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We Fix Fire Damage

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

No two fires are alike, and each requires a range of techniques employed by our certified technicians.

One of the most useful skills restoration experts bring after fire damages your N. Kenner Harahan, & Lakeview  home is the ability to match the appropriate strategy, tools, and products to the specific issues a fire inflicted upon your house. Proceeding with technicians trained to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards is crucial. We offer the crews and the equipment necessary to resolve your fire damage emergency successfully. 

Depending on the types of materials combusted, the fire damage to your N. Kenner Harahan, & Lakeview home may need several different approaches to restoration. Materials that burn quickly and hot can combust almost wholly, deposit lighter ash and soot. Examples might be paper and dry wood structural components. Our crew takes care of this type of loose debris with HEPA filtered vacuums, dry sponges, and brushing. 

If the fire involved damp materials or plastics and fabrics it probably burned more slowly, at a lower temperature, and less thoroughly. The aftermath when these items char tends toward dark, odoriferous smoke full of unburned particles. These bits deposit in thick coatings that adhere to surfaces. SERVPRO employees use spray and wipe techniques, choosing cleansers that loosen the soot so that cloths follow to remove the coatings. 

Food fires deposit a thin but tenacious layer of almost lacquer-like debris on surfaces. It also contributes to a persistent odor that must also be eliminated as the SERVPRO team manages the scene. We employ abrasive cleaners teamed with abrasive tools to break down the coating. Our team is familiar with how to remove the soot without damaging surfaces, a delicate balance learned during our continuing training. 

Some items like intricately detailed glassware or window blinds can require immersion cleaning to get all of the soot off and out of crevices. SERVPRO production employees often inventory and remove these difficult to clean items to an off-property site where we use large tubs, specialized cleaners and methods, and even advanced technology like ultrasonic cleaning that utilizes the power of sound waves to dislodge the dirt and smoky residues. 

Take the opportunity to use the skills and experience of SERVPRO of  N. Kenner Harahan, & Lakeview when your home’s structure and contents suffer fire damage. Call (504) 496-0193 24/7 for a fast response and professional fire damage restoration plan.

Commercial Water Removal

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Rapid Water Removal and Drying to Keep Enterprises Functioning during Emergencies

Kenner, Harahan, & Lakeview businesses have to deal with most of the same problems as residences when it comes to water intrusion from broken plumbing and leaky pipes in the walls or overhead. They also have to worry about reopening their doors promptly, so that customers can be served in a dry, safe environment and not take their business elsewhere.

A commercial water damage problem common to N. Kenner, Harahan, & Lakeview office settings is preserving the carpets. Although business carpeting is usually far cheaper than one for home, SERVPRO understands that the time to remove the carpet, dry and prepare the surface for a new one, and then install it, takes longer than drying out the existing carpet. The concerns we have when drying them are delamination and deterioration. 

Each carpet has a primary and secondary backing layer. To hold the layers together and then glue the carpet fibers to the primary, manufacturers use latex as the adhesive. When soaked in water for too long, the latex breaks down, causing the backings to separate. This breakdown is delamination. 

If the carpet remains underwater for too long, the fibers begin to separate and pull away from the surface layer. This action is deterioration, and it looks to the eye as if the carpet is beginning to thin out. Most people mistakenly believe this is from heavy foot traffic. 

To prevent these actions, SERVPRO starts with removing as much of the water as quickly as we can bring in the right equipment. If the standing water is around ankle-deep, we can remove it using commercial grade pumps. For smaller amounts of water covering the carpet, we use water extraction wands or Rovers, a type of riding water extractor like a lawnmower. With these devices, we can control how much suction we use to prevent causing any secondary damage by accidentally lifting the carpet surface from the lower layers or pulling fibers out of the deteriorating latex. Heated drying mats, part of the SERVPRO arsenal of equipment, can also efficiently expedite water extraction and drying.

After removing the bulk of the standing water, we use dehumidifiers to pull moisture from the carpet surface and the surrounding air. As technicians monitor these machines, other team members set up air movers to blow warm, dry air over the carpet, forcing the damp air out where an exhaust fan removes it and blows it out of the facility. This use of negative air pressure is very useful for reducing the water vapor in the air that can cause secondary water damage to previously secure fixtures and furnishings.

Restoring your business office is not always a difficult process, but it does take training and the proper tools to do it correctly. SERVPRO of  N. Kenner, Harahan, & Lakeview can walk through every step with you until we finish and return a dry, safe structure so you can reopen for business. Call today at (504) 468-3046 if you need our services.

SERVPRO Works Quickly to Remove Water and Prevent Further Damage

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding in a N. Kenner, Harahan, & Lakeview home has some immediate effects. Paper items such as books, legal documents, and magazines quickly become compromised and have to be thrown out. In most cases, these are minor expenses compared to a loss of personal property like carpets and living room furniture.

SERVPRO concentrates its water removal efforts for N. Kenner, Harahan, & Lakeview homes to get the water out as quickly as possible and to reduce the damaging effects caused by the water before our teams removed it. First, our IICRC certified technicians prevent any more water from entering the home. In most cases, the water in the home is a plumbing issue; technicians turn off the water as close to the broken appliance or pipe as possible. If needed, we turn off the water line leading into the home.

As one team member turns off the water, others bring in commercial grade pumps to remove any standing water. Once technicians bring the water down to just above the surface of carpets, they switch to extraction wands. In addition to removing water from the surface, these devices also work very well at drawing water out of carpets.

After they removed the bulk of the water, technicians begin to dry property. They remove any soaked furniture and other property out of the home and place it on blocks or pallets. SERVPRO teams do this to allow airflow around and underneath each item, and so water can drain out of them, so varnish and fabric colors do not run and stain carpets and rugs.

Once team members move the items out of the way, our carpet specialists lift the carpets to dry them. If there is a pad underneath, they remove the carpet to dispose of the pad. Pads disintegrate quickly after absorbing large amounts of water, and it is cheaper to replace them than to attempt to dry them.

After removing the pad, specialist lay the carpet back down. They raise a section at opposite ends and place air movers at one end to blow warm, dry air under and over the carpet and place an exhaust fan at the other to draw damp air away from the carpet.

SERVPRO of N. Kenner, Harahan,& Lakeview knows that removing standing water is the first, best step to reducing damage to personal property. If you need our services for flooding or another issue, call us today at (504) 468-3046. We are here to help return your home to a dry, safe condition.

Water Damage Strikes Fast ... So Does SERVPRO!

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

The Answer for Minimizing the Effects of Water Intrusion into Your Metairie Home...SERVPRO of N. Kenner Harahan & Lakeview!

You have to act with speed when dealing with damaging water events. The longer the water soaks into your furniture, walls, and carpets, the more harm you should expect. Some incidents may make your property uninhabitable, which means spending more time out of your home. When working with professional restorers in Metairie, it is possible to identify the extent of the damage, what is restorable, and what you need to replace.

When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your home to perform water damage restoration, we start by determining the level of saturation on the affected materials and locate all the areas with the damage. We use moisture sensors and meters to do this work, and at this point, we are in a position to determine all the procedures to use during the restoration and answer any questions that a client may be having.

The goal of our SERVPRO technicians is to minimize the damages and return your property to its preloss state. We do this by employing water extraction, evaporation, and dehumidification procedures. Some of the drying equipment we use include air heaters, air movers, and dehumidifiers. If we have set up air heaters and air movers in your property, the moisture evaporates from the wet items and surfaces into the air. To avoid secondary damage after condensation takes place, we have to remove the excess moisture from the air in a process known as dehumidification.

Right from the point when our SERVPRO technicians do the initial evaluation and assessment, we develop a drying goal and start monitoring the site. Some of the monitoring procedures include: taking the humidity and temperature readings, updating the drying progress, as well as using a moisture meter to check the moisture content in the different structural materials. Checking the indoor environment quality, work progress, and the equipment operation may be part of the monitoring.

SERVPRO of N. Kenner Harahan & Lakeview offers industry-proven cleaning and restoration services that meet commercial and residential needs. For immediate assistance, kindly call (504) 496-0193 and allow our experienced technicians make your property “Like it never even happened.”

Drying Out Services are Needed Right Away When A Storm Hits Your Home

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

North Kenner Harahan, & Lakeview homeowners are no stranger to severe weather systems passing through the area. While you cannot always account for when these strong storms are coming through the area, or adequately prepare for what they might entail, you should always be mindful of the damage that severe weather can do to your home.

Storm damage to your North Kenner Harahan, & Lakeview home can happen very quickly and with minimal warning. Something as simple as a dead tree on your property could substantially damage your house and force its way through the structural shell of your residence.

What this means for your house is the probability of compounding issues such as flooding or water damage. That is why you should contact our team of SERVPRO of North Kenner Harahan, & Lakeview restoration specialists as soon as you can following a disastrous incident like this. The more of a chance that our technicians have of getting to the problem early, the less subsequent damage that could result from the openings of your home.

From the moment that our SERVPRO of North Kenner Harahan, & Lakeview professionals arrive at your house, our primary concern is boarding up or tarping over the exposed and vulnerable points of your house. While this might not be the most exciting looking process, it protects your home from further damage from the storm that might still be passing through or other weather events that might follow closely behind.

An assessment of both the exterior issues of your home as well as the potential water damage is another preliminary step to the restoration process that helps our team determine what areas require the most immediate attention. For substantial damages, our technicians can utilize controlled demolition to prepare the area for reconstruction efforts to follow.

Storm damage can rear its ugly head in several different ways, but you can trust in the experience and professionalism of SERVPRO of North Kenner Harahan, & Lakeview to help you through every step of the restoration process. In these situations, quick reactions can save your home from further damage and more costly repairs. You can call our emergency response team 24/7 at (504) 468-3046.

The Weather Isn't The Only Thing Hot During The Summer!

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is a time to get out and have fun. But the weather isn’t the only thing that heats up during these few months.

Be aware of the risk of fires and prepare by checking the batteries in your smoke detectors and having functioning fire extinguishers.

5,700 homes experience grill related fires every year. In fact 57% of fires happen within four months; May, June, July, and August. Grill fires happen when someone mishandles the igniting of the grill with a spark or flame. Mechanical issues such as broken containers or pipes also can increase the risk of causing a fire.

For precautionary measures, before the startup of grilling season check your grills condition , clean it, check the drip pan, and thing else that could potentially have grease on it from previous cookouts. Inspect each part of your barbecue pit to make sure everything is attached properly. Also, be sure you are in a grill-friendly environment free of branches, roofs or any sort of overhang when igniting the grill. Be prepared for a fire, as grease and fat are likely to catch on fire. Keep baking soda near the grill in case a grease fire breaks out. If you find yourself faced with a fire emergency this summer, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of N. Kenner, Harahan, and Lakeview! 504-468-3046

When It Rains Don't Let It Pour!

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

When most people think about water damage they think of record breaking floods, washer machines and pipes busting in their homes. What they don’t think of is ONE inch of rain. Yes, I said it correctly ONE INCH. One inch of rainfall doesn’t sound like it can do much harm, but when one inch of rain falls on a roof without gutters it allows nearly 2000 gallons of water to soak into the ground around your homes foundation. Gutters are the key to help protect your home against water damage. Gutters collect the rain rolling down your roof and divert it away from your home, and prevent flooding from happening. Another reason gutters benefit your home is by protecting your soil from eroding. When you have faulty gutters it causes the water to wash away the soil and leave the foundation of your home vulnerable and unprotected.

Things to Keep an ye On:

Debris Build Up: Can lead to pools of water forming on your roof and eventually leaking through your ceiling and into your home. Use pressure washer or leaf blower to clean them out quarterly

Storm Damage: After a rain, wind, or hail storm it is important to inspect your gutters for cracks or breaks. If damage has been caused, you can fill the holes with gutter caulk.

Old Gutters: Older gutters are more susceptible to damage or contain open seams. Make quarterly routine checks for repairs.

Call SERVPRO of North Kenner Harahan and Lakeview for any of your restoration needs!    504-468-3046

SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Fourth of July!

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

RED WHITE & BOOM!

It’s that time of year again, the time where you gather all of your family and friends, barbeque, cool off with some water activities, and pop fireworks to celebrate our nation’s independence. SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan, & Lakeview just wanted to post a few safety tips to ensure you will have a blast without creating one!

  • ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS
  • ALWAYS HAVE AN ADULT PRESENT
  • ONLY LIGHT FIREWORKS OUTSIDE
  • LIGHT THEM ON A HARD FLAT SURFACE
  • LIGHT ONE AT A TIME
  • DO NOT CARRY THEM AROUND IN YOUR POCKET
  • KEEP WATER OR A FIRE EXTINGUISHER HANDY
  • DO NOT THROW FIREWORKS

When It Rains ... We Restore!

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Louisiana is known for Mardi Gras, Crawfish, Alligators, jazz music, great food and an even better time. However, the first thing most people think of when they hear Louisiana is Hurricane Katrina and the flooding that accompanied her. Flooding is a fear many of our residents worry about constantly, but SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan, and Lakeview is here to put our residents mind at ease. We are here to help and serve our community that we are proud to be a part of. SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan, and Lakeview is on call prepared to assist in any on your water damage needs 24/7. Our highly trained technicians are ready around the clock to quickly and properly restore your home or business. We use innovative inspection and extraction equipment to detect all of the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will observe and document the drying process to ensure your property is back “like it never even happened.”

WHAT TO DO AFTER FLOODING:

  • Remove items off of furniture such as lamps, and table top décor and wipe off excess water.
  • Mop up excess water on the floor.
  • Prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Open any doors and windows that you can to encourage air flow and help to prevent mold growth.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.

WHAT NOT TO DO AFTER A FLOOD:

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

Even though you may have removed all of the water, there may be moisture lurking within your floors, carpet and baseboards that you cannot see that’s where SERVPRO of North Kenner Harahan and Lakeview can help! Please call us at        504-468-3046

Don't Delay Get OUT of Fire's Way!

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to commercial buildings mistakes are never an option. Commercial building owners should go the extra mile to protect their properties from any sort of damage that could occur. Here are a few tips to protect your building and the people in them.

Alarms

Fire and smoke alarms are the first defense for commercial buildings when a fire occurs.

Dos include:

  • Ensuring the alarm system is regularly inspected in line with regulation
  • Maintaining documentation surrounding alarm activity and maintenance
  • Testing your alarm system regularly to ensure proper function
  • Creating an action plan for building residents for when the alarm is set off

Don’ts:

  • Downplaying or brushing off the need to have regular maintenance and testing for your fire alarm system

Extinguishers and Suppression Systems

Extinguishers can be used by individuals to manage small fires while suppression systems can help prevent serious damage on a larger scale.

Dos:

  • Conducting regular tests to ensure proper function and pressure
  • Scheduling routine maintenance through contractors
  • Storing extinguishers in a clear and open space that makes them easily accessible
  • Providing proper training for occupants

Don’ts:

  • Putting off regularly scheduled inspections and tests to ensure function
  • Neglecting to train occupants on proper extinguisher use and handling
  • Keeping extinguishers in an area that is cluttered, difficult to get to, or where heat is constantly present

 Lighting

In the case of emergencies like a fire, emergency lighting sources should be available in order to provide occupants with a safe pathway from the building.

Dos:

  • Installing lighting throughout the building to provide effective light in all occupied areas
  • Scheduling regular maintenance and inspection

Don’ts :

  • Failing to install proper lighting
  • Neglecting to have regular maintenance and inspection