can bring in one of the portable generators we keep in our inventory for uninterrupted power.
 
After finishing with the wands, we make sure the floor is dry to walk on safely. Our teams use long-handled squeegees to push out any remaining surface water and then a combination of warm movers and exhaust fans to dry any residual amounts of moisture. If the floor is wood and not concrete, we can carefully lift a floorboard out of regular foot traffic to check for moisture. If possible, we first check with non-probing moisture meters to hunt for hidden water or moisture.
 
Next, we examine the interior walls. If the drywall has only absorbed a small amount of moisture, we can use the same axial fans and air movers to reduce the time needed to dry them without causing further damage. Our SERVPRO technicians can also drill small holes after removing the baseboards for drainage and to also increase air flow to hasten evaporation. If the panels are crumbling in place, we remove and dispose of them along with any damaged floor trim.
 
Restoring a shop to its pre-damage condition takes time, but SERVPRO of North Kenner / Harahan & Lakeview has the experience to help you reopen your doors as quickly as possible. If you need our services, call us today at (504) 468-3046 to schedule a visit.

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