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Don't Let Mold Ruin Your Metairie Home--Call SERVPRO for Inspection and Remediation

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don't Let Mold Ruin Your Metairie Home--Call SERVPRO for Inspection and Remediation The SERVPRO FLIR device finds moisture and possible mold in the wall cavities of your Metairie home

Why Mold Damage Assessment Needs To Be Done in Your Metairie Property 

Though you may think mold damage is a common issue that you can quickly fix, sometimes you may end up making avoidable mistakes which may end up being costly in the future. For instance, failure to correctly determine the extent of the contamination may cause you to employ inappropriate remediation procedures and risk further damage. Our team is keen on the analysis part, and where necessary we engage the services of a mold inspector when working on your Metairie property.

Once we have determined the degree of mold damage in your Metairie home, the next thing we do is to incorporate containment measures to prevent further contamination. Our SERVPRO technicians can introduce a negative pressure at the site and partition your building into zones. We test and treat each zone differently as part of the remediation process.
The degree of mold contamination also helps us when choosing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment. When we are dealing with small contaminated spaces, using an N95 respirator may be satisfactory; otherwise, we use a half-mask or a full-face respirator when attending to extensive contaminations. Wearing bodysuits, chemical resistant gloves, and eye protection can also protect us from possible health effects that molds cause. PPE personal protective equipment is crucial.
Some situations may force us to do an inventory and pack out your items. We can also clean your contents at the site and remove and dispose of visible mold. Our SERVPRO technicians can inspect the HVAC system for signs of mold contamination and do the necessary cleaning and replace contaminated filters. We use disinfectants when cleaning your items to that any mold debris that remains cannot reactivate and form new mold colonies. In most cases, we dispose of porous materials that have been extensively damaged by mold upon approval of the owner. Sanding, damp-wiping, and HEPA vacuuming are some of the techniques that we use during the remediation process.
SERVPRO of Metairie is a trusted restoration industry leader that offers proven mold remediation services, which meet the needs of homes and business premises. Call us at (504) 496-0193 to let us come up with a restoration plan to return your property to its preloss state, "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO Helps you Relax When the Water Comes Marching in Your Metairie Home

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Helps you Relax When the Water Comes Marching in Your Metairie Home SERVPRO has the equipment and expertise to remove water and restore your home after water damage.

How to Restore a Home After Water Damage in Metairie

Water damage restoration strategies and technique are unique, and the amount of work that is needed to restore the area depends on various factors. These factors often include the amount of space in the home that has been plagued by the water and how long the water has been present in the location. Once the water damage experts arrive at the scene of the disaster, they can inspect the home, and put together a timeline that is required to complete the job. In the meantime, you can sit and relax because we have listed all the typical things that you might witness during the water damage restoration process. 

Water damage in the Metairie area can be very stressful. However, knowing what to expect, you can relax and be confident that everything is going to be ok. Once help has arrived, the first thing that technicians usually do is inspect and evaluate the damage. They often use high-tech instruments that measure the moisture content in your home. They usually put the device on top of a surface like the ceiling, baseboards, and floor to get an accurate reading. Depending on the moisture reading, your tech can assess if specific drying equipment is required. 

SERVPRO techs know very well that the longer water damage is left untreated, the more likely additional damage can incur, which is why they always act immediately to prevent mold growth or other hazards. They can utilize fancy vacuum equipment to extract all the water that is present in the area. Once they remove all the standing water, the SERVPRO tech can start drying your home. They can use an air mover to circulate air flow throughout the room. If you have hardwood floors, they might use floor mats to help absorb additional water from the floor. If anything, they can help remove the baseboards and drill holes into drywall to enhance the drying process. During the whole drying procedure, the wet areas are taped off to ensure that the work crew can maintain the environment of the room and dry the home as quickly and conveniently as possible. Once they complete the drying process, they can remove the equipment or any unsalvageable belongings from your home. Then the technician can walk you through the entire establishment to make sure that you are satisfied with the work. 

If you would like to have your home restored after hazardous water damages, then give SERVPRO of Metairie a call at (504) 496-0193 for a consultation with our skilled technicians.

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Some Commercial Water Damage Restoration Mistakes in Metairie That You Should Avoid

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Some Commercial Water Damage Restoration Mistakes in Metairie That You Should Avoid Discovering that your office suffered water damage can cause a great deal of stress. Contact SERVPRO right away for remediation.

The Right People to Call for Commercial Water Damage in Metairie

There is an old saying in business that 'everything that can go wrong will go wrong, the key is in how well you respond.' At SERVPRO, we have seen it all. From acts of God causing fires to plumbing that has not been replaced since the fifties. We have even seen what the inside of the Pentagon looks like! Being a successful business owner means having an answer to questions that have not been asked yet, even when that answer is as simple as knowing the right people to call.

We can respond quickly to commercial water damage in Metairie because we are local. Our team can be dispatched immediately after receiving your phone call to minimize the risk of permanent harm. We know that every hour spent in restoration is an hour lost in revenue so a project manager can be despatched alongside our team of trained technicians to lead the restoration effort.

The critical tools in removing excess water are extraction units, portable or truck-mounted, and industrial-grade wet/dry vacuums. Used in combination these are extremely quick and efficient in removing pooling water from carpets, floorboards, and tiles. For a more precise approach, we use extraction wands that deliver hot air into smaller crevices and reduce the chances of mold growth further down the line.

One of the methods SERVPRO uses for removing moisture is by evaporating it into the surrounding air. This method poses a secondary problem of high humidity levels which we counteract with dehumidifiers. Our team can assess and achieve the correct level of dryness by using a moisture meter to reduce the risk of secondary water damage.

The final step is to deodorize the affected area. Whether you work in a public service industry or an office, a clean, sanitized environment is crucial. For large-scale services, we use ozone generators which produce O3 gas which permanently alters the surrounding atmosphere. In smaller areas, we use chemical based foggers which help to neutralize lingering odors. Once a job is complete, a SERVPRO project manager can conduct a walkthrough with you to show you the work done and the outcomes achieved.

When the unexpected happens, knowing the right phone number can turn a full-blown disaster into a minor inconvenience. Call SERVPRO of Metairie at (504) 496-0193 for expert commercial cleanup services.

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An Expert’s Guide To Flood Damaged Floors In Metairie: How To Fix And Avoid

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage An Expert’s Guide To Flood Damaged Floors In Metairie: How To Fix And Avoid If you are ready to save your floor from flood damage, then give SERVPRO a call!

Save Your Floor From Flood Damage In Metairie

If you live in an area with hurricane and rain storm, then you are going to have to prepare yourself for a flood. The worse part about flood damage is dealing with the costly floor cleaning process. Some people think that they can let the floor air dry, but the humidity can stimulate the growth of odor-causing micro-organisms that can further damage your floor or cause odor in your house. This would not be something appealing if you were to have a party.

Flood damage in Metairie can lead to some costly floor repairs. People often use a lot of creative strategies such as vacuuming, air dry, or hiring a cleaner to get rid of the water from the flood damage. Unfortunately, this is not the way to do it. If you want to get rid of water on your floor, then you can hire an expert immediately. These technicians often have the proper tools to extract the water from the floor.

SERVPRO have reliable techs and equipment that can get the job done. The technicians can access your floor to see if it is damage to the point where it needs to be replaced. The most productive way of removing moisture from your house is to respond quickly with an emergency mitigation service. The faster you get rid of excess water, the quicker the environment can dry. This speedy process can help reduce potential property damage that can happen from the aftermath of the flood. The SERVPRO technicians can also use an extractor to clean and remove water from the floor. The significant part about the extractor is that it is highly portable so it can access a broader range in your home. Once your floor is new again, we can have a final walk-through to make sure that you are satisfied with the work.

If you are ready to save your floor from flood damage, then give SERVPRO of Metairie a call at (504) 496-0193. We can promptly send our skilled technicians to your location.

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Removing Mold Damage From Metairie Homes

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Damage From Metairie Homes SERVPRO Shows Containment during a Metairie Mold Remediation Project

Protocols and Procedures by SERVPRO Technicians Can Remediate Mold Problems

Metairie homes do not deal with mold as often as a fire or flood. Despite that, once a mold colony takes hold and begins growing through parts of a structure, the cost for cleanup and remediation can be just as expensive if a homeowner does not discover the activity promptly.
SERVPRO restoration teams have to perform several key tasks to eliminate and remove mold damage in a Metairie home. Isolate the mold spores in the affected rooms, remove contaminated property, clean the affected rooms, and lower humidity to prevent future growth.
To isolate the affected rooms, technicians cover all entrances and exits, to include the air and heating vents. They use heavy plastic sheeting to seal off the rooms and then generate negative air pressure to force contaminated air out of a controlled point and send the active spores outside the home.
If the rooms are large or the mold layer is thick, personnel also build a ‘clean room’ outside the contaminated area. They do this to reduce the risk of spreading active spores to other, uncontaminated rooms in the home. This staging area demonstrates that we cut no corners in our efforts to restore your home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."
Now, SERVPRO technicians clean restorable property and dispose of the rest. Structural and personal property generally divide into porous and non-porous surfaces. Porous surfaces, such as drywall and fabrics, can absorb more mold spores and are harder to clean than non-porous surfaces such as glass or marble tables, and most plastics.
Cleaning usually begins with vacuuming surfaces with commercial vacuums that use HEPA filters. These filters trap and catch even a single mold spore, invisible to the human eye. After vacuuming, technicians wipe down surfaces using sponges and a cleaning agent where needed.
If an item resists cleaning efforts, our specialists dispose of the property. They wrap or bag the item to prevent spreading active spores, and for larger items like drywall panels, they carefully break it up for easier disposal.
After the major cleaning efforts, technicians can re-wipe down all surfaces and repeat their efforts until they see mold levels are back to normal levels using an air content meter. Generally, expertise and experience are sufficient in gaining the desired results. Mold remediation can also include an antimicrobial spray for exterminating residual fungi.
Finally, technicians check the humidity levels of the affected rooms. If the air moisture content is high, they bring in a dehumidifier to draw it down. Team members also set up air movers to force warm, dry air across damp surfaces to speed the process without damaging them.
If you suspect a mold issue with your home, contact us at SERVPRO of Metairie today. To schedule an inspection or have a team begin right away, call (504) 496-0193. We are here for you.

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Cleaning Fire Damage In Metairie Homes

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Fire Damage In Metairie Homes The majority of Metairie home fires are usually restricted to one or two rooms and extinguished quickly.

Cleaning Fire Damage

The majority of Metairie home fires are usually restricted to one or two rooms and extinguished quickly. Physical damage usually happens to building material like ceiling tiles, drywall, and other property that our technicians can quickly remove and replace.

The majority of Metairie fire damage usually comes from residues left behind after the fire department or a sprinkler system extinguishes the flames and stops smoke movement. SERVPRO restoration teams deal primarily with dry and wet smoke residues, but also have the expertise to clean and remove protein and fuel oil smoke residues as well.

Dry and wet residues generate from the same fire, just at different stages. When the fire is oxygen-rich and burning fast, smoke residues left are powdery and dry. In the beginning, or once fire suppression efforts begin, the fire has an oxygen-poor environment. It burns more slowly at these times and leaves a wet, sticky residue.

Cleaning dry residues is a simpler process, and often allows our technicians to restore more items to their original condition, preventing loss of property. That is because dry residues have less aerosol moisture and do not penetrate surfaces as deeply as wet residues. The odor from dry residues is not as strong as wet residue odors. In most cases, SERVPRO technicians can remove these residues with a dry sponge or cloth, wiping them off surfaces. For upholstered items like sofas, technicians can clean them with a stiff brush.

Wet residues contain higher levels of aerosols and are more difficult to clean. The aerosols are usually furniture varnishes, solvents and other liquids burned off from damaged property. Smoke moves slower in an oxygen-poor fire, so the residues penetrate surfaces deeper, and leave stronger odors. Cleaning and removing wet residues requires a cleaning agent along with sponges and brushes to break up them up for removal. If the residues penetrate plastic surfaces, they stain almost immediately and usually require disposal and replacement.

Protein residues result from kitchen fires when one of the sources is either, fish, beef, or chicken. They leave yellowish stains, which we can clean like a wet residue, but the odors are more pungent and difficult to remove. If the fire burned long enough, odors penetrate the entire home and technicians need stronger cleaners to eliminate them, and often require multiple methods to eliminate them completely.

Fuel oil is not a common residue problem in Louisiana, but when an oil burner in a furnace malfunction, it can be a large problem. The residue particles are dry, but they form crusty layers on affected surfaces. That makes them more difficult to remove without damaging walls and ceilings. Technicians use strong cleaners with a brush or stiff sponge and repeat cleaning until the surface is clean or they determine that it is cheaper to replace the item.

The goal of SERVPRO of Metairie is to restore each home to its pre-fire condition. If you need our services, call (504) 496-0193 today for a visit.

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Get Back to Normal Your Metairie Home with Professional Water Damage Restoration

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Get Back to Normal Your Metairie Home with Professional Water Damage Restoration SERVPRO Utilizes Industry Leading Equipment for Water Removal and Drying in Metairie Properties

The Answer for Minimizing the Effects of Water Intrusion into Your Metairie Home--SERVPRO

You have to act with speed when dealing with damaging water events. The longer the water soaks into your furniture, walls, and carpets, the more harm you should expect. Some incidents may make your property uninhabitable, which means spending more time out of your home. When working with professional restorers in Metairie, it is possible to identify the extent of the damage, what is restorable, and what you need to replace.

When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your Metairie to perform water damage restoration, we start by determining the level of saturation on the affected materials and locate all the areas with the damage. We use moisture sensors and meters to do this work, and at this point, we are in a position to determine all the procedures to use during the restoration and answer any questions that a client may be having.
The goal of our SERVPRO technicians is to minimize the damages and return your property to its preloss state. We do this by employing water extraction, evaporation, and dehumidification procedures. Some of the drying equipment we use include air heaters, air movers, and dehumidifiers. If we have set up air heaters and air movers in your property, the moisture evaporates from the wet items and surfaces into the air. To avoid secondary damage after condensation takes place, we have to remove the excess moisture from the air in a process known as dehumidification.
Right from the point when our SERVPRO technicians do the initial evaluation and assessment, we develop a drying goal and start monitoring the site. Some of the monitoring procedures include: taking the humidity and temperature readings, updating the drying progress, as well as using a moisture meter to check the moisture content in the different structural materials. Checking the indoor environment quality, work progress, and the equipment operation may be part of the monitoring.
SERVPRO of Metairie offers industry-proven cleaning and restoration services that meet commercial and residential needs. For immediate assistance, kindly call (504) 496-0193 and allow our experienced technicians make your property “Like it never even happened.”

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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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