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

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

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

Alarms

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

Dos include:

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

Don’ts:

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

Extinguishers and Suppression Systems

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

Dos:

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

Don’ts:

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

 Lighting

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

Dos:

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

Don’ts :

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

How SERVPRO Removes Water From Your Flood Damaged Harahan Factory

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial How SERVPRO Removes Water From Your Flood Damaged Harahan Factory 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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If The Levee Breaks You Need The Team At SERVPRO To Help Save Your New Orleans Department Store!

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

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

Levee Breaks Can Flood Your New Orleans Department Store

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/17/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Benefits of Water Cleanup Services for Your New Orleans Night Club 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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Fire Damage In Kenner Retail Center Requires Speedy Restoration

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage In Kenner Retail Center Requires Speedy Restoration 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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High-Efficiency Water Removal For Your Business In New Orleans

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial High-Efficiency Water Removal For Your Business In New Orleans SERVPRO Techs Go to Great Lengths to Remove Water from Your New Orleans Commercial Site

Minimal Disruptions to Your New Orleans Commercial Work Place Thanks to SERVPRO's Professional Approach to Water Extraction

A broad range of reasons can underlie your New Orleans company’s need for water removal. Regardless of the source of the water, it must be removed fast to avoid the progressive deterioration, and possible secondary damage moisture infåçlicts upon the structural materials, fixtures, and contents of your commercial property. We have the high-efficiency equipment and skilled technicians to complete the job.

Often when water removal is necessary for a New Orleans business the power in the building is unavailable at least temporarily. The risk of shock when machinery and electronics stand in water is concerning, but pumping and extraction tools require a power source. Our service vehicles feature truck mounted extractors and gas-powered pumps to get right to work on pulling the water out of every space in your commercial building using generators we deliver to your building.
 
Our technicians train to make educated determinations about the characteristics of the water removed. We drain clean water from broken pipes and recent rains through the sewer system or outside the building. If the water contains contaminants such as sewer back up or chemicals, local regulations may require SERVPRO to contain and dispose of the liquid following hazardous waste procedures.
 
SERVPRO technicians also ensure that no water remains behind after our removal efforts through our use of sensitive moisture meters and infrared scanners. Finding all the water in every recess and crevice is critical to restoring the space thoroughly. If any water lingers more than 24 to 48 hours, microbial growth is possible. Soaked drywall often can be salvaged if the standing water is extracted quickly and the area dried, but each hour of waiting increases the probability that sections of building materials may need to be removed and replaced.
 
As we methodically work through the affected spaces, our trained crews decide if some materials are so damaged they removal is necessary. Flood cuts are employed to halt progressive damage to walls by SERVPRO employees when indicated. We can limit continuing harm by cutting the drywall above the watermark to stop additional water from wicking up. The cut also permits our industrial air movers to circulate warmed air between the studs to ensure the framing and remaining drywall expanses dry out evenly.
 
Trust SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview with your commercial water removal tasks. Our full-service water damage restoration team is a call away at (504) 468-3046.

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Commercial Water Damage Methods in River Ridge

4/29/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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Removing Water In Harahan Businesses After Mishaps

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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