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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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How to Deal with Mold Damage in Your Kenner Home

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Deal with Mold Damage in Your Kenner Home Mold damage should be remediated by professionals to prevent spreading to uncontaminated areas of your home.

Trust SERVPRO Professionals to Remove Mold Damage and Prevent Future Growth

There are many misconceptions about mold, and it seems that most of the Kenner area homeowners believe that fungal growth is something that is unlikely or improbable for their house. In all actuality, it is a straightforward process for mold to grow in your home, as it only really requires two elements to start colonizing: moisture and organic material.

However, even with the ease of which mold damage can occur to your Kenner home, many homeowners are still misled to believe fungal growth is not a serious concern. In actuality, mold growth in your house is linked with potential health effects for you and your family when you are exposed, so correcting the issue when you see it should be a priority. Moreover, this is a concern that should get dealt with by certified mold remediation specialists, as they can safely remove the colonies from your home and help you to prevent recurrences in the future.

From the moment that our SERVPRO IICRC certified remediation professionals enter your home, an assessment begins to isolate the area where mold currently is growing as well as the source of the moisture that has been feeding the colonies to this point. Through isolating the affected area with negative air chambers and air scrubbers with HEPA filters, our technicians can successfully prevent the spread of spores to new areas of your home while we work to remove the colonies.

Locating the source of the moisture that feeds this mold growth in your home is a critical component of the remediation process. Otherwise, the mold damage is likely to return again and again. In areas like your basement, which is a common location for fungal growth in homes, the culprit is often cracks or vulnerable points in the block construction of the foundation walls that have weakened over time.

Drying the area removes the food source for mold spores, and this process gets accomplished with dehumidification equipment and large air movers.

Finding mold damage in your home is not something that you should take lightly. Trust SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview team of certified mold remediation specialists to help you through the intricate process of removing the presence of mold and fungus from your residence. Give us a call today at (504) 468-3046.

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SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview Seeking Soot and Fire Cleaning Production Technician

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview Seeking Soot and Fire Cleaning Production Technician Now Hiring

SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview is currently seeking a qualified candidate for a Soot and Fire Cleaning Production Technician opening. Candidates do not need prior experience with restoration, but it is preferred.

Interested individuals must meet certain expectations, which include (but are not limited to):

  • Following specific instructions set forth by crew chiefs to complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • Being a self-starting individual with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.
  • Have the ability to work with or without direct oversight and supervision.
  • Maintain a clean work space, equipment, and work vehicle.
  • Have a social aptitude to speak with clients about their project and meet their expectations.

We require our SERVPRO technicians to perform intricate and sometimes complicated restoration assignments while upholding guidelines and regulations set forth by our company and safety and health administrations. We expect employees to uphold these guidelines at all times, as they ensure the safety of every employee and the professionalism of our final product.

SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will never discriminate personnel practices on account of race, disability, sex, veteran status, nation of origin, or any characteristic protected by law.

Dysfunctional Gutters Can Bring Storm Damages Into Your Kenner Home

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dysfunctional Gutters Can Bring Storm Damages Into Your Kenner Home Kenner Homeowners Call SERVPRO for Water Extraction After a Flood

SERVPRO Can Cleanup, Extract Water and Mitigate Damages After a Flooding

When you consider the kind of damage that a fierce storm system can do to your Kenner home, you might envision fallen trees or wind damage that rips off siding or roof shingles. While yes, all of these are indeed possibilities for a severe weather event moving through the area, it is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Strong enough storms can leave you with quite a mess to clean up and areas of your home to repair or restore, but fortunately, professional services are at your disposal.

 One of the overlooked aspects of storm damage to your Kenner home is the clogging or breaking of your gutter system surrounding your house. While in peak performance, this system works to divert water away from critical areas like your siding and foundation, when the system fails, that water instead goes exactly where you hoped it would avoid. This possibility poses some potential issues for your house both regarding structural integrity and compounding effects.
Perhaps one of the most significant concerns for this failure of your gutter system is the substantial amounts of water that now are passing either behind the siding of your home’s exterior, or pooling around the foundation. Both of these offer the same potential threat: flooding. Once water has an avenue into your home and can enter without resistance, high volumes can pool up and negatively affect areas very quickly in storms with significant rainfall.
Fortunately, our SERVPRO professionals can act quickly to combat the water pouring into the area from compromised foundation block or in between the walls. Sealing off these areas and preventing them creating further damage is a critical first step in keeping the damage from getting worse while later restoration efforts are underway.
Extraction is a logical first step in the restoration portion of the process, followed by our SERVPRO technicians drying the area thoroughly to both bring it back to preloss conditions and to remove the possibility of mold growth on top of the current damage. For water that entered through the walls of your home, our injectidry system uses multiple access points to move air through these damp spaces to remove all water and moisture trapped inside. This system can also expedite the drying of hardwood flooring when incorporating drying mats into the effort.
While this might be a short overview of the restoration process following storm damages, it goes to show the level of care and commitment you can expect from our SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview team. If you are battling storm damages that threaten flooding or other disasters to your home, give us a call today at (504) 468-3046.

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SERVPRO® of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview Assists with St. John the Baptist Parish Clean-Up after February Tornado

2/25/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO® of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview Assists with St. John the Baptist Parish Clean-Up after February Tornado SERVPRO® of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview storm team on site at Place Debourg Senior Living Apartments

SERVPRO® of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview crews responded in full force to help residents of St. John the Baptist Parish residents recover from the February 23, 2016 tornado damage.  Special attention was given to residents of Place Dubourg Senior Living Apartments after high winds damaged part of the roof of the five-story complex, exposing upper levels to heavy rain, debris and strong winds.  Place Debourg, part of the housing agency of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, provides apartment living for senior citizens and people with disabilities in need of accessible housing.  

Damage across St. John the Baptist Parish and surrounding areas was extensive.  With SERVPRO® of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview’s extensive storm damage response experiences, our team went into a rapid reaction position to mitigate the damages, protect exposed areas and initiate the critical job of drying the impacted areas.  As a member of SERVPRO's elite Disaster Recovery Team, SERVPRO® of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview has the experience and resources to manage any size disaster that strikes our area.

This is our home and the families impacted by the tornado damage are our neighbors.  We are here to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (504) 468-3046.