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Why SERVPRO of Metairie is the New Standard of Clean

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

If the past two years have taught us anything, it’s the need to be clean. While wearing masks and keeping our hands clean help us personally, what about all the surfaces we encounter every day?

With many businesses operating as normal you want to be able to promise your team and your customers that your business is safe. This may not be an easy task. People are reluctant to gather and enter places that are not on the necessity list.

SERVPRO of Metairie is going the extra mile to make sure you get the best cleaning possible to ensure a safer place of business for everyone. It is understandable people will be leery, but we have to start somewhere.

From office buildings to nursing homes, SERVPRO of Metairie will design a cleaning program suited specifically for you. Not everyone’s needs will be the same, nor should they be.

What is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is our new defensive pathogen cleaning program. It goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning.

We have set up a new cleaning program, developed to serve all of our customer’s needs and businesses. Starting with our very own Three Cs Program.

The Three Cs programs help make sure you get the cleaning service that is designed just for you. It is a program you can trust to get the most professional and deep clean available.

Consult:

SERVPRO of Metairie will take a look at your business, ask you questions about what you do and what your needs are, and then design a cleaning regime that will be unique to you and the needs agreed upon by both parties.

Clean:

Our team will arrive with all the products and tools needed for the clean design for your business. You can expect an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards that have been set by the CDC.

Certify:

When the team has finished cleaning and inspected everything, they mark it with the shield of approval by posting The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield in the front window.

Contact SERVPRO of Metairie if you need help getting your business back on track and open to the public. We are available for 24-hour emergency services and work with residential and commercial buildings.

What To Do After Your Toilet Overflows

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

When a toilet becomes blocked, it can usually be taken care of with a plunger. However, when a flooded toilet is the result of sewer damage, the situation can quickly get out of control.

If you experience a toilet overflow that causes sewer water to flood your bathroom or worse, multiple rooms, do not attempt to clean it up yourself. Raw sewage contains bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that pose a serious threat to humans and animals. If a sewer backs up into your home, follow these basic steps to handle the situation quickly and safely:

1. Avoid All Contact With the Water

You might be tempted to try to move possessions that have already come in contact with the sewer water, but don’t. The most important thing is keeping you and your family safe and that means avoiding all contact with the water.

2. Shut Off Electricity and Gas If Necessary

If sewer water comes in contact with electrical outlets or gas appliances, it can create a hazardous situation. Shut off your electricity and contact your gas company to turn off the gas until the situation is dealt with.

3. Contact Your Utility Company

The location of the sewer damage determines who is responsible for repairs. Contact your sewage company to alert them to the situation and find out what they know. If it turns out the problem is on your property, you may be responsible for hiring a plumber to fix it.

4. Call a Water Damage Mitigation Specialist

Cleaning up sewage requires protective clothing, specialized equipment, and knowledge about how to avoid spreading contamination to other parts of your property. SERVPRO of Metairie is an experienced water damage and mitigation company that has all of these things and can return your home to normal quickly and efficiently.


Mold Maintenance Standards | SERVPRO of Metairie

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

Mold spores are a natural occurrence present just about everywhere — including your Metairie, LA, business. When exposed to moisture these microscopic particles can quickly grow into a large threat, leaving your business at risk for many issues. Federal organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration do not set any mold standards, but that doesn’t mean mold cleanup isn’t an aggressive process. Here are three steps to keep in mind when dealing with mold.

1. Water Damage

Mold spores become an issue when exposed to moisture and allowed to grow into colonies. Regularly check for any threat of water damage in your business, including leaking pipes or drafty windows. Furthermore, maintain appropriate levels of humidity within the building to limit moisture levels in the air. 

2. Check Building Materials

To alleviate the uncertainty of mold standards, ensure building standards are up to code. Proper insulation installed around windows, piping, and exterior walls minimize a buildup of condensation, keeping mold at bay. Verify that your business is well-ventilated and regularly check porous materials such as drywall, ceiling tiles, and wood for any signs of mold damage.

3. Contact Us!

Time is of the essence when it comes to mold infestation; an IICRC certified company will have the training and professional equipment to safely and effectively mediate the mold damage in your business in a time-sensitive manner. 

Let The Pros Handle Mitigation at Your Metairie, LA Business

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

Avoiding the stress of a flood within your Metairie, LA business is easier when you have SERVPRO of Metairie on speed dial. Storms and man-made floods can happen day or night and can infiltrate your commercial space. We are available 24/7 to tackle flood restoration so that your business never misses a beat.

Why call SERVPRO of Metairie for commercial water damage? There are a few main reasons:

  • We have the most advanced tools and industrial-grade equipment for water cleanup and restoration
  • The team has many years of training and experience in emergency services water damage cleanup
  • Each technician has completed IICRC Certification

With one phone call, we can be at your business and ready to work within hours. Our team of experts works thoroughly and quickly, ensuring that no water remains within your commercial property after the loss. We remove all debris and work on complete cleanup of your building, focusing on restoring any contents that may come in contact with contaminated floodwater. 

SERVPRO of Metairie is available 24/7 to assist with flood extraction and restoration. Call (504) 496-0193 when you need us, and we will send a crew out within hours!

How to Put Out a Metairie Kitchen Grease Fire

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

No one plans to have a grease fire in the kitchen, but it can happen in an instant and you should always be prepared. If a fire breaks out on the stove in your home in Metairie, LA here are some steps to help minimize the damage.


1. Contain the Flames.

A metal lid or cookie sheet is a great tool for suffocating a fire. Covering the fire with cut-off oxygen that is fueling the fire. 

2. Turn off Heat.

The faster you can get the burner cool, the better. If you can safely get to the knob on the stove to turn it off, do it!

3. Smother the Fire.

If the fire is small, use baking soda or salt to put out the flames. If you take one thing from this, you should NEVER pour water onto a grease fire, it will make it worse!

4. Recognize Limits.

If the fire is still going strong after the first three steps, call emergency services as you start your emergency exit plan.

5. Repair Damage.

No matter how small the fire is, it likely left some damage behind. Fire restoration specialists can assess the damage and restore your kitchen and any affected surrounding area to be like new again. Let them take the lead on the fire cleanup.


Thanksgiving Safety Tips with SERVPRO of Metairie

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

During the holidays for many people, the kitchen is the heart of the home. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations.

So keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.

Top 10 safety tips
  1. Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  2. Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  3. Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
  4. Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  5. Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  6. Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  7. Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  8. Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  9. Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  10. Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

If your home suffers any water, fire, or smoke damage during your holiday feasts and parties, please call the professionals at (504) 496-0193.

How To Clean Build-Up In Your Metairie Home's Gutters After a Storm

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Metairie knows that we get our fair share of sunny days throughout the year, however, it also brings the occasional rainstorm. Our rainstorms are often accompanied by heavy wind and very strong rain. By dumping a high volume of water in a relatively short amount of time, it’s important to take precautionary measures to prevent building that can affect your drain pipes.
 
One measure you can take is cleaning out your home’s gutters and storm drains after a storm hits, and you can do it in three easy steps:
 
First, start by scooping out debris. Find a ladder and securely place it against your home so you are able to reach the gutters comfortably. Start at the end closest to the drain outlet and gradually work your way to the other end, removing loose debris as you go.
 
Second, use a hose to spray a steady stream of water through the gutters towards the drain outlet. This will help remove any stubborn dirt and debris that may still be holding on from when you were scooping.
 
Third, be sure to check your drain pipes for any blockage. In some instances, rainstorms can force material into the pipes, causing potentially severe damage. A good way to detect if your drain pipes are blocked is if you see a trickle of water rather than a flow coming from them. If this is the case, try using a hose at the top of the gutter and spray directly into the outlet to help clear any congestion.
 
Following these steps will help prevent your gutters and storm drains from taking on damage from blockage and build-up. If you experience any major damage like indoor flooding give SERVPRO of Metairie a call at (504) 496-0193 and our experts will be there to help you resolve and repair the issue!

Commercial Damage? Call the experts at SERVPRO!

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at any commercial property are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. 

Here are some reasons why SERVPRO of Metairie is right for your commercial cleanup. 

  1. We're here to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week with water, fire, storm, and viral damages.
  1. We’ll inspect the damaged area. Our technicians promptly arrive on-site and inspect the property thoroughly to ensure all sources of damage have been identified.
  1. We’ll perform all the work. Because you have a business to operate, our expertly trained technicians will provide the highest level of services.
  1. We'll consult with your agent and adjuster after we've stabilized your environment and explain our recommendations for the restoration, mitigation, and cleaning process.
  1. We’ll be here throughout that process to ensure your property has been fully restored.

If you're looking for a company to be there every step of the way, call us at (504) 496-0193!

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!