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If The Levee Breaks You Need The Team At SERVPRO To Help Save Your New Orleans Department Store!

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial If The Levee Breaks You Need The Team At SERVPRO To Help Save Your New Orleans Department Store! These levee breaks can quickly affect miles of properties, including your department store near the French Quarter.

Levee Breaks Can Flood Your New Orleans Department Store

One of the most severe situations that New Orleans residents can face is the sheer force of hurricanes and their destructive nature on the structures and communities throughout our service area. As our residents saw with Hurricane Katrina, these same destructive forces can cause devastation to multiple properties simultaneously when the force and power of the storm break through levees. These levee breaks can quickly affect miles of properties, including your department store near the French Quarter.

With levee breaks, so many properties get affected all at once by storm and flood damages in New Orleans. Your department store has a substantial investment at risk by the rising and rushing waters, and you need a crew that can arrive quickly to help you protect this investment. Our SERVPRO Contents Department has the experience to remove at-risk items from flooded or flooding properties to protect them until it is safe to return them after restoration completes.

Often with substantial catastrophes like what our area saw with Katrina and the breaking of levees, there is no stopping the water flooding the area from infiltrating your business and affecting construction materials and the remaining contents. Most often, business owners must wait until the water settles enough for extraction and drying efforts to be effective. Our SERVPRO professionals can work quickly at this time with truck-mounted extraction pumps, offering a powerful 300 psi removal.

Our franchise offers comprehensive restoration services in the event of flooding throughout our area. With so much of the city and its surrounding communities well below sea level, many properties ultimately get affected by levee breaks. Our licensed contracting division can help with demolition of unsalvageable construction and efficient rebuilding services to return your building to its former condition.

While you cannot always expect levees to break and flood the city, knowing what to do and whom to call in such a disaster is critical to protecting your investment you have made in your store. Give our SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview rapid response team a call anytime disaster strikes at (504) 468-3046.

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Could You be Making a Mistake in New Orleans When Drying Out Your Hardwood Flooring After a Flood?

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Could You be Making a Mistake in New Orleans When Drying Out Your Hardwood Flooring After a Flood? When flooding affects your hardwood flooring, knowing the right way to dry it can be the difference between success and replacement. Call SERVPRO.

How Flood Damage Affects Different Wood Floors in Homes Throughout New Orleans

Many of the homes in and around New Orleans contain beautiful hardwood floors. Some of these floors are original and can be several decades old. When homeowners have cared for them and maintained them well, they can significantly add to a home's value.
 
All of a homeowner's efforts to maintain a home's floors can wash down the drain when flood damage in New Orleans happens to a home. Because flooding may have occurred in the past, homeowners may have replaced their home's original hardwood flooring with other types of similar-looking flooring. These may cost less initially, but during a flood, the cost-effectiveness of these replacement floors diminishes rapidly.
 
Authentic hardwood floors may seem damaged at first, immediately after a flood. However, the cupping and crowning of correctly installed hardwood floors are often temporary or easily repaired situations compared to the damage wood laminate or engineered wood flooring exhibits after flooding.
 
Laminate flooring can show signs of damage from small spills, rain dripping from a leak in the roof, or a mop that held too much water. Real hardwood floors often recover with proper drying techniques. These floors are made of small bits of wood held together by glue with an imprinted image on them, which is then covered with a protective seal, which only protects the top of the piece, and not the bottom or sides. Water that comes into contact with the unprotected surfaces causes the piece to swell and expand. The protective seal can begin bubbling and peeling. The underside often disintegrates into mush. SERVPRO technicians shovel these off the surface to prepare it for new installation.
 
Engineered flooring can fare better than laminate flooring but still become damaged from flooding. Spills and other mishaps do not cause comparable damage to laminate flooring. Engineered flooring sustains damage because of the interlocking design that holds the boards together. Many times these floors merely float on the sub-floor without any fasteners except at the outside edges, which allows swelling from water to pop boards out from buckling. More commonly, though, these floors end up cracked and splintered from flood damage.
 
SERVPRO can help you recover your home's hardwood floors after suffering through your home's bout with flood damage. Slight sanding can eliminate any crowning that remains after drying brings the moisture levels down to reasonable amounts. Cupping often diminishes adequately enough when moisture content reverts to normal. Slow and steady drying of the floors with our Injectidry system means this occurs evenly.
 
SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview helps families in Elmwood, Jefferson, and River Ridge restore their homes after flood damage. Call us at (504) 468-3046, so we can begin mitigation work now.

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SERVPRO, Yes for Rapid Water Removal after a Water Loss in New Orleans

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO, Yes for Rapid Water Removal after a Water Loss in New Orleans Water Removal and Just as Important--Drying of Building Materials--Is SERVPRO's Method for Service to New Orleans Property Owners

In New Orleans, How to Choose the Right Provider for Water Extraction and Drying

Standing water can be exceptionally damaging to your home. Any wooden components in the structure of your home start to swell when introduced to water which can cause warping and lead to expensive, unnecessary replacement. There are also likely to be staining or soiling on your walls and skirtings left behind after the visible pooling is gone and any residual moisture can cause mold. As experienced practitioners in the industry, here are a few things you should ask for from your restoration provider.

Properties that require water removal in New Orleans are relatively common. Flash Floods are part of life for the communities in this part of the US, so it is only natural that there are a lot of service providers out there. Although it can be tempting to opt for the first one you find, spending a little time doing your research can pay dividends in the long run by ensuring you avoid secondary damages.

The first thing to look for is technicians that are qualified. Experience is valuable in any walk of life, but so too is training and expertise. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is an excellent place to start when checking if your provider has the necessary expertise. SERVPRO trains technicians in facilities all over the US and many of our technicians hold IICRC certificates in applied structural drying (ASD) and other vital areas of expertise.

Another important consideration for any homeowner looking to bring services into their home is resources. A company using outdated equipment and methods is incapable of completing a water removal service correctly. That is because water can easily escape the eye and reside in crawlspaces, wall cavities, subfloor or behind fittings. SERVPRO uses advanced drying mats and state-of-the-art injectidry systems. One of the reasons we can provide this type of equipment is that each franchise has access to national resources ensuring a better, advanced service.

When you invite restoration technicians into your home, you need to know they are qualified and armed with the right equipment. SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview is here to assist you 24 hours a day. Call us at (504) 468-3046

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Did You Know That a Mold Infestation in New Orleans can Spread Within Hours?

11/18/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Did You Know That a Mold Infestation in New Orleans can Spread Within Hours? When you see or smell the tell-tale signs of mold in your home, contact SERVPRO for effective remediation options.

Why SERVPRO Offers A Viable Mold Damage Solution For Your New Orleans Home

The journey from benign mold spores to damaging mold colonies can be a short one in New Orleans. When mold growth challenges homeowners in our community finding a reputable and reliable mold remediation company is crucial. Scare tactics or overblown promises are not helpful when microbial growth accelerates. Our professional approach and practical advice for mold remediation aftercare explain why to rely on our expertise.

Warm and humid climate makes mold damage in New Orleans a constant worry for homeowners. Mold spores are always ariborne and settled on surfaces. When moisture adds to the mix, the spores absorb even tiny amounts of water and begin their reproductive cycle. Flooding or water damage unresolved for more than 24 to 48 hours offer spores the fuel and the time to explode into full-blown colonies. Trained and certified mold remediators can halt the mold invasion through moisture control and manage mold damage with proven strategies.

If you wonder why SERVPRO is a leader in mold remediation look no further than the IICRC training and certification we require of our employees. Our mold remediation technicians use the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols to complete mold abatement projects safely and efficiently. We use physical barriers and negative pressure air scrubbers to contain the moldy spaces and vent the inevitable debris during removal. Mechanical scraping of moldy materials is effective, particularly when the mold grows on a flat, non-porous surface.

Even when the mold hyphae infiltrate porous materials, SERVPRO makes good use of modern technology to remove deeply embedded mold damage. Soda blasting uses sodium bicarbonate in a solution to abrade mold particles off surfaces gently yet effectively. These techniques help homeowners recover from mold infestations feared severe enough to require removal and replacement of building materials or disposal of belongings.

A solid reason why SERVPRO offers remarkable results is our treatment of the affected areas after mechanical removal with EPA registered antimicrobial agents. The combination of physical clearing of mold residues with the action of effective fungicides results in dependable mold remediation.

Mold remediation is incomplete until the moisture source is identified and eliminated. No reputable restoration company promises to rid a home entirely of mold as it is impossible to escape the constant quantity of mold spores. This is why SERVPRO is a trustworthy partner, bringing spore levels down to normal measurements and suggesting ways to limit the moisture that feeds a mold overgrowth.

Why choose SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview for your mold remediation needs? Our technicians, products, and research-proven methods make the difference. Call us at (504) 468-3046 to start the process to remediate the mold in your home.

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If Water Damage Plagues Your New Orleans Restaurant You Need The Team At SERVPRO

11/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial If Water Damage Plagues Your New Orleans Restaurant You Need The Team At SERVPRO Attempting to remove water from your New Orleans restaurant yourself is not a wise choice.

Hire A Professional To Deal With Water Removal In Your New Orleans Restaurant Properly

Attempting to remove water from your New Orleans restaurant yourself is not a wise choice. Without the proper tools and resources, you could easily make things worse, without even knowing it. Massive intrusions affect the structural integrity of your building and allow harmful bacteria, chemicals, and additional toxic materials to swarm throughout your property.

Using anything other than professional water removal services leaves water standing in your New Orleans Restaurant for several hours or even days. After such a long time, it is impossible for you to know what the water floating around your building contains. Which can lead to exposure to a variety of airborne pathogens that you and your customers would be better off avoiding. There is no need to put yourself or your patrons at risk, seek the aid of an experienced water removal professional, today.

SERVPRO offers quality water removal services and performs time-sensitive tasks that help limit any losses you might experience. We can help prevent swelling, cracking, and surface damage throughout your dining area and give each item the attention it deserves to recover correctly. Our teams work swiftly, removing water before permanent damage occurs, this includes water affecting your electrical, plumbing, and ventilation systems. We come prepared to address any situation developing on your property in a timely, efficient manner.

You may think that putting shop vacs, towels, and bleach into your maintenance workers hands is sufficient. However, SERVPRO’s IICRC-industry certified technicians treat every surface with EPA-registered disinfectants and have access to a variety of detection, extraction, and drying equipment to remove water from your restaurant completely. Within hours, instead of days or days, instead of weeks. Remember, never waste your time and energy to obtain less than satisfactory results. Get the doors of your restaurant open again quickly, by contacting a seasoned professional, today.

All it takes is a single call to SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview to obtain the water removal, cleanup, and restoration services your company deserves. Professional services are available throughout the River Ridge, Jefferson, and Elmwood areas at a moments notice. Call us today (504) 468-3046.

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New Orleans House Fires Need SERVPRO for Complete Odor Elimination

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage New Orleans House Fires Need SERVPRO for Complete Odor Elimination New Orleans and Jambalaya! When Hot as Fire, Call SERVPRO

Why Professional Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration in New Orleans is Essential

One of the most common fire damage complaints in New Orleans that we receive is the smell of smoke. Regardless of whether or not they came from a fire, smoke smells are almost impossible to eliminate without the aid of professional tools and cleaning solutions like those carried by SERVPRO. If your home smells of smoke, here are a few questions (and answers) that you might have about setting things right.
 
What cleaning techniques can I use?
Unfortunately, like other types of fire damage in New Orleans, smoke damage is not easy to repair without special industrial-strength cleaning tools and products. Chemicals sold in department stores fail to eliminate most smoke particles in the air, and no matter how hard you scrub down the surfaces of your home, it is impossible to target the odor molecules embedded deep within wood, fabrics, and other porous materials with household cleaning supplies. You may be able to deep-clean fabrics on your own, but be careful, as this can lead to further damage to the materials and significant color bleed. We can help with our Esporta cleaning system.
 
How long will it take for the smell to go away?
Without a thorough cleanup, smoke smells can persist in a home for years. Occasionally, we get calls from people in the area who survived a fire many years ago but can still smell smoke in parts of their homes. With the kind of treatments provided by SERVPRO, we can eliminate smoke odors in the entire home within days. We cannot rid the home of Phantosmia, the imaged odors after a fire.
 
How does SERVPRO approach the problem?
We use industrial-strength chemical and thermal fogging machines to create a dense fog of specialized anti-smoke mist that targets odorous particles and neutralizes their scent. These machines mimic the spread and chemical properties of smoke to ensure that every surface and material reached by the fire receives treatment. Most of our machines are large and able to treat entire rooms at once, but we also carry ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers to target crawlspaces, air ducts, and other tight spaces in your home. We have ready to use hydroxyl generators, ozone machines, and activated carbon air scrubbers as mechanical devices.
 
SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview has the personnel and equipment needed to eliminate smoke odors once and for all in your home. Don't let the smell of smoke control your home - contact us at (504) 468-3046.

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How We Help You Recover From A Flood Damage Emergency In New Orleans

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How We Help You Recover From A Flood Damage Emergency In New Orleans People often think that flood damage and water problem are the same things, but they are different from each other.

Why Is Flood Damage In New Orleans Worse Than Any Ordinary Water issue?

Hurricane Katrina was the most devastating event in New Orleans. The flood has destroyed thousands of houses and property, but that has never stopped New Orleans from rising to the top. They know that flood damage is a catastrophe, but it does not have to ruin their lives. They spent countless days renovating the cities, but eventually, they had made it better than before. Even after experiencing some massive renovations, people are still confused about differentiating flood damage and water issues. People often think that flood damage and water problem are the same things, but they are different from each other.

Flood damage in New Orleans is ten times worse than regular water problems. Flood damage is usually related to weather issues like a storm, hurricane, or anything that mother nature can throw at us. A Water problem often originates from broken pipes, broken toilets, overflowing bathtub, or laundry problems. Luckily, these water are often clean and does not cause that much issues. Flood damage on the other hand usually come from the overflow of the inland, tidal waters, rapid accumulation of surface water, mud flow, or the collapse of the land along the lakeshore or other bodies of water. These water often contain contaminants and can cause extreme damages to your property.

If you ever experience flood damage in your residential area, then it is best to call the SERVPRO technician to come in for an inspection. When it comes to flood damage, time is of the essence, so you must act quickly. The SERVPRO technician can help get rid of all the belongings that were contaminated by the flood water. They have an advanced transportation system to help you get rid of a large number of damaged items, materials, or any belongings. That way, you do not have to waste time making multiple trips or carry heavy items on your own. Since safety is the most critical factor, the technicians can remove any dangerous or electrical appliances from the area. Then they can use state of the art mitigation process to extract water and disinfect the air with a powerful antimicrobial solution.

If you are ready to combat flood damage, then give SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview a call at (504) 468-3046 for a consultation with our skilled technician.

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SERVPRO Has The Experience And Training To Restore Your Water Damaged Restaurant In New Orleans

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Has The Experience And Training To Restore Your Water Damaged Restaurant In New Orleans When disaster strikes your New Orleans restaurant, you need the best commercial water cleanup company.

Five Qualities The Right Commercial Water Cleanup Company For Your New Orleans Restaurant Must Have

When disaster strikes your New Orleans restaurant, you need the best commercial water cleanup company. Problem is choosing the right company with IICRC certified experts is not an easy task. Want to avoid unscrupulous restoration companies from taking advantage of you? Here are 5 qualities to look for in a commercial water cleanup company.

Locally Owned And Operated
Are you in need of commercial water cleanup services in your New Orleans restaurant? Well, a locally-owned and operated company is the right fit for you. Here is why? The technicians understand the main causes of water damage in your area. Also, they are trained to resolve problems that cause disruption to your business.

IICRC Certified
A word of advice – avoid hiring non-IICRC certified contractors. IICRC certified water restoration experts like SERVPRO technicians are well versed with the safest methods for removing water and drying your business. As experts, they know how to prevent damage to your restaurant. They use advanced equipment to detect moisture. Besides, they document the whole process to fast track your insurance claim process.

Great Reputation And Positive Reviews
Experienced commercial water cleanup technicians have been in business for a long time. They have handled the worst cases of water damage and saved many businesses. As a result, customers always leave positive reviews.

Licensed, Insured, And Bonded
In case of injury at your workplace during water removal, the injured party can file a lawsuit. As a restaurant owner, it is important to choose an insured and bonded company in water removal and restoration services. Also, the company must be licensed and follow state and federal laws.

Modern Drying And Restoration Equipment
To save your restaurant, a company with modern drying and restoration equipment is what you need. Must have equipment include air movers, dehumidifiers, hygrometers, and truck mounted equipment. So, before hiring the company, inquire about the type of drying and restoration equipment they have.

As SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview commercial water cleanup technicians, we have the qualities above and more. As experienced contractors, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. For timely services, call our 24/7 emergency line at (504) 468-3046.

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Did You Know That Flooding can Quickly Affect Your New Orleans Home?

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Did You Know That Flooding can Quickly Affect Your New Orleans Home? Storms can create conditions where flooding will affect your home. Contact SERVPRO should your home suffer storm damage and subsequent flooding.

Cleaning Up Flood Damage in New Orleans

For New Orleans residents, flooding is a familiar, but unwanted aspect of living in our beautiful city. Hundreds of homes are affected every year, regardless if the problem is a hurricane or just a sudden storm that caught people unaware.
 
Remediating flood damage to New Orleans homes means getting the water out quickly and taking steps to begin drying any affected property immediately. SERVPRO restoration teams train to draw water out of each home to put the residence and the residents back in a clean, safe environment.
 
Floodwater contains soil and whatever else was on the ground when it entered the home, so our technicians treat it as contaminated water. That means they start damage control efforts by spraying the surface of the water and nearby structural and personal property with an anti-bacterial agent to reduce the potential health risk to themselves and residents. Next, they don protective boots and coveralls to protect them as they begin removing the floodwater.
 
Now, technicians use pumps to draw water out of the home. Since this is contaminated water, they pump it either into a functioning sewer or a tank truck for delivery to a water treatment plant. SERVPRO personnel performs the same method using extraction wands to draw the last thin layer of water off floors and out of carpets.
 
Since the water is contaminated, our technicians do not attempt to clean the carpets. We cannot guarantee 100% that carpets are safe to keep in the home, so we remove them as quickly as possible. Team members spray the damp floors underneath with an anti-bacterial agent and then dry them using air movers and fans.
 
For personal property, our technicians lift furniture off floors or carpets and onto blocks or to another location. They clean fabrics and upholstered furniture with a shampoo that contains another anti-bacterial agent and wipes down wood and metal surfaces with the same agent and cloths. Once finished, they use fans to increase circulation and carefully dry the items without causing secondary damage.
 
At SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview, we want to restore every home to a clean, safe condition as quickly as we can do so. Every potential customer is also one of our neighbors, and we treat every residence with the care and respect it deserves. Call us today at (504) 468-3046 to get started.

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The Surprising Secret To Dealing With Mold Damage In New Orleans

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Surprising Secret To Dealing With Mold Damage In New Orleans Mold develops whenever the property is exposed to excess water.

An Action Plan To Deal With Mold Damage In New Orleans

Visible mold patches are unsightly, and since most are common in old, rundown properties, people tend to associate the problem with mismanagement. However, no property is immune to this problem, and nowadays you can find mold even in relatively new homes. With a bit of preparation, it is possible to deal with the problem if it affects your New Orleans property.

For new homes exhibiting signs of mold damage in New Orleans, it is possible to trace back the issues to the construction phase. Putting up studs, vapor and insulation barriers before the concrete foundation dries sufficiently traps moisture in creating the necessary conditions for mold to flourish. Failure to address such a problem allows the spores to spread causing issues with the air quality. One way to deal with this without teardown is by practicing proper heating and ventilation. Once our SERVPRO technicians inspect your home, we can advise you on how to do that.

Away from construction mistakes, mold also develops whenever the property is exposed to excess water. Therefore, periods when extreme weather events such as heavy downpours or storms are prevalent, there are higher chances of mold infestation. Once exposed to moisture, the spores start growing within periods as short as 48 hours. So fast reaction is necessary if your property floods or if you detect leaks in the plumbing systems. If you inform SERVPRO immediately, our technicians can start remediation procedures such as drying excess moisture fast enough to prevent widespread growth.

In most cases, the areas affected are usually just a small part of a bigger problem. Areas such as wall cavities, attics, and other hidden sections provide the best environment for the spores to flourish. If the remediation steps do not touch these areas, problems like bad odor and damage to the structure persist. When our SERVPRO team handles the process, we check all the hidden spaces. We dry your property and remove any porous materials in the affected areas.

If you have a reason to suspect mold infestation, call SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview at (540) 468-3046.

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