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SERVPRO Cleaning and Removing Mold Damage in Metairie

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Cleaning and Removing Mold Damage in Metairie Finding mold in your home need not frighten you. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services as soon as you see signs of a mold infestation in your home

Certified Technicians Understand the Three Factors to Control When Dealing With a Mold Infestation in Your Home

Many residents in Metairie mistakenly believe that mold is a matter of cleaning house and is easy to remove with a little paint and bleach. The truth is that while it is easy to hide mold, killing active spores and removing the infestation takes a professional restoration service.
Homes with visible mold damage in Metairie have had it for some time. SERVPRO specialists understand that mold can grow quickly, but it usually does so out of sight. Many times, it starts in attics or behind walls, where a homeowner simply does not look and has no idea there is a mold problem until they see it along the ceiling in a bathroom or laundry room. Mold needs moisture, food, and the correct temperature to expand and grow. None of these requirements have anything to do with housekeeping.
Moisture – Mold needs water to cause inert spores to expand and grow into an expanding colony. Often, a very humid environment is enough, especially in Louisiana. To stop the growth and force the spores back into an inert state, we have to lower the humidity level to under 65 percent. Removing the source of moisture is the most effective way to stop mold. We use dehumidifiers to draw it from the air behind walls, in attics, and any other area we discovered mold.
Food Source – Mold spores feed on organic materials. Since this includes drywall, insulation, and wood framing, every home has a ready buffet. Since it is not cost-effective to replace every possible food source, SERVPRO technicians use anti-fungal agents to kill active spores and clean them off of surfaces. If the spores have penetrated the surface, we remove and dispose of the infested materials immediately.
Temperature – The vast majority of mold spores grow in a range of 68 to 86 degrees. Since this is the average temperature range in most homes, raising or lowering the temperature is simply not an option to stop mold growth in warmer, humid climates such Metairie and elsewhere in Louisiana.
Returning your home to its pre-mold state takes much more a scrub brush, bleach, and a fresh coat of paint. If you have or suspect there is mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Metairie at (504) 468-3046 today. We are here for you.

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Remediating Commercial Water Damage To Metairie Offices

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Remediating Commercial Water Damage To Metairie Offices Water Removal and Carpet Cleaning by SERVPRO Improve Business Settings in Metairie

SERVPRO Provides Rapid Water Removal and Drying to Keep Enterprises Functioning during Emergencies

Metairie businesses have to deal with most of the same problems as residences when it comes to water intrusion from broken plumbing and leaky pipes in the walls or overhead. They also have to worry about reopening their doors promptly, so that customers can be served in a dry, safe environment and not take their business elsewhere.

A commercial water damage problem common to Metairie office settings is preserving the carpets. Although business carpeting is usually far cheaper than one for home, SERVPRO understands that the time to remove the carpet, dry and prepare the surface for a new one, and then install it, takes longer than drying out the existing carpet. The concerns we have when drying them are delamination and deterioration.
Each carpet has a primary and secondary backing layer. To hold the layers together and then glue the carpet fibers to the primary, manufacturers use latex as the adhesive. When soaked in water for too long, the latex breaks down, causing the backings to separate. This breakdown is delamination.
If the carpet remains underwater for too long, the fibers begin to separate and pull away from the surface layer. This action is deterioration, and it looks to the eye as if the carpet is beginning to thin out. Most people mistakenly believe this is from heavy foot traffic.
To prevent these actions, SERVPRO starts with removing as much of the water as quickly as we can bring in the right equipment. If the standing water is around ankle-deep, we can remove it using commercial grade pumps. For smaller amounts of water covering the carpet, we use water extraction wands or Rovers, a type of riding water extractor like a lawnmower. With these devices, we can control how much suction we use to prevent causing any secondary damage by accidentally lifting the carpet surface from the lower layers or pulling fibers out of the deteriorating latex. Heated drying mats, part of the SERVPRO arsenal of equipment, can also efficiently expedite water extraction and drying.
After removing the bulk of the standing water, we use dehumidifiers to pull moisture from the carpet surface and the surrounding air. As technicians monitor these machines, other team members set up air movers to blow warm, dry air over the carpet, forcing the damp air out where an exhaust fan removes it and blows it out of the facility. This use of negative air pressure is very useful for reducing the water vapor in the air that can cause secondary water damage to previously secure fixtures and furnishings.
Restoring your business office is not always a difficult process, but it does take training and the proper tools to do it correctly. SERVPRO of Metairie can walk through every step with you until we finish and return a dry, safe structure so you can reopen for business. Call today at (504) 468-3046 if you need our services.

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Restoring Your Metairie Home after Storm Damage

4/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Your Metairie Home after Storm Damage If a storm leaves your home exposed to outside elements, SERVPRO's first step is to tarp and board up your home preventing further damage.

SERVPRO Offers Fast and Thorough Storm Damage Restoration Services

Metairie homeowners are no stranger to severe weather systems passing through the area. While you cannot always account for when these strong storms are coming through the area, or adequately prepare for what they might entail, you should always be mindful of the damage that severe weather can do to your home.

Storm damage to your Metairie home can happen very quickly and with minimal warning. Something as simple as a dead tree on your property could substantially damage your house and force its way through the structural shell of your residence when it falls over, or limbs are broken off. Worse still, in many cases where storm damage affects your home, the storm itself is far from over.

What this means for your house is the probability of compounding issues such as flooding or water damage. That is why you should contact our team of SERVPRO restoration specialists as soon as you can following a disastrous incident like this. The more of a chance that our technicians have of getting to the problem early, the less subsequent damage that could result from the openings of your home.

From the moment that our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your house, our primary concern is boarding up or tarping over the exposed and vulnerable points of your house. While this might not be the most exciting looking process, it protects your home from further damage from the storm that might still be passing through or other weather events that might follow closely behind.

An assessment of both the exterior issues of your home as well as the potential water damage is another preliminary step to the restoration process that helps our team determine what areas require the most immediate attention. For substantial damages, our technicians can utilize controlled demolition to prepare the area for reconstruction efforts to follow.

Storm damage can rear its ugly head in several different ways, but you can trust in the experience and professionalism of SERVPRO of Metairie to help you through every step of the restoration process. In these situations, quick reactions can save your home from further damage and more costly repairs. You can call our emergency response team 24/7 at (504) 468-3046.

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SERVPRO of Metairie Seeking Soot and Fire Cleaning Production Technician

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Metairie Seeking Soot and Fire Cleaning Production Technician Now Hiring

SERVPRO of Metairie is currently seeking to fill an opening in our restoration specialist roster for a Soot and Fire Cleaning Production Technician. Candidates should:

  • Follow SERVPRO implemented guidelines to perform assigned restoration and cleaning tasks.
  • A self-starter who can operate with or without direct supervision.
  • Be able to comfortably speak with clients to better meet their needs.
  • Clean and maintain equipment, vehicles, and workspace.

As a technician for SERVPRO of Metairie, you are expected to work under specific regulations and guidelines intended to produce a safe work environment and professional results. This means coordinating efforts with a crew chief and other technicians to ensure that jobs are completed on time, vehicles and equipment are properly maintained, and that customer satisfaction is paramount.

Experience in restoration is preferred for the position, though we will train candidates that we deem suitable for the opening to our high SERVPRO franchise standards.

SERVPRO of Metairie is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will never discriminate personnel practices on account of race, disability, sex, veteran status, nation of origin, or any characteristic protected by law.

Mold Damage Issues In Metairie

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Issues In Metairie Mold Problem in Metairie? Call SERVPRO for Remediation "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Offers for Metairie Area Homes Effective Mold Remediation

Typical weather conditions in Metairie can place homeowners at risk of mold growth and subsequent damage. Seasonal weather patterns, including hurricanes and tropical storms, increase the potential for damp and possibly flooded conditions within local residences. We frequently see mold proliferation because of these circumstances, but we have strategies to remediate any mold growth that occurs and to combat the wetness fueling it.
Mold damage remediation in the Metairie area is a commonly requested service for our restoration business. The community’s location near Lake Pontchartrain exacerbated by the yearly average of over 70 percent humidity makes for very moist conditions even without severe weather. Mold spores grow within 24 to 48 hours when they absorb water, and the moisture necessary does not need to be in puddles or droplets. Water vapor in the air of your home exceeding 60 percent humidity is enough to start a mold colony on a steep growth curve.
SERVPRO follows EPA guidelines to contain and remove active colonies, using physical barriers and professional equipment like negative pressure air scrubbers to filter and vent airborne mold particles. Mold spreads quickly when disturbed, and we counsel our customers to seek expert assistance rather than use do it yourself remedies. Our technicians employ proven EPA registered disinfectants to sanitize areas cleared of mold, and HEPA-equipped vacuums to eradicate lingering particles on surfaces.
Our SERVPRO mold remediation team trains not only to locate, but also contain, and remove the microbial infestations endured by our customers. We work relentlessly as well to find the source of moisture and offer practical and effective advice on how to minimize water in any form so molds cannot continue to grow. Roofs and gutters contribute to excess moisture if not in good repair. Even tiny plumbing leaks can mean significant mold problems if ignored. Flooding events after major storms must be remediated fast, or the mold grows within just a couple of days. High indoor humidity must be lowered and then maintained at 45 percent or less for the best outcome per our training and experience.
SERVPRO of Metairie employs only thoroughly trained mold remediators and uses the industry’s best practices to remediate and then help prevent future mold growth. Call us at (504) 468-3046 for a consultation with one of our expert mold abatement specialists.

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