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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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Seasonal Storms Can Cause Flood Damage in Your Metairie Home

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Seasonal Storms Can Cause Flood Damage in Your Metairie Home Our SERVPRO team will respond to your emergency immediately and restore the damage.

Is Your Metairie Home Prepared For Seasonal Storm Damage? 

Stormy weather can be a plague on any home that is not adequately prepared for it, and these storms can lead to flood damage. A particularly severe storm can force its way into your home by breaking a window with debris. Before you know it, your living room is flooded with several inches of water. The carpets are soaked, your electronics are shorting out, and your furniture is soaking up the moisture. To make matters worse, the water that flooded into your home is not clean; it is full of pesticides, chemicals, and waste. It is comforting to know that when these situations arise, there is competent and professional help close to your home.

Allowing flood damage to sit in your Metairie home is never a good idea, but allowing black water is even worse. Black water is a classification for stagnant water in your home that rates how safe it is. Naturally, water contaminated with harsh chemicals and sewage is not safe to keep around your body. Additionally, any carpets that have come in contact with black water must be removed from your home, as no cleaning method can promise to disinfect them.

SERVPRO strives to arrive at your property as quickly as possible after your call. When we find the black water on your property, we can take the necessary steps to remove it and make it so you can enjoy the comfort of your own home once again. Our goal is to get the job done professionally but, also, as quickly as possible.

Our IICRC-certified technicians can use advanced tools such as extractors and submersible pumps to remove the excess water from your home as a start. Afterward, SERVPRO can focus on cleaning up the debris and removing any carpets that are spoiled. Once we have thoroughly cleaned and disinfected the damaged area of your home, we can focus on using more trade-tools to dry out excess moisture from the structure of your residence and your belongings.

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Should you find black water in your home, caused by flood damage, do not delay. Phone SERVPRO of Metairie by dialing (504) 496-0193. We can quickly get our team to your home.

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Mold Damage Experts in Metairie Explain Remediation Procedures

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Experts in Metairie Explain Remediation Procedures Mold that is found in plain sight or behind cabinets needs to be remediated quickly so that it does not spread. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Team SERVPRO is Certified to Properly Remediate Mold on Your Property

If a slow water leak takes place or water comes into an area inside your Metairie home unnoticed, microbial growth can occur. Microbes are naturally present everywhere, and with elevated moisture levels, they can develop into a mold. Mold can cause health effects with some people, so it is vital to remediate microbial growth as soon as it is found.
 
As soon as spores have the perfect conditions such as an organic food source, moisture, and the right temperature, they grow structures called hyphae in all directions so that they can create more spores to reproduce. When remediating mold damage in Metairie, measures are taken to prevent the fungi from spreading. Spores let off by hyphae that extend above, into and across a surface, get into the air and can travel to other places inside the building.
 
In many cases, a fungus forms on the paper surface of the drywall. When water entered the home, moisture soaked into the drywall and elevated the moisture level of the material. The moisture and room temperatures gave the microbes the ideal conditions to grow on the organic paper material coating the drywall.
 
During the first step of the restoration process, our SERVPRO technicians fix the water issue at the source. If the source of moisture is a broken water pipe, the water gets shut off, and a plumber gets called in to fix the pipes. If the source of water is a structural issue that is causing moisture to enter from the outside, then the gap gets boarded and sealed off so that no more water can come into the building.
 
Next, a containment chamber gets set up around the contaminated drywall so that dust and spores created by the work process do not travel to other areas of the house. After the region gets contained with thick plastic sheeting, the drywall is removed and disposed of in sealed plastic bags. After the drywall is taken out, the wooden studs get vacuumed with a HEPA vac and sprayed with anti-microbial chemicals to inhibit future mold growth.
 
Once the contaminated section of drywall gets removed, we dry out the area and begin the reconstruction process. Any materials including the drywall that got discarded in the restoration process get replaced. For professional assistance with fungal growth, call SERVPRO of Metairie at (504) 468-3046 24/7.

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Commercial Water Damage In Metairie Businesses

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage In Metairie Businesses Metairie Commercial Buildings Often Rely on SERVPRO for Water Removal and Restoration

SERVPRO Offers Professionally Proven Methods to Mitigate the Effects of Unwanted Water in Your Place of Business

Businesses in Metairie tend to worry about Lake Pontchartrain coming over the banks, but the truth is that commercial buildings need to worry more about malfunctioning sprinkler systems and broken toilets than the next big storm.
 
Most Metairie commercial water damage is caused not by floods, but by the leak that everyone thinks is just an irritation that needs mopping up once or twice a day. SERVPRO Restoration knows that what looks like a small leak also runs behind walls, and not just across a bathroom floor. Once the results become public, it takes much more than a mop and bucket to fix the problem.
 
In large, older commercial buildings like warehouses, pipes still twist and break with changes in the weather or when a storm causes other problems. That is why we recommend a thorough inspection after a significant water intrusion or flood, even if there was no noticeable damage at the time. Water soaked wood in wall framing swells or gives way, shifting pipes and connections. When this happens, even a small leak can cause much damage. Fortunately, SERVPRO technicians can find and quickly repair most small leaks and even replace connections when needed. If one of our inspectors finds a major leak or sees that a large problem is looming, they recommend to the business owner to call in a licensed plumber.
 
If the water has not soaked nearby building material for too long, our teams can fix that. Technicians carefully drill holes along the floor and then insert hoses connected to air movers. These machines generate warm, dry air, and our teams use them to force out the cooler, damp air behind the walls. With careful monitoring, team members can quickly dry wood paneling, drywall, and other building materials without causing additional damage. We always try to restore and not replace wet building elements.
 
An inspector uses a moisture content meter during the process to ensure the wall space is drying at an acceptable rate. Infrared cameras also indicate temperature variations which show possible moisture pockets on the monitor screen. Once completed, technicians spackle over the drill holes, and either paint over them or replace the floor trim as needed.
 
Keeping a large facility dry and free from water damage is not a quick task, but SERVPRO of Metairie is here to help keep each business safe for operations and open to customers. If you need our services, call (504) 468-3046 today for an inspection and free estimate.

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Professional Cleaning Techniques Used In Metairie Fire Damage Restoration

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional Cleaning Techniques Used In Metairie Fire Damage Restoration If a fire damages your home call SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

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 Metairie 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 Metairie 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, odiferous 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 Metairie 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.

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