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GOT MOLD?

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

The warm and humid climate of Metairie provides a welcoming environment for mold spores to grow. Homeowners must be vigilant to control the circumstances that encourage mold damage. If your best efforts fall short and fungal growth results, engaging our highly-qualified mold remediation team is the smart move. 

During a Metairie summer, excessive moisture often increases inside, fueling mold damage as spores settle on an organic surface, absorb available water in liquid or vapor form, and begin to multiply. Mold does not require light to grow, so if the conditions are right colonies can develop between walls, under floors, in cabinets, and above ceilings. Our technicians are well-trained in mold damage scenarios, educated in Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols. We trace the sources and locations of mold outbreaks using this research-based coursework and our extensive experience with microbial problems. 

SERVPRO designs a mold remediation plan that keeps your home’s residents and our crew safe from the effects spores and the mycotoxins produced by some strains of mold may have on susceptible individuals. We contain the affected area, employing physical barriers such as heavy plastic sheeting and advanced technologies like negative pressure air scrubbers. The goal is to create work and clean zones during remediation, avoiding the transfer of moldy materials into areas of your home that show no mold growth or damage. Managing this complex system appropriately without qualified teams of remediators is highly improbable. 

The zones created also permit us to be very deliberate about the removal of mold and debris, space by space. SERVPRO uses industry best practices, scraping the mold off surfaces and adding more aggressive yet non-destructive methods like soda blasting to ensure removal of all particles of the outbreak. HEPA filtered vacuums suction away moldy residues and our technicians apply EPA registered antimicrobials to inhibit future fungal growth. Let our professionals remediate and advise on controlling the moisture that underlies a mold challenge. 

When your home shows signs of mold damage, including visible colonies and the unmistakable musty smell that signals a problem, SERVPRO of Metairie has the crews, equipment, and products to abate an infestation. Call (504) 468-3046 to schedule an evaluation as soon as you suspect mold growth!

SERVPRO Rocks in New Orleans with Water Removal and Recovery

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

The Big Easy is always coming to life at night, and as an owner of a New Orleans nightclub, you should be able to attest to the high traffic you get once the sun goes down. All days of the week patrons are going to come into your club looking to cut loose and have a good time. Even a seemingly small-scale incident that requires drying efforts and extraction services could put a damper in your business.

As is the case with any business owner, your profits are one of the top concerns. That is why when you need water cleanup services for your New Orleans nightclub, you seek out the kind of professional outfit that can arrive quickly and provide the high-quality service to ensure that the job gets done the first time correctly. Regardless of the source of the incident, water damage is rarely something that you are going to be able to contend with on your own, even with a maintenance / custodial staff.

One of the reasons that you are going to want to seek out professional assistance to help you clean up the water damage to your facility is the money that you have put into the staging areas of your dance floor. This material is susceptible to oversaturation and warping, which can happen even after a brief period of exposure. Prompt extraction and drying are critical to preserving this material.

Another advantage to choosing professional cleaning services that our SERVPRO team provides is protecting all of the electronic equipment that you have. From the DJ booth to the amplifiers and speakers throughout the building, a modest presence of moisture can short out this equipment and require you to replace it. Our team utilizes high-grade dehumidification equipment to pull moisture from the area and replace it with overly dry air.

As a business owner, you are perpetually thinking about the success of your establishment and the experience of your patrons. The best choice that you can make when you face a situation demanding water cleanup is to trust our SERVPRO of Metairie restoration technicians. We can arrive quickly and help you to keep the nightlife of New Orleans alive and well. Give us a call anytime you need us at (504) 468-3046.

What To Expect After A Fire Strikes in Your New Orleans Home

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Better To Be Safe Than Sorry

Among the most pressing of concerns following a fire in your New Orleans home are the dangers that you cannot see. From structural integrity loss to widespread effects from the fire itself, many homeowners are not fully aware of just how detrimental the situation can be for their health and wellness. Understanding these concerns can help you to appreciate your need for professional restoration services following such an incident in your residence.

Once first responders have extinguished the blaze, you have a mindset of getting the fire damage restored in your New Orleans home. Your insurance company is going to want to get their own assessment of the full scope of the damage, which is part of the service that our SERVPRO team provides. Even with a confirmation that the fire is entirely out, a homeowner could encounter many potential hazards in photographing the damage or cataloging ruined contents.

One of the first potential pitfalls that a homeowner might encounter after fire damages is the weakening of structural components and construction materials throughout the residence. These could be ceiling materials, walls, flooring, supports, framework, and more. These weakened portions of material are unstable and can fall, collapse, or give way with little or even no pressure at all. Our SERVPRO technicians get uniquely trained to handle safety concerns like these through both our assessment and throughout the restoration process.

The air quality is another concern that should give a homeowner pause before rushing back into their home after a fire. There is any number of potential contaminants, smoke, and debris floating around in the environment that could adversely affect your health. Our professionals have personal protective equipment designed to improve their air quality until the appropriate measures are taken via air scrubbers to detoxify the atmosphere.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

It might seem like you are getting the ball rolling quickly for yourself by assessing the damage on behalf of your insurance company before filing a claim. Our SERVPRO of Metairie team works directly with insurance providers and their adjusters to catalog the full scope of the damage and help to expedite the claims process to get restoration started promptly. Give us a call anytime that you need us at

 (504) 468-3046.

Protect Your Metairie Shop From Flood Waters

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

If a pipe breaks and water starts to leak into your auto shop in Metairie, building materials and contents are at risk. Water can flow into all areas of your shop and damage multiple types of flooring. Most automobile repair shops have hard surface floors, but there might be tile in one room and concrete in the central area.

The longer moisture stays inside a building, the higher chance there is for items to sustain damage. SERVPRO's commercial water damage technicians in Metairie have different types of equipment to extract and dry moisture out of the various types of materials. Depending on each situation we use a combination of methods and tools to mitigate moisture problems.

If concrete is painted, it may flake or blister requiring repainting. Concrete floors are porous so water can pick up leaving behind chalk-like calcium deposits on the surface. These can get brushed off, but if the leak is continuous, the deposits can return.

Asphalt tiles stay adhered to concrete pretty well even in water damage scenarios. At times the glue can break down and leave behind white, chalky deposits. These deposits can usually be cleaned without much effort.

Vinyl tile is not as durable and does not adhere as well to concrete as asphalt tile does. Vinyl tile can become loose when saturated with water. Vinyl tiles become loose when water flows on top of the concrete underneath the tiles. In most cases, vinyl tiling gets removed and replaced because it is relatively inexpensive.

Whenever your business gets damaged, we know it can take a toll on your company's revenues. We always take measures to ensure that your business does not get negatively affected during the restoration process. Many times the drying and extraction procedures take place when your business is closed.

Hard surface floors are usually quickly dried out and treated when damaged by moisture. Hardwood floors are made to withstand water but can still get warped if they stay wet for too long. Any time water causes a problem with your auto shop call SERVPRO Metairie at (504) 468-3046

Don't Burn Baby Burn!

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is a time to get out and have fun. But the weather isn’t the only thing that heats up during these few months. Be aware of the risk of fires and prepare by checking the batteries in your smoke detectors and having functioning fire extinguishers.

5,700 homes experience grill related fires every year. In fact 57% of fires happen within four months; May, June, July, and August. Grill fires happen when someone mishandles the igniting of the grill with a spark or flame. Mechanical issues such as broken containers or pipes also can increase the risk of causing a fire.

For precautionary measures, before the startup of grilling season check your grills condition , clean it, check the drip pan, and thing else that could potentially have grease on it from previous cookouts. Inspect each part of your barbecue pit to make sure everything is attached properly. Also, be sure you are in a grill-friendly environment free of branches, roofs or any sort of overhang when igniting the grill. Be prepared for a fire, as grease and fat are likely to catch on fire. Keep baking soda near the grill in case a grease fire breaks out. If you find yourself faced with a fire emergency this summer, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Metairie! 504-468-3046

When It Rains It Pours!

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

When most people think about water damage they think of record breaking floods, washer machines and pipes busting in their homes. What they don’t think of is ONE inch of rain. Yes, I said it correctly ONE INCH. One inch of rainfall doesn’t sound like it can do much harm, but when one inch of rain falls on a roof without gutters it allows nearly 2000 gallons of water to soak into the ground around your homes foundation. Gutters are the key to help protect your home against water damage. Gutters collect the rain rolling down your roof and divert it away from your home, and prevent flooding from happening. Another reason gutters benefit your home is by protecting your soil from eroding. When you have faulty gutters it causes the water to wash away the soil and leave the foundation of your home vulnerable and unprotected.

Things to Keep a Close Eye On:

  • Debris Build Up: Can lead to pools of water forming on your roof and eventually leaking through your ceiling and into your home. Use pressure washer or leaf blower to clean them out quarterly
  • Storm Damage: After a rain, wind, or hail storm it is important to inspect your gutters for cracks or breaks. If damage has been caused, you can fill the holes with gutter caulk.
  • Old Gutters: Older gutters are more susceptible to damage or contain open seams. Make quarterly routine checks for repairs.

SERVPRO of Metairie would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Fourth of July!

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

A few safety tips to ensure you will have a blast without creating a blast!

It’s that time of year again, the time where you gather all of your family and friends, barbeque, cool off with some water activities, and pop fireworks to celebrate our nation’s independence.  SERVPRO of Metairie wanted to remind everyone of a few safety tips.

  • ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS
  • ALWAYS HAVE AN ADULT PRESENT
  • ONLY LIGHT FIREWORKS OUTSIDE
  • LIGHT THEM ON A HARD FLAT SURFACE
  • LIGHT ONE AT A TIME
  • DO NOT CARRY THEM AROUND IN YOUR POCKET
  • KEEP WATER OR A FIRE EXTINGUISHER HANDY
  • DO NOT THROW FIREWORKS

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.