Is Your Emergency Preparedness Kit Ready? | SERVPRO of Metairie
Hurricanes are not a rare event in Metairie, LA. It is important to have “Stay” and “Go” Kits for your entire family. Gather essential items and store them in a safe area with easy access. Each family's kit may look different based on each family's needs. Make special allowances for pets, babies, and the elderly and update them as your family grows.
“Stay” Kit: Place in a waterproof bin-
- Food; Rotate non-perishable food
- Manual can opener
- Water; one gallon per person, per day, for three days
- First Aid Kit
- Flashlight and Extra Batteries
- Shelter(Plastic sheeting, duct-tape, Tent, Sleeping bag/ Blanket)
- Phone Chargers
- Emergency Weather Radio
- Fans that don't need electricity
- Entertainment that doesn't need electricity
“Go” Kit: Place in Duffle bag or backpack
Walking or Driving? Make a Car Kit.
- Food, Three-day supply
- Manual can opener
- Mess kit
- Matches in plastic slide-lock bag
- Water; one gallon per person, per day for three days
- First Aid Kit
- Sewing Kit
- Swiss Army knife or folding pocket tools
- Work gloves/Tools
- Flashlight and Extra Batteries
- Shelter (Plastic sheeting, duct-tape, tent, sleeping bag/ blanket)
- Phone Chargers
- Emergency Weather Radio
- Maps, sealed in slide-lock plastic bags
- Masks, gloves, hand sanitizer for the whole family
SERVPRO of Metairie is a 24/7 365 disaster mitigation company. If your home or business suffers damage ranging from minor to severe we can be on-site within hours to help. Call us today for more information!
Spring Cleaning and Fire Safety in Your Metairie Home
Spring is in full swing and if you haven’t started your spring cleaning, now is the time! Not only will it get your house in tip-top shape, but you can also look for any areas that can cause fire damage in your Metairie home.
Replace batteries in your home.
Batteries can die in items even if you aren't using them often. Start with replacing the batteries in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and flashlights. Other batteries that may need to be changed are security cameras, alarm systems, and smart locks on your home.
Other than routinely cleaning your lint filter out before and after loads, you should also be making sure that the outdoor dryer flaps are not blocked by build-up or animal nests. This can be a DIY project or you can hire a professional.
Check on any extension cords.
Check to make sure that extension cords are not overloaded, frayed, or cracked. Replace where needed and try to move electronics if too many are in one extension.
Propane/charcoal grills should remain outside.
Your propane/charcoal grill should be stored and used outside only. Make sure that the grill is routinely cleaned and someone is always tending to the grill when in use.
Clean outside debris
Make sure to clean up dead leaves and trash from around your house. These items may be dangerous if exposed to heat, and in the event, there is a fire it will exacerbate it.
SERVPRO of Metairie is here to help with any preventative cleaning needs or fire needs. If emergency services are needed due to a fire or any other disaster give us a call 24 hours a day at 504.496.0193.
3 Things You Should Not Do After a Flood In Your Metairie Home
When dealing with floodwater, many homeowners are tempted to put themselves or their families at risk in an effort to save their home or their possessions. This is usually not a good idea. These are three things you should not do after a flood.
- Don't Stay in Your Home
After a flood, there is not much you can do to prevent damage by staying. If you have time, you can place sandbags, move possessions to higher ground, board up windows and take other precautions, but once flooding is imminent, it is best to evacuate to a shelter. Attempting to remain in your home puts you at risk of drowning, electrocution, and contact with contaminants in the water. It also puts the emergency workers who will have to assist you if you get in trouble at risk.
- Don't Rely on Do-It-Yourself Solutions
You may be able to repair the water damage from a minor flood yourself, but when major flooding occurs, by the time it is safe to re-enter buildings, the damage is usually too severe for most do-it-yourself attempts to be successful. Have a plan in place to deal with the floodwater. Contact your insurance company. Don't count on being able to obtain equipment, such as generators, protective gear, and pumps, that you would need to attempt to dry out your property yourself.
- Don't Walk or Drive Through Standing Water
Downed power lines can electrify standing water, posing an electrocution risk. As little as six inches of water can damage your car and cause traction issues. Flood water poses significant risks to homeowners attempting to salvage their property after a flood. It is best to let your insurance company and restoration professionals take the lead and avoid putting yourself at risk, in most cases.
Do You Know How to Shut Off the Water?
Many workplaces always call on the boss or the maintenance man when something goes wrong. But what if they were out of town, or in a meeting and you need to locate the water shut off? Where do you start?
SERVPRO of Metairie can help commercial property managers in planning for water, fire, and storm damage. How? With a free Emergency Response Profile created by the SERVPRO Marketing Department!
By having a plan of action and including it in your regular training at your office, you can minimize the cost of an unplanned event. Such things could be a busted pipe, a fire, or any other type of disaster man-made or natural disaster.
Is your business ready for a disaster? Even a simple pipe burst can cause a lot of damage and headaches. A SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide resources for the employees of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE service that we provide to commercial properties. Make an appointment today to get started!
If the unthinkable happens, call SERVPRO of Metairie! We are available seven days a week 24/7 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages. We will help make it "Like it never even happened."
Preventing Mold in Your Metairie Home's Closet
Mold can grow anywhere in homes, including closets. Here are some tips to keep your closets dry and mold-free!
- Make sure that clothes are completely dry before storing them in closets. The moisture in clothing can accelerate mold growth.
- Store only clean clothing and items in closets as dirt and other organic substances are potential food sources for mold.
- Don’t pack clothes or other items too tightly in closets. Allow air to circulate between them to reduce moisture.
- Don’t store items on the closet floor to prevent trapping moisture underneath them.
- Leave closets open when possible. Replace solid closet doors curtains for better airflow.
- Avoid opening closets if they are in rooms with high humidity, particularly when producing moisture (e.g., showering or cooking).
- If you have a humidity problem in your home, use the air conditioning unit or a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air.
- If clothes in a closet smell musty, take them out and fix the moisture problem.
Don’t let mold take over! Call the pros at SERVPRO of Metairie at (504) 496-0193!
Why a Dehumidifier Is Great for Your Metairie Home
When cleaning up water damage, commercial-grade dehumidifiers are excellent for sucking excess moisture from the air, helping to dry out the area and prevent further damage. While extraction of the standing water takes first priority, dehumidification prevents a variety of further problems such as improving air quality and reducing mold growth. If you don’t already have a dehumidifier, here are some benefits of why you should get one.
As mentioned in the paragraph above, the benefit of cleaner air is huge. Overly moist air is susceptible to catching a variety of airborne particles, contaminating your air. This could include dust, dead skin cells, and mold spores. Dehumidification reduces the number of particles in the air, making it easier and better for breathing.
Reducing moisture and maintain cleaner air is one of the best ways to prevent mold growth in your home. Mold grows by finding a damp, wet environment and then releases spores into the air which spread throughout your home until they find another surface to grow on. One of the reasons we at SERVPRO of Metairie dehumidify areas that have been affected by water loss is to reduce the chance of mold growth.
While our commercial-grade dehumidifiers are excellent at removing large amounts of moisture from the air in homes and businesses, they are not affordable for the average person. However, many residential dehumidifiers are available that can be placed in a basement or other room and are specifically designed for a space of that size. Home dehumidifiers are affordable for most families and can be found in a variety of stores both online and in-person stores. If you have been considering buying a dehumidifier, there is no better time than now to make a purchase.
Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Your Metairie Home
Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas. It can cause severe health problems and even death to unsuspecting people in their homes. This deadly gas exists in combustion fumes that result from burning fuel (gas, wood, propane, etc.) in various appliances and machines. Those include stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, lawnmowers, electric generators, cars, and more. Here are some tips to prevent CO poisoning.
- Have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or coal-burning appliances inspected and/or serviced at least once a year by a certified professional.
- Never use gas ranges or ovens to heat your home. Also, don’t use gas camp stoves or charcoal grills indoors. Using these can cause a buildup of CO inside your home, cabin, or camper.
- Don’t use portable flameless chemical heaters (catalytic) indoors. Although these heaters don’t have a flame, they burn gas and can cause CO to build up in your home.
- Be careful when using gas-powered electric generators. Never use them in your home, basement, or garage, and keep them at least 20 feet from windows, vents, or doors.
- When buying gas equipment, be sure to check for the seal of a national testing agency like Underwriter’s Laboratories.
- Make sure to vent gas appliances properly:
- Indoor vent pipes should go up slightly as they go toward the outdoors. Doing this will help prevent CO or other gases from leaking if the joints or pipes are not adequately tightened or affixed.
- Never patch a vent pipe with tape, gum, or anything else. This kind of patch can make CO build up in your home.
- Keep the vents for the stove, fireplace, dryer, and furnace clear of snow during and after a snowstorm.
- Have your chimney checked for soot, debris, and corrosion at least once a year. Hire a chimney sweep to clean your chimney annually.
- When the fireplace is in use, open the flues. Close your fireplace or damper only when the fire is completely out.
- Never idle your vehicle inside a garage that’s attached to the house or living space, even if you leave the door open. Have a mechanic inspect your vehicle’s exhaust system once a year to prevent CO build-up.
- If you drive a vehicle with a tailgate — when opening the tailgate, open vents or windows to make sure the air is moving through your car. If only the tailgate is open, CO from the exhaust will pull into the car.
- Install CO alarms in your home.
Removing Tobacco Odor From Your Metairie Home
After years of smoking in a home, walls and contents become blemished and develop bad odors, and professional cigarette smoke odor removal is often necessary. Cigarette smoke also penetrates more odor-absorbing objects, such as carpets, upholstery, bedding, clothes, and many more.
Additionally, the HVAC system of a building carries the smoke odor and chemicals throughout the structure. The affected surfaces will become unpleasant to look at and the odors may disturb many people.
Ultimately, tobacco residue is extremely hard to remove and requires professional equipment and services. But, if you want to DIY, here are a few tips for cigarette smoke odor removal.
DIY Cigarette Smoke Odor Removal from Homes
To eliminate cigarette smoke odor, you must thoroughly clean the tobacco smoke residue from every surface and corner in the home:
- First, open all windows and doors to let as much fresh air in as possible.
- Clean or replace the air filters, furnace filters, and AC filters.
- Clean walls and ceilings using products with ammonia and glycol — two ingredients that neutralize bad odors. Let the walls dry and check if the odor persists.
- If you can still smell cigarette odor after cleaning, repaint the walls and ceilings with latex paint. Use a sealant designed to lock in odors before painting.
- Clean everything in the home: floors, windows, carpets, furniture, upholstery, draperies, blinds, and other household surfaces, fixtures, and items.
Short-term, less expensive, cigarette odor removal solutions
- Use an air purifier in your home.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the carpets, leave it overnight to absorb bad smells, and vacuum it the next day.
- Place saucers of white vinegar/ coffee/ activated charcoal/ citrus peels around the house and leave them overnight to neutralize the smell.
- Get indoor plants which can absorb up to 87% of indoor pollutants.
- Use scented or non-scented candles.
Completely removing cigarette smoke odor from a home is a very time-consuming and complicated process. If the situation is severe, call a professional smoke remediation specialist, such as SERVPRO of Metairie, to remove the odor. We provide complete smoke cleaning and sanitation, professional deodorization, as well as duct cleaning services.
Commercial Property Spring Checklist For Your Metairie Business
As we begin to transition from cold winter temperatures to warmer spring weather, here is a checklist of points on your property to check for winter damage and begin planning repairs. Compared to our typical Louisiana winters, this one has been pretty chilly with events that caused major damage to many homeowners and business owners.
Here are things to look for during your spring inspection
- Pipes with minimal water flow
- Poor drainage pipes
- Cracks in the foundation, walkways, parking lots, and patios
- Broken or loose pavement
- Missing roof shingles
- Separations or erosion in siding and masonry
- Rotting or loose boards
- Chipped paint
- Broken, cracked, or leaking windows
- Landscaping debris such as fallen leaves or branches
If you notice any of the damages listed above, you can begin making preparations for repairs. Additionally, be sure to contact your insurance company if applicable. While you may not have noticed the damage until months later, it is still possible you have not exceeded the timeline to file an insurance claim. When in doubt, it never hurts to ask your insurance company if your damage is covered. For any water damage, call your local restoration company SERVPRO of Metairie.
How Doing Laundry Can Wreak Havoc | SERVPRO of Metairie
Laundry is not one of those things to set and forget. Most of us throw in the clothes to the washer and dryer and go out to run errands, but within minutes of leaving, your home can be flooded or in flames from the washer or dryer.
The washing machine in your home has many points where it can cause a flood. The machine's water line can break or starts leaking. Another possibility is the hose hooked up to your washer can actually become detached due to the shaking and shifting of the machine.
The dryer on the other hand can cause a fire disaster. Fires can easily start from clogged lint in your dryer vent. According to the US Fire Administration, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Clean your lint catcher each load, and clean your vent pipe yearly.
SERVPRO of Metairie specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. We are available 24/7 to help restore your laundry room or property. Don't forget February 10th is Home Warranty Day. Be sure to review your policy!