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Helping Make Water Damage Like It Never Even Happened

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Louisiana is known for Mardi Gras, Crawfish, Alligators, jazz music, great food and an even better time. However, the first thing most people think of when they hear Louisiana is Hurricane Katrina and the flooding that accompanied her. Flooding is a fear many of our residents worry about constantly, but SERVPRO of Metairie is here to put our residents mind at ease. We are here to help and serve our community that we are proud to be a part of. SERVPRO of Metairie is on call prepared to assist in any on your water damage needs 24/7. Our highly trained technicians are ready around the clock to quickly and properly restore your home or business. We use innovative inspection and extraction equipment to detect all of the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will observe and document the drying process to ensure your property is back “like it never even happened.”

WHAT TO DO AFTER FLOODING:

  • Remove items off of furniture such as lamps, and table top décor and wipe off excess water.
  • Mop up excess water on the floor.
  • Prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Open any doors and windows that you can to encourage air flow and help to prevent mold growth.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.

WHAT NOT TO DO AFTER A FLOOD:

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

Even though you may have removed all of the water, there may be moisture lurking within your floors, carpet and baseboards that you cannot see that’s whereSERVPRO of Metairiecan help! Please call us at 504-496-0193

PREPAREDNESS IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRULY DEFEND AGINST A NATURAL DISASTER!

6/6/2019 (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 business 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 us for more information @ 504-810-7144

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

Hurricane Season Is Near!

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

                Hurricane Season Is Near!

Helpful Tips To Help You Prepare Your Home...

SECURE YOUR HOUSE DOORS: Add bolts at the top and bottom of your doors. Strong winds can easily rip doors off hinges. It is also a good idea to calk doors to prevent rain from getting in.

STORM PROOF YOUR WINDOWS: Living in Louisiana storm shutters are a key asset when trying to defend your home of a hurricane. However, old fashion plywood will do the trick as well, keep in mind it should be at least 5/8 inches thick. Caulking the cracks around your windows will also prevent heavy rains from getting inside your home and decreases the chances of moisture damage.

STRAP DOWN YOUR ROOF: Hurricane straps and clamps are handy little tools to insure you that your roof is fastened to the frame.

SECURE OUTDOOR YARD ITEMS: Find a safe place such a garage or shed to store all of your patio furniture, grill, and lawn decor. Make sure no lose items are left to be blown through a window.

SAFETY PROOF YOUR LANDSCAPING: Lastly, trim trees and bushes to minimalism debris. Tie down smaller trees and shrubs, and move all potted plants indoors.

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO OF METAIRIE would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day! We remember, thank and appreciate all of the men and women who protect and serve our country!

We would also like to remind everyone to stay alert and safe when grilling this weekend. Below is a handy little check list to keep in mind!

  • Grill outside away from structures: Pay attention to overhanging tree branches when setting up your grill.
  • Make sure your grill is stable: Be sure the grill cannot tip over. Set up your grill on a flat surface. Consider using a grill pad or splatter mat underneath your grill to protect your deck or patio.
  • Keep your grill clean: remove any grease or fat buildup from the grill and the tray below the grill. If you are using a charcoal grill, allow the coals to completely cool off before disposing them in a metal container.
  • Check for propane leaks on your gas grill: check the gas tank hose for leaks. One way you can check is by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose and then turning on the gas. If there is a propane leak, the solution will bubble. Other signs of a propane leak include the smell of gas near the barbecue or a flame that won’t light.
  • Never leave the grill UNATTENDED: Remember the grill will stay hot for at least an hour after use, therefore Don’t allow kids or pets to play near the grill.
  • Always be prepared to put out a fire: Clothing can easily be caught on fire from shirt tails or aprons. Have baking soda on hand to control a grease fire. You should never use water to put out a grease fire!

Local New Orleans University Flood

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane season is near and the rain is here! Over the weekend, during all of the bad weather, a local university in New Orleans had about six to seven inches of water enter the premises. One of the employees said, each passing car pushes more and more water into the building. Thankfully SERVPRO was able to get to the scene quickly to set up air movers, which move the moisture up and out, and Humidifiers which, run at the same time to bring down air moisture levels and help surfaces dry thoroughly. The team continues to work hard to restore the building back to its original state.

            SERVPRO of Metairie stands ready to help you with flood water removal from your property. Our team of certified restoration experts is available 24/7, we will arrive quickly and work tirelessly to clean up and restore water damaged items to their preloss state. Please contact us at (504) 496-0193.

Mid-City Fire & Water Restoration

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

All it takes is the tiniest teeny flame and poof! A fire starts without warning and absolutely no planning. On Thursday May 2, 2019 the residents of a New Orleans apartment complex experienced the imminent fear when a three alarm fire suddenly took place. Thankfully no injuries were reported however, this instance helps you to think twice about fire safety and preventatives.

When moving, most people are so burnt out from all the packing and hauling when it comes time for the unloading they simply place boxes down wherever. The majority of people will place kitchen boxes on the counter tops and stove without thinking twice. It’s just another surface. What people don’t think twice about is the danger of doing so. While moving into the apartment, newly tenants had placed a box of their belongings on top of the stove, which hit the knob without any knowledge of it. This caused the box to go up in flames and spread. Thankfully the fire department was able to put out the fire promptly. Unfortunately by doing so not only did the Miid-Ciity, New Orleans complex suffer fire damage but also water damage as well.

SERVPRO of Metairie plans for the unexpected! The team was able to get to the location in just a few short hours after the fire took place. They began to start water mitigation using dehumidifiers and air scrubbers. Residents were pleased with the results, by getting the equipment in so quickly it was able to eliminate the odor and got it under control.

SERVPRO of Metairie is available to help any local home or business restore their water or fire damaged property. Call the trusted restoration leaders in the Greater New Orleans area, SERVPRO of Metairie for any of your needs. (504) 496-0193.

SERVPRO of Metairie Fire Remediation in Uptown New Orleans

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

A fire to a historic home can cause much grief to a city. An iconic home with significant meaning to not only its owners, but to parade goers who enjoy the beautiful uptown scenes in the city of New Orleans.

The historic 7 alarm fire smoked and smoldered for many hours while the local New Orleans Fire Departments wrestled with the flames. During these tireless hours to contain the fire, smoke filled the air of New Orleans. The scent of distress could be detected as far as the Central Business district in downtown, causing many locals to turn to their trusted news source for answers. 

SERVPRO of Metairie was able to provide fire restoration work to a beautiful property in Uptown New Orleans. As soot traveled throughout the structure, we were able to provide a solution to the problem. Working with the local adjuster, we formulated a plan to restore the property to like condition. The project took 1 week while working around the parades traveling down St Charles Ave. 

SERVPRO of Metairie is available to help any local home or business restore their water or fire damaged property. Call the trusted restoration leaders in the Greater New Orleans area, SERVPRO of Metairie. 

Call Our Crew When Your New Orleans Home Experiences A Water Damage Emergency

4/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Call Our Crew When Your New Orleans Home Experiences A Water Damage Emergency Contact us at (504) 496-0193 when you need water removal services in New Orleans, Metairie, Lafreniere Park, and neighboring areas.

Performing Water Cleanup In Your New Orleans Home Following A Dishwasher Leak

A majority of homeowners operate dishwaters in a “set and forget it” mode. Some even place dishes in the appliance, then go to bed. You probably don't pay attention to the proper functioning of your dishwasher when in operation, but this should not be the case. A dishwasher can be the source of leakages and significant overflow, which can lead to water damage.

A dishwasher leak will necessitate water cleanup in your New Orleans home. Most leaks are not catastrophic. An example is a leak caused by a broken supply line to the dishwasher. Such a leak can cause water to soak into the base cabinet, back wall and under the toe plate. It may also soak in the concrete floor that is under the vinyl tiles. To clean up your residence, find some water removal tools like a wet-dry vacuum with a special wand, a desiccant dehumidifier, and air movers.

In the effort to clean up the affected area quickly, do not overlook critical details. It is vital to decontaminate everything in the area completely. Do not stop the drying process too soon. Check every place where the damage may have taken place. Moisture may hide in the subflooring, and only special equipment can detect it. Calling a restoration company like SERVPRO is the right decision. Our experts have the proper training, tools, and experience to complete the cleanup job in your New Orleans residence quickly, safely and efficiently.

The most important part of our restoration process is drying out the area thoroughly. SERVPRO technicians have moisture detection equipment like moisture sensors, moisture meters, and thermohygrometers. The information that moisture detection equipment provides enables us to determine the type of dehumidifiers and air movers to use to dry all the moisture from homes quickly. Our goal is to restore a property to the pre-water loss condition, making it appear “Like it never even happened.”

Dishwasher leaks can cause damage that may go unnoticed, especially those occurring beneath the unit. SERVPRO of Metairie has IICRC-certified technicians who are ready to assist you with cleaning up and restoring your home. Contact us at (504) 496-0193 when you need water removal services in New Orleans, Metairie, Lafreniere Park, and neighboring areas.

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Mold Damage Issues In Metairie

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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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How SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Remove Water in Metairie

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Remove Water in Metairie From the French Quarter to Lake Pontchartrain,SERVPRO of Metairie has you covered for water damage restoration.

How Does SERVPRO Expedite Flood Water Removal in Metairie?

When SERVPRO handles the task of flood water removal in Metairie, the technicians have many resources to choose from for applying the best water extraction methods. First, they determine the scope of the damage to the premise and test the water. Black water is water that enters the property as flood water. This designation is because the water can pick up debris, contaminants, and toxins and is considered generally unsafe.

Technicians know the longer water stands in Metairie, the more it damages making fast action a priority. Our truck mounted pumps can move out massive amounts of water quickly. For more localized flooding, SERVPRO technicians may choose to use multiple portable extractors and cover several areas at once. Each black water-soaked item has to be examined on a case-by-case basis to see what can be restored through drying, disinfecting and cleaning and what possessions cannot. Carpet padding is usually not restorable in this type of damage; however, in some cases, carpeting may be restorable.

Drying of the premises is the next action, and air movers are brought in and set up to angle moisture up and out. Humidifiers run at the same time to bring down air moisture levels and help surfaces dry thoroughly. After removing the standing water and the drying phase has ended, technicians use moisture probes in affected areas to ensure they are dry and there is no residual moisture to create a perfect setup for mold growth. 

SERVPRO of Metairie at (504) 496-0193 stands ready to help you with flood water removal from your property. Our team of certified restoration experts is available 24/7, arrive quickly and work tirelessly to clean up and restore water damaged items to their preloss state.

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