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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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