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Dirty Ducts In Your Metairie, LA Business?

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

The fact of the matter is your office air is filled with dust, dust mites, animal dander, mold, and other unhealthy elements. Unless you address the situation now, the air quality will continue to deteriorate.

Your local franchisee wants to ensure that you, your employees, and customers are breathing healthy air. Unnecessary dirt and debris can pose a serious threat to the health of your employees if they are not properly maintained.

Some things to consider by scheduling a duct cleaning for your business:

Improved Health Poor indoor air quality ranks among the top five environmental risks to your health.

Energy consumption Clean ducts help lower your utility bill and help your HVAC unit last longer.

Smelly air Odors will continue to plague your business long after you remove the offensive item if the odor is in your ducts.

Microbial growth can grow in your duct system especially if your business suffered recent water damage from the hurricane.

For the sake of your customers and employees, you need to know the air you breathe at your business is free from contaminants. 

SERVPRO’s licensed technicians can provide all of the remediation and cleaning services. Give us a call today.

Bad Habits That Could Burn Your House Down

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

Fire is quick and can happen to anyone. Keep reading to find out what bad habits can cause fire damage in your home.

Disregarding Dust

Built-up dust can be a fire hazard if it collects in and around electronics, electrical sockets, and even floor heaters. Dust your electronics regularly. 

Misusing Electric Blankets

Never allow pets to snuggle up on top, and don't pile extra covers over the electric blanket, because excessive heat buildup may lead to a fire. Keep your electric blanket at its lowest setting, never bend the coils, and always turn it off in the morning.


Neglecting Appliance Recalls

To keep on top of recalls and prevent disaster in your home, register your appliance with the manufacturer or go to www.recalls.gov to find out if any of your models are on the list.

Dryer Lint

Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct regularly, as well as the interior of the dryer frame, to clear away lint and clogs, and reduce the risk of fire.

Letting Your Laptop Overheat

When you leave your computer on your bed, couch, rug, or other soft, flammable surface, you run the risk of restricting airflow through the cooling vents, which can cause your laptop to overheat and possibly catch fire.

Choosing the Wrong Wattage

Installing a light bulb with a wattage that is too high for a lamp or light fixture is a leading cause of electrical fires. Always check the light fixture’s maximum wattage, and never go over the recommended rating.

Ignoring Uninvited Guests

Mice and other rodents like to gnaw on electrical wires. Over time, they can remove the sheathing, leaving the wires exposed. Unfortunately, the electric current that travels through the wire generates heat, and in the absence of sheathing, this could lead to sparks caused by short circuits, which in turn could ignite the surrounding surfaces. 

Leaving Candles Unattended

While you’re away, animals could knock the flame over, or a draft could cause the flame to flare up and ignite nearby flammable items. Always keep lit candles in sight and out of reach of pets, children, or flammables like drapes. 

If you are experiencing fire damage please call SERVPR of Metairie 24/7!

Did Hurricane Ida Leave Odor In Your Business?

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

The water damage from Hurricane Ida in your Metairie business often comes with odors and mold growth that can be hard to find. If you suspect you have mold but don't see any growth, we recommend finding an industrial hygienist who can find out what mold may or may not be in your home. Other measures you can take to help with the funk are below:

Air It Out

Open all doors and windows to allow air to circulate in your residence. This should help dissipate any lingering smells that remain and will also facilitate the drying of the affected areas.

Dry the Wet Areas

You may install dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process. Removing moisture from porous and absorbent surfaces such as carpet and upholstery can greatly reduce the chance of foul aromas remaining after the flood and can mitigate the appearance of mold.

Deodorize Your Business

There are natural methods that you can utilize to expedite the deodorizing process in your house. Baking soda sprinkled into carpets or other absorbent surfaces can be vacuumed up, greatly with getting rid of foul odors. On less porous surfaces, vinegar applied liberally can aid in combating persistent smells.

Keep an Eye Out for Mold

As with any area that has had prolonged exposure to moisture, mold growth can be a threat that, if not addressed immediately can become a huge problem. It is imperative that proper steps are taken to ensure that mold and spores do not have the opportunity to spread in your home.

Sewage

Sewage loss can lead to your home being contaminated by sewage contents when floodwater finds its way past your threshold. This can leave behind an overpowering smell even after the moisture has been removed due to the bacteria in the water. These horrendous smells often cannot be removed by household cleaners and require the services of a professional flood restoration company.

Eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call at (504) 496-0193 and leave the restoration to us!

Lint Fire in Metairie, LA?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Metairie responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in the Greater New Orleans Area. Even small, contained dryer or washing machine fires can cause lots of smoke and soot damage to the rest of the house. Here are some clothes dryer fire statistics from 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.
  • Failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.
  • More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.

How to prevent a dryer fire?

  • Keep your ventilation system clear.
  • Empty your lint screen EACH time you do laundry. 
  • Hang dry any clothing materials that may have substances like gas or oil on them.
  • Never run the dryer if you aren't going to be home.
  • Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted.
  • Put a covering on outside wall dampers to keep out rain and dirt.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on.
  • Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic venting with a rigid, non-ribbed metal duct.

SERVPRO® of Metairie has a team of highly trained technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to fire damage emergencies in Metairie and the GNO area. Call us today at 504.496.0193. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Was Your Business Impacted by Hurricane Ida? Here Is What To Do Next..

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

Most business owners in our areas are aware of basic steps that should be taken before a hurricane, such as maintaining a preparedness plan, backing up computer files, and keeping a store of emergency materials. Some even develop plans for contacting employees. To keep the business flow as continuous as possible, managers need to know what to do just after the storm. By following the steps below, you can return to normal operations in no time.

1. Contact Your Insurance Provider

Begin the claim filing process for any major damages as soon as possible. More details on the damages later, but the sooner you start, the better.

2. Wear Safety Gear

It is important to take the proper safety precautions if you are going to visit your property post-hurricane.

3. Document the Damage

As you assess the scope of the damage, remember to take pictures of any damage you see and to make detailed notes for your insurance claim and company records. *The photos you took before the storm will come in handy now!*

4. Salvage What You Can

Attempt to remove any debris that you can. Remember, buildings can be structurally unsafe so it is wise to only do as much as you know won't cause further damage to yourself or the property.

5. Find the Right Professional Help

Our Flood damage restoration experts know how to tackle jobs of all sizes and get your business back in shape quickly. We can guide you through the entire restoration process and have proven experience helping businesses recover after hurricane flood damage. We make it "Like it never even happened."

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know every 90 seconds a residential fire occurs somewhere in the U.S.? If a fire strikes your home or business, know that SERVPRO of Metairie is here to help

Until a SERVPRO professional arrives, here are some DO’s and DON’Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration:

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home and keep your hands clean. This helps prevent soot particles from being embedded into your carpet or upholstery.
  • Place old, dry colorfast towels or linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator completely and prop the doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances. Protect the surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • Change your HVAC filter.

DON’T:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces, or clean any carpet or upholstery, without first contacting a SERVPRO professional.
  • Consume any food, beverages or medicines that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

For other emergency tips for your home, please contact SERVPRO of Metairie.

Is Your Business Properly Prepared?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

When a disaster strikes the time to prepare has passed. Don’t be one of the 60% of businesses to not have a formal emergency response plan. Roughly 80% of businesses are likely to go out of business if they do not recover after a disaster within a months’ time, and 50% of businesses never reopen. The best way to protect your company is to have a solid game plan. Is your business prepared for a natural disaster to hit?

Well you are in luck; SERVPRO of Metairie is here to help! We have been working with local businesses to ensure that they will not fall victim to these statistics.

SERVPRO has an amazing program called the EMERGENCY READY PROFILE. This program aids property managers and owners, both residential and commercial to be prepared for a disaster to hit.

We will walk you step by step to help you put together an EMERGENCY READY PROFILE. We will help you identify and label utility shut-off locations, identify local utility contact information, identify local emergency contact information such as fire, police, and hospital contacts, and establish main internal contacts for purposes of employee safety and emergency work authorization.

For more information please contact SERVPRO of Metairie @ (504) 496-0193

We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. "Like it never even happened."

Water Conservation Tips Around Your Metairie Office

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Clean water that is used for human consumption is a non-renewable resource. Keeping our waterways clean as well as conserving water where we can is important to especially during times of drought and during the spring and summer. Check out how to conserve water in your daily life, especially at work!

Indoor Tips 

Bathroom 

  • Replace your showerhead and toilet with a water-efficient model. 
  • Get in the shower as soon as the water becomes warm enough and take short showers. 
  • Turn off the water while you are shaving. Fill the sink with an inch of hot water instead of letting the water run continuously. 
  • Check toilets for leaks. 
  • Don’t waste water when brushing your teeth or washing your hands. Shut off the water until it’s time to rinse. 

Kitchen 

  • Run the dishwasher only when full. This practice will save water, energy, detergent, and money. 
  • Install faucet aerators. 
  • Dry scrape dishes instead of rinsing. Your dishwasher will take care of the rest. 
  • Soak pans rather than scrubbing them with the water running. n 

Laundry room 

  • Wash only full loads. 
  • Use the lowest water level setting on the washing machine for light or partial loads whenever possible.
  • Use cold water as often as possible to save energy and conserve hot water for uses that cold water cannot serve. 
  • Conventional washing machines can use up to twice as many gallons of water per load compared to high-efficiency machines.

Outdoor Tips

  • Plant water-efficient, well-adapted, and/or native shrubs, trees, and grasses. Choose plants that are drought and heat tolerant and can survive the minimum winter temperatures in your area. 
  • Don’t abuse the benefits of an automatic sprinkler system by over-watering. Set it to provide thorough but infrequent watering. 
  • Check sprinkler heads regularly to make sure they are working properly. 
  • Install rain shut-off devices and adjust sprinklers to eliminate coverage on the pavement.
  • Cover pools and spas. This can save the equivalent of your pool volume each year! 
  • Harvest the rain. Buy a rain barrel or a cistern and collect the water from your gutters to water your plants. 
  • Use your water efficiently. 
  • Don’t waste water by cleaning patios or sidewalks with it; use a broom.
  • Taller grass holds moisture better. Don’t cut more than one-third of its length at one time.
  • Use lots of mulch around your shrubs and trees. It will retain moisture, reduce run-off, moderate soil temperatures, and help with weed control.

Let us know how these tips work for your home or business! 

Defective Sink Plumbing Could Mean Water Damage to Your Metairie Residence

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Sinks are a vital part of any functioning kitchen in a Metairie home. While you might go to great lengths to ensure that you are taking care of all the pieces and parts that bring water into your faucets or carry the wastewater back out again, often, it is not enough. When any of these components malfunction, the result could be a damaging amount of water headed through your kitchen very quickly.

This kind of water damage to your Metairie home is unpredictable in many ways. Since there are so many pieces that make up a sink in your kitchen, it can be difficult amid an emergency to identify the source of the problem. Knowing where the problem started gets exponentially more difficult if you have multiple basins for your kitchen sink design. While you are going to get wet, you can do a few things to ensure that the problem does not spread or get worse in the affected area.

Water Removal Services

You must act quickly to get the water shut off, you have to get yourself underneath the sink and get a look at the piping. Quickly scan the entire assembly for any noticeable fractures or separations, but that is not why you are down there. What you are searching for is a valve that feeds up from the floor into the cabinetry that supplies the faucet with water.

On this pipe, you should notice a valve. It usually has a yellow handle and can be turned 90 degrees to cut the water supply to the sink. After a few moments from turning this valve, you should notice the water slowing and then stop altogether. 

Sometimes there is little to no warning of an impending break to your plumbing for your sink, but its proximity to all your major appliances requires you to move quickly to remove the water and restore any damages. Our SERVPRO of Metairie team is equipped with the tools and experience to help you through all phases of this crisis until the problem gets fixed. Give us a call anytime at (504) 496-0193.

Who Is Responsible For Metairie Apartment Complex Water Damage?

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, water damage is a common issue both homeowners and renters can face. The aftermath can be devastating making the property unlivable and permanent damage may occur to personal belongings. When water damage occurs in an apartment, who is responsible for the damage cost? 

In general, a landlord is responsible for maintaining the property ensuring that the apartment is livable and functioning up to code. The landlord may refuse repairs, or fail to address them quickly enough – causing further damage such as mold. Failure to maintain or repair these functions may lead to property damage and the landlord is liable due to negligence. Check with the local housing authority for further information.

Know your lease

It’s important to know what your lease states regarding property damage. Most properties have property insurance and will list what type of damage is covered and what is not. In general, if the damage is minor, the tenant will not be able to cancel the lease agreement. If the terms regarding property damage are not listed in the lease, speak to your landlord about who is responsible in the event when water damage strikes.

Renters Insurance

Accidents happen which is why it is essential to have renters insurance. Most places require you have it before allowing you to move into an apartment. Depending on the plan you select, coverage can vary from damages to the building, personal content and may even cover the cost of lodging while repairs are being completed.

Damage to Property and Personal Belongings

Water damages caused to the building itself such as flooring, walls, and utilities should be covered under the landlord’s property insurance. Personal property damages fall to the responsibility of the party at fault for damages, which can be the tenant. For example, if the tenant leaves a faucet on and falls asleep causing water damage.

How We Can Help

Water damage requires a rapid response in order to minimize loss to both the property itself and belongings inside. SERVPRO of Metairie technicians are experts at water damage cleanup in apartments and buildings of all sizes no matter the severity of the damage. Have your landlord or property manager call us at (504) 496-0193 to learn more about our water damage clean-up services.