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Is Your Business Properly Prepared?

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO house logo pictured above an IPhone and IPad with the ERP program pictured on both screens. Get SERVPRO ready and protect your business the smart way!

When a disaster strikes the time to prepare has passed. Don’t be one of the 60% of businesses to not have a formal emergency response plan. Roughly 80% of businesses are likely to go out of business if they do not recover after a disaster within a months’ time, and 50% of businesses never reopen. The best way to protect your company is to have a solid game plan. Is your business prepared for a natural disaster to hit?

Well you are in luck; SERVPRO of N. Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview is here to help! We have been working with local business to ensure that they will not fall victim to these statistics.

SERVPRO has an amazing program called the EMERGENCY READY PROFILE. This program aids property managers and owners, both residential and commercial to be prepared for a disaster to hit.

We will walk you step by step to help you put together an EMERGENCY READY PROFILE. We will help you identify and label utility shut-off locations, identify local utility contact information, identify local emergency contact information such as fire, police, and hospital contacts, and establish main internal contacts for purposes of employee safety and emergency work authorization.

For more information please contact SERVPRO of N. Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview @ 504-810-7144

We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. "Like it never even happened."

Restoring Your Home As Quickly As Possible

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Offers Fast and Thorough Storm Damage Restoration Services

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 N. 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 when it falls over, or limbs are broken off. Worse still, in many cases where storm damage affects your home, the storm itself is far from over.

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 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 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 N. 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.

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)


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!


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.”


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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


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.


  • 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

Flooded Kenner Home

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Nobody ever wants to be “that guy” holding pots and pans to catch leaking water, but let’s face it things happen. Luckily a homeowner of a local Kenner home had SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview’s number handy!

Your toilet is the last thing you think will cause you home water damage. However, just as you age causing your muscles and bones to get weak and brittle so does your toilets components that allow it to properly function. While some issues might be a drawn-out refilling process that can affect your monthly water bill, more severe consequences might include overflowing of the reservoir when the float mechanism does not engage.

Overflowing reservoirs might not affect your home but it does often require professional water removal and recovery. Even with noticing the problem shortly after it begins, an instance like this can quickly cover the bathroom floor and affect other rooms as well. Removing water yourself with buckets and mops is simply not enough. 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 & Lakeview can help.

We understand the frustration and importance of reacting quickly to these types of situations. Which is why our highly trained technicians, are ready around the clock to quickly and properly restore your home or business using the IICRC drying principles. We use advanced 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 dry.

Whether water damage is caused by plumbing malfunctions, ground water, falling water, or weather damage SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview is the right professional choice to make in assisting water damages. Give us a call @ 504-468-3046.

Call SERVPRO of N. Kenner, Harahan, & Lakeview Today To Protect Your Business From The Next Storm

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Is Your Business Prepared For The Next Storm?

When a disaster strikes the time to prepare has passed. Don’t be one of the 60% of businesses to not have a formal emergency response plan. Roughly 80% of businesses are likely to go out of business if they do not recover after a disaster within a months’ time, and 50% of businesses never reopen. The best way to protect your company is to have a solid game plan. Is your business prepared for a natural disaster to hit?

          Well you are in luck; SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan, & Lakeview is here to help! We have been working with local business to ensure that they will not fall victim to these statistics.

          SERVPRO has an amazing program called the EMERGENCY READY PLAN. This program aids property managers and owners, both residential and commercial to be prepared for a disaster to hit. We will walk you step by step to help you put together an EMERGENCY READY PLAN. We will help you identify and label utility, water, and gas shut-off locations, identify in house personal contact information, and identify local emergency contact information such as fire, police, and hospital contacts.

          When and if a storm were to hit our highly trained technicians are ready around the clock to quickly and properly restore your home or business to pre-water damage condition. SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan, & Lakeview uses advanced 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 dry.

For more information on protecting your business please contact us @ 504-468-3046

Put It Out Before It Puts You Out!

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Knock Out Smoke Residue and Odors by Calling SERVPRO of N. Kenner Harahan, & Lakeview for Fire Damage Mitigation

All it takes is one little spark and poof! A fire has started. As children we were taught all the different ways to prevent a fire such as don’t leave a dish towel near a burning stove, don’t play with electrical sockets, don’t play with matches, or what to do when a building catches on fire; STOP, DROP, AND ROLL, exit a building in an orderly fashion without panicking, and call 911. However, no one ever went over what to do after the flames have been put out such as, how to get rid of the funky residue and odor.

 Unfortunately, regular household cleaning products along with soap and water won't do the trick when it comes to getting rid of smoke residue and odors. Although the stains may be gone after endless hours of scrubbing, the chemicals in the cleaning products can seep into walls, floors, or other absorbent surfaces, and cause future damage. The importance of cleaning and treating all exposed surfaces to insure everything is fully clean and rid of funky smells may seem overwhelming, but don’t panic SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan, & Lakeview has you covered!

Our IICRC Certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians can help clean and remove odor from your home or business. Our technicians can clean the affected surfaces thoroughly using dry and wet washing techniques to release and carry away the residue particles. Chemically treated wet and dry sponges can remove most residues, though at times a preliminary vacuuming with a HEPA filtered device yields positive results. We can follow up this procedure with deodorization using a combination of deodorization techniques since one product or process cannot solve all odor problems. Some odors require direct spraying, and others fogging.

The technicians use different types of deodorizing equipment, including air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators, depending on the odor situation. Air scrubbers can eliminate airborne particles, gases, and odors from the air. These devices draw dirty indoor air through a series of HEPA and charcoal filters, capturing gases, particles, and odors. They then exhaust clean air back into the home.

Our crew works hard to restore items to their original condition using safe and thorough restoration techniques call SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan, & Lakeview for any of your fire mitigation needs @ 504-468-3046

Call SERVPRO of N. Kenner Harahan & Lakeview After Your Fire!

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan, & Lakeview has been the go to trusted fire repair and restoration team serving the local area since 1992. Our highly trained team provides extraordinary service and we promise to restore your residential or commercial property “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment which allow us to be able to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. Which is why you should call us right away before the initial shock of the fire wears off. People tend to instantly feel overwhelmed, stressed, and helpless afterwards and they need to be able to trust in a company that cares about their belongings as much as they do.

After a fire occurs you should limit movement in your home to prevent soot particles from embedding into your rugs, carpets, cloth sofas, curtains, etc. Another tip is to place clean towels or old sheets on these items to protect them from further damage. If your electricity is off immediately empty your fridge and freezer as well as prop the doors open. Changing your HVAC filter is also recommended.

SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview is prepared to come to your aid after fire damages. Call (504) 468-3046 as soon as fire officials release your property for a rapid assessment and solid restoration plan.

Better To Be Prepared!

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Keep you home and possessions safe this hurricane season! Your local SERVPRO has put together a handy list check list for you this season!

SECURE YOUR HOUSE DOORS: Add bolts at the top and bottom of your doors. Strong winds can easily rip doors off hinges. It is also a good idea to calk doors to prevent rain from getting in.

STORM PROOF YOUR WINDOWS: Living in Louisiana storm shutters are a key asset when trying to defend your home of a hurricane. However, old fashion plywood will do the trick as well, keep in mind it should be at least 5/8 inches thick. Caulking the cracks around your windows will also prevent heavy rains from getting inside your home and decreases the chances of moisture damage.

STRAP DOWN YOUR ROOF: Hurricane straps and clamps are handy little tools to insure you that your roof is fastened to the frame.

SECURE OUTDOOR YARD ITEMS: Find a safe place such a garage or shed to store all of your patio furniture, grill, and lawn decor. Make sure no lose items are left to be blown through a window.

SAFETY PROOF YOUR LANDSCAPING: Lastly, trim trees and bushes to minimalism debris. Tie down smaller trees and shrubs, and move all potted plants indoors.

Molded Hotel In Kenner

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Ever wondered why you ended up sick after your relaxing stay on vacation? What if I told you it was because of mold? Crazy, I know! There are multiple ways a residence can become infested with mold. Surprisingly, one of the most common places for mold to be found is behind wallpaper especially in an older building or house. Mold loves cool, dark, humid areas. You don’t necessarily need a surface to be completely drenched for mold to appear. Yes, mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, such as a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting however; it can also be caused by two people breathing while sleeping in a cool bedroom with the door closed. An adult gives off close to a gallon of water a day while breathing. It’s crazy to think about the amount of water that is being trapped in your wallpaper every night.

SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview is currently working a Mold Remediation job at a local Kenner hotel. Our employees are trained mold remediators trained to use the industry’s best practices. Our team is quickly working to contain the infestation and prevent any future mold growth from happening. We are managing the situation and working to remediate the property back to its original preloss condition.

SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview stands ready to help you with any of your Mold Removal and Remediation needs. Please contact us at 504.468.3048

How SERVPRO Removes Water From Your Flood Damaged Harahan Factory

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

No job is too big for SERVPRO. We make it "Like it never even happened."

Factories Need Commercial Water Removal after Flooding Happens in Harahan

When your Harahan area factory floods and invades spaces where your employees work, SERVPRO knows that getting things back to normal as timely as possible restores safe conditions and keeps schedules intact. We can help you with these aspects by sending out qualified specialists who understand your concerns.  

We serve Harahan and nearby locations with commercial water removal methods that rectify disasters that can otherwise prevent businesses from operating normally. Your ability to stay open means a lot to our local community and us. We do everything we can do to make this possible for you, and when closing your operations down does become a necessity, we work as quickly as possible to minimize your downtime.  

Flooding can cause serious problems with maintaining a safe environment for your workers, so we ensure that these issues receive the attention required first. Removing water from floors makes walking through these areas safe again, but we also need to clean contaminated areas, as well as dry the rest of your facility. After flooding occurs, humidity levels can increase and cause problems with equipment and inventory.  

We use advanced technology to determine where elevated amounts of moisture occur, as different materials can absorb more moisture than other materials. Heat also plays a role in water removal, so where elements such as concrete and other hard but porous substances exist, we increase the temperature to force this moisture out and into the air. Before it can condense on other surfaces where it might become absorbed again, our air movers push it into our desiccant machinery, trapping it and keeping it from causing any additional damage.  

We also make sure that areas around electrical conduits become dry again, and work with certified electricians to rule out any possible problems with your factories electrical system. We streamline the entire restoration process as much as possible to keep overall costs low and prevent damage from worsening.  

SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview is ready to take your call at (504) 468-3046 when you need water removal services to keep your factory running in River Ridge, Elmwood, or New Orleans. Call us, 24/7, to have IICRC-certified technicians take care of the situation for you.

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How Flood Waters Contaminate Your New Orleans Home

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Floodwater brings bacteria and other contaminants into your home. Call SERVPRO Franchise professionals to safely remove the water.

Add a Professional Team to Your Flood Damage Emergency Plan in New Orleans

If there is something the people of New Orleans know well is the devastation of a natural disaster. Regardless of how safe we want to be and how much we prepare for the arrival of a storm, our homes continue to be vulnerable to the destruction left behind when streets flood and whole communities left without resources. As important as finding shelter, gas and stocking non-perishables and water is, homeowners must also focus on building a sketch of a plan post-disaster. By planning, you can save valuable resources and begin the restoration of your home as soon as possible.  

When it is likely that there is flood damage to your home in New Orleans, linking to SERVPRO ahead of time is your first step towards recovering your home. Our team is available 24/7 to answer your call and spring into action as soon as it is safe to do so. Aside from our technical training and on-the-job expertise, we rely on industry-specific equipment specially designed to help pump water out of your home and expedite the drying process.  

One of the main concerns when flood waters enter your home is the impurities contained within its flow. Debris, contamination and unwanted bacteria all enter your property as soon as black waters come inside and it needs removing as soon as possible. We must remove porous materials such as upholstery, curtains, and carpets following any contact with incoming water, and our SERVPRO team coordinates this removal as part of the remediation process.  

Aside from our actual work, our SERVPRO team is a resource for you when it comes to gathering facts to file an insurance claim. Because our site assessment process is rigorous and complete, we can provide information to support the extent of the damage which can help support your interactions with insurance.  

Natural disasters are complicated to navigate, but SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview is here to help. Reach out to (504) 468-3046 to make the best of a bad situation and let us return your home to its original condition.

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When Leaky Appliances Cause Water Damage To Your New Orleans Home, Call Our Crew At SERVPRO!

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

No matter what time your appliances spring a leak, call SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview at (504) 468-3046.

SERVPRO Knows How To Handle Leaky Appliances In Your New Orleans Home

What is dry? Dry does not mean the same thing in your New Orleans home as it means in the Nevada desert. Different areas have different needs and challenges. SERVPRO has dedicated specialists to handle your unique needs as soon as you spot a leak in your home. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Water damage in your New Orleans home from broken appliances can really stress you out. SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview can send out technicians quickly to assess and mitigate your problem. Our advanced technology and ongoing education help make us an industry leader.

First, we'll do an inspection of the problem area and an assessment. Our dedicated staff is IICRC certified, and we practice ongoing education to keep on top of any new information and techniques in damage restoration.

Next, we will move your belongings to a dry area and clean up any standing water. Our experts will work with your insurance adjuster to help keep costs low while we work to mitigate the spread of the problem within your home. Ongoing damages can affect your home if the water is not cleaned up quickly.

We will set up dehumidifiers and air movers in your home. In winter you may need extra heaters brought in to hasten the process. Lastly, we will clean up and restore any damaged areas. We can help restore furniture as well if you need it.

We have specially trained technicians who handle deodorizing your home, so you don't have to worry about lingering smells associated with damp floors and walls. As an industry leader in cleaning and restoration, we take pride in our work. We want you to feel, “Like it never even happened,” so you can be comfortable at home again right away.

No matter what time your appliances spring a leak, call SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview at (504) 468-3046. We're ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help.

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How Professionals Remove Mold FromYour New Orleans Home

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Louisiana's climate provides a hospitable habitat mold growth.

Mold Remediation Specialists in New Orleans Help Protect Homes from Microscopic Invaders

No matter where you go inside your New Orleans residence, microbes live there with you. Many of these go about their business without ever causing you grief or harm. Some, however, wait for a period of change in the indoor environment that brings an increase in moisture. When this change happens, some microorganisms switch from their naturally dormant state to a highly active one and begin to proliferate.  

SERVPRO helps protect and restore homes in the New Orleans area with standard mold remediation techniques. Eliminating the entire microbial population from any dwelling is not possible, nor would it result in a healthy environment. However, whenever mold grows too rapidly and covers a large area, removal of the contaminated sections of building materials and intensive cleaning of affected belongings and furnishings mitigates the situation.  

As we remediate damaged sections in a home, we use air scrubbers to strip the air of microbes and their spores. These spores can cause subsequent infestations in other areas of your residence, as well as cause health effects in you and your family members. Our mold remediation specialists place these air scrubbers outside of negative air pressure chambers to contain any already existing spores and also inside these chambers.  

When inside a chamber, an air scrubber is a part of the chamber once we hook it up to plastic tubing. This tubing runs from the air scrubber to the outside of your home, directing air out, while pulling in only fresh air from outside the chamber, which prevents any of our equipment from sending spores into any nearby uncontaminated places.  

Plastic sheeting is our ally when remediating mold damage, so we also use it in the form of double bags to help us safely remove moldy pieces of drywall and other materials. Keeping these pieces contained helps us protect your property.  

SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview can restore your home, "Like it never even happened." even when mold damage looks unmanageable. Our specialists hold IICRC certificates and are ready 24/7 to help protect your residence in Jefferson and Lakeview. Call us at (504) 468-3046 for prompt and professional remediation experts.

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Don't Let Water Damage Rain on Your New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview is available 24/7--even during Mardi Gras. We'll do the work so you can enjoy the festivities.

Fast, Effective, and Friendly Water Removal Services in New Orleans

When an appliance in your home breaks down and leaves you in dire need of professional water removal services, it is essential to reach out for them as soon as you can. While a leaking dishwasher may seem like a problem that can be set aside until you have time to find time for a solution, it is never a good idea to leave it waiting. Neglecting the issue until later can only cause more damage inside of your residence. As moisture builds, so too can further problems, such as mold damage.  

Calling professional water removal services to your New Orleans house after the first time your dishwasher leaks can prevent those future damages from occurring. The truth is that every time your dishwasher leaks gallons of water onto your floor, it compromises the hardwood flooring and the base of the cabinetry in your kitchen. As the wooden panels absorb excess moisture, the wood can begin to swell. As a result of the strain, the floorboard can start to blister and crack.  

After a particularly severe leak, it is wise to reach out to both an electrician and a professional cleanup and remediation company, such as SERVPRO. We are known for our swift service, as we always try to arrive at your home as soon as possible after your call. Our IICRC-certified technicians come equipped with advanced technology to help them tackle the damages in your home as quickly and effectively as possible.  

When we arrive, our SERVPRO techs can begin to remediation process as soon as possible. We can use pieces of equipment specifically designed for extracting water from your residence as swiftly as possible, such as wet/dry vacuums and extractors. However, removing the puddle of water isn't enough. Our SERVPRO technicians must also remove the moisture from your floorboards and the base of your cabinets, using devices such as flood drying mats, dehumidifiers, and axial fans. Once we finish, we can return your home to you feeling "Like it never even happened."  

When an appliance leaks and causes water damage inside of your kitchen, never hesitate. Reach out to SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview by phoning (504) 446-6496. Day or evening, we are ready to help you.

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Here's a Quick Way to Solve a Flooding Problem in New Orleans with SERVPRO

2/10/2019 (Permalink)

Even though flooding cannot be predicted or prevented, team SERVPRO's effective service can make it "Like it never even happened."

Levee Damage Can Flood Multiple New Orleans Homes

With New Orleans sitting so low beneath sea level, the threat is ever present for flood damage to occur. While the levee system works efficiently to prevent these breaches, severe weather systems can often threaten the structural integrity of these constructions and allow water to pour through vulnerabilities long enough to flood properties nearby. With so many homes that can become affected by this breach, contacting professional restoration technicians like ours right away is vital to protecting the investment you have made in your property.

While there are warning systems in place to alert homeowners to potential threats from the levees in New Orleans, the effect on the properties remains the same. Within a short period, water levels can rise considerably within the main floor of a home, causing irreparable damage to structural elements like flooring, drywall, and other construction materials. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly with effective mitigation solutions designed to extract water quickly from the affected areas and allow for drying efforts to begin immediately.

Flooding often requires build back and reconstruction services to play a role in between initial mitigation efforts and restoration. Our SERVPRO team features licensed contractors with the ability to not only build back walls and structural elements damaged by the flooding, but also rewire homes, reconstruct damaged plumbing, and run other utilities through the house as needed.

This comprehensive approach to restoration and reconstruction helps our recovery team to be a wise choice for those dealing with flooded homes throughout our service area. We can respond quickly to emergencies that threaten the property and its contents, and offer effective solutions to protect what matters most to you while our certified experts begin restoring the home to original condition.

While there is no way to predict the condition of levees or the likelihood of disasters like flooding, you can count on our SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview to help clean up the mess and restore the damage. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (504) 468-3046.

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Fire Damage Remediation Strategies in New Orleans Revealed

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Quick thinking on your part to contact SERVPRO after a fire can make your home look "Like it never even happened." Call right away for best results.

Training and Innovations Tame Fire Damage Consequences in New Orleans

Once the fear and confusion after a fire begin to dissipate, it is vital to find a full-service restoration company to help recover the function and feel of your New Orleans home. Surveying the damage can make you feel hopeless and entirely out of your element. Working with our experienced project managers and trained crews restores your hope in your future, remediating the damage “Like it never even happened.”

Fire damage to your New Orleans household needs a fast and professional response. In addition to the harm done by the flames, it is likely that your home is awash in water and chemical extinguishing agents used to quell the blaze. Because we handle a wide range of disaster mitigation jobs, our crews move from task to task without delay.

SERVPRO technicians match the type of smoke and soot damage to the mitigation techniques learned at IICRC training. Our service vehicles stock the products and tools needed to clear away all types of soot, from vacuums and bushes for light ash to abrasives, surfactants, and solvents for thick, sticky, or protein-based residues. We treat cleaned areas with EPA registered disinfectants, inhibiting the microbial growth that otherwise could take hold in our humid climate.

Our workers can scrape and sand down even deep charring, allowing original structural components to be restored rather than bringing in a demolition team. Historic homes in our area are treasured, and the ability to save architecturally significant details sets SERVPRO apart as a restoration industry leader. Once the damaged areas are stabilized we arrange for appropriate repairs and refinishing, returning your home to its preloss appearance and comfort.

SERVPRO also offers top-notch deodorization services. We start by removing the smell-carrying materials and cleaning thoroughly. Other techniques include sealing surfaces and innovations like thermal fogging that eliminate odors by recreating the conditions of the fire to neutralize bad-smelling particles by chemical reactions. Hydroxyl generators and enzymatic treatments are often successful deodorants at the molecular level.

SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview is prepared to come to your aid after fire damages your New Orleans abode. Call (504) 468-3046 as soon as fire officials release your property for a rapid assessment and solid restoration plan.

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Some Ways to Avoid Secondary Damages in New Orleans After Water Damage

1/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen very quickly. Act fast and hire an effective IICRC certified SERVPRO water damage remediation team.

Why SERVPRO is a Water Cleanup Industry Leader in New Orleans

Companies that offer water mitigation services in New Orleans need to on their toes because of the variety of ways residents find moisture damaging their homes. Storms, waterway flooding, and just day to day breakages, negligence, and just bad luck can all contribute to the need for water removal and applied structural drying in houses, condos, and apartments.

Property owners need access to reliable water cleanup services in New Orleans fast. Moisture that lingers more than a day or two in this humid climate can significantly increase the risk of mold development in households already vigilant about the possibility of microbial growth. We pride ourselves on being Faster to Any Size Disaster, a key reason why we should be your first call.

Two words sum up why SERVPRO is a water cleanup leader: training and equipment. We support our employees in their efforts to become and remain certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our crews hold multiple certificates in specialties such as Water Restoration (WRT), Applied Structural Drying (ASD), Building Moisture Thermography (BMT), and others. The IICRC coursework completed represents the mastery of water cleanup industry standards.

Each of our familiar green service trucks carries a full complement of water cleanup equipment essentials. Gas-powered submersible pumps, wanded water extractors, and specialized tools like drying mats are quickly available for technicians to employ in water loss scenarios. A lineup of industrial strength air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers round out the tools always ready for duty. Our ability to select the appropriate water mitigation device needed for each situation without delay is a solid reason why SERVPRO boasts successful outcomes for projects completed.

Our technicians carefully monitor moisture levels throughout every project, ensuring that all excess water exits the premises. Proficiency in the use of moisture meters and thermal scanners allows our crews to make decisions based on accurate data. Competence in cutting edge mitigation technology is why SERVPRO water cleanup plans deliver the desired results.

Contact SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview for your New Orleans water cleanup needs. One call to (504) 468-3046 brings a well-qualified team of restoration experts to your door, ready to assess and manage water loss issues.
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New Orleans Water Extraction from Flooring Materials Is Customized by SERVPRO

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Has Industry Leading Water Pumps for Extraction and Mitigation for New Orleans Properties

The Best Choice For Water Removal In New Orleans

Flooding brings to mind major disasters with broken dams and entire neighborhoods under water. Despite these visuals, as painful as they can be, many homeowners and residents can suffer just as much damage and incur as much of a repair and restoration bill from failed plumbing like a ruptured sink pipe or a water heater with a faulty high-pressure release switch.
Regardless of the source, water removal is a recurring event for many New Orleans residents. That is why customers return to SERVPRO for their needs. They know that each of our technicians trains on the latest equipment and stays updated on the best methods to help our neighbors return to a dry, safe home once again.
Once they turn off the water at the main or the point of failure and depending on the level of water, our removal teams begin with a commercial grade pump for higher amounts. We also have portable submersible pumps for two or more inches of water depth. Depending on the size of the home, team members can use machines that plug directly into the home’s electrical service or into one of the generators we keep in our inventory. For large homes, condos, and apartments, we also have a truck-mounted pump that can operate 24/7 if needed.
For lower amounts that cover the surface, SERVPRO technicians switch to smaller, extraction devices that work very efficiently to draw water out of carpets and wooden floors. We can set up drying mats which draw water efficiently from the joints of boards. For small rooms and closets, they can use a device that looks similar to a vacuum cleaner. Our team members can adjust the rate of airflow and amount of heat in these wands to ensure they do not cause any secondary harm to the carpets or floors as they draw out the water trapped inside.
Carpet pads, however, quickly deteriorate once they begin to soak up water. If the water remained on the carpet overnight, we recommend lifting the carpet and replacing the pad immediately after completing the extraction process.
At SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview, our goal is to help each of our neighbors and friends return to a home that looks just like it did before the disaster, no matter how large or small. If any part of your home is or has been underwater, call us today at (504) 468-3046 to help make it right.

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How Professionals Extract Water from Your New Orleans Home

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in New Orleans is a common occurrence. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of water damage.

Flood Extraction Technicians in New Orleans Talk About Tools Used During The Restoration Process

After a storm hits the New Orleans area, it is possible that your home becomes negatively affected by moisture. If water gets into your building after a thunderstorm, it is wise to call in a professional flood extraction company like SERVPRO. Substantial amounts of rain can make rainwater find its way into your house through any small existing cracks or holes. Heavy winds can cause other damage such as broken exterior walls or windows that can create places for rainwater to enter. If flood extraction does not take place within 48 hours, it is possible that mold can develop.

If you ever notice even slight damage after a storm, SERVPRO provides  24/7  fast service. We are ready at all times of the day to arrive and begin flood extraction at your New Orleans residence. Our highly trained teams are located in the area and can respond quickly to help you mitigate your storm-related issues. As soon as we respond to your emergency call, we start assessing your problems so that we can devise a plan of attack. We figure what types of equipment we can use to reduce moisture levels as quickly as possible.

Our SERVPRO technicians have access to various types of advanced technology and equipment. From the initial estimate to the final cleaning process we use the industry's most advanced tools and technology. When first devising our initial project scope we use specialized moisture sensors and meters to find all of the places the water affected. During the extraction process, we use different types of extractors and various tools depending on the severity of each situation. When we dry out structural components inside your home, we use the most up-to-date air moving and dehumidification technology.

Our technicians are IICRC certified and have experience in using all of the needed equipment during the different types of scenarios. If you ever suffer from damage after a storm or flood takes place, call SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan, & Lakeview at (504) 468-3046 24 hours a day and seven days a week.  

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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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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Our Water Cleanup Services In New Orleans Is Fast And Reliable

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water can cause mold growth and can damage your flooring, which is why we take those extra steps to check for hidden moisture.

Water Cleanup Services

Water leaking from a loose valve on your dishwasher left a mess in the kitchen. It is wise to call trained professionals to extract the water right away. Allowing water to stand in your home may lead to mold growth, which can cause health effects. Our team is highly efficient. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and can help reduce damages to your home.

SERVPRO water cleanup restoration services in New Orleans are reliable. Our techs can use portable extractors, pumps or vacuums to remove standing water. Once they extract the water, the crew checks the structure for any pockets of moisture. They can use probes and sensors to locate any moisture trapped under the flooring or behind the baseboards. Water can cause mold growth and can damage your flooring, which is why we take those extra steps to check for hidden moisture.

Once the team completes the migration phase, they can start to dry the affected areas. We can use industrial air movers or axial fans to dry the structure. Air movers and fans speed up evaporation and help reduce the level of moisture in the air. Also, our skilled technicians may employ heaters to expedite the drying phase. If necessary, our certified techs may use dehumidifiers to increase moisture evaporation.

When possible, our team can restore your kitchen to its preloss condition. Our techs can arrive at your residence within hours after you contact us ready to get to work. We set goals to extract water and dry the structure quickly, which can prevent mold growth and can reduce damages to your home. We are close by and can help in various types of water emergencies such as this one.

SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview offers water cleanup services and is here to help 24/7. It is the goal of the restoration team to restore your home and to reduce the amount of damages. If there is ever a water emergency in your home, please contact us as soon as possible at (504) 468-3046.

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The Danger in Your New Orleans Home Following Fire Damages

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be stressful and devastating to deal with; let our SERVPRO team handle it and restore the damage.

What To Expect After A Fire Strikes in Your New Orleans Home

Among the most pressing of concerns following a fire in your New Orleans home are the dangers that you cannot see. From structural integrity loss to widespread effects from the fire itself, many homeowners are not fully aware of just how detrimental the situation can be for their health and wellness. Understanding these concerns can help you to appreciate your need for professional restoration services following such an incident in your residence.

Once first responders have extinguished the blaze, you have a mindset of getting the fire damage restored in your New Orleans home. Your insurance company is going to want to get their own assessment of the full scope of the damage, which is part of the service that our SERVPRO team provides. Even with a confirmation that the fire is entirely out, a homeowner could encounter many potential hazards in photographing the damage or cataloging ruined contents.

One of the first potential pitfalls that a homeowner might encounter after fire damages is the weakening of structural components and construction materials throughout the residence. These could be ceiling materials, walls, flooring, supports, framework, and more. These weakened portions of material are unstable and can fall, collapse, or give way with little or even no pressure at all. Our SERVPRO technicians get uniquely trained to handle safety concerns like these through both our assessment and throughout the restoration process.

The air quality is another concern that should give a homeowner pause before rushing back into their home after a fire. There is any number of potential contaminants, smoke, and debris floating around in the environment that could adversely affect your health. Our professionals have personal protective equipment designed to improve their air quality until the appropriate measures are taken via air scrubbers to detoxify the atmosphere.

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It might seem like you are getting the ball rolling quickly for yourself by assessing the damage on behalf of your insurance company before filing a claim. Our SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview team works directly with insurance providers and their adjusters to catalog the full scope of the damage and help to expedite the claims process to get restoration started promptly. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (504) 468-3046.

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The Benefits of Water Cleanup Services for Your New Orleans Night Club

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Jazzes Up New Orleans Businesses After a Water Loss

SERVPRO Rocks in New Orleans with Water Removal and Recovery

The Big Easy is always coming to life at night, and as an owner of a New Orleans nightclub, you should be able to attest to the high traffic you get once the sun goes down. All days of the week patrons are going to come into your club looking to cut loose and have a good time. Even a seemingly small-scale incident that requires drying efforts and extraction services could put a damper in your business.

As is the case with any business owner, your profits are one of the top concerns. That is why when you need water cleanup services for your New Orleans nightclub, you seek out the kind of professional outfit that can arrive quickly and provide the high-quality service to ensure that the job gets done the first time correctly. Regardless of the source of the incident, water damage is rarely something that you are going to be able to contend with on your own, even with a maintenance / custodial staff.

One of the reasons that you are going to want to seek out professional assistance to help you clean up the water damage to your facility is the money that you have put into the staging areas of your dance floor. This material is susceptible to oversaturation and warping, which can happen even after a brief period of exposure. Prompt extraction and drying are critical to preserving this material.

Another advantage to choosing professional cleaning services that our SERVPRO team provides is protecting all of the electronic equipment that you have. From the DJ booth to the amplifiers and speakers throughout the building, a modest presence of moisture can short out this equipment and require you to replace it. Our team utilizes high-grade dehumidification equipment to pull moisture from the area and replace it with overly dry air.  

As a business owner, you are perpetually thinking about the success of your establishment and the experience of your patrons. The best choice that you can make when you face a situation demanding water cleanup is to trust our SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview restoration technicians. We can arrive quickly and help you to keep the nightlife of New Orleans alive and well. Give us a call anytime you need us at (504) 468-3046.

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Washing Machine Malfunctions Can Flood Your New Orleans Residence

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

As this appliance ages, however, it can begin to degrade and malfunction in unexpected ways.

Washing Machine Malfunctions Can Flood Your Home

Many homeowners throughout the New Orleans area are familiar with the possibility of disasters like flooding striking at any time throughout the year. With the potential for hurricanes and severe weather systems, residents remain on high alert for the conditions to get met to pose this level of threat to their residence. Unfortunately, this risk is not the only kind of flooding that can occur in your house.

The washing machine in your home got designed to make your life easier. As this appliance ages, however, it can begin to degrade and malfunction in unexpected ways. Even something as basic in the machine as a bushing around the drum or a damaged water level sensor can lead to the need for water removal services for your New Orleans house.

The critical thing to remember among a current disaster like this is to act quickly to secure the help you need to restore the damage. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond rapidly to the problem, which can help you to mitigate losses while the initial assessment of the damage occurs. Our technicians can also cut off the water supply to the appliance if you have not already done this by the time we arrive.

While we cannot fix the washing machine that allowed the mess to occur, we can work quickly to extract and dry the affected areas. Our thermal imagery can show our SERVPRO team present water pooling and dampness in spaces like wall cavities. These areas could get dried with specialized equipment like our injectidry system, but it might also require removal of portions of drywall or paneling to allow industrial air movers and dehumidifiers to resolve the issue.

In the event of substantial water emergencies, you need to have a plan in place to protect your home from the damages it can sustain. The longer that you wait to resolve the issue, the worse it often becomes. Don't hesitate to contact out to our professionals at SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview. Our emergency response team is standing by now at (504) 468-3046.

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Helping Homeowners through Flood Damage Mitigation in New Orleans

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Cleans Up Your Storm Damaged Property in New Orleans

SERVPRO's Experts Use Advanced Equipment and Methods for Limiting Storm Damage to Properties

Residents in New Orleans know flooding happens all too easily. The damage left behind by muddy waters covering your neighborhood ruins everything it touches. The IICRC-certified professionals at SERVPRO can help undo the damage caused so your family can go back home again.
Homes in the lower-lying sections of New Orleans sustain flood damage much sooner, and for more extended periods, than do homes in higher areas. This longer time period can lead to additional damage that works its way throughout the entire home.
Hot and humid days help water trapped inside to evaporate and spread within. Opening windows can help minimize the amount of trapped water vapor, but homeowners should do this only if they can do so safely. Staying safe when it comes to flooding is always more important than any safeguarding of property. We recommend to allow us to check the RH inside the home and the exterior before opening windows to nullify an actual increase of airborne moisture to the interior. Secondary water and storm damage from water vapor often ruins previously untouched items and materials from the stormwater.
Professional mitigation experts from SERVPRO restore homes to preloss condition as quickly as possible. We know the disruption caused by disasters like flooding affects your entire family, as well as your work and your children's education. Removing the water from your home begins the process of restoring dry conditions again which can keep microbial infestations at bay.
To continue this extraction of invasive water, we also set up air movers and scrubbers. Our air movers push the air around and whisk moisture off surfaces as our scrubbers can remove spores, bacteria, and fine dust and debris from the air. We continually monitor the amount of moisture in both air and materials with different devices. SERVPRO technicians compare these readings to the amounts listed as normal on moisture content tables for the same or similar materials.
Removing any materials that the flood harmed helps make drying salvageable materials happen faster. Both carpeting and pad can hold, as well as hide below them, plenty of moisture and contaminants. Drywall and other materials making up your home's walls and ceilings also become so saturated with contaminated water that we also remove these from your home. "Flood cuts" can minimize the height of drywall demolition in severe circumstances.
Cleaning hard surfaces after a flood happens twice – first to remove the grime left and once more to sanitize the surfaces affected. Once our meters detect that everything is dry again, we can carry in the materials needed to complete the rebuilding of your house's interior.
SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview serves the communities of Lakeview, Elmwood, and Jefferson by helping mitigate flood damage and other disasters. Call us at (504) 468-3046 when your home suffers damage so we can help you protect your family from the stresses related to such crises.

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

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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.


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