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Professional Mitigation Thwarts the Effects of Flood Damage in Metairie

8/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Professional Mitigation Thwarts the Effects of Flood Damage in Metairie If a storm has hit your area hard and results in damage, call SERVPRO for drying out and remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians are Certified in Storm Damage Restoration

Flooding incidents can create a highly disastrous situation for an entire community or affect only a low-lying neighborhood in Metairie. Individual homeowners often need to locate their own mitigation company. Choosing a professional company that uses experienced professionals can make the process much more straightforward while still providing fast and efficient services.
 
Homeowners who need expert flood damage mitigation in Metairie should realize the different problems flooding places on a residential property. The professionals at SERVPRO can explain these issues to affected property owners as they relate to their homes.
 
In addition to the presence of visible water and our work in removing any that remains after floodwaters recede on their own, we also need to eliminate the silt and other soils that entered your home. These can hold onto both moisture and pathogens that can endanger your children and pets. Cutting your carpet and padding into strips for easier removal helps remove a significant amount of what the floodwater deposited on your floors. As soon as our pumps have extracted the necessary amount of water, we begin this part of the mitigation.
 
Cleaning everything that the water touched also eliminates a large number of potential health risks. However, we need to clean things twice. The first time is to remove the physical deposits, and the second time we clean an item is to sanitize its surface. Porous items such as washable items can come clean by soaking in tubs of sanitizing mixtures.
 
Caring for other items that we cannot place in containers means we must clean them of any contaminants and then thoroughly rinse them of both floodwater and cleaning liquids. We might perform this task on-site or at our facility. We always discuss this with you to ensure you remain satisfied with how we perform our work.
 
Getting your home's interior environment back to normal is crucial to stopping these other problems from developing. To make sure the moisture level reaches its most beneficial level, we use moisture readers in various locations of your home. We can detect any areas with hidden moisture and eliminate them. We do not consider a job to be complete until we eliminate all excess moisture.
 
SERVPRO of Metairie can assist you and your family by mitigating the flood damage your home sustains. Call us at (504) 496-0193 at any time of the day or night, 365 days a year. We make the entire process happen as quickly as possible while still restoring your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Water Damage From A Neighboring Metairie Business

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage From A Neighboring Metairie Business One of the unfortunate aspects of sharing walls with other businesses is the plumbing, and other systems get run through the shared walls.

Water Damage From A Neighboring Business

Plazas throughout Metairie offer a wide range of shopping locations for the residents of the area and those passing through. One of the drawbacks to having your business nestled between other stores is that a disaster in one of these locations could affect your store as well based on its proximity. While fire remains one of the most obvious examples of this shared damage, water incidents also pose a threat as well.

One of the unfortunate aspects of sharing walls with other businesses is the plumbing, and other systems get run through the shared walls. Even water damages happening in the main area of the neighboring facility could pose threats to both this shared wall and leach through to pose equal risks to the structural elements and stock of your Metairie business as well.

Ultimately it might be challenging to assess the damage that your store faces from this neighboring threat on your own. Our SERVPRO experts can help you to understand better the damage and what has to happen to restore your property and keep things from getting any worse. Often this process is a requirement from your insurance company to understand better the claim getting filed and to approve the work that needs to happen.

Another thing that poses a threat is the severity of the damage to the store next door, and how weakened the shared wall has become. This inspection is also something that our SERVPRO professionals can help with, working to keep your staff and customers safe from falling materials and overly weakened structural elements that require removal and replacement. However, this knowledge should also prevent you from unwisely trying to restore these damages on your own and potentially risking injury from overly-saturated building materials breaking loose.

When it comes to recovering from a threatening situation like water damage penetrating into your business, you should trust professional restoration services to make it right. Our SERVPRO of Metairie water damage technicians are available anytime you need us at (504) 496-0193.

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The Truth About DIY Mold Removal In Your Metairie Home

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Truth About DIY Mold Removal In Your Metairie Home SERVPRO Professional Mold Remediation in a Metairie Home Done Right--Don't Try This on Your Own!

SERVPRO Advises Property Owners in Metairie to Secure Professional Help for Mold Remediation

When Metairie homeowners find mold growing in their home, one of their first instincts is typically to work to get rid of this fungal presence. Often, this approach encompasses a variety of attempts acquired from the internet to help someone remove mold growth on their own without the need for professional assistance. Unfortunately, several things can prevent this from working as you planned.

Do it yourself (DIY) methods that you can find on the internet are almost never written by a professional with experience in mold remediation. Therefore, they cannot accurately tell you the best approach for removing the mold damages that you experience specifically in your Metairie residence.

One of the first issues that make DIY methods for mold removal a mistake for homeowners is that it is typically unsafe. Mold growth can cause health effects for those exposed to the colonies and spores, making it unwise for you to risk this exposure to attempt to remove the colony yourself. The EPA suggest to always use professional help for mold remediation needed for 10 square feet or more. Our SERVPRO professionals utilize a wide range of personal protective gear for mold remediation projects including full-face respirators.

Another consideration which makes personal approaches to mold removal an unwise decision for a homeowner is a lack of penetration. Mold colonies are living organisms which root far more than what you can tell from the surface growth. Scrubbing and spraying cleaner on this growth often only removes the surface mold that you can see, leaving the organism itself alive and well just below this top layer. Ironically, by spraying bleach and apparently killing the surface mold, the hyphae strength within the substrate of the food source. This effort exacerbates the cleanup.

Our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians get uniquely trained in all varieties of mold that can grow inside your home. This training includes the best antimicrobial solutions to use and the appropriate equipment for removing the entire organism from various materials the colony uses to grow.

The bottom line is this: mold growth in your home is nothing that a homeowner should try to face on their own. Our technicians at SERVPRO of Metairie have the right tools and experience to successfully remove this presence from your home and restore the damage it has caused. Give us a call anytime you need us at (504) 496-0193.

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The Cost Of Fire Restoration In Your Metairie Home

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Cost Of Fire Restoration In Your Metairie Home Fires are an unexpected catastrophe to families, especially when its damage is far-reaching and costly.

The Cost Of Fire Restoration

Fires are an unexpected catastrophe to families, especially when its damage is far-reaching and costly. Without the right information, you have no idea how long restoration could take for your Metairie home, or how much that this project ultimately costs. Understanding your role in the equation is critical for a sound working relationship as your home gets restored.

The more that you know about estimation practices and pricing, the better prepared you are to understand the sheer volume of work and care that goes into restoring fire damage in your Metairie home. Our policy is to be as upfront as possible with both insurance adjusters or property managers, but also to do the same for the individual clients as well.

Restoration costs might appear high when you first get a glimpse at estimates and figures thrown around after our SERVPRO estimator completes the initial inspection. What you may not notice is that this overall value consists of multiple factors rolled into one, stretching far beyond the physical bodies set in place to restore your home. There are costs incurred with transporting and retrieving equipment needed to restore your home, for example.

The administrative side of things is another area where the added expense is necessary. With every restoration job that our SERVPRO team undertakes, steps must be taken to document this job both in writing and in photographs. This portion of your estimated bill takes into account assessments of measurements, the sketches for layouts of your home, and even the costs associated with determining the cost of the job.

These estimates are a requirement for insurance companies and property managers as they detail the full scope of the work to get performed and compare that against a regional breakdown of restoration costs.

The amount of time that it takes to complete the work that technicians determine is necessary varies from project to project. When work begins, it is under an understanding that timetables given to date are mere projections of completion. If you need restoration services for your property, trust in our SERVPRO of Metairie technicians to respond swiftly and get the job done correctly. Give us a call anytime at (504) 496-0193.

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Protecting The Contents Of Your Metairie Home During Water Removal

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Protecting The Contents Of Your Metairie Home During Water Removal Our crew is carefully packing personal items so that water damage restoration can be completed in this home.

Pack outs for your personal belongings during water removal

Water loss incidents in your Metairie home can often leave you at a loss as to how to clean up the mess. While you can always attempt to clean and dry the area well enough on your own, failure to do it adequately can allow for conditions like fungal growth to occur. More often than not it is a wise decision to get ahold of professional restoration services to remove the water present in your house and to get things back to the way they should be.

Your home is full of the possessions that you have acquired over your lifetime, as well as priceless and irreplaceable items that you cannot place a value on. When a significant water loss incident threatens your Metairie home and requires water removal services, these items are often more important to many homeowners than the structural integrity of the house itself. This reality is why our SERVPRO team works in services like pack-outs/pack-ins.

While many of our professionals work to extract the present water from the affected areas and assess any structural concerns, others on our SERVPRO team remove items that are in harm's way. These items get stored nearby until the restoration completes and they can get returned to their original positions. In some cases where the water has already damaged or affected some of the items in the affected regions of the house, this pack-out process can allow for more concentrated cleaning and restoration of individual items, such as photos, by our technicians.

Once the area has gotten thoroughly dried and the water extracted, our team can work to bring the removed items back into your home. Part of our policy is to return every object to the position we found it, making it even more like the disaster had not even occurred.

While you are likely ill-prepared for significant water damage in your home, contacting our SERVPRO of Metairie restoration technicians can make the situation easier to bear. You can reach our rapid response team 24/7 by calling (504) 496-0193.

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When Your Metairie Bar Suffers Substantial Fire Damage

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When Your Metairie Bar Suffers Substantial Fire Damage Metairie Fire Department First, Then SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

To Protect Your Business After a Fire in Metairie--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Your Metairie drinking spot might be something of a common location for the locals to gather, but you also need to be mindful of the risks associated with running a business like this. With elements like smokers and overly excited overindulgers, your establishment is one bad series of events away from a substantial fire. Consider also the unfortunate reality that your business relies on the sale of alcohol, a well-known fire accelerant. By the time this blaze gets extinguished, you are often facing significant damage throughout your building.

The trouble is, how do you recover from a fire-damaging event in Metairie like this without completely shutting down your business for days or months or forever? The answer lies in trusting professional restoration assistance that is only a phone call away. Our SERVPRO professionals all have gotten specifically trained to handle all facets of fire restoration and get well equipped to deal with whatever they might face in your building.

When our team arrives at your business, one of the first thing that an insurance company is going to require to start a claim is a thorough inspection of the damage. Our project manager and estimator both walk through all of the affected areas and catalog the damage that they see, the equipment that is necessary, and the personnel required to complete the task ahead of them. This inspection helps to provide an estimation of cost to the insurance company and saves you the trouble and stress of dealing with an adjuster on your own.

With everyone up to speed on the work that needs to get done and the respective hoops jumped through to get the claims process started, our SERVPRO technicians can begin their work on removing damaged components and restoring areas of your establishment. From soot/smoke cleanup to prepping an area for reconstruction, our experienced team can handle every obstacle in the way of restoring your business to preloss conditions, whenever possible.

While there are ultimately several different ways that fire and smoke damages can affect your business and keep your doors closed, our professionals at SERVPRO of Metairie can help you to get them open again as quickly as possible. Give us a call today at (504) 496-0193.

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Rising Waters in the Spring cause Flood Damage to Homes around Metairie

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Rising Waters in the Spring cause Flood Damage to Homes around Metairie If your home sustains flood damage, SERVPRO is here to help.

We have the tools and expertise to assist in the cleanup of flood damage

During the Spring months, Metairie receives more than its fair share of showers. Hurricane season also plays a significant role in how much our area gets drenched. Even when no major destructive storms make landfall, the amount of precipitation we experience surges, and sometimes overwhelms our city.

If your Metairie home suffers flood damage this Spring, SERVPRO can help your family recover quickly. Our employees receive IICRC certificates after engaging in comprehensive training sessions. We understand how stressful and challenging life becomes when crisis events occur and interfere with your ability to protect your family. The loss of your home, your family's sanctuary, creates a sense of horrible loss. Our goal is to make everything "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO technicians use different approved techniques and specialized equipment to resolve the many issues flood-damaged homes sustain. First, we ascertain the amount of water your home still retains. Invasive water absorbs into porous materials and stays there. Water also ends up in the air and then air currents in the residence force it into other areas, including those on higher levels. Drying out the home requires we remove all the water wherever it moves to within your home.

While our equipment dries out your residence's interior, our crew concentrates on cleaning things up and reducing any newly found dangers that could cause injuries. Working in a safe environment means fewer interruptions and a faster recovery period for our customers. Part of what we remove includes the damaged materials and structures of your dwelling. We also remove the silt, and other filthy muck carried in by the floodwaters.

Once your residence dries out completely, we can bring in the new materials needed to restore your home. Doing this too soon can expose these items to mold growth, water damage, and other hazards unnecessarily. Before installation, however, electrical work and inspections take place with our trusted partners to ensure this component of your home works correctly and without any risk.

SERVPRO of Metairie wants to help those living in our community recover as quickly as possible after flood damage affects their homes and families. Call our 24-hour emergency service line at our local number, (504) 496-0193, so we can assist you with our expert and friendly technicians.

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What to Do When You Discover Mold Damage In Your Metairie Home?

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What to Do When You Discover Mold Damage In Your Metairie Home? Don't Duck Mold Remediation in Your Metairie Home--Call SERVPRO Fast

Why Immediately Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

The discovery of mold and microbial growth in your Metairie home can leave you scratching your head. The truth is, it does not take much for mold spores to colonize in your home. These spores exist naturally in the environment (both inside and outside of your home) and only require moisture and warmth to settle on organic material and grow. Finding this fungal organism in your house can be alarming, but with the right professional assistance, does not have to stay around very long.

Mold damages can appear in many ways within your Metairie home. While you traditionally just see (and often smell) the growing colony, this organism is wreaking havoc on the structural integrity and strength of construction materials it chose for colonization. Fortunately, our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians can work quickly to remove this presence from your home and prevent irreparable damages to these structural components when possible.

From the moment that our team arrives at your house, our technicians get to work on isolating the affected areas to prevent the spread of this colony to other areas of your house. Typically, this gets accomplished with the use of air scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters to trap active mold spores and prevent them from leaving the area.

Removal of the mold colonies is often a delicate process. Several approaches could get taken, from sanding to soda blasting, but it depends mostly on the material the colony seats inside of and the spread of the organism into the material. Ideally, the SERVPRO objective is the removal of the entire hyphae to prevent the possibility of recurrence at the treated site.

Contending with mold damages in your home does not have to be such an overwhelming feat. Our applied microbial remediation technicians at SERVPRO of Metairie can help you to overcome any of the damages you face and work to prevent this problem from occurring again in the future. Give our rapid response team a call at the first sign of mold damage in your home at (504) 496-0193.

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Your Portable Induction Cooktop Can Cause a Fire in Your Metairie Home

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your Portable Induction Cooktop Can Cause a Fire in Your Metairie Home Any kitchen appliance has a risk of fire damage. Count on SERVPRO to help make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO is here to help with any type of fire damage

You may be tempted to buy a portable induction cooktop if the stovetop in your apartment doesn't have enough burners, but it is important never to leave these devices unattended as they get extremely hot and can cause fire damage. While these tools may be useful, any device meant for cooking can cause a fire in your home if they are not carefully observed. However, accidents can happen, even if you keep safety in mind, and it is reassuring to know that qualified help is close by when these situations get out of hand.

It is essential to call for help to come to your home in Metairie to deal with the fire damage as swiftly as possible. When fire damage is left for long periods of time without remediation, it only allows it to become more permanent. Melted plastics on your kitchen counter, adhered soot, and the ash left behind only grow harder to clean up as they cool. Plastic containers, which have been exposed to soot, change color and become more yellow just moments after the soot adheres to their surfaces. Getting a restoration team to your home as quickly as you can is the best way to ensure that a lot of the damage that occurred in your home is reversible.

SERVPRO can send a team of specialists to your home to inspect the damage. Different materials melt at different temperatures, and only trained professionals can determine the best method to remediate them successfully. SERVPRO techs can use trade tools to tackle the different kinds of damage that the fire left in your home. For example, a hydroxyl generator can be used to neutralize odors. Lubricative cleaners can be used to remove soot stains from the surfaces of your kitchen equipment. SERVPRO strives to find a solution to every type of damage that your home sustains during the fire.

If your home should suffer from fire damage, do not hesitate or try to consider your options. The sooner you dial (504) 496-0193 to contact SERVPRO of Metairie, the quicker we can get to your home to remediate the damage.

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Small Leaks Add Up To Significant Water Damage In Metairie

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Small Leaks Add Up To Significant Water Damage In Metairie SERVPRO Says Stay Deligent and Watch for Leaks in Your Metairie Property to Save Money on Water Bills and Our Restoration Fees

SERVPRO Suggests to Contact Us Immediately Upon Discovering a Water Leak for Fast Mitigation

Sometimes water emergencies are splashy affairs, with dramatic breaks in water mains or flooding from appliances in your Metairie home. More frequently seemingly minor leaks or loose connections in plumbing slowly create severe water damage scenarios. The skilled water damage technicians on our crews know how to mitigate the loss no matter what the cause.

When plumbing fails in a Metairie residence, the resulting water damage can be a build up of days, weeks, or years of obscured drips or seepage. The compromised pipes and fixtures and the resultant damage may remain hidden for a time, but eventually, the harm done makes itself known. Drywall crumbles, flooring warps or buckles, and microbial growth can become evident. Our highly-qualified water damage restoration experts employ effective strategies mastered in IICRC courses to reverse and resolve the problems.
 
Assessment of the damage is the first task undertaken. Water can take unexpected paths, and SERVPRO crews investigate the evidence observable thoroughly so that we address all the aspects of the incursions. If necessary, we remove sections of drywall or pull off the kick plates beneath cabinets to expose the damage. Our employees employ moisture meters and infrared scanning devices to scope out the area, including locating hidden caches of water that collected between walls, under floors, and above ceilings.
 
We operate powerful wet vacuums to extract the water puddled or soaked into porous furnishings like carpeting or upholstery. Then we use the moisture baselines measure by electronic meters to determine drying goals aimed at reducing moisture to normal levels in structural components and fixtures. SERVPRO crew members position air movers and dehumidifiers to achieve the drying goals, adding heat to create the balance needed to move moisture out of saturated items.
 
Throughout the water damage mitigation process SERVPRO technicians are on the lookout for secondary issues such as microbial growth. Water intrusions that exist more than 24 to 48 hours provide mold spores the fuel needed to grow and multiply into full-blown colonies, often hidden with the slow leaks.
 
Of course, we also arrange for repair or replacement of the plumbing fittings that were the source of the water damage. SERVPRO recommends inspection of pipes on a regular basis to ensure no further water damage in your home.
 
SERVPRO of Metairie offers full-service water damage mitigation, including water removal and structural drying. Call us at: (504) 496-0193 as soon as the water incursion is noted for an experienced production team member to conduct an assessment.

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