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Could You be Making a Mistake in New Orleans When Drying Out Your Hardwood Flooring After a Flood?
When flooding affects your hardwood flooring, knowing the right way to dry it can be the difference between success and replacement. Call SERVPRO.
How Flood Damage Affects Different Wood Floors in Homes Throughout New Orleans
Many of the homes in and around New Orleans contain beautiful hardwood floors. Some of these floors are original and can be several decades old. When homeowners have cared for them and maintained them well, they can significantly add to a home's value.
All of a homeowner's efforts to maintain a home's floors can wash down the drain when flood damage in New Orleans happens to a home. Because flooding may have occurred in the past, homeowners may have replaced their home's original hardwood flooring with other types of similar-looking flooring. These may cost less initially, but during a flood, the cost-effectiveness of these replacement floors diminishes rapidly.
Authentic hardwood floors may seem damaged at first, immediately after a flood. However, the cupping and crowning of correctly installed hardwood floors are often temporary or easily repaired situations compared to the damage wood laminate or engineered wood flooring exhibits after flooding.
Laminate flooring can show signs of damage from small spills, rain dripping from a leak in the roof, or a mop that held too much water. Real hardwood floors often recover with proper drying techniques. These floors are made of small bits of wood held together by glue with an imprinted image on them, which is then covered with a protective seal, which only protects the top of the piece, and not the bottom or sides. Water that comes into contact with the unprotected surfaces causes the piece to swell and expand. The protective seal can begin bubbling and peeling. The underside often disintegrates into mush. SERVPRO technicians shovel these off the surface to prepare it for new installation.
Engineered flooring can fare better than laminate flooring but still become damaged from flooding. Spills and other mishaps do not cause comparable damage to laminate flooring. Engineered flooring sustains damage because of the interlocking design that holds the boards together. Many times these floors merely float on the sub-floor without any fasteners except at the outside edges, which allows swelling from water to pop boards out from buckling. More commonly, though, these floors end up cracked and splintered from flood damage.
SERVPRO can help you recover your home's hardwood floors after suffering through your home's bout with flood damage. Slight sanding can eliminate any crowning that remains after drying brings the moisture levels down to reasonable amounts. Cupping often diminishes adequately enough when moisture content reverts to normal. Slow and steady drying of the floors with our Injectidry system means this occurs evenly.
SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview helps families in Elmwood, Jefferson, and River Ridge restore their homes after flood damage. Call us at (504) 468-3046, so we can begin mitigation work now.
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How We Help You Recover From A Flood Damage Emergency In New Orleans
People often think that flood damage and water problem are the same things, but they are different from each other.
Why Is Flood Damage In New Orleans Worse Than Any Ordinary Water issue?
Hurricane Katrina was the most devastating event in New Orleans. The flood has destroyed thousands of houses and property, but that has never stopped New Orleans from rising to the top. They know that flood damage is a catastrophe, but it does not have to ruin their lives. They spent countless days renovating the cities, but eventually, they had made it better than before. Even after experiencing some massive renovations, people are still confused about differentiating flood damage and water issues. People often think that flood damage and water problem are the same things, but they are different from each other.
Flood damage in New Orleans is ten times worse than regular water problems. Flood damage is usually related to weather issues like a storm, hurricane, or anything that mother nature can throw at us. A Water problem often originates from broken pipes, broken toilets, overflowing bathtub, or laundry problems. Luckily, these water are often clean and does not cause that much issues. Flood damage on the other hand usually come from the overflow of the inland, tidal waters, rapid accumulation of surface water, mud flow, or the collapse of the land along the lakeshore or other bodies of water. These water often contain contaminants and can cause extreme damages to your property.
If you ever experience flood damage in your residential area, then it is best to call the SERVPRO technician to come in for an inspection. When it comes to flood damage, time is of the essence, so you must act quickly. The SERVPRO technician can help get rid of all the belongings that were contaminated by the flood water. They have an advanced transportation system to help you get rid of a large number of damaged items, materials, or any belongings. That way, you do not have to waste time making multiple trips or carry heavy items on your own. Since safety is the most critical factor, the technicians can remove any dangerous or electrical appliances from the area. Then they can use state of the art mitigation process to extract water and disinfect the air with a powerful antimicrobial solution.
If you are ready to combat flood damage, then give SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview a call at (504) 468-3046 for a consultation with our skilled technician.
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Did You Know That Flooding can Quickly Affect Your New Orleans Home?
Storms can create conditions where flooding will affect your home. Contact SERVPRO should your home suffer storm damage and subsequent flooding.
Cleaning Up Flood Damage in New Orleans
For New Orleans residents, flooding is a familiar, but unwanted aspect of living in our beautiful city. Hundreds of homes are affected every year, regardless if the problem is a hurricane or just a sudden storm that caught people unaware.
Remediating flood damage to New Orleans homes means getting the water out quickly and taking steps to begin drying any affected property immediately. SERVPRO restoration teams train to draw water out of each home to put the residence and the residents back in a clean, safe environment.
Floodwater contains soil and whatever else was on the ground when it entered the home, so our technicians treat it as contaminated water. That means they start damage control efforts by spraying the surface of the water and nearby structural and personal property with an anti-bacterial agent to reduce the potential health risk to themselves and residents. Next, they don protective boots and coveralls to protect them as they begin removing the floodwater.
Now, technicians use pumps to draw water out of the home. Since this is contaminated water, they pump it either into a functioning sewer or a tank truck for delivery to a water treatment plant. SERVPRO personnel performs the same method using extraction wands to draw the last thin layer of water off floors and out of carpets.
Since the water is contaminated, our technicians do not attempt to clean the carpets. We cannot guarantee 100% that carpets are safe to keep in the home, so we remove them as quickly as possible. Team members spray the damp floors underneath with an anti-bacterial agent and then dry them using air movers and fans.
For personal property, our technicians lift furniture off floors or carpets and onto blocks or to another location. They clean fabrics and upholstered furniture with a shampoo that contains another anti-bacterial agent and wipes down wood and metal surfaces with the same agent and cloths. Once finished, they use fans to increase circulation and carefully dry the items without causing secondary damage.
At SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview, we want to restore every home to a clean, safe condition as quickly as we can do so. Every potential customer is also one of our neighbors, and we treat every residence with the care and respect it deserves. Call us today at (504) 468-3046 to get started.
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Helping Homeowners through Flood Damage Mitigation in New Orleans
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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The Right Restoration Team For Flood Damages In Your New Orleans Home
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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Why You Need Professional Help When A Flood Damages Your New Orleans Home
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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Restoring Flood Damaged Property in Elmwood
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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Dysfunctional Gutters Can Bring Storm Damages Into Your Kenner Home
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
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.